What I’m Loving Lately XLIX

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Good morning, friends!

I’ve been waiting for Friday all week! Woohoo! Now that it’s arrived, here’s another edition of What I’m Loving Lately. This week’s round-up includes quite the mix of links. Enjoy!

Sweet Treats with a Hidden Source of Protein – Some of these looks incredible! Must make.

Starbucks’ New Menu – An evening menu with small plates and wine? Sign me up!

This sweepstakes to win a trip to Amsterdam – Tulips. Canals. Stroopwafels. Brooks is offering up a grand prize trip for two to Amsterdam to attend the 2016 European Athletics Championships as well as ten runner-up prizes including head-to-toe Brooks gear. Do you want to run and experience Amsterdam? Share a photo or video of your running story on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #thankyourunning, or upload here for the chance to win a trip for two! Brooks will take care of the rest, including flights, hotel accommodations, and tickets to the European Athletics Championships in 2016.

Enter to win a trip to Amsterdam!

Madewell Fall Shoes – I’m pretty sure I mentioned Madewell shoes in last week’s edition of What I’m Loving Lately, and I am still obsessed. I might need to do a little shopping this weekend. Favorites: Side Tab Booties, Classic Slip-On Sneakers, and Billie Bootie.

Row & Ride – My new favorite workout! (I found it hrough ClassPass.) The class is half rowing and half spinning (30 minutes of each). I’m obsessed and went twice last week! Love it.

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Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook – Juli asked me if I wanted to check out her new cookbook and, of course, I jumped at the chance. I lovvvveee her blog, Instagram, and recipes so much. Her Chicken Bacon Alfredo is still one of my favorite recipes ever.


So far, I’ve tried three recipes from her cookbook and loved them all: Pizza Crust (made with tapioca flour + coconut flour, but everything else you probably already have in your kitchen), Slow Cooker Cuban Pork (again, no crazy ingredients and super easy to make), and Simple Beef Stir Fry (instead of beef and cauliflower rice, I used ground turkey and regular rice, and it still turned out really well).

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Just the other day, one of my friends asked me if I thought Juli’s cookbook was worth buying and my response was ABSOLUTELY. I am super picky about cookbooks and only keep a few in my kitchen. If I don’t use them on the regular, I don’t want them taking up space, ya know? But Juli’s cookbook is one I will definitely use often. There are so many more recipes that I want to make, and I haven’t even got to the dessert section yet!

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17 Graphs That Are Way Too Real For Introverts – I couldn’t totally relate to this post (maybe I’m somewhere in between an introvert and extrovert?), but some of the graphs were right on and cracked me up.

You definitely don't hate parties:

When My 4-Year-Old Defended My Chronic Illness to a Restaurant Manager – Loved this.

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Are Healthy Enough For Breakfast – I knew these muffins sounded familiar! (They were inspired by one of my recipes!) I can’t wait to try this version. Is it Fall yet?

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!!

Question of the Day

Which dinosaur lamp should I buy for Quinn’s bedroom: Dinosaur Land Table Lamp or Circo Dinosaur Lamp?

P.S. Be sure to enter my radiance PLATINUM giveaway to win a $50 gift card to CVS! I will pick a winner next week!



  1. Could you get the second one and then maybe buy the other shade for it?! I love the base of the second one!
    Row and Ride is such a cool concept, still haven’t gotten to grips with the rower but I’m a recovering Spinning addict…:) Joke ish!

  2. Starbucks tested out their “happy hour” evening menu at a few locations in Chicago last year. I’m so glad they decided to launch it everywhere. Now they can get the morning coffee crowd and the evening wine crowd 😉 Also the sneaky exit on the introvert graph has me LOLing – totally something I do way too often.

  3. I have to say I was on the fence about Juli’s book (LOVE HER) and now I am going to head out and pick it up this weekend! Thanks for the review and recommendation!

  4. I would buy the circo, I love the base! And those pumpkin muffins look so good! I have a love/hate relationship about being excited for Fall because after Fall is…dare I type it…winter! I love the first couple of months of winter but once February hits I’m SO DONE!

  5. Looks like I’ll be adding another cookbook to my collection 🙂 Also, I vote for the Circo Dino Lamp – so cute!

  6. That Class Pass sounds amazing! And they have it in Sacramento! I will definitely share with people I know who like to try multiple types of workouts! Very very cool.

  7. I love the first lamp – colors! And I’m excited for the fall weather and pumpkin everything but I am still loving having all of the fresh berries 🙂

  8. I prefer the Circo Dinosaur Lamp. But too bad you can’t get the base of that lamp with the shade of the Dinosaur Land table lamp. 🙂

  9. Hey! I love your blog, but just wanted to give you a heads up that your subway ad that comes up (twice in this blog post) has Jared in it, highlighting his story. Might want to find a way to get that off, in light of his recent “publicity.” Keep up the great work with the blog, I love checking in daily:))

  10. we have the target dinosaur lamp in my 4 year old room for about a year and it still works and looks great. Good purchase 🙂

  11. I didn’t know you did class pass! me too! I need to try out that row and ride. We should do a workout together sometime! I’m only a little obsessed with Flywheel and Barry’s Bootcamp right now.

  12. Have been to Row And Ride many times . Love that place. All low impact and works all the muscles. Down 22lbs since I started going in May. Back Bay Boutique on the South Shore.

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