January 24, 2018

Best of A Disney Obsession 2017 and Reader Survey!

Hello everyone! In today’s post I thought I would take a look back at the best of A Disney Obsession, 2017 edition! I’ll be sharing my 5 favourite posts from the year, as well as the 5 most popular blog post, and the 5 most popular videos. It’s fun to see the content that is most popular, and how that compares to the posts I liked the most. Plus, a reader survey at the end of the post that would mean a lot to me if you filled it out! Okay, without further ado let’s get started!

The best of A Disney Obsession

my 5 favourite posts

Disney & Disabilities– This post was so special to write, because it’s one of the biggest reasons I love Disney so much. It’s not something that gets talked about a lot, and I’ve had a lot of experience visting Walt Disney World with my sister, so I wanted to share! I also expanded this into a series of posts, featuring the disability requirements at each of the Walt Disney World posts.

We Bought a House– This post I had waited to write for almost 6 months! It was hard keeping this secret, and I can’t wait to share everything that comes with building our house and moving in with you! We haven’t heard anything from our builder, so we are thinking we will most likely move in Spring 2019. But I will keep you all updated!

Trip Recap: Calgary 2017– Ethan and I went on our first non-Disney vacation together last year! We both needed a vacation and had such a great time! It was Ethan’s first time seeing the mountains, and it was so much fun! I even vlogged a bit.

My Disney Bucket List– This was a fun post to write, and I have come of with more things to add to the list since it’s been posted! Maybe I’ll keep adding to the list and cross things off as I complete them!

disney bucket list

My Wedding Planning Experience So Far– I really enjoyed sharing what wedding planning has been like so far!

Wedding Planning

Top 5 posts of 2017

Erin Condren Life Planner Haul– I love writing these posts and sharing my new planner for the year! It’s definitely a popular post, and I’m happy to be able share my planner with you!

Erin Condren Life Planner

We Bought a House Ethan and I did our best to keep this a secret (other than telling close friends and family), so I think a lot of people were intrigued when we announced this! We also shared the floorpan with you, and below is the concept art for the outside of our house!

2016 WDW Haul– I was surprised this video was so popular! I always have things that I pick up when I visit Walt Disney World, so I was happy to share what I brought back!

My Wedding Planning Experience So Far– This was a post series I knew I wanted to start after getting engaged, but I had no idea how much I would have to write in this post! If you missed it, we ran into a big problem with our venue. I’ll be back next month with another post in this series!

Wedding Planning

Disney & Disabilities– Again, I don’t think many people write about the accessibility side of Disney, and one of the reasons I wanted to start a blog in the first place was to share this information! I’m so happy that it was such a popular post.

This is Alex and her worker Megan.

Top 5 videos of 2017

My DVC Story- While this was posted to YouTube in 2016, it was my most popular video in 2017! I really just wanted to share our experience and try to explain Disney Vacation Club as clearly as possible (because it can be a little confusing)!

10 Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party- I was quite proud of this video, and I would definitely watch it if I was heading to a Mickey’ Very Merry Christmas Party.

Erin Condren Haul- This video tends to be one of the most popular (or at least it has been the last two years), and I love sharing my new planner with you!

Disney Vlog Day 1 pt 1- I can’t believe one of my Disney vlog made the list! I’ve gone back and watched a few of the vlogs, and I’m so happy I captured those memories! I’m a little surprised that the “travel day” vlog was most popular, but I’m happy one of them made the list! It’s hard to believe that was over a year ago now!

Weekend Vlog #21  Wedding Dress Shopping- I’m not really surprised that this has been the most popular weekend vlog, and I’ve even gone back to watch it again to re-live trying on all of those dresses!

Reader survey!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to get your feedback! If you wouldn’t mind taking a few minutes to fill our the survey below, it would mean a lot to me! Also feel free to leave anything you’d like to see on the blog, or on my YouTube channel in the comments below! Even if it’s something you’d like to see more (or less) of!
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Thank you for joining me today for the best of A Disney Obsession 2017, and for your support in this little hobby of mine! I can’t put into words how much it means to me.

Kelsey
January 10, 2018

Monthly Favourites- December 2017

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great start to the year! It’s hard to believe a month has already gone by, and it’s monthly favourites time once again! I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of December, from entertainment, to beauty, and food & drink. Without further ado, let’s get started!

monthly favourites December 2017

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Entertainment

N’Sync: Home for Christmas– I’m going to be that person and mention two Christmas-y things first. Starting with my favourite Christmas CD, Home for the Christmas by N*Sync. I’ve loved this since it came out, and I love listening to it every year. I’ve been obsessed with the song Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday for a few years now, and it seemed even more so this year. One this that I always think of when I hear it is hearing it in Magic Kingdom as we were leaving Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2016. It makes me smile just thinking about it!

via Amazon.com

Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version)– I don’t think I’d watched this movie since I was a kid, and watching it again was like watching it for the first time, even though some scenes looked familiar. It’s such a sweet movie!

Monthly Favourites December 2017

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne– This was one book that was easy to read and I just wanted to sit down and read it! It’s about two co-workers who have the same position after their companied merge, each working under the CEO for their respective boss. They hate each other. They play games sitting across from each other, trying to figure out what the other one is up to and so on. And after some things happen, they realize they might not hate each other after all. It’s like romantic comedy book that I couldn’t stop reading!

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple– I read this book as well this month, and I really enjoyed it! It’s in a different format than I’ve seen before, with 4 sections of around 100 pages, and no real chapters. The book is made up of a lot of correspondence, and is from the point of view of there daughter of Bernadette who goes missing. It was an interesting read that I believe was in a Laurenconrad.com reading list a while ago. I’m happy to finally have read it, because my list of books to read is about a mile long.

 

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Beauty

Whole Blends Honey Hair Mask– I’ve been using this hair mask every Sunday (when I remember), and I’m really liking it! I’m trying to grow my hair out still, and this repairing mask will definitely help! I haven’t used it frequently enough to notice a difference, but I feel like my hair deserves a bit of a treatment every week so I’m happy to have this in my shower!

 

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm– I bought this on a recommendation from Pretty Neat Living, and I love using it right before bed. My lips are still hydrated when I wake up! It’s on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way and I would recommend trying it! Especially in the winter when my lips feel like they are always chapped. They have other scents? flavours? available, so maybe once I finish this one I will try another.

 

Food & Drink

Mexican Bowls- I thought I would share a quick and easy dinner with you this month! It’s not quite a recipe, but it’s a dinner that I sort of forgot about until  last month! It’s adapted from a Tone It Up recipe I believe I made when I was doing one of their nutrition plans, and it slowly evolved! Using a Dole bag salad (southwestern or taco… along those lines) as your base, mix that up. Then fry up some peppers, onions, black beans, any vegetables you like, and some shrimp. Then mix the two together. Voila! Easy peasy dinner that’s tasty, and is even good the next day.

Hot Chocolate K-Cups from Grove Square– This is the BEST hot chocolate I have found in a K-Cup! It’s so creamy for being water based. There are other flavours available, but the original is my favourite!

Monthly Favourites December 2017

Ferrero Rocher– This is the one chocolate I only eat around Christmas, and I can’t wait to have them every year! Chocolate, hazelnuts and nutella, what’s better? Probably my favourite chocolate period.

Monthly Favourites December 2017

If you’d like to hear more about my favourites from the month of December, check out the video below!

 

What did you enjoy during the month of December? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today as I share my favourite things from the month of December! I hope your January is off to a great start! 🙂 Want to see my favourites from December 2016? Click here!

 

Kelsey
January 3, 2018

Hello 2018! Sharing My Goals for the Year

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2018! I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday! Today I’m sharing some of the things I got for Christmas, as well as my goals for 2018. I did this in 2016, and 2017, plus I even followed up on my goals for last year just a few weeks ago. I’m trying to hold myself accountable for my goals, and I’ll write a follow up at the end of this year as well. I know this year is going to be busy, and I’m trying to set my goals for the year to keep me focused and on track! Okay, let’s get started!

Hello 2018

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what I got for christmas

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette– I’d had my eye on this palette for a while, and I’m happy to have added it to my collection! It has some orange and red shades, plus some darker browns that I’m excited to try out!

Sephora Favourites: Give Me Some Nude Lip- This kit came with 5 sample sizes and 1 full size nude assortment of lipsticks, glosses, and lip stains. It was only available during the Sephora Fall Sale, and was a great value to try a few things out! I’ve enjoyed having so many lip options!

Thomas Kinkade Tangled puzzle, 2018 Wall Calendar and colouring book– Ethan hit a home run this year! We gave each other smaller gifts this year after buying a new MacBook Pro, and I love what Ethan got me! We did the Little Mermaid puzzle by the same artist a few years ago, and as soon I saw the Tangled one, I wanted it! I also had seen the wall calendar and wanted it as well, but little did I know Ethan had already purchased both the puzzle and the calendar, as well as the colouring book!

Garmin Forerunner 35– I’d been wanting this for a while, so I don’t have to carry my phone with me when I run! It also tracks steps, and my sleep, and it gives me notifications from my phone as well as the weather!

Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey- The last few years I’ve really become a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and I’ve wanted to have my favourite players jersey! This year I got it, and I can’t wait to wear it to a game! I actually wore it all day on Christmas because I was so excited.

Harry Potter series on blu-ray– This has been on my radar for a while (I feel like this was an occurring theme this year?), and I’m so happy to finally own it! I will admit I thought this set would be larger and more of a display on the shelf because it’s beautiful type thing but I’m still happy to have all of the Harry Potter films in one place!

Magnolia Journal Subscription– I’ve talked about how much I love the show Fixer Upper, and since they release a magazine earlier this year, I’ve wanted to get my hands on it! I can’t wait to get my first issue!

 

Goals for 2018

goals for 2018

eat healthy!

I feel like I say this every year, but I really want to eat healthy this year! I now have a wedding dress to fit in! I want to still be able to have the things that I like to eat in small quantities, and have healthier lunches and dinners. Ethan and I are going to work together to meal plan and choose healthy recipes!

drink coffee black

I am so very slowly cutting sugar and milk out of my coffee. I hope to be able to drink it black before the end of February. Not only because I want to cut back on sugar, but I’d actually like to be able to taste more of the quality of coffee I’m drinking. I’ve been using my favourite flavoured coffee to cut back, which is Winter Carnival from Timothy’s. It’s a bit of a sweeter coffee to begin with, but I figure any start is a good start!

run a 10k in less time than this year (1:08-ish)

I’d like to improve my pace and run one race this year. I’m really happy to have a running watch now, so I can keep a closer eye on my pace and really see how I’m doing as I’m running, instead of just at the end of a run.

read 13 books

Goal is to read one book per month, and 2 in one month. I’d love to set a higher goal, but I know this year is going to be busy, so I’m going easy on myself!

get that newsletter going

One of my main goals for the blog is to get my newsletter growing! Its one of the easiest ways to grow a blog, and it’s something I should have done a while ago!

open my sticker shop!

The goal is January 31st, and I’m getting close to meeting that! I’ve finally hit a groove when it comes to designing, and there are just some small tasks I need to do before I can open shop. When I do open, I will make sure to announce it here!

Less screen time

I recently downloaded the “Moment” app which tracks your screentime, which apps you use the most, and how many times you pick up your phone. I’ve realized I’m one of those people who feels like I can’t miss something on social media, so I scroll all day until I know I’ve seen everything. I know how silly that is, and I’m using this app to try and reinforce that in me and just put my phone down. I stare at a computer all day at work, and I really shouldn’t come home and stare at my phone all night.

Get back into working out 5 days a week

I was really lenient after my 15K in October, so much so that I completely got out of my routine of working out in the morning. I’m slowly getting back into it, and now that I have a activity tracker that measure my runs and how hard I work during a workout, I’m a little more motivated!

Happy New Year!

That about wraps it up for this post! I hope you enjoyed a look at some of the things I got for Christmas, and my goals for 2018. I can’t believe I’m getting married this year! I just wanted to take a second to say Happy New Year, and I hope your year is off to a great start! It means a lot to me that you took some time out of your day to read this post. 🙂

I also wanted to give a shout-out to one of my friends who blogs as well! She recently posted about her goals for 2018, and her blog is all about pregnancy and birth! She’s a certified Doula, so if you are interested in learning more, check out her blog Silver Birth here!

What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey