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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


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.

Here’s your daily dose of Murphy! :mrgreen:


Isn’t that face so adorable?!? Murph definitely has his good looks going for him, but he’s also a really smart and well-behaved pup. (Well, he’s well-behaved about 80% of the time! ;-)) Pugs are just good dogs, and I’d highly recommend them to everyone. I think everyone should have a pug in their life!! :mrgreen: (I know. I have pug problems.)


I had a lunchtime meeting at Gordon’s, so I grabbed a couple of snacks to take with me on the road. On the way there, I ate a Vega Whole Food Vibrancy bar, and on the way home, I munched on a Gala apple.



When I got home from my meeting, I whipped up a Green Monster with banana, oats, vanilla Siggi’s, vanilla hemp milk, chocolate protein powder, and ice.

What do you think of my Pabst Blue Ribbon glass? What can I say, I’m classy! 😉


So, what makes my Green Monster green? Well, it’s spirulina, a dietary supplement that is packed with protein, essential fatty acids, tons of vitamins, including vitamins B12, C, and D, as well as a whole slew of minerals (potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc). It’s pretty bad-ass, huh? Spirulina is an awesome addition to a smoothie because you get all of this good stuff in your diet with one small scoop. (You can also mix the powder with water and juice.)

You can buy organic spirulina powder in my shop. (If you’re looking for a vintage PBR glass, I’d recommend a yard sale or flee market! 😉 )


Hotel Recommendations

Ok, this might sound sort of weird, but I am looking for Boston hotel recommendations. I want to put together a page on Carrots ‘N’ Cake for people visiting Boston. So, if you’ve stayed at a hotel in Boston in the last few years, feel free to send along your recommendation. I would totally appreciate it!

I’m off to a fun event! Be sure to check back l8r! 😎



  1. I have not stayed there but I have seen the rooms and the facilities and they are beautiful at the Elliot Hotel–and near and dear to my heart and that of many people who visit Boston they offer Walk/Ride Day discounts and also a special biking package —

    “Bike and Stay Boston” hotel package that guests can reserve from Apr 1 thru Nov 30th. Includes a Premier Suite, 2 bikes, 2 helmets, 2 bottlles of water, eco-friendly green tote bag, 2 breakfast and folder with bike pathways, safety tips and map.
    contact–Robert Burke, rburke@eliothotel.com

  2. We are thinking about getting a Puggle – one of those mutts that are now called designer dogs – half beagle, half pug. So cute!

  3. Pictures of Murphy in the morning make me smile!! :>) Love that Pug!! I have never stayed in Boston…..so I look forward to the page you put together!! Happy Friday!!

  4. I understand your pug addiction, I have one as well. My dog’s name is Beatrice and she is 7. Can’t picture life without a pug…they brighten your day and they are the best cuddlers. The Seaport hotel is a great place to stay, especially with the weather being this nice. Very comfortable and an easy walk to anything in the city.

  5. I’m so glad your blog is going back on track! I really enjoy reading you, and plus, it make me improve my english too hahaha
    To help for your hotel review, we stayed at the Nine Zero Kimpton hotel, which is located right near to the park which I don’t remember the name… but it is the central one!
    We had a love stay, the room are very cute and with a great design, the staff is just very efficient. They offer a complimentary wine degustation every evening for the clients, but we didn’t went because it was too crowded (free wine=lot of people).
    If we come back to Boston, and we will probably sooner than later (we live in Montreal), we definitely go back there!

  6. Awesome PBR glass! I haven’t stayed recently but if I were you I would check out places like Liberty Hotel, Hotel Meridian, Long Wharf Marriot, Boston Harbor Hotel. (I’ve stayed in the latter 2 back in the day….great spots.)

  7. Echoing what everyone said already, the Eliot is amazing. My parents started staying there when I was looking at colleges in Boston all the way through my graduation. The staff is so thoughtful and they always remember you when booking. They’re super accommodating. Also, the decor is awesome and its in a great location. I love the Eliot!

  8. Best Western Terrace Inn (1650 Comm Ave, Brighton). It is not super fancy, but always clean and the rooms are nice ~$150-$200/nt. For Boston I feel that is a fair price compared to other hotels that are twice as expensive. I do have to say though, I’m not super picky when it comes to hotels because, honestly, why pay lots of money for a room that you’re only using to sleep in? I’m on the go when I travel and would rather use my money to actually DO something and eat some fabulous meals.

    I’ve stayed there numerous times and had great experiences

  9. I go to school in Boston, and whenever my parents come up they always stay at The Eliot. It’s on the corner of mass ave and commonwealth, right by Newbury, and the hotel itself is really nice and comfortable. I will often stay with them just because I like it so much. It’s also not ridiculously expensive but I’m not sure exactly how much. It’s a great location and there’s tons of great restaurants and shopping right there.

    ps. your dog is the cutest thing!

  10. I live in Boston, and I have a suggestion for a hotel NOT to include in your recommendations – the Doubletree on Soldiers Field Rd. It’s a huge and beautiful hotel, but if you stay there and want to use public transportation to get around the city, it’s nearly a mile walk to the Central Square T stop. They have a shuttle that runs to Copley (and maybe one location, I can’t remember) but once the allotted number of people have signed up to ride on it per day, it’s full. It’s generally a beautiful hotel, but only good for guests who plan on traveling by car or are okay with walking a lot.

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