March 2, 2016

Monthly Favourites- February 2016

I’ve been thinking of ways that I can share more of my life, and I thought starting a new routine would be a great way to do that! Once a month I want to post about the things I am enjoying, my monthly favourites. The items will change but it’s fun to think about the things that bring me joy, and I like reading about other peoples favourites each month. Over time I will try to sort the items into categories, but it may take a while to figure out. I’ve linked all the items, so just hover over the text and pictures to click the link! Okay, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites

 

Entertainment

Books- I am a bookworm. I definitely don’t read as much as I would like to, but I am always reading something. Right now I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series (currently on the Goblet of Fire), and I’ve also been reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I have yet to actually go through anything, but reading the book is getting me ready. Let me know if you would be interested in my experience with the Kon-Mari method! I also am interested in the “sequel” Spark Joy, and hope to read that soon.

 

Music- I always look forward to visiting Ethan’s Parents, and because they are a 2 1/2 hour drive away, I look forward to spending time in the car with Ethan. When we went up Valentine’s weekend we listened to both of Christina Perri’s cds. We saw her when she opened up for Ed Sheeran last year, and bought her cds after enjoying her set so much! I forgot how much I enjoyed her music, and loved listening in the car.

T.V.- Ethan and I have been watching Suits on Netflix lately, and I really like this show! We are on Season 3 now, and are watching it fairly quickly (for us anyways). It’s filmed in Toronto so I like to spot easter eggs of the city I visited daily for school a few years ago. If you haven’t watched it I would recommend giving it a try! I’ve also been watching some of my all time favourites, Gilmore Girls and How I Met Your Mother. I haven’t watched HIMYM all the way through since it ended, and I’m not sure if I will (I hated the ending). I’m currently on Season 2, and I enjoy the earlier seasons more than the newer ones.

Clothing

Wishes Shirt– I was so excited for this shirt to come I posted on Instagram as soon as it came. (Not following me yet? Click here to start!) I actually saw it on Instagram and knew I had to have it. If you like subtle Disney merchandise, definitely check them out!

Old Navy Go Warm Compression Leggings– I wish I could live in these! They are so comfortable and surprisingly warm. I like to wear them while I lounge around the house or during light workouts. I got them on sale, and am so happy I did. I buy a lot of stuff at Old Navy, mostly because they always have sales on. I love to shop online, and I use Ebates when I do! If you’ve never heard of Ebates all you do it log in, search the store you are looking to shop for and click to start shopping. You get different percentages of cash back, but it actually works. Click here to sign up if you are interested.

Beauty

Revlon Eyeliner- I want to start by saying I know pretty much nothing about makeup! I’ve started using pen eyeliners, and find them easier to apply. I thought I would try this one as it was thinner than the one I had, and I really like it! As much as I like ordering from Sephora, it’s nice to be able to grab something from the drugstore when you are close-by.

Nail Polish- I surprised myself with wanting to paint my nails. When I went to chef school we weren’t allowed to wear nail polish, so I hadn’t really wanted to in a long time. Now I’ve been doing my nails once a week and it’s nice to have some “me” time. It’s also a bonus that I’ve very slow, so I get even more “me” time ha!

Bath and Body Works Body Cream– Unfortunately I couldn’t find the Strawberry & Bourbon Vanilla one I’ve been loving, but they have so many scents available! This cream soaks into my skin and smells so good! I’ve loved the True Blue Spa creams but they were a little pricy, so the body creams are a great replacement. There are always sales and coupons to use, so I love stocking up!

Miscellaneous

Crispy Minis! Salt & Vinegar specifically. I love potato chips (they are my weakness) and since I’ve been doing the Tone It Up Challenge, I’ve been looking for a treat that was healthier. I found them!

February Favourites

Guys. I’m super excited/nervous to share that I started a YouTube channel! Please bear with me as I get used to editing videos, but my first video is up! If you are more of a visual person, I talk a little more about all of the products listed. I’m not sure exactly how often I will upload videos, but it’s something I’m excited to do! Please like my videos, and subscribe! 😀 Also let me know in the comments if there are any videos you’d like to see me make!

I’d love to hear what you are enjoying lately, so let me know in the comments if you care to share!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
February 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Ethan!

Today’s post is a little different, because it’s Ethan’s Birthday!

Ethan at Cali Grill

In case you didn’t know, Ethan had never been to Walt Disney World before he met me. Since then he’s been three times (in the last five years) with plans for another trip this year. We went in 2012 with my whole family, and just he and I went in 2013 and 2015. So thank you Ethan for putting up with my Disney obsession. I know it can’t be easy, but thank you. I’m so glad you enjoy Disney, and I enjoy exploring the Disney details together. Thank you for supporting this (crazy) venture I started 6 months ago, and letting me use your photos :). I’ve loved the trips we’ve taken so far, and I can’t wait to take more with you. You’ve taught me so much about myself, and the last almost five years have been more than I could have ever hoped for. I hope you enjoy your day and your ice cream cake!

this time last year, we were in Epcot!

this time last year, we were in Epcot!

I know this post is sappy, but Ethan deserves it! Wish him Happy Birthday in the comments!

Ethan, I love you with all my heart!

Kelsey
February 17, 2016

Not to Miss at Walt Disney World: For the Walt Disney Fan

I hope you have enjoyed the Not to Miss Series, I have certainly enjoyed writing all of the posts! But sadly, the series is coming to an end today. I thought I would finish things off with what I believe is Not to Miss for the Walt Disney Fan. If you missed the previous posts, you can read what is not to miss for Little Ones, the Classic Disney Fan, Thrill Seekers, Character Lovers, Show-Goers, and First Timers. If you’ve never been to Walt Disney World before I also suggest checking out this post, it is the home page of all things related to planning a Disney vacation! Okay, let’s get on with the final list!

Magic Kingdom

This detail can be seen before you enter Magic Kingdom

This detail can be seen before you enter Magic Kingdom

Carousel of Progress- Walt created this attraction for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and is one of the only attractions in Walt Disney World that Walt himself touched. This rotating theatre show is a nice break from the heat and generally has a short wait time. I personally love this attraction, and try to “ride” it at least once per trip. Fastpass+ is not available, but the wait time is only that of the first scene, as the next section of seating opens.

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover- This car systems takes you around Tomorrowland, and is powered by magnets! You go inside space mountain and see models of what Walt envisioned of EPCOT (in capitals because it stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). The PeopleMover was created to be a way of transportation in EPCOT, which unfortunately never happened. The PeopleMover is continuously loading and rarely has a long wait. I definitely recommend this for a nice break!

Jungle Cruise- While the ride is a little outdated, the Skippers make it fun! I’m a big fan of puns, and this attraction has a bunch of them! Ride at night when there are less likely to be kids, for an even funnier version. Fastpass+ not needed, just check the My Disney Experience app and head over when wait times are short.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room- Also with a version in Disneyland, this classic attraction showcases bird AudioAnimatronics Walt engineered. I love the songs, the birds, the flowers and the tiki gods! The line for this isn’t usually long (usually only until the next showtime), so I suggest it for a break from the hot weather.

Walt Disney World Railroad- Take a trip around the Magic Kindgom on the railroad! With a few stops along the way you can get on or off wherever, or complete a full circle. Walt Disney loved trains, and wanted to have the presence of trains in his parks. Ethan and I went on the railroad for the first time last year, and had a lot of fun! It is very nice to take a slower pace in the parks once in a while.

Keys to the Kingdom Tour- Ethan and I took this tour last year and loved it. Still to this day I am so happy we did, because it helped us to notice the details in the park. I wouldn’t suggest this tour for your first trip to Walt Disney World, but if you’ve been a few times I would highly recommend doing it! It’s a half day tour, with a meal included. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about it! I learned a lot about Walt Disney and his vision of Magic Kingdom, and the level of details that should be in the parks.

During the tour we talked about the history of this tree, I won't spoil it for you!

During the tour we talked about the history of this tree, I won’t spoil it for you!

Epcot

While the Epcot we see today was not the EPCOT Walt envisioned, the Future World section of the park is something I think was taken from his plans. Walt was always thinking about the future, and I think this area works with that. Walt didn’t have a direct hand in the creation of any attractions there, but I think it’s important to see what he wanted, and what Epcot could be.

Our Spaceship Earth

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios was not a park Walt had envisioned necessarily, but there is one attraction dedicated to his life.

Mouseketeer Hat

One Man’s Dream- this walk through exhibit is near Toy Story Mania, and I found it very interesting. There is a lot of information about Walt’s life as well as the technologies he invented. Even just walking through it I’m sure you’ll learn something new! There are models of the different parks around the world which are really neat to look at, hopefully I can make it to some of them in my lifetime! There is also an optional film at the end about Walt, but I’m not sure if it is running right now. I’ve heard a Zootopia preview has been playing, but I’m not sure if once the movie is released the Walt film will return. I will try to update this post once I know!

Walt

Animal Kingdom

Again, Animal Kingdom was not a park that Walt had a direct hand in, but his respect for animals was something that was important to him. When he came into Florida to build Disney World, he made sure to dedicate 1/3 of the land to wildlife conservation. That’s true today, and that land will never be touched. It’s the little things that make a difference, and something so small to the company has such a big message.

AK Sign

This list was surprisingly hard to write, because unfortunately Walt died before Walt Disney World opened and didn’t get to create as much for Walt Disney World as Disneyland.

Did you enjoy the Not to Miss series? Is there something else you would like to see on the blog? Let me know in the comments!

As always, thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey