Five Things Friday #226 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #226

Happy Friday!

Yesterday Miles turned 8 weeks and the day before that he got his two month shots which was not a fun experience for him (or anyone). I honestly didn't think that I'd be a mother to cry since I'm generally unphased by his crying at home, but he let out a screaming wail that I hadn't heard come out of his little body and I'd be lying if I said when I was able to pick him up to comfort him that my eyes weren't watering. Thankfully, he settled down pretty quickly and slept in his stroller on the way home and by Thursday he was back to his (newly) smiley self. We have some travel coming up next week including his first plane ride, so stay tuned for that fun time. πŸ™‚

I'm doing well and SLOWLY introducing the gym back into my life. I'm purposefully taking things slow, modifying almost everything, and listening to my body to not push things. I'm actually pretty proud of my restraint which has been almost nonexistent in past injuries I've suffered. I'm still working through my postnatal exercise certification and incorporating those principles into my training as well. So far so good!

Here's a look at what I've been loving this week. My purchasing seems to be decreasing, which is good for the wallet but bad for content so I'll have to find a happy medium. πŸ™‚

1. Still Novel portrait

I can't remember how I stumbled across Still Novel -- likely during my descent into the rabbit hole of purchases after Miles was born -- but I know that I fell in love with their pictures immediately. 

Still Novel allows you to upload an image of your child (I even contemplated one of Donut haha) and input information like their DOB, weight, and length and then based on the day they were born, other facts are filled in like how close they were to the due date, the astrological sign, birthstone, etc.

I loved the way the images looked and bought one almost immediately (I let it sit in my cart for a day until I couldn't stop thinking about it). They have a couple different styles and color palettes, so play around to find the one for you. Even if you don't have a child, they make an awesome gift for someone who does. 

Sidenote: Ordering a fully framed version was really expensive to me, so I simply ordered the print and got a frame at Marshall's for less than $10.

If it's your first time ordering, you can use the code FIRST15 for 15% off as well.

2. Sitka Salmon Shares

I've had the opportunity to try out several fish options from Sitka Salmon Shares and I think it's a really great service. Similar to a CSA, you join a community that purchases "shares" of the harvests of independent, small-boat family fishermen from Alaska. The fish is then shipped to you (unfortunately only in the Midwest and East coast at this point) and everything we've had has been so fresh and amazing -- something that I've come to appreciate since no longer living in a coastal state. Depending on the season and which option you choose, there are a lot of options such as salmon, bass, rockfish, cod, halibut, prawns, etc.

You can read more about how the program works here and you can also get $25 off your first order by using the code EIJ19 (full disclosure this will also give me $25). I've honestly been really impressed with the quality and the way the whole thing works. It's evident that this is helping make a difference in the lives of those people who work so hard in the fishing industry.

2. Sitka Salmon Shares

I've had the opportunity to try out several fish options from Sitka Salmon Shares and I think it's a really great service. Similar to a CSA, you join a community that purchases "shares" of the harvests of independent, small-boat family fishermen from Alaska. The fish is then shipped to you (unfortunately only in the Midwest and East coast at this point) and everything we've had has been so fresh and amazing -- something that I've come to appreciate since no longer living in a coastal state. Depending on the season and which option you choose, there are a lot of options such as salmon, bass, rockfish, cod, halibut, prawns, etc.

You can read more about how the program works here and you can also get $25 off your first order by using the code EIJ19 (full disclosure this will also give me $25). I've honestly been really impressed with the quality and the way the whole thing works. It's evident that this is helping make a difference in the lives of those people who work so hard in the fishing industry.

3. Lillie's Q Carolina BBQ sauce

Lillie's is a Chicago restaurant, so I'm not sure how widely this sauce makes an appearance in grocery stores, but when searching for a new one last week I settled on this North Carolina option and haven't looked back. It is so deliciously tangy and vinegary that I just want to drink it sometimes.

They have a bunch of different varieties, including a white "Ivory BBQ Sauce" that is apparently popular in Alabama? Not sure how I feel about that one. I know a lot of the other varieties are popular as well, so if you can get your hands on some, DO IT.

4. Munchkin Dispenser Combo Pack

So I said that I was trying to keep baby-related products out of these posts and in their own roundup to come, but I figured this could also work well for things like protein powders and snacks which I tended to bring along with me before I had a baby, so I made an exception.

Although I bought it for formula, you can store any of the above mentioned items in this Munchkin dispenser and so far it's been really helpful when we go out in the world. When the weather is nice I try and stay out for a couple hours, which typically means that I will have to stop and feed him at some point. I had some sample formula packets, but quickly used those up and struggled to find a way to transport powder that also allowed me to cleanly dump it in a bottle. What I like about this one is that there is a dispenser with three compartments and there's also a single dispenser depending on what you need to take with you. To be safe I've just been taking the three compartment one in case I'm out longer than expected and he gets hungry again, but either are way better solutions than the container I had before. 

4. Munchkin Dispenser Combo Pack

So I said that I was trying to keep baby-related products out of these posts and in their own roundup to come, but I figured this could also work well for things like protein powders and snacks which I tended to bring along with me before I had a baby, so I made an exception.

Although I bought it for formula, you can store any of the above mentioned items in this Munchkin dispenser and so far it's been really helpful when we go out in the world. When the weather is nice I try and stay out for a couple hours, which typically means that I will have to stop and feed him at some point. I had some sample formula packets, but quickly used those up and struggled to find a way to transport powder that also allowed me to cleanly dump it in a bottle. What I like about this one is that there is a dispenser with three compartments and there's also a single dispenser depending on what you need to take with you. To be safe I've just been taking the three compartment one in case I'm out longer than expected and he gets hungry again, but either are way better solutions than the container I had before. 

5. Armchair Expert podcast

I can't believe I'm saying this, but my long walks have helped me listen to a bunch of podcasts. I'm not sure the trend will continue when I stop taking them as much, but for now I'm soaking them all up.

The one I've listened to the most based on your recommendations is Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. I'm impressed with the conversations he has with guests (mainly other celebrities but there's a subsection with experts that he also does). The first one I listened to was with Kumail Nanjiani and it had me laughing out loud on the street which made me look absurd but also made me happy. I've downloaded some other mental health ones, but am not getting into the true crime ones YET simply because I know I will do nothing but have headphones glued to me. 

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

4 comments on “Five Things Friday #226

  1. Erin, my friend! It’s soo natural for those tears to come. And when it comes to postnatal exercise — taking it slow IS SO SMART. While it can be hard to NOT do what you did before, also know that your insides have SO MUCH more healing to do. Patience — you will be back to going hardcore in a few months and will be glad you took it cautiously. Also, Happy Friday! πŸ™‚
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  2. So glad you took my recommendation & checked out Armchair Expert w/ Dax Shepard. I knew you would love the variety of guests he interviews, as well as how much he works his recovery in to many of the discussions.
    Definitely don’t miss the one w/ Erin Lee Carr, where she talks a great deal about her dad who wrote The Night of The Gun … another addiction book I suggested & you loved.

    P.S. Miles is just too cute & growing so fast. Enjoy this precious time in your life. πŸ’•

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