Easily the Highlight of My Day

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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Hi, guys!

First things first: Just a quick reminder about the Live Q&A with the Brooks Blog Ambassadors!


You can chat with me and the other Brooks blog ambassadors about all things running. You can also ask us questions in real time- anything from what’s our pre-run snack of choice to our favorite shoe to how we got into blogging. It’ll be fun! The live Q&A is set for TOMORROW night (Wednesday, 9/30) from 8-9pm EST and you can participate online at community.brooksrunning.com. I hope to see you there!

Now onto our Monday!

Quinn and I had our usual morning together… “baba” and iced coffee on the couch and then we did some chores around the house aka “missions” as Mal and I like to call them. (These “missions” work especially well when a little someone is cranky and needs a distraction!) Recently, Quinn’s favorite mission is helping me put away the silverware.

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He basically just throws it into the drawer and none of it goes where it’s suppose to, but he loves doing it. And I can get the rest of the dishwasher unloaded while he’s entertained, so it’s a win-win for us! It’s also super cute to watch because he seems soooo into it. I can just see the concentration in his face. He takes his missions seriously! Haha!

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After finishing our chores, it was time to eat breakfast. Our little man is doing so well with his fork and spoon!

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Then, we walked Murphy.

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And headed to the gym. I ran on the treadmill and did a version of the workout below. I added a 10-minute warm-up and an extra 10 minutes of 6.6/6.8 intervals, so my workout ended up being 65 minutes. I was a sweaty, disgusting mess by the end.

The Best 45-Minute Treadmill Workout

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After the gym, we swung by Trader Joe’s for a few groceries. I grabbed a bag of cranberry maple nut granola and ate approximately 4/5 of the bag. It was really good!

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After that, Quinn went down for his nap. I showered and then did a little shopping online. I bought this book for Quinn because he thinks bellybuttons are hilarious, and I know he’ll love it. I can’t wait to read it to him! I also stalked this sideboard/buffet (in Twilight) online. I am totally obsessed with it, but it’s expensive, so I searched for something similar. No luck, but it’s temporarily out of stock, so maybe we’ll save up for it? Or we’ll just keep looking for a cheaper option? I dunno. It’s a tough decision because I love it so much, and I know it’ll be a piece we’ll have for a long time.


Quinn woke up from his nap after only about 45 minutes (he has crazy teeth coming in, so I think his mouth hurt), so we cuddled on the couch for awhile. He actually ended up falling asleep on me, which was the best thing ever. Our little maniac never stops moving and isn’t much of a cuddlier, so this made my mama heart so, so, so happy. He slept for about an hour on me and, guys, it was so nice. Back in June, I joked to Mal that all I wanted for my birthday was a nap with Quinn. It never happened, but I kept thinking about how wonderful it would be to cuddle with my little boy. And it was. So, so, so nice. It was easily the highlight of my day… maybe even my whole week.

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I actually only fell asleep for 5 minutes or so because I needed to take Quinn to a doctor’s appointment, which was about an hour away. I let him sleep on the couch while I got us ready to leave, which included packing him lunch since I knew he would be hungry when he woke up. Quinn’s lunch: Half of a multigrain waffle (from Trader Joe’s), cheddar cheese shapes, two pouches (one yogurt, one fruit + veggie), veggie chips (from Stop & Shop), and green grapes from California.

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After Quinn’s appointment, we walked Murphy and then fed him dinner, which again was a fun “mission” for Quinn. Here are the two of them in action!

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While Quinn fed Murphy, I snacked on some veggie chips with leftover Spinach-Artichoke Dip. I made it for the Pats game last weekend and there was only a little bit left. I just couldn’t throw it away, so it made an awesome snack!

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Shortly after that, it was dinnertime for Quinn. On the menu: Cottage cheese (obviously), silverdollar pancakes (from Trader Joe’s), steamed broccoli and apples, and an entire orange + a couple of slices from a second one. Apparently, oranges are the fruit of the week! I also snacked on some fruit and veggies while Quinn ate.

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Dinner for me was leftover Chicken Ole with rice and green beans.

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And my day concluded with a small glass of wine on the couch.

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The end.

Question of the Day

What was EASILY the best part of your Monday? 

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  1. Oh man, that treadmill workout looks like a burner! I ran 2 miles today and couldn’t believe how much it kicked my butt! I think I went out a bit too fast and just had a hard time catching back up but I was on the treadmill and wasn’t even going THAT fast…I can only imagine! 😉

  2. I have still been meaning to try that Chicken Ole dish. It just looks so good! Best part of my Monday was teaching a great Boot Camp class and getting off work early to enjoy the rest of the rainy day at home!

  3. So, so sweet!!!! Such a precious cuddle-y moment.

    The best moment of my Monday was finally getting to go back to my favorite yoga class for the first time since surgery. It was HARD after 6.5 weeks off, and I’m so scared of hurting myself. But it felt GREAT. And then going out for birthday nachos and guac after. Who knew Mondays could be so good? 🙂

  4. I feel like once you buy a home good furniture is an investment in the home. I would rater wait longer and buy something I really love and is right for the space than a filler piece that is just ok.

  5. I love Monday’s now that I have made it into Mommy Monday. My son is twelve and I know that I won’t be cool for much longer, so we have a special device free day on Monday’s. Your son is adorable

  6. I love that sideboard but I agree, don’t love the price tag. I’ve seen some similar ones on Joss and Main, maybe you could find one there? My mom gave me a beautiful, smaller one for my birthday this year in a dark turquoise color that she snagged for a steal at Tuesday Morning, so you should also keep your eye out there and Home Goods! 🙂

  7. OMG The Belly Button Book! We keep that one around and still joke about it. (My daughter is 9 now.) I hope you guys love it as much as we do.
    I feel ya on the snuggle thing. It seemed to take forever before Girlie would take a nap with me. Now she’s a super snuggle bug and we love to watch movies all snuggled up on the couch.

  8. There is hope. My 7 year old falls asleep on me almost every night. It’s the BEST. And she was not a cuddler as a baby.

  9. The Belly Button Book is awesome. We read it just about every night with my 2.5 year old and we always get giggles. He’ll love it!

  10. So if you love Sandra Boynton books, you should totally check this out :


    It’s basically all her books in “song” form sung by the bacon brothers band. Belly Button is one of the songs, as well as Snuggle Puppy, and several others!

    I’m typically not a fan of children’s music CD’s, truth be told they kind of annoy me, but this one I absoultely LOVE. They have another called Blue Moo too which we also have 🙂

  11. The best part of my monday was taking a group exercise class with my friends! I love how something so simple like working up a good sweat and chatting with friends can make ALL the difference how your day ends up running.

  12. I love me some cuddles with my little boy. He has always been a cuddler though and I have loved it from the beginning!

    You should check out the book The Boy Who Lost His Belly Button. We LOVE that book!

  13. I’ve been looking for a sideboard/buffet for a year now, hahaha. But they can get expensive. My co-worker is giving me his 70’s buffet for free and I’m going to try and refurbish it myself! I read up about chalk paint which can be used to give a piece of furniture a rustic or vintage vibe without alot of work!

    But that sideboard is beautiful…I think you should save up for it!

  14. I saved this workout a while ago and finally ran this treadmill workout this morning! WHEW! This was a great speed workout for me. Speed workouts aren’t always my favorite, I’ll admit. I didn’t even add in the extra sprint that Tina did and I was sweeeeaaatay. Thanks for sharing, Tina! I have been loving your workout posts 🙂

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