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This week, I’ll be making a huge effort to change my sleep schedule and wake up early to do workouts (biking + yoga since I’m out of commission for running due to my knee).

 

Having a yummy breakfast is a good enough reason for me to get out of bed!

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I made French Toast Challah (if you’ve never tried challah bread, it is so great and makes awesomely chewy French Toast) with blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and a little bit of syrup on top.  The sweet and salty contrast was the perfect combo

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Mean Stinks

 

Because of my involvement with Operation Beautiful, the Secret deodorant PR team reached out to me to tell me about their new anti-bullying program, Mean Stinks.  I browsed their awesome Facebook page last night, and it’s so great that I had to tell everyone about it!

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Mean Stinks is intended for high school girls, but I think adult women and men can enjoy it, too.  :)  Mean Stinks  offers a fun community environment in which girls have access to experts, tips, tools, and resources that help stop the “mean girl” culture at school and encourage them to “be nice behind someone’s back.”

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You can send nice messages to your friends (like, “I heart you” or “You are a great dancer”), write anonymous or public apologies to girls you’ve been mean to, ask questions and get expert opinions, and stop the girl-on-girl mean for good.  There’s already more than 66,000 Facebook fans and tons of positive messages on their wall!  I think it’s actually cool enough that girls will actually do it. :)

 

Check out Mean Stinks and be nice behind your friends’ backs.  And tell any younger girls about it, too!

 

Be nice behind a blogger’s back:  Leave a comment with a compliment for a blogger and a link to their blog.  I’ll start:  Jenna from www.thatwifeblog.com takes the most beautiful photographs and writes such interesting posts!

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  • Carolyn L. March 28, 2011, 9:27 am

    My friend Malinda is volunteering in India. She is brave and smart and beautiful. I am inspired by her. She also has a very calming voice, so she’s great to talk to when you’re riled up and need to chill out!

    http://malindataylor.wordpress.com/

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  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable March 28, 2011, 9:30 am

    My friend Dani is an AMAZING wedding photographer, and she’s doing a 365 photo project on her blog right now where she posts a different photo every day. She’s so talented and sometimes she tells stories that just crack me up! http://www.danileighblog.com/

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  • Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner March 28, 2011, 9:30 am

    I absolutely love this blog…it helps me in my life everyday. Christina will answer any question that you have about being in your twenties…it has helped me through my Quartlife Crisis!

    http://4020vision.com/

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  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 28, 2011, 9:34 am

    Very cool idea!! My friend Susan from http://www.thegreatbalancingact.com is super friendly and always makes the most GORGEOUS looking waffles!

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    • Susan March 29, 2011, 5:33 pm

      Waffles are indeed the secret to life I think ;) Thanks Angela!! I heart you back!

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  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 28, 2011, 9:37 am

    What a great thing to do. I can see that as a great partnership between you and this program. I love the blog Healthy Exposures http://www.healthyexposuresblog.com/2011/03/weekend-wrap-up/. Jessica writes so well about her journey in life through health, fitness and well, just living life. She is so sweet and her photos are incredible.

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  • Lana March 28, 2011, 9:38 am

    I’m going to give a shout out to Angela at http://www.ohsheglows.com. There is inspiration in everything from the thought-out posts to the gorgeous pictures. It was also the first healthy living blog I stumbled upon when looking for a recipe when I first went vegetarian.

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  • Megan @ Loving the little things March 28, 2011, 9:44 am

    Your french toast looks SO good!
    Fun! Mean Stinks sounds like a great program! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

    I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog today – something fitness related – you should check it out!

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  • VeggieGirl March 28, 2011, 9:52 am

    Mara at http://www.imadedinner.net/ is hilarious, a culinary genius, and a great friend.

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  • Freya March 28, 2011, 9:53 am

    I’m going to big up Emma – http://www.sweettoothrunner.com – she’s so lovely and a complete sweetheart :)
    I love the Mean Stinks idea – awesome!

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  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 28, 2011, 9:55 am

    I’ve never tried challah bread before… looks delicious!

    Carrie from Moves ‘N Munchies has such a positive spirit! She has an injury right now (tendonitis) that I had last fall and I remember how tough it was to stay positive when I wanted to do so much more. I definitely admire her for staying strong and taking care of herself!
    http://movesnmunchies.wordpress.com/

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  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 28, 2011, 9:56 am

    I think that Jasmine from http://www.eatmovewrite.com/ is just phenomenal. She’s down to Earth and is working to help Japan with her newest endeavor, Blogging for a Change.

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  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 28, 2011, 9:56 am

    How fun! I love it. The breakfast looks amazing!

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  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake March 28, 2011, 9:57 am

    I love this! I work in PR (for technology companies), so I’m always interested in creative campaigns that benefit the greater good. Kudos to Secret.

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  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 28, 2011, 9:58 am

    Sarah for Real is hilariously sarcastic

    sarahforreal.wordpress.com

    Kenzie at Healthy Purpose has lots of great tips for eating healthy, wholesome foods

    http://www.healthypurposeblog.com/

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  • Holly @ The Runny Egg March 28, 2011, 9:58 am

    One of my favorite bloggers is Beth from http://bethsjourney.com — her weight loss is inspirational, her running is amazing and her friendship has been wonderful!

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  • Leah @ Why Deprive? March 28, 2011, 10:01 am

    I love this idea. This whole mean girl thing needs to stop. Is it just me or is bullying getting worse and worse every year? I mean, I remember it being a part of high school, but not like it is now.
    I’m going to link back to Monet from Anecdotes and Apple Cores. http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com
    Monet is an amazing writer, baker and one of the kindest, and most sincere people I’ve come across.

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  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels March 28, 2011, 10:05 am

    Can I say two?!?!?!

    I’ve said it before but these two ladies are two super awesome blog friends that I hope and pray I can meet in real life. Nothing says “blends” like all of our silly “behind the scenes” emails – you know the stuff we don’t write on our blogs!

    Diana from Frontyard Foodie http://frontyardfoodie.com/

    and

    Leah from Why Deprive http://www.whydeprive.com/

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  • KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness March 28, 2011, 10:09 am

    Cool idea!

    I’m going to have to give a shout-out to Sophia at Raven Waves (http://www.ravenwavesblog.com/) Not only are her posts positive and fun but her comments on my blog and other blogs are always so sincere and encouraging :)

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  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 28, 2011, 10:13 am

    Mean does stink…and apparently, like armpit sweat! ;) I love Christina at Hungry Meets Healthy (http://www.hungrymeetshealthy.com/) because she is so silly and isn’t afraid to be herself!

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    • christina March 30, 2011, 12:55 am

      awww i just stumbled upon this!! thank you erin! :)

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  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset March 28, 2011, 10:13 am

    I recently came across Emma’s blog, http://sweettoothrunner.com/ and her attitude toward running, food, exercising and life in general is truly inspiring :)

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  • Evan Thomas March 28, 2011, 10:17 am

    Love the idea.
    I only met Sarah(http://glutenfreegrazer.com)for a few hours over the weekend but she was so kind and helpful. We were able to keep gluten-free at a pizza restaurant and she offered all sorts of food from her apartment for carboloading knowing it isn’t easy to travel and find gluten-free food many places.

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  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 28, 2011, 10:19 am

    My girl Vanessa over at http://www.presidentialliving.blogspot.com/ is writing about her gardening adventures and is now starting a new hobby of BEE KEEPING! I can’t wait to try her honey when it’s time!

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  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations March 28, 2011, 10:22 am

    I’ll link to Skinny Emmie at http://skinnyemmie.com/

    Discovered yesterday, Emmie is in the preparing for a half marathon next weekend after losing 100 pounds and has many many more to go. She’s definitely an inspiration to anyone striving to overcome obstacles and reclaim health and life!

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  • Natalia - a side of simple March 28, 2011, 10:26 am

    Great idea!

    Sophia from http://www.ravenwavesblog.com/ just started hosting her own site! I’m so excited for her. I think it’s a great achievement on “moving up” in the blogosphere :)

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  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story March 28, 2011, 10:27 am

    Bizzy from http://mybizzykitchen.com/ is such a strong and caring woman, she also some of the best recipes around.

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  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life March 28, 2011, 10:32 am

    That’s awesome that Secret is doing that. I think Jenn at peasandcrayons.blogspot.com She is so much fun, makes yummy looking food, and has an amazing personality.

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  • Khushboo March 28, 2011, 10:37 am

    I love carrie from movesnmunchies.wordpress.com
    She exudes such positive energy and is always super friendly!

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  • Cara March 28, 2011, 10:37 am

    That french toast looks amazing!!!

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  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 28, 2011, 10:39 am

    I love this idea.
    Ashley at http://healthyashley.com is so strong and conscious of everything she does. She’s inspiring and radiates positive thoughts.

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  • Katherine: Unemployed March 28, 2011, 10:42 am

    these are great ideas!

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  • Kailey (SnackFace) March 28, 2011, 10:45 am

    I think Lisa at I’m an Okie (http://www.imanokie.com/) is absolutely stunning. She’s nothing but candid and honest, which is refreshing. She shares her struggles and triumphs openly, and is always 100 percent herself. That’s something I admire and aspire to be every day.

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    • Lisa (I'm an Okie) March 28, 2011, 1:21 pm

      Yay for Snackface love. Thank you Kailey. I could say the exact same for you.

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  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 28, 2011, 10:45 am

    What a great campaign! Hearing about things like this always make me smile. :) I really love Chelsey’s blog @ http://cleaneatingchelsey.com because she’s super funny and very positive.

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  • Dori March 28, 2011, 10:45 am

    Once again, I Ctrl F’d myself and came up empty. Your challah french toast looks especially delicious today. I am jealous! I really like Melissa Nibbles (http://www.melissanibbles.com) because she is one funny lady.

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  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 28, 2011, 10:49 am

    That breakfast looks amazing. And I love the premise of that initiative too. Very worthy!

    My blogger shout out has to be to Lisa @ I’m An Okie (www.imanokie.com). She is an amazing friend and one of the strongest people I know. She just ran her first half marathon amidst a lot of life changes. And she just got into nursing school too! She rocks!!!

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  • Nicole March 28, 2011, 10:49 am

    Breakfast is definitely enough of a reason to get me out of bed in the morning, and yours looks amazing! Kall from walk on. always rights uplifting posts and brings a smile to my face!http://kallgal.blogspot.com/

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  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston March 28, 2011, 10:50 am

    Janae at http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com/ is one of the most positive people and it comes out in her blog — love it!

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  • Elin @ and serenity too March 28, 2011, 10:53 am

    Beautiful idea!!
    Shaka (Tiffany) at http://simplyshaka.wordpress.com/ is so positive and has a great sense of humour. And she’s an inspiration in being strong and following your dreams!

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  • Cindi March 28, 2011, 11:04 am

    One of the first blogs I ever read is http://www.solbeam.com – she inspired my first backpacking trip to Central America when I was 24 and continues to inspire me (although she rarely updates these days). Plus – her photography of places around the world is beautiful!

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  • brandi March 28, 2011, 11:07 am

    1. That french toast looks so good. Challah is the best for french toast!

    2. I hadn’t heard of this campaign, but I love it!

    3. My favorite bloggers right now:

    Heather at ThenHeatherSaid.com – she is so down to earth, and i love that she shares so much of herself in her posts, no matter the subject.

    Teri at AFoodieStaysFit.com – she is so funny and i love that she weaves so much into her posts, from food to activity to fabulous fashion.

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  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) March 28, 2011, 11:10 am

    Yummy breakfast!

    I can’t get enough of Heather from http://www.hangrypants.com/ Her honesty and openness is astounding!

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  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 28, 2011, 11:14 am

    I love carrotsncake.com. She is always so positive and fun. I love following her life.

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  • Kristina @ spabettie March 28, 2011, 11:17 am

    DANG that french toast looks SO good… my Grandpa Z used to make french toast with Kings Hawaiian bread… oh, SO good…

    thanks for this post, it’s a great one, and I’m loving reading through all the comment love!!

    my blogger love goes out to my very best blog friend Dorry – http://livingwithhealthyhunger.com/ – she is super sweet, a wonderful writer and very inspirational. We share the same sense of humor and “see” things the same way. It’s a cherished rarity… <3

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    • Dorry March 29, 2011, 5:18 pm

      This MADE MY DAY! I shed happy tears. Thanks, Kris! And thank you, Caitlin, for starting this love fest. :)

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  • DC Runographer March 28, 2011, 11:20 am

    That challah looks awesome. It’s easily one of the tastiest breads out there and makes me thankful I’m Jewish and to have eaten so much of it in my life!

