Top 13 in 2013: December

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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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Happy New Year, friends!! I still can’t believe 2013 is over. What a year! And December was a great way to finish it off. That said, here are my favorite posts from the month!



So I’ve been meaning to tell you guys something for weeks and weeks now. And it’s been one of the hardest secrets to keep. Even though Mal and I are super excited about this news, we didn’t even share it with our families until Thanksgiving.

I’m Thankful for YOU

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This past weekend was so fun! Mal and I got together with a bunch of different friends and had such a blast with them. I am so thankful that we have so many wonderful people in our lives (including you guys)! We are very lucky.

Esperanza Resort Recap

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Hi, guys! Here’s the first part of my recap about my stay at Esperanza. Esperanza was incredible and easily one of the nicest (if not the nicest) resort I have ever stayed at. In fact, the folks at Esperanza told me that celebrities often stay there because of its high-quality service and amenities.

First Trimester Recap


I am so excited to write this recap. I can’t believe my first trimester is over, and I’m already midway through week 16. Crazy. Time flies! Ok, let’s get right to it. First things first: belly pics! BELLY PICS I actually didn’t start taking belly pics until my first trimester was almost over.

Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie {Super Easy Recipe}


Good morning! Let’s get right to it because I have a delicious and insanely simple recipe for you guys, and I think you will love it! Breakfast Yesterday started with a big bowl of pineapple-flavored Greek yogurt with sliced banana and homemade granola. Simple and delicious.

Murphy’s Subaru Adventure

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Hi, friends! I’m so excited to finally share our special pug adventure with all of you! This video cracks me up so much. Murphy is his typical pug self, and I can’t help but smile when I see him enjoying life to its fullest. I hope you find his enthusiasm and happiness as contagious as I do.

Murphy Is Pug McScrooge


Good morning! Check out this year’s Christmas tree! Yay! I love the holidays! Decorating our Christmas tree was a lot of fun. We listened to holiday music, drank eggnog, and ate a million red and green M&Ms. Seriously. A million. And, of course, we reminisced about ornaments.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Pug Lover


You guys knew this post was coming! Are you shopping for a pug owner this year? Or maybe you’re a pug lover yourself and want to give your family and friends some ideas? Well, look not further. Here are a bunch of holiday gift ideas that just about any pug lover will enjoy!

Taste, Keep Fit & Splurge

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Readers often ask me for my recommendations for what to do in Boston. I typically refer them to my I Think I’ll Go To Boston post, which highlights some of my favorite suggestions for where to stay, what to do, and where to eat.

Our First Patriots Game


Hello! Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was ridiculously fun””probably ones of the best I’ve had in months! Here’s a recap! SATURDAY Mal and I slept in on Saturday morning and then spectated the CrossFit 781 Internal Throwdown.

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Good morning! Happy Hump Day! Breakfast Yesterday morning started with an especially delicious breakfast. I love it when meals come out so much better than expected! I had two waffles with melt-y almond butter spread in between and warm, sweet cinnamon apples on top. So yum!

Behind the Scenes of Murphy’s Pug Adventure


Hi, friends! You remember Murphy’s epic pug adventure from last week, right? If you missed it, you can watch the video here. (Murphy is so cute!) I thought it’d be fun to show you guys some behind-the-scenes photos from the day.

Full Day of Travel {What I Ate}

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Since a bunch of you guys are likely traveling to see family and friends for the holiday this coming weekend, I thought a post about what I ate during my full days of travel to Mexico and back might be interesting and perhaps helpful to you.


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  1. What a great year you had! 2013 was good to you and since you are adding a new member of your family in 2014 I am sure this year will be amazing for you! Look forward to following along during your journey this year 🙂

  2. Happy New Year! You have so much to look forward to in 2014 with a baby on the way! As a personal project for 2013, I started my own blog and included a shout out to you as the first healthy living blog I ever read. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for you and your family 🙂

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