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.

Hello November

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

October Photo Challenge

October Photo Challenge

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

 

Questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to make a challenge:

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

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

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

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

Tell your friends, post to social media.

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

Enjoy xo.

Ultimate Fall To-Do List

Ultimate Fall To-Do List

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


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

Enjoy xo.

(photos off tumblr)

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.

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

 

Directions


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

Measurements:
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. 

Measurements:
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

Enjoy
xo.

 

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.

 

Directions:

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

 

Measurements:
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.

Enjoy

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

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos (cheap&easy)

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

(based off the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

I don’t know what it is about fall but it always gets me in the mood to try new things in the kitchen. When autumn comes so do yummy veggies. Last night a friend of the family dropped off some fresh little peppers from their garden, and all I could think about what how good they would be wrapped in some bacon and in my belly. Seeing as I am not Martha Stewart and didn’t know a recipe off the top of my head I pretty much sprinted to the computer to get on Pinterest and grab a recipe to put these spicy bacony pieces of heaven in the oven and then into my belly. Once I had a recipe I was off to the grocery store with my list in hand.

Shopping List ( if you are making these from scratch) :
Tin Foil
Toothpicks
Jalapeno Peppers or any kind of pepper your heart desires – I used 12
Cream Cheese – 1 Philly brick
Cheddar Cheese -small brick
Garlic- 1
Paprika – just buy the bag, I’m sure you will use it again.
Baking Rack? ( optional)
Bacon – 1 pack

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Place tin foil down on a cookie sheet. If you’re Martha Stewart and have a baking rack put it on top of the tin foil. If you are not Martha Stewart and don’t care that there is a chance that your bacon might get a bit stuck to the tin foil, cool.

  2. Cut your peppers in half lengthwise; begin your surgery on them. Carefully use your 10 blade- I mean knife ( sorry typing this while watching Grey’s Anatomy) slice out the seeds and the membranes. Set the dissected peppers aside. *Note: Wash Your Hands, hot pepper on fingers and touching your eyes is not fun*

  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the sh*t outta the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and paprika. Add salt.

    Measurements:

    Cream Cheese- 250g which is 1 brick of Philly. If you are Martha Stewart 8oz.
    1 cup Cheddar Cheese.
    ½ teaspoon Paprika.
    1 clove of Garlic- I used 2 because what recipe actually means just 1?
    Salt for taste

  4. Take a spoonful of this dairy free ( just kidding) mixture, and shove it into the halves of the peppers ( make sure you get all the nooks and crannies) that you had set aside. I recommend filling all your peppers and then moving onto the next step. Honestly, don’t stuff one then wrap it in bacon, then do another. Stuff all your papers then move on to the next step.

  5. Now that ALL OF YOUR PEPPERS ARE FILLED. If your peppers are shortcut your bacon in half if they are longer leave your bacon full length. Wrap your peppers with bacon and stab your toothpick through the center to make sure your peppers stay wrapped while in the oven. Ok Martha Stewart, place each pepper on the baking rack. Non-Martha’s put your bacon wrapped pieces of heaven on the tin-foiled up cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the bacon is how you like it. Turn the oven to broil for the last 2 minutes so they have a bit more crispiness to them.

  6. Eat them- take out the toothpicks before inhaling them.

  7. You can keep these in the fridge for around 4 days- I don’t know who is keeping them that long, they are great you will probably eat them all in one go. Also, you can make them in bulk and freeze them.

 

Enjoy
xo.

McDonald’s Nostalgia

Last week I took a small poll on Instagram about what I should write about this week, the response was overwhelming to do another 90s post. So I got to thinking what kind of 90s things have I not written about? I swear at that exact moment my mom texted me from Cali and asked if I knew if McDonald’s still gave out those Halloween buckets ( she had some kind of project in mind… more on that in a later post) BAM BLOG POST IDEA- McDonald’s in the 90s

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Walking into McDonald’s today is NOTHING, emphasize on the NOTHING like it was when I was a little bean. In the 90s walking into those golden arches to me was like walking into Heaven. I honestly thought there was no better place on earth ( until I went to Disneyland…).  The esthetic of the McDonald’s by my house I would describe as pure 90s. Off-white creamy with red highlights, with tacky photos on the wall. Now every McDonalds was a bit different, some I remember being littered with photos of the OG characters.Screenshot 2017-09-24 at 7.03.48 AM Also, some McDonalds had video games in their play places- if you lived by one of these ones I am low key still jealous. Anyways typical 90s McDonalds had these staple very uncomfortable chairs which had french fries and hamburgers these highchairs always lined up ready for battle. Finding yourself in one of those chairs only meant one thing… a happy meal was comin your way.

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Now I remember the typical red boxed happy meals but also the WIDE range of different boxes from Barbie and Hotwheels to Disney and Dinosaurs.

 

In these bad boys you would get your typical toy BUT in the 90s McDonalds periodically stepped up their “toy” game and gave you things like Plates, Glass Mugs, Seasonal things ( these were my fave)

Plates- Hercules… do I even need to say more? There were 6 of them, you know damn well you begged your parents to go there until you got all 6. I’m pretty sure my mom kept these plates until I was like last year. I wish I would have grabbed them, cause I would have put them in my china cabinet.c3723e0c0cb9c6268ba50364337d8ea8

 

Glass Mugs- So I was not a fan of these, mainly because my mom didn’t like me using them. They were heavy and I once dropped one on her foot. My bad. From what I remember there were only 2 types Flintstone and Batman… I might be wrong, but that’s what I remember.

 

Seasonal Toys-

Halloween –  The buckets!!! a 90s child staple. Candy bucket + Cookie cutter. I  don’t even know what else to say about these they were SICK. ( ya I still have one)DvZ1L

At Halloween, there was also there were also nuggets in costume toys and the OG characters in costumes, SO CUTE.

I’m not sure if McDonald’s still does kids coupons but at Halloween and Valentine’s day, I remember distinctly getting coupon packs.

 

Christmas-  101 Dalmation toys that doubled as ornaments. There were TONS of these little guys TONS, growing up in Victoria I remember one year going and looking at the Christmas Tree display event at the Empress Hotel and there was a FULL TREE of these… and it wasn’t sparsely decorated. It was FULL.016-101-dalmatians-1076467

Disney boxed toys- so older Disney movies got their toys given out in cute little boxes that looked the VHS’s. I loved these!!$_1

I hope you enjoyed this blog… If you remember these things or have more to add, comment below and let me bask in the nostalgia of 90s McDonalds!!! – also if you want me to do a full blog on 90s McDonalds toys…. 

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.