All Six Of Us Get Along Great

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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Happy birthday to my wonderful, amazing, and handsome husband! Mal turns 31 today!

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I don’t want to embarrass Mal with sappy a post (I’ve done that before), so I’ll just say he’s my best friend and the greatest partner I could ever ask for. We also have A LOT of fun together.

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While I was away at Canyon Ranch, he actually changed the background of my computer to a photo of the skull. HA! He’s a clever one, but I have a master plan to get him back. Mwhahaha!

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I read online that the best mate for a Gemini (Mal) is another Gemini (me) because only people like us can understand our quirkiness and unpredictability. The Gemini symbol is The Twins, so Geminis are often known for their dual personality. When asked how he and his wife Dolores, a Gemini, remained married for decades, Bob Hope, also a Gemini, replied: “All four of us get along great.” Murphy is also a Gemini, so I always say: “All six of us get along great.” Ha!


I woke up bright and early this morning to make Mal his favorite breakfast for his birthday: OMG Pancakes. He loves them! I do too!


Health News & Views

I love granola, especially homemade granola. This one combines sweet and salty flavors, including shredded coconut, maple syrup, almonds, dried cranberries, and sea salt, which will keep your taste buds guessing.

It’s also really easy to make. You just need to mix together the ingredients in a large bowl, spread on a baking sheet, and cook in the oven. Easy as that! And the recipe makes a big batch, which will last you all week.

This granola is a wonderful addition to yogurt, fruit, or even just to enjoy plain. It’s also gluten free!

Sweet & Salty Gluten-Free Granola

sweet and salty granola

Question of the Day

When it your birthday? What’s your sign?

P.S. I read this article by Michael Pollan last night and thought it was really interesting””just wanted to share, especially after the fecal transplant talk on here the other day: Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome.



  1. Happy birthday to Mal! I’m also a Gemini…my birthday is June 4th. Sometimes I still don’t understand myself, so who knows what boy is ever going to. Y’all do look like you have fun together, which is so great to see!

  2. Happy birthday, Mal! I can totally relate to your impulse to put up a sappy post that winds up embarrassing the daylights out of the menfolk — Brandon gets super embarrassed whenever I do anything like that. (So, y’know, I’ve stopped…but damned if the impulse to write something sweet doesn’t die hard.) 🙂

    Gluten-free granola sounds fantastic, too — I can’t wait to try out the recipe! As for my sign, I’m an Aquarius (I’m a late January baby), but I don’t seem to fit the descriptions of my sign very well. I once read that Aquarians tend to have blonde hair and blue eyes, which doesn’t really jive with my dark hair or brown eyes. Oh well!

  3. Happy birthday to him! Have a great day together and enjoy those delicious looking pancakes 🙂 I am a Virgo (August) and cannot find anyone I get along with relationship-wise, but I really think that’s because virgos are so stubborn and independent.

    1. I. Am Virgo too and the only person I could marry was another Virgo (which i did not on purpose!) we are understand our perfectionist ways!

  4. Happy birthday to Mal! I find stuff like that about astrology signs so interesting, I don’t buy into it too, too much but a lot of the time it can be super accurate! Definitely interesting to think about. And I’ve had those pancakes pinned for literally over a year now. It’s about time I try them don’t you think? haha

  5. Happy Birthday Mal!! I’m June 2, so another gemini 🙂 my boyfriend in june 26 which technically makes him a cancer, but i swear he has some gemini blood in him, because he gets my “twin ways”… either that or he’s just so easy going he takes it all in stride, which I love about him 🙂

  6. 😮 I am a Gemini also. June 12th for me! Funny story: Gemini is the sign of the twin and I have a twin. They say that twins born under the sigh of Gemini will be complete opposites and it couldn’t be more true with my sister and I. 😀 Happy birthdayyy Mal!

  7. Wow. I’m so glad you posted that article by Michael Pollan. It actually has popped up in my news feed a number of times since it was originally published, but I never actually read it. I just scanned all of the pages and man am I now confused! 🙂 I wish there was one straight up answer. Grains or no grains? High protein or low protein? Starch or no starch? Insoluble fiber or no insoluble fiber? Probiotics or prebiotics? So many “professionals” with so many differing opinions. No wonder our doctors don’t know what to think!!

  8. I actually said “Oh my God” when I saw those ‘cakes, so excellent name choice on your part. I definitely need to try them. August 13th birthday over here. I try not to buy into it too much, but I must admit I am a Leo through and through.

  9. Happy birthday to your hubby! I’m a scorpio ( October 28th). My hubby’s a Virgo ( Sep. 5th). I love reading our signs sometimes as it’s always a good mix. The things that make him crazy, I’m chill about, or vice versa. We both can be passive, but then we are passionate about things and can be very agressive about the things we want. I guess that always makes for exciting and interesting times! lol.

    My hubby and me and Mal are the same year….we will be 31 later this year. Booooo. 🙂 Enjoy the day!

  10. Happy Birthday Mal! I’m a Sagittarius, and I fit the description to a T! What fortune in life to find someone who really matches you well.

  11. Happy birthday to Mal!

    My birthday is July 31 and I am a TOTAL Leo. If you read the description of a Leo, my picture should be next to it. I was having a conversation with a stranger a few years back and out of nowhere he said “you’re a Leo, aren’t you?” Haha apparently it shines through!

  12. That’s so funny, I’ve often wondered if it was weird that both my boyfriend and I were Geminis. But like you and Mal, we both totally understand each other’s quirkiness like no one else 🙂 Happy Birthday to Mal!

  13. Happy birthday Mal!

    I’m a Scorpio (November 19th). I don’t know too much about the different matches for Scorpios but hopefully two Scorpios together isn’t a bad thing since the guy I’m seeing is a Scorpio too!

    I’d like to try that granola recipe but I don’t like almonds. I’ll see how it tastes without them. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Happy Birthday Mal!! I’m a Cancer (July 6) and while I do have a lot of Cancer traits, I found out that my moon is in Libra, which explains my indecisiveness 🙂

  15. Happy Birthday, Mal!! & to my mom! 😛

    My birthday’s December 18th, so I’m a Sagittarius. My boyfriend is a Leo, which apparently makes us a “dynamic duo” haha!

  16. Happy Birthday, Mal! I am also a Gemini (June 15th) and my family always jokes about my “multiple” personalities 🙂 I can be really quiet and reserved sometimes and very outgoing and talkative, too.

  17. Well, first of all let me say I place absolutely no stock whatsoever in astrology. OK, that being said. LOL. I heard on the radio one day, they were listing the astrological signs most likely to work out… I was interested to hear this and of course, it was Taurus! That’s ME! I mentioned it to a friend who is also a Taurus and loves to work out, and we started Googling and found a list of most likely addictions by sign. Taurus is most likely to be addicted to… food! I couldn’t stop laughing all day because that was DEFINITELY two for two.

  18. Happy birthday to Mal! It’s actually my birthday today too! We’re twins (literally…gemini)!

  19. Thanks for sharing the Michael Pollan article…I love his work and this was very interesting!!

  20. Too funny… I am a Gemini (June 17th) and so is my sister…we always used to say the same thing…”The Four of us get along great!” Then she married a Gemini and has two Gemini girls! Lots of people living in that house! I always tell my husband “You never know which one of me you are going to get! 🙂
    Happy Birthday to Mal 1…and Mal2!

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