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 Wish

Disclaimer: These are my thoughts on wish, no one elses.

Lately, I have been seeing an abundance of posts on all different social media platforms about an app called Wish. Incase you don’t know what Wish is here is the rundown. Wish is a mobile e-commerce application based out of San Francisco.  They are currently the 6th largest e-commerce company in the world. According to the Google Play and iTunes descriptions:

Over 300 million people use Wish to get trending items for 50-80% cheaper than what you’d pay at your local mall. Join them and get the hottest products at incredible prices delivered directly to your door. Wish is the #1 shopping mall in Europe and North America, allowing you to browse a worldwide selection of trending fashion, accessories, and electronics directly at your fingertips.”

Basically, its an app and website marketplace where you can find millions of “trendy” items for extremely low prices. Items have shipping times over 3+ weeks and the quality is questionable. I am not a newb on this site. I have been a member since 2015 and ordered TONS of items.


Not until recently did I see the ads for Wish everywhere accompanied by Youtube Videos and Instagram post titled things like “ My $100 Wish Haul” and “ How I got Scammed by Wish”.  I couldn’t help but ask WTF is happening here and why I am seeing so many Wish things? So I did what any millennial would do I headed to Google and found out right quick what the dealio was. I found a ton of articles about how Wish has spent MILLIONS of dollars on advertising in the last year or so.  What was once my guilty online shopping pleasure is now a multimillion dollar company.

After reading a lot of articles and watching a LOT of YouTube videos I realised there are a lot of misconceptions about Wish out there and this is my opinion on them:

Read an article: People are shitting on this app/website about how “Obviously”  Wish is a huge sweatshop that clearly pays its employees crap?

Wish is a marketplace- just like Amazon. Vendors create accounts and sell their items on this site. Wish doesn’t produce items.  

YouTube: Shit quality Items- I was scammed.

You paid under $10 for an article of clothing- WHY are you complaining? Did you think that it was going to be runway ready?

YouTube: My items are not what they showed?

Ya, this pissed me off too, but I have learned though that if you swipe over the product images you can normally see uploaded photos from customers who have bought the item before you.

Read an article: Shipping is where they get you!!!

Ya shipping prices on this site suck balls, but remember it’s normally coming from China so to make up for the like $1 you paid for a normally $40 item they need to make up for it somewhere- I guess.

There are so many more comments I could agree and disagree with- SO MANY.

 I feel that Wish is such a good alternative for people who can’t afford to shop at high-end shops all the time.  I don’t have a problem spending my money on this platform at all. Another nice thing about Wish is they sell a large variety of items- I tried to order things from every category before posting this so I could really give a good review of the app/website. So now for my reviews!!

As said previously they sell a wide variety of items which they place in the following categories: Makeup & Beauty, Gadgets, Tops, Hobbies, Home Decor, Bottoms, Wallets & Bags, Baby & Kids, Watches, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Shoes, Underwear. (I only bought things that I know I would use so I skipped some categories)

 

Gadgets:

Dual Port Micro SD/SDXC TF To Compact Flash CF Type- works perfectly way 
3.5mm Flash for Phone- exactly as the photo showed, works great.
GoPro case- way smaller than I expected, does work and good material
Camera strap- awesome! Good material exactly like photos
Pop sockets- perfect. Weird note: they keep being taken off the site then put back on.

 

 

 

Makeup & Beauty

Halloween Pallet/ Facepaint- surprisingly awesome paint and good size.
Cream Contour Pallet- Perfect, exactly as shown

(** I use these all the time and have ordered them multiple times, sorry for the used ones I am waiting on new ones in the mail**)

 

 

Stationary :

HP Planner- way smaller than I expected, but still exactly as described.
Stickers- amazing, great selection and all good condition.

