Our Last Morning In Newport

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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Catching up? Check out my posts from our Newport weekend!

My Favorite Kind of Morning {Newport}

Oysters and Wine + Date Night at Revolving Door {Newport}

We Have a Baby This Year {Newport}

The Lawn at Castle Hill + Grandma’s Fried Chicken {Newport}

Our last morning in Newport was a really nice one. Mal and I woke up early with Quinn and took him for a stroll downtown. We were in search of iced coffee and wanted to try a new place, so we just walked and talked and wandered around until we found one.


It actually didn’t take us long because we stumbled upon the Coffee Grinder. It was actually hidden away behind a building on the water, but I saw a sign that said “Coffee Roasters” and suggested that we walk in that direction to check in out.

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Coffee Grinder was an adorable little cafe. It wasn’t much bigger than a counter top with a condiment/milk bar, but it had outdoor seating right on the water, so I ordered us a couple of iced coffees and a piece of lemon loaf to share. Mal, Quinn, and I hung out for about 30 minutes before we headed back to the condo. It was such a nice way to enjoy our last morning in Newport (until next year).


Mimi and Papi were awake when we got back and we were all starving, so we went to Ocean Breeze Cafe for breakfast. I ordered two eggs with home fries and an English muffin on the side. I thought about ordering one of the enormous, dessert-like muffins (because they’re just soooo delicious), but I figured I should probably hold off because I ate a lot of treats while I was in Newport. It was a ton of fun eating and drinking my face off, but it was time to get back on track.


I can’t believe our weekend in Newport is over. It was an awesome one, and I’m already looking forward to next year!


Question of the Day

 On a scale of 1-10 (1 being super unhealthy, 10 being super healthy), how healthy do you eat on vacation? 

I’m usually an 8 or so, but this vacation was like a 5! Haha!



  1. So funny- I would say that I’m usually an 8 when on vacation, with the occasional 5 thrown in! My family loves to bake so visits to MA can get a little treat-ish. Now that I’m following a vegan diet, I have less options when it comes to baked goods… which is sometimes a good thing. 😉

  2. My diet is usually TERRIBLE on vacation. Seriously probably a 2, HA! But I’m working on it, because my terrible diet also makes me feel really awful. I know if I can kick that “screw the rules, I’m on vacation” attitude and find a better heath to treat balance, I will be A LOT happier. I tend to go a little too hard.

  3. you look amazing! I’d say on vacation, I’m a 5. I tend to not eat huge meals; but rather small things that are mostly not good for you but SO yummy. 😉

  4. I’m usually like a 4 or 5. I try to get vegetables and fruit when I can, but I definitely don’t hold back on treats and drinks! (In the case of key lime pie martinis, they’re one and the same!)

  5. Wow, it looks like you had a very nice and relaxing vacation!! Beautiful state for sure! I try to eat around an 8 too even when on vacation. If I don’t, my gut starts to feel it and it’s all over. It’s hard to enjoy the vacation once all of those issues start so I try to keep on track with healthy eating to feel good and have an enjoyable vacation.
    I love finding local places and just meandering and starting the day slow. Gets the day off on the right foot!

  6. I’d say I’m between a 5 and 8. What saves me when it comes to treats it that our vacations tend to be a lot of moving; sight seeing, hiking, swimming, walking a lot. We rarely just sit. It helps keep the balance of the treats.

  7. 7- I like to eat as I typically would but enjoy a few things such as a great dessert, drinks or a local item. When I return home I feel completely satisfied with zero guilt of having too much.

    1. I don’t. I’m sorry. We stay at my in-law’s timeshare, but anywhere along Thames is a good bet. It’s in the middle of the action, so you could walk everywhere!

  8. You are one of those rare people who look just as beautiful with casual clothes and your hair in a ponytail as you do in full “going out” gear. 🙂

    On vacations, I am generally a 15 because our town does not have the best restaurants (and I don’t cook beyond the microwave), so I’m always so eager to try anything and everything delicious! 🙂

  9. We just got back from our honeymoon on Saturday… and I’d say I ate about a 3. 🙂 We don’t vacation often at all – maybe a long weekend once or twice a year someplace close to home – so I tend to just have fun and eat what I want to eat.

