Home Is Where The Pug Is

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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While I love traveling and adventures, I’m starting to realize I’m much more of a homebody than I thought. Hanging out with Mal and Murphy at home last night””after not seeing them for an entire week””made me so, so, so happy. I felt whole again, and I missed them so much.

When I got home from Rhode Island yesterday afternoon, I gave Murphy the biggest pug hug ever. Home is where the pug is.


And Murphy was happy to see me, too. He grabbed his favorite stuffed toy and paraded around the living room, showing it off to me and wagging his tail so hard. It was adorable.

After my warm (pug) welcome home, I started to unpack. My stuff pretty much exploded all over the living room floor, so Murphy kept me company while I organized things. He’s a nosy, little pug, so he examined everything with a nice, long, flat face (aka super close) sniff and then watched me put it all away. (Kind of like the photo below, but much worse!)

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Not even 10 minutes later, the mailman delivered our mail, which caused Murphy to go into guard dog-mode and bark like an insane freak. This habit is super annoying and embarrasses me every time the mailman (or FedEx or UPS man) comes to our house.

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Mal and I recently started to bribe train Murphy not to bark when he sees the mailman (or any other passerby, like poor Jeff) with a treat. When I see the mailman coming or Murphy starts to bark at someone outside, I say “quiet” and then give him a treat. He now associates the word “quiet” with not barking and, of course, a treat. Pugs will do anything for food.

We usually keep a small cup of treats on the kitchen counter for easy access, but they were all gone when I went to grab one, so I reached into Murphy’s food container to reward him for being “quiet.”

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And inside was the skull!! Haha! Good one, Mal!

skull surprise

Mal and I ate Lime Leaf for dinner.


Cake pops for dessert.


And then went to bed at 7:30 PM. For real. It was a rockin’ Friday night. We both fell asleep while watching TV, so when we woke up, we just climbed into bed. We’re like 95 years old. It’s cool.

Health News & Views

It’s that time of year again. Bring on the pumpkin recipes!

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I cannot get enough of the sweet, cinnamon-infused, pumpkin-packed baked goods of the season. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes”¦ oh, I love them all!

I recently hopped on the pumpkin train and created my own gluten-free recipe for pumpkin bread. It combines nutrient-packed pumpkin with satisfying coconut and chewy raisins for a delectable autumn treat. This pumpkin bread is so good, you won’t even know it’s gluten-free!

A Gluten-Free Pumpkin Coconut Bread Recipe

gluten-free pumpkin bread

Question of the Day

Finish this sentence:

Home is where the ________ is.



  1. Home is where the family is. My dog goes ape when people knock on the door too. Very embarrassing! Loving the skull!

  2. I’m a big homebody too! I love to travel and explore but always love to get home. For me home is where my goldendoodle, Bentley, is! Nothing beter than coming home and being greeted with his big waggly body, when he gets excited his whole body moves, and excitement.

  3. Home is where the family is, whether that means my husband, my parents, my brothers, etc.! My husband and I had our first “down” night in about a month last night, and it was amazing. It’s always good to re-charge with your loved ones. P.S. I recently bought my Mom a sign that says “Home is wherever Mom is!” 🙂

  4. Home is where my pup is also. I have a 5 year old chocolate lab, Jameson who is my buddy. I love to travel, not as much as you, but it is great to come hone to that face.

  5. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder so of course with a week away you couldn’t wait to come home! It’s nice to go away but it’s nice when you enjoy being home too! lol My dog also goes nuts whenever we have a knock at the door – it’s so annoying and yes, a little embarrassing too! Sometimes the body just needs to crash…you had a crazy week! And is that a Starbucks cake pop? My sons are OBSESSED!
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com

  6. The kitchen is! One I can make ample use of! My dog barks so much at the postman (mail man or any delivery person) that we had to get an external letter box. She injured her leg jumping up like a loon at the letter box in the door (it was half way up and she used to shred everything to pieces!!)

  7. I visited one of my students at college last week (I’m a HS teacher), and there was a sign on her dorm room door that said, “Home is where the wifi automatically connects.” I died; so true!

  8. I fell asleep on the couch after putting my niece to bed last night….at 7:30. Can we blame CrossFit for wiping us out?? Haha! Whatever the reason, I was exhausted!! Cheers to early bedtimes on Friday nights.

  9. Coming home to puppies (and significant others) is the best! I’m going to have to try your treat-to-shut-up trick. One of our dogs is constantly on neighborhood watch, it drives us insane. We call her the neighborhood’s little old lady who’s constantly peering through the curtains, yelling at all the damn kids to get off of our lawn, haha!

  10. Home is where the hubby is :). The two of us have been through a lot in our 4.5 years, including quite a few homes. . . but no matter what as long as I’ve got him there it feels like home.
    (Cheezy moment, I apologize)

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