January 10, 2018

Monthly Favourites- December 2017

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great start to the year! It’s hard to believe a month has already gone by, and it’s monthly favourites time once again! I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of December, from entertainment, to beauty, and food & drink. Without further ado, let’s get started!

monthly favourites December 2017

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Entertainment

N’Sync: Home for Christmas– I’m going to be that person and mention two Christmas-y things first. Starting with my favourite Christmas CD, Home for the Christmas by N*Sync. I’ve loved this since it came out, and I love listening to it every year. I’ve been obsessed with the song Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday for a few years now, and it seemed even more so this year. One this that I always think of when I hear it is hearing it in Magic Kingdom as we were leaving Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2016. It makes me smile just thinking about it!

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Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version)– I don’t think I’d watched this movie since I was a kid, and watching it again was like watching it for the first time, even though some scenes looked familiar. It’s such a sweet movie!

Monthly Favourites December 2017

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne– This was one book that was easy to read and I just wanted to sit down and read it! It’s about two co-workers who have the same position after their companied merge, each working under the CEO for their respective boss. They hate each other. They play games sitting across from each other, trying to figure out what the other one is up to and so on. And after some things happen, they realize they might not hate each other after all. It’s like romantic comedy book that I couldn’t stop reading!

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple– I read this book as well this month, and I really enjoyed it! It’s in a different format than I’ve seen before, with 4 sections of around 100 pages, and no real chapters. The book is made up of a lot of correspondence, and is from the point of view of there daughter of Bernadette who goes missing. It was an interesting read that I believe was in a Laurenconrad.com reading list a while ago. I’m happy to finally have read it, because my list of books to read is about a mile long.

 

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Beauty

Whole Blends Honey Hair Mask– I’ve been using this hair mask every Sunday (when I remember), and I’m really liking it! I’m trying to grow my hair out still, and this repairing mask will definitely help! I haven’t used it frequently enough to notice a difference, but I feel like my hair deserves a bit of a treatment every week so I’m happy to have this in my shower!

 

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm– I bought this on a recommendation from Pretty Neat Living, and I love using it right before bed. My lips are still hydrated when I wake up! It’s on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way and I would recommend trying it! Especially in the winter when my lips feel like they are always chapped. They have other scents? flavours? available, so maybe once I finish this one I will try another.

 

Food & Drink

Mexican Bowls- I thought I would share a quick and easy dinner with you this month! It’s not quite a recipe, but it’s a dinner that I sort of forgot about until  last month! It’s adapted from a Tone It Up recipe I believe I made when I was doing one of their nutrition plans, and it slowly evolved! Using a Dole bag salad (southwestern or taco… along those lines) as your base, mix that up. Then fry up some peppers, onions, black beans, any vegetables you like, and some shrimp. Then mix the two together. Voila! Easy peasy dinner that’s tasty, and is even good the next day.

Hot Chocolate K-Cups from Grove Square– This is the BEST hot chocolate I have found in a K-Cup! It’s so creamy for being water based. There are other flavours available, but the original is my favourite!

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Ferrero Rocher– This is the one chocolate I only eat around Christmas, and I can’t wait to have them every year! Chocolate, hazelnuts and nutella, what’s better? Probably my favourite chocolate period.

Monthly Favourites December 2017

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

 

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

Thank you so much for joining me today as I share my favourite things from the month of December! I hope your January is off to a great start! 🙂 Want to see my favourites from December 2016? Click here!

 

Kelsey
January 3, 2018

Hello 2018! Sharing My Goals for the Year

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2018! I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday! Today I’m sharing some of the things I got for Christmas, as well as my goals for 2018. I did this in 2016, and 2017, plus I even followed up on my goals for last year just a few weeks ago. I’m trying to hold myself accountable for my goals, and I’ll write a follow up at the end of this year as well. I know this year is going to be busy, and I’m trying to set my goals for the year to keep me focused and on track! Okay, let’s get started!

Hello 2018

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what I got for christmas

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette– I’d had my eye on this palette for a while, and I’m happy to have added it to my collection! It has some orange and red shades, plus some darker browns that I’m excited to try out!

Sephora Favourites: Give Me Some Nude Lip- This kit came with 5 sample sizes and 1 full size nude assortment of lipsticks, glosses, and lip stains. It was only available during the Sephora Fall Sale, and was a great value to try a few things out! I’ve enjoyed having so many lip options!

Thomas Kinkade Tangled puzzle, 2018 Wall Calendar and colouring book– Ethan hit a home run this year! We gave each other smaller gifts this year after buying a new MacBook Pro, and I love what Ethan got me! We did the Little Mermaid puzzle by the same artist a few years ago, and as soon I saw the Tangled one, I wanted it! I also had seen the wall calendar and wanted it as well, but little did I know Ethan had already purchased both the puzzle and the calendar, as well as the colouring book!

Garmin Forerunner 35– I’d been wanting this for a while, so I don’t have to carry my phone with me when I run! It also tracks steps, and my sleep, and it gives me notifications from my phone as well as the weather!

Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey- The last few years I’ve really become a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and I’ve wanted to have my favourite players jersey! This year I got it, and I can’t wait to wear it to a game! I actually wore it all day on Christmas because I was so excited.

Harry Potter series on blu-ray– This has been on my radar for a while (I feel like this was an occurring theme this year?), and I’m so happy to finally own it! I will admit I thought this set would be larger and more of a display on the shelf because it’s beautiful type thing but I’m still happy to have all of the Harry Potter films in one place!

Magnolia Journal Subscription– I’ve talked about how much I love the show Fixer Upper, and since they release a magazine earlier this year, I’ve wanted to get my hands on it! I can’t wait to get my first issue!

