What I’m Loving Lately II

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Hi, 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, friends!

My recent “What I’m Loving Lately” post was so fun to write and such a hit with you guys, I decided to write another one this week. That said, here’s what I’m loving lately!


I’m really starting to enjoy spinning. I recently bought a Groupon to a local studio, so I’ve been popping in about once a week to take an hour-long class. In the past, I always thought spinning was kind of boring, but I’m really starting to dig it, especially since it’s not too hard on your body, which I definitely appreciate now that I am pregnant.

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Old Navy Maternity Rockstar Low-Panel Jeggings

Last week, I totally got sucked into one of those email blasts advertising a sale at Old Navy. I was *only* planning to do a little window shopping since I just purchased a bunch of new maternity clothes, but I ended up buying a pair of Maternity Rockstar Low-Panel Jeggings. Oops. But, hey, they were on clearance (just $14.97), and I got free shipping with my Luxe BR card and 7% cash back through Ebates. Not too bad, right? And they’re super comfy. Maternity pants rule. I’m actually still debating buying a pair of the Maternity Full Panel Skinny Jeans, but I’m waiting patiently for them to go on sale since I don’t quite need them yet.

Almond butter + marmalade

Ever since I created a delicious Toasted Almond Butter & Marmalade Sandwich (with Turkey Bacon) recipe for the Almond Board of California, I’ve been loving the flavor combination. I’ve been mixing almond butter and marmalade into oatmeal and spreading it on toasted English muffins and two-ingredient pancakes. Mmm! So good!

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Belli products

A few weeks ago, I bought some Belli Elasticity Belly Oil, which I really love and, since then, I’ve purchased a couple more products from the line: Belli Acne Control Spot Treatment and Belli Skin Care Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub. Thanks to some crazy pregnancy hormones, I’ve had a few bad breakouts during my second trimester, so I figured a more natural approach to treating them would be the best option for Baby Haupert.

Before I bought these Belli products, I would only treat my breakouts a few times a week with a very small amount of acne product, which honestly didn’t do much. I am definitely seeing an improvement with the Belli Acne Control Spot Treatment, but probably because I’m using it on a regular basis. (There’s also a Belli Anti Blemish Facial Wash in the line, which I didn’t buy, but only because I have a face wash that I like.) The Belli Skin Care Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is AMAZING! It’s a fine grain, minty and refreshing scrub that exfoliates and makes my skin so soft. I love it so much, and I totally plan to keep buying it even after pregnancy.

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Lucie’s List

Elizabeth told me about Lucie’s List the other day, and it’s already been so helpful, especially with regard to the baby registry stuff and newborn essentials. (Mal and I are so clueless!) Be sure to sign up for the email updates!

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Trader Joe’s Pizza Veggie Burgers

The Pizza Veggie Burgers from Trader Joe’s are incredible! They have so much flavor and they’re only 130 calories with 9 grams of protein. They make a great snack, and they’re a healthy option when you’re having a major pizza craving!

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Questions of the Day

What are you loving lately?

Any new product loves from Trader Joe’s?

What’s your favorite beauty product line?

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  1. I made a chicken dish from traderjoes.com last night where you basically just cook chicken with their organic apricot preserves and it was so easy but flavorful. Usually I think my boyfriend is lying when he says he like my cooking but this one was actually good.

  2. I always wondered about spinning while pregnant. It’s a great low impact option but I find that sometimes the cardio is so intense that I want to pass out! I guess the key would be to not push too hard.

  3. I don’t think it’s all that new but we really like TJ’s Caroline Gold BBQ Sauce. Oh and my son likes from the frozen section the vegetable bird’s nests (I am not sure if that is what they are called exactly). They aren’t exact low low calorie but they involve kale and he asked for them so if a kid wants kale in any form, you have to buy it.

  4. I loooove spinning – such a great, but low-impact workout. I just hate the fact that spin studios in my area are so expensive! I’m obsessed with TJ’s steamed lentils and tahini sauce. And lastly, my favorite beauty product line – as of late – is either Alba (skin care) or Urban Decay (make-up)!

  5. TJ’s plantain chips….so yummy when made at home but for less than $2 a bag getting them from TJs is more than worth it. Even our little guy loves them…

  6. Um, hello, sandwich love – what an incredible combination!!! My mom obsesses over the Mandarin Orange Chicken at TJs. I just got hip to the Coconut Oil Spray, which is much cheaper than coconut oil in the jar – I’m pretty excited about it!

  7. My go to at Trader Joe’s are the French toast, the sour dough bread, blistered peanuts. My husband loved the coconut cashews. The low-fat kettle chips are the closest we have found to Cape Cod chips.

  8. Loving hot cocoa with a shot of instant espresso…perfect afternoon pick me up in the winter!

    Loving Trader Joe’s Organic animal crackers! We buy them for our 16 month old, but we all eat them! Also love their Low Sodium Butternut Squash Soup, makes for an easy lunch paired with a salad.

    I’m a Clinique girl all the way!

  9. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate covered pretzels and cookie butter (we don’t have a Trader Joe’s yet so we bought these in Cali and crammed them in our suitcase)! The Belli skincare line looks great…I might have to buy that pre-treatment scrub!

  10. I am officially hooked on spinning as well, I love all the loud music feels like your out dancing with friends, great way to mix up the workouts. I am loving my new recipe for humus and my new food processor making all yummy things in my kitchen possible 🙂

  11. I’ve been loving my runs lately, which is kind of surprising. I’ve also been really proud of myself for the clean “ish” foods I’ve been eating/creating. Obviously not perfect (nor do I ever want to be) but they’ve been pretty rad. OOo, and twitter. Just signed up and I don’t know how I never used it before.

  12. I am obsessed with Almond Butter. I could eat it all day everyday. I must try this pizza burger. Yummmo.

    I am obsessed with Stem t-shirts from Nordstrom’s. They fit perfect and are so soft and comfy.

  13. I need to get to Trader Joe for those burgers! They look a lot like the Morningstar Farms Tomato Basil Pizza burgers I buy (but I’m sure are cheaper).

  14. My favorite TJs products would be the triple layer hummus, garlic hummus (their brand is SO good) and their Almond Butter- it is really better than anyones!

    Also- their freaking plantain chips are addicting.

  15. I wish I would’ve known about Lucie’s List when I was registering! I just came across it for the first time a couple weeks ago because I’m searching for the next size up carseat for Hunter. It was SO helpful!

    Those pizza veggie burgers sound delicious. I need to get back to TJ’s one of these days!

  16. I am really getting into spinning classes too. I started about 2 years ago when I injured myself running, and my PT advised spinning as a good way to strengthen and cross train other muscles. I still think it is SO HARD (harder than running) but the more I do, the more my body pushes and I can feel myself getting stronger.

    Those pizza burgers look so good, haven’t seen those. My list of Trader Joe’s loves include their almond butter, triple layer hummus, sesame thins, chocolate and oat bars, turkey meatballs and mini chocolate chip cookies……I could go on and on!!

  17. I’m loving Zumba! and I’m also loving this new blog I started dedicated to my new weight loss journey-http://weighingforchange.blogspot.com/ I look forward to reading yours and learning! :)))

  18. I love the compression capris with a pink stripe down the side and I love the c9 socks. They are my favorite, I wash and only wear them.

  19. Tjs edamame hummus (best brand I’ve tried) kettle corn individual bags are only 100 calories they are a great sweet n salty snack!

  20. LOVE TJ’s wasabi peas for my salads and their chocolate chips are a staple in our kitchen! And I love their greek feta salad dressing. Those pizza burgers ARE really good! We also love their lentil soup, brown rice, coconut spray, and spinach dip! Wow. Can you tell we do a lot of our grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s?! LOL

  21. As far as beauty products, I used to use so many. Now with eating clean, I can get away with two products for skin care and zero makeup! I love love love Dr. Bronner’s peppermint oil soap and Josie Maran Argan Oil. That’s it! Now onto those pizza burgers…delish!

  22. Love the color block capris and color block running shirts! Or maybe the compression tights! So much to choose from!

  23. I’m loving mid-day smoothies. I go to work at 2pm, which is my SLEEPIEST time of the day! Having already been up since 6am, trying to find the right foods to balance my energy levels has been tough. Digging chia seeds mixed in and almond butter. I am also loving all over Hot Yoga classes and finding spare moments for at-home crafts!

  24. The yoghurt covered almond and apricot bar from Eat Natural. AMAZING. I’m not usually a big fan of bars but these things are incredible. I’m also loving the music in the new Body Balance release.

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