September 13, 2017

10 Books I’m Loving Right Now

Hello friends! Today I thought I would share a list of sorts. You may have noticed that I’ve been sharing books in recent monthly favourites, and since my vacation in May, I have been reading so much more! It makes me so happy because I’ve always loved to read. I’ve just realized that when I enjoy it, I need to make time for it! Ethan and I are getting out of the habit of watching tv before we fall asleep, and instead reading, which makes my heart happy! So today I thought I would share some of the books I’ve been loving recently! Some you might recognize from some monthly favourites, but recently I’ve been quite ahead in filming so some of these didn’t make the cut! I also included a few books that I could re-read over and over because I love them so much. Okay, let’s get started as I share 10 books I’m loving right now, in no particular order!

1. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane- This book got me hooked quickly! It’s about a girl who as a reporter has an on-air breakdown, and end up pretty much not leaving her house. Then, her husband ends up not being the man he seems. Then a whole bunch of stuff happens that’s crazy and keeps you reading until the very end!

 

2.Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty- This book recently became abn HBO mini-series and both are good! It’s about a group of mom’s in Australia and their kindergarten kids, but someone is murdered. And you don’t know who was murdered or who did it! The school drama mixed with the relationships between the parents and their spouses keep you guessing.

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3. My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella- I love any book by Sophie Kinsella. In fact, I’ve read every single one! Her newest book tells the story of a girl trying to make it in London, who is trying to recreate herself from where she grew up in the country. Things get a little messy, and kept me laughing the whole way through! An easy but fun read that I finished in less than a week!

4. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson- Two people meet in an airport, and decide to tell each other about their lives, putting everything out there. The man finds out his wife has been unfaithful, and he wants to kill her. The woman wants to help. This book had so many twists and turns I couldn’t stop reading! But just a warning, it ends abruptly. I was angry! But it was such a good book! While I was composing this post I found out it’s going to be a movie, and I can’t wait!

10 books I'm loving

5. Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor- This cookbook is new to me and I’ve already tried a few recipes that I’ve really enjoyed! I even went through the whole book and wrote down two pages worth of recipes I want to try! I mentioned this cookbook in my August monthly favourites.

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6. The Child by Fiona Barton- This is the book I’m currently reading, and even thought I’m not halfway through it, I’m enjoying it! It’s told from a few different perspectives after the remains of an infant are found in a construction zone. But they look like they have been there for years. The chapters are short so it’s nice to read a bit at a time, and I can’t wait to see what happens!

7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman- I’ve been reading this book in between all of the other books I’ve read, and it’s really cute so far. Each chapter is sort of a short story, and Ove is your typical grumpy old man. It’s funny to hear things from his perspective! This book was also made into a movie, so once I’m finished reading it you can bet I’ll watch the movie!

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8. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling- I think I’ve only read the series twice all the way through, and I wish I could re-read them every year! I just finished watching all of the movies, so of course I now want to read the books. I don’t know if anybody has not heard of Harry Potter, but the books tell the story of a boy who is more special than he knows, and he grows up and goes to a school for magic.

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9. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin- I’ve read every book by Emily Giffin, and I think this one is my favourite. She has a way of intertwining the characters from the different books into each other’s books, so it’s neat to see how the characters evolve. Plus, I love this movie too! It tells the story of two best friends, one of whom is getting married, while the other is secretly in love with her fiancรฉ.

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10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- Although I don’t know if I could re-read this book again right now because I still remember some of the twists and turns, I wanted to mention this book because it got me hooked on thrillers. I feel like I used to stick to rom-com type books, and now I’ve read quite a few thrillers! Gone Girl tells the story of a husband and wife, and when the wife disappears in what looks like a murder, her husband is the first suspect. I love the movie as well (because Neil Patrick Harris!), and would definitely recommend this book!

 

Thank you so much for reading the 10 books I’m loving right now! Depending on how much I keep reading posts like these might become more frequent!

What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments!

 

Kelsey
September 6, 2017

Monthly Favourites- August 2017

Hello friends! Happy September! Holy cow this year is flying by! I hope you are all well. It’sย monthly favourites time onceย again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of August! From entertainment, beauty, recipes and more, I’m sharing it all! Okay, let’s get started!

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Entertainment

Brendan James- I could probably write a whole blog post about this musician! We first were introduced to Brendan on the second John Mayer cruise, and absolutely loved his music! We’ve traveled to Ohio and New York to see him, and actually think of him more as a friend! He’s even played in our backyard :). I recently got into the mood to listen to his music, so I did just that! He’s a singer-songwriter who plays the piano, and I definitely think you should check him out! I couldn’t find his newest EP on Amazon, but it’s called The Howl! I’ve linked all his other cd’s below ๐Ÿ™‚



farm hero saga- I used to play this game all the time and reached a level I couldn’t pass so I forgot about it! Well I rediscovered it and I love playing it to relax! It’s like Candy Crush just with crops like apples, strawberry, carrots ect. They now have challenges that only last for so many hours, so it’s fun to try and beat those! If you are looking for a new game to play, I would recommend it!

Since we fell by Dennis Lehane- I flew through this book! I could not put it down! It’s by the author of Shutter Island, and because I don’t want to ruin anything here’s the synopsis from Chapters.ca

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachelโ€™s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

 

Beauty

Body Scrub by Stemulation– I have these small bumps on my arms that are really annoying, and are almost like little ingrown hairs that can pop (it’s called Keratosis Pilaris). I’d seen a post in a Facebook group I’m in with recommendations for getting rid of them, and an exfoliating scrub was one of them! I had this one around after getting it in a FabFitFun box, so I’m finally putting it to good use! I use it every other day in the shower, and I find that it’s working like a charm. Plus this one smells so nice and fruity!

youtubers

ScribblePrintsCo.– I’ve been really into watching Plan With Me’s on YouTube lately, and ScribblePrintsCo. is usually my go-to! I usually put them on while I’m getting ready in the morning, and I find them so relaxing and soothing! While I’d love to watch the video and buy the stickers, they are a little out of my budget. So I watch them instead and enjoy it just as much!

Jenna Rose– Another sticker related YouTuber, I found Jenna Rose this month! She runs Planning Roses, and I follow her on Instagram so I think that is how I found her channel. She recently moved so I enjoyed watching those vlogs and her getting all set up in her new house. Seriously, I cannot wait to move in to our house! Another funny thing is she looked familiar, and I actually think I may have competed again her in gymnastics at some point! We are both from around Toronto, so it’s definitely possible!

Recipe

Roasted Honey Garlic Cauliflower– oh man. This recipe was SO GOOD! I’ve been really wanting to try cauliflower in different sauces because there are tons of recipes for cauliflower bites as versions of buffalo wings, and after this recipe I want to try ALL OF THEM! Ethan made them on a whim and they were delicious! I could have eaten all of them! Plus they were baked and not fried, and it’s cauliflower so it’s fairly healthy. Definitely give this a try! I put a little clip from a weekend vlog in the video below if you want to check it out.

Love Real Food- I’ve mentioned a few recipes from the blog Cookie+Kate before, well this month I’m mentioning her cookbook! We’ve tried a few of the recipes so far and definitely enjoyed them! I even went through the entire book writing down what I want to try, and it’s almost two full pages! If you are looking for some good vegetarian recipes, definitely check out this cookbook!

Miscellaneous

La Croix– I’ve been on a sparkling water kick this summer, and I’m loving it! This brand it VERY popular in the US, so I wanted to try it! It’s pretty much only available at Whole Foods, so when I finally got the chance to go, I stocked up. I grabbed a case or cran-raspberry, lemon, and peach-pear. All different, and really good!

If you’d like to hear about my favourites from August, check out the co-ordinating video!

I’d love to hear what you enjoyed in August, so let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading my August favourites!

 

 

Kelsey
August 23, 2017

Empties- August 2017

Hello friends! It’s been over a year since I shared my last empties post, so I thought today would be a great day to share! I’m sharing the products that I’ve used up in the last year and a little what I think about them. I’m also sharing any products I just couldn’t go through! I’ll be talking about all of the items in the co-ordinating video below, and all the products will be linked below the video! Okay, let’s get started!

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Tresemme Naturals Shampoo

Tresemme Perfectly Undone Waves Conditioner

Pantene Pro V Smooth and Sleek Shampoo

Whole Blends Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo

Whole Blends Avocado Oil &ย Shea Butterย Conditioner

Tea Tree Oil Squeaky Clean Scrub from The Body Shop

Tresemme Heat Taming spray

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Syrum

Dove Style and Care Hairspray

Vitamin E Cream Cleanser from The Body Shop

Vitamin E Toner from The Body Shop

Vitamin E Illuminating Moisturizer– I believe they discontinued the illuminating one, so I linked just the regular one I would use in its place.

Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream

Vitamin E Eye Cream -this product changed in scent before I could use all of it, so I stopped using it.

Marcelle Eye Makeup Remover

Lancรดme bi-facil eye makeup remover

Autumn Vines soap from Bath and Body Works- I couldn’t find a link!

Beach Babe Lip Chap —from Tone It Up, this coconut oil based lip balm was gritty and gross in texture, so I did not like it!

Manna Kadar Beauty Simplified Lip Stain– This lip stain I got in a FabFitFun box, but it wasย very sticky, so I didn’t like it! I like my lip glosses to go on smooth.

Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara– The brush was curved (which I’m not used to) and the formula was too wet for my liking, I like the full bloom mascara below much more!

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Masacara

Loreal Paris Skin Beautifier bb Cream Anti-Redness

Loreal Paris True Match c2 Liquid Foundation

Beauty Blender

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

 

Recommendations

Lastly I wanted to ask you guys if you have any recommendations for me! Specifically for frizzy hair, and sensitive skin. I haven’t found a product that gets rid of my frizz, and I think it’s the biggest problem when it comes to my hair! I’ve also noticed in the last few months that my skin hasn’t been to happy with the face products I’m using. I’m slowly using up what I have and switching out things, but do you guys have any recommendations? I’ve noticed I have red bumps near my chin, not acne but just bumps. And my skin is very red. Any suggestions are appreciated!

I hope you guys enjoyed taking a look at some of the things I’ve used up recently! I hope to do these videos more often!

I’d love to hear if you are loving any products right now, so let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey