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Altoid tin witches travel kit.

I always like to keep certain magical supplies on hand when I’m on the go, but I tend to put a vile in this pocket and a crystal in that pocket and I forget what is where.

Altoid tins make great organizers for when you’re out and about. I’ve also seen many people make travel altars with these for when they are away from home or if they are still in the broom closet.

This kit can be anything that you find is most important to have based in what you do. I’m a stickler for cleansing and protecting my surroundings. So my kit includes:

- Sea Salt
- Dragons Blood Salt
- Rosemary
- Smokey Quartz Crystal
- A wand (one that I made myself using fox bone, clear quartz point, and some tigers eye and fire agate beads)
- A Tea Light and some matches
- A striker for the matches glued to the lid
- Mini bowl made from epoxy clay
- Home made mini runes also made from epoxy clay.

What I love most about this tiny tin is that it can fit into a bag as small as a clutch or even your pocket and you’ll have everything you need.

So have fun and be creative with your kit.

100 Tips for the Secret Witch! 

  1. Use a shoe box to hide your more obvious items.
  2. Keep herbs stored in ziploc bags to easily conceal them.
  3. Take up “rock collecting”.
  4. Candles and incense because they “smell good!”
  5. Use an Altoids tin as an altar.
  6. Buy crystal jewelry.
  7. Use perfume to cleanse.
  8. Essential oils can be used in place of most herbs and are less obvious.
  9. Get into cooking, buying herbs is justified then. Plus, kitchen magic!
  10. Use old makeup/perfume/mason jars for spell jars.
  11. You can use almost any necklace as a pendulum.
  12. Use spice jars for tiny spell bottles.
  13. Put an altar in a spare drawer.
  14. Playing cards can be used in place of tarot cards and are very common.
  15. There are a lot of virtual apps geared towards witches that are easily hidden.
  16. You can put sigils, tiny crystals, among other things in lockets to hide them but be able to wear them.
  17. Farmer’s almanacs are just as good as the witch geared ones if you add some information to them, and they are more mundane.
  18. Acorn caps make good biodegradable offering cups.
  19. Get into crafts! You can make some really cool witch stuff that can also just be taken as “artsy”.
  20. Taking a few pinches from your parent’s kitchen cabinets is never a bad idea . Unless caught.
  21. Store things in big, boring looking books.
  22. Seashells and rocks with natural holes make great windchime elements.
  23. You can say your bos/grimoire is a dream journal, which are fairly common and not suspicious.
  24. Draw sigils on with lotion or washable marker.
  25. A tea bag in your clothing drawer can help imbue clothing with the attributes of the tea you use.
  26. Draw sigils on the bottom of your shoes.
  27. Make a virtual altar instead of a physical one.
  28. Always remember to clear that browsing history!
  29. Draw small sigils on your nails then cover them with nailpolish.
  30. Pretty much everything at a craft store can be used for witchcraft. Except maybe the older people who shop there.
  31. You can buy really really small jars online and make them traveling spell jars.
  32. You can enchant jewelry to keep spells close to you.
  33. You can make friendship bracelets/lanyards with colors corresponding to your intent.
  34. Enchanting something you wear daily like glasses or shoes with a ward is something that could be done if one doesn’t wear jewelry.
  35. If you’re into sewing/cross-stitching: incorporate secret sigils into the design.
  36. You can grow plant ingredients under the guise of eating healthier.
  37. Buy soap/shampoo etc with scents to match different intents.
  38. Pencil cases are inconspicuous!
  39. You can use birthday candles instead of actual candles.
  40. Obtaining scented candles a covert way of having colored candles… and if you want scentless you can just say you like the aesthetic but not the smell.
  41. Bath salts can have magical intent and be just as effective as a for bath.
  42. Doodling is a great way to cover up sigils in a notebook.
  43. Grow plants. Collect rainwater. Say rainwater is for plants. Cackle to self.
  44. Make a private discord server for taking to deities.
  45. Threads that hang off of clothing or coats are good for thread magic so long as you don’t have to do a ton with them.
  46. Cleaning and cleansing go hand in hand.
  47. Virtual or sketched altar.
  48. Usually the isle that carries Ethnic food carries SUPER cheap herbs.
  49. All astrology is just you getting really into horoscopes.
  50. If you want a more accurate birth chart, ask your parents for your time of birth. Say it’s out of curiosity.
