My Favorite Beauty Products

Beauty Favorites

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite beauty products.

1.   Travel Size Makeup Mirror: The best solution for hotel lighting. It’s about the size of a tablet with soft dimmable lighting. Makeup artists design the product.

2. Living Libations Breast Massage OilLiving Libations Breast Massage Oil has all the essential oils and other extracts good for the breasts already balanced for you. The massage oil ingredients are broccoli seed, cumin seed, calendula, Saint John’s Wort blossom, frankincense, grapefruit, rose otto, laurel, cypress, yarrow, ylang, and chamomile. There are few companies with ingredients this pure.

Learn a self breast massage technique that is designed to increase awareness of your breasts. Research also shows a correlation between hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s and breast tissue abnormality. T3 and T4 indicate how many iodine molecules are present, three or four. Iodine is present in every tissue in the body. When there is insufficient iodine in the breasts, symptoms are fibrocystic breast tissue, breast lumps, and possibly breast cancer. It is also possible to massage away excess estrogen from the breasts. 

Put 1-2 drops of Breast Massage Oil on each hand and place your hands under the breasts. Massage inward and upward in a circular motion, slowly covering the entire chest. Use this time to become familiar with how your breasts feel.

Best breast practices include: dry brushing, ensuring excellent nutrition including dietary iodine and magnesium, balanced intestinal flora with fermented foods and probiotics, avoiding aluminum, eating organic, real food, and only caring for your body with authentic, organic botanicals.

Breast Health Resources:

Breast Health Project: This website is designed to educate you to think about your breasts differently and help you to reduce your risk for breast cancer.

Lymphatic Breast Massage Video: Learn the basics of lymphatic breast massage.

The Book of Lymph by Lisa Levitt Gainsley is a guide that explains the health-promoting properties of lymphatic massage, featuring self-massage sequences anyone can do at home. Maintaining a healthy immune system starts with proper Lymph flow. Cleanse and nourish your body from the inside out with the power of lymphatic drainage. I also follow Lisa on Instagram for more tips.

Renegade Beauty by Nadine Artemis is a holistic guide to beauty and wellness. Discover why toxins are so harmful in beauty products and discover the alternatives. The beginning of the book did not interest me, but the rest of the book was information new to me, especially the chapters on breast health, sun exposure, and essential oils.

3. Westman Atelier Bonne Brow Pencil: The Westman Atelier Bonne Brow Pencil is a buildable, firm-yet-smooth formula that comes in four shades. The pencil’s thin, fine angled tip gives you an excellent accurate application whether you want to boost your natural shape subtly or you’re dealing with a patchy, thin, over-plucked brow situation.

4. Calmish Shape Body Gua She Rose Quartz: The Calmish Shape Body Gua Sha is designed for reducing cellulite and tightening loose skin on the thighs, butt, legs, belly, and arms. The long textured side reduces adhesions within the superficial facia layers, and the 3 waved top side works on the deeper facia layers. The smooth side is for classic body Gua Sha techniques and lymphatic drainage.

BENEFITS OF REGULAR GUA SHA BODY MASSAGE

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Supports lymphatic drainage
  • Promotes a healthy vital glow to the skin
  • Promotes skin renewal
  • Improves muscle tone
  • It gives you softer, smoother, and firmer skin
  • Reduces pain, tension, and accumulation of cellulite
  • More flow and energy in the body (Qi)

5.  Everybody Loves the Sunshine Zinc Beach Balm Sun Protection: This is my favorite sun protection. Zinc oxide is an excellent option as a sunblock. It is a white, inorganic compound created from metallic zinc. Everybody Loves the Sunshine Zinc Beach Balm is ideal for travel. It’s a roll-on balm, so you don’t have to worry about the contents leaking out in your luggage or beach bag. Living Libations uses a non-nano particle, uncoated, pharmaceutical-grade zinc oxide. Unlike nano-particle minerals and chemical sunblocks, zinc doesn’t interfere with the health or respiration of the skin. The molecular size of zinc particles is too large to be absorbed by the skin. Instead, it sits on top and absorbs sun rays, protecting the skin.

6. Bdellium Makeup Brush Cleaner: This is the best brush cleaner because it includes a makeup mat inside the container.

How to use:

Wet brushes in warm water. Squeeze out excess water and lay the brush flat to dry. Swirl in soap to a lather. Work the bristles of your brush back and forth on the silicone cleaning pad (located in the cap) to remove makeup residue. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Allow soap to dry completely before storing away.

7. Iles Formula Finishing SerumIles Formula Finishing Serum is a lightweight serum that gives you a killer blowout without weighing down your hair. This paraben free formula creates a screen against UV rays, humidity, and free radicals: strengthening hair, helping repair split ends, and preventing color fade. I like to use a little after blowing out my hair to smooth flyaways and seal the ends. I’m not too fond of how products weigh my fair down. This serum is undetectable to me.

8. Chunks Hair ClipsChunks Hair Clips are my new favorite hair accessory. The Jumbo Claws hold a ton of hair and are super cute.

9. LeMieux Cosmetics Ionized Oxygen Infuser: The LeMieux Cosmetics Ionized Oxygen Infuser is an oxygenating infuser that dispenses an ultra-fine, line-filling mist for instant volume and hydration. The device works with Oh My Glow Activator and Oh My Glow Serum to instantly give you a healthy glow. It works great. The proof was several people asked me what I was using on my face.

10. Mavala Nail Polish Remover Pads: These pads are packed in a handy plastic container of 30 pads. They are acetone-free. It also cuts down on packing liquids.

11. Dyson Hair Flyaway Supersonic Hair Dryer Attachment: The Dyson Hair Flyaway Supersonic Hair Dryer Attachment attachment works with the Dyson Super Sonic Hair Dryer to hide flyaways in one pass for a smooth, shiny finish.

12. Living Libations Goodnight OilLiving Libations Goodnight Oil: I use this oil at night on my brows and lashes overnight to help my brows and lashes to grow longer and fuller. Goodnight Oil is created with jojoba for moisture, prickly pear for deep hydration, castor oil for clarification, frankincense oil to lift and tone, and myrrh to fortify brows and lashes.

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Here are some travel tips, tricks, & tools I use to plan for a vacation.

Google Sheets: I use Google Sheets to create a spreadsheet with all my travel information. This is best done through your desktop/browser. If I end up without WiFi or data, I can still access any vital information or make updates on my trip.

I use the Google Sheets app on my phone to access the spreadsheets.

If you are traveling in a group, everyone can edit the Google Sheet once they have access to it.

Here’s a copy of my Ashville Google spreadsheet.

U.S. Department of State Website: This website is another excellent resource for planning your travel. They give you an indication of the level of safety in each country based on the local political and health situations, including COVID-19, laws, general country information, current COVID-19 restrictions, border closures, and more. It’sIt’s also a good idea to enroll in their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) when you travel, which will notify you of any dangers or exceptional circumstances.

Pinterest is great to find travel tips.

BLOGS & WEBSITES

I’ll do an internet search for my travel destination and add the word “blog.” I think blogs offer the best itineraries and travel recommendations.

I save articles using the Pocket App and Pinterest.

Some of my favorite websites for specific travel destinations include:
Patricia Wells: Patricia chronicles her food adventures in Paris.

My Little Paris: Find out what’s new and happening in Paris: boutiques, restaurants, hidden treasures, and the latest trends.

The Hip Paris Blog: Insider tips and insights on dining, shopping, culture, renting, and living in Paris and Italy.

David Lebovitz: Acclaimed pastry chef and food writer David Lebovitz, who learned the ropes at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, has been Parisian since 2002. His memoir, A Sweet Life in Paris, is one of my book recommendations. Lebovitz records witty and mouth-watering musings on everything from his favorite Paris baguettes to where to hang with the kids in Paris.

Girls Guide to Paris: The site is curated by Paris insiders and experts to make your trip a dream vacation.

ItalyKatie Perla / Girl in Florence / Elizabeth Minchilli.
Goop Guides: Another favorite for popular destinations.

Suitcase / Boat /  Cereal / Petite Passport all feature online travel guides.

My favorite miles and points blogs are Frequent Miler / Miles to Memories / Doctor of Credit / Travelbloggerbuzz / Mileonomics.

*The Points Guy is owned by the banks.

GUIDE BOOKS

A few of my favorite guide books include: Paris By Design / Parisian Chic City Guide / Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide / Petite Passport / Herb Lester / Cereal Guides / Drift / Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide.

MAPS

I like to create a custom Google Map to easily keep track of my hotel, attractions, photo ops, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and anything else I want to see. This is best done through your desktop/browser, where you can load tons of maps open various tabs during the planning phase and not while you’re out and about on the street.

Here’s how to get started setting up a custom Google map:

Open Google Maps, search for something (usually your hotel or lodging is an excellent place to start), click on the pin, then “Save to map,” and click on the drop-down and select “Create a new map” and “Save.”
Now that you’ve got at least one pin on your new map, I love clicking on it and selecting “Search nearby” to find all the essentials – coffee, of course, is the first thing I look for near my hotel. Most hotels have coffee in the room or the hotel lobby, but I like going to a local coffee shop.

As you continue to use Google Maps moving forward, don’t forget you can click on any landmark in your search results, then “Save to Map.” I usually find some grocery stores and pharmacies if I need to stock up on something or have an emergency. Then I start adding restaurants and shops that I discover or have recommended to me. I love going through bloggers’ recommended lists and then throwing everything into my map! I also like to click on the pin and add a link.

This Portland Maine Food Map is an excellent example of organizing your map with links.

Here’s a detailed guide for using Google Maps.

In addition to custom Google Maps, I always travel with a printed map when visiting international destinations and large U.S. cities like New York City and Chicago. Internet access and cell phone service can be an issue when traveling, so it’s helpful to have a printed map.

My favorite maps are the Streetwise MapsThese maps are easy to read and unfold for effortless use. The detailed travel maps are pocket-sized for discretion, so you don’t stick out like a tourist. Check out the Artwise New York CityParis, or London editions if you enjoy visiting museums.

PODCASTS

I like to search in the podcast app for a specific destination like Japan that requires a lot of planning.

A few favorite podcasts include:
Milenomics / Miles to Memories / Observation Deck / Extra Pack of Peanuts

Instagram: By clicking the location tag, you can see the location on a map and photos taken. It’s also helpful to discover fantastic photo locations.

Some of my favorite travel accounts: lucylaucht / local_milk / laurenswells/ jessomewhere / parisinfourmonths / ananewyork annstreetstudio.

FOOD

Find My Gluten-Free App: I use this app to find gluten-free restaurants.

Eater: Travel guides, tips, and advice on the best restaurants and dining for eating like a local everywhere.

Resy: A great website to find restaurants in the city you are visiting.

Gluten-Free Ireland Guide: This is the best website for eating gluten-free in Ireland.

MAGAZINES

Drift: Each issue highlights a different city and where to drink the best coffee.

A few more of my favorite print and digital travel magazines: Suitcase / Boat/ Cereal / Petite Passport.

NEWSLETTERS

Travel Zoo’s Top 20 Deals is a weekly newsletter of the best deals in travel.

