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Thoughts on Yoga Hosers

Have you ever seen a movie so bad that you had to tell everyone about it? For me, that would be Yoga Hosers – the 2016 “attempt” at making a teen action comedy by Kevin Smith. Over the holiday break, I watched this movie for the first time. It must have been VERY late at night, because the only thing I remember about it was that it was terrible. Yoga Hosers is the textbook definition of nepotism, as Smith cast his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and her best friend, Lily Rose Depp, as the two leads. This movie is like driving past a car crash because you just can’t look away.

  1. Do you think Kevin Smith wrote all of the songs in this movie?
  2. I don’t think that many people would want to come to a mini-mart within a span of ten minutes.
  3. When will Austin Butler stop being cast as a teenager?
  4. These people’s Canadian accents are almost worse than their acting.
  5. Why would anyone trust a guy named Yogi to teach you yoga?
  6. Don’t you hate it when you have to pause a movie just to read the title cards?
  7. Where did the idea for this movie even come from? Smith says the idea for Tusk and Yoga Hosers came to him during a podcast. I think he has a deep-seeded hatred for Canada.
  8. Harley Quinn and Lily Rose aren’t too bad singers, but they keep making awkward eye contact with the camera.
  9. Wiener dogs aren’t evil.
  10. Movies like this give millennials a bad name.
  11. Much like Yogi Bear, I don’t think Kevin Smith understands how copyrights work.
  12. Ladies and gentlemen, this is why you always bring a weapon.
  13. These special effects are borderline Syfy Channel level of bad.
  14. STAN LEE CAMEO
  15. When one of your villains is a foot tall Nazi sausage, I expect to have more sausage jokes.
  16. Yoga isn’t going to help you here.
  17. Why is the Bratzi’s insides bright orange?
  18. As an American, I have no clue how the Canadian justice system works. This is a complete guess, but I don’t think that they have suspects share the same police interrogation room.
  19. If I had a secret lab, I probably would put it in the bathroom too.
  20. This guy’s accents are very bad – like an annoying theater kid trying to do a British accent level of bad.
  21. After reading some reviews, I’m surprised that no one brought up how Yoga Hosers blatantly ripped off countless other movies.

 

In many ways, this was just a remake of Smith’s cult classic film Clerks. The only difference was that this time, it was teenage girls in Canada with Nazis. One thing I truly liked about the film was the graphics, but that was about it. Like with most Kevin Smith films, it seemed like the film was just one big inside joke that no one understood. I get that artists should take risks, but most of Smith’s career has been a risk that has had no payoff.

As I start to enter adulthood, I’m starting to realize that these kinds of movies aren’t designed for me. This was made for pre-teen girls, and I know that I probably would have loved it seven years ago. That doesn’t give it a pass though, because the plot was still trash. Leads Harley Quinn Smith and Lily Rose Depp weren’t terrible in their roles and had chemistry, but their acting still felt kind of stiff in front of the camera. Kevin Smith has both directing and writing talent, but he needs to start making content that isn’t just for his small fan base. I think Smith needs to work on projects that he doesn’t have full control on. When someone has too much power, things always fall apart. Currently, Smith has been killing it on the CW. He directed my favorite episode of The Flash, “The Runaway Dinosaur”. Smith is currently working on the final film in the True North Trilogy, with the kind-of-sequel to Tusk and Yoga Hoser called Moose Jaws.

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January Favorites

Hello February! This month I thought a lot about the future: the future of my schooling, my relationships with others, and of course, this blog. I enrolled in summer classes, booked a trip, bought my prom dress, had my final color guard performance, and cooked my heart. What you don’t see here on my blog is that some of the recipes I attempt just don’t turn out well. I start the week off by cooking my first choice recipe. If it turns out good, it gets photographed, typed up, and posted on Saturday. About half of the time the recipe is a fail, so I either have to remake it or start from scratch with a new idea. Don’t worry… no food goes to waste, because someone always ends up eating it!
The Magicians (Netflix)

About a year ago, I heard about this series from Black Nerd Comedy, aka Andre Meadows on YouTube, who describes it as a grown-up version of Harry Potter. Unlike my friends, I wasn’t a huge Potterhead. I thought that since it was just some random SyFy channel show, it would be canceled after one season. This series is a fresh take on what I feel like is the typical fantasy based story. I find The Magicians is more like the Percy Jackson books than Harry Potter. As it takes place in both New York and a fantasy realm, the people are divided into houses based on what they can do. The best way to think about it is taking the overall idea of Camp Half-Blood and replacing the demigods with the wizards from Harry Potter.


Salt Lamp

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001892AX2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I’m a sucker for anything that claims to help with seasonal allergies. In the past, I’ve tried nose strips, vapor rub on my feet, Neti Pots, and even drinking salt water. Supposedly salt lamps can help with congestion by purifying the air. I got one for Christmas from my mom, but I’m still skeptical if it actually works or not. Still, it makes a cool lamp and has an adjusted knob that’s great for at night.

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Beats Solo 3 Wireless

From the moment I get up, I have my headphones in and listening to something. I decided to upgrade my old Beats Solo 2 to the Solo 3 wireless because I like being able to control my phone with ease without having it in my hands. The sound quality hasn’t changed much, but the wireless feature is more convenient for me. For a full battery, it takes about an hour and a half to charge. That by itself usually lasts me a week.

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Split

January is kind of a dead month for movies, and the ones that did come out were garbage. I saw Split on its opening night, and I was really enjoying it until the “beast” came into the story. It’s already better than 90% of any other horror movie that’s going to come out this year, but it tries to make sense of a weird ending with a M. Night Shyamalan signature plot twist. Until the third act, it was set in a believable reality; then out of nowhere a guy is climbing up a wall. Up-and-comer Anya Taylor-Joy did a good job, but James McAvoy carried the story.


Instant Oatmeal 
This month I found three big boxes of oatmeal that I forgot I bought a while back. Most mornings, I add in granola, such as Bear Naked V’nilla Almond Fit, and maybe a tablespoon of peanut butter if it’s too thin. It takes about two minutes to make and keeps me full until I get home.

 

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Recent Watch History

From about Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, I go through a period where I binge-watch shows like crazy. I’ve compiled a list of what I’ve enjoyed so far in no particular order. One of my weird habits is that I’ll watch a few different shows at the same time. This happens because I’ll start a show and get bored of it, then end up coming back to it later. This isn’t even close to everything I’ve streamed, but on average, about half of the things I watch ends up being utter garbage.

 

What I’m watching now
The Magicians- Netflix ( Currently on Episode 6)

Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson in this Sci-Fi channel original television show.

Conspiracy- Netflix ( Currently on Episode 2)

Your paranoid uncle’s favorite theories about Nazis and the Royal Family, all wrapped up in 12 hour-long episodes.

Luke Cage- Netflix ( Currently on Episode 3)

This third Marvel Netflix series revolves around a man with extraordinary powers who is trying to restore his quiet life by taking down the New York underground.

 

 

Series of Unfortunate Events- Netflix

The acclaimed children’s book series by Lemony Snicket finally gets the adaptation it deserves. The first season revolves around the Baudelaire orphans jumping from guardian to guardian and the mystery behind their parents’ deaths.

The Crown- Netflix

A young Queen Elizabeth struggles between balancing being Queen and a wife. I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt Smith and Claire Foy both won Emmys for their roles in the show.

Yoga Hosers- Netflix

Kevin Smith’s attempt at making a teen film based in Canada. (That’s all you need to know.)

Barry- Netflix

A biopic that explores Barack Obama’s time at Columbia University in the early 1980s.

Degrassi Next Class- Netflix

A guilty pleasure of mine that’s the newest version of the Degree series. It goes through the everyday lives of students at Degrassi Community School.

Red Oaks- Amazon

This was hands down my most favorite new show of 2016. Red Oaks centers around a young man who works as a tennis pro at an exclusive country club during the summer.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Netflix

Buffy Summer hunts and kills supernatural creatures.

Supernatural- Netflix

Sam and Dan Winchester hunts and kills supernatural creatures.

The Man in the High Castle- Amazon
Set in an alternate timeline where the Allies never won WW2 and the Nazi party and Japan control the United States. In this world, a series of short films depict the Axis losing the war, causing a young women to try to figure out where the films came from.

Fuller House- Netflix

The Tanner family is back in the follow-up series to Full House, featuring the same catchphrases and wacky scenarios they’ve been using since the 1990s.

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2016 Favorites


HELLO 2017! Even though 2016 wasn’t the best year ever, I still found a lot of things I liked.


Easy on the eyes
Newt Scamander

A fellow Hufflepuff, Newt Scamander joins my long list of fictional characters that tickle my fancy. Though his eye contact skills are poor, I can overlook that.

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BagoGames Film Fallout Podcast #39 – Fantastic Beasts at The Edge of Seventeen November 23, 2016 From Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/bagogames/31083632901 Via Creative Commons


Women who slayed
Leslie Jones

From being the number one fan of the Olympics to starring in one of the summer’s most anticipated films, Leslie Jones won 2016. Well, her website was hacked… but that didn’t stop her! It even made it into a couple of her different SNL skits.

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Biggest Obsession
Starbucks Mugs

Ever since I laid eyes on the You Are Here Mug Collection from Starbucks, I’ve been obsessed. Depicting the highlights of specific cities in an Art Deco style, these mugs are the number one souvenir I look for when I’m out of town.

Best of Binge-watching
Red Oak – Amazon
Though it’s not my typical series I would watch, Red Oak centers around a young man who works as a tennis pro at an exclusive country club during the summer. The talented ensemble cast brings to life the characters in the 80s coming of age comedy series.

Glad you came into my life
Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things

The duo introduced us to the eerie world of Stranger Things, serving as the showrunners of the critically acclaimed series. Centering around the disappearance of a young boy in the 1980s, viewers soon realize that not everything is as it seems when a girl with supernatural powers appears. Make a free Netflix account if you don’t have one; you will thank me later.

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Stranger Things logo Wiki Common Via Creative Commons


Best Splurge Item
Instant Camera – Fujifilm Instax 8

Every once and awhile, you have to treat yourself. Instant camera photography is kind of an expensive hobby, but I buy the film on sale or in bulk. This model is great in both low lighting and in direct sunlight. Each picture has the vintage feel that you can’t get with an Instagram filter.

Best Fashion Purchase
Old Navy – Original Mid Rise Jeans

Anyone with thighs knows that chafing is an issue that causes the inside of the jeans to fade and wear down with time. For the past four years, I’ve exclusively worn only Old Navy jeans. After ripping over half of my jeans last winter, I knew it was time to repurchase my beloved pants. I love these jeans because they are high quality, have a slight stretch to them, come in a vast range of sizes and colors, and are cost efficient. The problem I came across when I went to repurchase them was that Old Navy changed the jeans’ styles and sizes again. Following an hour of intense jean trying on, I found a new style of jeans that fit my body even better than before. I wear the Original Mid Rise Jeans in the regular length. I haven’t bought the skinny jean version because the straight cut fits like that on me already.

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22 Thoughts I Had While Watching The Flash: The Present

My name is Gracie Tolley, and I am the laziest woman alive. It’s because I avoid all responsibilities during the week in order to watch the CW’s DC shows. If I had to rank them, The Flash and Legends would be tied for first due to them always testing out new waters and how they feature characters that are just as complex as their storylines. Though I still watch Arrow, I really haven’t enjoyed it since season three. In my opinion, the show takes itself too seriously and has entered a pit of despair that they can’t return from. On the other hand, Supergirl is too cheery and optimistic at times, but at least it’s fun. In honor of The Flash’s midseason finale, I thought I would give my thoughts on season 3 episode 7: The Present.

  1. Ever since we first met Julian, I could’ve told you he was going to be the villain.
  2. I honestly love holiday episodes. Christmas always brings out the best in characters.
  3. The Philosopher’s Stone? Don’t you mean the Sorcerer’s Stone?
  4. The Flash’s set designers/decorators deserve a raise; they are phenomenal.
  5. Meanwhile on Earth Three.. Luke Skywalker robs a bank.
  6. How does that hat stay on his head? It doesn’t have a chinstrap or anything.
  7. I know Earth Three is super old-timey, but why use a Tommy gun?
  8. The fact that they can get Mark Hamill on the show deserves a round of applause.  
  9. Savitar looks like a poor man’s transformer meets Sauron.
  10. H.R.’s hat is distracting me right now.
  11. Alchemy seems like he thoroughly enjoys steampunk.
  12. That battle between Savitar and Jay looks like garbage. This is the holiday season though so all is forgiven.
  13. JUST LET WALLY BE KID FLASH ALREADY!!
  14. Barry really isn’t good at this whole secret identity thing.
  15. Cisco, you know this is a trap. Really? You’re that dumb?
  16. Maybe he knows all of you because you guys never shut up and tell everyone your secrets.
  17. What’s up with the drumsticks?
  18. Just throw the box in a volcano.
  19. If this ends up like Young Justice season 2, I’m done.
  20. Like Barry isn’t just going to time travel the shit out of this to save Iris.
  21. PLEASE BE A SUIT! PLEASE BE A SUIT!
  22. Life is whole again.

The Present was another great episode from team Flash. This midseason finale set up the second half of the season. Expect to see a lot of Barry worrying about the future and the team fussing over Wally being Kid Flash. By the time I post this tonight, I will have already seen today’s episode of Arrow (What We Leave Behind). For my opinion on that, check me out on twitter @GToIIey.

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Pros and Cons of Doctor Strange 

Marvel’s newest installment in their cinematic universe, Doctor Strange, was released last weekend. Since my showing late Sunday afternoon, I’ve been trying to decide on my final opinion of the flick. Like with most issues in my life, I’ve made a pro and con list to help me come up with an answer.
Pros

  • Marvel finally broke ground into the realm of mysticism, helping them to continue their ever growing universe.
  • The film continues to test the waters of other film genres. This time it’s the hospital drama. Marvel’s phase two of the MCU has done this a few times, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier being a spy thriller and Ant Man as a heist film.
  • Cast easily takes on their comic book counterparts.
  • Oscar worthy visuals.

Cons

  • Lacks the relatable charm that most Marvel films have featured. (Unless you’re a 40 something year old egotistical surgeon.)
  • Humor tends to fall flat. (Why would you have a Beyoncé joke, let alone two of them?)
  • The last act is bland, repetitive, and even worse than superhero movies like Green Lantern and Fantastic Four.
  • Film doesn’t spend time exploring the character of Stephen Strange that well, which plays into the relatability factor of the movie.
  • Another one that offs the villains.

Doctor Strange isn’t a misstep for Marvel. Strange is a weird amalgamation of The Matrix, Inception, and Grey’s Anatomy. This mashup works for what they’re going for and what was trying to be set up. It does stray away from the tones set up by previous films. What I’m really interested in is how Strange will tie in with Infinity War, and how he will interact with the other Avengers.

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What’s in my make-up bag? {Fall 2016}

Ever since I started wearing makeup back in middle school, I haven’t gotten much better. (Although, I have learned how to properly put on foundation.) My makeup arsenal is always changing and is a combination of both drugstore and high-end.

Face
Before I even start thinking about putting on makeup, I have to moisturize. This step is necessary for dry skin. Personally, I prefer liquid foundation because it seems to last longer. When blending my foundation I use a beauty blender or a makeup sponge.


Clean & Clear Persa-Gel/ Equate Beauty 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel

  • Great for acne spots
  • Day and night
  • Buy off-brand version to save $$$


Olay Complete All Day Moisturize- Normal

  • Keeps skin from getting patchy


NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer
Shade: Green

  • Works like glue for foundation

  • Helps conceal redness

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
Shade: 810 Classic Ivory

  • Full coverage

  • All day wear

  • Shine free

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Shade: Light

  • Brightening

  • Doesn’t dry out or crease

  • Blends well


ELF High Definition Powder
Shade: Corrective Yellow

  • Sets foundation all day


Brows

After a waxing mishap a few weeks ago, I had to learn how to fill in my eyebrows. I use the two following products together to make them look as natural as possible.


Maybelline Brow Drama Define & Fill Duo
Shade: Deep Brown

  • Great color match

  • Easy to apply

  • Natural looking

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
Shade: Deep Brown

  • Fills in evenly

 

Eyes

Trying a new eye product is the easiest way to change up your look.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Shade: Bountiful Beige

  • Shimmery

  • Great base

  • Works as both shadow & primer

Lancôme Color Design
Shade: 311 You’ve got the look

  • Great fall color

  • Mega pigmented


ELF Brightening Eye Liner
Shade: Coffee

  • Goes on smooth

  • Good controls

ELF Volume Plumping Mascara
Shade: Black

  • Keeps curl

  • Doesn’t clump after two coats


Lips

Pucker up, buttercup! This is my all-time favorite lipstick!


Lancôme Color Design
Shade: The New Pink (sheen)

  • Pricey, but lasts forever

  • Can be worn all year long

  • Isn’t drying
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What Makes Horror Movies Scary? 

Fall is upon us and according to Internet memes, it’s already Halloween. This year, the horror genre has been pretty solid. A few that stood out to me were Lights Out, The Conjuring 2, and Blair Witch. I have a strange relationship with horror. On one hand, I respect and enjoy innovative ideas that test new boundaries. At the same time, I am unable to handle a jump scare. Horror that hits home with me are films that could happen in real life. That being said, throw out every copy of Paranormal Activity and Nightmare on Elm Street you have; I want some real psychological horror.
The genre of horror plays on human’s fears. Horror is set on a spectrum and has an endless amount of sub-genres. That’s why there is something for everyone.

