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Our Favorite Things – July

It's been a big month of transition for me, and I must say, I'm looking forward to spending August settling into new rhythms and routines. We're here to celebrate the progress that's been made, and to share a few of the things that have helped us cultivate joy, make progress on our goals, and live more purposeful days this month. We'd love for you to share what has helped you in your PowerSheets progress, too–just drop a note in the comments!

  • Our friends at Emily Ley released their updated Home Base Binders this month, and I've already added one to my list (despite the fact that I'm living in a 250 square foot studio apartment!) For those of you looking for a central place to keep track of #allthethings (home, family, meals, finances, and more), this is the product for you!
  • If you're like me, you've been a long-time fan of Amazon Prime, but I've recently taken advantage of Amazon Prime Now for delivery within two hours, and it's been a huge timesaver. Now that I live in a much bigger city, sometimes it isn't worth my time to venture out into Atlanta traffic for one simple errand. I might be spending a few extra dollars for convenience, but I can already tell it's saving my money because I'm not browsing that dollar aisle at Target :)
  • In my recent move, I decided to try to eliminate paper towels from my daily use, and I purchased a handful of these Ikea dish towels to use as napkins. At only 79 cents each, it's an easy investment.
  • Nicole's PowerSheets goal about investing her purchases into companies that have a compelling mission has really resonated with me this year, and I've been trying to be more thoughtful about where I'm spending money. My friend Caroline (a fellow PowerSheets user) started making jewelry as an outlet for her anxiety and recently took her jewelry business full-time. If you're in the market for a new necklace or a gift, I recommend checking her (and other small businesses!) out!
  • Add some color to your Instagram feed by following the Color Factory, a newest color pop-up shop in San Francisco. I'd be lying if I said I haven't look at flights to San Fran :)
  • Poshmark has been so helpful as I've cleaned out my closet and replaced some worn items. I've found new homes for some of my clothes and added a few new pieces to my closet as well. Feel free to use my referral code UHUUS if you want $5 off your first purchase (I'll get $5, too!)
  • With quite a few thank you notes to send since my move, our Encouragement Postcards have helped me stay on top of things! Best part? They're 25% off in the shop right now! 20 postcards for $7 plus the cost of stamps? Yes, please!

What "things" are helping you make progress on your goals this month? We'd love to hear so we can add them to our lists.

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Our Favorite Things – June

We couldn't be more excited about officially welcoming summer this month and digging into setting mid-year goals! We're here to celebrate the progress that's been made, and to share a few of the things that have helped us cultivate joy, make progress on our goals, and live more purposeful days this month. We'd love for you to share what has helped you in your PowerSheets progress, too–just drop a note in the comments!
  1. Ever since Nicole introduced me to PUNJAMMIES® loungewear, I've been contemplating which one to add to my wish list! Each pair is made by women in India who are at the highest risk or survivors of human trafficking, and your purchase invests in job-creation and skills-training to empower even more women who are working to forge a new life for themselves and their children.
  2. Our friend Brooke introduced us to the Day Bottle last month, and it's a brilliant way to keep track of your water intake is one of your daily PowerSheets goals! Updated: Our generous friends at Day Bottle have given us a code for 25% off your order: CultivateNOW Thanks for your generosity, Matt and team!
  3. If you're looking for a pop of color on your Instagram feed, I recommend following my favorite new Instagram account! She created swipetorials–easy craft DIYs on Instagram using the swipe feature, and I love her creativity!
  4. Love the idea of adult color books for stress relief, but not excited about the bulkiness of carrying it around? Look no further than Nicole's favorite new app: a coloring book for your phone!
  5. Lara has been using the News Feed eradicator as a Chrome extension for months for her Facebook account, and it wasn't until seeing it firsthand on her computer that I realized how beneficial it is! For those of you that often get lost in scrolling on Facebook, this is the perfect extension for you!
  6. There aren't adequate words to cover our excitement about the release of Lara's second book, Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life. Lara, we are so proud of you!
  7. North Carolina summers are quite humid, which makes the Cultivate team thankful for a casual office dress code. These scalloped shorts already live in Lara's closet in white, and I'm thinking the Warm Cerise color might go on my wish list!
What "things" are helping you make progress on your goals this month? We'd love to hear so we can add them to our lists
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Our Favorite Things – May

We skipped April favorites, which means I had an even harder time narrowing down my favorites for the month! We couldn't be more excited about welcoming summer! We're here to celebrate the progress that's been made, and to share a few of the things that have helped us cultivate joy, make progress on our goals, and live more purposeful days this month. We'd love for you to share what has helped you in your PowerSheets progress, too–just drop a note in the comments!

  1. You don't have to spend much time around the Cultivate office to know we're big fans of the Emily Ley team! They launched their 2017-2018 Simplified Planners earlier this month, and they are pretty dreamy! Even better than the gorgeous covers is the way each page (whether you use daily or weekly) helps you cultivate what matters most in the simplest way, hence the name :) Their mission is to inspire women to organize, simplify, and carve white space for the good stuff of life is why our team uses Emily's planners each day.
  2. After my one and only pair of summer sandals bit the dust a few weeks ago, I received a new pair as a gift, and I've had a hard time taking them off. One of my personal 2017 PowerSheets goals is to simplify and be happier with less, and these sandals are the perfect replacement. They're certainly an investment, but I know they'll last much longer than a pair of Target sandals (and they're ethically made!)
  3. Lara has long used the Things app to manage her running to-do list (in conjunction with Asana), and she was recently asked to beta test the new version (Things 3) and has been singing its praises. So much so, in fact, that a few ladies in the office have started using it too.
  4. Our new Workplace Health Initiative has all of us up and moving during the workday, but Lara took it to a whole new level with a stepper for her standing desk. We rotate using it during our team meetings to get some extra steps on our Fitbits.
  5. I have a bit of a confession for y'all. I love love love when PowerSheets go on sale each fall, but there's something about watching you set mid-year goals that has me even more excited! I love seeing our Undated Six-Month PowerSheets showing up on your doors and watching you dig in. Now is the perfect time to start if you want to snag a set from our shop before we sell out!
  6. Lara has recently starting preparing her garden for planting, and I must say, it's so fun to pull up every day and see the progress! Her Floret Flower seeds are the ones I'm most eagerly waiting to bloom! (Psst: If you tend to have a brown thumb like me, there is hope! Lara shared her Gardening 101 series on her blog and it is a great place to start!)
  7. This final one admittedly doesn't have much to do with my PowerSheets goals, but it has been a game-changer. I recently purchased a 6-foot phone charging cord, and having the extra length has been so helpful when I need to charge my phone at work but keep it nearby so I can see all your wonderful social comments!

What "things" are helping you make progress on your goals this month? We'd love to hear so we can add them to our lists!

 

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Our Favorite Things – March

Today is the last day of March, and we couldn't be more excited about welcoming spring! We're here to celebrate the progress that's been made, and to share a few of the things that have helped us cultivate joy, make progress on our goals, and live more purposeful days this month. We'd love for you to share what has helped you in your PowerSheets progress, too–just drop a note in the comments!

  1. Lara officially released the cover of her second book Cultivate last week, and we have been blown away by all the kind words and support from our friends! Our team has watched her pour her heart into this book, and we know her words are going to be an encouragement to many! Preorder your copy today!
  2. If you're fans of Fixer Upper, you're probably no stranger to HGTV's newest show: Home Town. Erin and Ben shared their home tour, plus lots of thoughtful insight about marriage, on the Southern Weddings blog almost three years ago. Now we couldn't be more thrilled to support the launch of their new show! We love learning more about their heart for their work and their sweet hometown, Laurel, MS.
  3. Our friend Erin from Floret Flower still has seeds available for purchase if you're looking to exercise your green thumb this year. Both Lara and Amber have planted some, and we can't wait to see what they look like when they start to sprout!
  4. Many of the Cultivate ladies own a Fujifilm Instax Camera, and we love them! I received mine for Christmas last year, and after realized I didn't carry it around as often as I'd like, I bought this case to protect it! Now I can easily throw it in my bag when I head out for a fun adventure.
  5. I never considered myself a gardener until I joined the Cultivate team, but the ladies with the green thumbs have me dreaming about the next plant I want to invest in (aka try to keep alive). One of the things Lara and Amber have taught me about gardening is the story a garden tells, and the Joyful Garden Planner is the perfect way to capture that story year after year!
  6. A recurring monthly PowerSheets goal of mine is to read three books. This month, one of my books was Love Lives Here by Maria Goff. It was a beautiful reminder of the importance of living life with intentionality, passionate purpose, and reaching outward to others. It fit perfectly with one of my 2017 PowerSheets goals to love others well!
  7. One of Nicole's PowerSheets goals for this year has been on my mind a lot recently–to purchase most of her non-consumable items from shops that have a social purpose. It has convicted me to think more closely about using my purchasing power for good. With the warm weather sticking around NC now, it's time to replace my broken summer sandals. Thanks to Nicole's recommendation, I'm adding Sseko crossover sandals to my list!
Tell us: what "things" are helping you make progress on your goals this month? We'd love to hear so we can add them to our lists!
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Our Favorite Things – February

Today's the last day of February! We're here to celebrate the progress that's been made, and to share a few of the things that have helped us cultivate joy, make progress on our goals, and live more purposeful days this month. We'd love for you to share what has helped you in your PowerSheets progress, too - just drop a note in the comments!

  1. One of my monthly PowerSheets goals repeats each month–read three books. Book of the Month Club helps me do just that! BOTM is a subscription service that announces five book selections at the beginning of the month. Many of them are familiar ones, some are ones you might not have heard of, and sometimes they are exclusive titles. You choose one, and they ship it directly to your door! It's an easy way to ensure I know one of my three books for the month!
  2. The Cultivate What Matters manifesto has encouraged our team all month long, and we love having an official manifesto to cheer us on as we continue to make little by little progress on our goals!
  3. We passed a cold around the office this month, and Harney and Son's Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea was exactly what I needed during my workdays! I'm not a big tea drinker, but it was a perfect way to soothe my throat.
  4. Starbucks recently released their limited edition Lilly Pulitzer S'well water bottles. I'm usually not a fan of bright colors, but even I wouldn't mind carrying my water around in one of these! They're only available in stores, and they're disappearing quickly, so don't miss your chance to grab one if you see it! Psst: If you pick up a spare bottle, send me an email because there are a few Lilly-loving ladies on our team who I know would love to buy one from you :)
  5. Our Square Inspiring Desk Card sets are coming back to the shop in the coming weeks! These sweet cards are the perfect dose of color for your bulletin boards, so stay tuned!
  6. In an attempt to take better care of my body, I've recently started washing my face when I get home from work if I don't have evening plans, and this face wash has become a favorite of mine!
  7. My friend Nora has started selling her embroidery online. I love her goal behind her creations–to produce pieces that bring delight! Wouldn't these be the sweetest housewarming gift for a new neighbor?
  8. One of Nicole's 2017 goals is to take more photos, and we love that Artifact Uprising makes it easy to record your memories with their vast variety of photo book options!
  9. We're growing our team! The Cultivate and Southern Weddings team is looking forward to meeting our newest Editor and Customer Delight Associate! Applications close Friday, March 3rd, so don't delay!

Tell us: what "things" are helping you make progress on your goals this month? We'd love to hear so we can add them to our lists!

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