Scott’s Cheap Flights is a daily deal newsletter for international and domestic destinations. It has free and paid options.

Thrifty Traveler is a daily email of the best flight deals of the day.

FLIGHTS

Frequent Flyer Miles

Create loyalty accounts with every airline you fly with, over time they add up. When redeeming miles, international flights often offer much better bang for your buck than domestic. Use airline reward calendars to find the best deals on mileage rewards. The strongest loyalty programs of major US airlines are Delta SkyMiles / Southwest RapidRewards / American Airlines AAdvantage / United Mileage Plus.

Google Flights is one of the best sites to search for flights and compare prices.

Staff Traveler is the site I use to check non-rev loads.

Skiplagged finds cheap flights where you want to go is a layover along the way.

AirfareWatchdog is another site for tracking cheap flights.

Momondo is an aggregator that searches for the best airfare across the web.

Award Wallet is a one-of-a-kind service that helps you track all of your loyalty points including, frequent flier miles, hotel points, dining rewards, and shopping rewards.

Before getting started with any flight search tool, be sure to use an incognito window for searching or clear your browser’s cache after searching to avoid price increases.

HOTELS

I use my Hilton Honors American Express card to redeem points for hotel stays. I think it’s the best card to earn hotel stays.

Two critical benefits on the card include no foreign transaction fees and complimentary Hilton Silver status. No foreign transaction fees come in handy if you travel internationally.

Here’s a link to sign up and receive a free night plus 130,000 points.

Trip Advisor is my go-to for hotel reviews. I think it’s the most popular hotel review site, so new postings are uploaded almost daily, and people are brutally honest.

BiddingForTravel is the leading resource for informed Priceline bidding.

Priceline / Hotwire / HotelsTonight are sites for booking discounted lodging.

If you prefer to rent a room, apartment, or house for your trip, Airbnb.com/ HomeAway / VRBO / HostelWorld are popular.

House-sitting provides free accommodations on platforms like House Sitters America ($49 membership for one year) / Trusted House Sitters ($129 annual membership) / and Mind My House ($20 a year).

Before getting started with any hotel search tool, be sure to use an incognito window for searching or clear your browser’s cache after searching to avoid price increases.

CRUISES

Cruise Sheet is my favorite cruise site to find all the deals and makes finding a cheap cruise easy.

CruiseCompete and CruiseCritic are also great sites for researching and finding affordable cruises.

SAILING

Serendipity Travel is perfect for small group sailing. Edward’s sailing trips are the best! Upcoming trips include Croatia, The Amalfi Coast of Italy, and Patagonia/Southern Chile.

CAR RENTALS

AutoSlash and CarRentals.com track the lowest car rental prices.

Turo is the Airbnb of rental cars.

Costco Membership ($60 to $120 per year) for access to its travel department’s rental car deals.

TRAINS

Amtrak is a great option for travel between Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and New York City. Check the Amtrak deals page.

Virgin Trains is a great site for booking trains in the UK.

The Man in Seat 61 is the ultimate resource for train and overland travel worldwide. Want to know how to get around a certain country? The Man in Seat 61 will tell you.

Rome2Rio will help you find the most affordable way to get from point A to B.

INSURANCE

SquareMouth & InsureMyTrip are both excellent companies to consider if you’re looking to insure your trip.

RV

RVShare.com is the best site to rent an RV from private owners and dealers.

APPS

Here are a few of my favorite travel apps to help with the travel experience.

PLAN

Google Sheets App is helpful on the go as you’re able to access your documents wherever you are in the world, even if you have no WiFi. Free iOS, Android

Pack Point generates a customized list of items you should pack. Free iOS, Android

Wikipedia Around You allows you to search your location for articles about places, events, and points of interest in your surrounding area. Free iOS

World Mate helps you plan your trip. Free iOS, Android

TripIt syncs your flight confirmations, hotel reservations and more in your calendar. Simply send your travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt automatically creates a detailed daily itinerary for every trip. Free iOS, Android

Drop Box saves files from your computer in an online account for later access anywhere in the world. Free iOS, Android

Been tracks which countries you’ve traveled. Free iOS, Android

MAP IT

Google Maps is my go-to map companion. I like the alternate routes for walking, biking, and public transportation.  Free iOS, Android

Google Travel Mapper makes it easy to set up a map and plan an itinerary. Free iOS, Android

Maps With Me is a popular app for navigation. One key feature is the ability to download maps for offline viewing. Free iOS, Android

City Mapper is the ultimate transit app for travel to London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Washington DC, Madrid, Boston, Barcelona, SF Bay Area, Chicago, Milan, Rome.  It is an amazing app due to the extensive information the app shares with you. Free iOS, Android

City Maps 2Go helps you plan the perfect trip with detailed offline maps, in-depth travel content, popular places, and insider tips. $2.99 iOS, Android

Around Me answers one of the most common questions any traveler has: What’s nearby? The app identifies your position through GPS and allows you to choose from a list of places, including banks, gas stations, hotels or supermarkets. Free iOS, Android

RIDE

Uber is a ride share app.

Lyft is a ride share app.

Curb operates like Uber except a taxi company sends a driver. If Uber is not available, Curb is the next best option. Free iOS, Android

Waze will alert traffic incidents in real-time. Free iOS, Android

Best Parking helps you find the cheapest and most convenient parking facilities in cities and airports throughout North America. Free iOS, Android

Bikemap can help you to discover new routes to plan your next mountain bike or cycling trip. Free iOS, Android

CarRental is the app I use to compare car rental prices. I think it is the best site for comparison shopping. Free iOS

Zipcar is ideal for short rentals. Check to see if your company has a corporate account with Zipcar for discounts. Free iOS, Android

FLY

Flight View allows you to track the real-time flight status and tracking map of any commercial flight worldwide. You can opt for push notifications for flight departure and arrival information as well as cancellations, gate changes, delays, and diversions. 99 cents iOS

Lounge Buddy tells you which lounges you can access at any given airport. Free iOS

Skyscanner flight search will help you find cheap flights and airline tickets to your favorite travel destinations. Free iOS, Android

Seat Guru is the ultimate source for airplane seating advice, in-flight amenity information, and airline recommendations by passengers. Free iOS, Android

Mobile Passport gives you the opportunity to deliver your passport information and customs declaration before being inspected by an officer to speed up processing at customs. Free iOS

SLEEP

Airbnb is a popular online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations. Free iOS, Android

Hostelworld brings you online bookings at thousands of hostels worldwide. Free iOS, Android

Hotel Tonight is a last-minute hotel deal app. It is available in select cities. Free iOS, Android

Trip Advisor is a travel website providing reviews of travel-related content. I use Trip Advisor to compare hotels. I also like the city guides. Free iOS, Android

White Noise works like a charm when I’m traveling and have to get to sleep in a noisy location. Free iOS, Android

EAT

Find Me Gluten Free is great for finding restaurants that offer gluten-free food. Free iOS, Android

Happy Cow is a useful app for locating vegetarian dining options. I think it is the best one available for vegan dining recommendations. Free iOS, Android

Resy is an app for people who love eating at great restaurants but hate hassling for reservations.

The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris is a food lover’s guide to Paris. Discover Patricia’s top picks of restaurants, cafes, wine bars, bakeries, pastry, chocolate and cheese shops, markets, wine shops, specialty food shops and kitchen and tableware shops. $4.99 iOS

GUIDES

EveryTrail enables travelers to track, share and search for nearby walking, running, biking trails. Free iOS, Android

Findery lets you take photos and notes from specific locations and tag them on a map anywhere in the world for other people to see and discover. Free iOS, Android

History Here is an interactive guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States. Free iOS, Android

GuidePal is a curated guide by locals featuring tourist information for worldwide destinations in a beautiful and interactive user interface. Free iOS, Android

Heritage maps over 1800 heritage locations across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. 99 cents iOS.

Triposo allows you to download country or city guides to your device for use offline. Free iOS, Android

Rick Steves Audio Europe is a collection of Rick Steve’s radio interviews, audio tours, self-guided walking tours of Europe. Free iOS, Android

CHAT

Skype allows you to make free voice and video calls to other people who also use Skype. Free iOS, Android

Wi-Fi Finder is simply the best app for finding free or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots online or offline. Free iOS, Android

Onavo helps you control the amount of data you consume on your device by shrinking it. It is primarily used to save data when you surf the Web, read emails, and use a map. Free iOS, Android

Viber lets you send free messages as well as make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Free iOS, Android

WhatsApp Messenger is a mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. Free iOS, Android

WEATHER

Yahoo Weather features stunning photography provided by Flickr. Free iOS, Android

Dark Sky predicts, down to the minute, when it will rain or snow at your exact location. Free iOS

Ski and Snow Report brings you current snow condition reports at more than 2,000 ski resorts around the globe. The app also features first-hand ski reports from users. Free iOS, Android

KIDS

Stack the States is an awarding win app. Kids will learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more. $1.99  iOS, Android

Stack the Countries is a game focuses on basic country information such as capitals, landmarks, major cities, continents, border countries, languages, flags and more. $1.99 iOS, Android

HELP

Travel Safe helps you make emergency calls and texts anywhere in the world. 99 cents iOS, Android

Flush Finder helps you quickly find nearby restrooms. Free iOS

World Clock is known for its accuracy to show current local times for cities around the world. I use this app on my trips. Free iOS, Android

Commander Compass Lite is a handy device to save where you parked your car. Free iOS

Survival Guide  uses the US Military Survival Manual.  Survival Guide’s 19 chapters of tips and techniques teach basic fire principles, how to deal with dangerous animals, how to survive all kinds of harsh environments, and much more. Free iOS, Android

SAS Survival Guide is the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world.  iOS, Android

m Passport provides access to the best local doctors, hospitals, and resources anywhere in the world. Free iOS, Android

Smart Traveler provides official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.
Free iOS, Android

!Emergency! will dial the emergency services of your travel location. 99 cents iOS

Prey lets users track and locate a lost or stolen device. Free iOS, Android

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL 

Metro is a comprehensive guide to worldwide public transportation. Free iOS, Android

Rail Europe is a handy tool for navigating Rail Europe. Free iOS, Android

Rail Planner is a great app I could not do without when traveling in Europe. Free iOS, Android

HerdTracker is an online site for a safari adventure. Free

XE Currency shows live exchange rates and allows users to calculate prices. Free iOS, Android

LANGUAGE

Word Lens will translate printed words using the built-in video camera on your device.  Free iOS, Android

iTranslate Voice 2 is the best translation app. Using iTranslate Voice couldn’t be easier: Select the desired languages, tap the accompanying flag icon, speak into the microphone, and within seconds the translated text appears on-screen as well as spoken aloud.  It is important to note you’ll still need an active Wi-Fi or cellular connection for the translation process. $4.99 iOS

Duolingo is my favorite language learning app. Free iOS, Android

Trip Lingo is handy app for travelers visiting foreign countries to help them learn useful words and phrases. Free iOS, Android

World Nomads is a helpful free app that contain a conversational language lesson with a local, plus over 230 basic phrases to help keep you traveling safely. Free iOS

Google Translate instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.

