Netflix and Chill with me

Come Netflix and Chill with me!
I have seen a couple bloggers post things like “get to know me by my food choices”, “get to know me by my clothing brands”, “get to know me by my fave stores”  etc. I thought what better way to get to know me than through my Netflix picks. Also, this week is exam prep for me so I will be fairly absent from my social media so what a great week to do this lol. So without further ado here is my Get To Know Me Post 🙂

NOTE- I tried to pick shows that are not so well known and maybe ones that you will consider watching

 

OZARK:  Marty, a financial planner, and his homemaker turned real estate agent wife, suddenly have to relocate their family from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong and Marty must pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord.

This show is the right amount of mystery with dark comedy. Every character in this show is somewhat relatable, which makes it more enjoyable. The show has so much potential as its characters have been set up to have amazing backstories we are hopefully going to soon dissect. So far there is only one season, but they have been renewed for a season two.

The 100: The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear apocalypse wiped out almost all life on Earth. Over 2,400 survivors live on a single massive station in Earth’s orbit called “The Ark”. After the Ark’s life-support systems are found to be failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are sent to the surface in a last attempt to determine whether Earth is habitable. They discover not all humanity was destroyed and some survived the apocalypse: the Grounders, who live in clans locked in a power struggle; the Reapers, another group of Grounders who have become cannibals; and Mountain Men, who live in Mount Weather and locked themselves away before the apocalypse.

I have read some of the books in this series, which the tv show follows but loosely. Since I only read the first novel I’m not sure how closely the tv series follows the storyline. I can say though that this show is INCREDIBLY well done in respects to the writing and visual appeal. They just finished up the 4th season and a 5th will be coming out sometime in early 2018.

Timeless: When an experimental time machine is stolen, a history professor, a soldier, and an engineer are tasked with capturing the culprit only to learn that he plans to rewrite American history and that each of them has a connection to his plan as well as the mysterious organization that funded the machine’s development. So pretty much every episode so far they travel back to a very notable date in history and have to figure out what he is planning on rewriting, and fix it as well as help people to properly do things to write history properly.

This is my fave type of show it has a good mix of sci-fi, history, and comedy. They were canceled after season one, but after three days of being canceled, they got picked back up for a season two!!!!!!!

American Horror Story: Created by the mastermind Ryan Murphy this is an anthology series (each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own “beginning, middle, and end.” ). In which some plot elements of each season are loosely inspired by true events. So far there have been 7 seasons which have all been so unique and amazingly done. I love that in each series there are elements of real-life events Ryan Murphy is actually the most incredible writer. NOTE- this is not a series to watch with the whole family and is definitely rated R and some scenes should be rated XXX.
I have decided to list the seasons in order of my fave to least fave with a one or two-word description of the season:

Coven: Witchcraft/Racism
Murder house: Depression/Ghosts
Roanoke: Lost/Revenge
Freakshow: Clowns/Discrimination
Hotel: Serial Killers/ Infidelity
Cult: Politics/Oppression
Asylum:Insanity/ Corruption


MindHunter: Set in 1978 – in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation– Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench,, along with a psychologist ,who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases. This show is based on the novel Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.  This show is INCREDIBLY well written, it brings just enough serial killer infatuation and law & order type drama to the table.

Grimm: Homicide investigator Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Department learns he is descended from a line of guardians known as Grimms, charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the Wesen, or mythological creatures of the world (Wesen is the German word for being or creature). Throughout the series, he must battle against an assortment of dangerous creatures, with help from his Wesen friend, Monroe, and his partner, Detective Hank Griffin.

This is a perfect mix of fantasy and drama. The characters are very easy to relate to as they are normal humans with normal problems. Unfortunately, it has been canceled so there are only 6 seasons.

iZombie: Seattle medical resident Olivia “Liv” Moore is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. She abandons her career and breaks up with her fiancé, much to the disappointment and puzzlement of her family. She discovers that if she does not periodically satisfy her new appetite for brains, she starts turning into a stereotypical zombie, stupid and homicidal. Instead of feeding by killing innocent people, Liv decides to take a job at the King County morgue and eat the brains of the corpses she autopsies. Her secret is guessed by her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. Ravi soon becomes Liv’s friend and confidant, and as a scientist, he is intrigued by her condition.

Based on the comic books of the same name. This series has some dull moment for sure but overall it’s great. It has a good mix of nerd comedy and drama.

⟴  The Good Doctor: This one isn’t on Netflix as it just started but I thought that it deserved to be on the list: The series follows Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome from a small town, Casper, Wyoming, where he had a troubled childhood. He relocates to join the prestigious surgical department at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.

Stranger Things:  set in the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana, during the early 1980s. The nearby Hawkins National Laboratory ostensibly performs scientific research for the United States Department of Energy, but secretly does experiments into the paranormal and supernatural, including those that involve human test subjects. Inadvertently, they have created a portal to an alternate dimension called “the Upside Down”. The influence of the Upside Down starts to affect the unknowing residents of Hawkins in calamitous ways. AMAZING.

Frequency: In 2016, NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan in 1996 via his old ham radio. Her attempts to save his life trigger the “butterfly effect”, changing the present in unforeseen ways. To fix the damage, she must work with her father across time to solve a decades-old murder case.

 

Atypical: Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old from Connecticut with autism, announces that he wants to start dating. … Sam decides he needs a “practice girlfriend” and, with the help of his friends and family, begins to learn the social nuances of dating. This show is hilarious!

Grace and Frankie:  two women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and want to get married.

⟴ Other well-known shows I watch that I didn’t think needed a huge explanation are Greys Anatomy, Gotham, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, How to get away with Murder.

xo.

Go Green

 

Not everyone can be fully green, but one can try to go green. I am a prime example of that. I contribute to global warming there is no denying it, but I do my best to try not to. In the past few years, I have come to the realization that there is so much shit that we humans do that is killing our planet. Which I personally want to stop, but baby steps. I want to become eco-friendly on a budget. You might be thinking ‘ Wow really Gillian, you only just noticed this?’ and the truth is: I never really thought about it. I was so consumed in my own bubble of a life I wasn’t thinking of the big picture. This planet is our home, and I am not helping it survive.

 

I’m not entirely sure what made me change my perspective on this,  it might have been a million documentaries on global warming that came out, the ad campaigns splattered across social media, or just the amount of recycling bin popping up everywhere- I don’t know. All I know is I want to help keep this planet alive for many more generations to come.

So how do I do this your thinking? Well, its easy start with some baby steps. No one is expecting you to change your whole lifestyle and move into a solar paneled home that produces an ounce of waste every year! Try making small changes to your life. I have been gradually doing this and so far, I have not only felt better about my carbon footprint shrinking down, but I also feel like a good human. I found a great article a while back which was a list of ways you can help ( https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-reduce-global-warming-1203897)

 

So after reading that article, I realized there was no way I was going to able to implement everything into my life- because just look at the name of this website- I’m a broke ass college student. I did, however, find a lot of these things very useful and of little or no cost to do. Below is a list of thing that I have done to contribute with the prices ( either initially or on an ongoing basis) Hopefully something on this list is going to trigger you to help make this world a better place and keep it around for a bit


Recycling- duh. This cost me NOTHING. When you are done with something thinking about where you are going to properly dispose of it. Luckily when I am at school they have 4 bins that separate everything with photos to make it easy. BUT when I am at home it’s a little trickier, if you don’t know what is recyclable go online and find a list OR go to your local recycle depot and ask for a list- they are ALWAYS excited to give them out!

 

Changing light bulbs to LEDs- a pack of 3 costs around $10 ( at Walmart) the nice thing about these is they seem to last longer and are brighter!

 

Drive Less/Carpool/Bike/Walk/Bus– the price of this varies depending which you do. Walking costs $0 ( only time so plan accordingly), Biking depending on if you have all the gear can cost your $0!!- if you do not have all the gear and want to find a bike for cheap check out local buy and sell fb pages( if you are worried the bike is stolen ask your local PD if they can provide you with a check out of the bike- normally they are thrilled to do this- note to self: write a blog about the time I reunited a broke college girl with her bike) Carpool check out if there is a carpool in your town already set up the price will vary depending on the number of people in the pool and how far. Busing so depending on your towns transit system this might be great or not so great, I live in a town with a shitty local system, but a great commute system ( Chilliwack-Abbotsford-Langley)  $30ish, or tied in with rec pass, or tied in with student pass.

