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My personal favorite LGBT memes:

  • “Harold, they’re lesbians”
  • “[Anything completely irrelevant to the LGBT community but happens to be enjoyed by many LGBT people] is gay culture”
  • “I’m not heterophobic I have a straight friend”
  • Acting like Macklemore is the savior of the LGBT community
  • Insisting the Babadook is gay
  • Posts that exaggerate how straight people write gay people (But let’s be real is it really exaggerating?)
  • “6 months on HRT” [Picture of something unrelated] “vs 4 years on HRT” [Picture of something vaguely similar but drastically different]
  • “There are only two genders” [Two pictures that are completely unrelated to gender]
  • “LGBT stands for:” [One or all the letters are changed to completely irrelevant things. Notably if one letter is changed it’s usually the T, or even the B]. (Example: “LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, uhh… Transformers…”)
  • Using football as a way to reference straight people without outright saying it, as if you’re too hesitant to say “straight/heterosexual” out loud

Honestly all of them are good but I can’t be here all day

anonymous asked:

Makeup artist grantaire, maybe stage/theater

Listen: Grantaire as a makeup artist in the fashion industry.

All the creators WANT HIM because he’s so talented at what he does. He’s totally against that “hide people’s flaws behind makeup like a mask” bullshit. Grantaire sees beauty and magnifies it. Fashion designers call him the Michelangelo of make up and fight over who will manage to get him to work for them.

Grantaire has been working with Jehan lately, a new upcoming designer in the ashion industry, who impresses everybody with their bold choices, colour patterns and fabric associations. Everything Jehan was called weird for wearing before is now trendy and visionary. Plus, Jehan defies expectations by breaking gender barriers and working with models who don’t fit the runway’s standards.

So Grantaire goes to work one day, and there’s this new model who’s just started working with Jehan. Rumour has it he used to work with Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, but he ended his contract to work with Jehan, because their beliefs aligned perfectly. His name is Enjolras, and Grantaire is convinced he’s seen him on billboards before. But that was nothing compared to reality.

Grantaire has never seen someone that breath-takingly beautiful before. The new model’s divine, in an actually god-like way. Grantaire tries to keep it cool and shakes his hand, invites him to sit, the way things are usually done, but his throat has gone completely dry.

They’re here to determine which makeup style suits Enjolras best. It’s the standard procedure when a new model is hired. As ever, Grantaire tries to cover his nervousness but thinking out loud and talking, so the two of them end up having a conversation revolving mainly about makeup. Grantaire’s almost done when Enjolras asks him:

“So why did you choose to become makeup artist?”

Grantaire shrugs.

“I guess when you’re fuck ugly you just want to compensate by making something beautiful.”

That kind of answer usually weird people out. But Enjolras simply looks at him, all gold and eyeliner, glitter shining on his lips:

“You have beautiful eyes.”

Grantaire’s heart skips a beat. He does not fall in love so much as he plunges head first into it

this new wave of modern [white commercial] feminism has done a better job at teaching me that plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, which literally the majority of woman cannot afford and will never be able to afford, are okay + good than actually teaching me to accept my natural features 

Dramas I've watched in April

Finished Dramas:

Beautiful Gong Shim (10/10)- I watched this after Chief Kim aired because I needed more Namgoong min in my life and it did not disappoint.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (6/10): only liked the main leads (and maybe the brother idk?) and the rest of the Drama was just a shit show with racism, sexism and just yuck. I won’t be coming back to watch this ever again as one time was enough for me. Unlike Weightlifting Fairy which was 1000x more better than this and I would actually watch that again.

The King of Romance (8/10): Started this a long time ago and managed to go around to finish it. It’s a pretty ok Chinese drama so if you like those give it a try.

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hmmmm my no. 1 skincare tips are actually
1. use cotton pad for your toner
2. use rose hip oil after u moisturize
3. use castor oil on your eyelashes if you want it’s hella heavy though & ur eyes will feel greasy
4. wash ur hairline
5. steaming ur face the way the internet recommends is ineffective if you want to steam get a bowl of boiling water let it cool a bit then put ur face over with a towel over your head so ur all sealed in & sit for a bit. however ur back will hurt so if u need steaming for anything besides therapy or toning just take a shower & do whatever u need to do after it’s the same. also “hot towel on your face” is bullshit
6. honey masks really do kill acne & smoothen skin
7. egg whites really will smoothen ur skin & kick out blackheads but only if u have the patience to do it every day… but it’s gross so don’t. if u want to make sure u put tissue on top of the egg to keep it from running. then use the yolk to wash ur face when ur done it puts the hydration back in
8. for me kaolin clay is the most effective clay. thicker layer doesn’t mean better, just have ur skin covered.
9. you don’t HAVE to adhere to mask times find what works for you but don’t leave it on so long it dries you out
10. sheet masks do help, once or twice a week is good but daily is ideal
11. exfoliate or use a cleansing mask at least once a week!!! very very important
12. no a clarisonic will not fix ur blackheads or acne if it’s stubborn, they r useful but not miracle workers. if u truly want that shit to go away invest in a kaolin clay mask, bha exfoliant & possibly a comedone extractor. everyone else is scamming you don’t buy biore pore strips or anyone’s pore strips for that matter
13. if you want to fade scars just put vitamin c on it doesn’t have to be expensive or anything just vitamin c is good. vit e & rosehip are ok but if you want that hyper pigmentation to go get yourself some vitamin c. if you have sensitive skin don’t put it on in the morning & always always wear sunscreen
14. on that note real scars (uneven) can’t really be fixed w/o a cosmetic procedure ur best bet is to get ur face to generate more collagen (retinol) or a silicon fill. or just go to the clinic
17. change ur pillowcase, washcloth, whatever u put on ur face!! ur clarisonic head!! konjac sponge!!!

im done now theres more but if u have qn.s………. ask

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Even though this will be an amazing feat for science, it was not the 1st time that it has been done on this planet. The pre #Egyptian and #Sumerian civilizations had already conducted head transplants in ancient times and Left Behind the hieroglyphs and information etched into stone to prove it. I wish this doctor and this man the best-of success. This procedure has already successfully been done with monkeys and now the doctor is ready to do this with a human specimen after 30 years of planning. Only one question, where did he get the body?
#4Biddenknowledge

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Succession - ‘Kitten and the Don’

This is a short standalone fiction within @junkpilestuff ‘s (who originally created it) and @nyublackneko AU within an AU ‘Kitten and the Don’. Generally this version of the Undertale Mob AU is about a 30 years old Frisk, who becomes something like a right hand man of a Don, the 48 year old Gaster!Sans (referred to as G). 

The short story revolves around this duo after they have worked together for more than ten years. Succession might become a pressing question.

I fear I take this AU way too seriously, but I recently read a lot about the original Godfather and this just started to develop itself until I had a strong urge to turn it into a real story. It was hard to imagine their characters and how they would interact, but it also was fun and something completely different in style than I usually do. So warning because of mild swearing?

Dedicated to the amazing @junkpilestuff and @nyublackneko and to those awesome people out there who continue to like my stories. :)

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How Sherlock and Marcus’s relationship throughout Elementary is actually a Gay Romantic Comedy Film: 

  1. They meet, and Marcus isn’t having ANY of it. “Harry Potter here.” (1x2)

  2. Over time, they learn how to work together, and it is evident that Marcus is warming up to Sherlock (1x9, trying to impress Sherlock with knowledge) and that Sherlock respects Marcus as a person and as a detective. (1x16, 1x19 with “The stage’s loss is New York City’s gain, I suppose.”

  3. Because no good romantic comedy is good without angst, season 2 occurs. Marcus gets shot because of Sherlock and because he literally used himself as a shield to protect Sherlock, and Marcus doesn’t want to see Sherlock anymore even though Sherlock is trying his best to help. (2x10) 

  4. Sherlock doesn’t know why he’s feeling guilty because he believes that everything he did was the right thing to do… (2x11)

  5. They finally have the big shouting match that every Romantic Comedy™ has to have, and Sherlock finally tells Marcus in words about what he thinks about him and tells Marcus about his addiction. “I have faith in you! I have faith in your perseverance!” (2x13)

  6. Sherlock, who doesn’t really do parties and would rather actually not be around alcohol as an addict, SHOWS UP to Marcus’s welcome back party. They literally GO ON A NIGHT TIME COFFEE DATE TOGETHER BEFORE THEY GO TO THE PARTY. They obviously secretly begin to date without even realizing it. (2x18)

  7. Sherlock repays the favor from season 2 and ends up protecting Marcus from a bomb. Looks are exchanged. (3x3)

  8. Sherlock basically asks Marcus to move in with him without vocally asking him. (3x13)

  9. The whole episode of The Female of the Species is a Gay Indie Film within this Gay Romantic Comedy. As detective boyfriends, they solve a crime involving the kidnapping of zebras and a murder of a doctor. Sherlock finally calls Marcus by his first name. Marcus spends his first night at the Brownstone. They eat breakfast together (sort of). They shake hands for the first time. (3x14)

