Celebrating 8 Great Years + THANK YOU GIVEAWAY!!!!!

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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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There’s a lot to celebrate today!

It’s National Carrot Cake Day as well as the day that I started Carrot ”˜N’ Cake EIGHT years ago. I guess it was just meant to be!

My life now is so different from the day that I published my very first post…

2/3/2008: I lived with Mal in a small one-bedroom apartment just outside Boston. I worked full-time at the Harvard School of Public Health. I was newly engaged and wanted to shape up for the big day, so I started CNC as a way to document my meals and workouts. (Photo below is from our honeymoon!)

2/3/2016: I live with Mal, Quinn, and Murphy in a house in the suburbs. I’m a stay-at-home and work-at-home mom as I run Carrots ”˜N’ Cake. Everyday, I thank my lucky stars for how wonderful my life has turned out.

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Since the beginning of CNC, I got married, adopted Murphy, bought two houses (sold one), quit my full-time job, wrote two books, ran three marathons, met celebrities, attended amazing events, was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, found CrossFit, traveled a whole heck of a lot, got pregnant, and welcomed a beautiful son into our family. Wow, what a ride. And it’s crazy to think it’s all documented on the Internet!

CNC 8 years

For those of you who have followed CNC since the very beginning, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for reading all these years. Obviously, I couldn’t have done it with you, and I can’t explain how much each of your comments, likes, and emails mean to me. As cheesy as this may sound, many of them have brought me to tears over the years because I know just how much you guys care. I appreciate you all so much and, as way to thank you, my wonderful readers, here’s an awesome giveaway that EIGHT of you will win. That’s right! Eight years = eight winners.

SEVEN readers will win the following prizes below, which are, of course, some of my very favorite products!

Carrots N Cake 8 year blog anniversary prizes

Anddddd ONE lucky reader will ALSO win their choice of shoes from Brooks Running + a sample pack of elevAte salads delivered right to their front door, in additional to the prizes mentioned above!

CNC grand prize winner

Oooooh, boy! Be sure to enter this giveaway!! And again, THANK YOU for supporting me all of these years. You guys are the best!

To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about one thing you love about CNC and one thing you would change/want to see less of. Earn an extra entry by tagging a friend on my giveaway Instagram photo. I will randomly pick EIGHT winners next week!

Good luck!

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2,297 Comments

  1. Congrats on 8 years! I love the day in the life posts and what you are loving….wouldn’t change anything…I like that you are a real mom living healthy!

  2. I really like all the recipes and healthy tips! I would like to see more clean eating snack and breakfast recipes.

  3. I love all the workouts and staying healthy tips. I would love to see more mom advice. How you balance it all, what products have been junk, what’s been awesome, etc.

  4. I love the day to day posts, and what I’m loving lately, and life with a kid posts the best. I guess you just seem really down to earth and relatable when we get to see glimpses of your personal life. And I love seeing your workout photos- #goals. You are very inspiring! If I had to pick one thing less I’d probably say the blue aprony type of posts. But its your blog so you can put whates you want on it, Ill still read 🙂

  5. I love seeing Quinn grow up. Also the recipes you have made that are easy/quick. You’re one of the few blogs I still read!

  6. I love to read about your workouts and try them at home !
    One thing I’d change… The I phone photo dumps.
    Happy Birthday, CNC!!

  7. I love that your blog is really about balance – and it’s so neat seeing Quinn grow and how life adapts! I don’t love the sponsored posts but I understand they’re probably a necessary thing.

  8. I love that you post everyday! I really look forward and you are adding more about family not just food and exercise.

  9. I love seeing the photo dumps but I like the variety of each of your posts, so there isn’t anything I would change! I also really like how regularly you post, it’s fun to check out your blog on the weekend and see little updates! 🙂

  10. I love that it is always real – not only the positive. I also love the simple recipes. I wouldn’t change anything!!

  11. I found your blog this summer (I’m a teacher…love my summer downtime!!) and absolutely love it…from the awesome workouts to the delish recipes (that tater tot casserole is the bomb.com!!!) to your sweet family and adorable pug–seriously I love it as is. There’s nothing more or less I want to see…I feel like your posts are very balanced. Thanks!!

