Five Things Friday #262 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #262

Happy Friday!

How's everything going? How's everyone doing? Hanging in there? Things haven't really changed much since last Friday in terms of our situation at home. Still home most days. Still playing in the bedroom with the baby while Neil is on work calls. Still baking. Hopefully things are going well for you - let me know how it's going in the comments.

Some announcements:

  • I was in a couple podcasts this week in case you needed something to fill your time:
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so I will be bringing you mental health content throughout the month both on here and Instagram. You may remember that I held a mental health summit last year around this time, which was free while it was happening, but then packaged into a bundle with additional resources and sold for lifetime access. While I originally planned to offer it at a discount during this month, I feel like life these days is causing a lot of mental health issues. Therefore, I'm offering the entire bundle for free or donation if that's something you can/want to do. If you feel compelled to donate, my Venmo is erin-bahadur, but again, it's not mandatory. You can read more about the hours of sessions and access it all here. I hope it helps.

1. Miles' First Birthday

Miles turned one over the weekend, which you may have seen in this post. The weekend prior, I baked him a tiny cake and had our photo shoot so that it was out of the way and we could just enjoy his actual birthday. I'm really glad we did and I love all the pictures -- this is probably my favorite one, but it's so hard to choose!

2. Feedly

Feedly is an RSS aggregator, or in plain speak -- one place to read all the blogs/news you want to follow. Previously, I used Bloglovin to track all of the blogs I was interested in reading, but lately it's been causing me some issues. I noticed that I was getting a lot of new blog followers, but when I looked into them, they were all bots. Upon researching, this seems to be happening to a lot of people, there's no way to control who follows your site, and the customer service is virtually nonexistent.

I switched over to Feedly, which also allows you to follow Twitter feeds, hashtags, and mainstream publications in addition to blogs. I've been much happier with it and I'm glad I made the switch.

3. BoJack Horseman

Neil and I started watching this when we saw it was on Netflix and after some pretty positive reviews. From Google:

A humanoid horse, BoJack Horseman -- lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze -- decides it's time for a comeback. Once the star of a '90s sitcom, in which he was the adoptive father of three orphaned kids (two girls and a boy). The show was the hottest thing around, then suddenly, was canceled. Now 18 years later, BoJack wants to regain his dignity. With the aid of a human sidekick and a feline ex-girlfriend who is his agent, he sets out to make it happen. But Hollywood is vastly different from those days, and getting used to stuff like Twitter may take some time. This first animated series from Netflix -- with plenty of references to sex, drugs and alcohol -- is not for the little ones.

I was really surprised at the emotional complexity of the show and the depictions of things like depression, anxiety, and addiction. Some of the episodes really stuck with me and the show gets really high ratings. We have two more seasons left (there are 6), and will definitely be finishing it.

4. Sweet Potato White Bean Bars

You know I've been baking up a storm while stuck inside, and instead of muffins this week, I made these sweet potato white bean bars from my friend Lindsay. 

I love her recipes because they're quick, usually involve tossing everything into a food processor, and healthy while still tasting good. Miles has loved them so far (big surprise), and I'll definitely be making them again since they're almost gone. 🙂

5. In-Shower Styler by Living Proof

Another quarantine project has been to go through my cabinets and clean things out. I found a bunch of hair product samples and decided to start going through them. One of them was this in-shower styler by Living Proof. You simply put it on in the shower after shampoo/conditioner, lightly rinse your hair, then let it air dry.

My hair over the years has gone from straight to curly to now more wavy, and this really helped that show without weighing my hair down or drying with a lot of frizz, which is the norm. I've never been able to air dry my hair without having it look absurd, so that would be great if I can add this into my routine.

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

4 comments on “Five Things Friday #262

  1. Thanks for sharing the podcast! I am going to check out Feedly because I’m not sure Bloglovin is even being monitored anymore it gives me trouble too.

  2. I could never get on board with Bloglovin’ for that reason… I’ve been using Feedly ever since Google Reader went away and I am super happy with it.

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