Trying Hemp Oil For Anxiety (Review)

So I tried using hemp oil for my anxiety when I was back in Kenya and tried it once more when I came to Canada. Here are my thoughts about hemp oil for anxiety/insomnia. Just a heads up these are my thoughts and how my body/brain reacted to the hemp oil so it may be subjective.

Pros

Reduced anxiety– It definitely did reduce my anxiety. After using it for about 3-5 days I noticed a decrease of anxiety, however, not a complete disappearance of the anxiety though- just a decrease. Even after using it for a few weeks it was only a decrease in the anxiety.
Better sleep– It definitely helped me fall asleep faster and made my sleep deeper which was nice since I’m usually a very light sleeper and have a hard time falling asleep.
Better Concentration- The reduction of anxiety and better sleep also helped improve my concentration which was really helpful.

Cons

Makes me drowsy- If I drank one or two drops more than usual it made me drowsy the whole day. I was also a bit drowsy for one or two hours after waking up which can be annoying.
Weird dreams- I had super vivid dreams, sometimes nightmares, which was fun sometimes but very annoying other times.
Anxiety doesn’t go away completely- Like I said earlier it only kind of reduces anxiety it doesn’t make it go away completely or even significantly. It just kind of decreases it to an extent.

Final Thoughts

I have had anxiety for a while now and it does get pretty bad at certain times so that may be why hemp oil didn’t work for me as much as it does for some people. Maybe if you’re anxiety is not that bad than it would probably do a better job helping to reduce it.
It did help significantly with my insomnia which in turn helped with my anxiety since sleeping better helps reduce my anxiety so if you are suffering from sleeping problems I would recommend trying out hemp oil. But try very little first because it can make you drowsy the whole day if you take too much. I would also recommend taking it like an hour before you sleep instead of in the morning.
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Royal Dosa Hut Review

Recently I found out about this place in Niagara called Royal Dosa Hut which is a vegetarian restaurant that offers mostly south Indian food. I was super excited because there aren’t a lot of vegetarian/vegan Indian restaurants in the area although there are a few with vegan/vegetarian options. It’s pretty far from where I live so I hadn’t found time to go there due to my busy schedule last semester but I finally decided to try it out today before my winter break ends and here is the full review of how it went!

So obviously like any millennial I looked at their menu and reviews online and saw that it had a lot of horrible reviews about how their food was tasteless and gross. This kind of made me think maybe we shouldn’t go there but then I was like you know what it’s worth a try. For their full menu click here.

We decided to start with a small item first to share in case we didn’t like the taste and so we started by ordering my favourite south Indian food- idli sambhar!

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It was absolutely delicious! We could tell it was freshly made and it tasted just like homemade food which is the taste I had been craving for! It was not too spicy or extremely flavourful- it was simple but in a good way. I know I’m horrible at descriptions but that’s the only way I can describe it. It was simple and mildly flavoured but since it was freshly made it tasted amazing.

Since we loved the idli we decided to get their masala dosa which is a dosa stuffed with potatoes, onions and yellow lentils. We also got the regular samosa’s.

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They were absolutely amazing too! Like we never finish our dosa because they are quite large and filling but this one was so good we literally could not stop eating. Again it was quite simple but that’s what made it so delicious. It reminded me of the homemade dosa my mum used to make. The samosa had a really unique taste I had never had before but it was still really great. They were nice and crispy on the outside and the filling was really great on the inside.

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Like I said we could not stop eating and finished all the food so we decided to get some more items for dinner. My sister got the pizza uttapam and I got another dosa. The Uttapam was topped with capsicum, tomatoes, onions and cheese.

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They were both fantastic and I can guarantee that we will be going back there real soon! As for the ambiance- it was a really cute little place and since it’s a Thursday it was just us and one other family which meant the food arrived really fast and it was very fresh. It was also quite clean and had a really nice energy/vibe to it.

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I would totally recommend it if you like simple but delicious food. If you prefer really spicy food than maybe let them know in advance so they can make it specifically for your taste.

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The City of Saints: The Hood Series

“Because a ten-year-olds will to freedom is a greater threat to monarchy then weapons are.”
“I have a mind of my own, but I am not allowed to think for myself.”

Amazon- 4.7 out of 5 stars

Summary:

In a dystopian world, cyborgs have taken over. To escape persecution and genocide, a ten-year-old girl, Nuha Edel must run away from a war her elders have started. With the spread of an unknown disease and the rise of anarchy, Nuha tries to flee from the wreckage of war but instead ends up in the arms of the cyborgs, who are programmed to kill her kind.

The real problem erupts when Nuha realizes that the war she’s running away from is a part of who she is. Being born different is not a blessing but a curse and the only way to uplift that curse is to fight or fall, and Nuha is ready for neither.

The City of Saints is an unforgettable tale of kinship and betrayal, enmity and forgiveness. It transports the reader into a future where artificial intelligence and humans are fighting for humanity and morality. A future steeped in blood and revenge, loyalty and remedy. It explores how history has the ability to resurface, no matter how deeply it is buried.

GoodReads-  4.0 out of 5 stars
Summary:

After the second treaty was broken by the hoods, the cyborgs waged for; killing whoever came in their way. Its history repeating itself all over again with bans, segregation, alliances and peace treaties.

Nuha Edel, a ten-year-old girl finds herself trapped in a war her elders had started. She goes on a journey to find her father who had disappeared six months ago. But stumbles upon Specialized Assassin Military-bot, SAM who vows to protect her. On their path to safety, SAM and Nuha meet an old man, Xander who is greatly affected by a water-borne disease. Can a ten-year-old girl, a cyborg, and an old man find an escape from the extinction of mankind?

About The Author:

A. Rinum was born in Kharian, Pakistan. She moved to the United States when she was four years old but moved back to Pakistan at the age of eight. When she was fourteen years old, her family decided to move back to the states again. Currently, she lives in New York City and is obtaining her Bachelors in Biochemistry. Rinum started writing at the age of ten and is currently working on a poetry book.

My Opinion:

So I’m going to try really hard to review this book without giving away any spoilers because I felt like one of the best parts of reading the book was the twists and turns.

To begin with I thought this was a really great book overall. The writing was good, the plot was unique and fascinating and the characters were inspiring and relatable. I have been a really big fan of dystopic books since I was in high school and one of the themes we had to write on was dystopia. I think that was one of the reasons I really enjoyed the book.

The character of Nuha was a really great one too since she is a ten year old which brings out her innocence and purity. The rest of the characters are also easy to bond with and be empathetic to.

The plot was really interesting and I think the story line is really great. It’s one of those books that takes unexpected turns and twists that leave you wanting more.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of dystopic novels or futuristic books. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of dystopia I would still recommend checking out this book I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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The Concord Hotel

This is another place in Nairobi that I really enjoy going to. It’s so beautiful and as soon as you walk in you’re surrounded by beautiful artwork!

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Then there are beautiful areas both on the first and second floor where you can have food and drinks. It’s all open so you can look at the beautiful view around while enjoying your meal.

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There’s a lovely swimming pool area where you can relax and take a dip! It’s right next to the gym in case you feel like working out later!

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If you are ever in Nairobi I would definitely recommend you check out this amazing place with friendly staff members, good food and great drinks. Even if you don’t decide to stay here go for a while just to see it! You really won’t regret it!

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DusitD2

As you guys know I’ve been back in Nairobi for a while and I thought I would explore a little and go see some new places I’ve never been to before. This post is actually coming in a little late because we visited the place like 3 weeks ago.

Anyway we decided to first check out the Rouge Deck which is by far the coolest place I’ve been to recently! It’s located in DusitD2 which is actually a hotel but has a lot of cool things too! They have a red pool and there’s a sitting area in the pool- like right in it- which is why it’s called the Rouge Deck! That was a really bad description to be honest so just check out the pictures below to get a better idea of what it looks like!