  12. I love the photo dumps! I could do with less blue apron, mainly because only people who haven’t ordered before can have a chance to win.

  13. Love reading CNC! Thank you so much fun for sharing your life with us and being so open and honest. I love reading about what you eat and recipes you make. I’d to hear more about how you balance everything and find time for it all.
    Thanks again and congrats on 8 fabulous years!

  14. man. first off, i wouldn’t change a THING cause obviously you’re doing something right! you’re just living your life! your blog touches on a little bit of everything which is the vision i always had for mine… fitness , food, motherhood… all wrapped into one. i have enjoyed following you and will continue to do so! HAPPY 8th ANNIVERSARY, CNC!
    le

  15. I am a recipe fanatic and love your recipes as well as how fitness is incorporated in your life. I don’t have any comments regarding what your blog needs work on as I like it just the way it is. I love how you share your everyday life with your readers which makes your blog very reader friendly as well as welcoming.

  16. I absolutely love that this blog gives me such inspiration and motivation to be a fit mama! And I honestly wouldn’t change anything!

  17. I love how you show different aspects of your life to help demonstrate the way you balance it all from working out, being a mom, eating healthy to just day to day life. As a newish mom I love to hear your recommendations and see the life stages I have to look forward to in the future with updates on Quinn. There isn’t anything I’d like to see more or less of. Keep the balance in your blog!

  18. I love the workouts, the recipes, and the real stuff! The only thing I would want to change is less blue apron and that is solely because it works and makes me want to order another delivery

  19. Of course, I love it all or I wouldn’t be an avid stalker…follower 😉 of your fab blog! I love posts about Quinn, iced coffee, day in the life, daily eats, dates with Mal. If I had to pick less of something…maybe blue apron meals. A little too fancy-ish for my taste.

  20. I love that you have balance in your eating choices and know it’s OK to have treats sometimes! I also enjoy your product reviews and love seeing what you buy at Trader Joes! 🙂 Congratulations on 8 years!

  21. I look forward to reading your blog everyday. My favorites are your recipes, “what I’m loving lately” and, of course, photos of Quinn! Thank you for all you do! I wouldn’t change a thing.

  22. I love the random photo dumps and things you enjoyed around the web. Since I do not do crossfit I do not understand the lingo when you talk about it. Maybe explain what the exercises are.

  23. I love how real you are about what you eat and that it’s a mix of healthy and treats.
    One thing I would change would be to see less sponsored posts.

  24. Congrats on your 8 years! I really enjoy seeing your weekend photos – you, Mal, Quinn and Murphy make an adorable family! I guess the sponsored posts would be what I would like to see less of, but I totally understand the reasons why bloggers do them!

  25. My little guy is 2 months younger than yours & I love reading what he’s up up! I like seeing your real life day-to-day.

  26. I love that you incorporate a little bit of each part of your life!
    I always have liked seeing your weekly new plans/grocery haul.
    I never would mind more fun recipes.
    Thank you for letting us peek into your life daily for inspiration and smiles.

  27. Congratulations! I love this blog and it’s the only blog that I read daily! My favorite posts are a day in the life posts and things you’re loving! I wouldn’t change anything.

  28. I love hearing about how you balance — it’s hard making time for your own sanity and health while working and have kiddos to take care of. I wouldn’t change anything — love everything from your “day in the life” posts to “what you are loving lately” to your photo dumps!

  29. Since I do crossfit, I love to hear about the crossfit wods. It’s difficult to say what I would change, but I guess I do not like substitute bloggers.

  30. I love the workout posts! But also love your “day in the life” posts! I think your blog is well balanced and cant think of any posts I haven’t enjoyed reading!

  31. Congratulations Tina (and Mal, Quinn & Murphy – as I know keeping CnC going is a family affair)!
    As someone fromt he Boston area, I love your local-flavor posts, like your recent visit to Not Your Average Joe’s and love for Marylou’s Coffee (as a North Shore girl I wish they’d come up this way soon!)!

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