Easter 2017

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Happy Easter!! I hope you had a wonderful day. In lieu of my usual Friday Favorites this weekend, I wanted to share a special Easter post with you guys.

I spent the morning at church with Jake, and then hosted my very first little brunch for Jake and I and another couple. I made eggs benedict + cinnamon roll bites + hash browns + fruit. (And didn’t take a single photo, oops! It was yummy, just take my word for it.) I followed this recipe for the cinnamon roll bites and they were so so good. And even more importantly, they were so so easy.

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I even bought some fresh flowers to spring-ify my home! (I bought 3 white carnations for $0.99 each ūüėČ ballin’/decoratin’ on a budget)

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I may or may not have coordinated Jake’s and my outfits on purpose (I totally did). I forgot to have someone take our photo, so we just have nice selfie-style pics.

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Enough about the details. I want to share a little bit of what’s on my heart this Easter.

You might remember that I mentioned giving up sweets for lent this year. Well, beside the one planned fro-yo on my birthday (March 9th), I did it. For being a big sweets person, that’s kind of an accomplishment!

Toward the end, though, the closer we got to Easter, I realized that my mind had shifted from why I was really doing it in the first place; to reflect on the greatest sacrifice anyone has ever made (when Jesus died on the cross for my sins), and to show my gratitude and awe in the smallest of ways: by giving up something I love for a short period of time. And to take away distractions, give more of my attention to the Lord, and refocus my life on what matters most.

I think I really lost that connection though, to be honest with you. But God’s grace is always more than enough, and I think my drifting heart and mind can be used to talk about something important here on the blog.

Instead of rambling on forever and ever in paragraphs (because trust me, I totes could!!!), I thought it would be more helpful for you guys to read a few practical tips I have to keep God in the center of your life.

I’m by NO MEANS an expert or, like at all, but I think hearing tips from a real-life, ¬†busy girl who is just trying her best is good too. You feel me?

Here are three simple ways to live a more Christ-filled, joyful life:

1 | Start each day in prayer.

This is actually really hard for me. There are so many distractions in the morning, and honestly, I would often sometimes rather be on my phone/sleep more/insert activity of choice here. But it really does set my day on the right path, and this is something I am always working on.

2 | Practice gratitude.

It can be so easy to get bogged down in complaining about everything that doesn’t go perfectly your way. But when you step back and think about it, the things of this world are fleeting. Simply thanking God for letting me wake me up in the morning is an easy way to practice gratitude.

3 | Be honest about your struggles.

This is a freeing and important thing to do when you live a Christ-centered life. Keeping your sins/struggles/fears trapped inside brews negative feelings, obsession, guilt, shame, etc. etc. etc. (All bad things!) Find someone trustworthy (a spouse, close friend, family member) and share your heart.

Easter is such a time of renewal and rebirth, and I just love that a whole lot.

I hope you have had a happy Easter spent with friends and family. Have a great week!

2017 REAL Caitlin

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Favorite Grocery Finds

Hi friends! Is your week off to a good start? I hope so! I’m sort of floating through the week. You know what I mean? It’s basically my Friday today (Easter break – woo hoo!) and I’m so excited for a few vacation days!

Anyway, today I’m sharing some of my favorite, go-to grocery store items. I kinda sorta love grocery stores/shopping a lot, and figured I couldn’t be the only one! So if you like that kind of thing too, keep reading!
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1 | Larabars

I probably sound like a broken record by now, but I can’t write a post about favorite grocery finds without mentioning Larabars! I always pick up a few (or like 7 when they’re on sale!) to have as quick snacks during the week. I haven’t met a flavor I don’t like yet. Some of my favorites include Peanut Butter and Jelly, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Key Lime Pie, and Blueberry Muffin. They have a super short list of ingredients and are an easy clean snack.

2 | Annie’s Mac & Cheese

Okay, not the healthiest food choice ever, but so so yummy. It’s a really easy we-don’t-have-anything-else-in-the-pantry meal during busy weeks. Plus, mac and cheese is my all time favorite food. I’ve tried a lot of the different varieties, but some of my favorites are the Shells & White Cheddar and the Shells & Real Aged Cheddar.

3 | Chobani Greek Yogurt

I love having yogurt on hand for easy snacking/breakfasting. Lately, my favorite has been the Chobani Flips. (Especially the “Pure” line.) It packs a protein punch but also satisfies a sweet tooth.

4 | Cheese Sticks

Okay, I totally eat like a five-year-old, I know. I’m snack-obsessed and love grazing on food throughout the day. Insert: cheese sticks. They’re an easy, light snack and easy to throw in your lunchbox for the day. If you have a salty-tooth, make sure you pick up a package of these on your next grocery trip!

5 | Turkey Deli Meat

Did you know deli meat is good for more than just sandwiches? I love grabbing a few slices of turkey and shoving them in my mouth packing them for a snack. I especially love shaved meat that’s super thin. Yum! (Also, if you only ever buy pre-packaged deli meat, you’re missing out! Fresh deli meat all the way.)

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Have a wonderful, restful, productive, fun rest-of-the-week.

2017 REAL Caitlin

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Friday Favorites #50

2017 Friday Favorites

Woo hoo! It’s Friday! And it’s also my 50th Friday Favorites post! Can you believe I’ve shared weekly favorites with you guys 50 TIMES?

I had a crazy busy week, and am so happy it is finally the weekend. Between tests + a new speech therapy client + a diagnostic appointment, it was jam-packed. I have a feeling my weekend will be pretty busy too, but the good kind of busy. I’m watching Jake’s track meet tomorrow, which is usually an all-day event. (I know what you’re thinking… We’re going to Target on Sunday instead, don’t worry. ;))

I completed my very first speech therapy diagnostic appointment today, where I evaluated an individual to determine whether or not they have a disorder and could be a good candidate for services! I was pretty nervous (i.e. Caitlin was pacing around the clinic for 10 minutes before her client arrived), but it went really well and was a great first experience. It’s a big responsibility, but also a cool way to serve the community and help others. Helping others is the biggest reason I am becoming an SLP, so I try to think of all of these new (+scary) things as opportunities rather than assignments.

Enough blabbing about speech therapy, let’s talk about what I was loving this week! (PS if you ever wanna talk speech therapy stuff, message me. I love to talk speechie stuff!)

FRIDAY FAVORITES

1 | Cauliflower Rice

So I finally cooked this cauliflower rice that had been in my freezer for like 3 months (#fail), and ended up really liking it. In the past it has seemed a little too cauliflower-y, but cooking it in a pan with leftover seasoning in it really did the trick to take away some of that taste! That, along with all the burrito bowl add-ins, made the cauli rice almost passable for the real deal.

2 | Diagonal Stripe Cotton Throw

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I ordered this after seeing it in a photo on IG + finding out it was on sale for less than $20. I’m obsessed with it because it has a cute + classic pattern, is soft + lightweight, and has GIANT TASSELS. I’m a sucker for a tassel. You can buy it here from West Elm. It also comes in black and white for $10 more! I picked the “shimmer blue” throw, which is a soft blue-gray in person.

3 | Coastal Linen Candle

I’m pretty positive that I shared this as a favorite a long time ago when I first got it, but I’ve been burning this lately and re-discovered it! It has a unique, clean scent, and is perfect for spring. Lucky for you, they still sell it at Target, so you can pick one up here!

4 | Striped Shorts

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I posted a pic of these on IG earlier this week, but I picked them up from Old Navy and had to tell you about them! They fit me really well, are a nice (not too short) length, and a classic print. I hate when shorts are too short, but also don’t want them to be too long either. These will be perfect to wear Unfortunately they are not on sale currently, but I’d watch out for another sale soon, because I feel like Old Navy is always cycling sales.


 

Have a fun + relaxing weekend!

2017 REAL Caitlin

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Pins I’m Loving Lately | Tea Tuesday #2

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Who’s ready for another edition of Tea Tuesday? (The time when I share what’s on my mind + anything else I think would be useful to hear or see!)

Today I want to share some of my favorite pins lately, because I thought that sounded like a fun time! I’m low-key (really high-key, TBH) obsessed with Pinterest, and the thousands of pretty + inspiring images that live there.

I hope you are having a happy Tuesday. I had a test today (booooo) but am so looking forward to meeting a new speech therapy client tomorrow! I love that I chose a career where I will get to help people every day. So very rewarding!

I can’t believe tomorrow is already Wednesday! This week will be over before we know it! Then, weekending will commence. (Weekending is my favorite.)

I need want to go watch an episode of The Leftovers now (still a fave!), so please enjoy some of my recent favorite pins + let me know if you love them as much as I do.

PINS I’M LOVING LATELY

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via Chris Loves Julia

I saw this and died. Then I read the post and died again. My next home decor DIY mission? To order some engineer prints! Also, I’m obsessed with the colors,the built-ins, and the ship-lap. Make sure to check out this post on chrislovesjulia.com!

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via Caitlin Wilson Design

The hexagon tile + brass fixtures + GINGHAM HAND TOWEL. Ugh. I’m a sucker for some (or a lot of) gingham. This photo is from @caitlinwilsondesign on IG, who you need to be following if you aren’t already. Her feed is just so beautiful + full of so much home decor inspo.

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via Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

I stumbled upon this cute little printable (I’m not sure I have ever talked about my obsession with free printables. Anyway, I’m obsessed with free printables.) It would be PERFECT for Easter, and is simple enough to fit in anyone’s home! Make sure you check out the post by kristendukephotography.com for more fun printables (+more)!

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via Southern Curls & Pearls

I’ve seen this dress a few times on IG and can’t seem to find the source! I LOVE IT though. Like I need it. So if you happen to know where it is from, please let me know! If you can’t already tell, I’m way way way into gingham right now. It’s just so fresh and slightly girly and classic all at the same time. (Have you ever loved a pattern so much? It’s normal, right guys?)

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via Style Me Pretty + Brett Heidebrecht

This bouquet though. I love everything about it — the shape, the colors, the flowers, the ribbon, the amount and type of greenery — everything! We are DIYing the flowers at our wedding, so I’ve been pinning lots of floral ideas! I can’t wait to share those kinds of DIY projects here on the blog when the time comes!

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via Damn Delicious

I thought this pic provided a cool/different lunch idea! I’m the world’s biggest snacker. (It’s even the story behind the “grazing” part of my blog’s name!) I even made my own little version for lunch today! Lunch doesn’t always have to look like a solid “meal”, in my opinion, and this option looks so yummy!


 

I hope you enjoyed getting a little peak inside my brain! (Seriously, all of these topics are on my mind, like, always.) What are you loving on Pinterest lately? I’d love to know!

Have a wonderful evening (it’s storming here – hellooo perfect Netflixing weather!), and a happy and productive rest of the week. I’ll see you Friday!!

2017 REAL Caitlin

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