January 11, 2017

Monthly Favourites- December 2016

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great December, I know I did! It’s monthly favourites time once again, and thinking of things to share for the month of December was so easy, I actually had to save some things for next month! Let’s just say I was very entertained this month. Okay, let’s jump in!

 

 

Monthly Favourites December 2016

Entertainment

My Fairytale Wedding- You guys probably know how much I love The Bachelor franchise, so of course I found that Desiree had written a book. I didn’t just buy it because she was on the Bachelorette, she actually has a lot of experience in the wedding industry, and from her own wedding. I’ve mentioned before how lost I felt when I first started looking at wedding planning because I’ve never planned a wedding before! This book lays it out so simply, and the best part is it’s budget conscious. I’ve already noticed how quickly things add up, so looking at things from the perspective of saving money really helps. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is recently engaged!

Fixer Upper- I think this is my favourite show on HGTV. I could watch it all day! Joanna and Chip are adorable together and so funny! I love how they change ugly houses and make them beautiful, and I absolutely love Jo’s design style.

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Elf- I was trying to think of my favourite Christmas movie because there are so many I watch every year, but there is really only one I can watch multiple times during the month of December. It’s Elf! I remember going to see it in the theatre when it came out, and I still enjoy it so much! I wish I could answer the phone asking people their favourite colour, but that might be weird. What’s your favourite holiday movie?

Moana- I am MOANA! Guys, I loved it. Like I listen to the soundtrack every day. It’s constantly stuck in my head. It made me cry, twice. I want to see it again! If you haven’t already seen the movie, please go see it! I love the story, and how not-typically Disney it is. The music is amazing. I can’t say enough good things about it!


Welcome Home Potter- Another HGTV show I’ve really been enjoying! It features Monica Potter (who I know from Parenthood), and she and her sisters as they fix up their childhood home in Cleveland. Each episode focuses on two spaces, and they’ve transformed the entire house! It moves pretty quickly because each episode is only a half hour, but it’s funny, and it gives me all the good feelings.

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Pentatonix- I think I’ve been living under a rock guys. I hadn’t ever listened to a song by Pentatonix (except the one that was in Pitch Perfect 2, but I didn’t know who was singing). So I put one song on, and let YouTube do it’s thing. I think their version of “Hallelujah” is so good. I sang that song in one of my high school choirs so it’s always nice to hear it, but Pentatonix did such a good job with it. Because it was December I mostly listened to their Christmas songs, and based on what YouTube played, but it’s definitely nice to hear an a Capella group!

Talking as Fast as I can by Lauren Graham- I got this for Christmas and read it in less than a week! I already talked about it in last week’s post, but I couldn’t read this fast enough! It made me realize how much I miss reading, and how I need to make time for reading regularly!

Beauty

Tréstique Mini Shadow Crayon– I’ve seen some people review eyeshadow sticks and just how quick and easy they are to apply, so I started looking at buying one. Low and behold I found this one in one of my ipsy bags (I got the bags for a few months before cancelling my subscription because I wasn’t really wearing makeup at the time), and I love it!

Miscellaneous

Hedgehogs chocolates I was walking around the grocery store looking for a Toblerone bar to make Toblerone Shortbread, and I hadn’t gotten an advent calendar so I wanted some chocolate. I found these hedgehogs, and although they aren’t Purdy’s ones (the best in my opinion), they were pretty good! The hazelnut and chocolate combination is so delicious, so I got my Mom some for Christmas too! I couldn’t find a link to the specific brand I had, so I linked to Purdy’s hedgehogs 🙂

Hayley Paige– I’ve been watching her YouTube videos on and off for the past few months, but with Vlogmas going on in December (vlogging every day in December), I watched her all the time. She got married in the summer, and gave birth to her daughter a few days before Christmas. I enjoyed watching her and her husbands banter, and seeing her become a mom! I’m now in the process of going back and watching her wedding ready videos for any advice. Watching her vlog every day made me want to try vlogging more, but we’ll see!

I hope you enjoyed taking a look of some of my favourite things from the past month! If you’d like to hear a little more, check out the video below!

 

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What was your favourite thing in the month of December? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you for reading!

Kelsey
January 4, 2017

Hello 2017!

