Lovin’ My New Neighborhood

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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I am absolutely loving my new neighborhood! :mrgreen: I’m so glad that we decided to move into the city– it makes me feel alive!

House hunting was great and all, but putting an offer in on a house so far outside the city, totally freaked Mal and me out! I guess we’re just not ready to “settle down” yet.

The “Essentials”

After moving another load of our stuff into our new apartment last, we stopped at the grocery store to grab the “essentials.” Here’s what Mal and I considered must-haves:

  • Oats
  • Soy milk
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Salad greens
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Bread
  • Coffee
  • Canned tuna
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Kettle Backyard BBQ chips

We’re planning a BIG shopping this weekend, but these few groceries should hold us over for a couple of days. What do you consider your grocery “essentials”?


For lunch, I made a simple salad with greens, tomatoes, cucumber, almond slices, and topped it with Claire’s delicious relish.


Last night, between packing and unpacking, Mal and I ordered a cheese pizza from one of the pizza places in the area. It wasn’t the best pizza I’ve ever eaten (it was super greasy!), but I also wasn’t expecting something gourmet. Mal and I were hungry and it did the trick!


We had lots of leftovers, so I paired my salad with a cold slice.


A little while later, I munched on a ProBar. I like this flavor a lot– very fruity!


After lunch, I took MP (Murphy Pug) for a 45 minute walk around our neighborhood. Between strangers stopping to say ‘hello’ to Murphy and him sniffing everything in sight, we only walked about 3 blocks and back! It tough to take this pup for a walk!

Cafe Arpeggio

Even though I’ve made the hot coffee “switch” for the season, today’s especially beautiful weather called for an iced coffee. I stopped into Café Arpeggio to grab one.



Caf̩ Arpeggio is super cute! They had a great selection of yummy foodsРhomemade ice cream, sandwiches, soups, freshly baked pastries, and gourmet coffee. I have a feeling that I will become a regular there!



Dollar Stores Finds

I also popped into the local dollar store to pick up some household items. Maybe I’m weird, but I LOVE dollar stores! Of course, most sell a lot of junk, but certain products are such a steal! I spent less than $10 for all of this stuff! Sweet!


The final leg of moving happens tonight! We just need to move our couches, bed, wardrobe, and some random odds and ends. We’re so close!



  1. Hurrah on your new neighborhood.

    I don’t know if I ever mentioned this, but your blog is such an inspiration to me. Because it really IS balanced–case in point, your pizza-salad lunch. You have such a great grasp on healthy balance. I’m currently striving for that.

    Take care!

  2. I’ve never moved in stages. It’s a good idea because it’s very overwhelming to look at the pile of boxes left by the movers. I never know where to start!

    Looks like s great new neighborhood!

  3. Love your new neighborhood! My essentials are:garlic, pepper, soy yogurt, soy milk, orange juice, almond müsli, cherry tomatos, kale, broccoli, rice, beans, organic eggs, a fish (tuna, sardinen or salmon), dried mushrooms and sundried tomatos. I always change the fruits that I buy..always seasonal.

  4. I am so glad that you are getting settled down in your new place, it looks lovely! That coffee shop looks adorable! I just discovered a new shop near my house aswell 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  5. I just wanted to let you know, I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now, and it is my favorite. Your honest and real . I relate to you more than most blogs about food and fitness. I wanted to let you know I thing your bog is great ! Thanks for sharing a glimpse with us !

  6. Hey tina!

    I am in Boston too! in Newton acutally…where did you move?your apt looks amazing!!! staples are so similar too! cottage cheese, veggies, oats, fruit, yogurt etc

    the city is so fun isnt it?? are you originally from Boston??

  7. I jsut LOVE southie, but parking is THE WORST to find. Resident sticker was a very very good call.

    My grocery staples always include
    lowcarb/high fiber tortillas
    peanut/almond/some nut butter
    kashi golean
    oat bran
    and tomatoes (if they are in season!)

  8. My “must haves” are: fruit, LOTS of veggies, beans, oats, grains, nuts and nut butters, bread, soy milk, and hummus. Without these things my kitchen is incomplete!

    I’m glad you’re enjoying life in your new apartment! Still unpacking?

  9. your staple grocery list is very similar to mine except i need hummus, carrots, and of course, chocolate/ice cream ;]
    the new local coffee place looks a lot like the place i frequent back home. i love that home-y feel and i can tell your new place is the same!
    speaking of dollar stores, my mom and i LOVE them and we could spend quite a bit of timer browsing (there, and trader joe’s and williams sonoma!).

  10. I’m glad you’re loving your new location!

    My grocery essentials: soy milk, Kashi Heart to Heart oatmeal and waffles, apples, bananas, some sort of berries, broccoli, lettuce, grape tomatoes, hummus, flax wraps, veggie burgers, canned tuna or salmon, spicy mustard, Fage 0% or 2% yogurt, and dark chocolate.

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