September 6, 2017

Monthly Favourites- August 2017

Hello friends! Happy September! Holy cow this year is flying by! I hope you are all well. It’s monthly favourites time once again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of August! From entertainment, beauty, recipes and more, I’m sharing it all! Okay, let’s get started!

august favourites

*affiliate links used for convenience*

Entertainment

Brendan James- I could probably write a whole blog post about this musician! We first were introduced to Brendan on the second John Mayer cruise, and absolutely loved his music! We’ve traveled to Ohio and New York to see him, and actually think of him more as a friend! He’s even played in our backyard :). I recently got into the mood to listen to his music, so I did just that! He’s a singer-songwriter who plays the piano, and I definitely think you should check him out! I couldn’t find his newest EP on Amazon, but it’s called The Howl! I’ve linked all his other cd’s below 🙂



farm hero saga- I used to play this game all the time and reached a level I couldn’t pass so I forgot about it! Well I rediscovered it and I love playing it to relax! It’s like Candy Crush just with crops like apples, strawberry, carrots ect. They now have challenges that only last for so many hours, so it’s fun to try and beat those! If you are looking for a new game to play, I would recommend it!

Since we fell by Dennis Lehane- I flew through this book! I could not put it down! It’s by the author of Shutter Island, and because I don’t want to ruin anything here’s the synopsis from Chapters.ca

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

 

Beauty

Body Scrub by Stemulation– I have these small bumps on my arms that are really annoying, and are almost like little ingrown hairs that can pop (it’s called Keratosis Pilaris). I’d seen a post in a Facebook group I’m in with recommendations for getting rid of them, and an exfoliating scrub was one of them! I had this one around after getting it in a FabFitFun box, so I’m finally putting it to good use! I use it every other day in the shower, and I find that it’s working like a charm. Plus this one smells so nice and fruity!

youtubers

ScribblePrintsCo.– I’ve been really into watching Plan With Me’s on YouTube lately, and ScribblePrintsCo. is usually my go-to! I usually put them on while I’m getting ready in the morning, and I find them so relaxing and soothing! While I’d love to watch the video and buy the stickers, they are a little out of my budget. So I watch them instead and enjoy it just as much!

Jenna Rose– Another sticker related YouTuber, I found Jenna Rose this month! She runs Planning Roses, and I follow her on Instagram so I think that is how I found her channel. She recently moved so I enjoyed watching those vlogs and her getting all set up in her new house. Seriously, I cannot wait to move in to our house! Another funny thing is she looked familiar, and I actually think I may have competed again her in gymnastics at some point! We are both from around Toronto, so it’s definitely possible!

Recipe

Roasted Honey Garlic Cauliflower– oh man. This recipe was SO GOOD! I’ve been really wanting to try cauliflower in different sauces because there are tons of recipes for cauliflower bites as versions of buffalo wings, and after this recipe I want to try ALL OF THEM! Ethan made them on a whim and they were delicious! I could have eaten all of them! Plus they were baked and not fried, and it’s cauliflower so it’s fairly healthy. Definitely give this a try! I put a little clip from a weekend vlog in the video below if you want to check it out.

Love Real Food- I’ve mentioned a few recipes from the blog Cookie+Kate before, well this month I’m mentioning her cookbook! We’ve tried a few of the recipes so far and definitely enjoyed them! I even went through the entire book writing down what I want to try, and it’s almost two full pages! If you are looking for some good vegetarian recipes, definitely check out this cookbook!

Miscellaneous

La Croix– I’ve been on a sparkling water kick this summer, and I’m loving it! This brand it VERY popular in the US, so I wanted to try it! It’s pretty much only available at Whole Foods, so when I finally got the chance to go, I stocked up. I grabbed a case or cran-raspberry, lemon, and peach-pear. All different, and really good!

If you’d like to hear about my favourites from August, check out the co-ordinating video!

I’d love to hear what you enjoyed in August, so let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading my August favourites!

 

 

Kelsey
August 30, 2017

Fall at Walt Disney World!

Hello friends, I hope you are all well! Today I thought I would share some of the things you can look forward to at Walt Disney World this fall! I plan on doing a post like this before each season, so look for those posts over the next little while. I’ve only been to Walt Disney World twice during the fall, but one of those trips included Christmas decorations, so it doesn’t count! I will try and hunt down some pictures to put in this post. Okay, let’s get started!

fall at walt disney world

Decorations and Shows

Mickey Pumpkins are probably one of the best decorations you’ll finds throughout the parks in the Fall, and they make me so happy! Additionally the people of Main Street USA, who happen to sing and dance on the trolley change their songs and such with the seasons. Also Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire changed a little bit seasonally! The ambiance changes slightly with the seasons, and I love it!

fall at walt disney world

picture via Walt Disney World website

Seasonal Treats!

Halloween cupcakes, Spooky Cinnamon Roll and Pumpkin Ice Cream are available from Aug 25th- Nov 1st in Magic Kingdom. If you’re going to treat yourself, you might as well make it a holiday themed treat!