  10. I’m so bad on vacation – honestly around a 4. I try to eat healthy breakfasts and get my vegetables but all goes out to the door with beer, wine, and sweets. But then when I get home all I want to eat is salads so maybe it balances out? 🙂

  11. You are so beautiful in that picture with Q!

    I am usually about a 6/7. I don’t honestly pay much attention to what I eat or drink on vacation! But we usually have pretty active vacations with lots of hiking, water skiing, swimming, etc. so it doesn’t bother me much if I am less diligent on the food side.

  12. I am usually an eight. I like to travel a lot so if I took advantage of the “indulge on vacation” mantra I would no longer fit in my pants and feel super unhealthy!

  13. He looks like Mal’s twin here!!

    We love those adirondack chairs. Every time we go to Newport we head there or to Castle Hill to enjoy the views.

  14. I’m usually about a 5 or 6 on vacation. I totally indulge but if I don’t get at least some healthy food in me I’ll wind up with a migraine. Since that is one of the last things I want on vacation I make sure to make some good choices.

  15. It all totally depends on the food situation where I’m at. For example, when my hubby and I went to Portland to look for houses for our upcoming move, the craft beer, craft donuts (blueberry basil!), fresh seafood, bar food, etc. helped to deter me to about a 4.5 haha. At least that was only one weekend (until we move there…eeep!) Looks like you had the most perfect relaxing vaca!

  16. Your Newport trip looked like fun! I’ve always wanted to visit there. My eating while on vacation falls somewhere in the middle…when I was in Florida last summer, we stayed in a condo and bought all of our own food at the grocery store, so it was super healthy for the most part other than one meal out with a pina colada and some ice cream and macarons two other days. But if I’m staying at a resort or eating out more often, it’s normally a healthy breakfast, maybe a healthy lunch, and then whatever I want for dinner and snacks.

  17. i am probably a 5. The only good thing is I tend to do a big breakfast which calorie wise gives me a lot for my calorie allowance. And then lunches are usually small and snackish. I’m also SUPER active on vacations. I don’t do beach or lazy trips. They are always jampacked with adventure and almost always include running whether it be runcation focused or just discovering the area on foot. =)

  18. My husband and I would love to visit Newport for our 25th Anniversary, I may have missed an earlier post, but is the condo you stay in family owned or do you rent? I would love if you could suggest a place to stay 🙂

  19. That’s a tough question. I always have wine, dessert and bread on vacation, which are things I shy away from during the week. I would say I eat at around a 6 — just because my entree orders are almost always salads and fish, because that’s what I like to eat best. Love the pictures, looks like you had a great trip. 🙂

  20. I think it depends on where we’re going. Usually I’d say about a 7, but when we go to NYC next month, I have a feeling it’ll be about a 5 there. So many things to try! The hardest part for me is having so few veggies. Most restaurants don’t give you much to begin with and they’re usually cooked in oil/butter and not so healthy!

  21. I’m always a 1-2 on vacation, haha! I get in that mindset that it’s okay to treat yourself on vacation, but I always end up regretting it when I get back. Not only do I always feel terrible after overindulging (especially on the alcohol!), it’s also frustrating how hard it is to get back on track. I need to work on it!

  22. It depends where I’m on vacation and who I’m with! I’d say I’m normally around a 4 or 5 (guilty!!), but if I’m with family members who don’t normally eat healthy, I try to set a good example and show them how eating healthy on vacation isn’t that difficult.

  23. You look fantastic! Sounds like a great trip. On a scale of 1-10, I’m a 5 with my vacation eating. I usually keep breakfast and lunch pretty healthy, but tend to go all out at dinner time plus drinks and dessert every day I’m away.

  24. It truly depends on where we are. When we were in Europe (especially France) I’d say a 10. I drank, ate ALL the cheeses I could, plus dessert whenever possible. I figured the 17+ miles we sauntered around Paris was helping to burn it off. Lately though, especially now that we live in Hawaii and go to the other islands on vacay, we eat pretty darn healthy. HI is such a great state for fresh fish and farm to table eateries that I’m actually MORE inspired to stay on track!

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