avoid chemicals

On February 5, 1987, Ted had his first panic attack. Although he’d maintained an unperturbed exterior, always in control, always cool and superrational, inside, he apparently was destabilizing after the events of the past year. Until his first death warrant his life at Florida State Prison had been relatively peaceful, especially after he and Carol and Tina had settled into their weekly routine. The disruption caused by the first warrant was only the first tremor of the crumbling of that existence. The TV movie had brought more public attention, hatred, and unavoidable reminders of the crimes he had put out of his mind for six years. The second warrant had made the possibility of execution real to him - and to Carole. Then Carole had left for Seattle, and Ted’s six-year pattern of Saturday visits with his “attentive” family were over. Bad memories were being dredged up from the past as Dr. Norman visited sporadically, spending several hours each time probing Ted’s recollections, his dark side. He was spending time alone with Diana Weiner. He’d always expected to be permitted time to apply for clemency in the Lake City case after cert. was denied. Instead, he had found himself on death watch again, receiving a stay only six hours before his execution was to take place. Then, to top it off, he’d been wrongly placed in disciplinary status upon receiving the stay and deprived of outdoor exercise - his most treasured privilege. The pressure was mounting, his peaceful existence was slowly unraveling. Even the Eleventh Circuit ruling in our favor and remanding the Chi Omega case for further consideration was not necessarily a great comfort to Ted. For him, the mere resolution of a court case - whether in his favor or not - meant that he was that much closer to running out of legal ammunition.

Ted later told me he thought he was going to die that morning of February 5. He said he has been feeling fine since his release from the DR, exercising as usual, doing yoga, avoiding coffee and chemicals. Ted valued self-discipline. The panic attack hit at six in the morning, without warning. He said he lost his short-term memory; lost all perspective; he felt “waves of adrenaline, terror and panic”; he was trembling and his hands were shaking; he felt “numbness, pinpricks on top of my brain”; he was dizzy, heard echoes, and had ringing in his ears. He writhed on the floor of his cell for half a day before it passed. Subsequent attacks would last longer. - Polly Nelson on Ted’s first panic attack

clothaboo  asked:

Okay. I was scrolling through your blog, and saw the wire hanger post. My girlfriend has a huge, CLAMP artbook Nunnally vi Brittania dress that must weigh at least ten pounds. The only way I've gotten it to stay hanging (due to the weight and the off the shoulder design) is to bend the wire hangers so when it's hanging, it looks like an organza zombie in my closet. But I don't want it to tear like that jacket! How else can I hang it so it's safe? Should I be good with padding the hangers?

This is a great question! Hanging heavy garments can often strain the fabric or cause unwanted stretching, even on non-wire hangers. Depending on the particular style of the dress, you have a few possible solutions.

Option 1: Install hanger straps.

You know those annoying little ribbons that attach at the armpits in a lot of commercial formalwear? They’re actually really helpful for preventing fabric strain and preserving the integrity of clothing in storage. You can make your own hanger straps by sewing loops of grosgrain ribbon, cord, or twill tape to the strongest structural part of the garment (usually that’s inside the top of the bodice, though on some really heavy dresses it may be at the waist) and use those to support the dress on the hanger.

This option is the best solution for garments that have open shoulders, spaghetti straps, or delicate material at the top.

For example: The material over the shoulders of this gown is thin elastic mesh, which can’t support the weight of all the beads and ruffles (it’s actually quite heavy!):

On this dress, the hanger straps (which are made of a strong shoelace-like cord) are sewn in at the reinforced waistband:

When I’m wearing the dress, the straps just hang down inside and aren’t visible. But in storage, the straps hook over the hanger and support the entire weight of the skirt. The delicate shoulder elastic only rests on the hanger to retain its shape, so there’s no risk of it stretching or tearing.

While not strictly necessary for structural reasons, hanger straps can also be a good way to hang skirts or trousers on a regular coat hanger, if you want to store all the pieces of a costume together!

Option 2: Pad the hanger.

I curate a large antique clothing collection, with some pieces dating back to the 1830s. These garments are extremely fragile; a wire hanger would tear right through the material! When I must use a hanger, I pad it by wrapping it in thick layers of quilt batting, then in unbleached muslin (to avoid chemical damage to the vintage material). The wider and more padded the surface, the better, as spreading the weight over a larger area helps reduce strain on the fabric.

This method is best for very fragile garments, or for fabric that is likely to stretch or lose its shape.

Example: This cheap plastic hanger has been padded with batting and muslin to better support the shoulders of an 1860s Civil War militia coat:

If you don’t feel like making your own, you can also buy commercial padded hangers for just a few dollars. They’re usually sold in the lingerie section (though I’ve actually seen them at the dollar store, on rare occasions!).

Option 3: Store it flat.

Some costumes just aren’t hanger-friendly. Just as wedding dresses are often preserved in flat boxes to prevent hanging damage, very long or oddly-shaped costume garments are sometimes better off stored flat. If you have the space, you can carefully fold costume pieces and place them in a dresser drawer or a large box.