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! And hello 2017! I hope you all got to spend some time with loved ones over the last few weeks, and are ready for the new year! Just like last year I thought I would share some of the things I got for Christmas, and some of my goals for the new year. I’m calling them goals instead of New Years Resolutions in the hopes that I will actually accomplish them! Maybe at the end of the year I can do a post about how I did? Let me know what you think in the comments! Enough rambling, let’s get started!

Some of my new favourite things!

Roots Sweatpants- I’ve wanted a pair of sweatpants from Roots for a while now, and I was so surprised when Ethan got me a pair! They are so comfortable, and a slim fit so they aren’t too baggy. I swear I can’t wait to go home after work to change into them. Ethan bought them at a local Roots Outlet, so I couldn’t find a link, but there is a picture below!

Hunter Boots– This year I really struggled trying to think of things I wanted for Christmas. I think it has to do with getting older, and maybe I have enough stuff? Anyways, a last minute idea was a pair of Hunter Boots, because I don’t have a pair of rain boots. My parents weren’t sure which style I wanted or sizing so they gave me some money and I picked up a pair.

I actually bought them on Boxing Day and they were on sale, but I  saved more money because I bought the kids size! My feet are a 6.5 or 7, so they fit into the largest kids size. I saved about $50! So I can wear them in the winter, I also picked up a pair of the socks, which were also cheaper than the adult size. I probably could have bought the adult size boots, but they were a bit too tall for my liking, and I’m quite proud of myself for saving some money!

Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay– I’ve had my eye on this palette for a while, but the price made it a little hard to justify. Insert Christmas! I actually had a $15 discount code from Sephora and used that to pick this up (my sister paid for it), so I actually got it for a decent price! It’s beautiful and I’m so happy using it every day! I love the pink tones and how natural they are!

Talking as fast as I can by Lauren Graham- I am devouring this book! You probably know how much I love Gilmore Girls, but I’ve also watched Parenthood and I’m basically a huge Lauren Graham fan. I’ve read her novel, so when I found out she has written another book (this one about herself), I knew I had to get my hands on it. I find behind the scenes things really interesting, so I love hearing all about what Gilmore Girls was like (both times), and Parenthood. If you are a Lauren Graham fan, definitely ready this book! I can hear her voice when I’m reading it, and it’s funny too! Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this book.

The Baker in Me by Daphna Rabinovitch- If you guys have read my About Me page, or just happen to know this about me, I bake! I got a new cookbook (are books about baking still called cookbooks, even when they are about baking?), and I’m excytiting to try some of these recipes! Something about baking makes we feel all warm and cozy, and this book has lots of muffins and breads that I think I will be making this winter!

 

My goals for 2017

1. Run 100 miles before my birthday- I was running fairly consistantly last summer and into September, but I haven’t run in a while, and I want to get back to that. You guys know I follow Tone it Up, and for their challenges they usually have a 100 mile challenge, to be completed in 8 weeks. I’ve come close to it (other cardio counts as miles, so it’s not all running), but never completed it. This time I’m giving myself extra time (my birthday is April 18th) and I’m hoping to finish early. I’m going to wake up a bit earlier in the mornings so I can get more of a workout in which hopefully will help. If you are interested in seeing what I do for fitness, I have an Instagram account that I use to keep myself accountable. Follow @tiu_kelsey4 if you’d like!

2. Run a 5k for real this time!- This was a resolution for last year that I never completed. I did run 5ks on the treadmill, but I actually want to run a race! I’m hoping to find one soon so I can work towards it, and I’m bringing Ethan with me 🙂

3. No more chips!- I really hope to stick to this one. Chips are such a weakness for me! I’ve been really bad lately, and I think it will help to cut chips out. I’m also trying to eat healthier, starting with what I take to work for my lunches! I figured it was easier to target something specific, rather than just say “I’m going to start eating healthier”. That is a goal, but I’m trying to not be too predictable 😉

4. Post on Instagram regularly- I’m so bad at this! I’m going to try and post every day on Instagram! It makes such a difference when it comes to gaining followers, and I’m really trying to grow! If you aren’t already following that account on Instagram, go follow @ObsessedwDisney 🙂

5. Vlog more- I had a lot of fun vlogging in Walt Disney World, but it’s definitely something I can improve on! I hope to get a better camera for vlogging and I’ve been toying with the idea of vlogging on weekends. I’m not quite sure when that will start (I think Disney Vlogs will continue to run every Friday into March) so probably after that. I’m trying to think of how that will work schedule-wise as well, but it’s definitely something I want to do! I enjoy sharing things and having them to look back on, so hopefully you enjoy what I’m sharing as well!

I think that’s a pretty good start for 2017, and I hope it’s a great year! if there’s anything you’d like to see in a blog post or a video, please let me know! What are your plans for 2017? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you as always for reading!

 

Kelsey
December 28, 2016

Erin Condren Wedding Planner Haul + Giveaway!

Friends, I have been waiting for my planner to come to give you an inside look, and today is the day! As you know I recently got engaged, and as soon as wedding talk started, I knew I needed a place to write everything down, keep everything in one place, and stay organized. You probably know how much I love my Life Planner from Erin Condren, so of course I looked at their Wedding Planner! If you’d like $10 off your first order with Erin Condren, click here. I filmed a video walking you through the whole thing, so let’s jump right in!

We hadn’t set a date when I bought the planner, and because we would be engaged more than a year before we get married, so I went ahead and bought the 2 year planner. I figured if I really wanted to I can just rip the months out from when we are married, to free up some space. I like that the calendar pages come blank, and with the date dots, so you make it yourself and it fits any year. The only part that doesn’t quite make sense is in the bottom right in the picture below, the years don’t change between the months. Instead of 2016 and 2017, and 2017 and 2018, it’s 2016 and 2017 for both years, meaning they used the same paper. I don’t think I would look at those much anyways, but it’s something to note.

At the beginning of the planner is the calendar, complete with a goals sidebar for each month, a note page on the back and a quote page for each month.

Next is a timeline which is definitely helpful, and you can check things off as you complete them. We will have lots of time to do all of the things listed, and I already think I want to spread stuff out to keep my stress levels low!

Next are pages for the wedding party, guest list, seating plans, floral arrangements, photo lists, writing your vows and the cake tasting.

A page to keep all of the vendor information is super helpful. I can already see how easy it will be to have all of that information in one place. There’s even two extra spots for any other vendors you may have.

I think my favourite part might be all of the note pages at the back! With a coil style planner instead of a binder, I don’t have to worry about running out of space! There are lined pages and blank, so I have plenty of options.

Lastly there’s a folder to keep any samples or anything that I want to keep with the planner that I don’t want to attach inside. It also comes with the keep it together pouch that you clip in with a coil clip, I put it just behind this folder.

 

A note about the Date Dots

If you watch the video below, you can probably hear the disappointment in my voice when I realized that for a 24 month planner I was only given 12 months of date dots, and those 12 month clash with the color scheme. I’ve reached out to Erin Condren customer service, and haven’t been too pleased with their response. They are sending more date dots to make up the other twelve months, but we will see if they are the same colour or not. (Update: They are the same colours, aka the old ones.) I believe they only make the date dots in the old colour scheme from what I see on the website, which just doesn’t add up. Why change the colour scheme of you product if you aren’t going to change it everywhere?

I don’t want this blog to just be sunshine and rainbows, and I want to share my experiences with you, so I thought it was important to mention. When I told Ethan about it he pointed out that this is not the first time an order has had something wrong with it, which is true. I think in the past I’ve been so excited about what I was getting that the mistakes couldn’t dampen my spirits, but I’m feeling a little different this time. In the past covers have been made with the wrong names on them, and the customer service response well, sucked. It’s leaving me feeling a little unsure of supporting a business that doesn’t care too much about their customers.

it’s giveaway time!

Instead of ending this post on a sour note, I’m doing another giveaway! I’m giving away TWO (yes two!) notebooks! The giveaway will run for one week, and will end . If you are under the age of 18 please ask parental permission before entering. It’s open internationally and I will email the winners directly. The first to get back to me with their preference of notebook will get their choice!
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2016 has been an interesting year, but a good one for me, and I just wanted to thank you all for keeping with me on this journey! It means so much to me, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!

Kelsey