affordable finds

If Marvel Studios can take the time to painstakingly find an unknown actor like Tom Holland to portray their very specific version of Peter Parker than they could afford to find a Jewish/Roma actress for Scarlet Witch and Asian actors for Dr. Strange and Iron Fist.

it’s amazing how parents have the ability to ruin your day and self-worth completely with one 15 min phone call wow

There are two options:

1) Moffat and Gatiss are telling the truth right now, saying they’ve always seen Sherlock in love as a joke and deliberately played with subtext as a joke, and that they’ve been lying for seven years in interviews, bts footage, their writing, and to their staff about what their vision is

OR

2) They are keeping the biggest secret of their careers right now and can’t afford anyone to find out, are purposefully instigating audience reactions because they’re cruel and want people to beg for what’s right narratively speaking, and choosing to recreate Doyle’s phenomenon surrounding The Final Problem in 1893, because they are arrogant enough to want to follow in those footsteps simply because they can.

Recommended Supplies for Beginner Witches

Note: witchcraft does not require items or supplies. The last thing anyone needs is to feel inadequate in their craft because they’re closeted witches, can’t afford all the fancy biz etc. 

  • Jars. So many jars. 
  • candles. In as many colors as you can find or afford. 
  • clear quartz (can be used in substitution for any crystal/mineral)
  • Rosemary (can be used in substitution for any herb/plant
  • sage (for cleansing and banishing negativity or negative spirits) ((please don’t use white sage, it is endangered!))
  • A notebook/journal (this doesn’t have to be fancy. a school notebook from Staples or even a binder with paper in it) 
  • Salt (negativity banishment and protection)
  • sachets (those little cloth drawstring thingys) 
Witch tip

Thrift stores. You can find almost anything there! 🙌🏼 I know it’s been said but seriously ~ you’ll be finding affordable beautiful one of a kind vintage items 😍 I’ve found seashells, crystals, cauldrons, chalices, books, mortar and pestles, boxes, spice shelves, books, candles, an altar cloth or decorations plus sooo many jars! 🌙🎀🔮✨

Deodorant tips

Heads up for any people who struggle with finding affordable and effective deodorants (NOT antiperspirants) for sensitive skin: for the last four or so months I’ve been cycling between baking soda/starch based powder blends and max strength 40% zinc oxide diaper creams.

WAIT! Before you stop reading, I know you’re thinking that you’ve tried variations of baking soda and if it works, you always end up with the Dreaded Armpit Rash.

1. I have found that the baking soda only irritates me after several days of constant use, so if I use it one or two days and then switch, I don’t suffer from DAR. Diaper creams are anywhere from $5 - $11 but you have to get max strength for it to be most effective, and a little goes a long way. The zinc is a thick white cream that is either safe or too large particle-wise for skin to absorb, but it can stain if not rubbed in well enough or if still moist, so I use it when I shower before bed and re-up it a little in the morning, or even put baking soda over it. I’ve found success with an application ratio of 5:2 days, zinc oxide cream to baking soda, with changes where I see fit. Alternatively, you should be able to use the cream 24/7 if you can’t use baking soda at all.

2. Aside: I also have this clear alcohol free aloe vera gel from walgreens that I use when I’m going out anywhere with short sleeves and I don’t want my armpits to be bright white or powdery, but it has chemicals in it that I don’t feel comfortable putting on my body daily, hence the using it for going out. It’s like $7, and if you can’t or don’t want to use that, I imagine that coconut oil and baking soda can make an effective and clear topical solution for when you want to show off the pits and remain odor free. Finding a good ratio to prevent irritation there is based on personal experimentation. Keeping them both fresh and totally dry there is a tough one that I don’t have any tips for since dryness usually comes at the sacrifice of invisibility, but the aloe vera gel dries totally invisible and works, and lasts months to a year.

3. Neither method (cream or soda) is always 24 hour proof in my own experience and it depends on your level of activity and body chemistry, but I’ve found that it’s the safest and most effective combination, and I’ve tried alcohol, lemon juice, coconut oil and magnesium oil. In these cooler months I don’t have to reapply as much. And the odor that does come isn’t 0 to 10 immediately. It starts with a little and increases with time, so you should be able to tell when it’s time to freshen up before others can. Changing the amount of body hair you have and method of removal can help or worsen odor, depending. I never recommend baking soda after hair removal, that will cause irritation which leads to smelling worse.

4. For the baking soda blend, I use equal parts baking soda and corn starch, but if you’re allergic then tapioca starch or arrowroot powder might work. The former is easier to find and cheap. I throw in some ground cloves and cinnamon for a scented boost but essential oil works too. This is also a great foot deodorant that can be applied to feet before wearing socks or boots. The skin of my feet are not as sensitive as the rest of my body, so I wear the foot deodorant daily, and sometimes add it to my shoes in general. It is great for year round wear but especially in the winter months when boots have to be snow proof, but the lack of breathing creates an offensive smell.

5. In other places where bacteria can breed but I don’t want a bunch of cream stains, such as under my belly and around my crotch, I’ll dust with the power blend or use magnesium oil with essential oils. I’m sure that if you have a problem with odor from fat rolls, it could work there too. For me, those crevices are less sensitive areas, so I can use the powder more often there. And they don’t get nearly as smelly as the pits so it’s more so about staying dry. If you can afford it, I imagine a silica powder could keep the area dry and wouldn’t be as visible as corn starch, but that seems excessive.

6. The diaper rash creams tend to have pleasant scents, but I have not seen any unscented creams. Play around with oils and scents to make something uniquely you! Some naturally work better alongside the scent your body produces, so fruity scents may not feel right on every part of the body, florals may work better here or there, etc. Don’t underestimate the power of woodsy scents and barks.

7. Finding what will work for you can be a process but once you do, it’s just about making the routine simple enough to maintain and listening to your body. I know i am not alone in my struggle and search so I thought I would share, especially for other plus size people. Best of luck!

Safe Travels Sachet

Yellow Candle                                         Malachite
Black or Yellow Sachet                            Amethyst
Basil                                                       Citrine
Cedar                                                     Angelite
Comfrey                                                 Lavender
PennyRoyal                                           Cinquefoil

*You don’t not have to have all of these things. Just use what you can find or afford at the time. Most of these are good for protection/travel.*

Add the ingredients to the sachet. If you want you can also substitute your herbs for oils to make your vehicle smell good. When you are done adding the ingredients to the bag light the yellow candle and place the bag next to it.

“Protect me wherever I go.
Help me to be a good driver.
Keep me calm.
Keep my eyes on the road.
Keep my mind from distraction.
Let my passengers be safe.
Let other drivers be aware of me as I travel from place to place.”

Place the bag under the driver’s seat of your car. Recharge every few months for maximum effectiveness. You can also use this spell to keep you safe in other forms of travels (especially air). Using the same ingredients and rewording the spell to protect the transportation your taking. Keep sachet in your travel bag.

A Christmas Miracle

Originally posted by optimus-grimes

Twelve Days of Fanfic: Day One

Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader

Request: “ Surprising Petey with some electronic that he really wanted that he couldn’t afford (or find in the dumpster) for Christmas and cute holiday cuddles by the tree?”

Warnings: None

A/N: I made the electronic device a Turing machine, I hope you don’t mind! I love Alan Turing’s work so much. He was an amazing man and did some awesome stuff like invent the premise for modern day computers… (I said earlier he had broken the Enigma- but I’ve learned it was actually the Polish who did it! Their names were Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Rozycki and Henryk Zygalski, and they deserve the credit! Sorry about that)

A little bit of info for those that don’t know: A Turing machine is a machine that basically changes and manipulates symbols on a roll of tape, or paper, according to some set rules. There’s no specific type of machine. They’re pretty cool, though! 

Also, the little easter egg at the end of this fic… hehe… just a little headcanon of mine lol


Your breath puffed out in a cloud before you, the crisp, winter New York air stinging your lungs with every breath. You clutched a green paper-wrapped box in your hands, your gloved fingers holding onto it tightly. The corners bit into the palm of your hand, the paper of the package crinkling softly.

You ran a thumb over the box, feeling excitement rise in your chest. It was the night before Christmas, and you had managed to get something that Peter had been looking for for months. You had found it in a box at the back of the thrift store down the street from your own apartment, resting on top of a mound of random CDs and books like it had been waiting just for you.

As you approached Peter’s apartment building, a couple stray flakes of snow fluttered through the air. One caught you on the tip of the nose, the small flake melting into a tiny drop of water. You jogged the last few steps through the front door, relaxing gratefully when you met the heated air inside. You began the journey up the long flight of stairs to his apartment, making sure to keep the box steady in front of you.

