Day in the Life {2 Years Old}

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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.


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A certain little someone turns 2 years old today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, QUINN!!!), so I thought it was the perfect time to write another Day in the Life post. Although, the day that I picked to blog about (Monday) actually ended up being kind of downer. Quinn and I are feeling better today, and I figured you guys would want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of our day, so I decided to blog about it anyway. Hey, just keeping it real for you guys!

6:38 AM: After a rough night of sleep (Q-man woke up a few times + multiple UC flare bathroom trips), Mal wakes me up to say that he needs to leave for school. Quinn is already awake and hanging out downstairs, which means my wonderful and amazing husband let me sleep in. <3

6:40 AM: I (literally) stumble downstairs (6+ weeks of flare symptoms = super lightheaded when I stand up) and head into the living room to hang out with Quinn. During this time, I take approximately 5 million trips to the bathroom. Clearly, things are going well on the UC front.

7:19 AM: I make Quinn some breakfast. He eats one bite of cereal and signs “all done.” Ok then.

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7:23 AM: I make myself breakfast: Two eggs on gluten-free toast.

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7:25 AM: I take a few bites of breakfast and then help Quinn build a blanket fort. He plays while I eat.

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7:31 AM: Quinn and I play and play and play some more.

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7:51 AM: At one point, Quinn decides that Murphy is not allowed on the pug couch and a mini meltdown ensues. I try to explain that Murphy is allowed to be on this particular couch, but Quinn doesn’t agree. Despite my best efforts to distract him, his mini meltdown turns into a full-blown tantrum. I realize Quinn is probably hungry, so I pick him up and bring him over to the blender in the kitchen. I ask him if he wants a smoothie and he immediately starts to calm down.

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8:09 AM: Smoothie success!

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8:11 AM: Quinn is content with his smoothie, so I get myself ready for CrossFit. I get dressed and make a protein shake to bring with me (collagen + OJ – I add water post-workout).

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8:30 AM (on the dot): I call my GI doctor’s office to see if I can get an appointment because I’m really not doing well. Thankfully, his NP has a cancellation for later that afternoon, so I take the appointment and then pray that Mal can leave work early to watch Quinn.

8:40 AM: Quinn and I leave for CrossFit.

8:55 AM: We arrive at CrossFit. Quinn plays while I work out.

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10:00 AM: Class is over, which means it’s playtime for the kiddos!

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10:30 AM: Quinn and I stop by the pet store next door to say “hi” to the puppies and birds (obviously) and then we drove home. On the ride, Quinn falls asleep. He was so tired.

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10:55 AM: I put Quinn down for a nap, take a shower, and get dressed for the day. I’m suddenly starving, so I house a Chocolate Hazelnut Butter-Filled Clif Bar (that was waiting for me on my doorstep when I arrived home) and it tastes pretty darn delicious!

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11:15 AM: It’s lunch and food prep time! I wasn’t able to do my usual Sunday prep the day before, so I whip up all sorts of tasty recipes for the week, including a number of veggie dishes from Mollie Katzen’s The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without, which is an old favorite. Remember when I met her back in 2009? She was so cool.

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I make Spinach-Artichoke Gratin, Arugula Pesto, Brussels Sprouts Braised in Maple Mustard Sauce, Coconut Ginger Carrots (I fed the ends to Murphy), and a Hash Brown Breakfast Bake.

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12:11 PM: I finish prepping and clean up the kitchen.

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12:39 PM: Lunchtime! On the menu: Spinach-Artichoke Gratin (2 servings) + a hash brown patty that was leftover after making the Breakfast Bake.

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12:49 PM: I break out my laptop and answer some emails.

1:11 PM: Quinn wakes up from his nap. We cuddle on the couch and watch TV while he wakes up.

1:31 PM: I make Quinn some lunch, but he’s not interested.

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1:45 PM: Mal is able to leave work early (hooray!!), so I drive into Boston for my appointment.

2:46 PM: I arrive a little early, so I swing by Whole Foods and grab a smoothie.

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3:00 PM: I meet with the NP. We chat. I ask her a million questions. We come up with a plan (more drugs). Miraculously, I don’t cry while I’m in her office, but I am extremely frustrated (with my body) when I leave.

4:00 PM: I drive home and battle rush hour traffic.

5:31 PM: I arrive home and immediately hear crying when I open the front door. Mal hands me a puke-covered Quinn and then asks: “Do you want to give him a bath or clean the couch?” Well, hello. Haha! I opt for bath duties and head up stairs to clean off poor Quinn. (He ends up coming home from daycare the next day with Hand, Mouth, and Foot Disease. We actually thought he had poison ivy on his feet when we sent him that morning. Oops!)

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5:45 PM: I give Quinn a quick bath (he’s crying the whole time, so I hurry through it), get him dressed in clean clothes, and take his temp. I grab the Motrin and then we head downstairs together. I give him some, put Finding Nemo on TV, and then we cuddle on the couch.

