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It’s NATIONAL SIGNING DAYCollege football fans everywhere, unite. As one newscaster said, “Today is kind of like Christmas.”  The Husband literally couldn’t sleep last night; he is so excited to see what recruits our team (University of Miami) gets.  And he’s pretty pumped to speed through ten hours of (DVRed) television later today.  Oh, football.


Power breakfast for a day that requires a great deal of energy and enthusiasm:


French toast

Vanilla Greek yogurt

Mixed berries



I was pretty sleepy this morning and accidentally toasted the bread before dipping it in the egg mixture, and you know what? It was actually really good!  It gave the French toast an additional crunch.


Today kicks off The Naked Face Project!  My initial impressions?  Getting ready this morning was very, very easy (and fast).  Which was a good thing because I am running LATE.


Listen to This


This is my current power song… It’s also (my anxiety-ridden dog) Maggie’s theme song. I took her to an outside bar this weekend, and she was so miserable because there were too many people around (LOUD NOISES!), so I sang her the chorus.  “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”  Hah.

Oh yeah.


Have a great day!  Hope Miami gets all the good recruits!



  • Shari February 1, 2012, 9:26 am

    I absolutely love, love, love WDKY. I’ve been a huge fan of Kelly’s since her Idol days and can honestly say this is one of my favorite songs of hers, ever. I had a meet&greet with her a couple weeks ago (!!) and made mention of the song, and she said it’s one of her favorites to perform and that it’s so empowering. The vibe is just so uplifting! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP February 1, 2012, 3:14 pm

      best idol ever!

  • Elisabeth February 1, 2012, 9:34 am

    I love all of the new Kelly Clarkson album 🙂

  • Faith @ For the Health of It February 1, 2012, 9:41 am

    My boyfriend is a football coach and today has him all in a tizzy – but at least it means recruiting is basically over, and for that I’m super thankful!

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras February 1, 2012, 9:41 am

    That french toast looks amazaballs.

  • Khushboo February 1, 2012, 9:42 am

    Love French toast but it always comes out soggy for me- I should try toasting the bread first!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery February 1, 2012, 9:43 am

    I sadly do not have a team. Perhaps someday…

    Good luck with Day 1!

  • Caitlin February 1, 2012, 9:48 am

    I hope my South Carolina Gamecocks get all of the good recruits 😉

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. February 1, 2012, 9:56 am

    Kelly is my favorite!!!!! LOVE that song.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 1, 2012, 9:57 am

    Beautiful lighting on your breakfast photos! That song is a great for during a tough workout.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 1, 2012, 10:00 am

    Haha I’m glad the naked face project is starting off well!

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal February 1, 2012, 10:02 am

    I got her album the day it came out and that is one of my favorite songs for sure! Very empowering!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb February 1, 2012, 10:07 am

    our husbands would get along fabulously! i’m pretty sure today is more important to him than christmas. oh, football.

  • Sarah T. February 1, 2012, 10:09 am

    Good luck with the Naked Face Project! Kudos to you! I don’t think I’d be brave enough. I can do it for a day but not for 60! Can’t wait to read and follow along!

  • HTPDad February 1, 2012, 10:10 am

    The first time you said something about Husband thinking National Signing Day was a holiday I thought it was some obscure Brit thing.

  • Poptartyogini February 1, 2012, 10:12 am

    I think the time commitment is why I don’t wear makeup. I value sleep over all other! 15 minutes in the morning works for me

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 1, 2012, 10:13 am

    I love that song too! Heard it on the radio yesterday and it made me want to go for a run lol! Have a great day!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 1, 2012, 10:19 am

    I love toasting the bread for french toast!! It’s the way to go!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 1, 2012, 10:27 am

    I love your yellow placemat or tablecloth — whatever it is 🙂
    It looks so spring-ish!

  • Catherine February 1, 2012, 10:40 am

    Did Kanye West sing that too or is it different? That was my mantra when trying to get pregnant – that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger. 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 1, 2012, 10:41 am

    Now that’s a great breakfast to start your day with! I’m donating my hair next Monday and I’m hoping a pixie cut will shorten my getting ready time. I’m kind of nervous and excited at te same time…

  • Kath February 1, 2012, 10:45 am

    That was the end song in my cycle class today! Rock on!

  • Anna February 1, 2012, 10:51 am

    Gotta love Kelly! I heard this leaving the gym one day and it totally fit my mood!

  • Kristen@Change of Pace February 1, 2012, 11:27 am

    The french toast looks amazing. Mine always is too soggy or tastes to eggy 🙁

  • Jennifer February 1, 2012, 11:28 am

    Haha I thought “Signing Day” meant Sign language day! And since it was deaf ASL kids who invented the football huddle, it took me a while to realize you meant recruit-signing.


  • Sarah February 1, 2012, 11:33 am

    My alma mater (Washington State) has a new superstar coach this year, Mike Leach, so everyone is super DUPER excited to see how things go! Squeeeee!

    • Army Amy* February 1, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Exciting! I went to Texas Tech during the Leach years. I was really p.o.ed about the way things went down with him. And of course, we had a horrible season this year! I guess I’ll have to root for Washington State now!*

  • Ellie@Fit for the Soul February 1, 2012, 11:37 am

    haha I think it’s so interesting to see football fans go crazy for fb! I hope the husband gets his wishes granted! xD

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 1, 2012, 11:47 am

    I have never made french toast before, how sad is that?! Go Penn State!

  • Brie February 1, 2012, 12:15 pm


    It is an exciting day in our house, too. My husband probably peed himself this morning when DGB signed with Mizzou.

  • fitpeanut February 1, 2012, 12:19 pm

    I really have to do some french toasts too !

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 1, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I LOVE that new song–so GOOD and motivating!

    Have fun at work!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well February 1, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Ok. I definitely had a dream last night about French Toast. And I think it’s your fault ha :). I obviously need to get on the French Toast boat, asap. Your beautiful pics inspire my tastebuds!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 1, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I love how kitchen mistakes can sometimes lead to such great discoveries. I’ll have to try toasting my bread before making French toast next time! 😀

  • Laura February 1, 2012, 12:40 pm

    I misread the beginning of your post and thought it said today is National SINGING Day. haha It would be pretty awesome, though, to have a National Singing Day where people randomly broke out in song. 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP February 1, 2012, 3:15 pm

      i like singing 🙂 we need a singing day!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION February 1, 2012, 12:59 pm

    I love that song! It so easily gets stuck in my head…haha. 😀

  • CJ @ February 1, 2012, 1:01 pm

    I like that song a lot. I have always liked Kelly Clarkson and I think this song, especially, has a great message.
    Good luck today with your naked face project. you are always beautiful but I am interested to hear how you feel after a few days of it. Im rooting for you all the way 🙂

  • Amber K February 1, 2012, 1:08 pm

    I love that song! Kelly Clarkson can sure rock it out. I had no idea what signing day was until you explained, lol.

  • Andrea February 1, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Hahaha it’s so funny that you sang that song to Maggie. Poor little thing! I also had NO idea what signing day was either…that’s what being Canadian does to ya 😉

  • Alex Malov February 1, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Catlin! Your french toasts look so yummy Your hubby is one lucky guy. Kinda feels like deja vu, about the football.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed February 1, 2012, 1:43 pm

    it’s like a french egg in a basket sans hole. I like it!!

  • Hilary February 1, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I’m so excited to hear how your naked face project turns out. I actually stopped wearing makeup after going on a backpacking trip across part of the appalachain trail. I thought it was going to be terrible going without make up, my straightner, deodorant and showers for 10 days, but honestly I never felt more beautiful in my entire life.

  • L February 1, 2012, 2:06 pm

    I’m curious what brand of bread you use for your french toast? I’ve never been brave enough to try french toast (or anything similar) with gluten-free bread–afraid it wouldn’t hold up or would get gluey or something.


    • CaitlinHTP February 1, 2012, 3:16 pm

      Udis! Its the best GF bread.

      • L February 1, 2012, 3:42 pm

        It is great–I have a loaf in my freezer now. I’ll have to try french toast again. Thanks!

  • Caitlin February 1, 2012, 2:09 pm

    your breakfast looks amazing today!! yummmm!!

  • Tina February 1, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Your breakfast looked delicious and caused me to run to the grocery store to get some fruits and healthy foods. Love ya!

    Good luck with the first day of your project!

  • Darci February 1, 2012, 2:28 pm

    1. your breakfast looks SO good!!


    2. LOVE that song! Hadn’t heard it before, def adding it to the playlist!

  • Lisa February 1, 2012, 3:02 pm

    Good luck with the Naked Face project! By the end you might not want to give up the newly freed up time and money. I already live ‘naked face’ (except I do shave and wear deodorant)and can’t imagine how I could fit in all of the time needed to adopt a ‘traditional’ female grooming regimen.

  • Angela February 1, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Ok I really need an early night. I read the first paragraph of this post thinking that people were getting very excited about national singing day.

  • Cindy February 1, 2012, 4:37 pm

    I read that as national singing day at first and was very confused! 🙂

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets February 1, 2012, 6:14 pm

    Thats my new power song too! I absolutely love it!

  • Alex February 1, 2012, 9:26 pm

    i totally forgot today was NSD, but then again i also forgot my wallet at work and had to ask a stranger to buy me train fare home tonight, so maybe i should just go to bed already…

    anyway, go blue!

    and i knew the boyfriend was a keeper when i learned we both love the movie ‘blue chips’ and anything by kelly clarkson (and when he called himself a feminist). that video is awesome!

  • Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets February 2, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I first read that as national siNGing day. Got so confused at first. Thought it was a joke.haha.

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