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Once we were done with our drinks we decided to check out the rest of DusitD2. First we checked out the super awesome looking restaurants which also have vegan and vegetarian options!

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Then we decided to go see their studio which was the prettiest place ever with some amazing artwork!

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Later we decided to explore a little more, however, some of the floors are restricted but we were lucky enough to go see them anyway!

Overall, I had an amazing time! They have some amazing restaurants if you’re interested in going to eat, they have some super cute little stores if you’re in the mood to buy something and if you just want to hang out and have some drinks the Rouge Lounge is absolutely the perfect place for it!

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My 2016 Favorites!!!

So it’s almost the end of the year and I really wanted to share some of the things I really enjoyed this year!

My 5 Favorite Books Of 2016:

  1.  The Unknown Ego– this book is about the Freudian theory of the ego and how it effects behavior. It explains from a psychodynamic approach how human behavior is effected by the by our earlier experiences in life. I would not really encourage everyone to read it but I would encourage anyone who is interested in psychology, especially the psychodynamic approach, to check this book out. I’m still barely starting to learn psychology but since I want to become a therapist I thought I should read up on it and this book was so easy to follow and simple so I also really liked it for that reason.
  2.  We The Living By Ayn Rand– This is the first book I’ve ever read by Ayn Rand and I can tell you it was really something. It takes place in Soviet Russia and even though it is a work of fiction it is quite realistic is showing what life was for the Russians after the Civil War- especially for those who did not support the Reds. I would highly recommend reading this book at least once unless you’re the kind of person who gets depressed easily by books (I’m like that too! I literally cried after reading this) in which case I would suggest you avoid it by all means.
  3.  On The Road by Jack Kerouac– I don’t even know what to say about this book. This book has changed my life in such a way that I could never be thankful enough. Kerouac has been a lifesaver for me. I wanted to read this book for quite a long time and when I finally did it turned out to be so much more than I expected. It’s about a young mans journey around the US with his incredibly amusing and often outrageous friends. This book inspired me to start working on my own book starting next year and gave me some amazing ideas. While reading this book I felt like my mind just opened up and I had this amazing epiphany. Even to people who don’t usually enjoy reading I would highly encourage reading this book. Believe me it will change your life!
  4. Othello by William Shakespeare– I was really inspired by this book too and found it a fascinating read. This is probably my favorite Shakespeare book so far and I actually read it because I had to for my English Literature for school. It is a sad description of how a mans life is ruined and turned upside down due to racism and prejudice and his wife too suffers a sad fate for her undying love for him. I would recommend this book to everyone but if you’re a fan of Shakespeare or if you don’t mind the kind of olden English used in this book you should totally check it out!
  5. Bluebeard’s Egg And Other Stories by Margret Atwood– I have been obsessed with Atwood’s work since I first read The Handmaids Tale which I also had to read for my English Literature but last year. This book is a variety of short stories which are all incredibly interesting with surprising and mostly pretty sad endings. I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of Atwood’s work or of kind of depressing short stories in general…

Honorable Mention- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams– The only reason this book isn’t on the list is because I kind of felt like the sequels were not as amazing as the first book and in fact I am finding it kind of difficult to finish the last book. This book however (the first one) is witty, sarcastic, humorous, kind of insane and really interesting. I would highly recommend giving it a read especially since it’s quite small and you can finish it in like a day. 

My 5 Favorite TV Shows Of 2016:

  1.  30 Rock– The cast includes Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and more. It’s hilarious, interesting, deep, sarcastic and basically one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen!
  2.  Arrested Development– The cast includes Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia De Rossi, David Cross and many more incredible actors! It was hilarious, outrageous, emotional, thought provoking and more. I would highly recommend watching it even though the end is kind of left hanging because it didn’t really end (it’s hard to explain just Google it!)
  3.  The Office (US)– The cast includes Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, B.J Novak and many more. The first word that comes to mind when remembering this show is probably outrageous. From Jim’s silly pranks and antics to his love for Pam he stole our heart. Steve Carrell may be the worst boss ever but he too will forever be remembered fondly as Michael Scott. If you’re a fan of Parks and Rec or The Office (UK) I would highly recommend this show.
  4.  Modern Family– The cast includes Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and many more incredible actors. I absolutely love this show. It’s hilarious yet enables to learn so much about both life and family. It’s ongoing and if you haven’t began catching up yet all I can say is what are you waiting for?!?
  5. Fresh Off The Boat– The cast includes Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Ian Chen, Forrest Wheeler, Lucille Soong and many more amazing actors. It’s funny and relatable and surprisingly emotional. I have really enjoyed so far and look forward to more episodes.

My 5 Favorite Movies Of 2016:

  1.  Rogue One- Absolutely brilliant and surprisingly sassy. Even if you haven’t watched any other Star Wars movies and even if you aren’t a huge Star Wars fan you will still love this movie.
  2.  Finding Dory- This movie just proves that Ellen DeGeneres can do no wrong. I would highly recommend you watch this movie.
  3.  Zootopia- Hilarious with an amazing moral about peace and unity. Really loved this movie.
  4.  Sausage Party- I would definitely not recommend this to everyone but if you are a fan of Seth Rogen do find some time to check it out. It’s quite funny!
  5.  Central Intelligence- Hilarious and also very interesting! Definitely check it out if you haven’t so far.

My Favorite Musicians In 2016:

I hardly ever listen to new music so all the musicians below are going to be kind of old but they are what I listened to most this year.

  1.  Janis Joplin
  2.  Bob Dylan
  3.  The Beatles
  4.  Loudon Wainwright
  5.  Seth MacFarlane- Yes you read right! I said Seth MacFarlane. If you’ve heard of him before it’s probably because of his TV shows or movies but yes he does music to. If you’ve seen anything he’s worked on before don’t be scared because his music is the exact opposite. It’s deep, meaningful, beautiful, and truly amazing. Please do check out his music if you have some time!

So those are my favorites for this year! Please let me know yours in the comments below I would love to hear from you!

Also really random question but if anyone has a good recipe with parsnips let me know because I bought some yesterday but now I kind of am not sure what to do with them because I’ve never had parsnip before and I have no idea what they taste like… Thank you!! 🙂

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My February Favourites

February was a pretty fun month and I thought I would share some of my favorite books and music from that month.

Books

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“She smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like her mother”

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding- this book is eccentric, hilarious, crazy and fun. It may not be a literary classic but everyone needs to read this book at least once. It’s about a woman, Bridget, who is concerned about dying alone and being eaten by her dogs. In her desperation she ends up with a flirty, player and snubs a genuinely sweet man. The story consists of her figuring her life out and learning more about herself at the same time. If you want to read my full review for this book click here.

The Unknown Ego– this book is about the Freudian theory of the ego and how it effects behavior. It explains from a psychodynamic approach how human behavior is effected by the by our earlier experiences in life. I would not really encourage everyone to read it but I would encourage anyone who is interested in psychology, especially the psychodynamic approach, to check this book out. I’m still barely starting to learn psychology but since I want to become a therapist I thought I should read up on it and this book was so easy to follow and simple so I also really liked it for that reason.

“The quicker you let go of old cheese the sooner you find new cheese”

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Jones- as someone who finds change thoroughly uncomfortable this book was pretty helpful. I can sometimes be obsessive and I enjoy being habitual but this book was really helpful in pointing out the errors of my ways. To anyone who suffers from something similar I would strongly advise you to pick up a copy of this book.

Music

I don’t really have a particular song that I am obsessed with right now (except Work because it keeps getting stuck in my head) but I right now I am obsessed with The Ramones and everything by them.