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5:58 PM: I’m hungry, so I reheat some of the food that I made earlier in the day. I ask Quinn if he’s hungry, but he shakes his head no.

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6:05 PM: Even though Quinn says he’s not hungry, I bring him a sippy cup of water and some crackers, which he grabs out of my hand, but doesn’t eat any of them.

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6:53 PM: Quinn and I continue to watch Finding Nemo. I’m feeling snacky, so I bring a box of Peanut Butter Puffins into the living room. Quinn wants some too, so I give him a snack cup full of them. He’s finally eating! Hooray!

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7:25 PM: Quinn finishes his Puffins, so I take him upstairs to brush his teeth. We read books and then I put him to bed.

9:15 PM: I’m hungry again (my appetite is always so weird when I’m in a flare), so I make a piece of toast with PB2 + liquid coconut oil and a glass of OJ mixed with collagen while Mal and I watch Friday Night Lights. We actually started the series awhile ago, but didn’t stick with it. We recently started watching it again and now we’re hooked!

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9:30 PM: Mal and I head upstairs to bed.

9:45 PM: Lights out.

The end.



  1. Hi Tina! I was wondering if you’ve thought about trying acupuncture? I’m a believer that acu can heal! After my pregnancy I developed histamine intolerance and multiple chemical sensitivity. I went to many docs and specialists who couldn’t do anything for me. That is when I tried acupuncture for over a year now and I’m grateful to say my symptoms are pretty much gone and I can eat whatever I want now and even swim in a chlorinated pool:-). Good luck!

    1. I actually tried acupuncture for awhile. I really liked it (it always put me to sleep), but it didn’t help my symptoms.

    2. @Jessica: I swear by acupuncture, but I also have UC and it will not cure it. It will only make you feel better. I’ve been to numerous practitioners over the past decade so I’m convinced of this. Still good to go though!

    3. Jessica, I had the same thing after both my pregnancies. if you don’t mind me asking how did your symptoms manifest? Mine is usually really bad itching on my arms and shoulders. I have just noticed it creeping back after being in the pool multiple times a week with my daughters. Do you do on-going treatments? The cost really starts to add up but the relief is worth it.

  2. Tina, I admire you for answering kindly to the rude questions and comments! Also, although I can’t fathom HOW you exercise with a flare, I also wish I could do the same! Haha, I’m envious! You are strong. Good luck!

  3. Tina, I enjoy your blog so much! I love Quinn updates as my little Mr. will be two in about 6 weeks so its so fun following along on your adventures with him. Hope this weekend, everyone is healthy and you can celebrate in style. Good for you for keeping exercise as a mainstay in your day. Its amazing what it does for your mental health and you deserve that piece of normalcy in a time where flare ups are trying their best to bring you down. Keep it up- love your positive energy and your adorable family! Happiest of Birthdays to Quinn!!

  4. Happy Birthday to Quinn! The day in the life posts are my favorites. Please don’t take the negative comments to heart, you are bravely putting your life and illness out there. Enjoy this day with your little boy!

  5. Happy Birthday Q!!!!

    I am so sorry your UC is giving you such a hard time. That is the worst part about IBD is when you feel like you are doing so many healthy things and your body just doesn’t care! I have been there and done that. I once had a GI doctor tell me I was the healthiest sick person she knew because if you took my colon out of the picture I was such a healthy person and living a healthy lifestyle.

    I hope you find some relief soon and that you and Q are both on the mend!

  6. I really feel for you dealing with these flare ups. I hope that you can find some relief soon. Meanwhile, I don’t blame you for trying to keep up some sort of normalcy in your life. On another note, Quinn is adorable – HBD to him!

  7. It’s a real shame that people feel the need to be so judgmental when we’re all just doing our best to be good moms and take care of ourselves. I suggest you listen to your doctor (obvs), and ignore the medical advice of internet strangers. πŸ™‚

    And as you yourself are not a doctor, surely no one can fault you for not immediately knowing what was wrong with poor Quinn. Please don’t let rude comments get you down when you’re already having a rough week.

  8. Happy birthday to your sweet boy! Tina, I’m so sorry you are going through a rough time with your health. I hope things improve quickly. You are one strong mama.

  9. What a rough start to the week for you guys! I’m amazed at all you’re able to do even when you don’t feel well. I like what you said earlier–you have to find ways to live your life, even in the middle of dealing with health issues. I hope you ignore all these crazy comments. Quinn is such a sweetie, too. I love his sweet smile! I hope the whole family is feeling better. Thanks for sharing these days–I love them! <3

  10. Hi Tina! My mom first introduced me to your blog and, after reading one post, I was hooked. You are truly an inspiration! You seem like a wonderful wife, mother and friend. You have such a positive attitude even when going through difficult situations. Hope your UC symptoms clear up soon!

