Products we use on a regular basis to run our business and life


Tools for productivityHere are some of the tools that we use in our personal and business life and recommend.

Our list is updated as we find quality resources.

Posts on Resources we use

Family Books: 

Raising Kids That Succeed by Dr. Lynn Wicker. After spending time with  Dr. Lynn at a convention, we immediately ordered her book. She’s got 30 years experience in the field and a no-nonsense approach that we love.

Duct Tape Parenting: Vicki Hoefle. It’s a “less is more approach to raising respectful, responsible, and resilient kids.” Vicki is a mom to 5 kids and has been teaching her parenting tips throughout the country for years.

Parenting Your Powerful Child by Dr. Kevin Leman. We originally got this book from the library after I (Mary-Claire) had some interesting experiences while spending time with a strong willed child. Dr. Leman gives different scenarios and ways to attend to both the child and parents’ needs.

Parenting Without Borders: Christine Gross-Loh presents well-researched information about how parents in other countries can teach us lessons about our own parenting.

Adobe products

 Adobe creative products: get everything you need to create, collaborate, and publish — all in one place.

Really, this is some of the best money you can spend.  So many apps and all current updates along with cloud storage for one small monthly fee. We find these programs indispensable.

Audible is a great way to listen to books on the go. We listen to them on road trips and even on the go around town. Make your drive time more productive and enjoyable. You can listen to a lot of our recommended books on Audible.

Bluehost:  Get your site up and running today.  This is where your site will live. The support is really, really good.

( I will have a video up soon showing you step by step how to set up your website so you can begin without frustration. )

~  You will also need a domain name.  Check out if the name you want is available and get it today.

Business Books:best business books

Essentialism by Greg McKeowan. Find out how to do what matters versus the non-essentials in life. Read blog about it: What Really Matters?

Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Down-to-earth guidance for building and expanding a powerful platform.

48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller. Learn who you are really called to be with a vocation.

The $100 Startup Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

Launch by Jeff Walker. “Launch” will build your business—fast. Whether you’ve already got a business or you’re itching to start one, this is a recipe for getting more traction.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk. New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works.

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. By the end of this book, any reader will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, CRUSH IT! is the ultimate driver′s manual for modern business.

Buffer appBufferapp. Schedule your social media posts so you can save time. It’s free! Read how to Save Time and Schedule Twitter, FB posts. Free or paid pro subscription.

EvernoteEvernote:  A great tool for getting and staying organized.  You will be gathering lots of information with your new site and with family life as busy as it is, you will require a great tool to keep your info at your fingertips. Free or paid pro subscription.

Google calendarGoogle calendar. A must for jiving calendars. We use it for our multiple business schedules (it syncs with BodyworkBuddy for Mary-Claire’s clients) as well as for the children’s appointments and practices. Free.

KeywKeyword reseacherord Researcher Pro Free Trial:  Find those words and phrases that will help your site list on page 1 of Google / Yahoo / wherever.

RescuetimeRescueTime. Track online productivity. We wrote all about it in Improve Productivity With Rescuetime, where I share how dismally I did when I first started using the app. 


 WordSwag, a phone app for IOS users. Easily and quickly add text to your own photos or their photos and patterns. Great for social media, & they have high quality images to boot. $3.99.

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