Resources

Blogging / Online Business

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 here).

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.

Crafting

Scrapbooking + Photo Projects –

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

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

We love these simple, colorful photo albums.

Here’s an archive of our photo projects and tutorials.

Sewing + Weaving –

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

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

Love the quality of Fiskars scissors and tools and these cute Poppin scissors.

Beautiful looms and weaving supplies by our friend Rachel.

Tools –

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

See all our wood working projects.

And more must-have crafting tools here.

Cooking

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).

I 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 to grind 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.