February 21, 2018

Wedding Planning Update: Months 9-15

Hello friends! Welcome back to another wedding planning update! Today I am sharing everything we’ve done wedding planning wise since July of 2017, going up to the end of January 2018. It feels like we haven’t done a lot, but as I started piecing together this post, we’ve definitely done a lot! I explain a bit more about everything we’ve done in the video below, but I’ll also talk a little bit about each of the items below the video.

Wedding planning update

If you missed the first post in this wedding series, check that out here! I plan on doing one more in August before the wedding (which is in September), and after that I will share all of the details of our big day! I’m not giving out exact details before then for privacy reasons, but I will share everything after the fact! Okay, let’s get started!

The things we’ve done!

  • Bought my wedding dress! Check out this weekend vlog if you’d like to see some of the other ones I tried on!
  • booked section at hotel- our venue has accomodations, so we’ve booked a few rooms for guests who don’t want to stay on site
  • had engagement pictures taken! I love our pictures, and we’ve already printed and hung some in our bedroom. I’ve scattered some of my favourites through the post 🙂

  •  hired a dj- one thing that was nice to cross off the list!
  • hired an officiant- another nice thing to check off! We still have to put together our ceremony, but we still have plenty of time!
  • looked at bridesmaid dresses- I’m pretty sure we’ve found the ones, and this happened when I went back to purchase my dress! What can I say, I’m efficient!

Monthly Favourites September 2017

  • sent save the dates- which makes it real!
  • hired a florist- I didn’t think I’d be super excited about flowers, but I love the look we are going for, and working with the florist to put together a proposal was really fun!
  • talked to shuttle company- we haven’t officially booked this yet, but we don’t need to book super far in advance. It’s a school bus that will pick guests up from the hotel, and loop back and forth later in the night.

Wedding planning update

  • booked rental items- our venue is a DIY venue, so we have to bring everything in. This meant figuring out how many table settings, tablecloths ect. we needed! We finalized the numbers (we over-estimated so we could guarantee availability), and can make any changes up to 2 weeks before the big day.
  • got ethan’s suit started- we went to Moore’s and purchased a custom suit, and I really like how it will look!
  • I purchased my hairpiece and veil from this shop on Etsy, and saved a lot of money from what the bridal salon would have charged! The veil is almost exactly the same as the one I tried on, so I’m happy! I just have to purchase the belt for my dress and figure out jewelry and shoes.

Wedding Planning Update

  • we worked on our registries! It’s a lot more work than I thought, so make sure to think of that before you start! Our situation might be a little different because we need everything, but it’s still be pretty time consuming!
  • We started brainstrorming ideas for decor, and have a bit of an idea of how we want everything to look. Now we just have to actually get the things!
  • we have the dates we want to go on our honeymoon, and we know where! I’ll share this later 🙂
  • and at the very end of January we booked hair!
  • hired a videographer! I completely forgot to mention this in the video, but we hired a videographer. It was something Ethan and I went back and forth on, but I ultimately decided I really wanted to have a video of our day!


Wedding Planning Update


I can definitely say that we’ve done a lot and gotten a lot of the bigger things out of the way. The only vendor I have left to book is makuep! other than that, we will be focusing on decor and the smaller things. I know we want to make some things ourselves, and maybe I’ll even do a DIY post after the wedding! Because some people who will be attending read here and I don’t want to spoil it! But I can say that I’m really starting to see the day come together, and I’m getting excited! I used to just feel stress/anxiety when thinking about it, so it’s nice to feel something different!

Thank you so much for joining me in today’s wedding planning update! Have any questions or advice? Leave them in the comments below!


February 14, 2018

My 5th Trip to Walt Disney World (October 2011)

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the trip recap series here on the blog! Today I’m sharing everything I can remember from my 5th trip to Walt Disney World! This trip was back in October of 2011. I’m going to share the things that still stick out to me almost 7 years later, as well as the things that I learned from this trip! I’ll be breaking down the main points below, and sharing more details in the video below that! Okay, let’s get started!

The basics

  • first trip in October (on my reading week from school!)
  • saw the fall decorations for the first, and only time I’ve seen them!
  • my Mom and I went together!
  • We stayed at Caribbean Beach (my 4th time staying there!)
  • we ate at 50’s Prime Time for the first time and LOVED it!
  • first time at Food & Wine- LESSON LEARNED- do not go on weekends! (see this post for 10 tips for Food & Wine)
  • saw Boyz II Men
  • I only brought flip flops- LESSON LEARNED- wear running shoes in the park!
  • New Fantasyland was in the process of being built, so I had to take some pictures!

