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 25, 2017

My Bullet Journal!

Hello everyone! I hope you are well! You guys know I love to plan. You also know I love my Erin Condren Life Planner. But this year with a wedding to plan for, a blog to run, and trying to open an Etsy store, I’ve felt a little all over the place. I feel like I have all of these things I want to accomplish, and I hadn’t been getting anything done. I wanted to have a place where I could keep all of my lists and keep myself on track. Enter my bullet journal! Today I’m sharing a flip through of my bullet journal that I started in July in a video , and I’ll also share some pictures of my favourite spreads.

my bullet journal

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What’s a bullet journal?

If you’ve never heard of a bullet journal, it’s basically a notebook. You can use any notebook, but I bought a Leuchtterm 1917 in the A5 size (link at the bottom of the post). It’s got a dot grid instead of lines, so it’s much more open to whatever you want to create! Below is a flip-through where I talk a little bit about each of the spreads.

bullet journal flip-through

Why a bullet journal?

I should mention that my bullet journal did not replace my planner, it is just an additional space for me to keep track of things. “Traditional” bullet journaling is creating a planner that is more flexible than something like an Erin Condren, that already has boxes for each day. With the bullet journal, because the pages are blank, you create whatever you like. I used to use the pages in the back of my planner for some of the lists I moved to my bullet journal. Things like tv shows I want to watch, movies I want to see, and books I want to read all have their own pages. Below I’ve shared some of my favourite pages so far!

Some of my favourite spreads

I like to keep track of my blog stats, from the google analytics side to the social media side, and I’ve left room for 2018 as well, so I can see (hopefully growth) across two pages. I’ve covered up the numbers for privacy, but you can see how the charts are set up!

my bullet journal my bullet journal

I love to read, and I usually always have a list of books to read on the go! I’ve been making an effort to read more lately, so of course I had to have a list of the books I want to read! On the next page I drew a bookshelf, and with every book I finish, I fill in a book. I think it will look really neat as it fills out more!

 

my bullet journal

my bullet journal

I created two pages with flags for each month to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries (which I spelled wrong in my journal!). Then hopefully I can be that person that is really on top of those things!

my bullet journal

Each month I write down my goals for the month, the habits I want to improve on, and I also track my mood. I wanted my bullet journal to help me get a better picture of how I’m feeling, and how often I’m doing the things I want to be doing.

my bullet journal

I have a brain dump page, and a wedding related brain dump page, because sometimes I just need to write out everything that needs to be done. It helps just to get in the right headspace so I don’t feel so scatterbrained!

my bullet journal

Since I started my other YouTube channel and starting using more stickers in my planner, I moved my expense tracker (which I used to just enter at the bottom of the days) to my bullet journal. I covered up most of the things I wrote down, but you can see how I set it up below. With a house and a wedding to pay for, it’s definitely helpful to have a budget!

Basically I go through the credit card statement and my bank account to write down what we’ve spent, then move that information to a spreadsheet that is categorized and colour-coded for if we go over budget. once I’ve added it to the spreadsheet, I check it off. So satisfying to see all the checkmarks! 🙂 Again the information is covered up, but you can see the general way it’s set-up!

my bullet journal

I hope you enjoyed taking a look inside my bullet journal today! I feel like I’m still finding my groove in it, but it’s definitely made a difference, and I find myself getting more done! I’m a bit of a perfectionist that I sometimes want to re-do the pages, but I’m trying to just accept how it is, and if I finish that page and want to make a new one, I can make changes! Let me know if you would be interested in seeing an update as I continue to add to my bullet journal!

Accessories and links

You can find the coloured pens I use in my bullet journal here, the sharpie pen here, and the brush tip pen here. And here’s the link to my bullet journal!

What do you use to stay organized? Let me know in the comments!

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