7 Most Scariest Movies Before 2000…

So like my previous post “7 Most Scariest Movies Since 2000”, this will follow the exact same standards. I judge these movies based on my experiences, and so this post is entirely opinion based. Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with my list. Remember these movies are rated PG-13 and above so if you’re underage, then you may need parental guidance while watching these movies. You can even comment your own top seven scariest movies before 2000.

#7: Jaws (1975)

A great white shark wreaks havoc on a beach resort. The reason that Jaws made the list was because it was the first horror movie that I ever watched and when I look back on it, it really did freak me out. And the fact that I have a fear of the deep ocean has everything to do with this movie. This movie makes you question what lies beneath the ocean. We’ve only explored only a tiny portion of it so there is no telling what kind of monsters live in the deep. Besides, who isn’t afraid of a shark?

#6: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Teenagers are stalked and killed in their dreams by a serial killer. A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic. Freddy Krueger is one of the most classic movie killers and one of the most scariest because he doesn’t kill his victims the usual way. He kills them in their dreams which is even scarier. You can’t fall asleep but falling asleep is something that you can’t help but do. Just imagine having to be sleep deprived to avoid a horrific death. Now if that isn’t scary I don’t know what is.

#5: Candyman (1992)

A graduate student encounters the legend of “Candyman” who appears whenever you look in the mirror and call his name five times. Candyman is a movie that brings back childhood memories of being scared in the bathroom. Who hasn’t been just a little hesitant of trying this little trick? Candyman makes you wonder whether urban legends have any truth to them, and it makes you reconsider saying his name for the fifth time.

#4: The Shining (1980)

A writer takes a job as a winter caretaker at a haunted hotel. The Shining is a movie based on the book by Stephen King. I’ve read some of Stephen’s King’s books so I know first hand that they’re scary so it was no doubt that this movie adaptation wasn’t going to be the same. The Shining will not only scare you but it will creep you out. Especially the images of the twins. Yes, the twins will definitely creep you out.

#3: Cujo (1983)

A rabid dog terrorizes a woman and her son who are trapped in a car. The reason Cujo is scary because it could happen in real life. Aren’t we all scared of vicious dogs? Although dogs are man’s best friend, sometimes best friends can turn on you and when they do…it can be one of the most terrifying moments of your life. Cujo does something that most other movies can’t do, and that’s instill real fear in us.

#2: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Three student filmmakers disappear after filming a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend. The Blair Witch Project is one of the earliest found footage movies. Found footage movies are the ones like Paranormal Activity. The Blair Witch Project is scary because of both the urban legend and the found footage style. The found footage style of the movie is what makes the fear seem real, and the ending will leave you with nightmares.

#1: The Exorcist (1973)

When a young girl is possessed, two priests must save her life through an exorcism. The Exorcist makes number one on my list because it terrified me. After watching this movie, I felt like I had just experienced something extraordinary which is something not a lot of movies have done for me. The image of the possessed girl is horrifying, and throughout the movie you will feel as if you’re watching something that you shouldn’t be watching which is the best part. The Exorcist will make you pray that nothing like that will ever happen to you or someone close to you. Unlike the other movies on this list, The Exorcist is not a movie for the faint of heart.

Enjoy!

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7 Things Girlfriends Need From Their Boyfriends…

I haven’t been in many relationships so I’m no pro, but I do know that in every relationship that I’ve had (even with potential baes) I’ve learned something new. I learn more about myself than I do about the other person. So I began to figure out what I wanted in a partner and what I didn’t want and I learned that it’s okay to have standards. Having standards becomes a problem only if you aren’t living up to your own potential.

When guys say that girls are difficult to understand (mostly because it’s true), they have to realize that it’s not that hard to please us. A guy doesn’t have to be super rich, but there are certain basic things that every girl needs from her partner. Below is my list of things that girlfriends need from their boyfriends. Take a look and maybe you might reconsider what you thought your girlfriend needed all along.

#1: She wants you to be respectful.

