Last year, I had such fun playing Oprah and coming up with my list of 10 Favorite Things for 2014, I decided to do it again!
Why should you care about what I bought? Well first – when it comes to buying things for myself, you should know I can be pretty cheap. Meaning, I actually don’t buy a lot of things for myself. The things I end up purchasing usually only come after extensive hemming and hawing.
After much consideration, here are the 10 best things I purchased in 2015 and can heartily recommend to you!
Item #1: Believe Journal (~$15, Amazon)
I purchased this journal back in the spring as a way to log my running. Previously, I’d just printed out a monthly calendar page and jotted my schedule on it. This is so much better! In addition to ample space to journal your daily running, there are pages to plan your goals, the logistics and reviews of your races, and an annual calendar. Peppered throughout the journal are helpful articles on everything from body image to nutrition and more, by pro women runners. I absolutely love this journal and recommend it to all my girlfriends that run. It would make an amazing gift!
Item #2: Nuun (~ $11-13 for a 4-pack, Amazon)
I discovered Nuun this year and am crazy about this stuff! It’s basically a little disc that you throw in a bottle of 16 oz water that flavors it and provides electrolytes. The flavors are amazing, and I love that it’s very low in sugar and calories. It’s a great alternative to other sports drinks that can be high in both! One tube of 12 discs will run you about $7-8 in a grocery store, but you can score a 4-pack on Amazon for about $11-13 right now. In talking to representatives from Nuun at races I’ve participated in, they agree Amazon is generally the best place to score a deal. It’s great during or after a long run or hard workout, or even if you’re just trying to get more water in and prefer a bit of flavor.
Item #3: Canon Rebel T5 DSLR (~$500, Amazon)
I’d thought about getting a nice camera for awhile, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to stomach the price! While this camera was among the bigger purchases I made this year, my only regret was not buying it sooner! It’s amazing for any number of subjects – kids, sports, food, gardening, nature, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. I also love that I was able to figure it out relatively quickly too. [Read more…]