Five Things Friday #138 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #138

Happy Friday friends!

I’m having a love–hate relationship with the weather right now in Chicago. I’m loving that it’s getting warmer, but I’m hating that my building controls the a/c and it’s not turned on yet. Neil and I have been sleeping with a sheet and a fan and it’s very glamorous. I think it should be turned on by next week, so fingers crossed.

My weekend is looking pretty light aside from renewing my CPR/AED certification tomorrow morning. My training certification needs to be renewed by the end of this month, so this is the last piece of the puzzle. Not the most exciting thing for a Saturday morning, but a necessary evil nonetheless.

Tomorrow is also my actual clean date, which, if you missed it, you can read about here. Thanks for all the support you guys always give me and for showing up over and over again. You’re seriously the best. Because you’re so awesome, here are some awesome things that just may complement that.

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1. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

I talked about this some in my IG stories the other day, but recently I’ve felt a pull to dive back into some self-improvement books. I went on a serious bender with them in 2015 right around the time I was doing some intensive therapy and working through things with Neil, but I think the intensity with which I dove in caused me to burn out. I didn’t want anything to do with self-help books for almost two years.

Shauna Niequist is a name that has popped up on my radar over the years, but I had yet to read any of her books. When I saw this one was forwarded by my beloved Brene Brown, I bought it immediately. It’s a look at how to slow down and learn to say no to things rather than trying to prove to the world that you can do everything AND MORE all on your own. It seems fitting to read it after recently discussing my decision to slow down and take a step back in a few areas of my life.

2. Desk Cycle

Truth be told, I really got this desk cycle for Neil. When the company reached out and asked if I had any interest, I knew that he would love it since he’s always trying to find ways to stay active and generally just loves gadgets. He’s also the more responsible one who sits on a yoga ball at his desk while I’m hunched over sitting Indian style in my chair.

This machine is actually more impressive that I expected. There’s varying levels of resistance and a monitor at the top that keeps track of you distance, speed, time, and calories burned. If you’ve got room under your desk and want to keep your legs moving, this might be a good choice for you!

3. The Kombucha Room

If you live in Chicago and like kombucha, this place needs to be on your list. The Kombucha Room in Logan Square opened at the end of April and I was only able to get to it this past weekend since I’ve been traveling like a crazy person.

They have twenty different types of kombucha with detailed descriptions of each one to help you choose. Neil and I ordered a flight which was four different types in smaller glasses. I need to get back to try the other sixteen! The ambiance is nice and I only wish it was closer to me.

4. Fit & Fertile by Ashley Pitt

My friend Ashley, the blogger behind A Lady Goes West, just released an ebook entitled Fit & Fertile — How I Found My Body’s Fitness From The Inside Out. From the cover, you can see it’s a “group fitness instructor’s story of overcoming hypothalamic amenorrhea in order to get pregnant naturally and lessons on how you can create feminine balance in your own life to get healthier and fitter than ever before.”

I love that Ashley is not only speaking out about what can happen if you’re too fit and trying to conceive a child, but she put it in an entire book in order to help raise awareness and help others. Sounds like a girl after my own heart.

To get your own copy and read more about it, click here.

5. Honey

Neil had told me about Honey some time ago and then another one of my friends sent it to me as well, so I signed up. It’s a chrome extension that automatically checks the internet for discount codes while shopping online. I can’t tell you how many times I try and save money by Googling for coupon codes that never seem to work. Honey is great because it does all that for you with one click of a button.

Yesterday I bought a pair of Toms and it saved me about $15! You can find out more or sign up here.


That’s the round up for the week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

6 comments on “Five Things Friday #138

  1. That kombucha room is reasons enough for me to visit Chicago! Yum. I discovered honey a couple months ago and it’s been amazing so far! I”ve gotten discounts on things I didn’t even know offered discounts! Enjoy your weekend, and congrats again!

  2. It’s so fun how much you love Kombucha and find all those unique places that do kombucha. It seems like it’s almost as popular as beer now, which is pretty cool! 🙂 I did try it once, and maybe it wasn’t the right variation, because I really didn’t like it.

    Also, that desk cycle looks fun. That would keep your muscles active if you need to sit for a while and work.

    I’ve seen so many people recommend that book, ‘Present over Perfect.’ I would love to read. 🙂 Thank you for the review Erin!
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  3. Happy Friday, Erin! First of all – I cannot thank you enough for including my book in your post today. It means SO much to me to help spread the word about the relationship between fitness and fertility — because it touches EVERYONE, whether they want to get pregnant or not. And as far as your AC — OH MAN, that’s not good. We didn’t have AC in SF, but we need it out here in the burbs. I seriously cannot sleep if the room is not 64 degrees hahaha. And YAY for a desk bike hahah! Enjoy your day, my friend!
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