No Eggnog at Starbucks This Year?!?

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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Good morning! Happy Hump Day, friends!

Quinn slept until 5:00 AM yesterday morning and Mal did the middle-of-the-night feeding, so I actually slept last night and it was a-mazing. Well, I sort of slept. I still woke up 4 or 5 times to change my clothes because of the night sweats, but I fell right back to sleep every time, so it was a win in my book.

Breakfast at 5:30 AM: Toasted English muffin with peanut butter and banana + iced coffee.

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A couple of hours after breakfast, Quinn and I headed out to meet Kerrie at Southfield for a run with the jogging stroller.

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Our legs were heavy and tired for the first mile or so, but we managed to pick up the pace by the end and finished 3 miles in just over 27 minutes, which is fast for me when it comes to the jogging stroller!

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After our run, I said goodbye to Kerrie and then headed to Whole Foods to buy a few groceries, which included some “first foods” for my little peanut. I can’t believe he’s going to be 5 months next week and eating real food!

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After that, I popped into Starbucks to get my first “red cup” of the season. I planned to order an eggnog misto, my favorite holiday beverage, but I was informed by the barista that Starbucks won’t be offering eggnog this year. (Well, at least not on the East coast. Supposedly, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest will still have eggnog.) Isn’t that sad? My favorite Starbucks holiday drink is no more. Boo. I guess I’ll have to make my own eggnog coffee beverages at home. #firstworldproblems #eggnogproblems

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I ended up ordering an iced latte with a pump of caramel burlee. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was still pretty tasty.

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When I got home, I snacked on some bacon from the Whole Foods hot bar. (Yes, I am totally obsessed. If I see bacon on the hot bar, I just HAVE TO have it. It’s the best ever!)

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Then, I put on a deep pore cleansing masque and let it dry while I fed Quinn. Multitasking.

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Once Quinn finished eating, we played for a bit. I took a shower and washed off my mask. Then, we went for a walk to go vote. We took the long way home and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

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Back at home, I reheated some Chicken Bacon Alfredo for lunch. Yummmmm! I love this meal so much.

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And my afternoon snack was the bomb. I spread some Light Creamy Swiss from The Laughing Cow on a whole wheat wrap, topped it with dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and cinnamon. Then, I rolled it up into a long cylinder and cut it into bite-size pieces. Holy yum! It was so tasty and really filling!

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Questions of the Day

Have you got a red cup from Starbucks yet?

Eggnog? Love it or hate it?

Moms, what was the first food your little one tried?



  1. FYI…whole foods does a mean eggnog latte this time of year so give them a shot.

    My son’s first food was avocado and he was not a fan. But his stink face was adorable.

  2. Pretty surprised you plan to feed Quinn at 5 months given your own gut issues. Idk, since breast milk is by far the easiest thing to digest I guess I’d wait till the recommended 6 months, or even 8. And I’m sure you know, but rice cereal is very difficult to digest (hello too much iron!) and has little nutritional value. Also, really hoping to see you use a baby carrier to keep tour little man warm during winter walks. It’s the best!

    1. Thanks for your concern. We talked with Quinn’s doctor and he encouraged us to try rice cereal and puréed fruits and veggies (at 4 months, actually). I never said I was planning to stop breastfeeding, so Quinn will be getting a mix of foods.

      1. @Tina: Rice cereal has been pretty well be discredited as a good “first baby food”, substantial evidence has shown that rice cereal is non-nutritive at best and harmful at worst (, and that doesn’t start to address the controversy about arsenic levels in brown rice (a staple in “natural” and organic rice cereals and formulas).
        Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization now recommend waiting until 6 months minimum to start solid foods. My pediatrician always used the adage “before one, just for fun”; meaning any solid foods before one year of age is just for experimentation and exploration for the baby, and the vast bulk of their daily calories should still come from breastmilk or formula. Until age one, no breastfeeding sessions should be cut and replaced with solid food.

        1. @Grace: Absolutely this! Any ped who recommends food at 4 months must be 1000 years old and has done zero reading in the last 10 years. Also, a nutritionist is who should be giving out advice, not a pediatrician since their training is in helping sick kids, not how to feed them. Pediatricians hand out parenting advice which is unhelpful since it tends to be from dated research or personal experience. Why anyone is advising rice cereal (especially in a bottle! Smh) these days is appalling.

      2. @Tina: why do people get so personal and judgmental about breastfeeding?? All you did was show a picture of baby food and it incites rage in people. So odd.

        1. @Angela: Lol, um, I think you’re confusing legitimate concern and anger. We’re just trying to help in case Tina hadn’t read the latest. I want all children to be as healthy as possible and it just struck me as really odd that her ped gave that advice. I’m sorry if I upset anyone.

