Monday: Keep Calm and Drink Wine

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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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It seems like you guys really enjoy my “slice of life” and “day in the life” posts, so I’m going to try to publish more of them on CNC. I like it when other bloggers share bits and pieces of their lives, so here’s a little look into my day yesterday!

Quinn goes to daycare on Mondays, so it’s my “get sh*t done” day, which means I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off from as soon as I drop him off until I pick him up. My blood pressure is through the roof on Mondays (and often Thursdays – his other daycare day), so by the end of the day, I usually have a tension headache and need a glass of wine! Haha!

Anyway… I started my day with a protein-packed breakfast: eggs + sausage + half an English muffin with butter.

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After that, I got Quinn ready for daycare. Don’t you love his “Keep Calm and Pug On” onesie? Adorable. 

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Marylou’s is on the way home from daycare, so I popped in for a decaf white chocolate chip iced coffee with soymilk. Mmm!

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And then it was time for work, work, work. I’m going to Mexico on Friday, so I’m trying to get a lot done ahead of time, so I can just relax when I’m there.

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Around lunchtime, I went to the orthodontist to get my next set of Invisalign liners. I’m already a third of the way through my treatment!

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I ate leftover Shepard’s Pie for lunch.

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And then I whipped up a batch of Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies to take to my mom’s house on Tuesday. She got her new furniture last week, so my sister and I are going to see it and celebrate Mother’s Day a little early with her.

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I also whipped up some apple-banana-oatmeal puree for Quinn. We’re loving the Ella’s Kitchen baby cereal lately. I mix it into some of his purees for a little extra staying power.

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Then, of course, it was back to work. Holy cow. I was en fuego trying to get everything done. While I worked, I snacked on some dark chocolate almonds, which are the bomb.

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After that, I picked up Quinn from daycare. Back at home, we played the afternoon away. (He is putting rocks in my boots in the photo below. What a little jokester.)

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Soon, it was time for dinner, so Mal fed Quinn while I took Murphy for a walk.

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When I returned home, Quinn was messy, messy, messy!

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Our dinner was baked chicken breasts with steamed broccoli and rice.

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And, not surprisingly, my Monday ended with a glass of wine on the couch. The best.

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Questions of the Day

How was your Monday? Did you drink wine? 



  1. Hi Tina! I don’t think I knew you were doing Invasalign. Hope it’s going along well for you! I do like to get into the wine, but mostly on the weekends. A buttery chardonnay is my favorite vino variety. Yay for a trip to Mexico! How exciting. Hope your Tuesday is just great! 🙂

  2. Hi Tina! It’s my first time commenting. I’m a mom, runner, and food blogger, and I grew up in MA, too. I love your blog!

    Have you ever tried viognier? It’s my fave white wine, and I think you would love it. Pick up a bottle of Yalumba if you ever see it!

  3. Love those productive days! mine was spent working like a crazy person at work (housing and providing services to the homeless population in LA), quick nap (actually, laying in bed finally catching up on instagram hahah) and then over to a friends house for “Pinot, pot, and pizza”. (I don’t drink, or do drugs, but I love pizza… soo… something for everyone! haha) I’m housesitting/animalsitting for her while she and boyfriend are away for 10 days, so we were getting the run down of the place heh.

  4. As soon as this baby comes out (only a few more days!), I will definitely be back to drinking a glass of wine on Mondays 🙂 Have so much fun in Mexico! It’s so smart to get ahead of work so you can try to relax while you’re there.

  5. My Monday was definitely I had a case of the Mondays! I packed 2 different running shoes so I did my 10mi training run with 2 different shoes on. Once I got home I tried to drink wine but I was so beat/dehydrated from the run it did nothing for me BOO!

  6. My Monday started with going to work. I knew I wasn’t feeling the best, then once I got to the office I knew I needed to go home. I was there a few hours before my head almost exploded. I spent the rest of the day in bed with sinus pain. Sometimes you should just know better. I’m interested in your Invisalign! I desperately need it.

  7. Why do errand days go so quickly?!?! That glass of red wine looks absolutely delicious. November can’t come fast enough 🙂

  8. Mexico? Sounds like fun! I’m ready for some sunshine and beach weather! Quinn is absolutely adorable and eventually I will try Mary Lou’s coffee!

