I swear by all of these products! I wouldn’t list them here if I didn’t honestly adore them, and I’d recommend them even if I didn’t get paid for endorsing them (which is the case for some of these).
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Skin & Hair Care
Briotech Topical Skin Spray
Briotech Topical Skin Spray is one of my favorite skincare products. When my eczema surprised me by flaring up after many years and I had a seriously lichenized patch of skin. My doctor prescribed the usual steroid cream from my doctor, but I decided to try Briotech first — I’m so glad I did! The Briotech spray relieved the itchiness of the lichenification and eczema immediately, and after a few weeks of regular application, both issues resolved. Now I use it for everything!
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve
I order almost all my skincare products from this company, and my skincare routine has changed for the better. My skin is healthier and my eczema is under control, in part thanks to this wonderful organic, handmade soap. Plus, last time I checked their website, their packaging is 99% plastic-free.
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I have struggled with dandruff for decades. I’ve tried every commercially available dandruff shampoo and handmade organic shampoo without results, so I gave up. Then I tried Viori, all natural shampoo bars made from Longsheng rice, and was pleasantly surprised by the improvement after only a few weeks of use, and my hair feels soft and moisturized.
Home & Household
I was skeptical of this cleaning agent because it promised to do way too much for it to be realistically effective. It was too good to be true: non-toxic (even safe for cats), use it to clean the dishes, toilet, tub, carpets, laundry — even you and your pets. How could one cleaner do all that? But it really does. It seems expensive at first, but it lasts a long time, simplifies cleaning, and reduces plastic waste.
I’ve been ordering from Butcher Box for years for high quality, humanely raised meats. It takes some time to get used to cooking from frozen, but once I got used to it, I found it much easier to meal plan with Butcher Box.
We upgraded our bed to an adjustable split king and changed out all our bedding. The buying process with Saatva was wonderful, and the unboxing experience with Saatva’s all-year comforter was lovely (photo on the left).
Who Gives A Crap
I never would have thought I’d be recommending a specific brand of toilet paper, but such is the life when you’re trying to live with intention. This company makes toilet paper out of 100% recycled paper, and they’re plastic-free!
I was skeptical when they said it lasts longer than normal toilet paper, but I tested the claim, and they were right: My first order for our 2-person household was November 2020 and my next order was July 2021.
Tandem is my favorite way to find language learning partners. If you’re considering Tandem and HelloTalk, check out HelloTalk or Tandem: What’s better for language learning partners? Or if you’re not sure you’re ready for a language learning partner, read Why I’m Glad I Found Language Learning Partners Sooner.
Getting a tutor completely changed my learning experience with Japanese. I highly recommend getting a tutor, especially if you’re self-studying.
If you want all the details of my experience with Preply, read my Tips for Choosing a Tutor and How a Preply Tutor Transformed My Language Learning Experience.
Especially when I was learning quick Japanese phrases for my trip to Japan, Japanesepod101.com has been one of the best resources I’ve used for learning Japanese.
They have their own website where you can sign up for their program for free, but I also recommend their class on Udemy: Learn Japanese for Beginners: The Ultimate 100-Lesson Course
This Udemy class assembles the videos in a way that makes sense when you’re learning. Some of the videos are a bit dated, but the content is still valid.
If you’re using spreadsheets to organize everything but feel like you need something more advanced, try Airtable for free. It is amazing tool that looks and feels a lot like a spreadsheet, but it’s actually a database.
If you want to learn more about how to get the most out of Airtable, check out my tutorial on How to Build an Efficient Reference Library in Airtable.
Dubsado is a great customer relationship management (CRM) software for freelancers. It has robust features, including automated workflows, signable contracts, client payment portals, integration with multiple payment processors, and more. Their how-to videos are super helpful, and I was able to set up almost all of my workflows using their videos and self-service knowledge base. They update the software often, and whenever I’ve needed help, customer support has been amazing.
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Google Fi is my favorite carrier. I have, on multiple occasions, been the only one with reception in my group when out in the woods or other areas with spotty reception. It’s one less thing to worry about when traveling internationally, and it’s one of the least expensive plans out there. It’s not great for iPhone users, but if you’re on Android, check it out!
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This is the best period and health tracking app that I have tried, especially if you’re using fertility awareness-based methods for natural birth control, and it’s fully customizable to your needs. Full disclosure: I’ve been using this app since 2015 and worked for the parent company from 2018 to 2021 — ironically, I’m not getting paid for this plug 😂 More importantly, Kindara changed my life. Twice.
I recently discovered Todoist. I was laid off from my day job and having trouble getting anything done for my blog and personal life. I had previously been using Google Keep, but that was difficult because it was one long list of everything I needed to get done, and even if I checked off 5 this, I still had 20 more to do. It felt like a never-ending list, which was frustrating and made me feel like I wasn’t getting anything done.
Todoist helped me get organized because I could schedule tasks for a specific day without taking up space on my calendar. This turned out to be critical for a productive day because I don’t overload myself on any given day, and I get to completely clear off on the list, which is satisfying.
If you’re not into reusable menstrual supplies, LOLA is a wonderful option for organic cotton pads and tampons. I can’t vouch for the tampons, but before I switched to cloth, I really liked the pads and the ease of the monthly subscription. I am also a big fan of their cleansing wipes and personal lube.
I first tried Natural Cycles in October 2022, and it’s been an an excellent addition to my fertility awareness charting practice. (Full review coming soon.)
I don’t rely on its predictions and algorithm alone, but coupled with the Oura ring, it is great for measuring temperature!
Aisle is my favorite period management product. Their reusable cloth pads and period undies are amazing — absorbent, comfortable, and washer and dryer safe. The undies are perfect for overnight and heavy days. As an added bonus, they are inclusive in their photos and language.