There are some things in the world that I feel so great about, I just want to share them with everybody. So you're in luck! You've found my ever-growing directory of faves!
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Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract (SOVT) work is, frankly, irreplaceable in good vocal training, and the science is here to back it. That's most easily done with a straw. These straws are a better choice for the environment than disposables, and they provide a consistent diameter, and thus back pressure. They come in the Basic and Pro versions - I highly recommend the Pro version, as it comes with 3 sizes in one package (4mm, 3mm, and 2mm diameter), as compared to the Basic version, which comes with 3 of the same sized straws (three x 3mm).
Hydration is key when it comes to the vocal folds. And it's actually super tricky, because no matter how much water we drink, none of it touches the vocal folds directly. Hydration is systemic and topical. The latest findings indicate that using a nebulizer with isotonic saline can reduce your Phonation Threshold Pressure (PTP) as well as your Perception of Phonatory Effort (PPE), meaning it takes less pressure for your vocal folds to create sound. Less pressure means less tension in your singing, less swelling after a heavy singing schedule, and faster recovery times!
The Voice Straw regulates aerodynamic pressure while the cup balances acoustical pressure—making the two together the complete voice training package. When you add the Voice Cup to the Voice Straw, you can create a tight seal around your mouth. This seal allows you to actually sing, talk, yell, etc., all while keeping the vocal tract in the healthy configuration you've achieved through straw training. The Voice Straw and Cup Combo comes with both 3mm and 6mm straws and cup options.
This is my number one go-to for all things essential oil based! They're Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, and the oils and supplements have made a MASSIVE difference in my own personal health journey. Not only does every single person at the door immediately comment, "your house smells so good!" (and non-toxic!), but I am taking less medication, and feeling better, than I have in years. We jokingly say that our household runs on doTERRA!
No Pong Deodorant
I have crazy sensitive skin, and when I made the (excellent!) decision to ditch the toxic anti-perspirant in favour of much-better-for-your-body deodorant, I spent 2 years with a constant rash under my arms. I think it was likely the baking soda in most formulations that I was so reactive to. But my whole world changed when I found No Pong - and I have never looked back. I use the bicarb free formula, and set it to auto-ship. Done! And no rash!
OK, I'll be straight with you. This is my hubby's business, and it has the cutest handmade gifts and goods, all made in BC! Mala bracelets, shelves, candle holders, drinkware, bath bombs, greeting cards, and the most delicious tea on the planet. If I've given you a present in the last year and a half, it's probably come from GTC. Not even sorry about it. Not gonna change it either. Lucky you, if you're getting a gift from me!
I use Riverside FM to record both of my podcasts and it's a GAME CHANGER! We started out using Zoom (which is awesome for other things, but not nearly as awesome for podcast recording!) Both the audio and the video quality are far superior, and there's this great tool to create clips in all sorts of orientations and sizes, to use for broadcast, for social, for ads, for all the things! It's made all the difference, and I can't imagine going back!
I’m using SmarterQueue, which is a social media management tool that boosts engagement by 10x and saves you hours each week. I've tried several different social media schedulers, and Smarter Queue has been the best bang for my buck. It's allowed me to build out the number of social channels and profiles that specifically suit me, it has great analytics, a visual grid, and the ability to recycle evergreen content. Try it for yourself!
I recently switched my email marketing over to Flodesk, and it's really upped my game! (Are you on my email list yet?) It's so incredibly easy to design beautiful emails that are on-brand, and send them exactly when you want them sent! This company is women-led, and has taken the mystery and heavy lifting tech out of growing an email list. They even include simple landing pages. So simple. I couldn't be happier to have made the switch.
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Need one beautifully simple place to plan your Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, TikTok and LinkedIn? Plann is your all-in-one auto-scheduler, social strategist, designer and content calendar. I love the clean design, beautiful grid layout, content calendar, and ease of use, and Plann has some pretty great analytics too. Yes, I realize I have 2 different social media schedulers listed on this page - because I use and love them both!