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. I would love the sports massage. Honestly if I won I would gift it to my sister, she is a new mom to twin boys and I’m sure could use this more than me.

  2. I would love either a sports massage or a trigger point massage. There is a giant knot between one of my shoulder blades and spine and it is getting quite annoying!

  3. A deep tissue massage sounds like heaven! I’ve been eyeing the new Massage Envy for weeks but wasn’t sure about it. Now I’m sold!

  4. Definitely sports massage, I like firm pressure. I’ve gone to the massage envy in Wellesley a bunch and it’s always a great experience.

  5. I can never turn down a good Swedish massage! So simple, yet effective. And it’s a nice reminder to take a step back every now and then and just relax

  6. My neck has been giving me problems off and on since February. I’ve seen my chiropractor a few times, but maybe I’d try the Cranial Sacral massage they offer. Or I’d be interested in a Swedish massage. Great giveaway!

  7. as a massage therapist myself I believe in all the benefits of all massage modalities! I heavy lift and train for races and chase two kids around, I don’t get in as often as I like!

  8. I love massage envy! I’ve had memberships off and on for a few years. Never tried anything beyond a basic swedish massage, but I’d love to give the sports massage a try! 🙂

  9. A Swedish massage sounds fantastic, though sports one would also be great after a long week at crossfit!

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