Five Things Friday #224 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #224

Happy Friday!

Things are going well here at the Bahadur household; we are sleeping when we can, watching what's probably an unhealthy amount of television, and still settling into our routine. Neil is basically back to work full time, but still works from home when he is able. Miles turned six weeks old yesterday and is going through a fussy period as he becomes more aware of life around him (more on that in next Friday's post). I think I've successfully checked off all the things on my list that I could previously do on my own but had been limited in doing after he arrived, the last one being walking Donut. Neil was exclusively doing it after we came home because I had obviously had major surgery, but after he went back to the office some days during the week I asked him to time it so that he could be back for her late afternoon walk because I didn't feel ready to take her and the baby at the same time. The one time I had tried to do it, I put him in his stroller and Donut got way too excited and then I had to try and maneuver a wild dog and a stroller and it was terrifying. This week, however, I simply put him in his carrier and wore him as I walked her. It went totally fine and the sense of accomplishment I had after was huge. It's the little things I guess. 🙂

So things are normalizing here, which hopefully means that things will normalize on the blog front soon. Thank you all for your patience and here are the things I'm loving this week as a reward. 🙂

1. It Cosmetics CC Cream

I'm not sure what prompted me to buy this since I'm normally a mascara and eyeliner only kind of gal, but this week I bought some It Cosmetics CC cream after hearing about how great it was since FOREVER. 

I was a little wary because I hate not having the right shade for products like this and then looking like a clown, but I asked the woman at Ulta to help me choose between two shades and she definitely picked the right one. I've been applying it with an old brush that I have, but I may try to simply use my fingers and see what approach works best. It's really amazing and my skin looks so nice after using it. It's obviously heavier than a plain moisturizer, but nothing that makes my skin feel like it can't breathe.

I also love the added SPF benefit and the fact that it helps improve skin while you wear it. Definitely advise if you're in the market and a little goes a long way so it should last a good amount of time!

2. Athleta Trekkie 4" Short

I have a hard time finding pants, jeans, shorts, clothing for my lower body, etc. because I have short, muscular legs. I love shopping at Athleta because I can always find something that looks great on me and they have a great mix of workout AND lifestyle clothes.

I went in recently and left with these shorts which fit great and didn't pose any problems with my quad circumference (ha). I also love their shorts because the pockets a) have zippers and b) are large enough to hold my giant phone which is actually way more helpful than I had thought it would be.

2. Athleta Trekkie 4" Short

I have a hard time finding pants, jeans, shorts, clothing for my lower body, etc. because I have short, muscular legs. I love shopping at Athleta because I can always find something that looks great on me and they have a great mix of workout AND lifestyle clothes.

I went in recently and left with these shorts which fit great and didn't pose any problems with my quad circumference (ha). I also love their shorts because the pockets a) have zippers and b) are large enough to hold my giant phone which is actually way more helpful than I previously thought.

3. Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg

Already winning points with me with a title paying homage to James Joyce's famous work, Portrait of an Addict is another addiction memoir I've slowly been adding to my expanding list.

Clegg was a literary agent with his own expanding business when he goes off the deep end on a months-long crack binge that quickly unravels everything that he had previously built. 

Again, every memoir that I read is different in its own way and it's fascinating to read how each author lays out his or her journey through addiction and subsequent recovery. This is a quick and interesting read if you're a fan of memoirs like I am.

4. Jeni's Goat Cheese and Red Cherries Ice Cream

I like ice cream, but I don't LIKE like ice cream. I have to be in the mood for it and that mood doesn't strike all that often. Last weekend Neil, Miles, and I went on a long walk around the city to enjoy the weather (and get mama moving). We stopped into a local Jeni's and I finally bought a pint of this flavor after not being able to find it in the grocery stores around me.

Jeni's, while delicious, is definitely not cheap and pints are around $12. You'd better believe that I'm not going to sit and eat this one in front of the TV. If you have a chance to try some though, it's definitely worth it.

4. Jeni's Goat Cheese and Red Cherries Ice Cream

I like ice cream, but I don't LIKE like ice cream. I have to be in the mood for it and that mood doesn't strike all that often. Last weekend Neil, Miles, and I went on a long walk around the city to enjoy the weather (and get mama moving). We stopped into a local Jeni's and I finally bought a pint of this flavor after not being able to find it in the grocery stores around me.

Jeni's, while delicious, is definitely not cheap and pints are around $12. You'd better believe that I'm not going to sit and eat this one in front of the TV. If you have a chance to try some though, it's definitely worth it.

5. Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialization Course

This probably should have been number one since I'm most excited about it, but oh well. This week I signed up to get certified as a postpartum corrective exercise specialist and I am PUMPED. Not only do I get to add another acronym after my name (ha), but I get to dive deep into what a successful postpartum return to exercise looks like.

While there's still outdated information about exercise while pregnant, there's even less information about what to do after you've had a baby and how/when to get back to what you love doing. I am REALLY excited to take this knowledge and help others successfully and safely transition back into an exercise regimen. 

Be on the lookout for helpful posts in the future and if you have any specific questions, let me know!

That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

4 comments on “Five Things Friday #224

  1. Clegg’s other memoir about addiction, “40 Days” helped me so much in understanding my husband’s struggles in early sobriety. He is a great writer.

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