Curry Spice Blend & Cheap Nail Polish

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Ever since I started cooking from Practical Paleo and Well Fed, I’ve been really into spice blends. Both cookbooks (especially Practical Paleo) have a ton of recipes that literally spice up your meals.

When I made the Sweet Potato Coins from Practical Paleo a few weeks ago, I fell in love with the Curry Spice Blend that the recipe calls for. It’s a blend of curry powder, garlic powder, paprika, cinnamon, and sea salt, and, oh my goodness, it’s delicious. I’ve been throwing it in everything lately””including yesterday’s lunch (and dinner).



Yesterday’s lunch was a “refrigerator surprise” with all sorts of random ingredients from the fridge. Mal cooked some sausage the night before, so I sliced it up, sautéed a bunch of veggies (broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, onions, leftover potatoes) in coconut oil, and then added the Curry Spice Blend to the mix. Holy yum! It turned out great!

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After lunch, I headed out to run some errands. I went to the bank and dry cleaner, cashed in some returnable bottles and cans, went to the frame store to get a painting framed that Mal gave me back in high school (14 years later – I figured it was about time), mailed the #getafterit t-shirts to the giveaway winners, and then stopped by CVS to pick up my 90-day supply of colitis drugs. (My health insurance wouldn’t cover a 30-day supply, but they’d cover a 90-day supply, so now I’m the proud owner of 810 pills.)


While I was waiting for my prescription to be filled at CVS, I snapped a photo of some cheap-y nail polish (polish, not Polish) to send to Theodora since I raved about it to her the other day, but I couldn’t remember the brand name at the time.


A couple of weeks ago, on a whim, I bought a bottle of Spoiled “Steel the Show” for $1.99. I didn’t expect much from it, but I really liked the color. Well, it ended up looking really great on and surviving a few days without a single chip. I usually destroy manicures in less than 24 hours, so I was really impressed with it. And for $1.99, it was an awesome deal!



After running my errands, I came home, snacked on some red grapes, and then took Murphy for a walk.

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A few hours later, it was time for dinner, so I reheated some of the leftover curry goodness for lunch. So delish!

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After dinner, Mal and I shared the last of the Chocolate Chip Coconut Butter Cookies for dessert.

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And then we caught up with our DVR and cuddled on the couch with the pug. It was a really nice night.

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Question of the Day

What cheap-y beauty product do you love?

Other favorites: Maybelline Full ‘N’ Soft Waterproof MascaraMaybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner, and Neutragena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Gentle Scrub.



  1. 30 vs. 90 day question…90 day requires less paperwork and restocking. A bunch of states use this in their state medical programs to cut costs. At least they will cover your meds!

    Also, nice nail color. I’m totally into the greys right now.

      1. @Tina: Is CVS the only place you can get your prescriptions filled? I’m asking because I administer the benefits at my job and we use CVS for our prescriptions. We can only get so many 30 day fills and then if it’s something you take every day, the only way you can keep getting it filled is to get it for 90 days. They do this with all maintenance medications. I’ve never heard of this with any other prescription coverage before CVS.

  2. I’ll have to look for that nail polish because I too usually chip my manicures SO quickly. Though working in food right now means I can’t really do my nails very often. :-/ But most of my makeup is relatively cheap because I make sure I can always buy it from a drug store. And I love the Maybelline Great Lash mascara. It’s always so cheap but probably the best mascara I’ve used.

  3. I’m always looking for a cheaper nail polish to try that will actually stay on! Why is it that nail polish is always so expensive?! I like to buy my eyeshadows and bronzer a bit cheaper and love physicians formula because they come with a bunch of different colors in one!

  4. Wow, only $1.99?! That’s so cheap. Nail polish can be ridiculously expensive eh? The last time I went to buy some I don’t think I say anything under $8. I don’t know if that’s just a Canadian thing or what?

  5. I’m obsessed with ELF makeup ( It’s so cheap, so whenever I make an order, in order to make shipping worth it, I ask anyone else if they need anything. Luckily, Target and KMart carry some of it now. Not the great stuff, but some stuff. 🙂

  6. Somtimes I buy products marketed to tweens and teens because it’s significantly cheaper (ahem, Mary Kate and Ashley make-up) and I still check out the Bonne Belle flavors of lip gloss!

  7. I’m a makeup junkie and I love Joe Fresh (not sure if that’s just a Canadian brand or not) but all the makeup/brushes are 12.00 or less and are really good quality. Also, I use Neurtogena bar soap for my face and it’s amazing and like 2.00 a bar!

  8. Maybelline Great Lash mascara—I finally stopped buying the expensive stuff and this is wayyyy better and saves me $10! Also, Loreal nail polish is great!

  9. I’ve been buying Cover Girl eyeliner for almost a decade already and love it! The low price definitely helps 🙂 I’ve never had much luck with cheap nail polish, but now I’ll keep my eyes open for this one!

  10. Oh, I recently tried that nail polish brand too and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve also found that NYC nail color from CVS and Sinful from Target are really cheap and really good quality. Essie will always be my favorite, but it’s nice to throw in a few cheaper brands here and there (for my wallet’s sake). Rimmel brand products (CVS) are also great. I’ve tried their nail polish, eyeliner, and lipstick so far.

  11. Those pug cuddles look great. Who doesn’t love a good pug cuddle. You should maybe rent him out for cuddle time. ^)^ I love cheap body lotion for using as hand lotion. I wash my hands so much, I always wash off the lotion. A nice cheap body lotion works great, and is usually not too greasy for my hands. Have a great weekend. ^_^

  12. i’m so not a make up person, but i’m addicted to chap stick, one in particular. i love bonne bell lipsmacker in dr pepper. i’ve been using it since i was in middle school, but its held the test of time! it adds a little tiny bit of a red tint, keeps my lips moisturized, and the company doesnt test on animals. also, i get it in the big super sized tubes x) they last a long time!

  13. I love spice blends!! I’m gonna have to look into those cookbooks. I use a generic target brand facial scrub and it’s da bomb. O, wait, it’s no longer the 90’s. I take that back. It’s the bees knees. Hmm, I guess nobody says that anymore either. It’s official, I’m getting older and my vernacular is out of date. Whatevs ;).

  14. you know, I’ll never understand health insurance! Mine has a $7 co-pay for a 30 day supply, but if I pay Target $10 (and no insurance coverage / co-pay) I can get a 90 day supply — go figure! I go with the $10 as I figure I’m saving in the long run …

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