Resources

Gear + Software –

Canon 5D Mark III – our current favorite DSLR camera, great for photography as well as video

Lenses we love: 50mm / 35mm / 17-40mm (If you’re nervous to invest in a lens try renting it first to see if you like it, we rent from Lens Giant)

Our favorite: tripod / reflectors / studio lights / smartphone tripod (see all our favorite camera gear)

We use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to edit our DSLR photos, and use A Color Story Desktop actions and presets to make editing quick and easy.

Apps –

A Color Story for editing smart phone photos (avail for iOS and Android)

A Design Kit for creating designs or images for IG stories (avail for iOS only)

Cut Story for quick editing long videos for IG stories

Blog / Website tools –

Our blog and our shop sites (for e-courses and Oui Fresh) are all WordPress. We’ve heard good things about Shopify too.

Best hosting options for bloggers as well as our recommendations.

Our CPM / banner ads are through AdThrive if you’re looking for an ad network to join.

Courses + Articles –

We share an ongoing series of Blogging Tips that we add to often.

We also share LOTS of Photography Tips.

We go much more in-depth on subjects like photography, blogging, and small business through our e-course program. You can see all our courses here.

Scrapbooking + Photo Projects –

We love (and have worked with) Canon printers for years and years, currently using the Pixma TS8120 and iP8720 for larger sized prints

Other than the photography gear we listed above, we also love Instax mini and Fujifilm X-T2

Simple, colorful photo albums

Photo projects and tutorials

Sewing + Weaving –

We’ve used and loved multiple sewing machines: EverSewn Sparrow 30, Singer Fashion Mate, Janome Sewist

If you’re looking for an embroidery machine we love EverSewn Hero

Love the quality of Fiskars scissors and tools, love the cute colors of Poppin scissors

Beautiful looms and weaving supplies

Tools –

Our favorite: drill / jigsaw / miter saw / circular saw

See all our wood working projects.

See more must-have crafting tools here.

We’d be thrilled if you checked out our cookbook, Weekday Weekend (filled with recipes for a balanced, healthy life-vegetarian friendly too)

Everyday Cooking –

In addition to a quality pots and pan set I’d recommend a dutch oven as well as a cast iron skillet

Love and use rubber spatulas almost every day

If you can only invest in one “power tool” for your kitchen get a good blender (we love this one and also this one)

Also use my food processor like crazy

I brew coffee in a Chemex almost everyday (here’s how)

A mortar and pestle is indeed a fancy tool, but my secret not-so-fancy task I use it for is grinding up multivitamins for morning smoothies

Baking –

A good baking mat and rolling pin are a great place to start

I use these baking sheets for EVERYTHING

Simple, classic baking set with travel lids (bars, casseroles, etc.)

Creme brûlée or dinner parties tend to call for ramekins (I own about 16… which is probably overkill)

Meal Prep –

These are my favorite glass storage containers, these are my second favorite.

See all our favorite meal prep tools here.