Five Things Friday #95

Greeting from LA! I’ve actually been here since Wednesday and it’s great to just be able to travel without someone looking over my shoulder or me needing to get permission from the state. I’m still adjusting to my FREEEEEEDOM.

Yesterday was the first day of Blogfest and it was so much fun. I’m really looking forward to today and being able to get in a workout with Gunnar Peterson! I’m not staying for the rest of the Idea World convention over the weekend since Neil flies in tonight and we are planning on spending Saturday and Sunday with his brother’s family here in Santa Monica (hellllo farmer’s market!).

I’m going to get right into my favorites from this week. Make sure to leave yours in the comments!

1. Fit Foodie Meals

I had the opportunity to try out a local Chicago meal delivery service right before I left for LA and it was AMAZING.

Shauna, the creator of Fit Foodie, also makes the meals for shows like Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, etc. WUT.

I’ve tried out a lot of the healthy prepared foods here in Chicago and this one is by far the best. Like I want her to make me food all the time. It’s also so beautifully packaged that I spent like 20 minutes just taking different pictures of everything.

She’s in the process of rebranding from the original Fit Chef Shauna to the new Fit Foodie label you can see in the picture below, so if you’re looking for some seriously healthy, but flavorful eats, GET ON IT.

Fit Foodie Chicago Fit Chef Shauna

2. Ritual

This one is only local to Chicago (or Toronto), but it’s been great for me to use since I spend so much of my lunch hours in the Loop teaching corporate classes.

Ritual is an app that lets you preorder meals from restaurants close to you, that way you can skip the busy lines and pick it up. Similar to apps like Starbucks and Chipotle (which has a rewards card now, did you know??), it’s easy to use and great if you already know what you want and have to walk there anyway.

The other neat thing is that you can collect points by doing different things like trying a new place, reporting incorrect pricing, ordering again from the same place, etc. This allows you to save money on future orders once you accumulate a certain number of points and rewards.

If anyone is local and wants to try it out, you can use this link to sign up which will give you $5 off your first two orders!

ritual

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3. NOW Foods Mango Slices

You all know about my obsession with TJs mango slices. As part of NOW’s influencer program, I was able to try out a bag of theirs this week when my order came and MAN. These are also incredibly addictive.

They’re thicker and a little softer than TJs, but the only ingredients are mangos and evaporated cane juice which makes for a delicious (and quickly devoured) snack.

NOW Foods Mango Slices

4. The Girls by Emma Cline

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I had seen a lot of hype for this book starting a couple months back when it popped up in my daily Skimm. I thought the synopsis sounded intriguing, but I don’t think the book had actually been published yet. It’s Cline’s first book, which is also what garnered a lot of attention.

Lately, I saw a lot more mentions of it, so I bought it and told Neil that he bought it for me for my birthday. I started it on Tuesday and finished it the next day on the plane. Whoops.

The Girls tells the story of a 14 year old girl in the 60s who falls under the influence of a group of girls who ultimately wind up belonging to a group strikingly similar to the Manson family. I really liked the writing as it was filled with such vivid imagery and a lot of similes and metaphors. I can’t even really describe what drew me in, but I haven’t read a style like that in a long time and it was refreshing.

The Girls by Emma Cline

5. Blogfest

I have one more day to go at Blogfest and I can’t wait to get it started! It’s been so great to reunite with old blog friends and make plenty of new ones as well.

Last year I was in such a different place mentally and emotionally with everything that was going on in my marriage, and this year I feel much more free, outgoing, and confident in this blog and my brand as a whole.

This picture is from last night’s dinner, but don’t worry, there will be PLENTY more when I get my recap up next week! Also, let’s talk about those GIANT swag bags. Swoon.

Blogfest 2016

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope you have a great weekend, relax, and I’ll see you guys next week!

Questions:

  • What are you doing this weekend?
  • What’s one of your favorite things this week?
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14 Comments

  1. July 15, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Sounds like a blast to be a blogfest! I remember seeing pictures of those amazing swag bags in previous years. I am from Toronto and go back every few months – I will have to check out that Ritual app! This weekend, I’m doing a trail race, yoga with friends, and a cooking class. Excited!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      July 15, 2016 / 8:52 am

      That sounds like so much fun! You should come next year 🙂

    • erinsinsidejob
      July 15, 2016 / 8:50 am

      Email Alana!

  2. July 15, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Had a great time at dinner! See you soon!!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      July 15, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Woot! I need breakfast!

  3. July 15, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I’ve been hearing about Blogfest the last few years and I have to admit that I kind of want to go in 2017. Looks like there’s lots of learning and everyone is having so much fun.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      July 15, 2016 / 8:52 am

      It’s going to be in Vegas next year!

  4. July 15, 2016 / 11:22 am

    Freedom feels so good! So glad to see you here. Great 5 things also I think I’m going to join the 5 things Friday crew next week, such a great way to highlight all of the new things I’ve been trying!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      July 15, 2016 / 11:48 am

      Do it! It’s always such a fun post!

  5. July 15, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I’ve been DYING to read that book. I’m so glad to hear it’s a good one! I’m so overwhelmed by all of the books by my nightstand waiting to be read!

    Favorite thing of the week: taking a much needed yoga class with my guy
    This weekend: Running, more yoga, eating & hopefully enjoying some downtime (with my books)

    Have a great weekend! 🙂
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    • erinsinsidejob
      July 16, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      Sounds like a good weekend! Yeah this is a quick read so you can knock it out pretty quickly!

  6. July 17, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Hope you had a great time at Blog Fest! Sounds like such a fun weekend. I would love to go next year! Also that dried mango is the bestttt
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    • erinsinsidejob
      July 17, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      It was great! I’ll get the recap up soon!

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