Movies

Bridget Jones’s Diary– I really wanted to watch this movie after reading the book and I have to admit it was a great movie. The plot was very similar although not the same as some timings of events were changed. Something I didn’t particularly enjoy in the movie was how they had cut out most of the things Bridget’s mother and father did. Apart from a few annoying changes most of the changes were actually good and didn’t ruin the movie or plot at all. I also liked how the picked Colin Firth to play Mark Darcy!

The Man From U.N.C.L.E– this movie was both funny and entertaining. It had quite some action in it so it didn’t get boring at all. The witty humor, sarcasm and irony made the movie very enjoyable to watch. The plot pretty much revolves around two agents, one Russian and one American, who are forced to work together during the time of the Cold War.

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Book Review: Bridget Jones’s Diary

*Warning: Contains Spoilers*

“I like you very much, just as you are”

I had been meaning to read Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding for a while now and I finally just got a chance to read it. Well I have a small confession to make- I haven’t finished the whole book yet because I had to revise for a history test I had today but I am almost done so I decided to write the review anyway.

Bridget Jones is a very, very relatable character who is mildly obsessed with her co-worker Daniel, smokes too much and has some self-esteem problems. She has a sort of out of control life and sometimes makes some horrible decisions. Her mother is one of those typical posh, controlling types who’s always gossiping or asking about when she’s going to get some grandchildren. Her father is more of a quiet, just-go-with-it type.

In the beginning we realize that Bridget has made some quite amusing resolutions for the New Year but is unfortunately forced to spend it with her parents and their annoyingly curious friends who try to hook her up with a Mr. Darcy who ironically spends most of the night standing on his own scrutinizing the contents of the bookshelf.

She however fancies Daniel who the reader can tell is a player and seems to be a jerk but she is oblivious to his flaws (as we all are at some point). Meanwhile her parents separate and her mother tries to experiment with more men and gets a job. Her father on the other hand is devastated and calls her way too often to moan about his life. Her friends on the other hand are quite amusing too and soon we find out none of their lives are all that perfect either.

This book may not have complex language, it may not have a great deal of linguistic and literary features and it may be simply written however this is still one of the greatest books I have ever read. The level of humor and sarcasm is off the charts- it is going to have you laughing from the first page. It’s also very realistic and can actually be very serious at times and it really does discuss important things about life, just with a hint of humor. It is really down to earth and everyone can fit in Bridget’s shoes because we’ve all been there.

I would really, really encourage everyone to read this book. Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of the finest books I have read in a long time and it is one the few books that has actually got me laughing aloud.

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T.V Show Review: Jessica Jones

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“A big part of the job is looking for the worst in people. Turns out I excel at that.”

I started watching Jessica Jones last Friday and have been absolutely obsessed with it ever since. I have literally told everyone I know to watch it because it is the most amazing show I’ve ever seen. Marvel never seems to disappoint and Jessica Jones is evidence of that.

Jessica Jones is a Netflix original series that revolves around the life of Jessica Jones a sort of anti-hero. She is extremely introverted and has barely any friends at the beginning. We also see that she has superhuman strength and later in the show we realize she has been experimented on which is why she has this super power. In the start we see her throwing a man out of her door after she tells him his wife is cheating on him- she’s a private detective. However the plot gets even better when we see her following around a random man we later realize is Luke- a man she has a lot of history with.

Jessica, from the minute the show starts till the end, is the brooding, introverted, badass, brunette I wanted to model my life after. She doesn’t care what people have to say, she doesn’t even try to please anyone and she pretty much lives her own life. Of course she is kind of an alcoholic who binge drinks but then again who isn’t!

Unfortunately, her usual habitual life is interrupted by the return of her sadistic and sociopathic ex- Kilgrave. Her past finally begins to unravel when two parents whose daughter goes missing arrive at her doorstep for help. She soon starts to realize that their daughter has fallen prey to none other than Kilgrave who she assumed (hoped) was dead. She is forced to remember her past and finally face Kilgrave. He too has a form of superpowers except he uses them for pure evil and often to stalk Jessica.

