Winter Wonderland

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.


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Good morning! Happy Sunday!

This morning, I woke up to a winter wonderland”¦




And a (rude) pug wake up call.


I was barked at in bed this morning. Apparently, someone was ready to eat breakfast.


After I fed Murphy, I made my own breakfast, which was an egg and cheese sandwich on a Microwaveable English Muffin and a pear on the side.


I also drank a glass of decaf iced coffee with almond milk.


I ate my egg sandwich and then sliced up the pear. For some reason, I’d much rather eat a pear sliced than bite into it. Maybe it’s because they’re so soft? I guess I don’t like biting into a mushy piece of fruit. I dunno. Is that weird?


After Murphy ate his breakfast, he went back to bed, which is just one reason why we call him “Lazy Pants McGee.”


Mal woke up a little while later and headed to CrossFit for Open Gym.


I really wanted to join him, but I gave myself a nasty rope burn during yesterday’s WOD, so I took a rest day instead.


After Mal left, I felt kind of restless, so I decided to paint the mirror on our living room mantel. It has an off-white frame, but our fireplace and its accessories are white, so it’s bothered me for months now.


It’s not super noticeable, but if you look closely in the photo below, you’ll see the off-white mirror on the white fireplace. I know, it’s no big deal, but it was an easy fix, so why not, right?


Did you notice our new accent wall!?! Mal and I painted our entire living room yesterday, and it turned out so well! We used Valspar “Cinnamon Hotel” on three of the walls and “Milk Chocolate” on the accent wall. Doesn’t our living room sound delicious? We still need to hang stuff on the walls and maybe buy a new couch (?), so I’ll post some pics of the final product soon.

Once I finished my little painting project, I went to see if Murphy was awake yet since it was mid-morning and he still hadn’t gone outside for his walk yet.


Rise and shine!


The pug is soooo lazy.


Eventually, I forced Murphy out of bed and took him for a walk outside in the snow.



It was sunny and not super cold, so he didn’t mind at all.


And I didn’t either. It was actually sort of pretty walking around in the winter wonderland.






What do you think of snow? Love it? Hate it?



  1. I just stumbled across your site last night and I have been reading it ever since! I just love all of your posts and photos! That being said, I live outside of Boston too and waking up to see everything since covered was wonderful since last year winter never came! 🙂

    P.s. You also inspired me to workout this morning and do some kettle bells! 🙂

  2. I have always hated winter but now live in Southern California (I grew up in Colorado), and when I went home for Xmas, it snowed and I actually appreciated it. I am glad not to have it all the time though.

  3. I’m not a fan of snow. Especially when I have to park in the street and dig my car out. Which is what I did this morning so I could go to the gym. It was my warm up! Murphy is so cute!! I desperately want a pug of my own. 🙂

  4. Tina, I love those brown boots you’re wearing in the snow pictures, what kind are they?

    I live outside of Atlanta and I’m wondering if we’ll see any snow this year. I would love it!

  5. Tina, I just moved to Boston this summer and NEED a pair of boots for this snow/winter weather, but am picky about the style (aka I don’t want Uggs). LOVE the look of yours in that photo– are they warm and good in snow? If so, do you mind sharing where you got them?!

  6. i can’t bite into an apple, they’re too hard for me. i always slice my apples (and eat them with almond butter), but i can bite into pears. the juiciness forces me to slice them too, though!

  7. An inch or two of snow = <3
    13" of snow that made me spend half my day off work digging out my car and my usual 15 minute commute to work take an hour the next day = </3

  8. What a cute (and lazy 😉 ) puppy dog!!

    I have mixed thoughts on snow. I love to look at it from inside, but I absolutely hate the cold and wind that is associated with it. I would definitely be sad without at least some snow during the winter time, though.

  9. LOVE snow, but mainly when I don’t have to be somewhere! I totally get what you mean about pears – I really like them but hate when they’re mushy. There’s a very fine line between them being too hard one moment, and then mush the next! A perfectly ripe pear is a rare treat 🙂

  10. Love, love, love it! I’m trying to convince my husband to move somewhere with more snow and seasons. We’re currently in Dallas and I hate missing out on winter.

  11. Pretty pics of the snow. And no, it is not weird that you always slice your pears. I do the same. In fact, I think that I have never taken a bite from a pear. Why do we do that? Do you bit into peaches or slice them?

  12. Snow, what’s that? 😉 Living in Charleston, SC we rarely see snow. When we do, it doesn’t stick. I do wish that we had a legit winter though (snow included). I guess its like so many other things in life though, we all want what we don’t have…and we tend not to want what we do have (hello, straight flat hair, I’m talking to you!). 🙂 I’m sure if I let my dog in the bed, she’d be the exact same way as Murphy!

  13. We’ve got 18-20 inches on the ground…snow is just part of winter in Wisconsin and we make the best of it! Plus, I think it’s a good excuse to have a seasonal wardrobe–always a good excuse to have another pair of boots, winter coat, etc.

  14. totally with you on the pears! But I can bite into apples without experiencing that weird texture, so I don’t mind it.

  15. Love snow. It’s better than rain.
    I also slice my fruit. have you tried laughing cow spread on an apple or pear…so good!

    Murphy is just like Sienna. She eats breakfast and then goes back to bed. I think she would sleep until noon if I let her but I usually wake her for a walk by no later than 10AM

  16. The snow is so pretty! I used to wish for snow ALL of the time, since I live in Arkansas and snow does not happen that often. However, this year, we received a Christmas night blizzard (ice first, then high winds + 10 inches of snow) which knocked out power for 3-4 days for many people, took down trees, etc. It was a tad much! I still think the snow is beautiful though! We just don’t have the infrastructure in Arkansas to deal with it.

  17. I actually don’t mind the snow. It is pretty and the dog loves it! It’s hilarious to see her run around and bury her head in the snow. 🙂

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