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Plant updates

My Henbane is beginning to flower, hopefully the normal color this year lol.

Rue and Angelica are growing like mad.

Poppies are continuing to bloom.

Chamomile is also getting ready to bloom, and my baby San Pedro Cactus has started to grow quite nicely.

I’m thinking I may start harvesting a bit of Belladonna next week as it’s starting to get quite nice berries on it as well as flowers.

Calamus and Dragon Tree are still growing slowly.

And one of my four Daturas I started at work (two strammonium, two inoxia), which has really been growing fast and has really been making my work nights go faster. I love stopping to smell the Datura lol.

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Generation 2 is headed our way!!

“More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations, will start rolling out soon in Pokémon GO.

New Evolutions: There are now more opportunities to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO than ever before. Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will soon be able to evolve—into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region! Be on the lookout for new Evolution items at PokéStops, which you’ll need to evolve some Pokémon.

New Encounter Gameplay: When you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don’t be surprised if they react in new ways as you’re trying to catch them. You’ll also notice the addition of new item carousels that allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls directly from the encounter screen. Hone your skills and catch those elusive Pokémon!

New Berries: Pokémon enjoy eating Berries, and you’ll have the opportunity to get two new Berries by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops—Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries! Giving a Pokémon a Nanab Berry will slow its movements, making it easier to catch. The Pinap Berry doubles the amount of Candy you’ll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.

New Avatars and an Expanded Wardrobe: Now you’ll be able to give your avatar a complete upgrade! Customize your look with a whole new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items.”

I’ll be expecting this to drop this weekend, so be on the lookout trainers!

The Mortar and Pestle

I can think of no tool in a witches’ arsenal which requires more finesse than the mortar and pestle. So often people will pick one up, looking forward to pounding and grinding, not realizing it takes so much more than brute force. Resins will gum up, herbs will be stirred with little to no effect, roots will refuse to powder, all causing a great deal of frustration to those who so looked forward to using this marvelous set. But here’s the secret to using a mortar and pestle: brute force is rarely ever needed, and will not work well in most cases.

Working with resins, herbs, spices, flowers, and more can be maddening with a mortar and pestle, as each of these requires different ways of grinding and working. You cannot approach each the same, as each is entirely different. Simply pounding away at everything will not produce the fine powders so often hoped for. In some cases, a powder is simply not attainable. But, with a little patience and cunning, the tool will serve you well. But before we get to any of that, it’s important to note that if you’re having excessive trouble with working with a mortar and pestle, and the set came from a specialty occult shop, it might just be best to toss it aside. Most of the time these sets are too smooth, not having what it takes to actually grind the materials down. A mortar and pestle made for culinary use is usually the best way to go. Such sets are generally not expensive, and will last you a lifetime.

With that in mind, left’s get right to it! Below are a few examples of the different grinding methods I use.

Resins- Resins can be notoriously difficult to powder properly, often succumbing to the friction between the mortar and pestle and gumming up. Even pounding the resinous chunks too hard will result in sticky pieces. When it comes to tree resins, you must consider what it is you are grinding. Don’t pound the chunks with all your might, or try to grind them with force. No, resins require a delicate touch. Use the pestle to gently hit the chunks until they crack apart. Then use the pestle smoothly, gently, with patience. Resins will take time to powder, giving you plenty of chance to focus your will as you work. Before you know, the gently circular grinding motion will produce a fine powder for any use. Be aware, though, that you cannot use one technique for all resins. Copal powders easier than Dragon’s Blood, which powders far easier than Myrrh.

Dried Herbs and Flowers- Another example of a place where brute force will not serve you, though dried herbs and flowers are much more forgiving. Rosemary, jasmine, lavender, and vervain are all good examples here. Simply stamping at these will not be enough. Often times it takes a gentle grinding of these ti create a suitable material for a powder. Some dried herbs, like mugwort, simply will not powder, whereas Jasmine flowers will be reduced to a fine powder in mere seconds. As with resins, take your time. Be gentle. When you grind dried herbs, you’re either working with botanicals you have dried yourself, or that come prepackaged. If you’ve dried them yourself, you’ll have a much easier time. Prepackaged herbs, while useful at times, are very difficult to grind down any further than the state in which they are purchased. It’s possible to do though with yet more patience.

