Thursday Things + Win a Gift Card to Massage Envy

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.


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.

Hi, friends! I have a GREAT giveaway for you! But, first, let’s do a little recap of today!

Our morning was pretty typical: Wake up, feed Quinn, feed Murphy, feed ourselves, get ready for the day, except that Quinn has been waking up pretty early this week. He was rocking the 6:00/6:15 AM wake-up for awhile, but, suddenly, he’s waking up about an hour earlier. Gooooooood morning, Quinn! Needless to say, I’m dragging a bit this week.

While I took care of Quinn, Mal made us breakfast, which was bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches and (lots of) iced coffee.

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A little while later, I dropped off Quinn at daycare. He’s hit the separation anxiety phase, and it is so heartbreaking. He clings to me like a little monkey when I go to leave, and it’s the worst feeling ever. The women at daycare are amazing and always figure out a way to distract him, but it still doesn’t make it easier for Mom. *sigh* I can’t wait for this phase to be over. Anyway, I grabbed Marylou’s on the ride home and then got right to work.

Mid-morning, I snacked on a banana and some protein soft baked granola bites.

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I dominated my to-do list, so I celebrated with a much-needed long run. The past couple of weeks were pretty insane (more on this later), so I haven’t been running very much. Well, I’ve done a few short runs with Quinn in the jogging stroller, but nothing more than 4 miles. Basically, I needed a long run in my life and today’s was awesome.

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When I got home from my run, I immediately threw together a protein shake. I drank most of it, hopped in the shower, and then ate leftovers from dinner for lunch.

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I did a little more work and then drove to Massage Envy for a 90-minute sports massage. The nice people from Massage Envy invited me for a free massage in exchange for a review on CNC and, of course, I was game. I lovvveee massages, but, honestly, I wasn’t sure how a chain place, like Massage Envy, would compare to my regular massage therapist, but I was pleasantly surprised!


After two tough workouts earlier this week and a 10-mile run today, I was feeling pretty beat up, so I was really looking forward to my massage. Well, within minutes of entering Massage Envy (Braintree location), my relaxation experience began… and, oh my goodness, it was wonderful. One of the staff members put a warm pad on my neck and shoulders. It smelled like lavender. I was in heaven.

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After that, I filled out a little paperwork and chatted with one of the staff about my health history and my expectations for my massage.



Then, I was taken into a relaxation room and, just a few minutes later, I was greeted by my massage therapist, Norine.


Norine was amazing. I highly recommend her. She used nice, firm pressure and really worked my tight, sore muscles, but in a relaxing, not-at-all painful way. I even fell asleep for a few minutes. It was glorious.


After my massage, I picked up Quinn from daycare, which was easily the best part of my day. I couldn’t wait to see him and, the closer I got to daycare, the more excited I became. Seeing his little face was THE BEST feeling. I missed him so much today, especially after leaving him, my little monkey, this morning. 

Back at home, I found this nice surprise waiting for me in the kitchen:

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Aww, Mal is so sweet. He printed and framed one of my favorite photos of him and Quinn. Too cute. It’s on my bedside table now.

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Then, we ate some snacks and played.

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Saltine cracker box = SO FUN!

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Dinner was an edamame + veggie stir fry + rice. Simple, nutritious, and delicious.

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The end.

Ok, giveaway time!

Here’s your chance to win a gift card for a 60-minute massage from Massage Envy!

To enter: Click over to the Massage Envy website, check out their various massage types, and leave a comment on this post about which one interests you the most. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday.

Good luck!



  1. Cranial Sacral Massage seems interesting. I have TMJD and am always looking for something to relieve the pain!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. I have always wanted to try a hot stone massage. The trigger point massage also sounds up my alley!

  3. definitely a sports massage! Running the run to remember this weekend and a race every month until the Marine Corps Marathon this fall… My muscles would love this! Lol

  4. I would love a sports massage. I have run 3 half marathon races since the beginning of April and I could use it!

  5. Definitely a Deep Tissue massage. I’ve been in some serious pain the last few days and I think it would do me some good 🙂

  6. Wow, what a fantastic giveaway! Deep tissue sounds amazing right now as I’m dealing with several injuries as well as a stressful time at work….couldn’t we all use a nice massage?!

  7. I got my very first massage on my recent honeymoon and fell in love. I really didn’t realize how much stress they relieve. I would love the Complete therapeutic relief massage and was so happy to find out I have a Massage Envy right around the corner from me!

  8. Definitely Cranial Sacral massage. With life stress and allergy season, a massage to relieve neck and back pain sounds perfect!

  9. Hi Tina! I would love to try the deep tissue massage. As a dental hygienist and a runner, I get tight leg muscles and a sore neck and back all the time. With a wide range of “trouble spots” this one sounds like it would hit them all. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  10. The Sports massage would be MU pick! I do Crossfit and something is usually always in need of a good massage!

  11. The sports massage would be my pick! I do Crossfit, so pretty much something is always in need of a massage!

  12. Good morning! Enjoy reading your posts – I’m on the South Shore in MA, too 🙂 The Swedish Massage sounds great from Envy!

  13. Sports massage sounds great. I just completed my first marathon, and a nice, deep, relaxing massage would be AMAZING!

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