If you have any recommendations, leave them below!

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Below is a list of what I pack in a carry-on bag to keep me entertained, hydrated, and feeling my best when I travel.

Cuyana Leather Zipper Tote: The Cuyana Tote is elegant and relatively affordable, costing less than $200 for a bag that’s made in America out of Italian leather. I also purchased the matching tote organization insert to keep my bag organized.I use Briggs and Riley exclusively for work trips due to the lifetime warranty. Airline crew are eligible for a discount. Email Briggs & Riley customer service to verify your airline employment for a discount code.

Cuyana Wallet: I purchased the Cuyana wallet to match my Cuyana tote. I also love the zipper wallet. I pack multiple credit cards and a debit card. I usually wait until I arrive to get local currency from the ATM. I also like the Zoppen Multi-Purpose RFID-Blocking Passport Holder Travel Wallet. The trifold design allows you to store your passport, boarding pass, vaccination card, ID, SIM card, cellphone, cash, a key, a pen, and more within its slim design. Plus, it’s got RFID-blocking material to keep your private details safe.

Cuyana Travel Case Set: I purchased the Cuyana travel set to match my Cuyana tote and wallet.

Apple Noise Cancellation AirPods: These are my favorite noise cancellation earbuds for travel.

Passport Case: If you are traveling out of the country or an airline employee traveling out of uniform, you will will likely need your passport along with your Global Entry Card. I can’t recommend this investment more highly and downloading the Mobile Pass if you’re flying from the U.S. Be sure to store your credit cards, passports and wallet in a RFID blocking pocket to keep your personal information safe.

Anker PowerCore+2100 Charger: I travel with multiple backup chargers. Anker is my go-to iPhone charger. If I’m out all day and don’t know when I’ll be able to access a wall outlet, I pack an Anker PowerCore portable charger. It can juice my iPhone to full capacity five times over before needing a charge itself. I also like Mophie chargers.

MacBook: I use a Macbook for writing, editing pictures, taking online courses, and watching programs away from home. Like iPods and iPhones, the MacBook can be charged from a portable battery pack, as long as you have a USB-C to USB-A cable. I use the Charmat Power Bank to charge my MacBook. I also like the Anker 537 Power Bank.

Twelve South AirFly Duo: The AirFly Pro is a tiny wireless transmitter that allows you to connect two wireless headphones to any headphone jack. You have to pair the AirFly Pro with your wireless headphones and then plug in the AirFly Pro to any headphone jack.

Friends Headphones: They fold up into a small pouch and rest over your ears so you can wear them throughout the entire trip.

iPhone: I read articles I saved on the Pocket app. I download podcasts ahead of time to listen to during a long flight. I use the Pocketcast app to listen to podcasts. If I am going on vacation, I download travel guides and maps. I use Spotify to listen to music. Depending on your data plan, you may be able to turn your phone into a mobile hotspot and supply Wi-Fi to other nearby devices. This can save money on hotel Wi-Fi charges, and chances are you’ll have a faster connection to boot. On iPhone, you’ll find Personal Hotspot under Settings > Cellular. On Android, you’ll find Hotspot and Tethering in the Networking and Internet section.

iPad: I prefer to read on my iPad or Kindle. I use the Texture app to read magazines. I also use the Inflight Reader app to download free magazines before a flight. My local library offers free books that can be downloaded using Overdrive and the Libby app. Don’t neglect entertainment, either. For video, both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video allow you to store videos for offline playback through their mobile apps. Look for the download button next to the video you want to save. You can also download music for offline use if you subscribe to Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Amazon Prime, or Amazon Music Unlimited. For games on your smartphone or tablet, I’d suggest launching them in Airplane Mode before leaving to ensure they don’t require an internet connection.

Logitech Keyboard Case: I like to use this keyboard with my iPad if I don’t pack my laptop.

Kindle: With an e-reader or tablet, you can enjoy endless entertainment in a slim package.

Silent Pocket Faraday Sleeve for iPhone: I use the silent pocket Faraday Sleeve for privacy protection. A Faraday Cage is simply an enclosure designed to block electronic signals and radiation. Silent Pocket’s Faraday line was inspired by creating privacy and security protection for our wireless devices. Once you drop your tablet or smartphone into one of our Faraday products, ALL signals to and from the device are cut off from the grid. It’s as though they are turned off with the battery taken out.

USB data blockerUSB data blockers let you charge your devices from other peoples’ USB ports (including charging kiosks) without the risk of their accessing your phone’s data or infecting it with malware.

Lightning-USB Charger: Most Apple chargers have lightning ports on both ends now, but many planes have USB chargers at each seat. Be sure to grab a lightning-USB charger if you have a newer Apple device you want to charge.

TravelCard Charger: This mini-charger is the best portable charger to carry with you for a bit of battery boost.

Small Solar Charger: A solar charger is helpful to charge gadgets and stay connected in an emergency.

Apple Air TagsApple Air Tags are a super-easy way to keep track of your stuff.

Belkin Portable Surge Supressor: Carrying a portable surge protectorwith you when you’re traveling makes it easy to turn a single outlet into several outlets.

Travel Adapter: I pack an international travel adapter any time I go abroad. Mingtong’s universal adapter has four USB ports and four retractable plugs and works in more than 170 countries. I also like the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter.

Anker 32 Port Charger: When I’m in an airport, hotel, or coffee shop, I’ll plug my iPhone into the compact Anker 32W port, which goes from zero to 50 percent in 25 minutes. Even better, I can use the second port to simultaneously charge my MacBook.

Electronics Organizer: I use Peak Design’s Tech Pouch. It has plenty of storage pockets for all my tech. This one is similar for a lower price. I also like the Grid-It organizer and the Incase Nylon Tech Organizer.

Captivator Energy Mist: A quick spritz mid-flight instantly makes me feel like I’m in a spa.

Unibazl Vision Elite Pens: They’re the only pens I’ve ever tried that don’t explode on planes!

Cashmere Scarf Travel Blanket: I always pack a travel blanket. It keeps me from freezing on a plane.

Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bars: The vanilla ones are my favorite. They taste like cookies and are full of healthy fats and collagen protein (read more about collagen here) and very low in sugar (2 grams).

Slip Sleep Mask: The Slip Sleep Mask is one of my carry-on bag essentials for red-eye flights. I love this brand of silk pillowcases and sleep masks. Slip pure silk sleep masks are 100% pure silk, inside and out. They’re made with pure silk filler, internal silk liner, and a silk-covered elastic band. Make sure your sleep mask and pillowcase are 100% silk.

Truffle Clarity Pouches: Truffle’s pouches provide a simple solution to staying organized. The clear plastic means you’ll never dig through multiple bags to find your lipstick or essential documents. All of the pouches keep products upright and intact. The Petite Clarity Purse is ideal for transferring from a carry-on to a handbag. The Large Clarity Pouch is for beach essentials (keeping their water and sand-free) or for more oversized items that you want to keep tidy in your suitcase. The Clarity Document Case is for toting travel documents, magazines, and even an iPad.

Somavedic: I use a Somavedic to negate the effects of 5G. The smaller model is ideal for airplanes, hotel rooms, cars, and small spaces.

Osmosis Harmonized Water: I like to pack one of these osmosis harmonized water kits when I travel internationally. The kit includes four minis to boost your cells into action. These waters are frequency enhanced for health. They are non-toxic, effective for all ages and improve your health on a cellular level. There is no expiration date on any of the Harmonized Waters. The energy is in the form of scalar waves, which means the water molecule always contains that energy until used by the body. As long as you do not put anything into the bottle once opened the water is always viable. This kit is the perfect way to get started on Harmonized Water. Find out more about Osmosis Harmonized water here.

de Mamiel Altitude Oil: Altitude Oil is the perfect travel companion to support and protect the immune system. Altitude oil is a mixture of essential oils with antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, including Lavender to ease tension, Eucalyptus to help clear your head, and Franconia to bolster immunity, and the antiseptic properties of Pine. Put a drop under each nostril or a few drops on a tissue and inhale deeply several times. This oil is not just for travel. Use it on any form of public transportation. Please keep it on your office desk when the room or your head needs cleaning. Sprinkle it onto your pillow when you have a cold or can’t sleep. Shake a few drops into the bottom of the shower when you wake with a stuffy head. Pop a few drops in a humidifier when feeling nasally or under the weather.

Jao Hand Sanitizer: Most sanitizers use a synthetic antibacterial agent called triclosan, which is controversial for its damaging effects on marine life and its peculiar tendency to spawn resistant bacteria. To prevent drying, the formula draws on a blend of essential oils, including Eucalyptus, geranium, Lavender, sage, and tea tree. Jao was tested against seven of the most likely hand contaminants. The “kill rate” was less than one minute in all cases. Unlike every other commercial antibacterial product I’ve used, this one didn’t make me want to rub my hands on a towel to get rid of a wet residue or an overpowering scent. I also like Osmosis Hand Sanitizer.

Compression Socks: I wear medical grade compression thigh high stockings when I am working. For personal travel, I usually wear compression socks. Sox Solution offers a great selection of compression socks for travel, work, medical and sports uses and has added more fashion-conscious designs. All their socks are made in Italy and have patented designs. I especially like the AB-X padding, which helps provide an additional cushion, which I like when I wear them as walking socks. I tried their new TSS6000 Soft Padding OTC and like the new softer fabric. They also include their Silver DryStat antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, which reduces foot odor and are quick-drying, minimizing blisters meaning you can wash them out in the sink and be ready to go the following day while traveling.

Travel Pillow: I like to pack an inflatable travel pillow for a red-eye flight. Go Sleep has released an upright sleep system. It includes an adjustable elastic cord with toggles that secure the seat or adjustable headrest, comfortably supporting the head in place.

Dr. Singha’s Travel Tonic: It’s a magic potion to help win the battle against jet lag. Travel often brings on various forms of stress caused by poor eating, disrupted sleep patterns, high speeds, and general apprehension. This great travel buddy can help you arrive calm and collected instead of tense and exhausted. Contains Organic extracts of Ginger Root, Eleuthero Root, Lemon Peel, Sheep Sorrel, and Wild Harvested Yohimbe Bark in a base of Organic Grain Alcohol and Distilled Water.

Airplane Seat Covers & Tray Covers: These are helpful if you are traveling with children.

Water Bottle: When you travel, bring a BPA-free water bottle with a built-in filter to fill it up at any water fountain once you’re through security. I like the Hidrate Spark PRO Smart Water Bottle Tritan plastic or stainless steel. This rechargeable bottle links to the HidrateSpark app via Bluetooth to track how much you drink and remind you when to drink, and it even features a locator, so you never misplace it.

Argentina 23: I never travel without colloidal silver. It’s the best way I know to heal cuts, scrapes, sores, and burns quickly. It can also treat a host of common illnesses such as colds, flu, and sore throats and kill nasty germs. Read more about the many uses of colloidal silver here.

Paris Nasal Ointment: It’s a must for anyone who travels due to the dry environment in airplanes. When your nasal passages get dehydrated, you get tiny tears or fissures in the skin. When that happens, viruses can get inside. If you keep your nasal passages moist, there’s a lesser chance of airplane viruses getting into your nose. I use a few drops of this in my nose when I fly. The astronauts use this product!

Organic Lip Balm: My favorite organic lip balm is from Living Libations.

Ear Plugs: The best earplugs I found are from Ear Peace if you do not have noise cancelation headphones or noise cancellation iPods.

Hand Lotion: My hands get very dry when I am flying. This hand lotion by Karen Herzog works so well and does not leave a greasy residue.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste: Dr. Tung’s products are the best. I use Dr. Tung’s Ionic Toothbrush for travel.

Books: I always download several books before a trip. I recommend reading Robin Benson’s Travel With Vitality and The Healthy Conscious Traveler for great tips on staying healthy while traveling.

Eye Relief: I use BioTears or Dry Eye Relief to treat dry eyes and keep them moist.

Goodwipes: These handy little items are a large, biodegradable, hypoallergenic body wipe you can take with you on the go.

Snacks: I always pack extra snacks in the event of delays, I like to make a hearty salad which I’ll pack in an old takeout container that I can toss at my destination.

MegaHydrate: Take 3-5 capsules on long flights to increase hydration and reduce free radical damage. Read more about MegaHydrate here.

Zumread In-Ear Earphones: These teeny and comfy earphones are powerful enough to tune out all peripheral plane noise.

Cord Taco: A cord taco is a genius tool for organizing charges, earbuds, and other wires. The premium leather significantly changes the look from messy to cool and organized.

Pure Essence Labs Ionic-Fizz Magnesium Plus Raspberry Lemonade Sachets: Magnesium is said to calm the nervous system and prevent leg cramping, so I like to dissolve some in a large bottle of water for drinking throughout the flight.

LivOn Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C Sachets: It’s no secret Vitamin C provides essential support to a healthy immune system. Downing a few packets of this potent, hyper-absorbent formula before takeoff boosts my immune system when needed most.

Skin Care Products: I save travel size packets of moisturizers and serums for long flights. DNA Skincare, Living Libations, and Osmosis Skincare are my favorite product lines.

Athletic Greens Travel Packs: Athletic greens give you a full foundation of vitamins and minerals, and probiotics to support your health and well-being.

Restore Sinus Spray: Restore Sinus Spray is designed to help you cleanse, soothe, and hydrate the delicate membranes lining your nasal passages.

Sunglasses: I always pack sunglasses in a travel case. I like this monogramed case from Mark & Graham that holds 2 pair of glasses.

Self Defense Flashlight: I also carry this around in my bag in case of a power failure so I don’t waste my iPhone battery.

Stasher Reusable Food Storage Bags: I pack a lot of food to eat when I travel. The Stasher bags do not take up a lot of space and allow me to heat food on the road. Stasher bags are safe for use in the microwave, a standard oven, or a pot of boiling water up to 400F. Stasher can take the heat, the cold, and anything else your kitchen dishes out. Thanks to the patented airtight seal, your food’s nutrients, flavors, and juices stay locked in.

Nature’s Way Supplements: I keep this brand of cold and flu supplements on hand during cold and flu season.

Travel Containers: I use travel containers for my beauty products and toiletry items. I purchase my containers at the Muji store and the Container Store. I recently ordered a set of Cadence capsules to store my skincare products. The magnetic capsules are leak proof, air tight, and super cute too.

Weatherman Umbrella: If you don’t carry your umbrella in your carry-on like I do, you need to pack one in your suitcase. I like the Weatherman Travel Umbrella. I also use the Carrot weather app.

Ziploc bags: I always keep a few plastic bags in my carry on bag and luggage. The mini plastic bags are great for vitamins.

Face Mask: Some airlines may require a face mask. I like the Scough face covering.

Camera: I shoot with a Nikon DSLR mirrorless camera and lenses.

Kleenex: I always pack a travel size pack of Kleenex. It also comes in handy if there isn’t any toilet tissue in the public restrooms.

First Aid Kit: I pack a small first aid kit that includes tweezers, nail clippers, small scissors, eye drops, cotton balls, cotton swaps, moleskin, blister Pads, itch reliever, adhesive bandages, gauze, waterproof bandage tape, thermometer, cough drops, lozenges, rubber band, Salvon Antiseptic Cream, Niflugel Niflumic Acid 2.5%, Ibuleve Maximum Strength Gel, Germolene Antiseptic Cream, CicaSedermyl Skin Repair and Disinfecting Cream, and Arnica Bruise Gel.

Medicine: Always pack prescription medication in a carry on bag.

Supplements: I use these pill boxes from the Container store to store my vitamins. I also like the Ellie Grid Smart Pill Box. Ellie organizes your pills in seconds, reminds you to take your pills, and uses sensors to track your progress over time.

Caddis Blue Light Blocking Glasses: I like this design of blue light-blocking glasses to protect my eyes from screen time. Caddis lenses block 45% of harmful blue light at and surrounding, the most harmful wavelength (455 nm). This is more than other brands. The lens is nearly clear, which is hard to do. The anti-reflective coating helps to mitigate reflections and glare. The coating is designed to prevent smudging.

Caddis Eyewear Readers: I wear the Caddis Miklos tortoise reading glasses. They fit great and include blue-light-blocking HEV-coated lenses. This protects against eye strain and potential issues like headaches, tension, and sleeplessness.

As you pack and prep, create a morning checklist on your phone for items you may leave, or that would be terrible to forget. Here’s what mine generally looks like:

  • Passport, IDs, documents
  • Wallet
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Headphones
  • Water Bottle
  • Headphones, Apple Watch, iPad, phone (fully charged the night before)

I started using an app which allows me to create a master list I can use for every trip and just add the special items I need for that specific trip. You can even create lists for different seasons so you can make sure to bring those winter boots and gloves in the winter and your sunscreen in the summer.

This article has several packing apps you can check out.

Here’s a selection of my top resources for packing.

  1. Save this illustrated guide for folding socks, underwear and tees.
  2. Travel Outfit Planner PDF.
  3. Printable International Destination Packing List
  4. Printable Vacation Packing List
  5. How to Pack Two Weeks in a Carry On.
  6. A fabulous Packing Guide Ebook

Best Totes and Backpacks Travel

Here are my favorite totes and backpacks for travel.

  1. Briggs & Riley Tote: I use Briggs & Riley luggage for work. This tote has lots of compartments to keep me organized. It’s worth the investment for the lifetime warranty.
  2. Cuyana Zipper Tote: I use this carry on bag for day trips and weekend getaways. It’s a classic tote that is stylish and holds up well.
  3. Aer Travel Sling: The Aer Travel Sling is designed to keep your travel essentials close at hand. It features a padded laptop pocket, a quick access pocket for travel documents, and a versatile sling strap for multiple carry positions. This one is great for men.
  4. Briggs & Riley Extra Large ToteThe Briggs & Riley Large Tote has lots of extra room if you are traveling with young children. I also like this tote if I go away for longer than a week.
  5. Packsafe Ultimatesafe anti-theft BackpackPacsafe makes backpacks and bags loaded with simple and effective anti-theft features to help protect you from pickpockets and thieves.
  6. Longchamp Tote: This tote is ideal for a day trip or weekend getaway. I recommend using an insert to keep your items organized.
  7. Aer Travel Backpacks: This is my favorite backpack.
  8. Briggs & Riley Backpack: The Briggs & Riley Backpack is perfect for the business traveler.

What about you? Does this look like your packing routine? What packing tips do you have to suggest I haven’t mentioned here?

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What to Wear on a Resort Vacation

 

Please take a peek below for my latest finds to take with you on your next resort vacation.

1.     L’Agence Kenzie Blazer in PetalI usually pack a blazer for cool evenings on vacation. The right blazer can make any outfit look instantly polished and pulled togetherOne of my favorite brands is L’AgenceI like to wear the Olivia Ribbed Tank from Nati with blazers. I usually buy designer items at consignment shops, eBay, and Poshmark.

2.     Sky Blue Pearl Necklace: This pearl necklace will look great with a maxi dress, blazer, or a pretty top.

3.    The Best Hat: This hat really is the best! It sells out fast and is currently out of stock. You can add your email to the waitlist.

4.    Golden Goose Sneakers: My favorite sneakers for a day of exploring on the town while still looking stylish.

5.    Blush Feather Bag: A chic bag for a fancy dinner on the cruise ship or a night on the town in Paris.

6.    Sands Moses Sandal in Stone: These sandals are perfect for the beach, pool, or spa. They are also very comfortable.

7.    Heart Hoop Earrings: These hoop earrings look great with any outfit.

8.    Generation Love Delilah Crepe BlazerI also wear Generation Love blazers. This style is available in multiple colors.

9.    Finlay Sunglasses: The Duchess of Cambridge wore these sunglasses on tour in the Caribbean.

10.  Seychelles Starboard Heel: A great buy for a fancy high heel shoe. The design is available in other colors.

11.  Mi Golondrina White Headband: I always pack several headbands to jazz up an outfit.

12.  Cult Gaia Ark Mini Top Handle Tote: This is one of my favorite totes. It’s perfect for a vacation.

13.  Blue Floral Maxi Dress: I love long floral dresses, and they are easy to pack for a trip.

14.  Melissa Odabash Tahiti Red Halterneck Swimsuit: I have a couple of Melissa Odabash swimsuits.

15.  Three J NYC Navy Hearts Pajamas: I LOVE these pajamas! They are excellent quality, super soft, and cozy.

16.  Terry Cloth Visor The perfect accessory for spending a day on the golf course, tennis courts, or exploring the town.

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Favorite Things

Here’s the latest installment of a few of my favorite things that I’m currently enjoying or coveting. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift-giving and new things to discover for yourself!

1.    LeBon Socks: These are my favorite socks. I’m into the cute design and the cozy factor. I like the Boyfriend Socks Vintage Pink and Blue GreyGirlfriend Socks Bellini and the trouser sock style, Her Socks.

2.   Eastfork PotteryEast Fork combines rustic, handmade beauty with dishwasher-safe, microwave-friendly ease. The Everyday Bowl is the one I use the most. The perfect size for pretty much anything! The 7-Piece You’re-All-Set Set makes a great wedding giftSome of their colors sell out, so if you see something you love, snag it. East Fork has stores in Asheville and Atlanta.

3.   Dilo CandlesDilo candles are good quality, the fragrances are well-curated, and the price is very reasonable. The monthly candle subscription is only $10.00. Many retailers stock the candles. You can visit the flagship store in Philadelphia or order online.

4.   Nati Ribbed Tank Tops: The perfect accessory to pair with a blazer. Tank Tops are a must-own layering staple. The Olivia Ribbed Tank from Nati comes in several colors. The tank is a fitted ribbed finished with a high crew neckline for a clean look. It’s a timeless style that works with just about everything in your wardrobe.

5.   Spicewalla Spices: My favorite ground spices created by Chef Meherwan Irani in Ashville, North Carolina. The 10 Pack Spice Essentials Collection makes a great gift!

A few of my favorites include Sicilian Sea Salt  / Cyprus Flake Salt / Himalayan Pink Salt, Extra Small Grain / Kashmiri Chilli Powder / Za’atar / Herbs De Provence / Amore Pizza Seasoning.

6.   Living Libations Essential Oils: My preferred choice for essential oils is Living Libations. The oils do not contain fillers, diluters, artificial colors, or petrochemicals. My favorite essential oils from Living Libations include: Frankincense First Friend / Illume Hotberry /  llume Classic / Zest the Best.

Here’s a link to an article about how to know if your essential oils are top quality.

7.   FinaMill Spice GrinderThe FinaMill Spice Grinder means one grinder for all of your spices. It comes with reusable pods that you can fill with the spices and herbs of your choosing.

8.   Stanley Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler 40 OZ: I’ve purchased many water bottles over the years. This one is   my favorite. This design is trendy and sells out fast. Check the website for a restock. Amazon has a limited stock.

9.    Taika Latte: Taika is an adaptogen-infused coffee that’s designed to provide a boost of energy without making you feel wired. Taika offers four drinks: black coffeeoat milk lattemacadamia latte, and matcha latte. The oat and macadamia lattes are sweetened with allulose and monk fruit.

10. Breville Bambino Plus or Bambino Regular Espresso Machine: The Breville Bambino Plus or Breville Bambino Regular Espresso Machine is the best espresso machine for beginners. You can explore three heat and milk texture settings without a device taking up half of your kitchen counter. It’s ideal for apartments, offices, and small kitchens. I like the Baratza Encore grinder.

As an added bonus, it’s a popular machine so there are tons of tutorials online around it. Some great tutorials include Whole Latte Love’s machine-specific tutorialsSeattle Coffee Gear’s videos on making specific drinks, and European Coffee Trip’s how-to on making latte art.

Check with your local coffee shop about classes for the at-home barista.

11. Cast Iron Conditioner and Chain Mail Scrubber: I use Field Company Cast Iron Skillets. It’s essential to care for cast iron properly. I use this cast iron conditioner and chain mail scrubber. If you are looking to invest in quality cast iron, I recommend Field Company.

12.  Bulletproof CreamerBulletproof Original Creamer is a keto coffee creamer made with grass-fed butter and MCT oil. When you combine these quality fats with coffee, you get Bulletproof Coffee: a rich, satisfying drink that kick-starts your day and keeps you going strong. I like the vanilla and hazelnut flavors. I also use the Bulletproof Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder. I like the vanilla flavor. The creamer tastes better in coffee. I prefer the collagen protein powder if I make a protein shake.

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My Favorite Beauty Products

 

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite beauty products.

1. Varis Boar Brush: The Varis Boar Brush works great on my fine hair because it does not pull out my hair when I blow dry it. The brush is ideal for all hair types due to the mixture of natural boar and nylon bristles. This brush helps smooth flyaways and speeds up drying time. For additional shine and moisture, hydroionic crystals are infused into the bristles and barrel. I use a medium brush.

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2. Kusshi Makeup Bag Organizers: These bags are an excellent investment. They have a zip-out interior liner that is machine washable. This is great for removing makeup stains. They are designed to work with organizers that snap in for extra protection of your products. With zippers on three sides, the makeup bags open wide so you can see all of your makeup and skincare. There are even mesh pockets for easy access to your sponges and eyelash curler, along with a zipper pocket for anything you want to keep secure. The organizers are antimicrobial, mold resistant, stain resistant and water repellant. I use the Kusshi Brush Organizer with my Kusshi Makeup Bag.

3. Milbon Blowout Primer Repair: My hairstylist, Anh Co Tran uses this line of products. I like to make a cocktail with Milbon Restorative Blowout Primer and Milbon Luminous Softening Oil. This combination works great before a blowdry by softening the hair and optimizing heat protection. I use the primer for fine hair. Available in two formulas: Fine for fine to medium hair and Coarse for coarse hair.

4. Westman Atelier Blend Brush: Gucci Westman is the makeup artist behind some Hollywood A-listers like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Gwyneth Paltrow. She launched her line of clean cosmetics in 2018. I was not planning to purchase any of Gucci’s brushes until I tried them out. They are expensive but work so well. Each brush is handmade in Kumano, Japan. The blender brush is my favorite and works great with cream, liquid, and powder products, and it picks up, deposits, and blends to perfection. I use it with Osmosis Finish Press Base or Sorme Believable Finish Powder Foundation The brushes are easy to clean and do not shed. They are a great investment piece that will last a long time with proper care.

5. Kinesiology Face Tape: I use this tape with Danna Omari’s  Face Aesthetic Taping 101 online course. Facial taping is particularly helpful for people who are beginning to show the first signs of aging. The tapes resemble the structure of the skin and, because of that, when they’re stuck onto the skin they create a lifting effect by gently lifting the epidermis upwards, which creates space under the skin. The space that has been created gives an opportunity for circulation to flow better. The uplifted area creates the space where blood and lymph will flow much more effectively, and as a result, the treated area will regenerate much quicker. The combination of unique techniques of manual face correction and face self-modeling with the help of the tapes treat  fine lines, wrinkles, and sculpting the face. Tapes are an extension of manual therapy and allow results to last longer by strengthening the muscles and retraining them and improving the function of the skin. Follow Danna on Instagram for more instructional videos. Read more about Face Taping here.

6. Living Libations Seabuckthorn All Over Lotion: I am very particular about what body lotion I use on my skin due to the chemicals and parabens in most lotions. Living Libations products are free from artificial colors, preservatives, fragrances, and petrochemicals. I apply this lotion to alleviate dry skin. It is expensive, but a little product goes a long way. Read more about the chemicals your skin does not need here.

I also use the Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn Serum for facial massage and Living Libations Ozonated Healthy Gum Gel.

7. Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick: My favorite Westman Atelier beauty product is the blush stick. I use Petal. I apply it with my fingers, but you could use a brush or sponge to blend it out further. The line is free of silicones, uses no parabens, no PEGs, no talc, no phthalates, and no synthetic fragrances. Their formulations meet the European Union’s rigorous standards for clean beauty.

8.   A313 Vitamin A Retinol CreamA313 Vitamin A Retinol Cream is a potent vitamin A ointment that helps with acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. It is one of the most popular beauty products in France and is very affordable. It has been called the European version of tretinoin or Retin-A. This is the most potent over-the-counter treatment I’ve found on the market. For that reason, I recommend starting slowly to give your skin time to adjust. For more information about this product, see this in-depth review here.

I also like  Osmosis Skincare Calm Gentle Retinal Serum. It is $92 and combines Retinal with calming, nourishing ingredients. The Palmitoyl Tripeptide in the formula smooths out the appearance of wrinkles. Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) offers a high concentration of nourishing omega-7. Prunus serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract is known for its potent anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, so your rash, psoriasis, or eczema is soothed and detoxified. Apply a couple of pumps of this formula to clean skin in the morning and evening using a gentle massaging motion.

9. Ialuset Hyaluronic Acid CreamThe Ialuset Crème is another popular beauty product made in France. It is a white, water-based serum that plumps and hydrates the skin. It is best used in the morning to enjoy the benefits throughout the day before applying makeup or sunscreen. It contains 0.2% Hyaluronic Acid. It is not paraben free, but it is considered one of the few pure hyaluronic acid products on the market. It is a very affordable product with proven results.

10. Style Edit Root Touch-up Powder: This is my favorite root touch-up. It works so much better than the spray bottle touch-up formulations and blends well to match my base color. Style Edit is a powder that binds to the hair follicles and instantly blends unwanted grey roots or helps cover the new growth between base color appointments. All you have to do is sweep a minimal amount of powder over the roots and work outward. You re-apply as necessary, and it washes out when you shampoo your hair. They have red, light/medium/dark blonde, light/medium/dark brown, and black. These products do not use peroxide, parabens, ammonia, or permanent dyes.

11. Dr. Remedy Nail Care: I like this line of nail products because they  do not contain the ten most harmful ingredients used in most nail polish formulations. Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel are board certified practicing Podiatric Surgeons based in New York who founded Dr.’s Remedy to address the needs of their patients. I use three products from this line.

Dr. Remedy Hydration Nail Moisture Treatment: This clear coat helps moisturize, strengthen, and protect my nails. Wear alone as a treatment or as a base coat under your favorite shade.

Dr.’s Remedy Therapeutic Caress Cuticle Oil: I use this formula to help with dry, cracked cuticles. It can be used to prevent fungal infections from developing on the toe nails.

Dr. Remedy Total Two-In-One Base And Top Coat Nail Polish: Dr.’s Remedy base and top coat polish combines the nail barrier of a base coat and the wear protection of a topcoat.

12. Gerda Spillman Bio-Fond Foundation: I have used this foundation for over 15 years. The Gerda Spillmann Bio-Fond Foundation is available in 21 shades.

Before applying the foundation, I spray a small amount of Osmosis Mineral Hydrating Mist and pat the mist all over my face. I use my fingers to apply the foundation and touch up with a beauty blender sponge. It takes a little practice to get the technique for the application down, but it creates a flawless finish. I follow-up with Osmosis Finish Press Base or Sorme Believable Finish Powder Foundation for a flawless finish.

I also like Westman Atelier Foundation Sticks. The foundation is available in 21 shades for most skin tones, and I wear shade Atelier 1.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Here’s a roundup of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your best friend, mom, main squeeze, or even something you might like for yourself. Valentine’s Day is a sweet occasion to celebrate with loved ones.

1.    Michelle Watch is a stunning investment piece. They have many different brands, including one for the Apple Watch.

2.    Passenger Coffee gift subscription is a great way to enjoy coffee at home all year round. I also like TemplePantherVigilante, and Tandem coffee roasters.

3.    Champagne, Brut Premier Cru by Aubry NV is a smoky, floral, vibrant, and citrusy Champagne, a delicious alternative to the big brand names. It’s an impressive entry-level that retails for about $45.

4.    See’s Candy has something for everyone, including this heart filled with milk chocolatesI also love the chocolate walnut squares for gifts.

5.    Eliza Page Jewelry is one of my favorite jewelry designers. The flagship store is located in Austin, Texas. I also love the fine jewelry collection from  Gorjanaand Sidney Evan. For charms, I recommend James Avery.

6.    Venus ET Fleur Eternity Roses are luxury roses that can last more than a year with proper care.

7.    Outsider Black Flag Hat is perfect for the outdoorsman.

8.    Cook the Book by Molly Baz is a modern guide to becoming a better, faster, more creative cook, featuring fun, flavorful recipes anyone can make.

9.    Satin Serenity’s Silk Pillowcase provides anti-aging, skin, and hair benefits. Lake Pajamas and these slippers are also great gift ideas.

10.    Franklin BBQ by Aaron Franklin is a complete meat and brisket-cooking education from the country’s most celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Franklin BBQ in Austin, Texas.

11.  Brooklyn Candle Company Love Potion Candle is an exotic blend of jasmine blossoms, calming lavender, and bright mandarin reminiscent of a freshly picked bouquet of wildflowers.

13.  Yeti Rambler Mug is my favorite travel mug. It’s the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

14.  Gucci Marmont Mini Bag is a great investment piece.

15.  Canon Portable Printer allows you to print images directly from your phone. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is a fun camera for creating instant memories if you are looking for an instant camera.

16.  Inku Cocktail Glasses by Sergio Herman for Serax are delicate, tulip-shaped glasses. They are so popular and sell out fast.

17.  Sprinkles cupcakes can be shipped nationwide. The Red Velvet cupcakes are the most popular.

17.  Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit is easy to light with an almost smoke-free burn.

A few more ideas:

Theragun Mini ($199) is perfect for tight muscles. It’s so lightweight and fits in the palm of your hand.

OURA Ring is a fitness tracker you wear on a finger. The third-generation Oura ring adds SpO2 blood oxygenation readings. These are taken through the night, not during the day. If you are looking to improve your sleep habits, this is a great tool. It’s also an activity tracker.

Dessert Recipes for Valentine’s Day

I think baking for others is an act of love. Here are a few of my favorite dessert recipes.

Pink Champagne Cake is a gorgeous cake for Valentine’s Day.

Red Velvet Cake is another great cake choice for Valentine’s Day. It does take the entire bottle of red food coloring to make the cake really red.

Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes are super moist and has a mild cocoa flavor, with a bright red color. This is the original recipe from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Sprinkles Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes are delicious. This is the original recipe; I use Cup 4 Cup GF Flour or Auntie’s Gluten Free Flour.

Ted Lasso’s Shortbread Biscuits: If you watch “Ted Lasso,” you know Ted makes his boss, Rebecca, shortbread biscuits every day. Here’s a shortbread recipe that tastes better than the show’s version.

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The latest installment of favorite things that I’m currently enjoying or coveting. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift-giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

  1. Gorjana Diamond Pavé Heart Necklace: Treat yourself, or a loved one to a 14k gold heart necklace that shines thanks to an array of pavé cut diamonds.
  2. Veronica Beard Dickey Jacket: I have a pink Veronica Beard dickey jacket that I pair with jeans. The dickey jackets have great structure and are so well-tailored to the body. They elevate any simple tee and denim look and are a great addition to a corporate wardrobe.
  3. Mignonne Gavin Wynnive Crystal Hoop Earrings: I have several pieces of Mignonne Gavin jewelry. I love the vintage design of the crystal hoop earrings. I also have a pair of pearl hoop earrings.
  4. Lake Pajamas: I have a few pairs of Lake Pajamas. I purchase mine during their annual sales. Not only do they offer some of the cutest pajamas, but the pima cotton is so soft. They do shrink a bit so keep that in mind. Machine wash with like colors on the delicate cycle in cold water. Do not use bleach or OxyClean. Lay flat to dry. Your pajamas should be treated as delicate and should not be washed with heavy items such as jeans and towels.
  5. Rolla Jeans: I constantly get asked about my Rollas East Coast flares. They are so comfortable and flattering.
  6. Caddis Eyewear Readers: I wear the Caddis Miklos tortoise reading glasses. They fit great and include blue-light-blocking HEV-coated lenses. This protects against eye strain and potential issues like headaches, tension, and sleeplessness.
  7. Bulletproof Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder: I use this collagen protein powder in my coffee. I like the vanilla flavor.
  8. DÔEN Wyatt Belts: I have both the conga and black designs. These are investment pieces that can be worn for a long time due to their high quality.
  9. Bhu Foods Keto Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips: These keto chips melt properly for baking and taste delicious.
  10. Nature’s Way Supplements: I keep this brand of cold and flu supplements on hand during cold and flu season. Umcka (Pelargonium sidoides) roots, a member of the geranium family, have long been used to relieve respiratory and digestive ailments.
    Nature’s Way Cold and Flu Chewables
    Nature’s way Cold ChewablesNature’s Way Cold and Flu SyrupNature’s Way Cold Care Soothing Hot Drink Mix

    Nature’s Way Cold Care Drops

  11. Athletica Winthrop Glove: I use this running glove to keep my hands warm on my morning runs during the winter.
  12. Coconut Milk Dark Chocolate Bar: This dairy free dark chocolate bar is delicious.

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Best Buys 2021

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Here are the best products I purchased in 2021:

1.  Aurora Liposomal Glutathione: I started supplementing with Liposomal Glutathione after reading Dr. Ben Lynch’s book, Dirty Genes. He’s a brilliant doctor. I have not been sick in a long time. It works. It also helps with the detoxification of the liver. This article published in Science Direct explains the efficacy of glutathione in the prevention of COVID-19 pneumonia.

2.   Caddis Blue Light Blocking Glasses: I like this design of blue light-blocking glasses to protect my eyes from screen time. Caddis lenses block 45% of harmful blue light at and surrounding, the most harmful wavelength (455 nm). This is more than other brands. The lens is nearly clear, which is hard to do. The anti-reflective coating helps to mitigate reflections and glare. The coating is designed to prevent smudging.

3.   Somavedic: This is a fantastic product to use in your home, hotel room, car or office for protection against harmful EMFs. I also place a glass or plastic water bottle next to the device for the night. I’ll drink the water room temperature the following morning and during the day. It helps with detoxification.

4.   Sauna Space: My favorite sauna for gentle, effective detoxification.

5.  Living Libations Ozonated Healthy Gum Gel: I use this gel to help receding gums.

6.  Ice Cream Maker: This machine is easy to clean. I love the old-fashioned ice cream makers, but they require salt and ice. This device makes ice cream without salt and ice.

7.  GE Opal Ice Maker: I purchased this ice machine on Amazon Prime Day. It makes ice fast and makes a drink cold, quickly. I use the ice for lattes, smoothies, and other beverages.

8.  Lululemon Fleece Running Tights: Since I like to run, I needed some warm tights for Baltimore and my layovers in the winter months. This pair from Lululemon is not only warm but comfortable.

9.  Panther Coffee East Coast Espresso: This is the espresso I use at home with my Breville espresso maker. Panther Coffee is located in Miami.

10. Thera O3 Bubbler: I use this device for food and water sterilization.

11. Silent Pocket Faraday Sleeve for iPhone: I use the silent pocket Faraday Sleeve for privacy protection.

12. Thera O3 Air Tech: This portable device is an affordable option for ozone therapy. There are so many benefits to ozone therapy. Read more about ozone therapy here.

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Best Products I Purchased in 2020

Favorite Products 2020

Here are the best products I purchased in 2020:

1.     STEAMER: This steamer does not leak like some of the other compact sizes. It’s small enough that it can be used for travel. I also love the design.

2.    HAND WARMER: I purchased this electric hand warmer because I was using so many disposable hand warmers. It has three adjustable temperatures and can last for up to eight hours. It also works as a phone charger.

3.    TOUCAN HAT PACKABLE WIDE BOW SUNHAT: This is the perfect packable hat for travel. The bow is available in several colors.

4.    BISSELL STEAM MOP: I use the Bissell Steam Mop to clean my tile and hardwood floors. It cleans and sanitizes hard floors with the natural power of steam instead of harsh chemicals.

5.    PILATES IQ REFORMER: Since my local Pilates studio closed, I decided to invest in this reformer. There are several online pilates reformer classes. I like Pilates on Fifth and Pilates Anytime. Both offer a free trial subscription.

6.    FELLOW ELECTRIC POUR OVER KETTLE: This kettle is so beautiful displayed on my stovetop. It heats up super fast and will hold its heat for 60 minutes. You can even adjust the temperature, with the range being 135°F to 212°F.

7.    HEILALA PURE VANILLA PASTE: For serious bakers, this is the best vanilla ever! I use Heilala Pure Vanilla Extract and Heila Pure Vanilla Paste.

8.    MIELE COMPACT VACUUM: Since my Dyson vacuum needed to be replaced, I ordered the Miele Compact Vaccum. It is so powerful and has multiple settings for rugs, tile, and hardwood floors.

9.   ChiliPAD SLEEP SYSTEM: The ChiliPad Sleep System has made an enormous difference in how I sleep. The ChiliPad Sleep System is a mattress pad with a cooling and heating temperature control system. It regulates the surface temperature of your mattress by actively circulating water through a network of micro tubes. If you are having hot flashes or night sweats, the ChiliPad Sleep System may help you sleep better. I like to use it instead of an electric blanket during cold nights.

10.  SECRET TREASURE TIGHTS: I wear these tights with my work uniform. They are a great price and very comfortable.

11.  MEGASPOREBIOTIC: I have consistently taken probiotics for many years. This brand works well for me without side effects like headaches and bloating. I also recommend the MegaMucosa Support Formula for anyone with digestion issues like IBS, Leaky Gut, and constipation.

12.  BULLETPROOF CHOCOLATE DIPPED COLLAGEN BARS: These bars taste so good. They are also keto friendly.

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The latest installment of products that I’m currently enjoying. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift-giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

1.    MAISON de SABRÉ PHONE CASE: My favorite new iPhone case. MAISON de SABRE offers complimentary monogramming in gold or silver foil. Never grab the wrong phone from the table again.

2.   LELE SADOUGHI MASKS: I purchased several packs of Lele Sadoughi masks for work. I like the designs and more importantly the fit and comfort of these masks! I’ve gotten so many compliments on all of them! Most designs feature a contoured fit, two-layer design, super soft t-shirt lining, adjustable elastic ear straps, and an opening for a filter pocket. Here’s a link on where to order filters online.

3.    BOY SMELLS WICK TRIMMER:  I use this wick trimmer which is pretty enough to leave out by candles on a countertop. The first thing to do once you open-up a new candle is to trim the wick. It should be about 1/8″ high. Keeping it short means you’ll have more control of the flame, therefore keeping the candle clean.

4.    HOUSE DRESSES: I love the designs from Hill House Home.

5.    GLASS STRAWS: These are so pretty and great for travel. They also don’t leave an unpleasant metal taste in your mouth like stainless steel straws.

6.    CUYANA WALLET: I invested in the Cuyana wallet to match my Cuyana tote. I also love the zipper wallet. Cuyana products are a great investment.

7.    OSMOSIS HAND SANITIZER: This hand sanitizer does not irritate or dry out my skin. Alcohol-based rubs are also generally less irritating than constant hand washing.

8.    YEAR & DAY: If you’ve been on the hunt for a full set of dishes that are minimal and chic at the same time, Year & Day’s product offering is it.  You can mix and match the full semi-matte ceramics collection because the brand specifically made the line in colors that all look good together. I use the Millenial Pink design.

9.    LELE DADOUGHI PEARL EAR WARMER: Since I do not like wearing earmuffs, I ordered this stylish ear warmer. It is soft and fits perfectly. I also get so many compliments on the style.

10.  VIGILANTE TIN LIZZIE ESPRESSO: I use this espresso at home with my Breville Espresso machine. Tin Lizzie espresso is inspired by the Italian-style of espresso, known for its heavy body, deep chocolate, and caramel tones. When combined with milk, the espresso stands out creating a toasty and chocolatey sweetness in each drink. It tastes great with any nut milk. I use the Nutramilk to make nut milk at home. Vigilante offers free shipping on orders over $25.00. Check their social media accounts for specials.

11.  TRUE COMFORT: Kristen Cavallari’s new cookbook contains over 100 easy recipes. Kristen collaborated with Chef Mike Kubiesa. The recipes are gluten-free and most do not contain dairy or sugar. You can also make substitutions for dietary restrictions with these recipes.

12.  JENI’S DAIRY FREE COLD BREW WITH COCONUT CREAM ICE CREAM: This ice cream is made with a coconut cream base and tastes like a latte.

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My Favorite Beauty Products 2020

Here’s a roundup of my favorite new beauty products. I hope you find the information helpful and maybe some new products to add to your beauty regimen.

1.     Osmosis’s Beauty Recovery Omega and Fat Pad Renewal Elixir: Recovery is a game-changer for me. It has made a significant improvement in my digestive health. My nails have also started to grow longer. After using a couple of months, I have noticed my face and neck are tighter.

Osmosis Beauty’s Recovery is formulated to restore gut health, microbiome balance and plump the fat pads in the face and neck that cause wrinkles and aging. Recovery can replace much of the facial volume loss that occurs with aging. By restoring critical nutrients to reactivate fat cells, Recovery alleviates the need for volume fillers while creating a much more natural, youthful appearance. Recovery’s nutraceutical properties also help restore your unique probiotic population and provides essential fatty acids, like omega-7, supporting health and cellular function.

2.    Foleo Luna: I use the Foleo facial cleansing silicon brush for my second cleanse. There is a light vibration that helps with lymphatic drainage. I don’t like the Clarisonic because the brushes harbor bacteria and are too abrasive on the skin. If you are inflamed or have a lot of breakouts, use the device sparingly until the skin improves.

3.    Osmosis Beauty’s Epic Skin Tool: Micro-needling has become a popular at-home treatment to promote deeper penetration of skincare products, but it wounds the skin, causing potentially permanent damage to the skin barrier. The Epic Skin Tool is designed to maximize the performance of skincare by promoting deeper penetration of active ingredients, without wounding the skin’s barrier or compromising skin health.

The device is meant to be used after applying skincare serums and treatment products and allow time for these to dry. Wet skin is not ideal because it can slip and scratch the skin if it is too wet. The EPIC can be used safely on the face and all body areas. However, you want to use gently on the nose and extremely gently on the eyelids, or skip these areas altogether.

I purchased the device to get the maximum benefit out of my skincare serums.

4.    Jade Roller: A great tool to start for beginners. Jade doesn’t really do anything to your skin, but the jade stone is cool to the touch, so by rolling it across the face the cold temperature promotes blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, and reduces puffiness. Instead of rolling outward, try to massage back and forth to work out the wrinkles. I like to use my jade roller for depuffing the eyes. I store my roller in the refrigerator.

It is important to keep the jade roller disinfected.

5.    Gua Sha: My favorite tool for lymphatic drainage and facial massage. I use the Gua Sha tool designed by Cecily Braden, creator of the Gua Sha Facial Fusion method.

Guasha is an ancient healing technique used for clearing blockages, creating space and movement in the underlying structures so that the skin can function better. By increasing movement through guasha massage, the skin is able to naturally clear blockages that lead to acne, Rosacea, puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and overall strengthening the immunity of the skin.

To use, gently glide the tool across the skin and down the sides of the neck. A Gua Sha facial works on the face’s connective tissue, the facial fascia, which helps lift and release the facial muscles. The routine, when done right, increases circulation, plumps the skin, and removes blockages.

I recommend viewing Cecily’s tutorials on Instagram. Danna Omari also designed her own Gua Sha tool. Dani has several instructional videos on Instagram.

6.    Stacked Skincare Dermaplaning Tool: The Dermaplaning Tool features replaceable blades that safely remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells for instantly smoother, softer, more luminous skin. By removing dead cell buildup, dermaplaning allows your skincare products to fully absorb into the skin— boosting the efficacy of the products you already own. It is a cost-effective tool to save money on the expensive dermaplaing treatments at a spa. I use the device sparingly to remove peach fuzz on my face.

7.    Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn: Living Libations best-selling skin elixir contains omega fatty acids, vitamins, lipids, and hundreds of bioactive compounds. I use this cleanser for oil cleansing. It leaves my skin radiant.

This video tutorial explains each step for proper oil cleansing.

8.    Pickles Ointment: This ointment effectively removes painful corns and calluses.

9.    Mavala Nail Polish Thinner: This nail polish thinner restores ideal consistency to nail polish and makes it easier to apply in thin coats. Two thin coats will last longer rather than one thick coat of nail polish that will flake or peel within a couple of days. If your nail polish is too thick, add 2 to 3 drops of the product and shake well. Let it stand for 20 minutes.

10. Facial Reflexology Tool: I recently purchased a facial reflexology tool.  Facial Reflexology aims to relax and help remove stress by assisting the body to heal and rebalance itself. During facial reflexology, gentle pressure is applied to different reflex zones and reflexology points on the face.

I recommend watching Danna Omari’s webinar and following her on Instagram for more instructional videos. I also recommend watching Jackie Van Ruler’s YouTube channel for additional training.

11. High Frequency: The “Zit Zapper” is used by professionals to kill bacteria, ease inflammation, and boost circulation through ozone gas. Use a few times a week or when needed. Do not use if you are pregnant or have a history of heart disease.

I recommend watching this instructional video to learn how to use the device for the best results.

12. Cosmedix Opti Crystal Eye Serum: This is my favorite eye serum. It contains copper, spin trap, and alpha lipoic acid which is a powerful antioxidant. It’s firming and hydrating. You only need one drop on each eye.

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My 12 Best Buys of 2019

2019 Best Buys

Here are my favorite items I purchased in 2019:

1.    YETI MUG: It keeps my coffee warm for hours at a time. I love how the handle feels on my hand.  It’s available in a variety of colors and under $25!

2.    APL SNEAKERS: The most comfortable and stylish sneakers.

3.    WEATHERMAN TRAVEL UMBRELLA: I finally found an umbrella that is durable and stylish for travel. It weighs under a pound and is less than 12 inches long. Reinforced fiberglass plastic defends against inverting and breaking, Teflon-coated fabric repels water, and the canopy fights off winds up to 45 mph. It’s truly the best umbrella you’ll ever use.

The umbrellas are all backed by a lifetime warranty and designed by a meteorologist. I also have a collapsible design.

4.    LAKE PAJAMAS: These pajamas are so cute.

5.    ZOJIRUSHI STAINLESS STEAL 16-OUNCE MUG MATTE GOLD: This mug does not spill! The locking mechanism allows me to throw it in my tote or gym bag without the fear of it leaking. It also keeps my coffee hot for hours. I also love the color. Other colors are available.

6.   EQUILIBRIUM NUTRITION SINUS SUPPORT: This product is amazing for sinus relief. It cleared up my recurrent sinus infections for good.

7.    PELETON BIKE AND CLASS PASS MEMBERSHIP: I invested in the Peleton bike so I can exercise at home. Peloton offers a no-risk 30-day trial. If you purchase the bike, you pay $39 a month membership for the classes. The Peloton app includes full-body workouts, stretching, yoga, running and more classes you can stream.

If you are visiting New York, you can take a class at the Peloton Studio in Chelsea. You can also schedule a class using Class Pass. I use Class Pass when I travel to take fitness classes at a reduced rate. Instead of paying $25 or more for a class, I can take classes for $10 or less. I also use it locally to take pilates reformer classes.

8.    ICE ROLLER: I keep my ice roller in the freezer and use it in the morning to help with de-puffing my skin. It is also helpful to relieve dark circles.

9.    MADE IN COOKWARE: I love my non-stick frying pan and butter warmer. These non-stick pans are free of PFOA and built to last. The cookware line features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s also very popular with chefs.

10.  FIELD COMPANY CAST IRON: I love this skillet. It’s not heavy like other brands. I use it for making the perfect pancakes. It’s also great in the oven for casseroles. Field Company products are made in the USA.

11.  EKOUAERTHERMALS FLEECE UNDERWEAR: These fit better than other brands. If you are traveling to a cold-weather destination, these will help keep you warm.

12.  NATIVE UNION WIRELESS CHARGING PAD: This charging pad is stylish and keeps my iPhone charged wirelessly.

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More of my favorite products purchased in 2019:

1.    PORTER CERAMIC TO-GO MUG: I use this mug when I travel. The slick style is made of BPA-free plastic and dishwasher safe. Most coffee shops offer a discount for using your mug..

2.    THERA-GUN: TheraGun is a unique handheld device applied to the surface of the skin to boost healing and recovery. I use it after exercising and at night before I go to sleep.

3.    REBEL KETO ICE CREAM: The most delicious low carb, high fat, keto, no sugar added ice cream.

4.    PELETON BIKE: I invested in the Peleton bike so I can exercise at home. Peloton offers a no-risk 30-day trial. If you purchase the bike, you pay $39 a month membership for the classes. The Peloton app includes full-body workouts, stretching, yoga, running and more classes you can stream.

If you are visiting New York, you can take a class at the Peloton Studio in Chelsea. You can also schedule a class using Class Pass. I use Class Pass when I travel to take fitness classes at a reduced rate. Instead of paying $25 or more for a class, I can take classes for $10 or less. I also use it locally to take pilates reformer classes.

5.    CUYANA LEATHER ZIPPER TOTE: The Cuyana is elegant and relatively affordable, costing less than $200 for a bag that’s made in America out of Italian leather. I use the tote organization insert to keep my bag organized.

6.   URSA MAJOR DEODORANT: I tried several natural deodorants and Ursa Major was the most effective. It eliminates underarm odor while absorbing excess moisture and does not irritate my skin.

7.    MADE IN COOKWARE: I love my non-stick frying pan and butter warmer. These non-stick pans are free of PFOA and built to last. The cookware line features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s also very popular with chefs.

8.    PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PROBIOTICS: I use these probiotics developed by Mark Sission. This particular probiotic contains Bacillus coagulans. Many probiotics cannot survive the harsh conditions of the stomach and never reach the gut. Bacillus coagulans are extremely tolerant of acidic conditions and survive transit to reach and colonize the gut.

I also recommend Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings, Avocado Oil, Protein Bars, and condiments. Be sure to read Mark’s Daily Apple. Download the Feedly app to read your favorite blogs.

9.    MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN AQUA FABRIC SOFTENER: It adds the best smell to workout clothes and sheets.

10.  EUFY ROBOVAC: This affordable robot vacuum is quieter and fits under more furniture than many others.

11.   SONOS SPEAKERS: Sonos speakers work seamlessly with your favorite streaming services. The Sonos One is the perfect starter speaker for most people. It’s reasonably priced and can be moved from one room to another with ease. It’s easy to set-up using the Sonos Controller app on my iPhone. The sound quality is amazing.

12.  VORNADO FAN: This fan is so great I don’t need an air conditioner. I mostly use it when I ride my Peloton bike.

1.  HEART HOOPS: I wear these heart earrings with my uniform. They are available in gold, silver, and rose gold.

2.  PETITE BLUSH PEARL VELVET HEADBAND: I am in love with this headband. It’s pink, velvet, and studded with pearls.

3.  SIMPLE HUMAN ROSE GOLD SOAP DISPENSER: It is a dispenser that will drop some dish soap on your hands or sponge by a sensor.