Girlfriends need their guys to be respectful and by respectful I mean nice. Yes, bad boys are extremely addictive, but good guys are the ones who win at life. Be a gentlemen. Open doors for her. Listen to her. Treat her like a princess. Being respectful comes down to not doing or saying anything to your girlfriend that you wouldn’t do or say to your mother. Also, remember that your girlfriend is someone’s daughter, wouldn’t you want your daughter to be treated like the queen that she is?

#2: She wants you to be loyal.

Girlfriends need to know whether their boyfriends are for them or not. That means that she should not have to work to gain your loyalty. As a part of your commitment to her your loyalty should come with that. And yes talk exclusively only to her. Not to other girls. No more hanging out with girls who have had feelings for you or have feelings for you at the moment. Prove to your girl that you have self-control by not letting your eyes wander.

#3: She wants you to be trustworthy.

Girlfriends need to know that they can trust their boyfriends. With anything and around anyone. She shouldn’t have to worry  if you’re still communicating with exes or even old flames. Your girlfriend needs to know that she can trust your word. Don’t drop plans and don’t back out on commitments. Stand by her and support her.

#4: She wants you to be secure.

Girlfriends want to know that you have a plan for the future. Even though she doesn’t need you to have everything figured out, she needs to know that you have goals in life and that you want to be someone instead of lying on the couch all day. She needs to see that you have the ability to financially support both of you if things develop into something more long term.

#5: She wants to know that you think she’s beautiful.

Every girl wants to know that she’s beautiful, valuable, and worthy. Some guys just don’t understand how important a simple “you look good today” can be. And I’m not just talking about beauty in the sense that you think she’s pretty to look at. I’m talking about her soul as well. Let her know how much you value her. How much you appreciate her. Compliment her. Encourage her. When you cherish your girlfriend, you make her feel special and you make her feel beautiful.

#6: She wants you to be honest.

Girlfriends want their boyfriends to be honest in their feelings, their expectations, and their boundaries. If a relationship is going to work, then both partners need to have clear communication with one another. Girlfriends need for you to be honest about everything no matter how difficult the issue may be. She wants to have honest conversations, and she needs you to be clear in your intentions.

#7: She wants you to be intimate with her.

And I’m not talking about the obvious intimacy. I’m talking about the heart. She wants to connect with you and know what you’re thinking. She wants to know your fears, your dreams, and your aspirations. Your girlfriend wants to feel close to you and not just in a physical way. I know it can be hard for guys to talk about their feelings and open up, but just know that it’s important to your girlfriend for you to have heart to heart moments.

In saying all of this, your girlfriend needs you to be real. She wants the real you that is at the core of your being, and there are certain things that she needs from you that can’t be bought with money. Remember when you’re giving your girlfriend all of these things do it out of love for her not because anyone is forcing you to.

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7 Must Have Items For Your Closet…

There are certain items of clothing that every woman should have in her closet. Even though the list below consist of basic items, there is the ability to mix and match for various styles. I know it feels like sometimes you have to have a packed closet filled with designer brands to keep up with the world, but you don’t. All you really need is basic items. Below are seven must have items for your closet. So take a look at my list and make sure your wardrobe has these seven things.

#1: Little Black Dress

The little black dress, or LBD, is a must have for every woman. For impromptu dates whether formal or informal, a little black dress goes a long way. Choose a classic black dress that fits perfectly for your body and you can never go wrong.

#2: Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is my go to look. The reason that a denim jacket is a must have is because denim pairs nice with everything. Whether its printed or non-printed, a denim jacket makes any outfit look casual and stylish. Find a classic denim jacket that fits your style to pair with all of your outfits.

#3: Cardigans

Light-weight cardigans are for those breezy not too cold days. They keep you warm by not being as overbearing as a gigantic winter coat. Cardigans pair perfectly with any blouse, tank top, t-shirt, or dress.

#4: White Blouses

White Blouses go with anything. They can be dressed up with slacks or khakis or dressed down with jeans. It also provides you the opportunity to wear any color accessories like bold earrings or necklaces.

#5: Jeans

A nice pair of jeans goes a long way. Jeans come in a variety of styles and colors, but a nice pair of dark wash skinny jeans has more benefits than the others. Jeans can be worn for a casual look with a t-shirt or a dressy look with a blouse, Also, jeans can be paired with any types of shoes from boots to sandals.

#6: Tank Tops

Tank tops are extremely versatile and can be dressed up or down. They can either be paired with a nice blazer for formal events or just worn plain. Tanks tops can either be worn in the hot summer days or even in the cool breezy fall days with a cardigan.

#7: Classic Skirts

Skirts come in a variety of colors, styles, and lengths such as pencil skirts, a-line skirts, or minis. You can match skirts with heels, boots, sneakers, or even flats. Pair your skirts with cardigans or jackets or printed tops or monochromatic schemes. Either way, skirts are definitely versatile enough to match any style.

My Favorite Stores: Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, Old Navy

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7 Things I Do To Stay Healthy…

Okay, so between balancing classes, a social life, and my sanity, it gets kind of hard to add in staying fit too. Like most college students, I gained weight during my freshman year, but then I realized that I could get in control of my weight without depriving myself of what I love best and that’s lots and lots of sugar. Below are the seven things that I do to stay healthy. Although these things haven’t led to significant weight loss, I have managed to get in control of my body in a way that I’ve never had before.

#1: Cleansing My Face Every Other Day

In middle and high school, I suffered from really bad acne. Now that I’m almost 20 and out of my teenage years, I’ve finally found a product that works for me. Right now, I’m using the Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub, and it works like a gem. I’ve noticed that my skin looks clearer and feels cleaner. I use it every other day or every two days so that it doesn’t dry out my skin.

#2: Getting Enough Sleep

College is definitely not an atmosphere that endorses sleep, but I’ve come to realize that late nights aren’t really good. I aim for at least seven hours of good restful sleep. I feel better throughout the day, and I think I’m able to concentrate better in classes because I get enough sleep. I’ll admit that on some nights I’ve stayed up pretty late, but I couldn’t possibly imagine getting less than seven hours of sleep night after night.

#3: Taking Biotin Vitamins Everyday

So I probably shouldn’t worry about whether or not my hair is going to grow because it definitely does, but my problem is that it doesn’t grow fast enough. That’s why I take Biotin. Biotin is a vitamin that helps my hair grow faster as well as helping my nails grow too. Everyday I take two 1000 mcg tablets. So far, I can tell the difference in the growth of my hair and my nails.

#4: Working Out At Least Three Times A Week

In high school, I played tennis and volleyball to stay active, but I knew this wasn’t going to be the case in college so I had to find another way to stay active. That’s how I discovered Zumba. I was hesitant at first because Zumba is a group activity, and I didn’t want other people to see me exercise and sweat. But, once I got over my fear and tried it for the first time, I never stopped since. Zumba is a great way to exercise because you’re not thinking about exercising. Now two years later, I’m still dancing twice a week as well as incorporating a 2 mile session on the treadmill.

#5: Drinking Only Water Monday through Thursday

I didn’t realize how much sugary juices and sodas really affected my body until I changed my drinking habits. I limited drinking sodas and juices to only Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and I can really see the difference that drinking mostly water has done to me. My stomach has gone down, my skin is clearer, and drinking mostly water just makes me feel better.

#6: Eating Only Meats, Veggies, Fruits Monday through Thursday

I’ve come to realize that on a daily basis I eat a lot of food. Too much food. So, I decided to cut down on some of my eating by limiting what I ate. I try to stay within the Paleo diet which is basically eating what a caveman would eat. I do this Monday through Thursday, and on Friday through Sunday I get to eat what I want. That way I’m not depriving myself of foods that I love but aren’t necessarily healthy. Over time, this way of eating has helped me to maintain my weight without me starving myself.

#7: Relaxing Friday through Sunday

Okay, so good health isn’t all about eating the right foods and exercising. My mind and my emotional well-being are just as important when considering how healthy I am. I’ve learned that it’s necessary to treat yourself. I use the weekends to relax by either going out or just binging on Netflix. I remembered that my health is all about balance and that too much of anything is bad.

I’ve learned that being healthy isn’t that hard. Some people think that it’s about depriving yourself, but it’s not. It’s just about making smart decisions when it comes to how you treat your body. Being young, I feel like I’m invincible, but the sad truth is that I’m not. That’s why I treat my body right now because I know it will benefit me in the long run.

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7 Most Scariest Movies Since 2000…

This post is entirely opinion based. The movies listed below are the movies I consider the most scariest, and being that I’ve watched a lot of scary movies, not many have come to terrify me like these. Take a look at my list and see if you agree or disagree. Remember these movies are rated PG-13 and above so if you’re underage, then you may need parental guidance while watching these movies! Feel free to comment your own top seven scariest movies since 2000.

#7: The Descent (2006)

A caving expedition goes wrong as six women become trapped and must fight off flesh eating predators lurking in the darkness. The Descent is unlike the other movies on this list because it isn’t centered around a haunted house or an evil ghost. It’s about the unknown which is even scarier. The claustrophobia that I experienced in this movie made me anxious about going anywhere underground. To be honest, this movie will have you question any cave trips that you might be considering.

#6: The Strangers (2008)

During their honeymoon, a young couple is terrorized by three masked strangers. The reason that the The Strangers made my list is because it hits home. It doesn’t deal with things that are make believe. Instead, The Strangers is able to tap into a real scare and that is the anxiousness that comes with being home alone. This movie is the most realistic on this list and it makes you ask, is someone watching me?

#5: The Conjuring Series (2013-)

Based on the true stories of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they attempt to assist people who have been plagued by demonic forces. The Conjuring series is focused around a haunted house theme. The thing that makes this series different is its ability to amp up the haunted house tale. The demonic forces in the movies are so scary that they have their own movies like the spin-off, Annabelle (2014). If I had to pick either The Conjuring or The Conjuring 2 (2016), I’d say you’re going to have to be the judge of that.

#4: Insidious Series (2011-)

Centered around the Lambert family who come to realize that the reason that they are being haunted has nothing to do with the house but their own son. Although the third movie in the Insidious series doesn’t revolve around the Lambert family, it is still related to the overall story line. The reason that the Insidious series has made this list is because no matter how many times I’ve watched it, it still scares me every single time.

#3: The Ring (2002)

A videotape that kills its viewer in seven days gets into the hands of a journalist who must figure out the origins of the tape in a week. The Ring is a remake of the Japanese horror film, Ring. What was really frightening about The Ring was that it was so engaging. I couldn’t turn my eyes away from the screen no matter how much I wanted to. And the fact that the ghost comes through the television, that just tops the cake.

#2: The Grudge Series (2004-2009)

Americans in Japan are haunted by a vengeful curse. The Grudge series is an another “J-horror” remake that never ceases to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I think that the only reason that this movie is so scary has everything to do with the evil entities. The effect that they had on me made me afraid to turn the lights out at night. To put it simply, this movie will scare the pants off of you.

#1: It Follows (2015)

After a sexual encounter, a teenage girl is pursued by a supernatural entity. It Follows is an indie movie that I was curious about when it was released on DVD and till this day, it continues to be the scariest movie that I’ve ever watched. I’ve only watched it twice because it’s that terrifying. The entity in this movie had me paranoid in real life. It Follows may not be well known, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it really is horrifying.

Don’t forget to comment! Enjoy!

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7 Money Saving Tips for College Students…

If you have attended college or are in college at the time that you are reading this awesome blog, then you understand the struggle. With the cost of tuition and books always looming over your heads, no wonder you don’t have any money to do the things that you really want to do. Listed below are the seven tips that I’ve come up with that are going to help you save money as a college student or even if you’re just a regular schmegular person. Take a look and see which tips you want to incorporate in your daily life to start saving money.

#1: Don’t Buy New Textbooks

When shopping for books for the semester, it’s cheaper to buy used textbooks or even to rent textbooks for a lower price. If you and a friend are taking the same class, consider sharing the textbook so that you can split the cost.

#2: Limit Eating Out

I know it can be tempting to want to grab something quick to eat if you’re on the go and with a McDonald’s around every corner, it’s kind of hard to resist the temptation of a juicy cheeseburger. BUT, those costs can quickly add up. Consider making more home cooked meals or consider only eating out on the weekends and yes, Friday is a weekend.

#3: Cut Cable

Okay, so this one might be the hardest. Cutting cable? Ummm, no. But you can cut down your monthly bill by just going with basic cable. And yes, you NEED cable. Something has to take your mind off of all those exams and pop quizzes and group projects, right? And if you aren’t addicted to cable like I am, then a cheaper alternative could be to use streaming sites like Netflix or Hulu or getting these streaming sites along with your basic cable. They’re much more affordable, and they offer more programs than cable does. See? You’re saving money already.

#4: Consider Having Roommates

It’s much more cost efficient to live with one or even two other people. That way you can split the bills. Now the only thing you have to do is find people to live with. Your best friend? Your boyfriend? Your associate? Classmate? Co-worker? Probably, best friend. Just saying. Although, the boyfriend idea is tempting.

#5: Put Back Loose Change

Okay, so this technique is super easy. I’ve been doing this since I was a little girl, so I’ve mastered the art of putting my leftover change in a jar, or a container, or a bag. Basically anything that’ll hold heavy coins. The only hard part you have to do is watching to see how high it stacks up. Overall message: Keep your coins, yall.

#6: Shop Wisely

Usually when I shop, I never buy anything at full retail price. I wait until it goes on SALE. SALE is not your enemy. SALE is your best friend. Use it. It’s there, and you’ll be surprise at how many items you can get on SALE. Also, when you’re shopping for groceries, take advantage of coupons and discounts.

#7: Consider Buying Generic Brands

Haven’t you noticed that generic brands in food and medicine are a lot cheaper than their name brand counterparts? It’s simple. The generic alternative is where it’s at.

Let’s face it. It takes money to buy the things you want, and as a college student, I know first hand that college is expensive. That’s why I believe in saving money. If you take my advice, you’ll start to save money too.

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So Why Blog?

As a college student, I’m constantly asked what are you going to school for? It’s a question that I’m sure most people who attend college have heard. I get asked this at random moments when I’m least thinking about my impending future. The other adults in my life seem to think that I have some great plan. Like, really? I’m just trying to figure out this whole “adulting” thing. My parents seem to have an image for me that says that I should be in the workforce in a traditional 9-5 job. But that’s not the case. That’s not how I envision my life.

I imagine myself in a peaceful atmosphere doing what I love to do and that’s writing. Ever since I was a little girl, I have imagined worlds and characters and stories that allow me to escape for days. I had a great childhood, but I was always looking for an escape. I was looking for an experience that transcended me and that experience was reading and writing. Books were my first love, and when I discovered that I could make books just like other people could, I picked up a pencil and I started to create stories.

Ever since then I’ve been the type of person who has stories and ideas in their mind that they can’t get rid of until it’s written down. Putting pencil to paper and creating people and worlds where I get to decide everything is magic. I want to share my magic with everyone.

So to answer the question, why blog? I blog because I have ideas and thoughts that I have to get out of my head. I want to share my ideas, my stories, and my world with other people. Blogging is how I can do that. People connect to other people through words, and I believe that blogging is a good way to connect to people through my ideas and my thoughts.

Even though my blog is filled with my ideas, I encourage you to share yours. When you read my blogs, feel free to comment. I welcome criticism and encouragement. It’s how we all get better. I believe in everyone having a voice, and in this blog, I’m able to give you mine.

So to those people who question if I’m ever gonna be someone in life. To those people who ask what am I going to school for? I’m going to school to indulge myself with the thing I love to do. In life you’re going to learn that not everyone is going to believe in your dream. But, it’s okay. Because it’s not their dream. My dream is to be surrounded by words, and in a world of many voices, I have a right to my own. I believe in the power of sharing ideas and thoughts and blogging is how I’m going to share what I think.

Take that you 9-5 job.

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