Dried Roots, Barks, and Berries- Don’t let anyone tell you these are easy to grind because holy mother, that is a lie. Dried roots, bark, and berries are prbably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to grind in my life, and these botanicals are some of the only ones where brute force is your friend. Each of them requires a great deal of power to break down. However, once you’ve pounded them apart, the force is no longer needed. You’ll still have to give it some welly, but it won’t require near as much effort once you’ve broken the materials down. Mandrake root is a good example of this. When dried, mandrake becomes wood-like. It’s very difficult to break down. However, once you’ve got it worked down, you can powder it as you would anything else. Other roots are not so forgiving which is why, if you pull your iwn roots, I encourage you to slice the root pieces into disks. These are much more managable than even small pieces, as the larger surface area gives you more to work with. Bark should be handled much the same. As far as berries, you have to be sure they’re comoletely dry before attempting to work then down. Some berries are far easier to powder than others. Juniper berries (not being real berries) will give you hell. But, as always, keep your patience. It will serve you well.

Fresh Botanicals- This is where you’ll want to forget about powdering. When it comes to fresh botanicals, it’s often only feasable to draw out the juices via stamping and bruising of leaves and flowers, or making a paste by the addition of warm water. Roots will create a paste of their own, as will mucilagenous plants like aloe-vera and marshmallow. Berries will simply muddle down. If you’re trying to get seeds from fruits or berries, you can use a mortar and pestle to (gently) muddle the materials, then add water. After some time, the seeds will sink to the bottom while the body of the fruit/berry floats. Using fresh botanicals in a mortar and pestle can create a great poultice, as well as helping release the volatile oils and constituents of a plants for an infusion or decoction.

However you choose to use your mortar and pestle, remember that it will take time to really understand the tool, and longer to get the hang of it. However, the nortar and pestle is, I feel, and integral part of witchcraft practice. One can learn so much from working their botanicals down, smelling them, hearing them, feong what it takes to break them down, and more. While the mortar and pestle have a great deal of uses beyond just grinding, it’s a great place to start. Happy grinding!
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Nat’s Glo Up Challenge

So I was inspired to create this “challenge” for those of us trying to better ourselves thanks to the @shrinkingblonde Full Potential Challenge. I absolutely love it and plan on starting it this weekend, but I feel like it only touches base on your daily routine and I wanted something that touches base on a little bit of everything. Thus, I created an outline for my Glo Up Challenge. This challenge entails ​developing your looks, becoming a better you in various areas, reaching to achieve future goals, loving yourself, treating yourself right, being comfortable in your own skin, being optimistic about life. I organised it in the order I want to work on each thing but feel free to change it around!

Let Go Of The Past

The first step is to let go of the past by tying up any loose ends and close that chapter of your life. You’re starting a new chapter. Somethings from Chapter 1 will follow into Chapter 2 while rest stays behind.

  • Delete/unfollow anyone you follow on social media that you don’t talk to or follow only to see what they’re doing. 
  • Acknowledge any mistakes you’ve made in the past. Accept that you made those mistakes but carry the lesson you learnt.
  • Write down everything you’ve wanted to get off of your chest whether it be to someone in your life or a general feeling about something. Once you’re finished tear it up and throw it out. (Or if you’re feeling brave give it to them)

Goal setting

Now that we’re feeling ready to get our glo up on, it’s time to set goals.

  • Where do you want to be in x amount of time? How do you want to feel? What do you want to achieve?
  • Make a list of your goals.
  • Break down your goals into steps and go from there. It’s important to take it slow so you don’t stress yourself out.
  • Set a time frame for when you want to accomplish each part of it.
  • Review and adjust goals and steps towards reaching them monthly.
  • Don’t let anyone put you down or tell you your goals are stupid, irrelevant etc.
  • When you lose motivation (which is completely ok) remember why you started.

Squad

Going into this I want the right people surrounding me. People who are going to cheer me on, give me brutal pep talks when needed, and be there with me through the good and the bad.

  • Start by keeping in mind you don’t needs millions of friends. A handful of friends is all you need (if so much).
  • Also, pick your friends wisely because you become like the 5 people you hang around most.
  • Ditch Toxic Relationships
  • If you’re someone who has 30 different people who you call your friends, weed through them and determine which ones would really have your back in times of need.
  • Surround yourself with positive people, negativity can affect you way more than you realize
  • I know it’s said all the time, but join a club or sport! It’s an instant way to meet someone new not to mention you already share something in common which is a bonus
  • Once you’ve established who you’re friends are, make sure you’re loyal, kind, reliable, trustworthy, and a good listener.
  • Also don’t forget to encourage your friends!

Health

Having good health is so important because it affects our emotions, thoughts, and physical body. Having good health or at least working on it will make the rest of your journey throughout life much easier.

  • Invest in a water bottle to have on hand all the time. Seeing your water bottle near you will make you more likely to want to drink water.
  • Try out a Mediterranean diet (I plan on making a different post for that later on)
  • Depending on what your day looks like, stretch 5 minutes in the morning, then exercise at least 30 minutes in the evening
  • Adopt a morning and evening routine to help make good habits and break bad ones. It can also help eliminate procrastination
  • Take multivitamins
  • Meditate - Headspace is an app that has ten minute sessions of guided meditation called Take 10 with Andy. Some of the sessions include fun animations at the start of them so you get a better idea of how meditation helps your mind. There are also mini meditation sessions for when you’re on the go and session tailored towards every age group.
  • Try to get 71/2 - 8 hours of sleep every night
  • If you have an iphone, optimized night shift to help stop the blue light that’s emitted from disrupting your sleep. I suggest turning it on at least an hour before bed. For Android users, you can search the app store for an app that cancels blue light - I believe the one I used to use is called Twilight.

Mental

  • Like I mentioned before meditate to get extra headspace
  • Eat brain foods such as: Berries, Nuts, Fish, Dark Chocolate, Avocado, Eggs, etc
  • Challenge yourself. Don’t settle with what you already know or can do, strive to be better.
  • Learn something new, whether it be a language, instrument, or a new word a day
  • Read. Read. Read. 20 minutes a day is all it takes.

Confidence

  • Get to know yourself, what you like, what you don’t like etc
  • Don’t talk badly about yourself. You’re (one of your) own best friend(s). You wouldn’t talk badly or degrade your best friend so don’t do it to yourself.
  • Stay away from negative people. Literally, walk away if you have to.
  • Be grateful - For a fun project, get a jar and decorate it as you like. Every night write one good thing that happened to you that day and place it in the jar. Then when you’re feeling less than stellar, read all the good things that have happened to you.
  • Practice self care everyday
  • Wear the clothes you feel good in
  • Walk with your head held high no matter what and stand tall
  • When you speak, speak with a purpose
  • Stop apologizing so much, especially when it’s not even your fault  
  • Have good manners
  • Laugh at yourself when you make mistakes
  • Empower yourself and others
  • Fake it until you make it  
  • Don’t forget to smile!

Fitness

Now it’s time to get into the physical part of things.

  • The beginning is always the hardest which means consistency (and perseverance) is key 
  • Don’t skip meals. Not gonna lie I’m a huge culprit of this.
  • Create a workout routine
  • Exercise a minimum of 5 days a week. No excuses!
  • Eat Healthy
  • Always stretch before you workout to avoid injuring yourself
  • Find a workout partner. It can be a friend, sibling, or even your mum!
  • Track your progress
  • Remember ~ strive for fit not skinny!

Hygiene

Having good hygiene is so important because even when you’re not having the best day it can still determine if you look put together or not

  • Brush your teeth at least 2x a day
  • Floss! I used to shrug it off but after having braces I realized how much of a difference it made.
  • Speaking of braces - where your retainers. You didn’t endure all of that torture to revert back to their original form. Don’t want to wear them all day long or can’t? Then wear them at night.
  • Wear clean and ironed clothes
  • Make sure your fingernails (and toes) are always cleaned and trimmed.
  • Use deodorant
  • Freshen up throughout the day. Carry travel sized wipes, tissues, mouthwash, deodorant etc.
  • Remove makeup before bed - try Pond’s Cold Cleansing Cream.
  • Avoid touching your face and popping pimples

Skincare

  • First step to taking care of your skin is determining what type of skin you have (Oily, Dry, Normal, Combination)
  • Wash your face morning and night
  • Be cautious using toners - sometimes they do more harm than good
  • Moisturize all over. For your body apply a generous amount to combat dry skin. Also consider trying baby oil gel it leaves skin smooth and stays on all day long, even after showering.
  • Shower with warm water not hot water. Hot water dries out your skin.
  • Drink water! It helps to hydrate your skin
  • Do a body scrub to exfoliate your skin
  • Do a face mask 1-2x a week
  • Clean your makeup brushes
  • Don’t sleep with makeup on
  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase. If you can’t wash your pillowcase every week to get rid of germs/bacteria that can cause your face to break out.
  • Strive for 8 hours of sleep every night so your skin can repair it skin
  • Disinfect your phone with antibacterial gel or disinfectant wipes

