Five on Friday

It’s time for Five on Friday again, and I’m not quite sure where this week went! I’m pretty sure it was just Monday yesteday…right? Apparently not. Anyway, here’s my Five on Friday list for you this week…


Let’s start out with Blogger Love this week….

Responsible Blogging: An Introduction – Seriously, Sarah?

I don’t know why someone hasn’t done a series like this before. Maybe someone has, but I haven’t seen it. Sarah blog a lot about her medical conditions, primarily cervical dystonia. She does a great job bringing awareness to the condition, describing her personal symptoms, and explaining what therapies she’s tried and how they’ve worked for her. It’s obvious from her writing that she’s done a great job educating herself about her condition, and she’s very clear that she’s talking about her personal experiences, and that her experience might not be what everyone else experiences. That’s responsible blogging. Unfortunately, other people who blog aren’t always as responsible, and it can be dangerous. The sad thing is that we both happened to come across two different posts this week that were prime examples of irresponsible blogging. Their original content contained content that could hurt people if they followed the advice or suggestions given in the post. That is irresponsible blogging. In my opinion, there are many kinds of irresponsible blogging, but posting any kind of medical advice without finding (and preferably citing) good scientific sources is probably the worst kind of irresponsible blogging. Ok, there….end rant. Here’s a great quote from Sarah’s post that pretty much sums things up:

“If you want to write something controversial or even insulting, that’s your prerogative, but there are a few things that you can do to prevent dangerous,  irresponsible, and potentially damaging posts.”

What to say when someone’s told you they’ve miscarried – The “Florkens”

Is it just me or have there been a lot of people in blog-land posting about infertility and miscarriages lately? I feel like I’ve seen as many infertility / miscarriage posts as I’ve seen pregnancy announcements lately. While it’s unfortunate that so many women and their families are struggling with these issues, the fact that I’m noticing something like a 50/50 ratio of infertility to pregnancy announcement posts probably sheds some light on how common infertility and miscarriage problems are for women. Kate’s post about what not to say (and what to say) to someone who miscarried is enlightening, especially for those of us who have never tried to get pregnant and have no first-hand experience. 

All The Joys Friday Favorites




My #fitbit arrived today! So excited to start using it! #loveit #fitness #health #challenge

A photo posted by Ashlen Mathew (@adiamondwithsapphires) on

So I made the decision to order Dave and I FitBits this week. I’ll be posting more about why I made that decision next weeky, but…the FitBits are here! I got the FitBit One model. I wasn’t crazy about the wristband idea, and the wristband ones were actually more expensive than the One, which run around $100 each. The least expensive model is the Zip, but it doesn’t track stairs climbed or sleep. The One tracks both of those things, which I figured was worth the upgrade. Some of the wristband ones also have a heart rate monitor, and function to have caller ID and things like that…I felt like they were features that I wouldn’t get a lot of use out of for the extra money. I’m sure they’re great for some people, but it wasn’t looking to get all that out of a FitBit. 

As soon as I posted on that I had ordered one on social media, I got nothing but positive responses from current FitBit owners. Now that mine’s arrived, I can see why! It’s super small and easy to wear, it took about 2 seconds to set up, it’s super easy to use (ie – see your stats) and it the data is all synced to my phone and computer over a wireless network. What’s not to love!?


Our house is moving along so fast that I could probably write a post about it every day. Yesterday we got a little bit of our granite installed, and that was really exciting. Our kitchen has two perimeter sections and the island. The larger of the two perimeter sections was put in yesterday, and it looks like they constructed the base for the granite on the island. We knew we were going to see some granite when we went out for our visit, but what we weren’t expecting was….drumroll….my kitchen sink! It’s just the basin, no faucets or anything yet. Originally when we picked out the sink and Dave suggested cast iron I rolled my eyes at him. But now….let’s just say it as a great call by the hubby! It’s gorgeous. 

Unfortunately it was darker out and I wasn’t able to get great pictures, but one as a teaser….

 Kitchen Granite



A Walk Across the SunI’ve been on a reading binge lately. I don’t know why, but something in me just felt the need to delve back into books. Sometimes you just gotta escape into the world of fiction! This week I read two books. The first was “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraithh (aka JK Rowling) and the most recent one (which I finished up last night!) was “A Walk Across the Sun” by Corban Addison. Overall, I would recommend both books. I’ll do a more complete review of them on the blog in the near future. 


The Indianapolis Home Show started today and will be on through next weekend. Dave and I are probably going to make the trip to the State Fairgrounds to check it out. I’m sure Dave is going to be drawn to anything electronic / tech related, but my plan is to check out more garden / landscaping stuff and maybe get some interior design ideas and inspiration. No matter what, it should be a fun outing, and I’m sure it will help us get a lot of our FitBit steps in for the day!

Until later, Ashlen

  • I can’t wait to hear about the FitBits – I am really considering getting one! Both of your shared posts were great. I’m really looking forward to Sarah’s series!