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  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 28, 2011, 11:22 am

    I love Charlotte from The Great Fitness Experiment. She’s hysterical: http://thegreatfitnessexperiment.blogspot.com.

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  • Lauren March 28, 2011, 11:26 am

    I think this is such a sweet idea :)

    I’m sending my blog love to Lindsay at http://www.summit-sandwiches.com/ – she is a fabulously witty writer and never ceases to make my smile :)

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  • Sarah for Real March 28, 2011, 11:30 am

    Nicole from http://geekturnedathlete.com is super nice, positive and inspiring!

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  • Christine @ Burning It Off March 28, 2011, 11:32 am

    Breakfast is often what motivates me to get out of bed too… that breakfast looks yummy!

    My friend Lei has a blog about her love of belly dancing and food. Not only is her blog unique (how many belly dancing blogs are there out there?), her posts always make me smile and she takes lots of great pictures of all of the delicious (and sometimes weird) food she discovers. Check it out at http://yummy-belly.blogspot.com.

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  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 28, 2011, 11:33 am

    My AWESOME high school friend, Anna, lives in Fukui, Japan and has been working her little heart out since the earthquake on the other side of the country. She’s doing a 5K in a few days to raise more $$, but all along, she’s been hauling and gathering needed supplies. I blogged about her effort and her 5K here (http://acaseoftheruns.blogspot.com/2011/03/5tosurvive.html).

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  • Melissa March 28, 2011, 11:39 am

    Katye from http://longlegsontheloose.com is the sweetest and I am in awe of her fundraising marathons!

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  • Shelly @ EpicOrganic.net March 28, 2011, 11:39 am

    Love this!!

    Emily is the most courageous, honest, inspiring, and downright “real” person I wish I knew (and I love her recipes!). :) http://www.dailygarnish.com/

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  • Amanda March 28, 2011, 11:48 am

    I don’t have any kids yet, but http://dearbabyblog.com/ is so inspiring to me. Her blog reminds me to be grateful for all the wonderful things in my life and not to take advantage of love! Plus she has an adorable family that is always fun to hear about.

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  • Holly@Chunky Monkey March 28, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Janae at http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com/ is one of my new fav blogs. She is so fun and spunky. Her silly adventures bring sunshine to my day.

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  • Stepf March 28, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the kind note, Caitlin! I was so excited to see it on Facebook last night.

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  • Mal March 28, 2011, 12:08 pm

    My friend Carolyn has such a strong spirit and squeezes wonderful stories out of things other people find mundane. She reminds me of This American Life. Her stories about her mom (using, of course, her Mom Voice) are the best! Reading her blog keeps me smiling during tough times and brings me a little taste of home while I’m living halfway around the world: http://smalltownrevelations.wordpress.com.

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  • Aimee March 28, 2011, 12:09 pm

    This is a great idea and very appropriate for adults too. I am a nurse and have never been around more mean spirited women in my life, sadly they are on every unit I’ve ever worked on. It can be very draining.

    I love Marisa’s blog http://www.loserforlife.com/. Her blog is very down to earth, enjoyable to read, and she shares easy, creative and healthy recipes.

    I would also like to say how inspiring your blogs are Caitlin. I read your recap of the race yesterday and I really admire your wise and responsible decision to sit out the race. It sent such a positive message to other runners that we need to take care of our health first and foremost. I can only imagine how difficult that was for you but you would never know it by the way you showed your support to all the runners.

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    • Caitlin March 28, 2011, 3:10 pm

      Thank you Aimee :)

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  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty March 28, 2011, 12:12 pm

    LOVE THIS!!!!

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  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 28, 2011, 12:15 pm

    That’s awesome! I’ve always found myself w/ very few girl friends for this particular reason.. girls can be downright MEAN! I try to be super nice.. yet hardly get that in return. Would be nice if we could stop being so catty and just all get along!! :)

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  • Christy March 28, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I hope you recover from your knee in time for your next race. Injuries happen at the worst of times.

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  • Little Miss Runshine March 28, 2011, 12:17 pm

    My friend is obsessed with challah bread french toast!! I still have yet to try it!

    I love Cait’s blog Fierce Fit and Fabulous! http://caitmanock.blogspot.com I feel like I can relate to her and she’s been my friend forever! :)

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  • Angela March 28, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Julie from http://www.pbfingers.com/ has really inspired me with her blog. She has a real person full-time job like me and sticks to her workouts. She has inspired me to workout in the morning using some of the at home ciruit workouts she has posted, and has really helped me stick to my workout plan. I also appreciate that she cares about her readers and responds to emails!!

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    • Brittany March 28, 2011, 2:16 pm

      Another cheer for Julie! (http://www.pbfingers.com)

      She’s totally inspiring, beautiful, down-to-earth, sweet as can be, and I love seeing how much she values her family and friends (and puppers). She’s a great example of healthy & happy living!

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    • Kimmah March 28, 2011, 3:37 pm

      Totally agree!!! I LOVE reading Julie’s blogs!!

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    • julie @ pbfingers March 28, 2011, 4:24 pm

      gosh guys! you make a girl blush! :D thanks so mcuh for all of your support!

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  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 28, 2011, 12:18 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I really enjoy reading Julie’s blog at pbfingers.com -She is funny, fit, and so real. Plus, as a newly wed, I can relate to her! You too, though, Caitlin- you have a fabulous blog!!

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  • Amber K March 28, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I absolutely love this idea!

    Averie inspires me with her strength, positive attitude and kick-ass recipe ideas. http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/

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  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans March 28, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Great idea!!

    Cynthia totally rocked her race yesterday and one of the most dedicated runners I know!!

    http://cynthiasadventures.blogspot.com

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  • Jennifer Cook March 28, 2011, 12:28 pm

    My good friend Laura writes this blog http://on-account-of.com/ Her posts are incredibly funny and witty, she always makes me LOL!

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  • Erin March 28, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Julie at pbfingers.com! She is absolutely adorable in all that she does. Her character and personality truly beam through her words and the pictures she posts. Julie seems like such an incredible person, along with Ryan and Sadie. I wish I lived in Orlando so that I could hang out with her–maybe even buy her her first post-Lent sweet treat :D

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  • Chrissy (The New Me) March 28, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Oh, I love this idea! I also love the blog Feels Like Flying (http://feelslikeflying24.blogspot.com/). Rosie is a thoughtful writer with great photos who seems to truly experience things instead of just rushing through life. She’s my latest favorite blogger and you should check her out!

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  • Kelly March 28, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I’d like to give a shout out to Mama Pea (and fam) who make me laugh daily with her well written and always interesting blog: http://www.peasandthankyou.com

    And I’d also like to show some love to Caitlin of Twenty Fifth Year who is always inspiring with her words and gorgeous photography! : http://www.twentyfifthyear.com

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    • Caitlin March 29, 2011, 12:23 am

      Thank you so much, I truly needed that today!

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    • Heather March 29, 2011, 11:59 am

      I love both these blogs, for sure – but I am hands down voting for Twenty Fifth Year for most epic (awesomesauce???)blog turn around in 2011! I loved her blog last year, too – but the way she is tackling life through her lens and blog this year deserve a standing ovation.

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  • Sarah @ SarahFit.com March 28, 2011, 12:46 pm

    What a awesome idea for comments! Love it and operation beautiful. I’m going to give a shout out to Maggie at http://asliceofwonderbread.blogspot.com/ for her amazing recipes! She just became a gluten-free vegan but her recipes are fit for people who love to eat healthy in general!

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  • Little Bookworm March 28, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Sounds like an amazing idea! I think Emma (http://sweettoothrunner.com) is an amazing blogger. She always has lovely posts, is happy to answer any questions, loves chocolate, and has amazing pancake recipes too! :D

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  • Lili March 28, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Although I’m not an AM exerciser (attempting to though!), Beth gave great tips on how to stick w/ an AM exercise routine:
    http://bethsjourney.com/2011/03/10/transforming-into-a-mostly-morning-person/
    Hope it helps!

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  • Lili March 28, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Although I’m not an AM exerciser (attempting to though!) Beth gave some great tips on how to stick w/ an AM exercise routine:
    http://bethsjourney.com/2011/03/10/transforming-into-a-mostly-morning-person/
    Hope it helps!