 

Goals for 2018

goals for 2018

eat healthy!

I feel like I say this every year, but I really want to eat healthy this year! I now have a wedding dress to fit in! I want to still be able to have the things that I like to eat in small quantities, and have healthier lunches and dinners. Ethan and I are going to work together to meal plan and choose healthy recipes!

drink coffee black

I am so very slowly cutting sugar and milk out of my coffee. I hope to be able to drink it black before the end of February. Not only because I want to cut back on sugar, but I’d actually like to be able to taste more of the quality of coffee I’m drinking. I’ve been using my favourite flavoured coffee to cut back, which is Winter Carnival from Timothy’s. It’s a bit of a sweeter coffee to begin with, but I figure any start is a good start!

run a 10k in less time than this year (1:08-ish)

I’d like to improve my pace and run one race this year. I’m really happy to have a running watch now, so I can keep a closer eye on my pace and really see how I’m doing as I’m running, instead of just at the end of a run.

read 13 books

Goal is to read one book per month, and 2 in one month. I’d love to set a higher goal, but I know this year is going to be busy, so I’m going easy on myself!

get that newsletter going

One of my main goals for the blog is to get my newsletter growing! Its one of the easiest ways to grow a blog, and it’s something I should have done a while ago!

open my sticker shop!

The goal is January 31st, and I’m getting close to meeting that! I’ve finally hit a groove when it comes to designing, and there are just some small tasks I need to do before I can open shop. When I do open, I will make sure to announce it here!

Less screen time

I recently downloaded the “Moment” app which tracks your screentime, which apps you use the most, and how many times you pick up your phone. I’ve realized I’m one of those people who feels like I can’t miss something on social media, so I scroll all day until I know I’ve seen everything. I know how silly that is, and I’m using this app to try and reinforce that in me and just put my phone down. I stare at a computer all day at work, and I really shouldn’t come home and stare at my phone all night.

Get back into working out 5 days a week

I was really lenient after my 15K in October, so much so that I completely got out of my routine of working out in the morning. I’m slowly getting back into it, and now that I have a activity tracker that measure my runs and how hard I work during a workout, I’m a little more motivated!

Happy New Year!

That about wraps it up for this post! I hope you enjoyed a look at some of the things I got for Christmas, and my goals for 2018. I can’t believe I’m getting married this year! I just wanted to take a second to say Happy New Year, and I hope your year is off to a great start! It means a lot to me that you took some time out of your day to read this post. 🙂

I also wanted to give a shout-out to one of my friends who blogs as well! She recently posted about her goals for 2018, and her blog is all about pregnancy and birth! She’s a certified Doula, so if you are interested in learning more, check out her blog Silver Birth here!

What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
December 27, 2017

January and February at Walt Disney World!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! And if you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a great day with family and friends! In today’s Disney related post, I’m sharing what you can expect if you are visiting Walt Disney World during January or February! Just like I did with Fall, and Winter, I’m sharing any of the special things that happen, and what you can expect. I decided to make this post separate because it isn’t the holiday season anymore, so it’s different than what you can expect in November and December. Okay without further ado, let’s get started!

January and February at Walt Disney World

 

Training

When Ethan and I went in February 2015, we noticed a lot of Cast Members were “earning their ears”, aka training. The most annoying part? The buses. We stayed at a moderate resort that had multiple bus stops making it slower to begin with, and the training made it worse. I completely understand that Cast Members need to be trained, but it was something we didn’t expect. I suspect they do a lot of it during these months because it is a little slower. This was definitely something we didn’t think of in advance, and I want to let others know that it’s something they can expect in January and February!

The crane

This one is a bit of a joke, but it is a reality of visiting after December. You know those really beautiful lights the put on the castle? They have to come down, and a crane is used to help. That means you’ll get some pictures like the one below.

Refurbishment

The other thing we noticed were a lot of things were under refurbishment. Again, I completely understand that attractions need to be refurbished to keep them looking good, but it was sad that I wasn’t able to do some of my favourites. Ethan and I went in May 2013 less than a year after Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid opened, and less than two years later it was under refurbishment. Splash Mountain too!

Cooler weather

While there won’t be snow in Florida, you can most definitely experience cooler weather in January and February. I’ve been during both months, and have worn jeans and sweaters, and even wished I had packed more pants. Take the tip, and bring warmer clothes that you think you’ll need! It definitely cools down at night as well, so keep that in mind!

Epcot festival of the arts

A festival that started last year at Epcot is the festival of the Arts! With special art foods (a chocolate palette and “paints”), and art exhibits, it seems like a really nice way to have something going on at Epcot during these months. It’s a celebration of visual arts, food and entertainment that I think fits perfectly at Epcot. The festival is running from Jan 12th through February 19th, 2018. You can find more information on the festival here.

January and February at Walt Disney World

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Reduced hours

One thing to note is the closing hours of the parks. Most of them close at 8pm, or 9pm. But, instead of viewing this as a negative, it means you’ll have time to do things after a day in the parks! You could have a later dinner at a restaurant in a resort, head to Disney Springs, or go to a bar or lounge (my recommendation would be Trader Sam’s at The Polynesian!). Or if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, check out Extra Magic Hours to stay in the park even later! Having an adults only trip? Read this post! Wanting to know some things to do outside of the parks? Check out this post!

Visiting Walt Disney World During other seasons

Fall at Walt Disney World

Winter at Walt Disney World

January and February at Walt Disney World (you’re here!)

I think that about wraps up this post! I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the things there are to do during January and February at Walt Disney World! I hope that this post doesn’t seem like all negatives, because there are definitely positives to visiting in January and February! I’ll be back with another post in a few months for what you can expect at Walt Disney World in Spring. Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey