Feels Like Saturday

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.

Today totally feels like a Saturday to me. But, it’s Monday, right? I’ve had a weird 24-hours, let me tell you!

So, last night after the Jingle Bell 5k, Mal and I came home to a terrible gasoline-type smell in our apartment. At first, we didn’t think anything of it– we thought it was just something outside on the street– but then the smell got stronger and stronger in our apartment. So, we finally called the gas company to have them come see what was going on. A little while later, two men from National Grid arrived at our apartment. They checked out our place and looked in the basement, but didn’t find anything. They did, however, tell us the smell was not natural gas, so we basically had nothing to worry about it?

At this point in the evening, Mal and I were pretty bugged out. We had talked to the other people in our building and no one knew where the awful smell was coming from. It was really frusterating because our place reeked of gasoline! It smelled like someone was trying to start an old lawnmower. Eww! The smell actually gave me a headache! 😕

Finally, we decided there was nothing else we could to do, so we went to bed with ALL of the windows in our apartment wide open to air out the place while we slept. It was SO COLD!!! I wore layers and layers of clothing to bed and cuddled with my hubby and puppy all night. Thankfully, we woke up this morning and the terrible gas smell was gone.

The whole thing was such an ordeal, Mal decided to take a personal day from work today. We barely slept last at all last night because of the smell, frigid temperatures in our bedroom, and the overall worry that we were breathing toxic fumes all night long. So, after all that, I suppose the silver lining is that Mal and I got to spend today together! 😀


We started our day with breakfast at Mul’s Diner. (You can read my first review here.)



We didn’t want to spend a lot on money on breakfast, so we took advantage of Mul’s “Working Man’s Special,” which is 3 eggs, homefries, choice of sausage or bacon, toast, and coffee for just $3.95. Pretty awesome deal, right?


After a sleepless night, I was more than ready for a cup of coffee. Mmmmm!


Look at this HUGE breakfast!


I ended up giving 2 eggs and all of my bacon to Mal to lighten my plate. There’s no way I could have eaten all that!


Check out Mal’s plate after the transfer of goods. Holy food!


Mid-way through breakfast, our waitress refilled my mug of Snowman Sugar Cookie coffee.


Amazingly, my husband finished his entire breakfast– one and a half “Working’s Man Specials.” I’m still not sure whether I should be disgusted or impressed. When he’s hungry, that boy can eat!


After breakfast, we headed to the Derby Street Shoppes to do our Christmas and grocery shopping. Somehow, we managed to complete ALL of our holiday shopping in less than 2 hours. It was actually pretty amazing. 😀

During our grocery shopping at Whole Foods, Mal and I grabbed a couple of beverages from the cafe. I ordered a Nilla Nut Dream tea, which kept me nice and toasty while we shopped.


A squirt of amber honey sweetened it right up!


We finished our shopping at Derby Street and headed down the road to Shaws, where we completed our grocery shopping. As much as I love Whole Foods, most of their grocery products can be purchased elsewhere at a MUCH cheaper price.

LOOK what I found at Shaws!!!!!


Barney Butter!!!!!! :mrgreen:

I had heard rumors that Barney Butter was now available at some Shaws stores in Massachusetts, but I needed to see it with my own eyes before I believed it. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find my beloved Barney Butter at a grocery store! No more shipping costs for me!


Of course, Barney Butter was incorporated into this afternoon’s lunch. 😉


What do you think of my new sea life plates? Super cute, right?


12 Days of Giveaways

Quick update: I’ve decided to end the 12 Days of Giveaways this Friday, December 18th instead of December 23rd like I had originally planned. I still have a TON of giveaways to post, so be sure to check back frequently. This holiday celebration is going to go out with a bang! I’ve been saving the good giveaways for the end! 😉

Here are your winners:

Bot Enhanced Water Giveaway

#210 marie
on Dec 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm [edit]

Anything citrus floats my boat

WNA Giveaway

#66 Jenny
on Dec 13th, 2009 at 9:52 pm [edit]

I love putting honey on chicken whenever im roasting it.

Congrats, winners! Please email me with your full name and mailing address.

I haven’t done any work on my book today. Gah! Time to focus and bust it out!

See ya for dinner!



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