4.  DUDLEY STEPHENS HIGHLAND HIGH LOW FLEECE: I ordered a pink fleece and plan to add to my collection. I was surprised at how well the fabric holds up. They are long enough to wear with leggings and great for travel. Dudley Stephens is a US-based, female-owned company that uses sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

5.  EAST FORK MUGS: Dubbed #TheMug by Instagram, East Fork’s coffee mug is a web phenomenon. Every Tuesday at noon, its web stock is refreshed. They’re also microwave and dishwasher-safe. All of East Fork’s pottery is handmade in Ashville, North Carolina.

6.  PEARL HAIR CLIP: These barrettes are so pretty and stylish.

7. LULULEMON ALIGN PANTS 25″: These lightweight, high-rise pants are the most comfortable workout pants I have ever worn. They are soft and stretch when you move. Lululemon products are expensive, but the fabric holds up for a long time.

8.  JULIA REED’S NEW ORLEANS Food, Fun, and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll: In Julia’s latest book, the consummate hostess and lifestyle expert shares her favorite New Orleans recipes and entertaining tips. I substitute cauliflower rice for white rice.

9.  GARRETT LEIGHT x ULLA JOHNSON PALOMA SUNGLASSES: These sunglasses have the best tint. I ordered the Tortoiseshell design. I also love the rose pink frame.

10. CORNELIA JAMES MERINO WOOL GLOVES: Duchess Kate Middleton owns the Cornelia James Imogen gloves in two different colors, black and brown. In addition to the black and chocolate brown shades worn by Kate, the Imogen gloves come in several colors, including forest green, red, elephant grey, pink, plum purple, navy blue, taupe and biscuit.

11. GRAY MALIN: ITALY: I am a big fan of Gray Malin’s prints. His latest book includes the most beautiful beach photography in Italy. It’s also perfect to display on your coffee table.

12. LEATHER CAMERA SLING STRAPS: These camera straps are lightweight and can be personalized.

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Favorite Things

The latest installment of some of my favorite products that I’m currently enjoying or coveting. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift-giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

1.    PORTER CERAMIC TO-GO MUG: I use this mug when I travel. The slick style is made of BPA-free plastic and dishwasher safe. Most coffee shops offer a discount for using your mug..

2.    THERA-GUN: TheraGun is a unique handheld device applied to the surface of the skin to boost healing and recovery. I use it after exercising and at night before I go to sleep.

3.    REBEL KETO ICE CREAM: The most delicious low carb, high fat, keto, no sugar added ice cream.

4.    PELETON BIKE: I am crazy about this workout. I tested the Peloton bike in a hotel gym. Peloton partners with hotels across the U.S. You can also schedule a test class at a Peloton studio.

I can work out at home anytime and choose from over 100 live classes each week and access on-demand rides from the massive library.  My favorite instructor is Denis Morton. I like working out to country music, and Peloton offers country rides. They also have fun theme rides.

Peloton is not going anywhere. They just made a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. If you are visiting New York, you can take a class at the Peloton Studio in Chelsea. You can also schedule a class using Class Pass. I use Class Pass when I travel to take fitness classes at a reduced rate. Instead of paying $25 or more for a class, I can take classes for $10 or less depending on demand.

Peloton offers a no-risk 30-day trial. If you purchase the bike, you pay $39 a month membership for the classes. The Peloton app includes full-body workouts, stretching, yoga, running and more classes you can stream.

5.    CUYANA LEATHER ZIPPER TOTE: The Cuyana is elegant and relatively affordable, costing less than $200 for a bag that’s made in America out of Italian leather. I use the tote organization insert to keep my bag organized.

6.   URSA MAJOR DEODORANT: I tried several natural deodorants and Ursa Major was the most effective. It eliminates underarm odor while absorbing excess moisture and does not irritate my skin.

7.    MADE IN COOKWARE: The cookware line Made In features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s popular with chefs. I really love my Made In Cookware. I think it’s better than All-Clad.

8.    PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PROBIOTICS: I use these probiotics developed by Mark Sission. This particular probiotic contains Bacillus coagulans. Many probiotics cannot survive the harsh conditions of the stomach and never reach the gut. Bacillus coagulans are extremely tolerant of acidic conditions and survive transit to reach and colonize the gut.

If you have digestive issues, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking a probiotic supplement.

I also recommend Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings, Avocado Oil, Protein Bars, and condiments. Be sure to read Mark’s Daily Apple. Download the Feedly app to read your favorite blogs.

9.    MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN AQUA FABRIC SOFTENER: It adds the best smell to workout clothes and sheets.

10.  EUFY ROBOVAC: This affordable robot vacuum is quieter and fits under more furniture than many others.

11.   SONOS SPEAKERS: Sonos speakers work seamlessly with your favorite streaming services. The Sonos One is the perfect starter speaker for most people. It’s reasonably priced and can be moved from one room to another with ease. It’s easy to set-up using the Sonos Controller app on my iPhone. The sound quality is amazing.

12.  VORNADO FAN: This fan is so great I don’t need an air conditioner. I mostly use it when I ride my Peloton bike.

What are some of your favorite things? Tell me in the comments.

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12 Best Podcasts of 2019

Best Podcasts

Do you listen to podcasts? If not, you’re missing out on great programming. Read on to find out 12 awesome podcasts to try and how to get started listening to podcasts.

If you are not familiar with podcasts, a podcast is a radio show that you can download or listen to online. Podcasts are great company on long road trips as well as daily commutes. I also listen to podcasts if I go for a long walk or while I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing some work on my computer. The best part about podcasts is they are entirely free to download or stream online. Rather than listening to the radio or music, give podcasts a chance.

I listen to podcasts on my iPhone. It’s portable, and there are multiple podcasting apps available for it. I prefer using the Downcast app to download my favorite podcasts. You can create playlists and organize what you download or stream, so you don’t lose precious space on your device. Before that, I used the simple Podcast app on my iPhone.

Some other great podcast apps to try include Overcast. In addition to offering easy-to-find content, this app makes it simple for you to download podcasts for offline listening, which is my favorite feature of any podcast app. You can search for and subscribe to podcasts, create custom playlists, and get notifications when new content is available.

I also like the TuneIn Radio app. This app includes 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Explore and follow the best in sports, news, music and talk to create your personalized feed.

Podcast Chart is another great tool to discover new podcasts.

You can also listen to podcasts using Soundcloud and Sticher. The Stitcher app is available on Apple and Android devices.

If you are looking for new podcasts, the new and noteworthy section of iTunes for podcasts is a great resource. The Podcast Top 200 lists the most popular podcasts, and the iTunes Essentials: Podcasts is a great way to find popular content. Use this curated library to find podcasts based on interests like “cooking” or “travel.” Also Sampler, a podcast about the best podcasts, is a great resource if you’re looking for more ideas. You can even listen to podcasts on your computer by going to a podcast’s website.

And here’s a quick guide on how to download and listen to podcasts.

Other Podcast Apps for Android:

Here’s a list of new podcasts to try since my last update.

1.   COLD: Susan Powell vanished on Dec. 7, 2009. Her body has never been found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan’s husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her. They never arrested him. Cold dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details. You’ll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband, why Josh did what he did and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all in order.

2.  TO LIVE AND DIE LA: When an aspiring actress went missing in Hollywood last year, journalist Neil Strauss was asked by the family to investigate. The murder was solved as a result of this investigation.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all in order.

3.   22 HOURS AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: This podcast details the horrific events that led to a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper being held hostage, tortured and brutally murdered inside their own home. The killings of the Savopoulos family and Vera Figueroa in May 2015 were among the most shocking and mysterious crimes in D.C. history. Three years later, Daron Wint, the man charged in the crime that became known as the D.C. Mansion Murders, was finally brought to justice. WTOP examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding their killer and why they say he committed such a brutal crime.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

4.   MADDIE: The Maddie podcast series explores what many believe is the well-known story of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance but this is an investigation of the evidence which could make you question everything you thought you knew about the case.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

5.    DR. DEATH:  This podcast explores what happens when a power-hungry doctor is not stopped by the people that should stop him until it is too late.

Favorite Episode: You need to listen to them all, in order.

6.   JUST THINKING: Just Thinking is a podcast that tackles current and social issues from a biblical worldview. The Just Thinking podcast is hosted weekly by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker. I have learned so much listening to this podcast.

Favorite Episodes:

Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

Slavery Reparations: Is such an idea biblical?

Immigration and the Gospel: Is it possible to set aside emotions and consider what the Scriptures objectively say about this issue?

7.   THE DROP OUT:  This podcast tells the story of how Elizabeth Holmes’ company Theranos was built on a lie. Though Holmes claimed that Theranos had created a method of testing that could detect a wide range of medical issues with a single drop of blood, it was all smoke and mirrors. The tech didn’t work, even though Holmes had convinced powerful investors to throw their money behind the company.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

8.    UNCOVER: ESCAPING NXIVM: This podcast investigates the bizarre story of NXIVM, a secretive alleged sex cult founded by multi-level marketing guru Keith Raniere in Albany, New York.

Favorite Episodes: You need to listen to them all, in order.

Bonus Episode: Inside the Trial

9.   PETER ATTIA: THE DRIVE: Topics include fasting, ketosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, mental health, and much more. The Drive is hosted by Dr. Peter Attia, a Stanford/Johns Hopkins/NIH-trained physician focusing on the applied science of longevity, the extension of human life and well-being.

Favorite Episodes:

Episode 62 | Keith Flaherty, M.D.: Deep Dive into Cancer: History of oncology, novel approaches to treatment, and the exciting and hopeful future.

Episode 13 |Brett Kotlus, M.D. How to Look Younger While We Live Longer: This episode explores the question of how we can maintain a naturally youthful look as we get older.

10.  MAC POWER USERS: Learn about getting the most from your Apple technology.

Favorite Episodes:

#490: Surfin with Safari

#486: Essential iOS Apps

#467: Fitness Apps

11.  REAL CHRISTIANITY: Dale and Veronica Partridge co-host one of the top Christian Podcasts. The first series of episodes are about marriage. Go back and listen to these episodes if you are married or engaged.

Favorite Episodes:

Should Christians Judge Other Christians?

4 Threats to the Christian Marriage and How to Confront Them

12.  RED PILLED AMERICA: Red Pilled America is a story-telling podcast. It features true stories often overlooked by the mainstream media. If you like the format of NPR and Wondery podcast networks, check this one out.  Go back and listen to all of the episodes.

Favorite Episodes:

Episode 13: Right To Try

Episode 15: Why is homelessness surging in California?

Episode 11: Sanctuary Cities

So if you’re looking for more podcasts to listen to, you may want to read my other posts:

My Favorite Podcasts Part 4

My Favorite Podcasts Part 3

My Favorite Podcasts Part 2

My Favorite Podcast Part 1

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What other podcasts do you love?