10 Years of Carrots ‘N’ Cake + Giveaway

Good morning!

So, there’s a lot to celebrate: Tomorrow (February 3rd) is National Carrot Cake Day as well as the day that I started Carrot ‘N’ Cake TEN (yes, a whole decade) years ago. (I figured I should publish this post a day early since not everyone reads on the weekend.) I didn’t even realize the coincidence until a couple of years after I wrote my first blog post, but I feel like it was definitely meant to be!

First and foremost, I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOUTHANK YOUUUUU from the bottom of my heart for reading this blog and following my life journey. I started CNC as a hobby blog. I was 27 years old, and it was a way to keep me accountable as I shaped up for my wedding day. Nowadays, CNC is my full-time job and our family’s main source of income. It’s no longer a hobby, but I love it just as much as I did when I first started it. Today, I’m 37 years old, married with a child (and pug), and run two additional businesses that have been heavily supported by CNC readers. All this to say once again: THANK YOU for your support. This blog wouldn’t be what it is today without you, and I can’t even begin to explain how much each of your comments, questions, messages, likes, and emails mean to me. THANK YOU for being part of one of my life’s greatest adventures!

Speaking of adventures, CNC has awarded me so many incredible opportunities over the years. Since we’re celebrating 10 years today, I wanted to reminisce about some of amazing things I’ve done because of this blog. (I still think it’s crazy that a little online journal turned into what it did!) If you’re a new reader or someone who has followed since the beginning, I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!

In no particular order:

1.  Spending a week in Israel as part of a fitness tour +  traveling to so many other amazing places, including Cabo San Lucas (twice), Stowe Mountain Lodge, Twin Farms, Oahu, Hawaii, and so many more. The amount of travel I’ve done over the past decade has been what I’m most thankful for – besides you guys, obviously!

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2. Running the Boston Marathon

3. Visiting the White House to hear Michelle Obama speak

4. Spectating the 2012 and 2013 CrossFit Games

5. Becoming a published author

6. Appearing on The Dr. Oz Show with the Cookie Monster as well as meeting and even interviewing a ton of other celebrities, including Tiffani Thiessen, Vanessa Lachey, Kelli RipaMonica Porter, Ally Reisman, Christmas Abbot, Jenny Simpson, Dara Torres, Martha Stewart (well, we got to do yoga together), Rich Froning + lots of CrossFit athletes, Bob Harper, Ellie Krieger, Ted Allen, Giada DeLaurentiis, Rocco Dispirito, Marisa Tomei, and more!

7. Creating and hosting the Healthy Living Summit

8. Participating in Reach the Beach with some of my favorite blog friends

9. Being a weekly contributor to Health Magazine for nearly 6 years

10. Working with so many wonderful brands, including Stitch Fix, who kindly offered to give away a $200 gift card to help celebrate CNC’s big day. Here’s your chance to enter to win!

GIVEAWAY TIME

To enterSign up for Stitch Fix, if you haven’t already, and fill out and/or update your Stitch Fix style profile (which is free!). Both existing and new Stitch Fix customers have a chance to win. Then, just leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly pick a winner next week. Good luck!

 

370 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, congrats on the anniversary! CNC was one of the first blogs I ever kept up with… Can’t believe it’s been 10 years!

  2. I found out about Stitch Fix through your website and definitely loved my first box. Thanks for all your suggestions and sharing your experiences!

  3. Happy blog-iversary! ❤️ I’ve been around these parts for quite awhile,, and am looking forward to another year of posts! Thanks for always being willing to share the good and the bad

  4. Congratulations on ten years! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and love learning about new recipes, workouts (and workout clothes!) and learned about stitch fix too!

  5. Happy 10 years, I’ve been following along since the early days and want to thank you for putting out interesting, helpful content! So happy for all the good things that have come your way!

  6. Congratulations on 10 years and thanks for the all awesome recipes and ideas for living a healthier life! I haven’t tried Stitch Fix yet but it’s in my plans for spring!

  7. I love stitch fix and I only ever end up keeping the cardigans they send me. I think my stylist needs to give me an intervention. **** Congrats on 10!

  8. Stitch fix is the best! I just convinced my mom to try it as she was hating everything in her closet. I hope she loves it too!

  9. Happy 10 years!! I think being open, honest, and most importantly, relatable, has been key to your success! Congrats!

  10. I never win anything but wanted to say Happy 10th anyway!! What an accomplishment. Thank you for spending a little sunshine to my days!

  11. Congrats! Have loved reading your blog for many years now and you’ve provided me with a lot of resources for healthy living!

  12. I love this blog! I’ve been reading for at least 8 years and I attended the healthy living summit years ago in Chicago! Thank you Tina for blogging!

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