May 24, 2017

Erin Condren 2017-2018 Life Planner Haul & GIVEAWAY!

Hello friends! It’s that time of year again, but earlier than ever! I just got my Erin Condren Life Planner in the mail, and I can’t wait to show it to you! I’ll be walking through everything in a video below if you want to see that, but this post will also have a ton of pictures! And a little giveaway at the end! Okay, let’s jump in!


Erin Condren’s line-up has really expanded this year! Unfortunately I can’t buy one of everything, so we’ll be taking a look at my 2018 colourful vertical Life Planner.

This year there are three options for the date span of your planner. 18 months: July 2017- December 2018, or 12 months: January 2018- December 2018, OR (new for this year) July 2017- June 2018. Last year I mentioned that I would like to have that option, and I’m that option is now available! I bought a 12 month January-December 2018 one for now because I’m in that routine, but a lot of people who always buy during launches will take advantage of the new option! Just like last year there are two colour options: colourful or neutral. Also, 3 layout options: vertical, horizontal, and hourly. And like last year, 4 coil choices: platinum (standard), gold, rose gold, and black. Gold, rose gold and black are an additional $10.

New this year are hardbound planners! Each size comes in four colours, and each colour features a different design on the inside. The large hardbound planner is 8″x 10″ and uses a vertical layout. The smaller 5″x8″ planner uses a horizontal layout. They are both available in 18 month date spans. My sister might be getting a smaller hardbound, so if she does expect a post or video about that!

If you want to skip the pictures and see a walkthrough, watch the video below!

Okay now for the good stuff! My cover (featured above) is the floating florals cover, in the custom colour Pacific. I thought the original colour was too dark for some of the flowers, so I like the lighter blue. The covers also feature dashboards like last year.

Now let’s take a look inside! Many features are the same as last year, with only a few differences. It starts with the vellum cover, with this year’s painted petals design. I’m not super crazy about the painted petals, but I like the variety in colours shown below.

Erin Condren Life PlannerNext you see all of the months at a glance. You can get a taste of the colours for each month here. Definitely more jewel toned, and they are a little richer than last year. I definitely like the colours this year!

Erin Condren Life Planner

Next the start of a month page! As you can see, the notes page got a makeover! Last year it just had a header with the rest of the page lined. Now there are sections, and even circles for goals or whatever you please. But those colours. SO PRETTY!

Erin Condren Life Planner


The monthly page is pretty much the same, with one difference. THE PAPER! The pages with tabs are almost a cardstock. If you like to write with marker, bleeding through shouldn’t be an issue! It’s nice that everything feels a little sturdier this year. The paper through the rest of the planner is also thicker, but the tabs pages are definitely thickest. I apologize for the out of focus picture, but you get the idea!

Erin Condren Life Planner

The weekly spread is mostly the same as last year. The took of the watercolour at the top, took out the thankful thought words, and added the painted petals design to each page. They also removed the tab from the sidebar, and I like the cleaner look!

Erin Condren Life Planner

The notes pages at the end of the entire planner also got an overhaul. Last year there were lined, grid and blank pages included in the back. This year there are lined, dot grid, and colouring pages. I don’t think I’ll use the colouring pages, but I get that they wanted to feature something that you can also buy separately.

Erin Condren Life Planner

Erin Condren Life Planner

Next might be my favourite change. The stickers! Instead of 4 pages of stickers in the old style, there are 2 pages of new, super functional foiled stickers! And 2 of the older style. But I can’t wait to use them!

Erin Condren Life Planner

Lastly, the plan for it pouch is detached again this year, and comes with the coil clip to put it where you want! Plus you can also see the barcodes they added to the covers for quality control. Not a big deal, but it definitely stuck out to me. It also includes the pocket with the perpetual calendar on the other side. Again, I’m not the biggest fan on the pocket on the back here. It’s too low, and the perpetual calendar can easily fall out.

Erin Condren Life Planner

Erin Condren Life Planner

Whew! okay, now I’ll share the two accessories I got. A new cover (which is actually an older design because the new designs didn’t really wow me), and the smaller snap-in bookmarks. I love the foil on them, and I think they might work better than the ruler that normally comes with it. The one that comes with the planner has broken pretty badly for me this year, so I’m hoping the smaller ones work.

