Word of the Year: Mid-Year Update

Hi guys! I’m back today, and have some thoughts to share about my word of the year that I chose in January.

I thought it would be fun to update you guys about how the word I chose has applied to my life/how I have been applying it over the past 6 months. Also, side note, can you believe we are halfway through the year?! Me either!!!

The word I chose was ‘truth.’


I’ll try not to take it personally if you forgot what word I selected. 😉 To read more about why and how I chose my word, feel free to read my original post.

Anyway, spoiler alert: I still am loving this as a focus word! Currently, I’m trying to read and study God’s truth daily. The more truth I bring into my life, the less room there is for distractions and junk. The enemy likes to tell us a lot of lies to get us to forget God’s true promises. Pretty crappy, right?

But reading, remembering, and believing the truth can help combat the lies. Truth is cool and comforting and reassuring and a lot of other great things!!!

While writing this post, I think the next step for me is to and memorize verses. I want to be equipped with truth so I can have some mantras for tough situations.

I’m excited to see how my word of the year continues to evolve through different seasons for the rest of the year. If you didn’t choose a word in January, why not choose one now? It’s not too late! And it’s fun!

I hope you have a great week! Also, I get married in 12 days. EEK! I can’t wait! Bye!

2017 REAL Caitlin


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Life Update


I’m baaaaaaaack. Hi guys.

I thought I should update you about what’s been going on I’m my life lately since I’ve been absent on the blog. (Sorry!!!) I mentioned on IG today that Jake and I are getting married in 3 WEEKS. (That reminds me, I need to update the letter board!) I can’t believe the day is finally almost here, and that I actually get to become Jake’s wife so soon. We are both so ready to settle into a new normal routine and for life to slow down a little bit.

I have also been incredibly busy with school. Between clinic responsibilities, graduate assistantship duties, and research, my plate is full. Add a move into the mix and that has made for a really busy July!

I’m trying not to wish away this season, but boy am I looking forward with joy and excitement for the next one!

Side note, is anyone else 29184% ready for fall?? It is SO HOT in Springfield, and you KNOW Hobby Lobby already has fall decor out (shoot, they have Christmas out already). This summer turned out to be way busier than I anticipated, and this fall is my last semester of class and clinic ever so I’m pretty ready to get started.

Anyway, I’m also training for a half-marathon! The race is this November, and a group of our friends are doing it together. It’s been so long (since high school!) that I’ve ran with other people, and I’m looking forward to it!

I have truly missed writing on the blog, and hope I can figure out a new schedule that works for me. My hours are so crazy and varying during the summer, but I’ll have a little break in August to get everything in order. Thank you so much for reading and caring about my little life!!


P.S. I have an update about my word of the year that I chose back in January! Look forward to that post later this week. 🙂

2017 REAL Caitlin

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Friday Favorites #56

2017 Friday Favorites

Happy weekend!!

Jake and I have a wedding to attend, and I’m hoping to hit up the farmer’s market, too! Saturdays are so fun. Then Sunday, I will catch up on school stuff! It just started this week and I already have catching up to do. Isn’t that funny? (It’s really not funny, but I’m trying to be positive. LOL.)

Speaking of school, I saw all of my new speech therapy clients this week! And overall, it went pretty well! I am excited to help them work on their speech and communication skills this summer. My clients are all so different from each other so they will keep me on my toes!

Next week will be crazy, but I can do it! Then I will have a better grip on my new routine and schedule.

Now, let’s talk weekly favorites!

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1 | The Pitch Pizza & Pub

We tried this new restaurant (where we live in Springfield, MO) and it was really good! Service was good, too. If you’re looking for a new local pizza spot, you should definitely try The Pitch. (It was opened by one of the co-founders of Brew Co, just an FYI for my fellow Springfield peeps.)

2 | Trolls

Are you looking for a fun, joy-filled, upbeat movie? If so, you don’t wanna miss Trolls. It’s on Netflix right now, and full of catchy songs, jokes, and cute characters. It’s a must-see in my book! And if you have kids, I’m sure they’ll love it, too!

3 | PB & J Smoothie

Now that temperatures are heating up outside, smoothies for breakfast have been sounding so good to me. This week I’ve been loving “PB & J” smoothies, which I whip up in minutes. Simply add a handful of frozen strawberries, a banana, and a spoonful of peanut butter to your blender, then fill it halfway up with plain almond milk. Blend it up, and enjoy! It’s refreshing and so yummy.

4 | Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Hand Soap

I think I featured Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Room Spray in a past favorites post (and I still LOVE that), but recently I picked up the matching soap and LOVE having my hands smell so good. It is a unique lavender scent, and you really just have to smell it to see. It has brightened my week, and I had to share.


Have a good weekend!! Relax + have fun.

2017 REAL Caitlin


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Friday Favorites #54

2017 Friday Favorites

Hi friends! Happy weekend!

I hope your summer is off to a good start. I’ve been basking in relaxation, and couldn’t be happier.

It’s about time I shared some favorites with you after my little hiatus from the blog! I’ve missed chatting with you!

Today I ran some errands, baked some yummy treats, and enjoyed a date night of Cheddar’s and Parenthood. (The recipe for a pretty great Friday, if you ask me.)

We don’t have too many plans this weekend, but Jake is off work so we will definitely take advantage of that and spend a bunch of quality time together.

I really don’t have much to catch you up on, so let’s get to the things I’ve been loving, shall we?

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1 | Lonestar Southern

I follow a LOT of lifestyle/fashion/style bloggers on IG, and Kate at Lonestar Southern has quickly become a favorite. She has such a sweet southern personality, and wears the cutest things. If you need some fun fashion inspo in your feed, give her a follow! (PS I totes bought this shirt and want to style it the same way she did here… so cute and fun!)

2 | DIY Wedding Invitations

So as a way to save some MAJOR cash, I designed and am printing my own wedding invites!! I snagged some blank invites on mega-clearance, and created my design using befunky.com, and made some pretty, simple invitations. They aren’t perfect, but for what I paid, I love them! They are classic, and “go” with the wedding vibes. I might make a whole post about the process, but I had to include this as a fave for now! I don’t want to post a pic until they are sent out, so our guests will be surprised, but trust me, they turned out really well, and I’m pretty proud of myself!

3 | Easy Banana Oat Bars via The Lean Green Bean


YUM! I had a ton of too-ripe bananas to use up, so I did a quick search on Pinterest for “banana recipes” and this one popped right up! I am so glad I tried them. They are so good! And required few ingredients + steps, which is a must for me when it comes to recipes (simplicity over everything!). Head over to Lindsay’s blog to see the recipe, and make sure to let me know if you give it a try! I’m already looking forward to eating one tomorrow…

4 | The Office


Remind me again why I, a 22 year old human, am just now watching this show? It is the perfect lazy-day show to binge watch 298394 episodes of. I literally laugh out loud during some episodes, which takes a lot! (I can be a tough cookie to crack in the humor department.) I love Dwight and Pam and Michael and Jim…..etc. etc. etc.


Have a fab weekend friends! Talk to you soon!

2017 REAL Caitlin






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