Some Day-In-The-Life Stuff

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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Hi, friends! Happy, happy, happy Friday to you!

You guys said you enjoy reading day-in-the-life posts, so here’s what has been happening around here lately!

We had our fireplace cleaned. Ok, it’s not super exciting, but, hey, check it off the Baby To Do List, right? I’m just glad we’re making progress””just over 7 weeks to go!

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Elizabeth and Baby Grace came for a visit and brought Hippity some presents. It was so nice to catch up with Elizabeth (there was lots of baby and pregnancy talk) and see how big Grace has gotten in the past couple of months. She’s a cutie for sure (and perhaps Baby H’s future girlfriend)! (Rumor has it that the Nuroo Swaddler is the greatest thing ever since it’s so easy to use and grows with your baby. I’m so glad we have one now!)

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I made a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Banana Bread Pudding, which turned out so well. I have definitely looked forward to breakfast the past couple of mornings! The recipe will be on Health next week.

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Murphy thinks paper bags are scary. On our walk the other day, he angrily barked at this bag for a good few minutes… like a psycho. I eventually led him over to it, so he could examine/smell it. He felt better after that.

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Mal and I ate this awesome dinner the other night. It was 365 frozen gnocchi from Whole Foods, sliced Italian sausage, and sautéed kale with freshly grated Pecorino Romano on top. It tasted amazing and came together in about 10 minutes. Love that.

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Mal and I went to IKEA the other night to buy a dresser and wall library for the nursery. We ended up going with the smaller version of the dresser that we originally wanted. Once we put the crib together in the nursery, we realized we didn’t have as much room as we thought we did, so this one will fit better.

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The wall library is actually made up of photo ledges, not shelves. Mal and I had a little trouble finding them because we kept looking in the shelf section, not the picture frame section. Just an FYI!

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Our visit concluded with froyo, which, of course, is the best way to end a trip to IKEA!

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Murphy doesn’t do laundry. He had zero interest in helping me fold it the other day.


But Murphy does do the park and had a blast running around yesterday afternoon. I think spring is really, truly here!

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I ate sweet potato wedges, green beans, and a big bowl of froyo for dinner last night. Random-ish, but not the worst meal ever, right?


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Question of the Day

I posed this question to Mal last night”¦

If someone offered to give you a free froyo machine for your house, so you could eat froyo whenever you wanted, would you take it?

Mal said no. I said yes.

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  1. I am obsessed with fro-yo this pregnancy but I would have to say no to a machine in my house. I would weigh 500 pounds, I have no self control. Plus the toppings bar is my favorite part 🙂

    Also, Hippety is the cutest pre-baby name I have ever heard. I am due the day before you and have been calling her “Potato”. Not nearly as cute!

  2. That banana bread recipe you made looks and sounds awesome!

    I don’t know if I would say yes to a froyo machine as then I’d want it all the time but maybe is get sick of it after a while. Or maybe not 😉

  3. One of my friends from college lived in a sorority house with a fro-yo machine. I did pretty well moderating my usage then, so I think I’d have the self-control to have one in the house. My husband, however, that’s another story… 🙂

  4. I love Ikea so much and I really like that dresser! My vizsla barks at everything, but especially the garbage men. Like seriously.

    I would say no to the froyo machine. If it was my favorite flavor of ice ceam…then heck yes.

  5. Haha, I would say no because I have such little self-control when it comes to having ice cream in the house. I’m better with other treats, but I know I need to get rid of ice cream so I don’t eat it any more and the way I get rid of the ice cream? Eating it. Though I have been better lately and will put it in the sink and run water over it (so I not attempted to do something gross like taking one more spoonfull out of the container in the garbage).

  6. No thanks. Too much clean up and maintenance! How about a gift card to free froyo for life? I’d be down with that in a major way. Peanut butter froyo forever!

  7. I love fro-yo and I’d say I’m pretty good about having a reasonable portion (and I have it rarely so I don’t worry if I go a little over a normal serving). In my bio psych class the other the professor showed us that the typical fro-yo cup has 6 daily adult servings if you fill it up to the top! I don’t know if my self-control is good enough for a fro-yo machine at home, but maybe having one on tap would remind me that I could have it whenever I wanted and thus decrease the cravings? 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  8. Free froyo? Living on an island, I say YES. We are always enjoying our heat, but wanting a way to find some relief;) I also love that 10 minute dinner! I am really into quick fixes here lately, and that one looked incredibly nourishing.

  9. In our dream house, we WILL have a fro yo machine. 😉 I will serve it to everyone who comes over! hehe

    Fun day you guys had–p.s. we have that dresser for our little one’s room (only in the darker color) and we love it! We got some little boxes from ikea to organize stuff within the drawers—but I love how deep the drawers are!

  10. Haha I love that picture of Murphy with the laundry. My dog, Abby, is only interested in finding the underwear, other than that she likes to nap on the towels.

    Your dinner froyo was healthy…it had some blueberries on it! 😛

    If the froyo mix (?) was also provided with the machine for all eternity I would gladly accept it. Ok, that’s a lie I would buy the mix. I LOVE froyo.

  11. I love that Ikea dresser and used if for my first child (5 years ago) because it is the perfect height for a changing table, too. Just throw a changing table pad on top and voila. Space saver! It’s sturdy and holds lots of clothes, too. I am actually using it again for our baby boy who is due in a week and a half.

  12. I love the Hemnes line at IKEA, too! Your nursery is looking good! I like the white and grey theme.

    It would probably be unsafe (meaning I’d eat fro yo for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) if I had one at my house, but my fiance’s work is thinking about getting one for their office! I think having one at work is a great idea! Then, when I want a treat I could drive 10 minutes from our house to his office (which is family-run and owned) to serve up a treat–for free! 🙂

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