Pictures of You

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

It’s house inspection day!! 😯 I’m nervous. Mal can’t take off work, so I’m going solo this morning. Hopefully, everything makes sense and I know the right questions to ask. Our realtor will be there too, so I’m sure she’ll help get me through it. She knows everything!


For breakfast this morning, I made a “tasting plate” with a bunch of different foods, including red grapes and coconut cashews.


A fresh sliced peach.


And a toasted Zucchini Muffin with Teddie Peanut Butter spread on top.


I love meals like this– just little bites of everything. It keeps it interesting! πŸ˜‰ I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk with breakfast.


Last night, I spent the majority of the evening going through the stuff from my mom’s house, which included a zillion photo albums. (The ones in the picture below are just those from my mom’s house. I already had about 10 of my favorites at my apartment!)


I’ve always loved taking photos, so I was that gal snapping pictures at every special (and not-so-special) occasion. I have a ton of photos from high school and college. I never took photos of my food, but I think I have blogger in my blood! πŸ˜‰


All of my photo albums take up a ton of space (and stress-out my husband), but I just can’t part with them. I’ll likely start scanning my favorite photos to save space, but this will take some time. I guess I’ll just have to make room for them until then.

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Book Update

Exciting stuff on the book front! :mrgreen:

I finished and submitted my second round of edits to my editor yesterday morning. The second round was so much easier than the first. They only took me about a week to complete.

Now that the edits are done, my book goes into manuscript production. I’m not really sure what this means, but it sounds exciting! I also got to see the first draft of my book cover!!! It’s awesome– very Carrots ‘N’ Cake! πŸ˜€ The book is scheduled to debut next April or May!

Question of the Day

What material thing(s) in your life can’t you part with?

P.S. I’m giving away Peanut Butter Puffins on Trading Up Downtown! :mrgreen:



  1. I’m the same way with photo albums! I scrap booked for a while, but then I started making digital albums online. They are so easy to make, and then you order them and have a nice hard bound book of your photos that doesn’t take up much space.

    Good luck with the inspection, hope all goes well!

  2. Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to read it.

    Photo albums and scrap books – I just can’t part with these. Please note: I have the same SMILE photo album as you, filled with old photographs of my parents from before I was born.

  3. I can completely relate wit the pictures thing. I still live at home with my parents and my mom is on a cleaning kick where a few times a week she goes into the attic and takes down the boxes from either my old bedroom or college. She has me sit and go through them and inevitably I hit the pictures. I recently uncovered over 20 packages of pictures that I had developed from when I was in 8th and 9th grade and did not throw out a single photo!! It’s insane but I totally cannot let go. And of course, the highschool memorabilia, still hanging on to that!

  4. I have a hard time getting rid of books, even though I never re-read them. They’re basically living room decorations, or substitutes for the real ones I don’t care to buy.

    You did well to walk away from the first house just because of the water corrosion. The other things are negotiable, should they be revealed in the inspection today. An electrician can install a few grounded outlets (enough to cover electronics and major appliances) relatively cheaply, and the buyer might even be open to replacing the roof on the house if needed. Good luck!

  5. That’s so exciting about your book! Congrats!

    I can’t part with certain things from my childhood, like my favourite dolls and blanket. They’re all tucked away in my closet and I never even look at them, but I still can’t get rid of them!

  6. Yay! Exciting! I’m still doing the back and forth edits with my agent, so I can only imagine what a relief you must feel.

    I have a hard time parting with books. More than anything else, they feel like they say something about me and I feel so insanely attached to them. My husband hates it because we’ve moved a million times and books are HEAVY!

  7. When I moved in with my boyfriend last year I had to go through my book collection and get rid of a lot of books. It was hard. I love books, I love reading, I’ve collected books my whole life. But we just didn’t have the space and honestly, about half the books were ones I could (somewhat) easily part with.

  8. It’s so hard to part with things. I’m doing a 100 Thing Challenge, in which I keep only 100 personal items. TOUGH…especially since I keep a library in my room.

    That breakfast looks delicious. Tasting plates always look so appealing!

  9. I have entirely too many photo albums too. I was the one who was always taking pictures of everything. They take up a bunch of space, but there’s just no way I can get rid of them! I spent entirely too much time scrapbooking them all, what a waste of money if I got rid of them!

  10. Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to see it!

    I can’t live without this little pillow that I still have from my childhood days (it was actually in my crib before I was born). It sits on my nightstand and just seeing it sitting there brings me comfort. So random. πŸ™‚

  11. I *love* snack plates! Most of my meals are snack plates, actually πŸ˜‰

    Material things I can’t live without? A warm doona… I can’t get to sleep if I’m cold!

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