This is great for sheer or delicate garments that can’t safely go on a hanger, as well as pieces that are too bulky or too long to hang efficiently in a closet.

For example, because of its odd shape (the skirt collapses without the steel hoops underneath, and the dress has a four-foot train off the back) and the thin, delicate silk it’s made of, this dress can’t really be kept on a hanger without damage. Instead, I store the whole thing rolled up loosely in a large box.

Any clean, sturdy box or storage bin will do the job, though if you’re thinking of preserving your costume long-term, you’ll want to find something that breathes (not solid plastic!) and is acid-free. Breathable nonwoven fabric boxes are pretty easy to find. You can also buy acid-free garment storage boxes. These archival boxes came from The Container Store, and are sized to fit under a bed. (The prices have gone up a lot since I bought mine, though, so keep an eye out for coupons and/or sales if you’re looking for something like this!)

When folding delicate fabrics for storage, it’s a good idea to loosely roll some fabric or acid-free tissue paper to pad inside the folds, so you don’t end up with hard creases in the material. Creases create weak spots in the fiber, and can damage the fabric over time.

For example, this antique garment is too long to fit in the box, so it must be folded over on itself. I’ve rolled up some unbleached cotton batting to place inside the fold:

Now when the delicate material is folded back, it is supported in a loose curve rather than being pressed into a crease:

There you go! Storing costumes can be challenging, but in the end it’s worth the effort to prevent damage to a costume you really care about. I hope this helps you find a storage solution that works for your dress!

viceroyals-deactivated20150825  asked:

Other than buying honey what things can be done to help bees??

1. Plant bee friendly flowers
Just planting flowers in your garden, yard, or in a planter will help provide bees with forage. Avoid chemically treating your flowers as chemicals can leach into pollen and negatively affect the bees systems.

Here are a few examples of good plant varieties: Spring – lilacs, penstemon, lavender, sage, verbena, and wisteria. Summer – Mint, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, poppies, black-eyed Susan, passion flower vine, honeysuckle. Fall – Fuschia, mint, bush sunflower, sage, verbena, toadflax.

2. Weeds can be a good thing
Contrary to popular belief, a lawn full of clover and dandelions is not just a good thing—it’s a great thing! A haven for honeybees (and other native pollinators too).Wildflowers, many of which we might classify as weeds, are some of the most important food sources for native North American bees. If some of these are “weeds” you chose to get rid of (say you want to pull out that blackberry bush that’s taking over), let it bloom first for the bees and then before it goes to seed, pull it out or trim it back!

Yes, they make your lawn look pristine and pretty, but they’re actually doing the opposite to the life in your biosphere. The chemicals and pest treatments you put on your lawn and garden can cause damange to the honeybees systems. These treatments are especially damaging if applied while the flowers are in bloom as they will get into the pollen and nectar and be taken back to the bee hive where they also get into the honey—which in turn means they can get into us. Pesticides, specifically neo-nicotinoid varieties have been one of the major culprits in Colony Collapse Disorder.

4. Buy local organic food from farmers
What’s true for honey generally holds true for the rest of our food. Buying local means eating seasonally as well, and buying local from a farmer that you know means you know if that food is coming from a monoculture or not. This is much easier in the summer when you can get your fresh produce from a local farmer’s market. Another option is to get your food from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm. Keep in mind, USDA Organic Certification can be expensive and you may find many great farmers and beekeepers with excellent food and honey that isn’t USDA certified simply because they don’t produce a high quantity or opt for the expense of certification. Don’t let this get in the way of supporting them and if you’re worried about their products—have a conversation with them. (Ed. Note – A huge challenge for beekeepers is to keep their bees in an area where there is no chemical spray within 3 miles, as this is really what is required to guarantee truly organic honey. All the more reason for us all to avoid the use of harsh chemicals.)

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i start a co-op but instead of intentional community we all have avoidant personality disorder and chemical dependencies and leave each other alone

anonymous asked:

Can you do a summer skin care survival list for people w combo/oily/acne prone skin? Pleeeeeease! I live in the south and my skin turns to shit in the late spring/summer. Face and body :(

you mean humid warm as shit climate? i will find a post on this and link it soon but for now this is what i do most of the time when it hits like 40°C
-I cut out all oils with oleic acids out of my routine, as my skin will already pruduce way too much sebum (oleic acid too and comedogenic). I keep using my linoleic acid containing drying oils (hempseed, perilla and safflower)
-niacinamide serums will decrease your oil production (like the niacinemide + zinc one from the ordinary)
- i make sure to be exfoliated (chemically) to avoid breakouts or to make them as little as possible, i like glycolic acid but salicylic acid will also decrease your sebum production
- i keep my skin and myself hydrated by making sure to drink 2L of water (or just any fluids) a day
- I love fruit and i will eat a lot of them in the summer to keep my skin and body healthy and glowy
- I make tea tree oil water in a spray bottle and spray it on my face multiple times a day when i start getting oily as fuck to also kill some of the bacteria on my skin to avoid breakouts. i add bout 10 drops of Tea Tree oil into 100ml of water
- I dont put on my usual mineral sunscreen but i use an alcohol based one instead (because the mineral one makes me really dewy and oily right after applying it, which i like in colder months but not then) because alcohol based ones sink and absorb into the skin easier and dont leave you oily to begin with
-I blot all the time. With paper towels/toilet paper or blotting sheets it doest matter just blot to make sure the sebum and sweat doesnt stay on your skin and clog your pores.
-I dont put on as many hydrating layers at night as id usually do because id suffocate my skin (yes theres such a thing as overmoisturising and it can cause you closed comedones too)
- At the end of the day every 2 days i will do a green clay mask to draw out the sebum from my pores to avoid breakouts and closed comedones.
-and ofcourse i dont wear foundation or any other skin makeup when its that hot.

