Currently//September 2017

I’m avoiding chores like crazy right now: my kitchen needs to be cleaned, I need to swap summer clothes with winter, and I’m totally out of clean exercise clothes. But I have SO many things I want to share with all of you. If you watch my Insta stories, you’ll have heard of a few of these. I’m hunkered down in the evening with popcorn, hot tea, and my cozy robe so let’s go…

INSPIRED BY//

Like always, Ms. Rachel Hollis is inspiring the heck outta me. She’s running a 90-day challenge that starts Monday because — guess what? — there are only 90 days left in 2017. If that made you gasp, you need this challenge.

Some of her classic tough love below ⬇ (click the Play button in the left corner between the video and the caption)

It’s so easy to disregard the end of the year. It’s Halloween, and then it’s Thanksgiving, and then it’s the holidays. We’re all crazy busy with work projects and vacations and shopping and pie-making. We don’t prioritize healthy eating or workouts, we drink too much, we let family drama drag us down, and we take all that stress out on our spouse.

It doesn’t have to be this way!!!!

Rachel is challenging all of us to ramp up at the end of the year, not wind down. Maintain your healthy habits (mind, body, relationship, career), and maybe add a few more. Sign up here for the email-based challenge. I promise, it will be worth your while. Leave a comment for me if you sign up! I’m an ambassador for Rachel’s brand, so I’d love to know if you’ll be playing along.

WATCHING//

G and I have been watching the new Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War.” I am typically not one for war documentaries, but this is fascinating. There are interviews with American vets and their families, Vietnamese citizens, and Viet Cong. The tagline for the doc is “there is no one truth in war,” and the multi-perspective approach really helps to hit that point home. 

My close friend Lindsey coordinated a Kansas City screening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the documentary directors. They spoke on a panel with a local veteran and a local historian, and it was incredibly moving. After the hour-long series of documentary clips that we watched, there literally wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including all of the tough-guy-looking vets sitting around me. Watch this! It’s streaming on PBS through next month.

READING//

Loving “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood (author of “The Handmaid’s Tale”!), and I can’t wait to start “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue. I better not wait too long to start it, actually, because I have to finish it for book club next week. Whoops.

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Happy Friday! Countdown to 5 PM starts… now.

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If you want to know more about what I’m reading and loving (or not finishing), follow me on Good Reads. I review every book I read, so check it out!

LISTENING//

I have been listening to the new Kesha album on repeat. It’s the best. I have so much respect for her and her honesty. She’s clearly struggling with her identity, her spirituality, and her place in the music industry, and the vulnerability in her lyrics is powerful. Also, my newlywed brain loves “Finding You.”

I’m also listening to the “Waitress” soundtrack in preparation for seeing the musical in November. I have always loved that movie, and I love Sara Bareilles (who composed the music and wrote the lyrics), so I’m really looking forward to that date night!

Finally, if you love reality TV as much as I do, you must listen to this podcast: Reality Reality with Whitney A. Whitney, who is an awesome and funny wine and booze expert, and a guest discuss reality TV and reality (sex, dating, friend drama). It is so funny, and it’s a great outlet for all of my otherwise useless reality TV knowledge. (If you ever have any Kardashians or Housewives conspiracy theories to share, hit me up in those Insta DMs.)

EATING AND DRINKING//

I’ve been starting most days with a smoothie, and my new thing is adding frozen green peas for protein. I got this idea from the lovely Christina of Dessert for Two (please disregard that this post says “for kids” in the title 😂).

Rough recipe: 1 frozen banana, ¼ c frozen cherries, ¼ c frozen green peas, 2 scoops collagen peptides, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 1 c water. Blend on high until super-smooth. Tastes like PB&J. 

The blend of protein and fat keeps me full from 7-11, when I usually have a snack (hummus, dried edamame, wasabi almonds, or hard-boiled eggs).

What are you obsessed with this month?

Currently: April 2017

Hi, friends! Long time, no see. In fact, it’s been so long, I have a new name. Nice to meet you. I’m Caitlin Wallace.

I’ll write a longer wedding post when we have photos back (I cannot WAIT to see more of what the talented Elizabeth Thomas captured of our day!⬇⬇⬇), but it was perfect. It was everything I wanted it to be, which honestly still feels surprising to say. I am very pragmatic (some may even say I’m negative). Realistically, I just assumed that something would go wrong. And nothing really did 😍

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UM!!!!! #aprilfoolsforlove #wallacewedding

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I’m easing back into blogging — along with some fun new freelance projects — with one of my favorite posts: CURRENTLY. I love hearing what people are reading, shopping for, and listening to. Hopefully you do, too.

Currently, I’m still struggling to get back on my feet and back on a regular schedule after the mad dash that was the past couple months. Life is feeling more and more normal each day, and I promise you wedding guests will be getting your thank you notes soon. Well. Soon-ish.

//INSPIRED BY//

Now that the countdown to the wedding is over, I can focus all my excitement energies on my next big event: attending RISE with my bestie Brooke. It’s a conference in Austin for women entrepreneurs, and I cannot wait to eat tacos, take a crazy amount of notes, and get inspired. It’s no secret that my day job isn’t the most exciting to me, so focusing my off-time on ✨fun✨ projects (like this blog) feels very important.

The conference isn’t until June, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I know the women attending will be a mixed bag of women with big-time, self-made careers and women like me, who are still really figuring that shit out. That feels really exciting. The first couple of speakers have been announced, and I am particularly excited to see Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show. She’s weird and fun, and she’s owns it. She also built her own brand from the ground up. Very bad ass.  

//WATCHING//

The premiere of Fargo season three was so good. Loving the dual characters played by Ewan McGregor, and that window A/C unit?! Woah.

I cannot, cannot, CANNOT wait for the premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s been on my special favorite books shelf for the past ten years. Elizabeth Moss is perfect for Offred. I’ve heard some small details have been added to update the dystopia to a 21st century reality, so I am real excited to see those.

G and I saw Life in theaters, and it was one of the most genuinely scary movies I have seen in a long time. The writing is a little stilted and annoying at times, but I jumped out of my seat more than once. A fun date movie, for sure.

ALSO, the Henrietta Lacks movie premieres on HBO tomorrow, and you KNOW I will be watching that. Based on an incredible book AND starring my buddy Oprah?! YEP! 🌈

//READING//

I am so, so thankful to get some of my reading time back now that wedding planning is done. My book club is meeting Wednesday to discuss Dreamland, by Sam Quinones. It’s a nonfiction, heavily researched book about the many complicated arms of the opiate epidemic. It is intense and scary, but also deeply interesting.

//LISTENING TO//

ONLY THE NEW KENDRICK LAMAR, AND THAT’S IT.

OK, not totally true, but I am loving this album. Definitely on repeat throughout the long-ass work day.

I’ve also been loving Girl’s Girls, Brittany Gibbons’ new podcast. It is deeply irreverent and not for any person who is squeamish about sex or body talk, but it makes me laugh out loud every week. It’s a great show to commute with.  

//EATING AND DRINKING//

G has been dealing with some unexplained allergic reactions, so we’re trying a vegan and gluten-free diet to see if that helps. My new husband has been eating a lot of tofu and chickpeas, and he hasn’t complained once. We love Minimalist Baker’s roasted garlic mac and “cheese” and baked, crispy teriyaki tofu.

I’m learning a lot about vegan cooking. I plan to write more about it later, once I have more experience with lentils under my belt.

What have you all been up to? Miss you all!!

Currently: January 2017

It’s currently a SNOW DAY ✨.

I’m currently in fresh jammies, writing from bed. (Do you guys do this on lazy days? Get up, shower, and then get dressed, but in jammies? I do!)

This type of post format is all over the internet, but I’m particularly inspired by Shutterbean’s style of Currently post.

Let’s go…!

