August 8, 2018

Monthly Favourites- July 2018!

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s already been another month. Today I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of July, from entertainment, to books, clothing and a recipe! Okay, let’s get started!

 

monthly favourites July 2018

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Entertainment

The Incredibles 2- I went to see this in theatres in June, and really liked it! I’ve mentioned the first movie on the blog before, so I really enjoyed getting to see a sequel. I found the plot a little predictable, but  still really enjoyed it!

monthly favourites july 2018

Ant Man and the Wasp- Ethan and I went to see this on our anniversary! I love Paul Rudd, and could honestly watch him in anything. I don’t 100% remember the first Ant Man, but enjoyed the storyline and seeing the characters again. It also fits nicely into the current Marvel timeline (I have to be vague to not give away spoilers!).

monthly favourites july 2018

The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition- I’ve been a fan of The Amazing Race for a while now, but haven’t watched a full season in a while. We were just in time to start this season of The Amazing Race Canada, and I’ve really been liking it! It’s always fun to watch and Ethan and I talk about who would do what challenge if we ever were on the show (which would be so cool!). I also hear that some Survivor cast members may be on the next season of the American edition, so I’ll most likely be watching that!

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Sharp Objects on HBO- I’ve been anxiously waiting for this show since reading the book last May, and I’ve liked it so far! It’s creepy, and very dark (so much so that I have to watch a bit of something else before falling asleep), but I still enjoy it. Amy Adams is really good in this role! Since it’s been over a year since I read the book, it’s like I don’t know what will happen next!

monthly favourites july 2018

Books

The HeirThe Crown by Kierra Cass- I finished the last two books in The Selection series in July! I would highly recommend it! It jumps ahead in time, and you get to see how characters in the first three books ended up. I really like it! I hope they make them into movies so I can see the stories come to life!

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn– My boss gave me this book to read, and I flew through it! It reminded me of The Girl on the Train and The Woman in Cabin 10, and it’s going to be a movie next year! Funnily enough Amy Adams has been cast, and I can definitely see her in this role after watching Sharp Objects!

monthly favourites july 2018

Clothing

Old Navy Lightweight Hoodie– I’ve been wearing this sweater a ton this summer, because it’s so light weight! I live in the basement, so I’m always cold, and this has been prefect without being too hot! I’ve had a hard time finding it online, so I’ve linked the closest thing I could find. Below is the sweater, and I know it’s not the greatest picture, but hopefully it gives you an idea!

monthly favourites july 2018

Seaselfie bathing suit– Since I know I’m going somewhere warm this November, I wanted to get some new bathing suits! I saw this brand first on Pinterest, and have heard through some Facebook groups that they can be a bit unreliable, so I bought through Amazon! I’ve bought three different ones, so I’ll link the tankini here and the one piece here. The one piece is by Cupshe, and the other two are by Seaselfie.

Seaselfie Women's Retro High-Waisted Push up Halter Padded Beach Bikini Bathing Suit

Recipes

Protein Pancake- I got this recipe from my boss, and I’ve been having it in the mornings for the past few months! I like to put a bit of peanut butter on top and slice up a banana. It’s 21 day fix friendly, which I’m currently doing and will share my experience in the future! Its:

  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of egg whites
  • 2 tbps PB& Me powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
    • blend all ingredients and pour in a pan!

monthly favourites july 2018

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

 

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

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
July 25, 2018

What I Learned In My 3rd Year of Blogging

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Since I’ve been blogging for 3 years now (where is time going???), I thought I would once again share some of the thing I’ve learned in this year of blogging!  Some are smaller things, and others are more important, but I love sharing from experience. In no particular order, here are 6 things I’ve learned in the past year. Let’s jump in!

what I learned in my third year of blogging

a giveaway doesn’t = a popular post

I learned this one the hard way. Last year I posted a Holiday Gift Guide that I worked really hard on (and I’m still really proud of the pictures I assembled for that post! I had some notebooks laying around for a giveaway and thought I would throw that it, and I did not get a lot of entries. It could have been a number of things, and maybe it was time of year, or the fact that I was giving away and Erin Condren product in a post that wasn’t specific to Erin Condren. But learn from my mistake and know that a post with a giveaway doesn’t always mean it’s going to be a popular post! Giveaways can definitely bring traffic to your blog, but I think thought has to be put into where to add them. You can’t just add a giveaway to any post and expect it to do well, and I think it was an important lesson learned this year!

batch film!

This has saved me this year! Whenever I film, I try to film at least two videos. I think the most I’ve filmed in one sitting is five! It’s win-win because I already have my schedule, I set-up my camera and lights less often, and I can get ahead on editing! If you are limited on time (hello wedding planning!), I really suggest doing this.

social media is tough

My number one piece of advice when it comes to social media is to try not to focus on the numbers and just be true to you and your brand. I will be the first to admit that I don’t have social media figured out, and I want to work on that. I bought a big blogging course a while back with some social media specific courses, and I hope to have time to work on those too.

I do think it’s important to post often and interact with others, which has made a big difference for me! I just really don’t understand the constant liking of your pictures, and the follow then unfollow game. But I hope to figure it out!

what I learned in my third year of blogging

have some posts ready to go

This is something that I want to do- and I’m really going to work to do this in the next few months! I’d like to have a few posts on the sidelines that aren’t in the schedule. That way if something comes up and I don’t have time to film or finish a blog post, I can put that into the mix. As my wedding gets closer I’m not sure how stressed I’m going to be in September, so I’m hoping to have all of the blog posts finished as early in the month as I can. I already know what they are going to be, so what’s stopping me from starting now?

put effort into those thumbnails!

I’ve been trying to be consistent with my thumnails for Youtube, to make my videos easily recongnizable. I don’t go to the lengths that other YouTubers do, but I think they are getting much better! Now I actually put the title of the video in there and try to “pose” for pictures of my sit down videos. I actually put some thought into in, whereas a year ago I pretty much just selected the best option that Youtube gave me when I uploaded my video. You can definitely see the difference below.

Old thumbnails 

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Vs New thumbnails

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use google analytics

I will also say to not obsess over the numbers that you see in Google Analaytics, but there are other ways to use this information to help! I’m always interested to see what posts are the most popular, and there’s a great way to help with future content!

For example, my most popular post has been My DVC Story. I was really surprised by this, and tried to come up with other ways to talk about DVC. This is why I made the post All About Disney Vacation Club! It goes more in depth to what Disney Vacation Club is, and hopefully can bring traffic to both posts!

In Google Analytics, on the left hand side select Behavior->Sit Content-> All Pages, and on the top right select the timeframe you are looking for. Once it loads it will list your mosts popular content!

what I learned in my third year of blogging

I don’t claim to know everything about blogging, and I’m definitely still learning! This year is difficult because wedding planning is taking up a lot of my time. I want to devout more time to learning about blogging, and I hope to be able to do that soon. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of the blogging things I’ve learned in the past year. Let me know if there are any blogging related posts you’d like to see!

Other blogging posts:

What I learned in my first year of blogging

What I learned in my second year of blogging

What I learned in my third year of blogging (you’re here!)

The Blogging Tools I Can’t Live Without

 

 

Thank you for reading!

Kelsey
July 11, 2018

Monthly Favourites- June 2018!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! It’s officially summer, and it’s been HOT! In today’s post I am sharing some of my favourite things from the month of June! From books, to entertainment, beauty, and a new drink, I’m sharing it all! Okay, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

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Books

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena- I flew through this book in about a week! A husband and wife leave their baby at home after the babysitter cancels, and go to dinner next door. They check on her every half hour and bring a baby monitor, but when they come home, the baby is gone. This book was similar to Gone Girl, and had a lot of twists and turns. I would recommend it!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

The Girl Before by JP Delaney– I also read this book in about a week! To not spoil anything I will put the description from Amazon below, but it looks like Ron Howard is involved in the movie adaptation, so it should be good!

The request seems odd, even intrusive–and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant–and it does.

JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space–and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Monthly Favourites June 2018

Entertainment

Disney Fairytale Weddings show- I’m a sucker for weddings, and all things Disney, so this show is right up my alley! Each episode focuses on two couples, and you join them for wedding planning and their big day! It’s crazy to see the reception settings in Walt Disney World and beyond, and the amazing weddings the Disney team put together!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

 

Wicked- If you watched this weekend vlog from a few weeks ago, you’d know that for Alex’s birthday, we went to see Wicked! It’s one of my favourite musicals, and I’ve seen it three times now! The music, the story, I just love it. I even put in my 5 Favourite Musicals blog post from a while back!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

 

Accused Podcast I flew through 2 seasons of this True Crime podcast in June! Each season focuses on a cold case, and is told “Serial style”, trying to find the truth. I listened to both seasons within two weeks, so I would say they are pretty good! The first season takes on the murder case of Beth Andes, and the second season Ritha Welch. I explain a little more in the video below!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

 

Queer Eye Reboot from Netflix– I might be the last person in the world to watch Queer Eye on Netflix, but I love it! I’m trying to pace myself with season 2, because I watched most of season 1 in a day! The Fab 5 help to transform the lives of men in each episode. Each member of the Fab 5 has a “specialty” or focus. It’s such a great heartwarming show!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

 

Sonos Speaker– Ethan and I talked for a while about getting one of these speakers, and when Ethan saw an open box one on Best Buy.ca for a bit of a discount, we jumped on it! I’ve really enjoyed having it in our room, and the app makes it easy to connect Spotify to it and control the music. There’s also a sleep timer, so we’ve been falling asleep to music!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

Acoustic Summer playlist on Spotify– I’ve enjoyed listening to this playlist! It features a lot of popular songs, just a little bot more mellow because it’s all acoustic! I would recommend it!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

Beauty

It Cosmetics Brow Power pencil in Universal Taupe- I can’t for the life of me remember where I got this (Ipsy? FabFitFun?) but I’ve had tis brow pencil in my makeup bag for a long time, and started using it recently! I think it looks more realistic than the eyeshadow I was previously using, but I’m still getting used to it! I’d someday like to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills one, but for now this is working for me!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

drink

Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade from Starbucks- I’d been wanting to try this for a while just to have something other than coffee at Starbucks, and this is a new go-to! It’s sweet (so if you don’t like overly sweet things it may not be for you), but I love it! It’s really refreshing, and is a nice drink for summer!

Monthly Favourites June 2018

 

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

It’s our anniversary!

Today is a very special day! Ethan and I have been together for seven years today! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, click here to see my sappy post! 🙂 Stay tuned next week for an exciting announcement!

 

What was something you enjoyed during the month of June? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey