2019 favorite things list

My Favorite Things – 2019 Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my favorite things.  So I’ve compiled quite a list of things I can’t live without.  They range from business to everyday life.  

Grab your coffee, and maybe even a pen and paper, so you can start your own shopping list.  Please note that this list may include affiliate links but it in no way impacts you.  Also know that I only share things I regularly use and truly love.  

Without further ado and in no particular order, let’s get on with the list!

For Business

Glenneth Reed – Glenneth is the SEO Queen!  She has helped me learn how to become more visible online.  Glenneth makes even the most difficult tasks understandable and doable.  

Beth Brombosz – It is because of Beth that I am a published author.  She saw the potential before I ever did and then showed me how to self-publish my work.

Canva – Canva is my go-to for blog and social media graphics.   

Later – I use Later to schedule all of my Instagram posts.  It’s free and simple to use.  

The Social Shift – Having Nicole Culver as my business mentor and being part of Shift University has been a game-changer for my online business.

 

Podcasts

I prefer podcasts that are 30 minutes or less.  The following stay within that time frame and offer encouraging and helpful information.  

The Grace Filled Leader – Csilla Muscan – for the faith-focused businesswoman 

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast – for your spiritual growth

Create if Writing – Kirsten Oliphant – for book writing  

Blogger to Author – Beth Brombosz – for self-publishing your book  

Eat with Confidence – Stephanie Webb and Emily Fonnesbeck – providing sound advice for healthy living especially as it relates to body confidence and intuitive eating

Build Your Tribe – Grow Your Business with Social Media – Brock and Chalene Johnson – for all things social media 

Business with Impact – Rachel McMichael – for growing your business

 

Eating and Drinking

Dana Harrison – Dana posts a weekly cart series and helps you live healthy on a budget.  She does all of this on her Instagram feed Eats2Know.  She is a jewel.  Hers is one of the accounts I check regularly. 

Hungry By Nature Granola – The only granola that I eat.  Typically things like granola and trail mix can be the death of me.  I usually don’t stop at a serving. But Ellie’s granola is tasty and filling.   

Nutpods – This non-dairy creamer is what I put in my coffee every morning. 

Total Tea – I have been drinking the gentle detox tea for a few years.  It’s not detox in a negative way. It’s a tea that naturally helps keep you regular, gives an injury boost, and simply tastes good.  I drink it every morning because I love the smell of it.  I also use the Chiroflex Superfoods on occasion to add some greens.   

Tiny Little Chef Seasonings – My perfect cup of coffee includes a dash of Inflammation Buster.  This seasoning combo includes cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric, plus.  It gives my morning coffee just the right kick.

Celestial Seasonings – Candy Cane Lane decaf green tea is part of my evening routine.  So much so that I take it with me on vacation. I don’t miss a day. It’s seasonal so the only way I can have it 365 days a year is to order in bulk from Amazon.  

Copper Moon Coffee – A couple of years ago we had an early flight to Cabo out of the Indianapolis Airport.  I grabbed a cup of Copper Moon Coffee, and the rest is history. It was hands down the best cup of coffee I had ever had.  Since then I’ve been ordering my coffee from them and drink Copper Moon Coffee daily at home either using my Keurig or my coffee maker.  

Wildflour Artisan Bakery – Although Lori has created a booming business for herself going from our local farmers market to having her own bakery by providing multiple baked goods and breads, my favorite thing she makes has always been the macarons.  Before her, I had never had one but now I look forward to a new flavor each week.  

Aunt B’s Sweet Treats – Elisha has made a mark with her sweet treats, especially her cakes and cupcakes.  She has become my go-to for times when I need a birthday cake or a treat for a special celebration. 

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Reading

Emma St. Clair – Sweet and clean romances.  Hallmark movie in book form. It’s how I wind down each evening.  

Alone in the Light by Benjamin W. Bass – This couldn’t be more different from the books I normally read.  But it is a book that has left one of the biggest impressions on my mind…and my heart. This story, based on real life experience, tells the story of a veteran who lost his leg in Iraq.  It’s real. It’s raw. It challenges the reader to come to terms with life for veterans after deployment. 

Made to Crave – This book by Lysa TerKeurst changed everything for me back in 2012.  I was about to turn 40 and had spent many of those years worrying about my body, obsessed with losing weight, and defining myself by the number on the scale.  I read Deuteronomy 2:3 in this book and realized that God was telling me “You have circled this mountain long enough, turn north.” Just like the Israelites, I had spent 40 years wandering in the desert.  It was time for me to turn away from those struggles and find freedom. 

 

Spiritual Life

Love God Greatly – Online Bible study.  The studies are generally four to eight weeks in length.  You can get all the materials free on their site or follow on the YouVersion app. Study guides are available on Amazon.  

Joni Stepp – Follow her Instagram account for Biblical truths.  I highly recommend for all the single gals.

40 Days of Faith and Fitness – This devotional is the first book I wrote.  It is a compilation of the verses from God’s Word that led me to finding freedom on my fit and healthy journey.  

Turn Your Holidays into Holy-Days – I wrote this 31 day guide to a happy healthy December for two reasons.  First, I love Christmas! Secondly, I believe that we give into the hustle and bustle of the season as well as to guilt and shame about workouts missed or treats eaten.  This book is both devotional and health living guide that helps you navigate the month so that you can slow down and savor the season and feel ready to begin a new year. 

40 Days of Faith and Fitness for Tweens and Teens – This devotional is set up like my first one using the same daily verses and including a journal section.  The content addresses the worries and fears that cloud the minds of tween and teen girls.

 

Around the house

Molly’s Suds – Laundry detergent plus.  I especially love the All Sport Athletic Laundry and the Dryer Balls.  They recently added some products for household cleaning.

Bass Farms Products – This business got its start at our local farmers market.  I not only use the lotion, soap, and hair care products, but I also use the face wash and facial treatments. 

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Workouts

Jillfit – Quick and effective workouts. I do them at home with a few sets of handheld weights.  I am currently doing workouts from her Total Training Experience, but she often offers free workouts and challenges via her email list and/or Instagram.

Sublimely Fit – She has some free videos on her site and on her YouTube channel.  Yoga for Runners is my favorite.   I do these flows multiple times a week.  

My Pure Motion – This is my local yoga pick.  

 

What I’m wearing

BAMR Bands – To be honest, I was a skeptic when I first tried these headbands. I have shorter hair, and I had never found a headband that didn’t slip or push my hair up at the back of my neck when I ran.  Until BAMR Bands! When they say they don’t slip, they mean they don’t slip. I wear these all the time, and they come in so many fun designs.  

Momentum Jewelry – I wear one (or more) most days.  These wraps have the right motivational quotes for everything.  Often I can find my word or mantra of the year so I have a constant reminder.  

Pura Vida Bracelets – I can’t even keep track of how many I have.  They come in all colors and some have cute charms on them. The cause is near and dear to my heart because the proceeds go to women in Costa Rica.  I went there on a mission trip when I was in high school. Get 20% off by using code MARSHAAPSLEY20.  

Lipsense – I don’t like leaving lipstick on my cups and glasses.  Now that I use Lipsense I don’t have to worry about that.  

Younique – This is my makeup pick.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup but I have found that I like the quality of these products. 

 

How I’m keeping it all together

Kitlife PlannerThis is how I keep it all together.  I plan my days as well as log my daily workouts, priorities, and end my day documenting what I’m grateful for.  In the extra space, I keep notes and utilize it for a small journal. It’s the only thing I need to plan and prioritize.  

 

Whew!  I think I’ve covered it all.  I hope so anyway. When I find something I like, I stick with it.  AND, I like to share it so you can gain the benefits of it as well.  Do you have any suggestions for my list? Feel free to send me a message and let me know!  

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