What I’m Loving Lately XL

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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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Goooooooood morning!

It’s Friday and you know what that means! Here is another edition of What I’m Loving Lately. Ready, set, GO!

Sandals – Oh my gosh, all of my summer shoes are so old and disgusting. Last year, after Quinn was born, I pretty much lived in Rainbows, but now I really need new ones. I’ve looked online and in-store (Marshalls and TJMaxx), but I haven’t purchased anything yet. I stink at shopping, but I narrowed it down to what I am looking for. I want a casual-dressy pair of sandals (maybe a wedge?), something like these or these, as well as a pair of nicer flats, like these or these. What do you guys think? What are you wearing on your feet this summer?

Summer Beauty Essentials to Get From Target – Yes to all of these.

Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray – I just bought this the other day. Love it and it only cost $12.99 on Amazon!

To Pop Your Layers

Why ’80s Babies Are Different Than Other Millennials – I always knew we were different!

Acai-Bowls – I remember loving these so much when I was in Oahu. This post has lots of delicious-looking recipes for recreating them at home!

more kids – I loved this article about having more kids and feel like I could have written parts of it myself.

23 All-Time Worst Engagement Photos – This was funny!

Mini Veggie Muffins – I made these for Quinn yesterday and they were a big hit. I’ll share the recipe on CNC soon”” I just need to put together the post.

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16 Life Hacks All Women Absolutely Should Know – Love this. Lots of fun ones!

Suction bowls – My sister told me about this set of suction bowls, and they are awesome now that Quinn is starting to feed himself with a spoon. He still makes a huge mess, but food doesn’t end up everywhere.

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CrossFit & Pregnancy: The Myths and the Facts – This was great.

Carrot Spice Banana Bread – I used this recipe for Banana Bread, but subbed in the Carrot Spice mix from FlapJacked. OMGSOGOOD!

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Bombas – Best socks ever. Ever. Ever.



Nestle Pure Life Exotics Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the Nestle Pure Life Exotics Sparkling Water Giveaway! Here is your winner:


All the flavors sound great. I would try the Tangerine first. Thank you.

Congrats, Jill! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize!

Questions of the Day

What are your wearing on your feet this summer? 

What do you ALWAYS buy at Target? 

Are you an 80s baby? 

If you’re married, did you take engagement photos?



  1. I love my MK sandals! And yes, totally an 80s baby. Thanks for the tip on the beach wave spray, I’ve been looking for a good one!

  2. I’ve been looking for a new wavy hair product, I’m totally going to give that one a try! I loved the 80’s child article, it’s so true. I’m happy to have grown up before the technology obsession really hit! Have a great weekend!

  3. What are your wearing on your feet this summer?
    I have been a loyal Sanuk wearer for a few years! Check out the yoga mat flip flops!
    What do you ALWAYS buy at Target?
    Everything! 😉 Amy’s organic meals are really cheap there. I buy lots of household supplies and other food items bc they are cheaper there and I get 5% off with their red card. I always buy Silk Almond milk there.
    Are you an 80s baby?
    If you’re married, did you take engagement photos?
    Yes, the engagement session came with our photo package. I almost like our engagement pics more than our wedding pics.

  4. I buy way too much at Target…I’m one of those that goes in for one thing and ends up with $100 worth of random stuff. (I think that’s everyone though, right?). I always buy my mascara there because they have the best prices!

    I’m engaged now but there’s no way I’m getting engagement pictures. I’m also not having a wedding – just going to Belize and having a civil ceremony- so they would just be a waste of money for us. To each their own, though!

  5. Really like the style of the MK sandals you linked. They’re dressy but still flat (read: comfortable) for an everyday shoe. I bought a pair of Jack Rogers classic sandals in platinum and they are so comfortable once you stretch them a little. I wear them with everything!

    Target: I always buy cleaning supplies and recently stuff like paper towels and toilet paper. Also, hair products or nail polish. Usually Larabars because they are cheap.

    Are you an 80s baby? Yes, ’88

    If you’re married, did you take engagement photos? I’m engaged, and we don’t plan on taking them. We took a few ourselves outside at our engagement party. We’re just not very formal and would rather put the money into the wedding pics.

  6. Oh my gosh! The Oregon Trail. I loved that game so much! That article is so so true. AOL. Ha.

    I have those suction bowls too and I love them. At least the bowl doesn’t end up on the floor.

    I love my Bombas socks. They are the best!

  7. I’m wearing flip flops from Banana Republic I bought last year…but I do need to buy some new ones!

    I’m always buying things I DON’T need at Target…like the newest Oreo cookie flavor, S’mores! So good!

    80’s baby all the way, 1982!

    And we did engagement photos because they were part of our photo package…it was a nice way to warm up with the photographers before the actual wedding day, like a trial run!

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  8. I bought Ugg wedges last year (two pair – tan, blue) and love them. I can’t find the same ones online but bought at 6pm.com. They have taller wedges this year.

  9. Check our Nordstrom Rack for sandals. They had tons of realllly cute designer ones for great deals. I went to the one in Millbury, but there’s also Natick. I wanted to buy so many. I had to leave the store before I left with 10 pairs and no husband….

  10. Love all of those sandals – but not going to lie – almost $300 on sandals is kind of crazy for my life. Mine always get dinged up in the summer and carried around by our dog so I stick to less expensive ones.

