Sunday, August 4, 2019

Our First Experience with a (Non-Family) Overnight Babysitter

We had our first experience using a non-family overnight babysitter earlier this week. Mal and I were invited to spend a night on Nantucket, so we hired one of our long-time babysitters for the job. Everything went great, so I wanted to share the details. We were really no the fence about it and had a lot of questions – like how much do you pay an overnight babysitter?

My sister typically watches Quinn if we have a wedding to attend or another overnight event, but we ask her ALL the time. She also has two kids of her own, so we always feel kind of bad throwing Quinn into the mix too. Plus, this time, logistically, we needed to catch a ferry on Cape Cod, and my sister lives north of Boston. It would have been tough to coordinate with all of that driving. Basically, we wanted to explore an additional overnight option, and I’m so glad that we did!

Everything worked out great, and we’ll definitely hire our babysitter for another overnight in the future. I figured some parents without family nearby might be in the same boat. I hope you find this video about our first experience using a non-family overnight babysitter to be helpful!

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Keto Strawberry Cream Pie

Dessert can be a final course—or it can be a true finale. This show-stopping pie definitely fits the latter category. Imagine setting this on the table in front of family and guests. Who do you think would be able to resist the colorful, creamy treat? We thought so.

A little fluffier than cheesecake, the lighter filling is a great complement to a dense but sweet crust that will leave graham crackers in the dust. But the best thing? It’s low-carb, Primal and even keto-friendly.

Servings: 10 medium slices

Time In the Kitchen: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Chill Time: 4 hours




  • 8 oz. organic cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
  • 2 cups organic heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. Swerve (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. gelatin
  • 5 Tbsp. boiling water


For crust, blend almond flour, Collagen Fuel, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Add butter and mix well.

Scrape the batter into a 9-inch springform pan. Smooth the crust mixture over the bottom and up the sides with your fingers or a rubber spatula.

*Note: if crust doesn’t come together, add a little more melted butter.

Place the pie on a cookie sheet (to keep the bottom from burning), and bake for 15 minutes at 350 ºF.

For pie filling, add boiling water to gelatin and whisk (by hand/hand mixer or in a standing mixer) until completely dissolved. Add cream cheese to gelatin and whip for about two minutes. (If using a standing mixer, scrape out cream cheese mixture into a side bowl.)

Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Then add vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form. Add the cream cheese mixture to the whipping cream and whip until just combined.

Mash half of the berries, and chop the other half.

Add the mashed berries to the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture. Using an immersion blender or mixer, blend until creamy with no lumps remaining. Add Swerve to taste.

Pour into crust and chill for four hours.

Nutritional Information (per medium slice, 1/10th of pie):

  • Calories: 453
  • Net Carbs: 8.7 grams
  • Total Carbs: 13 grams
  • Fat: 42 grams
  • Protein: 10 grams

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Kohv Sunglasses Discount Code + GIVEAWAY [10 Pairs]

As you guys might member, I’m a huge fan of the sunglasses from Kohv. Last summer, the brand sent Mal and me a few pairs to try, and we were immediate fans of them! Kohv just launched a bunch of new styles on their website last month, so we’re teaming up for this blog post and an awesome giveaway below as well as a Kohv sunglasses discount code! Seriously, you don’t want to miss it!

The brand was started by two brothers from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire who saw a problem in the eye wear industry and created an alternative. Why are sunglasses so expensive, and why can’t we find fashionable, quality shades in convenient locations? Right?! I totally agree!

Kohv wants everyone to have the opportunity to own multiple pairs of sunglasses to mix and match with every outfit and occasion. Their frames are designer quality using the same materials and craftsmanship as top brands and polarized for 100% UV protection… and they’re just $19.99! Amazing, right? And they look much more expensive than that – I get compliments on them ALL the time!! Plus, if you use the Kohv sunglasses discount code below, you’ll save even more!

Kohv sunglasses discount code

I’m in LOVE with the new Hale sunglasses, and I’ve worn them a TON this summer. They actually come in 4 different color/lens options – details below!

Kohv sunglasses discount code

Hale – matte black / polarized rose gold (above)

Hale – matte black with silver temples / polarized smoke (same as above, but lenses are black)

Hale – matte green and tortoise / polarized brown

Hale – matte tortoise / polarized green (below) <— obsessed with this pair!!