 

Electric Errrrthang- I get it not everyone has the money to go buy a fancy new Tesla, but if your in the market for a new vehicle consider buying electric or Hybrid.

Scooters- I am the proud owner of an electric scooter! I bought it second hand for $500 and the thing works great!! Charge it up and i’m good to go. It goes around 30mph/hr but it gets me everywhere around town and cost me pretty much nothing. This is another thing that I am not like GO GET ONE NOW, because they can be quite pricey and if you are saving money its hard to budget for it. But on the off chance you have a spare couple hundred laying around think about it!!

 

Turn Things OFF- After reading how much energy is wasted in keeping switches on and electronic plugged in I was dumbfounded. I am a prime example of someone who does this. I always forget to turn off lights, if you come to my house at night you would think 20+ people live in my place, as I normally have ALL the lights on. Same with electronics- I haven’t used my Nintendo 64 in months-but it’s still plugged in. I found on my last hydro bill by unplugging and turning things off it was significantly less expensive!!!

 

Plant trees- I wouldn’t advise just going out and planting trees everywhere you see soil. Contact your city and see where there is a need for volunteers to plant things. OR if you own your property figure out what you can plant in your garden or yard!! Trees and veggies are what I went with, as well as these to help save the bees!!!

Reusable Bags- This is the one thing on the list that kinda chaps my arse that people are not doing more. Whenever you go out shopping does the cashier ask you if you want bags? Do you know a lot of places charge you for bags, and DON’T TELL YOU? Don’t get me wrong some places do tell you and they are sweethearts, but I recently was at my local grocery store and had forgotten

my reusable bags I bought from there. So I asked for bags ( big haul so I asked for approx. 6 bags, with 2 being double bagged= 8 bags) without hesitation the cashier complied. I noticed she rang something thru when I asked, I looked at her screen and it said ‘plastic bag 15 cents’  So $1.20 just for bags that day, that was more expensive than one of the avocados I bought. If you don’t have animals and use these plastic bags for poop then the majority of the time they end up in the landfill. GROSS. Reusable bags are usually around 50 cents or $1.00, invest in these PLEASE.  I have a ton of them from different stores. ( Big Big ones from Winners/TJMAX cost $1.00 and smaller ones you can usually get from the grocery stores for about 50 cents ) SAVE OUR PLANET. Also if you need poop bags try the dollar store for bags 🙂

 

Report cards for improvement- ask your hydro company and gas company for the breakdown to see where you can be becoming more energy efficient

 

Share this post-or what you are doing with people. Normally when you tell someone you are doing things to take steps in BETTERING OUR HOME they are down to participate.

My Thoughts on the Whimsify Subscription Box

Whimsify Subscription Box

What this box is:Whimsify is a monthly subscription box for readers who love young adult fantasy and sci-fi books. Each themed, monthly box includes a recently released young adult fantasy or sci-fi book, along with several bookish items!”

I am currently in the middle of figuring out if book related subscription boxes are a good idea for me as I purchase a lot of books and book-related items every month. Last month ( October) I got gifted the “Underdogs” themed Whimsify box, after a ton of reading of reviews online I was SUPER excited. They are a great company with great morals and amazing curated items ( that I saw from past boxes and Instagram photos). Looking at their “Past Boxes” section online I saw so many items per box that I was super interested in ( look at their March 2017- Beastly Box it looks INCREDIBLE)

 

The day my box came I was surprised with a $15 charge at the door. Weird-I thought, but not out of the norm if shipping was not included in the price at purchase- i’ll get to this again later.

 

Whats in the box: 
The theme card and product descriptions.  

Jane Eyre Bath Salts
Neville Soy Wax Candle
Stranger Things Bookmark
Losers Club pin
Small Lined Notebook
Printed Photo
Book- Nyxia

To me this was awesome I got things in the box I would for sure use and I was excited about the book as I had heard about it at my local bookstore.


