What I’m Loving Lately XV

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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Hi, friends! Happy, happy, happy Hump Day to you!

Here’s another edition of What I’m Loving Lately for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!

Half & Half

The folks from Honest Tea recently sent me their Half & Half (the same stuff Mal bought me for my birthday) to try out, and, boy, is it delicious. It also makes me really excited for summer since it reminds me of warm weather and sunshine. Honest Tea also sent me an adorable mason jar glass with straw, which I’m also loving and have been using non-stop ever since. Super cute, right?



I know I already mentioned thredUP in a previous post, but I just had to rave about it again.


First, I ordered a bunch of tops and a couple of sundresses last week (a mix of J.Crew and Splendid brands) and just about everything cost $20 or less. Score.


And, second, I did a clean out of my closet and sold a bunch of clothing (including all of my maternity stuff) to thredUP, which was the easiest thing ever. Seriously, I must have said “that was so easy” at least a half dozen times to Mal because I was so impressed with how simple thredUP made everything.


Here’s how it works: You request a free “Clean Out Bag,” which is mailed to you. You fill it with clothes and then send it off to thredUP. The bag includes pre-paid postage, so it can be picked up from your home (via USPS), dropped in a mailbox or brought to the post office.

When the bag arrives at thredUp, you receive an email, which tells you the items that were accepted and how much you earned for each one. (To give you an idea, thredUp has an online tool that estimates how much you might earn for specific brands and items.) Anything that wasn’t accepted is donated to one of the company’s charitable partners (or you can have these items sent back to you for a shipping fee of $12.99). You can use what you earn to purchase clothing and accessories from thredUP or get straight up cash. Simple as that!

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If you haven’t checked out threadUP yet, here’s a little incentive:


Trader Joe’s Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

I love a good muffin just like everyone else, but I hate that a lot of them are serious calorie- and sugar-bombs. The Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins from Trader Joe’s are just 300 calories with 8 grams of protein and they’re delicious!

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Things you didn’t know about Target: 16 Secrets For Shopping At Target That Will Blow Your Mind

Malo the Pug

My newest Instagram obsession is Malo the Pug (@malothepug). He is so frickin’ adorable!


This dress”¦ I think?

I saw this dress online the other day and immediately thought I loved it. But, then I noticed the “splash dye” on it. Kind of weird, right?

The right way to eat cheese

The right way to eat cheese? HELLO! Here’s why you should make a meal out of cheese and a baguette. Obviously, I am totally on board with this idea. Cheese me!

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It made me laugh out loud!!

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Questions of the Day

Is that dress super weird?

Does cheese + bread count as a meal? 

Do you follow any pug accounts on Instagram? If so, please share!

What are you loving lately?



  1. I need those TJs muffins in my life, now!

    I am loving hot Vinyasa flow classes lately, and the Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up workouts (kick my booty!).

    ThredUp is such a great idea; I hope to try it soon!

  2. Ok the splash dye on that dress is totally weird. What were they thinking? Also, this might be too personal so you don’t have to answer if you’d rather not share this info, but I’m sort of surprised you didn’t want to save your maternity clothes for a potential baby #2 down the line. Did you have any specific thoughts on this?

  3. I was intrigued by ThredUp from your posts, but started looking at reviews and they are all terrible! Can you share how long you’ve been using them and whether it is sponsored?

    1. I started using thredUP a few months ago and this post is not sponsored (my post would explicitly say it was sponsored per FTC guidelines). As far as I know, thredUP doesn’t even know my blog exists!

      It’s funny you say that you’ve read such terrible reviews because everything I have ever heard (from friends, readers, etc.) has all been really positive!

      1. @Tina: I thought I would try it until I read a lot of horrible reviews too. All the people purchasing seem to think it’s great, but the sellers say most of their stuff wasn’t accepted – even stuff that was literally new with tags. And it costs so much to get your stuff back, it really makes it sound like they just keep your stuff without paying you and sell it by some other means …

  4. YES, that dress is super weird. I love the dress but not that “spash” of color…..interesting to say the least.

  5. Hmm yeah that dress…I have a sweater that just got ruined at the cleaners so now it looks like a poorly done tie dye job and I’m like could I wear it? No. No…I can’t. It just looks like it was an accident. Sadly, that dress is the same way 🙁

    I’m definitely going to look into TheadUp, but the comment about negative reviews is intriguing. I’ll have to read them.

    I also LOLed at that Home Depot Meme!

  6. That dress is really cute! I don’t mind the splash. It makes me think of the beach.

    Bread and cheese is also TOTALLY a meal. My husband and I frequently buy baguette and eat it with cheese!

    Right now, I’m really loving rompers. I used to think I hated them, but once I tried one on I’ve wanted all the rompers. 🙂

  7. Cheese + baguette (plus some strawberries or grapes, and wine, duh) is such a great summertime meal when cooking sounds terrible.
    I really like the cut and the stripes of that dress, but like you was thrown off by the “pen explosion.” I’m thinking it wouldn’t be that bad if it had more pen explosion all over rather than just in odd spots…haha!

  8. The dress is pretty cute, but for that price I don’t want it to look like a pen exploded on me all day!

  9. I registered for thredup a while ago but never used it. Now I’m going to go back and sell some clothes. I hence a few never worn ones that I want to sell. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Just a word to the wise…I looked into thredup before and the negative reviews I found convinced me that it is a great site for buying but not so much for selling. Just a fair warning because I would hate to see any readers send in some great stuff to sell and not get the payout they expect! Just like any other company, do some research; different sources for opinions are always valuable.

  11. That dress is cute…but the splash is weird! Going to try out Treadup soon. I have stuff to sell and I love getting a deal on ‘new’ clothes!

  12. That dress is so strange! I wonder what made them do that to it haha, I loved it before I noticed random splotches of paint too!
    And that target article! Thank you! Haha I am a huge lover of target and love those great tips on sales and final sales!

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