December 6, 2017

Monthly Favourites- November 2017

Hello everyone, and happy December! It’s officially the holiday season, and I am so happy about it! This is my favourite time of year! I’ve been baking up a storm and shopping for everyone on my list, and it’s hard to believe it’s already monthly favourites time once again! I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of November, from entertainment to beauty, food and drinks. Okay, without further ado, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites november 2017

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Entertainment

The Good Doctor- Ethan and I binged the first 5 episodes, and are really liking this show! I find it hard to watch at some points just because how the characters treat him because he has autism, and I know that all to well with my sister and the other people with disabilities I’ve worked with over the years. It is really well done though, and if you haven’t watched an episode I suggest giving it a try! If you don’t know what it’s about, it’s about a doctor who is on the Autism spectrum working in a hospital as a surgical resident. People don’t go easy on him, and you can see how hard it can be for him, but it’s really a feel good show.

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Gavin DeGraw- I saw Gavin DeGraw in concert at the end of October, and I forgot how much I loved his music. I’ve mentioned his most recent record in a monthly favourites (I believe when it was newly released), but I really just wanted to talk about how much I love his music in general. One of my favourite albums is “Free”. I could blast that record, and it still makes me so happy to listen to him!

Taylor Swift’s Reputation album– Ok, this thing is catchy. I shared my first impression of the album in a weekend vlog (linked in the video below) a few weeks ago, but this cd has grown on me! I definitely still like the second half better, but it’s a fun cd to listen to in the car! And it doesn’t get stuck in my head which I like, because I thought “Look What you Made Me Do” would forever be stuck in my head. I believe it is finally on Spotify, so give it a listen if you haven’t already!

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware– I flew through this book! It was 500+ pages in Ebook form, and I read it in just over a week. It was quite a page-turner! It’s about four girls who were best friends at boarding school, and 17 years later come back together when a body has been discovered that they might know something about. I thought I had it figured out, but this book still kept me guessing!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Dirty John Podcast– I heard about this podcast quickly in an episode of Young House Love Has a Podcast (basically just the name), and a semi-detailed synopsis in a video from MakeupbyTiffanyD. But it sounded interesting, and it was! I don’t want to give anything away, so here’s the little blurb from the podcast:

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

 

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Beauty

Pink Flamingo bubble bar from Lush– I used this adorable bubble bar for the first time in November, and I loved it! It’s reusuable so you can definitely get a few uses out of it, and it give plenty of bubbles and pink water! I can be a little sensitive when it comes to fragrances, but I really like this one! Plus, who doesn’t like something in the shape of a flamingo!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Food & Drink

Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks– I tried this latte on a whim after watching Jenna Rose for a while (this drink is her go-to), and this drink really tastes like fall! I loved it, and will definitely order it again!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Challah– I made some Challah a few weekends ago, and it was SO good! I made bread for about a month when I went to chef school, so it was nice to do it again, and it made me want to make it more often! We had some with chilli, and then I made french toast from it. YUM! The cookbook I used is The Baker in Me by Daphna Rabinovitch (linked above). Below is a picture of the beautiful loaf!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Apple Cider- I’ve really been enjoying hot apple cider this year! I’ve had it with tea steeped in it, and just by itself, but it’s such a nice warm treat! I just picked some up from the grocery store, so I’m not recommending a certain brand, but it sure it a nice change and a treat!

 

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

Thank you so much for joining me today as I share my favourites from the past month! It’s hard to believe that the next favourites will be put up in 2018!

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 11, 2017

Monthly Favourites- September 2017

Hello friends! I hope October is treating you well! It’s finally cooled off in the greater Toronto area (which made thanksgiving feel a bit more like thanksgiving), and while I’m sad to see the warmer weather leave, I love sweater weather! It’s monthly favourites time once again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of September! Okay, let’s get started!

September 2017

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entertainment

The Bucket List Family– I discovered this YouTube family while they were completing 30 Stays in 30 Days at Walt Disney World, and I now want to follow them on all of their adventures! Two years ago the Gee family sold their belongings and started travelling the world, and wow have they seen a lot! After watching their Instagram stories and the ones shared on Walt Disney World’s Instagram, I really feel like I’ve gotten to know them, and I will definitely continue watching them!

Monthly Favourites September 2017

Hercules– Okay so funny story. When I was a kid I went to a babysitters after school, and they had the Disney movie Hercules. Well I didn’t own it, so I watched it there EVERY SINGLE DAY. After really wanting to watch the new fireworks show at Disney which Hercules is featured in (which Ethan said it wouldn’t), I really wanted to watch Hercules! One night while I was editing a weekend vlog, I heard the beginning of a Disney dvd :D. So Hercules had to make the list this month!

Friends From College- I started watching this show on Netflix, and I’m enjoying it! It makes me cringe a little bit (because it involves people having an affair), but maybe the more episodes I watch the less that will happen. I’ve only watched 4 episodes so far, but it definitely has made me laugh!

The Child by Fiona Barton– I mentioned I was reading this in my 10 Books I’m Loving Right Now post, and I finished it a few weeks ago. IT GOT SO GOOD! The subject matter is pretty dark (the remains of a baby are found in a construction site), but I really liked the ending. I would definitely recommend it!

Orange is the New Black- I’ve been catching up on the last few seasons of Orange is the New Black in the mornings, and while I think the first two seasons were the best (I’m currently watching season 5) but I’m still watching because I want to know what happens!

 

clothing

Boots from Aldo– I got these adorable booties to wear in the engagement pictures Ethan and I had done in September, and I love them! They are comfortable and not too high that I can’t walk in them! Plus I love the black, and the wood heel helps it to go with even more things.

Monthly Favourites September

 

Dress- This dress I also bought (from H&M but unfortunately I can’t find it online!) for the pictures, and I love how it fits! I was stressed the week leading up to our pictures because what I thought I was going to wear was way too big on me, and I just love this dress! One of our wedding colours is navy as well, so this fit :).

Monthly Favourites September 2017

beauty

Micellar Water by Garnier– Okay so in the craziness of baking and packing and getting everything ready for my cousins wedding, I forgot my makeup remover. So I thought I would try the micellar water, and I really like it!

Food

Peanut butter cookies- I had to mention these because I made probably about 200 in September! 120 were for my cousins wedding, but my Dad and Uncle love them so much I knew the extras wouldn’t go to waste. My Grandma always made these, and having the recipe in her handwriting is so special to me. She passed away when I was in high school and had Alzheimer’s so I dont’ remember much of her when she was healthy, but I remember the peanut butter cookies. My family loves when I make them 🙂

 

If you’d like to hear more about my September monthly favourites, check out the co-ordinating video below!

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

Thank you so much for reading about my favourite things from the past month!

 

Kelsey