November 22, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway!

Hello friends, I hope you are all well! Today I am going to share a new type of post with you, and I hope you enjoy it! With the holiday season quickly approaching, I’m going to share some gift ideas that I might have my eye on, and that I think would make great gifts! I’ll separate items into three categories: stocking stuffers( $19.99 and under), mid-range spends ($20-$99), and splurges ($100+). Just click on the description that’s in green to see the product online. Also make sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post! Okay, let’s get started!

2017 Holiday Gift guide

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stocking stuffers ($19.99 and under)

2017 holiday gift guide

  1. Mug $12– A mug is such a cute gift! Especially a witty one. You could even put some hot chocolate mix inside, or tea! My family has quite a few mugs from Chapters, and I think they are very reasonably priced!
  2. Mini Nutella jar $1.25– This tiny little jar is SO CUTE! I personally love getting something sweet in my stocking, plus I love Nutella so I don’t think you can go wrong here!
  3. Hand Cream $6– Winter dries out my hands, so hand cream is a nice gift! Of course there are many brands out there that vary in price, but a small bottle would make a nice addition to a stocking! I specifically love this line from Bath and Body Works, it really soaks into your hands without being greasy!
  4. Sephora Face Mask $8– These masks come in a large variety, and a fairly inexpensive but a nice way to treat someone! You could probably find a less expensive one at your local drugstore, but I’ve used a few of these and enjoyed them!
  5. Jot Your Though Notebook $9– as a notebook hoarder, I just see a pretty notebook, and feel like it would be such a thoughtful gift to give to someone! This one is nice and small, so someone could carry it with them!
  6. (not pictured) Fun Shaped bottle opener $5– If you have someone on your list that likes novelty items, why not buy them a fun shaped bottle opener? Th done I’ve linked is in the shape of a playing card!

mid range spends ($20-99)

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Reading Socks $34.50– these things are SO COMFY! I just picture a cold winter day, snuggling up with these on my feet and reading a good book. And they have so many designs since I got my first pair a few years ago. They are expensive, but so worth it, especially if you have cold feet like I do!
  2. Holiday Scented Candle $30– Spending so much time inside in the winter can get boring, so spice up the smell of your house with a candle! Pick up a holiday scent, or go more neutral. These candles from Chapters are so pretty! I love all of the metallics in different scents!
  3. Lush Holiday Set– If you know someone who likes to take baths to relax or unwind, it would make such a nice gift! You could purchase some individually for a stocking stuffer as well! I’ve linked a holiday set, because look at that snowman!
  4. Harry Potter Blu-ray set $78– I’ve had my eye on this set for years. I have all of the movies on either DVD or Blu-Ray, but I’d love to own the box set, and it’s on sale right now!
  5. Disney Monopoly– This version has the movies as the spaces, and it looks really cool! I have the Disney Parks version of Monopoly, but I definitely want to add this version to my collection as well! I have about 3 different versions of Monopoly, so I feel like I should say I collect them or something!

splurges ($100+)

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Sonos wireless speakers $249– There are many different brands of wireless speakers, but Ethan and I have our eyes on the Sonos ones for when we move into our house. We like the idea of having a couple around the house just to put Spotify on in the background. Portable ones can be less expensive as well if you want to be able to take it wherever you go!
  2. Beats by Dre wireless headphones $118.95– This is a gift that would be nice for someone who listens to music a lot, and who doesn’t like getting tangled in the cords! I hope to get a pair someday, and with some less expensive options on the market I might pick some up! I hate running with the Apple earbuds that get in my way!
  3. Clarisonic Mia 2 $219.00– While defintely a splurge, I think this would make such a nice gift for a girlfriend, sister, mother, anyone really! Even something like washing your face can become pampering!
  4. Disney Lego Cinderella Castle $549.95– Totally a dream of mine. It’s very expensive and I don’t know what I would do with it, but I can dream. For a Disney and Lego lover, this would make a fun gift!
  5. Garmin Forerunner 35 running watch $199.99– This is something that is on my list *cough*Ethan*cough* and is the model I have read the most on. It’s basically a FitBit but better because of the GPS function which is what I want in a running watch. Obviously there are tons of different brands out there that range in price, but it is a thoughtful gift for someone who it into fitness or wants to get more into fitness!

 

GIVEAWAY!

I also thought it would be nice to do a giveaway today! I’m giving away 2 of the Erin Condren Jot Your Thought journals! (Number 5 in the stocking stuffers category!) They would make a great gift, or you can keep it for yourself! This giveaway is open internationally, and will run for one week’s time, ending at 11:59 on November 28th, 2017. If you are under the age of 18 please ask parental permission before entering.

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I hope you enjoyed my holiday gift guide today! Let me know if you would like to see more posts like these in the future! Thank you so much for reading, and good luck in the giveaway! Also, you may want to check out the blog on Saturday… just saying 😉

Kelsey
November 8, 2017

Monthly Favourites- October 2017

Hello everyone, and Happy November! I can’t believe another month has already gone by! It’s monthly favourites time again, and today I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the past month! From entertainment to beauty, and a recipe, I’m sharing it all! Okay, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites- October 2017

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Entertainment

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick– I put this ebook on hold through my library in maybe February, and it was finally my turn to read it! I’ve seen Anna Kendrick in a lot of movies, but didn’t really know much about her life, so I really enjoyed her book! She has a great sense of humour and has some funny stories, so her book was really fun to read. I think I finished it in just under two weeks, and I would definitely recommend it!

Will & Grace- Will & Grace is back! I watched the original show when it aired, and I love seeing these characters again! I wish we got to hear a little more about what has happened with everyone in the years between seasons, but it’s still just as funny!

Monthly Favourites- October 2017

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood– I read two books this month! I flew through The Handmaid’s Tale, and now I’m starting to watch the tv show. I think the book is fitting for the month of October because it’s eerie, but Margaret Atwood does such a good job of creating a whole world. I think the creepiest part is that it could actually happen. Not that I’m saying it’s a prediction, but it’s very easy to picture. I won’t give too much away because the whole story is complicated, but it’s definitely a good read!

 

YouTube

My New Channel! (A Sticker Obsession)-  Did you guys know I started a new channel? It’s for when I eventually open a stick shop up on Etsy, but for now I’m posting weekly “Plan with me” videos on Mondays! If you are into planning like I am, definitely check it out! Shameless self promotion 😀

Pretty Neat Living– I have followed Jen for almost two years now, and for some reason I didn’t want to share that I followed her. I think it’s because some of our content is similar, but I finally decided to share! I’ve watched her different channels as well, but I really enjoy her content! I’ve watched her since before she had her daughter Charlotte, and now she is expecting a baby boy in February! I linked her blog, but it also has links to her YouTube channel from there.

Beauty

Vichy Normaderm Skin Balance– I’ve mentioned before how red and bad my skin has been lately, and a little while ago I got a sample of this cream at a drugstore, and I found it helped! I ended up buying the full size, and have been using it for most of October! I find it’s smoothing my skin, and taking the bumps away from my chin and forehead. I’m slowly transitioning the face products I’m using to Aveeno, but I found this cream has made the biggest difference in the shortest amount of time!

Monthly Favourites October 2017

Clothing

Moccasins in Cast Iron (colour)- So the story of how moccasins got on my radar is a little funny. I bought a sticker kit that had a little piece of clipart of a pair, and I just thought they were SO CUTE! Then I realized my slippers were pretty old, and I only paid $4 for them, and my feet are always cold, so I could use a pair! So I got this pair from Old Navy and I absolutely love them! I like that I got them in gray, so they are a little more subtle, but they are comfortable and keep my feet warm!

monthly favourites October 2017

picture from Old Navy website

Food & Drink

Tea (from Steeped Tea)– Since the weather has been cooler lately, I’ve been enjoying a cup of tea at night, especially when I’m sitting at my desk editing videos and doing blog things! I recently got a bunch through my cousin who had a Steeped Tea store, and I love being able to try something new every time! Some of my favourites are from the fruit collection, and harvest spice!

