MY MUST HAVES
Over the years I’ve tried and tested many products, tools and courses. Some were great, some… not so much. To help you in your journey to success, these recommendations are ones that I stamp my personal approval on. I personally use all of these products and resources!
I share these tools on this page, not because I make a small commission when you purchase, but because I use them in my home or business and they are helpful to me. When deciding on a certain tool or program, ask yourself “will this help me to achieve my goals?”
Please note: Some of the products below have my affiliate link attached and I may earn a small commission, no extra charge to you, of course.
When people use to tell me that The Secret had changed their lives, I couldn't get my head around it. I didn't understand what was so amazing or transformational about this book - in fact the idea of it just annoyed me. Why couldn't the author just tell us what the Secret was on the back cover and I wouldn't have to read the whole thing?
A good friend nudged me into reading The Secret (well okay, I listened to the audio book, but let's not split hairs) and I finally got it. You can't just know the bones of the Secret, you have to feel the power of it as well.
Trust me, you can't read this book and it not make a positive impact on your life.
This book has completely changed my view on the foods which I eat. Before I started reading this book I knew that processed foods weren't a great option but Dr Greger opened my eyes to the real dangers of them. Greger doesn't just leave the reader there, he provides numerous positive replacements and explains just why they are better options.
Get ready to change your health and your eating life!
WEIGHT LOSS TOOLS
If you're on a weight loss journey you'll want some way of measuring your progress. While numbers aren't everything, they are a useful indicator that you're moving in the right direction. A good set of scales is a must and while there are many different options (and price points) on the market, I absolutely love my RENPHO scales.
The RENPHO app integrates brilliantly with the health data on my phone (and your FitBit, if you have one) and provides handy graphs if you prefer a visual view of your weight loss. This scale get bonus points if you'd like to track your weight without knowing your results. Open your app and Bluetooth, step on the scales with your eyes closed and wait for your phone to ping - just remember to close the app before you get a glimpse of the numbers!
If you asked me a few years ago, I never would've thought I'd get excited about a skincare range. I'd been struggling with psoriasis for some time and despite regular trips to a dermatologist and even a course of light therapy sessions (at the hospital three times a week!) hadn't made an impact. I was covering my skin in steroids, well aware of the damage they could cause.
A friend recommended Tropic Skincare after she started using it to manage her son's eczema and I immediately fell in love. It didn't cure my psoriasis (nothing will) but it did make it easier to manage. Over time I added more products to my collection and even started using it on my youngest son's eczema with great effect.
Fast forward two years and I've swapped out 95% of my skin and hair care products for Tropic. My skin is feeling the best it's been in over 8 years and the range has dealt with problems I've had since I was a teenager. I'd call that a win!
The only other tool I need in my skincare arsenal (the entire Tropic range counts as one!) is a deep cleansing facial brush.
I've suffered from blackheads and enlarged pores since pore strips were a combo of a bottle of adhesive and a paper strip. Throughout my 20s I attacked my face with harsh products containing chemicals such as salicylic and glycolic acid and, while they made some difference they didn't solve the problem and the effects were short lived.
In recent years I've converted to facial brushes and the difference is amazing! My skin is much clearer, softer, and breakouts happen far less often. My favourite brush is the Magnitone London BareFaced 2, which combines award winning Vibra-Sonic technology with style and affordability. Your bathroom shelf needs one!
Some people think I bang on about hydration, but it's only because it's such an important part of our lives. After all, 60% of our body is water. Have a headache? Hydrate. Feeling hungry? Hydrate (it's more likely that you're actually thirsty). Skin looking lacklustre? Increase your hydration levels.
To make it easier to remember to drink enough, I carry a water bottle with me wherever I go - even around the house! Bobble bottles are my favourite as I find they make tap water taste better, come in varying sizes and you can even switch up the colour by choosing different (replaceable) filters.
BUSINESS AND BLOGGING TOOLS
Most people have no idea where to start when it comes to building a blog. I'm lucky that I've spent years blogging so I was aware of the mechanics, but my knowledge of the specifics was outdated. That is, until I found The Ultimate Branding Blueprint. This is a Step by Step series that walks you through setting up your Blog properly for profits. Teaching you how to set up your Brand, how to market to your Right Audience and it even walks you through a Complete WordPress Setup and how to monetize and build your sales funnels.
When I started my business I knew I didn't want to use the spammy techniques that give network marketers a bad name but wasn't sure how to promote my business without them.
A friend recommended the Ninja Networker and, after learning some amazing strategies, I've not looked back! With a thriving community of industry experts and leaders, along with regular training and activity sessions, your learning never stops!
I love a well designed WordPress theme and, in the past, I have even designed my own. However, when you only dabble technology can easily overtake your knowledge. I recommend OptimizePress for its versatility and ease of use. Whether you're an amateur blogger who wants to up their game or a small business that needs functionality, this is the theme for you.
If you're looking to set up a mailing list then this is the place to go. Create emails and landing pages; Facebook and Instagram ads; connect your favourite apps and web services; automate your work; and more.