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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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 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.

8 Apps that Pay You

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

xo.

Basic B*tches Guide to Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING

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

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HOME THINGS

 

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

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

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

BEAUTY

 

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

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

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

FOOD

 

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

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

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

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

Crackers
Triscuit: Walmart, Safeway
Belvita: Walmart

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

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

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

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

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

 

ALCOHOL

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

Whiskey:
Spiced Box Rye Whiskey

Rum: 
Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

Liqueur :
Kahlua Pumpkin Spiced

 

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

xo.