12 Top Books Of 2017

12 Top Books Of 2017

I haven’t had much time for reading lately.

But, it’s one of the things I really want to start doing again this year! So, I’ve been looking up tons of reads and a lot of sites have concluded that these are the best 12 books to start with!

  1. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
  2. Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
  3. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  4. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
  5. The Rules Don’t Apply by Ariel Levy
  6. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro
  7. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
  8. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  9. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
  10. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
  11. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
  12. Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Since my birthday is coming up I thought you might want to join me in buying and reading a few of these?! Also I’m thinking of starting a book club. Thoughts on that?

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Girls, Start Investing!

Girls, Start Investing!

I just noticed this post by the Career Contessa.

And I thought Kathleen made a lot of good points.

First off, she points out that you can and should give yourself a raise without working more.


By investing.

As Kathleen writes “For every dollar you put in a 401(k), mutual fund, or stock, you’re planning long-term—watching your money grow while you’re off growing your career. “

While this seems like a pretty commonsense thing to do, apparently research shows that females aren’t investing at the same rate men are. Even though also statistically female investors earn higher returns than men… pretty strange right?

As a female who has always been interested in investing, it struck me as odd that there is such a thing as an “investor” gap between the genders.

We all need to live our best life after retirement and we need to make sure we have the funds to do so!

As Kathleen points out and I’ve personally experienced, the best way to invest is to get a good mixture of stocks, bonds, and cash.  It’s also best to find a financial advisor so you can make sure to invest wisely and spread your funds appropriately amongst these options.

Now in Kathleen’s article she mentions finding a female advisor and recommends using an advisor geared towards women’s needs.  Frankly, I don’t think that’s particularly necessary.  And you definitely shouldn’t wait to find a female advisor to start prioritizing your financial goals.

So what’s a girl to do instead?

Research the best local advisors and make an appointment to go talk with one. Or, if you’re in college see if there are any free campus resources available for you.

And-never think that just because you’re young you have time to spare before you start planning your retirement!

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Netflix: What’s Leaving (and Coming) In October

Netflix: What’s Leaving (and Coming) In October

I’m not going to lie, as much as I like to pretend I’m different, I’m as addicted to Netflix as every other Millennial on the planet.

So of course I like to keep my eye on what’s coming to Netflix and what’s leaving for the new month.  I recently stumbled on this post from Bustle which laid it out for me (I’ll lay it out for you below).

To be completely honest, there aren’t many shows I’m super sad are leaving in October, but there are several I’m excited are coming.

For instance, Miss Congeniality which comes out October 1st and Stranger Things Season 2 which comes out October 27th are both on my list of must watches for October.  Along with any Halloween show that sparks my fancy (obviously).

Here’s the full list of what’s coming…

Available October 1

    88 Minutes

    A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song Before Midnight

    Blood Diamond

    Boogie Nights

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Cleverman, Season 2

    Death Sentence

    Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

    Eagle vs. Shark

    Eyes Wide Shut

    Generation Iron 2

    Ghost Patrol

    I Love You, Man

    Ice Guardians

    Lockup: Disturbing the Peace, Collection 1

    Made of Honor

    Miss Congeniality


    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

    Must Love Dogs

    Never Let Me Go

    No Reservations


    PJ Masks, Season 1

    Set Up

    The Reaping

    Tokyo Idols

    Tommy Boy



Available October 2

    Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

    Sleeping with Other People

Available October 3

    13 Demons

    Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth (Netflix Original)

    Cult Of Chucky

    The Survivalist

Available October 4


Available October 5

    Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen), Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Schitt’s Creek, Season 3

    The Fosters, Season 5

Available October 6

    ID-0, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Skylanders Academy, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

    Suburra, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix Original)

    Word Party, Season 3 (Netflix Original)

Available October 7

    Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life

    Middle Man

Available October 10

    Christina P: Mother Inferior (Netflix Original)

    The Skyjacker’s Tale

Available October 11

    Donnie Darko


Available October 11

    Fe de etarras (Netflix Original Film)

Available October 13

    El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial (Netflix Original)

    Kingdom of Us (Netflix Original)

    MINDHUNTER, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Super Monsters, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    The Babysitter (Netflix Original Film)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix Original)

    Voltron: Legendary Defender, Season 4 (Netflix Original)

Available October 15

    Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

    LEGO: City, Season 1



    She Makes Comics

    West Coast Customs, Season 6

Available October 17

    Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (Netflix Original)

    Slasher: Guilty Party (Netflix Original)

Available October 19

    Wedding Unplanned

Available October 20

    1922 (Netflix Original Film)

    Haters Back Off, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

    One of Us (Netflix Original)

    Smurfs: The Lost Village

    The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story (Netflix Original)

    Wheelman (Netflix Original Film)

Available October 23

    Meet the Robinsons

    While We’re Young

Available October 24

    Wanted, Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Wanted, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

    The Mist

Available October 25

    The Hateful Eight

    The Final Master

    La Querida del Centauro, Season 2

Available October 26

    Strange Weather

Available October 27

    Stranger Things, Season 2 (Netflix Original)


    Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Netflix Original)

Available October 28

    Pup Star: Better 2Gether

Available October 30

    Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States (Netflix Original)

Available October 31

    Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Season 1 (Netflix Original)


Also The Full List Of What’s Leaving…

Leaving October 1

    30 Rock, Seasons 1 – 7

    A Love in Times of Selfies

    Across the Universe

    Barton Fink


    Big Daddy


    Cradle 2 the Grave

    Crafting a Nation

    Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

    Daddy’s Little Girls

    Dark Was the Night

    David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates, Season 1

    Day of the Kamikaze

    Death Beach

    Dowry Law

    Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

    Friday Night Lights, Seasons 1 – 5


    Happy Feet

    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison




    Love Actually

    Malcolm in the Middle, Seasons 1 – 7

    Max Dugan Returns


    Million Dollar Baby

    Mortal Kombat

    Mr. 3000

    Mulholland Dr.

    My Father the Hero

    My Name Is Earl, Seasons 1 – 4

    One Tree Hill, Seasons 1 – 9


    Picture This

    Prison Break, Seasons 1 – 4

    The Bernie Mac Show, Seasons 1 – 5

    The Shining

    The Wonder Years, Seasons 1 – 6


Leaving October 19

    The Cleveland Show, Seasons 1 – 4

Leaving October 21

    Bones, Seasons 5 – 11

Leaving October 27

    Lie to Me, Seasons 2 – 3

    Louie, Seasons 1 – 5

    Hotel Transylvania 2

Leaving October 29

    Family Guy, Seasons 9 – 14

I’m getting ready for the pumpkin spice latte Netflix splurges. I hope you guys will join me!

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Oil Cleansers

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Oil Cleansers

I recently ran across this post by Fashionista.


It’s all about using oil cleanser.


Now, if you’ve never used oil cleanser before, the theory behind it is that instead of stripping your face of its natural oils, you’re cleansing the old oils away and replacing them with clean fresh oils.


This method is supposed to keep your skin acne free, moisturized and healthy.



Obviously this is a simplified explanation of how it works in its entirety… and many people use oil cleaners simply to remove their makeup and then finish with a face wash instead of using only the oil-only method. But this post is more about why you shouldn’t be buying oil cleansers, than about how the oil cleansing method works.


Before I get into this article much further, I think it’s important to point out that I tried using this method as a primary cleanser for about two years and I personally didn’t see any amazing benefits.  In fact, my skin got progressively worse and I got my first ever permanent pock-type scar while using the oil cleansing method.


I can’t contribute the oil cleansing method itself to my skin though, since I also was eating HORRIBLY at this time and I think the amount of sugar I was consuming would have caused some bad skin issues by itself.


One thing I learned throughout my oil cleansing era was that most commercial oil cleanser is a complete and total rip off which is why you shouldn’t buy it!


Let me explain.


A bottle of cleansing oil, like Shu Uemura Porefinist- the oil being promoted in the Fashionista post is available in 150 ml for $34 or 450 ml for $70.


I, like many people, spent hundreds of dollars on oil cleansers my first year doing oil cleansing.  When I started really researching it though, I found out that you can make your own oil cleaners for a LOT cheaper.


And they have a lot healthier ingredients (no palmatates or strange esters)!


Now be prepared for the shock… all you need to make your own cleansing oil (that’s a lot healthier for your skin) is some oil.


Depending on your skin type, different oils might work better (or worse) for you.  But the great thing about making your own oil blends is that you can figure out what works best for you!


The oil combinations I made myself were by far the best that I used during my time with oil cleansing.  Especially when I figured out what I liked.


I’ve used many different oil combinations, but The Oil Cleansing Method suggests the following:


Acne Prone Skin

20% castor oil

40% high linoleic sunflower oil

40% grapeseed oil


Normal Skin

20% castor oil

80% high linoleic sunflower oil


Dry Skin

10% castor oil or less for dry skin.

30% high linoleic sunflower oil

60% avocado oil


Aging Skin

10% castor oil

10% high linoleic sunflower oil

40% evening primrose oil

40% rosehip seed oil


Financially this is a lot cheaper too!


For instance to buy the ingredients for normal skin it would cost you right around $14 for this organic castor oil (32 Oz) and $10.45 for this sunflower seed oil (4 Oz).

450 ml (what you get for $70 of premade oil) is equal to just around 14.22 ounces.  For $24.45 you could get 36 ounces of oil.

Obviously, the price will vary based on what you decide to buy, but to break it down further.


The Shu Uemura Porefinist is around $4.92 per ounce


The  castor oil and sunflower oil would be around 68 cents per ounce.


That means you could use 7 times more oil for the same price as the premade oils.


If you’re not sure what’s going to work for you, you can also try sample sized oil sets before buying large containers. This is an example of a set I found on Amazon.


Once you get the oil all you have to do is measure out the proper proportions and store it in a dark glass bottle.  I prefer one with a dropper because I find it to be less messy!


Good luck on your new oil adventures!

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Adulting Is Hard … Or Is It?

Adulting Is Hard … Or Is It?

So can we be real here for a minute? Adulting is hard.

I had my life together more in high school than I do as a full blown adult.


Not a single clue!

Ironically, once I hit my early twenties I had a really hard time wanting to continue being an adult. It’s just really not fun sometimes.

I mean the paperwork, paying bills, working and of course the absolute worst- making your own doctors’ appointments.

Clearly I’m being a bit dramatic, but there is some truth to it, isn’t there?

We fight our entire teenage years to be independent and then wake up one day with the flu 5000 miles from home and realize that mom isn’t there to buy some generic 7UP or make chicken bouillon cube soup.

Another way to start rapidly falling down the “I dislike being an adult” hole, is to get a job that you REALLY hate. Been there done that, and I honestly had moments where I questioned what the purpose of life was.  After all, the majority of my existence was spent at a place that was a living hell.

What’s funny is my entire perception of adulthood changed nearly overnight when I saw a woman who owned her imperfections perfectly.

I actually saw this woman everyday for two years, but I never talked to her. She was the professor of anthropology at my college and every morning we passed on the sidewalk.  As I crawled to my 6:30 AM science labs barely awake, she would be walking confidently to her office ready to seize the day.  I knew her routine was to get up at 5 AM, go to the gym, and then head to her office to get her work started before the sun was up.  She was one of those people who owned a room without trying and eluded confidence and put-togetherness.  One of those people that made you feel special, and small at the same time.

I’ll never forget seeing this woman walking one morning.  She was barefoot, her heels hanging out of her briefcase while she juggled playing a Gameboy and munching on gummy worms.  As I watched her it hit me that even the best of adults don’t always act like we believe adults should act.  She was unattainably perfect, yet a child at the same time, and she was everything I wanted to be.

I wanted to own my imperfections and silliness like she did. 

I always thought that being a “grown-up” meant knowing who you were and what you were doing, being successful, having a mortgage and knowing all the answers.  As I started listening more, I realized that none of the adults I know have completely mastered “adulting”, they just pretend better than I do.  So, my new goal is not to master the fine art of adulting.  But instead, to work on being more inspired, learning, growing, and being open to meeting new people, seeing new places and hearing new ideas.

Because at the end of the day, life is short and there’s no reason we shouldn’t indulge in the occasional gummy worm and vintage Game Boy session.

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