Playing Catch-Up

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


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.

Expectedly, after the Move from Hell, I’m behind with all of my Carrots ‘N’ Cake-related tasks (blogging, freelance writing, emails, replying to comments, etc.), so I’m spending part of the day playing catch-up and the rest of the day organizing our apartment. I’m actually really looking forward to organizing the disaster zone because it’s stressing me out!


My morning started with coffee and a walk with my hubby and Murphy. We grabbed coffee at P.S. Gourmet (I’m sort of obsessed with their Butter Cookie flavor!) and made a big batch of banana oats to share.


I topped my oats with almonds, ground flaxseed meal, and a scoop of chunky peanut butter.


After breakfast, we met our friends, Dave and Marie, and their dogs, Bella and Grady, at the dog park for some “puppy playtime.”

Murphy loved the park today! He wasn’t scared around the big dogs and was actually rather adventurous. He ran around, playing his little heart out, the entire time.


This afternoon’s lunch was a simple salad topped with sliced almonds and a scoop of Claire’s relish. So good!



“Dessert” was a bowl of Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Crunch cereal, which tastes so much like Cimmoan Toast Crunch. I was actually sort of surprised by its deliciously cinnamon-y flavor. I ended up taking eating 2 bowls.


Afternoon Snack

I’m seriously struggling with my Health post this week (my brain is fried!), so my husband gave me a beer to get the creative juices flowing. I don’t usually drink on Sunday afternoons, but I’m not going to lie, it’s definitely helping! 😉

I love Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale. It’s my fall favorite! 😀


A Special Package

Guess who got a special package in the mail the other day?


Marisa from Trim the Fat sent Murphy some doggie goodies! Thanks, Marisa!


I’m spending the rest of the afternoon catching up with work while Mal (and Murphy) are building Ikea furniture. I hate spending a beautiful day inside, but sometimes, you gotta do what you need to do.


Hopefully, we can relax tonight! I have a yummy dinner planned!

See ya! 😎



  1. Hi Tina

    I love your blog!! I always get some great ideas from ya (I finally decided to comment!!). Your move looked tiring BUT at least it’s over.. moving is always tough! Hope you’re able to relax the rest of the day! Happy Sunday.


  2. Awww, Murphy is going to be so excited about his presents he got in the mail 🙂

    I think you more than deserve the beer on this Sunday afternoon. You’ve had a tough weekend, and hopefully it can help you relax a bit.

    I have a yummy dinner planned too AND dessert. Red velvet cake balls!!! So excited 🙂

  3. No matter how much you pack or prepare, in my experience moving is never easy. Glad you’re able to finally get things settled and organized! What a thoughtful package for Murphy! Speaking of, there’s a radio DJ in Atlanta called, Murph-Dog… hehe! 😉

  4. i love ikea! i hate moving! done it way too many times…stress probably doesnt do much for the writers block. youve probably already written now…but what about essentials of stocking a kitchen since you just moved-(some ideas/themes)
    1)basic needs aka college student
    2) im living in an apartment and i like to cook
    3) i want to eat healthy and be able to throw meals together so i have eseentials on hand type stockage :p

  5. Good luck getting all your work done!

    My dog loves those greenies “toothbrushes”, too.

    I LOVE pumpkin beer. I usually just get the Blue Moon fall brew, but I’ll be on the lookout for something new!

  6. I’ve been looking at an Ikea magazine and love all their stuff! Is it good quality furniture? We don’t have a store around here, so I’m not able to go look in person. Thanks!

  7. I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I love your new apartment! I’m sort of (completely) obsessed with House Hunters so it was fun to see yours all empty! You’ll have to post a video again when you’re all settled in. Glad you have had a fun day!

  8. Murphy does not look like he’s enjoying “building IKEA furniture” in that last pic. Maybe he needs his toy to play with 🙂

    Sometimes I can’t get to do work until things are straight. I’ve actually been known to clean my entire desk for half an hour and get it just right before tackling my mile long to-do list in order to focus. Glad the pumpkin ale helped you 🙂

  9. How fun that Murphy got some new stuff! Just a note…and I don’t want to scare you, but my boyfriend and I stopped giving our chihuahua Greenies a year ago when a lady at our local vet clinic/pet store said her dog died from choking on one unattended. Apparently, they can splinter and get lodged in a dog’s throat, so we don’t give them to our baby anymore. My advice is maybe just watch him when you give them to him? Not sure, just wanted to let you know in case!

  10. I love that Cascadian Farms cereal as a light dessert or sweet snack… a few weeks ago I used it to create a reinterpretation of rice crispy treats – the cereal bars were delicious!

    That is so sweet of Marisa to send Murphy a goody bag. I hope he enjoys his new treats!

  11. Mmmm…Pumpkin Beer, haven’t tried that one yet but I love anything pumpkin 🙂 And I also love banana oatmeal with peanut butter. Now that the summer is over I am going to have to switch out my green smoothie for a more warming breakfast.

  12. I’ve been wanting a salad for a few days now, and after looking at that one you made I’m inspired to head to the store and grab a few items to make a yummy salad for lunch!!!

  13. Tina, when we moved into our last apartment the couch didn’t fit up the stairs either! We were lucky enough to find a handyman who was able to take off one of the arms on the couch and then re-assemble it once it was inside the apt. Just wanted to share in case you were thinking about going out and buying a new couch! ~Christine

  14. That relish looks really tasty, I am so suprised that ive never heard of it before. I am glad that you are getting all settled in your new place 🙂

  15. Uh, Teen, I’m no doctoral psychology student or anything (but I am), but…do you need a bloggy break? GIRL!
    I know how much you love to organize. Isn’t that the best part about moving? I mean, the only good part, right? Besides purchasing new items for the casa!
    Mal looks sexy when he works. Keep posting pictures of him!
    And where did this little picture of you holding a bottle of wine come from? Sassy!

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