December 6, 2017

Monthly Favourites- November 2017

Hello everyone, and happy December! It’s officially the holiday season, and I am so happy about it! This is my favourite time of year! I’ve been baking up a storm and shopping for everyone on my list, and it’s hard to believe it’s already monthly favourites time once again! I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of November, from entertainment to beauty, food and drinks. Okay, without further ado, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites november 2017

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Entertainment

The Good Doctor- Ethan and I binged the first 5 episodes, and are really liking this show! I find it hard to watch at some points just because how the characters treat him because he has autism, and I know that all to well with my sister and the other people with disabilities I’ve worked with over the years. It is really well done though, and if you haven’t watched an episode I suggest giving it a try! If you don’t know what it’s about, it’s about a doctor who is on the Autism spectrum working in a hospital as a surgical resident. People don’t go easy on him, and you can see how hard it can be for him, but it’s really a feel good show.

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Gavin DeGraw- I saw Gavin DeGraw in concert at the end of October, and I forgot how much I loved his music. I’ve mentioned his most recent record in a monthly favourites (I believe when it was newly released), but I really just wanted to talk about how much I love his music in general. One of my favourite albums is “Free”. I could blast that record, and it still makes me so happy to listen to him!

Taylor Swift’s Reputation album– Ok, this thing is catchy. I shared my first impression of the album in a weekend vlog (linked in the video below) a few weeks ago, but this cd has grown on me! I definitely still like the second half better, but it’s a fun cd to listen to in the car! And it doesn’t get stuck in my head which I like, because I thought “Look What you Made Me Do” would forever be stuck in my head. I believe it is finally on Spotify, so give it a listen if you haven’t already!

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware– I flew through this book! It was 500+ pages in Ebook form, and I read it in just over a week. It was quite a page-turner! It’s about four girls who were best friends at boarding school, and 17 years later come back together when a body has been discovered that they might know something about. I thought I had it figured out, but this book still kept me guessing!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Dirty John Podcast– I heard about this podcast quickly in an episode of Young House Love Has a Podcast (basically just the name), and a semi-detailed synopsis in a video from MakeupbyTiffanyD. But it sounded interesting, and it was! I don’t want to give anything away, so here’s the little blurb from the podcast:

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

 

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Beauty

Pink Flamingo bubble bar from Lush– I used this adorable bubble bar for the first time in November, and I loved it! It’s reusuable so you can definitely get a few uses out of it, and it give plenty of bubbles and pink water! I can be a little sensitive when it comes to fragrances, but I really like this one! Plus, who doesn’t like something in the shape of a flamingo!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Food & Drink

Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks– I tried this latte on a whim after watching Jenna Rose for a while (this drink is her go-to), and this drink really tastes like fall! I loved it, and will definitely order it again!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Challah– I made some Challah a few weekends ago, and it was SO good! I made bread for about a month when I went to chef school, so it was nice to do it again, and it made me want to make it more often! We had some with chilli, and then I made french toast from it. YUM! The cookbook I used is The Baker in Me by Daphna Rabinovitch (linked above). Below is a picture of the beautiful loaf!

Monthly Favourites November 2017

Apple Cider- I’ve really been enjoying hot apple cider this year! I’ve had it with tea steeped in it, and just by itself, but it’s such a nice warm treat! I just picked some up from the grocery store, so I’m not recommending a certain brand, but it sure it a nice change and a treat!

 

If you’d like to hear more about my monthly favourites from November, check out the video below!

Thank you so much for joining me today as I share my favourites from the past month! It’s hard to believe that the next favourites will be put up in 2018!

Kelsey
November 25, 2017

Sephora Fall 2017 Sale Haul!

Today I have a bonus post for you! I’m sharing everything I picked up from the most recent Sephora fall sale in the video below, and I’ve linked all the products I purchased below that. This is the best sale of the year where everything is 20% off!

I definitely splurged and purchased some things I have had my eye on for a while, as well as stocking up on my everyday things. I also placed an additional order for some Christmas presents, which led me to reaching VIB Rouge status. While it feels like a bit of an accomplishment, I also can’t believe I’ve spent that much! While I was shopping I also used Ebates and got $10 in cash back! Click where it’s green to get more information. (referral link used). If you’d like to hear about the products I got, make sure to watch the video below!

 

Origins GinZing  eye cream

Shiseido eyelash curler pad

Clarisonic Mia 2 Boscia Trio kit

Kat Von D tattoo eyeliner in Trooper

Sephora Charcoal Nose strip

beauty blender (the original)

Urban Decay All nighter setting spray

Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream in light

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation in Fair Neutral

Tarte Tartiest Lip paint in Birthday Suit

Clarisonic sensitive brush head

VIB welcome kit

3 free samples- I picked the Too Faced Foundation, Benefit concealer, and Boscial Charcoal cleanser!

Catch All Tray (used 250 points)- currently sold out or unavailable

Thank you so much for joining me in this bonus post and video! I’m really becoming a Sephora addict, but I think I am set for the next few months! (At least I know Ethan hopes I am lol!). If you shopped the Sephora sale I would love to know what you picked up! It’s always fun to know what others have picked up, especially at Sephora where there are so many products to choose from!

Also don’t forget to enter the giveaway I’m having on my last post!

Kelsey
November 22, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway!

Hello friends, I hope you are all well! Today I am going to share a new type of post with you, and I hope you enjoy it! With the holiday season quickly approaching, I’m going to share some gift ideas that I might have my eye on, and that I think would make great gifts! I’ll separate items into three categories: stocking stuffers( $19.99 and under), mid-range spends ($20-$99), and splurges ($100+). Just click on the description that’s in green to see the product online. Also make sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post! Okay, let’s get started!

2017 Holiday Gift guide

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stocking stuffers ($19.99 and under)

2017 holiday gift guide

  1. Mug $12– A mug is such a cute gift! Especially a witty one. You could even put some hot chocolate mix inside, or tea! My family has quite a few mugs from Chapters, and I think they are very reasonably priced!
  2. Mini Nutella jar $1.25– This tiny little jar is SO CUTE! I personally love getting something sweet in my stocking, plus I love Nutella so I don’t think you can go wrong here!
  3. Hand Cream $6– Winter dries out my hands, so hand cream is a nice gift! Of course there are many brands out there that vary in price, but a small bottle would make a nice addition to a stocking! I specifically love this line from Bath and Body Works, it really soaks into your hands without being greasy!
  4. Sephora Face Mask $8– These masks come in a large variety, and a fairly inexpensive but a nice way to treat someone! You could probably find a less expensive one at your local drugstore, but I’ve used a few of these and enjoyed them!
  5. Jot Your Though Notebook $9– as a notebook hoarder, I just see a pretty notebook, and feel like it would be such a thoughtful gift to give to someone! This one is nice and small, so someone could carry it with them!
  6. (not pictured) Fun Shaped bottle opener $5– If you have someone on your list that likes novelty items, why not buy them a fun shaped bottle opener? Th done I’ve linked is in the shape of a playing card!

mid range spends ($20-99)

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Reading Socks $34.50– these things are SO COMFY! I just picture a cold winter day, snuggling up with these on my feet and reading a good book. And they have so many designs since I got my first pair a few years ago. They are expensive, but so worth it, especially if you have cold feet like I do!
  2. Holiday Scented Candle $30– Spending so much time inside in the winter can get boring, so spice up the smell of your house with a candle! Pick up a holiday scent, or go more neutral. These candles from Chapters are so pretty! I love all of the metallics in different scents!
  3. Lush Holiday Set– If you know someone who likes to take baths to relax or unwind, it would make such a nice gift! You could purchase some individually for a stocking stuffer as well! I’ve linked a holiday set, because look at that snowman!
  4. Harry Potter Blu-ray set $78– I’ve had my eye on this set for years. I have all of the movies on either DVD or Blu-Ray, but I’d love to own the box set, and it’s on sale right now!
  5. Disney Monopoly– This version has the movies as the spaces, and it looks really cool! I have the Disney Parks version of Monopoly, but I definitely want to add this version to my collection as well! I have about 3 different versions of Monopoly, so I feel like I should say I collect them or something!

splurges ($100+)

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Sonos wireless speakers $249– There are many different brands of wireless speakers, but Ethan and I have our eyes on the Sonos ones for when we move into our house. We like the idea of having a couple around the house just to put Spotify on in the background. Portable ones can be less expensive as well if you want to be able to take it wherever you go!
  2. Beats by Dre wireless headphones $118.95– This is a gift that would be nice for someone who listens to music a lot, and who doesn’t like getting tangled in the cords! I hope to get a pair someday, and with some less expensive options on the market I might pick some up! I hate running with the Apple earbuds that get in my way!
  3. Clarisonic Mia 2 $219.00– While defintely a splurge, I think this would make such a nice gift for a girlfriend, sister, mother, anyone really! Even something like washing your face can become pampering!
  4. Disney Lego Cinderella Castle $549.95– Totally a dream of mine. It’s very expensive and I don’t know what I would do with it, but I can dream. For a Disney and Lego lover, this would make a fun gift!
  5. Garmin Forerunner 35 running watch $199.99– This is something that is on my list *cough*Ethan*cough* and is the model I have read the most on. It’s basically a FitBit but better because of the GPS function which is what I want in a running watch. Obviously there are tons of different brands out there that range in price, but it is a thoughtful gift for someone who it into fitness or wants to get more into fitness!

 

GIVEAWAY!

I also thought it would be nice to do a giveaway today! I’m giving away 2 of the Erin Condren Jot Your Thought journals! (Number 5 in the stocking stuffers category!) They would make a great gift, or you can keep it for yourself! This giveaway is open internationally, and will run for one week’s time, ending at 11:59 on November 28th, 2017. If you are under the age of 18 please ask parental permission before entering.

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I hope you enjoyed my holiday gift guide today! Let me know if you would like to see more posts like these in the future! Thank you so much for reading, and good luck in the giveaway! Also, you may want to check out the blog on Saturday… just saying 😉

Kelsey