  9. Haha, I almost automatically said that I didn’t drink wine yesterday (it’s not a normal occurrence… normally I stick with beer) did actually I did yesterday! I didn’t know you had invisalign- so cool! And AHHH MEXICO?! That’s awesome! Can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂

  10. I completely know that feeling of needing to get EVERYTHING done while you can, I sort of suck at prioritizing though and have to keep working on maximizing the time I have to myself. My rule now is to only do the things I absolutely can’t do with my kids around when I’m alone!

  11. I know you love Kim Crawford (my fave as well)…what are some of your other favorite wines? Would love to read a post on that 😉

  12. Yum, that iced coffee sounds incredible! I really wish there was a Marylou’s Coffee where I live, the coffee flavors are exactly what I would love!

  13. If I had wine in the house on Monday night, I would have had a glass!
    I LOVE that you are drinking New Zealand wine, it’s the best. I live in New Zealand, however I am originally from LA, I will be in LA and visit some relatives on the east coast in just a few short weeks!! Taking my 7 month old to meet my family! I regularly refer to Quinn for all things baby since Quinn is just a couple months older then Max!

  14. Good reminder for the day. I may need some wine this evening…or a margarita. Thanks for sharing this fun post! Love the stay calm and pug on shirt!

  15. I love learning about other people’s routines and seeing what their lives are like! Sounds like a really busy Monday! I did not have any Monday wine but I did have Monday Suja!

  16. Why yes, I had a glass of Chardonnay when I got home from work Monday. And guess what? I’m working on another glass tonight! And since I don’t want the last of the bottle to go bad I might just have to refill my glass right now.

    We need to find a more PC way to say chicken with it’s head cut off. For instance I now say kill 3 stones with one bird. =) Hmmmm….Maybe ran around like a chicken with it’s feathers flying?

  17. Please share your thoughts as well as pros/cons with invisalign. I am getting ready to start my treatment and would love to hear about your experience with it. Thanks!

  18. Would you ever consider doing a review about your Invisalign treatment? I am having to decide between that and traditional braces. Soooo many things to consider! Hope you have a great trip to Mexico! 🙂

  19. I’d love to hear more about the Invisalign??!! Your teeth are beautiful – I didn’t know you were using the braces. How do you find them and what were you using them for primarily? I feel like my teeth are shifting and I’ve always had a mild overbite…not to mention I grind my teeth terribly because of the mal-bite. Ugh. I’ve always wanted braces but the expense has been a huge issue and the drawback of having wires in my mouth etc…wondered what Invisalign were like. Thanks for any response!

  20. I forgot my business cell ( with all of my contacts and calendar) and my personal cell on Monday. I live 45 minutes from my office so I couldn’t get it back. Searched for it on find my iphone and discovered it was at home. Had to borrow someone else’s cell to call my MIL and coach her on how to use the cell phone. To get me information. SMH I was too beat for wine by the time I got home, but was glad to watch DWTS. TeamNoah all the way!!

  21. No offense..but I have to work on mondays so things like appointments are scheduled after a full day at the office. I know you “work” too..but I cantrelate as I cant whip up cookies I the midst of my workday…lol

  22. I seriously need to try Marylou’s! Everytime you post a picture of an iced coffee from there I get immediately jealous haha.

  23. I do enjoy your day in the life posts, it’s fun to see how other moms balance work/getting things done and spending time with their kids…you seem to have it down!

    My Monday involved an early workout, toddler swim class, some baking and making Italian Wedding Soup for dinner 🙂

    Enjoy Mexico!

  24. I had wine on Monday, too! I have fun picking out a bottle from the wine fridge on Mondays to enjoy throughout the week after work and baby bedtime. Such a fun, relaxing little thing. Do you belong to any wine clubs or just pick up bottles from the store?

  25. If you are a fan of Riesling, try Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. Love that wine (especially for the price, about $10). I may or may not have drank the entire bottle before….this is what happens when my husband comes home late. haha

  26. my hubby got a promotion, so next year I get to be a stay at home momma. I cant wait to have days that look more like yours!! Right now its work from 9-5, then take care of a 2 and 4 year old. Next year will be appointment, baking and running errands! still “busy” but things right now that are a LUXURY! lol

  27. I don’t tend to drink wine during the week but there is a glass of Shiraz with my name on it waiting for me this coming Friday evening. What a week!

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