Five Things Friday #89 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #89

Hey guys! Happy Friday!

I’m coming to you today from the NOW Foods factory where I’ll be enjoying a PACKED day of fitness, touring, and learning all about the company and the products they produce. Look for a recap next week since I can already tell I’m going to have a lot to share with you!

The trip ends today, so I’ll be heading back to Chicago to spend the weekend with a friend who is visiting. That means Monday’s post will likely be filled with even more food adventures than normal (if that is even possible).

Without further ado, here’s this week’s Five Things Friday!

1. Straw Propeller Oatmeal

One of my client graciously gave me a pumpkin pie flavor of Straw Propeller oatmeal and did such a good job of selling it to me that after I tried it, I bought 12 more. These oatmeals are gluten-free and come in some AMAZING flavors.

The best thing about buying the sampler pack is that you can choose each individual flavor you want to make up your 12. I just got one of each so I could try them all. I also got some of their museli and they have savory oatmeal flavors as well if you’re looking to get adventurous with some Indian curry oatmeal.

Straw Propeller Oatmeal

2. NOW Foods Event

Granted, most of the event with NOW Foods and Fitfluential happens today, but I’ve been so excited about it all week that I’m going to include it here. I remember when I started this blog and reading recaps of blogging events. I always wanted to go to one and being given this opportunity is so awesome.

Again, I’ll make sure to give you a full recap next week, but for right now just imagine all the crazy blogging parties going on over here.

Fit Fluential Now Foods

3. HP Spectre 360

This week I finally got a new laptop! I haven’t really needed one since I have a gap in the middle of the day and am able to come home and get most of my blogging work done. I won’t have as much time in the middle of the day anymore, however, since I have a new opportunity starting up this month as the Midwest manager of Benefitness, a corporate fitness provider, meaning that most of my lunch hours will be spent teaching classes and getting work done on site.

I used to bring my Surface whenever I needed to go on trips, but it is the slowest thing ever made and makes me so angry that I decided to invest in an actual laptop. I’m an Apple girl on everything else, but computers always have to be Windows for me. I wanted a giant screen since I’m so used to my monitor at home and I wanted it to be as light as possible and this Spectre 360 fit the bill. So far so good!

HP Spectre 360

Here’s a shot from this week when I parked it at the fancy 2-story Starbucks near my work.

Starbucks Work

4. Pool time

For some reason, my building decided to repair some pool issues right at the start of Spring, so the pool is out of commission for another month. The only way out onto the sundeck is through said pool. Soooo, yeah, I’m not pleased about it.

I got to the NOW event super early to take advantage of the beautiful weather and spent two glorious hours soaking up as much sun as I could. Now I’m getting excited for our Mexico trip in two weeks!!


5. Spoken Cafe

I post pretty regularly about this place on Instagram, so I figured I would include it on here as it’s definitely somewhere I eat once a week (or more).

Spoken Cafe is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood and the only reason I go there regularly is because I have a client nearby. I have never gotten the same sandwich twice, which is super weird for me, but they have all been so good that I want to give each one a fair shot.

Seriously, their ciabatta bread is the best I have ever had and is the perfect combination of toasted and soft. I absolutely hate when bread tears my mouth apart, and this has never happened here. Wooooo sandwiches!

Spoken Cafe

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you all have an AMAZING weekend and that your weather is perfect. See you on Monday!


  • What are you doing this weeekend?
  • Do you like sandwiches?
  • What oatmeal flavor should I try next?

30 comments on “Five Things Friday #89

  1. HI!
    So after hearing you talk about this oatmeal last week, I was in Florida over Memorial Day Weekend and the hotel ice cream/breakfast place had it! So I made the family try and it is yummy. We are boring and love the maple flavor! I can’t get it locally yet but will definitely order some!

    We are trying to stay cool this weekend with excessive heat warnings. 116 degrees tomorrow!

    Have a great time the NOW event.
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    1. That’s so cool! I had to order it bc I can’t really find it here in Chicago. And don’t worry, I love maple too. Sometimes the basic ones are the best!

  2. I’m the world’s biggest oatmeal fan (not a competitive category, shockingly) so let me know what you think of these! That Starbucks wouldn’t happen to be on State St., would it? I wandered in there the other day on my way home. Vino, multiple stories, and weekly coffee tastings? So Gold Coast. Have a great weekend lovely!

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  3. I think I’m going to have to try those oatmeals – they sound so tasty!
    I love sandwiches because they’re a blank canvas for ANYthing (much like salad or pizza crust). And I’m with you on the hate for mouth-scratching bread!
    Have a great weekend!
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  4. To bad the oatmeal has sugar. I am strict sugar free everything. The bread is a big No , I don’t eat it. Gluten Free only!!!! The event sounds fun, enjoy.

  5. Yay for pool time! I’m loving hearing about all the bloggers that are at the NOW foods event. I’m kind of salivating over the food virtually. I’ve never seen that oatmeal anywhere, but I would love to try some. Oatmeal is one of my favorites. And your sandwiches? They are always on point.
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    1. I can’t take credit for them since that cafe does such a good job but they’re definitely delicious!

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