For me, the perfect cookie cutter example of what I’m looking for is Jaws. Set in reality? ✔️ Builds tension that pays off? ✔️ Places character in a setting that feels organic? ✔️
Choosing a horror setting that revolves around reality is the best way to get your heart pumping. Placing a character in a setting where they feel safe, such as their home, is an added bonus. To relate this to the real world, think about a time you’ve been home alone and you heard something. We know it was just the AC or the washing machine going off, but in the back of our minds it was an axe murderer.

What locks in a scare for me is when filmmakers draw something out. This decision adds suspense that helps lead up to the main scare. Without this, we wouldn’t have a jump scare. We all know that jump scares have become a cliche for the genre; they are overused and cheap gimmicks for a reaction.

For example, Tobe Hooper keeps the focus on the clown for a solid minute in Poltergeist. During this, he places a musical cue to signal the viewer that something is about to happen. The same thing goes for Zodiac when Jake Gyllenhaal enters what he thinks is the killer’s basement. From the beginning of the scene, you can tell something is off. It isn’t until the reveal until we feel it. During my first watch, I was literally yelling at him to get his butt out of there.
Movies that play on one’s fear have a similar effect, such as films that remind us that we will all die eventually or ones that play on people’s phobias of bugs, needles, clowns, etc. This is a direct link to our psyche and can scare the shit out of some viewers. PSA: If you have belonephobia, DO NOT watch Saw ll.
Another kind of horror film I enjoy are films that take a traditional paint by numbers horror, but add a twist that changes it at the end. One of my favorites is Cabin in the Woods. However, for this example, we have to give it to the king of twist endings: M. Night Shyamalan. Though the overall film didn’t work for me, 2015’s The Visit’s twist ending added to the movie. The problem with this type is that it isn’t always done effectively. Normally, twist endings are put in due to the writers not knowing how to end the movie.

Maybe it’s a combination of the music, script, and editing that make a scare. What triggers someone is different for everyone, and many factors play into what makes a horror movie good. Asian Horror is a completely different story because unfortunately, they have a direct line to my nightmares.

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Suicide Squad Review + Spicy Chicken and Waffles Sandwich

Boy, where has the summer gone? School starts back up soon, and there hasn’t been one huge standout movie of the year yet. After Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad gave DC a second chance to take over the box office, fans, and the critics. Suicide Squad was a paint by the number action flick, but it was chaotic enough to make it work.

From a narrative standpoint, Suicide Squad was a mess. Earlier this year, I witnessed the exact same plot a handful of times. The plot should be at the center, and the characters should drive the plot forward. Suicide Squad did expand upon their characters by giving them quick origin stories via flashbacks. Director, David Ayer, most likely chose this style to give some insight on why they were chosen for the team. Giving minute long introductions effectively set up the squad without wasting a ton of time.

On the other hand, this was the most fun I had at the movies all summer. Its colorful cast of characters all need their own spin-offs. As much as I loved the cast, I felt like it was overcrowded at times and should have had fewer members on the squad. This would’ve given more time with each of the characters, and as a result, we would’ve gotten a chance to get to know them better.

This was the first movie in years where Will Smith hadn’t phoned it in for the paycheck. Of course, queen Margot Robbie was going to be a fan favorite. She’s freaking Harley Quinn! These two bounced back and forth with the “main character” role in Suicide Squad, though they didn’t have equal screen time.  

For the other members of the Suicide Squad, they needed to be featured more or not at all. El Diablo and Katana were the standouts for me and deserved extra screen time. There is so much DC can do with Katana, and they better not waste her. The two members of the squad that really served no purpose were Captain Boomerang and Slipknot. This was Jai Courtney’s best performance since Spartacus. (Flashbacks to Terminator Genisys.) Slipknot had the skills of a boy scout, and Boomerang robbed every bank in Australia. That’s all you need to know about them. Rick Flag didn’t serve a purpose, and you still could have had a movie without his weird Texas accent. Killer Croc looked amazing, but again, he was a wasted character.

Viola Davis can do no wrong, and she always gives an Oscar worthy performance. I wanted her to be the villain of the movie. Instead, we got Delevingne and her eyebrows. Delevingne’s acting has gotten better since I last saw her, but she still needs a lot of practice if she wants big roles like this.

Finally, we have the Joker himself: Jared Leto. From all the interviews and press it seemed like the Joker was going to be in it a lot more than 7 minutes. I really like how they blended every version of the Joker we’ve already seen into one psychopath. I think they nailed the Joker and Harley Quinn’s messed up relationship, and I need more of it. Leto did a fantastic job and complemented Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Sometimes the music was overbearing in scenes. The first act was almost like a music video. This was prominently featured in the squad’s introductions. Also, the music was almost always on the nose, such as when the squad was brought together and Seven Nation Army was playing.  Songs that were written for the film, including Purple Lamborghini, Sucker For Pain, and Heathens, fit in much better.

I’m not going to lie to you; I had a lot of fun with Suicide Squad. The cast had chemistry, and everyone pulled their own weight. My problem is that it had the same note by note action that I’ve already seen. With Wonder Woman and Justice League coming out next year, there is still hope for DC.

Suicide Squad was a hodgepodge of so many different things, and it worked. Brunch is the only time of day when you can have pancakes and salad at the same time without being judged! So why don’t we combine these two ideas into one sandwich?

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Spicy Chicken and Waffles Sandwich

Ingredients

  • ½ cup waffle mix
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1/3 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cooked diced chicken breast (4 oz)
  • 2 teaspoon sriracha

Directions

  1. Preheat waffle maker. In a medium bowl, combine waffle mix with water, cheese, garlic, basil, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup.
  2. Once heated, prime waffle maker with cooking spray and pour in batter.
  3. While this is cooking, add together diced chicken, maple syrup, and sriracha in a small bowl and set to the side.
  4. After the waffle is cooked, remove and place to the side.
  5. Cut the waffle in half and place the chicken on one of the halves. Then top it off with the second half of the waffle.
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April 28, 2012
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July Favorites

What a month! I’ve been keeping quite busy between my online classes and going to the lake. This week is the start of every band geek’s favorite time of the year – Band Camp. All of my friends are sad it’s our last time experiencing it, but I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to start the new school year and start the next chapter of my life.

Biore Charcoal Face Cleanser 
I normally have dry skin and have minimal acne. For the past six months, I’ve been using the Biore Charcoal Face Cleanser twice a day. This month I’ve been breaking out like crazy, so I tested out Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleaner. After you use it, you will know why I put it on the list. My face feels like a baby, and my acne cleared up in a week.

http://www.ulta.com/complexion-clearing-warming-anti-blackhead-cleanser?productId=xlsImpprod4141889

Good Morning Call
I have talked shit on my friends for watching anime and reading manga for years; well, here’s your public apology. I’m in love with Good Morning Call! Based on the Japanese anime of the same name, Good Morning Call is a live action TV series co-produced by Fuji TV & Netflix. Basically, it’s about a junior named Nao that moves into an apartment when her parents leave her to move in with her grandpa. After a real estate scam, she is forced to share her apartment with the most popular guy in school. You can see what’s going to happen from a mile away, but I can’t stop watching. I’m almost done with the series, and I’m not sure if there are any plans for a second season. All 17 episodes are on Netflix and last about 45 minutes each.

Boho Bandeaus
This month I cut six inches off my hair, and I was going for a Black Window meets Posh Spice kind of look. Natural Life makes a product called Boho Bandeaus and solves all of your bad hair day problems. They are basically infinity scarves for your head and can be worn in a dozen different ways. At this time I have three of them in gray, tie dye purple, and in a brown and hot pink pattern. https://www.naturallife.com/accessories/all-boho-bandeaus.html

Yesso Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
In reference to what I said last month, I’ve been trying to eat healthier. Also, it’s been over 100 degrees each day for the past month. Yesso Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars are a gift from God. One bar is just 100 calories and isn’t just cookie dough flavored; there are also chunks of cookie dough inside of it! It’s all natural and kosher as well. https://www.yasso.com/products/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-stick-bars/

Sing Street

If you’re a fan of Screen Junkies, you’ve probably heard of a little movie called Sing Street. It’s about a British teen in the 80’s who creates a band to impress a girl. Sorry Deadpool, but this has the best movie soundtrack of the year! There are eight original songs written for the movie and are performed by the cast. In my opinion, Drive it Like You Stole It is the best, but The Riddle of the Model is a close second. If you haven’t already (and I know you haven’t), just rent the movie on iTunes. It’s better than 90% of the movies in theaters right now.