You finally made it to his apartment, managing to knock rapidly with one hand. May answered the door, smiling widely when she saw you.

“Y/N! Come on in,” she said, standing back to allow you to step in. You fit the box past her, setting it down on the kitchen counter with a huff of relief.

“That’s a pretty big box,” May commented, shutting the door and striding into the kitchen.

You nodded. “It’s for Peter.”

At the sound of his name, your boyfriend appeared in the kitchen, his usual earbuds tucked in his ears. He grinned when he saw you, pulling the ear buds out and pulling you into a big hug.

“Hey!” He said, tucking his face into your shoulder.

“Hey, Peter,” you smiled. Peter pulled away, noticing the green box on the counter.

“What’s that?” he asked, raising his eyebrows questioningly.

“I guess you’ll have to see in a moment,” you said teasingly, picking up the box and carrying into his living room. The room was mainly lit by a christmas tree, the red and white lights illuminating the room in a soft mixed glow. You plopped down on the couch, the box on the coffee table in front of you. Peter sat next to you, reaching for the present hesitantly.

“May I open it?” he asked, his hands hovering just above the wrapping paper.

You nodded, pulling your hat and gloves off meanwhile. Peter dug his fingers under the edge of the taped paper, pulling it off carefully. You scooted to the edge of the couch, watching eagerly for Peter’s reaction when he saw what was inside.

He pulled the green paper off to reveal a plain brown box, the flaps folded to keep them down. He pulled them apart, his eyes widening when he saw the contents.

“No way,” he breathed, giving you a surprised look. His mouth hung open, his eyes bright. You just urged him onward. He reached into the box, pulling out the contraption.

“A Turing machine,” he whispered reverently, holding it out in front of him. The base was a little scuffed and the tape was old and yellowed, but to you and him it looked like the most beautiful thing ever.

“I’ve been looking for one of these. They’re normally so hard to find,” Peter said. He ran a careful finger down the edge and the roll of tape. “Where did you get it?”

You shrugged. “I found it at the thrift store. I wasn’t expecting to find it, but there it was.”

“It’s amazing, thank you,” Peter said, setting it down carefully. He put an arm around your shoulders, pulling you into his warm side. You burrowed into him, sighing contentedly. The warm light from the tree lit up Peter’s face, the star at the very top shining brightly.

“I still can’t believe you found a Turing machine,” Peter said, still grinning widely.

“It’s a Christmas miracle, I guess,” you answered, pressing a small kiss to his flushed cheek. But what the two of you hadn’t noticed were the tiny, carved initials at the very bottom.

T. Stark -1985

Witch tip for thrifty witches

If you cannot afford herbs, cannot find herbs or can’t keep them around due to prying eyes, I’ve found that teas are wonderful. I am a huge tea drinker. My sleepy time tea has chamomile, spearmint, lemon grass, rose buds, etc in just one tea mix! It is cheap and inconspicuous to use teas when mixing potions and spells.

Stay safe and happy my friends!

and here i stand forcefully on lines made of gray

Fandom: My Hero Academia
Relationship: Bakugou/Uraraka
Summary: He doesn’t find her beautiful–beautiful implies an emotional investment he can’t afford. He does, however, find her pretty.
Author Notes: Basically, Bakugou likes Uraraka, but refuses to acknowledge his emotions and tries to push them away as much as he can.

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He doesn’t think of her as beautiful. Beautiful is a word that’s too emotionally invested–it implies a closeness, and intimacy that he refuses to have, or even acknowledge the possibility of. So no, he doesn’t think of her as beautiful, not even in the deep recesses of his mind.

He can think of her as pretty, though. Pretty is… good. It’s detached enough from the subject itself, while still finding something of value in them, something that demands a complimentary word. It’s a good neutral between the two extremes of physicality–it’s neither ugly nor beautiful, it’s pretty

He finds her pretty. He doesn’t say this aloud. He’d sooner choke himself then speak such fucking ridiculously love-struck words out of his own mouth. Even ones as fantastically neutral as the word ‘pretty.’

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Did anyone else laugh wildly and then start crying when they learned that “reasonable” rent is considered to be about 1/3rd of your income? 

I’m pretty sure everyone in the fucking country spends about 90% of their income on rent and even then struggles to find something affordable. Average rent for a 2-bedroom APARTMENT in my city is about $1200. You think people here are making 45k? I got a fucking STEAL on a house in a “bad” neighborhood, and I spend 2/3rds of my income on the rent, another 18-20% on bills. All told I have about $200 each month to spend on anything else, 100% of which goes to food and gas. 

The divide between how economists say we should be living and how America actually expects us to live is wild. Rent in cities is outrageous, salaries are low, jobs are impossible to find, food prices keep going up. Basically everyone I know (including me) is constantly walking a wire of just trying not to starve to death, struggling with crippling injuries and illnesses, most of which are caused by overwork or stress. 

Humans aren’t meant to live like this. .-. Nothing is meant to live like this. 

Men please stop wasting my time , I don’t have time for ur ignorance and stupidity .If you cannot afford me please find a girl more suitable for your financial situation. Thank u

Another TFLN Meme

[text]: Just please try not to piss _____ off, I really can’t afford to find a new drug dealer again
[text]: Well I’ve made a drinking game out of the Wiggles but I think I’ve got this babysitting thing down
[text]: Haha never eat brownies from a guy with batman pajamas
[text]: He puked in the middle of it and I still wasn’t disappointed.
[text]: alcohol and riverdancing are a dangerous mix. have a sprained ankle. i die now
[text]: Psycho is an understatement. U were running around the house screaming I’M UNDER THE IMPERIOUS CURSE
[text]: This ER has an aquarium in it!!!
[text]: I’m fucking a man old enough to be my father who is also dating my boss. What have you done with your life?
[text]: You should hear the lecture my mom just gave me about cooking pizzas when I’m drunk because “I could have died”.
[text]: He’s tying my arms above my head and all I can think is that I should’ve shaved my armpits
[text]: You guys bombarded us in the bathroom and that kid whipped his dick out and peed in the sink.
[text]: i have a feeling he has a nice dick. i can just sense it.
[text]: anyone who buys me chipotle gets an automatic hj
[text]: Someone said we’re out of ice. You collapsed on the spot and started sobbing, saying ‘but where will all the polar bears live”. That drunk.
[text]: I ordered a million chicken go wraps and they gave me five. Even when I’m drunk I can count to a million and know its not five. They fucked me.
[text]: He woke me up at 5am to recite nursery rhymes to our fictitious unborn child.
[text]: I need you to be best friend brutally honest about whether or not I can go into public like this.
[text]: At what point in my life was I not hugged enough to be on my fourth walk of shame in half as many weeks?
[text]: Quick question. What’s the protocol on going back to a bar after going home with one of their bartenders?
[text]: Go back and try to find another to go home with.
[text]: I will gladly accept you into my home with open legs.
[text]: Ah, but I don’t wear underwear. Every day is Commando Wednesday.
[text]: I found an industrial strength sharpie in the drawer so I started writing BONER JAM 2014 on everyone’s foreheads so they kicked me out
[text]: This love triangle bullshit is getting out of hand. It’s now a love polygon and I want out
[text]: You pretty much lost your mind. Your ego has gotten ten time the size of your balls.
[text]: There’s so much mac and cheese stuck to my foot right now
[text]: Just told myself the phrase “You’re not THAT single” while dressing myself
[text]: who are you and why are you in my phone as Dr. Seuss
[text]: so explain to me why i woke up in jail this morning
[text]: you tried to order a margarita mcflurry and when they said they didn’t make those you tried to call 911
[text]: all i remember is you climbed in a garbage can and said you were trashed
[text]: not sure how we got back down, broken rib says we didn’t use stairs
[text]: I wonder if wearing only a tiara counts as being clothed.
[text]: Some lady just walked up to me in the bar and proclaimed that I looked like a “shady motherfucker.” Can’t argue with that one.
[text]: thanks for bringing me home and putting me in my bed. the pillow fort your built around me is also appreciated.
[text]: I just sneezed alcohol in a candle and started a fire.

Trans Fashion: DIY Packing Boxer Briefs

Finding affordable underwear to keep your packer in place is hard enough. Finding comfortable, well-fitting underwear that can do all that is practically impossible. Yet, here we are with a tutorial to do just that!

Here’s what you will need:

  • Underwear that is comfortable and fits snugly to your body (We used the blue Evolve pair(from Target), using the RodeoH’s for inspiration)
  • A piece of jersey-knit (t-shirt material) fabric that will cover the junk-area (Mine is cut from the bottom of an old t-shirt, which turned out to be handy, stay tuned for why)
  • Thread (I used a contrasting colour here for the sake of the tutorial, but you may want to use thread that matches your underwear)
  • Stick pins (aka: straight pins, sewing pins, etc)
  • A needle
  • Scissors (regular sized ones are better than the tiny ones in the photo)
  • About 6in. of elastic, ¼ in. or thinner.
  • Not Pictured: A marker that will show up on your inside fabric and a small safety pin

Step 1:

Lay your fabric out over the inside of the area where your packer will rest, if it already has a cuffed seam pre-sewn, make sure it’s at the top. Use your marker to trace a piece to fit the area (I used the seam around the junk-area as a guide.) If your fabric DOES NOT have a pre-sewn hem, leave at least ¾’’ extra at the top.

Step 2:
Cut on your black line and check to see that the piece fits. If it’s a tiny bit too small, don’t panic. We’re using jersey because it stretches.

Step 3:
If your fabric already has a seam, skip to step 4.
Fold over the excess your left at the top and stitch straight across, making a narrow casing which you will later thread elastic through, so leave the ends OPEN.

Step 4:

Pin the fabric around the junk-area and sew in short, tight stitches all the way around EXCEPT the top seam which you either just sewed, or was already created.

Step 5:

Put your safety pin on one end of your elastic and use it to thread the elastic through the top seam.

Step 6:

Stretch each end of the elastic slightly (about an inch or so) and sew it firmly to the underwear. 

And you’re done! Put in your packer and rock your fancy new underpants! Alex really likes these and says he feels like they perform equally to his RodeoH packer underwear.

If there were any steps that were unclear, please feel free to send us a message and we will clear it up for you!

Stay cool cuties!

-A&L-

Sewing and photos by Larra, underpants testing by Alex.

Christmas Drarry Headcanon

(I posted this as an ask from my main blog on someone’s drarry blog, and now I have a drarry blog and I want to remember this headcanon, so here it is. In other words, I didn’t steal it if you saw the original post)

Draco has always adored Christmas because it means tons of presents, but unlike Dudley he likes giving them too, because Lucius would always help him pick out presents for Narcissa (Because come on, you can’t tell me that he wouldn’t have doted on her!). So Draco loves buying heaps of presents for people, including hundreds of really little cute ones that he can hide around the house as well as really expensive ones that show off his wealth and that only he could possibly afford. So he finds out that THE WEASLEYS of all people are the only people to have given Harry a proper Christmas, and that’s just not on, so it becomes this massive competition every year to create the best Christmas ever, and Harry absolutely loves it, but he also wins every year by just buying one single present that is the absolute perfect thing Draco could want. Because while Draco always had presents bought for him, he never knew what he really wanted most, so he could never ask for it. But Harry listens to him like no one else has, in ways no one else could, and it’s perfect every time.

And here’s a song to match: “That’s Christmas to Me” - Pentatonix.

Update!

Hey everyone! 

We’ve missed you all, and this blog so much~ How’s it going? What’s new!?

We’re all still alive and well (all five of us, now![I seriously need to update our “about” page:’)]). We’ve been preparing for a very big change coming up December 8th, we’re moving abroad (London, UK)! It’s been really stressful and exciting - trying to plan, pack, find (affordable) housing, ect, ect but we’re coming o the end and we’re finally starting to wind down. 

Bee got a very amazing job placement at the HQ office of his firm several months ago. We all talked about it, and really thought it was the best he presume it but he really didn’t want to be away from the family for 6 months. Over the last few months we’ve tried to find jobs and placements for ourselves for we could do this adventure together (logistical, economically, ect).

We were very, very, extremely lucky to find placements. Anna got a grant to do a semester for international politics, M will be doing a semester abroad exchange, I am doing a medical rotation in general surgery and oncology, and Es got a rotation in urology and neonatal! 

This is huge for us, and so very scary. It’s only for 6 months but we hardly know anyone there and won’t have much support (other than each other!…Anyone know and poly social groups in the UK?). Financially, we’re making it work, and hopefully will all make enough to cover without dipping too much…..but, we just feel like this is something we have to do! (Once again, very very lucky/privileged to even have this opportunity).

So, that’s been our life for the last little while…phew. 

-Dani, Anna, M, Bee, and Es