Thai Red Curry– You might guess that this recipe comes from Cookie + Kate, and you’re right! What can I say, I’m digging her recipes! I’m not one for spicy food, but the red curry that we have made a few times in the last few months is so good! It just warms we up without setting my mouth on fire! Plus the kale and veggies make it fairly filling!

monthly favourites October 2017

picture from Cookie + Kate website

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

 

I’d love to hear what you enjoyed during the month of October in the comments below!

 

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey
October 25, 2017

My Bullet Journal!

Hello everyone! I hope you are well! You guys know I love to plan. You also know I love my Erin Condren Life Planner. But this year with a wedding to plan for, a blog to run, and trying to open an Etsy store, I’ve felt a little all over the place. I feel like I have all of these things I want to accomplish, and I hadn’t been getting anything done. I wanted to have a place where I could keep all of my lists and keep myself on track. Enter my bullet journal! Today I’m sharing a flip through of my bullet journal that I started in July in a video , and I’ll also share some pictures of my favourite spreads.

my bullet journal

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What’s a bullet journal?

If you’ve never heard of a bullet journal, it’s basically a notebook. You can use any notebook, but I bought a Leuchtterm 1917 in the A5 size (link at the bottom of the post). It’s got a dot grid instead of lines, so it’s much more open to whatever you want to create! Below is a flip-through where I talk a little bit about each of the spreads.

bullet journal flip-through

Why a bullet journal?

I should mention that my bullet journal did not replace my planner, it is just an additional space for me to keep track of things. “Traditional” bullet journaling is creating a planner that is more flexible than something like an Erin Condren, that already has boxes for each day. With the bullet journal, because the pages are blank, you create whatever you like. I used to use the pages in the back of my planner for some of the lists I moved to my bullet journal. Things like tv shows I want to watch, movies I want to see, and books I want to read all have their own pages. Below I’ve shared some of my favourite pages so far!

Some of my favourite spreads

I like to keep track of my blog stats, from the google analytics side to the social media side, and I’ve left room for 2018 as well, so I can see (hopefully growth) across two pages. I’ve covered up the numbers for privacy, but you can see how the charts are set up!

my bullet journal my bullet journal

I love to read, and I usually always have a list of books to read on the go! I’ve been making an effort to read more lately, so of course I had to have a list of the books I want to read! On the next page I drew a bookshelf, and with every book I finish, I fill in a book. I think it will look really neat as it fills out more!

 

my bullet journal

my bullet journal

I created two pages with flags for each month to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries (which I spelled wrong in my journal!). Then hopefully I can be that person that is really on top of those things!

my bullet journal

Each month I write down my goals for the month, the habits I want to improve on, and I also track my mood. I wanted my bullet journal to help me get a better picture of how I’m feeling, and how often I’m doing the things I want to be doing.

my bullet journal

I have a brain dump page, and a wedding related brain dump page, because sometimes I just need to write out everything that needs to be done. It helps just to get in the right headspace so I don’t feel so scatterbrained!

my bullet journal

Since I started my other YouTube channel and starting using more stickers in my planner, I moved my expense tracker (which I used to just enter at the bottom of the days) to my bullet journal. I covered up most of the things I wrote down, but you can see how I set it up below. With a house and a wedding to pay for, it’s definitely helpful to have a budget!

Basically I go through the credit card statement and my bank account to write down what we’ve spent, then move that information to a spreadsheet that is categorized and colour-coded for if we go over budget. once I’ve added it to the spreadsheet, I check it off. So satisfying to see all the checkmarks! 🙂 Again the information is covered up, but you can see the general way it’s set-up!

my bullet journal

I hope you enjoyed taking a look inside my bullet journal today! I feel like I’m still finding my groove in it, but it’s definitely made a difference, and I find myself getting more done! I’m a bit of a perfectionist that I sometimes want to re-do the pages, but I’m trying to just accept how it is, and if I finish that page and want to make a new one, I can make changes! Let me know if you would be interested in seeing an update as I continue to add to my bullet journal!

Accessories and links

You can find the coloured pens I use in my bullet journal here, the sharpie pen here, and the brush tip pen here. And here’s the link to my bullet journal!

What do you use to stay organized? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

 

Kelsey