Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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.


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Murphy seems to be adjusting quite well to his new home. Well, he sure has made himself comfortable!

The first couple of days after we moved, Murphy acted a little weird, but probably because we weren’t paying much attention to him. We were too busy unpacking and organizing our lives!

Here’s something that you might not know about pugs: they are attention whores. If Mal and I don’t pay attention to Murphy, he finds something around the house to chew/destroy. Typically, it’s a pair of socks, but, with a house completely in shambles, I’m sure you can imagine how many things he could get himself into. Murphy was actually driving us crazy!


Today, however, Murph seems like his old self again. He’s much more calm and he’s not sneaking off to find things to wreck. He’s pretty much stuck by my side and kept me company all morning.

Soooo, Murphy learned how to jump up on the couch this morning. He did it once in the past, which surprised Mal and me just as much as him, but he’s already parked his big pug butt on the couch twice today. I’m not psyched that he’s sleeping on the “human couch,” but I just couldn’t wake him up to move him onto the floor. Look at that peaceful smooshy face!



Mal and I are also adjusting well to our new home. It’s still kind of a mess, but it’s slowly coming together.

I especially love our new kitchen! 😀 There’s so much counter and cabinet space (at least compared to our old apartment), and its “flow” is very cooking-friendly. I feel like everything is easily within reach.


One of my favorite things about the kitchen is the little shelf over the stove where I now keep my most frequently-used spices, salt & pepper, Garlic Gold, and olive oil. It’s so handy!


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This little shelf made roasting cauliflower a piece of cake this afternoon.


After chopping up the cauliflower and throwing it into a large mixing bowl, I just grabbed the olive oil, salt & pepper, and Garlic Gold from the shelf, tossed the cauliflower in it, and popped it all into the oven on a baking sheet. Easy peasy.



With lunch, I also had a toasted bagel with melted extra sharp cheddar and creamy balsamic dressing for dipping the cauliflower and cheesy bagel.


After lunch, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie from Babycakes (not the one in Quincy). The filling was cream cheese frosting– my favorite! :mrgreen:


I really loved today’s lunch. It was satisfying and delicious on all levels.

On the agenda for the rest of the day: pug walk, NuVal work, more unpacking, dinner, and then (hopefully) relaxing.

I hope your Monday is off to a fabulous start! :mrgreen:



  1. What a cute little puppy face, I love it!!!
    Love the lunch idea! I have been roasting a ton of broccoli and I love it, so I’m excited to roast some cauliflower 🙂


  2. I am so glad to hear that you guys are settling in well 🙂

    I am curious to see how my cats react when we move back to our ‘old house’ – which is actually a ‘new house’ that we built on our old block (ie. we knocked down / rebuilt). I am sure they will be confused at first – but hopefully it wont take them long to find all their old neighbourhood friends!

  3. That pug is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I’ll definitely have to try those pumpkin whoopie pies, they look amazing!!..pumpkin is one of my favorite ingredients!! Cheers.

  4. Moving into a convenient kitchen is one of the best feelings in the whole world. I swear I’m not even exaggerating. In my previous apartment I didn’t have a dishwasher, and when I found my current place which has a dishwasher AND a garbage disposal, I geeked out. Hard.

  5. So true about pugs being little attention whores!

    I’m surprised that it’s taken Murphy so long to jump onto the couch, my pug is just shy of 6 months old and he took over the couch a few months ago. He usually curls up there to sleep at night. 🙂 Better the couch than my bed!

  6. I love that shelf!! I wish my itsy bitsy apartment kitchen had one….but all we have is a half size oven and no cabinet space. Boo.

    Glad Murphy is adjusting! 🙂 He looks so cute (as usual)!

  7. You can’t say no to that face! Our Jack Russell isn’t allowed on the living room couch, either (we call it the No-Love Couch). He’s also an attention whore — but we completely spoil him and encourage that behavior!

  8. look at that face! the pug of our house always sleeps on our couch, and we know that we will never be able to break her from jumping up there now! its a little unfortunate bc we have a dark gray cloth couch & she leaves her hair everywhere!

  9. I love your pug! My brother has two pugs and they are the cutest little things. I can play with them all day, but yes they were little terrors when they were puppies!

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