October 10, 2018

Monthly Favourites- September 2018!

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s already October! This year is flying by. I’m back today with another monthly favourites post, sharing some of my favourite things from the month of September! It was a very busy month because I got married, but I still found some items I wanted to share! I’ve also added a new Priceless category this month, sharing the favourite thing I did or experienced, or moment of the month. You might be able to guess what it is this month! Okay, let’s jump in!

monthly favourites September 2018

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Entertainment

Ridiculous Cakes on Food Network- I found this show on Food Network lately, and I love it! If you don’t know I bake, and love making cakes so this is right up my alley! While I’m definitely not as talented as the bakers on this show, I understand all of the materials and techniques they use, and really enjoy watching! I’ve even taken a class with Mike McCarey who is on the show.

monthly favourites September 2018

Armchair Expert Podcast- I found this podcast when it came out and have listened to quite a few episodes! It’s hosted by Dax Sheppard, and he talks to different celebrities about their story. He’s so smart and has such an interesting way of looking at things, that I would really recommend giving it a try! I love how many of his Parenthood castmates he’s had on so far, and I like how long the episodes are! (1-2 hours).

monthly favourites September 2018

Cry Pretty- Carrie Underwood’s new album came out in September, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat! I’ve been a fan since her American Idol days, and I’ve seen her twice in concert! My favourite songs from this album are Cry Pretty and Spinning Bottles and I’ve already got my tickets to see her in June!

monthly favourites September 2018

Books

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll- I had been waiting to recieve my ebook copy from the library for a while, and I was so excited when I could finally read it! I followed this author when she wrote a blog from Cosmo, then she had her own blog website, then released her first book Luckiest Girl Alive (which was really good!). and I really enjoyed this book too! Based on some Housewives, it focuses on a group of women from a reality show Goal Diggers, all entrepreneurs and women who take anything from anybody. When a cast member dies, your left wondering what happened and why. It’s told from different perspectives, and I don’t want to say any more so I don’t give anything away!

monthly favourites September 2018

The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2018- I read this a few months ago but have forgotten to mention it! I love these books because of how informative and nearly scientific they are about the Disney parks. I feel like I know what to expect in Disneyland and I can’t wait! If you are someone who has never been to Walt Disney World, I would recommend these books (just a warning they are large!) because they give you a TON of information. They also have Touring Plans in the back, which essentially tell you which attractions or things to do in a specific order to make the most of your days in the park.

monthly favourites September 2018

Final Girls by Riley Sager– This book is perfect for the upcoming Halloween season, although very dark. A Final Girl refers to a female survivor of a mass murder. The book is about a womans struggle to try and not identify as a Final Girl, but when another Final Girl commits suicide, her and the other remaining Final Girl come together. It’s confusing, and I can’t really find a description of the book (it’s all just quotes from readers), so that’s the best I can do without giving anything away!

monthly favourites September 2018

Beauty

Satsuma Body Butter- I’ve loved Body Butters from The Body Shop for a long time, and have quite the stash in my bathroom! I’m currently using the Satsuma, and I love putting it on my arms and legs after getting out of the shower. The scent isn’t too much which is nice, and it leaves my skin really soft!

monthly favourites September 2018

Grace and Stella Bath Bomb Set– I got this little pack of bath bombs as a gift before my wedding, and really tried to make time to use them in September! They are nice and small so it doesn’t feel like a waste (the Basin ones and Lush ones I’ve used before are massive!). and they were really nice!

monthly favourites September 2018

 

Food & Drink

 

Freshii Energy Bites- I ordered these up on a whim one time when we ordered through Skip The Dishes, and I was surprised with how yummy they are! They have coconut, chocolate chips, oats, and seeds, and they’re quite filling! We’ve actually found a copycat recipe to make them ourselves (although I think they were missing something), but they weren’t bad!

monthly favourites September 2018

Bubly  Sparkling Water- I’ve been trying different brands of sparkling water over the last little while, basically trying to stop myself from drinking pop. I picked this brand up from Costco, and it’s not bad! The case comes with Lime, Strawberry, and grapefruit, and i think my favourite is Strawberry.

monthly favourites September 2018

Tea- One of my goals in September was to not get sick before my wedding! So I tried to drink teas every day to keep any sickness at bay! One tea I reached for again and again was the Raspberry Earl Grey from Steeped Tea. it’s so yummy and a nice twist on traditional Early Grey! I also love this sampler set I picked up in Walt Disney World!

monthly favourites September 2018

Priceless

Our wedding!