 

Not only does Jessica Jones now need to protect herself and those around her, she is also forced to protect others too from the wrath of Kilgrave. This season tells us a lot about her past and how she became who she is. It also tells us that she was always sort of a hero- trying to help out others like her step sister/bestie who was a victim of her abusive mother.

The side characters on this show like Trish (her sister/bestie), Simpson, Kilgrave’s parents, Malcolm, Jeri and more make the show even more interesting and show a different side of the otherwise lonely and distant Jessica- like the way she saves Malcolm who will always be grateful to her or the always a little evil Jeri Hogarth.

   

I cannot wait for season two to come out because I’m hoping it will explain to us how Jessica got her powers, what happened to Simpson and more! That’s also another reason to start watching Jessica Jones­– there’s only one season out and you can easily binge watch and finish it and catch up with the show. The best part of this show is that even though the episodes can be similar sometimes they never get boring- the end of each episode always leaves you wanting more.


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Book Review: And Baby Makes Two

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“Getting what you want is only the beginning.”

I finally read And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon. This mildly light hearted yet extremely realistic and hard hitting books is one of my favorites. Dyan Sheldon has a way of connecting with her audience and really being able to describe a teenage mind and life. This book is about a fifteen year old girl, Lana, who makes some seriously bad decisions and ends up going through a much deserved hard time. Unlike most books to do with teenagers this isn’t a love story, it doesn’t make teenagers look like deep, misunderstood young adults and it isn’t afraid to be raw. One thing I have noticed with YA books is that most of them show parents as uncaring, distant, busy or just in general misunderstanding whereas they show teenagers to be smarter, deeper, and more mature than they should be. This book turns the tables around which is nice because it’s different from what we are so used to reading.

Lana is a very petty, immature, lost, naïve and silly fifteen year old. She and her mother have a very complicated relationship which mainly seems due to a lot of miscommunication and mildly due to Lana’s stubborn and unforgiving nature. She blames her mother for pretty much everything from her bad grades to global warming. She only lets herself live in her make belief day dream because I guess she is too young and innocent to realize that the world isn’t what it seems.

On her fifteenth birthday Lana excitedly puts on a bunch of makeup and wears a very revealing and skanky dress that her mother refuses to let her wear which leads to a huge quarrel between the two. She ends up going to a burger place alone and there as she drowns in sorrow and self-pity she meets a men she thinks is “THE ONE” (foreshadow: he is an asshole).

The two date for a while and she quickly decides now that she has met the perfect man there is no need for her to bother with school (where she was failing anyway) and it was time to take her relationship to the next level. She and her boyfriend, Les, decide to have sex that is sloppy and that she definitely doesn’t enjoy. Unfortunately, she ends up pregnant however unlike literally everyone else she is absolutely thrilled and looks forward to starting, what she believes, a family with Les.

Les who is less enthusiastic about the whole situation and acts like a perfect jackass towards her and the baby. Even though he regularly wants to have sex with her, he is not ready to take any responsibility whatsoever. Lana’s mother desperately tries to tell Lana that having a baby is not as fun as Madonna makes it look. Les, on the other hand, goes on a trip to Greece (without Lana) who goes into labor and has a baby girl called Shinola.

After Lana has the baby, Les finally shows up referring to the baby as “it” and definitely not having the moving reaction Lana hoped for when he sees Shinola for the first time. He is still only interested in sex and eventually Lana finally starts to see that have a baby isn’t what the movies make it seem like. Her mother too starts to slowly stop trying so hard and begins to give up on Lana.

The ending is quite a turn from the starting but it actually makes a lot of sense, Lana learns what growing up and taking responsibility is really like and her mum learns that she needs to let go- Lana is definitely not a baby anymore.

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