(** The Notebook has different photos printed on pages & The Stickers are always all different I have ordered these a couple different times to check and I have only received maybe 7 repeats which is INSANE**)

 

 

 

 

Tops:

Dresses- cheaper materials, not as shown, but still wearable.
Alice in Wonderland Shirt- bathing suit like stretchy material, rides up when wearing, at type home shirt
Batman Shirt-bathing suit like stretchy material rides up when wearing, at type home shirt

(** the dresses are not pictured only because I have lent them both to a friend for a wedding.**)

 

Bottoms-      

Batman Leggings- bathing suit like material
Alice in Wonderland Leggings- bathing suit like material
Batman Skirt- bathing suit like material a little thicker than the others

Jewelry( old category) :

Mad hatter necklace- shit metal martial, turns neck green. Great for one day wears.
World Watch with Airplane- cheap material, no battery.
Airplane bracelet- awesome love it. Wear all the time.

 

This website/app is definitely buyer beware. I recommend trying it out and giving it your own opinion since you can see based on my reviews items are very hit and miss. Just remember that shipping can be pretty pricey and items can take a LONG time to get to you. 

All items I mentioned in this review are linked here:
Flash
Go Pro Case
CF Adapter
Camer Strap 
Pop Sockets
Halloween Pallet
Cream Contour
Harry Potter Planner
Stickers

Dresses—> both the dresses I bought are no longer listed I will edit this post when I get them back and post photos.
Alice Shirt
Batman Shirt
Alice Leggings
Batman Leggings
Batman Skirt
Mad Hatter Necklace
Airplane Watch
Airplane Bracelet

 

xo.

Study Tips 101

Oh look, another study tips list! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE helpful tips to make long nights of cramming easier. So I will most likley keep making these types of Study Tips 101 posts until the day I die… or grauduate university- whichever comes first.

Cut out irrelevant tasks

In middle school and high school, it was instilled in you that you need to have the date and your name in the top corner. The title needed to be on its own line underlined in a different colour pen. This is not the case for your notes. Unless you are a Tumblr Study Blog your notes only need to be legible to you. No need to date them, title them, put your name on them save some time and space by only writing down the relevant information to your studying needs.

Another habit to get into is do not write down the things you already know, focus on the items you don’t understand for example:

If A+B=C and you already know what A and B are and how to get them there is no need to write in your notes A= blah blah, get it blah blah blah, just write the equation.

Highlighting without cause. If you find yourself highlighting things without even thinking STOP.  Chances are you probably don’t know it. Stop write down this information, reread it figure out the problem, say it out loud, understand it. Then the next time you study it go back and highlight it.

Speed up where you can

Besides the obvious of not making your notes look like they are going to be displayed in a museum.  Go look at your computer.  Is there anything you could be doing to it to make it run faster for you? Taking off irrelevant browser extensions, updates, using different programs to type out notes etc. Other things you can do are look at using applications on your computer to block out social media ( or websites you chose) so you only focus on studying. ( see blog post).

 

Figure out what is the best time for YOU to study

This is something that is different for everyone. Think about if you are a morning bird or a night owl. Now think about when you are the most productive and have the most energy. A good way to figure this out is to try studying at different times throughout the day you will be able to easily see when you are the most productive. There are tons of studies out there that show when the best time is to study but remember this is different for everyone. You might be a morning bird with tons of energy in the a.m but are the most productive at night or you could be like me and have your golden hours of productivity be in the afternoon.  I loathe studying at night.  

Another thing to factor in is if you are better at studying certain things with others. I suck at math so when I have to study for any type of math exam I try and meet up with someone so we can tackle problems together.  Also, most universities offer peer tutors in different subjects so at the beginning of the semester it’s a good idea to check in with the peer tutors to see if there is one for what you know you will need help in.

Make Studying Competitive

Ways to motivate yourself fall into two categories: motivation that acts as a reward once you’ve done something, and motivation that makes the actual doing of the thing more fun.

