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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.

I guess I should start with Day 1 of our vacation, right? Are you ready? Here goes!

Our cruise departed from Miami on Sunday morning, so we flew down the night before and spent the night so we didn’t need to worry about any travel issues and potentially missing our cruise.

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Miami was”¦ an interesting place. It was definitely something “special,” including the hotel where we spent the night. Places not to stay in Miami: Haddon Hall.

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The statue in front of the hotel pretty much says it all:

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LOL! Thankfully, we only stayed at Haddon Hall for one night!

Mal and I and two of our friends traveled together and arrived in Miami around lunchtime, so we spent the afternoon exploring the city.

Jersey Shore fans: do you recognize this place? I stopped in my tracks when I saw it!

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It’s the gelato café where the cast worked when they lived in Miami! So cool!


Ok, I’m a big dork, but I was excited about it.

We also grabbed a late lunch at a really delicious Mexican restaurant right off Washington Avenue.

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I had a spicy jalapeno margarita.

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And some tasty tortillas topped with tuna, avocado, shredded fried zucchini, and sesame seeds with a rich sundried tomato aioli sauce. Holy yum!

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The rest of our friends arrived in the evening, so we grabbed pizza and beer with them for dinner. On our walk back to the hotel, we stumbled upon the Miami location of DASH, the clothing boutique owned by the Kardashian family. (Ok, we may have looked it up on our phones and dragged the guys to find it with us.)

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Sadly, DASH was closed, but we (the ladies) were still pretty excited about it.

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The next morning, we woke up bright and early to head to the port. It was time to cruise! We boarded the Carnival Glory for a “7 Day Exotic Western Caribbean” cruise, which visited Cozumel, Mexico, Belize City, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Grand Cayman.

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Rumor has it that our cruise had nearly 3,000 people on it, but boarding the ship was pretty painless. There were lots of lines (i.e. baggage, security, tickets), but everything moved fairly fast. Our group of eight, however, got split up during the boarding process, so our first celebratory drink on the ship only included four of us. Hey, we needed something to do while we waited for our friends!

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Once everyone from our group was on board, we checked out our rooms and unpacked. I loved our room. I already miss it.

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Once we unpacked, it was time to hit the main deck for some sun and fun!

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Ready to cruise!

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And work on my tan.

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And drink a million beers.

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Vacation is truly the best.

More to come!



  1. OMG, you & Mal look amazing. Your arms & abs are ripped & Mal should be modeling those abs! Honestly, its so inspiring that you have been able to find a balance with eating healthy and enjoying yourself while managing to keep your body looking amaaaaazzzing … i want to be like you STAT !!

  2. That looks like an awesome time! Can’t wait to read more! I thought a lot of the guest posts were great BTW!

  3. My boyfriend and I had the best vacation in Cozumel last year!! It definitely went down as one of the best weeks everrrrr!!!! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

  4. I would’ve been excited to see the gelato shop, too! When we were in California last summer, traveling from Yosemite National Park south to Sequoia National Park, we passed by a turn-off to Bass Lake. As a hardcore “Real Housewives” fan, I immediately recognized it from a past season of the OC Housewives. I half begged my husband to take a detour to the lake just to say that I had been there, but he just laughed at me. I did take a picture of the sign, though 🙂

    You look AMAZING! Can’t wait to hear more about your cruise!

  5. My boyfriend and I are laughing right now because we were on the same boat a year ago and I said…doesn’t that look like our room.

    I love mid day beers and mojitos! Vacation is the BEST!

  6. I love that geometric black and white dress. Such a fun print and a flattering cut! (so apparently that’s my insightful contribution on your post… but seriously, looks like you guys had an awesome time. i also secretly wish you had taken pictures of haddon hall because i have this strange interest in looking at gross/poor quality hotels… anyway…)

    can’t wait to read the rest of your posts on your holiday!

  7. Hey Tina! I just wanted to see how u were doing! I’m So glad we got to meet you and Mal!! Hopefully we can see each other again soon! Your such a good writer! I enjoyed reading ur posts about the cruise! It brought back such great memories for me! We had such a blast! I miss it every day!!! Hope all is well! Ttyl

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