no bpa

6 things i stopped buying: minimalism journey (+ reduce waste)

1. Makeup Remover Wipes: instead, use a washcloth (preferably black) and apply coconut oil or almond oil to the cloth (or face), then use the cloth to wipe your entire makeup off until satisfied. *(continue with face wash routine or face mask)

benefits: reusable // machine washable // save money // gentle on the skin // effectively removes makeup

2. Plastic Toothbrushes:  instead, buy a pack of bamboo toothbrushes on amazon or a general store. use these brushes as you would any other brush and thoroughly brush to improve oral health.

benefits: organic // reusable // decomposable // cleanses teeth effectively // eco-friendly // BPA free bristles

3. Multi-Step Facial Cleansers & Name Brand Body Washes: instead, use African Black soap for both your body and face with your preferred method of washing (electronic brush, hands, or wash cloth). for more simple face washes, consider using vegan and/or organic facial washes that work for your skin type.

benefits: multipurpose // improves overall skin health // all skin types (especially acne prone or oily) // single-step process // organic // save money

4. Plastic Water Bottles: instead, use a simple stainless steel bottle that you can refill throughout the day and keep up with.

benefits: reusable // washable // aesthetic // easy to monitor and handle // eco-friendly

5. Face Moisturizers: instead, use carrier oils (such as coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, castor oil) that work with your skin type/skin needs *(you can try combining them with essential oils such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc.)

benefits: organic // improves skin health // no harsh chemicals // save money // longer lasting // multipurpose

6. Animal Cruelty Makeup: instead, buy makeup products that you truly need (wear daily) from companies that are Animal-Cruelty FREE and/or vegan. do your research and spend your money wisely. some may seem expensive, but consider how much some high-end brands benefit from not being animal-cruelty free *(invest in vegan and/or organic products too).

benefits: eco-friendly // animal-cruelty free // healthier for skin // long-term benefits // *vegan and/or organic

Tumbleweed, Her #8 - [BAP] Noir!Au

The Mafia’s Son, The Fugitive: Moon Jongup

He wanted to run away.
He had been dreaming of the day where he is finally free from his father, and his wretched plans.
Jongup decided to live his life, his way.

Jongup didn’t want to be the mafia’s son.
Jongup refuses to be binded with the dark secrets his family is known for.

And because he was raised in discreet, there’s so few people who knew about his existence. The man his father was friend’s with, the Congressmen; his son, and Zelo was those few people Jongup had contacts with. His father’s underlings are not to speak with him. So Jongup was used to be with himself. The only friend he had was Zelo, but even that didn’t guarantee him, Zelo’s true intuition. Lee Jaehan had wealth, larger than the nation itself. And it was all for Jongup and the organization he was bound to lead.

But it was the throne that Jongup refused to reign.

On a fine morning of a dewy spring, Jongup was awake before everyone else, creaked before the door of the room he shared with Zelo. He was going to escape. Zelo sat up upon the door being open. “If you stop me…” Jongup threatened, and Zelo cowered. Jongup took his backpack, shut the door behind him, he turns sideway to see if there’s anyone watching. Like the tattoo on his neck, the compass, he will find his own way out.

He will escape this broken life, and live the life he wanted to live.

At dawn, his father’s men realized his disappearance. Jongup barely made it through the territorial barriers. He had never left Busan before, and he’s about to. Suited man started to flock the city, armed and with a laser-looking eyes, scanning people around, searching for a young men the boss wanted alive, no matter what. Jongup inhales deeply and sprinted towards a stopping bullet train. Without tickets, he jumps over the fences and sped through a flock of people getting out of the train and just enough time for him to enter, before the door flaps closes.

The men his father sent couldn’t detect him.

“I think he had escaped Busan!” The man told his father through a phone call. Lee Jaehan threw his phone to the concrete wall and it shattered into pieces upon contact to the marbled floor. Zelo stayed put and witnessed the whole ordeal without a word. “That insolent boy, always had the beef to do things his way!” Lee Jaehan roared and the shrilling voice made Zelo shuddered. What will Jaehan do, to the naming of the next leader ceremony, this coming month? With his sole heir to the ‘bloodied chair’ missing, how will he face his members?

Jongup hid in the bathroom marked ‘Out of Service’. He had no IDs, no certificates, nothing. He only brought himself some clothes, some money he stole from his father’s safe deposits, some flip-knife. His plans were going smoothly, so far.

He sat on the toilet seat for minutes, hours. Wondering about his next step. He knows his ‘family’ is getting closer with each passing second but with no exact destination, he was forced to ponder against the view of the dull, vandalized cubicle walls to decide his fate. And as though the God had things against him, it started to rain heavily. Jongup hesitated to step outside the only shed he had found–the train station, but thought that if he had stayed any longer, he would have been found.

The train station had just been surrounded by mysterious black cars and men in black suits. It didn’t take a lot for Jongup to realize that it was his father’s men. Jongup held his heart in his throat and leaped forward in the pouring rain, stepping on a muddy puddle in his wake. A dozen suited men, glances around the area to see a suspicious young men. One of them presses his finger into his ear piece and with the urgency in his voice, he alerted, “Zero sight. He probably had escaped.”

On the receiving end, Zelo sat huffed in his black dress shirt, the sleeves rolled up his elbows and with a frustrated expression on his face, he rips off his ear-piece and threw it against the back of the front seat. He didn’t know what bothered him more– the fact that Jongup had successfully escaped the turf he had always wanted to be free from, or the fact that he had to waste his time, searching for Jongup, for him to take the position he had been eyeing for a long time.

Zelo was conflicted. He should be happy. He should be thankful that Jongup went out of his way to give him the position he had been trained for, for life. But he wasn’t happy. In fact, he was devastated. His life was set and he didn’t like it. But who will be there to save him? He knows Lee Jaehan doesn’t want him on top, how will Jongup’s disappearance will make any difference to the situation?

The rivals shall never know. Especially Himchan’s parents. Lee Jaehan will lose face. Without an heir, the clan is weak and can be taken over, at any given time. The news of Jongup’s disappearance will shake the dark market and for sure will exhilarate unnamed individual. Lots of unnamed individuals.

Jongup’s selfishness has brought him as far as his feet could take him. He woke up by the bus station, and with the sun peeking through the dawn clouds, he was back on his feet, heading to the city. Jongup knows that the only way to stay alive, to be in crowded places. At least then, they won’t be able to pull out a gun. Maybe they don’t have the intention to hurt him, but his father would be fine with his son, limping. His organization is more important than his son’s limbs. Jongup can prove that with the scars he had since young.

The dragon tattoos that slither around his back, the carving of Japanese kanji along his backbone and the scorpion on his right ankle. Jongup was ‘stained’. And as if that wasn’t enough, he decided to have a tattoo on his neck–a compass, and it was the only tattoo that defined him. Jongup fastened his bag tighter to his shoulders, and his eyes were wild, as to keep himself on his toes. He kept a steady but a haste pace, compared to others on that street. He stand out with his striking blue hair and as if he knows that will expose him, he quickly snatches a cap sold by the roadside when the seller wasn’t looking.

He placed them on and sped off, undetected.

But his luck ran out when a policemen noticed. They called out to him, “Hey!”

Jongup sprinted like no tomorrow. And because of his combat skills, and trainings, he easily snoop around the city. But the policemen were equally as good. Jongup had to smart his way out. And in an unfamiliar surroundings, he hesitated a lot. He goes into a busy street and headed west to a low-cost and congested apartment full of foreigners. He leaps off the rooftop, one building to another with the parkour skills he learnt from the TV. He rolls over the other building as the policeman couldn’t do the same. He accidentally placed his palm on sharks of broken glass as he tries to get up and charged ahead on the only door there.

But when he opened that door, another policemen was standing there and lunges a full-blown punch on the side of his lips. Jongup flown backwards with his back supporting the fall, barely. Jongup, born a fighter, got back on his two-feet as the policemen readies himself for a hand to hand combat. Jongup threw his bag to the side, and smirked. “…well, okay.” His eyes covered by the cap. The policemen couldn’t see his face.

Jongup is a skilled fighter. His punches were quick and precise and he always hits where it hurts the most. With just a set of punches, the policemen was grunting as he held his ribcage. The policemen then curled into a ball and whimpered, blood spilling out his mouth. Jongup wipes his blood with the back of his hand and retain his bag from the dirty floor of the rooftop and continued his uncertain journey.

He wiped his dusty face with his dusty hands and kept on walking through unfamiliar alley. And as he breezed through the semi-occupied street, he notices that the number of police officers were increasing. He hid behind an abandoned hawker stall to keep observing. One of the officer uncaps his cap and fastened them on as he starts speaking to his partner. They were both young, most probably rookies.

