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Being A Healthy Witch

Hi! I know, I know, these tips aren’t just for witches. My blog is just very central to that particular audience, and I wanted to share my little ‘food journey’ with fellow witches, some of whom might be vegan // vegetarian // health conscious. :-)

Okay, so here’s my little story: I’ve had body images for my entire life, and, sadly, they have only gotten worse as I’ve grown older. While I’ve ever been “fat,” I’ve never been happy with my body and the way it looks, and have always longed for perfection // had an irrational fear of packing on pounds. My brain has just always told me, “you’re okay, but you’re not *there* yet. You could be better, prettier, skinnier, and *then* you’ll be there…” such image problems are even worse when topped with severe anxiety and depression // anger issues. I have body dysmorphia. Severely. I know this to be true, no matter how many times my family likes to remind me (not in a mean way at all - they only want me to be healthy and happy). I’ve suffered through both consistent and on/off self-harm since sixth grade, emotional eating, depersonalization, under-eating, unhealthy “promiscuous” actions at a young age, and making myself throw up.

But this post isn’t to list off my disorders. It is to share my own progress, and serve as a reminder to myself - and others - that eating does not have to feel like a burden or a chore. Believe me, I am nowhere near finished with my unhealthy mindset. I still dread having to eat. (Too bad there isn’t a spell to get rid of anxiety)! But the thing is, is that I dread it that much less when I know that what I’m putting in my body is healthy. In addition, there is magick in cooking, and it makes preparing food for myself and my boyfriend that much more exciting. I long to eat sweets and just shove a bunch of food in my mouth, trust me! But lately I have been resistant to that, and have strived for eating clean. I haven’t eaten meat or bread in such a long time! When we go out, it is vegan and dairy free 99.9% of the time.

Here is a list of some healthy things that I have found a love for making or snacking on over this past year.

• Overnight Oats - DIY oatmeal prepared in a mason jar, left to refrigerate overnight and to be eaten in the morning! Can contain anything you like. (I usually use bananas, mixed berries, almond milk, honey, cinnamon, shaved coconut, and chia seeds, all on top of rolled oats).

• Peanut butter w/ bananas or apples.

• Fruit smoothies w/ protein powder and chia seeds.

• Vegan sausage.

• Homemade rosemary/garlic potatoes.

• Crunchy granola/mixed nuts (a great substitute for snacking on chips).

• Scrambled eggs with green peppers.

• Chickenless chicken strips.

• Apple slices topped w/ tuna (unless you are full vegan/vegetarian) and dried cranberries.

• Pickles.  

• Ants on a log!

• Fruit acai/chia seed breakfast bowls.

• Tuna-stuffed avocado. 

• Pasta w/ beefless ground (tastes real)!! 

• Wheat toast w/ peanut butter, honey, and granola. 

• Honey, apricot, and almond butter on low-fat crackers. 

 • Vegan grilled cheese w/ jam. 

• Vegan protein bars (I recently discovered this delicious brand called GoMacro - and they have them at 7-11)!!

 • Cucumber, dill, and (vegan) cream cheese sandwiches. 

 • Fruit pizza - bagel w/ (vegan) cream cheese spread and topped w/ mixed fruits. 

 • All of the fruits and vegetables!!! 

I know a lot of you may have body issues too, and have a hard time eating or wanting to eat. I personally choose to only drink water, and try hard to eat clean and always take daily vitamins. Once you introduce healthier things into your diet, it becomes gradually easier to not “fear food” again, and learn some fun recipes along the way! The goal is not only to accept that your body is your only one, but to let your insides thank you for feeding it such healthy, yummy things. (Oh, and for larger meals, don’t forget about homemade vegetable soups, veggie burgers, salads, or vegan tacos)! I hope that this helps someone! 🌟 and feel free to tell me your own ideas/recipes! I’d love to have some more :-)

💗 Love Bath Spell for Sapphic Witches 🌸

Whether it be to enhance a relationship, to open yourself up to go out and find a girlfriend, or even just to pamper yourself with a little self love~, this spell is made for wlw/sapphic witches!

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Supplies:
🌸 Violet Incense
🌸 Himalayan Pink Salt
🌸 “Pink Flamingo” Reusable Bubble Bar or “Rose Jam” Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush Cosmetics)
🌸 Or “Sex Bomb” Bath Bomb if you’re into the sex magic thing, no judgement~
🌸 If you can’t buy Lush, a handful of rose petals, some vanilla bubble bath, and a stick of ylang ylang incense works as a substitution!
🌸 Cute romantic playlist, if you want

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💜 Light your incense (use only one stick of each kind, and turn on the bathroom fan or crack a window open to ventilate) and put on your playlist. Keep the phone away from moisture– drape a hand towel over it and leave it away from the tub.
💜 Run the water a comfortable temperature, and drop a handful of pink salt (and vanilla bubble bath, if using the substitution) under the running water, making sure to “swish” the water and salt to dissolve.
💜 If using the bubble bar, break off a piece and crumble it under the running water. Using it on the stick and letting it dry can harbour bacteria, and both Flamingo and Rose Jam are made to be used more than once, so only use a chunk!
💜 If using the bomb, wait until you’ve turned off the water and you’re in the tub, don’t use it when the water is running, it won’t work as well. And it’s much more fun to sit in the bath while the bomb dances around you.
💜 When your bubble bath or bath bomb fizz is swirling through the water, you can envision all that love making a nice potion to steep in and just fill you with energy, if you’re into visualization.
💜 Let yourself soak and relax for about twenty minutes (longer can cause a UTI due to the bubble bath and whatnot) before draining the tub and rinsing off; envisioning worries and stress and all that internalized worry about the male gaze or self hate go right down the drain with it. you’re lovely ❤️
💜 Remember to safely extinguish the incense
💜 Before getting dressed in cute and/or comfy clothes, now would be a good time to use lotion sigils to massage into your skin!

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Note: do not use love spells to force someone to be attracted to you. The only spells you should manipulate will for/lack consent for are curses, and why would you want a relationship with someone you had to force by magic? it wouldn’t be a truly healthy and loving relationship.

27 Dresses (Part 8)

Steve x Reader, Bucky x Reader AU

Summary – You are the epitome of “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”  You think you know what love is, but sometimes you can’t see what’s right in front of you.  

Warnings – Angst

Word Count – 2,335

Notes –   So this part took a turn I hadn’t expected, but I really liked it!  I keep thinking of parts to add, so this fic just keeps getting longer and longer.  I’m still as in love with it as I was when I started, so I hope you’re enjoying it. If not, oh well, I’m having fun!! The disaster at this wedding also happened to a friend of mine and I was the one who got stuck cleaning it up!! I didn’t end up telling her about it until a year after the wedding. It was funny then!! As always, please feel free to leave me comments or asks to let me know what you thought!

*Special thank you to the lovely ladies at the Avengers Trash Tower for allowing me to use them as my “brides!” Mariana @buckysberrie, I hope you enjoy your magical wedding and the groom I’ve chosen for you!

*Special tag: @stories-from-stark-tower

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Series Masterlist

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Previously:

“Who in the world is texting you?” Steve asked as he tried to read the message on your screen.  “I’ve never seen your face light up like that from a text.”

“It’s just this guy I met a few weeks ago,” you explained.

Steve snapped his fingers as though he’d just figured something out.  “Bucky told me that… “

“For the last time, Steve,” you interrupted.  “I’m not the least bit interesting in your friend, Bucky!”

“I don’t understand,” Steve began, but was interrupted by the crowd around him screaming again as one of Phil’s teammates scored the run that won them the game.

You cheered along with Steve and the rest of the crowd. Steve gave you a hug before running down to the dugout to congratulate Phil.  You took the moment to send James a reply.

“At a baseball game with my boss.  See you on Saturday.”


Bucky got excited when he heard his phone beep. The smile that had been on his face a moment before fell as he read your text.



 

You and Steve had gone with the team to a local pizza parlor after the game to celebrate their victory.  There was no more talk of Bucky, and you focused all of your attention on having a good time with Phil and Steve.  

“I don’t think Natasha likes me very much,” Phil confided in you as you played a game of foosball in the corner of the restaurant.  

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The Signs and their Bubble Bar companions
  • Capricorn: Rose Jam Bubbleroon
  • Aquarius: Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds
  • Pisces: Dorothy
  • Aries: Sunny Side
  • Taurus: Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon
  • Gemini: Pop in the Bath
  • Cancer: Creamy Candy
  • Leo: Bright Side
  • Virgo: Amandopando
  • Libra: French Kiss
  • Scorpio: Karma
  • Sagittarius: The Comforter
Substantiating is grueling, monotonous. It’s what life expects of you. Memory is trust open to doubt.

It’s possible I’ve been described this episode or that it exists more readily as a photograph conspiring to reshuffle my clarity. Like when I use someone else’s keyboard— the letter E is jammed; the space bar’s lost its spring. Or how a cover of a familiar song usually forces further consideration before I can identify it. How, all at once, what I know for sure— the words to a damn song— can feel frustratingly just out of reach. There’s no use in trying to figure out which came first, my memory of the hair clips in that Calcutta kitchen or my mother’s telling of that afternoon nearly three decades ago. I’ve come around to the conciliatory quality of untruths. Memory fans out from imagination, and vice versa, and why not. Memory isn’t a well but an offshoot. It goes secretly. Comes apart. Deceives. It’s guilty of repurposing the meaning of deep meaning and poking fun at what you’ve emotionalized. And besides, it feels more covert to have no evidence. To believe that something you’ve experienced will build on your extent— your extent as a person who sees things, and is moved by things— without ever having to prove those things happened exactly as they happened. Substantiating is grueling, monotonous. It’s what life expects of you. Memory is trust open to doubt.

~ Durga Chew-Bose, from “Heart Museum” in Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2017)

My favourite invention to ever come from LUSH has to be their wonderful Massage Bars.

I just love how easy these are to apply, a few strokes and your skin is left as soft as silk and smelling scrumptious, not to mention the adorable designs.

The Beatles’ Bluesiest tracks: Part 1
 Most people don’t usually associate the Beatles with the blues. They’re not wrong to do so. Compared to their contemporaries, the Beatles never really had that much of bluesy sound, especially when you compare them to the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds.

 The closest they ever came to producing anything that resembled blues was usually playing covers of songs by Chuck Berry and Little Richard. However, that doesn’t mean that they were incapable of producing blues material, as demonstrated by this list of tracks.

 “I’ve Got To Find My Baby”-Beatles: Live at the BBC (1994)

 The Beatles were in the habit of adding covers of obscure B-sides and little known tracks into their sets in order to set themselves apart from other groups who relied exclusively on rock standards like “Johnny B. Goode” or “Blue Suede Shoes”. 

 Chuck Berry put out this track as a single in 1960. The song was originally written by Doctor Clayton in the early 1940s and was later covered by Little Walter in the late 1950s before Berry even thought to record it. 

 Although it failed to make the charts, that didn’t stop the Fab Four from adding it into their setlist in both the Cavern and in Hamburg. While listening to this version that they recorded for the BBC in the early ‘60s, you’ll notice that this is probably as far from their typical sounding material as you could get. 

 If you didn’t know any better, you’d think this song was being done by the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds as George throws in some Hubert Sumlin-esque licks and John blows on the harmonica like a White Jimmy Reed.

“Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey”-Beatles For Sale (1964)

 You couldn’t call yourself a band in the ‘60s unless you had this 12-bar standard in your repertoire. This track was written in the early 1950s by Leiber & Stoller, the only songwriting partnership in pop music that is arguably more famous than Lennon & McCartney.

 It’s quite evident that the lads seem to be doing Little Richard’s version of the song as Paul is singing his head on lead and George and John follow on backing vocals. 

 While their cover was released their least impressive album,“Beatles For Sale”, that didn’t stop it from making the girls scream, as evidence by this 1964 performance on “Shindig”.

 “For You Blue”-Let It Be (1970)

 Blues purists may take offense to George Harrison’s remark “Elmore James got nothing on this baby”. Irregardless, this is a great deep cut off their final album. 

 George does lead vocals on this 12 bar jam as John plays lead guitar lap steel-style, using a cigarette lighter as a slide. Meanwhile, Paul plays Piano with paper in the muting the strings as Ringo supplies drums, per usual. 

“Yer Blues”- The Beatles (AKA the White Album) (1968)

  This song was the brain child of John Lennon, who got inspired to write a blues song while the Beatles were on retreat in India and was intending to mimic the sound of blues artists he heard while he was at Art School, such as Sleepy John Estes.

 This track was quite a departure for Lennon due to it’s grungy, stripped-down nature as opposed to other Lennon penned tracks like “Strawberry Fields” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”, both of which had a heavy emphasis on experimentation and studio tricks.

  Lyrically, it’s probably one of the most profound tracks that Lennon wrote. It makes references to Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man” and mocks the British blues movement with the line “I feel so suicidal, I even hate my rock ‘n’ roll” and then transitions into a more uptempo beat giving Lennon, the Rhythm player, a rare chance at lead playing.

 This was one of only two Beatles tracks that Lennon would play live in his solo career, once on the Rolling Stones ill-fated, never to be aired Rock ‘n’ Roll circus and once again with the Plastic Ono Band at the Rock ‘n’ Roll peace festival in Toronto in 1969. Both times, Eric Clapton traded licks with Lennon, effortlessly displaying his prowess at playing the blues.

grayscale

a 10k soulmate AU 

requested by @lady-of-fandoms


You’ve gotten used to a world of gray. Frankly, it doesn’t even bug you anymore. You used to have friends who couldn’t stand it. They wanted to meet their soulmates simply so they could be in on the secret that everyone else who had found their match was in on. Color. All of these colors, these things that none of you could even imagine. For some people, they sought it desperately.
But since the world ended, it hasn’t been high on your list of priorities. You don’t need to see color to kill Z’s, or avoid getting eaten by them.
You swing your blade in an arc, taking the head off a Z. Its head topples to the ground, and you kick it out of the way, kneeling down to peer at the bottom shelf in the small pharmacy. You grin, and pull out the lone candy bar. You jam it into your bag, and stand up. 

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