32 ounces

We naturally put millionaires and billionaires in the same general class of person, but the only reason to do that is because the words are similar. Since these aren’t numbers we can actually visualize, it’s important to understand what a billion of something is. To travel a million inches, you’d have to travel from the Southern-most tip of Manhattan and go to the Bronx. To travel a billion inches, you’d have to fly from New York to Shanghai twice. A million seconds is a little over 11 days. A billion seconds is nearly 32 years. A million ounces is about the weight of a train car. A billion ounces is 4.5 Eiffel Towers. Use these to conceptualize what the difference between a millionaire and a billionaire is, and the absurd amount of wealth we’re talking about.

Witchy Supplies on Amazon Masterpost

Amazon is a really great place to buy things in bulk or get items you could otherwise not really acquire, sometimes directly from witchy sellers! I shop from there all the time. These are some things I recommend:

(These are prices and items current at the date of my posting. I will update later if needed. Also, if you like this, please let me know, I’m thinking about starting a website/store for these and more items.)


Wicca For One: The Path Of Solitary Witchcraft - $10.55

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - $14.95 $10.03

Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - $10.33

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development - $14.18

Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft - $13.09

Practical Candleburning Rituals: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose - $12.03

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic - $10.57

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic - $11.60

Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows - $12.75

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - $10.13

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews - $13.62

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic  - $11.60

A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook - $21.41

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health — Beauty — a Safe Home Environment - $21.95 $14.92 

Indoor Gardening: 15 Steps to Design a Successful Indoor Garden + 20 Easiest Indoor Plants You Can Grow  - $8.95

Candles & Candle Making

Search for Various Sets of Colored Chime Candles - Varying Prices

(4) Sets of 10 Spell Candles (40 Candles) & (1) White Ceramic Mini Candle Holder $28.00 $13.64

Mini 4" Chime Spell Candle Magick Set: 20 Candles - 10 Assorted Colors! - $6.85

Star Chime Holder - Blue Color - $2.79

Blue Ceramic Starry Chime Candle Holder - $7.25

White Chime Holder - $5.50

Zodiac Chime candle holder - $10.99 $8.59

Reversible Glass Candleholder - For Chime and Taper Candles - $3.50

Mini Candle Holder Pentacle Black - $4.35

Brass Chamberstick for ½" Chime Candles - $8.95

Candle Making Beginner Kit - $22.98

The Candlemaker’s Store Natural Soy 444 Wax, 10 lb. Bag - $29.99 $17.95

CandleScience 50 Piece Natural Candle Wick, Large - $9.79

Candle Crafting Candle Dye - $7.56


50 Mini Glass Vials w/ Cork - $10.99 $7.96

12 Spice Jars w/ Label Set - $19.99 $14.99

Set of 24 Glass Spice Jars - $33

4 8 oz Ball Jelly Jars - $9.99 $9.55

12 Ball Jar Mouth Pint Jars w/ Lids and Bands - $10.99 $6.79

6 Purple 100th Anniversary Vintage Ball Jars - Pint - $12.99 $9.60 (they have blue and green, too!)

12 1 ml Amber Glass Vials w. Orifice Reducer and Black Plastic Cap - $4.86

Amber Glass Bottle with Roll On Applicator and Black Cap - 10 ml - Package of 6 - $7.99 $6.50

1 oz Amber Boston Round Glass Bottle with Fine Mist sprayer 6/bx - $5.93

1oz Amber Glass Bottles for Essential Oils (4 Pack) - Mini Boston Round Bottles With Lids - Black Plastic With Phenolic Lid Top Cap - $19.99 $6.02

Premium Spray Bottle 500ml - $3.87

Essential Oils & Diffusers

Calily™ Premium Aromatherapy Essential Oil Basic Starters Gift Set - 100% Pure (6) - $79.95 $17.95 

First Aid Essential Oil Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit  $40.99 $19.99

Relax & Rejuvenate Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit - $40.99 $19.99

Silky Skin Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit - $40.95 $19.99

Love & Passion Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit - $40.95 $19.99

Best of the Best 28 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Set - $229.99 $99.99

Wooden Essential Oil Box - Holds 25 (5-15 ml) Essential Oil Bottles -  $29.99 $19.95

Heart Necklace Aromatherapy Diffuser w/ 4 Essential Oils - $40 $20.99

Celtic Cross Ball Necklace Aromatherapy Diffuser w/ 4 Essential Oils - $40 $20.99 (Bronze & Silver Colors)

Hollyson Electric Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Cool Mist Humidifier - $49.99 $19.99

Folk Art Porcelain Teaqr Drop Oil Warmer - $5.77


Search - Bulk Herbs - Varying Prices

Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit - $39.95 $34.95

Deluxe Wicca Starter Kit - $101.99 (This includes 75 herbs plus lots of other supplies!)

Wicca or Hoodoo Herb Spell Kit - 30 Witchcraft Herbs + Magickal Herbs eBook - $33.99

Wicca or Hoodoo Herb Spell Kit - 92 Witchcraft Herbs + Magickal Herbs eBook - $83.99


White Sage Smudge Stick 3-Pack - $10.99 $7.00 (comes in various quantities)

Charcoal for Incense: Pack of 10 Rounds (33mm) - $10.00 $1.99

Mixed Assortment of 100 Indian Incense Cones: 10 Different Scents! - $9.95

Wooden Pentacle Incense Cone and Incense Stick Burner, 5" - $6.49

Celtic Cone Incense Burner - $5.79

Set of 12 Nag Champa Sunrise Sandalwood Midnight Patchouli Celestial Fortune Blessings Romance Super Hit Jasmine Blossom Rain Forest By Satya - $16.99

Set of 6 x 15g Boxes Incense Nag Champa Sunrise Sandalwood Midnight Patchouli Celestial - $9.36

Gift Set of 6 Nag Champa Sandalwood Patchouli Rose Lavender and White Sage Incense Kit(incense Holder Included) - $9.99 $8.99

Tibetan Incense Burner - $12.79 $5.75

Wooden Coffin Incense Burner - Black Sun and Moon 12" - Brass Inlays - Storage Compartment - $10.00 $7.95

Incense Burner ~ Traditional Incense Holder with Inlaid Design ~ Approx 10 Inches, Variety of Designs  - $10.00 $3.90


Search - Wiccan Gemstones - Varying Prices

2 Pounds Brazilian Tumbled Polished Natural Stones Assorted Mix - Medium Size - 1" to 1.5" Avg. - $31.95 $15.99

Break Your Own Geodes - Set of 12 - $19.95 $11.53

Other Supplies

Rosewater - 8 oz - $8.79 $8.50

Sea Salt Flakes, 8.5 oz box - $6.70

Food Grade Himalayan Crystal Salt - Dark Pink - (Coarse) - 1 Kilo - $8.95

Morton Iodized Salt, 26 oz - $6.34

Natural Sources Sea Water, 32 Ounces - $12.11

Graveyard Dirt - 1 oz - $4.60

Chemistry | Part 1 | COLE SPROUSE X READER

Description: When Camila hosts a viewing part for the season 1 premiere of Riverdale, the reader find out that the fans ship her and Cole together on and off screen. So she decides to have some fun with it.

Word Count: 1972

Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Chemistry isn’t something you can fake no matter how good of an actress or actor you are. You either have it or you don’t and I’ve yet to find to a way to create it if it’s just not there.

I’m pretty sure the main reason I got my job on Riverdale was because of the chemistry I had with my co-star, Cole Sprouse. I auditioned for the role of a girl who played his character Jughead’s love interest on the show, so it was important to the casting director that whoever played this character got along with Cole.

Cole was in the room reading lines with the people auditioning for the role and it became inherently obvious within the first 20 seconds that we had great chemistry and similar interests.

I walked into the room wearing dark wash jeans and a black and white flannel with white converse. Cole stood up straight off of the table he was leaning against and looked me up and down. He too was wearing dark wash jeans and a black and white flannel with white converse, though he made it look one hundred times better than I did.

Cole broke out in a grin and chuckled. “I like your style…” he trailed off not knowing my name.

“(Y/N),” I supplied him with a smile of my own. “And thank you I like yours as well. Great minds think alike and I have a great one,” I said with a wink.

The people in the room all let out a laugh at my response. Cole walked up to me and reached a hand out. “Well nice to meet you (Y/N) I’m Cole Sprouse and I’ll be one of your co-stars if you get this role.”

I firmly grasped his reached out hand and shook it firmly. “Nice to meet you too Cole though I already knew your name. I don’t live under a rock.”

And the rest as they say is history.  I got a call the next day saying I got the part and showed up to set the following week. That was a year ago.

Keep reading

Real quotes as Hetalia pt.6

America: 🎶Oh say can you see, bitch

England: I’ve had 32 ounces of tea today

Russia: Why makes friends when I can make memes

China: Oh that’s why it’s called a copyright

France: Ohonhonho-godammit I dropped my bread

Germany: I tried to smile but I think I snarled

Italy: I’m currently eating 3 people’s worth of gnocchi so I’m in no position to judge

Japan: Senpai? How about some-pie.

Romano: If you touch my fucking pasta again I’ll cut your dick off

Spain: If tomatoes were people what would they sing…

Iceland: *whispered* I’m going to kill Norway with a pancake

Denmark: I wasn’t listening but it’s a thumb

Norway: How to make an inconspicuous middle finger

Sweden: I’ll see you again somegay-oh crap I messed that up

Finland: don’t hurt me I’m precious

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you guys:  today is the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long i didn’t eat out at a restaurant or eat fast food place all day.  specifically proud of not stopping on the way home from work.

this is big, people.

and, while i’m trying not to drink pop, I did have a dr. pepper today.  but one.  one can.  not 2 32 ounces or 3 bottles (however many ounces those are), but one. 

Donating from the Dollar Store

If you, like me, want to donate needed items to hurricane victims but are also on a strict budget and unable to spend much outside of it, I spent the day wandering around between stores and comparing prices so you don’t have to.

Before we begin, some foolish assumptions: this post assumes you have equal access to a dollar store and a super center/grocery (in my case, Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart).  It also assumes that your goal in donating is to get as much as possible to as many people as possible.  I.E., you’d be looking for the best deal on multiple rolls of toothpaste, not looking for the cheapest individual tube.  This post also only covers toiletries, such as toothpaste, deodorant, and shaving cream.  It does not cover food items or clothing.  I am also aware that super centers and groceries have sale periods for items, so what the products cost when I checked may not always be the case.  But I figure if you’re trying to donate for Hurricane Harvey, you’ll be doing so sooner rather than later, so the prices ought to stay fairly accurate.  Finally, I’m not factoring in any coupons a shopper might have.

What You Should Buy at the Dollar Store:

  • Brushes: Generally, I tried to find items in bulk, but I could only find individual brushes at either store.  Dollar Tree had the cheapest at a dollar a pop, while Wal-Mart’s cheapest brush was $1.98.
  • Body Spray: Dollar Tree’s best deal was one dollar for a 3.36 oz. can, or 30 cents an ounce.  Wal-Mart had a two pack of 6 oz. bottles for 6.47, or 54 cents an ounce.  Four bottles of the Dollar Tree spray would be cheaper than one Wal-Mart two pack, and more people could use them.
  • Combs: A 12 pack of combs cost one dollar at Dollar Tree.  The Wal-Mart 12 pack cost $2.57.
  • Dental Floss: One dollar for 115 yards at Dollar Tree vs. 98 cents for 66 yards at Wal-Mart.
  • Diaper Rash Cream: The only tube at my Dollar Tree was 4 oz. for a dollar.  At Wal-Mart, the best deal was 16 oz. for 7.97, or 50 cents an ounce.  Dollar Tree’s cream is a quarter an ounce.  4 tubes of the Dollar Tree cream, even with sales tax, still gives you 16 oz. for less than Wal-Mart.
  • Disposable Razors: Dollar Tree’s largest pack of disposable razors was ten for a dollar, ten cents per razor and double-bladed.  Wal-Mart had a pack of twelve disposable double-bladed razors for 1.88, 16 cents per razor.
  • Individual Hand Sanitizer Bottles: At Dollar Tree, I found a three pack of 2 oz. hand sanitizer bottles for a dollar.  At Wal-Mart, the only pack of sanitizers I could find cost 3.77 for three 1 oz. bottles.  3 oz. hand sanitizer bottles at Wal-Mart were 97 cents a piece, which is about 32 cents per ounce.  The Dollar Tree three pack was around 16 cents per ounce.
  • Lip Balm: Two Chapstick-sized tubes at Dollar Tree sold together for a dollar.  A three-pack of Chapstick at Wal-Mart was 2.94.
  • Shampoo: Dollar Tree had a 32 oz. 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner bottle for a dollar.  Wal-Mart had a 30 oz. bottle of shampoo for 1.94.  The largest bottle of just shampoo at the Dollar Tree was 15 oz. for a dollar, around .07 cents per ounce.  The 30 oz. Walmart bottle was .06 cents an ounce, and I feel one more cent per ounce is pretty much a wash, even with sales tax.
  • Shaving Cream: Wal-Mart had a two pack of 8 oz. bottles for 3.54, 22 cents an ounce.  A single bottle at Dollar Tree was one dollar for 12 ounces, 8 cents per ounce.  
  • Stick Deodorant: The largest bar of deodorant I could find at the Dollar Tree was 2.5 oz. and cost one dollar.  The best deal on stick deodorant I could find at Wal-Mart was a two pack of 2.5 oz. sticks for 3.48.  Buying two sticks at the dollar store would be cheaper.
  • Toilet Paper:  Wal-Mart has twenty-four rolls of 2-ply toilet paper for $10.72, 45 cents per roll.  Dollar Tree sells four rolls of 2-ply for one dollar, 25 cents per roll.  Even with sales tax, four of the Dollar Tree packs are cheaper than one of the Wal-Mart packs.

What You Can Buy at the Dollar Store:

  • Adult Toothbrushes: A six pack of soft adult toothbrushes from Dollar Tree costs a dollar.  A six pack of soft adult toothbrushes from Wal-Mart costs the same.
  • Denture Adhesive: I actually couldn’t find any at my local Dollar Tree.  Of course, had I been able to, I know it would have cost a dollar per tube.  A 2.4 oz. tube at Wal-Mart was $2.32, so an equally sized tube at Dollar Tree would be better.  Even a smaller tube might have a better price per ounce.
  • Hand Lotion: The Dollar Tree had a 7.5 oz. bottle of Jergens hand lotion for one dollar.  The cheapest bottle of hand lotion at Wal-Mart was $3.58 for two ounces.  However, the biggest bottle of body lotion in general at Wal-Mart was 32 oz. for $3.38, or 11 cents an ounce.  Compared to the 13 cents per ounce for the Dollar Tree bottle, Wal-Mart has the better deal unless you need hand lotion only and specifically.
  • Toothpaste: Dollar Tree’s biggest tube of toothpaste was 8 oz. for one dollar, 13 cents an ounce.  Wal-Mart had a three pack of 8 oz. toothpaste for 4.95, 21 cents an ounce.  Three rolls of Dollar Tree toothpaste would be cheaper.  However, Dollar Tree’s biggest tube of toothpaste was a generic, while Wal-Mart’s three pack was a name brand, Colgate. If you’re concerned about the toothpaste’s effectiveness or quality of ingredients, you might choose to spend the extra dollar or so for the brand. 

What You Shouldn’t Buy at the Dollar Store:

  • Baby Diapers: Dollar Tree only had diapers in packs of three.  The biggest package at Wal-Mart was 160 diapers for $16.12.  While it’s technically cheaper per diaper at Dollar Tree, it would cost you more to buy enough Dollar Tree packs to equal the number of diapers in the Wal-Mart box.
  • Baby Powder: At Dollar Tree, baby powder was one dollar for 9 oz., 11 cents per ounce.  Wal-Mart had 15 oz. of baby powder for $1.58.  That’s also 11 cents per ounce, but you’re getting six more ounces.
  • Children’s Toothbrushes: A three pack of soft children’s brushes was a dollar at Dollar Tree.  A five pack at Wal-Mart was also a dollar.
  • Children’s Disposable Nighttime Underpants: I couldn’t find any of these at Dollar Tree.  There were infant diapers and adult diapers, but nothing in between.  At Wal-Mart, it was $16.47 for 34 S/M pairs or for 27 L/XL pairs.
  • Incontinence Pads: Dollar Tree had unisex pads in packs of ten for one dollar, or ten cents per pad.  Women’s pads at Wal-Mart were $14.34 for 45, and men’s were 52 for 9.54.  While the cost is more per pad with the Wal-Mart versions, they are designed to have more protection in specific needed areas by sex, and so are better absorbent.  They are also likely made of more durable and higher quality materials.
  • Menstrual Pads: Maxi pads at Dollar Tree are twenty to a package for one dollar, five cents per pad.  A package of 45 maxi pads at Wal-Mart is 4.99, 11 cents per pad.  However, literally every review I’ve ever found for dollar store pads warns that they leak, they don’t stay adhered, or they adhere too well and can actually tear underwear.  This is one of those instances where quality is the most important thing.
  • Tampons: The Dollar Tree had a box of 8 tampons for a dollar, thirteen cents apiece.  Wal-Mart sells a box of 54 for 5.27, ten cents a piece.
  • Tissues:  The Dollar Tree sells one box of 160 tissues for a dollar, about one cent per tissue.  Wal-Mart sells a 6 pack of Kleenex boxes, 160 tissues each, for 7.72.  That also comes out to one cent per tissue, but for six times the product.
  • Wet Wipes: Dollar Tree had thirty-two wipes per pack for a dollar, three cents per wipe.  Wal-Mart’s best deal was 5 packs of 48 wipes each for 6.28, also three cents per wipe for nearly eight times as many wipes.
Answers about Digestive Upset :P

yee-jun replied to your post “I took the same medications I take every day, I had the same…”

Now you get to have anxiety *about* parasites until you figure it out. :|

I mean, parasites are something you can have removed, normally. It’s probably a quicker cure than going gluten or dairy free :D 

ainokesshou replied to your post “I took the same medications I take every day, I had the same…”

I’m going with a subthreshold anxiety attack. One where you don’t even realize you’re having it, but your body sure knows. That’s what those symptoms are for me, anyway.

I guess it could be, but I’ve had an Actual Facts anxiety attack, I don’t know why I’d repress one now. And I was super relaxed this morning….

othersideofforty replied to your post “I took the same medications I take every day, I had the same…”

I want to huddle you in a burrito blanket to make the ouch pass.

You and me both :D 

engineerleopoldfitz replied to your post “I took the same medications I take every day, I had the same…”

If your food intake was consistent, I’d consider your water sources or if anything might have contaminated your cups, dishes or utensils.

I drink from the same water source every day, but it’s still a point – I get my water from the work fridge water dispenser, and it could be the filter’s not working, or something….

strangeselkie replied to your post “I took the same medications I take every day, I had the same…”

Whipworms or lactose intolerance, friend

Worst prix fixe menu ever. 

ignescent replied to your post “I took the same medications I take every day, I had the same…”

Boo. Assuming it’s not annoying new food sensitivity, what’s your hydration look like? My body sometimes decides cramps are an appropriate response to not enough water.

I am probably the most hydrated person I know :D The cramps started right around the time I finished my first 32 ounce mug of water for the day…

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, I’m definitely going to be investigating them….

So, lately I’ve been trying to jump into the whole sheet mask craze; I love the idea of sheet masks: they’re fast, easy, you get to look like a serial killer for twenty minutes, plus they offer a hell of a moisture boost for your skin. I moisturize regularly with natural plant oils, so my skin is really well-balanced and I rarely have problems with dry skin, but now that I’m heading into my next decade, I’d like to add an intense moisture treatment into my skincare routine a few times a week. However, it’s really difficult to find sheet masks without alcohols and all the various sorts of chemicals I avoid in my skincare (I’m a crunchy hippy like that). I finally tracked down some organic ones with just a few ingredients, all plant extracts…only they were $45 for six single use masks. I make $12.50 an hour, so that’s not fucking happening, especially since I want to use these masks a few times a week. 