  11. I live in Charleston, SC, so my summer sandals have been out for a while and I’ve been living in these! The leather gets super soft and worn in after wearing them for a while and they easy to dress up or dress down, I highly recommend them!


    For dressing up, I’ve been wearing these all of the time, I can stand and walk in them for hours, the leather is so soft and the button snaps make them super easy to take on and off!


    I always walk out of Target with some sort of trail mix or chocolate 🙂

    And my husband and I did not take engagement photos, I kind of which we did so we had some non-wedding nice professional photos around the house, but at the time we decided not to take them because we weren’t using a photo for our save the date.

  12. Great picks! This season, I’ve been wearing more sandal wedges than ever! They are so comfortable, surprisingly easy to walk in and I love the height they provide!

  13. Carrot Spice Banana Bread – I need to try this! I am an 80s baby, but born in ’88! I’ve been wearing a lot of espadrilles, I’m obsessed with Mara Hoffman’s and I have also been rocking some Tory Burch wedges that are just too comfortable! I ALWAYS buy gum while I’m at Target. I don’t really get it anywhere else, but there I figure why not! Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. I think I clicked every single link!! Except the suction bowl. My baby is turning 12 next week so I won’t need those, but I wish I had them when my kids were babies.

    I live in South Florida, so basically it’s sandals every day all day. Except when I go to work. Then it’s sandals heels. Luckily, the company I work for is casual and we can wear anything. Today, I’ve got my Tom’s on.

    What don’t I buy at Target!! I always spend at least $75 when I go in there. I love their color coded ziplock baggies. I use those to prep my meals for the week.

    I’m an 80’s kid, but definitely not born then!

    No engagement photos for us. Second marriage for us both so we were definitely no nonsense and got married at the courthouse.

  15. On my feet this summer: flip flops from J.Crew Factory! They were on sale like 3 years ago, but I still wear them.

    Always buy at Target: Archer Farms trail mix! After that, anything goes! 😉

    Heck yes, 80s kid! ’87, baby!

    I just got married in November and we did get engagement photos. It was included free with the photographer and a friend suggested to get them just to get comfortable in front of a camera and with how our photographer worked. Both sets (engagement and wedding) turned out great and were tons of fun!

    Have a great Friday!! 🙂

  16. That 80s stuff is SO true… cellphones were really just starting to come around when I was in high school, so I’m so glad I didn’t have to deal with all the social media drama that teens these days do!

  17. Hi Tina! I get almost all of my shoes from DSW. I have a big one near me, but the online store is great too. And yes, my hubby and I took engagement photos and I was super awkward in them hahah. Hope you have a lovely weekend!! 🙂

  18. For flat sandals, check out the Tory Burch Miller sandals. I am obsessed with mine…I wear them everywhere and they can be dressy or casual. I love rainbows too and thought the flatness of the TB sandals would be uncomfortable but I was wrong – they are amazing. I could go on for hours…I’m wearing them right now! Okay – I’m done…

  19. I love Clarks sandals. They’re super comfortable and they have some really nice styles, too! And I always buy too much at Target 😉 Especially food, but my sunglasses and bags are from usually from Target, too!

  20. I am totally an 80’s child!
    My sandals from last year are so gross, too- I love the Givenchy ones, but I would probably pick the Michael Kors ones; I think they would go with more things.
    Have a great weekend!

  21. Suction bowls are one of those kid products that are only relevant for a short period of time. There will come an age when Quinn makes it his mission to get that bowl off the table/tray. Then his food will be all over the wall, too. Just a heads up. 🙂

    That was a great post about More Kids BTW. We’re one and done over here.

  22. I got super cute wedges from Crocs. Everyone is always shocked when I tell them they’re Crocs! The best part is I can wear them all day and all night. So comfortable!

  23. Just a quick note to say that I *love* all your recommendations on baby/toddler products. I am 6 months pregnant with my first one and just started panicking about how I need to start buying what I need for my baby’s arrive in 3 short months – OMG! I have a folder on my Chrome browser bursting with links I’ve bookmarked from your blog along the way – they are helping me SO much with my to-do/buy list. (I’ve also a fear of baby stuff taking over my house, so it’s even more helpful to see what you needed and why vs not needed)

    The Day in the Life series is great as well. In the midst of my Type A moments, it’s helped bring a smile to my face and to get me a little more excited about how my life is about to change. 🙂

    P.S. Did you get Quinn’s fabulous monthly milestone shirt stickers on etsy? I like yours because they are cute and clearly state the month. The ones I’ve found so far (on etsy and Amazon) are either a little too decorated or are shiny and therefore would cause a reflection.

    1. That’s so great to hear! The stickers were a gift, so I’m not sure where they’re from, but Etsy definitely has some cute ones!

  24. Before I lived in Chicago I would wear flip flops all year round. Can’t really get away with that anymore…

    I first had an acai bowl when I visited Brazil and it was the most delicious thing ever. I had one every morning!

  25. I live in Rainbows too, but since mine have had a piece torn off from a certain corgi, I kind of need new ones. I just bought a pair of dressier flat sandals from pickyourplum.com too.

    And that article about more kids? Brilliant. Describes my mother in law perfectly. 😀

  26. I am married but didn’t take engagement pictures. We got married in Cancun and my friend was our photographer. We ended up going on an excursion to the ruins and took some awesome pictures while there, so we kind of did it backwards and took pictures after we got married.

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