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Fresh flowers.  I have started buying myself flowers every week.  I keep a mini-bouquet near my computer and another on my bedside table.  Makes me so happy!


Humans of New YorkHands down, the best Facebook page (and Facebook comments section). 


Mustard.  Dude, I am obsessed with mustard lately.  On eggs, on potatoes, on stir-fries… It’s so versatile!


Rompers.  I really, really want a romper!  I’ve tried on a few but feel silly in them… I guess I just need to find the right one, huh?  These are cute!


Peplum Romper

Crossfront Printed Romper

Cupcakes and Cashmere Romper

Splendid Woven Navy Romper  <— I am so close to buying that.


This 30 minute total-body workout.  PB Fingers has some other 30-minute workout ideas, too!


Water bottle labels.  So I have been testing these custom name labels from Minted for the past week or so. These DISHWASHER SAFE labels are so cute and come in so many adorable and fun design for kids (and me…). I always label the kids’ bottles with a Sharpie but that always fades and rubs off. These have held up pretty well so far! And you can do name or phone number or room number. Cute, huh?

PicMonkey Collage

This dinosaur book.  Henry is super into this book that my MIL bought him.  The artwork is amazing!   Cool gift ideas for a boy or girl who loves dinosaurs.


Sam Smith.  You guys – the Sam Smith obsession deepens.  I love his music so, so, so much.  I think In The Lonely Hour is always going to remind me of this summer – it’s the soundtrack of my days right now!  I feel bad because my babysitter for Claire has to hear me play the same songs over and over again while I work downstairs… She’s probably about to kill me for it.


Bruiser the Cruiser.  Claire is pretty close to those first steps.  She keeps falling down and smacking her head.  No matter how hard I try to stay on top of her – she is still pretty banged up.  I remember Henry went through this phase, too, and pretty much walked around with a black eye or big bump on his forehead until he figured out his steps.  Poor Claire!


Morning Walks.  Speaking of walking, I have been *loving* our morning routine lately.  Every morning, we go on a stroller walk before it gets too hot out.  It helps wake me up and gets my blood flowing!  And it’s such a nice, healthy habit to establish with kids.

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Whiplash.  We recently watched this movie, and although it was SO INTENSE, I loved it!  It prompted a great discussion on how hard you have to push someone to become great – and where to draw the line.  Also, the music was amazing.


Ferguson.  He’s the best cat.  Claire is so wildly into him; he jumped into my lap while I was nursing her the other morning and she yelled “CAA! CAA!”  I think she was trying to say cat!


Breastfeeding.  And speaking of nursing, I wanted to just quickly say that breastfeeding is going so well.  I had a lot of struggles with breastfeeding Henry (and ended up pumping exclusively for a long time). I am so glad that I stuck it out with Claire.  Those first few months were hard, but we are now breastfeeding champs.  I’m no longer shy about breastfeeding in public (even without a cover!) and only pump when someone else is going to give her a bottle.  I had given myself a “quit date” of 6 months (I felt like I needed an end date when I first started to keep myself from going crazy like I did last time), but we’re approaching 8 months and going strong.  BOOM!


I was trying to find a picture to illustrate this point and found this one – Claire was so little!  Here’s how I felt physically and emotionally one week after Claire’s birth.


Rice Pop Clusters.  Henry and I are SO addicted to this snack from the CVS Gold Emblem line (I’m an ambassador for this line of healthy, natural snacks).  They are really addictive!  And so fun to crunch on. 


What are you into, thinking about, watching, listening to, and up to lately?



  • julia@yogawinehappiness.com July 29, 2015, 7:31 am

    I just re-read your Mind and Body after baby post about Claire, and the word “surrender” is definitely something I have to keep in mind! Although I’m not due until January, I am already starting to think about what life will be like after the baby is here. I am a total type A person, and know that I will not be able to have perfect control over everything 🙂 I love having fresh flowers at home too! I buy them every week and it adds so much to the house!

  • Brynn July 29, 2015, 7:31 am

    i love romper a but haven’t figured out how to wear one while breast feeding. Haha!

