Return of Three Questions Thursday & Another Home Improvement Project

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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Another home improvement project? Ooh, yes! Listen to what happened this morning:

[over breakfast]

T: We should probably decide on a vanity and toilet today, so we’re all set to go this weekend.

M: Yea, I agree. We’ll go pick them out after we eat breakfast.

T: Hey, actually, what am I supposed to do for the bathroom? It seems like you and Rob have it under control.

M: Yea, I don’t think we’ll really need your help”¦ you could paint the kitchen.

T: Say what?

M: Yea, since we don’t really need your help, you can paint the kitchen while we work in the bathroom.

So, yea, that happened this morning. I really couldn’t say no since Mal will be working his butt off redoing our bathroom all weekend, but, man, it’s going to be a lot of work. I need to get psyched up for it.

We also need to pick a paint color ASAP! Any suggestions? I’m kind of leaning toward a light blue-gray.


I had some leftover Sweet Potato Wedges in the refrigerator, so I used them to make My Favorite Breakfast Pancake. I just substituted the banana for 1/2 cup of Sweet Potato Wedges. The pancake fell apart a little bit (banana definitely works better), but it still tasted delicious.

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A few hours later, I whipped up some scrambled eggs with chopped kale, fresh basil, bacon, and a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese.

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Mid-afternoon, I made one of the most delicious smoothies ever: Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie. Please make it. You will not be disappointed!

In the mix:


Three Questions Thursday

Remember Three Questions Thursday where I responded to three questions that I received from readers? Well, it’s back!

How do you make the tables that you insert into your blog that have your workout posted? The blog you posted the other day has a travel WOD (which I do love) and it is in a blue table. I would like to share some of my workouts, but keep the blog looking clean…not all jumbled up. I just wasn’t sure the best way to go about that.

I create my workout tables using two programs: Excel + Jing. First, I make a nice little table in Excel, format the text, add the colors, etc. and then I use Jing (here’s more info about it) to “cut out” a screenshot of it, which I then upload to my blog.

My husband and I want to redo our fireplace like you and Mal did. You guys did a great job! Right now, ours looks similar to your first one although ours is stone. We would love to paint it white. Do you have any recommendations? Did you have to prime it first? Just thought I would ask you since yours turned out so well.

Thanks! The white paint definitely brightened up our living room. Mal used a white paint + primer from Valspar (the paint and primer come in one can), so he didn’t need to do a separate coat of primer. Although, he did use two coats of paint + primer to make sure he covered all the nooks and crannies of the fireplace.

I had a question regarding some of your smoothie recipes. Quite a few of them use frozen chopped kale. Do you buy the frozen kale somewhere or buy fresh kale and freeze it yourself?

I buy bagged chopped frozen kale from Stop & Shop (Whole Foods also sells it) and just add a bunch when I make smoothies. I’ve never tried using fresh, but I think it would work the same way””just chop, bag, and freeze!

I’m eating a handful of almonds on my way to CrossFit! Enjoy the evening, friends!



  1. I just painted our kitchen in True Earth (Behr brand at Home Depot). Love it! It’s kind of a grey-tan depending on the light source and looks awesome with stainless appliances and granite. But – a blue-grey would be very nice too. Good luck – hope it all goes well!

  2. I love the color that you have there now! I think it looks great with the counter tops. I say leave it, and kick your feet up or have some pug time!

  3. My parents recently did a small renovation in their kitchen–they painted the cabinets white (they were about the color of your current ones) and painted the walls a blue-ish gray. Either way, your kitchen now is still pretty 🙂

  4. I have the perfect gray-blue color: Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams. Our kitchen and family room are this color and we love it. After a flooding accident in our house, the woman who owned the flooring company we used recommended it and said she never has gotten sick of it, and I completely agree.
    Good luck painting! Too bad you couldn’t get Murphy to help.

  5. If you are looking for a a blue gray -Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore is just the perfect combo of a gray/blue especially if you are looking for a lighter more subtle colour(I use to get colour matches if there is no Benjamin Moore close to you) I have used and always love Nickel by Pratt and Lambert but it is a bit more light blue with a gray undertone, nice though. Good Luck!

  6. The color of your kitchen looks great now! More of a warmer color. Keep in mind that light blue/grey would look ‘colder’. Just in case you would listen to a complete stranger online. 😉 I can see why you guys want to change. It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do. Follow your gut!

  7. I love getting inspiration from design blogs and pinterest. House Tweaking just did a new kitchen and chose Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige. It’s a great inbetween gray/brown color. Neutral that you could add bright pops of color (yellow, orange, teal!!!) for fun. I have decided that all my rooms are going to be neutral in color so that I can have fun with spray paint and accessories going forward.
    A before and After Picture.
    Paint Color Post:

  8. I’m always a big fan of getting a lot of color swatches and putting them up on the walls to see what you like best. I’m actually amazed you stuck with it as long as you did. God willing I’ll be closing on a condo next month and it’s hard for me to resist the urge to paint every single room. I’ve convinced myself to leave a couple that I am not sure what to do with yet (as well as to paint one simply white since I cannot stand the color but don’t have a plan) and that’s a big step.

