Playing Catching Up & Sunday WOD

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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Hi, friends! Happy Sunday!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments on my previous post. Mal and I are so happy and excited to start this journey together. And I can’t believe we’ll have a little one this time next year!

I have so much to tell you guys”¦ about Baby Haupert, my first trimester, Cabo/Esperanza, 24 Days of Togetherness and, hey, just life in general””so I will definitely be playing catching up over the next few days. Lots of blogging to come!

Ok, where should I start? Hmm”¦ how about a little recap of this weekend?

So I arrived in Boston late on Friday night, so I went straight to bed as soon as I got home. Ok, well, I talked Mal’s ear off about Cabo and then I went to bed. I was exhausted, but so excited to share my experience at Esperanza. That place is incredible! Recap to come!


On Saturday morning, Mal and I slept in really late, made breakfast sandwiches and iced lattes, and then we went grocery shopping for the week.

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Here’s this week’s meal plan:

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Where’s Waldo?

Speaking of “Waldo,” Friday’s 24 Days of Togetherness was “buy a present for Murphy,” so when Mal and I went grocery shopping, we picked up a bag of peanut butter-flavored Buddy Biscuits, which, of course, the pug loved. You know how he feels about peanut butter!

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Since we’re on the topic of 24 Days of Togetherness, here are some picks from earlier this week:

Day 11: Buy a holiday decoration for our house.

Since I was headed to Cabo, I told Mal I’d buy something from there for our house. I know we didn’t technically do this together, but we didn’t buy any souvenirs from our CrossFit trip in August, so I thought it would be nice to have something to remember our trip.

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Esperanza had these gorgeous glass hearts hanging all over the resort, and I was told Cabo is known for glass-blowing and these beautiful hearts, so I bought a small one to hang on our Christmas tree.

Day 12: Buy each other $5 gifts.

Mal bought me comfy and cozy Dearfoam slippers. (He told me they were on sale at Kohls, so technically they cost more than $5, but not much more. I love that he made it a point to tell me this! Haha!)

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I had a layover at Chicago O’Hare on my way home from Cabo, so I bought Mal a Popcorn Rock.

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You add vinegar to it and popcorn crystals form! It’s totally right up Mal’s alley!

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Day 13: Buy a present for Murphy.

See above! Winking smile

Day 14: Play Words with Friends.

Yesterday we played Words with Friends. Mal and I hadn’t played a game in 549 days, so I definitely felt out of practice, but I still managed to beat him by two point! Yay! And, of course, we’re still playing Words with Friends today. I forgot how fun it is!

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The rest of Saturday night included lots of R & R and general laziness. We were suppose to get a huge snow storm, so Mal and I stayed in, built a fire, and watched movies while we snuggled on the couch with Murph.

This morning, Mal and I woke up bright and early for Open Gym. We met Kerrie there, so the three of us did a short, but challenging WOD. It was definitely a lung burner!

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Mal and Kerrie smoked me on this WOD, but I did it Rx and finished in 13:04. Not too shabby!


After CrossFit, I chowed down on an orange.

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And then made an egg white scramble with spinach, feta, and pesto with a piece of toast with butter on the side.

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After that, I ventured into the world of homemade Chex mix and made my very first batch of Muddy Buddies. Chocolate and peanut butter? Hello!!? Serious YUM! I don’t know why I waited so long to try it. Now I just don’t hope I eat the whole batch myself!

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Wayfair Accent Chair Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered to win an accent chair from Wayfair (Sorry that I am just picking a winner now.) Here’s your winner:

Sarah Lelena

I need an accent chair! We just moved to a new house and I keep saying that we need another chair for the living room. I love the chair in Stone.

Congrats, Sarah! Please email me at with your full name, mailing address, and color choice of chair to claim your prize.

Questions of the Day

Thoughts on homemade Chex mix? Am I in trouble now that I’ve discovered it? What’s your favorite mix? 

Are you involved with a game of Words with Friends right now? If not, what game are digging right now?

How was your weekend?

P.S. Nikki’s Coconut Butter is holding a one-day sale (TODAY)! Use END2013 at checkout and get 15% off your entire order! Nikki’s would seriously make an awesome Christmas gift!

P.P.S. Just wanted to share this with the Christmas Abbott lovers… Christmas is working with Reebok to produce a video series called “12 Days of Fitness,” which will feature exercise examples, healthy eating tips, and stretching recommendations for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Feel free to follow along on her various social pages!




  1. Chex are gluten free so I don’t need to mix them with anything to eat too many of them…

    Now that you said “muddy buddies” I may have to dig out the leftover baking chocolate from hubby’s birthday cake a few months ago and make some… mmm.

  2. I’m so excited to hear more about your pregnancy. You’re my age and my husband and I are trying to conceive. Congrats again!

  3. We call it puppy chow where I am from! (MN)… I cannot believe you’ve never had it! It was a staple growing up. Now, I stay away because I have zero self control around it!

  4. Don’t get me started on any version of chex mix-it’s totally addicting (at least to me) and if I make a batch for ‘the family’ I end up eating most of it! I love WWF-I play constantly-favorite game app on my phone. We just got back from seeing The Hobbit 2 and eating a delicious meal (with dessert AND a glass of wine) out for my b-day. It was great day!

  5. I totally forgot about muddy buddies or as my family in the south calls it, “puppy chow”. That was my favorite thing as a kid! Thanks for reminding me 🙂 I’m making some as soon as finals are over!

  6. I also know muddy buddies as puppy chow and could plow through an entire batch in one sitting! I am so so excited to hear more about baby H. I’ve been reading along for a long time and finally decided to play along and comment 🙂

  7. I’ve not tried Chex mix before but I don’t think we have it here in Australia.

    Looks like you and Mal had a great time with the things you’ve done so far for your 24 days of togetherness. It has been ages since I played word with friends.

  8. I always make the original Chex Mix around several times starting at Thanksgiving. My husband loves it and has very particular “rules” about what goes in. The usually chex, cocktail peanuts and pretzel sticks. The peanuts HAVE to be the cocktail ones, not the roasted or anything. And I do the oven directions for original chex mix, NOT the microwave one.
    I make muddy buddies strictly for holidays only! Because I want to eat them constantly.
    At Sam’s Club, they had a HUGE box with all 3 Chex flavors needed in it, so I bought that last time I was there 🙂

  9. What a great weekend! I love chex but when you add chocolate and peanut butter I can’t control myself! Looks super yummy though! Weekend was really good with a graduation and lots of family time! Can’t wait to hear all about Baby Haupert!

  10. Yum. That Chex Mix looks delicious. I love the pictures of all the decorations. I want to get my weekly meal plan my organized so I can have one less thing to worry about during the week.
    I can’t wait to hear all the details about your first trimester. I didn’t work out during my pregnancy (bad girl, I know) so I’d love to hear all about your fitness so I can get motivated for the next one 🙂

  11. You are absolutely in trouble now that you have discovered Muddy Buddies 😉 Once you start, it’s impossible to stop. Such a yummy holiday treat thought.

    Congratulations to you and Mal! Judging by what fantastic pug parents you are, Baby Haupert is very lucky! 🙂

  12. Aw Tina, I’m so excited for you and Mal. Having a little one is scary, but it really is amazing as well. It’s great he/she will be close in age to big cousin Matthew, too. Hope your pregnancy is going well. xo

  13. Ahh im so loving that your Crossfitting while preggo! Preggo pull ups=no joke.

    Muddy buddies are delicious. The only thing more dangerous is MOOSE MUNCH

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