  51. Weird witch stuff lying around? You like the aesthetic from Charmed.
  52. Sigils don’t have to be considered witchcraft. Say they’re like a good luck charm.
  53. Make your own jewelry, beads, gems,threads, color correlation, etc.
  54. Pinterest boards are great for various things. Dedicating things to deities, saving spells, etc.
  55. Stuffed animals as representations of deities.
  56. Thread magic = sewing and crocheting.
  57. Side blogs on Tumblr are similar to pinterest boards!
  58. Sigils on the bottom of hair spray cans for glamours.
  59. Nail Polish = color correlation.
  60. Quote: “My room smells weird so that’s why I’m burning like 100 candles and some incense”. Works every time.
  61. You can make your own tarot cards with inconspicuous symbols and photos on them, say they’re drawings.
  62. Fairy lights in your room because they “look cool”.
  63. Put your bos in something that looks like a school notebook.
  64. Leave offerings outside if safe. Bury them! But don’t bury things that are bad for the enviroment!!!
  65. If you want to use a ouija board, there are quite a few virtual ones.
  66. Any herbs you can get be purely for tea and nothing else.
  67. If someone catches you meditating, tell them it’s for relaxation.
  68. Draw sigils on the top of your ceiling fan. The fan will charge them while on! - Not recommended you do with a permanent marker!
  69. Draw a sigil on the charger base of your electronic devices.
  70. Charge your makeup/hair products/perfume/cologne up with whatever you’d like.
  71. Lemon water makes a great cleansing spray and is usually not suspicious.
  72. Sigils inside your phone case!
  73. Enchant your jewelry or watches.
  74. Draw a sigil with a white crayon on paper.
  75. Put a pouch of herbs in your clothing drawers, if someone finds them, say it’s to decrease bad smells.
  76. Incorporate magic into art.
  77. Write poetry to your deities.
  78. Study herb pouch and gemstones in your backpack.
  79. Oils and herb pillow for your glasses case to encourage clear vision.
  80. Make your own paper and use flowers/seeds/etc to create a design.
  81. Sticky notes for sigils inside a school locker.
  82. Correlate your clothing to your intent that day.
  83. Sigils on a hair ribbon or enchanted ribbon.
  84. Put your intent into your food and drinks.
  85. Learn to make your own tea.
  86. Keep a penny in your pocket for luck.
  87. Google drive vs physical bos if you’re worried about your parents seeing it
  88. Slowly start buying candles and bam you wont be questioned because they are just candles!
  89. Craft store stars painted with black-light paint placed on your ceiling in constellation arrangements.
  90. Drink fruit infused water/tea.
  91. Carry salt in old film bottles or similar cases to help cleanse your purse or bag.
  92. Salt packets are free at fast food places.
  93. Enchant your bank account/wallet/piggy bank/etc so that it charges your money!
  94. Use travel size medicine bottles to hold random mini witch things: twig,  pebbles, sand, salt, etc. 
  95. Draw elemental items to encourage their energies around you.
  96. Leave sticky notes with magical symbols on your desk or in your locker to generate positive energy for the next school day overnight.
  97.  Terrariums and shadowboxes have always been popular, make it your altar or invitation to the fae.
  98. Fairy gardens have been a thing for a long, long time. They’re not suspicious and very good for attracting the fae!
  99. Enchant counter bowls of fruit or breads so that the food decays slower.
  100. Remember that no matter what, whether you can openly practice or not, that you are just as valid of a witch!  

here’s what cas carries in dean’s his old dufflebag whenever he’s not home:

  • two ids: jimmy novak’s driver’s license (real) and an fbi badge (fake.)
  • a hooped keychain with a spare set of keys for the continental (now impounded), his truck, and the bunker’s front door.
  • an angel blade. whether it’s his or a spare, he doesn’t know anymore.
  • a few changes of clothes. in particular: two flannel shirts, three t-shirts, two pairs of jeans, a hoodie, and clean socks and boxers.
  • some money, usually tucked away in a side pocket but it always manages to get loose and end up on the bottom of the bag, mixed in with loose buttons and bottlecaps he’s found on the side of the road.
  • swirl mints and scrunched packets of raw sugar from biggersons.
  • a collection of postcards from various gas stations across the states. 
    • none of them are addressed, but each of them has a small confession on the back, such as: “i watched you rake leaves.”
  • a small vial tied to a piece of leather string. its insides swirl against the glass and glow blue-white in the dark.

Rock Paper Scissors Graduation Gifts. Every year I post these because I like them so much.

You could also combine the print with this Etsy $21 Rock Paper Scissors Necklace here.

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Or Make your own rock paper Spock necklace using a toy lizard and polymer clay Vulcan salute.

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I had to go to school, but I had missed the bus and my parents’ car was out of gas, so I took an empty Altoids tin out of my pocket and crouched down with one foot on top of it and it started sliding down the road. I rode it all the way to school.

Cosmic Witchcraft - In the Shadows 💫

If you’re a cosmic witch who wants to practice discreetly, for whatever reason, here are some tips. These activities are meant to seem mundane to the untrained eye. 

  • Take up an interest in astronomy, if you aren’t interested already - learn about the scientific aspects of the planets, stars, asteroids, comets, and other celestial bodies.
  • Decorate your room with objects that represent celestial bodies - zodiac blanket, glow stars, moon in my room, celestial globe, astrolabe, posters of the planets or nebulae
  • Wear jewelry or clothing with astrological or astronomical designs
  • Go stargazing - take note of the constellations in the sky
  • Use essential oils associated with the planets in your bath or shower
  • Make celestial bath salts or shower gels
  • Choose shower gels or shampoos that are made with ingredients that can be associated with the planets (I know Bath & Body Works does a great job of listing exactly what herbs and flowers they use for their products)
  • Privately dedicate your meal or beverage to a celestial body of your choice to give thanks for its aid and existence 
  • Collect crystals that are associated with the planets or the cosmos [1] [2]
  • Make an altoid tin or shoebox altar
  • Incorporate planetary or astrological herbs into your cooking [Planetary] [Zodiac]
  • Enchant every day items with celestial energy, like chapstick, keys, makeup, your name badge for school/work, or any other item you find yourself using on a daily basis
  • Create a Nebula jar, Star jar, or Black Hole jar 
  • Write your Book of Cosmos or grimoire in OneNote so that it will sync with all of your devices, including PC, phone, and tablet
  • Draw planetary symbols on yourself where they can’t be seen
  • If you can’t burn candles or incense without suspicion, invest in a wax melter - carve planetary symbols or constellations on the wax cube and let it melt 
  • Visit your local planetarium to learn about the stars and constellations
  • Charge drinkable bottled water with moonlight
  • Make your own perfume using oils associated with the planets

Cosmic Altar & Room Ideas

Lesson 17: Cosmic Witchcraft 101 - Part 2

By: Teacher Nova

Live class date and time: 2/01/2017 at 8pm CST

So, you’ve probably got an idea of which celestial bodies you would like to work with. Now what?

With the knowledge you’ve gained, I would take the time to make suggestions on how to physically incorporate the cosmos into your life - the first step may be to create an altar, or add decorations to your home or room with spacey items.

Cosmic Altar & Room Ideas

      • Using corresponding crystals to represent the elements, planets, or both if you wish

    • Using the zodiac in adjunct with the pentacle to represent either cosmic energies, earthly energies, or both

     • If you work with deities, a representation of your patron deity; if not, a representation of the planets and astrological signs you relate with  

    • Planetary talismans for protection

    • Star shaped candle/tealight holders

    • Star wax melter

    • Celestial altar cloth

    • Candle/incense/oil scents that correspond to different planets

    • Starry organza bags for sachets and storage

    • Glow stars or a spacey poster on the wall behind your space

    • Color-changing LED tealights or votive candles

    • Both an astronomical and an astrological calendar to keep up with important dates

    • Space notebook and washi tape for your physical grimoire

    • Nebula jar to represent positivity and the Cosmos

    • Black Hole jar to absorb negativity from your space

    • Star jar to promote the achievement of goals and wishes

    • A playlist of ambient music in the background

    • Uncle Milton’s “Moon in my Room,” or “Star Planetarium”