Erin Condren Life Planner

My ordering experience

Ordering this year was SO EASY. So much better than last year, I can’t say enough good things about it. I signed up for the Erin Condren newsletter, and then signed up for the Planner Peeks (which went out in March), so I technically pre-pre-ordered on May 1st, when the launch way May 4th. If you know you are going to get a EC Life Planner, I suggest signing up as soon as you can, and take advantage of the pre-sale. It took me less than 10 minutes, and I got two free gifts with my order! A sticker sheet, and a turquoise hardbound notebook! The notebook is velvety soft, and I love it! The hardbound planners would look very similar, just a little bigger. Also if you are ordering something, you can save $10 by signing up here. And once you get your order, just double check that everything is correct. They are assembled by hand, and mistakes happen. Luckily, mine was perfect this year!

Erin Condren Life Planner

Don’t think I did’t grab something for you guys!  I’m giving away 2 of the Jot Your thought journals! This giveaway will be a little bit longer because I will be away next week! The giveaway will end June 5th at 12AM, and I will email the winners directly. If you are under the age of 18, please ask parental permission before entering, and the giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!

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Thank you so much for joining me today! And don’t forget to enter 🙂

May 10, 2017

Monthly Favourites- April 2017

You guys. It’s May. Where is this year going?! I can’t believe how fast the months are flying by, but I’m so happy it’s finally getting warm! Although it hasn’t been warm the past few weeks. Come on summer! It’s monthly favourites time once again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the past month in entertainment, beauty, clothing, and more! Okay, let’s get started!

April 2017


13 Reasons Why on Netflix- Guys. This show is brilliant. If you haven’t watched it already, go now! I won’t give any spoilers, but I watched it in less than 2 weeks, which is fast for me. (In my defense there were 4 of us watching, so having everyone home at the same time was an important factor!). After a fellow student commits suicide (Hannah), Clay finds a box at his door. The box contains 13 tapes, which Hannah used to record the 13 Reasons why she did what she did. Each episode covers a tape, and slowly things become a little more clear. That’s all I will say, but the message is so important, especially in high schools today. I really can’t say anything bad about it! It just reminded me of how badly I wanted to get out of high school back in the day, not that anything horrible happened, just I can identify with Hannah wanting to get out.

Monthly Favourites April 2017

The Search for everything- John Mayer’s newest album was completed this month (he released in it “waves” of 4 songs at a time), and I love it! To me it feels like he’s getting back to some of his older stuff, but at the same time it sounds new. Does that make any sense? Plus, he dances in his new music video. I’ve linked it here because it’s the best.

Ellie & Jared– I found a new YouTuber family this month! I think it came up in my suggested videos because they built a house about 6 months ago. We aren’t doing a custom build like they did, but it’s nice to watch the process. You can read more about our house here. Anyways so I watched some of those videos, and then they went to Disneyland so of course I watched that! They seem like really nice people, and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve watched so far.


Old Navy Cami Tunics– I stocked up on some of my favourite tank tops from Old Navy! I wear them underneath everything! And they were like $2. A steal!

Fabletics “Megan” top– This top actually goes with the pair of leggings I mentioned a few months ago! I’ve  started running outside (yay!), and while it’s still a little cold this sweater keeps me warm! It also has thumb holes that keep my hands warm on colder days.

Monthly Favourites April 2017

Asics Running Shoes- Since I’ve been running more regularly and it’s finally warm enough to wear running shoes outside, I thought I would share what I’m wearing! Both pairs are Asics, and I love them! Previously I tried Saucony’s, and they hurt my feet, so now I’m sticking with what works! I don’t believe they are still available, but newer versions are most likely available. I use the GT 200’s for running (below), and the Gel Pursuits for walking. I give a bit of a better look in the video near the end of the post!

Monthly Favourites April 2017


Tartiest™ Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit– This was actually part of the birthday gift from Sephora, but I love it so much I’ll probably get the full size at some point! This lip stain is nice because it’s very subtle, but gives my lips some colour and keeps them moisturized. It feels very creamy, which I really like. I would definitely recommend!

Polish Up brush Cleaning Pad– I got this on the same trip to Sephora, and it makes cleaning my brushes SO MUCH EASIER! Before I was using the tiny little thing that comes with the beauty blender solid cleaner, and it took a while to get my brushes clean. This one I just throw in my sink, and it’s big enough to do a great job! Plus it was under $20. Score! It is currently out of stock, but you can always sign up for a notification!

