1 Out of 3 Ain’t Bad

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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.

Well, tonight’s apartment hunt didn’t turn out as expected. πŸ˜• We only ended up seeing 1 out of the 3 apartments that we planned to see. Two of the owners canceled on us last-minute. Boo! πŸ‘Ώ

The apartment that we did see was decent, but I don’t think it would have worked for us in the long run. Personally, the coin-op laundry in the basement was a big red flag for me! Oh well. We’re looking at a place tomorrow that seems to have some potential!

What are your “must-haves” in a house/apartment?

My list:

  • Pet-friendly
  • FREE laundry
  • Dishwasher
  • FREE parking
  • Close-ish to public transportation
  • Yard/near park


TGFL! Thank God for Leftovers! πŸ˜‰

Tonight’s leftover Turkey and Bean Chili tasted even better than it did last night. It must have “soaked-up” all of the wonderful flavors sitting in the fridge overnight.


So good! :mrgreen:


I also had some crackers on the side for scooping up chili chunks.


For dessert, I enjoyed a big square of Scharffen Berger dark chocolate.


And, later, I made myself a maple-brown sugar 3-Minute Cookie with Vega Smoothie Infusion mixed in. (Ok, I’m officially addicted to these things!)


Mal and I have a hot date with our DVR!




  1. We are also searching for apartments and must have:
    Easy access to the ferry for me

    and not stanky. Basically the general things everybody wants πŸ™‚ I hated paying for laundry in college and am now spoiled with our washer/dryer.
    Good luck searching, we’re seeing one tonight!

  2. leftovers rock on a crazy day. wished we had had some!

    my “must-haves” are mainly… no more moving! LOL we have put too much blood, sweat & tears into our house to move any time soon.

  3. I love the idea of the cookie recipe! I must have missed that before. So much potential! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe.

    As for apartment must haves for us it’s 2-3 bedrooms (we live in the middle of nowhere, so this is really common), 2 bathrooms, washer and dryer hook ups (if not washer and dryer included) and pet friendly for sure!

  4. Ok, I officially have to try one of those cookies! That sucks the apt wasn’t for you but hopefully you’ll see some good ones soon. Honestly I dont have ANY must have’s!! All 4 of my apts have been extremely different and they all have lacked free laundry, dishwashers, and other fancy things. I’d like a nice closet, nice tub and a outlets in the bathroom- you’d be surprised how many apts have don’t have outlets in the bathroom!!

  5. I think thats a great must have list. My apartment (before we bought a house) did not have free laundry or a dishwasher. I used to bring my clothes to my parents house to wash- SUCH A PAIN. I rarely complain about doing laundry now because I’m just so happy it’s in my house.
    I am really in love with your 3 minute oatmeal cookies too. Though I added chocolate chips instead of raisins…oops!

  6. Any apt I’m looking at has to be:
    cat friendly
    close to something green (yard/park)
    on the ground floor (heavy lifting and hot upstairs!)
    have AC (essential in SoCal)
    on-site laundry at least
    no bars on the windows
    not too close to the freeway
    but close enough to a good market

    I’m loving the micro-cookies too!

  7. We are in the process of selling a house and looking for our first house we purchase together and I typed up an excel spreadsheet with nice to haves and must haves! I am such a dork πŸ˜‰

    My must haves-
    Good Location
    Open Layout
    Lots of light
    Bedrooms Upstairs
    Formal Dining Room
    At least 3 bedrooms
    Outdoor Space

    and about a million nice to haves!

  8. My theory is that anything like stews, casseroles, and chili ALWAYS taste better the next day. I’ve tested it often enough that I really believe it!

    When I was doing apartment living, I also developed a list of must-haves – washer/dryer, dishwasher, free parking, decent sound barrier, “enough” windows, decent flooring. I also had a list of “deal killers” that included basements, paneling, wall paper, old carpet, moldy bathrooms, and of course – weird smells. ALMOST everything else can be dealt with.

  9. I’m watching biggest loser and was thinking how great it’d be if people signed up for the “pound for a pound” challenge to coincide the “lose the dough” challenge! good luck w/ apartment search!! πŸ™‚

  10. That chili is awesome a second day in a row.

    I’ve considered trying one of those three-minute cookies, but if I did, I’d probably eat them all of the time. Too tempting. πŸ˜€

  11. Good luck on the apartment search! Free laundry and parking is always a must for me too! I haven’t tried to cookies yet, but tonight I had my first sandwich thin/PB/chocolate chip treat. It was DELICIOUS! A perfect snack, thanks for the idea.

  12. Chili is always good leftover — yum!

    I’m apartment hunting this spring and totally understand the frustration. My must-haves or WANTS: in-unit laundry, a dishwasher and big windows. Everything else is icing on top. πŸ˜‰

  13. hi tina! i tried your cookie today and i had difficulty with them like meghann and meghann’s readers :S can you enlighten us with how to make a sucessful cookie? i didn’t soak mine so it was REALLY oat-y! it was as if i was eating clumped up raw oats! is it supposed to be soft and cake like? should i let it soak up in the liquid?

    lets us know!! thanks!

  14. We’re in the process of looking for our first house to buy and location is huge for me. Also, more than 1 bathroom and with a yard that can be fenced in for the dog.

  15. I thought of a low calorie (but high in chemical) dessert I like these days (since I am dieting/getting into better shape). A few strawberries, a little bit of angel food cake, and some cool whip lite. YUMMMMMMMM

  16. Apartment hunting can be so frustrating! I’m worried if I have to move away for residency and rent out our condo I’ll have a hard time finding somewhere dog friendly.

  17. Ahh! After my most recent move we got all the main necessities: hard wood floors, dishwasher, balcony. We have added in earnest a new important “must have”: laundry. Apparently more and more apartments are offering this perk, keep your eyes peeled! Can you imagine doing your laundry in the evenings while doing OTHER things? heaven!

  18. For me it would have to be:
    1. Space, or at least the illusion of enough space
    2. Sunlight
    3. No mice/pests
    4. Within my price range (heat and hot water included)
    5. T accessible
    6. Laundry in the building or VERY close by

    That’s pretty much it! I live in a one-bedroom 4th floor walk up with no dishwasher all to myself and I’m never moving!

    Good luck with your search – don’t settle! You, Mal, and Murphy deserve the best!

  19. your cookies are seriously addictive…so easy and so good! plus good for you! i’m totally making a cocoa version tomorrow for breakfast…mmmmmmmmm πŸ™‚

    we have to have pet-friendly, washer/dryer hookups, yard/park, dishwasher, and at least 2 rooms. good thing we bought a house, it’s hard to find all of those here without paying too much πŸ™‚

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