September 26, 2018

Our Love Story

Hello everyone! I hope you are well! Today, I’m sharing the story of Ethan and I, because we get married on Saturday! Eeek! I will fully admit that I’m writing this post quite a bit in advance, because I don’t know how stressed I will be right now! I’m going to walk you through how Ethan and I met, and our story up until now. Okay, let’s get started!

our love story

Summer 2011

In the Summer of 2011 Ethan and I met working at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden in London, Ontario. It’s a camp for kids and young adults with physical disabilites, and had been an important place to my family for a long time. We went to a different Easter Seals Camps for 10 years, and I knew I wanted to work there as soon as I was old enough. So in 2009, I worked my first summer there.

Ethan was interested in Occupational Therapy, and was introduced to the camp through a family friend. I am SO happy he applied and was hired.

Now I can’t remember exactly the day we met, but it would have been the last week of June which was our training week. I had already been there for a while because I was working on the High Ropes Course (which required additional training), and he was working as a counsellor.our love story

I remember seeing him get out of the car from across the lawn. His hair was brighter than the sun (let me know if you get that Friends reference!), and I said to my friends, “That kid looks like Draco Malfoy!”. I don’t remember actually being introduced, but we started talking throughout the week.

Closer to the end of the week it was our job in groups to decorate the cabins the campers were to stay in to a specific theme. We were in the same group, and our theme was Casino. It was our job to make the coins, Ethan coloured them yellow, I used the glitter glue. I remember thinking, I think I like this guy. At the end of the training week we were assigned our cabins for the same session, and low and behold we are in the same cabin (because of the number of female counsellors they can work in cabins of boy campers, but only female counsellors can work with girl campers). Once we assigned our cabins, I may have asked the head of our cabin if I could be scheduled to work some “shifts” with Ethan. I was, and we talked all the time. and on July 11th, 2011 we were officially a couple!

It happened pretty fast when you think about it (we barely had known each other for two weeks), but at the same time it felt right. For the first time, he actually asked about my sister (who if you don’t know is in a wheelchair). He wanted to know what she liked, and how to communicate with her. Our relationship felt so much different from the start. It was more serious from the start as well. By the end of the summer, we had exchanged “I Love You’s” and had our first real date (which was just going to the mall on a day off).

our love story

Fall 2011- Summer 2013

We were long distance (about 2 hours away from each other) and visited as much as we could. There were many Skype conversations that lasted hours, and we texted all the time! We took trains, buses and anything we needed to get to visit each other! We worked at camp again in the summer of 2012 (after going to Walt Disney World with my family) as my graduation trip!, and it was awesome to see each other every day! I graduated from school and started work full time while Ethan was in his last year of school, so again we visited each other as much as we could!

our love story

our love story

After Ethan graduated from school in 2013, he moved into our basement and looked for work. He ended up working at a different summer camp while I was working full time in the summers of 2013 and 2014.  We went to Walt Disney World for the first time just the two of us in May 2013!

We visited Niagara Falls for our 1 year Anniversary (in 2012), our 3 year anniversary (2014), and before Christmas in 2015. We went back for the first time in a while this past February for Ethan’s Birthday. It’s a special place for us because it reminds me of celebrating one year together!

our love story

2014- 2016

In 2014 we both went back to school, and commuted to our different schools from my house. We were living under the same roof but not in the same room until the beginning of 2015 (I think!). Taking advantage of our last reading week before graduating, of course we went back to Walt Disney World in February 2015!

our love story

We both started working full time in 2015 (I started in April the week after finishing school, Ethan got a job in July), and we’ve been at the same places ever since! This is right around the time this whole blogging thing started! Ethan was actually the one who first brought up the idea!

In October 2016, we bought a house! Then we went to Walt Disney World with both of our families in November, and got engaged!

our love story

2016-now

Looking back these past two years of wedding planning have gone by so fast, but I’m so happy we’ve had as much time as we do, making sure everything is exactly how we want it!

It’s kind of felt like Ethan and I have been married for a while already, and until our house is finished not much will change, but I can’t wait to be married!

our love story

And on Saturday…

We get married!

our love story

And Ethan, if you are reading this: I’m so lucky to have found you, and I can’t wait to marry you, and live the rest of my life loving you!

 

I feel like I’ve rambled on enough, but it’s hard to fit the last 7 years into one blog post! I’m sure I’ve missed a lot, but Ethan means so much to me, and has always been there for me. I can’t picture my life without him!

Wedding Related Posts

We’re Engaged!

My Wedding Planning Experience So Far (the first 8 months)

Wedding Planning Update (months 9-15)

Wedding Planning Update (Months 16-22)

Our Love Story (you’re here!)

Wedding Planning Update

 

Thank you so much for joining me today, and for following along the past 3 years!

Kelsey
September 19, 2018

My 5 Favourite Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! I hope you are settling into a routine once again as September keeps trucking along! Today I’m back with a Disney related post, all about food! I’m sharing my 5 favourite Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World in no particular order, with what I would order if I was there right now! I’ve picked one from each park, and 2 from Epcot (Future World & World Showcase). I’ll be back in a few weeks with my 5 favourite table service restaurants, and my 5 favourite resort restaurants! Okay, without further ado let’s jump in!

 

https://youtu.be/4MkyRZsWFj0

What is a Quick Service Restaurant?

Quick Service would be similar to a McDonald’s or Panera Bread, where you place your order at a counter, and carry your food back to an open seating area with a tray. They are less expensive than the sit down or Table Service Restaurants.

 

Special Notes

I want to start this out with mentioning that I am a pescatarian, so I don’t eat meat but do eat fish. So you won’t be seeing any hamburgers or turkey legs in this list!

 

Another thing I wanted to mention, is that this list can change! It’s totally dependent on your touring style of the parks. On my trips I tend to be in the parks all day, so I eat at these restaurants a lot! For someone who spends more time at the resorts, it might be hard to even pick something in the parks! I think it’s an interesting conversation, and I’d love to know what you think!

 

Epcot- World Showcase-Tangierine Cafe (Morocco Pavillion)

I ate here for the first time with my family in 2012, and really liked it! The vegetable platter was delicious, and they had lots of options for the rest of my family. I always forget about the restaurants in this pavillion, even though it is one of my favourites to wander!

If I was there right now I would order the vegetable platter again!

 

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

Magic Kingdom- columbia harbour house (Liberty Square)

Ethan and I dined here for the first time in 2015, as part of our Keys to the Kingdom Tour (which I would HIGHLY recommend)! I think Ethan had the Lobster roll, and I think I had the Shrimp & Fish Combo. I don’t generally go for Lobster Rolls, but I remember trying some of Ethan’s and really liking it! I love the upstairs seating area because it’s a little bit more quiet, and sitting by the window makes for such a nice view! Definitely my go-to in Magic Kingdom.

If I were there right now, I would order the Salmon, which I’ve heard is really good!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

 

Epcot- Future World-sunshine seasons (The Land Pavillion)

I think The Land pavillion might be my favourite, and Sunshine Seasons has a TON of food options! I’ve eaten there many times before, and I like sitting and watching the sheer number of people going in and out of the pavillion, heading to and from Soarin’. They have the iced coffee I fell in love with on my 2013 trip, and a lot of vegetarian options. I can’t remember off the top of my head an entree that I’ve eaten there, but most likely a vegetarian wrap or sandwich. And the cheesecake, because cheesecake is my favourite. It’s set up like the Quick Service in the hotels, with different areas to order from.

If I was going there right now, I’d probably get the Vegan Korma with Gardein® Meatless Chik’n, it sounds pretty good!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

Animal Kingdom-harambe market (africa)

We ate here on our Animal Kingdom day in 2016, and there were 9 of us total so there were plenty of options! Ethan and I both got the roasted vegetables, and I remember them being very flavourful! I would also reccommend the Bibo or Sparberry drinks, you can sample them for free in Club Cool at Epcot!

If I was going back today I would get the roasted vegetables again!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

 

Hollywood Studios-PizzeRizzo (Grand Avenue)

I’m going to be completely honest with this one stating two things. 1) I’ve never actually eaten here, but I did when it was Toy Story Pizza Planet (RIP), and it pretty much just changed in theme. 2) This is the only Quick Service restaurant I can think of that I’ve gone to multiple times in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The pizzas are okay, but definitely fill you up, and sometimes are even enough to split. When I’ve been on the Disney Dining Plan in the past, it was more than enough food because it comes with a side salad and dessert.

If I was there right now, I would order the cheese pizza with pasta salad and a tiramisu (the menu has changed slightly since it was Pizza Planet).

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

honorable mentions:

Yorkshire country fish shop (World Showcase at Epcot)- you can’t go wrong with Fish & Chips! The seating area by the water is really nice, and I’ve eaten my fish & chips there before!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

 

Be Our Guest (breakfast or lunch at Magic Kingdom)- I’ve only done the lunch at Be Our Guest, but I really enjoyed it! I had the quinoa salas, and would probably try the vegetarian French Onion Soup if I were there right now!

my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in walt disney world

To find menus and more, check out the Walt Disney World Website hereAlso if you want to see lots about the food in Disney, check out Disney Food Blog!

