Thank You, Bye for Now, and Tastes Like Happy

Hi friends,

You probably figured this out on your own, given that it’s been something like two weeks since I last posted. However, I wanted to write to you all to let you know. I’ve decided to retire Kaitlin With Honey. There was a time in my life when blogging here made a lot of sense because it was relevant to my life. It also made more sense because, back then, I had a lot more time.

The truth is, between injuries getting in the way of fitness and a nonstop lifestyle in which, lately, I’ve barely had time to warm up a frozen dinner, I just don’t have anything to say anymore that has to do with the point of this blog (healthy living). Furthermore, my career is taking off and I’ve found that it’s important for me to focus right now on things that build my career rather than those that take my attention and time away from it.

I’ve loved blogging so much and I’ve loved hearing from you all on a daily basis. I am sad to close this chapter in my life and will miss you all dearly, but I know it’s right.  That said, you can find me over at my new blog, Tastes Like Happy. I won’t necessarily be updating regularly like I used to here, but I will update when I have something to say or share. In terms of Kaitlin With Honey, though, I’m signing off.  Thank you all so much for tuning in here day after day. You’ve all meant the world to me. Happy healthy living!

Love,

Kaitlin (With Honey)

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I’m Sorry!

I’m just stopping in to say I’m sorry for suddenly being so MIA. Things have been absolutely crazy lately and blogging just fell by the wayside. I’ll be back soon to explain! Love to you all. 🙂

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Chocolate: Good For You

Oof. I just wrote this WHOLE POST for you and lost it. I am not happy (I should probably eat some chocolate). I am also not going to retype everything, so now you’re getting the shorter version. Sorry.

Anyway!

I think you guys are probably aware that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve written about it a fair amount.

And, I mean, duh. Who isn’t a Harry Potter fan?

Anyway, while I’m not silly enough to believe all of that magic really exists (or, at least, I’m not silly enough to admit that on the internet…), there is one little bit of magic from those book in which I totally believe: chocolate reallycan heal.

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I’ve recently increased my chocolate intake and have told myself it’s for stress. However, I’ve also learned that it’s good for me and that maybe I’m doing it subconsciously for healthy reasons!

Let me have it. Sometimes you just need a win, right?

Here’s a sampling of some of the chocolate we have around the office.

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Don’t worry. I never have that much at once.

Usually.

I recently read this article in Eating Well Magazine (November/ December 2011 edition) and liked it so much, I thought I’d share it.

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Last time I typed up this post, I re-typed the whole article for you. Not gonna happen again.

The bottom lines:

1. It makes you smile.

2. It helps you see better.

3. It’s a diet food.

That’s enough for me!

But, just in case it isn’t enough for you, you can check some other articles out:

I love it when these things work in my favor.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat some chocolate!

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Weekend Eats

I did a lot this weekend. I saw a lot of people. I did a lot of reading. I did a TON of cleaning.

For whatever reason, though, I only really took pictures of the food I ate. No big deal. This is half a food blog, anyway!

I took this picture because I thought it was funny.

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All three are in my cabinet right know. Think maybe I’m on a Cheerios kick?

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My Saturday morning breakfast combined two of them — Peanut Butter & Chocolate. Delish! Though I will say that the PB Cheerios are far, far superior to the chocolate ones.

I had an amazing lunch that day. I ordered this sandwich from a place called Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake.

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In case the picture doesn’t do it for you, here’s a description:

“Oil packed tuna with sliced egg, arugula tomato, tapenade & pesto mayonnaise on baguette.”

Granted, they also gave me red onion (which I had to pick off), but it was still a wild success. And it was huge. I couldn’t have finished it if I’d tried.

I went to dinner that night with my friend Shivani at a restaurant called Ciao Cristina, right across from the WB lot.

Even though I went there craving pizza, I found myself seriously craving vegetables while were there. So, I got this huge (and gorgeous)grilled vegetable plate.

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Isn’t that amazing?

And, of course, I repurposed the leftovers into my favorite and versatile comfort food meal: upgraded mac ‘n cheese.

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Duh. Like you expected anything else.

I also took my friend Lauren out for a celebratory/ thank you dinner last night. We had an Indian feast:

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I got Sag Paneer and we split rice and potato-filled naan.

I left a very full and happy girl.

As you can see, I went out to eat quite a bit this weekend — and actually, that doesn’t even include my dinner out with my friend Tyler on Friday night or my coffee/ second breakfast out with my friend Becky on Saturday morning.

My wallet needs a break, but my tastebuds were thrilled. 🙂

Did you eat anything fun this weekend?

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Friday Fun: Inspiration

The theme of today’s post is this: Be your own inspiration.

At the beginning of February, I made this the background on my phone:

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February was a month of ups and downs. Some really great things happened. Some really terrible things happened, too. I don’t want to lie to you.

At the beginning of February, I was going through the pictures on my phone and randomly came across this photo, which I’d taken in a store in Phoenicia back on New Year’s Eve. I decided to Instagram it and make it the background on my phone because, well, who doesn’t need a positive reminder every once in a while?

So, you know, things haven’t been perfect. But every time I look at my phone (which is a little too often, if I’m being honest), it’s been nice to have this little mantra at my service.

In what ways do you create your own inspiration?

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