Five Things Friday #90

Happy Friday friends!

I can’t believe it’s the end of the week already. With my additional responsibilities starting next week with a corporate fitness company called Benefitness, this week has been filled with last minute meetings to go over the transition and a lot of running from place to place. I also had two new clients come my way as well, which stressed me out over my ability to schedule everyone at the times they want.

All good problems, but I don’t think I’ll ever do well jumping from one mindset to another and back again so many times in the same day. I had two frazzled freak out days where Neil’s phone was full of self-doubting texts and probably some knife, gun, and crying emojis, but thankfully it looks like things are settling down a bit and I feel better about taking everything on.

Now that we’ve gone through my neurotic emotional state during this week, let’s focus on some of the highlights. Here are five things I’m loving!

1. Salads

After last weekend’s EPIC sugar, meat, cheese, whatever extravaganza, my body told me to chill the F out. I started craving more salads, which I always have an up and down relationship with. It’s probably because the sun has been shining more and the weather is warming up, but I ate TWO salads this week for lunch instead of my usual mass of scrambled eggs. Snap.

Spoken cafe Salad

2. Pastrami Style Smoked Salmon

At the recommendation of one of my friends at Sweat, I picked up this smoked salmon from TJ’s this week and it is has effectively been devoured. I ate a lot of it straight out of the package, but the remainder was used on my second salad of the week.

It tastes like salmon and pastrami at the same time and there’s so much flavor. Get some.

Pastrami Style Salmon Trader Joe's

3. Your Holistically Hot Transformation by Marissa Vicario

I was provided with a PDF version of Marissa’s new book to read over a month ago and I agreed to write about it because I love her message.

Marissa is an award-winning and certified integrative health and nutrition coach who has been featured in a number of publications and television spots. The purpose of this book is to take a look at ways to embrace a healthy lifestyle through a more holistic approach, focusing on several different facets of a person. It’s not about “eat this, not that” or “do this specific routine.”

Another thing I love is that she shares so many personal stories about her own journey, which you know I advocate for 10000000%. This makes her more relatable and helps develop a rapport with the reader even though she’s not face to face with them. I love her discussion of balance and really everything about the way she approaches a healthy lifestyle.

You can order your copy here and even get a free copy of the first chapter on that same page before purchasing. (I was not compensated for this post, nor are there any affiliate links, I just think it’s a great message!)

HOlistically Hot Transformation

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough LUNA Bars

As I was running around the other day, I realized how hungry I was (I need to get better about this packing snacks thing). I stopped into a Whole Foods to grab a bar and my brain (and stomach) told me it wanted some cookie dough. That probably had nothing to do with the giant cookie dough cookie I had this weekend.

I’ve always liked LUNA bars and they’re a great company to work with. When I bit into this, the cookie dough actually tasted somewhat like that cookie and I was really surprised. Later in the day, I went to Target for some things to take to MEXICOOOOOO next week, where I found an entire box staring me in the face.

I bought said box, ate another on the way home, and now these will be gone in probably the next two days.

Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bars

5. Comment Email Reply Plugin

comment email reply

This won’t be as exciting for non bloggers, but it does impact you as well, so read on.

My friend Ange wrote a post this week about important WordPress plugins to use. This was on her list and it sends an email notification to someone when I reply to a comment they have made. I had actually heard about it before on Jess’s site, but shrugged it off because MY SITE IS AMAZING AND PROBABLY ALREADY HAS THIS BUILT IN.

Something prompted me to actually check and lo and behold, no one was being notified of my responses to their comments. I work really hard to answer every single person who takes the time to comment on here, so realizing that none of them were being alerted to that fact made me really frustrated. I wondered how many people stopped commenting because they thought I didn’t have time to engage them in conversation.

So to everyone who takes the time to comment — THANK YOU! And I do love you, but the internet has been a sneaky minx and has been keeping us apart. You’ll be happy to know that I am all plugin-ed up (?) and I look forward to all our continued conversations!

Now, a couple additions:

  • I recorded a new podcast this week! Feel free to check it out if you want me in your ear for 52 min.
  • If you haven’t entered my NOW Foods giveaway, you’d better remedy that here.
  • If you don’t follow me on Instagram yet, you’re going to miss out on another BIG giveaway coming at ‘cha today!

That’s it and I hope you all have a FANTASTIC weekend!


  • What’s your favorite thing from this week?
  • What are you doing this weekend?


    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 6:12 am

      Ugh I was so annoyed. So much wasted time!!

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 6:12 am

      I know. I’m so annoyed! As far as I know I’m getting yours if I remember correctly. I’ll let you know if I don’t!

  1. Allison
    June 10, 2016 / 6:40 am

    Pastrami style lox for the win!

    • Sandra
      June 11, 2016 / 12:07 am


  2. June 10, 2016 / 7:15 am

    Hmmm… thats definitely something I should look into as a blogger- thanks for sharing! And thank you for sharing the Luna Bar cookie dough bars- I’ll be stocking up on those for my trip next week as well, sounds so delicious!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 8:23 am

      Let me know how you like them!

  3. June 10, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I need that smoked salmon in my life.

    I’m so flattered I received a shout out from you <3 and apparently my plugin has only been kind of working? Ugh. Lame.
    Seriously, it's so frustrating because you don't know if no one tells you.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      Hahhaa aw. Well you did save my blogging life after all

  4. June 10, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Super helpful! Just went and installed Comment Email Reply. Phew! Those cookie dough bars look amaze. I’m always looking for new bars to try out. Anything with chocolate is a go-to.

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      They’re super good! I keep eating two a day. Eek.

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      Yesssss. I haven’t but that’s bc I’m not a huge coconut fan. If I was though that sounds amazing!

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      I know. I was so perturbed.

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      No totally. SO MANY HOURS.

  5. June 10, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I am so intrigued by the pastrami style smoked salmon. I am surpised I have never seen this before!! And I have been eating like crap for the last month it seems so I am now inspired to eat a few more salads and try to get back on track. Happy Weekend!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Trader Joes all the way. I know – after last weekend my body was like uh you need some vegetables.

    • erinsinsidejob
      June 10, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Same to you Jill!

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