    • Jennifer July 29, 2015, 4:21 pm

      I want one but don’t want to completely undress each time I go to the bathroom! haha

  • Elizabeth Beil July 29, 2015, 8:01 am

    I have wanted to see Whiplash! It looks so good! I am really into cottage cheese with grapes for my afternoon snack. I have also been adding a splash of almond milk to my coffee, so so good!

  • Sagan July 29, 2015, 8:37 am

    Adorable bottle labels! Very handy too.

    That workout looks awesome. And I’m CONVINCED that there’s a romper out there for everyone… but, like you said, the trick is finding the RIGHT one. It’s hard to find that perfect romper that’s the right match for each of us 🙂

    Into: Drinking coffee again (necessary after sleepless nights!)
    Thinking about: Harper’s new move to no longer let expats vote (cannot WAIT for Canada’s federal election in the fall! It’s getting BAD)
    Watching: Grey’s Anatomy. Almost done all of the seasons available on Netflix 😉
    Listening to: Muse (always)
    Up to: Getting as much work done as possible before leaving for a working holiday along the East coast next month 🙂

  • ellen July 29, 2015, 8:51 am

    I need to get my son that book. His birthday is next Saturday! Congratulations on being able to breastfeed successfully this time around. I support everyone’s choice on how they feed their children, but I have always loved bf…mostly because its no fuss no mess. How does Henry do while you are breastfeeding Clair. My son is starting to get really jealous. He shows it by always jumping on top of me or asking for all of my attention while im trying to feed the baby…and then the baby gets distracted by his brother and its struggle! I think my oldest still remembers when he breast fed…i quit when he was 17 months.

    • Caitlin July 29, 2015, 9:28 am

      Yes, Henry gets jealous. I usually set him up in front of the TV or give him a snack while I nurse to distract him. 🙂

  • Sara July 29, 2015, 9:22 am

    I hope I have similar success with breastfeeding baby no. 2! I’m so glad for you and Claire! Do you have to use a shield anymore?? This is encouraging 🙂

    • Caitlin July 29, 2015, 9:29 am

      Nope, haven’t for a long time!

      • Laura July 29, 2015, 2:29 pm

        I was going to ask this same question! I had a terrible time breastfeeding the first time and had to use the nipple shield (among other issues!). I ended up exclusively pumping, but I wonder how many people are able to wean off the shield? I have the same flat nipple problem. Did Claire just figure out how to eat without it? I would love to hear how you did it!!! Thank you also for being so open about everything, it really gives me hope that next time will be different!

        • Caitlin July 29, 2015, 3:04 pm

          I think it just gets easier as their mouths get bigger and their latches get more powerful. She can take more of my breast into her mouth and the flatness is less of an issue. I think it’s so bad at first because their mouths are so tiny and there isn’t much to hold onto anyway when you’re flat. HOWEVER I do think that, after two kids, my nipples are completely different than they were to start off with. BFing and pumping helped “pull” them out a lot.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB July 29, 2015, 9:44 am

    I’m loving the The Martian- I just finished it last night. I hope they don’t eff up the movie.

  • Crystal July 29, 2015, 9:58 am

    Yay! Congratulations on your breastfeeding success!

  • Kelly Caiazzo July 29, 2015, 10:11 am

    I love fresh cut flowers, too – they add so much! This time of year I will also make completely green arrangements with just fresh herbs from the garden. I have a lifetime supply of catnip and mint every summer, and big vases of green add a lot of zen (and a refreshing scent) to the kitchen for zero cost.

    Something new I’m into is I just discovered a service that will do healthy meal planning for you and use instacart or another grocery delivery service to deliver all the food you’ll need to make those meals. You can choose how many meals you’d like, when you want your food delivered, and approve your grocery list so you don’t waste food if you already have something in your pantry. I’m excited to try it – http://www.lighterculture.com

    My first order is coming Friday and I’ll get the recipes emailed to me that morning! A whole weekend of not worrying about what’s for dinner because someone has planned it for me! YAY!

