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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My beloved Canon S90 has officially bit the dust. Wahhh. I knew it was bound to happen soon, but I hoped my camera would make it until the end of the year. Sadly, no luck.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but over the past several weeks, my photos have gotten less and less clear. Editing makes them a bit better, but the quality of my photos has definitely gone down hill. Just look at the white haze around most of the objects in my photos. This post is a perfect example.

I use my camera all of the time, so I’m not surprised it died. I just loved my S90 so much, I didn’t want to buy a new camera. I actually might upgrade to the Canon S95, which is a similar camera. Please let me know if you have any opinions on the S95!


After Body Pump this morning, I whipped up a couple of smoothies for Mal and me.

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These may have been the most nutritious smoothies I have ever made. In the mix:

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Grrrr! White haze!

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Mal and I took our smoothies to go because we had plans to meet a couple of our friends at the Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Seaport Hotel.

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Mal wanted to buy a bunch of new snowboard gear, so he shopped around at the expo and saved a ton of money. Our friends also saved a buttload of money on skis, bindings, boots, and poles. The expo had some awesome deals! (If you’re interested, the expo goes through Sunday!)

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I didn’t need any new gear, so I wandered around and checked out the fun ski accessories.

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And entered a bunch of giveaways. I want to win a ski weekend and/or a wheelbarrow full of wine!

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After all of that expo-ing, we headed over to The Whiskey Priest for some food and beer.

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I had a Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, which I liked a lot. I’m not usually a wheat beer fan, but I liked this one! Nice pumpkin flavor.

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And a chicken salad sandwich with fries.

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Thanks to everyone who entered! Here’s your winner:


Catching up with my DVR seems to be the thing I do most to unwind but a good massage/reading in bed are pretty high on the list!

Congrats, Brianne! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

I’m spending my evening catching up with my DVR and the emails in my inbox. Crazy night here!



  1. Your hazy pics look kind of like an instagram filter. haha

    Sorry about your camera, but it sounds like you got your money’s worth with it. I know very little about the S95, except that a lot of bloggers seem to use it.

    Enjoy your wild and crazy Friday night! 😉

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your camera! 🙁 I’m in need of a new powershot too… I’m thinking it’ll be on my Christmas wish list!

    Those smoothies you made sound so good and packed with some good stuff!! I’m sure it had some staying power.

    Enjoy your relaxing Friday evening!

  3. Sorry about your camera. The hazy pictures actually look pretty cool! 🙂 Hope you have a great night! DVR and emails (and some beer) sounds marvelous. Crazy that last week you were getting ready for the marathon. 🙂

  4. Do you snowboard too?

    Do you have the new iphone 4s? It actually has 8 megapixels now which is comparable to most point and shoot cameras!

  5. Bummer about your camera…I take it you don’t want to do the iphone pics + editing for every day shots and for your really “special” shots, break out your DSLR? I just find that having a point & shoot is an extra “step” or yet another! camera 🙂 But I know some people love theirs. I do the iphone + DSLR combo and it works for me…but I also edit everything in LR3. That takes iphone pics from grainy to post-able for me 🙂

    1. When I travel or go to events, I pretty much only use my S90 now. My DSLR is too big and awkward for me to deal with at those type of things. At home, I use my DSLR a lot more. I use my iPhone sometimes too, but I agree, those pics aren’t the best quality!

  6. They just came out with a Canon s100, if you’re looking to upgrade. Having said that, the prices on the s95 have dropped significantly.

    I’m debating making the leap to a dSLR from my current camera (a fancy super-zoom point & shoot) or getting a s95/s100/G12. I’m interested to see what you end up getting.

  7. I love my s95. LOVE. If you’re not going with a DSLR, then IMO it’s the best option out there, especially since you know the Canon menus already. I definitely recommend Richard Franiec’s custom grip to go with it (it’s around $32 and worth every penny – the camera fits in your hand so much better with it). From everything I’ve read the s100 is not *that* much of an improvement, and it’s currently about $100 more than the s95.

  8. The same thing just happened to me…my camera died. rip. I bought the Nikon P300 & LOVE IT! I guess I’m just a Nikon kinda gal! A bucket full of wine sounds awesome. 🙂

  9. Sorry about your camera, the same thing happened to me recently. Look into the Canon Loyalty program. You can send your broken Canon camera in and they will send you a refurbished camera, (you would never know it was refurbished) You can upgrade for a little $$ or you can stick with your original camera. Its a great way to get a new camera for less money than if you were to go out and get one at the store. Best of luck!

  10. My S95 is by far the best purchase I have made in the last year. I had a hard time justifying the cost since I have a DSLR but I use it so much more often than that big camera, so I feel that I made the right decision. That said, I’ve never used an S90 so I don’t know what the differences would be but for the small price difference, I would go for the S95.

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  12. I still use a 5 pixel Nikon Coolpix. It takes pretty good photos for what I use it for. For the longest time I was using my iPhone 3Gs for pictures but it takes terrible indoor pictures.

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