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Hi, 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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I’m hitting publish on this blog post a little early this week – although, maybe my weekly What I’m Loving Lately should become a Thursday post from now on? I kind of like leaving Fridays open for blog randomness, but let me know your thoughts on that! 😉 Anyway… let’s get to this week’s edition of What I’m Loving Lately!

My recent trip to Santa Barbra for CJU18Under Armour invited me to attend this conference and partner with them on a future blog post. FYI: They have so many awesome things coming out for the holiday season – keep your eyes peeled for a post (or two)! I’ve worked with Commission Junction (CJ) for as long as I can remember and actually attended this same conference back in 2016 (on behalf of Overstock – I created a blog post about my favorite kitchen tools), so I was excited to attend again. I loved hanging out with old blog friends (Gina and Nicole pictured below) and meeting new ones, including Elly, NicoletteMerrickKim, and Cori. It was great to spend time with these ladies to bounce around ideas and learn new things from one another!

Hale 45 Women’s Kenna Stunner Mid Rise Skinny Jean – Well, helllllllo, $48 skinny jeans! I stumbled upon these jeans on Amazon (you can never have enough jeans!), and they’re super cute and priced right. I also love that you can “Prime” them right to your house. Other awesome finds on Amazon: The Luna Coalition Women’s Cozy Pullover ($32) and Low Heel Ankle Booties ($20). I’m seriously loving all of the affordable apparel on Amazon! 

Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser – I heard great things about this cleanser, so I just had to give it a try – and I’m happy to report that I’m a fan! It deep cleans without drying out your skin. It’s intended for oily and blemish-prone skin – and removes oil, makeup, and other impurities without striping skin of its natural moisture. I love the little jojoba beads that help exfoliate and gently slough away dead skin cells and lovvvveee the energizing citrus scent. I might just switch from my beloved Nourishing Cream Exfoliator to this one!

Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage – Over the years I have experimented with removing both caffeine and coffee in my life. Sad, right? These days, I mostly drink decaf iced coffee, but, recently, in the afternoons, I switch to Dandy Blend with a scoop of vanilla bean collagen and unsweetened vanilla Ripple milk. It’s actually just an herbal beverage made from dandelion root, so it’s naturally caffeine free, low in acidity (aka good for the digestive system), and tastes a good bit similar to coffee. With the mix of vanilla flavors, it’s quite the perfect afternoon treat! FYI: I switch it up and drink it iced and hot!

Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Protein Balls – Is it too soon for pumpkin? I’m giving myself another week or so and then breaking out all of my favorite recipes, including this one for soft and chewy protein balls!

Levi’s Rain Jacket – Oh my gosh, I am in love with this rain jacket! It comes in 5 different colors, and I can’t decide which one to choose. Olive? Navy? Wine? Black? I’m so undecided, but I NEED this jacket in my life! #love

Increased Discount on EverlyWell Testing – Still thinking about trying the EverlyWell Food Sensitivity Test (here’s my review)? You can get 12% off EverlyWell’s At-Home Health Tests using code EVERLY!

Lorissa’s Kitchen Grassfed Jerky Snacks – With all the travel I did this month, I’ve perfected the art of packing snacks. I love these jerky snacks because it’s often hard to find high-quality protein on the go. Lorissa’s Kitchen sent me some of their products to try, and I love that use all grass-fed beef and don’t fill their products with preservatives and artificial ingredients. I also loved hearing the story behind the brand and caught Lorissa herself on the Fed and Fit Podcast a few weeks ago. It was a great listen if you want to hear more about their mission!

Picky Eating May Mask Larger Issues – This was an interesting article, especially for the parents of picky eaters. I don’t think Quinn falls into this category, but I wanted to share just in case your child struggles with these issues.

5-Minute Desserts For One – An oldie, but goodie blog post! I still make these recipes from time-to-time when I want a delicious treat, but don’t want the temptation of eating a whole batch!

Nano-Enhanced Hemp Oil – If you missed my post about CBD oil, you can read it here. I’m still loving it and playing around with the dosage to see if I can take less (and save some money) and still get the same results. I’m currently taking 4 pumps every other day and things are going great!

Apple slices + PB2 dip – I posted this delicious dessert/snack combo the other day in my sample macro day blog post, and I can’t stop eating it, especially after we took a family trip to go apple picking. We have apples galore in our house right now! This balanced snack takes two seconds to make – all I did was mix a few tablespoons of PB2 with a little water, top with cinnamon, and enjoy! I bet it would be great mixed with a little cocoa powder or even pumpkin stirred in. All the fall flavors, please!

Question of the Day

What are your thoughts on my weekly What I’m Loving Lately posts? Do you like reading them on Thursday or Friday or it doesn’t really matter as long as you get to read them? 

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