Pug Peanut Butter Addiction

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.


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Hi, guys! πŸ˜€ I have a funny, little story for you this morning.

As you know, I wake up about 1.5 hours before Mal and Murphy do. Usually, I wait until they are awake to make breakfast, but this morning, my stomach was grumbling. So, I made myself some oatmeal with peanut butter.

Little did I know, my dog has super-sonic hearing when it comes to peanut butter, specifically the Teddie variety. If you’ve had Teddie, you know that the jar comes with a tin lid that makes a very distinct sound when you open it. In fact, the sound is so distinguishable, it woke Murphy out of a dead sleep. Apparently, he jumped out of bed, went running to the bedroom door, and starting whining. He has a worse peanut butter addiction that I do! It’s almost like his doggie drug. I may need to start looking into drug rehab centers for him!

Man, he’s cute! πŸ˜‰



I understand why Murphy loves peanut butter so much. It’s frickin’ delicious! :mrgreen: And, this morning, it was easily the highlight of breakfast.


I made Oats in a Jar with raisins, cinnamon, ground flaxseed meal, and an extra scoop of peanut butter from a new jar.



It was SUCH a yummy breakfast!

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Later in the morning, I made myself an iced soy latte with a squirt of agave nectar.


Creamy, cold, and refreshing.


Shop, Trade, Save

Be sure to check out my new feature on Trading Up Downtown calledΒ Shop, Trade, Save. You can see what I purchased at the grocery store this week as well as how I saved money and “traded-up” the nutritiousness of my selections.

Question of the Day

Complete this sentence: “I’m the kind of gal (or guy) who likes ____.”

Feel free to have fun and get creative! πŸ˜‰



  1. i’m the kind of girl who always asks the dinner party “does anyone else want a beer?” because i hate to drink alone πŸ™‚ same thing with dessert.

  2. I am the kinda gal who likes to laugh WAY too LOUD…not on purpose though.

    HOW do you make your iced coffee???

  3. Haha, your dog never fails to make me laugh. My doggies are the same way just with the packages & wax paper that wrap up deil meats from the grocery’s deil.

    And I’m the type of girl that would rather be ssuuppperrr busy than just laying around… I’d almost rather be stressed — crazy, I know!

  4. Wow, that is funny your pup actually woke out of a dead sleep for some peanut butter. That may be worse than me!!!

    To answer your fill in the blank, I’m the kind of gal who likes cookies way too much however I balance it off with exercise.

  5. I’m the kind of girl that likes coffee, oats and blogging!!!
    I know that probably an answer for the majority of people but I’m new to the blog world and I wanted to tell you that you, among others, have been a true inspiration for me. I’ve recently started my own blog and are using all of the healthy living blogs as motivation for me:) I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now and cannot wait till your book comes out!

  6. Sometimes when we give our Bostons PB they get it stuck on their top lip which they can’t lick off due to their jaw structure – I feel bad but I laugh because they look so funny.

    I’m the kind of girl that laughs at bathroom humor. I don’t care how old I am, it’s funny!

  7. Tina-
    Is it weird that you were in my dream and we never met? Yep. We were running next to each other on the TM at HW in Boston (by the way, I used to belong to that lovely gym back in graduate school – now I am far far away from Boston). And I told you “you are like a celebrity to me!” in the dream. How is that we dream about people we never met?

    PS. Murphy is so cute!

  8. I have got to try Teddie PB. After I saw the guest post on Trading Up Downtown that talked about Smart Balance vs. Teddie, I’ve been meaning to make a switch!

    Oh, and I’m the kind of gal who likes to help others. πŸ™‚

  9. a nice glass of red wine and a relaxing evening!
    My family has always had miniature schnauzers, and now I have one. We like to joke that their hearing is so supersonic about food that you could drop a marshmallow on a carpet and a schnauzer will come running. My dog has run into the kitchen from different parts of the room just because he hears me open the fridge, and i guess he is hoping for the best!

  10. I’m the kind of girl who likes wine tasting. We buy our Teddie PB in a plastic tub (so the husband can dip food into it). Murphy would neeeeever hear you opening the PB with that guy.

  11. ..who need to detox from blog reading this New Year(serious addiction lately and feel even a bit of tendonitis from lap top!!)
    Tina I notice you have switched to ice lattes that look DELISH lately…did I miss a post with you explaining or is one on the way?Is that made with an espresso maker?Thanks in advance for recipe(and how would you describe taste difference between that and your usual home iced coffee?)

  12. I’m the kind of girl who dresses up for no reason. I have to dress pretty casual for work, so whenever I have a day off or a reason to even get a little bit gussied up, I go for it! My cats come running when they hear the drawer open that tuna is kept in no matter what they are doing!

  13. One of my dogs has supersonic hearing when it comes to two things: a banana being peeled (I know, it would seem to be a silent task) and the vegetable peeler coming out of the drawer. When I peel my carrots, I let him eat the peels, which is his favorite treat! Dogs are weird. πŸ™‚

  14. Cute story! My dog is the same way when it comes to cheese…any variety. Somehow he always knows when we’re incorporating cheese into a meal.

    I’m the kind of girl who likes to strike a balance between private time and people time. I’m very sociable but I’m a writer at heart! Sometimes I just need a couple uninterrupted hours to do my thing.

  15. That Teddie peanut butter jar is so cute! I’ve got to find some. Also, your pug is adorable. He reminds me of my family’s dog, Buttercup, when she was just a baby pug.
    I’m the kind of girl who likes to plan for every possible emergency.

  16. Dogs are notorious for loving the PB. My mom used to show Samoyeds and would use it as bait in the ring on occasion:) Persobally..i can’t keep a jar in the house as i have ZERO resistance to it’s power!

    Murphy Is the cutest puppy though:)

    I’m the kind of girl who LOVES an endurance challenge.

  17. Ha! My dogs do that with the ice maker in the freezer. If we push it to put ice in our glasses they can hear it from across the house and will coming sprinting, jumping over furniture, etc…

  18. i’m the kind of gal who likes (LOVES) sweat pants!
    they are immediately put on when i walk in the door each night. like, i’m stripping out of work clothes walking from the car, haha.

  19. haha my dog does that with these certain bowls in our house. We always give her medicine mixed with her favorite dog food in these tiny saucers, and when she hears them, she comes running!

    I’m the kind of gal who likes her personal space πŸ˜‰

  20. I’m the kinda gal that likes to have things her way!!

    Sort of a perfectionist, and kinda bossy! But that is why people love me. I take charge when no one else wants too.

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