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In Review, Sponsored on
June 14, 2016

Simply Heaven Candles Review

Hello there, Kind Friends! Today I have a review of the two products I mentioned in my six-month pregnancy update (it’s actually almost time for my seven-month update, whoa), a lemon-scented candle and a lavender reed diffuser from Simply Heaven Candles.

This review has been sponsored by Simply Heaven Candles, but my opinion has not been swayed by compensation in any way. Check out the pros and cons of each product below.

all-Natural Soy Candle Review

Lemon Drop: Hand Poured Soy Candle Review

I love lemon scents, especially in the kitchen, so I was more than a little pumped to be getting this soy candle for review. With my pregnancy senses going crazy, I can smell pretty much everything, so the kitchen hasn’t been a great place for me to be if I don’t have a candle burning.

The pros of this product are it’s even-burning and long lasting flame. I’ve used this candle fairly frequently and it’s only half burned through, while in other candles I’ve had I believe in this amount of hours I would have already had to buy a new one. Thankfully the wax also burns evenly, so I don’t have any of those awkward wax dips or hollow middles.

The one con I’ve noticed so far with this candle is it’s undertone smokey smell. Chris doesn’t seem to notice this, so maybe it’s just my super senses, but underneath the lemon, I smell something similar to a campfire. It doesn’t take away from the lemon entirely, but I do think it detracts from the overall pleasantness.

Reed Diffuser Review

Lavender: Richly Scented Reed Diffuser Review

I tend to associate lavender scents with relaxation, probably along the rest of the world, so this reed diffuser was made for my bedroom.

The lavender smell itself is wonderful, and I love the presentation of the bottle for this product, but in the end, it doesn’t spread across the room as much as I’d like. I don’t think I have a big bedroom, so that was a little disappointing, however, I noticed the smell fills up my small bathroom well so I moved the product into that smaller space.

Overall, I would definitely purchase these products myself and try more from the candle line. I, in particular, would be interested in seeing how their fragrance oils and oil warmers measure up.

Thank you Simply Heaven for sponsoring this review! I am enjoying the products immensely.

Check out Simply Heaven Candles on Instagram to see more updates on their products and while you are on the platform, follow me as well.

See you all with another pregnancy update soon!

In Review, Sponsored on
November 6, 2015

Monthly Mystery Flower Deliveries – Bloomsy Box Review

Bloomsy Box Review

Good morning, Kind Friends. Today I’m sharing with you a floral subscription review, brought to you by a local business called Bloomsy Box.

Bloomsy Box is a monthly floral subscription service where you get a new set of beautiful single-styled flowers at your door once a month. The flowers you receive in each subscription are a complete surprise, which I think makes the experience more exciting.

They have three plans, a small bouquet for $34.99, medium for $38.99, and a large for $48.99 a month. If at any point you need to skip a month, it’s easy to do so, and if by chance you get a bouquet you didn’t like, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so you never have to pay for flowers you didn’t enjoy.

I received the medium bouquet this month, which brought 30 long stem roses in shades or orange, pink, red, and yellow. I imagine the number of blooms may change depending on the flower, but I was pleasantly surprised to receive 30 roses and have it not be the largest size available.

Beautiful floral subscription service

The florals shipped in a box, with the stems zip tied in place so that they wouldn’t hit the sides or ends of the box while in shipment. It came with a card sharing some care tips, as well as a flower food packet to add to your water. The shipping was incredibly quick, leaving me stunned to see the box outside my door only two days after ordering.

It has been about 6 days and the flowers are only just now starting to wilt, which compared to other flowers I’ve received seems to be about the average.

Overall, I really enjoyed having these beautiful roses in my home. This definitely seems like a fun subscription service to have, especially this time of year when everyone is usually more stressed over the holidays.

You can subscribe to Bloomsy Box on BloomsyBox.com with just a few clicks. Check them out to give yourself a little treat this holiday season.

Do you purchase flowers online? Are you part of a subscription service? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.

In DIY on
August 18, 2015

DIY Stylish Organization and Desk Accessories – Work from Home and Back to School Cute Desk Spaces

DIY Office Accessories

Since I work from home, having a cute office space is essential to me. I do not want to feel like I am in a uniform cubicle. If you feel the same, check out a few of my cute DIY projects below as well as my DIY compendium for all of my past projects.

All instructions and examples are shown in the video above.

DIY #1: Picture Frame Whiteboard

  1. Measure a decorative paper to fit the inside of a frame
  2. Put the paper inside the frame
  3. Hang on the wall and write on the glass using a whiteboard marker

DIY #2: Pencil/Marker Holder

  1. Clean out an old candle (I freeze my old candles and then the excess wax pops right out)
  2. Fill with pennies, beads, or other decorative item as a filler to keep your items upright

DIY #3: Washi Tape Keyboard

  1. Cut washi tape to size
  2. Cover select keys
  3. Take off and change colors to match the season or your mood

DIY #4: Glitter Magnets

  1. Cover old ugly magnets with glitter washi tape (or glue and glitter of choice)
  2. That’s it!

Cute Home Office DIY Projects

DIY #5: Custom Monthly Planner

  1. Buy a small monthly planner
  2. Tape a motivational message on top or create a collage of your favorite images, print, and tape on

DIY #5: Custom Mouse Pads

  1. Just use a notebook!

DIY #6: Pretty Wall Space

  1. Create a DIY photo clothesline
  2. Tape cute motivational sayings or photos that inspire you
  3. Hang up a clip board and interchange images that make you happy
  4. Clean your space weekly!