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  • Michelle March 28, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Mamma Pea at Peasandthankyou.com always makes my morning with her tales. I hope one day i can raise my kids with as much humor and grace as her!

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  • Kara March 28, 2011, 1:01 pm

    I love so many blogs, but especially Kate over at thisplaceisnowahome.wordpress.com. Her baby is two months younger than mine and it’s great to read her take on parenting (which conveniently is very similar to mine!)

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    • Caitlin March 28, 2011, 3:11 pm

      I love her blog too!

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  • Missy March 28, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Two beautiful Texas women inspire me, encourage me and cause me to think every day and sometimes multiple times a day.

    Linday@ http://www.cottercrunch.com/

    and

    Dori@ http://livingwithhealthyhunger.com/

    I have so much love for them/

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  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 28, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Great post, what a cool campaign!

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  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 28, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Mean Stinks is such a great concept! Congrats of being involved.

    Challah does make the BEST french toast. :)

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  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) March 28, 2011, 1:18 pm

    Kacy from Low & Behold. She has talked a lot on her blog over the past year or so about how her life wasn’t where she wanted it. She saw people around her doing things to change their life for the better and she deemed 2011 the year that she would do that.

    And she did. She took a chance, told her company that she wanted to move to DC and hoped they would let her keep her job and work in DC. The gamble worked, and now shes moving to DC in May and I couldn’t be happier for her!

    http://lowandbeholdblog.com

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    • Caitlin March 29, 2011, 12:25 am

      Love both yours and Kacy’s – daily reads for sure!

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  • Allison @ Runs A Latte March 28, 2011, 1:19 pm

    I’m really enjoying Courtney from Pancakes and Postcards
    (http://www.pancakesandpostcards.com). She’s has an amazing journey in her life already (living in Africa doing peace corps work) and now she’s training for her first marathon – Big Sur! I love her writing style and sense of humor!

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    • Caitlin March 29, 2011, 12:24 am

      I LOVE Courtney as well!!

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  • Judy March 28, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Thanks, Caitlin, for another good idea. I visited http://thatwifeblog.com and throughly enjoyed it. Especially the photography section where I she has lessons in buying and using DSLR cameras. Just what I’ve been looking for.

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  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 28, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I really enjoy YOUR blog (should I link to it?) ;)

    But other than yours, I totally adore Emily @ dailygarnish.com – she is amazing, and I love how she is so truthful and candid, especially no with her pregnancy!

    I also cannot get enough of Tina @ faithfitnessfun.com – she is such a true friend, and I can’t say enough great things about her! She always gives me something to think about!

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  • Meg March 28, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I just LOVE Kristina’s blog – http://www.spabettie.com – she takes amazing photographs, has a beautiful spirit and LOVES her doxie, Basil – he’s adorable. Any fan of a daschund has my friendship immediately :)

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  • Lisa March 28, 2011, 2:01 pm

    This is great! I really enjoyed reading all the comments to see who people are reading.

    I want to give a shout out to Diane from http://www.fittothefinish.com/. Her story is amazing and I love her thoughtful posts!

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  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty March 28, 2011, 2:02 pm

    This is awesome!!
    I really love 2 of my new blogger friends… They are both positive and fabulous!!

    http://spabettie.com/

    and http://www.purplebirdblog.com/

    There are SO many other amazing bloggers out there, but these 2 are my fav right now!

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  • Mary @ Fit this girl March 28, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Ann and her Hubby Jay over at http://twelve-in-twelve.blogspot.com/ have lost 100lbs combined and are still going strong! They are runners, bikers and Jay is a triathlete–complete inspiration!!

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    • gina March 28, 2011, 3:59 pm

      Congrats on loosing 100 lbs. IF you want to reward yourself, do something fun, and get a good workout, you should look into doing Rebel Race in June. You get all muddy, overcome obstacles, and hang out with friends.

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  • Janssen March 28, 2011, 3:20 pm

    What a fantastic idea.

    I love Kayla’s frecklesinapril.blogspot.com blog. Whole food eating and fashion blogging? Of course I love it.

