Want to know where to find some of the resources that I have mentioned to you? Start here. If there is something that you think I should add, please let me know. I don't want to miss out on something awesome. Before using any of the products below or making changes to diet, exercise or any other change to your health & wellness, please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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Institute for Integrative Nutrition - now offered in a distance learning format; mention me Kara Martin Snyder and you will receive a (currently $500, but subject to change) discount when you sign up. Not only am I a happy grad, but I've been a presenter & mentor coach for the program. It truly was a life changing experience for me. I will get a referral bonus if you sign up that changes from time to time.
Natural Kitchen Cooking School - culinary program with vegan & macrobiotic leanings with locations in or around NYC and New Jersey. Only goodwill received for this recommendation.
Holistic Nutrition Lab - I've completed the Digestive Intensive and completed Full Body Systems for health practitioners. The functional approach to nutrition and wellness has been incredibly helpful in working with coaching clients. By using this link to register, you will help me defray the cost of the course.
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition - Another course geared towards health practitioners that I've completed that leverages diet & lifestyle modifications and function lab analysis. It was a high-touch program with (awesome) 1-1 mentorship for the duration of the course. By using this link to register, you will help me defray the cost of the course.
FOOD and KITCHEN
Vitamix - Seriously, this revolutionized how I eat more than any other kitchen gear. Make smoothies, ice cream, vegan cheeses, sauces, soups and more in minutes. A friend once said that if there was a fire in his house, he'd grab his family and then his Vitamix! Call 800.848.2649 with questions or to order. Only goodwill received for this recommendation.
Casper (mattresses) - Y'all know how much I advocate for better sleep habits, right? I never thought I'd love an online mattress buying experience so much. It's mega-comfortable, arrived in 5 days, and set up in 10 minutes. It's also Certi-Pur and OKEO-TEX environmentally compliant. When you use my link, you get $50 and so do I.
doTERRA Essential Oils - It's amazing what just a drop can do. I have replaced nearly all of my over-the-counter, beauty and household cleaning products with these wonders. Only goodwill received for this recommendation currently.
Olive Natural Beauty - Founder, Jess Lauren, is creating fabulous, organic olive oil based soaps, salves and killer lip balms here in Western MA, but she ships everywhere.
Paradise Skin Company - Sheri is an herbalist, micro-farmer and purveyor of all-natural beauty products made from things grown right in her own yard. Love her handmade beauty goods! Only goodwill received for this recommendation.
Skin Catering - While the spa services are available to Western MA folks, Leanne (owner) and Kim also formulate all of their own natural, non-toxic face and body products that ship beyond Western MA. Only goodwill received for this recommendation.
VITAMINS + SUPPLEMENTS
BioMatrix - Resources to support chronic stress and hormonal balance. Orders can also be placed by phone at 800.570.2000. Do talk to a qualified healthcare professional before starting or changing your current supplement protocol. Commission received when you mention Kara Snyder/vital corps at time of order.
LifeEquals - To receive a 50% discount on your month's supply, please use promo code SNY50. You can set up a flexible subscription for the items you'll use regularly (that you can pause, cancel and change at any time). There are no obligations or push back from the folks Life Equals. If you travel or are on-the-go a lot, you can also request a free sample of Life Equal's Balance Superfood Shot. Product/commission received when you use this promo code.
Note: You should always consult a medical or health professional before making any changes. Keeping this page up-to-date would be a full-time job, so this is a small sample of brands I personally use and recommend.
GETTING ORGANIZED + WORK STUFF
Acuity Scheduling - My scheduling application. Let me tell you: nothing is more awesome than going to bed and waking up to freshly-booked client sessions. Literally, I save hours of time each week for only $10 per month by letting clients book their sessions online 24/7. If you sign-up for a paid account, I receive up to $30.
Buffer - Helps me control what would be my social media chaos. By using this link to sign-up, I get to add one additional item to my Buffer queue. Woot!
Dropbox - My storage option. Always have your files when and where you need it. Sign up for free! You'll be able to sync your files across computers, tablets, phones or anywhere you can access the internet, plus carve out who has access to what. Seriously awesome. Only goodwill received for this recommendation.
MOO (for business cards or postcards) - I found MOO when I wanted a personal calling card years ago; and the rest, as they say, is history. You can start from scratch or upload your own (or your designer's) design on high quality paper, including eco-friendly options. Easy-peasy. Use the link on this page to save 10% on your first order and chip in towards my next order.
Remember the Milk - How I Keep My Sanity. It's a digital task manager. You can create multiple lists and sort by date, priority and location. The Pro account allows for syncing across devices and the internet platform. Only goodwill received for this recommendation.
TextExpander - Find yourself writing the same thing over and over...say directions to your office? Here's an app to support you across multiple applications. Only goodwill received for this recommendation.
You Need a Budget (YNAB) - Finances feeling a little out of control? The word "budget" freak you out? Here's an application that will help you manage your money instead of your money managing you. (Coincidentally, it's helped saved my marriage.) You can even update it from multiple desktops or your smartphones. Save 10% using this link and gift 10% to me.
OTHER PEOPLE + THINGS THAT I THINK ARE JUST AWESOME
(Good karma received, nothing else, for these recommendations.)
Amanda Brown, Wedding Celebrant - MA, but "has love; will travel" - Her "Unique, joy-filled weddings" is only partly right. She's just plain awesome: creative, clever, professional and all heart (not in that woo-woo way, either). Btw, she books up fast. Craig & I were lucky to have had her officiating our Atomic 50s Luau!
Amber Ladley - Website services to optimize & enhance the online presence of your business. Whether you are looking for just a bit of help or the full package, Amber can help. Her services include website design, development, and strategic consulting. She's SO easy to work with and really listened to me.
Ignite Your Cause - Words. Design. Ruckus. And wryly-funny founder, Megan Atkinson, will light a fire under your ass and your business on these 3 fronts. She's been KEY in helping me polish the message and look of the vital corps brand. Her $9 Word Storm tool is a frequent go-to tool for me.
Shari Berkowitz of The Vertical Workshop - Shari is one seriously gifted teacher of Pilates teachers, but even novices can learn a ton about the method in her well-informed, articulate blog. She brings true professionalism to the Pilates industry. You'll find her in NYC...or all over the world teaching workshops.
Form Pilates - Boutique Pilates Studio in Union Square (NYC) run by the fabulous Lindsay Lopez. The space is gorgeous; and Lindsay is a dynamic and pedigreed teacher.
Karrie Welch - Karrie is known for her classic, clean approach to beauty. She's my go-to pro when I need to look good in front of a camera. She's combined her years of experience and science education to create Fortunate Face Minerals, her own clean line of mineral makeup. She's based in Western MA, but you'll also find her in Boston and NYC.
RJ Redden - RJ helps small businesses and solopreneurs spend more time doing things that really matter. As a Productivity Coach, she helps badass individuals to conquer technology, rock their productivity practices, and master their time and talents. Note: She has a special soft spot for the tech-challenged folks.
Val Nelson - Introverts unite! Business & Career Coach in Northampton, MA with a soft spot for introverts. She knows all the secrets as a self-described ex-wallflower.
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