Spotify Summer Playlist

Hey Lovely Readers,

I hope you are doing swell in the last 3 hours I haven’t posted! 😀 I wanted to share with you my summer playlist now that summer is almost done hahah! You are welcome! No, but our playlists change so much on moods, and seasons and I was wondering what songs everyone downloaded the most in these past summer months!

As I’ve said before last year I was living in Italy for a month (I miss you Italy and all you Italians!). Anyways, I LOVED the music in Europe! The song that came out that was super popular was Duele el Corazon by Enrique Igelsias! Every place I went (if we’re being serious I was either at a cafe or out for gelato), they played that song and I just felt like I was so pumped for summer, and so high on life every time I heard it! Safe to say I brought that song home with me and incorporated it in my day-to- day life here. SO you can imagine that when Despacito came out, it such a fun song like that it had to be added to my playlist! And now that it’s extremely overplayed, I find that I still love it, because it is still so fun!

Alright! Here is my playlist for the summer (I’m only going to choose a few and I’ll leave that out because that is clearly the song of the summer!):

  1. I’m the One- D.J Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper. I have memorized 90% of this song, the rest I probs have no idea what they are even saying in the rest of the song. Its got such a chill and relaxing sound! Can’t wait for Jbiebs new song (2 days!!! Yes I am a Justin Bieber fan, but if you had seen him in concert on his purpose tour like I had, you would understand! Also, think about all these amazing hits, he’s been putting out this year! He’s definitely on a roll!)
  2. Chantaje- Shakira- Who doesn’t love Shakira! I love the beat to this song, it’s another song completely in spanish so have fun making up the words for you non- spanish speakers attempting to sing the song (you will know the word “Que” I promise). I’m so jealous of everyone who can speak Spanish!
  3. Black Me Out- Against Me!- YUP I really love all genres of music! Or I definitely will give it a chance! This song is fun to sing if you’re really upset with someone, but it’s also just fun to sing. There are lots of swears so people will stare at you, but just stare right back singing the words! 😉 You’ll understand when you hear it!
  4. The Cure- Lady Gaga- I love this song, No words, it’s so amazing I play it as much as possible
  5. John Wayne- Lady Gaga- there are a lot of songs on this album that i just love, I will dance to this and A-yo a lot in my room! It is not pretty!
  6. Two Ghosts- Harry Styles- This one is kind of slow, but I love it! His whole album has this Beatles and Rolling Stones feel to it that makes me so happy!
  7. Galway Girl- Ed Sheeran- This is a fun dancing Irish song! I’m telling you Irish people! Sing more songs to me! That reminds me….
  8. Slow Hands- Neil Horan. I hated this song at first! I was like what is this garbage, and then after 2 listens I was hooked. Good lord. While we are on the One Direction track…
  9.  Strip that Down for Me- Liam Payne, Quavo. This is just a fun song to sing! It’s different and so good! Well done One Direction solo artists.
  10. Paradise By the Dashboard Light- Meatloaf- this is my families travel theme song! We do a lot of singing and dancing to this! This and Bohemian Rhapsody. We usually end up driving 8 hours to go see my grandma, so these are the songs on my playlist always
  11. Santeria- Sublime- This is a super casual song and relaxed song. Classic!
  12. Attention- Charlie Puth- I don’t really like this singer that as much, but there is something about this song that is so damn catchy!
  13. California Love- Tupac- A playlist is not a playlist without some Tupac!

This is my playlist! There is a ton of stuff missing! Like I listen to way more classic rock! I love 5 long years by Colin James, I love Loverboy, Queen, Prism, STEVER MILLER BAND- so much love, and the Beatles! I also have lots of country too like Dirty Laundry is played a lot by Carrie Underwood! I also recommend City in Stars from La la land. It’s a slow song, but my god I sing it all the time!

Happy Listening! Let me know what’s on your playlist!

-Erin

Lady Gaga is AMAZING

Hey Lovely People!

I know, it’s been so long since we posted! What is with us…. I have no idea! Please forgive us! I did want to talk about how I saw Lady Gaga last week!

I absolutely loved her! It had everything you could ever want in a concert. Now, my friend and I SPLURGED on tickets. It was extremely necessary for us to be on floors for the concert. It has nothing to do with trying to get her to notice me and be best friends with me or high five me or anything like that…. maybe only a little bit? Most of it has to do with having that personal feeling with the performer. This same friend and I go see Against Me! every time they come to a city near us. They are our favorite concerts, because they’re smaller and it feels more personal. It;’s like your able to have an intimate moment with the performer and you experience all of these feelings all the time. That is why we bought floors and spent basically all of my money. It was worth it though! To have that same feeling and experience with Gaga was amazing. I cried through most of her intimate moments, and I felt like I understood it as best as I could and maybe could relate to her in a lot of ways. So hence, I cried through all of the slow songs, but when she played those classic, upbeat songs I was so happy and on fire. I appreciate it Gaga.

On top of that experience, I found the concert to be absolutely amazing. Gaga had no openers. She performed from 8:30 ish (came on a little late I think?) and performed until midnight. Wow. To have someone sing her heart out in every single song, to a million dance routines for that long? Amazing. Totally worth it. Her stage was beautiful, her dancers were beautiful, her piano- BEAUTIFUL! I highly recommend splurging and going to see her. She is worth every cent and I left on such a high! Truly amazing! What was also incredible was that she performed for that long and every song she sang was a hit at some point. What an amazing career she has! Congrats Gaga!

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I hope you all get to see her at least once in your life!

-Erin

Valerian, and the City of a Thousand Planets

Hey Fantastic Readers,

I have one last post for you today! I wanted to talk about that new movie that came out- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets!

I saw it today with my best friend and her mom and I was SO unsure of what to think. I have no idea who Valerian is or anything about that world, so I was kind of in this weird place of wtf is happening, this isn’t what I thought it would be like? But overall, I found it wasn’t a bad weird at all. For me, the whole world and movie worked. However, I am a fantasy and Scifi person, so I usually tend to love worlds like that. Characters are so strange looking and alien like. They’re all so clearly CGI and animated, and I LOVE it. I thought the characters were so well done and very unique looking. They were each so different and unique, I did enjoy that. The colors were also very well done.

Here’s the premise for the story. So, earth sends out space ships that all connect. It starts off with the States, I think, meeting with China and connecting and from there all of the countries link together. Over the years other planets begin to connect all representing a sign of peace. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and his partner Laureline ( Cara Delevingne) are agents for this planet- it is literally called the city of a thousand planets. They are sent out on a mission to obtain the last power converter in the universe and return to start a new mission with a problem within the ship that has been considered a threat. They have to figure out what the threat is before it begins to destroy the ship and break the peace within the nations living on the ship. It’s a very good scifi and I love the idea of connecting the universe through planets. Whenever there is a scifi movie or story, it is almost always about how earth, and how people are destroying it. Now these are very good and could be seen as scary true, but it was nice to see an earth connecting, and eventually the idea of the universe doing this, instead of just some scary alien creatures attacking us. I loved that it was different is what I’m saying. I can see how people wouldn’t like it though. It is very weird and at times, super cheesy. However, I still loved it.

I enjoyed the movie, it was funny, romantic, sometimes cheesy, but overall a fun scifi. Valerian is based on a comic book series that came out of France. The comics are actually all in French and are considered to be based off of Star Wars as it came out after. I recently bought the first volume on Amazon, hopefully in English. If it isn’t, well I guess I’ll be learning some french!

Has anyone read the comics?! Are they good? Let me know what you thought of the movie and the comics!

-Erin

Spider- Man Homecoming

Hi my dear readers!

I hope you are doing well! Currently, I am watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and having a great night. Don’t worry, I won’t go on about my love for Harry Potter for pages and pages. Instead, I wanted to talk to you guys about the new Spider- Man movie!

For myself, I was on the fence about seeing it. I truly thought that I would hate seeing another actor play the same movie, and attempt to play Peter Parker. I was thinking- ENOUGH! I cannot see another origin story for Spider- Man! I love Spider- Man so I wanted something new! A new villain! Anything!

Today, however, I forced myself to go for my cousin’s sake, because she wanted to see it. I’m glad that I went! It was awesome! It was the new and surprising I was hoping for!

So, for one, the story is set around Peter Parker trying to impress Tony Stark, so that he can join the Avengers. The story is hilarious, because it shows how bad he is at first learning to shoot his webs and attempting to save people who don’t really need to be rescued. It shows clips of him giving directions to people, etc. Along the way, he gets into lots of trouble trying to show off for Tony Stark, but instead Stark gives him the criticism and discipline he needs. While he’s at a party about to crash as Spider Man, he sees a glowing in the distance and goes to find the source. This is where he spots the selling of illegal alien weapons combined with human weapons, and this is where the story takes off!

It is hilarious. This kid plays Peter Parker so well! He’s the perfect amount of awkward, and I LOVED that he wasn’t instantly good! He had to learn and take his time, I love it! I will say that I do not like that the movie had Tony Stark in it and focused on joining the Avenger’s only because I do not like Iron Man. However, I think that it will be ok in the end when Infinity Wars comes out (Get better soon Jeremy Renner!), and I do think that it ended in away that allows for Spider Man only movies to come out soon too! I can’t wait to see where they go next with it! Truly a hilarious movie!

Also, for the credits: there is a nice little part after the main credits that I loved, and the very end has another small, hilarious clip as well! However, if you do not want to stay for the whole thing, just stay for the first clip before the scrolling credits.

Enjoy the Movie!

-Erin

The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Hey Lovely Readers!

As you may know, I love a good nonfiction book. My dad is a huge history buff, and I feel like that has rubbed off on me a bit! I used to love books like Magic Tree House, and the Dear Canada series or any princess diaries. Even by grade 5, I was reading the diary of Anne Frank. History is a subject I have always enjoyed reading about with a focus on WW2. I have read my fair share of WW2 books. Even a good historical fiction book is good enough for me!

Anyways, one VERY good book I read was the Nazi Officer’s Wife. This is a book on Edith Hahn, a young girl who was in school studying law in Vienna when the war broke out. When her and her mother were forced to move into the ghettos, Edith convinced the officers to leave her mother behind so she could work in a concentration camp instead. When she returned from the camp, her mother and a lot of other people she had known were deported. Edith made the hard decision to seek help from a friend, and ripped her star off her clothes. The story is a record of her life in hiding and how she managed to escape death for being a Jew, to the point where she even married a Nazi.

I hope you read the book, but if you have too many on the go like I do, and no time to read it, I found this really cool documentary you might like instead! Or read and watch like I did!

This book is amazing, and a very good eye opener! Books like this remind you to be kind always to everyone around you!

Happy Reading!

-Erin

Despicable Me 3

 

Hey Readers!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! And to all my fellow Canadians, I hope you had an amazing Canada Day celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!

So on Friday, I went to a movie with one of my amazing friends and of course we saw Despicable Me 3! The one thing I hate about kids movies or any kind of movies really is the sequels. They can be extremely frustrating and lame. To be honest, the best kinds of sequels are usually movies based off of books. Although, movies like Toy Story and Shrek will always have good sequels!

Anyways, this was another good sequel! Despicable Me is one of those odd movies that can have multiple movies and still be very good! I will admit that this was the weakest out of the 3 movies though. For one, I did not like Gru’s brother. I thought the story line would have been better without a twin. However, that being said, the rest of the story was still very good.

My favorite part was the villan! His back story is that he was a childstar in the 80s and was famous for having a tv show about him being a brat. The show ends when he hits puberty and is thought to be no longer cute! He is amazing! I love him. He wears outfits with shoulder pads, throws rubrics cube gas bombs, uses bubble gum as a weapon and has dance fights to music like Bad- Michael Jackson.

The rest of the characters like the minions and the girls, are still hilarious. The minons have their own story, taking over a prison, and the girls are still on a hunt for a unicorn. Gru and his new wife are fighting for their jobs, and the wife is still learning how to be a good mom.

Overall, if you have to take a kid to a movie, you will enjoy this! Or if you are just obsessed with kids movies like myself, then you will, of course, LOVE IT!

 

Until next time!
– Erin

Hunger

Happy Thursday!

Time for another great book recommendation! I have just recently finished reading “Sex Object” (which I did a previous blog post on), and while I wasn’t blown away by the book I was intrigued to read some more feminist/memoir genres, as I normally just stick to fiction. I saw that Roxanne Gay recently published a new book called “Hunger” – a memoir of her body, and so I was all in!

This memoir focuses on how Roxanne’s past experiences have reflected on her body. When she was twelve she was gang raped by a boy she liked and as a way to protect herself she ate and ate until her body began to change. At her heaviest she was over 500 pounds, but the memoir deals with more that just how her body go tot be where it was; the book dives into the culture around “fat people” and how society perceives and treats them (herself included).

I didn’t think that I would find the book relatable, but I actually found large sections (especially in the second half) chocked full of relatable experience regarding dieting and cooking.

Gay writes full of humor and the chapters are short and broken so that you feel as though she is telling you stories a bit at a time the more you delve into the book, the more you delve into her world as an overweight woman. She touches on how her being a large, successful, black, female, writer has also shaped how people interact with her and I find those sections especially interesting to read.

It may not be the most lighthearted book to pick up this summer, but it is a book that will make you think. And those are the best kind, don’t you agree?

Thanks guys! Talk Soon!

Kathleen

The Keepers

Hey Lovely Readers!

I hope you had a great Friday and are going to have an awesome and fun weekend with lots of plans! I recently finished a very good Netflix show that I highly recommend. It’s one of those things where it’s hard to start a new show now!

The Keepers is about a couple of ladies whose teacher goes missing during their school years. The case was never solved and years later, the students strive to figure out what happened. They end up finding more than they bargained for and the case takes a lot of surprising turns. This is a true story situated at an all girls school in Baltimore.

I don’t want to give too much away, because after the first episode, it seriously takes a different turn. I will say this and only this if you love this series, you will love Spotlight! A seriously amazing movie that will shock you.

Here’s the trailer!

I know, a short post today! However, I think you guys will really like this show! Especially if you are very into true crime like myself!

-Erin

Classic Books to Read

Hey My Fantastic Readers!

So great to post for a second time today! I find writing is so soothing, especially in this stressful time! Two more weeks of hectic life, and then I may have some days off! Excited for this to happen! One of the things I haven’t been able to do is read, so I will be happy when that opportunity comes up again! I find I’m too tired to read lately, but that will change- hopefully sooner rather than later!

Today, I wanted to talk a bit about some classic children books that I think everyone should read! The other day, I was working with this individual with a disability, and we were in the Chapters trying to pick out a new book for her to read. When I went through the teen’s section with her, I picked out all these books I wanted to read with her and was like PLEASE. It was like I was the child and she was the adult saying No Erin, my god I want to read this one over here. Anyways, it’s safe to say that in my last Chapters Instagram post, I ended up buying two new books I was trying to convince her to buy! So, here is my list of books that I think are important for everyone to read! Sometimes, adult books lack the fantasy and adventure that kids and teen books have, so I love reading some of these as an adult and tend to appreciate them more!

Here is my short list!

Heidi– Johanna Spyri- I read this all the time as a kid. Based in the Swiss Alps, Heidi is based on the events of a young girl living with her grandfather. Also, this version I bought is so cute! One of the two purchases.

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Aren’t they so cute! I love Heidi- the yellow and pink is so beautiful!

Little Women– Louisa M. Alcott- This is the other purchase. Aren’t they beautiful?!? I can’t help myself with pretty books. This is book is a story of four young sisters transitioning from childhood to womanhood. Nothing is better than that episode of Friends where Rachel reads the Shining and Joey reads Little Women- you can be just like Joey- Watch the whole clip below!

Treasure Island–  Robert Louis Stevenson- It’s a story of bucaneers and bury gold. Super exciting and my dad bought me this beautiful copy of the book! Pirates OG!

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The front cover is dedicated to Treasure Island, but there are 7 novels of his in here! My brother got King Arthur set from the same place which is also very cool!

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde– Again, Robert Louis Stevenson-  The classic is about a lawyer investigating his friend Mr. Hyde! Really, who doesn’t want to read a good book about a schizophrenic! Also, this is part of that same book my dad bought me! I got it for Christmas, but I think it’s from Costco if you’re interested!

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Gold Pages Love

Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling– Of course this is on here, you all know me so well and the story, so I won’t go on! I have so many copies! I recently bought my house copy (Gryffindor obvs), but the illustrated copies are beautiful and where it’s at! The third one comes out this year!!

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This is the most beautiful book I own! By far!

Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and The Jungle Book– All of these are amazing. I have loved Peter Pan since forever. It is my first love when it comes to some of these classic children’s books! The reason why I lumped all of these together, is because I recently bought them in the adult section of Chapters! They are adult popup books! So amazing! These are the ones that are currently out- very beautiful books as well!

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There are surprise popup pictures too!!
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Just missing The Jungle Book!

Another series everyone should read is the Series of Unfortunate Events- Daniel Handler. So how I bought all of these books, was I went to my local thrift shop, after I watched the show, and purchased all the books there for not even $40. I seriously recommend doing this! There are 13 books in the series and if you can save a little bit by doing this- than do it! They were so cheap and ALL of them but one was there. I bought that single one from Chapters later on! They’re all hard copy and mint condition. ANYWAYS, a very good series (check out the TV show on Netflix too) about three kids who are being chased for their fortune!

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I want to briefly remind you of Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This is a new series, but so good. I loved it, read our previous blog post on this book! Still a good teen series!

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Also, I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but the Magic Treehouse- Mary Pope Osborne– books were SUPER popular when I was little! I LOVED them! Maybe I should re- read them as an adult although that would take me 5 mins. Basically, Jack and Annie use the Tree House to go back in time to solve different riddles. They go back to famous historical events!

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I think that is all I can think of for now! There are so many that I’m missing, but here’s a good chunk for now! Hope you enjoy!

Erin

Orange is the New Black- A recap of Season 4

Hey Dear Readers,

I’m coming at ya with a late film Friday and in between working  two jobs (more on how exhausted I am later). I am, of course, at Remedy enjoying as many samosa’s as possible and drinking a cappuccino and of course also eating Bloom London Fog cookies (my favourite).

I kind of struggled with Film Friday, because I’m still thinking about how amazing Wonder Woman was! But then I realized, I actually finished Orange is the New Black season 5 this week, so I’ll talk about that! If you know me, you know that I actually do not really like the series that much. There’s only specific characters that I really like and I found that the story is really kind of lacking. If you want to watch a really intense, and good girl prison show, you would LOVE Wentworth. Recommended to me by a friend, I found that the story line was always intense and unpredictable. It’s basically the British version of the show, but way better.

Here is the trailer for season 5!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzJATbm8U98


I do have to say that every season, I like the show a little bit more. Every season has gotten better and better for me, but it’s still not my favourite! I am still drawn to it for certain characters though, and it’s something I watch in the background of doing work- I’ve had an INSANE amount of work to do lately, and I’m still not done it, but I’m done the show. Now what lol. ( Master of None OBVIOUSLY). This season, I found they had to repeat character’s background stories, which kind of stunk. But, the ending was very good! I could not believe it was over!


Anyways, the one thing I struggled to remember is where the show left off and where the characters were at! I was like what did they do again? Why are they offended? What is happening? So, I thought I would give a bit of a recap! Just so you know, Spoilers below of season 4!






Season 4 ended with a riot, lol the most obvious part.

Alright, Piper and Alex- to me the most annoying characters of the show. Alex killed the guard who was sent to attack her after she ratted out one of the drug guys she used to work for. She’s constantly on edge, and Alex buried her in the garden. The body was found in the garden before the riot. I don’t know if you remember, but that Lolly girl saw everything. Lolly ends up getting the blame for the death of that guard.

Healy- I take it back, the most annoying. Seriously can’t stand that guy! He begins to have problems with Lolly thinking she’s talking about killing a guy and it is all delusions. Near the end, he contemplates suicide by the lake, but then he answers his phone and checks himself into a psychiatric care.

Tiffany Doggett and Boo- Tiffany was raped by that guard and is worried that it is happening to Maritza who had to take over as driver when Tiffany pretended to have a seizure to avoid seeing that guard again. She later forgives the guard, which angers Boo. The season ends with her trying to convince the guy to stay, and he ends up saying he’s going to leave anyways to avoid making the same mistakes. Boo sees Piper threatening someone over that stupid panties business and then she respects piper- that is seriously it.

Taystee crew- My favourite group by far. First off, Suzanne/ crazy eyes, gets advice from Taystee to stop dating her girlfriend who is making her more crazy and leading her on. She breaks up with her and a guard forces the girlfriend and her to fight. When Poussey dies she tries to push bookcases and books on her chest to try to understand what it feels like to suffocate. The next thing Poussey dies!!! The most tragic of tragic events! A guard is not trained well and is kneeing her in the chest and eventually suffocates her by mistake. Taystee is grieving about Poussey’s death and tries to convince Caputo to call Poussey’s dad to tell him what happened (she’s his secretary). She sees the press release of Poussey’s death and is furious when the guard is not being arrested for murder. She went through the halls yelling this and this started the uproar.

Nicky Nichols and Lorna Morello- Nicky is trying to get off the drugs and is also trying to convince Lorna to start up their relationship again. It doesn’t work. She ends the season clean as Red convinces all the drug dealers to leave her alone. Lorna got married to that guy Vinny. She begins to show her craziness when she suspects he is cheating with her sister. Nicky hits on her again and she shoves her off and tells her that she is destroying her relationship with Vinny and she can’t stop herself.

Daya, Gloria, Maria- Daya’s mom is released from prison, she tells pornstache’s mom (who still believes that he is the father) that the baby is dead in order to keep the baby in the family. The house is raided by DEA and the kid goes into foster care anyways. Maria gets a longer sentence from Piscatella. Furious, she takes over as leader. Gloria promises to take care of Daya. The group is rioting with Taystee about Poussey’s death when officer Humphrey (the sadist) tries to pull out his smuggled gun, which falls in front of Daya. The season ends with her pointing the gun at the officer with a cheering crowd.

Red and Crew- so Red got a new bunk buddy who annoys her in season 4, Nicky returns and begins to steal and sell her stuff for drugs. She threatens to tamper with the drug dealers food if they sell to her. When the body is found of the guard, she is suspected and Piscatella (the large main guard) starts preventing her from sleeping to get a confession. She gathers the family together to build a new garden and building to keep them from getting into any trouble.

Caputo/ New Guards- after Poussey’s death Piscatella threatens to pull out guards if Caputo does anything to for their actions on Poussey. He calls Poussey’s dad to let him know, against MCC’s orders- they want to turn the guard who killed into a scapegoat. He holds the press conference saying it wasn’t his fault that the guards are not properly trained, which Taystee overhears- the start of the riot. The guards are not well trained, everyone walked off of the job forcing Caputo to replace all of them. He even hired Humphrey who is forcing people to do sadistic things, such as eat a living, baby mouse.

Well I think that’s basically it! Everyone else has kind of a small story that is not really necessary to know for season 5! Hope you enjoy!

– Erin