Five Things Friday #178

Happy Friday everyone!

This has been a good work week and I’m excited to be hosting a meet-and-greet event tomorrow morning at the Oak Street Athleta in Gold Coast. If any of you are local and want to stop by for dogs, foods, an exclusive sale, and giveaways, it’s going from 8:30-10 am. If you’re not local, you can follow along on Instagram!

The rest of the weekend is pretty low key and I’m looking forward to just lounging around for most of it. In order to get that party started, here’s a look at what I’m loving this week!

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1. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’ve seen this book everywhere and in every bookstore that I’ve gone into for awhile, but I never picked it up. It won the Pulitzer Prize, so I figured it had to be good, but I just wasn’t compelled to read it. On my flight back from VA this past weekend, I borrowed it from my friend Jess and am about 100 pages in.

It’s the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide during WWII. It’s interesting because the story flashes between present day and their past lives leading up to what is currently happening. I’m interested in seeing how it all comes together. It’s a fast read and the imagery the author paints is really great.

2. Modern Fertility

I was given the opportunity to try out a fertility test by the company Modern Fertility during the past month and just recently got my results back. As I mentioned with this post, we are not actively trying to have kids right now, but any information I can take about my health in that department is welcome.

While other tests I’ve done have been based on saliva samples, this one was an actual blood test that required an appointment at a Quest Diagnostics laboratory. Once you order the test, you fill out a quick survey which will then tell you the correct day to go for your blood draw. You are sent both a physical and online blood order which you take into the lab on the day of your visit. They take your blood, everything is paid for, and they take care of mailing off the sample to the lab.

If you have a regular cycle, you should have a good idea of when to expect planning your visit. Mine actually came early last month, but I was able to simply walk in to the testing center without an appointment and walk out in less than 20 minutes.

The results are pretty quick to return and are easy to understand. If you have any questions, you get a follow up email where you can discuss them with a medical professional. I really liked it because of the specific timing of the test and because I can take the info to my doctor during my next visit. If you’re interested, you can read more about the test here.

3. Peaceful Fruits

I own my own dehydrator and I should really be making more of these at home, but let’s face it — I’m not.

Peaceful Fruits are fruit leather strips that come in a variety of flavors. Neil and I have almost eaten them all already. Whoops. The company started after a stint in the peace corps and employs 25 employees with developmental disabilities to help package the snacks. I love that they are working within the community and these are no-nonsense dried fruit snacks that I think everyone should try!

4. Printed All In Bra by Athleta

I bought this sports bra at Athleta the other day because Donut kindly chewed on one of the straps of another one I have.

I like the pattern, I like that it’s lightweight, and I like that it has some removable cups. I know that’s a hotly contested subject among ladies, but I’m all #procup.

5. True Skin Care Center

I’m putting this in here mid-facial regimen just because I’m really happy with the staff and service at TSCS. Yes, I was invited to try out some of their procedures, but I was not required to write a post about them.

I’ve had two treatments so far — Clear + Brilliant (think a mini laser) and dermaplaning. After the Clear + Brilliant treatment, which left my face feeling sunburnt and pretty red for about a day, my skin felt like sandpaper because it was all the dead skin on the surface of my face. A week later, I went in for dermaplaning, where they use a scalpel to remove the surface layer of dry skin. Let me tell you after that exfoliation, my skin felt smoother than I can remember.

I have one more type of facial in a couple weeks, but I wanted to add them in this week because everyone who works there is super nice (including my new Irish BFF who chatted about The Great British Baking Show with me), and they make sure to answer any questions that I have (and I have a lot when you’re bringing a laser to my face). If you’re in Chicago, definitely check them out and you can follow along with my last facial on Instagram if you want absurdly hilarious play by plays. 🙂

That’s it for this week — see you again on Monday!



  1. I’d love to try the fruit leather from Peaceful Fruits! Sounds like a great brand, and I haven’t had fruit leather since my obsession with fruit roll-ups back in primary school… mmm. 😛

    Have a great weekend, Erin! 🙂

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  2. March 9, 2018 / 5:47 am

    Such a good book!!

  3. March 9, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    That sports bra looks so comfy. Love the pattern too. I’m obsessed with fruit leather. I’ll take all of them. Thanks
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