August 10, 2016

Monthly Favourites- July 2016

Hello everyone! Happy August! This summer is flying by. I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine wherever you are! It’s monthly favourites time again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the last month. I’m sharing all things from entertainment, to clothing, beauty, and miscellaneous. Let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites July 2016

Entertainment

Finding Dory- My ideal movie to go see in theatres is either Disney, a rom-com, or a comedy. Finding Dory was so cute! I think a lot of people raved about it so seeing it I thought it didn’t necessarily live up to the hype, but I still enjoyed it. Because I was fairly young when Finding Nemo came out, it was nice to see those characters again.

Ghostbusters- I went to the movies twice this month (which is a rarity) and also saw the new Ghostbusters! I enjoyed it, and seeing it made me want to go back and watch the original. Sometimes it’s great to go to the movies and just laugh, which is exactly what this movie made me do!

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato- I went to see these two in concert with Ethan (who deserves boyfriend of the year for it), and really had fun! I listened to their music leading up to the concert as a refresher, and had fun at the concert. I used to be OBSESSED with the Jonas Brothers, and after they broke up (tear :() it was nice to see Nick in concert again. Demi has an amazing voice in person as well.

Friends- Yep, I knew this was going to happen! As soon as I finished Gilmore Girls I gravitated towards Friends, it happens every time! I’m on season 3 now, and I still love this show so much. I’ve seen the first 2 season more than any of the other because they were the first two I owns (on VHS!).

Dramaworld- This show on Netflix was recommended in last month’s favourites, so I got right into watching it! It’s only 10 episodes and they are 20 minutes and under, so I watched it fairly quickly! I was surprised with how much I like this series, and I hope they make more episodes!

Clothing

Romper- I wore this romper in last month’s video, and I absolutely love it! It’s from Banana Republic, and I actually picked it up while Ethan and I were shopping for him (gotta get something for me too, right?). I like how lightweight it is, and it isn’t too revealing. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it online, but I’m not surprised because I bought it in an outlet store.

Beauty

sea salt spray- I got this spray in the Summer FabFitFun box, and I’m liking it! I use it on day old curled hair in a ponytail, so it’s quick and easy. It doesn’t leave my hair hard and crunchy, and I really enjoy the smell! I’m happy to say I’ve used something from a FFF box 🙂

Baked to last Blush– It’s no secret that I love The Body Shop, so a while ago I decided to pick up a blush when I was placing an order online. I’m not really looking for anything in particular in a blush, but I use this one everyday. It’s not too pink that I feel like I can use it year-round, and it just adds a touch of colour to my cheeks.

Miscellaneous

nike+ app- I haven’t really shared apps before so I thought I would start! I’ve been running outside lately as part of the Tone It Up 100 mile challenge (which I’m not doing very well in), but as I start to get more into running and learning pace and trying to get distance under my belt this app has been great. I can listen to music that I have on my phone through the app, and every mile I’m notified of my pace. I like looking after I’ve completed my run to see where I was fastest, and how consistent my pace was. I’m nowhere near a pro, but this app is helping me learn!

HISY Power Bank– I mentioned in my Plan With Me post that I was going to a Blue Jays game on bobblehead day which meant I would get there early, and I was right. For a 1pm game Ethan and I were waiting outside by 8:45am. When you are waiting outside for 2 hours, and then inside for another 2 hours, you are going to be on your phone a lot. I got the HISY power bank in a FabFitFun box last year, and was excited to try it out. It was awesome! I will definitely be taking it to Walt Disney World with me because I know my phone battery will be use dup quickly!

SeeYaReelSoon– Speaking of Walt Disney World, I thought I would mention one of my favourite Disney Youtubers. Joe and Ashley from SeeYaReelSoon. I have been watching them for about a year now, and I always enjoy their videos! Right now they are posting videos from their October/November trip last year…. and let’s just say I’m paying special attention 😉

For a little more on my monthly favourites, check out the video below!

 

 

 

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As always, I hope you enjoy hearing about my favourite things each month, because I really enjoy sharing! Let me know in the comments if there’s anything that you really enjoyed last month, I’d love to know!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
August 3, 2016

What I Learned In My 1st Year of Blogging

Hello everyone! While I still can’t believe my blog has been live for over a year (can someone please tell me where that time went?) I thought I would share some of the things I’ve learned about blogging.  I feel like I should start out by saying that after a year, I still don’t feel like an expert. But, I have read a TON about blogging in the past year, and have learned so much about my hobby!

What I Learned In My First Year of Blogging

Be Consistent

When I decided to start this blog, I knew I wanted to start out by posting once a week on Wednesdays, and the post goes up at 6am. It has worked great for me. I know exactly how much time I have to work on a post and have developed a routine. Plus, my audience knows exactly what to expect. In my social media profiles, I say when post will be published to reinforce it. The week of the blog’s birthday I put up 2 posts and sent out a newsletter (which you should sign up for below), and I felt like I was going non-stop. It made me realize how happy I am with the balance I have now. If you are starting a blog, don’t set the bar higher than you can reach, unless you are committed to making it happen. Don’t say you are going to post 5 days a week unless you know that you can get it done!



 

It’s a slow process

Don’t rush yourself. It takes a lot of work to keep up a blog, social media, and everything else. You aren’t going to suddenly have 1 million pageviews overnight. And that’s okay! Trust me, you probably don’t want 1 million people looking at your first post.  Yes there are bloggers out there making thousands of dollars in a month, but they’ve most likely been blogging for a very long time. Blogging isn’t a get rich quick thing, it takes a lot of time. Focus on where you want your blog to be, and don’t compare yourself or your blog to others.

 

there is always room for improvement

It’s true- I always feel like my job is never done, there is always something to be done! In my notebook, I keep a list of things to do, update old posts, add an About Me section to the sidebar, and so many other things! I know that if I commit to working a bit at a time I’ll be happy, but there is always more that can be done. I know that I’ll never be “done” learning, and if you are starting a blog, you should accept that fact too!

remember- it’s yours!

I really do think it’s important to not compare yourself to others. Create goals and focus on what you want to achieve for yourself. Take advice from others, but don’t take it too seriously. It will be different if you are creating a business (you want to take that seriously). I am writing this blog for me, so I’m not going to let others tell me what to do with it. I will take suggestions of course, but not let something I created become dictated by someone else. In my tea talk post, I explained a little about this.

Schedule in advance, but be open to change

This is such an important point for me. I generally brainstorm months worth of posts in advance and put them into my planner, but definitely change my mind from time to time! I tend to look at the types of posts because I do a mixture of “personal” posts and Disney themed posts, and I try to strike a balance between the two. But sometimes I get an idea and run with it, so some things get pushed back. For example, last week’s post I was really excited about, so it went straight into the schedule! Currently I have posts planned through the end of the year, and have a notebook for anything A Disney Obsession related. I keep a list of post ideas and video ideas, then when I have about a month of posts left in the schedule, I sit down to brainstorm. Personally I like knowing that I have a lot of material to cover, and find scheduling works for me. Especially when you are getting started, create a schedule for your posts! If you run out of ideas, go back and update an old post, and make sure to let everyone know it’s been updated!

host a giveaway, asap!

Oh how I wish I had known this a year ago. I recently hosted my first giveaway, and I couldn’t believe how much traffic it brought to my blog! I was completely blown away. While I think it has a little to do with what you are giving away, I think it attracts readers in a big way. I hope to host more giveaways in the future!

Don’t forget social media!

It is so easy to get caught up in all of the things you have to balance when owning a blog, but social media is really important. I think the platform that you choose to focus on will depend on the type of blog you have, but you definitely need to post regularly to get anywhere. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not on social media as much as I should be, but it is something I want to work on. For me, Instagram is the platform I tend to post to the most (and that’s still not even a lot). For Facebook and Twitter, I use Hootsuite to schedule posts. Wednesday mornings when the blog goes up, I schedule a post for the early afternoon and know that it is taken care of. I’ve tried to make it part of a routine so it’s second nature and I won’t forget! Speaking of which are you following me on social media? You should be! All my social media links are at the top of the sidebar 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed some tips and tricks I’ve learned in the past year! I have learned so much from reading other blogs so I figured I would return the favour!

 

Let me know if you’d like to see more of the behind the scenes process behind the blog, if you find those things interesting! If you have a blog, what is the most important thing you have learned? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading, and supporting my hobby!

 

Kelsey
July 27, 2016

Plan With Me! (Week of July 18th, 2016)

Hello friends! I’m changing it up a bit this week! Since I posted my Erin Condren haul, I thought I might go a bit more in depth with how I use my planner, and what a week of planning looks like for me. Today’s post is going to be very short- and the video (much) longer than usual. I’m showing you the entire process of planning, using the kit that came in my July Scribbles Monthly. The kit this month was just over $53 (with exchange and international shipping). I thought I would show you exactly how I use the stickers, and why I plan the way I do. I am definitely a functional planner, and love my to-do lists as you can see in the video. Just a warning, this is my first Plan With Me so I feel like it was a little unorganized and I rambled a lot. Plus my camera stopped recording because I was talking for so long. Keep that in mind when watching the video below!

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I hope you enjoyed a look at the planning process I go through each week, definitely let me know if you would like to see more. Below is the finished layout for the week! It is a lot busier with stickers than I normally plan, but I wanted to try go full out!

Plan With Me

Do you have  planner? If you do, how do you use it? If not, what do you use to keep yourself organized? Let me know in the comments! 

Thank you for watching and reading!

Kelsey