5 Personal Questions

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

I can’t even look at the photo below without cracking up. My dog has such a big butt!

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Mal always says Murphy is shaped like a road cone.

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After dinner last night, Mal and I sat outside in our Adirondack chairs and enjoyed a cocktail together. Murphy made himself comfortable on Mal’s lap.

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He looks really comfortable, doesn’t he?

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Pugs are so weird.


This morning’s breakfast was quick and easy: two pieces of toast with almond butter and banana slices on top. No iced coffee this morning because my stomach is feeling a bit off.

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I love Caitlin‘s Personal Questions series, so I decided to borrow a few of her questions for this morning’s post. I love getting to know bloggers, so I figured you guys might too!

What are you really good at?  What are you really bad at?

What I am really good at: multitasking, planning, celebrity gossip, saving money, meal planning.

What I’m really bad at: writing, sense of direction, putting together IKEA furniture, dressing stylishly, relaxing.

Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

Two. Neither of them were my fault and both were caused by guys. Who says women are bad drivers?!

The first happened in the Alewife garage when I was in high school. I was driving up the ramp to park and the car in front of me ran over the median. Instead of checking if anyone was behind him, he just backed up right into the front of my car. What a moron.

The second accident happened when I first moved to Boston after college. My roommate and I were driving somewhere (can’t remember where) and a car sideswiped me. The guy who was driving was about our age and pretty handsome, but he was clearly drunk or high. I’m not sure what he was on, but he was definitely messed up. He tried to convince us not to call the police, but we did anyway. I took down all of his info, but he drove off before the cops arrived. I bet he got in trouble for that later!

Why did you attend your college?

I went to Union College from 1998-2002. It was actually the second-to-last choice on my college list, but they gave me nearly a full academic scholarship. Money talks, baby.

How did your parents’ relationship influence you?

My parents divorced when I was 5 years old, so I don’t remember too much about it. Living with a single parent taught me to be very self-sufficient from a young age”” cooking, cleaning, working a part-job, having a bank account, etc. When I went off to college, I thought it was crazy that 18-year-olds didn’t know how to do their laundry or pay their bills.

What were the three happiest moments of your life?

The three happiest moments of my life: the day I married Mal, the day I met Murphy, and the day I quit my job at Harvard.

Questions of the Day

What are you really good at?  What are you really bad at?

Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

Why did you attend your college?

How did your parents’ relationship influence you?

What were the three happiest moments of your life?

I’m off to the Cape! See ya later!

P.S. It’s Cookie Friday. Please consider celebrating with Creamy Peanut Butter Pie. If you make it, please share it with someone you love and then hug them like there’s no tomorrow.



  1. Have fun at the Cape, and love Murphy’s big ole booty 😉

    The 3 most happiest moments of my life were 1) The day my husband proposed to me 2)The day I married my hubby 2) The day I decided to overcome my disordered eating

  2. I am really good at: writing, baking, and working my way through a pot of coffee.

    I am really bad at: most sports (besides badminton), math, and parallel parking.

    I currently attend Loyola University Chicago and absolutely love it. It wasn’t my first choice but it taught me that sometimes when you think life is putting you in the wrong direction, it really is sending you right where you belong. Loyola is the perfect fit for me and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

  3. I’ve had a few car accidents, but only the first was my fault. I was 18 and had owned my new car (new for me) for 2 days, driving in the college parking lot. I pulled out without looking to the left, and hit a car coming from that direction. Three years later, a car backed into me in a driveway. I’ve also been backed into while driving through a parking lot, rear-ended getting on a freeway, and backed into while parked in my parking space. I’m a magnet.

  4. hahahaha that 4th photo of Murphy is hilarious!

    My parent’s relationship proved to me that not all marriages include arguments. They never, ever fight and, at the time, I was in a relationship that was nothing BUT fighting. It made me realize love isn’t fighting.

  5. What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?
    Good: planning/ organizing, sticking with routines, shopping, chatting with girlfriends for hours over coffee
    Bad: being on time, remembering movie lines and song lyrics, writing, history

    Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

    Why did you attend your college?
    I transferred my sophomore year from a small, private liberal arts college to Boston University. I chose BU to peruse a career in special education… I graduated in May and begin teaching this fall- success!

