What I’m Loving Lately 57

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 and happy Friday to you!

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for another Friday favorite: What I’m Loving Lately! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Cubbies – Oh, how we love Cubbies! They are seriously the best thing ever. They’re a fleece shirt with mittens attached by zippers, so they stay put on your little one’s hands. (There’s also the option of removing them too.) The shirt is designed to be worn under a winter jacket, but it was so warm lately, Quinn’s worn it by itself. Best invention ever. FYI: Cubbies are on sale right now and you can get FREE SHIPPING with code “CNCFS” at checkout.

we love cubbies

Netflix maternity leave – Netflix offers a year of fully paid maternity leave for mom and her partner. Amazing, right? Just had to share!

Light & Creamy Chickpea Salad with Shredded Brussels Sprouts – I made another batch this week. Mmm!


RapidLash Eyelash Enhancer – I’m still using and loving RapidLash. I just ordered my forth tube, and I love how long and full it makes my eyelashes. FYI: The best price I’ve found is on Amazon.

Making a Murderer – I know, we’re late to the game, but Mal and I binged watched the whole series a couple of weeks ago, and I’m still obsessed. Did anyone see those Making a Murder specials on TV last week? I meant to DVR them, but I forgot.


Can ‘Young House Love’ Escape the Internet? – Super interesting!

Dave’s Killer Thin-Sliced Powerseed Bread – I love this bread so much. It’s so darn tasty, and it has just 60 calories, 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 280 mg omega-3s per slice. It’s definitely a great option for those of us watching what we eat and keeping up with our New Years Resolutions!

pesto lunch idea

T-Rex ice skating – I laughed so hard at this video, I literally had tears streaming down my face! That costume!

Skinnies – Tami, a long-time CNC reader, recently sent me some Skinnies. I instantly fell in love with them and the story behind each one. Tami sent me three Skinnies: coffee shop, shred, and raffia. The inner layer of “coffee shop” is made from coffee bags that were sprayed with glitter, and the bags initially came from a local coffee shop. How cool is that? “Shred” is made from old catalog pages and “raffia” is a Full Circle piece (an initiative that pays women around the world fair wages to hand craft the materials used in the jewelry) was made in Nepal. Knowing how each of these bracelets was made makes them so special, and I love showing them off so much. I am definitely going to keep them in mind as future gifts for friends and loved ones!

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Fish in a Tin – Kath’s post about sardines was so incredibly helpful to me. I’m trying to get more omega-3s in my diet, and I know sardines are a great source, but, truthfully, I’m kind of scared/grossed out by them. Haha! But, I know Kath loves them and she’s created all sorts of delicious recipes with them, so I asked for her advice and she sent me this post. It’s everything I wanted and more. Now, I just need to EAT those little guys!

elevAte salads – I am totally obsessed with these salads and just needed to mention them again. They’re so convienent, and I love grabbing them as a healthy snack, especially in the afternoon, right before dinner, when I get super snack-y. They’re obviously nutritious, but I really look forward to the dressings. Mmm! They’re light and fresh and don’t leave the salad totally drenched. Again, I’m a huge fan. FYI: elevAte salads are sold nationwide at Walmart as well as some Wegmans, PriceChoppers, and other retailers. And elevAte is giving away a ton of great fitness gear + 4 grand prizes including gym memberships, gift cards, and an Apple watch right now, so be sure to enter for a chance to win!

elevAte salads

6 Things I Didn’t Realize Until I Left Boston – Yep, the rest of the country is wicked different.

Some of my favorite cereals are now free of artificial flavors and colors – That’s right! Family favorites like Golden Grahams (I’m on a serious kick lately), Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, and three varieties of Cheerios (chocolate, frosted, fruity) are no longer made with these things. Very cool, right? I love that General Mills listens to feedback from their customers!


Questions of the Day

Have you watched Making a Murderer? Thoughts? 

What was your favorite cereal as a kid? What about now?

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  1. i think i’m the only one that making a murderer totally does not appeal to me – i literally have zero desire to check it out ugh! favorite cereal as a kid? hmm maybe cinnamon toast crunch? i loved all cereal pretty much!

  2. Growing up my Dad would treat us with corn pops cereal! And as a college student I was obsessed with lucky charms!

    And I wish I could love sardines – I follow Kath and she always makes them look so good! But I don’t know if I can do it….I do like tuna but seeing the sardines with the skin I think messes with my head! I hope you try them to give me the extra boost of courage!

