June 13, 2018

Monthly Favourites- May 2018!

Hello everyone, and Happy June! I can’t believe summer is almost here, and I’m so happy the weather has warmed up! Today I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of May, from entertainment, to beauty, some books, and a recipe! Okay, let’s get started!

 

monthly favourites may 2018

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Entertainment

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel– Ethan and I are probably the last people on Earth to get Amazon Prime, but as soon as we did I started watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon prime Video! This show is from the creator of Gilmore Girls, and I’ve been loving the first season! It’s only 8 epsiodes, and is definitely more adult than Gilmore Girls (aka swearing and nudity). It’s about Midge Maisel who is trying to become a stand up comic in the 1950’s. It’s really good!

monthly favourites May 2018

 

Waitress Broadway soundtrack- I feel like I haven’t mentioned a music favourite in a while! I first head about it through KyleandCourt, and then I kept hearing about it everywhere! So I listened to it, and without having seen the movie I had no idea what was going on. So I watched the movie and now I get it! The musical is coming to Toronto next year I believe, so I hope I can go seeing it after falling in love with the soundtrack!

Monthly Favourites May 2018

New Light by John Mayer– I love the song, but the video is GOLD. I really like the song, it feels like a good song for driving in the car this summer! But the music video it where it’s at. You have to watch it! I like that John Mayer can make fun of himself and not take himself too seriously. I’ve linked the video for your enjoyment! 🙂

 

Books

I read 3 books this month! All part of a 5-book series by Kiera Cass.  I heard about them from the Young House Love Podcast (which I’ve mentioned in a favourites before)! The first 3 books are one story, and the second two jump forward in time and are another story, but with familiar characters. I flew through these books, like read the second two in a day each. They are really good! I would describe them as a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor. The books include: The Selection, The Elite, and The One. Below is the description of the Selection from Amazon.ca

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

monthly favourites may 2018

 

Beauty

Biosilk Silk Therapy– I’ve been using this for a while when I get out of the shower and it smells so good! I got the bottle at Costco, and it’s works well to detangle my hair (which is getting pretty long)! My hairdresser uses it and my Mom used to use it all the time, so the smell is very familiar to me!

Monthly Favourites May 2018

 

Fitness

Garmin Forerunner 35– I got my fitness and GPS tracker for Christmas, but I wanted to use it for a while before mentioning it! It tracks my heart rate, steps, sleep quality, plus GPS for running. It has tons of settings like intervals, goal pace and more that I played around with in May. The battery lasts 1-2 weeks depending on how much you work out with it. Without giving this watch an entire post, I would recommend it! I talk a bit more about it in the video below as well.

Monthly Favourites May 2018

Old Navy ankle socks– This might be random, but I wanted to mention my favourite socks. They are great for working out, nice and thin, and cheap too! I always buy them on sale and have a bunch of pairs in grey and black. They aren’t “fitness” socks, but I’ve worn them at Walt Disney World, plus running 15K! They are ankle socks, but don’t slide down giving me blisters. I have a ton of pairs in grey and black.

Monthly Favourites May 2018

Food

Vegan buddha bowl– Okay, number 1, the picture is gorgeous, and number 2 this bowl is delicious! The spiced roasted chickpeas are my favourite part! Ethan and I are trying to meal prep some healthier lunches, and we’ve been liking bowls! This recipe was easy to make and you can easily make enough for a full week of meals!

Monthly Favourites May 2018

Salt and Vingear cracker chips by Special K– These have been my chips lately, they are slightly healthier than regular chips, but addicting! I’m very picky when it comes to my salt and vinegar flavour, and these are very good!

Monthly Favourites May 2018

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

What did you enjoy during the month of May? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey
May 30, 2018

Erin Condren 2019 Life Planner Haul & Giveaway!

Hello everyone! It’s that time of year again! I recently received my Erin Condren Life Planner in the mail, and I am so excited to share it with you! I’ll be showing pictures of everything I picked up as well as a video towards the bottom of the post, and at the very bottom there will be a GIVEAWAY! Okay, let’s get this thing started!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

I surprised myself this year by picking the neutral colorway! I never thought I would, but I think since starting my sticker shop and using stickers more often in my planner, I wanted a blank slate! I also bought the planner starting in June, so I can plan blog posts even farther ahead! It runs from July 2018-June 2019. Let’s take a look inside!

 

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

From the moment you open the planner the neutral colorway shines! It feels like a blank slate and I’m loving it!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Then you get to the two years at a glance page, which is nice and neutral! You can see hints of the woven wonder pattern at the top. I’m going to try and use these pages more! Marking vacations, special events and things like that would nice to see all at once.

