Paint Party

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Mal ended up feeling sort of sick on his birthday (poor guy), so we decided to celebrate at home. We ordered take-out from Lime Leaf, drank a couple of beers, and worked on a painting project together. I guess you could say we had a paint party! 😉

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It’s taken several months, but our sun porch (<– progress post) is finally coming along. This past weekend, Mal and I finally picked a shade of yellow to paint our side tables. It only took us two months to decide. No big deal.

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We only had one paint brush, so Mal and I took turns painting while the pug ”˜supervised.’

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Murphy really wanted to help us paint, but we thought he’d make a mess, so Mal and I told him he could be the “Project Supervisor.” At first, Murphy seemed okay with this title and responsibility.

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But, soon, Murphy realized that we gave him a fake job, so he blew it off and goofed around. Typical pug move.

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One of Mal’s birthday presents from me was a six-pack of Full Sail IPA:

It has a full, malty body and there’s even a hint of fresh citrus to it. Perfect after your favorite water sport. Even if that happens to be the grueling drag-the-poolside-lounge-chair-into-the-sun event. ABV 6% IBU 60

I was initially drawn to this beer because Mal’s favorite type of brew is an IPA, but what got me to buy it was the text on the front of the bottle: “12 fluid ounces of ridiculously tasty India Pale Ale concocted by our massive brewforce of 47. Specialists in the Liquid Refreshment Arts since 1987.” It seemed like the brewers have a really good sense of humor! I love that! Plus, Full Sail is brewed in Oregon so that sealed the deal for me.

I’m generally not a huge IPA fan. I like some of them, but, usually, they’re too hoppy and bitter for me. The Full Sail IPA only has 60 IBUs (International Bitter Units), so it wasn’t super bitter. It also had big aromas of grapefruit and other citrusy notes, and a sort of a malty flavor to it, so I enjoyed it.

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After a couple of beers, things got a little crazy (for the pug) at the paint party.

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Murphy asked us to call him “Left Eye” for the right of the evening. He did look pretty badass. (I still have no idea how he got paint under his eye like that.)

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For dinner, I enjoyed an order of Lime Leaf Noodles, which tasted amazing (as expected).

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I’ve probably been to Lime Leaf a half a dozen times by now, but I’ve never ordered anything else beside their Lime Leaf Noodles, which is totally unlike me. I rarely order the same thing twice from a restaurant, but I just love this dish so much, I don’t think a different one would live up to is awesomeness.


For breakfast this morning, I made an egg white sandwich on a Sandwich Thin with Laughing Cow Cheese (blue cheese flavor <””wicked good) spread on one side. I also had cherries and a glass of iced coffee on the side.

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CNC Book Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who wished Mal a happy birthday and entered my giveaway to win a signed copy of my book. Mal was psyched to see all of your nice b-day wishes!

Here’s your winner: Heather!

Happy Birthday Mal!

I rule because if something isn’t going well in my life I work to make changes and turn the situation around. I no longer sit on my butt waiting for stuff to happen.

P.S. The roasted cauliflower looks divine, I think I may try with broccoli too!

Congrats, Heather! Please email me at with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

CNC T-shirt Shop

I added a few new t-shirts to my CNC T-Shirt Shop! If you have something that you want to see on a shirt, please let me know. I’m open to ideas!


Question of the Day

What’s the most hilarious t-shirt you’ve ever seen?

P.S. Pug lovers: Over the weekend, the most important event in the world took place: Oregon’s 11th Annual “PUGLANDIA!” Pug Crawl. Here are pictures of the 25 coolest pugs there. Favorites?



  1. Hahah OMG I am so buying that ‘fruit is not dessert’ tshirt- SO true! On that note, nor is herbal tea. I hate the advice given by magazines: ‘next time you feeling peckish or your sweet tooth kicks in, satisfy it with your favorite herbal tea’…YEA RIGHT!

  2. Ahh! So many great pug pictures. But, I’d have to say my favorites are alien pug and greek god pug. Any group of men that get dressed up in toga outfits to carry around a pug are a-ok in my book!

  3. Sorry Mal wasn’t feeling good — but takeout and celebrating at home is always fun too.

    This isn’t the funniest, but the only funny shirt I can think of right now says $5 Footlong with an arrow pointing down. I’m 12 obviously since I always laugh when I see that shirt!

  4. Sorry Mal wasn’t feeling so hot. I love that little table! I’m an old school furniture junky! I can’t even begin to think what the funniest shirt I’ve seen has been. Working in the industry we do, nothing surprises me any more.

  5. I love those side tables (where did you find them?) AND the color! It sounds like Mal had a nice, low-key b-day, though I’m sorry he was under the weather. Digging Murph’s guy-liner. 😉

  6. Now I want to try that IPA. I’m like you, I like some of them, but not the extremely hoppy ones…

    Hope you have a great start to the week!

  7. T-shirt: “if I were a vegetable I would be a radish because I’m kind of rad.”

    Murphy is adorable!!

  8. Because I have a 12yr old’s sense of humor (hehe), the funniest TShirt I saw was at Fitbloggin this year!

    “If you like my rack, you should see my snatch” (referring to a kettle-bell move.)

    I laughed my booty off! 🙂

  9. Just a heads up that the link isn’t taking me to your t-shirt shop- it is taking me to a create my own.

    I def want the will run for beer shirt!

  10. i love (and think its funny) my shirt that says: Does this shirt make my butt look fast?

    its on the front and also on the back (along the hemline)

  11. Hope Mal is feeling better!

    I love the color yellow and would love to have a yellow bathroom one day…

    I need cherries – I haven’t seen them at the grocery store yet! Hopefully this weekend!

  12. Aw! I love the pictures! It looks like Mal had a great birthday! 🙂 At least he got to celebrate with two people he loves! I hope he is feeling better now! I love the picture of Murphy with the yellow paint under his eye! 🙂

  13. Full Sail IPA! One of my favorites! If you’re ever in Oregon, you must go to the brewery, they have great food and tasty beers. Lucky to have found such a gem on the east coast 🙂

  14. Oooh, cherries! Those sound delicious.
    One funny running shirt I’ve seen before says “If you see me collapse, pause my Garmin”

  15. i saw one that said “why are all these people following me?” it’s a race shirt…haha. i love the ‘passing out/garmin’ one too that’s awesome.

  16. My dad is a big blood donator. He has a rare O blood type that is used in babies. So he donates all the time. And he got this t-shirt one time that said “I do it for the cookies” and I still think that is a classic shirt to be given out at a blood bank!

  17. My favorite running shirt is one that says on the back “If you can read this, a girl is beating you”. I love it 🙂 It’s my go-to race shirt!

  18. Hooray for cherry season!! I had a t-shirt in high school that said “chocolate” spelled out with elements from the periodic table. I was (still am) such a nerd!

  19. Those cherries look delicious!

    Favorite t-shirt (for a science nerd like me): “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.” I tried to find the link, but it’s an old(er) t-shirt made by and I can’t seem to find it!

  20. Sorry Mal was a bit sick..maybe the beer helped him get nursed back to health 🙂

    I love the tshirts you added and I cant remember the tshirt or headband? you were wearing over the weekend in one of your posts but it was great. Maybe it was run for beer…anyway, i love witty and funny tshirts!

  21. It’s so funny that Murphy got paint under his eye because as I was reading the beginning of the post, I was thinking, “How is Murphy not getting in the way!?” because my dog would have been all over that paint! Then…I saw his eye. Hilarious! 😀

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