Now comes the fun part, is this box worth my money? Like I said this box was a gift, but I got to see the receipt from it so it made this part pretty simple. To figure out if the box is worth my money I do what everyone does- I find the products online and then total up the prices and add in the shipping totals from each item to the cost. The breakdown looks like this:

 

Whimsify Box Price Actual Retail Price
Box $34.95 Items $56.19
Shipping $22.95 Shipping $4.50
Taxes $4.30 Taxes n/a
Other- charge at door $15.00 Other-   n/a
TOTAL $77.20 TOTAL $60.69

*Note 1-not all the websites showed international shipping… so this price could be higher*

** Note 2-  the bath salts and candle on their websites do not come in the smaller sizes so I used the price online and divided it by the size of the sample I got example: Bath Salts come in 16ox online at $18.45 so 18.45/4= $4.61)**

So going off the amount of $77.20 for the box+ shipping+ door fee this box is NOT worth my time. This might not be the case for you. Since I  live in B.C, Canada I knew that this boxes shipping would be expensive but at the cost of $37.95 ( 22.95+15.00) that is JUST under the price of the box including its taxes. As much as I liked all the items in the box I would not be recommending it to my fellow Canadians or would I be subscribing to this box in the future. I feel like this box is very overpriced for the amount that you are getting, in my opinion, if I am paying almost $80 I am expecting full items- not sample sized. As well as $80 to me also should get me a few more products.

 

*** Two other things to NOTE
1. I did NOT convert any of the American $ into Canadian, so technically this box is way more expensive.
2. On the postage border slip, they said the box was worth $44?***

xo.

Hello November

Hello November! This past month has been insane for me, causing me to cut down on a lot of social time and really focus on my health and well being. This month I have decided to try and post maybe once or twice a week so easy my way back into being the social media icon I *THINK* I am ( haha) I am hoping to also try and upload some video posts in accordance to my blog posts- maybe. As always, if anyone has any requests for posts, photos, videos let me know and I can try and fit them in 🙂 Happy November!

October Photo Challenge

October Photo Challenge

At the beginning of the month, I started an Instagram challenge. I have never done one before so I was pretty nervous that no one would take part in it. Lo and behold a few people have actually been uploading daily with me. I seriously thought that it would just be me posting on my two accounts-lol. I wanted to dedicate this daily blog to my October Instagram Challenge (which if you are not taking part in COME TAKE PART- it’s on Instagram and a quick search of #dbgchallenge and you can find it.)  ANYWHO this blog is about the questions I have got about it and the how-to guide.

 

Questions:

Why? I have received this question a few times. Which I find kind of weird… because I wanted too?lol.

How did you come up with the daily theme? I went through old challenges I have done on Instagram ( around 5) and tried to take my favourite daily themes from them, and also add in my own that I thought were more Fall-ish

Why October? October is my favourite month, I love when the weather gets cooler, the leaves start to change, and Thanksgiving is here AND HALLOWEEN.

Can you send reminders? I can try and tag people in my posts when I post my photos on either ( @thediaryofabrokegirl or @gilliebean14)

What happens if I can’t make a day? NOTHING! That’s the beauty of a challenge like this, there are no consequences for missing or skipping a day! It’s all for fun, to showcase your work and it’s super cool to see how different people’s minds work when they are given a word to theme their photos with. ( for example- theme word: Old. Some people went with old products, some people went with throwbacks-cool!!!!!)

Aren’t you worried about your theme? NO, mainly because I don’t have one. If you are worried about your theme post one in your story, or post and delete them after the challenge? OR take the photos and post them somewhere else with the # so I can see them?

What if I can’t think of something for the daily trigger word? Go to other places for inspiration! If I am having a hard time I turn to other places for inspiration all the time. Instagram, Pinterest, Google… just type in the hashtag and see what comes up.

What does the hashtag mean? #dbgchallenge is simply just the first letter of some of my website the Diary of a Broke Girl and challenge.

How to make a challenge:

Pick a word for every day of the month- these words will be the theme of the daily photo.

Pick a Hashtag- so you can find all the challenges! Also, try and pick something that has some meaning to you, and plop “challenge” after it.

Compile it into a visual guide, so people can refer to it.

Pick what platform you want to post it on ( Instagram is the easiest for photos)

Tell your friends, post to social media.

Post your visual guide ( either the day before it starts or the first day!)

Enjoy xo.