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

The goal pages are also toned down, which could allow you to sticker it up, colour code or whatever!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

The monthly view is so freeing! The boxes are open at the top, but I love how there are only small touches of colour. This year they’ve added the next month in the bottom right hand corner, which I like!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

The weekly view! It’s so nice not to have the design of the year around the sides, and makes it much easier to stick to one colour scheme! It’s very basic, but I feel like that’s what I need lately! The boxes have some space between them and no headers like the colourful version, but I like it!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

They also went back to the normal lined notes pages after each month instead of the more segmented page from last year (which I never really used anyways). The left side is what would be at the back of each month, the right side is also lined because it’s the end of the planner. For the other months you would have your quote page! At the back of the planner you have lined pages, dot grid pages, and some colouring pages!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

You also have a contacts page that is tabbed and easy to access! This is the first I’ve seen of it, but apparently it used to be in the planners back in the day!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

The sticker sheets at the back are so pretty! Two functional pages, one page of decorative stickers, and one page of box stickers like from previous planners. I like that they paired this down, because although I used the boxes a little in my last planner, I think 2 pages was too much.

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

The folder in the back is gorgeous! I love this woven wonder pattern, and the black and pink I think really makes it shine.

 Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

The back of the folder hold the perpetual calendar, which has the same woven wonder pattern. Again the covers now come with the dashboard on the inside, on both the front and the back.

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

In conclusion not a lot changed this year, and you still have the high quality paper that was new last year. There are some minor changes with the notes pages between months and the small month at a glance on the monthly view page, but overall a lot is the same!

Free gifts with order!

I also got some free gifts with the order! A sticker page that you can see in the video, and a reusable shopping bag! It’s a nice material that is strong but I think would clean really easily! I will definitely keep mine with me! It comes with a band that wraps it all up attached.

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

 

I couldn’t resist the petite travel planner with my upcoming honeymoon! It has pages for planning the trip, as well as sort of journal for each day of your vacation, and a list of where to travel next! It has 4 weeks of planning pages, all colour coded!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

My customer service experience

The first thing that I noticed when I opened my box was my cover wasn’t personalized! It was a bummer but I quickly went on to the Erin Condren website, and within my order reported a problem with the cover. Someone got back to me very quickly, and asked that I sent a picture of the cover I recieived. Once they received that they gave me some options, and I got the new cover shipped express for free! I’ve had problems with Erin Condren customer service before, some were so bad that I almost stopped shopping with them. But this experience was so great that I feel confident in recommending them again!

 

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

 

the video

If you’d like to see a full walk through of the planner and close-ups of everything I purchased, check out the video below! I also show comparisons of the colourful and neutral colourway (my planner last year vs this year).

giveaway!

You guys know I wouldn’t shop at Erin Condren without getting something to giveaway! This year I decided to pick up one of the notebooks! It’s black with gold foil and is lined inside. The giveaway runs from today until June 5th at midnight EDT. One winner will receive this notebook! The giveaway is open internationally, and if you are under the age of 18 I ask that you get parental permission before entering! Good luck!

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul

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What are you using to plan? And if you shopped the release from Erin Condren, what did you pick up? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
May 16, 2018

Empties! May 2018

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Today I am sharing another empties post! I’m trying to do 2 of these posts per year so they are shorter and I don’t have a massive container of empties laying around! If you are new to an empties post, I’m sharing the products that I’ve used up recently (and at least one that I didn’t finish), what I thought of the products, and what I would repurchase. If you missed my last one, you can see that here. Okay, let’s get started!

Empties May 2018

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Crest Pro Health Mouthwash– This is actually my favourite mouthwash! You can find the big bottles in a 2-pack at Costco, and it doesn’t burn, and has a mild minty taste. I would repurchase this again!

Empties May 2018

Aveeno Positively Radiant toner– I have been trying to find a line of skincare that works for me, and Aveeno was one that I didn’t see much of a difference. I didn’t completely use up any of the other products so this is the only one making it to the Empties, but I didn’t find it made a difference in my skin for me, so I wouldn’t repurchase it.

Empties May 2018

Tressemé Breakage Defense shampoo– I haven’t really found a shampoo that’s made a difference in my hair, so this one was a “meh” for me. The major turnoff was the buildup of product on the outside. I’ve never had a shampoo so that (with the exception of the one below, and you can see it when I hold them up in the video at the bottom of the post).

Empties May 2018

Tressemé Nourish and Replenish natural shampoo– The same thing happened with this shampoo, although not as badly. I think we purchase these shampoos because they are frequently on sale. I probably wouldn’t repurchase them again.

