49 Degrees Is Warm In New England

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Hey, hey! Happy Friday!

Here’s a little recap of yesterday…

Big ol’ breakfast: Fried egg with homefries, a toasted English muffin with butter, and buffalo sauce. (FYI: I make a huge batch of homefries on Sunday –a mix of red and sweet potatoes + Montreal Steak Seasoning– and then Mal and I reheat them for breakfast all week long.)


After breakfast: Errands with Quinn + White Chocolate Chip iced coffee from Marylou’s.



Second breakfast: Breakfast burrito <— Delicious and on sale right now at Target!


A short while later: Hummus + veggies + rice crackers + olives.


And another snack: Sweet & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix from my friends at CVS/pharmacy. Please note the tiny hand reaching for it.


Afternoon: Repairman fixing our dishwasher. It broke on Wednesday night and, miraculously, I found someone to come out yesterday to fix it. Thank goodness! I really could not have lived without a dishwasher. (I know… so dramatic.) Growing up, we didn’t have one, so washing dishes is my least favorite thing to do EVER, like ever, ever. Well, ok, cleaning the tub is worse, but not by much. I’m angry even thinking about it. Haha!


Late afternoon: Walk with Quinn + conference call. On the conference call, I said it was ‘warm’ on the South Shore, so I was out walking with my son. When the person on the other end of the line asked me what the temperature was, I told her it was 49 degrees and she laughed and said it didn’t sound very warm. Haha! (She was from Arizona.) Hey, 49 degrees in November is warm. I mean, that’s almost 50 degrees!


Afternoon snack (listen to this): Peanut butter + banana + butterscotch morsels = yummmmmm!


Evening: Massage + Potato and Chorizo Dobladas + wine + American Horror Story + more trail mix.

The end.

Questions of the Day

What is your least favorite chore to do? 

What temperature to do consider ‘warm’? 



  1. I haven’t had a dishwasher in years, and while I hate *starting* hand-washing the dishes, in the winter I always end up enjoying it because the water is warm!! Helps me heat up without having to turn the heat higher. 😉

  2. As a Michigan gal, 49 is super warm! I’d take that in November, are you kidding me?! It snowed here yesterday. I also had to wash dishes as a kid, but the bathrooms are my least favorite by far!

  3. That iced coffee sounds amazing! And I’m completely with you on the dishwasher–I can’t live and won’t live without one. It’s so necessary in life. I’d die if ours ever broke; it actually scares me a little bit. haha.

    Least favorite chore: cleaning the tub/shower. That’s always the last thing , far far back in my mind to clean. Hate doing it. I’d ask the hubs to do it but he totally wouldn’t and who am I kidding? I’d do a better job anyway. 😉

  4. My least favorite chore is mopping the kitchen floor. Not sure why but I hate it and put it off way too long….Well in Ohio this morning it is 18 degrees and so I cant remember what warm means right now lol The older I get the more I hate the cold!

  5. We didn’t have a dishwasher growing up, so I did most of the dishes every night! I hate doing dishes to this day! I will freak out when our dishwasher breaks! It’s a necessity!

    I think another chore I hate is dusting because of having to move everything on our huge shelves.

  6. I’m from Iowa, so it only starts getting cold to me around 35 degrees. 40 and up is warm to me. 🙂

    And I absolutely hate shoveling snow. I know it’s a great workout, but I’m so glad we pay someone to do it! With their snow blower, even!

  7. My husband and I are watching the American Horror Story right now too! Haha!
    Worst chore is cleaning the floors. It seems so useless when you have a dog and two cats running around.
    P.S. I live in southern Mississippi and the temperature this morning is 32 degrees! I LOVE it because I miss my WI cooler climate!

  8. I agree, I *hate* washing dishes too. I live in a condo right now with a smaller kitchen/no dishwasher and my boyfriend ends up with most of the dish washing rounds. He doesn’t mind too much so I try to chip in with other cleaning and vacuuming. I think it’s the never-ending factor that annoys me so much, haha. I also don’t like cleaning grout – so tedious.

