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’s monthly favourites time once 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 🙂



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 Rachel’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 9, 2017

Monthly Favourites- July 2017

Hello friends! I hope you are all well, and enjoying summer! I can’t believe how quickly it’s going by and I’m trying to soak up all of the sunshine! It’s monthly favourites time once again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of July with you! Some months it’s easier to think of favourites than others, and this month was so easy I filmed the video earlier than ever! I’m sharing my favourites in entertainment, home goods, and drinks instead of a recipe this month! Okay, let’s get started!

monthly favourites july 2017

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Entertainment

The Arkells- Morning Report- I’ve mentioned before that we now have Spotify premium, and we can play that through Ethan’s car when we are going on road trips which is awesome :). When he created our “travel” playlist, he added the Moana soundtrack for me, and The Arkells for him. So we’ve been listening to for a while and I’ve really been enjoying their newest album! My favourite song it “A Little Rain (a Song for Pete). To a funny story about why Ethan has been obsessed with a certain song on the album, check out the video below :).


Jillian + Justin- I’ve been following Jillian Harris since she was on The Bachelor, and started following her on Instagram right before she had her son last year. So of course I wanted to watch the 4 episode series Jillian + Justin, which took a look at building their dream home, and going from a baby on the way, to having a baby, and moving into their home! I really enjoyed it, and even got Ethan to watch it with me!

Harry Potter- Since the first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago on June 26th, Ethan and I celebrated by watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on that day, and spent the rest of July finishing the rest of the movies! I grew up with Harry Potter, and remember seeing all the movies in the theatres! It will always hold a special place in my heart! I might even do a blog post about the trip to England I took a few years ago, which had to include a trip to the studios where the movies were filmed! I can’t promise good pictures, but it might be fun to share 🙂 And I’ve always wanted the Blu-ray collection, so I linked that below!

Spiderman: Homecoming- I went to see this movie with not really understanding why there was another Spiderman movie coming out, but I loved it! Tom Holland plays Spiderman perfectly, as an excited teenager who just wants to help people. My favourite part was when he does into “interrogation mode” :D. I’m definitely glad I went to see it on a whim!


The LadyGang Podcast– I’m seriously on a podcast kick lately! The Landgang is made up of Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek, and they talk with other celebrities each week! I’m listening to the current episodes and going back to the beginning when I have time, and it’s nice to have a bunch of episodes to listen to! Their conversations are not G rated, but they will definitely make you laugh! I would highly recommend checking it out.

Drinks

watermelon sparkling water– I’ve never really been into drinking sparkling water because I didn’t find it very refreshing, but that has definitely changed! I picked up a bottle of this Sparkling Watermelon Water from Loblaws, and have had probably 10 bottles since. It’s best cold in my opinion, but I’m loving it! In an attempt to drink less pop, I’m hoping by drinking it a lot I can trick my brain into reaching for that instead of pop.

 

Iced Cinnamon Almond Macchiato from Starbucks– This is definitely my go-to summer drink! I was a little nervous about trying something with almond milk because I haven’t really ever had it outside of a smoothie, but this drink is delicious! I had it once with milk (because it was made wrong) and I like the almond milk so much better! If you are nervous about it, get a tall (small) because it will be a little sweeter with only one shot of espresso. With caramel sauce and cinnamon, this drink is delicious! And pretty for Instagram too ;).

Home Goods

wax warmer- I’d been wanting one for a while since Ethan said he didn’t really like me burning candles in our room (which is a fairly small space so I understand), and I finally got one! I love it! Of course I had to get some wax melts to go with it which I mention next! To me the warmer is a bit of a safer option, and the wax melts are generally less expensive. But check out the co-ordinating video for a glimpse! I don’t think it’s currently available because the summer items are gone, but I got it from Party Lite!

wax melts from Walter & Rosie Candle Co.– I’ve talked about this company before in a monthly favourites and I wanted to mention them again! I got a bit of a haul from them recently and wanted to share a few of my favourites! The Land, and Thank the Phoenicians! Thank the Phoenicians is a dead winner for capuring the smell of Rome burning from Spaceship Earth! The Land is a melon based sent that is perfect for summer! I also picked up Animation,  The Flight, and Race You to the Castle. I also have another order arriving today from them… I’m a little obsessed!

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

Thank you so much for joining me today! I’d love to know what you have been enjoying lately in the comments below!

 

Kelsey
July 5, 2017

Monthly Favourites- June 2017

Happy Summer everyone! My favourite season is here, but man is it busy! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 2 years already, and we’re already halfway through 2017! It’s monthly favourites time once again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the past month with you! From entertainment, beauty, a recipe, and more podcasts I’ve discovered, I’m sharing it all! Okay, let’s get started!

monthly favourites june 2017

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Entertainment

Big Little Lies- If you checked out my favourites last month, or the trip recap I posted a few weeks ago, you’ll know that I’ve been on a reading kick lately! I remember seeing previews for the HBO show “Big Little Lies” when it first came out, and I didn’t even know it was a book! So of course I had to read the book before watching the show. Well, I did both in the month of June! The only downside was I thought there were 8 episode of the show, and there were only 7. I couldn’t believe it just ended! Ethan thought it was hilarious. You can check out the book here.

Pirates 5: Dead Man tell no tales- I went to see the final (?) film in the franchise, and while it wasn’t the greatest movie I have ever seen, I did enjoy it! I haven’t ever seen the 4th one, but this one definitely reminded me of the original 3, which I remember seeing in theatres when they came out.

 

Lady Antebellum: Heartbreak– Their newest album came out this month, and I really like it! I’ve seen Lady Antebellum in concert twice, and they are about as far into country music I go. I wish I was going to see them this summer (I think they may have already come to Toronto?), but I will just listen to the CD on repeat instead.

 

Beauty

Joe Fresh lip gloss in Fresh Glass– I bought this on a whim, and am really happy I did! While I’ve been into lip stains, I like a neutral gloss to put over them to keep my lips moisturized. This one does the job perfectly!

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Bath and Body Works body lotion in Velvet Sugar– My Mom got this lotion in a goodie basket of some kind and gifted it to me! I’ve been using it recently on my legs when I get out of the shower, and it makes them SO SOFT. The smell isn’t too strong and is neutral enough that I really like it!

Monthly favourites June 2017

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brush cleaner– I got this in the Sephora Spring sale (see what else I got in the sale here), and I LOVE IT. You can see it put to work in the video at the end of the post, but I’m so happy I bought it! The smaller size was out of stock, but I’m actually glad I got the full size, because it give you room to swirl the brush. Since I use my Naked 3 palette pretty much every day, I can use this to swap colours without setting the bush wet at all.

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Recipe

The better burger– From the cookbook Quinoa Revolution (but also available on the internet via the link) this veggie burger is SO GOOD. Ethan and I love making a big batch of these and keep them in the freezer for lunches or dinners in a pinch. You can find the cookbook here.

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podcasts

I found some new podcasts this month! Both of them are related to the bachelor universe, so I will detail them below. One thing to note about both of them? They have ads (which I totally understand) but they are SUPER cheesy.

The Almost Famous Podcast– hosted by Ben Higgins and Ashley I, they talk about what’s currently happening on this season of The Bachelorette (which I’m actually not watching), and so many more topics. It’s a weird combination, but I really like the dynamic of the pair!

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Off the Vine– hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe, she drinks wine and talks about a bunch of different things. She’s had Spencer and Heidi Pratt as guests, Shawn B (aka her fiancé), as well as her best friend all on the podcast, and they are FUNNY. I think my favourite things might be with Shawn B, when they talk about the things that went on behind the scenes on The Bachelorette, and when they talk about their life together.

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

Thank you for joining me in another month of sharing my favourites! Let me know what you enjoyed in the month of June in the comments below!

 

 

Kelsey