I finally settled on making my own. You can buy dry sheet masks (e-bay is your friend here) and then just soak them in whatever solution you want; that way you can control every ingredient that goes into them. I stumbled across a recipe online that I’ve used several times now and really like, so I thought I’d share it here. There are only three ingredients, but you can of course add essential oils or other ingredients if you like: 

1 tbs. rosewater

1tbs. vegetable glycerin

1 tsp. aloe vera gel*

Just whisk everything together in a bowl for a couple of seconds to make sure it’s blended, soak your mask in it, spread it on your face, then sit back and relax for 20 minutes.

If you’ve never used vegetable glycerin before, be aware that when you take off the mask, you might feel somewhat sticky. You can either wash off the extra solution on your face or massage it in. I massage it in a little, and then just spread my moisturizer on top of it and I really don’t feel the stickiness anymore. Glycerin is a humectant that will help to actually draw moisture into your skin, which is why you put a moisturizer on over the top of it, to lock in all that dewiness so you can wake up in the morning with fresh, glowing skin. I find that my moisturizer absorbs better when I use this sheet mask beforehand. 

*Do NOT use the ‘aloe vera’ you buy at your grocery store that’s bright blue/green; this is more chemical than aloe vera. I use Lily of the Desert, which comes in both a plastic squeeze bottle as a clear gel or in a big brown bottle that has even fewer additives (and cost me like $8 for 32 ounces, so it will last forever). If you have an aloe plant, even better, but if not, just buy a brand that’s 99% aloe and has few additives. 

As always, especially if your skin is sensitive, remember to spot test. Also, because this is very moisturizing and consequently kind of heavy, ease your skin into it to make sure you don’t break out; start out using it just once a week, and then increase frequency if you like/feel you need to.  

Update On My Search History

1: why does my cat like to chew on plastic?
2: why does my boyfriend not like the BoM soundtrack?
3: what do I do if I’m having a severe mental breakdown and can’t do anything to stop myself from doing bad things?
4: how much is a 32 ounce bag of M&Ms
5: if I make 17.35 an hour, can I afford rent in a small apartment in ——? I don’t want my fiancé to worry about it

‘16 Steps to help you feel better’

 1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.   3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it   5. stretch.start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers.stretch everything.   6. buy a 32 ounce water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.   7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.   8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.  11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog or cat and observe their behaviour. realise you can learn from your pet.  12.reminisce with old friends, . suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.  14. think long and hard about what interests you. movies, writing, music, art , mysteries, space, meditaiton, nature animals? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.  15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. laugh and smile… allot compliment people on their clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eyes. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.  16. Lay in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t even an option…open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.




5 slices hardwood smoked bacon
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
½ cup (~4 stalks) celery, chopped
1 cup (1 small) yellow onion, chopped
1-2 serrano peppers
2 cans (15 ounces each) chili beans in medium (or spicy) sauce
1 can (15 ounces) chili beans in mild sauce
2 (28 ounces each) cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (6 ounces) can tomato paste
2 pounds (32 ounces) ground beef chuck
1 pound (16 ounces) Italian sausage

4 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt, ½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 beef bouillon cubes
Optional: fresh cilantro, sour cream, freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese


In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove on to a paper towel lined plate and dab off the excess grease. Set aside.
Reserve the bacon grease in the skillet.
Remove the stem and seeds from the red pepper. Chop. Remove the stem and seeds from the green pepper and chop.
Chop the celery. Remove the peel of the onion and chop. (My husband HATES onions and could not detect them in the chili – chop super fine as they add a lot of flavor!)
Chop the serrano pepper and remove the seeds if desired – leave them in for extra heat.
Add the chopped red pepper, green pepper, celery, onion, and serrano pepper to the skillet with the reserved bacon grease. Saute the veggies over medium heat until tender. Transfer to the crockpot.
Add in the three cans of chili beans (undrained and do not rinse), petite diced tomatoes, and tomato paste to the crockpot.
In the same skillet used to cook the bacon and veggies, cook the ground beef chuck (better flavor and texture than regular ground beef) and Italian sausage until no longer pink over medium heat. Stir that into the slow cooker.
Add all the seasonings to the crockpot. Crumble up the bacon (or chop) into very small pieces and stir that in the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Enjoy with fresh cilantro, sour cream and cheddar cheese.

In response to requests from family, friends and Muslim patients I am sharing some advice for Ramadan.
Please like and share if you find the advice useful

1. If you are a big coffee drinker and was not able to taper coffee in the weeks before Ramadan - try drinking coffee during suhoor. Just be ware that the caffeine can dehydrate you if taken in excess. Coffee withdrawal headache will be the worst in the first week

2. Avoid too many sweets/carbs during suhoor- they will make you thirsty and you will get hungrier sooner- shoot for high protein foods, fava beans, low fat cheeses, eggs. Fresh vegetables and fruits during suhoor will give you potassium which will make fasting easier. Good foods are bananas, cucumbers, avocados and most other fruits/vegetables.

3. Avoid a large portion of food (especially carbohydrate rich foods) during Iftar time- break your fast with dates per Islamic tradition as it will give you much needed energy and nutrients. When you feast for Iftar- blood will rush to your stomach and you will find little or no energy to pray. In addition- your sugar will likely drop further hours later and you will find you need to compensate by overeating. small regular meals are ideal. eat slowly to help your body digest the food better.

4. Avoid heavy meals/sauces with lots of salt as they will make you thirsty. Make sure you drink anywhere between 32-64 ounces of water a day (1-2 liters). fill a water bottle of this size to make sure you have reached your goal.

5. If you exercise regularly- you can still exercise during Ramadan- just avoid doing it earlier in the day since you may get more dehydrated as the day goes on. you can exercise in the 1-2 hrs before Iftar- and if you cannot do that- then exercise at least 2 hours after iftar. void exercising immediately after Iftar.

6. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or taking regular medications throughout the day- remember YOU DO NOT NEED to fast. If you are inclined to fast, ask your doctor is fasting is right for you. If you take once daily medications such as blood pressure medications- you can take them once during iftar or suhoor. twice daily medications can be given with suhoor and iftar respectively. (this may be different with different medications so make sure you speak to your doctor).

7. Fish are generally are nutritious- but avoid eating them during su7oor because it will make you drink a lot of water.

8. Good sources of carbohydrates are those that are digested more slowly- wholegrain bread, brown rice, quinoa, beans. white bread/rice and sweets are digested faster and are likely to make you hungrier in the hours that follow. If you need something sweet- go for fruits. if you crave a ramadan treat- have a very small amount and eat it very slowly.

9. Avoid frying your foods and using excessive oil. Bake your foods instead. Try to concentrate on seasoning with fresh herbs and lemon which are useful for the body rather than focusing on the butter and salt.

10. Remember - Ramadan is not about food, its about self discipline and worship. Don’t let unhealthy eating traditions/habits get in the way.

Ramadan Kareem- share if you find the advice useful. and don’t forget to keep us all in your prayers.

—  Hoda Eltomi, MD
Family Doctor. Harvard Vanguard
Clinical instructor- Harvard Medical School

16 calorie lunch/blood sugar boost
1 teaspoon of sugar 16 cal
2 teaspoons of lime juice 0 cal
32 ounces of water 0 cal
I swear to God this fills me as much as an entire bowl of pasta and with this and a mug of coffee in the morning a have all the energy I need for the day. If you cut out the sugar its 0 calories, but it won’t give you the extra sugar boost that really makes me love using it for lunch.

there’s a belief that your first dream of the new year will be a summary of your new year and

I had a dream that I ordered a cup of horchata and the guy reached for the small cup and I said I wanted the large

and he said “it’s 32 ounces”

“I know, I still want the large”