The Friday 5

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.
Trader Joe's Advent Calendar for Dogs

Hi and happy November (oh my gosh, how is it November!?)!

I hope you had a very happy Halloween! We dressed up as a family of Pokemon yesterday – ooooh, yes! 🙂 Of course, we got our costumes from Amazon – totally last-minute for Mal and me, but weeks ago for Quinn. 😉 He was MORE than ready to be Pikachu for Halloween and must have asked to wear his costume to school a dozen times leading up to yesterday! 🙂

Not only was it fun to dress up as a family, but my costume was also super warm and cozy to wear as we took Quinn trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Anyone else do a family costume this year? I figured sooner than later Quinn won’t be into dressing up like his parents, so might as well do it while he’s young, right?

We also had quite the pre-trick-or-treating get-together at our house. It started a few years ago with just a few close friends, but now our guest list has grown quite a bit! It was fun having a house full of friends and kids dressed in Halloween costumes. We ordered pizza and had a few (adult) beverages before heading out. It was definitely a great time and hopefully a tradition we’ll continue for years to come!

Anyway, here’s 5 things I’m loving lately including a hair product I’ve used for a decade now, my favorite pair of jeans that fit like leggings, and an incredibly good podcast about healing acne through a functional medicine approach.

Happy weekending, friends!

1. Trader Joe’s Advent Calendar for Dogs

I saw this advent calendar for dogs at Trader Joe’s yesterday and immediately purchased it for Murphy. I mean, is it not the most amazing doggie holiday treat ever?!

Trader Joe's Advent Calendar for Dogs

2. Broken Brain Podcast: A Functional Medicine Approach to Treating and Healing Acne with Dr. Robin Berzin

As some who has struggled with hormonal acne, I really enjoyed this podcast that talks about healing acne through a functional medicine approach. Dr. Berzin talks about the underlying causes of acne, the connection between gut health and skin issues, the problem with topical antibiotics, and more. If you struggle with acne, I highly recommend you give this a listen!

Here are some blog posts and products that have helped me clear up my acne:

3. NuDerma Portable Handheld High Frequency Skin Therapy Wand

Speaking of skin, I just recently ordered this skin wand, but I’m loving it already! The NuDerma Skin Wand (supposedly) amplifies cell turnover by supercharging ATP synthesis to slow, halt, and ultimately reverse the aging process leading to firmer younger skin… and it’s also supposed to help with acne scarring – we’ll see! If you guys are interested, I’ll do a full review!

4. Nordstrom Sarah Jeggings

These are honestly more like super stretchy jeans, than they are actually leggings – but, oh my gosh, are they comfy. I wear them ALL the time and always get questions and compliments on them. The best part is they’re priced right and go with everything – perfect to dress up or down all Fall long!

5. Kenra Silkening Hair Mist

I’ve used this hair mist for YEARS, but just ordered a new bottle from Amazon the other day, so I figured I should give it another shout out! 🙂 It makes your hair feel soooo soft and look sooo shiny. A lot of the time, I’ll air dry my hair and then spray some of this on to calm the frizzies and give it a finished looked. It’s also great for smoothing out ponytail frizz!

Flashback Favorites

Sales of the Week

Double Chocolate Protein Muffin Giveaway

Thanks so much to everyone who entered to win some Double Chocolate Protein Muffins from Health Warrior! Here are your winners:

Sarah T
My favorite healthy treat is a date stuffed with natural peanut butter and dipped in dark chocolate w/ a sprinkle of sea salt. So good!

I love black grapes! It’s so hard for me to not grab a few every time I open the fridge (I usually don’t resist, haha).

Kim N
Currently loving string cheese or Chobani Flips (not super healthy). But I always keep the Kodiak Cakes version of these microwave muffins in my desk drawer for a quick late morning or late afternoon snack. I haven’t tried these yet!




Congrats, winners! Please fill out this form to claim to your prize. Once I receive your information, I’ll send it along to Health Warrior to mail you your box of protein muffins.

If you want to try these delicious double chocolate protein muffins for yourself, you can save 20% off your Health Warrior order with code carrotsncake20!


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