Empties May 2018

Marcelle gentle makeup remover– This is my favourite eye makeup remover! It’s on the pricey side for an item from the drugstore, but I think it does a great job and it’s very gentle.

Empties May 2018

Almay Smart Shade Foundation– expired and not used up! This is a very sheer foundation and because my skin is sensitive and red I don’t like it- I repurchased it before finding my go-to foundation, so I didn’t touch this one before it expired.

Empties May 2018

Tresemmé Thermal Creations heat taming spray– this has been my go-to heat taming spray for years. My one gripe- don’t travel with it! Or if you do, decant it into a travel sized spray container. I’ve had two bottles spill while in a suitcase!

Empties May 2018

Satsuma shower gel from The Body Shop– I have a stockpile of this and will continue to use it! I love the scent, and largest size lasts me about a year!

Empties May 2018

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery conditioner – I got this is a swag bag from an event that I went to, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase it. The only conditioner I’ve noticed a difference with is the Garnier Whole Blends Avocado and Shea Butter.

Empties May 2018

Warm Vanilla Sugar ultra shea cream from Bath & Body Works– This is my favourite scent from Bath and Body works! I tend to get overwhelmed by scents easily, so this one is nice an neutral. I keep this lotion in my desk because my hands get dry at work! I have repurchased and would purchase it again!

Empties May 2018

Garnier Micellar water (sensitive)– I bought this in a pinch after hearing good things about it! It’s less expensive than the one mentioned above, and it does a nice job. I have repurchased the larger size and it should last me a while!

Empties May 2018

Vitamin E Moisture Cream from The Body Shop– This was the skincare line I was using before I tried Aveeno, and it didn’t really do anything for my skin. I used this moisturizer under my makeup and it was nice enough. I probably wouldn’t repurchase again.

Empties May 2018

Vitamin E Night Cream from The Body Shop– I used this cream at night, and again it was nice enough. Probably wouldn’t repurchase it again.

Empties May 2018

Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream from The Body Shop– changed scent before I could finish it- but only used it once in a while

Empties May 2018

Stemulation Daily Microderm scrub– I got this in a Fab Fit Fun box, and used it on my arms (I have Keratosis Pilaris). I don’t think this brand is readily available in Canada, but I liked the scent so I would probably purchase it again.

Empties May 2018

Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub from The Body Shop– I was using this on my face in the shower, but was worried that it was making my skin worse so I stopped. It has a nice fresh scent, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase it to use on my face.

Empties May 2018

Beauty Blender– My go to foundation applicator, I would and have repurchased this! I’d like to try the Sephora brand blenders to see if there’s a difference, but I like the name brand one!

Empties May 2018

Loreal Paris Anti-Redness BB Cream– I bought this to use under my foundation to cover up the redness in my face, and it’s very orange. I’m not quite sure why I bought another, but I wouldn’t repurchase it. I think I was hoping to use it as a tinted moisturizer, but it’s way too orange.

Empties May 2018

Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray– This is the only setting spray I’ve used, and it’s my go to! I’ve repurchase it several times, most recently in the Sephora Spring Sale!

Empties May 2018

Peach lip gloss from The Body Shop- I bought this when it was on sale and kept it in my desk at work. I liked the scent, but it was very hard to use up, and was a tacky lip gloss. I probably wouldn’t repurchase it again. I don’t think this is available anymore, but you can see what it looked like in the video below.

Tattoo eyeliner from Kat Von D in Trooper– this is my go-to ride or die eyeliner! I love how easy it is to apply, and how fine of a line you can get. I wear this every day, and one usually lasts me about six months. I wish I bought another one during the last sale!

Empties May 2018

Loral True Match Foundation in C2– This is my go to foundation! It has nice coverage, and the colour is perfect. One bottle lasts me quite a while which is nice, and it’s available at the drugstore so it’s significantly cheaper than foundations at Sephora. I have repurchased this and would again and again!

Empties May 2018

Tarte Birthday Suit lip stain (mini) from birthday gift– this was one half of the Tarte birthday gift from Sephora last year, and I loved it! It did sort of separate and leak, so I wouldn’t recommend it. I did purchase the full size thinking maybe it was just the travel size, but it is doing it as well. The applicator also pulls out a lot of product, which ends up seeping over the sides.

Empties May 2018

Holy moly! I didn’t realize I had gone through so many products! If you made it this far- thank you!

If you’d like to hear more about the empties, check out the video below!

What products have you used up lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey