Five Things Friday #146 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #146

Hello and happy Friday!

This week has been a little crazy with the addition of our new puppy. Monday and Tuesday were pretty open for me, but starting Wednesday I was back into the swing of things which meant paying even closer attention to my schedule and coordinating with Neil. He was out of town twice this week which is atypical with his job, but we’ve been doing just fine. I’m lucky enough to have the flexibility to move my schedule around so that she doesn’t have to stay in a crate for too long throughout the day. Now if I could just get to all these emails…

This weekend is pretty light and Donut starts obedience training on Sunday so that should be fun. Make sure to follow along on Instagram if you want copious amounts of dog videos. I’ll let her kick off this week’s Five Things Friday.

1. Donut

I think this is a given. If you missed it, you can read my post about her here. I love her.

2. Lapsang Souchong 

You all know I love me some tea, and I’ve been really excited to try out the samples that come in my monthly Sips By box. This was the first time I’ve tried Lapsang Souchong and it’s so magical. The leaves are pine-smoked (whatever that means), and the tea is left tasting smoky, woody, and a little like fire. I’m seriously obsessed and didn’t know tea could have such a powerful taste.

*Don’t forget, if you’re interested in trying out Sips By, you can use the code FORERIN for 50% off your first box.

3. Polyn Skincare

I was sent some samples from Polyn, an all-natural skincare line. I still love my prescription strength creams for when my skin starts to get really out of control, but I feel like I have to rely on them less the more that I use calmer products.

I’ve been using more gentle products since going to the dermatologist a couple years ago and being prescribed a skin care regimen that surprisingly consisted of several over the counter products. I love this packaging and the natural ingredients that my skin also seems to like. I haven’t been using them that long, but I will report back and let you know how they work out!

4. Soom

I’ll admit I don’t use a ton of tahini, but that’s mainly because I don’t really know what to do with it. Do I just put it on things like a sauce? Do I mix it with other things? Help me.

Soom offered to send me two of their products and when I saw chocolate was involved in one of them, I definitely agreed. I’ve been using their chocolate sesame spread on my English muffins and it’s really good. I also put my cherry jelly on it too which took it to a whole new level.

If anyone can tell me what to put tahini on, I’ll dive into that one next. 🙂

5. NOW Foods Castor Oil

This one is related to tahini (minus the eating of it). I got this castor oil from NOW Foods because when I got my eyebrows tinted last month I was told I have a sparse patch on one side and I should start using castor oil to stimulate hair growth there.

I’ve been using it about a week and I think it’s supposed to take a little longer than that to start working, so I will keep and eye on it and also report back!

That’s all I’ve got this week friends — have a great weekend and I’ll catch you on Monday!

15 comments on “Five Things Friday #146

  1. I’d be interested in how to use tahini, t00. The Soom products look fantastic–especially the chocolate spread–and I may have just ordered some, thanks to this post. Donut is adorable! I miss having a dog. But the cats and the tortoise are probably grateful…Megan @Skinny Fitalicious had me use castor oil when I was injured running last year. You put it on the injury, put a barrier over it, and apply heat. It seemed to help. No idea about hair growth, though.

  2. I have the exact same thoughts with tahini! I know it’s bomb on falafel and will add it to my salad… if my salad contains falafel. But other than that, I just don’t know what to do? Whenever you figure it out, let us know! Is it like hummus, is it like salad dressing, I need answers!
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  3. nice! pine smoked simply means the tea leaves, during processing, are smoked over a pine wood fire. the result, smoky chinese black tea goodness.

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