If you do too many of the drying steps and not enough hydrating steps your skin will suffer and break out as well, and produce more sebum in addition to that. Its about finding a balance.

How to growth black hair fast ?

Growth your hair fast

Don’t believe the common misconception that African American women must settle for short, fragile, unruly hair.

The secret to achieving long black hair involves adopting a simple, yet effective hair care regimen.

To obtain substantial length, you must nurture hair growth while limiting the amount of stress afflicted on the hair.

With proper black hair care, which includes proper nourishment of the body, you can have lovely, long, beautiful hair.

STEP 1 : cleanse your scalp more frequently.

Whether it is because of cultural traditions or because of mis-information, black women tend to think it is better to wash their hair once every two week or less.

Your scalp should be cleaned at least twice per week in order to keep it healthy. At the very least, wash your hair once per week.

STEP 2 : Do not apply too much heat to your hair.

Excessive heat can severely damage “african hair”. Strive to avoid overusing flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers in your routine.

Choose roller sets, wraps, twists or up dos that don’t require excessive heat.

STEP 3 : Reduce your use of chemical products.

Avoid overuse of relaxers, texturizers and dyes. Space out the time between relaxers from once every 6 weeks to once ever 12 weeks. Do not keep the chemicals on longer than the recommended time in the hopes of getting straighter hair. Avoid harsh dyes if you have previously relaxed your hair.

But the best is to stop using relaxers, texturizers and dyes !

STEP 4 : Adopt regular trimming habits.

Despite how contradictory as it may seem, hair grows faster when you keep it trimmed.

Ridding your hair of split ends allows tresses to grow healthy by preventing any damage from progressing up the hair shaft.

You have to determine a trim cycle : one per month or one every two months.

STEP 5 : Moisturize your hair consistently.

Moisturising properly is essential to growing long black hair.

Condition your hair often to prevent dry, split ends.

Avoid thick greases and oils that can accumulate and weigh down hair.

Try a few light moisturizers until you find one that works with your specific hair.

[I recommand home remedies, diy products or natural products instead of market’s products.]

STEP 6 : Limit manipulation of your tresses.

Black hair grows best when left alone. Opt for styles that don’t require constant styling.

Braids can help black hair grow long as long as they are used properly and not left in for too long. Make sure they don’t stretch the hair tightly around the edges. Avoid harsh pulling or tugging at the hair.

De-tangle your damp hair with the aid of a little conditioner to avoid breakage and hair loss.

STEP 7 : Use deep protein treatments.

The hair is made mainly of protein so it is essential to use protein treatments regularly to rebuild and straighten the hair.

[Deep condition your hair on a weekly with homemade mask (eggs, avocado, honey, banana).]

Do not use protein treatments more than once per week. Overuse of protein can leave the hair dry and brittle.

STEP 8 : Implement and maintain a healthy diet

Never underestimate the importance of drinking a lot of clean, fresh water to moisturize from the inside out.

Nourish your hair by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Eat foods rich in vitamins A, D, C, B12 and the other B vitamins, Biotin and Calcium.

According to Harvard School of Public Health, taking a multivitmin daily is a good way to get all the nourishment and nutrition you need in order to stay healty.

Use a multivitamin with those vitamins to help your hair grow. Not only will you have a glowing complexion and a strong, healthy body; you will also have luxuriously shiny long hair.

Things You’ll Need
A good moisturizing conditioner
Protein treatments
Wide tooth comb
Silk scarf

Source : livestrong.com

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.  

gangsta (part one)

“i need a gansta…to love me better…than all the others do. to always forgive me. ride or die with me. that’s just what gangstas do.”

warnings:heartbreak, betrayal, asshole boyfriends,profanity, guns, sexual remarks

characters: joker, reader, barry allen(flash), the trickster(dc villain)
note:flash is played by erza miller

Racing down the streets of Gotham with J in the drivers seat in the Purple Lamborghini. Music blasting through the speakers and J punching his fist on the roof, with his loud laughter echoing in your ears. Your cheeks hurt from the amount of smiling.

How did you get here? In this purple sports car, with a man who you used to hate?

The Trickster had made another attempt to drive Barry bonkers. You had been on a date Barry, the first one in what seemed like forever. He had been so busy being the Flash, you thought he had almost forgotten about you. Of course, he denied that, and immediately set up a date for the next day.

