Rise ‘n Oatmeal

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Only 49 days until Spring.


But who’s counting?  You know… besides me.


Good morning!


Just your basic bowl of stovetop oatmeal:


3/4 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 cup water

1 banana

Toppings: almonds, brown sugar, blueberries

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You know how the oatmeal gets stuck to the side of the bowl?  I tried to lick it off while there was still a quarter cup of oats left and ended up pouring oatmeal all down my front.  I wonder about myself sometimes…


Thought of the Day:


“Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.”



  • Khushboo January 31, 2012, 10:06 am

    Glad I’m not the only one who eats her oatmeal with a baby spoon!

  • Erin January 31, 2012, 10:14 am

    Where did you get those spoons? I love them!

    • CaitlinHTP January 31, 2012, 10:25 am

      They are little appetizer spoons from Crate and Barrel!

  • Jennifer January 31, 2012, 10:46 am

    I eat my oatmeal with the same baby spoon too! I LOL’d at your mishap, though, only because I could see me doing the same thing.

    • Jen February 1, 2012, 1:12 am

      Me too! I love that you share these little funnies with us…I’ll take all the laughs I can get! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 31, 2012, 10:58 am

    I love that quote, and it’s so so true. No worries about the oatmeal spilling- I had to change my top this morning because I dripped green smoothie down the front!

  • Courtney @ Translating Nutrition January 31, 2012, 11:02 am

    What a great quote! Going to save that one!

  • Sarah January 31, 2012, 11:14 am

    So does that quote mean you didn’t change your shirt after your oatmeal fail?

    • CaitlinHTP January 31, 2012, 12:07 pm

      No… and I just took a shower, pulled off my top, and found almonds on my boobies. LOL

      • Sarah January 31, 2012, 12:38 pm

        lol… Jaaaames! Here doggie!

        We always use our dog to clean up random food spills 🙂

        • Sarah January 31, 2012, 12:40 pm

          I mean… not that you’d have James eat them off of YOU, but knock them to the floor, obviously. Ugh that was awkward. Sorry.

          • Jen February 1, 2012, 1:15 am

            Hahahaha…now THAT made me LOL! I know that you didn’t mean it in a weird way, but it WAS funny. 🙂

  • Jordan@almondjay January 31, 2012, 11:15 am

    I completely agree with the thought of the day. As frustrating and hard as it is to fail at something it pushes you to learn more, try harder and be better the next time. Cheers to failing 🙂

  • Faith @ For the Health of It January 31, 2012, 11:16 am

    “failure” really isn’t as bad as we make it out to be. Not trying, not living…that’s the real problem. We’re designed to fail at times – we’re also designed to get back up, patch everything over and get right back at it! Awesome inspirational quote this morning 🙂

  • deva at deva by definition January 31, 2012, 11:26 am

    I’m counting down to baseball season. Cannot wait!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 31, 2012, 11:29 am

    You make me giggle 😀

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes January 31, 2012, 11:33 am

    Love that quote! That oatmeal sounds awesome, yum!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Ha, I have totally done something like that before! Your oatmeal looks delish!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 31, 2012, 12:05 pm

    That oatmeal looks so delicious! I haven’t made stove top oats in a couple weeks, I need to do that again!

  • Jen @ Whittle My Middle January 31, 2012, 12:35 pm

    I love moments like that when you wonder why you do things sometimes. I often manage to spill oatmeal on myself in the morning doing random things like tempting fate by leaving the bowl on the table while grabbing a scoop.

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 31, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Haha I hate oatmeal mishaps! A few weeks ago I was eating oats in a pb jar and, of course, had to scrape every last bit of pb from the side of the jar. In my effort to scrape the thing clean, I splattered oatmeal all over myself!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 31, 2012, 1:25 pm

    I’m totally counting — can’t wait til spring!! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 31, 2012, 1:30 pm

    I have failed many times….so YES there is power in trying again 🙂

    LOVE me some oats!

  • veggieberry January 31, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Looks delicious as always! I am a long time reader and I just wanted to say that out of all the blogs I definitely read yours the most. Thanks for always keeping it real!!

  • nancy January 31, 2012, 2:07 pm

    I’m running a bit behind and so just read about The Naked Face Project. I will be very interested to see where this goes and reading your insights. I have been bothered by this idea for a while. I have a beautiful almost 17 year old daughter who wears quite a bit of makeup every day. She didn’t start out like that; it just sort of evolved. She used to wear very flattering and appropriately moderate makeup. She’s a dancer (both in school and outside of school) and so is very adept at doing stage makeup. Not long after she starting dancing on the drill team at school she started wearing more and more makeup to school, almost like she was on stage every day. Now she will not go anywhere without her full makeup, even if that means doing her whole face at 9:00 pm just so we can go to the drugstore for something. This really troubles me. She is beautiful, inside and out. Why is this so important to her? What can I do as her mom to help her see that she is beautiful just like she is? I try very hard not to focus on the physical beauty of my girls. I want them to value their insides more than their outsides so I rarely make comments about their physical beauty. I focus instead on complementing their character or their attitude or other things relating to their individual gifts. Do I need to change that? Should I be more supportive of their appearance? If so how do I do that without supporting the belief that what they look like equals who they are?? I will definitely be following you as you go through this next 60 days and I hope to gain insight through you about how to better support my girls in valuing who they are over what they look like. Come to think of it, I can use some of this to do a better job with my teenage son too. I don’t think boys are immune to distorted thinking in this area.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian January 31, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I spilled my green smoothie all down my shirt and pants :\ Green splotches everywhere for the rest of the day. Ah well. At least it wasn’t in the car (like last time).

  • Simone January 31, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Ha! Preggo brain at it’s best!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 31, 2012, 2:43 pm

    haha that sounds EXACTLY like something I would do!

  • eatingRD January 31, 2012, 2:53 pm

    I cannot wait for Spring!!!

  • Amber K January 31, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Great quote as usual!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed January 31, 2012, 5:25 pm

    hahaha love it…. I wonder about myself sometimes too 😉
    Heidi xo

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 31, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Haha I’ve done something similar before!

  • the dandelion girl January 31, 2012, 8:05 pm

    Oatmeal is definitely one of my all time faves… and I never tire of seeing new variants!

    when I was in college (the first time around) I had an 8am Calc class where the instructor wouldn’t allow food and sometimes I’d smuggle in oatmeal… oatmeal I made so incredibly viscous (it was strawberries and cream so still tasted yummy watered down) it would go in a take away coffee cup… well, one day I didn’t snap the lid on tightly enough and spilled it all down my front… busted.

  • Katie January 31, 2012, 10:03 pm

    I need to get some blueberries in my house asap! Everytime I’ve seen them in the last few days I start craving them…must.get.now! 🙂

  • Emily February 1, 2012, 1:56 pm

    Yumm-o. Oats. Nice.

    I am also counting the days until spring. Going to school in Pitssburgh, I am sure you know how winters are in Cincinnati (since they are the same!) but it has not been a normal year! However, I am ready for some SUN!

  • Joy February 1, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Ahh Caitlin
    The telling of that story makes you pretty awesomesauce

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