Busy September Ahead

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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.


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I can’t believe it’s September already! The summer totally FLEW BY, but I’m ready to get back into a routine. I mean, summer was awesome””we had a lot of fun””but between moving, traveling, and working late into the night/not sleeping, I was definitely burning the candle at both ends, so I welcome the routine in our lives. Bring it on!

Both Mal and Quinn went back-to-school yesterday. Quinn has all new teachers at his new daycare and he’s even in a different room: the toddler room. He’s one of the youngest kids, but he handled it well yesterday. His teachers even said he had a “terrific” day, so I am glad things improved after I dropped him off. Oh, this story is so sad (for me)…

When I dropped Quinn off at daycare yesterday morning, the whole room of kids turned around and stared at him. Not surprisingly, he immediately burst out crying. Poor kid. It was overwhelming for him, so I stayed and played for awhile. We splashed in the nearby sink (he loves water) and he eventually calmed down. I felt terrible leaving, but one of his teachers assured me he would be just fine and, deep down, I knew he would be.

After that, I drove to Southfield for a hill workout, which was tough (my legs were dead from the previous day’s KFIT workout), but fun too.

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I love a good challenge and hill repeats definitely pushed me to the limit. Here’s the workout that I did: 15-minute warm up + 6 X 60-second hill climb followed by 0:90 recovery jog + 10-minute cool down.

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The workout kicked my butt (literally), so tomorrow is definitely a rest day.

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Then, I hopped in the car, drove home, quickly showered, ate a couple of cookies, and immediately sat down at my desk to bust out some work.


Of course, an iced coffee was needed!

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I took a break for lunch around noon. On the menu: Breakfast potatoes with chicken, broccoli, summer squash, and Sriracha. (I spy a pug friend!)


Mid-afternoon, I took another break to make a Periscope broadcast (re: stroller running, Invisalign, starting CrossFit) and to eat a snack.

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I worked until about 4:00 PM and then went to pick up Quinn at daycare. Yay! We both survived the first day back. (I swear, it was harder on me than him! I missed my little monkey!)


The rest of the evening was fairly low-key. We took Murphy for a walk, ate dinner, watched a little TV (I am still routing for Johnny Mac on Big Brother!) and went to bed at a reasonable hour. I already like our new routine!


We had “Just Sauce” Turkey Bolognese from Trader Joe’s over pasta, which was quite tasty and super easy to make. I will definitely buy it again. It’s perfect for a quickie meal.


Even though we’re back into a routine for the most part, we have quite a busy September ahead. Check out what’s on the agenda for me:

  • Saturday, September 5th: Revolution Game
  • Sunday, September 6th: Labor Day fun
  • Monday, September 7th: Labor Day fun
  • Friday, September 11th: Vermont
  • Saturday, September 12th: Vermont
  • Sunday, September 13th: Vermont
  • Tuesday, September 15th: Arizona
  • Wednesday, September 16th: Arizona
  • Thursday, September 17th: Arizona
  • Friday, September 18th: My sister’s birthday
  • Saturday, September 19th: Wedding in PA
  • Sunday, September 20th: Wedding in PA

As you can see, I have lots of travel and adventures coming up!

Question of the Day

What’s on your calendar for September?

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  1. Hi I’m new to your blog and loving it. What kind of work do you do from home? I also work from home as a social worker for an insurance company. Those tortilla chips look really good.

  2. September is going to be crazy over here too! We have a wedding + the cape labor day weekend, then I am starting grad school on the weekends (in addition to my fulltime job). oof!

  3. Sounds like you’ve got a fun, jam-packed September ahead of you! For me, I’m heading to Charleston for Labor Day weekend, Wilmington NC the weekend after that, a trip to Maryland the 3rd weekend of September, and finally a weekend at home in Charlotte to end it!

  4. Wow! Definitely a busy September ahead for you! I had a crazy August so I’m hoping that September will be a bit more low-key. I will be flying to NYC to be in one of my best friend’s weddings in a couple weeks but otherwise my goal is to find a job and sell that darn RV! 😉

  5. I just returned to work so I know what you mean when you say it is harder on you than the kids. My son always has the best time playing and I miss him all day.

  6. aw, poor Mama! I agree that its harder on us when leaving the littles at daycare! My almost 10 month old got upset when I dropped him off this morning and it crushed me. But his teacher started giving him lots of lovies and I’m sure he’s having a blast now while I work!

    September is a little busy weekend wise for us!
    Labor day weekend – cookouts! cookouts! cookouts!
    11th-13th – Cape cod!!
    19th – End of summer cookout at my Dads
    26th – Annual Fall dinner with friends at our house

    In between all that we hope to go apple picking and will also be celebrating my husbands 36th birthday! I’m surprising him with dinner at Moo in Boston in Oct!

  7. Hi Tina! I am a teacher also and have enjoyed my summer but have craved more of a routine since August! September is a welcome change for me although it’s super busy getting back into the swing of school.

    What will you be doing in VT? I’ll be in southern VT running the Maple Leaf half marathon that weekend!

  8. Hill repeats are so tough but always do a great job for getting you stronger! Living in Pittsburgh, I can’t help but add hills to every workout. Definitely made me love them in races!

    In September, I have two races planned, a wedding, and some weekend trips!

  9. Our September holds a new job for my hubby and a week long vacation to Nantucket. I am so ready for some time off work and exploring a new-to-me area of the country!

  10. Hill sprints, ouch! I did treadmill hill sprints last night in a new gym class I tried and thought of you. The gym/fitness center is called Orangetheory Fitness, I feel like you’d really like it! There are a few in the Boston area if you ever have a chance to check it out 🙂

  11. I am equally excited/amazed that it is already September!! I have a few awesome trips planned for the rest of 2015, kicking off with a 6-day yoga retreat in Nicaragua tomorrow!!! Woohooo

  12. Where in VT are you going? We are heading to the Stowe area next weekend. We can’t wait – my husband is obsessed with the beers up there (IPAs) so we’ll hunt around for those and do some sightseeing. My 3 year old loves the mountains so we’ll probably take him up on a gondola ride too. So excited!!

  13. You’re coming to Lancaster, PA? That’s awesome! I live in Lancaster. Though we’re known for the Amish, there are a lot of other things to see and do. Hope you have a good time when you come! Let me know if you need any suggestions! 🙂

  14. My big events for September are going to Alaska for 10 days to visit my family (we leave this Friday) and then moving into our new house!
    I’m one of those crazy people who likes running hills- they keep your run interesting!

  15. September is a big birthday month for me. Mom, Step Dad, Brother and two friends birthdays. Cousins Bridal Shower, wedding prep and activities.

  16. Those first days back are both nerve-wracking and exhilarating. After an August that found me working 60+-hour weeks, I’m looking forward to an overseas trip and then a job transition I’m really excited about. I love September. It’s been a while since I’ve been in school, but that back-to-school still gets me excited every year!

  17. I like Johnny Mac too! Austin and the twins are a little ridiculous (Vanessa kind of too). James has me cracking up with his pranks! My husband and I look forward every summer to Big Brother!

  18. Holy busy!! I’m back to work after an extended maternity leave. It’s a new teaching position in a new district and grade level eeeek! In September we have my son’s first birthday, his party, our 8th and final wedding of the season ,and I think that’s it!
    Enjoy your travels!

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