Boston & Back

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


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.

And just like that, I’m back in Boston. What a whirlwind trip! Who am I? What day is it!?! πŸ˜‰

So, I bet you’re wondering what I was doing in Dulles, Virginia today. Well, last week, the Vice President of Corporate Events & Community Relations at AOL invited me to sit on a blogger panel at an internal leadership meeting at their headquarters. Sounds fancy, right? Basically, the VP wanted a small group of female bloggers to share their experiences and insights with the group. I was honored to be asked to participate.


The AOL headquarters was cool! πŸ˜€


Modern, bright, and funky.




When I arrived at AOL, I had about two hours to kill before the start of the panel, so I hung out in one of the “staging rooms,” where I found a huge spread of food– perfect for Second Breakfast! πŸ˜‰


I ate First Breakfast at 6:00 AM, so a few hours later, I was hungry again! (When am I not hungry!?! πŸ˜‰ )

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I immediately hit up the coffee table. Copious amounts of caffeine have fueled my day today! 😯


I’m such a sucker for flavored creamers. Saturated fat? What saturated fat?! πŸ˜‰



I started with a cup of coffee, a pastry, and some berries. Then, moved onto another pastry and (I don’t know how) many cups of coffee.

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Overall, I think the panel went pretty well. I wasn’t super nervous and said (mostly) intelligent things. However, there were a number of instants that I feltΒ completely unprepared. Not so much with what I had to say, but with regard to my goals for Carrots β€ΛœN’ Cake and developing my β€œbrand.” The session definitely made me realize that I have a lot of work to do if I want to keep growing CNC.

The other blogger on the panel with me wasΒ McLean Robbins, who writes about travel, beauty, and fashion. She was cool. She also blogs about her dog, Deacon! πŸ˜€


After the panel, a car picked me up to take me back to the airport. I still can’t believe how quickly the whole thing happened!


The Dulles airport was very quiet, so I whizzed through security and had about an hour to kill before my flight. I wandered around the terminal for awhile, looking for lunch, and eventually decided on Vino Volo.


Wine, food, relaxation. Sounded good to me! πŸ˜€



I also liked sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartenders. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.


To drink, I picked a 3-wine sampler, called “Shades of White.”


I went down the line and tried a sip of each wine. I liked them all, but my favorite was the Riebeek Creek Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. It was bright with tropical flavors and a crisp finish– just my style. I actually drank the other two wines and saved the Sauvignon Blanc for last so I could savor it.


To eat, I ordered the Brie & Prosciutto Sandwich, which was served with warmed brie cheese, Italian prosciutto, fresh greens, and fig jam.


Um, yum. It was the perfect compliment to a flight of white wine.


I’m pooped after a full day of travel, so I am very thankful that my husband is cooking dinner for us tonight. He picked a recipe from Pioneer Woman! I have a feeling that I am in for a treat! πŸ˜€



  1. Wow, busy day! My least favorite part of being a Communications major and Public Speaking is being asked questions I wasn’t prepared for. Easiest way to get me to turn bright red and want to run in the other direction.

  2. That sandwich sounds wonderful. There is a sandwich at the local Whole Food here called The Barton Creek and it turkey breast, brie, fig jam pressed hot on a baquette. So so good!

  3. wow what a quick trip! Traveling exhausts me, I bet you are tired!
    I too love flavored creamers. Hazelnut is my favorite. yum!!
    The panel sounds really cool, very neat to be invited to something like that!

  4. Wow, crazy busy day!!! I, too, am a sucker for flavored creamers.
    I cannot wait to see the Pinoneer Woman’s recipe…she is a genius!
    The picture of your wine flight is making me want a glass of wine. Actually, just about anything makes me want a glass of wine. Who am I kidding? πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, what a fantastic day trip. And I love finding these fancy little places in airports. Sometimes they have THE BEST food! πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see what Mal is up to tonight in the kitchen. I bet it’s going to be wonderful.

  6. What a day! You were in my neck of the woods however, VA always seems like such a hike from my abode in MD. Congrats on the great bake sale!

  7. Your blog posts are always so interesting – they break up my work day and inspire me to be a better blogger! Congratulations on being asked to participate in the AOL blog panel. That’s quiet an achievement! I would be very appreciative if you had a look at my blog and gave me some tips on how I could improve and grow my following. Thanking you in advance, Shari

  8. What a great experience!! I also like flavored creamer in those small containers–for some reason when it’s free and in different packages, it is much more appealing πŸ™‚

  9. This is so awesome! Being from DC, I have been so curious as to what you were here for…congrats on such a great professional accomplishment. Being on a panel for the AOL leadership team is huge!

  10. Definitely feel the same way about flavored creamers. Or flavored coffee for that matter. πŸ˜›

    I love sitting at bars and chatting up bartenders. Even chatting up other people is fun. I’ve met other bloggers and someone even bought me a drink when they found out my husband was in the military!

  11. I am proud of you for doing something outside your comfort zone. And I’m sure you did a great job. Your down to earth and regular person nature are why everyone loves you, dear!

  12. Ah, AOL HQ! I used to visit there regularly for work when I lived up there. Cool campus huh? My contact there made her own hours and regularly showed up for work in flip flops and cargo pants! I think they have an insane gym, cafeteria, etc… I love how funky and modern it is in there. Did you meet Regina Lewis? I used to see her there once in a while. She’s always on TV plugging all things online.

  13. Tina – it was so great to meet you yesterday and to do the panel together!! And yes, Bess, you’re right … I went to Wake and chose a highly original name for my dog πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to become a regular fan of Carrots n’ Cake!

  14. Hi Tina,
    glad you enjoyed the wine tasting. I am from South Africa and so when you mentioned that you had some of our sauvignon blanc.. I got all excited πŸ™‚ You should come on a
    wine-tasting vacation sometime and I can show you around Cape Town!! x

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