10 Things My Mom Taught Me

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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A few days ago, Jenna wrote a really sweet post about some of the things her mom taught her. I loved the idea, so I decided to do the same.

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  1. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
  2. No meal is complete without a piece of cat (or dog) hair in it.
  3. Pay attention to unit price and it will get you the best deal.
  4. There’s nothing nutritious about soda.
  5. The directions in the box aren’t the only way to play the game.
  6. On occasion, it’s okay to eat half of a batch of brownies.
  7. There are better things to watch on TV than Star Trek.
  8. Don’t eat yellow snow.
  9. The Best Apple Crisp ever is made with this recipe.
  10. When you grow up, your sister will be your best friend.

What has your mom taught you?



  1. My mom has taught me:

    1. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
    2. Be nice to someone even if they’re being a $%*$(@#*head
    3. Live life with no regrets.
    4. Always eat your veggies
    5. In the end, your family will be by your side.

  2. Hhaha .. I love #2. With 2 dogs.. there is dog hair in every meal at my parents house. Just roll with it.. what are you going to do.

    My mother taught me.. that WebMD is not my friend..and I should not be checking it out. Symptoms of a cold DO NOT mean I am about to die.

  3. I love these mother posts! All important life lessons come from our moms! My mom taught me that softened butter ain’t the same as melted butter! And that it’s ok to sometimes wake up in the night, eat a snack, and then go back to bed!

  4. Ooh Tina I’ve never seen your wedding photos before but I love your dress! My mum has taught me lots too. Whenever I’m torn on a major decision, I know I can call her, hash everything out, and get her honest opinion.

  5. Writing as a super-geek, I can’t think of too many things on TV better than Star Trek πŸ˜‰

    But I’m with you on #’s 2 and 6!!

  6. My mom always wanted my sister and me to be best friends. We are pretty close, even though we have no desire to live near each other. πŸ˜› I can’t wait to visit her this summer!

  7. LOVE this.

    3 things my mom taught me, off the top of my head:

    1. Don’t worry about being popular when you’re in middle school/high school- you don’t even know who you’re going to be yet! Work on building a foundation for figuring that out.
    2. Your body is beautiful and constantly changing- be kind to it, and change with it if you have to.
    3. Don’t make any foods forbidden…except lunchables. Those are freakydeaky.

  8. Beautiful picture of you two! I love #2 because that’s how I feel although I learned that on my own πŸ™‚

    I learned never to leave the house with wet hair!

  9. My mom taught me that family trumps everything else…reading will opens doors beyond your imagination…’Kill ’em with kindness’ attitude.

  10. I may have the steal this idea for my blog! That picture of you and your mom is beautiful.

    The #1 thing my mom has taught me:
    Don’t lie, its far easier to remember the truth.

  11. Love this post! My mom taught me to get an education because it is something no one can take away from you.

  12. Aw, what a sweet post! I’m not sure I could narrow it down to a reasonable list with all the things my mom has taught me. Literally everything I know I learned from her! From baking to cleaning to beauty to law…you name it, she taught it. I would be completely and utterly lost without her as I know we all would be!

  13. My mom taught me:

    1) “Try new things! You can’t say you don’t like something you’ve never tried.” This mostly applied to food, haha, but it applies to everything in life for me!

    2) “Being different is a good thing, and makes you who you are.” I was the only black girl for the most part in my school, and was chubby, had glasses, poor, and was a huge nerd. Kids used to tease me all of the time, but there wasn’t a day that she didn’t tell me I was beautiful. Now finally at the age of 26 I’m starting to believe her. πŸ™‚

    3) “Here’s a book about sex, ask me questions if/when you are ready.” I will ALWAYS thank my mother for teaching me about sex (I think I was 12-13?) because I learned about it from a young age the RIGHT way and wasn’t freaked out by the years to come. I think I have a healthy view about my body and sex as a result. The book was also a way to avoid awkwardness and answer questions I hadn’t even thought to ask. I’m always so surprised when people my age are still so awkward about their sexuality.

    4) “Stand/sit up straight!” My mother always nagged me about sitting up straight, and it drove me insane. But now I don’t even think about it and I have excellent posture, thanks to my mom!

    5) “Get your butt in the kitchen and help me with this!” I always helped my mother (both of my parents really) in the kitchen. It was never really an option not to, so I learned how to cook pretty well from a young age as a result. Granted I had to learn how to make some of those recipes more healthy over the years, but learning the basics was priceless.

    6) “Is it on sale?” I learned how to shop for deals…serious deals…because of my mother. When I shop, it’s not a leisurely trip. It’s a hunt! I am very good at hitting up spots at the right time and finding some serious steals. I almost never buy items at the full price.

    I love my mother so much ! Good question of the day!

    1. @Leah: Oh goodness, that post got a little long. Sorry about that (lol). I live in Boston and my mother lives in Minnesota, so hopefully you guys understand!

  14. Love this post!

    I’ve learned SO much from my mom. Here’s some of the wisdom she’s imparted to me:

    1) If you’re lucky enough to be happy, healthy, safe, and employed, it’s your duty to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate.
    2) Art — visual, written, musical — is important. Always take the time to appreciate and respect it.
    3) Grilled cheese is delicious for any meal.
    4) It’s almost always worth it to splurge on shoes.
    5) Running keeps you strong — physically and mentally.
    6) Guys will come and go; girlfriends are forever.
    7) You can’t not feel pretty in red lipstick.

  15. haha I love this! My mom is my best friend and has taught me so much over the years it’s hard to remember it all. I finally realized after 23 years that mom is always right! She taught to always be the better person. When girls would be mean in high school she always told me that “they are just looking for a reaction, just blow it off”, and she was totally right.

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