June 30, 2016

Erin Condren 2016 Haul!

GUYS. Today feels like Christmas! I’m sharing my Erin Condren haul for this year, including my 2017 Life Planner! I got a couple other things as well, and I’m sharing it all with you. I’m also sharing some of my thoughts about ordering on launch day (June 1st).

Erin Condren Haul!

Check out my haul video below:

 

My 2017 Life Planner

Because my current Life Planner goes through the end of the year, I decided to go with the 12 month version (Jan-Dec 2017). I like to finish things completely, and because I already have things in the last 6 months of my planner, I didn’t want it to go to waste even though it’s only $5 for the additional 6 months. I think Erin Condren should offer a planner that goes from July-July to avoid this problem. Currently they offer July 2016-December 2017, or January 2017-December 2017. If you buy at any time for the rest of this year, for an additional $5 you can get the remaining months of the year. I also learned that they charged $5 for cover personalization, which I think is not right. Erin Condren products are all about personalization, so I do not think there should be an upcharge for this. When you buy extra cover, you are not charged for personalization. I will be emailing them about this, because I was not happy to learn this.

They changed things up this year, offering different colour schemes, as well as choosing your own coil and layout (vertical, horizontal, or hourly). While I liked the neutral theme, the colours are really what attracted me to the planners in the first place. They are just so pretty! I chose the colourful theme and vertical layout, with a rose gold coil. You can choose either platinum, gold, or rose gold for your coil. The rose gold coil or gold coil is an additional $10. I walk through the planner in the video, so take a look above if you are interested!

2017 Life Planner

Inside The Planner

Interchangeable Covers

Journals (Notebooks)

When these were released I definitely looked and waited until the Life Planner launch so I could grab everything together. I decided to get 2 notebooks, 1 for anything to do with my bakery, and one for everything else. I have filled up a few of the pages at the back of my planner, but wanted a little bit more space where I can make lists to my heart’s content. I chose to get the lined journals, instead of the dot grid option, and I can’t wait to use them! I decided to get the second notebook to match my planner 🙂 The colour I chose for the journal and extra covers for my planner are in Dusk- the closest to the actual design.

The difference between the Journal and notebooks are the binding. The notebooks are spiral bound (like the Life Planners). I decided to try the journals, and I will report back on how I like writing in them!

Journals

Accessories

I got two snap in dashboards to try out, and I will definitely let you know what I think if them, and which one I end up using! The first one is for meal planning, with sections for each day of the week to write meals, and the back is for a grocery list! I’ve learned how much easier it is to grocery shop when meal planning, and I think I will definitely use this when I have my own place. The second is just blank, so I’m not quite sure what I will use it for, but I’m sure I will find something! They both work with wet erase markers.

Dashboards

Ordering on Launch Day

This was my first time ordering on launch day, and I definitely learned a lot! First of all, even getting the website to load was a tall task. I can’t imagine how many people were trying to access the website at the same time. It became very frustrating because once you were on the website it was very slow and kept crashing. Once I had all the items in my cart, checking out was difficult as well. Once I finally got to the checkout page and had entered my credit card information, the site crashed! I had my email open to see if it went through (looking for a confirmation number), and had nothing, so I tried again. The same thing happened. So I gave up on it for a while. I came back a couple hours later and when I logged into my account my cart was empty. The order had been placed- twice! I emailed customer service right away and was nervous that I was going to get two shipments of the exact same things, all personalized with my name on it! I didn’t receive my confirmation emails until that evening, and I received two emails! Luckily I heard back from customer service the next day and got the duplicate order cancelled. I was so relieved and thanked them very much for their great customer service- I can only imagine how busy they were! After watching other haul videos, it turns out the duplicate orders didn’t just happen to me. It’s something I think Erin Condren could have prevented and should have been more organized to avoid.

What I took from all of this: don’t order on launch day! The earliest you planner is going to start is July, and shipping only takes a few weeks, so you can most definitely wait! I’m glad I figured this out and am happy to share my experience with you!

 

Giveaway!

I’m super excited to announce my first giveaway! To celebrate with other organize-loving people and also to celebrate the 1st birthday of A Disney Obsession on Friday (can you believe it?!), I’m giving away a journal!

Giveaway Journal

a Rafflecopter giveaway

ONE winner will receive an Erin Condren Journal! No purchase necessary. This giveaway is not sponsored. The giveaway will run for one weeks time until July 8th at 12 AM EST. If under the age of 18, please ask parental permission before entering. This giveaway is open internationally. I will email the winner directly, and announce the winner in this blog post!

 

If you would like $10 off your first Erin Condren order, use this link!

 

I hope you enjoyed a look at my haul, let me know what you would use the most in the comments!

As always, thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
June 22, 2016

FabFitFun Summer 2016 Box!

Happy Summer everyone! With the changing of the seasons comes my FabFitFun box! I have an unboxing for you today, and I’m sharing everything that’s in this seasons box! This box cost me $76.37 with Canadian exchange and international shipping. Take a look at the unboxing video below:

 

What’s in the box

FabFitFun Everyday Beach Waves Spray- I’ve tried a couple different Sea Salt sprays, so I’m interested to see how this one works. I love the beach waves look, and tend to go for the look on days I will wash my hair. The spray is valued at $18.

Betchsicles Ice Pop Molds- These wine bottle-shapes popsicle moulds are adorable and scream summer! I can wait to make some (hopefully healthy) pops! $19 Value.

Summer & Rose Yoga Towel– This towel is meant to go on top of your yoga mat, but I’m going to try it instead of my mat. When I am working out I use a yoga mat because I have a bad tailbone, but because I wear running shoes my mat has gotten a little ripped up. I’m going to try this instead, I will report back! $36 value.

Stemulation® Daily Micro Derm Scrub– I’m excited to try this scrub, it’s always nice to try something new! I’ve been thinking of trying a scrub, so this one came at the perfect time! Valued at $34.

Passport to Beauty Gypset Luminous Lips– This shade didn’t quite speak to me, so I gave it to my sister. She loves it! It looks a little to bright for me.

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream– I am really looking to try this product out! With summer here it’s great to protect your skin, and you can even mix this with your foundation! It’s valued at $48. If I like it, I may just take it with me on my next Disney World trip, to further protect my skin from the Florida sun!

Tote Bag

Trina Turk Canvas Tote- This tote is adorable! I love it. I don’t necessarily have a thing for purses, but I definitely have a thing for bags. I love the colour and it just screams summer! I like that it’s a collab between Trina Turk and FabFitFun! This bag is valued at $55.

Burts Bees BB Cream- this item was a bonus, and I’ve just started trying Burt’s Bees® products. I’m interested to see how I like it!

Subscription Update

I have decided to cancel my subscription for the FabFitFun box. I talked a little bit about it in the video, but I can’t really justify the cost for the number of things I actually use in the box! Most of it just sits… in the box. I think in the 4 boxes I have received I’ve used a handful of things. For the Winter box I got the two “add-ons”, and only use the water bottle. While the Kettlebell shaped speaker is adorable, it’s rounded on the bottom, so it doesn’t actually stand up! Annoying! I use the resistance band that came in the Fall box, and the umbrella as well. Anyways, I have cancelled my subscription, and may look for another box to try. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

FFF Summer

I hope you enjoyed a look inside the FabFitFun Summer box, thank you so much for reading! If you missed what was in the Spring box, you can check out that here.

What would you use first from this box? Let me know in the comments!

Kelsey
June 15, 2016

Overrated at Walt Disney World

Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I shared what I think is Underrated at Walt Disney World, so I thought I’d share the opposite today. I’m taking a look at some things I think are overrated at Walt Disney World! Let’s get started:

Overrated at WDW

Peter Pan’s Flight

While I do think this attraction is a classic and well done, there is no way it is worth waiting 120 minutes for. It’s different than the other dark rides in Fantasyland, but it’s definitely not worth the wait. Unless you have small children, I wouldn’t even suggest using a Fastpass+ for it. Ride at rope drop, later at night, or during Extra Magic Hours for shorter wait times. That’s actually the only time I’ve ridden it, late at night!

Mickey Ice Cream Bar

I do think that anything Mickey shaped tastes better, but this ice cream bar is definitely overrated. My particular ice cream of choice is the Mickey ice cream sandwich. There’s no risk of the ice cream falling off the stick!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The newest attraction at Magic Kingdom comes with loooong wait times. All the time. Ethan and I wouldn’t have done it on our last trip if it wasn’t for FastPass+! It’s a very smooth coaster, and an interesting “breed” with rollercoaster parts and dark ride parts, but I was disappointed. It was so short! Some people say it’s the greatest ride in Magic Kingdom, but I just don’t understand it. It’s maybe 2 minutes long, whereas Splash Mountain is around 10. I do wish that I had a chance to explore the queue because it is interactive, but I definitely will not be exploring it for 90+ minutes.

Seven Dwarf Mine Train

Be Our Guest

As you may have caught in my Everything You Need To Know About ADR’s post, getting a reservation at Be Our Guest is nearly impossible. I have eaten there once (at 9pm because that was the only reservation available), but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Considering how hard it is to get a reservation, it’s definitely not worth stressing over. It’s cool, and I hope Disney created other restaurants like it, but probably the most overrated thing on this list. If you are looking to eat there and can’t score a dinner reservation, try breakfast or lunch. You can even get reservations before the park opens, which may be the best empty park pictures you could get during the day!

Mission: Space (Green Team)

If you get motion sickness, skip Mission: Space completely. It’s only worth doing if you choose the “intense” experience (Orange Team). I’ve done both, and the Green Team experience is pretty much just looking at a screen, whereas the Orange Team you actually feel the “blasting off” and the G force. If you are at all nervous (and trust me, they try to make you nervous! They give you plenty of time to chicken out before entering the ride), just skip the attraction, or go in the back to look at the games you see when you exit the attraction.

Olaf

Oh Olaf. In my opinion, Sven is much better. I don’t really understand why he is so popular. I just find him annoying. He is now meeting guests in Hollywood Studios, so hopefully I will benefit from shorter wait times of Tower of Terror as a result? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking!

Tomorrowland Speedway

This was my favourite ride my first trip to Walt Disney World, but I was 5. I don’t understand how the lines are so long, for something that you could do at home! I guess as an adult I see it as overrated, but for kids it what they love. It’s just so loud, and stinky!

Picture from Walt Disney World website

Picture from Walt Disney World website

Main Street Electrical Parade

I am so over this parade! it’s been around since the 80’s and you can tell. SpectroMagic replaced it, then that parade was retired, and they brought back this one. Where are the newer Disney characters?! While I’m not a fan of throwing Frozen things into everything, I think the “newest” movie that is in the MSEP is Peter Pan, which came out in 1953. Magic Kingdom needs a new nighttime parade, badly. Why people still love this parade I have no idea! We want Paint the Night! (Or something better!)

Starbucks in the Parks

I’m kind of sad that the Main Street Bakery is now a Starbucks, and the lines are worse than ever. I agree that the coffee sucks in Walt Disney World, but I just don’t understand why people are willing to stand in huge lines to have Starbucks in Magic Kingdom (or any of the parks!). There are also mugs that everyone loves for each of the parks, that you can only get there, but Disney has so many mugs that in my opinion are better. I just don’t get it. Overrated!!

Gaston’s Cinnamon Bun

This Cinnamon Bun is HUGE, but other than that, it’s nothing special. While it may be a good use of a snack credit because of it’s size, I definitely think you can find better snacks in Magic Kingdom. Take a look around Gaston’s Tavern where you can buy the cinnamon bun, but don’t give in to the hype of this snack!

 

Image from Walt Disney World website

Image from Walt Disney World website

 

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of the things that I find overrated at Disney World! I don’t want this post to seem like I hate all of these things, but with the hype surrounding some of them, I thought it would be fun to explain why!

What do you think is overrated at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments! Also, if there is anything you would like to see on the blog, Disney-wise or not, please let me know!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey