• My Favorite Experiences From Year #32

    June 19, 2013

    Happy birthday to me! It’s my birthday, and I turn 33 years old young today!

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    Pug + cupcake hat = THE BEST

    Today is also National Martini Day! Perfect, right? Maybe I should call it National MarTINA Day? Haha!


    Looking back on the past 365 days, it’s apparent that I had a pretty kick-ass year. I still can’t believe everything that happened. I traveled a ton, attended all sorts of awesome events, and spent time with my favorite people. What an amazing year, and I’m thankful for every single second of it. With that said, here are my favorite experiences from year #32:

    Ireland {Parts 1, 2 & 3}


    Here’s the final post from our Ireland adventures! In case you missed the first two, here they are: What To Do In Ireland {Part 1} What To Do In Ireland {Part 2} DINGLE Stay The Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast. If you visit Dingle, definitely stay here!

    Our Trip to Hawaii

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    We made it! Twenty hours of travel and we’re here! I AM SO PSYCHED! A HUGE thank you to the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau for sponsoring my trip and making one of my dreams come true. Yesterday started bright and early at 4:00 AM.

    Canyon Ranch Lenox

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    Good morning and greetings from Canyon Ranch Lenox! I will be spending the next 2.5 days here as part of a media visit. My friend Gina put me in touch with one of the public relations representatives at Canyon Ranch and the rest is history.

    My Sister’s Baby Shower


    My sister’s baby shower was a huge success! It was a beautiful day, tons of family and friends were in attendance, and the mommy-to-be had a wonderful time. We couldn’t have asked for a better day! I can’t wait for baby Matthew to be here! Less than 2 months to go

    Mohegan Sun Girls’ Weekend


    Ok, where did we leave off? Biking adventures, right? After our biking tour of Mystic, we headed back to Mohegan Sun for an afternoon at Elemis Spa. Each of us were provided with a spa service to review, so I chose a deep tissue massage.

    Yoga with Martha Stewart at Grand Central Station

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    Rise and shine, it’s time for yoga with Martha Stewart! My day started bright and early at Theodora’s apartment. We were both invited to a yoga event with Martha Stewart this morning, so I spent the night on her couch (Theodora’s not Martha’s) last night.

    Pug Therapy Visits

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    Yesterday afternoon, Murphy and I had a very special visit to make at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As you probably know, the MIT community has been through quite a lot lately, so when I received a request from Dog B.O.N.E.S. about visiting the campus, Murphy and I immediately jumped at the chance.



    Good morning! Happy Friday! Last night’s New York City adventures started with appetizers and drinks at The Long Room. Strike a pose, Theodora! Theodora and I met a bunch of her friends there before the concert. Everyone ordered wine (I stuck with water) and then we shared a few appetizers among the table.

    Four Years with Mal

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    As cheesy as it may sound, four years ago today, I married my best friend. Mal rules for a lot of reasons, but my favorite is that we always have so much fun together—whether it’s doing CrossFit, traveling, drinking beers, or simply making up spur-of-the-moment games to play together—we always manage to make each other smile.Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

    tiny HUGE Party


    Hooray! Our “tiny HUGE” party was a huge success! What a fun time! Mal was ready to party. Ping… not so much. (How adorable is he?!) The food was definitely the highlight of the day. On the menu: mini pizzas made from homemade (omg, delicious) dough. Sliders. Pasta salad made with tiny and HUGE shells. Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

    2012 CrossFit Games


    Ahhhhhh! The CrossFit Games are absolutely amazing! I keep referring to them as “CrossFit Christmas” because they’re so fun! Again, a huge THANK YOU to GNC and Reebok for making this trip happen for me. I am forever grateful! On Friday, Heather, Kelly, and I arrived at the Games around 10:30 AM. Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

    Our Vacation to Oregon


    After our paddleboarding adventures yesterday morning, Mal and I visited Bend again to explore some more. We arrived late in the afternoon and then wandered around Wall Street and Bond Street, popping into cute shops and enjoying the sights and sounds.

    2013 CrossFit Open

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    Phew. I’m glad the 2013 CrossFit Open is officially over. It was a ton of fun, and I really enjoyed myself, but I’m ready to get back to my regular workouts. I feel like I haven’t been to a CrossFit class in ages! Last Friday afternoon, Kerrie and I made plans to do 13.5 together.

    Our New Bathroom


    The time has come to show you guys our new bathroom!! Are you ready? Here’s a quick history of how it’s looked over the years: Here’s how the re-do went down: Demo day. Out with the old. In with new tile. Hello, new floor! Hello, new vanity and toilet! And, finally, the walls were painted.

    24 Days of Togetherness


    Good morning! I have a fun holiday project to share with you guys. I was inspired to make it after almost buying a neat advent calendar from Starbucks a couple of weeks ago. Each day of the calendar was filled with chocolate or another fun surprise, so it was a lot more festive than the cheap-y ones I usually buy.

    Rx-ing My First Girl Workout


    I did it! I did my first “Girl” workout as prescribed! Woohoo! I finished “Helen,” but, man, it wasn’t pretty. My time wasn’t super fast, but I’m still proud of myself for Rx-ing a benchmark workout. I first did “Helen” back in February and finished in 12:12, but I used bands for the pull-ups.

    CNC Turns Five


    Happy National Carrot Cake Day!!! National Carrot Cake Day is also the day that I published my very first post on Carrots ‘N’ Cake. Crazy coincidence, right? Every year since then, I’ve celebrated both of these special occasions on February 3rd.

    Weekend at Twin Farms


    On Saturday night, Mal and I got all dressed up and then started our evening with a cocktail at the pub at Twin Farms. The pub had a fully-stocked bar (with snacks) as well as a variety of entertainment options, including a pool table, dart board, big screen TV with lots of movies, and a grand piano.

    Questions of the Day

    What’s your favorite kind of martini?

    Dirty martini with extra olives.

    What has been your favorite year of your life so far?

    I really loved being 20 because I had some amazing and insanely fun experiences that year, including living in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house with 30 of my best friends, spending the summer working on Block Island with four girl friends, and then going to England for a semester abroad, which included lots of travel all over Europe. It was an epic year.

    P.S. Happy birthday to my June 19th birthday twin, Hillary!

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    { 16 comments… read them below or add one }

    Alyssa June 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    You don’t look like 33 🙂 If I had to guess, I would have said 27!


    Tina June 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Aww, thank you! 🙂


    Clo June 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina! I read your blog everyday 🙂


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Happy Birthday!! I hope you have been having a fabulous day! 🙂


    *Andrea* June 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    happy birthday!!!! you look sooo much younger than 33!!! 33 is definitely still young too 🙂


    Tina June 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Aww, thanks for the compliment! 🙂


    RC @ Just Add Cayenne June 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I’m a little late, but happy birthday! I just had mine on the 8th; summer b-days rock! Just turned 29 and plan on enjoying the last of my twenties. I expect this to be my most favorite year since my wife and I will have our first kid this November!

    Looking back, you had an awesome year, must be hard to top! Hope you had a great martini or two!


    Elisabeth June 20, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Hope you had a fab birthday, Tina!


    Stefanie June 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Happy birthday! I’m sure you had an awesome day!


    Dadi Shroff June 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Happy Birthday . Keep smiling , eating, exercising and having a zest for life 🙂


    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 20, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday, (Mar) Tina! I adore dirty martinis with olives–they are my signature drink. Also, I love that pug birthday picture. 🙂 Here’s to your next trip around the sun!


    Oldman June 20, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Happy Birthday….you’re catching up to me.


    Kristi June 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! I can’t wait to look back over my year once my birthday comes. I really feel as though this year was life changing for me, more with just becoming happy with myself, then any big major life advent.


    Shelly June 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Happy belated birthday! I love chocolate martinis. There’s something about dessert in a glass!


    Sarah June 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Favorite martini: EASY! chocolate martini.
    2 parts chocolate vodka (or espresso vodka)
    1 part godiva chocolate liquor
    1 part milk (I use skim)
    1 part crème de cacao
    pour. shake. serve in chilled glass lined with chocolate syrup


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance June 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    MURPHY!!! HAHAHA that had to have been the best part of your birthday! Hope you had an amazing day!


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