Our Favorite Things – January

Happy end of January, friends! We know you've been working hard on your PowerSheets goals for 2018 already (or you're gearing up to start today)!  And while the beauty of cultivating what matters is that it doesn't have to cost you a dime, sometimes it's a good motivator to treat yourself to some fun little gifts that support your goals along the way!

So I'm rounding up some of our team's favorite products and tools from January that are helping us make progress as we tackle our PowerSheets Tending Lists this month. Enjoy!

  •  I just got this YETI 30 oz rambler at Christmas, and it has been bringing me so much joy as I work on my daily water intake goal. Drinking lots of water helps me stave off headaches, drowsiness, snack attacks, and colds, so it's always on my daily goal list! This rambler keeps my water super cold, somehow holds a ton of water without being huge, and has a mouth that usually doesn't result in me pouring water all over myself. :)
  • If one of your goals is to fuel your body well, Emily recommends this 100 Days of Real Food blog which has tons of recipes that cut out the processed foods from your life! There's even a cookbook with rave reviews too!
  • I'm so excited that so many have been inspired by Lara to get into the Bible each day in 2018! Kaylee is working her way through the whole Bible in 2018 with the help of The Bible Project for extra information and context as she reads and highly recommends their resources.
  • Need more healthy eating ideas? Amber is committing to her health this year with the help of the Weight Watchers app on her phone! You can use it to log what you eat each day and track your points, as well as get inspiration for new healthy recipes!
  • Alright guys, we know, Lululemon pants are an investment but hear me out. As Jess points out, one or two pairs of these comfortable, durable, high-quality leggings can serve you as well as six pairs of other pants while also helping you minimize the amount of stuff in your life. These also make a fantastic celebration idea for progress on yourPowerSheets fitness goals!
  • Last, but not least, I'm putting this gold FitBit band on my celebration idea wish list as well. Lara gifted our entire team with FitBits for our team health initiative, and I'm positively addicted. Though my lovely work-from-home job and mama life isn't as dressy as it used to be, I would love to still be able to dress my FitBit up and take her out on the town now and then!

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 – November

You  might have noticed we skipped our monthly Favorite Things post for October, but for good reason! With the 2018 PowerSheets Launch on October 25th, we knew it'd be full of our 2018 PowerSheets and Accessories (did you see the BRAND NEW Tending Tape?!) But we're back, and 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!

  • I'm so excited about finally getting to dig into our 2018 PowerSheets One-Year Goal Planner and set my goals for 2018! Grab yours today, and join us for PowerSheets Prep Week, kicking off Monday, December 4th. The Cultivate Team will be walking you through our Prep Work and cheering you on!
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines can do no wrong in my eyes, so of course I love the new Hearth and Hand collection released at Target. It's a combination of home decor and holiday items. My favorite? Their Christmas stockings. My fiancé and I are starting to talk through holiday traditions, and I'm excited to think about things like stockings!
  • Drinking water has been on my daily PowerSheets goals for months, and I love using Ikea straws to make it easier. Less than $2 for a pack of 100 makes sure I stay hydrated all day long!
  • As the holiday season approaches, we know that many of you will be traveling a lot more than normal. To help corral all those belongings, we love using packing cubes for your suitcase.
  • Looking for a holiday gift for the man on your list that's hard to buy for? Enter Jeni's Ice Cream. We often end up at Jeni's at the end of a date night, and their individual pints and Pint Club (ice cream for a year!) make for a great gift!
  • Did you know we have a sister shop? The Southern Weddings Shop is full of products to help brides cultivate a life of love. I've been using the Joyful Wedding Planner since getting engaged in October, and it's helped me focus on planning more than just a beautiful wedding, but an intentional marriage, too!

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 iPhone Apps

We're big believers in boundaries when it comes to technology and social media (have you seen our social media-free weekend tips?) But we also know that when used properly, our iPhone apps can make our lives more efficient and streamlined, leaving room for us to spend time doing the most important things and being with the people whom matter most.

With that said, our team is sharing a round-up of twenty of our favorite iPhone apps!


Lake: Artists™ Coloring BooksLove the idea of adult coloring books for destressing but don't want to carry everything around with you? This color app has been a long-time favorite of Nicole's!

Pillow: If you're anything like us, we could always use a few extra hours of shut-eye! While Pillow can't add hours to the day, it is an advanced sleep tracking alarm clock that can effortlessly measure and track your sleep quality, waking you up at your most optimal time. Tip: There's no need to pay extra for the features. I made that mistake, and it wasn't necessary!

PoshmarkI can't remember the last time I bought a new article of clothing because of this app! I'm on a strict budget right now, and Poshmark has helped make it easy to buy new-to-me clothes (you can search for new with tags, too) and sell some of the clothes in my closet. Feel free to use my referral code UHUUS if you want $5 off your first purchase (I'll get $5, too!)

Notes: This native iPhone app makes it so much easier to jot down ideas and lists without carrying a tiny notebook around. I keep shopping lists, restaurant recommendations, my friends' favorite Starbucks drinks or treat, and so much more here! My ongoing Christmas shopping list is in my Notes app, and you can lock it with a password in case you have any snoopy people with access to your phone :)

Reminders: This is another native iPhone app I use every single day. I ask Siri multiple times throughout the day to remind me to do something. I love how convenient it is, and it takes the pressure off of me to remember smaller to-dos that I might forget.

SpotifySpotify is a favorite amongst our team! There is a monthly fee, but I've found it worth it for the ability to download music to your phone. There are hundreds of premade playlists, and you can build your own. Each month I create a new playlist on my Spotify account to enjoy throughout the month, and it's been a fun thing to share with friends!

BibleOne of Lara's 2017 goals was to read through the Bible is a year, and she's been making so much progress using the Blue Letter Bible Chronological Reading Plan. What we love most about the Bible app is how practical it is! The read-aloud option makes it great for exercising, drives, or doing other things!

Amazon AlexaAmazon's Alexa app makes it easy for Lara to add things to her grocery list as she's prepping dinner for her three children. If she's out of something, instead of finding a list, she can simply say "Alexa, add eggs to the grocery list" and it's all in one place!

ThingsHave multiple to-do lists floating around your desk and computer? It might be time to invest in the Things app. There is a one-time fee, but Lara has been using this for years and loves it. It syncs seamlessly across all her devices, and it helps keep her on track!

FitBitOur office participates in a weekly fitness challenge each Monday using our FitBit trackers. FitBit also has paid exercise plans that are agreat for exercising at home or on the road. I have an annual subscription, and I use it on days when a barre class won't fit into my schedule!


StarfallStarfall is a fun and educational app that Lara's 6-year-old daughter loves. It requires an annual membership, but it's affordable and has already made up for the amount of time Grace has used it!

Chick-Fil-AWith the ability to earn free treats, order ahead and much more at your favorite fast food restaurant, it's easy to see what Chick-Fil-A One app is a company favorite.

Pic-Tap-Go Pic-Tap-Go is one of our favorite photo editing apps because it's fun, easy to use, and can transform your images in seconds. It saves your favorite combinations to make it even easier in the future!

Venmo: Venmo is the simple to send and request money from friends. Whether you're splitting a dinner bill, the rent check, concert tickets, or the cost of a road trip, Venmo removes the awkward talks over who owes what, and it syncs directly with your bank account.

Starbucks: The Starbucks app stores all your gift cards so they aren't floating around in your purse, and the app makes it easy to run inside, skip the line, and pick up your order. It's a great timesaver on busy mornings or if your hands are full with a few littles.

HotelTonightTaking a last-minute trip somewhere? HotelTonight is a great app to find hotel rooms at a discounted rate. I've used it a few times for spontaneous getaways, and I've always been thoroughly impressed with the customer service experiences as well as the accommodations. You can book up to one week in advance in most cities!

First5The First5 app is an easy way to start your day with Scripture and a mini-devotional. It's available in email format, but if you're anything like me, I don't need another email in my inbox. Turn on notifications and it will alert you each morning!

ShiptFor those busy days where grocery shopping just isn't going to happen, the Shipt app makes it easy to have groceries delivered right to your door. Amber has been using it for the past few months, and she's found that not only is it freeing up her time, but it's saving her money because she isn't taking two children to the grocery store with her!

Asana RebelLove the idea of exercising on a regular basis but unable to get to a gym or yoga studio? This app is perfect for you! There are new workouts each day that help you work towards achieving your personalzied fitness goals!