Watching: I’ve been very interested in royalty lately, both American and otherwise. I saw Jackie last night and loved it. It was much more intense than I expected, and the costuming was beautiful. The movie is framed around the interview for a post-JFK assassination interview Jackie gave to Life magazine, and reading more about that interview has been fascinating. I’m also keeping up my No Book-Buying pledge and reserved this book at my library to learn more about the Kennedys because once I get going on a topic, I cannot stop.

We’ve also been watching The Crown on Netflix, about the first years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. It’s a little slow at parts, but watching the power dynamic between Elizabeth and her husband is so interesting and well-written. The costuming is also beautiful.

Reading: I read Needful Things by the my bestie Stephen King over Christmas. Excellent and just the right amount of scary. I immediately moved onto Rose Madder, also by King and also excellent, but not supernatural… at least not so far. It’s about an abused woman who escapes her husband, and the suspense level is crazy.

I’ve also been working my way through this best-of 2016 list that Rachel at The REWM compiled. Lots of good longform and a nice mix of light and heavy pieces.

Eating: Day five Whole 30, going strong. I still have a bunch of Christmas candy around the house that I need to toss. It’s not tempting yet, but I’m sure it will be.

I was really missing a glass of wine the other night while making dinner (I think I missed the ritual of sipping while stirring a pot more than anything else). I had an apple cider vinegar tonic instead, and — as you may have seen on Snapchat — it was terrible. But the bubbles helped me get over the craving hump.

Last night, I ordered a burger with grilled jalapenos, avocado, and bacon at my favorite place, but asked for it on greens instead of on a bun. Was it the same? No. But it was pretty damn delicious. I ordered fruit on the side, and they brought me fries by accident, and I didn’t even have one. 👍

Listening to: I’ve been really into ambient noise lately. Maybe it was the month straight of holiday music, but I’ve enjoyed the ambience and calm of the sounds on this site (listen, they even have various Hogwarts-inspired tracks). I’m very into Cozy Cottage, but with the grandfather clock and the purring cat muted.

Also, if you need some serious goal-getting motivation, check this amazing podcast: Making Oprah. It follows my girl from the beginning of her career to now, and it is so inspiring.

Inspired by: I got two awesome cookbooks for Christmas, and I have been reading them both like novels. Food52‘s newest cookbook, A New Way to Dinner, is brilliant. It has 16 weeks of meal plans, four for each season, that outline how you can get the bulk of your cooking done on the weekend. It. Is. So. Good. The pictures are lovely; the flavor combinations sound delicious. This one will be food-splattered very shortly.

I was also gifted Celebrations, from Danielle at Against All Grain. I am decidedly not against grains, but this cookbook has some good Whole 30 inspo. I am making the Curry Pumpkin Soup ASAP.

What are you reading, watching, listening to lately? 

I’m still here // end-of-2016 update

Hi! Remember me?

The last half of my 2016 was crazy and hard and very full. Two of my closest family members got sick, I spent more time in hospitals and doctor’s offices than I ever imagined I would, and, oh yeah, I’ve been planning a wedding.

Blogging kept getting pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, but I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaack.

Life isn’t any less busy, but my family is on the path to wellness, our wedding is in <100 days, and 2017 is just a hangover away.

And speaking of hangovers…

I am in the depths of a carb and sugar coma that only a Whole 30 will pull me out of. Hospital cafeteria food turned into holiday eating before I knew it, with a whole lot of emotional eating in between. My skin looks like I feel — dull, heavy, and needing a cleanse.

I’ll be starting the Whole 30 January 1st like the true cliche that I am. No sugar, soy, alcohol, or grains. I’m going to keep eating legumes, though. That’s technically off-plan, but it’s my diet so I can eat what I want!

I’m writing today to tell you that I’m not gone, I was just resting. It may take me a bit to get back on track, but I’m HERE, I’m hustling, and I’m doing my damnedest.

xoxo, Caitlin

Art above by the incredible Brooke Schelar, of The Wild Fern Creative ✨. Get your print here

Top 10 things to do in Mount Desert Island, Maine

G and I just got back from a trip to Mount Desert Island, Maine, and it was the best vacation ever. Maine is insanely, breathtakingly gorgeous. We’re already talking about a trip back. I made a non-scientific, incredibly biased list of the best things to see, eat, and do if you ever make it to this beautiful island.


