New Year, New me?

I am one of those people who is HUGE on resolutions when a New Year rolls around. I don’t like to just have one HUGE one though, I like to break my resolutions down into many aspects of my life. I would rather have a list of smaller resolutions to maintain than one big one which I am bound to fail at keeping. Each Year I make a list that has some resolutions that are devised from different aspects of my life. These are some past years:


2016: Drink more water, take better care of my heart, save at least $2000, moisturize, keep a dream journal, set a sleep schedule Mon-Friday

2017: Stop lying to myself about things no matter the size. Take better care of my teeth. Keep in better contact with my family, use my gym membership at least once a week. Try and save at least $3000. Don’t make any decisions while upset, sleep on it.

For 2018 I had a very quiet New Years. I rang it in on sleeping on the couch watching Netflix. I did, however, make a huge list of things that I wanted to accomplish in 2018 in different areas of my life so here it is :

Of course, these are just a guideline and I don’t expect I will achieve every single one of them. It is nice though having a fall backlist of things to improve and add to my daily to-do list. Making these resolutions is absolutely free. What are some of your resolutions? and How do you plan on achieving them this year? Let me know in the comments below!!



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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!



October Movies

October Movie Lists

Fall is here, which means all the typical Halloween movies are going to start showing up on tv and Netflix. Theatres will also be packed with new release horror movies.  I toyed with the idea of doing a review a day of the horror movies of 2016-2017 but kiboshed that idea when remembered how much fun I had doing the horror-movie-a-day last October ( that list can be found here). I decided to put together a calendar of my fave cult classics, creepy thrillers


1.House of 1000 Corpses 2. Poltergeist 3.The Babadook 4.Hellraiser 5.Rosemary’s Baby 6.Children of the Corn 7.The Fly 8.The Silence of the Lambs 9. Psycho 10. The Thing 11. Evil Dead 12. Night of the Living Dead 13. Friday the 13th ( on Friday the 13th- creepy) 14. The Descent 15. The Omen 16. The Cloth 17. It 18.The Shinning 19. It Follows 20. Carrie 21. The Sixth Sense 22. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 23. Nosferatu 24. The Ring 25. Saw 26. Conjuring 27. The Exorcist 28. Insidious 29. Drag me to Hell 30. Nightmare on Elm Street 31. Halloween



If you are not a horror movie junkie don’t worry I got you covered too. Here is a calendar of 30 Halloween themed movies just for you.  This is a list of mixed movies from kids movies to semi-horror films, with a couple cult classics thrown in. There are some on here that are NOT child-friendly so I would recommend reading up on some of these before watching with little ones. Enjoy xo.

1.Corpse Bride 2. Dark Shadows 3. E.T. 4. Witches of Eastwick 5. Earnest Scared Stupid 6. Addams Family 7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 8. Ghostbusters 9. The Haunted Mansion 10. Lost Boys 11. Tower of Terror 12. Sleepy Hollow 13. Nightmare Before Christmas 14. Zombieland 15. Death Becomes Her 16. Caroline 17. Beautiful Creatures 18. Scream 19. Donnie Darko 20. I know what you did last summer 21. Casper 22. Edward Scissorhands 23. ParaNorman 24. Scream Team 25. The Little Vampire 26. The Craft 27. Halloweentown 28. Buffy 29. Beetlejuice 30. Hocus Pocus


Fall Sweet Treats

Day 2: Fall Sweet Treats.

To me Fall begins sometime in September when something inside me screams USE YOUR KITCHEN AID MIXER AND BAKE SOMETHING!! and pretty much the first day its overcast in September. Everything about Fall makes me happy temperature changing, the colours, scarfs-boots-sweaters, the thought of Halloween, PSL etc. Pretty much every September I start my Fall season with the same type of recipe: dessert bread. This year was no different I was conflicted between an Apple Bread and a Banana Nutmeg bread but once I got to the grocery store and I saw apples on sale, it was game on. 

** also I lay my recipes out a bit differently- just in case you’re new here… there is a shopping list at the beginning and then the measurements are mixed in with the directions so you don’t have to scroll up and down to figure things out… 

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Shopping list from scratch:
Flour – 1 small bag
Brown Sugar- 1 small bag
Baking Powder- You most likely have a small canister in your cupboard ( yellow&brown label says MAGIC on it) if not buy it.
Baking soda- dollar store Arm&Hammer
Cinnamon- dollar store
Ground ginger- dollar store
Nutmeg- dollar store
Eggs- buy however many you actually need for day to day things, you will need 2 for this
Vanilla- mine is from Mexico, but I’m sure they sell it here lol… try the dollar store
Veg Oil- small thing
Greek Yoghurt- 1 tubby tub
Apples- I have tried making this with many types of apples, just buy the ones you like… if you’re going to be a smart ass and try using Crabbe apples or something- just make sure you have about the amount of 3 normal sized apples lol
Tin Foil
Loaf Pan



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease up a loaf pan.
2. Whisk together your dry ingredients:

3 cups plain/all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3. Whisk together the wet things. Add the dry ingredients, and the apple chunks, and mix until just combined. Do NOT over-mix. 

2 large eggs room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 (180 ml) cup vegetable oil
1 and 1/2 cups greek yogurt
3 apples peeled and chopped into small cubes

4. Pour the batter into the greasy loaf pan 

5. Put in oven, set a timer for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes you are going to want to cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for another 30 ish minutes. Check with a knife of some sort to make sure it’s fully cooked ( I have made this recipe more times than I can count and sometimes its 1 hour sometimes is 1.5 hours, sometimes 50 minutes…  )

6. When fully cooked Allow it to cool down- I would let it cool down completely, but you do you honeyboo



So being the typical white girl that I am, I LOVE me a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. One major problem though- I’m lactose intolerant. Which most places are fine making a drink dairy free, but it seems to always be for a cost… like sorry my body can’t digest properly, but I don’t want to pay an extra 75cents for you to use soy/almond or god forbid $1.50 for coconut at some stores! So I resorted to the interwebs to find an at-home recipe for the perfect dairy free PSL. This is a combination of 3 recipes that I found.


Dairy Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte ( a broke girls version of the sacred PSL)


Shopping List from scratch:
Pumpkin puree- 1 can ( dollar store)
Pumpkin Spice- This can be tricky to find in October
Almond/Soy/Coconut Milk- whatever floats your boat ( almond is my go too)
Vanilla- 1 bottle ( dollar store)
Maple Syrup- 1 bottle
Coffee or Espresso- make whatever you have at home.

** notes about shopping list you can substitute:
plain maple syrup for a flavored one ( I have used blueberry syrup -delicious)
pumpkin pie spice for 1/2 teaspoon + pinch nutmeg+ pinch of clove
If you get a vanilla flavored almond milk only you will only need about half the vanilla.



1. In an itty bitty pan/pot heat up the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract & spices over medium-low heat.


3 tablespoons pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice- or– 1/2 teaspoon + pinch nutmeg+ pinch of clove
2 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


**Stir constantly to combine well & prevent from burning. Warm for 1-2 minutes.


2. Turn heat to around Medium and add 2 cups of the Milk of your choice. Whish it for around 3 minutes, until its all hot but NOT boiling







3. Put it in a blender, and blend it on HIGH for 1-2 minutes- it will be smooth and it will make the milk froth.

4. Add 1/2 cup of Coffee or 1/4 cup Espresso to a mug and pour your blended pumpkin mix on top of it.



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

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











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

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

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.




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



Lip Balms because pumpkin spiced kisses seem nice right?
Burts Bee: classic ( fyi 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



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

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
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.

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

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

Triscuit: Walmart, Safeway
Belvita: Walmart

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

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.

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
Tim Hortons Just go down and check out all their pumpkin spiced things
Davids Tea They have a wide range of pumpkin spiced teas

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

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



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

Spiced Box Rye Whiskey

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.