    • Supermoon

    • Earth

    • Mars

    • Solar System

    • Nebula bedding

    • Celestial Map Fleece Blanket

    • Zodiac Duvet Cover

    • Paper Star String Lights

    • Firefly String Lights

Tasks for the Cosmic Witch

     • Learn the various planetary correspondences for herbs, crystals, and other materials

   • Channel energy from various planets and other celestial bodies (asteroids, nebulae, stars, etc.) - we will cover this in lesson 3

    • Spend time outside when it’s dark

    • Camp out under the stars

    • Make planetary waters and oils

   • Meditate to ambient music - try to find a video on youtube that has some spacey scenery for added effect

    • Research constellations and other star lore

    • Complete your astrology birth chart if you haven’t already

    • Learn about the different zodiac signs and their correspondences

    • Research the lunar cycle and its correspondences

    • Research the science behind various astronomical phenomena

Practicing Discreetly

    • Take up an interest in astronomy, if you aren’t interested already - learn about the scientific aspects of the planets, stars, asteroids, comets, and other celestial bodies.

    • Decorate your room with objects that represent celestial bodies - zodiac blanket, glow stars, moon in my room, celestial globe, astrolabe, posters of the planets or nebulae

   • Wear jewelry or clothing with astrological or astronomical designs

   • Go stargazing - take note of the constellations in the sky

   • Use essential oils associated with the planets in your bath or shower

   • Make celestial bath salts or shower gels

   • Choose shower gels or shampoos that are made with ingredients that can be associated with the planets (I know Bath & Body Works does a great job of listing exactly what herbs and flowers they use for their products)

   • Privately dedicate your meal or beverage to a celestial body of your choice to give thanks for its aid and existence

   • Collect crystals that are associated with the planets or the cosmos

   • Make an altoid tin or shoebox altar

   • Incorporate planetary or astrological herbs into your cooking [Planetary] [Zodiac]

    • Enchant every day items with celestial energy, like chapstick, keys, makeup, your name badge for school/work, or any other item you find yourself using on a daily basis

    • Create a Nebula jar, Star jar, or Black Hole jar

    • Write your Book of Cosmos or grimoire in OneNote so that it will sync with all of your devices, including PC, phone, and tablet

    • Draw planetary symbols on yourself where they can’t be seen

    • If you can’t burn candles or incense without suspicion, invest in a wax melter - carve planetary symbols or constellations on the wax cube and let it melt

    • Visit your local planetarium to learn about the stars and constellations

    • Charge drinkable bottled water with moonlight

    • Make your own perfume using oils associated with the planets

Bonding with celestial bodies and utilizing celestial energy in magickal workings:

   • use planetary hours or lunar cycles based on intent

   • perform magick on days of the week that are associated with the corresponding planet

   • spend time outside under the stars

   • study astronomy and astrology

   • draw down energy from celestial bodies based on intent

            ○ I like to use the skymaps app on my smartphone to track down the celestial body in the sky for increased accuracy

   • astral travel to other planets

   • try spiral meditation to ground, center, and channel celestial energy

   • use planetary symbols to represent a planet in a spell

            ○ draw the symbol in a pen or marker of corresponding color

            ○ carve the symbol in a candle or wax cube of corresponding color or scent

            ○ create a crystal grid in the shape of the symbol

            ○ arrange herbs or flowers in the shape of the symbol

            ○ make a corresponding oil and draw the symbol on yourself or another medium

   • burn herbs or incense associated with a celestial body based on intent

   • use candles based on scent and color to correspond with your intent

   • use tarot or oracle cards that you associate with certain celestial bodies

   • create and use planetary or celestial oils to anoint objects

   • make crystal grids based on the current planetary alignment

   • make crystal elixirs using crystals associated with certain planets or other celestial bodies

   • wear a corresponding crystal on your person

   • wear a pendant made from corresponding herbs and spices on your person

   • paint your nails using corresponding colors

   • make an herbal sachet to use in the bath

   • use bath crayons to draw symbols and sigils in the bath/shower

   • drink tea made from corresponding herbs (that are safe to consume)

   • add herbs of corresponding intent to your food while cooking or baking

Homework: using the ideas from this lesson, try to add a little bit of cosmic flair into your life, and let me know what you come up with before our next lesson!

