January Favorites

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m happy to share with you my January favorites. This month I tried a lot of different things than I would normally recommend so I hope you find this post and video particularly interesting.

The Honest Company Free Trial

Beauty and Home:

1. The Honest Company free trial (in particular the Face and Body Lotion and the Healing Balm): I’ve been meaning to join Honest for years and finally have made the plunge after having a lot of skin issues lately. The combination of some new stressors and using products with bad ingredients has made me feel like my skin is going to get an eczema flare up, something I’d really like to avoid. I’m excited to be joining Honest so I can make my beauty and home products less toxic. I’ll have a video all about the free trial and reviewing some of the included products soon.

2. Pixi Lash Boosting Mascara (review): I’ve loved using this mascara this month because of its natural look and also because I know I’m not getting any weird chemicals near my eyes. Can you tell I’m on an all-natural kick? Ha! The only downside is that if you don’t have naturally long lashes, it isn’t going to do much for you. It’s also more difficult to get off at night than other mascaras I’ve tried.

Pretty desk accessories

Blogging:

1. My new computer and motivating space: Keeping my space more organized and having my new and stronger computer has made me so happy. I’m able to sit and work for a lot longer now that I’ve organized my desk this way.

2. #USBloggerChat: Every Thursday at 8 pm I love to participate in this Twitter chat for other US bloggers like me. I’ve met so many new people and made a lot of new friends. I hope to eventually participate in more chats.

Relaxation:

1. ASMR videos: I always thought the idea of ASMR was a little strange but when I gave it a shot I fell in love with it. The channel I currently watch is PsycheTruthASMR.


Stay tuned in the new few weeks for that video on The Honest Company and a Learning to Live Minimally update. So much has changed in my life lately.


What products did you try in January? I can’t wait to share with you a video on the books I’ve read this month.






Honeymoon Day 5 – Exploring the New Diagon Alley Section of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Orlando, Fl Honeymoon

Hi Kind Friends! Today I am happy to present to you week 5 of Honeymoon Tuesday. There is only one post to go! What has been your favorite part of the trip so far? I’d say watching the fireworks on day 2.

Previous honeymoon posts: Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

On day 5 we explored the new sections in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Harry Potter feels like such a huge part of my life, you have no idea. This section of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure honestly makes me feel like magic could be real, they mimicked the movies so well. The only bummer when exploring the Harry Potter section was the prices on the souvenirs. There were so many clothing items I wanted to get (the Weasley knitted sweater in particular) but most items cost $30-$80. I did end up getting one shirt, which I’ll show you in the part 6 vlog since I wore it then. The rest of my purchases were candy and gifts for family.

Hogwarts Train in real

The Hogwarts train was a really fun experience, especially since it could move you in between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Going to and from the different parks you get a different train show, by the way. Most people don’t realize that and only ride the train one-way.

Fake dragon at Gringotts

Personally, I prefer Diagon Alley (the newer one) over Hogsmeade. Diagon Alley has a much wider space so you aren’t always bumping into people and the main ride (Gringotts Bank roller coaster) was actually more enjoyable than The Forbidden Journey in Hogsmeade (more fun and very well themed). The Gringotts bank ride entrance also haa a dragon on top of it, like in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The dragon looked so startlingly real. It is also supposed to breathe fire but we never saw it do so.

Hot Butterbeer versus frozen

There is also a new addition to the Butterbeer line (not actually alcoholic), called hot Butterbeer. It tastes like the best Starbucks drink you could ever imagine with a very thick and creamy consistency. I honestly can’t even describe it. I prefer it over both the frozen (which used to be my favorite) and cold Butterbeer (my least favorite). I highly recommend you try all varieties because the taste dramatically changes between all three. Dieters beware, they all are loaded with sugar. I can’t wait to get my hands on one again.

Overall, this may be my second favorite day of the trip. It was so magical.


What is your favorite part about the Harry Potter universe? I particularly like the magical creatures.

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My New Motivating Desk Space

RebeccaKelsey.com's motivating work space

Hi Kind Friends! Today I am happy to share with you my new desk space. Boy does it make me feel happy and inspired.

My laptop was almost five years old and it was constantly overheating from all the video editing. This year I started it with a bang by adding in this new bad boy computer, it really flips me out how fast it is. Re-organizing my space to fit the computer took a few adjustments but now I’m in love with it.


cute desktop screen savers

Details:

Desktop calendar – Rifle Paper Co. (Haul)
Coaster – Birchbox
Metallic jars – Target (Haul)
Desk – DIY

Galaxy phone case – Plato’s Closet Kendall

Wallpaper – Oanabefort.com


Cornering my desk made me feel like I had a lot more space too. I love it! For more details on my new motivating screen saver and other little tips for keeping your space happy, check out my new how-to: How to Make a Motivating Desk Space

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