Endless Alphabet: Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app for preschoolers. Marissa's daughter has a blast learning her ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. A great option for screentime with children!

What apps would you add to this list? Leave a comment, and let us know if there are any we should try!

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Our Favorite Things–September

Happy Fall, friends! 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 Cultivate What Matters Sticker Book is on sale through Monday for $8, and once it sells out, it's gone! But have no fear. We're releasing a brand new sticker book with our 2018 Collection. Sign up to get all the details on October 18th.
  • If you read my meal planning tips, you know that I'm a creature of habit when it comes to buying food. I often buy and eat the same thing to same money and prevent decision fatigue. Because of that, HelloFresh has been a great treat! It's a little out of my budget to receive weekly boxes, but my boyfriend and I are splitting a monthly box (you can change the delivery preference in your settings). Feel free to sign up for $40 off your first box. Note: This isn't sponsored. HelloFresh has no idea who I am, but I do get a few dollars to add to my future box :)
  • One of my favorite ways to stay in shape is going to barre class. If you've ever been, you know that "sticky" socks are a requirement. These socks from Amazon work just as well, and they're much more affordable than buying socks in the studio.
  • This herb stripper has been a game-changer for all my cooking needs. You know how sometimes you read a recipe and it says it takes 15 minutes to prep, but you spend 15 minutes simply deveining the kale? Is that just me? This makes it easy-peasy!
  • Wouldn't the Lumitory's Supper Club Gathering Box make a great housewarming gift? I haven't tried it myself yet, but I love how they send you everything you need. All you need to do is grocery shop and doing the cooking. Even better that 10 meals are donated to a nonprofit focused on helping to end to childhood hunger.
  • LAKE pajamas have made it on my list before, but I recently got a new set for the fall as a gift and need to sing their praises again. Self-care to me isn't just massages and manicures, but making sure I have small luxuries in certain areas of my life, and nice pajamas are a great investment (and last longer than a massage, too!)
  • I'm on a quest to begin replacing toxic products in my bathroom as things run out, and I recently replaced my previous face wash with Beautycounter's Nourishing Cream Cleanser. I love the way it smells, and it leaves my face feeling clean.

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 – August

This month has been extra special for our team because we were able to hug so many of our dear friends—our PowerSheets shoot ladies, the lovely vendors who made the shoot happen, and of course, a few of our remote team members—Amber, Jess, and Kristin. With a lot of enthusiasm leading into September, we're sharing what has helped us to manage the season ahead, make progress on our team PowerSheets goals and simply, have a little fun this month. 

  • One of my August PowerSheets goals was to put more energy into long term saving. A few years ago, I put $20 into an Acorns account, and I checked back recently to find it had grown by nearly 12%! Since checking, I’ve been contributing to my account by adding an automated amount of my paycheck each month. By signing up with my referral link you will get a free $5 to start investing! If you have kids, this can be a great way for them to see how an allowance can grow over time by investing!
  • Lara’s been reading What’s Best Next by Matt Perman, and I might have to head over to the library and add it to my September reading list! Each morning, our team meets for a few minutes to discuss our top priorities, and with a busy season ahead, I am looking forward to seeing how this book challenges me to think differently about what "needs" to get done first.
  • A Netflix original, The Crown,  has been one of my all time favorites for a while now. After getting together for a team dinner after the PowerSheets shoot, it's now on Amber's list too! Historical and entertaining, this show is a winner in our book! Be on the lookout for Season 2 coming this December. There's plenty of time to plan a marathon night with friends!
  • Using our Write the Word journals to write letters to my future husband in the "On My Heart" section has consistently been one of my weekly PowerSheets goals! If you're looking for more ways to write the Word, check out this post!
  • School is back in session for many, and Marissa’s little one, Emerson, went off to Pre-K this month with the cutest personalized water bottle.
  • Our friend Val at Val Marie Paper released her 2018 Prayer Journals this month in three brand new colors. If cultivating a stronger prayer life is on your 2018 PowerSheets goals, I would definitely recommend snagging one now!
  • It has been one of our goals each week to make one thing better in our daily workflow. In order to ensure that she is focusing on the right priorities, Nicole has been using Toggl to track the time she spends on projects!

We'd love to see what you've been loving this past month, too—share with us by leaving a note in the comments!

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