    How did your parents’ relationship influence you?
    My parents separated my freshman year in high school. Even years later, they cannot cooperate or speak with each other. I have learned how important communication is in a strong relationship. I’m happily engaged to my Dear!

    What were the three happiest moments of your life?
    1. Winning the AAU national basketball championships
    2. Graduating 6th grade- I was so proud of what I had accomplished (there was a lot going on at the time)- and college too?!
    3. Getting engaged to the love of my life <3

  6. Happy vacation! Safe travels!

    Love your questions….I was very lucky to have my parents together. They taught me to always remember to laugh, keep your sense of humor, and be patient with one another. It has been 10 yrs since my mom passed away, and 4 yrs for my dad. I feel blessed to have 2 angels in heaven watching over me!

  7. Hey Tina! I’ve been an avid reader of yours for a while, so just thought I’d say hi! My “skills” are actually identical to yours, minus meal planning – any chance you can share some tips & how you got good at it? I can plan a few basic things, oatmeal for breakfast, turkey sandwhich for lunch, etc. But nothing nearly as creative or interesting as your lunches and dinners. Thanks!

  8. What were the three happiest moments of your life? =
    the day i found out i was pregnant
    the moment i gave birth
    the moment i held my daughter for the first time!

    Great post,Tina. Love the rationale on college, money talks. My situation was very parallel.

  9. Love the look on Mal’s face with Murphy on his lap! Hilarious hahaha 🙂

    I’m good at planning and multi-tasking and following through… but I’m terrible with organization.

    I got in a really bad car accident in 2004… I fell asleep at the wheel of my brand new 2 day old Passat 🙁 The car was DEMOLISHED but I miraculously ended up with just a bruise on my arm from shielding my face from the airbag when I woke up. Scary stuff. I am 100% loyal to VW’s now that’s for sure!

    I attended UMass Dartmouth because there was a voice teacher there I wanted to study with and they ended up offering me the most money. You’re so right that money talks! I loved college and got a great education… my Sister ended up going to a college that cost a bazzilion times more and her student loans are insane.

    My parents also divorced when I was little just right after Kindergarten. My Mother moved my Sister and I to the Cape shortly after. My parents maintained a friendship mostly because my mother was disabled for most of my childhood. They fought when they were married and did the BEST thing for my Sister and I think by getting divorced. I had a terrible relationship with my Dad when I was little (But the BEST relationship with him now!!) which was difficult because I felt very alone… (he didn’t live on the Cape and my Mother had MS) So in any case I really relied on my friends and extended family. I am VERY thankful for having a support system at such a young age. When I was little I remember being jealous of my friends that had what seemed to be happy and stable parents. But now looking back I realize how much I learned from having to do so much on my own (like bank accounts, cooking and laundry!)

    Three happiest moments: This is hard… I honestly don’t have any significant moments but I am working on those! I hope mine will be finishing the half marathon I am training for in October and someday getting married.

    For now I would say 1. Getting accepted to and attending an opera apprenticeship program in Germany (I was the youngest singer accepted) 2. When I found out I got a lead role as Rose of Sharon in the Grapes of Wrath my Sophomore year of high school (my first lead ever!), 3. A voice lesson my Junior year of college where I hit the highest note I have ever been able to reach. It was so freeing and open. I haven’t been able to reach that since but I remember how remarkable it felt!

  10. The three happiest moments of my life – the day I married my husband, the moment the nurse handed me my daughter, and nearly 24 years later the day I watched my daughter give birth to my grandson.

  11. Really good at playing cello, cooking and baking. Really bad at sports and turning down dessert!
    Car accidents…when I was 13, we hit black ice, skidded, rolled 3 times, totaled the van but we were all ok. 3 minor fender benders (yikes!) in university that were all my fault :(…no one hurt, just $$$ to fix!
    I attended my college because I liked that it was small, all women, affiliated with a major university, close to home, and offered generous scholarships.
    Parents separated when I was 9, divorced in high school. It has made me even closer to my mom and sister.
    3 happiest moments: graduation day from teachers’ college, starting this blog, birthday celebration with friends last year.

  12. Pictures of murphy never fail to crack me up! I especially love the life lessons from Murphy post. I showed it to my mom and we were laughing throughout the whole thing.

  13. We enjoyed the peanut butter pie today in the office! I am so glad it was so popular and got passed around.

    Murphy is a doll.

    *I am a really good actor. I am not afraid to say it. I do find that it is hard to act like an individual though, so I dropped out of the program I was in. Everyone was being trained the same way, and I didn’t like that process. For the record…I am really bad at math!

  14. Tina-

    I’m calling BS on you…you’re a GREAT writer:)

    I’m good at anything creative…Singing, acting,drawing..but I can’t do math to save my life. Ugh!

    Murphy just makes me smile!

  15. I’m really good at procrastinating, multitasking, taking too much on my plate, drinking wine, cooking, and starting awkward situations (never ending them)

    I’m really bad at being fashionably late, keeping a normal sleep schedule, bowling and mindless chit-chat.

    And I’ve been in more car accidents than I care to admit. All of them have been {mostly} my fault, but I’ve never been doing anything illegal or that I shouldn’t be (like texting) — I just can never stay focused on the task on hand and my mind ends to wander to far away places until WHAM. I probably shouldn’t have a license — I also have a speeding problem thank goodness for Cali laws! If its under 100 it doesn’t raise your car insurance!

  16. Sigh… what is it with food bloggers and PB pie today??? I swear, there are at least 5 of you who posted about it today! 😀 Creepy…. 😉

    (I’m actually decent at math and have taught it. Guess I’m a rarity! But I’m also a chemistry teacher…. 😉

  17. What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?

    Good: Eating, especially oatmeal and fruit! Laughing, Finding random restaurants, thinking on my feet

    Bad: Walking in a straight line, being on time, hand-eye coordination, following recipe instructions, Calculus (BANE of my existence…)

    Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

    Yep, but I wasn’t the one driving!

    Why did you attend your college?

    Georgetown University in exactly 7 days!!!! 🙂 Oops I thought this said “where.” Hmm why? Because I enjoy furthering my passions and want to continue learning.

    How did your parents’ relationship influence you?

    My parents purposely avoided spoiling me and gave me very little spending money, whereas my friends had never-ending allowances when I was younger. I quickly learned the importance of earning money/being self-sufficient. Because of them, I know I can always rely upon myself.

    What were the three happiest moments of your life?

    Finding out I got into Georgetown, becoming editor-in-chief of my school newspaper, and walking into my 14th surprise birthday party.

  18. I lovvvve personal questions!!

    I’m not married or don’t have kids(or animal ones!) soo I don’t usually say this day was the happiest day ever.

    But I have happiest phases-like when I got into the colleges I wanted to, this summer with my highschool friends and traveling to Asia, and when I’m enjoying good food 🙂 because I love eating.

  19. Good At: Listening, making people laugh, taking care of people, spending money 🙂

    Bad At: Worrying (I worry all the time!), patience, math

    Accident: My poor car was actually hit twice within a three month period. I was running an errand for work during work hours and someone pulled out of a parking spot and hit me. He didn’t even see me. And it turns out he was our customer! A few months later someone hit my car in the parking lot of my apartment and they left a note. Karma will be VERY good to him. 🙂

    College: I always wanted to go to the University of Minnesota because of the location and all the different course offerings. I originally wanted to go to school out East but after realizing how much money I had, the U of M was my new choice. I agree; money talks. 🙂

    Parents: My parents have been married for over thirty years. I always wanted to find someone that I could spend the rest of my life with. Part of the reason I waited so long to divorce my first husband was because of the stigma. I didn’t want to have a failed marriage, but I finally couldn’t take anymore. My parents supported me wholeheartedly and it was the best decision I ever made. Now I found my partner for life.

    Three: When my husband proposed, when I married my husband, and when we got Edie (our pup). 🙂

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