My Favorite Blog Topics

If you’re a long time reader of Carrots ”˜N’ Cake, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to blog about many of the same topics over and over again”” mostly because I love them so much. So, here’s a fun, little post that covers many of my favorites! :mrgreen:


I bet you’re not surprised by this one! Murphy is the love of my life. Ummm, I mean, MAL is the love of my life! Murphy is a close second! 😉

This morning, my little fur ball received a wonderful package of goodies from Polka Dog Bakery, a “treat boutique for dogs” in the South End of Boston.

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Murphy was psyched!!!

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Inside the box was all sorts of wonderful doggie treats.

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And Murphy couldn’t wait to sample a couple of them!

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Thank you Polka Dog Bakery! You made Murphy very happy today!

Body Pump

After breakfast, I headed to Body Pump. I haven’t been in two weeks, so I knew this class would kick my butt”” and it did””but I was ready for it. I worked hard, sweat buckets, and left totally exhausted. I really got a good workout today. I love that!


I used to avoid the Wednesday morning Body Pump class at my gym because the instructor would always start late”” not like 5 minutes late, but 15 minutes late! It used to drive me nuts, waiting around for the instructor to get her act together, but now I realize her class is worth the wait (and minor frustration).

The instructor is amazing. She pushes me to work hard and switches up the music, so we never do the same workout twice. I usually get bored of the new release after 3 or 4 classes, so it’s nice that she keeps it fresh!


I saw Bethenny Frankel’s new book at Kmart the other day. Has anyone read it? I’m thinking about buying it.

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I’m not sure if I should admit this or not, but Bethenny is my celebrity idol. I sort of want to be her. Is that bad?


Dave and Marie are coming over for Family Dinner Night this evening, so I baked a batch of cookies for dessert.

My recipe is based off the one for Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, but I used Chocolate Soy Nut Butter instead of peanut butter and added SunSpire Milk Chocolate SunDrops. Holy yum! I have a feeling these babies will be a hit with our guests tonight!

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Saving Money

Last week, I blogged about a few of the ways that I get creative with my spending. Here’s another one: REI Dividends!

When you become an REI member, you receive a member refund every March. The refund is typically 10% back on your REI purchases. Mal and I didn’t sign up until the end of 2010, but we still received $26 back. Not too shabby! I can only imagine how much we’d earn in a whole year!

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My 2010 dividends bought me a six-pack of vanilla Gu and a packet of travel nut butter for my race on Sunday”” and I still have $20 left to spend! Sweet! It’s like free money!

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I’m still sitting in sweaty clothes from this morning. Eww. Maybe I should shower?


  1. I love BodyPump, too. Just got into it about 3 or 4 months ago. But I don’t understand how your instructor can mix things up and change the music?? I thought the whole point was that each session was the same everytime (and consistent/standardized among gyms)?
    PS- Love Bethenny!!

  2. Vanilla Bean Gu.. the only way to gel up! Have you ever tried Lemon Sublime? It is a winner too!
    My favorite posts on your blog involve money saving tips and chocolate of course.. oh yes and Murphy!

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