Off to Chicago

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As you read this, I am off on a jet plane to Chicago.  I haven’t been to Chicago (except through the airport) for five years, and I’m excited to go back!  Do you remember the Healthy Living Summit? It was a fun blog conference, and the year we held it in Chicago was my favorite – it’s a cool place.


This trip is going to be a fast one, so I won’t have any time to do cool stuff like a food tour or an architectural tour…  Those were my favorite parts of Chicago!  I’m going for two Operation Beautiful events (one is open to the public <—I’d love to meet you!), and it’s going to pretty much be an in-and-out kind of thing.  But I’m having a bit of anxiety about leaving Claire.  I’ll miss Henry, too, but I’ve never been away from Claire for more than a handful of hours, let alone overnight.  Ughhhh.  So sad.


RuffleButt bloomers are the cutest…thing… ever.


And honestly, I’m kind of concerned that she’s going to eat the Husband alive… She is going through that “only mommy” stage and sometimes struggles when someone besides me is feeding her or putting her to sleep.  Wish the Husband luck… He’s going to need it.


Work this week has been super busy, and I’ve been struggling to find time to workout.  I did pull myself together for a super early run and did 6.0 miles.  I have to say that early morning runs are really becoming my jam.


I LOVE the early morning workouts because I really, really enjoy the feeling of knowing I can cross “exercise” off my To Do List before anything else.  Also, once I get going, I definitely have the most energy first thing in the morning (maybe it’s all those coffees…).   My favorite thing is coming home as everyone else is just waking up and being able to dive into mom mode feeling like I’ve already gotten so much done! 


Giving the kids sweaty hugs is also fun…


Reflective Vest is essential!  The sun only comes up halfway through my workout. 


Came home and made this lovely breakfast. 


I’ve been making veggie frittatas a lot.  This method is super easy and involves only a little prep work.


First, I cook some peppers, onions, and spinach in a pan with some olive.  I do the peppers and onions first and then throw the spinach in at the end.  I take the veggie mix and put it in the middle of a greased cast iron skillet.


Then I mix seven eggs + 3/4 cup Greek yogurt and pour it on top.


Bake for about 30 minutes at 375 and… TADA!


And last, but not least, I need to teach Claire the sign language for water because girlfriend is OBSESSED with drinking water from a cup.  When she sees one of our cups, she SCREAMS and SCREAMS until someone gives her a sip.  Hah.


Have a great weekend!  I’ll see you on Monday.  <3



  • Jessica July 10, 2015, 7:52 am

    That frittata looks divine! I had never thought of adding greek yogurt. I’ll have to try it! Thanks!

  • Sagan July 10, 2015, 8:06 am

    Have fun in Chicago!

    Your vest is super cute – and SO important to keep safe when running outdoors! I haven’t exercised early in the morning for a long time since I switched to noon-hour workouts, but there’s definitely something special about exercising first thing in the morning.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 10, 2015, 8:24 am

    I hope you get to enjoy at least some great views in Chicago while you’re here! I’ll check out your public event and see if I can make it! Have a safe trip!

  • Megan Houle July 10, 2015, 8:42 am

    Omg Claire is the cutesttttttttttttttttt.
    have a good trip!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 10, 2015, 9:10 am

    Morning workouts are the best 😀

  • Karien @ Running the Race July 10, 2015, 9:11 am

    I KNOW just how your heart feels about leaving Claire… I had to do the same last week with my two for work – ugh! 🙁

  • Elizabeth Beil July 10, 2015, 9:19 am

    Loving the frittata! So yummy and great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Have a great it in Chicago. One of our favorite cities to go and visit !

  • sally July 10, 2015, 9:21 am

    Are you still doing the Whole30?

    • Caitlin July 10, 2015, 10:06 am

      Pretty much (I gotta write about it when I’m all done next week). But I’m doing the veggie version which allows Greek yogurt.

  • Julia@yogawinehappinesscom July 10, 2015, 9:26 am

    I live in Chicago! I wish I could attend your event!! I think Operation Beautiful is so amazing. I am a teacher, and it is so sad to see how girls at a very young age start to have body image issues and lack self confidence. Claire’s ruffle bloomers are the cutest thing ever! Have a great trip!! Hopefully it is nice weather for you! 🙂

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 10, 2015, 9:29 am

    That ruffle butt!!! Have a great time in Chicago!

  • Audrie Garcia July 10, 2015, 9:47 am

    RuffleButts are the cutest thing ever!!! I buy them for my niece all the time 🙂

    Checkout the boys line at too!

  • Lauren July 10, 2015, 9:48 am

    Ruffle what? OMG, that’s hilarious. Those are so cute on sweet little Claire – I just might be a copycat! 😉 Have fun in Chicago, it’s SUCH a great city!

  • Kate July 10, 2015, 11:16 am

    Ah, eggs. So amazingly diverse. Have fun in Chicago, it is definitely one of my favorite places I’ve been too!

  • Marcus July 10, 2015, 11:50 am

    Such great pictures! I love those Rufflebutts! I bought some for my cousins baby. is the only place to get the cutest ruffled bloomers!

  • Karmen July 10, 2015, 11:51 am

    I loooove RuffleButts! My two little girls are always rocking their outfits 🙂 I love all of the museums in Chicago. Have fun!

  • Amanda July 10, 2015, 12:06 pm

    That is too cute about Claire and the water, and I hope your time away is relaxing!

  • Lori July 10, 2015, 1:41 pm

    Yogurt in the eggs! Brilliant!

  • Brooke July 10, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Loving those RuffleButts! The best baby shower gifts!

  • Breanne July 10, 2015, 3:13 pm

    Ruffle butt!! SO stinkin’ cute! Best of luck to your husband and well wishes for safe travel and great events to you! You’ll be home before you know it!

  • Sam July 10, 2015, 9:48 pm

    Random Q but do you pump before you run in the early morning? Or just go? I’ve been trying to figure out how to exercise in the morning before my LO wakes up and eats but worry about being too full from throughout the night.

    • Caitlin July 12, 2015, 5:20 pm

      I have to pump first – I hate that.

  • Luv What You Do July 10, 2015, 11:00 pm

    Enjoy the windy city! I”m sorry that I missed meeting you today!

  • Melly July 13, 2015, 8:59 pm

    Claire is adorable!

    I just wanted to mention for readers… Doctors generally recommend No water for babies before 6 months old, and to strictly limit water to just a few ounces until they are a year old. It’s easy to upset sodium balance in babies, esp breast fed babies, with too much plain water.
    Maybe put milk in a cup if baby really loves the cup?

    • christine July 15, 2015, 1:38 am (breastfeeding advocacy site) says that lots of water for newborns younger than 6 weeks is a risk factor for hyponatremia, but encourages sipping of water at 4-6 months or whenever you begin solids.

      And, you certainly don’t want to force your babe to chug lots of water and displace nutritious breastmilk/formula, of course! 🙂

      • Caitlin July 15, 2015, 6:33 am

        Claire is 7.5 months 🙂 Also – it’s super hot! She doesn’t chug the water, of course, but you can tell she needs the extra hydration especially as she eats so many solids.

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