What I’m Loving Lately LII

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 Friday!

We’re off to Newport later today, and I am beyond excited! #favoriteweekendoftheyear

Anyway, I missed What I’m Loving Lately last week and the week before, so it is definitely time for another edition! Here we go!

Trader Joe’s Uncured Bacon Ends & Pieces – A store employee tipped me off to this product. You get MORE bacon for LESS money compared to the regular (flat) packaged bacon. The ends and pieces are also thicker and tastier in my opinion! Definitely look for it the next time you’re at TJ’s!

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To the Woman on the Beach Who Thanked Me for Rocking a Bikini – Loved this.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Drumsticks – This recipe looks so easy and SO DELICIOUS. Must make ASAP.

Starbucks’s Festive Fall Drinks: Which to Skip and Which to Sip – Great round-up of healthier options!

10 of the Best Snacks at Trader Joe’s – Snacks are my favorite! Awesome list!

Lily Method Pacifier Weaning System – We got lucky with Quinn’s pacifier (he got sick last winter and gave it up on his own), but I know some parents really struggle with breaking the habit. I saw this genius weaning system and just wanted to pass it along!

Lily Method Pacifier Weaning System

Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels – Ok, I might be a little late to the party with these dairy/nut/soy-free dark chocolate morsels, but I honestly thought they wouldn’t taste any good. Well, a friend assured me they are quite delicious, so I finally bought a bag. Verdict: They taste just like regular dark chocolate chips, but not as artificial. And listen to the ingredients: Unsweetened cocoa and cane sugar. That’s it. No funny stuff. I might never buy the regular variety again!


Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese – Yum! This twist on the classic will satisfy your craving without the calories or carbs!

This Woman Almost Died of Colitis ”” But She Fought Back and Became a Bodybuilder – I love to see people LIVING with this disease. She’s such an inspiration.

What Will Going Off the Pill Do to My Body?Worried about going off the pill? This was interesting.

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite weekend of the year? 



  1. Love the weening pacifiers. I hope we don’t get to that point. Oye. My favorite weekend is any long weekend. Extra days off always win in my book.

    1. I’ve heard from several moms that you can just snip the end slowly and wean that way. No need to buy special pacifiers

  2. My favorite weekend of the year has to be the weekend (or days) after I finish exams! #studentlife 😉 I love Newport too! Gorgeous streets to stroll around 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  3. I’ve been using the bacon ends from TJs for a while as soup starters. They’re such a great find! Have fun in Newport. I hope Joaquin doesn’t put too much of a damper on your weekend!

  4. My favorite weekend of the year is Thanksgiving weekend. I love spending the time with friends and family, and of course running the Turkey Trot with my mom !

  5. I LOVE those chocolate chips! They’re definitely a favorite and I won’t ever buy the other varieties (especially because I do need one that’s allergy friend but point aside…haha). And totally making note of those bacon pieces…um, yes PLEASE!

  6. That pacifier weaning system is brilliant!!!! I think Thanksgiving weekend is my favorite because it is acceptable to everyone that weekend that I do no want to leave the house. I think I may be a hermit. Have a great weekend

  7. I’ve been off of gluten since April (which has personally helped my UC symptoms almost disappear). The Enjoy Life brand is amazing! Their Dark Chocolate candy bars are really good too!

  8. These roman numerals in the title are getting increasingly hard to decipher lol. Perhaps a switch to regular numbers?

  9. Tulsa, Oklahoma is about to get a Trader Joe’s and I am so excited! I read your blog daily and have been taking notes on snacks and items to buy!

    I love Thanksgiving weekend. Being around family, eating delicious food, seeing friends who are home visiting. Its great!

  10. That Mac and cheese looks delicious! It reminds me of that Mac and cheese recipe you posted that had white chocolate in it…. Did you ever make that recipe?

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