It’s that time of year – time to share the very best products, hacks, and other cool things I’ve discovered in 2015. (I’m not sponsored by any of these companies – I’m only sharing them with you because I truly love them.)
LaCroix Sparkling Water. As some of you know, one of my greatest achievements in 2015 was giving up a nasty Diet Pepsi habit that had plagued me since I was a teenager. Even though I was able to give it up cold turkey, I was never satisfied with plain water–I like my bubbles! My boyfriend introduced me to LaCroix, which we have to order from the States, but it’s so worth it! It has amazing natural flavours like coconut, mixed berry, pineapple-strawberry, and peach-pear, smells incredible, and there’s absolutely nothing bad in it. No sweeteners, no sugar, no sodium, nothing. Just naturally flavoured sparkling water that tastes great. If you or anyone you love has a soda habit, this could be the cure.
Tiny Hands. Perhaps it was growing up with scratch-and-sniff stickers, but this tiny scented food jewelry
immediately appealed to me. Mei makes every creation by hand with loving attention to detail. Each item comes beautifully packaged in a beribboned gift box with a personal, handwritten note on the invoice. Everything she makes is so adorable that it’s very hard to choose just one, and she even has a Necklace of the Month club where members get a surprise in the mail every two months. I love my Christmas cookie necklace!
Habitica. This productivity hack has changed my life. It turns your to-do list into a role-playing game, so those who get their work done and accomplish their goals are rewarded with virtual pets, gold, food, and more. You can join with a friend to fight monsters, adding even more accountability to the game – if you don’t finish your work, your friend will suffer as well. The free version is fantastic, but if you subscribe, you get a lot of fun extras.
Baby Lips. A friend introduced me to this product, and it has been a revelation! There are tons of colours and varieties, but all versions soften your lips while adding just enough of a tint to be noticeable. Very natural without the stickiness of gloss, and it’s so subtle that you can apply it like chapstick. There are lines with SPF and an RX line that heals chapped or dry lips. This stuff is awesome.
Self Control. This app for Macs saved my sanity last week. I had a ton of articles due, but I was already procrastinating. Enter Self Control. This program locks you out of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and anything else that distracts you, for however long you need. Once you’ve turned it on, though, there’s no going back – you’ll be locked out of those sites until the time is up, even if you shut down your computer or delete the program.
Best Helpful Blog
I read a lot of great blogs, but one stood out this year for being especially helpful. Chrys Fey’s Write With Fey was packed with so many great ideas about how to market a novel that I must have bookmarked every post she wrote in 2015. Not only is her blog fantastic – Chrys is also super supportive of other writers. She always responds to her audience, and she takes the time to visit everyone who leaves a comment on her blog. I don’t know how she does it!
And One Product Not Worth the $$
This was the first year I used a Passion Planner, and I’m sorry to say it will also be my last. This combination agenda/journal/vision board/day planner seems good in theory, but I suspect most busy people will discover what I did – that you just don’t have time to spend hours upon hours planning your life to the level this requires. I think I lasted about four months before getting hopelessly behind and giving up.
Your turn! What was your best find of 2015? Have you tried any of the items on my list? If so, I’d love your opinion. What blog helped you the most this year?
If you’d like to see my picks for 2014, you can find them here.