Pictures of You

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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. That breakfast looks delicious! I love “snack meals” like that – a little bit of everything. I just finished off a bowl of PB Puffins so I better go enter to win that give away! One thing I can’t part with – my stuffed animal. I am 21 and still sleeping with this ridiculous little dog that I got on my first Christmas. I know I’ll have to part with him when I get married, so we are savoring our last days together. :]

  2. That’s a great idea for a breakfast. It’s like your own personal buffet. I can not part with all my books from when I was a kid. You know babysitters club, american girl, goosebumps. I just loved them so much. I’d love for my kids to read them one day just like I read my mom’s old books.

  3. Congrats on your book!
    I would love to have more printed photos of me and my boyfriend ,but most of them are just a digital version.
    Coconut cashews sound really great!

  4. There is a company called ScanCafe that you can send your favorite photos to and they will scan them and fix them if they need fixing, putting them all online and on CDs for you! My MIL is doing that with all of PB and his sister’s photos from when they were little as a Christmas present and the quality is amazing. Plus once you select the photos you want they do all the work for you.

    Good luck at the house inspection!

  5. Book update=so so so exciting. I think that book most definitely will have to be pre-ordered! Also, I never would have thought of doing a tasting plate for breakfast…silly me. That’s a great idea.

  6. Best wishes for a smooth inspection! I am sure everything will go great. I get to do that this Friday myself.

    I would have a hard time parting with my boxes full of memories/pictures and the big box of pictures that my grandma has saved over the years including pics of her grandparents and other relatives.

  7. I have a really hard time parting with clothes that hold memories. Weird, I know. But, I just can’t part with the shirt I wore on my first date with my fiancee or the dresses I wore to my school dances! I guess that makes me a memory hoarder…


  8. I have a terrible time parting with cards that I receive! I have whittled it down over the years to a box that gets stored with pics and other memorabilia, but I still love digging them out to remember those that are gone or people that live far away πŸ™‚

  9. I love greeting cards… Giving them and getting them! I can never throw away a card someone gives me. I have a box full of cards I have received over the years. I get it from my parents… When they were “dating” they would give each other cards all the time and then when they got married they had all the cards framed in a collage. A little sentimental and corny, but we are kinda like that.

  10. I love photo albums! I have tons and will not give them up. We have a big bookcase unit in our living room and a couple of the shelves are devoted to albums.

    How exciting about the book!

  11. im the same way about photos. most of mine are digital and just stuck in some random folder on one of 3 computers that ive been using. needless to say it stresses me out! i keep telling myself im going to organize and print books of my favorite places/events, but that never happens. ONE DAY….

  12. You know you often read the organizational tip to “take a picture of a sentimental item” that way you can get rid of it and still remember it? Haha–that solution won’t work for your problem–you have too many pictures!!

    We have a ton of pictures in my house too that would be very upsetting to lose. The same goes for digital–my dad just starting a massive back up program for all of us–he gave his daughters (me and my sisters) external hard drives to put our photos on and he isorganizing a gift for my mothers birthday coming up next month! Pictures are so special!

  13. good luck with your inspection today! It’s great that you have a realtor that actually cares about what’s best for you. I know people who weren’t that lucky and were swayed into making purchases that they shouldn’t have.

    I love pics, but i’m so bad about organizing them!

  14. Good luck with the inspections today! Don’t worry about not knowing what to ask, your realtor is there to help you! Just don’t be afraid to ask questions.

    That is so exciting about your book!

    I like tasting plates for breakfast too — it makes meals much more interesting!

  15. Wow, I don’t really know. I do have a box of memories at home and I would be devastated if my mom gave that away. It includes cards from birthdays, communion, confirmation, graduations, etc. Pictures from high school, arts and crafts from kindergarten and different things from my childhood. There is one doll in particular, her name is Linea and she came with a book about Monet. My grandfather gave that to me just before he passed away. I don’t keep it with me anymore but its packed away in my memory box. If my mom gave that away it would be the absolute worst. I love that doll and book.

  16. The book updates are so exciting! πŸ™‚ Thanks for keeping us posted!

    I wouldn’t be able to live without my laptop, I have to say. I’ve moved around so much in the past few years that I don’t have a ton of nostalgia-type possessions (most of them are at my parents’ in North Carolina), but my laptop is where I have all my more recent pictures. And, it was expensive, ha!

  17. My books. I was that pre-teen and teenager that, once I was in to a book series, had to collect them all. Now that I’m an adult, I cannot bear to part with them, and there are literally hundreds of these books! Maybe my future daughter will be a reader, too!

  18. Very exciting news about the book! I published a book of short fiction on a (very) small imprint, and I will be the first to tell you that seeing your book in print is the most satisfying feeling in the world. (That might be an exaggeration, but it’s still pretty cool!)

    Can’t wait to read your book next year. πŸ™‚

  19. Oh my gosh that is so many photo albums! I’m sure my mom has just as many tucked away somewhere! Pictures add up reallly fast. Good luck with the house inspection! I have a good feeling about this one.

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