To hear more about this trip, check out the video below!

Other posts in the Trip Recap Series:

My 1st Trip to Walt Disney World (May 1997)

My 2nd Trip to Walt Disney World (May 2007)

My 3rd Trip to Walt Disney World (January/February 2008)

My 4th trip to Walt Disney World (April/May 2009)

My 5th Trip to Walt Disney World (You’re here!)

My 6th Trip to Walt Disney World (coming soon!)


Thank you so much for joining me today as I shared everything I remember from my 5th trip to Walt Disney World! I still have few more trips to cover, and I hope you are enjoying this post series! It’s one that I’ve had on my list for a long time, so I’m happy to finally be sharing it!

What is something that you remember from any of your trips to Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks again for reading!

February 7, 2018

Monthly Favourites- January 2018

Hello everyone and Happy February! I don’t know about you but it fees like New Years was a while ago, when it’s only been just over a month. Today I am sharing some of my favourite things from the month of January, from entertainment, to beauty, clothing and some recipes! It’s hard to believe that as of next month’s favourites video I have been doing these for TWO YEARS! That seems crazy to me. Thank you for following along! Okay, I’ll quit blabbing, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

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9-1-1- This is one of the first new shows I’ve watched in a while! I’ll probably mention the other one next month. It has Final Destination vibes, but I lover Peter Krause and Connie Britton, so I’m enjoying this show! It’s actually already been renewed for a second season!

monthly favourites January 2018

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty– I read my one book for the month! If you missed my goals for 2018, I’m trying to read 13 books this year (which might not be a lot but with wedding planning I wanted to set a somewhat easy goal). It was set up a little differently than Big Little Lies, but I still enjoyed it! I checked and it looks like Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have bought the right to make this a movie or tv show. I look forward to it!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog– I forgot how much I loved this short. I watched it for the first time in high school (in class actually) and became obsessed. Ethan even bought me a Dr Horrible shirt for my birthday one year! If you’ve never seen it, watch it! Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day in a Joss Whedon creation. Doesn’t get better than that. Oh wait, there’s singing. Yes it does!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle- I went to see this a few weeks ago and really liked it! I wasn’t sure how it would hold up to the original, and I found it different but really good! Plus Nick Jonas is in it. But the jokes were funny and I was definitely laughing out loud. I would recommend it!

Monthly Favourites January 2018


Cherry Scrub– I’ve talked before about how I have bumps on my arms, and I use an exfoliating scrub in the shower to help get rid of them or keep them under control. I ran out of the last one that I was using, so I’m now using the body scrub from The Body Shop! I have a massive stockpile and this scent has been discontinued, but I love this product! It does an even better job than the last one I used. I’ve linked the Grapefruit one that is currently available!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Clarisonic Mia 2– I bought myself this during the Sephora Fall Sale, and I’ve been loving using it! Because my skin is pretty sensitive I use it every other day, but it’s so nice at the end of the day! It’s like a face massage!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Aussie Mega Hairspray– I’ve been curling my hair a lot lately instead of straightening it, so I’ve been going through more hairspray! I love this one from Aussie, and it still gives me the flexible hold I want! Plus it smells amazing!

Monthly Favourites January 2018


Old Navy Performance Pullover– I’m happy to say I’m finally getting back into my morning workout routine! Since I workout in the basement I’ve been putting this long sleeve shirt on, and it’s comfy without being too warm, and I can still move around without being limited. I also have the matching leggings that I’m pretty sure I mentioned in my first ever monthly favourites! So I’m still loving those as well!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Food & Drink

Slimming Soup– this recipe is actually from the Tone It Up 5 Day Detox that I did at the beginning of January. I could actually see making this again because it was good! And very filling! I’ve linked the sign up page, you just have to enter your email to get the recipes!

West African Peanut Soup– This is definitely one of Ethan’s favourite dinners, and it’s becoming one of mine as well! We use the recipe that’s in the Cookie + Kate cookbook, but the recipe on her blog is very similar. It’s delicious!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

If you’d like to hear more about my January favourites, check out the video below!

What did you enjoy during the month of January? Let me know in the comments below!


Thank you so much for joining me today!