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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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.


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Guess who stayed home alone while Mal and I went to Body Pump tonight? Yep, Turd Ferguson! He’s growing up! πŸ˜‰

Instead of putting Murphy in his crate like we usually do, we let him roam around our bedroom for nearly 2 hours while we were out. It was the first time we didn’t crate him and he passed with flying colors. Murph didn’t freak out and nothing in our bedroom was destroyed. Baby steps! πŸ˜‰



Mal and I took turns preparing dinner while the other person took a shower. Showering immediately after Body Pump was a necessity this evening. It’s SO hot (and gross) outside!

For dinner, we had Cheesy Sweet Potato Crisps.


Tempura Shrimp.


And a side salad topped with Athenos feta crumbles and Creamy Asiago Cheese dressing, which I am now addicted to thanks to my husband.



Sunday Movie Night never happened, so Mal and I are watching our movie tonight. We need to start it soon because my wake up call is at 4:30 AM tomorrow morning! 😯

Good night!!!



  1. GO MURPHY!!! Pugs are pretty good with not being too destructive, aren’t they?? I have 2 Jack Russells and they have always had full run of the house but one of them was very destructive up until he was about 2 years old. I used to come home regularly to the bed pillows completely ripped apart or the wooden window-sills eaten away!! I am so happy that he grew out of this because it was so expensive to keep replacing things! I probably should have purchased a crate for him!! Seeing Murphy on your blog has made me want a pug so badly but my Jacks would not be happy with a new sibling! πŸ™‚

  2. Good job, Murphy!!! Hopefully he’s not just gaining your trust and plotting some horrible destruction when you’re least expecting. I fully believe he’s that smart πŸ˜‰ I’m just kidding of course. haha

  3. That so great about Murphy! I just did that with my dog almost exactly a year ago. It was like he had to get over the 2 year hurdle before he was ready to be out without me around. He was about 2 1/2 the first time we left him out in our condo crate free. He’s been excellent ever since….well, except for when I left out gingerbread cookie ornaments once. πŸ™‚

  4. Your dinner looks fabulous, especially on a hot day after working out. I’m going to try the sweet potato crisps soon! That Turd Ferguson story is hilarious! Good job tonight Murphy!

  5. We went from gating the dog to letting him roam and now back to gating. He kept having accidents with the full roam of the house but having just two roams seems to help.

  6. I die every time I see Turd Ferguson. That’s my new name for Debbie Downers, Wet Blankets, etc. It’s so great to call someone a Turd Ferguson.

  7. That’s really good that you can leave him alone for a little while now, eventually he will be okay during the day, too, probably. It takes time, but will make your lives easier knowing he isn’t stuck in a crate all day.

  8. Cheesey Sweet Potato Crisps?! That concept has me very happy and then disappointed that I can’t make them now at 9:00 at night, haha. They look so, so good!

  9. My dad’s family just got a puppy (she’s 12 weeks now) so they can’t leave her alone at all. She still wakes them up in the middle of the night to pee, too. It’s like having a newborn baby!

  10. HAHA Tina, you and your fam (especially Turd Ferguson) crack me up. I can always rely on your posts to brighten my day, or night πŸ˜€

    So thank you for that!

  11. Good boy Murphy! We have an almost year old ‘puppy’ that freaks out every time we leave. We crate him when we leave and come back home to him swimming in a puddle lol I hate crating him when we leave but we have no choice :/ Good to know at least someone’s puppy is doing good!

  12. Hurray! Murphy now gets the “Trusted Dog” award! πŸ˜€ It’s awesome knowing that your dog is that well trained, no? πŸ™‚


  13. Goodness gracious that dinner looks INCREDIBLE! I might have to replicate it for my dinner tomorrow!

    And aww Murph, looking adorable as always πŸ™‚

  14. Murphy is growing into a man! That’s exactly how I trained my pug. Leaving him out for just an hour, then two hours, three, etc…
    I found a gym that offers BodyPump near my new condo. I’m going to go sometime before the end of the month. I’m scared.

  15. Go Murphy!

    (Tina, I noticed a little mistake in your post. it should be that you’re “addictED to”, not “addicting to”.)

  16. YAY Murphy! I have been keeping my pup, izzy out of the crate during the day a little bit at a time too this week. It is just TOO hot, all she does is sleep anyways

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