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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Hello, friends! How’s your week going so far? Monday flew by for us. Here’s a little recap from our day!

Quinn and I did our usually “baba” and iced coffee thing on the couch and then we ate breakfast shortly after that. Usually, Quinn doesn’t eat breakfast right away, but he was hungry yesterday. His new things at breakfast: 1) Wanting his blanket with him while he eats; 2) Putting covers on allthethings. His new love for his blanket is totally adorable. The second I give it to him, his faces totally lights up! And the cover thing is pretty entertaining too. If he sees that something comes with a cover (i.e. Tupperware, a cottage cheese container), he MUST put the cover on it. He seems to enjoy the challenge, so most of his meals involve a combination of eating and working on his putting-on-cover skills.

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My breakfast: Crock pot oatmeal with blueberries, almonds, and chia seeds, breakfast sausage, and iced coffee.

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After breakfast, we read about a dozen books, which is one of our recent favorite activities. Quinn still isn’t interested in TV (although, he likes watching puppy videos on YouTube – who doesn’t?), but he lovvveessss books!

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Mid-morning, we got ourselves ready to go to KFIT. The workout was a good one. I did Rx+ and finished in 13:55. The Overhead Lunges with #85 almost killed me, but I’m glad that I pushed myself to do them!

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Post-workout protein shake made with SFH (vanilla) Recovery, iced coffee, and soy milk. Perfection.

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Lunch: Romaine lettuce topped with ground turkey mixed with avocado, salt, and pepper + red grapes from California, sliced almonds, and chia seeds.

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After lunch: A couple of coconut date rolls. Heavenly.

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In the afternoon, Quinn and I visited the library. We needed new books! (And… THAT HAIR. We *might* cut it this weekend. We’ll see.)

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At the library, we played a balloon popping game on the computer. Quinn was really into it!

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After the library, we swung by Hornstra Farms to buy some milk.

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And, of course, we needed to say “hi” to the cows!

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Cow kiss!

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Cow lick!

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Which Quinn thought was absolutely hilarious!

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We also bought “Dada” some Mocha Chip ice cream because he might love ice cream more than he loves us. I won some serious wife points yesterday! Haha!

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Once Mal was home, we all played in the backyard for quite awhile. It was such a beautiful evening!

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Murphy especially had a great time. There was so much “elephant butt” happening!

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Question of the Day

Top 3: What made you smile yesterday?

Me: Quinn cracking up after getting licked by a cow, watching Murphy elephant butt, the gorgeous Fall weather!



  1. The weather is definitely making me happy too! I’m trying to enjoy the last few days of warm weather 🙂 I also went to the Humane Society to walk dogs after work, so the dogs definitely made me smile. Last thing that made me smile was cleaning my bedroom (not the actual cleaning part, but having a clean bedroom!)

  2. -Picking up my son at daycare. He got two stickers yesterday for doing alot of walking! I was so excited for him, seeing a baby learn to walk makes me smile!
    -Watching my son and dog play. They like to do tug of war with stuffed animals, it cracks me up, especially when my guy gets the giggles!
    -Finding pumpkin spice date rolls at Stop n’ Shop!

  3. Coming home from school to a ready made dinner! = sure way to please your woman 😉
    Also, random question: Do you take pictures with your phone or what camera do you use ? 🙂

  4. My local city pool closed for human use and opened exclusively for dogs, before they drain it next week. I brought my 2 year old retriever mix, Otto, there last night to swim.

    I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see my pup swimming, fetching tennis balls and jumping into an Olympic size pool with 50+ other dogs. Dogs were even jumping off the diving board!

    It was like a sea of golden retrievers-a hilarious and wonderful sight.

    Every owner on the sidelines had a huge smile on their face, myself included!

    1. @Anna: Our local pool does this as well too but I’m always afraid to take our dogs. Well one is too scared of water to take but the other always poops in the water! haha. Can you imagine? Every time we go for hikes or down to the river she always poops IN the water.

  5. How in the world do you do 85# OH lunges?? Eek. Are you holding a loaded barbell above your head like an OH squat? So badass I could never!

    Hmm my day yesterday kind of sucked. Just had the blah Monday feeling. But watching my happy puppy dog play in the park after I got home from work (+ the beautiful weather) made me smile for sure!

  6. omg those pictures of Q with the cows…soooo cute! Your blog made me smile yesterday – as I said I was feeling kind of blah/making excuses – so I set my alarm and told hubby to push me out of bed to go to spin class if i resisted. I was so excited to get back on track that he didn’t even have to push me at 6am this morning! Thanks Tina!

  7. That picture of Quinn laughing after being licked by the cow is priceless!! 3 Things that made me smile yesterday: taking the day off of work, free hotel breakfast and all the wine I bought from various wineries while on vacation over the weekend 🙂

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