  11. I’m so sorry about your flares. I can’t even imagine. I wonder though if you took out the processed foods – the gluten-free toast and pb2 and the Clif bar and the cereal for instance…..all highly likely inflammatory foods. Those books you wrote about a week ago surely would have similar non-processed diets to try. I understand it’s extremely hard to change diet…but it’s got to be better than flares, fatigue, frustration and drugs. Wishing you the best.

      1. @Katy:
        ‘Processed’ food item is one that has undergone changes from its natural form. Peanuts are the unprocessed form, PB is partially processed and PB powder is very processed. Same analogy applies to wheat, which is the unprocessed, natural form, while flour is quite processed. Or also oils found in nuts/fruits are in the natural form, while liquid oil itself is 100% processed.
        A food item can be 100% natural and 100% processed at the same time.

  12. I am so sorry you are struggling. I have an autoimmune issue and I have so much empathy for you.
    Thank you for keeping it real – I wish you felt better, but I like when bloggers give us a glimpse into what is really happening.
    Hope you feel some improvement soon. <3

  13. UC sucks!! I’m just so amazed with the way you handle everything. You’re such an inspiration to us all ( and an awesome momma!) Keep fighting on lady. Really hoping you find a solution for your UC soon, you have suffered enough. Thank you for your honesty and for being real. Your fans love you! <3

  14. You’ve said before your doc supports your workout regimen. And it’s great that he/she strongly recommends physical activity to their patients to stay active. More docs need to do this, and more people need to pay heed.
    But as a medical person, I can tell you, under no circumstances is it ok to do strenuous exercises (such as crossfit, running) at a time that you’re bleeding so much that you feel light headed. It can be literally life threatening to yourself or others. What if you have an unfortunately timed untoward event while driving, or while in a precarious position during the WOD (weights poised momentarily above your/aimed toward others’ head etc) Outcome could be bad.
    Look out for yourself, and for others. Btw, does your doctor know how much you workout?

    1. I don’t normally get lightheaded when I work out – just when I stand up after laying down for awhile. If I was really worried about it, I wouldn’t work out.

      Yep, my doctor knows how much I work out, which is actually not very much. (In a good week, I’ll exercise for 3-4 hours total.) He wasn’t super pumped about my marathon training, but he’s totally cool with CrossFit and other exercise.

  15. I don’t comment much but follow your blog. I love these posts! This one especially because it’s real with no filters. Don’t let others who provide their “medical” or “unmedical” opinion get to you! Only you and your doctor know what is best!

    As for your little Q-man, hope he gets back to himself. As a working mother, if I stayed home with my daughter for every unexplained “rash” or little symptom, I’d never go to work! We are all doing the best we can and should provide support to each other. It’s hard enough questioning yourself and whether you are doing the right thing let alone to be scrutinized by others.

  16. I adore your blog and your honesty, and I admire the way you handle chronic illness. Mine isn’t autoimmune, but I still relate in a lot of ways. I think of you as an excellent role model for how live the life you want in spite of the issues your own body give you.

  17. Hi Tina,
    Would you mind sharing where you got the foam world map for under Quinn’s table? I’d love to get one of those for my 2 year old. Thank you!

  18. Hi Tina!! I love these types of posts!! Thanks for doing them!!
    I only truely understood or more correctly gained second hand experience of your condition (thought I was qualified to give advice because I’d read about it in your blog and knew a little about natural therapies -I was so wrong!!) because my brother has it and had a flare up one day that was so inconvenient and embarrassing for him. We looked for bathrooms every ten mins while getting him home quickly. I’m sorry you suffer from this, but I’m so grateful that you share so openly.
    If you feel it would serve your audience I know I would love a post on how to talk to and support someone with UC or a similar condition. My natural instinct is to encourage him to rest but then I see you live a very active and full life so I guess that is just me being protective instead of correct. I know everyone is different though. Also, my gut instinct is to tell him to eat plain and basic foods (mashed potato, protein shakes) but then I see your wonderful diet and clearly see that regular food must feel OK for you during a flare.
    Long story short, any help or tips for general support i can give him would be awesome. I understand it’s a fine line so I don’t expect medical style or diet advice…just how I can be a good sister!!
    I hope that you get the perfect treatment combo soon with the drugs and your body decides ‘enough now, it’s time to heal’. You are an angel for sharing your very personal life like this, it sure has helped to educate me.

  19. Hi, have you tried a vegan diet? I’m currently vegan and not really enjoying it, but it brought down my blood sugar. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January. I immediately cut out processed food and went healthy protein, low carb. My numbers were still high after a month and with medication. After some research I decided to try vegan and my numbers dropped significantly within the first week. I try my best to follow a vegan diet, although I try not kill myself if I’m at someone’s house or eating out. Maybe just try it for a week or two and see.

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