Hair

  • Try something new with your hair such as getting it coloured or cut.
  • Now some people may think I’m crazy and dirty for doing this but I wash my hair every 1-2 weeks and straighten my hair once during that time IF I straighten it at all. I’m aware that this may not work for everyone depending on their hair type. I’m mixed Caribbean so it works for my hair.
  • Do a hot oil treatment on your hair every couple of weeks  
  • Don’t forget to trim your hair
  • Keep your hair moisturized
  • Minimize the amount of heat you put on your hair
  • Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase and/or tie your hair at night

Nail Care

  • Give yourself a manicure every week. It doesn’t have to include painting your nails, it can be as simple as trimming and cleaning them.
  • Invest in cuticle oil
  • Keep nails clean
  • Keep your hands moisturized.
  • Avoid overexposure to water + harsh chemicals as they can eat away your nails
  • If your skin around your nails start to peel DON’T PICK AT IT
  • Avoid biting your nails
  • Avoid using acetone based nail polish remover
  • Always have an Emory board with you so you can fix a ripped or jagged nail
  • Disinfect and replace tools regularly

Foot Care

  • Comfortable and proper fitting shoes is an absolute must.
  • To get rid of calluses soak your feet in warm water, then use a foot file or pumice stone
  • Lotion your feet and put them in socks afterwards to soften your feet. *It won’t happen overnight so you have to do it continuously
  • Trim nails properly to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Dry your feet well
  • Inspect your feet regularly to make sure they’re healthy
  • Remember to let your feet breathe  

Style

  • Try out different styles, Get inspo from polyvore, pinterest, tumblr etc
  • For a classy put together look shop for classic/neutral colours
  • Get fitted to make sure you’re wearing the right sizes
  • Wear clothes that flatter your body type
  • Get your clothes altered so they fit properly
  • Make sure you’re comfortable in the clothes you’re wearing
  • Take care of your clothes by washing, drying, and folding/hanging them the right way
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Keep your outfits simple
  • Try out different accessories to help finish off a look
  • Upcycle old clothes
  • Change out your clothes every season or every Spring and Fall

Make Up

  • Find your signature look. When people talk about your makeup, what do you want to be the thing that sets your look apart from everyone else’s?
  • Go to a makeup counter and get a makeover and get a free makeover. I think Sephora offers free 15 minute makeovers and 45 minute makeovers you have to pay for
  • When applying make up always start with a clean face
  • Start with moisturizer followed by~ primer, foundation, concealer, powder to set foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, shape+fill eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip liner + lipstick, setting spray
  • Some Beginner/Cheap Makeup Brands: Elf, NYX, Maybelline, Revlon, Covergirl, Wet and Wild   

Money  

  • Get a job
  • Do the $5 challenge  
  • Sell your old stuff
  • Start budgeting to help set spending limits and reduce your expenses
  • Get a debit card~ you can’t spend what you don’t have
  • Have multiple sources of income if possible
  • Invest first, spend what’s left
  • Work on paying off your debts if you have any
  • Create an emergency fund

So the last step in all of this is maintaining your accomplishments. If you feel you need to go back on something by the time you’re done or part way through, go back and work on it some more. Also there are lots of other little stuff you can do to help get yourself together. I know it’s kind of long but I hope this post helps you or puts you in the right direction. If you want me to make a specific post on something don’t be afraid to shoot me a message in my ask box. I’m going to be starting this challenge on April 1st and I’ll (hopefully) be updating you guys on my progress as I go along.

~Nat

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h ey howdy i love your oc berry so u m he re u go @bunblevee

~darling nymphet tips~

play outside
messy french braids
sundresses + red lipstick
laugh loud and often 
eat lotsa berries 
treat urself to ice cream
make friends with girls
go barefoot 
get dirty
pick dandelions and wild daisies
bubblegum + bedroom eyes
flirty winks
master the lip bite
coral blush + brown mascara
it’s okay to get mad sometimes
embrace ur childlike wonder

self care "(beauty)" tips

1. Ditch the overpriced products and make your own toner using apple cider vinegar and water.

2. Get a gentle cleanser, from brands like Cetaphil, CeraVe, and/or Simple Skincare for example.

3. Use two different towels for your body and for intimate when showering.

4. For soft hydrated skin use baby oil gel after a shower, if you are feeling like you need extra moisture, follow up with a good lotion by Vaseline or Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.

5. Use an oil as a nightly moisturizer, yup, even if you already have oily skin. It helps give you a natural glow and hydrate your skin without being over powering. Some of the best oils are RMS beauty oil, Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, and more on the simpler side: any kind of vitamin E oil.

6. Use sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF as a daily moisturizer! Even if it’s a cold and dark day. UV intensity is always there and with protection you can prevent and subside acne scars and dark spots, as well as any sun damage to your skin.

7. Use an eye cream to combat dryness under your eyes and also for your makeup (if you wear any) to lay down smoother.

8. Let your boobs and your vagina breathe every now and then. You don’t always need to wear a bra or panties if you’re going to bed, and if you feel most comfortable with them, wear bralettes that aren’t overly tight, and loose cotton panties. Trust me, you’ll feel a bit freer.

9. Buy an at home foot-spa, ConAir has great ones for reasonable prices. Sometimes it’s good just to get home and have some you-time.

10. If drinking water is hard for you, make detox waters! You can google all kinds of recipes from adding simple cucumbers and lemon slices to even getting creative and adding watermelon and berries. It will get you more excited to drink water and also add some flavor if that’s what you need.

11. Massage your scalp. This increases blood flow and in result helps your hair to grow. If your goal is for hair growth, use one of your favorite hair growth products from oils/greased to massage into your hair as you do it. For example (and my favorite): Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

12. If your lips are chapped and it seems like even chapstick and lip balms aren’t having an affect, use a lip scrub and finish off with just a dap vitamin e oil.

13. Eat fruit. If you’re hungry and it’s late at night: eat fruit. If you’re hungry and there’s “no food in the house”: eat fruit. If you’re hungry but pressing on time: eat fruit. EAT FRUIT! EAT FRUIT! EAT FRUIT!

14. Moisturize your eyelashes. I know, it’s something we hardly think about. But we moisturize our hair and skin, think about how little we touch our lashes unless it’s with makeup? Moisturizing your lashes will stimulate growth and maintain its health. Vitamin E oil or a little dap of aloe vera gel would work.

15. TRIM. YOUR. ENDS. Don’t hang on to dead hair or split ends simply for length. Otherwise your hair will just keep breaking where it’s already broken and stay the same length that it is. Healthy hair is “good hair.”

16. If you have oily or acne prone skin use a very gentle but affective form of exfoliation every other day, such as a konjac sponge.

17. Remove makeup with micellar water, it’s super refreshing and will lift every bit of makeup from your face

The Pokémon GO Pokédex Is Growing!


Over 80 more Pokémon and new features are appearing in Pokémon GO. Look for them starting later this week.

Trainers are about to discover many more Pokémon in the wild in Pokémon GO! More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games are beginning to appear around the world, including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Plus, new game features are launching that will enhance your Pokémon GO experience. Take a look at some of the exciting updates rolling out.


Pokémon Aplenty

More than 80 Pokémon from the Johto region will begin to show up in Pokémon GO for the first time. Plus, you’ll be able to discover and catch gender-specific variations of select wild Pokémon, so be on the lookout! And note that some of the Pokémon you may have already encountered may be able to evolve into Pokémon that were previously not seen in Pokémon GO. Look for new Evolution items that can be used to evolve some Pokémon. These items can be obtained by spinning Photo Discs at PokéStops.


Enhanced Encounters

Now, when you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don’t be surprised if they react in new ways when you try to catch them. There is also a simple new way to quickly select items during encounters.

 A Bounty of Berries

When you visit a PokéStop, you’ll now have the opportunity to get new Berries that Pokémon love. Give a Pokémon a Nanab Berry to slow its movements, making it easier to catch. Or give it a Pinap Berry to double the amount of Candy you’ll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.

 Avatar Apparel

Give your avatar a new look with customizable apparel and accessories. Upgrade your style with new items.
Get up and go discover more Pokémon and the latest features appearing in Pokémon GO!

I was asked to list my favorite Sims 4 blogs. So I decided to share some in case anyone else was curious and would like to follow some quality blogs!

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