Majority of the studying tips you will find online will fall into the first category – which might be after 1 hour of studying you reward yourself with something, after finishing an assignment you go out and grab a beer etc. These methods accept that studying isn’t fun, and provide a way for you to make it up to yourself afterward. NO GOOD.

More effective for working harder, though, are means of motivating yourself to enjoy the work you’re doing more. This one is tricky, if you are in a course that you excel at you can ask your prof to give you the past exam averages to motivate yourself to be in the top percentile, you can motivate yourself by being so well versed in the subject you hold a study group for peers in your class.

Collect small tasks to do when you have time

Studying is time-consuming, FACT. Sometimes it works out where you have a small amount of time over a few days to sit down and study. Having a game plan for these small chunks of time is crucial. I find the easiest way to do this is to make a list of things to do while studying. This depends on the subject you are studying of course but it can be as simple as: write out 20/100 Cue Cards, Read 3 Pages from the text, Work on 2/10 Physics problems. If you have your planning done it will cut down on wasted time when studying for short periods.

 

That concludes this episode of Study Tips 101 for November. Be on the lookout for another Study Tips 101 next month lol.
xo.

** all photos  used in this post are off WeHeartit
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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.

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.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ6olN
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x7t41T
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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.

 

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

 

5 Student Hacks

I’m a sucker for a good list of hacks, what I can’t stand is a list of 15+ hacks in which only like one of them is useful to the reader. So when I come across a good hack for a topic i stash it in a journal until I have at least 5 that I can compile and share. SInce its a few weeks into the uni semester ( at my school anyways<) I thought this might be the perfect time for some of these since papers are due and midterms might be coming up for some people.  So without further ado here is a list of 5 things that I have found super helpful- except for the last one… cause as you will read I actually haven’t done that one.

1a. Slide for That
If you find that you are having a hard time reading 50+ pages of text to try and understand a concept try typing your SUBJECT + “filetype:ppt” into google instead. This will bring up free lecture slides online.

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1b. Online Textbooks?
Not going to lie, I have only had success with this around 50% of the time. You can google the name of your class textbook + “filetype:pdf” and it might come up. This can save you some money, or if the full textbook isn’t online but some chapters are it can save you lugging around a huge book.

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2. Citations
Citations are a b*tch, let’s just come out and say it. I am one of those people who will do a bunch of research and just copy and paste links into a blank doc, then when I am done I will go back and cite my paper off those links. I found out the hard way that that sometimes does not work. So I had to take get help with citations a few semesters ago, and one kind loving soul told me about these to help:

CiteThisForMe: this site allows for many different types of citations, as well as offers an add-on for your browser + word add-on + PLAGIARISM checker!!!

CitationMachine : this site allows you to make your own citations by simply plugging in the information you used. Example: If you used an article online you plug in the web address and it takes all the relevant information and makes your citation… It’s magic.

 

3. Scholar
Google Scholar saved my sanity! It’s the easiest database to use EVER. What is is you ask? Its google but when you search for it, it only brings up published papers and articles that you can actually use in your papers. As well as when you click on one of the links that come up you can get the citations from it + find related articles + quote it. AMAZING.

 

4. Focus Child
Sometimes it’s hard to sit at a computer for a few hours and really buckle down on homework when you would rather be scouring the internet for cute kitten photos. Thankfully there are many in-browser add-ons you can get to allow you to actually stay focused:

Chrome: StayFocused
Firefox: LeechBlock
Safari: Mindful Browsing.

 

5. Pocket Points

Ok, so this one is new to me. It’s an app that allows you to earn points for major retailers by keeping your phone locked during class time? If you are in University in the USA this is readily available to you already if you are one of the listed schools. Unfortunately, my school isn’t there but I have submitted it to take part.

 

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(photo:https://pocketpoints.com/how)

There are tons of different hack lists out there, but these are some hacks that I used almost daily. So I hope that they are helpful to someone out there. Also, if anyone has had success with Pocket Points, please let me know about your experience with it!
xo.