  1. Hike the Precipice Trail.
    IMG_3849This trail, which summits Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park, is not for the faint of heart or the weak of limb. Parts of the hike are so steep that there are iron ladders and handles in the side of the mountain to make the climb possible.IMG_3886But, like many Hard Things, it was so, so worth the work. Sitting at any summit with Grant is my favorite.


  2. Eat a lobster roll or three.
    P1000196Right after hiking, we jetted for Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor, where I had the best lobster roll of my life. Lobster rolls are the perfect food, and this one had the perfect amounts of lobster (lots), mayo (only a smidge), and a toasty, buttery (but not TOO buttery) bun.


  3. Eat a whole lobster.
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    Excuse the grainy iPhone photo, but my hands were way too lobster-y to even think about touching my camera.

    G had never eaten a whole lobster before, so that was high on our list. The wait at Thurston’s Lobster Pound was long, but the food was WORTH IT. We intended to order two medium-sized lobsters and ended up with two super-sized ones. #VACATION


  4. Read a Stephen King book.
    Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and he lives in Bangor, Maine, so I had to read one of his novels while I was in the state. I picked The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, which is about a 9-year-old girl who gets lost in the Maine woods. Seemed appropriate.


  5. Lounge on the Sand Beach.
    IMG_4248 The Sand Beach at Acadia is so beautiful and weird. It’s like a regular east coast beach, but in the middle of the woods. I read half of my novel, Grant took a nap, and we did not get in the cold, cold water.


  6. Go to the Abbe Museum.
    The Abbe Museum is dedicated to sharing the history and culture of the Wabanaki Nation, a group of Native American tribes that are indigenous to the land that’s now Maine. What made this museum so special and so interesting is that it was curated by members of the Wabanaki tribe, instead of by historians or anthropologists that are removed from the culture by several layers of experience.

    Bearing witness to the terrible losses and injustices that Native peoples suffered on the land where we were vacationing felt important to both of us. The exhibits are a mixture of art, history, and personal storytelling, and everything was gorgeous and well-written. Worth the time and money 100 times over.


  7. Eat at CJ’s at least twice.P1000281Since Grant has dairy allergies, we almost never get dessert on vacation. We walked past CJ’s on the first day of our trip and saw the words “dairy-free” in the window. The manager explained their whole process for lowering cross-contamination risk the second he heard we had allergy concerns 👍. They had three dairy-free sorbets and two dairy-free ice creams, different flavors each day. G had four flavors in all: chocolate coconut, graham cracker, raspberry-vanilla swirl, and mocha cappuccino.P1000283Other awesome eats: Project Social for tapas like lobster-stuffed piquillo peppers, Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast for their strawberry rhubarb jam and homemade bread, and Galyn’s Restaurant, where we had the most delicious Dijon-white wine mussels.

  8. Walk to Bar Island
    P1000220At low tide, you can walk across a normally submerged sand bar to Bar Island. We did this while exhausted from our Precipice hike, so I didn’t appreciate it as much as I could have, but it was beautiful. G played in some tide pools, and I sat on a log.


  9. Go on a sunset cruise.
    P1000332We sailed around the harbor on the Margaret Todd, a four-masted schooner. G loves sailing, so this was super fun for him. We shared pink wine and pistachios, and met some fun people to chat with.P1000357


  10. GET ENGAGED.
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    While I guess this activity isn’t available to everyone, watching the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain —  the first place in the U.S. where you can see the sun each day — is. Which is what we were doing when Grant said a bunch of nice things to me, got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife.P1000338I am over-the-moon happy.And the nice people we were chatting with on the cruise above? They got engaged on Cadillac Mountain, too, except in 1989. To meet them on the day we got engaged felt very auspicious.


    So, go to Maine. I can’t promise you’ll come home with a new fiance, but you’ll have a hell of a time regardless. Eat a lobster roll for me!