We got married on September 29th, and it was the perfect day! I’ll be sharing a lot more about our day (and please let me know in the comments if there’s something specific you’d like to see), but it really was the best day ever! Here’s one of the sneak peeks that we got from our photographer!

monthly favourites September 2018

If you’d like to hear more about my favourite things from September, check out the video below!

What did you enjoy most during the month of September? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
September 26, 2018

Our Love Story

Hello everyone! I hope you are well! Today, I’m sharing the story of Ethan and I, because we get married on Saturday! Eeek! I will fully admit that I’m writing this post quite a bit in advance, because I don’t know how stressed I will be right now! I’m going to walk you through how Ethan and I met, and our story up until now. Okay, let’s get started!

our love story

Summer 2011

In the Summer of 2011 Ethan and I met working at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden in London, Ontario. It’s a camp for kids and young adults with physical disabilites, and had been an important place to my family for a long time. We went to a different Easter Seals Camps for 10 years, and I knew I wanted to work there as soon as I was old enough. So in 2009, I worked my first summer there.

Ethan was interested in Occupational Therapy, and was introduced to the camp through a family friend. I am SO happy he applied and was hired.

Now I can’t remember exactly the day we met, but it would have been the last week of June which was our training week. I had already been there for a while because I was working on the High Ropes Course (which required additional training), and he was working as a counsellor.our love story

I remember seeing him get out of the car from across the lawn. His hair was brighter than the sun (let me know if you get that Friends reference!), and I said to my friends, “That kid looks like Draco Malfoy!”. I don’t remember actually being introduced, but we started talking throughout the week.

Closer to the end of the week it was our job in groups to decorate the cabins the campers were to stay in to a specific theme. We were in the same group, and our theme was Casino. It was our job to make the coins, Ethan coloured them yellow, I used the glitter glue. I remember thinking, I think I like this guy. At the end of the training week we were assigned our cabins for the same session, and low and behold we are in the same cabin (because of the number of female counsellors they can work in cabins of boy campers, but only female counsellors can work with girl campers). Once we assigned our cabins, I may have asked the head of our cabin if I could be scheduled to work some “shifts” with Ethan. I was, and we talked all the time. and on July 11th, 2011 we were officially a couple!

It happened pretty fast when you think about it (we barely had known each other for two weeks), but at the same time it felt right. For the first time, he actually asked about my sister (who if you don’t know is in a wheelchair). He wanted to know what she liked, and how to communicate with her. Our relationship felt so much different from the start. It was more serious from the start as well. By the end of the summer, we had exchanged “I Love You’s” and had our first real date (which was just going to the mall on a day off).

our love story

Fall 2011- Summer 2013

We were long distance (about 2 hours away from each other) and visited as much as we could. There were many Skype conversations that lasted hours, and we texted all the time! We took trains, buses and anything we needed to get to visit each other! We worked at camp again in the summer of 2012 (after going to Walt Disney World with my family) as my graduation trip!, and it was awesome to see each other every day! I graduated from school and started work full time while Ethan was in his last year of school, so again we visited each other as much as we could!

our love story

our love story

After Ethan graduated from school in 2013, he moved into our basement and looked for work. He ended up working at a different summer camp while I was working full time in the summers of 2013 and 2014.  We went to Walt Disney World for the first time just the two of us in May 2013!

We visited Niagara Falls for our 1 year Anniversary (in 2012), our 3 year anniversary (2014), and before Christmas in 2015. We went back for the first time in a while this past February for Ethan’s Birthday. It’s a special place for us because it reminds me of celebrating one year together!

our love story

2014- 2016

In 2014 we both went back to school, and commuted to our different schools from my house. We were living under the same roof but not in the same room until the beginning of 2015 (I think!). Taking advantage of our last reading week before graduating, of course we went back to Walt Disney World in February 2015!

our love story

We both started working full time in 2015 (I started in April the week after finishing school, Ethan got a job in July), and we’ve been at the same places ever since! This is right around the time this whole blogging thing started! Ethan was actually the one who first brought up the idea!

In October 2016, we bought a house! Then we went to Walt Disney World with both of our families in November, and got engaged!

our love story

2016-now

Looking back these past two years of wedding planning have gone by so fast, but I’m so happy we’ve had as much time as we do, making sure everything is exactly how we want it!

It’s kind of felt like Ethan and I have been married for a while already, and until our house is finished not much will change, but I can’t wait to be married!

our love story

And on Saturday…

We get married!

our love story

And Ethan, if you are reading this: I’m so lucky to have found you, and I can’t wait to marry you, and live the rest of my life loving you!

