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.

Winter Essential Oil Scents

Essential oils are my jam.  I love a good blend, especially a good winter essential oils blend. There is something about Peppermint, Spruce, Fir, Eucalyptus that puts me in a cheerful mood. Everyone knows a cheerful mood makes dealing with crowded malls packed full of shoppers just a little bit more manageable. As well as, cheerful moods make cold winter days just that much more bearable.

Over the past couple months, I have collected oils from a few different brands while trying to figure out which brand was the best for me.  I did this by contacting local distributors of oil companies- thankfully the majority of them are in the form of a pyramid scheme so it’s easy to track down distributors to get some samples or just singular bottles. Some I did have to be bought online.  (YoungLiving, DoTerra I grabbed from some local distributors & ArtNaturals I bought online- they are still my fave oil company)

There seemed to be a lot of success and sharing of the Fall Blends post I wrote about my fave oils to diffuse in the Fall ( see that post here) So I thought why not do the same for winter?! So here we are. Without more rambles here’s the list:

Snow Day

2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Orange

Candy Cane

3 drops Lavender
2 drops Orange
1 drop Thieves
2 drops Cedarwood

Woods

4 drops Cedarwood
4 drops Pine
3 drops Spruce

Christmas Morning

5 drops Spruce
3 drops Orange
2 drops Peppermint
1 drops Frankincense

Winter Evening

3 drops Balsam Fir
2 drops Frankincense
1 drop Grapefruit

Wonderland

4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Cypress

If you are looking for a good diffuser there are TONS out there. I currently use one from ArtNaturals which can be found –> HERE. It is a small one that has a timer and lights up. This one is perfect for my bedroom as it does a great job at spreading the scent all around. For our rumpus room, we use a larger one that can be found –> HERE.

Hopefully, this list helps some people make their homes smell like holiday cheer

xo.

 

 

 

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
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

 

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
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

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
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

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
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

 

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
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

 

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
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

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
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

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

Well-Being

With school being back in session, it’s easy to get super caught up in the swing of things. So much so that your mental health and well-being kind of just slips away. I decided to share a few things that I have incorporated into my life to help with this situation we call life. This is by no mean a cure to anything so don’t take it that way, it’s just one broke girls perspective on how to make subtle changes in your life instead of having to save up for therapy, liposuction, and whatever else will help cure the list of things that I believe are wrong with me… So here it goes:

Infused Water– So I never drink water, trust me I know how bad this is my skin informs me all the time of that. So I started reading about all the benefits of A. just water in general, and B. fruits in water… if you want to read that article it’s right hereinfued.jpg

Now I wasn’t a fan of the recipes they gave on this website, so I searched the internet AKA a I went to Pinterest, check the photo for my faves.

None of these recipes are my own so please don’t write me up for a copy right violation. This is just a small list of the waters that you can make. All you have to do it type in “infused water” into Pinterest and you’ll hit the jackpot. Just a heads up though if you plan on drinking these waters be sure to do the research on what the benefits are and what the water is meant to do. I had a very bad experience with a certain Orange-Blueberry-Mint water, which I thought would be fine to take to a uni class with me, but little to my knowledge it was a detox flush water. It was meant to be drank at home, alone.

Teas– I am a huge fan of drinking 600 coffees a day. Realizing how with combined with the no water drinking situation how bad this is for me I resorted to only drinking 300 coffees and mainly before 3:00 pm ( unless I have an exam or need to cram then I’ll take my extra 300 coffee after 3:00 pm thank you very much), but in all honestly tea also has a lot of benefits and as I have learned can very much so relax, calm, and sooth you ( hi, I’m Gillian and actual 80 year lady, trapped in a 20 something-year-old body) There is a super hand graph/photo/thing I found to help guide me to which teas do what see here…da9f74d2c3349d62b0de7ab0197b16b1

Like any other thing in the world I have my fave teas but currently, I am a sucker for Stash Dessert Teas – My local grocery store doesn’t have them all so I order them online from Amazon click here to do the same.Screenshot 2017-09-08 at 3.02.19 PM
Davids Tea is also the bomb.com for teas, loose leaf is all I drink while at school. They have way too many flavors for me to list, but I’m a sucker for their Movie Night Tea. If you are a fan of loose leaf tea look at this cute little infuser eeeeek! Buy him HERE

 

Essential Oils- I am new to these, as in I don’t actually have a diffuser yet, but the amount of energy I have spent researching essential oils is kind of insane, instead of writing a whole post on the benefits I will link a pretty sweet list I found HERE. I have scoured the internet to what is a good diffuser to get and where to get it etc. Young Living keeps coming up and I have 100% thought about joining but I am leaning more towards trying out the oils before signing up. So I found this one. My hopes for oils are on the line of soothing anxiety, aiding sleep, and improving my overall well-being. This is the setup I have been looking at- buy it HERE
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Smoothies– I am not a huge breakfast time eater. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE BREAKFAST FOOD, just not right when I wake up. I’m a coffee gal. Wake up, whisp on some mascara, fill up an oversized mug full of that sweet bean water and call it a morning routine for me. 78483ace8d688a58cee0c3eeeaab33f8Until I got into the world of smoothies. I still drink my coffee, but now I pair it with a colourful smoothing to balance everything out. Smoothies are also one of those things that have a MILLION benefits depending on what you throw into your blender. I have been pretty stuck on my fruit smoothies, but there are tons of combinations to chose from, so find one that’s good for you and drink up 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, and use something on it to help your own well being 🙂

xo.

5 Podcasts for Millennials

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Podcasts saved my life. Seriously. I used to spend hours looking on YouTube trying to find the “perfect video” to put on in the background while I “get things done”. It always ended the same, me sitting on the couch watching the videos I had chosen then I would fall into the deep dark hole that is known as Recommended Videos. With a podcast it takes out the visual part, and the searching part. Instead, you find a topic you like or person you enjoy listening to hit play and you’re off to the races. I normally throw on a podcast when I’m on my way to go somewhere while cleaning my place, or when I’m avoiding homework. In this blog, i’ll share some of my FAVORITE podcasts.

1. My FAVORITE MURDER: This podcast is a true crime comedy theme by Karen and Georgia. The cover day to day things like that every millennial will find relatable ( Taco Tuesdays, Avocado Toast, etc) then go on to talk about a murder that they find fascinating. This podcast will lead to many in depth google searches about murders so be prepared.

2. STUFF MOM NEVER TOLD YOU: This podcast covers it all. I love this podcast because it covers all those awkward questions that you might be afraid to ask someone because it’s something you should already know. This podcast also discusses things we are all thinking like why are nipples such a big deal and WTF is going on with Miley Cyrus.

3. JENNA & JULIEN: This podcast is hosted by couple Jenna Marbles and Julien Solomita. Being a twenty-something-year-old, I still spend my Wednesday/Thursday mornings watching Jenna Marbles videos on YouTube. Her significant-otter Julien is a crazy videographer who also has a YouTube Channel on which he vlogs. The pair together hosts this amazing podcast that covers EVERYTHING. Just click and watch, get lost in the awesomeness.

4. NOT TOO DEEP: Hosted by the MOST-RELATABLE girl on the internet Grace Helbig. She interviews a wide range of guest stars, where she and they just shoot the sh*t. It’s full of unfiltered amazingness. As Grace is not afraid to ask anything on her mind this podcast normally gets so many different opinions and views on everyday topics.

5. MILLENNIAL PODCAST: This podcast is another one that allows you to learn things that people never taught you growing up. This podcast is hosted by Megan Tan, who is another extremely relatable woman just trying to navigate through this thing called life. I found this podcast when I was trying to kind of find myself and I have never looked back, she is amazing. My recommendation for this podcast is that you start at her #1 because its a serialized situation.

 

xo.