He Has A Secret

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Happy FRIDAY, friends! 😎

Today is the day!! Tonight, I’m celebrating my 30th birthday. Ok, so, today’s not my actual birthday, but I’m attending a very special wedding on June 19th, so my par-tay is scheduled for tonight.

For the past few months, my husband has been plotting planning something for the big 3-0. I’ve asked him a few questions about what’s going on, but I really like surprises, so I’ve mostly let him do his thing without bugging him too much. Of course, I’m super curious, but I don’t want to ruin what my hubby has worked so hard to plan.

Last night, Mal closed himself off in the office for 5 hours!! I have no idea what he was doing in there for so long, but he asked me (and Murphy) not to bother him. At one point, he left the house to run a secret errand, but other than that, he kept himself locked up. He playedΒ Toucher & Rich podcasts on all night, so I couldn’t hear anything inside the office. Although, I’m pretty sure that I heard crumpling paper at one point.


Of course, Murphy was concerned about what was happening in the office, but it was declared a “no pug zone.”


Ok, so, here’s what I know:

  • My mom and sister claim they have no idea what’s going on and that Mal won’t return their calls and emails.
  • Marie told me that she doesn’t think Mal planned anything at all.
  • This past weekend, Jenna told me she knows what Mal is planning.
  • My friend, Jen, told me she was “busy” tonight.

I’m definitely stumped! But, I’m also really looking forward to tonight. I seriously have no idea what my husband has planned, but I know it’ll be fun! πŸ˜€


I rocked the overnight oats again for breakfast this morning. In the mix: old-fashioned oats, Mad Hectic oatmeal, walnuts, blueberry-infused Craisins, ground flaxseed meal, and vanilla soy milk.


In honor of my birthday celebration this evening, I also enjoyed some Birthday Cake iced coffee with breakfast this morning. (Don’t forget about my Buy 2, Get 1 FREE deal on the Birthday Cake coffee. Time is running out!)


Vote for Jacqueline

Jacqueline (aka Fitarella) is in the running to become a host of a new show on the on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Please support her by VOTING!! Voting goes until July 3rd and you can vote as many times a you wish. Please help out a fellow blogger!

Dog Days of Summer

Just had to share this event with the local dog owners: Dog Day Festival at Smolak Farms. Murphy really wants to go! πŸ˜€

With the new farm season upon us and lazy summer days ahead, Smolak Farms and Treadwell’s Ice Cream invites you and your beloved four-legged friend for a day of fun at the farm.

On Sunday, June 13, 2010 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Smolak Farms is teaming up with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) to celebrate your best friend with a variety of activities including: walking trails, hayrides, bounce & slide rides, duck races with rubber β€œdoggies”, gourmet dog treats, a pet parade (costumes optional of course), β€œDoggie Dishes” from Treadwell’s Ice Cream and much, much more!

The Science of Good Food

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s giveaway! Here’s your winner: 154

#154 Steph

Grill it with Bobby Flay is a good cookbook!

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

Question of the Day

Do you like surprises? Or do they drive you crazy?

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNA!!!!! :mrgreen:



  1. oh mal is so sweet! i planned a huge surprise party for my husband’s 30th – we had just moved to l.a. and a bunch of our east coast friends flew out. i rented a house for the weekend for us all to stay in. he had been really pissed that he thought we were just going out for dinner for his big 3-0, no friends in l.a. yet, and was totally shocked/happy.

  2. surprises drive me CRAZY… I am the kind of person that NEEDS to know what is going on…aka a busybody :P:P

    Hope whatever he has planned, it is fun!! I’m sure you will enjoy!

  3. I love surprises!! The last one I got went kind of wrong..but it was still fun! I had gone out of town and let one of my friends house sit, when I came back my key wasn’t where we usually leave it and I called to ask where it was. He said “oh…are you already home…? Don’t come to Wal*Mart!) so I had to drive around for an hour or so until they called to say I could come home. when I did, my place was covered in balloons and my friends were there! hahaha!

    Happy early birthday!! I bet the surprise is going to be incredible! Ahhh!

  4. I can’t wait to hear what Mal has in store for you for your birthday celebration. I’m sure it will be great. ENJOY!

  5. Oh, I hate surprises. My bf had a big 40th surprise birthday party for me and I was really uncomfortable being the center of attention. The best part of the surprise was that I got a beautiful shiney diamond ring after 25 years together πŸ˜‰

  6. I LOVE surprises!! I never want to know them (well until the time is right!). My mom is horrible at keeping secrets and always wants to divulge presents she got me for holidays and I have to convince her not to! haha.

