Five Things Friday #170

Happy Friday!

Guys, I’ve been feeling really good lately. I think I’ll write a more detailed post about it, but there were a good 4-6 months when things were just off. I finally feel like I’ve turned the corner and things are falling back into place. I have content planned out, new organizational tools to keep me on track, and this feels like the year when I will actually become a financially responsible adult (fingers crossed).

Here are some of the things that have been making me feel good lately (in addition to crucial self-care tactics) — enjoy!

*post includes some affiliate links

1. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Drinks

I shared a little bit about these in my healthy living post, but wanted to take the time to include them here as well. Mushrooms are all the rage these days, which usually means I am skeptical about them. That being said, I picked up some samples of these Four Sigmatic drinks at the store the other week and have been trying out the different varieties of elixirs and coffee/cocoa.

Obviously the two that taste the best are the coffee and the cocoa ones. The elixirs are more earthy, but I’ve found that I can still drink them without adding anything, although you’re welcome to add milk or sweeteners to your liking. Different mushrooms are advertised for different things, but all are touted as being important for immunity, energy, and longevity.

I really like the passion of the company and there is a ton of information on their website for you to learn more about the benefits, including a free online mushroom academy. I want to keep up with this routine for a bit and see if I notice any important effects!

2. New camera lens

I broke down and bought a new camera lens after Christmas because I wanted some more versatility in some of my shots. While I take a lot of pictures of food, my blog is not entirely a food blog, so the close up of the 50 mm lens I started with isn’t the best for everyday and wider angle shots.

I bought the Sony 35 mm 1.8 lens and I’ve been loving it. It’s a great lens and it doesn’t require me to back way up to get things in the frame like the 50 mm did. If you’re interested in what camera equipment I have, it’s all listed in my Amazon Influencer page along with many other things that I’ve recommended.

Plus it lets me take pictures like this.

3. Trader Joe’s British Muffins

Why TJ’s can’t just call things their normal name I don’t know, but that doesn’t stop these from making the list this week. As you many know, after I discovered Rudi’s English muffins, I swore off all other brands (sorry Thomas’s). The problem is that I could only get them at Whole Foods and they were also somewhere around $5 a package.

One day I ran out and bought these at Trader Joe’s in a pinch and loved them. They’re less than $2 and while they may not be organic or whatever makes Rudi’s so expensive, they make great sandwiches and are still better than Thomas’s. I highly recommend them and just realized I ate the last one which means I need to go get more.

4. Adidas Ultraboost X

A friend at my gym has several pairs of these and each time I see them I tell her how much I love them. They’re light and remind me of my Nike Flyknits with a little more stability. If you notice, there’s actually a gap between the sole of the shoe and where your arch would be that gets flattened when you actually put them on. It shows that they really hug your foot while allowing you a good amount of flexibility.

I’m not sure that I would actually use these for running, but they’re good for the high-intensity workouts that I do. I might try them at a running class I’m taking this weekend and if I do I’ll let you know!

This color was actually on sale and I think several other ones are, so make sure to check them out!

5. Blogger products

I always love supporting other bloggers, so when two of my friends recently released new products, I had to share them with you.

The first is Megan, whose blog is called Skinny Fitalicious. She is a nutritionist who has lost over 80 lbs (and kept it off) by changing her diet in a sustainable way. If you need help creating meal plans of your own based on certain goals, dietary restrictions, etc., check out all that she has to offer. Here is the link to learn more!

Next up is my friend Kelsey who just released her second e-book at her blog Little Bits Of. You can buy either individually or both for a special discounted price. I shared the first one here and believe me the pictures are beautiful and the information is super useful if you need a little help with basic veggie prep (like me). You can check out both here!

That’s all for this week — catch you on Monday!

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6 Comments

  1. Julie
    January 12, 2018 / 7:33 am

    I love reading about the different shoes you wear for each type of workout you do! I’m so bad about buying cheap shoes and wearing them for everything, but I’m trying to get better.

  2. January 13, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Great little list! I have heard about those mushroom things and was wondering how they would taste! Mushrooms are so earthy I cant imagine them in a cocoa. Will definitely give them a whirl though! Hope your weekend is lovely!
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  3. January 15, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Four Sigmatic used to freak me out – but I love them now!!

  4. January 18, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Oh my gosh, you and I are like English Muffin soul sisters or something. I (ALSO in a pinch bc TJ’s is closer than WF for me) tried those British Muffins a while back and they’re pretty darn good. I think I got the whole wheat ones and had them with butter and cinnamon sugar on top. Yum! Haven’t tried them with sandwiches, but that sounds pretty tasty. They definitely aren’t Rudi’s, but for about half the price, they’ll work. What kind of sandwiches did you make?
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