You had your doubts, but there you were. In a small café outside of the wayne enterprises building. He had actually taken you somewhere, granted, it was 10 minutes away from your shared apartment but it was still nice.

The entire time he had actually spoken to you. Asked about your day. He made an effort.

That all changed when about an hour into the date, the news had flicked on saying how there was a building on fire in metropolis, and there was no way to get everyone out fast enough.

He was gone before you could say anything.

You huffed and puffed about it, of course. But you understood, this is his job. He saves people. It’s what he is really good at.

You started to take the cloth napkin off your lap and grab your purse when someone sat down across from you. You froze in your movements. The Trickster.

Barry had been messing with his plans lately, you knew that. And apparently, he had had enough.

A thin cloth soaked in chloroform wrapped around your mouth and you screamed, kicking the table down in the process of trying to escape. You tried to avoid breathing in the chemicals, but he only held it there longer. Your world dwindled into darkness and your breaths felt shallow.

You woke up in an unfamiliar place, unsure of how you had gotten there. Your arms were tied behind your back, and your ankles were bound together. You sat in a chair that was on a ledge, you didn’t know what was behind you but you knew it wouldn’t be good.

The trickster walked out of the shadows and smiled at you, his blond hair sweeping in front of his eyes. “Hello the beautiful, (Y/N).”

You scowled at his complement and looked at your surrounding. “Where the fuck am I, Giovanni?”

His eyes grew dark at the use of his real name, and he spun your chair around making sure to tip you slightly over the edge. Large containers of chemicals laid under you, the smell drafted up into your nostrils and your heart pounded.

“Why am I here?” You asked as he spun your chair around, so you were facing a screen and a camera.

“We’re gonna call your boyfriend, duh.” He laughed and walked over to the computer, typing some things quickly.

‘Ha, idiot. As soon as he calls Barry, I’m outta here.’ You thought, smiling to yourself.

There was a long silence before the screen opened up, to reveal The Flash, looking confused at the screen. Until he saw you. “(Y/N)?!” He yelled panicky, and looked like he was ready to speed off and save you.

“So, I have a proposition, Mr. Flash.” Trickster laughed walking behind you and putting his hands on your shoulders.

“Flash, darling, he’s fucking crazy.” You spoke sweetly, careful not to use his real name due to the countless citizens around him.

“Where are you? I’ll come-”

“Nah uh uuh.” Trickster waved his finger, cutting Barry off. “You have a choice to make mister.”

Barry squinted his eyes and glared at him. “What kind of choice?”

“You see, you can save your pretty girlfriend here and have everyone know who the Flash really is. Or, you can leave me and my plans alone, and I promise I won’t spill your identity.”

You wanted to laugh. That was the stupidest thing you had ever heard. But Barry really seemed to think about it. “Babe, c'mon.” You spoke sternly. “This isn’t even a question.”

He looked away from the camera and his eyes darted around nervously. Was he fucking serious right now? “Times a ticking, fast boy. Your girl is about to be at the bottom of a tank filled with chemicals.”

“I-I- fine.” Your heart stopped. What?“

“Barry?! What? You’re not serious right?” Tears started to collect in your eyes as you wiggled in your chair, trying to break free.

He looked you in the eyes through the screen, his own becoming glassy, “I’m sorry.”

That was the last thing you heard before the Trickster had tipped your chair. The last thing you saw was Barry turning his screen off, and the Trickster packing up his belonging.

Your hair flew up into your face as you fell for what seemed like forever. Your heart pounded in your ears, and tears flew up off your face.


The thick cold chemicals hugged every inch of your body like a snake. You tried to shut your eyes but the acids crept through your lids, burning them like fire.

A loud cry escaped your lips and the chemicals fell into your mouth. Your lungs burned with chemicals and your felt yourself fading.

As black started creeping from the corners of your vision you saw a black shadow jump into the acid and grab you.

You felt lips on your, blowing air into your burning lungs. They oddly fit perfectly in your.

Your eyes opened with a gasp and your came face to face with your savior. His green hair was faded a bit from the bleach, but his eyes shined a bright crystal blue.

Your mind was dazed but you still knew who this was. The Joker. Infamous for being the worst villain ever. You tried to scoot away, only to find your hands still bound behind you. “Oh, hold on doll.” He grabbed a knife from his acid destroyed pants and at first you though he was going to kill you, but he cut the restraints off.

When your wrists were free you sat up in against a large concrete pillar and felt every part of your body ache. “You okay doll?”

You nodded, despite the few stray tears that pooled at the bottom of your chin. “(Y/N), my name is (Y/N).” He nodded and smiled at you, his silver grill on display.

“Well (Y/N), what got you thrown into a bucket of ace chemicals?” He laughed loudly, his personality showing through his craziness.

Your heart shattered. He left you. He chose that damn mask over you. Your whole body shook as a large sob fell through your lips. The Joker looked shocked. He didn’t know what to do. He didn’t comfort people. That wasn’t his thing.