  • katie July 29, 2015, 10:45 am

    Reminder with a romper…to go to the bathroom, its all gotta come off. But if you’re still breastfeeding, maybe you’ll be more comfortable with that?

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 29, 2015, 10:55 am

    Mustard and rompers, I think that’s all we need 😉

  • Amanda July 29, 2015, 11:00 am

    What a great idea for a post! Is Whiplash on Netflix? Every time Justin and I have gone to watch a movie on Netflix lately we’ve scrolled for like 15 minutes and been like eh… forget it.

    • Caitlin July 29, 2015, 3:05 pm

      I think we bought it?

  • Reenie July 29, 2015, 11:36 am

    LOVE my fresh flowers…. they are a must in my home. <3

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 29, 2015, 12:15 pm

    I love the Cupcakes and Cashmere romper! And fresh flowers make me so happy!

  • becky July 29, 2015, 12:19 pm

    have you seen the website abeautifulbodyproject.org? pretty amazing and so powerful! and fresh flowers are a must!

  • Lori July 29, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Flowers, Yes! Mustard, Yes! Rompers, Yes! Sad story, I bought a cute romper at Target (about 4 yrs ago!) but I can’t wear it right now because my middle was seriously compromised from my last pregnancy (and I’m 11 months postpartum). Boo. Ok, I don’t know who Sam Smith is but it sounds like I need to get on board! And, so proud of you for keeping up the breastfeeding! I know you have a huge audience and for you to share your struggles and triumph will certainly encourage so many mothers! I feel that it’s definitely worth it to push through the struggles (most of the time. of course it may not work out for everyone and that’s ok too).

  • Katalina@ Peas and Peonies July 29, 2015, 2:40 pm

    I am getting into the habit of buying fresh flowers for myself too, they just make me happy when around, I also put some on a bathroom shelf for an extra pop of color, and it makes the small room so much brighter and chic.
    Hooray with breastfeeding going well, I am happy for you, and Claire has grown up so much.
    Must look into that dino book, sounds awesome.

  • Sarah C July 29, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Loving me some Sam Smith too…pretty sure it drives my husband nuts.

    My daughter is 7 1/2 months old and although she’s not trying to walk yet she has tons of forehead bruises from pulling herself up on things and letting go. 🙁 Just glad my apt has carpet to minimize the falls.

  • Morgan July 29, 2015, 2:59 pm

    It’s so funny how breastfeeding two kids can be totally different. I had such a hard time with my oldest that I was terrified when I was pregnant with the second. I actually bought formula before she was born and prepared to supplement if she wouldn’t latch like #1. Well, it turns out she LOVED nursing, like I just forced the weaning issue last month at 22 months old. She never. took. a. bottle. That was it’s own kind of horrible lol.

  • Jaime July 29, 2015, 5:09 pm

    I bought that Splendid romper last summer & it’s awesome! It’s perfect for the person who doesn’t know if she can pull off a romper!!

  • Rebecca July 29, 2015, 5:50 pm

    We have so many flowers at home! My mom had surgery last week, and we have three vases full on our counter, hah! But they are so pretty, and thankfully these don’t give me a headache like some can.

    I have just over one week before I start a new job, so I’m trying to reestablish a morning routine, though it’s a little tricky with Mom needing help for a while… We’ll get it figured out! 🙂

  • Cait July 29, 2015, 6:49 pm

    Huge congrats on the breastfeeding! I remember with my son thinking, if I can just make it to 3 months, then might as well do 6, oh I’ll stop at a year–he’s about to be 2 years old, and we are still going! Although my goal is to stop within the next couple of months!

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me July 29, 2015, 11:34 pm

    I’ve been following Humans of New York for ages… love the message!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 30, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Sam Smith’s album is FANTASTIC!! We’re obsessed too!! If you haven’t listened to Hozier’s entire album, you totally have to – it’s amazing. He’s soooooo good!

  • Kathy August 6, 2015, 10:11 pm

    Ferguson is so cute. He looks like he’s wearing a super hero mask!

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