Ultimate Fall To-Do List

Ultimate Fall To-Do List

I am a sucker for a good Fall activity. I’m not sure if its just me, but my internal voice screams pumpkin patch, corn maze, jump in leaves, find hot apple cider! the minute the leaves change colours. Depending on where you live on this planet I’m sure there are different things that take place for you to do in Septemeber- November 30th. I have constructed in my opinion the BEST list of things to do this Fall 🙂


1. Camping
2. Corn Maze
3. Apple Cider tasting
4. Wine Tasting
5. Apple Picking
6. Attend a Cooking Class ( one that can teach you how to cook with gourds)
7. Bike Ride through the forest ( trails, find trails.)
8. Star Gaze
9. Octoberfest ( find one near you )
10. Pumpkin patch
11. Hay Rides
12. Horror Movie Marathon ( good list HERE! )
13. Bake Fall Treats ( good lists HERE!)
14. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
15. Carve a Pumpkin
16. Have a Bonfire
17. Go to a Haunted House
18. Cemetary Tour
19. Ghost Tours
20. Read a Thriller Novel ( good list HERE!)
21. Make a Fall Wreath
22. Go on a Fall Scavenger Hunt
23. Have a Fall Photoshoot ( good list HERE!)
24. Check out some Farmers Markets
25. Pick Out a Halloween Costume.

Enjoy xo.

(photos off tumblr)

Fall Reads

Fall Reads

I am one of the most active readers on the face of the planet! I love getting lost in a story that isn’t my own. Not that there is anything wrong with my own story, I just like turning off my brain to my own things, and diving into someone/something else for a bit. I will read pretty much any genre of book, I’m not too picky. Since it’s fall now, I tend to lean towards Crime/ Thriller/ Mystery novels from September- January. I have compiled a list of books I have read plus books I want to read.

Young Adult:


The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda 

 Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in 17 years since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her — Kelsey.
Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescued by a volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.
A few days later, she arrives home to find her mother missing. Now, to have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x7bc7h
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ2skW
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Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Two years ago, 15-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbour’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.
But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.
Because of more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell. Trust nothing and no one as you race toward the explosive conclusion of the gripping psychological thriller

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2fIpCDm
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ4Qbt
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Done Damage by Amanda Panitch

Twenty-two minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after. Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend. After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those 22 minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police. Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning… In this deliciously twisted contemporary thriller, a family can be a real killer. For fans of we are all liars and readers who love unique multiple perspectives that leave clues like breadcrumbs until they reach the stunning conclusion.

Buy on Amazon Here:  http://amzn.to/2xTZFrn
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x81TUY
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The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to. Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re 16, and they are… fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max — the only one who hasn’t come back. Which leaves Max’s sister, Avery, wanting answers. She wants to find her brother — dead or alive — and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story. But as details of the disappearance begin to unfold, no one is prepared for the truth.This unforgettable novel — with its rich characters, high stakes, and plot twists — will leave readers breathless.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xPZ1e0
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x7I8Na
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Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy – this is one of my all-time fave books.


Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. . . .
Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it’s still hard for her to believe it. She’ll never be able to forget, even though she’s trying to lead a normal life–she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice’s past is dangerous, and violent, and sad . . . and it’s about to rip her new life apart. A gripping and emotionally searing novel by accomplished British author Anne Cassidy, Looking for JJ infuses a terrifying subject with humanity and hope

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x6SNre
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ADULT

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x7CPbB
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x7zwpS
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The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago

There was nothing surprising about men turning up dead in the Second City. Life was cheaper than a quart of illicit gin in the gangland capital of the world. But two murders that spring were special – worthy of celebration. So believed Maurine Watkins, a wanna-be playwright and a “girl reporter” for the Chicago Tribune, the city’s “hanging paper.” Newspaperwomen were supposed to write about clubs, cooking and clothes, but the intrepid Miss Watkins, a minister’s daughter from a small town, zeroed in on murderers instead. Looking for subjects to turn into a play, she would make “Stylish Belva” Gaertner and “Beautiful Beulah” Annan – both of whom had brazenly shot down their lovers – the talk of the town. Love-struck men sent flowers to the jail and newly emancipated women sent impassioned letters to the newspapers. Soon more than a dozen women preened and strutted on “Murderesses’ Row” as they awaited trial, desperate for the same attention that was being lavished on Maurine Watkins’s favourites.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xShyXk
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2xU88KX
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BirdBox byJosh Marlerman

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x7vI37
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2fDEgsb
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Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.
Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ3w8f
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The Troop by Nick Cutter

Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected…and one another.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2fGK1J0
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x6TYqE
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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law, but when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer–and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.

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As I said earlier, some of these books I have read and some are still on my reading list. Please comment below if you have read any or are excited to read some. Also comment any fall reads you are currently reading! I’m always looking for new books!

Xo.

 

Fall Essential Oils to Blend

October 1st. Day One: Fall Essential Oils to Blend.

For the past year-ish I have been doing major research on essential oils. I’ve heard about them on and off my whole life but never really thought much about them. Until my anxiety and sleeping pattern was all messed up. About a year ago a while I was perusing my Instagram search page for wellness remedies I stumbled on this incredible womans page. I crept her page hard ( no shame in my game) I found out she is one of the most inspirational women on the face of this Earth ( like honestly go creep her, check out her blog, this woman is flippin INCREDIBLE! @madisonviningblog) Anywho, this incredible human is a part of Young Living and it seems to have changed her life- ok not seemed to it has. Before you roll your eyes at me this isn’t a post about how I joined a company and am now looking for people to buy them from me or to join my team ( although I have NOTHING against people who are in that kind of business). 

 So, about a month ago I got my first diffuser, a variety of essential oils, and oil rollerballs from a company called ArtNaturals. I also picked up some random oils off a Young Living rep when I was researching- this is why some of the recipes have different oils. I decided to go with ArtNaturals for 5 major reasons:
1. They have VERY good morals
2. They are cruelty-free, BPA free, and eco-friendly
3. They are VERY affordable
4. They offer a great range of products
5. They are very helpful with any inquiries you may have.

As I said earlier I had done my research. I know what oils to use, when to use them, and how to use them… what I am trying to say is I scoured the internet *cough* *cough* Pinterest *couch*couch* and acquired a list of recipes for EVERYTHING- like: pain relief, illness relief, relaxation, motivation, anxiety, trouble sleeping etc. you name it I have a recipe for it.  

Since this is the beginning of my Blog a day October, I thought I would give a list of Fall Themed Essential Oil Blends. If you have any questions about recipes, oils, or anything at all leave a comment or message me on Instagram @thediaryofabrokegirl
Enjoy
xo.

My Diffuser, Oils, and Rollerballs– click them to buy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipes

Sweet Fall
2 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Bergamont

Fall Energy
2 drops Wintergreen
4 drops Citrus ( orange or lemon)

Pumpkin Spice
4 drops Orange
3  drops Cinnamon
2 drops Clove
1 drop Nutmeg

Orange Pomander
3 drops Orange
2 drops Clove
2 drops Rosemary

Campfire
3 drops Fir
3 drops Frankincense
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Lavender
4 drops Orange

Mulled Cider
2 drops Orange
2 drops Cinnamon
1 drop Clove

Walk in the Leaves
3 drops Frankincense
2 drops Lime
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Orange

8 Apps that Pay You

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So you wanna make some extra money while sitting on the couch watching Netflix eh? GURL SAME. Over the years I have dabbled in a couple apps and websites that will allow you to make money off of them. What’s the catch you ask? Good question! After searching for apps that pay, I have only really found one or two that pay a good amount of money while literally doing nothing. All the others are ones that you have to either invest a lot of time or footwork into. Another question you probably have is Do they actually pay you money? Some yes, some no. Some apps will pay you via PayPal, and some will pay you in gift cards. At first, I was super hesitant about the gift card apps, until I met someone one day who was using the same app to me and showed me they’re in app wallet and they had $340 on an Amazon gift card, this homegirl was sold! Another thing to note is some of these are surveys and some of these are sites that you download other apps on, so don’t be alarmed. The way I look at it is if you’re going to be sitting on the couch watching Netflix browsing your phone, you might as well be making money….Ok so the list:

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1. JobSpotter: aka my fave app. To get paid what the app requires you to go out and find We’re Hiring signs and take 2 photos. One photo of the We’re Hiring sign and one photo of the store front with the store’s name clearly visible. EASY! Each submission gets points assigned to it based off of their submission guidelines. Depending on how many points your submission gets is how much you will make off of it.
How you get paid: Amazon Gift Card ( this is the only I was talking about earlier, currently saving up for a textbook or something expensive now that I can see how much you can make) every submission loads onto a redeemable gift card you can cash out at any time.

aodfa2.Google Opinion Rewards: I’m semi new to this app. Google will notify you when a new survey is ready for you and you answer a quick ( I’ve never had a survey with more than 5 questions) couple questions and you get rewarded.
How you get paid: Google pays you in Google Play credit. ( again I’m pretty new to this app, so I’m also super unsure what I’m going to buy… )

 

1q3. 1Q ( one question): a very fast survey. Download the app and you will get a text or push notification when there is a question available to you. Con of this app is that the questions seem to be very few and far in between as of late. Pro some of them are worth a couple dollars.
How you get paid: Paypal.

 

Carrot-Rewards-app4. Carrot Rewards: This I Believe is only for residents of British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland right now. It’s a survey sent out by the Public Health Agency of Canada which asks you questions about your lifestyle. They are super fast easy surveys which pay you in points. You can also set the app up to track your steps, so everytime you hit a certain number of steps a day you get a couple points.
How you get paid: you get paid in either Scene Points, Aeroplan Miles, Petro Points, More Reward Points or Drop Points. You can bounce between all of these if you want. I have all of mine set up and either each month I rotate the card I use or if it’s a big payout survey I put it all on my Scene or More Rewards cards ( strictly because Movies and Food * DUH)

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5. CheckOut 51: this one is based on your grocery store receipts. Basically, what you do is browse download the app or go to the website and browse the list of what they will rebate you for and buy it at the grocery store. Once you have bought it, take a photo of your receipt, upload it to the site and they will credit your account.
**NOTE**– the best way to actually make money from this app is to use a coupon or club card at the grocery store also. For example Checkout 51 offered a $2.00 rebate on a box of Cheerios, with my SaveOn foods More Reward card I was getting the box on sale for $2.50, and I had a .50cents off coupon from the store ( little rip off flyer my ADHD brain needed to rip) so I got the box of Cheerios for $0.00
How you get paid: Once you have reached 20$ they will send you a check.

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6. I-say: Surveys. This is just surveys, the supply them you answer them. They vary in length. Easy to do while binge watching Stranger Things. Some of them are very repetitive. Good pay for what you are doing.
How you get paid: you see how many points you are going to get paid before you do the survey, one you have a good amount you pick what you want to redeem in the form of Visa Cards, Amazon Cards, iTunes cards etc.

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7. Swagbucks: Another one with a survey, but this one also has videos. You can do these for however long you want and with your volume off * me * you can do it on both your computer and your phone. You have the potential to earn more on your computer as you can use their weird browser thing to surf the web and make some bucks. You can also download new apps to your phone, play for a few minutes and earn points that way.
How you get paid: You collect Swagbucks, and redeem them in their store… prepaid visas, PayPal cash out, gift cards.

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8. Field Agent: This app is kind of like a secret shopper type dealio. The map/jobs section will show you different jobs that are available to you to do. You simply click a job and read the description and check if its worth it for you to do. Some examples I had 2 jobs that I qualified for the other day Job #1- Upload your Costco receipt with purchase between Aug 24-Aug 31. Simple. I was there I grabbed my receipt that was shoved in my purse and made $10.00. Job #2- Little Caesars, go there and check out the environment ( cleanliness, service, food) I ordered a hot and read $9. Sat in the car and answered the questions and made $7.00
How you get paid: you collect money in your account and then can get it paid out to you via direct deposit or Dwolla

xo.

Basic B*tches Guide to Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING

It’s September, and you know what that means… Fall is just around the corner! If this means nothing to you, then you are clearly a heathen-or- are not persuaded by the BEST marketing scheme of every Millennials life time; PUMPKIN SPICE. So slip into your favorite pair of uggs, grab a latte, and put your hair up in a messy bun because today we are going to look at the best and worst pumpkin spiced things.