    I’m so excited for your evening!

  7. happy early birthday! this secret is soooo exciting even to read about! you will have to let us know EVERY DETAIL. have a wonderful day !!

  8. random question: what happened to your blog roll?? πŸ™ I always went there to link to the other blogs you had there πŸ™

  9. Happy Early Birthday!

    I have a love hate relationship with surprises. I love surprises, but don’t give me any kind of warning about potential up coming surprises. I get anxious, and impatient. I hate the waiting game and the build up of anticipation with me gets pretty sky high really fast!

  10. SO EXCITING! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to see what it is! I love surprises, but they drive me up the wall – except I never wanna spoil them πŸ˜‰ it’s worth it when you get surprised finally.

    Mal is such a good husband πŸ™‚

  11. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see what Mal comes up with for your special 30th! I love surprises! They make me feel so well-loved, especially when they’re well thought-out and creative. I hope you have an amazing time tonight! πŸ™‚

  12. Wow what a treat! Can’t wait to see what it is all about!
    Surprises…I’m torn. The control freak in me does NOT like them…but the romantic in me thinks they are great!

  13. I love surprises but they drive me insane. Don’t tell me it is a surprise and I’ll love it more when you surprise me.

    And planning a surprise for Hunni is so much fun but really hard. He’s super nosey.

  14. I definitely just printed out the treadmill workout to try the running and walking versions. I love compact tough workouts! Happy birthday!

  15. I HATE surprises! I always make my husband tell me if knows what other people have given me as gifts. I don’t even like waiting to surprise someone else. Whenever I buy a present I have to give it to that person as soon as I can because I want to surprise them immediately!

    My husband’s big 3-0 is next month and I’m trying to figure out what big thing to plan for him and I just don’t know! Our original idea isn’t going to work. Bummer!!

  16. Okay, I am seriously so anxious to find out what Mal is planning…!! You have a good hubs πŸ™‚

    I have a love/hate thing going with surprises. If it’s for a birthday/occasion or some sort of gift, then I’m all for it. But if someone shows up at my house and says SUPRISE I CAME TO VISIT YOU NOW LET’S SPEND THE ENTIRE WEEKEND TOGETHER…not so much. And yes, I’m speaking from personal experience πŸ˜›

  17. OOHH! How fun! I love surprises but I am not nearly as good as you and I tend to drive people crazy with a zillion questions! Can’t wait to see what it is…and enjoy! I am sure you will have a fabulous night ringing in a new decade in style! πŸ™‚

  18. Good morning, and Happy early Birthday!

    I have a question about OpenSky, I sent them a question last week and still have not received a reply. I wanted to get in on your coffee deal, but they do not say what company they use to ship to Canada. I am hoping it is USPS as they charge the least in duties.

    Can you see if you can get an answer from them? Thanks!

  19. I’m normally not one for surprises. I like to know things well in advance. I’m sure I’ve had little surprises here or there, but the biggest was for my 21st birthday. I thought I was having dinner with my roommates and my cousin and my roommates boyfriend. But they had thrown me a party and it was SO unexpected. I had NO IDEA at all. It was fun.

  20. I turned 30 in April. I really like suprises and was anticipating one for my birthday… my husband did nothing! I was a little bummed but I guess I shouldn’t have said I didn’t want to celebrate turning 30 (which really sucked).

  21. ahhh, sounds like its going to be something exciting! I hope you have a great time (whatever it ends up being) and I can’t wait to hear all about it! I love surprises but get so antsy waiting to find out what they are.

  22. precious that he is doing something. surprises drive me crazy! at least you know he’s working on something (or is that worse because you’ll be anticipating it?). I can’t wait to find out what it is

  23. I do NOT like surprises! I like to know what’s coming and I would be sooo antsy if I were you today! πŸ˜‰ I always ask what’s coming next in a movie and I will even read the end of a book ahead of time sometimes so I know what to expect. (This all really translates into my fear of the future in real life.)

    Happy early birthday and have fun tonight!

  24. I had the same color nail polish on my toes for my Vegas Bachelorette Party and got a lot of compliments on it; it’s a great, fun color!

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