Five Things Friday #174 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #174

Hi friends! Happy Friday 🙂

I’m writing this on Thursday and waiting around to see if the predicted snowfall for Chicago is actually as much as they are saying (8-14 in). If it is, then it may be time to break out the serious boots tomorrow. I’m interested to see what happens and happy to just hang out around the house this weekend if we get a lot of it. What’s the weather like where you are?

This week has been a productive one for me and I had a great meeting yesterday about the book I’m writing. For those of you who are interested, don’t worry, I’m still working on it and plugging along. In addition to that, here are some of things I’ve been enjoying this week!

1. Farmer’s Fridge Luncheon

Wednesday I had the opportunity to go to a luncheon hosted by Farmer’s Fridge, a Chicago-based company that makes fresh jar salads and meals that you can get directly from a vending machine. It sounds weird, but it’s really, really cool and super convenient. Everything is made daily so the food is fresh and the flavors are always great.

We were there to sample a couple new menu items and were able to make our own jar salad at the end to take home. I really enjoy them as a company and their products, so I want to make sure that they make the list this week. If you’re in Chicago, find one of their machines here and try them out!

2. New bed

As you know, we were supposed to have some renovations done at the end of last month, but we had to postpone them. One of the things we were going to have the contractor do was disassemble our old bed and put together the new one.

We decided to make a Saturday of it last weekend and put together new stools and the new bed. After 5 hours (!) of work, multiple elevator trips to dispose of unwanted furniture, and totally changing around where we wanted this new bed frame to go, we got it done.

Our new bed is much lighter than our old one which was heavy and black. My favorite part is that it’s lower to the ground which means that Donut is able to jump on and off whenever she wants and I don’t have to continuously pick her up to put her on. I think it’s safe to say that we all love it.

3. Tate’s Bake Shop

I blame my sister for this one.

I’ve had Tate’s before, but in a snack size package that I bought on sale. They are delicious, but I didn’t think much about them until she discovered them and has been talking to me about them daily for a week or more. I went out and bought a bag of my own and finished them off while writing this post. They’re legit — that’s really all you need to know.

4. Instacart

I may have shared this a long time ago when I first started using it, but I’m including it again for new readers and because it was a lifesaver this week. Because of the forecast, I knew I wanted to get an order in before the snow started.

I logged in, ordered everything we have been needing from Costco (sidenote: we cancelled our Costco membership because you can just use theirs when shopping), and it was at my door two hours later. With the snow and the way my schedule was laid out, there was no way I would be able to go and get everything on my own. Now we have everything we need for staying inside and hiding from the winter.

If you’re a first time user, you can use this link to get $10 off your first order or use the code EBAHADUR2. (I will also get $10 just FYI).


5. Athleta Event

It’s about a month away, but I’m holding a meet & greet at the Oak Street Athleta on 3/10 from 8:30 – 10 am. It’s before the store officially opens and there will be snacks, an exclusive sale, and the best part — DONUT WILL BE THERE. If you have a dog you’re also allowed to bring him/her since the store is dog-friendly! Even if you don’t come to see me, come to see the dogs. 🙂

If you’re in the area, I would love to meet up! You can RSVP here.


That’s it for this week! Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

5 comments on “Five Things Friday #174

  1. Beautiful salads!! Making me hungry!

    How does instacart pricing work? Do they work with most grocery stores?

  2. But the glasses and contacts are owned by Costco, so you’ll need a membership to buy any of those. Though, you might just be tempted to sign up for one when you read these Costco shopping perks only members know about. Pick up a prescription David Smart/Shutterstock Some state laws require Costco to allow non-members to use the pharmacy. Call ahead to see if your local Costco pharmacy is open to the public, then enjoy some of the cheapest prices on medication.

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