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July 2014
15

I have been absolutely fascinated with the idea of making my own teas from scratch. I’m drying lavender as we speak for this very reason. Topping off homemade tea with my own teabags just makes it infinitely cuter. And homemade tea bags seem like a really great gift idea! Here is how I made mine!

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July 2014
14

How Ardently I Admire and Love Dollar Stores

Weekly Wanderings #4: I Love these Bowls so Much. 

I have recently rediscovered the wonders that dollar stores hold. Perhaps it is because I am getting older now, and I buy my own toothpaste. Maybe I just hadn’t been to a good one in a while. Whatever it was, it is safe to say that I am in love now. If you are living on a budget, they are a dream come true. I feel like there is just so much I didn’t know before now. My recent small, but exciting haul opened a lot of doors for me. 

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July 2014
09
Whether you’re new to university, or continuing, getting textbooks is one of the most painful things you’ll have to do. Let’s get this out in the open: university textbooks are a ripoff. This summer, I had one class that wanted me to spend $300 on textbooks. One class. If you buy your textbooks new, you could end up spending nearly $1000 a semester. That is insane, and if you’re like most students, you simply cannot afford it.
Luckily, I have found that there are generally a lot of ways to get books free or at least cheaper. Here are the tips, and resources I use to spend as little on textbooks as possible. If you are going to university, please, please, please, bookmark this. It will seriously save your wallet.
If there is an ebook, you can probably get it free. A lot of websites will offer pdf’s free. Booksee and BookZZ have been the most reliable for me, and have saved me a couple hundred dollars. You can also easily torrent most ebooks. If you don’t know how, please learn, because again, this will save you a lot of money. Even if there isn’t an ebook as far as you can tell, still search for a pdf version because there may be scans.
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2. Never buy new books unless you absolutely have to. Amazon, Craigslist, and your school’s textbook exchange page (usually on Facebook) will almost certainly have what you want at a discount. The only time you need to buy new books is if it comes with a necessary one-time-use access code. Even in this case, you may be able to buy the code separately online, and get the book second hand. 
3. Don’t buy your textbooks straight away. If there is an assignment due right away, you’ll have to buy, but if you can get away with it for a week, don’t buy the books. A lot of the time, you honestly might not even need the book. I’ve gotten A’s in courses where I bought 1 of 4 books. Be absolutely sure you don’t need it of course, but a lot of the time profs will end up not using the required books/access codes. And at the very least, if you wait to buy them, you can spread out the money you need to spend.
4. Research your professor before buying. This follows from the last tip, but see what other people have to say, because if the prof isn’t going to use their textbooks, or if you can get by without them, past students will let you know.
5. Never buy a book/course package that is a collection of independent journal articles. You can almost certainly find the individual articles through your school library website, or through one of the pdf websites listed above. Sometimes a package may include a chapter from another book, but even then, you can find out which book it came from. I’m not gonna lie, it’s a bit more work, but it will save you $20 to $80. 
6. Novels can always be torrented, found in a pdf finder, or taken from the library. There will never be a time when buying them new is your only option.
7. Most software that you get through an access code with your textbook can be torrented. If your access code lets you onto a website, this won’t work, but when it comes to actual software you need to install such a SPSS 22 (which is statistics software), you can torrent it. Unless it is really obscure, you can find it free. If you need some time, there will likely be a free trial of the software that you can use.
8. Share textbooks. If you can make a friend in your class, you guys can split the cost of a textbook and share it. You could even befriend someone with the textbook and ask to borrow it a few times. Take notes as you read, and you won’t even need the book afterwards.
9. If your prof says you can use any version of a book, do not buy the one provided at your book store. You can find a version online for free. I did this with Artistotle’s Nicomachean ethics for example. 
10. Philosophy, engineering, math and science books will be easy to torrent. Never buy philosophy textbooks. They will always be referencing works that already exist for free online. Science-related books are also very easy to torrent, and if you can’t get the exact version, the same information will be easily available on wikipedia.
I promise that you can find a good majority of your textbooks free or cheap. I cut my $300 textbook list down to $70, and the only reason I spent any money was for a one-time-use access code. Buying your books used, or renting them is plan B. Buying them new is a last resort. Textbook prices are not fair, and a lot of profs don’t even realize what they are asking of you, as they get the books free. Don’t feel bad for trying to get out of paying. It may be a little more work, but it is totally worth it.
Some more resources:
BookZZ
Booksee
Torrent Hound
Piratebay - good for software
PDFgrab
If you know anymore good places to get textbooks please reblog and add a link. If you have any tips, again, please reblog and add them.
Good luck guys!

Whether you’re new to university, or continuing, getting textbooks is one of the most painful things you’ll have to do. Let’s get this out in the open: university textbooks are a ripoff. This summer, I had one class that wanted me to spend $300 on textbooks. One class. If you buy your textbooks new, you could end up spending nearly $1000 a semester. That is insane, and if you’re like most students, you simply cannot afford it.

Luckily, I have found that there are generally a lot of ways to get books free or at least cheaper. Here are the tips, and resources I use to spend as little on textbooks as possible. If you are going to university, please, please, please, bookmark this. It will seriously save your wallet.

  1. If there is an ebook, you can probably get it free. A lot of websites will offer pdf’s free. Booksee and BookZZ have been the most reliable for me, and have saved me a couple hundred dollars. You can also easily torrent most ebooks. If you don’t know how, please learn, because again, this will save you a lot of money. Even if there isn’t an ebook as far as you can tell, still search for a pdf version because there may be scans.

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July 2014
09

Anonymous asked

What kind of school do you go to/ what courses do you take during the holidays?

I go to UBC! It’s not really a school for anything specific. I’m majoring in psych, but my boyfriend for example is doing engineering. So it’s all over the place. It’s really big and wonderful though!

Right now I am taking some psych requirements, the first summer semester I took research methods, and now I am taking a course on analyzing data. Not exactly my idea of fun, but I wanted to catch up a bit. Would not recommend summer school if you can avoid it ;)

July 2014
09

Anonymous asked

Have you ever shop online? If yes, on what websites do you usually go? i love your style btw :)

Thank you! I don’t tend to buy stuff online as I don’t have a visa or anything, but I look for inspiration!

I really like the Zara site because they pretty much put together a look book, and since all the clothes are simple, I have similar things and get pairing ideas I’d never thought of. 

I also like forever21, romwe, asos, boohoo, urban outfitters, nasty gal, tobi, topshop, american apparel, and even brandy melville.

July 2014
07

I have been journalling for years, and it has definitely been an excellent way to keep memories and work out issues. It’s a way to keep track of what you want to do or change, and you can write your way to epiphanies and solutions. Here is a little look at what I do when I journal and how I like to write and decorate.

Read my post on starting a journal here.

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July 2014
07

Anonymous asked

Do you know/follow some other blogs like yours? Like, with articles and stuff?

You might like reefmagazine, oraclemag, elisemag, and ruemag. They are set up like actual magazines with teams of people writing, and they are very cute! 

saradujour.me is amazing as a more personal blog. She does all her own photography/graphic design and any DIYs are totally original, so I really really love her blog!

July 2014
07

Anonymous asked

Hey! I'd love to see some of your collages or diary entry if they're not too personal. Have you ever thought of putting some online? :)

I have actually, just haven’t done it! My journal entries are pretty personal but I just blur the text when I need to. I will definitely add this to the list :)

July 2014
02

Song of the Day: The Waves Have Come by Chelsea Wolfe

This is exactly the kind of music I love. It is beautiful and ethereal, and rough around the edges in all the right ways. Orchestral and powerful, this will go down as one of my all time favourites.

July 2014
02

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

I will admit I am pretty bad about sugary treats. I don’t tend to fluctuate in weight whether I eat salad or chocolate, so I never got into the habit of being strict about desserts. Weight watching is not the only reason to eat well though, and I am starting to think more about what sort of things I want to put into my body. I want to investigate healthier desserts as a compromise, and banana ice cream seemed like the perfect place to start!

I made chocolate and peanut butter ice cream with Greek yogurt and fruit. Keep reading for the recipe!

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