My 34th Birthday

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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I celebrated my 34th birthday yesterday! The day ended up being pretty low-key, but it was exactly what I wanted.

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I started my day with a delicious glass of Marylou’s white chocolate chip iced coffee with iced coffee cubes and chocolate almond milk in the mix. This flavor combo = AMAZING.

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Mal, Q, and Murphy were all sound asleep when I woke up, so I snuck into my office to do some work. A couple of hours later, everyone woke up and my birthday celebration began. Woohoo! (Llama = Napoleon Dynamite)


The celebration started with presents. Mal bought me a gift certificate to a local spa. (Best husband ever!)


And then he said he had something else for me and kept saying: “I hope you have a cool birthday” over and over again like a weirdo. I eventually caught on and opened the refrigerator to find present #2.

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Honest Tea Half & Half!

Ever since I tried it last week (the folks from Honest Tea recently sent me a bottle to sample), I’ve been obsessed with it. It’s so frickin’ good. It was also on sale at Whole Foods this week, which is why Mal picked up a couple more bottles for me. What a guy.

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While I opened my presents, Mal (and Murphy) cooked breakfast for me.



Murphy and I played a quick game of “Pac Pug” while we waited.

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Mal made a batch of his special blueberry pancakes for my birthday breakfast and, boy, were they delicious!

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I’ll share the recipe with you guys soon. It’s incredible! Mal’s pancakes are so light, fluffy, and cake-y.

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After breakfast, I hung out around the house””chilling with my boys and doing some chores.

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I ended up getting really tired in the early afternoon, so Mal encouraged me to take a nap. Hey, it was my birthday and all, so he took over the baby duties while I snoozed for about an hour or so with my favorite pug.

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It’s crazy how a nap is now a highlight of my birthday celebration. Haha!

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I felt a lot more energized when I woke up from my nap, so Mal and I headed out with Q and Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood.

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It felt great to get moving and soak in the sunshine!

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Murphy was pooped after our walk! That face! Haha!

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It was almost dinnertime when we got home from our walk, so Mal suggested that we order sushi, which, of course, was the best idea ever. I haven’t had “real” sushi since before I was pregnant (just California rolls), so I was especially pumped. And it tasted as wonderful as I remember!

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After dinner, there was singing and birthday cake. We didn’t have birthday candles, so Mal improvised with a long Duraflame match. Haha! He’s so resourceful!


The cake flavor was a dark, fudge-y chocolate with a cheesecake layer on the inside. Holy yum!


And, finally, my birthday ended with baby snuggles in bed. Best birthday ever.

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P.S. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a Fitbit Flex along with some other health-inspired goodies! I’ll pick a winner on Monday!



  1. Happy Birthday! I love Oasis Day Spa – if you never been there… Kathleen is the best. I love deep tissue massages and she has the hands of god.

  2. Happy birthday, Tina! So glad to see you had such a great day. The term “birthday” must be a little more special to you now that you’ve given birth to a little one. And a huge high-five to Mal for all the special little birthday touches! You are one lucky girl!

  3. My husband is a Gemini, his birthday is the 18th. SO are my in-laws and my daughter. I LOVE Gemini’s obviously 🙂

    Hope you had a great birthday!!

  4. Tina I am just so impressed with you 🙂 Not that you HAVE to be doing wonderfully, but you really seem to be doing great adjusting to your new life! Love the Pea in the Pod nursing tank. I bought all 5 colors they had before I giving birth my second baby in October, and now they are ratty as heck after 8 months of nursing her, haha. They are the workhorses of the boob world! And I can’t believe how much you’re posting given how young your little man is. ‘Attagirl. And happy birthday 🙂

  5. Happy (belated) Birthday!! My tip: Work out in the morning! You never know how your day will unfold, so it is best to get your work out in before the chaos begins.

  6. Happy (belated) birthday! You know you are a mom when a nap is the highlight of your (birth)day (BTDT).

  7. Happy (belated) birthday! Looks like a great little day! And you are looking fabulous! A happy, healthy mom! That cake looks incredible and I can’t imagine how excited you must have been to have the sushi! I know I’d miss that, especially in the summer when it’s a nice, cool dinner.

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