 

I feel like I’ve rambled on enough, but it’s hard to fit the last 7 years into one blog post! I’m sure I’ve missed a lot, but Ethan means so much to me, and has always been there for me. I can’t picture my life without him!

Wedding Related Posts

We’re Engaged!

My Wedding Planning Experience So Far (the first 8 months)

Wedding Planning Update (months 9-15)

Wedding Planning Update (Months 16-22)

Our Love Story (you’re here!)

Wedding Planning Update

 

Thank you so much for joining me today, and for following along the past 3 years!

Kelsey
September 12, 2018

Monthly Favourites: August 2018!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! It’s hard to believe it’s been another month already! Today I am sharing some of my favourite things from the month of August, from entertainment, a book, beauty items, a cookbook and a new YouTuber! Okay let’s get started!

monthly favourites august 2018

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Entertainment

Very Cavallari on E!- This has been my total guilty pleasure for the past little while! I just relax and de-stress when watching it, I find it a little break from the craziness that is wedding planning! It follows Kristen Cavallari and her staff as she works towards opening a storefront of her jewllery and home brand Uncommon James. Drama ensues, and I just love it as a little something I can watch each week!

monthly favourites august 2018

The Handsmaid’s Tale on Crave- I honestly can’t remember if I’ve already shared it (after watching the first 3 episodes immediately after reading the book), but I’ve slowly been working my way through the series now! I’m on season 2, and have been watching it while I work on gumpaste flowers for my wedding cake. It’s really intense, but the show is so well done!

monthly favourites august 2018

 

30 Rock on Amazon Prime Video- After watching an episode or two of The Handsmaid’s Tale, I need to watch something lighter! I’m about halfway into season 2, and I’m really enjoying it! It doesn’t make me laugh a ton out loud, but I do enjoy the jokes in it. It’s something I’ve wanted to watch since reading Tina Fey’s book years ago, so I’m happy I’ve finally gotten to it!

monthly favourites august 2018

Books

Still Me by Jojo Moyes– This is the third book in the “Me Before You” series, and it might be my favourite! It’s been a while since I read the first two, but I picked up the story again pretty quickly. I definitely like it better than the second one, and could see it as a movie. It was a little long (over 500 pages on my ebook), but I read in just under two weeks.

monthly favourites august 2018

 

Fixate Cookbook by Autumn Caleabrese – I’ve mentioned a few times in recent Weekend Vlogs that I’ve been doing the 21 Day Fix to get wedding ready, and to help I bought the cookbook by the creator of 21 Day Fix, Autmn. It has over 100 recipes (although some of them aren’t applicable to me because I’m a vegetarian), but I like the ones we’ve tried so far! My favourite might be the Sloppy Joe’s. All recipes come with container counts for an easy way to know what I’m eating! If you are looking to get into the 21 Day fix, I would suggest buying the cookbook with the workouts and containers, because it’s cheaper!

monthly favourites august 2018

Beauty

Clump Crusher Mascara by Covergirl– I feel like I may have found my new favourite mascara! I’ve been trying out the different Covergirl Mascaras, and the second I applied this one I was like WOAH! It’s my new go to!

monthly favourites august 2018

Garnier Ombrelle Face Ultra Light Cream Sunscreen, SPF 60– Since finishing the sunscreen that came in The Littles from Drunk Elephant (you can ready my opinion on the products here), I bought this one from the drug store and have been liking it! Since I started using the Drunk Elephant products I knew I should be using SPF on my face, and this was is so light I don’t even feel it! It also does a really good job (I went to the beach a few weeks ago and my face was the only thing that didn’t burn!). I would recommend it as a less expensive alternative!

 

monthly favourites august 2018

B- Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel (link to Serum)– This might be my favourite Drunk Elephant product because it was the first full size one I purchased! It a really nice and light hydrating gel, and I use it last thing before putting my makeup on. I can hardly feel it on my skin! I would definitely recommend it, and you can buy the small size with the C Frima Day syrum for fairly inexpensive (in Sephora terms haha).  Now it’s considered a serum (which I’ve linked), but I purchased it as the gel before it changed.

monthly favourites august 2018

 

Youtuber!

Blair Lamb– One of her vlogs came up in my feed on the YouTube app, and I’ve watch quite a few of her videos! Blair is very down to earth and I just enjoy watching what she shares! I watched her Disney Cruise vlogs (now I’m dreaming of a Disney Cruise), and it was nice to see it from the perspective of a young married couple without kids. She also has a blog that I’ve read quite a bit in the past month, and I just really appreciate seeing someone else balance the same sort of things that I do (while being much more successful at it!)

monthly favourites august 2018

 

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

What did you enjoy in August? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today!

Kelsey