Are you ready for my top 5 favs?
Let’s get straight to it!
#5 Iris Design Jewelry
When I was In my early 20s, I had a jewelry and accessories business (I’ve had a lot of random jobs). Because I had my employee identification number for a small business, I was able to access several wholesale sites.
This access meant I could see how much things cost to make, and how much the companies suggested businesses charge for them. It was amazing to see how some things that were cheap to make were marked up so much! I just didn’t feel comfortable charging people high prices for cheap products, so my business didn’t last long!
When I came across Iris Design’s jewelry, however, I was so excited to buy it up! Each piece is handmade and so gorgeous, they are good quality, and they are worth every penny! I love the originality of their jewelry—they are beautiful statement pieces for cool, unpretentious ladies. They also make the best gifts for your girlfriends!
Fast forward a few years, and you can find Iris Design jewelry on Etsy. Check them out!
#4 Swell Water Bottles
If you follow yours truly on Instagram, you’ve already seen the mini pic/post about my Swell bottle.
Here’s the story: One morning, I made some hot tea to take to work. Then I ordered an Uber, which came faster than I anticipated, so I ran out the door sans tea!
I was thinking about my tea all day at work and was SO bummed that I forgot it. When I got home from work eight hours later and opened my Swell bottle… WOW! The tea was still as hot as if I had just made it! This is life-changing because there is nothing worse than your hot coffee or tea turning lukewarm. If you don’t do anything else this week, at least order yourself a Swell bottle.
I did have one issue with my Swell bottle, though. When I first used it, there was this blue stuff from the design on the outside of the bottle that got all over my hands. I was slightly annoyed by that. However, the solution is simple: just wash the bottle with soap and water and you’re good to go!
It’s okay, Swell bottle, I still love you!
#3 Pure Synergy by The Synergy Company
I’ll keep this one short and sweet—this stuff is remarkable! There are days when I’m running around and I do not have the time to make a super green smoothie or I do not have access to my veggies. When those days happen, it’s Pure Synergy to the rescue!
Pure Synergy is a green powder you can add to a drink or smoothie that is packed with SIXTY certified organic superfoods that your body needs for optimal health. I’ll end with an excerpt from their website:
“Pure Synergy is just that, completely pure, with no fillers, GMOs, maltodextrin, fibers, artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, additives, or preservatives of any kind whatsoever—just 100% pure and potent certified organic whole-food concentrates.”
Drink your greens, people!
#2 Sinu Orega by North American Herb & Spice
THE best nasal spray on the market!
I was always wary of using nasal sprays because most of them create a dependency where you have to use it every day to keep your sinuses open and working correctly.
Sinu Orega is great because it is made from all-natural potent spice extracts mixed with sea salt so it doesn’t create a dependency. You can use it on an as-needed basis. It cleanses your sinuses and helps to open them when you have a stuffed up nose.
I have to warn you; this stuff burns like the dickens when you first use it!
I had a bad cold the first time I used it. I decided that I would go full throttle with the squeezing of the bottle because that’s what a smart person would do, right?
AHHH! It burned so much!!!
Then about five minutes later, I was clear and able to breathe through my nose again. Simply wonderful!
#1 ELDOA & Myo-Fascial Stretching (MFS)
I almost didn’t put this one on my list, but it would be a disservice to not let you in on this secret.
The good news is that ELDOA & MFS classes are starting to gain popularity across the country, so you will be able to find one nearby very soon (if there aren’t classes being offered around you already).
Okay, so what is ELDOA? ELDOA was developed by world-renowned osteopath and orthopedic MD, Guy Voyer (check out his website here). ELDOA is the French acronym for Etirements Longitudinaux aver Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire—quite the mouthful! It’s translated as Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation Stretching. It is a method of exercise that focuses on fascia biomechanics and works to improve the function of targeted joints while strengthening the muscles that support the spine.
Attend these classes regularly, and it will change your life. I walk out feeling recalibrated and energized! Some of the benefits include better posture, improved metabolic/hormonal balance, reducing or eliminating chronic joint pain, relieving back and neck pain, and so much more!
The classes that I attend are kind of exclusive. They are not advertised at all, and you need to be added to their e-mail group for class schedules. If you are in the Santa Monica area, comment below with your e-mail and I will see what I can do for you! Occasionally, you might see a random professional athlete drop in the class when they are in the area or it’s off-season, but the classes are small and very chill.
I love ELDOA so much because it has greatly improved the quality of my life. This is exactly why it is found at the top of my list of favorite things!
There you have it, folks! I hope you try out my favorite things and they become your favorite things, too! I only ask that you do not buy too much that there’s no more left for me!
Take care and Happy Valentine’s Day!