  3. We watched Making a Murderer… it was so crazy. Obviously they left out a lot of details from the other side, but it is pretty crazy how unreliable our justice system can be sometimes. Definitely made me think a lot!

  4. Oh my gosh, Reese’s Puffs are my favorite! I always feel guilty buying them, but maybe now I can feel less guilty?? Happy Friday!

  5. I watched making a murderer, and then taped the two specials. The two specials, oddly enough, were exactly the same but on different networks, and they basically just told the story in short compared to the documentary. We didn’t invest too much time in them, so don’t feel like you missed out 🙂

  6. I’ve always loved Corn Pops 🙂

    Those skinnies are so pretty! They would look lovely with a bunch of them layered at once.

    Also there needs to be Cubbies for adults… 🙂

  7. Wow I don’t know how Netflix can do that but that is awesome! They just hit the top of my charts for best companies ever! Ingredients are getting better and better even in our treat foods it’s pretty awesome! They are even decreasing the sugar very slowly!

  8. I recommend checking out I heart radio’s Rebutting a Murderer….its a short podcast about each episode (the longest one is 15 minutes). It gives A LOT of information that was left out!

  9. My favorite cereal as a kid was probably Fruity Pebbles (I’d still eat an entire box if someone let me right now, ha!). After you mentioned Peanut Butter Puffins, I went out and got some and I’m hooked! The honey rice puffins are next on my list.

  10. I am from Two Rivers, WI which is pretty much Manitowoc, WI. The sad thing about the whole Netflix Documentary is that it has now come to bomb threats being made to the police department as well as other threats. It also has brought people from all over the world to misjudge the majority of people from the community. It is sad – although do not get me wrong I can see how the documentary is thrilling – but it leaves out and will be another part showing the prosecution side. Mostly, it is strange to see my hometown under the scope and that sort of light and I also am intrigued to hear what people believe actually happened after watching the documentary.

  11. My thoughts on Making a Murderer: Even if he did do it, his trial was not a fair trial and he should not have been convicted based on that trial. The police/law acted illegally and unprofessionally. I still am not convinced he did or didn’t do it- but his trial was a joke! The recent specials didn’t really add much we hadn’t already heard about.

  12. Okay that Netflix maternity leave is the best thing ever. I love companies that care about their customers! So important. There were Making a Murderer specials on TV?? I’m so bummed I missed them!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Tina! 🙂

    1. Someone replied in the comments above that the specials were basically just a recap of the documentary, so we didn’t miss much! 🙂

  13. I haven’t seen that show, but I’ve heard good things about it! I usually gravitate toward comedies at the no of the day, but I may have to make an exception here!
    I need to check out her sardine post- I am not a huge fish fan even they are so good for you.

  14. I grew up in Boston but have lived in California for 10 years and everyone here thinks I’m nuts for keeping tabs on Dunkin’s expansion plans in California. Whelp, the first Dunkin’s in LA opened up a mere 2 blocks from me. It’s almost like I willed it to happen! 🙂 Love that list!!!!!

  15. I binge watched Making a Murderer TWICE – I think it’s going to consume my soul until I get some answers. lol

  16. We are only up to episode 3 of making a murderer. It is super interesting- just between hubby work and six kids, theres not a lot of time to watch it!

  17. I just signed the petition to remove ‘Making a Murderer’ from Netflix. Growing up in Manitowoc County (and as what I like to think as being an intelligent human being), I have A LOT of thoughts on this documentary. Besides the fact that it is incredibly one-sided, which most people know, it is bringing an unfair amount of bad publicity to a wonderful town that my mom owns a small business in, amongst other things. It makes me feel really bad that people are profiting off of a poor woman’s tragic story.

  18. I was familiar with the story behind Making of a Murderer before it became this cult hit series. I am very intrigued by the series but haven’t yet invested the time to watch it!

  19. Thank you so much for sharing the cubbies code! Just ordered my daughter hers now. She will be 2 in May, I think she is just a week or two ahead of Quinn! Super cute! I hope it ships fast!

  20. Tell more about the RapidLash Eyelash Enhancer! I have long eyelashes but I wish they were thicker.

    I actually like the canned sardines. I like to chopped up brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. to make a bed. Then steam the bed and add the heated sardines with spicy honey mustard on top. My husband cannot even! LOL

  21. Where do you find the Dave’s thin-sliced bread around here? The two Costcos I’ve been to (Everett and Avon) just have the regular, not the thin-sliced.

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