  10. Sherlock attempts to give Marcus advice about Shauna, and Marcus and Shauna end up going their separate ways. Marcus goes to the Brownstone to be consoled. They end up having Date Night™ on a Friday night by throwing cards at the Stanley Cup. Marcus LITERALLY SAYS, “Pretty sure this is all I need.” (3x22) 

  11. Probably the biggest episode for them in season 4 was when Sherlock helped Marcus with Marcus’s mother. Even MORE touching! Marcus recalls the speech from season 2. Sherlock tries to help Marcus with the exam only to realize that Marcus is only in it for the money. Instead, Sherlock with help from Watson help Marcus get the money another way. Sherlock, because he knows Marcus Loves him, ends up taking 10% of the finder’s fee and jokes about it. Marcus chuckles. (4x8)

  12. The rest of season 4 is just More Flirting between the two, especially with Sherlock to Marcus. There was low key touching in the club. (4x9) Marcus holds Sherlock’s jacket as Sherlock goes off to do his Sherlock thing. There’s also a “Why is my Detective Boyfriend doing this?” phone call. (4x11) They almost adopt a dog together. (4x15) Sherlock pays Marcus a compliment for keeping up with the latest surveillance technology. (4x19)

In conclusion, within Elementary is a procedural, the best friendship on television, and a Gay Romantic Comedy. 

  • Army: Wow I'm so excited to see them abs from Hobi.
  • J-hope: Bitch 👏🏼 you 👏🏼 thought 👏🏼
  • *i found this sitting in my hard drive. credit to Epic Rap Battle Parodies*
  • Stories Featured
  • Slender man
  • Jeff The Killer
  • Hoody
  • Masky
  • Eyeless Jack
  • Smile.jpg
  • SCP-173
  • BEN Drowned
  • Lavender Town
  • Zalgo
  • Narrator: Epic Rap Battle Parodies. Slender man versus Jeff The Killer. Begin.
  • Slender: Prepare for the arrival of the faceless king of horror. I'll knock you harder than when you fell on the bathroom floor. You're just a prepubescent child who has no meaning of fright. I scare all who happen to spot me in the night. Nothing can match my length. I spit diminishing and dark. I got swarms of arms coming at you prepared to leave a mark. Emo hair and white hoodie? No class to be found. Were your talents scarred as well? Because your rhymes are profound.
  • Jeff: You're a pedophile chasing little kids through town. Legend says you kill but I'm the best killer around. What's with those tentacles? Ha! You're like a living hentai. A photobomb whose only popularity comes from PewDiePie. You're known from fake document, just look at Marble Hornets. Driving people crazy, no wonder you've never had a duet. You may be called a man, but I'm more killer than you. As for your face, I'll bleach it, ignite it, and give it a redo.
  • Slender: They call me "Slender man" because I get all them bitches. See, I'm a man, you're a kid who can't write any disses. You're a rip-off of Dahmer, and he's more effective. Your ass got burnt, bitch. You're literally defective. How the hell are you considered scary? Your balls haven't dropped. And the most action you've ever had, was at a bus stop. I don't need to try against you, you wouldn't last in my mane. You must be getting claustrophobic, now taste my static haze.
  • Jeff: I can see right through you. You're not scary at all. You may be slender, but I'm the one who's standing tall. I'll choke you with your black tie, no lie, then beat your faceless ass until you finally die. Ahahahaha! You won't put up a fight. I'll make you need Hospice. Come at me, and I'll rip off your Slender dick. Don't give me your crap, bitch. You're done, you're old news. How sad, they made a Teletubby scarier than you.
  • Hoody: Now hold on a second. It's Hoody and Masky. We bring horror you won't believe.
  • Masky: Ain't no cameras here, so that means you better leave.
  • Hoody: We'll rip up your pages then leave you in flames.
  • Masky: You both have no family, now it's your turn to get maimed.
  • Hoody: You've got long arms, and you've got no eyelids.
  • Masky: And both of you freaks always go after kids.
  • Hoody: What a lame excuse, no eyes you can still see
  • Masky: That we will kill you just like your whole family.
  • Jack: Hahahahaha! It's Eyeless Jack here! So get ready for your doom. You know your death is ready when I sneak into your room. Rip out your liver, you won't be needing this in your grave. Walking around the woods at night, you think you're so brave. Slender Man, you don't scare me. Jeff, you're just a bitch. I'll make Hoody and Masky my death slaves like my buddy Mitch. I'm the Creepypasta king. You'll feel a loss to the Boss. I don't even need eyes to see that you lost.
  • Smile: Spread the word, you bitches lost to this number one dog. You pussies are only scary because you hide in the fog. Meanwhile, I'll restyle you hostile pedophiles to jump miles. Get ready, cause you assholes are gonna see a hell of a smile. I can't understand how you pussies are considered horror. A twig, a child, pathetic twins, and a sightless explorer. You can't beat me, I'm more badass than all of you combined. All five of you could never handle this demonic canine.
  • Intercom: SCP-173 has escaped we're putting the foundation on lockdown.
  • SCP: You D-class losers wipe away that smile. I'm SCP-173 animate and hostile. I'm a class Keter threat you're all Euclid at best. Special Victory Procedures: beating you all to death. No use containing or protecting your insecurities. Blink once and you're dead, I'm like an angel that weeps. Neck snap, get back I'm having too much fun. Soon as I'm in the arena you'll all be (DATA EXPUNGED)
  • BEN: You shouldn't have done that time to give you a frown. I'm back for good, bitches. And this time I won't drown. I go by the name of Ben, I'm everyone's thriller. I've come to this battle to destroy, you pathetic excuse for killers. You all will suffer and I'll make sure the media will see. I'll record your deaths, then upload it as a .wmv . Half of you are just pussies who can't handle a face revealing. Now let me conclude this battle, with the Song of Unhealing.
  • M: Back from the island it's MissingNo, here to fight. I'm the bitchin' glitchin' witch who will show you true fright. I'll crunch you, prisoner, 128 times. And Smile, I'll crush your floppy disk with my glitching rhymes. Hoody, Masky and Slendy I can't make your stories worse. And Jack and Jeff? Ha! Sounds like a Mother Goose verse. You all need to watch out for when M truly arrives. You'll be destroyed like a Marowak as I corrupt your lives!
  • Zalgo: Wahahahaha! Enough with your petty rhymes, It's time for you all to suffer. My presence is so purely evil, the thought of my rhymes (incoherent words). You're hiding in your forest so no one sees you cry. And you, I'll spit bleach at and burn your insides. Hoody and Masky, you two are just assholes dressing up like little faggots as I steal your souls. And Jacky Boy, I think it's time for you to see, that nobody gives a shit about your crappy story. Smile Dog you're a puppy. I'm the mad dog of madness. You bring suicidal thoughts, but I'll bring you to sadness. SCP nobody knows what you are. Some experiment covered in feces and scars. Ben, you shouldn't have done that. I'll diss you to death. You're a statue of Link who won't take another breath. Hell no, MissingNo. You're just a little bitch. Call yourself the master of corruption, but you're nothing but a glitch. Nine lives taken at my demonic laughter. You're in my realm, bow down to Zalgo, your master.
  • Narrator: Who won? Who's next? You decide! Epic rap battle parodies!
  • (incoherent groans)
  • (corrupted screams)
  • (more screams)

Anyway, today we found out that, to the shock of literally everyone, despite paying their employees like shit, my girlfriend’s work insurance is actually incredibly kickass. It’s not perfect, but it definitely made a potentially catastrophic situation a great deal less stressful. Emergency medical procedure + medication for $9 out of pocket? Bless her insurance companies.

She has some upcoming stuff that’s going to cost… a lot more, but the insurance is still taking a huge bite out of it and what we’ll be paying will be a drop in the bucket compared to what it would cost if she didn’t have insurance so that’s. A whole thing. She can’t get the absolute best case procedure (it would cost something like 1/3 of what she makes in a year out of pocket alone) but she’ll be fine and everything will work out anyway.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go have a nice long cry because today scared the fuck out of me, and then I have to get my ass up and nurse my girlfriend back to health.

4chan Raid PSA Part 2

So, this one’s not quite as important because what they’re trying to do is just kind of dumb. Right now they’ve got the idea in their heads that they want to try to turn tumblr against reddit somehow by claiming they’re from reddit like they’re some kind of Batman villain or something.

Unfortunately for them, they’re idiots from 4chan and 8chan, and they still haven’t learned, despite numerous times being exposed, that plotting secret stuff in a public IRC channel is pretty darn stupid.

They’re even planning to raid reddit in order to try to blame it on tumblr.

So if you see any one of these guys raiding for 4chan’s birthday claiming they’re from reddit, please don’t worry about it. Again, best operating procedure is to report, block, and go on enjoying your day.

anonymous asked:

Do you support SeaWorld keeping orcas in activity? Or do you just support their rehabilitation and re-release of other animals?

This question took a long time to get to me! Followers, prepare yourselves.

In short, yes. I absolutely support SeaWorld keeping their animals. I’ll try to keep this short, but…. we’ll see. 

I am in a unique position in that I work in the animal care/aquatic animal care industry, have worked at a few facilities, both large and small, and I’m pretty familiar with inner workings of SeaWorld animal care (less so the marine mammal/orca aspect, but I’ve still got a decent bit of information on that aspect). Out of professional defense, I don’t go into detail on my experiences at facilities (I’ve had employers find my blog before, and I’d rather not give them the impression that I’m indiscreet), but I’m happy to discuss things in private with anyone interested, and will probably tell you specifically where I worked if you ask nicely.

In the effort of being concise, I’ll focus on two major points: my experience with SeaWorld animal welfare, and the importance on having “big-draw” animals in zoos. Anyone who’s chatted with me before knows I have lots of opinions on lots of other topics, like the ethics of shows, the anthropomorphism of animals, and the myth of “the free wild”. Feel free to ask me about these, too, if you’re interested. (Be warned, this is a looooong post after the cut.)

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sourdoughbirb  asked:

So, background first. I just graduated with my bachelor's and plan to go into ethology. I just applied to a job working with captive primates (I think macaques). HOWEVER this job entails me basically being a lab tech and caring for animals that have been infected with diseases like HIV and Hep for disease research. I'm having some moral conflict about this. I'd much rather work with animals that aren't being used this way... but I need to get my foot in the door, as it were. Any thoughts? =\ =(

I know this dilemma all too well. Before working for The Company, all of my experience had been with wild (or semi-wild / reserve) animals. I had to decide if I could handle* doing behavioral work with captive animals that are being used for biomedical research.

I spent a fair bit of time in discussions with other professionals, conducting literature / regulation reviews, and a lot of personal soul-searching… which can be broken down into four main questions:

  1. What is the value of this action [e.g. primate research]?
  2. What are the consequences of this action?
  3. What are the consequences of the failure to do this action?
  4. What effect will my personal actions (or lack thereof) have on the situation?

There are plenty of links below that may help you answer these questions. Only you will know if the answers you find are enough to resolve this moral conflict. But maybe I can help you with the fourth question right now.

As an animal technician you will have a direct impact on the lives of the animals you work with. You will see your animals daily and have the opportunity to build a relationship with those animals.

Your quality of work is their quality of life. 

This is more than my department’s motto; this should be the motto of everyone who works with animals. As a lab animal technician your quality of work goes even further. Your quality of work is the animal’s quality of life AND the researcher’s quality of results. If we’re not getting reliable results from animal research, we’ve just wasted that animal’s sacrifice to science. I find unreliable animal research professionally insulting and morally repugnant.  


How do we make sure we have reliable research conditions for our animals? It all comes down to having people who care. People who care enough to meet – and surpass – current welfare & understanding and guidelines. People who continue their education and training (formal or informal) so they keep up with the ever evolving ‘best practice’ procedures. People who not only ask ‘why’ we do something, but ‘how can we make it better’.

Read the links below and consider those questions. Think about what you’ll gain career wise from this position, what challenges you may face, and what kind of support would be available for you as you deal with those challenges.  

I am a field Ethologist at heart, and one day (sooner than later) I’ll return to the field. But I know when I leave The Company I can be proud of the work I have done here. I have created social housing and behavioral management programs, implemented an evidence based assessment of enrichment techniques, changed the way our staff interact with the animals in order to promote a low-stress environment… and many other things which are evidenced by numerous internal and external publications. I have made a difference in the lives of the animals I care for and I am damned proud of the work that I and my department have done.

Could you be proud of your work as an animal technician? Even if it’s just for a couple years while you gain experience? I’d like to think so, but only you have the answer.

As always, feel free to message / email me with further questions. I included a lot of links below, but you should also explore those websites for additional information.

*Note: Working in those wild and semi-captive conditions had their own set of moral dilemmas. Do not fall for the ARA lie that The Wild is this perfect animal Disneyland where nothing bad ever happens.  

Links:
BOD Comments on the Use of Primates in Biomedical Research - American Society of Primatologists

Primates in Medical Research (iTunes book free download)– Moshe Bushmitz & Understanding Animal Research

Animal Welfare and the 3Rs – Speaking of Research

Comparison of events associated with natural SIV infection and pathogenic SIV and HIV-1 infection (graph)Full text (PDF)
* SIV or SHIV is the agent used in primate HIV research, but since it does not often develop into what you’d consider the analogous form of AIDS, and because lab conditions are clean and free of outside infections, these animals can live long pain free lives.

Breakthrough Ebola Vaccine Provides Hope for West Africa – Dogonews (pssst. Biomedical research like that for Ebola helps both humans and wildlife!)

Is That Situation Healthy For The Animals? (An Ask About Site Inspections) - TheJungleNook

Why I Differentiate Between Animal Testing & Animal Research - TheJungleNook

An Ask About Animal Research – TheJungleNook (also check out my animal welfare tag)

Why The ALF (& other extremist) Activities Hurt Their Own Cause - TheJungleNook

Why are animals used in research? – Understanding Animal Research

I care for animals – American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS, plus this corny but informational YouTube video)

Animal Roles in Medical Discoveries – Kids4Research (geared towards young students & their educators)

Animal Testing and its Gifts to Humans - Foundation for Biomedical Research

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Note: The making of ice cream base will be the same as the last time, the only differences are the toppings and flavors. If you already know how to make the base, skip to the flavoring section. If not, read on!

Update: You can skip putting sweetened condensed milk and just put 3-4 tbsp of sugar for a slightly less sweet taste!

Click “Read More” below to read the recipe! Good luck and have fun!

★ HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM BASE WITH STORE BOUGHT INGREDIENTS ★

Ice cream base ingredients:

✔ 2 cups (16oz / 450 ml) heavy whipping cream

Note: DO NOT BUY COOLWHIP, REDDIWHIP or any other premade whipped cream. The technique in this recipe is to make FRESH whipped cream from heavy whipping cream.

What I found in the grocery store:

✔ 14 oz (1 can / 400ml) sweetened condensed milk

What I found in my grocery store:

 

How to make ingredients of the ice cream base at home (cost-effective):

Want to make these ingredients at home instead of buying them at a store? No problem! What if you can’t eat dairy? Don’t you worry! We have alternatives for you! Click on the recipe videos below!

▶ How to make sweetened condensed milk at home

▶ How to make sweetened condensed milk with almond milk (dairy-free, with nuts)

▶ How to make sweetened condensed milk with coconut milk (dairy free, nutfree)

How to make vegan whipped cream using coconut milk (dairy free)

Another heavy whipped cream alternative: egg whites (beat until you have stiff peaks - look at procedure below)

Utensils needed to make ice cream base:

  • Stainless steel or glass mixing bowl (do not use plastic)
  • Balloon whisk or a fork (for people like me who don’t have a fancy appliance like a stand mixer or a handheld mixer or beater)

Ice cream base procedure:

  1. Have all your ingredients (sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream) and utensils (whisk/fork/etc and bowl) COLD. Put them in the fridge before starting the recipe! It will make everything easier and faster to whip up stuff.
  2. Once everything is cold, take them all out.
  3. Put your heavy whipping cream in the mixing bowl. With your fork or balloon whisk, mix your cream until it becomes dense and fluffy. You’re putting in air in the cream! PLUS, you’re getting your arm exercise LOL. If you have a stand mixer or handheld mixer, feel free to use that~ But the whisk or fork should do the trick. I mean, look at this video. The girl is whipping cream with a fork while watching TV and she made it into butter. YOU DO NOT NEED EXPENSIVE STUFF FOR THIS! YOU JUST NEED HARD WORK AND PATIENCE! But please do not turn your cream into butter…this is not the goal here.
  4. While you’re mixing, look for soft peaks….what are soft peaks? It’s when you lift your whisk or fork and the cream falls over (but it’s fluffy and soft..does that make sense?) Here is a picture of a soft peak cream:

  5. When you’re at the soft peak stage, then put in your condensed milk. Then, mix a little more to get to the stiff peaks. NOW WHAT ARE STIFF PEAKS? It’s when the cream clings onto the fork or whisk, just like so: 

  6. Important note: DO NOT OVER WHIP your heavy cream…or it will turn to butter! Once it forms stiff peaks, stop mixing. 
  7. You’re done with your ice cream base! How easy was that? Taste it! ~

Estimated time for mixing with a stand mixer or handheld mixer: 5-7 minutes

Estimated time for mixing with a whisk: 7-10 minutes

Estimated time for mixing with a fork: 10 - 15 minutes.

Be patient with making your whipped cream! If you want, put on some EXO songs like Growl and Overdose and just jam to them while mixing your heavy cream. It’s a great workout!

★ HOW TO PUT TOPPINGS AND FLAVORS WITH THE ICE CREAM BASE ★

Once you’re done with your base, it’s time to put stuff in it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate / dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk (almond, whole, or low-fat)
  • fudge to top the ice cream (buy from store or click here for home made version)

Procedure:

  1. Put your semisweet or dark chocolate in a metal bowl with a saucepan with boiling water under it. 
  2. Melt the chocolate. Set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, put your one cup of milk and ¼ cup cocoa powder. Mix until the mixture boils. Set aside and chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Make your ice cream base. Then when the base has soft peaks, put in your melted chocolate and chilled cocoa mixture.
  5. Whisk your ice cream base until you get stiff peaks.
  6. Store your ice cream in an airtight container.
  7. Once ready to serve, top it with your store-bought fudge or the homemade fudge chocolate sauce.

Ingredients:

  • brownies! you can use the boxed ones but they are not that healthy….click the link here for a healthier recipe or search online for other alternatives that fit your best interests!

Procedure:

  1. Make your ice cream base as normal.
  2. Put in bite-sized pieces of your brownies once you get to stiff peaks. Mix.
  3. Store your ice cream in an airtight container.

Note: You can also make a chocolate version of this recipe! Just follow the “luhcious fudge choco” recipe and then add the brownies at stiff peaks.

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I hope you guys enjoy them! Take pictures so we can see your masterpieces too!

Next set of flavours:

  • Camprefire Suh-‘mores
  • Xiumint Chocolate Chip

-Alyssa

So shin splints

…are not fun. Here I have put together a lot of things I have learned about shin splints and how to manage them/what works for me. If you don’t have them, hopefully this will help you become aware of things that may lead to them. Not everyone will get them, and I never had them when I was younger even though I did “things bad for shins”, but now I’m older, and now unfortunately I have them.

So there are two types, from what I understand. There’s medial (inside of the shin) and lateral (outside of the shin). I have medial shin splints and I believe many dancers do also. Shin splints are basically caused by muscles that get tight and/or overworked and begin pulling away from their point of attachment. So the body tries to put scar tissue down to repair, which actually makes things tighter and worse.

Basic causes of shin splints and/or things that make shin splints worse that I have found to be true:

  • New shoes (hard shoes, specifically) that your body isn’t used to just yet.
  • Shoes with improper support (read: your old hard shoes that feel SO GOOD but offer no support anymore).
  • Hard surfaces. Please for the love of shins do NOT dance on concrete. The reason I have shin splints in the first place is from dancing on a “dance floor” that was simply wood put down over a concrete floor that was not sprung and didn’t have any padding. Just please, try to be aware of the floors you dance on. Putting a sheet of plywood down in your garage is okay for small practicing or a quick tumblr video here and there, but it is not doing you any favors for long term practice. If you are going to have a practice space, do it right. (Note: I am not saying that bad floors cause shin splints. For me, that was the instigator once I turned 22. I previously practiced on linoleum over tile no problem and did shows on concrete every St. Pat’s. I am not able to say with certainty that those experiences caused my shin splints, but now just a few minutes of dancing on a bad floor can cause more pain.)
  • Sudden increase in activity or in intensity of activity. Coming back from winter break and going hardxcore before Worlds is what we may want to do, but easing into practice is extremely important in managing shin splints. “Too much, too soon” is a phrase I’ve heard many times as the cause for shin splints, regardless of what activity you do.
  • Improper or lack of warm up. We all know Irish dancers are not the best at following “proper procedures” for class structures (TC: “in my day we just got up and danced!”). Do a light warm up, stretch a little, and ease into dancing full out. You will feel better if you take the time to do it. There were times in class I would sit on the sidelines and not really be part of class so I could warm up enough. And yeah, my shins hurt more in the winter. Maybe even try using legwarmers.
  • Weak core. A strong core helps juuuuust about everything ever.
  • Wearing heels. More on this later.

Things that help in managing them:

  • Well, REST. Rest is a surefire way to get shin splints to recover. I don’t think people who get them will ever get rid of them completely. But it’s hard to rest - I mean no one wants to take 2-3 weeks off from class. I have a feis that often! But consistent days of rest during the week are important, just as are rest days before workshops or your next feis.
  • Massage. Massages are underrated in our world. But think about other athletes who get massaged, like, after every practice? I’m a huge supporter of regular clinical massages but I get that it’s not something everyone can do. Have a friend or your teacher or your significant other give a massage every day or two, even if just of the shins/calves. Or read on.
  • Use a foam roller and lacrosse ball daily. You CAN just use a frozen water bottle and that IS helpful and it has the ice aspect and the pressure aspect. Some people swear by this method, including pro athletes. I got a foam roller on Amazon for $12. I use it for all sorts of things, but I find it especially helpful for my shins. $12 is a dang good investment for something that you deal with daily. The lacrosse ball was $6, also on Amazon. I used to use golf balls for massaging my feet (not good for shin/calf massages though) and I’ve also heard it recommended to use a tennis ball. But neither of those compare to a lacrosse ball for me. I roll the “shin splint area” over the ball back and forth and then just roll my whole calf over it. SO GOOD. I can use the ball for my feet, too (it hurts so good), and even for my back and traps when they get tight.
  • Tape them. I like RockTape but KT tape is really good also. Learn the best way to tape your shins (there are multiple ways, just research or ask someone who has shin splints - I’d be happy to share my version with you). Find the one that gives you the best support. The tape is supposed to last 3-5 days, even with showers, but I find my skin gets irritated after about 2 days, so I change it every 2 days. I only tape for days I have class or if I will be doing physical activity. You can also try getting compression sleeves. They don’t work as well for me, but they still definitely help. Taping can be pricey at $10-$20 per roll whereas sleeves would be maybe $20-$25 and are nearly endlessly reusable.
  • Ice, ice, baby. RICE. I have these reusable compress things with an elastic wrap-around velcro thing and I put one on each shin before bed and fall asleep like that. I don’t think I really need to elaborate on why icing is good. Ice for about 20 mins on and 40 mins off. My ice packs get warm after 20ish mins anyhow so I get away with doing the as falling asleep deal.
  • Medication. Advil right before a class on a day that they are particularly annoying helps me a lot, as does Advil after a hard night of class. Another drug may work better for you, but Advil is great at helping with swelling and pain. Not everyone is comfortable taking drugs regularly for pain and such, but just know it’s an option. I only have to do this once in a while.
  • Epsom salt baths (or soaks, or compresses). If you don’t already use epsom salt regularly, it’s time. It’s SO GOOD for your body. Even if you don’t have shin splints, they help with sore, tired muscles and just generally help you relax. If you don’t want to bathe in it, just soak your feet/shins in a bucket. You can also make a more concentrated salt/water concoction and put it on a washcloth and use it as a compress. You can get like an 8lb bag at WalMart for $5 and it will last you about 5-8 baths. Disclaimer: don’t soak when you are tanned up…it will make the tanner start coming off.
  • Don’t wear heels. Maybe you don’t wear them anyway, so this doesn’t apply to you. But don’t wear heels. THIS WILL NOT HELP YOUR CAUSE. And I’m totally not saying that wearing heels makes you more prone to them…I only know that it makes them worse. Resist the urge wear heels to go watch your friend at NANs when you dance the next day.
  • Exercise them. There are a few fun tools you can get, but plenty of exercises you can do without the fancy tools. Maybe you could see a PT just once or twice to get an idea of the exercises best suited for you and your shin splints. Therabands are GREAT. There’s a towel scrunching exercise. Toe lifts. Walking on heels. Walking on the beach/in sand. And then make sure to loosen them up with a good massage/lacrosse ball sesh/foam roller/frozen water bottle.
  • Creams. They don’t seem to do much for me, but lots of people LOVE pain relief and/or homeopathic creams to rub all over the painful area. Do your research and ask around, but don’t be afraid to just try something and see if it helps. I would imagine some people even think IcyHot or BioFreeze helps them feel better, but probably not while you are dancing.
  • Stretch them! They’re kinda an awkward part to stretch. Therabands are good for this also. I love a good point stretch. Use google to search for some stretches and try a few - pick the ones that are most effective for you. And make sure you stretch your calves, too. My favorite is just hanging my heels off the edge of a stair. Adequately stretching your calves is a huge part of shin splint care, and I’ve been told this can also help prevent them from starting in the first place.

In summary:

Shin splints are unpleasant, but for most people, they don’t have to be the end of dancing. Take good care of them. Invest in the best tools. There are some home-made alternatives but there are also ones that just plain work and are worth the investment. For $40-$60 you can have the things you need to manage them well (foam roller, lacrosse ball, compression sleeves, reusable ice packs) if you don’t already have some of the items, and those items will last you forever and be useful for other aspects of dance.

Shin splints can lead to pretty not-fun things if they aren’t managed and can actually be a symptom of more complicated injuries. Be sure to see a doctor/PT for proper care of them and don’t take my word for everything here. I’m NOT an expert and though I had my medically trained hubby look over this first, personal experiences differ! What works for me may not work for you and vice versa.

If you are struggling with shin splints, I feel for you. They are not fun and they hurt. There are ways to manage them and keep dancing successfully, though, and I urge you to invest time, a little bit of money, and quite a bit of energy to fight the battle. If anyone has anything to add, please feel free to do so. This is by no means a comprehensive post :)