“My boyfriend left me for a mask.” You smiled sadly, your eyes bloodshot and bottom lip trembling . “He fucking chose that mask over me.” Your smiled dropped as you sobbed again, your whole body shaking.

You felt yourself being lifted into someones arms, and you felt…home.

Originally posted by carpeyouth

Originally posted by secretsocietyofwonderland

Fast Hair Growth

Recently I cut off 7 inches of my hair for charity but then quickly decided that short hair wasn’t for me, this is a list of things that I have done which in my opinion have noticeably made my hair grow faster!


Hair is made from protein so it is essential to eat things such as eggs, beans, nuts, soy and fish (if you’re not veggie) as these all help increase Keratin production.

Healthy fats such as Omega 3 are essential and these can be found in fish and plant oils. Fish oil tablets can be found at most health shops. Healthy fats help increase the growth of hair follicles. Fats to avoid include: saturated fats, trans fatty acids and hydrogenated fats.


Using straighteners, curlers and hair dryers can really damage hair due to the extreme temperatures, so avoid using these. Harsh chemicals in hairsprays and some shampoos and conditioners can also really damage hair so try using herbal products from places like lush (personally I like the cinnamon shampoo bar, which is specifically to encourage hair growth and the black pots of “roots”)

Use a brush, head massaging tool, or your finger tips to massage the scalp for 5-10 minutes daily to encourage growth.


Zinc is an important vitamin as it helps repair tissues that are in the scalp. Zinc can be found in dark chocolate, cocoa powder and roast pumpkin/squash. Iron is important because it helps deliver oxygen around the body and to the scalp which encourages hair growth. Iron can be found in lentils and beans. Vitamin C is important because it helps to produce collagen and allows the body to accept iron, Vitamin C can be found in: citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers and spinach. Other helpful vitamins to hair growth include: A, D, E and K; Which can all be found in supplement form.


It is important to stay hydrated and you should be drinking between 6-8 glasses of water a day! It is also important to try and reduce stress in your life as this can stunt hair growth.


  1. Heat and mix together, half a small glass of olive oil, one tomato and some aloe vera. Apply to scalp whilst warm, massaging into roots, leave for 30 minutes then have a shower as normal.
  2. Wash/Rinse hair daily in rosemary water.
  3. Mix half a glass of olive oil, a teaspoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Apply to scalp, massaging into roots, leave for 20 minutes then have a shower as normal. (This may tingle, but shouldn’t cause any pain - if so wash off immediately) 
  4. Leave olive oil on tips of hair 10 minutes before washing to avoid split ends.
  5. Mix half a glass of olive oil and a table spoon of mayonnaise. Apply to scalp, massaging into roots, leave for 20 minutes then have a shower as normal. 

(Any left over mixes can be kept in fridge to be used again, simply stir and use as instructed.)

Starting Your Own Herb Garden

Many of us have childhood memories of playing in a garden on a sunny day with the scent of lavender, rosemary and mint accompanying our every step. Just a whiff of these scents will bring a wave of nostalgia for childhood summers, fairy tales and times gone by.

The good news is that we can create our own fairy tale setting right here and now by planting a herb garden in even the smallest back yard.

Herbs are natural ‘weeds’ or wild plants and unlike many flowering plants they have not been bred or mutated into something more pleasing to the eye. They remain in their original state and as such they are most often hardy and easy to grow with a natural resistance to disease. You can avoid using chemical pesticides on them and if you can do the same with the rest of your garden, you will have ‘organic’ herbs that you can safely eat when any superficial dust and insect matter have been washed away.

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Hello! As you all have likely heard, the bee population is rapidly declining, and its a big deal!

I’m fairly certain there is a large group of us that agrees - our bee friends need our help! Wanting to save them is not the issue, rather the HOW. 

So here, I present to you, the base of a master list on how to do your part in saving the bees! x

1) Plant bee friendly flowers/flowering herbs in your gardens and neighbourhoods! Our bees are loosing habitats. Planting flowers in a garden, planter, or lawn can give bees a place to live. Avoid using chemicals on the plants.

2) Don’t use chemicals/pesticides to treat your lawn/garden! I know the pristine green look is seemingly appealing, but these chemicals are extremely harmful to honeybee habitats. How about a new all natural kind of beautiful garden!

3) Buy raw honey from local beekeepers! Doing this lets your local beekeepers know that they should keep their bees. And, its beneficial for your own personal health to consume natural, unprocessed honey. Support your local bees!

4) Weeds can be good! Despite the want for nice, perfect green lawns, a lawn covered in clovers and dandelions is a great thing for the honeybee population. A lot of these wildflower plants are important sources of food for bees. Let things get a bit wild - for your sake and the bees!

5) Our bee friends are thirsty! Pollination is not an easy job and bees need to be hydrated as well. Put a small basin of water outside your house so the bees can have a sip when they come by!

6) Buy food from local farmers! By supporting local farms is supporting plants and habitats that may be good for bees. Generally the same principal as buying local honey applies here. Plus, eating organic foods from local farms is beneficial for yourself too!

7) Share solutions with others! One person can only do so much, but by informing others and encouraging them to help save the bees, a little can go a long way!

8) Contact congress and let them know what you think! Change can happen from both ends, let your local congress know how you feel about the matter. Make it known and make it matter to them!

Feel free to add to this list! Save the bees! xx 

How do we improve our relationship with food? Be mindful of what we eat, how much we eat, when we eat, and our thoughts about eating.

Method to Break the Greed of the Stomach.

In Imam Al-Ghazali’s Breaking the Two Desires book 23 he explains the following four duties as a method of discipline. I have added a few helpful tips for additional benefit and guidance.

1. Eat what is lawful (halal) and pure (tayyib).
- Make intentions for the sake of Allah
- Eat organic when possible
- Eat what is seasonal
- Support local farmers
- Research origin of food
- Avoid chemicals/processed foods

2. Limit the quantity we eat
- Discipline gradually
- Eat when truly hungry
- Reduce intake gradually
- Let food digest before eating again
- Be consistent have balance
- Stop eating before you are full

3. Delay when we eat
- Continual fasting for self-discipline (3 days or more)
- Feel hunger (without hurting health)
- Determine what is the least you can eat safely

4. Which varieties of food we eat
- Incorporate Prophetic foods (refer to previous posts)
- Introduce better food choices
- Eat nutrient dense foods (vitamins and minerals)
- Limit meat consumption
- We are individual (it must be convenient, accessible, and available)
- What works for each person if different (we are individual)
- Avoid diet fads, gimmicks, and quick fixes

It’s not just about health and better nutrition we want to be like the Prophet ﷺ and follow His traditions. Many Muslims have forgotten these traditions and simply overindulge.

Imam Al-Ghazali leaves us with this; Abu-Sulayman al-Darani said, “To renounce one desire is more profitable to the heart than to fast and pray for a whole year.”

#revival #PropheticNutrition

—  Zainab Ismail
Holiday Blues

((A/N: I need to stop making fics on rooftops but like… that’s apparently my jam??? Anyway this is a cutesy one because I hate being alone on the holidays but this seems sorta sweet and cheesy. Also I love Bucky Barnes. And I need to write more Steve ones.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 1.5k

Warnings: None ))

It was supposed to be a nice night. A beautiful night. Stark had poked and prodded until he had gotten you to begrudgingly agree to come to the party. You knew the Avengers like the back of your hand and you had adored them all, but parties weren’t really your scene. Steve could put on a show and schmooze with the best. Thor fit in perfectly while Clint and Natasha would stalk about. Of course Tony was the life of the party and always pulled Bruce by his side while Maria made small talk and Wanda and Pietro giggled to themselves in the corner. The only exception to the party was always Bucky.

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The news has recently been covering a lot about childhood vaccinations due to the recent measles outbreak, specifically the “anti-vaccination” movement that has arose over the past few years.

Before I go on, I am pro-vaccination. However, when I say that I do not necessarily care what people do about non-essential vaccinations. For example, I have not gotten a flu shot since 2008. I had a very bad reaction to it and I currently do not work in a place that mandates it; therefore, I do not get the flu vaccine. However, when I have kids and they are in school, they will get it. If/when I work in a hospital setting I will get it. However, vaccinations for mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and polio I do see as essential. Why? Because all the evidence points that these vaccines do more good than harm.

Because of vaccinations, smallpox has been eradicated and polio has almost become eradicated. Vaccines have reduced death caused by measles by 78% from 2000-2008. According to the CDC, there has been a 99% reduction in incidence of bacterial meningitis since the vaccine was introduced in 1988. 

Although anyone can “do their research” to make their informed opinion, I have found that many people who are anti-vaccination are unfortunately very misinformed. I often see arguments that they “don’t want to put chemicals in their child” or that they “don’t want to give their child Autism, ADHD, allergies, learning disorders, [enter whatever other disorder here]." 

First and foremost, there is absolutely no relationship between vaccinations and autism. In 1998 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a study that claimed there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. After that study was published numerous other studies were conducted on a total of over 14 million children and not a single one found the link between the MMR vaccine and autism. In 2004 it came out that the data from the 1998 study was made up. Therefore, the one study that has ever shown the relationship between MMR and autism was a fraud.

Well what about the increase in autism, ADHD, learning disabilities? First and foremost, there has been an increase in the diagnosis of these disorders, which is different than an increase in the prevalence of the disorders. Think about it this way, the MMR vaccine became available in 1971. Infantile autism was not even a recognized disorder in the DSM until 1980, with Autistic Disorder appearing in the DSM in 1987. Further, autism as most people know it today was not described until 1994. ADD first appeared in the DSM in 1980, with ADHD appearing in 1987. Over the past 20 years we have seen a rise in the increase of diagnosis of these disorders, but that does not mean that these disorders weren’t present before then, we just didn’t have the research or a name for the disorder. I personally believe ADHD is over-diagnosed, but that opinion put aside, the disorders that the MMR vaccine apparently "cause” weren’t even around until 9 years after the vaccine became available, with the disorders as we know them now, coming along much later. Further, over the past 20 years, research has advanced dramatically. Instead of blaming vaccines for the increase in diagnosis, how about we consider the fact that we now have a name for these disorders, and more research and information about them, as well as more accurate measurement tools to diagnose the disorders, thus causing the increase in diagnosis.

Further, if the MMR vaccine really causes neurological disorders, we would have seen a rise in these disorders starting in the 1970s, when the vaccine first came out, even if there was not necessarily a name at the time, not the 1990s and 2000s (around and after the time Dr. Wakefield’s paper was published). Additionally, if anyone knows anything about research, correlation does not equal causation. I have not read every single study on vaccines and autism; however, of the ones I have read none of them were true experiments (where people are randomly assigned to a vaccine condition or non vaccine condition). True experiments are the only way one can assume causation. So even if any of these studies suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism (which they don’t) we could not definitively conclude that vaccines cause autism. 

Another argument I hear is that the parents don’t want to inject their child with “chemicals.” The chemical I hear the most about is thimerosal which contains mercury. Yes, thimerosal contains mercury, but in 1999 it was agreed upon that thimerosal should be reduced or removed from all vaccines. Currently, all the vaccines recommended for children 6 years and under are free from thimerosal or contain very minimal amounts. Chemicals are added to the vaccines to inactivate the virus or bacteria and to stabilize the vaccine. Further, the amount of chemicals in a vaccine is very small in potency. 

I understand wanting to be organic, natural, or what have you. However, the evidence points to vaccines doing more good than harm and saving so many lives by reducing or eliminating a number of deadly diseases. I have seen people write that they would rather their kid contract the disease and be nursed by a doctor for a couple of weeks rather than get them vaccinated. First of all, whatever drug the doctor gives to your child will probably have chemicals in it as well, so you are not avoiding chemicals there. Secondly, these types of diseases are not necessarily ones that are just treated within a couple of weeks. For example, 145,000 people died around the world from measles in 2013 alone. In 2000 it was declared that measles was eliminated from the USA (due to the vaccine); however, in 2009 two people in the USA died from measles, and two more deaths occurred in 2010. You can also compare data across countries (those who vaccinate and those who don’t) or follow vaccination trends to show the number of cases of certain diseases, as well as deaths from these diseases. We have vaccines for many diseases because the diseases are deadly.

I don’t expect that this post will change the mind of those who are against vaccinations; however, I hope it encourages people to do more research. Yes, there are risks for vaccinations, many of which are minor (sore arm, low grade fever) and some that are more severe (and much more rare); however, in general, the benefits of the vaccinations outweigh the risks. There are also children/adults out there that can not get vaccinated due to medical conditions These individuals, therefore, depend on other children being vaccinated to avoid these potentially deadly diseases. I understand if people are set in their ways, but I hope their opinion is formed by looking at the evidence for both sides, and that the evidence is based in scientific research, not blog posts, word of mouth, or websites that are clearly biased one way or another.

101 Ways To Cope With Stress by Brett Phillips

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
2. Prepare for the morning the night before
3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
4. Avoid relying on chemical aids
5. Set appointments ahead
6. Don’t rely on your memory … write it down
7. Practice preventive maintenance
8. Make duplicate keys
9. Say ‘no’ more often
10. Set priorities in your life
11. Avoid negative people
12. Use time wisely
13. Simplify meal times
14. Always make copies of important papers
15. Anticipate your needs
16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
18. Break large tasks into bite size portions
19. Look at problems as challenges
20. Look at challenges differently
21. Unclutter your life
22. Smile
23. Be prepared for rain
24. Tickle a baby
25. Pet a friendly dog/cat
26. Don’t know all the answers
27. Look for a silver lining
28. Say something nice to someone
29. Teach a kid to fly a kite
30. Walk in the rain
31. Schedule play time into every day
32. Take a bubble bath
33. Be aware of the decisions you make
34. Believe in yourself
35. Stop saying negative things to yourself
36. Visualize yourself winning
37. Develop your sense of humor
38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day
39. Have goals for yourself
40. Dance a jig
41. Say ‘hello’ to a stranger
42. Ask a friend for a hug
43. Look up at the stars
44. Practice breathing slowly
45. Learn to whistle a tune
46. Read a poem
47. Listen to a Symphony
48. Watch a ballet
49. Read a story curled up in bed
50. Do a brand new thing
51. Stop a bad habit
52. Buy yourself a flower
53. Take time to smell the flowers
54. Find support from others
55. Ask someone to be your ‘vent-partner’
56. Do it today
57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
58. Put safety first
59. Do everything in moderation
60. Pay attention to your appearance
61. Strive for excellence NOT perfection
62. Stretch your limits a little each day
63. Look at a work of art
64. Hum a jingle
65. Maintain your weight
66. Plant a tree
67. Feed the birds
68. Practice grace under pressure
69. Stand up and stretch
70. Always have a plan ‘B’
71. Learn a new doodle
72. Memorize a joke
73. Be responsible for your feelings
74. Learn to meet your own needs
75. Become a better listener
76. Know your limitations and let others know them, too
77. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
78. Throw a paper airplane
79. Exercise everyday
80. Learn the words to a new song
81. Get to work early
82. Clean out one closet
83. Play patty cake with a toddler
84. Go on a picnic
85. Take a different route to work
86. Leave work early (with permission)
87. Put air freshener in your car
88. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
89. Write a note to a far away friend
90. Go to a ball game and scream
91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
93. Remember that stress is an attitude
94. Keep a journal
95. Practice a monster Smile
96. Remember you always have options
97. Have a support of people. Places and things
98. Quit trying to fix other people
99. Get enough sleep
100. Talk less and listen more
101. Feely praise other people

BONUS: Relax. Take each day at a time… you have the rest of your life to live.

Gardening and the faeries


  Wherever you find flowers, trees, grass, animals, or water.. faeries are nearby. Nature is the faeries’ domain, home, and temple. They’re especially fond of lush vegetarian, grown without pesticides or much pruning. So it makes sense that the faeries would help our lawns flourish. All we have to do is invite the faeries to help our gardens grow. 

Creating a faery garden:
You can attract more faeries into your yard by creating a “faery garden.” This basically means adding what the faeries like to your yard. The faeries will help your garden become a lush, gorgeous sanctuary and a peaceful oasis. Here are some of the elements of a faery garden:

  • Flowers. Faeries adore flowers. They also tend to them, ensuring that you’ll always have a colorful yard. The faeries love bell-shaped flowers such as blue-bellsfritillaryfoxglove, and lilly of the valley, as they provide wonderful shelter for them. Legends also say that faeries use primrose and cowslip flowers to cross between the physical and nonphysical dimensions.

  • Chemical-free flora. Faeries are allergic to chemicals, so avoid any pesticides or other sprays that would cause your faeries to scramble to find a new place to live. Most health-food stores sell natural alternatives to pesticides, made from gentle ingredients such as orange peels and herbs. Ask the faeries to help with pest control instead of using chemicals.
  • A natural environment. Faeries also prefer gardens that are as natural as possible, so keep pruning to a minimum. Tightly manicured gardens and lawns have fewer faeries in residence compared to lush gardens and lawns. Be sure to warn the faeries before walking on grass, and give them an ample heads-up before mowing the lawn.
  • Feathered and furry friends. The faeries love to share their garden with birds, butterflies, and squirrels. The faeries will amply reward you for keeping a bird feeder in your yard, especially one for hummingbirds (avoid artificial coloring or other harmful chemicals in the liquid). If burrowing animals (such as groundhogs) become a nuisance, ask the faeries to help. You can attract butterflies by planting astersbuddleiamarigoldslilacslavender, and rosemary.
  • Crystals. Faeries love sparkling crystals, so hand some monofilament (fishing) line) in your trees, and place crystals throughout the yard. Crystals come from the same elemental kingdom as the faeries. Along the same lines, small white lights strung through your trees are a favorite among the faeries.
  • Faery furniture and circles. You might place tiny faery furniture made from wrapped willow wood or borrowed from old dollhouses in the yard. A circle of freshly picked flowers or smooth stones creates a “faery circle,” which is a gathering spot where faeries enter other dimensions together.
  • Music. You can also place outdoor stereo speakers in the yard (some are built to look like small boulders and rocks). Play gentle music for the plants, flowers, birds, butterflies, and faery inhabitants to enjoy. Just don’t play any harsh music in your yard or you may experience a mass exodus of your garden’s residents. Don’t be surprised to hear music playing your yard, especially late at night. The faeries hold parties almost every evening, during which they fiddle, sing, and create fun and dancable music.
  • Statues. Faeries also appreciate you placing statues of them in your yard.
Make a difference in protecting pollinators!

Photo Credit: USFWS Image

This week we call your attention to those little known creatures that help nature bring fruits and vegetables to your table. These insects and animals travel from plant to plant, carrying pollen on their bodies, essential for the transfer of genetic material needed to reproduce most flowering plants. These animals are essential for a healthy ecosystem and are in trouble.

Here are 5 simple steps you can take to help pollinators:

Plant: Provide habitat for a variety of pollinators by planting a pollinator garden. To attract pollinators to your yard, choose native plants of different colors, shapes, and heights. Creating variety in flower color and shape will increase the diversity of pollinators that will use the space! Need help in identifying which plants are native in your area? Check through the Native Plant Societies in your area or explore native planting guides available through the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and Pollinator Partnership.

Photo Credit: USFWS Image

Build: Create structures for pollinators that nest or roost. Free plans are available for construction of a bee block for solitary bees use small cavities. Want to attract bats to your yard? In addition to pollination, bats also can help by eating insects—including mosquitoes! Bats just don’t live in caves, many species use trees, bridges, or buildings as roost sites. By building a bat house, you can provide habitat for bats in your yard.

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