Welcome to Friday!
I was so confused all week. Not in that I thought it was a day earlier or a day later, but when I tried to think of what day it was, I was more like “what is a day?” It took me a second to come back from existing in no man’s land and figure out where I was in the course of the week. I think I need a weekend.
I’ve got some plans to check out a new location of my favorite donut shop in Chicago — Do-Rite Donuts — tomorrow (right after a workout ha), and then Neil and I have to hunker down and figure out this dance we are performing at his cousin’s wedding next week. Nothing like procrastination. We’ll be gone Wednesday through Sunday and I will be wearing a myriad of sparkles and colors, so make sure to follow me on Instagram if you want some behind the scenes Indian adventures. 🙂
Here’s some of my favorites to kick off the weekend!
1. Sips by
I was contacted by Sips by last month to see if I wanted to try out their monthly tea subscription box. I hesitated only because a) I’m not a huge subscription box person and b) I’m SUPER picky about my tea. I only like black or strong tea — none of these herbal, fruity flavored nonsense teas (if you like them let me know I have a ton to get rid of 🙂 ).
I told them about my concerns, but was told that each box is personalized based on your answers to a questionnaire. I decided to give it a shot and I’ve actually been a little obsessed with it this week. You get four different types of tea and detailed instructions/information about each one. If you really like one and want to order more, there is even a discount code to use when doing so.
If you want to try it out yourself, you can use the code TEABABES for $5 off your first month!
Confession — I love lots of flowers, but usually have no idea what they are called. My favorite flowers have been giant Gerber daisies for many years, but this week I stumbled across these peonies at a farmer’s market and I think they may outrank my beloved daisies. I’m not a huge fan of pink, but the white ones are gorgeous and I want them all the time now.
3. New desk arrangement
If you watched my Instagram stories over the weekend, you know that Neil went on a wild furniture moving spree that started at 8:30 pm on Saturday and didn’t finish for another three hours. Previously, our desks were side by side, but we moved mine closer to the window so now the arrangement goes Neil’s desk — TV — Erin’s desk. I like it because I have a lot of natural light coming in and I’m in a little corner nook which is my favorite thing of all.
In other news, does anyone need a nice IKEA dining room table and chairs?
4. Facebook Handshake Tool
This really isn’t a favorite this week, but I don’t know how else to tell you about it. In fact, it’s a pretty big annoyance to me at the moment.
Facebook recently introduced their branded content tool, which only applies to you if you share sponsored posts on your Facebook page. If you fall into that camp, your posts will be denied if you use a #ad or #sponsored hashtag without also selecting the handshake tool when posting.
This is fine with me, however I use Coschedule to schedule out all my social messages and this needs to be done in FB itself (unless someone has figured this out, in which case please tell me). It’s an added step that uses time well spent somewhere else.
In order to begin using the handshake tool, you have to apply using this link. Once you have been approved, you will have the option to choose the handshake (pictured below) when posting to your page. An extra field will open up where you can then tag the brand you are working with.
This in turn results in a post that tells readers who you are working with and that it is a paid post.
5. Straw Propeller
This was on a Five Things Friday many moons ago, but I decided to bring it back because I found one yesterday and forgot how amazing it is. Straw Propeller is a brand of gourmet oatmeal with tons of flavors that are DELICIOUS. I mixed some of my homemade chocolate macadamia nut butter in this yesterday and it was incredible.
That’s it for this week — let me know some of the things you’re loving in the comments!