The Friday 5

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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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Hi, guys!

Happy (almost) Friday to you! I hope your first week of 2019 is off to a wonderful start!

I decided to hit publish on this blog post a little early because, well, I had it ready to go and figured you might want to read it sooner than later. 🙂 So, guys, it’s time for another edition of The Friday 5 (on Thursday afternoon) where I cut to the chase and share my top 5 favorites from the week. (Five is also my lucky number!) Without further ado, here’s The Friday 5 (on Thursday)!

EVERYTHING from Athleta

For real. Athleta is seriously stepping it up with their apparel – and, holy cow, I love everything! Mal bought me this fuzzy pullover for Christmas (love), and I’ve been eyeing the Cozy Karma Asym Pullover. I actually saw a woman at the gym yesterday wearing it, and it’s definitely cute in person! Other favorites: Mesh Contender CapriContender Laser Cut 7/8 Tight (comes in 8 different colors #obsessed), Fitted Victory Hoodie, Camo Contender 7/8 Tight, and pretty much all of the tank tops. Athleta is killing it lately! #notsponsored #justobsessed

Black pullover from Athleta

Kay’s Naturals high-protein snacks and cereal

If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you’ve probably seen lots of snacks (and related macros) from Kay’s Naturals recently. The brand sent me some of their snacks and cereal to try out, and I’m totally obsessed. They’re so darn delicious, high in protein, and I love that they are gluten-free, low in sugar, and non-GMO. Their products are made with high-quality plant protein and don’t contain a bunch of weird ingredients. They also don’t taste artificial like some high-protein snacks on the market nowadays. I’m a huge fan!

Bowl of Kay’s protein snacks next to an empty bag

What I especially love about Kay’s protein products is the variety! Kay’s makes so many tasty flavors of snacks and cereals, so you can switch it up and satisfy just about any craving. I love all of their 15 single-serving bags, including French Vanilla Cereal, Honey Almond Cereal, Veggie Pizza Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Pretzels, Chili Nacho Protein Chips, Crispy Parmesan Protein Chips, Cinnamon Cookie Bites, Mocha Espresso Cookie Bites (<— so, so, so delicious), and BBQ Snack Mix. Holy yum, right?

Bags of Kay’s protein snacks

Our 2018 Chatbook

You guys might remember me professing my love for Chatbooks in the past, and I’m even more in love now that we’re ready to print another year of memories. Their hardcover books are really beautiful, and Chatbooks makes it SO EASY to create them, especially if you have an Instagram account. (Side note: I created an Instagram account for Murphy just so we could easily print his photos in like 25 years when he goes to doggie heaven.) You just load all of your Instagram photos right into their system, select the photos you want, pick a cover, and place your order. Easy as that! (I have no affiliation with the brand at all – just really love their product – but I do get credit if you end up signing up.)

Open chatbook with family photos

Reusable Silicone Straws with Case

I love these straws so much! In fact, before I discovered them, I said I wished there was a reusable straw that I could just bring with me from place to place when buying iced coffee, and here it is! 

4 multicolored silicone straws in to go cases

My new juicer

After a lot of recommendations and research (like, I’m a juicer expert now), I finally ordered the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor, and it’s everything I ever wanted and more! My previous juicer was so old, and it would take me forever to make juice and even longer to clean it up. It was such a process and made me not want to make juice at all. Eventually, one of the juicer pieces started to crack (it was made of plastic), so I saw it as a sign to upgrade.

My new Breville dominates fruits and veggies! Guys, you can put an entire bunch of celery or whole apple into it, and it juices it right up! It’s a little loud, but it’s so fast at extracting juice, it’s really not that big of a deal because your juice is made in a matter of seconds (really). And cleaning the machine takes maybe 5 minutes. It’s made of stainless steal, so a quick rinse is all it needs. I’m in love and SO GLAD that I bit the bullet and purchased a better juicer. The Breville actually makes me look forward to making juice in the morning! 🙂

Large juicer with green juice from apples and kale

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you enjoy your Friday and the upcoming the weekend! 🙂

P.S. Here’s a bonus favorite from the week – it’s pretty much everything I love on one pillow: Pug, Coffee & Donut Pillow! 🙂



  1. Came down to agree on Athleta! My job is half office/half barn work, and I swear that 90% of my work attire is Athleta now because it’s versatile, comfy, and I can sneak under the radar in my (admittedly) casual office. 🙂

  2. Lovin’ Athleta so much lately!! Thanks for posting about Kays! I used to eat it back in the day and then all of a sudden it dissappeared at the store! Glad to see it’s back!

  3. Thank you for posting about the straws! My mother-in-law hates going to restaurants with plastic straws, so this will be perfect for her. I saved it on Amazon and wrote a note in my calendar so I remember to buy them for her for Mother’s Day 🙂 I hope you and your family have a great weekend!

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