  9. I think gray would look fantastic in your kitchen! You could always buy a quart of paint and try painting a wall or small section if you’re not completely sure what you want. I do think that burgundy color seems dark for that kitchen. A gray-green could look nice, too.

    I have also found that frozen kale works great for smoothies, and it’s often cheaper than buying fresh kale!

  10. Oh, thank you so much for letting us know you get the workout tables from excel onto your blog!!! I was so frustrated two night ago trying to figure it out. After about 2 hours and a lot of cursing I just gave up and moved on!!

  11. I just painted my kitchen & family room last December – used Bennington Gray by Benjamin Moore – it’s kinda sagey some times and beigey other times depending on the light – it’s a great neutral! Good luck with your painting!

  12. Mmm…I’m loving kale and egg whites these days…I add some cheese on top, a side of turkey bacon and some toasted whole-grain bread, plus tomatoes, fruit and an iced coffee and I’ve got a super-delicious, filling breakfast. I think robin’s egg blue would be nice for your kitchen, but I also like yellow, and I LOVE a bright red kitchen.

  13. Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and Camouflage by Benjamin Moore are my go to colors. Camouflage changes throughout the day, so sometimes it appears more green and then greige at other times. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  14. I talked to my Hubby about painting out kitchen blue gray but he said it wouldn’t match the counters very good. We painted out kitchen 5 time sin one weekend. I tried orange, and several different shades of red, but we went back to the original color which is Behr paint Corn Chowder. It’s a perfect yellow that brightens our kitchen. You should so do the blue gray color. It would look nice against your counters!

  15. Manor blue by Ben Moore, a great gray blue. Don’t use behr, it is like skim milk compared to whole milk (Ben Moore). We have painted our whole house- using both and good paint is worth the splurge!

  16. I’ve read that blue is a bad color for kitchens/dining rooms because it makes food look less appetizing. My kitchen is olive green (paramount sage, from Behr @ Home Depot), and I get tons of compliments. My cabinets are a little darker/redder than yours, but we have similar appliances.

  17. okay…..i love home decor and am so excited to see these decor posts on your blog!
    I have used manhattan mist via behr home depot in my master bedroom and i would certainly recommend it if you are looking for a blue/gray color. i would suggest painting your cabinets white if you choose a blue/gray color for your walls.

    if you aren’t painting your cabinets, then white or a dark brown would be good options for the walls.

    window treatments and cabinet hardware will complete the look!

    i can’t wait to see the transformation!

  18. Add color and texture to a kitchen by choosing interesting flooring. Here, the most eye-catching element is the plank floor that was painted to create a checkerboard pattern.

  19. Love the blue-greyish color. I think it really does look so elegant in a kitchen. Oh and thank you so much for sharing that yummy Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie recipe.

  20. Sounds like you guys have been bitten by the home improvement bug! Whenever I hear (or read) about people doing home improvement projects, I actually get weirdly jealous–it makes me wish I was living in my own apartment and that I could do all sorts of home improvement projects to it! I’m still in college, though, so I live in campus housing during the school year & my parents’ house the rest of the time. Soon, though!

  21. Picking paint colors for the kitchen gives me such a brain cramp. I get psychological about it because they’ve done all kinds of studies on color affecting your mood. Reds=you’re hungry (think of a lot of fast food places), yellow is considered “unwelcoming,” and green is supposed to make you want to eat healthy.
    I agree about Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams- I used that color in my bedroom and it lightens things up. I bet it will make your cabinets look warmer and the room feel bigger. Stonington Grey by B. Moore is a classic too.
    My kitchen is a blue-grey color and it is a Behr’s Shale by Martha Stewart in a matte finish. I love it. My cabinets are a similar color to yours and they look great with it.
    Another contender is always Winter Solstice by B. Moore. I’ve used it a lot in client’s rooms and they have loved it.
    Sorry for the long comment. I’m passionate about color. Can’t wait to see what you pick!

  22. do you find that frozen kale breaks down easy in your blender? i first tried kale in my smoothie frozen, but now use fresh leaves. i dunno if its my blender, but i can never seem to get all the green flecks to dissolve totally, even after running it for a while.

    1. Mine gets broken down pretty well. I buy chopped frozen kale, so I’m not sure if that helps? What type of blender do you have?

      1. @Tina: just got a ninja. i actually blanched and chopped my big bag of kale and put it in the freezer this morning after drinking my smoothie. its crazy how so much fresh kale boils down to such a small amount.

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