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Photography

I’ve been a lifetime member since 2010. It’s a fantastic place to connect with other photographers, from those just picking up a camera for the first time to complete professionals.

They include a Member Perks Library that includes editing demos, free presets, shooting videos, and more.

This is an excellent app for editing photos and videos. Not just with filters, although they have plenty of those, but also with effects like light flares and color fogs. It also lets you fine-tune with curves and HSL.

This is the camera body I use.

I’ve always used Nikon cameras and this is a full-frame DSLR.

One of my favorite lenses! Everyone needs a “nifty fifty”. It’s the best multi-purpose prime lens.

General Website

I couldn’t recommend them enough for a web host! Stable, speedy servers, crazy fast support, and all the latest features like free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt. You should never have to pay for SSL certificates. It’s the standard nowadays to have one, even for the most basic one-page site.

Clicky is my preferred analytics software! It’s easier to use than Google Analytics and offers many more features. They also provide fantastic support.

This is a URL shortening service that, if you have one, lets you use your custom short URL! If not, it uses it’s own short URL and allows you to give it a custom name.

It also has analytics to see how many times a link has been clicked and from where.

WordPress Plugins

This plugin is not just social share buttons (although those are freaking awesome), but this plugin allows you to upload unique images for Pinterest and other social networks, and even share count recovery!

This is the plugin I am using to display my Instagram photos. It has every customization option you can think of. One of my absolute favorites!

You can do anything with this plugin, including accepting payments, conditional logic (a personal fav), connections with your email list provider, and so much more!

The BEST caching plugin I have ever worked with! If you want a fast-loading site, this is the plugin for you.

Optimizing a photo reduces the file size dramatically without compromising on quality. This translates to much faster loading times for your readers and less drag on your server.

They have a suite of amazing plugins for WordPress!

My personal favorites are Tasty Recipes & Tasty Links.

With form templates, a drag-and-drop editor, all sorts of add-ons for payment processing and connection to your opt-in forms, this plugin is a must-have!

Coffee

I love coffee. From drip to pulling my own espresso shots. And this is some really good coffee.

My favorite Nespresso pods for the vertuo machines. This one is specifically meant to be brewed for iced espresso beverages.

I have tried other methods of making my cold brew but this one gives consistent non-bitter coffee. I think it has to do with the wide container and the dual filters. I couldn’t live without this!

If you have a Breville espresso machine or grinder, you know it always retains coffee grounds. This bellow uses air to push out those grounds so your 18g espresso is actually 18g!

This funnel helps reduce mess and I can use my tamper with it on. Works great with the Breville line of espresso machines

This is the espresso machine I use.

Health

I need to track my food for a variety of reasons. Partially because I forget to eat, and also due to having hypothyroidism I need to monitor my intake.

I’ve found WW is the best tracker, for me. It’s simple, intuitive, and I don’t have to worry about tracking every radish, lettuce leaf, or strawberry.

I know it sounds a bit… out there… to love a dental floss, but this truly is the absolute best floss!

It’s thick and grippy, has amazing flavors, and best of all? My dentist has said that I have perfect gums, which I believe is due to using this dental floss every night, without fail.

I love this pill organizer because it fits everything I take in a day. I love that I only have to fill it once a week, it makes it much easier for me to manage.

I take on average, 7 pills when I wake up and 16 before bed (prescriptions & supplements). It fits them all, including my fish oil.

Books

I LOVE INA! I have for years and years!

Her recipes are tried and true. You follow her directions? You’ll never fail. Just amazing.

I’ve been a fan of Lisa of Downshiftology for years. This is a helpful cookbook to help you prep for the week without being stuck in the rut of eating the same meal over and over.

If you like supernatural fiction that can make you laugh out loud, gives a great mystery, and make you cry, then the October Daye series is perfection.

Miscellaneous

I own two of these and they are amazing! If I could replace all of my grow bags with GreenStalks, I would in a heartbeat. So easy to maintain, to water, to grow anything in. It’s my favorite garden item!