Ding Dong, Avon Lady

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


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.

Good morning! :mrgreen:

Exciting news! Remember how I mentioned that my sister is now an Avon representative? Well, she offered to donate 50% of her sales through Carrots ‘N’ Cake to Team In Training (now through 11/18). Hooray!! πŸ˜€ She even set up a special Avon fundraising page, so please take a look! Just be sure to enter TNT2011 at checkout.


The holidays are right around the corner and Avon has a ton of great gift ideas. Everyone loves Avon, right? πŸ˜‰

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Mal and I are so close to our fundraising goal! πŸ˜€


For breakfast, I enjoyed some leftover French Toast Baked Tofu with a drizzle of maple syrup on top. My gosh it was delicious! I also had a banana and a glass of iced coffee with soy milk on the side.



Last night, when I was cleaning, I found one of my old day planners. Back in 2008, I was a die-hard paper planner gal. In fact, I was so obsessed with planners, Mal bought me a fancy Coach one for my birthday that year. I absolutely loved it.

Over the years, I tried using electronic planners and calendars, but they never stuck. I’d try them for a few days, but then I’d get frustrated that it took too much time to enter and organize all of the information. Somehow, it took me more time to organize my life electronically than it did on paper. Plus, there wasn’t the satisfaction of crossing things off my list.

In 2009, however, I discovered Google Calendar and Google Tasks, and I haven’t turned back. They rule as electronic organizers, and I use them everyday. But, occasionally, I still make paper To Do lists! πŸ˜‰


P.S. I love the quotes that I saved on the front of my planner. I’m so glad that I found them.

Question of the Day

Do you use a planner/calendar to organize your life? Are you a paper or electronic person?



  1. I’ve always wanted to get into using an electronic calendar
    BUT, my husband and I both need to have easy access to not only my schedule, but his, my 6 year old’s and my 4 year old’s. So I use an old school large desk top calendar pad.
    Maybe someday I can get into the electronic version..

  2. I absolutely use a planner to organize my life, and I alternate between paper and electronic. At the moment, I am loving Google Calendar. I can clearly label and organize events/commitments for work, friends, boyfriend, family, athletic training, etc. It’s perfect!

  3. I LOVE Google Calendars! My husband and I have iPhone’s. We both use Google Calendars…The wonderful thing that Google calendars does is sync our calendars together! If he adds something on his calendar on his iPhone, I automatically see it on my calendar on my iPhone! I love it!!! But I am also a huge fan of Post-it notes! lol Love those things πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, I just started following your blog a few weeks ago and I love it. I think you are adorable and some of your recipes are really delish! I’m in the process of starting my own nutrition blog ( i just became an RD) and a lot of your posts have given me the inspiration, so thank you!

    Anyways to answer your question, having a good planner is KEY to keeping myself organized. I always looked forward to buying a new one every year for school and now that I’m done with school it’s refreshing to know I can stay organized with my fantastic planner! I’m going to look at google calendar, but I have the same feeling about electronic planners that you do!

  5. I don’t kow how I manage to keep my life organized..it’s more of a living schedule kind of thing. I have my set class schedule then do everything else around that..usually also to a specific schedule. If I’m off, I feel it.

  6. Hey Tina!

    I am a first-time poster, but a looong time follower. I love CNC! And I decided to post today, what took me so long?! Anyways, I use a paper planner and always have, but when I got a palm phone, I started planning electronically. Those phones are absolutely wonderful with agendas–you can color code, set reminders, and have a checklist that you actually get to check (and watch the task disappear). That experience was just as satisfying as a paper planner. Have a nice day!

  7. I love those quotes! I am definitely a “planner” as well, omgosh I was just thinking this morning how much I lOVE google everythingggg and how I’m SO reliant on it! From contacts, to calendar to inbox… it’s got everything!!!

  8. I couldn’t survive without Google Calendar and a simple Moleskin notebook that I tote everywhere. Though I keep my schedule and editorial calendar on Google Calendar, I use my notebook to track To-Do lists, cool websites, recipes I want to try, shopping lists, etc. That way it’s always with me!

  9. Ahh I’m still a paper planner gal. I make my way to Duane Reade every December to buy a new Day Planner! And I keep them all and often times look back to see what I was doing. I used to write everything down in them, but not so much anymore. Someone bought me a palm pilot ages ago as a gift and I never opened the box.

  10. I continue to waffle back and forth between paper and digital. Right now I use iCal. I tried google calendar and liked it but sometimes I don’t have internet access so that just didn’t work out well. Think I will get a paper planning for 2011 and try to give it a solid go for a full year.

  11. I am totally a paper planner person. I have a pen with multipable inks in it. Green= Blog, Black= Part-time Job, Blue= Full-time jobs, Red= School. I guess I should have one that means “Personal” huh? I love your quotes. I have fun quotes taped to my monitor at work.

  12. I love my planner, and I’m old fashioned, so it’s still a paper one. But, I love to use my Outlook scheduler as well and reminders pop up on my I-Phone.

  13. I’m a paper planner too!! I used to feel bad because I have an Iphone and I could get all these planning apps but I never used them much because I somehow found the paper more convenient. It’s so much easier and quicker (for me) to write down stuff rather than press keys and as you said, reorganise and click buttons πŸ˜› PLUS I totally agree with you – nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when you physically cross something off your To Do List!!

  14. I’m a die hard paper planner type gal. I live on the computer so I wish I loved Google calendar or my iCal, but I don’t! I absolutely love familytimedotmine planners. The best EVER!! Third year using one and I’ll never use another type of paper planner.

  15. I love the fundraiser idea, and would love to support the cause – I’m wondering if your sister might be able to make some suggestions on products? (her favorites, best sellers, etc) I’ve never bought Avon before and would love some info!

  16. I am totally a list maker, except for my calendar which is on Google calendar so I can keep track of the hubby and the kids. I read in a book (a book about being organized but I can’t remember the title – it’s famous though) that lists are bad. We keep too many, they don’t capture everything,etc. But if I don’t write it down, I won’t remember. Call it mommy brain, starting a new business brain or just getting old, but man, give me my list if you want it to get done! πŸ™‚

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