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  • Theodora March 28, 2011, 3:38 pm

    I love Katy Widrick’s blog (www.katywidrick.com). It’s incredibly informative without being boring :)

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    • Raya March 28, 2011, 7:10 pm

      I love her too!!! SUCH good advice and helpful posts. Amazing!

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  • Kimmah March 28, 2011, 3:39 pm

    In addition to pbfingers.com, I also love http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/. She’s great fashion inspiration!!

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    • Raya March 28, 2011, 7:10 pm

      Yes!!! She is amazing and her blog has grown so much so quickly, it’s inspirational!!!

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  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 28, 2011, 3:43 pm

    I adore anti-bullying campaigns, especially as a teacher! With technology, bullying is happening on such an intense level: it’s almost ALL behind a girl’s back, and it’s a CINCH to find out about it.
    “Be nice or go away” It’s sort of harsh, but it reminds bullies that they aren’t cool!
    I try and smile at everyone, it’s an antidote for the meanness they may have endured :)

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  • Clarissa March 28, 2011, 3:45 pm

    What a great idea!! Mean definitely stinks!

    http://www.notsuperhuman.com I think Tracey is awesome and SUCH a good writer!

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  • Kennedy @ Running After Balance March 28, 2011, 4:03 pm

    Awesome idea Caitlin!
    I want to give a shout out to two fellow Toronto bloggers: Joy McCarthy (http://joyoushealth.ca) and Meghan Telpner (http://meghantelpnerblog.com). Both of them talk about holistic approaches to nutrition and health and post amazing recipes – and they’re both graduates of my nutrition school!

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  • Sarah Joy March 28, 2011, 5:36 pm

    This is such a great idea, being nice behind someones back is clearly a hit!
    Melissa at Trying to Heal (www.rainforestgurl.blogspot.com) is always so honest in her posts!

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  • LauraJayne March 28, 2011, 5:57 pm

    Rachel at the Avid Appetite (www.theavidappetite.com) always posts the most thoughtful comments and tweets! She totally helps me to get and stay positive!

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  • Hangry Pants March 28, 2011, 6:07 pm

    This is not a food blogger, but I want to say Jess from A Mountain Bride has a wonderful blog and the cutest new baby girl named Clara http://amountainbride.blogspot.com/

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  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 28, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Natalie at Follow My Fitsteps ends each post with a quick tip for a healthy lifestyle – it’s great! http://followmyfitsteps.com/

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 28, 2011, 7:01 pm

    Cute idea! :D

    I love Gracie’s inspiring posts and killer fashion sense @ http://girlmeetslife.com.

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  • Kelly March 28, 2011, 7:11 pm

    So many bloggers I love and could easily say nice things about :)
    I’ll mention Amber (http://www.girlwiththeredhair.com) and Lisa (http://lisasyarns.blogspot.com). I love seeing what new fun topic they are each going to post about that day and beyond their blogs they are awesome friends :)

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  • Keri March 28, 2011, 7:38 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful Bird of Paradise. Just taught this in class this morning, and if you were there, I would have had you demonstrate :)

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  • Maria (RealFitMama) March 28, 2011, 8:11 pm

    I have to give blogger love to:

    1) Jen at http://www.makingmesses.com because she is real, down to earth and hysterically funny!

    2) Ashley at http://www.healthyashley.com because she makes me push myself a little harder in my workouts.

    I have the utmost love and respect for so many bloggers, but these are two that really stand out for me!

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  • Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy March 28, 2011, 8:59 pm

    Angela at http://ohsheglows.com comes up with amazing vegan recipes that make me scream out loud in joy lol

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  • Amber March 28, 2011, 9:24 pm

    This is amazing! I have to say I am inspired everyday by tons of blogs. I give kuddos for http://www.beneathitallblog.com/ She insires me all the time with her coupon clipping skills and energry to get up and run! YAY for Kelly! =)

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  • sarah March 28, 2011, 10:38 pm

    I like Meghan at Meals and Miles because she posts regularly, has a good sense of humor, seems realand down to earth, and has amazing food combinations.

    Julie at pbfingers is always a reliable poster (even when she’s sick like this weekend), has a positive attitude, shares a lot about her life, takes a log of pictures, and has a super hot hubby and amazingly cute dog.

    SkinnyRunner is super-funny & an amazing runner.

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  • sarah March 28, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Oh yeah, sarah von at yesandyes.org is the most amazing: funny, real, inspirational, deep, silly, and reliable.

    And of course, we all love caitlin for her positivity, relatability, and vulnerability :)

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  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 29, 2011, 1:30 am

    I absolutely LOVE Diana from http://mymarblerye.wordpress.com/

    she is funny, adorable, and all-around awesome!

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    • RoseRunner April 5, 2011, 11:48 pm

      I full-heartedly agree. Diana wins.

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  • Kate March 29, 2011, 3:58 am

    Oooh, reading through the comments was a bad idea. Just what I need is more blogs in my already out-of-control reader, haha. looks like so many good ones here! One of my faves is http://bgettinghot.blogspot.com/ She’s so real and inspiring! She just ran her first 5k last saturday.
    I also have to admit that Healthy Tipping Point is one of the first I go to in my reader to see if there’s anything new, I love it! I’m about 20 lbs into my goal of losing 100 lbs and I would love to be a runner like you! I’m on week three of the Couch to 5K and it’s killer, but I’m working on it. :)
    (plus you’re food pictures look super yummy, even to a picky eater like me!)

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  • Katherine: Unemployed March 29, 2011, 5:55 am

    my last comment was so lame; I’m loving reading everyone else’s. my post shouts out to pbandjenny, ohsheglows and chocolatecoveredkatie but I really love all the people who comment. I’m just going to second each nomination of all these lovely commenters here!

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  • Julia @ Brides Up North March 29, 2011, 8:45 am

    Hi Caitlin – nice post. I like http://www.penelopeloveslists.com

    xxx

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  • Julia @ Brides Up North March 29, 2011, 8:46 am

    Ohh and Hyperbole and a Half – which is hilarious!!

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  • Juani March 29, 2011, 11:04 am

    Robyn from http://www.love-and-hisses.com is awesome!If you like (funny) pictures of cats (which I do) and witty,easy to read writing (again,I do) go visit her.The blog is about a woman (and her hubby) who fosters kittens and other abandoned cats.She herself has about 12 cats,2 dogs and a whole lotta chickens and pigs (which they farm with).So yeah,my ideal lifestyle.

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  • Jessica March 29, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I love what you’re doing with Operation Beautiful and the anti-bullying message! I was picked on so much in elementary school just for being a little heavier and I’m still insecure because of it. Girls need to know (especially when they are young!) that we are more than our looks and that is okay if you don’t look exactly like everyone else!

    As for being nice behine a bloggers back, I will compliment my friend Lauren, who blogs at http://youngnester.blogspot.com. She does great crafts for cheap and is such a nice person!

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  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 29, 2011, 3:51 pm

    Ahhhh what a fun idea!! I love this :) Some of the blogs I always look forward to reading are Julie at http://www.pbfingers.com and Rach at http://www.thisitalianfamily.wordpress.com But honestly I love all of the blogs I read, and now have so many more to check out from all of the comments here. Oh, and I love yours as well, but that’s a given :)

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  • Amy March 31, 2011, 12:29 am

    It is so great what you are doing with everything Operation Beautiful related – it is so inspiring!

    My blogger shout-out is to Janetha at Meals & Moves She is totally down to earth and her honesty really comes through on her posts.

    My other shout out is to Melissa at Trying to Heal
    Her bravery and honesty on her blog is truly inspirational — and actually gave me inspiration to start blogging about my past journey.

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  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day April 2, 2011, 8:15 pm

    I just now read this post, but it’s never too late to be nice behind a blogger’s back! I’m going to shout out to Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean (www.theleangreenbean.com). She’s super friendly, real, and makes some amazing recipes. She also features some really original ideas on her blog through her Lindsay’s LunchBox series.

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  • Crystal @ College Cooking Girl April 5, 2011, 7:31 pm

    There are so many great bloggers! Jolene http://www.everydayfoodie.ca/ is one of my favourites because she is a fellow Canadian, seems like a down to Earth kind of person, and I always leave her blog feeling happy and inspired!

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  • Ron Jones September 28, 2011, 12:34 pm

    It’s a shame there are so many competive sites out there, because a lot of the time, the good ones get lost in the background among all the other s**t on the net.

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