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HOME THINGS

 

Candles: ok so if you have ever been to a mall in Sept-Nov you KNOW there are so many different scents of pumpkin. Here is a list of my faves

Bath&Body Works: Blueberry and Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Apple, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Carmel Pumpkin Swirl, Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow, Pumpkin Cider
Kiera Grace: Mason Jar Pumpkin Swirl Cake
Old Factory: Soy Pumpkin Spice
Yankee Candles: Sugared Pumpkin Swirl, Apple Pumpkin, Moonbeams on Pumpkins, Pumpkin Pie

Air Fresheners just in case you are some kind of heathen and don’t like candles this is another way you can get the sweet sweet scent all up in your nostrils
Glade: Pumpkin Spiced Wax Melts
Glade: Pumpkin Spiced Spray
Glade: Autumn Scent ( Pumpkin) Plugins
Airwick: Pumpkin Spiced Spray
Lake Shore: Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

BEAUTY

 

Lip Balms because pumpkin spiced kisses seem nice right?
Burts Bee: classic ( fyi target.com ships to Canada)
Tree Frogs: Pumpkin Spice
Chapstick: Pumpkin Pie

Tooth Paste
Jason Natural: Hippies know whats up, amirite?!

Nail Polish ok so there are MANY called pumpkin spice, which is based on the colour, I decided not to include all them. I am only including the ones that are scented.
Alloya: Vegan formula

FOOD

 

Ok, the girth of this post. You are all waiting for it. Let’s do this.

Breakfast
Poptarts: you can normally get these at any grocery store in the fall, but if you live somewhere you can’t here’s an amazon link
Cheerios: relatively new to stores, Walmart seems to be the only place I have seen these.
Special K: I have only seen these online
Mini Wheats: SAFEWAY, WALMART, SAVEON ERRVERYWHERE
Life: Another one, I have never seen in store
Oatmeal: ALSO EVERYWHERE! there are also more brands of this then there is candles and beer combined so just head to your local grocery store and find the isle and go crazy.
Chobani Yogurt : yes.
Dannon Greek Yogurt : I have never seen this but apparently this blog has, and you can get it at Safeway
Syrup ( for food): Also here in Canada we have too many of these to list, but its here, it’s everywhere.

Snacks
Most of these you can get at your local grocery stores, but ill post where I have seen them or the Amazon link to them

Cookies
Oreos: Walmart, Safeway, Saveon
Milanos: Amazon, Walmart
Fudge Stripes : Walmart, Winco
Cookie Thins : Target, Walmart, Costco
Wafer Cookies : Walmart

Crackers
Triscuit: Walmart, Safeway
Belvita: Walmart

Candy
M&Ms : Walmart
Candy Corn: Oh Sugar, Sweet Co.
Kisses: Walmart, Safeway
Chocolate Chips: Safeway

Miscellaneous
Pringles : ok so I’m not sure if these are real?
Almonds: nuts
Mints: online only?
Trident: wtf ew
Marshmallows : campfire brand
Marhmallows: Kraft brand
Pudding: Truth be told, I thought this was Jello at first.
Cream Cheese : I have seen this once at I think Walmart.

Drinks
Milk: Walmart
Soy Milk: I also don’t know if this is true…
Coffee: There are a lot of these so here are a few of them
Grove Square single serves : Cappuccino Pumpkin Spice
San Diego coffee Pumpkin Spice
Zavida Coffee Roasters Pumpkin Spice
Coffee Fool Decafe Pumpkin Spice
Coffee Fool Pumpkin Spice
The Bean Coffee Company Organic Pumpkin Spice
Green Mountain Coffee K-cup Pumpkin Spice
Tea: There are also LOTS of these so here are a few of my personal faves
Celestial Seasonings
Stash
Tim Hortons Just go down and check out all their pumpkin spiced things
Davids Tea They have a wide range of pumpkin spiced teas

Creamer:
Coffee Mate: powder
Delight: individual creamers at Staples was the best price

Beer:
There are WAY too many beers, mostly seasonal, check your local micro breweries for pumpkin spiced beer

 

ALCOHOL

Vodka:
Pinnacle: Not fall enough for them to put the pumpkin things on the website yet, check back though
Pearl : pumpkin spice
Burnettes: Also not fall enough for them, check back

Whiskey:
Spiced Box Rye Whiskey

Rum: 
Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

Liqueur :
Kahlua Pumpkin Spiced

 

Well, I’m 2 pumpkin spiced lattes in, that’s enough of that for the day. I will try and update this list as Pumpkin Spice Season really takes off. I’m sure there are going to a number of items added to the roster this year. Keep an eye out for the updates.

xo.