        2. @Angela: I didn’t think my comment was “raging”. It’s basic information that’s found on the APP’s website, or heck, even if you Google “introducing solid food” this type of information (rice cereal not being a healthy first choice, waiting until 6 months for solids) is found on all the main baby websites – BabyCenter, KellyMom, heck, even WebMD and This is the first information you find in 5 minutes of research on the Internet.

      3. @Tina: Tina, You have a great head on your shoulders and I encourage you to follow your own instinct with regards to Quinn’s diet. Some parents tend to forget that there is not just one, but many ways to raise a perfectly healthy child! As always, thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  3. Our little man’s first taste was squash I believe, and he liked it. He also liked prunes and spinach. He was not a fan of peas though, but given his tastes I’m ok with that. He’s now 15 months and still not a fan of avocados though, but I keep trying.

  4. Haven’t gotten a red cup yet…but I’ve had a couple iced coffees since they’ve been out. Oops!
    I like eggnog! I never had it at starbucks though, but I buy my own and use it in coffee around the holidays. Yum!
    My 15mo tried bananas first, then sweet potatoes and to this day those are two of his favorites! We started fruits and veggies at 4.5 months bc the little guy was drinking 45oz of formula some days. The day the pedi said we should start solids, he reached his arm in my chipotle burrito bowl and grabbed a handful. I looked at him and said, “I don’t think that’s what the doctor meant” LOL
    I bought store bought food plenty, but if you want to make something easy that makes a ton of baby food, mashed banana or sweet potatoes are the easiest to make at home.

  5. I’ll be interested to see if your night sweats get better or worse on remicade. I too have UC (for 8 years now) and have tried all the things- steroids, 6mp, Canada, lialda, remicade, etc. When I was on remicade, I had the worst night sweats of my life. I always thought it was just from colitis but now that I’m off remicade and they are gone, it makes me wonder if they were from the drug.

    Anyway, glad you’re feeling a little better and ihope Remicade works some miracles for you!

  6. That Elephant hat. I’m in love.

    I love the red cups, but I haven’t been in for a drink yet. I’m hoping to run and grab a latte with one of my Starbucks addicted friends when I go home for the holidays. 🙂

  7. Just bought some bacon flavored cream cheese spread. Now what to do with it? Eat it straight from the container!

  8. I would very highly recommend making your own vegetable purees to use as first foods. Even the Earth’s Best brand is sub-par to making your own with organic produce. You can do it once a month – easy to freeze and super easy!

  9. Hey, you went for a run in my neighborhood!! Isn’t that such a nice area to run- it goes on forever and is so flat! Win win! Also…really sad to hear about the absence of eggnog this year! Looking forward to reading about your eggnog creations though!

  10. I usually get one eggnog latte from Starbucks every year because they are the best ever. I’m really glad I live in Seattle and I’m able to still get my fix this year. I heart eggnog.

    Also, you got up 4-5 times last night to change your clothes?! HOLY CRAP. That sounds so miserable. I don’t know what’s going on but I hope your night sweats quit soon.

  11. sorry about the “professional” comments you get, not sure what a red cup is, guess i will check it out, i like to add lite eggnog to my coffee this time year

  12. We tried acorn squash as our first food at 4 1/2 months and he looked at me like “where have you been hiding this all this time!?” We’ve just done a couple tsp here and there just for fun bc let’s face it, eating is amazing 😉
    Enjoy introducing Q to these new tastes–is there anything cuter than babies experiencing new things!?

  13. Guess what? Starbucks just released a “sorry” about not bringing the eggnog latte back, and they will have it in all stores by November 17, yay for nog!

  14. I have twin boys who are almost 6 months!!! They started with organic brown rice cereal and banana. They’ve quickly moved on to sweet potato, avocado and squash. They’re loving it. 🙂

  15. My daughter’s first food was avocado, followed by banana. She loved both at first, but now at seven months doesn’t care for bananas. I didn’t do rice cereal but did use sprouted quinoa flakes and now go between that and ground oats for her cereal choices.

  16. I hate all the preachy advicey comments moms like you receive on the Internet! I also post things on the world wide web for a living and know how frustrating it can be.

    I always think we all turned out fine, so our kids will, too, ya know?

  17. New mom advice/question: when Mal does the middle of the night feed do you pump? My daughter is 3 weeks old and I’m trying to figure it out how to incorporate some help from Dad without losing my supplt. Just curious what you guys do! Thanks!

    1. I pretty much did all of the night feedings until recently, but we take turns every other night now (unless I’m awake already and then I just do it. Haha!) But, yes, I’ll have a pumped bottle ready or Mal will give Quinn formula.

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