I wanted a place where you can find all of my favorite things - items that help me live a more simple, intentional, and value-driven life. From travel items I can't live without, photography gear must-haves (I'm a gear minimalist!) and my favorite books, consider this your go-to resource for all things that have helped me elevate my life! Thanks for stoppin' by!
I get so much inspiration from the travel photos on the free Chrome extension Momentum! I love reading National Geographic guidebooks and bring Lonely Planet pocket guidebooks (they have amazing local walking tours!). For Southeast Asia trip planning, Travelfish is hands down the best resource on the internet. Other than that, I let the travel winds take me where I'm meant to go. I find that my most treasured local experiences happen when I don't plan.
I often get free flights by travel hacking, saving airline miles, using sign up bonses. My favorite cards are Capitol One Venture (highly recommended!) and Chase Sapphire. I have more than 10 credit cards but I only keep 1-2 cards active and set them to auto-pay in full every month. I rarely pay full price for flights, have a perfect credit score and zero credit card debt. There's no need to fear credit cards! You can absolutely travel for cheap without worrying about debt.You can read more on how I do this here.
I use Kayak or Skyscanner to search for flights. I also keep an eye on Scott's Cheap Flights and have snagged many flight deals through their email service (NYC to Paris for $300 roundtrip!). For trains throughout Europe, I search on Trainline.eu and often find super cheap deals when I book a few months out!
Airbnb is my go-to way to secure housing when I'm living in a city for a few days or living in a new country for 2+ months. Get $30 off your first booking by clicking here. I also like Booking.com. For hotels and guesthouses in Southeast Asia, Agoda is amazing.
Whether you want to learn how to photograph in manual mode, build a lucrative business or learn how to take better pictures of your kids, ClickinMoms is the place to be! I learned most of what I know in photography from the forums, classes, workshops and free monthly PDF guides and tutorial videos that are included with your membership. Plus, it's a great way to meet fellow creatives and moms who are passionate about taking pictures of their kids!
Tangible matters. In a digital world where everything is stored on the cloud or in external drives, where writing is done in a Google doc, memories that are printed and preserved hold deeper memories. I refuse to let my memories collect dust in the bottom of a cardboard box and let my favorite moments live on a hard drive. I print my favorite travel photos using LALALAB because I love the quality of the prints and the variety of styles to choose from.
My husband and I order and mail holiday cards every year to our family and friends using either Minted or Basic Invite. I love them so much that I recommend them to all my clients as well! Both companies print gorgeous, high quality cards and support local designers! Whether you're looking for Save-the-Dates, birth announcements, Christmas cards or wedding invites, here's a little code to save you some money!
I have been using Shootproof since i opened my business in 2016. I've played with other gallery systems but Shootproof is so easy and straightforward. Plus, I love that I connect my legal contracts and invoices through the system, keeping it all organized! Plus, the galleries are just gorgeous for my clients.
I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC for editing. I cull my images in Lightroom using the rating / flag system and making minor color adjustments and then do my main editing in Photoshop, using layers to paint the images.
Legal contracts are the last thing I want to think about as an artist! Instead of spending hours with a lawyer, I purchasd newborn, family and model release legal contracts. It's better to outsource on the things you don't want to do!
Blogging has become so easy and doable. It no longer took 5 million hours to put photos together in Photoshop. It's so easy to drag & drop photos to create collages, resize photos for the internet and batch-stomp. I wish I bought it earlier. If you’re a blogger or photographer, GET IT.
I've been using Primally Pure's all natural, nontoxic facial products for the last 2 years, and I just adore this company and their products so much that I need to share. They truly embody and promote health and vitality instead of taking away from it, and their values of simplicity and integrity are values I really get behind.
I use the natural cleansing oil every night to clean my skin (smells sooo good!), then finish with a plumping serum (a magical secret weapon you never knew you needed!) and then finish securing that hydration with the beauty cream and my skin absorbs it all as I sleep. All natural! All oils! All plants - no toxic chemicals. And my dark acne marks and fine lines and wrinkles have indeed faded over time.
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I'm allll about the facial oils. Oil is the key to hydration and eliminating fine lines. i slap this natural rosehip oil on my face every morning and it leaves my face feeling like a baby's bum all day.
I use this exfoliate peel once a week, and not only does it smell like pumpkin and Autumn (so hyyge-ish!) , it brightens and smooths my skin every time. It's a massive jar and it lasts a long time.
For those that get mega-chapped, flakey lips during the winter like me, this sugar lips scub is a lifesaver! It polishes and softens my lips every morning and lasts the whole day!
Every single product recommended on this page is something I personally use, and none are paid placements. Some of the above are affiliate links and I will earn a percentage of the sale if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. This helps pay for my website bills and keeps my blog running – so thanks in advance for your support!