If you’d like to hear more about my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in the Walt Disney World parks, check out the video below!

What’s your go-to quick service restaurant? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
September 12, 2018

Monthly Favourites: August 2018!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! It’s hard to believe it’s been another month already! Today I am sharing some of my favourite things from the month of August, from entertainment, a book, beauty items, a cookbook and a new YouTuber! Okay let’s get started!

monthly favourites august 2018

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Entertainment

Very Cavallari on E!- This has been my total guilty pleasure for the past little while! I just relax and de-stress when watching it, I find it a little break from the craziness that is wedding planning! It follows Kristen Cavallari and her staff as she works towards opening a storefront of her jewllery and home brand Uncommon James. Drama ensues, and I just love it as a little something I can watch each week!

monthly favourites august 2018

The Handsmaid’s Tale on Crave- I honestly can’t remember if I’ve already shared it (after watching the first 3 episodes immediately after reading the book), but I’ve slowly been working my way through the series now! I’m on season 2, and have been watching it while I work on gumpaste flowers for my wedding cake. It’s really intense, but the show is so well done!

monthly favourites august 2018

 

30 Rock on Amazon Prime Video- After watching an episode or two of The Handsmaid’s Tale, I need to watch something lighter! I’m about halfway into season 2, and I’m really enjoying it! It doesn’t make me laugh a ton out loud, but I do enjoy the jokes in it. It’s something I’ve wanted to watch since reading Tina Fey’s book years ago, so I’m happy I’ve finally gotten to it!

monthly favourites august 2018

Books

Still Me by Jojo Moyes– This is the third book in the “Me Before You” series, and it might be my favourite! It’s been a while since I read the first two, but I picked up the story again pretty quickly. I definitely like it better than the second one, and could see it as a movie. It was a little long (over 500 pages on my ebook), but I read in just under two weeks.

monthly favourites august 2018

 

Fixate Cookbook by Autumn Caleabrese – I’ve mentioned a few times in recent Weekend Vlogs that I’ve been doing the 21 Day Fix to get wedding ready, and to help I bought the cookbook by the creator of 21 Day Fix, Autmn. It has over 100 recipes (although some of them aren’t applicable to me because I’m a vegetarian), but I like the ones we’ve tried so far! My favourite might be the Sloppy Joe’s. All recipes come with container counts for an easy way to know what I’m eating! If you are looking to get into the 21 Day fix, I would suggest buying the cookbook with the workouts and containers, because it’s cheaper!

monthly favourites august 2018

Beauty

Clump Crusher Mascara by Covergirl– I feel like I may have found my new favourite mascara! I’ve been trying out the different Covergirl Mascaras, and the second I applied this one I was like WOAH! It’s my new go to!

monthly favourites august 2018

Garnier Ombrelle Face Ultra Light Cream Sunscreen, SPF 60– Since finishing the sunscreen that came in The Littles from Drunk Elephant (you can ready my opinion on the products here), I bought this one from the drug store and have been liking it! Since I started using the Drunk Elephant products I knew I should be using SPF on my face, and this was is so light I don’t even feel it! It also does a really good job (I went to the beach a few weeks ago and my face was the only thing that didn’t burn!). I would recommend it as a less expensive alternative!

 

monthly favourites august 2018

B- Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel (link to Serum)– This might be my favourite Drunk Elephant product because it was the first full size one I purchased! It a really nice and light hydrating gel, and I use it last thing before putting my makeup on. I can hardly feel it on my skin! I would definitely recommend it, and you can buy the small size with the C Frima Day syrum for fairly inexpensive (in Sephora terms haha).  Now it’s considered a serum (which I’ve linked), but I purchased it as the gel before it changed.

monthly favourites august 2018

 

Youtuber!

Blair Lamb– One of her vlogs came up in my feed on the YouTube app, and I’ve watch quite a few of her videos! Blair is very down to earth and I just enjoy watching what she shares! I watched her Disney Cruise vlogs (now I’m dreaming of a Disney Cruise), and it was nice to see it from the perspective of a young married couple without kids. She also has a blog that I’ve read quite a bit in the past month, and I just really appreciate seeing someone else balance the same sort of things that I do (while being much more successful at it!)

monthly favourites august 2018

 

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

What did you enjoy in August? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today!

Kelsey