Five Things Friday #59 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #59

Happy Friday!

First off, thank you all so much for your comments on yesterday’s post. I really appreciate those of you who could personally relate or now someone who has struggled with depression or other mental health issues. The comments, emails, and even texts were reminders that it’s important to let others know what’s going on. You’d be surprised at how much we don’t know about what’s going on in someone else’s life, which is something I always try and remember going throughout the day.

This weekend I ACTUALLY have something on my agenda. Saturday I am attending another blogging conference, Go Blog Social, with Susie and Beth here in Chicago. If anyone else is going, find me so we can hang out!

Sunday I am teaching at Sweat in the morning (and tonight if you’re free), so if you’re in Chicago and need a way to stay warm since the temperatures have dropped tremendously, drop on in!

Now, to celebrate the end of another week, let’s check out my Five Things Friday!

1. New Theme

I’m sure it may have already caught your eye, but I updated Erin’s Inside Job to a new theme earlier this week. I already had posts scheduled, so it didn’t quite fit to announce the update until today. I had wanted to redesign the theme of my blog for some time, but was under the impression that I would have to hire someone and spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

I stumbled upon a site called Pipdig which had a number of clean, minimalist themes that I was looking for. The price was perfect, the installation was a breeze, and I loved all the customizations I could do. I didn’t have a need to contact their customer service, but all of the reviews I read stated that the team at Pipdig is top notch and everyone had amazing things to say.

My related posts are now actually related based on categories instead of just random posts and navigation has improved probably 2639%. If you have some down time, feel free to peruse my life online.

new theme

2. TapGenes

A few of my articles were recently featured on the TapGenes blog, a healthy living blog that also features content about how heredity and genetics influence our health. The site has a lot of good information and feel free to check out any of these posts if you want to know more:

How To Talk To Your Kids About Addiction In The Family

What To Ask A Personal Trainer (Before You Sign Up For Sessions)

10 Simple Ways To Practice Self Care


3. Lululemon Rebel Runner Crops

Ok, I got my second pair of Lululemon pants. BUT I also got this pair using a gift card, so along with my fitness instructor discount, they only cost me $18.

I’ve been wearing the ones I have from Old Navy for some months now and they were really starting to get on my nerves because I continuously had to pull them up. I think if I didn’t wear them so frequently it wouldn’t be a problem, but since I live in athletic apparel almost 24/7, I wanted to invest in a high-quality pair of leggings.

I tried on a couple pairs and wasn’t particularly enthused about any until I tried on the Rebel Runner Crops (thanks to Lauren for helping me find them). Now I’m afraid that I won’t be able to go back to other pants and will have to spend all the money I earn on clothes that I vowed never to purchase. They just fit so well! If any of you are wondering what to get me for Christmas, I will accept your love and admiration in the form of Lululemon gift cards.


4. Stauffer’s Animal Crackers

Back in my days of unemployment and subsequent shopping at the Dollar Store, I always made sure to pick up a bag of these animal crackers. They are a deadly weakness and I eat far too many in one sitting. I haven’t had them for at least 4 years now, but when I saw them at Target the other day, they magically made their way into my basket. They were gone in 2 days. #noregrets


5. Chai Spice

I shared with you guys on Monday that over the weekend I bought a couple different tea spices from local Indian stores in an attempt to recreate the delicious blend that I had while visiting Neil’s cousins in NC. Unfortunately, the ones I bought were awful, so I checked out The Spice House, which has every spice imaginable and smells warm and delicious as soon as you enter (thanks Susie for reminding me!).

They did have a chai spice, and while it was better than the previous two I bought, there is an overwhelming amount of cardamom which my tongue doesn’t like all that much. Still, I’ve been using it in my black tea for the past few days and it’s certainly better than nothing. If any of you are going to India, you can also add this to my Christmas list.


Neil and I are being totally lame and have nothing planned for Halloween. In other lame news, don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday!

If you haven’t already, make sure you head on over to this post to enter the Mighty Nut powdered protein giveaway as well! You have until next Wed, 11/4 to get those entries in!


  • Do you have any Halloween plans?
  • Animal crackers—bag or box?
  • What are your plans for the weekend?

5 comments on “Five Things Friday #59

  1. Love the new theme! It reminds me of a more minimalist version of mine, so you are at the very least on the right track ;D I’m excited about tomorrow, if my computer would work, the turd. And those running crops look awesome, but the last thing I need is another pair. Glad that you went to Spice house, but sad face that it still had too much cardamon. I tried the Basala chai tea a few months ago (everyone was talking about it) and it has WAY too much cardamon, so don’t even go there. See you tomorrow!
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