Monthly Favourites April 2017


Guacamole!– This recipe is from, and it’s pretty foolproof! Since we buy the bags of avocados (because it’s cheaper) and I eat avocado toast every morning, we have a few avocados left at the end of the week. So, I started making guacamole! So yummy. And easy!



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



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Thank you for joining me for monthly favourites this month, and I’d love to know what you enjoyed in April! Let me know in the comments below! As always, thank you for reading!

April 26, 2017

Birthday 2017 Haul & Sephora Spring Sale Haul!

Hello friends! It was my birthday last week, so I thought I would share some of the things I got for my birthday! I shared some of the things I picked up around my birthday last year, so I thought it would be fun to do the same again! Also since I used the money I got for my birthday, I’m sharing what I picked up in the Sephora Spring Sale which happened just 2 days after my birthday! That money was just burning a hole in my pocket :).


Ethan got me the You Are Here Walt Disney World mugs from Starbucks! You can get these mugs at the different Starbucks in the parks, so I have the 4 different ones. I’ve seen people who have them, and they’d always kind of been in the back of my mind, so I’m so happy to finally have them! I don’t think I will use them right now because our mug cupboard is stuffed right now, but I’ll display them and save them for our house! I think that will make it even more exciting to use them, and I know they will get used all the time! They also have ones for cities around the world, but more importantly they also have Disney ones for the California parks, so hopefully I can get those at some point 🙂 You can see them in the picture above, they were a little difficult to photograph! You can see them a little better in the video below! I couldn’t find the link for the exact ones I got, but here’s another version of them.

My sister got me the Happy Bathday set from Lush, and I can’t wait to use it! I’ve never tried anything from Lush, so I ‘m excited to give these products a try! Sundays are usually the day when I will do something for myself (as you may see in my weekend vlogs), and this kit will keep me stocked for a while! The set includes: Brightside Bubble Bar, Pink Flamingo Bubble Bar, Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar, Butterball Bath Bar, Fizzbanger Bath Bomb, and Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb.

Sephora Spring Sale Haul

And now for what I picked up at Sephora (that hadn’t arrived when I wrote this post)! I’m currently at the Beauty Insider level so I saved 10%, although after this order I got bumped up to VIB level. I forgot to get my free 3 samples in my first order, so I also placed another order at VIB level saving 15% :).

What I should have done it bought the minimum to bump me up a level at 10% off, then the rest at 15% off. Oh well, I learned for next time! I thought this would be a great time to try some things that might be more expensive, because why not when it’s on sale! All pictures are from the Sephora website. Okay, below is what I picked up!


Sephora lip stain in Peach – I’ve been on a lip kick lately so I thought I would try something else as well! I like the idea of a stain, because I can apply it right before I go to work, and I don’t have to worry about touching it up later.

sephora beauty

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover– I normally buy the Marcelle makeup remover but I thought I would give this a try! It’s close in price point, but I got the travel size which will come in handy.

Sephora spring sale

Sephora Face Masks– I’ve mentioned these in a recent monthly favourites, so I thought I should pick up some more to have on hand. They are nice because they make you stop and relax! I picked up the Orchid and Green Tea ones this time :).

Sephora face mask

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin– my skin has been a little more problematic than normal lately. I don’t have a lot of breakouts per-se, but I need to try something. I think diet is part of it, so hopefully my skin will improve soon!Sephora Spring Sale


Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette – This was the first VIB purchase I made! I’d had it on my list for a while, and decided to splurge! I thought this is a nice way to dip my toes into the highlighting and contour world.

Sephora Spring Sale

Tools of the Trade Brush Set by Sephora– I don’t have a lot of brushes, so I treated myself to this set.

Sephora Spring Sale

Sephora Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleaner– This year I really want to take care of my brushes and clean them more often. When I got the Naked 3 palette for Christmas, the one thing I noticed was it was a little difficult to change colours day to day. So I saw this cool tool, and my problem may be solved! From what I understand you just glide the bush over the pad, and can switch colours! Then when it gets dirty you can rinse the pad and it’s good to go again!

Sephora Spring Sale

As you can tell I’m trying to build up my makeup collection this year, and I think a lot of the things I got will help get me there!

If you’d like to see a closer look at everything, check out the co-ordinating video below!

If you can’t tell, I was pretty busy last week! Thanks for reading and checking out what I got for my birthday this year! If you shopped in the Sephora sale, I’d love to know what you picked up!