  9. Oh and also, I used to live in NJ and now live in CT, so cold to me is anything below 40 degrees. 40 and above is “oh that’s not so bad” haha.

  10. I despise doing the dishes. We recently went 15 LOOOOOONG days without a dishwasher. Our old one broke and we had to wait for the new one to come in and then we didn’t have the right fittings…ahhh it was a nightmare! And during those 15 torturous days, we found mice in our silverware and utensil drawers, so EVERYTHING needed to be hand washed. #firstworldproblems

  11. It’s 11 degrees in MN right now, so yeah…I would definitely consider 49 warm!!!

    Least favorite chore would probably be that dang tub. Someone else said scrubbing grout and I would have to agree with that one, too. I don’t really mind washing dishes, I just wish there weren’t SO MANY of them every single day. Ha.

  12. We didn’t have a dishwasher growing up either (actually my dad said there were three: us kids), but I don’t mind doing them–it is the bathtub/shower that gets put off as long as possible. 49* is warm for this time of the year but not for summer–it is all relative.

  13. My least favorite chore is mopping and definitely cleaning the tub, ugh lol 🙂 That trail mix looks yummy! I will have to try that. I love how Murphy is supervising your repairman. Pugs are so funny like that. Happy Friday!

  14. I have to go with dishes, too. I detest dishes.

    Close second is putting away laundry. I don’t mind washing or folding, but then it bugs me that it doesn’t miraculously put itself away. 🙂

    I’d take 49 degrees right now! In MI, it is only 30 out, and next week, the highs are in the 20’s! I think 60 is my warm threshold…

  15. You know, I think I want to travel all the way to New England just for a White Chocolate Chip iced coffee from Marylou’s. That sounds SO GOOD. And I’m totally with you on the “warm” weather. I’m from Northeastern Wisconsin, so 49 is definitely “warm” considering it’s not supposed to get above 30 here for the next couple of days. 🙁 I won’t lie, though. I’m hatin’ on the cold weather as soon as it’s under 70. Why do I live here again? 🙂

  16. I live just north of you up in Maine so 49 is pretty warm to me. I was kinda surprised to wake up to the snow this morning too! My least favorite chore is definitely dishes and I am the dishwasher in my house…a dishwasher will be mandatory in our next house! lol

  17. I’m loving the site makeover! I used to live further north (and in the mountains), but since I’ve moved south and closer to the coast, I can’t handle winter like I used to. I’m seriously cold all the time in winter now and I used to walk to school in a hoodie in 30 degree weather. I can’t leave the house without my wool jacket if it’s 50, these days. Alternatively, I can now stand ridiculous heat, so I guess it’s a tradeoff.

    I love doing chores — weird, right? I do them to think and to blow off steam after a particularly rough day at work. They help me think. That said, I hate unclogging the bathroom drain. AWFUL.

  18. I like your jean cuffs in the photo with the crunchy leaves. What brand of jeans are they? I bet you weren’t expecting that question! Happy”warm” Friday.

  19. Least favorite chore would definitely be cleaning the tub/shower and folding/putting away laundry.

    Haha. I’m from Arizona too, so I would have to agree with that woman that 49 degrees sounds pretty chilly to me! I do kinda get it though. When I lived in Utah, 49 was actually pretty nice during the winter, especially when the sun was out!

  20. My least favorite chore WAS always the bathroom. My husband has taken over bathroom cleaning for the last 12 years! woo hoo! So now my least favorite is laundry. Laundry for five is A LOT! A load a day keeps the chaos away! lol

  21. Anything above 15 is warm to me right now. I’m in Casper, Wyoming. We hit the national news for having the lowest temp in the country on Wednesday. -27 degrees. Chilly. Brisk. Frosty. Brrrrrr.

  22. Least favorite chore is dusting because I have a lot of troubles with my sinuses. And I live in Florida so warm is anything about 80. Today it’s in the low 70’s and it’s absolutely perfect! ha. 😉

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