Just Pre-Ordered: Grace Helbig and The Art of Pretending to be a Grownup

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Hi Kind Friends!

Today I finally pre-ordered the book Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up by my favorite YouTube comedian Grace Helbig.

Grace is a hilarious vlogger that I often watch while I’m getting ready in the morning. In her recent vlog she shared a snippet of her recording the audiobook:

I love Grace’s humor. Her videos are full of hilarious jump cuts, awkward pauses, and just general hilarity. It’s hard to explain her humor. Here are a few of her videos that made me laugh a lot recently.


I am so beyond excited to read what is in this book. I’m sure it’ll have me rolling on the floor as soon as I get it. The book is available for pre-order now and there is also a giveaway going on for those that pre-ordered. I purchased mine at Amazon since I’m an Amazon Prime member.

What book launch have you been excited about recently? Let me know in the comments!

Join the Kind Counsel on Patreon!

Hi Kind Friends!

Today I’m excited to invite you to the Kind Counsel! Dun dun dunnnnn….


AKA I created a Patreon page. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s similar to crowd funding softwares like Kickstarter except instead you are funding content creators. Some people use the platform for monthly contributions (like me for $1 or more a month) and other people ask for funding on a video by video basis (like one of my favorites Callie Crofts and her Brain Log videos for $1 or more per video).

Before I get into more on this, I want to stress that I am by no means begging for money. This is just a way to expand my content and gain some more Kind Friends. None of the money will be used for personal means.

Here are some more details, copied directly from my Patreon page.

Who are you?
My name is Rebecca Kelsey Sampson (soon to be Mrs. Cortes!) and I’ve been a regular online content creator since 2010 on my blog and YouTube channel. I started off just talking about beauty topics but since then have expanded into a lifestyle blog and channel that covers a wide range of topics. My goal has always been to live a kind and fulfilling life while encouraging others to do the same. I hope to motivate my subscribers to stay true to themselves, it really is the most important magic.

What is Patreon?
Patreon is basically like Kickstarter but rather than supporting just one project, you are supporting ongoing projects. This helps content creator’s like myself put out regular content without as much added pressures. No matter what you pledge, it helps out! By pledging to my page, you become a “Patron” of my content! Thank you.

How will the money be used?
The money generated from Patreon will help fund my videos and content, it won’t be going into my pocket. Some examples include; buying YouTube ads, Google/Twitter/Facebook ads, monthly giveaways, new camera equipment, hiring contributors on my second blog Elephants Remember Love, an outfit photographer for my blog, getting help managing a future mailing list, etc. Unless a life changing emergency situation presents itself, this money will not be used for personal needs in any way.

Will your content still be free?
Of course! I never intend to charge people to view my content. Being my Patron is like tipping a restaurant server for doing a good job. You are tipping me and with those tips I’ll work on improving my content. If you can’t afford to be a Patron, I will treat you no differently. All of the milestone goals at the left side of my Patreon page will be available to all of my Kind Friends, whether you are a Patron or not. Only the rewards listed in the bottom of my Patreon page will be exclusive to my Patrons.

I can’t afford to be a Patron right now, is that okay?
Of course it is! It would be really rude of me to be upset at someone just because they couldn’t afford to be a Patron. That would be ridiculous.

I still want to help you though, I just can’t afford to…
I really appreciate that thought! If you can’t afford to become a Patron, I completely understand. If you still want to help out though, I would appreciate that you share my videos and blog posts when they are posted. Every view on my blog and videos helps me so sharing my content is really appreciated.

Thank you for being a Kind Friend to me and for reading this page. I hope to talk to you soon.

Make sure to click here to see my prizes for Patrons and non-Patrons! Do you have any suggestions for more prizes?


August Favorites 2014


Hi Kind Friends!

This past month was pretty darn crazy. It held the birthdays of three of my favorite people, my birthday, two surgeries from family members, and my wedding shower.

Before I get started, if you do any online shopping from this post – check eBates first! You get cash back on every purchase you make through the website.

During this month I had one standout beauty product, the tarte CC primer. It does have some drawbacks for dry skin though, so watch the video for more details on that.

Fashion wise, I got two Disney shirts that I’ve been obsessed with. They were both purchased by my Mom at an estate sale. Thrift shopping is so much fun!

At my wedding shower I received a lot of kitchen items I’ve been dying for. In particular, new cups from Target! I’ve packed all of my old ones into storage because I liked these news one mason jar cups and mugs so much. I’m going to be doing some new home decor posts featuring the rest of the items I received soon.

My diet this month was pretty much the same as usual, except I tried sunbutter and oatmeal bars for the first time. I highly recommend them both. In particular sunbutter, it has such a unique taste.

My Netflix obsession this month was the deliciously 90s Ally McBeal. I remember watching this series with my Mom in middle school. Gosh it is so funny! It stars Ally, a very quirky lawyer. The humor was so beyond it’s time.

Last but not least, I am currently reading When a Lioness Fights on fanfiction.net. I’m not done with it yet but it has a lot of promise. Do not read it though if you have problems reading violence because it is very graphic.

That’s all for now Kind Friends! Stay tuned for another post tomorrow on my involvement with the new site Patreon.

Let me know in a comment what your favorite items was for August. Any new food loves?