My Stationary Essentials:

  1. Day Designer planner – I can’t live without it!
  2. Jill Bliss Post It notes
  3. Rifle Paper Co notebooks
  4. Stripped folder and other small accessories (keep an eye on the Target dollar section)
  5. Cute motivational messages from A Beautiful Mess

Most of these DIY projects were so easy that they take less than five minutes. You just need to think a little out of the box.

If you like this post, make sure to check out some of my other Home Decor Projects to spice up your space.

Are you going back to school soon? Or are you completely out of school like me and just feel like keeping your space fresh?

In Happiness, My Journal on
May 20, 2015

The Importance of Writing Down Your Memories

Why you should keep a diary of important events...

I think the favorite thing about my blog and my videos is that they are little memory boxes for me to look back to. I have grown so much in these past five years and that growth is immortalized in this space.

But even with my personal posts on RebeccaKelsey.com, there are pieces of my life that I forget to capture. Little things that I forget to record. I feel the weight of those missing memories every now and again.

Because I wanted to remember every detail of my November wedding, one of my goals for April was to finish my diary wedding album. The album I used had little spaces next to each photo to write details and dates, so I used that space to make a running diary of my wedding. The album was fairly large so I put together photos from every wedding event, from my dress fitting to my honeymoon. I filled every space I could, even mentioning how Chris had impulsively shaved his beard a few weeks before the wedding and regretted it immediately.

My favorite part about our wedding wasn’t the ceremony itself, it was all of the tiny moments like Chris’ beard and the fact that me and the bridesmaids had to hide parked behind a dumpster when we arrived because Chris and his groomsmen were running late and got to the parking lot seconds before us.

One of my upcoming goals is to create a home diary/album sharing our journey to becoming homeowners. I want to remember how difficult it was to get our first place and how cute our starter furniture was. I want to write down how all of our friends and family came over the first day to help us pack, how we woke up the next day at 6 AM —  so excited to start our first full day in our new home, and even better that I slid down our stairs (I’ve always wanted stairs) on a packing box and fell on my butt. I don’t think those are the moments I’d remember 10 years down the road.

These little moments make the big ones more special, you have to write them down (or vlog them) to keep them fresh and with you forever.

In Beauty on
December 17, 2014

November and December Collective Haul

november and december collective christmas haul

Hi Kind Friends! Today I have some cool products to show you from the past two months of shopping trips. Now, I am not usually much of a shopper but for with all of the wedding activities and then the holidays – I went a little crazy! Here are some of the fun items I’ve purchased, I hope you enjoy and get some gift ideas out of it.

 

If you have any questions about the particular items, let me know in the comments!

Items purchased from: Disney | Universal Studios | Target | Goodwill

What have you been lusting to buy as a Christmas gift to yourself?

 

 

In DIY on
September 6, 2014

DIY: Motivational Collage Background for Videos

easy motivating wall collage

Hi Kind Friends!

Today I have for you a tutorial on how I made my new motivational collage for my YouTube videos. I’ve been thinking for a long time that my channel needed a regularly background that was not just pretty but also made me feel good.

Let me know if you think I succeeded in the comments! 

Check out the step by step directions below.


1. Gather supplies

For my motivational images I used cards from Rifle Paper Co., cards I’ve been given as gifts, some cut outs from my Lorna Jane agenda, and photos. You can cut out pictures from magazines, buy prints on Etsy, print out images from Tumblr, whatever you prefer!

You will also need something to affix your items to the wall like tape and scissors or sticky tack.

2. Prepare the area for filming.

Set up your tripod, seat, and lightening. It’s important to keep all three in mind when adding items to your wall.

3. Take a test shot (or two).

Add a few items to the wall, guessing where you think the placement should be. Then, take a picture or test footage, moving your arms around, etc. so you can see where the collage should extend to.

4. Make your collage.

Using your test shot of picture as guidance, fill in your collage. Periodically update your test shot so you can see how the collage is progressing. Take note of how the colors in your collage may change your skin tone when being filmed. Everything bounces off of each other!

Enjoy! I have quite a few videos coming up with this new background. If you make videos, I hope you found this helpful.

Related: How to make a motivating wall collage (not for video)

In Beauty on
August 21, 2014

What’s In My Shower? + Bathroom Tour

what's in my shower

Hi Kind Friends!

Today I have a tour of my bathroom and a run down of what products I keep in the shower. I hope it helps inspire your decor or helps you choose items to keep in your shower… or just satisfies your curiosity.

 

Videos mentioned: Room TourHouse to HomeMakeup CollectionSpencer Hastings Vintage Halloween

If you are reading this, let me know in the comments what videos you would like to see next!