growing fruit trees

Actually you know what. Just don’t mow. Get rid of your lawnmower. Turn your whole yard into a wildflower field or an edible garden. Lawns are the invention of the upper class to show wealth through wasted plots of grass that is meticulously tended for no reason other than to be grass. It’s literally an empty plot of land they kept because they had so much money they didn’t need it to grow food. Not using a yard as just a yard is an act of rebellion.

One of the main industries still supporting lawns is chemical pest control companies, and they’re also responsible for the insecticides that crashed the bird populations in the 40s and 50s as well as a lot of what’s killing bees and butterflies now. The herbicides they produce specifically targets “bad” plants like dandelions, buttercups, and clovers, which are plants bees rely on for early spring feeding. Grass is just grass; it would be great for feeding small mammals if people would let it grow more than three inches, but they won’t.

So, yeah. Kill lawnmower culture. Plant some native flowers. Grow some vegetables and fruit trees. Put out bird feeders and bee sugar spots and homes for both. Be kind to bugs and birds and rabbits and opossums and whoever else might wander by. Make your neighborhood a lot more beautiful.

7-Day Chakra Balance Challenge

Many people have either poor physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health which causes us to feel imbalanced and unfocused in life. Follow this 7-Day challenge to better improve these aspects of your life.

-Meditate after you get up and eat breakfast.
-Consume only the foods and drinks for the day (you can drink as much water as you want)
-Use candles, incense or air fresheners for the aromatherapy
-Listen to music that mainly uses the corresponding instruments for the day
-Do the exercises as soon as you can in the day or when convenient
-Try your best to follow the healing activities for the day

MONDAY
ROOT CHAKRA - Survival
Meditation
- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=35dT-fdDNd8
Food/Drink
-Root vegetables
-Protein-rich foods
-Spices (horseradish, hot paprika, chives, pepper)
-Dandelion root tea
Aromatherapy
-Patchouli, Cedarwood, Ginger, Rosewood, Cloves
Music
-Drums
Exercise
-Grounding exercises, squats, walking, jogging
Self-Care & Activities
-Wear red
-Get a massage (at least a foot massage)
-Get 8 hours of sleep (nap if you need)
-Take a long, hot bath/shower (wash yourself with your favorite things)
-Get outdoors
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TUESDAY
SACRAL CHAKRA - Pleasure
Meditation
- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QcId1qEKGJo
Food/Drink
-Sweet fruit
-Seafood
-Honey & nuts
-Spices (cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds)
-Hibiscus tea
Aromatherapy
-Orange, Jasmine, Rosewood, Grapefruit, Geranium
Music
-Piano
Exercise
-Pelvic thrusts, sex, masturbation, yoga
Self-Care & Activities
-Wear orange
-Drink 8 cups of water
-Hug someone you love
-Treat yo’ self
-Talk to a good listener about anything that’s on your mind
-Do something creative
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WEDNESDAY
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA - Power
Meditation
- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sh1omf2v6o
Food/Drink
-Grains & seeds
-Dairy
-Spices (ginger, mints, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cummin, fennel)
-Rosemary tea
Aromatherapy
-Lemon, Corriander, Lime, Frankincense, Myrrh
Music
-String Instruments
Exercise
-Dancing
Self-Care & Activities
-Wear yellow
-Sit in a steam room or just do a steam facial
-Engage in positive self-talk (e.g. I look great today. I did a good job)
-Make a list of your best attributes
-Get something you’ve been putting off done with
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THURSDAY
HEART CHAKRA - Love
Meditation
- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yfeo3kPVSs
Food/Drink
-Leafy greens
-“Air” vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash)
-Green teas
-Spices (basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley)
-Hawthorn tea
Aromatherapy
-Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Pine, Rosewood
Music
-Wind instruments
Exercise
-Push-ups, swimming
Self-Care & Activities
-Wear green
-Practice deep-breathing exercises
-Try your best to sit up straight
-Do an act of kindness (the more, the better)
-Spend time with your loved ones (even if it’s your pet)
-Get some fresh air
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FRIDAY
THROAT CHAKRA - Communication
Meditation
- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ynnRsQIat0U
Food/Drink
-Liquids in general (no soda or energy drinks)
-Tart/tangy fruits
-Tree growing fruits
-Spices (salt, lemon grass)
-Red clover blossom tea
Aromatherapy
-Rosemary, Lime, Sage, Indian Champa, Cedarwood
Music
-Singing
Exercise
-Singing, screaming
Self-Care & Activities
-Wear blue
-Talk to an old friend
-Play music you love to sing along to
-Get a shoulder and neck massage
-Write in your journal (or start one)
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SATURDAY
THIRD EYE -Intuition
Meditation
- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kBhHUxLcSPM
Food/Drink
-Dark bluish fruit (berries mainly)
-Liquids (red wine & grape juice)
-Dark chocolate
-Caffiene
-Spices (lavender, poppy seed, mugwort)
-Mint tea
Aromatherapy
-Geranium, Basil, Jasmine, Lavender, Rosemary
Music
-Bells
Exercise
-Visualization, lucid dreaming
Self-Care & Activities
-Wear dark blue, indigo or purple
-Draw or paint
-Do a grounding senses meditation
-Analyze the dream you had last night
-Look at the night sky tonight if you can
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SUNDAY
CROWN CHAKRA - Spirituality
Meditation
- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lLxSpW35ELY
Food/Drink
-Fasting (after lunch)
-Organic, GMO-free food
-Sunlight
-Lavender tea
Aromatherapy
-Sandalwood, Saffron, Lotus, Jasmine
Music
-Guided meditation and Silence
Exercise
- Meditation
Self-Care & Activities
-Wear purple or white
-Meditate (there’s guided meditations on youtube on many subjects)
-Pray or just think about life
-Learn a new skill or language
-Do word or number puzzles
-Get a head massage

Do your best and strength to you all
🙏

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it’s very relaxing

(( @robotmieser , contract, complete~ ))

anonymous asked:

My mom friend says she won't eat artificial meat because it's heavily processed, filled with artificial stuff which can't be good for you, and usually soy based which she thinks is bad for you. She has said that she will never try to do what I'm doing because her 2 year old son loves meat and sometimes all he'll eat for dinner is chicken or hamburger, and all he used to eat for snacks was sugary processed stuff and now he's finally eating exclusively cheese and lunch meat instead. (1/2)

It’s always fun when non-vegans simultaneously claim vegan food is expensive because it’s for “rich health nuts” but then also claim that it’s unhealthy and unnatural at the same time. You gotta pick one or the other, guys.

Every single vegan I know was raised on meat, dairy, and eggs and enjoyed the taste. That’s no excuse. (I know you know that, but I’m giving you a couple responses you can use, if you want :) )

Children throwing temper tantrums is not a valid reason to let them eat whatever they want, either. Human beings are naturally drawn to foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar, and I think we can all agree what our bodies crave isn’t what’s always healthy for us. Children don’t know better, and we’re supposed to guide them, teach them, and most of all, take responsibility for their health. I really wish my caregivers had been more firm with me and didn’t let me eat crap when I was a kid. I didn’t know any better.

I was curious, so I thought I would grab some screenshots of vegan meats and cheeses that I love, and compared the ingredients to store-bought and fast food meats. Let’s see how they hold up.

Celebration Roast:

Seems pretty natural to me. Lots of spices and vegetables. Wheat gluten, in case anyone doesn’t know, is the part of the wheat kernel that is most filled with protein, and is excellent at creating a meaty, hearty texture.

Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage:

Again, nothing too scary or artificial in there.

Field Roast cheeses:

Pretty simple stuff, they melt like cow cheese, and they taste better than any kind of cheese I’ve had as a non-vegan.

Boca Chik’n Patties:

Maybe not as “natural” as the ingredients above, but Boca is cheap, is pretty damn healthy (3g fiber, 12g protein, 7% of daily recommendations for potassium and 8% for iron, 0g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol), and you can find it in every grocery store.

Now let’s look at some non-vegan products, starting with EASY MAC Cups (which is made by Kraft, who also makes Boca products)

Wow. Not sure what half of those things are. Not to say that that’s bad or good, but you can hardly call that natural, right? Even the Boca patty looks healthier than the mac and cheese.

Cool Whip:

Totally natural, right? Not artificial at all.

Animal products, totally not processed or artificial in the least.

Various products from Hormel, as well as from McDonald’s and Burger King. Kind of interesting how the most natural things about these products seem to be the vegetables and spices they add to them. ;)

I could go pull out the various cans of beans, lentils, jams, nut butters, etc. that I own (and were cheap) to keep proving my point. Not only is vegan food healthy, it can be very affordable.

There is a real problem with healthy foods sometimes being more expensive than processed foods, but that’s a problem of capitalism and the government subsidizing crops for animal-feed, as well as certain crops being subsidized for being made into sweetener - not being eaten directly. Farmers who grow vegetables, fruits, and tree nuts don’t receive direct subsidies, and if they did, that would go a long way into making veganism even cheaper than it already is.

Washington Post - U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat

The True Cost of a Big Mac ($12 taking in external health and environmental costs)

US Farm Subsidies Explained (and it’s not to make healthy foods as cheap as possible)

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Thought Experiment.

I’m going to give you guys a bit of fun.

Rules/Scenario;

  • You are in control of a kingship/kingdom.
  • 13thc. Europe Tech level, plus low-level magic (I will explain that below).
  • You are in a somewhat small, Mediterranean-like nation, made up of similar kingships.
  • You have access to conscripted soldiers who are reasonably loyal.
  • Said soldiers are mostly farmers
  • You have a few professional soldiers (around 1 in 100 of your army’s standing strength).
  • All the rest of the kingships around you are about the same in tech level and in military power.
  • Your mission is to organize your kingship to take over the rest of the kingships, without getting assassinated by the people until at least the very end of the conquest.
  • You have one century.

How do you do it?

Bonus points for explanations and historical references.

Below this is more information, cause I know you’ll ask for it. If you don’t see information you want, ask me to add it. 

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One of the peaches I started from pits blossomed!

I’m in shock because: 

1. Growing fruit trees from seed is a gamble. 

2. We had a warm winter without even the threat of frost. Peaches usually need a frost or at least a chilling period.

3. Trees are less than 3 years old. Planted out in November 2014.

Since there’s only 2 tiny blossoms on the same tree, I don’t know if it will pollinate, but I’m so excited just for progress. Tiny success!

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Pictures from Amsterdam

CREATED BY Danuta720 

Created for: The Sims 4

This house has been set as residential.
The house can be changed (in the game options) for a restaurant, cafe or other public plots.

The house includes:

1 - Large apartment: kitchen, dining room, 3 lounges, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, gym.
2 - On the ground floor of the house are restaurant, bar and coffee shop.
3 - Outside, there is a large patio with sitting area on the back of the house. There can be parties and weddings.
4 - Outside, in front of the house there is a river channel (pool), where fruit trees grow.