Chamberlain – matte navy blue / polarized gold mirror (below – also comes in soft orange)

Morrison – matte black metal / polarized smoke

Carns – matte black / polarized rose gold mirror (below – similar to Hale, but bigger)

Kohv Carns sunglasses

Other favorite Kohv sunglasses are the LivermoreLangley, which you can see on me in this blog post as well as the Ash as seen in this blog post. There are seriously so many awesome styles, you really can purchase a few different ones and not break the bank!

Also important to note about Kohv eyewear is that they’re unisex and many pairs work for both men and women. Mal is loving the Veerie right now, and he is SUCH a snob about sunglasses, which definitely tells you something! He was also a fan of the (new) Morrison (aviator style).

Kohv sunglasses discount code

*** You can save 10% of any pair of Kohv sunglasses with code carrotsncake! 

Kohv Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of their new styles, Kohv is giving away TEN (yes, 10!!) pairs of sunglasses to lucky CNC readers!!

To enter: Just leave a comment on this blog post with which style you’d most like to win. I’ll randomly pick 5 winners from the blog and 5 from Instagram on Friday. You can earn 2 entries by entering on the blog and Instagram! 🙂 Good luck!

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Slow Cooker Pork Loin Recipe

This slow cooker pork loin recipe is prepped and cooking in under 10 minutes!

It’s great paired with your favorite traditional side dishes such as mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, brown rice, sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or whatever other side dish you can think of!

Three slices of this Slow Cooker Pork Loin is sliced and placed on a plate next to mashed potatoes and green beans. Gravy dresses the pork and potatoes.


You may recognize it better if I refer to it as a crock pot. Technically, “crock pot” is a registered trademark of the company that makes slow cookers. They crock pot is a brand name slow cooker. “Slow cookers” are the actual name of the appliance. They are stand-alone, plug-in pots that cook at lower temperatures than regular types of cooking. They also cook for much longer periods of time.

The benefit being that meats are very moist and “fall off the bone” tender. Meats as well as other foods don’t need to be watched, stirred or tended to once in the slow cooker.

In fact, removing the lid to check on the food is not suggested. If you lift the lid, you’ll need to add 15 minutes to your cooking time for every time you lift the lid. Lift it twice? That’s an extra 30 minutes you’ll need to add on to your cooking time. So fight that urge and just let it cook. The only time it’s okay to lift the lid is at the end of the cooking time. If a recipe gives you a range, such as 6-8 hours (like in this recipe), you can lift the lid at the 6 hour mark to check the food with a thermometer.


These counter top appliances are fairly straight forward. Put your food in, cover with a lid and turn it on to either low or high temperature for the amount of time specified in the recipe you are using. Some slow cooker are digital and will offer a timer that will then switch to a warm, holding mode until you come to check on your food. Older, manual slow cookers will have a knob you turn to your selected low or high temperature. With these, you’ll want to keep an eye on the time yourself. But no matter which one your have, the way you use it is still the same. Put the food in, put the lid on and set it to cook! No stirring, no checking on the food, no adjusting the temperature. Just turn it on and let it cook. Easy!


Pork loin is meat cut from the animal along the rib area between the legs and shoulders. It’s typically sold wrapped with string and should not be confused with tenderloin which is a different cut of meat. A loin cut can be cut into steak-like slices when cooked. Tenderloin lends itself to much smaller cuts at the dinner table.

Still confused? Here’s a YouTube video that will show you the difference between pork loin and pork tenderloin.


Using a slow cooker for pork loin is highly recommended. It’s a perfect cut of meat to use in this sort of appliance. It comes out moist and tender and just darn delicious.

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Slow Cooker Pork Loin Recipe

A delicious family meal everyone will love! RECIPE TIPS: Use the reserved drippings from the cooked pork loin to make an amazing gravy! And for a richer pork loin, add in ½ cup of red wine for those who don't mind cooking with it.

  • 6 lbs. pork loin
  • 6 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 large yellow onion ((thickly sliced))
  • 1 cup beef broth ((no sugar added))
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce ((optional, but tasty!))
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  1. In a large greased slow cooker, layer onions and garlic on the bottom of the insert.

  2. Add your pork loin and season with salt, black pepper and the bay leaf.

  3. Add remaining ingredients and cover with lid.

  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.

  5. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

    Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

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