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Rise and shine!  Spring countdown update:  Only 33 days to go.


I’m about to enter a three-week period of craziness.  Starting Monday, I’m flying to five Operation Beautiful speaking events in five different states within sixteen days.  These are (probably) my last events before the baby arrives; I’m planning to take a travel hiatus until October.  Plus, next week, Girls on the Run begins, and DadHTP is moving to Charlotte (yay!).  This week is definitely the calm before the storm – I’m trying to soak it up. 


Delicious breakfast:


Bisquick Gluten-free pancakes with canned pumpkin mixed in

Plan Greek yogurt drizzled with honey



I just add 1/4 cup pumpkin to the pancake batter – no need to adjust the other measurements.  The result?  Big and fluffy pumpkin pancakes.


Time to be extra productive.  You know how college professors always recommend that students ‘read ahead’ to the next chapter so they’re on top of everything?  Yeah.  I never did that in college (Did anyone? If so, I admire you greatly!).  But I’m going to try to metaphorically ‘read ahead’ with some of my workload and get a few projects done now.  It’s worth a shot, at the very least.


Have an excellent day! Stay tuned for The Naked Face Project update.



  • Kristy @ KristyRuns February 16, 2012, 9:41 am

    Thanks for the heads up about spring! It’s like the light at the end of the tunnel! 🙂 So ready for it!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 16, 2012, 9:42 am

    How exciting your dad is moving close by! I never read ahead either in college but it definitely does feel much more relaxed as an adult when you can prep for the upcoming craziness a bit. Good luck!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 16, 2012, 9:43 am

    Your pancakes are always so thick and fluffy – gorgeous!! And that 33 day spring countdown is very motivating… it’s not looking springy at all today here but I’m very hopeful! Have a wonderful day Caitlin!

  • Elisabeth February 16, 2012, 9:44 am

    That’s great your dad will be living close by now! Where is he moving from?

    • Caitlin February 16, 2012, 9:54 am

      He lives in California!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 16, 2012, 9:49 am

    oh YUMMY. WOW, that breakfast looks sooooo good! Have a great day!

  • Stacy @ Stacy Eats February 16, 2012, 10:06 am

    Only 33 days til spring?! Woohoo!
    Enjoy the calm before your next few busy weeks!

  • Samantha Angela February 16, 2012, 10:08 am

    That’s so awesome that you’re dad is moving to Charlotte. It is so nice to have family nearby in any case, but especially when you have a new baby on the way. It’s a huge help to have grandparents around.

  • Nicky February 16, 2012, 10:09 am

    I think you’re going to have to start calling DadHTP ‘GrandpaHTP’ 😉

  • Sana February 16, 2012, 10:11 am

    Reading ahead totally works. If you actually do it. Who has time for that?

  • Poptartyogini February 16, 2012, 10:14 am

    I’m pretty sure I didn’t read ahead once. In fact, I went out of my way to not read at all. Terrible. I’m do happy you’re dad is moving nearby. Enjoy the calm!

  • Jess February 16, 2012, 10:28 am

    Holy cow. Good luck with your crazy travel schedule! I give you lots of credit. I’m excited for GOTR here in Franklin County (Ohio) to start up in a few weeks! I’m a running buddy as well as helping out on the fund development committee here. 🙂

    I was actually a huge nerd. Freshman year I was your typical college student, reading only about half the time. But I double majored in two really reading intensive areas, and by sophomore year spring semester I would take the first week of the semester to read 2-3 weeks’ worth of readings, take notes, and get ahead. By the time exams and papers rolled around, I was ahead. That stuck with me through the rest of college and I was definitely far less stressed and way happier.

  • Khushboo February 16, 2012, 10:33 am

    Oh professors…always so ambitious with their suggestions!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats February 16, 2012, 10:36 am

    Haha I am such a read ahead student! I hate falling behind and feeling stressed about it, so I do all my reading for the week on the weekend. That way my evenings are much more relaxing

  • Kristyn February 16, 2012, 10:40 am

    Excited for more Naked Face Project and for spring! You’re looking so beautiful pregnant..not that you weren’t before. I’m just saying. 🙂

    I am pumped that I have an interview for the SoleMates Coordinator position in our council. I am already a SoleMate and coach obviously, but am excited to perhaps be more involved if I get the part time position! I wanted to tell you again how thankful I am for you talking about it so much on your blog, which enabled me to find out how to bring it to my school. Thank you thank you!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 16, 2012, 10:46 am

    For whatever reason, I’ve never thought of mixing canned pumpkin into pancake mix! Must try that in the future 🙂

  • Rebecca February 16, 2012, 11:01 am

    Yesterday when I grabbed food from the cafe on campus, the gal helping me informed everyone that we were only 30 days away from our next break. YAY!

    I have to read ahead in one class, at least a little, or else we’ll all be in trouble. My Media Law prof is going to ask us facts on certain cases, and if he asks and nobody knows, there will be consequences. He was telling us this the other day and he gave us the consequences of the first two times, and if it happens a third time… Apparently we don’t want to know what happens then. Long story short, we have to be prepared if he calls on us or we’re all in trouble.
    I’m trying to get ahead in a couple of my classes, but it’s hard because some of the readings and assignments aren’t posted online yet. 🙁

    Good luck with crazy travel and stuff!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 16, 2012, 11:02 am

    Ha, I don’t think anyone actually reads ahead. Wishful thinking on the proff’s part, lol.

  • Sarah February 16, 2012, 11:02 am

    Is that picture supposed to be upside down or am I suffering from pancake vertigo?

  • Moni'sMeals February 16, 2012, 11:03 am

    alright, you got me… I am so trying these bisquik pancakes asap. You Rock!

  • Anna Crouch February 16, 2012, 11:20 am

    Ummm ya, I definitely never read ahead in a text book!!! LOL My Chem teacher always says to, but I have yet to do it. I just have way too much other crap to do, and we have a lecture on it in class anyhow….

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb February 16, 2012, 11:56 am

    those pancakes look delish! i love a greek yogurt topper.

    so exciting that dadHTP will be moving close by… i can imagine it’s going to be amazing having family near when the baby arrives!

  • Kim February 16, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome that your dad is moving to Charlotte.

  • melissa (fitnessnyc) February 16, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I am drooling over those pancakes! delish!

  • Anna February 16, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Ha yeah I was never/and am still not one to really jump the gun and get ahead, especially on work. I’ve gotten seniortitis this semester and am just trying to keep up!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 16, 2012, 1:17 pm

    I almost never read at all – much less ahead – until exam time. Woops. 😉

  • Heather February 16, 2012, 1:23 pm

    i am so excited to hear that DadHTP is moving close to you [and babyHTP!] HOORAY!

  • Amber K February 16, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Professors in college were always mad at me when I’d read ahead! “We’re not covering that until next week, you can ask about it then” was something I heard far too often!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 16, 2012, 2:03 pm

    Good luck – busy times ahead!!!

  • Ali February 16, 2012, 2:20 pm

    33 days until spring? That means only 33 days until I’m 30. Yikes…scary thought!

  • Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot February 16, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love gf bisquick. Discovered it on vacation in November and it has pretty much changed my [gf] life 😉 If you have not tried making chocolate chip cookies with it, I highly recommend it. Oh so good!

  • Sneakers2Sandals February 16, 2012, 2:42 pm


    yes, i am procrastinating by reading your blog (as always!)!

  • Jen February 16, 2012, 10:26 pm

    You have a busy, but exciting, schedule coming up! Are these to promote your new OB book? Does your agent set or the publishing company set these up? Hope the travel time doesn’t leave you too tired with the bebe 🙂

    Also, do you mind share which literary agency you went through? If not, no worries, I understand!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 17, 2012, 12:43 am

    Those look really good! I haven’t made pancakes in awhile and have a can of pumpkin waiting to be used soon. I should do something about that… 😉

  • Charise February 17, 2012, 9:06 am

    I am apparently in the minority – I DID often read/work ahead in school! I am the kind of person who functions better getting a jump on things, rather than work under pressure at the last minute. I felt it also gave me more flexibility in my schedule – get stuff done when you have a little time, then if something fun comes up, you don’t have to skip out to finish something that’s due the next morning. 🙂

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