Things That Me Smile

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.


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.

Murphy makes me smile each and every day.

Just LOOK at that face!


My husband also makes me smile everyday. He’s a goofball and we’re both kids at heart, so it usually doesn’t take much for us to laugh!

He’s also handsome, so that helps too! 😉




My autumn decorations also made me smile today. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love apple picking, cider donuts, vibrant foliage, all things pumpkin, and celebrating both my mom’s and sister’s birthdays during the fall.

How cute are these “Newly Webs”? My mom bought them for Mal and me last year. It’s my favorite decoration.



I scored some Pumpkin Flax Granola at the BlogHer Food conference, so I was excited to give it a try– as soon as possible! I mixed it with Chobani yogurt and a fresh sliced peach.


Mal made the most delicious-looking iced coffee this morning, so I just had to have one too. Even though I’ve made the “switch” to hot coffee, some mornings are just iced coffee mornings!



Again, I made lunch in 0.2 seconds this morning, but it turned out much better than expected.

I started with these ingredients:


And ended up with a yummy chicken salad sandwich with celery and tomato in a whole wheat pita. Not too shabby!


My sandwich took just 30 seconds to prepare at my desk– and surprisingly, it didn’t make a mess!


Lunch also included a KIND bar and a Honeycrisp apple from my mom. Honeycrisp are my favorite type of apple! 😀 I can’t wait to go apple picking!


I’m blogging at the Cafe Gato Rojo, so I purchased a pot of Vanilla Rooibos tea. I’m becoming quite a fan of tea lately.


POM Harvest Tour

So, I have some exciting news for you guys! I was invited to join POM for their inaugural Blogger Harvest Tour! :mrgreen:

POM has invited a small number of bloggers to get a glimpse of the POM Wonderful World in Fresno, California during the peak of pomegranate season and harvest.


On the trip, we’ll get to tour the orchards and the fruit processing and juicing plant, and enjoy a special dinner, which will, of course, include pomegranates.

Harvest Alt

Obviously, I’m super excited about the opportunity to visit the POM orchards and share my experience with the blog world. I’m actually sort of a dork and read the POM marketing book, Rubies in the Orchard, back in April, so I know how difficult it is to harvest pomegranates and turn them into juice. So, now I’m really looking forward to seeing firsthand what the process is all about.

P.S. Rubies in the Orchard is a great read, especially if you’re interested in learning more about brand marketing. There’s some pretty awesome stories inside.

row of pomegranate trees

Question of the Day

What has made you smile today?



  1. Thanks for posting about the POM book. I work in marketing and am always searching for new reads to better myself. I just bought it on Amazon… along with Outliers: The Story of Success. It’s WAY to easy to buy from Amazon, geesh :o)

    Buying new books made me smile!

  2. Ahhh I want newly webs too! Where did she get that? TJ’s???

    I have really wanted to read the POM book but haven’t gotten to a bookstore. I heard it has some great marketing strategies as well. Am I correct?

    Happy Tea Day!

  3. Congrats on the successful blog presentation last night! I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for ages, mainly because I enjoy your blog and others like it so much. I wish I could have been there, but I don’t live in Boston. 🙂

    What made me smile today? A kid at work who wanted to show me his computer work during “reward time.”

  4. Waking up next to my long-distance boyfriend visiting from Seattle made me smile. Drinking a hot mug of coffee made me smile….
    And that was just the beginning!!

  5. I love tea right now too! I think it’s because drinking it makes me feel lady-like, which does not happen very often!

    My students make me smile every. single. day. even when they are little boogers!

  6. I’m loving my Sweet Almond tea right now from Portsmouth Tea Company, so delicious!

    We had a meeting today on our annual giving, it made me smile to know that I can get a match from my company and make my donation dollars go even further! 🙂

  7. The photo of the two of them- precious. Smile? A funny post on abbyhasissues from yesterday. So funny I included it on my post today- funny photos of food art- amazing and hilarious!

  8. ok so how do I get asked to to go to something so amazing?! That Pom festival sounds amazing!!! Lucky Lucky girl 🙂 Oh and yes the doggy and hubby are too cute!

  9. I’m right there with you with all things Fall!! Murphy makes me smile too 🙂 Went apple picking last weekend and it was perfect!
    That is so awesome about the POM tour!!! Congrats!

  10. Murphy’s picture made me smile. I just want to smoosh that little face!
    Man, I wish we had apple picking here. I think the deep south misses out on so much fall fun stuff. It sounds like fun!

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