Simple Celebration

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.

Thanks to you guys, Carrots ”˜N’ Cake surpassed a blog milestone today!! So, of course, Mal and I needed to celebrate it. (FYI: The milestone was traffic-related! :mrgreen: )

I had a Groupon to Abby Park that was about to expire, so I figured tonight was the perfect night to cash it in. A simple celebration for cheap!

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As soon as we arrived at Abby Park, Mal and I planted ourselves at the bar like we usually do. In the past, Abby Park had a great $5 bar menu that we loved, but we were sad to see that it was no longer offered. Wicked bummer.

Even still, we made the best of the situation and ordered a couple of drinks: wine for me; beer for him.

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For dinner, I had the Short Rib Pizzette, which was topped with braised short ribs, smoked mozzarella, roasted tomato, and pesto.

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It was so cheesy! Yummm!

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Mal ordered the Sliders, which were served with blue cheese and caramelized onions. He absolutely loved them. He raved about them nonstop.

The food at Abby Park is always fantastic. It truly never disappoints. I just wish it still cost $5 a plate!

For dessert, I enjoyed a Carmeltini made with caramel vodka, Godiva chocolate, Frangelico, and Kaluha. (Yes, I realize that I have a ”˜problem’ with dessert martinis.)

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Heading straight to bed. I’m beat.

Good night!



  1. I found myself scrolling past the pizza pic saying to myself “please say it was good please say it was good!” Cause it looked DEVINE! <3 Caramel marTinas!

  2. LOVE Abby Park! It’s such a great restaurant – good food – good atmostphere! Glad you had fun and congratulations on your milestone!

  3. Mmmm looks like a great meal and congrats on the blog hits!!
    I have heard about Abby Park – definitely looks like it lives up to the hype!

    I went to dinner with my Dad last night and to be honest after seeing your dessert drink the other night, the butterscotch martina, I just HAD to order a yummy coffee kahlua drink.. sooo soo good! Yum! I may have a “dessert drink” problem too.. but hey, could be worse problems to have ;)!!

  4. This is what I don’t get. You ‘thank’ us for helping you achieve a milestone, yet you don’t tell us what it is?
    I’ve noticed that you don’t really respond very often to comments either, compared to other bloggers. For example, Mama Pea who basically responds to
    I’m not trying to upset you, because obviously I enjoy your blog or I wouldn’t be one of the readers who help you achieve those milestones. I just feel like you are holding certain things back and I don’t know why? It’s like BlogGate 😀

    1. This totally makes sense. I wouldn’t want to share every single detail of my life either. But I have to agree I thought it was weird that ON CNC you don’t share your CNC milestone…?

        1. I agree. I think it’s ridiculous to not say what the milestone is! There wouldn’t BE a milestone if people weren’t reading. When a new TV show has awesome ratings, they tell people. When an author makes the NYT Best Sellers List, we are informed how many copies are sold. I think you DO owe it to your readers to be honest and forthcoming with stuff like this! You definitely don’t need to share *life* details, but with blog stuff, you should expect people to want to know.

          1. Hi Tina,
            I’ve been reading your blog daily for about a year and a half now, and this is probably my first comment. I think that everything you share on your blog is exactly the amount you *should* share. That’s because it’s what you are comfortable with. I don’t care to know what the milestone was, if you don’t want to share it. I’m happy you achieved something you are proud of. That’s it.
            Some people think they “deserve” to know everything. When I got a promotion and raise in July, i went out for celebratory drinks with my girlfriends. Not one of them asked how much i’m making now. They were happy for me, just knowing i made an achievement.
            I really enjoy reading your blog. Your sense of humour is spot on, and your photos and commentary are wonderful. Not to mention i love reading about Murphy! What a guy!
            Thanks for everything you do.

          2. No, actually it’s not fake! I’m not sure why it wouldn’t work? I appreciate you taking the time to respond, but it’s kinda rude/hurtful to say that. Can you write your response in a comment? Or try the e-mail again? It’s not incredibly important, I just wanted to comment. And it’s not un-supportive, because I read your blog all the time, but just like anything else, I don’t have to like it all the time or agree with absolutely everything. Such is life.

    2. I understand that. What I don’t understand is how a traffic related milestone is something you can’t share with us, your readers. Most blogs I read celebrate them, some even have giveaways. I personally would be thrilled about it. And Nicole I understand what you mean. But Tina didn’t ‘get a raise’ and I would never ask about it if she did. But I feel as though we, her readers, obviously helped her reach this milestone. We have helped her be able to quit her job, go on trips, stay at nice places for free, buy a house and even helped her get a free faucet for her kitchen sink. We help her when we buy from her Open Sky Store, we showed an amazing outburst of support over the Marie-Claire ordeal, we support her by making the Healthy Living Summit sell out in record time, and most recently by raising over $8000 for her TNT. So Nicole (and others) I hope you can see why I don’t feel it’s the same as your promotion and raise?
      And Tina I hope you can understand why we would be curious about this milestone. “Personal” to me means info such as weight and measurements which actually we already know. If I’ve committed a reader/commenter faux paux by asking then I apologize. But there’s no denying that readers, along with your hard work, have helped you succeed. I have always admired your honesty but this just feels like you are hiding something.

        1. Hi Tina, I have been following your blog for some time now but have yet to comment. Something about the tone of these comments from fellow readers made me feel the need to add my two cents. I think that this is YOUR blog and what you share and how much you share is YOUR prerogative. I also feel that you shouldn’t have to defend yourself for anything that you put on your blog. The comments from these readers are really frustrating when they claim to, “obviously… enjoy your blog “. Keep up the good work and healthy life style!

  5. YUM! God, isn’t Groupon addicting? Maybe in your next series, you can talk about how Groupon actually makes you spend more than you would normally. Haha. I know that’s how it is for me…I buy so many of them, thinking, it’s only $10, but they add up. But they’re fun 🙂

  6. Hi – I read your blog everyday and find it fun and informative. Reading blogs like yours have made me look into starting my own just for fun but goodness, the negative comments sure can be discouraging! Just wanted you to know that you make me smile or maybe it is just Murphy (just kidding) so keep up the good work.

  7. Hey, congratulations! I think Nicole said it best, especially when she used celebrating a promotion/raise as an example. Although, I must say I am still awaiting word on what you used to take photos during your marathon, a camera phone or a point and shoot. And did you actually stop to take photos? I’ve got ’til May to figure it out. 🙂 Finally, I just created my own race training plan of attack after seeing yours. I gave you credit on my blog. Thanks as always for the inspiration, Tina!

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