If you already incorporate cosmic magick in your daily life, list 3 ways that you do so.

Questions?

Next week’s lesson: Cosmic Witchcraft 101 - Celestial Grounding and Centering

Nik's Tips for discreet witchcraft

I know there are a lot of young witches who need to be discreet about their craft, so I’ve made some tips for how to practice witchcraft and still be discreet. Just putting a little disclaimer, I don’t practice all of these myself (like the color magic) but I thought they would be useful to include, nor do I claim to know everything, I constantly learn just like everyone else.

Witch Tips

1) keep a small notebook/sketchbook 

     A pocket sized notebook is helpful for any witch but expecially for being discreet. Drawing sigils and writing spells in the notebook is a way to cast spells in the open with no one noticing. The pocket notebook is also a great system for artists and writers as drawing and creative writing everyday really improves skill, and if someone happens to look inside the book doesn’t scream witchcraft.  I personally like using my own leather bound pocket book but the mini composition notebook also works and is less noticeable. A tip for doing the sigil or spell magic is when you write or draw imaging you intend in order to charge it and draw a circle around it to cast it (you don’t have to do this but it helps some witches). Putting a charm or sigil of hiding on the notebook will also help it not be too noticeable

2) Use online books

    The Internet is an all around helpful source, but it’s expecially helpful for discreet witches who want to do reasearch. Getting hard copy books are great but can easily be seen lying around your room. It’s much easier to just use online books and you can find more subjects than just in a library.  If you’re worried about someone looking through your history you can always use incognito mode or simply delete the history and cookies after you’re finished.

3)Wearing simple crystal jewelry

    Crystal jewelry may seem like it’s obviously witchy but with current fashion trends crystal necklaces are pretty common. Stones and crystals are used in magic all the time and have their own meanings, while it’s not uncommon for people to know that crystals have meanings it’s easy to brush off wearing crystal jewelry as just a fashion choice.  When getting crystal jewelry don’t buy from stores in the mall like hot topic or forever 21. These stores sell fake crystals, some places claim that their real but 99% if the time fashion stores sell glass instead of crystal(unless you go to an actual crystal/spiritual store, these are usually real).

4)Do rituals outside

   The practice of rituals can be hard to do if you’re trying to be a discreet witch. Doing rituals outside help with not getting caught in the middle of a ritual. There is still a chance someone could catch you but it’s a very small chance and they’re most likely a stranger you’ll never see again. If you use incense in rituals being outside helps the smell not linger where people can smell and become suspicious as well. Being out in nature while doing rituals also helps green witches with spiritual energy.

5)Use scented candles for candle magic

   Having lots of candles can raise suspicious with some people, scented candles fix this. Having one or two scented candles doesn’t seem abnormal and is pretty common. Yankee Candle has a great variety of color and scents, you can pick by a color you commonly use or by scent. Herbal scents such as rosemary and lavender double as color magic and scent magic. Make sure when you pick out candles pick a scent you like and that the smell won’t give you a headache.

6)Keep a small magic box

   Having a small box is good for storing little witchy items and because the box is small it can be easily hidden. Keeping a candle, lighter, a few small crystals and some herbs, are a few basics that can usually fit in a small box. You can get a small wooden box at craft stores for about a dollar and decorate it or keep it plain, or even use an empty Altoids tin.  Another way to keep it hidden is putting a charm or sigil of hiding. Small magic boxes are also helpful for transportation to outdoor rituals.

7)Use color magic when getting dressed

    Using color magic when getting dressed is a simple form of magic and no one can tell you’re doing witchcraft. When putting away your clothes you can easily charge the clothing with the intent so it’s ready for when you wear it. If you’re like me and wear the same color everyday you can write small sigils on the tags of clothing.

8)Write sigils in lotion

   Writing sigils onto your skin with lotion or make up foundation are a great form of discreet witchcraft. Once you write the sigil and rub it into your skin it can no longer be seen therefore no getting caught. Rubbing the sigil into your skin helps imbue the magic into you. This practice is great for glamour spells.

9)Use whatever is in the kitchen for herb magic.

    Buying or drying your own herbs could possibly raise questions, if you’re doing herb magic just try to use whatever herbs you have in the kitchen. The best way to do this is to just put the herbs in meals you’re having. When taking herbs from the kitchen just remember not to do it too often and get caught.

10)Avoid making an alter

     This is kind of an obvious thing not to do. Having an alter is a very easy way to get caught and you don’t need an alter to perform witchcraft. If you insist on having an alter you can make a pocket alter which is basically the same as the small magic box in tip #6.

11)Pocket stones

     Discreet or not pocket stones are useful. Pocket stones are just stones or crystals you keep in your pocket or in a pouch throughout the day. Most people won’t be going through your pockets so it’s good for a discreet crystal witch.

12)If you want to collect crystal also keep a rock/mineral book

     Crystals are a fairly witchy thing but just adding a rock guide book makes it look like a simple collection which is pretty common. Whether your a discreet witch or not rock guide books are a good things to keep around if you want to learn.

13)Herb magic potpourri

     If you make herb pouches use nicely scented herbs to have the pouch double as potpourri. If the pouches double as potpourri they’re more inconspicuous. Places the pouches around dirty laundry or in drawers, placement helps the pouches look more like potpourri and less like witchcraft.
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I hope these tips are helpful to some people and if you have any questions feel free to ask!

I had a very witchy morning today.

I went out to this little stream with some of my statues and my new incense. I lit one of the incense cones I purchased and practiced some divination while I was out there.

I’m also working on a mini altar, made from an empty Altoids tin, for the Netjeru.

And finally, I bought a journal yesterday, so I’ve begun to fill it up with some of witchy/Kemetic information.

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22 Ways To Reuse An Altoids Tin | The Art Of Manliness

I’m not sure why but I have an affinity to mini and sample things. I love campers because of the mini ovens and pull out beds. I love samples of beauty products (I have about a million mini Avon lipsticks!) And I also like to be prepared. That’s the Brownie in me! So these Altoid Tin makeovers are like the worlds best DIY to me! There are 22 here but these four are my favourite. I particularly like the two Survival kit versions - the urban survival one I will keep in my handbag and the ‘real’ survival one I’m going to keep in my car… you know… for all those times I end up stuck in the scrub on my way to Maitland!

Emergency Candle
My dad went out and bought me a special torch that you always keep plugged in so when you have an emergency you can just grab it. I’m not sure where that torch is. Anyway, doesn’t candle light make you look pretty anyway?!

Games Tin
I love board and card games but when you decide to sit down and actually play, you either: A) Can’t find a die or B) Cards are missing from a pack. Keeping a little tin with these things in it means you’re always ready for a game.

Survival Kit
If you fill this kit with the items suggested, you could probably live in the woods for a year. Not only are there fire starters, but fishing line, water purification tablets, etc, etc. Now I just need to learn how to use those things…

Urban Survival Kit
I’m always asking people for Panadol, trying to find a Bandaid that hasn’t come open in my handbag or begging for change for parking metres. No more! I’m going to make one of these tins for myself, but don’t even think about asking me for any of the contents!

Witch tips on a budget #2

I can’t believe how many reblogs my last one got!

Witch hack: The Altar

Ok so altars are not always easy to make on a budget and I know this from experience. I work part time for minimum wage so I don’t have money for a really fancy altar so here are some tips and ideas.

The Altar Itself: ok so the altar itself is not that difficult, a desk or small table is best but if you don’t have much space for a desk you can clear space on a shelf or dresser. If you need a portable altar, consider a firm shoe box or even an altoid tin (possibilities are endless)

Decor: ok so before you set up the altar you should consider an altar cloth. These are pricy but can easily be made with an old bedsheets or tablecloth or even a curtain. If you can sew, you can even created a pretty personalized one.

With fabric paints or permanent marker, you can decorate the cloth with whatever you see fit (mandalas, the triple goddess symbol, a pentacle, a oujia board, a pendulum board, etc)

Place the following objects on your altar: a candle or two (back corners), incense/sage (right side), an athame (optional, next to incense), a dish or jar of moon water and a dish or jar of earth (left side), a plate for offerings (center), and a chalice (if not available you can bless a wine glass and use that, somewhere near offering plate)

If your altar seems empty, you can fill up space with dried flowers, crystals, a scrying mirror, shells, more candles, anything you feel belongs.

Have fun and stay safe xx