Special treats available during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake dome
  • Jack Skellington Panna Cotta
  • Haunted Mansion desserts
  • Pumpkin Mickey Waffle
  • Worms and Dirt
  • Halloween themes Rice Krispies and Brownies!
fall at walt disney world

picture via Disney Food Blog

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

I just did a post a few weeks ago with 10 Tips for the Food & Wine Festival, so if you are going to the festival make sure to check that out! If you’ve never heard of this festival, there are booths set-up all around World Showcase in Epcot, where you can purchase sample-sized food from all around the world! It’s one word: delicious!

Food & wine

Free Dining!

Free Dining is probably the most popular discounts you can get at Walt Disney World, and it generally happens every fall. Room rates are increased so it doesn’t really work out to “free” dining, but if you stay at a participating Walt Disney World Resort, you get the dining plan for “free”. Value Resorts & Moderates get the quick service plan for free, while Deluxe Resorts get the regular dining plan. I plan to do a post all about Free Dining at some point, but there is one thing to note. Dining reservations are going to be even harder to get during Free Dinning promotions, because the parks are BUSY. As is the promotion tends to sell out. So if you are planning on taking advantage of this promotion, you need to be prepared.

 

mickey’s not so scary Halloween party

I’ve actually never been to a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but I hope to soon! (I should have had that in my Disney Bucket List!) When I do go, you can expect a blog post sharing some tips :). It’s a special ticketed event held on specific nights at Magic Kingdom, where the whole family can dress up and trick-or-treat in the park! With a special parade and firework show, it’s a full night of fun! For more information, click here.

fall at Walt Disney World

The only Fall picture I have! Via my blackberry in 2011!

I know it might not seem like a lot when listed in a blog post, but Disney goes all out for Fall! I love how they decorate for the seasons, and I hope to go back in the fall soon. Ethan and my wedding anniversary will be in the fall, so potentially we may visit often in the fall! Not that I’ve thought about that or anything.. 🙂

Lastly I just wanted to say my thoughts are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and I hope that any of my readers and their families are safe! If you want to help you can donate to the American Red Cross, and locals can donate. Stay safe everyone!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I definitely love Fall at Walt Disney World! When it starts to get colder here, it’s nice to get a bit more summer, because it’s still hot in Florida! Look forward to posts for each of the different season within the next while!

Kelsey
August 23, 2017

Empties- August 2017

Hello friends! It’s been over a year since I shared my last empties post, so I thought today would be a great day to share! I’m sharing the products that I’ve used up in the last year and a little what I think about them. I’m also sharing any products I just couldn’t go through! I’ll be talking about all of the items in the co-ordinating video below, and all the products will be linked below the video! Okay, let’s get started!

*affiliate links used for convenience

Tresemme Naturals Shampoo

Tresemme Perfectly Undone Waves Conditioner

Pantene Pro V Smooth and Sleek Shampoo

Whole Blends Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo

Whole Blends Avocado Oil & Shea Butter Conditioner

Tea Tree Oil Squeaky Clean Scrub from The Body Shop

Tresemme Heat Taming spray

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Syrum

Dove Style and Care Hairspray

Vitamin E Cream Cleanser from The Body Shop

Vitamin E Toner from The Body Shop

Vitamin E Illuminating Moisturizer– I believe they discontinued the illuminating one, so I linked just the regular one I would use in its place.

Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream

Vitamin E Eye Cream -this product changed in scent before I could use all of it, so I stopped using it.

Marcelle Eye Makeup Remover

Lancôme bi-facil eye makeup remover

Autumn Vines soap from Bath and Body Works- I couldn’t find a link!

Beach Babe Lip Chap —from Tone It Up, this coconut oil based lip balm was gritty and gross in texture, so I did not like it!

Manna Kadar Beauty Simplified Lip Stain– This lip stain I got in a FabFitFun box, but it was very sticky, so I didn’t like it! I like my lip glosses to go on smooth.

Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara– The brush was curved (which I’m not used to) and the formula was too wet for my liking, I like the full bloom mascara below much more!

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Masacara

Loreal Paris Skin Beautifier bb Cream Anti-Redness

Loreal Paris True Match c2 Liquid Foundation

Beauty Blender

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

 

Recommendations

Lastly I wanted to ask you guys if you have any recommendations for me! Specifically for frizzy hair, and sensitive skin. I haven’t found a product that gets rid of my frizz, and I think it’s the biggest problem when it comes to my hair! I’ve also noticed in the last few months that my skin hasn’t been to happy with the face products I’m using. I’m slowly using up what I have and switching out things, but do you guys have any recommendations? I’ve noticed I have red bumps near my chin, not acne but just bumps. And my skin is very red. Any suggestions are appreciated!

I hope you guys enjoyed taking a look at some of the things I’ve used up recently! I hope to do these videos more often!

I’d love to hear if you are loving any products right now, so let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey