February 10, 2016

How I Stay Organized

Today I wanted to take you behind the scenes! I wanted to show you how I stay organized with working full time, having a blog, and doing cakes on the side. This is my planner, and I love it.

How I Stay Organized

I am a huge fan of to-do lists and physically writing things down. When I was in college I had an agenda that I used to keep track of everything. Once I graduated, I fumbled around trying to keep track of things in my phone, and it just wasn’t working. Then a vlogger I watch regularly posted on Instagram about a planner she just bought, by Erin Condren. So I went on YouTube and typed it in. Holy cow. It’s like a cult, there were so many results! Then I saw another vlogger that I watch regularly has one, so I really wanted one.

I caved and bought the vertical life planner for 2015-2016 (July 2015-December 2016.) One of the things I love about it is there is space for everything. I use a box for personal things, a box for the blog, and a box for any orders or baking I have to do. And it’s pretty! Below is an example of the weekly spread:

Weekly Spread

As you can see I decorate it a little, but definitely don’t go as far as some people where you can’t see any paper there are so many stickers! I like to spend some time on Sundays filling out the week with the workouts and meal prep I want to do, cleaning around the house, things I want to do for the blog, and baking (look at the adorable mixer sticker!).

Monday-Wednesday

Thursday-Sunday

Since I got the planner in July I have notice a huge difference! I feel more organized and on top of things (I have anxiety and need to know what’s going on) and even Ethan has noticed a difference.

If you are interested I laid out all of the accessories I have for my planner, including pens and stickers, washi tape and other accessories I’ve bought from Erin Condren.

Carry-all Clutch

I bought the carry-all clutch for my planner to protect it because I take it everywhere! I actually convinced my sister to buy it for me (thanks Alex! :)) and love it.

The pens I use are and they are erasable! I like using pens because I can use a different colour in each section, plus if I make a mistake I can easily fix it. For a while I used pens by Staedtler, but they didn’t write as nicely as I liked, and I had to use whiteout when I messed up.

Pens

I have a fairly small washi tape collection, and always want more. I’m making myself use some of it up before I buy more, because I won’t be able to fit it all in my little bag! I got the holiday ones from Michaels, and I believe the rest are from DeSerres.

Washi Tape

I actually bought a Cricut Explore so I could make my own sticker because shipping to Canada on Etsy is expensive! I made all of the ones on this weekly spread except for the mixer and the grocery bag (they are from Paper Loving Mommy on Etsy, I love her stuff but just can’t justify the shipping cost!) I look forward to seeing what else the Cricut can do, so let me know if you are interested in seeing the things I create with it!

I also have a few covers for the planner, to switch out for holidays and other occasions.

Planner Covers

Yes I realized this whole post is about my planner, but it is the secret to staying organized! A lot of people don’t really understand how much work it is to have a blog, so I wanted to let you in on my secret! (I guess it’s not really a secret anymore, ha!) If you are looking at my planner and thinking it might be for you, click here to check them out, and receive $10 off!

How do you stay organized? Let me know in the comments!

If you are interested in seeing more behind the scenes things, or want to know about something in particular,  please let me know and I will try and post about it!

PS I hope you are liking the blogs new look!

Thanks for reading,

Kelsey
February 9, 2016

Surprise! A Disney Obsession 2.0

Surprise! The blog has had a makeover! Welcome to A Disney Obsession 2.0! I was definitely ready for a change, and I feel like the new look suits me a lot better. The green ever reminds me of my favourite mermaid, Ariel! I hope you like the new look, and take a minute to look around!

Thanks for checking out A Disney Obsession 2.0! 🙂

Kelsey
February 3, 2016

Not to Miss at Walt Disney World: For the Show-Goer

First of all… how is it February already?!

Walt Disney World is home to a lot of great shows that you can experience all through the day. If you have someone in your party who loves shows, this list is for you. Continuing on in the Not to Miss Series, I’ll lay out where the shows are located, and if FastPass+ is recommended or available. If you’ve missed the previous posts you can check out what I think is Not to Miss for Little Ones, Thrill Seekers, the Classic Disney Fan, Character Lovers, and First Timers! If you have no idea what FastPass+ is, check out this post all about it. Okay, let’s get on with the show(s)! (Like what I did there? :))

Magic Kingdom

Celebrate the Magic- this show is projected onto Cinderella Castle, and features some of your favourite songs, and pretty awesome “tricks”. It’s played just before Wishes! So if you plan on sticking around for Wishes, head to your spot a little early to enjoy this show! Fastpass+ is available for Wishes, so Celebrate the Magic would be included with that.

Festival of Fantasy Parade- the newest parade to Walt Disney World is quite impressive. Check out my post all about it here. I loved it, and took quite a few pictures! Fastpass+ is available for preferred “seating” but the parade can be seen from any spot along the route (shown on the park map). Check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for the time, and show up a little early to claim your spot! I definitely recommend watching this parade, if you can fit it in!

Festival of Fantasy

Main Street Electrical Parade- This night parade is all lit up and has some classic Disney Characters. The music is different than a normal parade, so check it out! Fastpass+ is available, but not needed. Just like with festival of Fantasy, you can show up early anywhere along the route to watch.

Wishes!- nothing ends a perfect day in Magic Kindgom like Wishes! I definitely recommend seeing this fireworks show at least once on your trip! Fastpass+ is available as stated above, but not needed.

Wishes!

Epcot

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth- The fireworks show at Epcot is probably the best show for fireworks. It can be seen from anywhere in World Showcase, which is awesome! Fastpass+ is available but not needed. I suggest finding a spot 15-30 minutes early, have one person eve a spot, then run and grab a snack or drink and relax!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Voices of Liberty-just one group of the many “shows” around World Showcase, this acapella group gives me goosebumps! Fastpass+ not available, check the times guide or Disney Parks App for all World Showcase performers.

 

Hollywood Studios

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage- This 25 minute shoe retells a tale as old as time. See some of your favourite characters in this fun show! Fastpass+ is available, but not needed due to the size of the amphitheatre. Check the Disney Parks app for showtimes.

Disney Junior Live on Stage- for little ones who watch Disney Junior, this is a must! Fastpass+ is available but not needed. Check the Times Guide for showtimes!

Fantasmic!- The nighttime show at Hollywood Studios is great! I suggest going to see it, and using Fastpass+, as the general seating fills up quickly. I usually grab something to eat and head in the amphitheatre 45-60 minutes early. Check out how I got Fantasmic as my 4th Fastpass+ of the day here.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-a-long- A must see for Frozen fans you can sing “Let it Go” with Elsa! If you have a huge Frozen fan in your party, I would suggest using Fastpass+. Otherwise check out the Disney Parks App for showtimes and arrive a little early.

Indiana Jones: Epic Stunt Spectacular- If you are a fan of Indiana Jones you should definitely check this one out! Fastpass+ is available but not needed. Check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for showtimes and arrive early to get a good seat!

Indiana Jones

Lights,Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show- Leaving Hollywood Studios April 2nd, 2016. This crazy stunt show keeps you on the edge of your seat, and is really neat! If you are visiting before April 2nd, check it out! Fastpass+ is available but not needed as the seating area is quite large.

Symphony in the Stars- This new Star Wars themed firework show happens at 8pm every night. Fastpass+ is not available, but the fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere outside at Hollywood Studios. Because it is so new, I haven’t seen it so I can’t make a personal recommendation, but I plan on seeing it on my next trip!

Voyage of the Little Mermaid- The first “attraction” I ever did at Walt Disney World, I still see it once a trip. Any Little Mermaid fan should see this 25 minutes show. Fastpass+ is available, but not needed. Shows run continuously and the next show time will be posted outside the theatre.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King- A great show for everyone, especially a Lion King Fan! With acrobatics and amazing singers, this show is great. Fastpass+ is available but not needed. Check the times guide or Disney Parks App for showtimes and arrive a little early.

Finding Nemo: The Musical- This broadway-scale production is a must see! The puppetry is amazing and all in a 45 minute show! It add songs to a Pixar favourite and has all your favourite characters! Go with the Flow! Fastpass+ is available for specific showtimes, and I would suggest it if you don’t think you will use all 3 on other attractions. Ethan and I used it in February and got front row seats!

Dory

Flights of Wonder- This bird show happens a few times daily, so check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for times. Fastpass+ is available, but not needed, so show up a little early.

Rivers of Light- Animal Kingdom is getting a night show this spring! I obviously haven’t seen it yet, but will update this post once I have! I’m sure Fastpass+ will be available, and I will update whether I recommend it once I’ve seen it!

I hope this has helped to lay out all of the different shows that are at Walt Disney World, so you can see which ones you might enjoy. Shows are great especially in the warmer months as you can sit and relax for a bit in air conditioning!

What is your favourite show at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading!

 

Kelsey