When I find good quality products that do what they say they’re going to do (and are reasonably priced), it makes me super happy. And I want to share them with you!
Keeping it real is absolutely important to me. So my promise to you is that every single product on this list is something I actually use, totally love, and (unless otherwise and very clearly stated) I have purchased myself with my own money.
Current BEST. THING. EVER. Award:
I intend to update this page with my latest finds on a fairly regular basis. And right now, this coffee travel mug makes me so irrationally happy that I have to share it as my 1st Best. Thing. Ever. Award recipient.
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug 16 oz
If you know me at all you know that coffee is a must for me in the AM. It’s happiness in a mug. But when I’m on the go — I need something durable. The stainless steel means that if you forget it at the office over the weekend, you’re not going to have to throw it away. And the locking feature means that when my hands are full, I don’t have to worry about accidentally spilling everywhere. The underside of the lid also unclips so you (or the dishwasher) can really get in there to clean.
Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m a Beachbody coach. But this workout program is what busted me out of my workout rut (er.. more like hiatus). The MMA moves kept things interesting, and the time actually seemed to fly by. I love that it required absolutely no weights and I was able to do everything in the 10 x 10 space that should allegedly be my kitchen dining area. My first 30 day round I lost 10 lbs and 7.5 inches. If you haven’t done so, you definitely need to check out my blog series from that first 30 days!
Shakeology – Chocolate and Strawberry
Oh Shakeology, the catalyst for this new chapter of my lazy girl fitness journey. I do not have words to adequately describe how much I love this product — especially in my favorite flavors of Chocolate and Strawberry. I say it was the catalyst because my laziness around cooking for one was crushing my health pursuits. You absolutely cannot out train a bad diet. And bringing Shakeology as my lunch every day has not only eliminated my protein bar + energy drink habit, but also has helped me eliminate intense cravings and 3pm energy crash by drastically improving my nutritional profile overall. At roughly $4/serving, it’s actually way cheaper than my previous routine. You can read a more in depth review of my Shakeology experience on the blog.
As someone who is constantly cold in the winter months, I really love herbal teas – especially on cold evenings. Tiesta teas have quickly become some of my favorites. While all their tea blends are awesome, these two are by far my favorites:
Blueberry Wild Child is a blend of apple pieces, hibiscus, elderberries, pomegranate arils, blueberries. It’s luxurious, fruity and 100% caffeine free — which makes it perfect before bed.
Fruity Pebbles Slenderizer Tea Believe it or not, I didn’t order this tea because it’s supposed to slenderize. I originally ordered it because my husband’s inner 9 year old is alive and well. And he still loves Fruity Pebbles cereal. So while I was online ordering more Blueberry Wild Child, he saw it and asked me to order some. And guess what? It’s really freakin’ good! This one does have caffeine from the green tea in it, so I don’t drink it in the evenings.
Essence Superfine Liquid Eyeliner (waterproof, in Pitch Black)
I can probably count on one hand the number of people currently in my life who have seen me not sporting black winged eyeliner. And all of them knew me under the age of 12.
My hands down 100% favorite liquid eyeliner in the whole world is Kat Von D’s Tattoo Eyeliner. However, it also makes my toes curl (and not in a good way) to pay almost $30 for it. That, in my book makes it a special occasion eyeliner. Not a go-to-the-office daily look. And then one day, this little gem from Essence arrived in my monthly Ipsy Glambag. The tip is long, perfectly tapered and distributes color evenly. The price is solid too – $2.99 @ your local Ulta. Hell. Yes.
I know that using our smartphones for everything is all the rage these days, but for some things — I am still a pen & paper girl! I love this organizer. It’s made with durable materials (and comes in many colors, I just preferred the Raspberry). I keep my daily/hourly schedule in here, as well as to-do lists, contacts, and even journal/blog posts ideas. I love that after the initial investment, you can simply purchase the refill paper. I’m about to head into my 2nd’ year with this little guy and it’s not showing any wear/tear. If you’re into the Bullet Journaling phenomenon, Filofax also sells the dotted paper.
Sharpie Pens – Fine Point
I have a problem. People are constantly stealing my pens because they are so awesome and everyone ends up loving them so much. They are fine point, they are super concentrated black, and by some bewitching magic, they do not bleed through paper. When I was working as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital, the nurses all loved these pens. And let me tell you — Nurses know good pens. They have to. They sign their names like 5 million times a day. These pens are awesome. And they last forever…except when people steal them. Which happens a lot. So just buy a box.
There are a four things you will rarely see me without: black winged eyeliner, coffee, a sharpie pen, and a book.
My husband and I probably have close to 2000 book at our home, so while I won’t post all of them here, I will absolutely share my absolute favorites with you periodically.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Did you ever read something so profound that you actually felt your worldview shift? That’s exactly what happened when I read Man’s Search for Meaning. Easily the book that has influenced me more than anything else in my life. It introduced to me to the idea that, “He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How.” Nietzsche actually said it, but Frankl used that phrase to create a philosophy of meaning and purpose. He’s the reason I believe that we must find our Purpose and live into it.
Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh
I love my clients. They find the coolest stuff. And this book is definitely one of them. In a couple hundred pages, Allie Brosh irreverently and honestly tackles the many (previously) unspoken truths about the absurdities and indignities of daily life. I should probably just use this book as diagnostic criteria for people who have battled against mental health challenges like depression and anxiety. If you love it and get it, then you probably have felt the same way at some point.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
I’m using the Amazon.com description here because it articulates the beauty and depth of this book so much better than I could ever imagine.
A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them… When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
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