They wore glow in the dark vests in broad daylight. Their badge glints at the contact of the sun. Jongup peeled his eyes for an escape route. The longer he stays, the less the chance to escape. It looks like they will be securing the perimeters quite terribly soon. The officer threw his hand behind his neck and scratches them while pulling his collars down a bit. Jongup could see that there was a tip of what seems to be a tattoo.

Quite similar to his.

He didn’t waste a second but his actions prove to be suspicious because young kids pointed their fingers at him and alert the officers. And he was again, on the run. This time, the escape wasn’t as smooth. He kept tumbling over things, holes on the road, hustling through the unsuspecting crowd, falling over his own steps, as the officers came after him. His third fall was because he collided with an oncoming bicycle, he scratched his face, bruises already started forming.

But Jongup didn’t have time to slow down. He kept going. The journey dragged into the night, rain starts to drizzle down, and they’re starting to hurt the long abrasion along his forearm from the collision with the bicycle rider before.

Neon blinking lights on the side, turns on. It says ‘Pharmacy’. He dashed pass an old couple as they leave the said pharmacy. He climbed up the stairs in a hurry, knowing that the officers are behind him. He passed level after level of the apartment and with his enemies tailing him, he knocked on one of the doors there. He wanted to bang on them but thought that it would compromise him more. So he gave a subtle knock and thank goodness.

Someone opened their door.

You were surprised but Jongup fell at your doorstep. He was pale, bloodied and exhausted, he collapse to his knees and you had to pull his body in and shut the door behind you. Severed lips and abrasion covering his forearms, this person is enduring this much of pain. Scratches on his faded jeans suggests his long journey and it didn’t cross your mind that he might be dangerous. Compass tattoo on his neck. His electrifying blue hair. Who is this person.

The officers who went after Jongup, passes the door.

Jongup woke up to the view of an unfamiliar ceiling. He hiked in a sharp breath and he felt a digging pain in his chest every time he breathed. He came down with a fever shortly after and he couldn’t say a word. He was weak. The wounds caused by sharks of glasses that he set his palm on, had become infected and thus, made him ill. He didn’t sanitize it right away. You walked in with some medication and porridge. A glass of water in the tray for him.

He was feverish for days. And when you told him to see the doctor, he curls to his side, begging you that he won’t. Jongup’s only reason is because he would have been found if he did. His father has eyes and ears around the nation. Jongup realises that you held a name card a lot of time. And one day, you finally called that number. But when this person came, you told Jongup to stay quiet and act like he’s not here.

He didn’t understand but he was not in the position to ask more than he was offered. He was indebt with your kindness. But he knew that this Bang Yongguk isn’t just friends. The conversation suggests.

And Jongup knows one thing. That he sleeps better with you around. The absence of a mother-figure since young probably had made him tougher than he should have been. The lack of trust, growing up, must have made him desperate for a sense of security– all of which, you had generously given to him.

And as your relationship with him blossomed, he sheds his shell, bit by bit. And soon, he was crazy about you. He wanted to protect, to love, to nurture. To give back what he’s given. But you keep a million of secrets. Although the fact that he could have given up and settled with simpler girls out there, Jongup didn’t have the heart. Jongup’s heart wouldn’t let go of you.

He knows it when he sleeps last night, he heard whimpers next to the bed you shared. You were crying and you repeatedly say that you were sorry. “I’m leaving, Jongup. I can’t stay here.” You cries in whispers. “I can’t tell you anything more… the only that’s keeping you safe is that you don’t know anything.” You added.

Jongup woke up this morning to a kiss just like a whisper. An empty suitcase, and he knew that you were gone. But Jongup didn’t want to conclude anything until he spoke to the pharmacy you frequent to. But his options were running out when he saw the pharmacy closed. A week after that, two weeks after that… three. Jongup stared at the name card with Bang Yongguk’s name and he lunges out the main door of your apartment.

Yongguk didn’t necessarily welcomed him in a hug. In fact, he threw a punch across Jongup’s face the moment Jongup told him about your relationship with him. But it was the truth. You’re in love with Jongup.

Days gone missing: 117

Jongup stood at a train station he escaped from, many months before. And at the opposite side of the station he saw a disoriented and confused young lady with torn cloth at the shoulders. Her skin were scarred with abrasions. And Jongup was stunned. She ran her hands through her hair, and her tear-stained face were unmistakably, you.

You held on a black bag. Jongup’s heart paces rapidly. He wanted to jump over the barriers and get to you. You glide your eyes to each side thinking that you might be followed. You darted your eyes straight ahead and you saw him. “Jongup.” The name stuck on the tip of your tongue. Jongup eyes started to turn glassy.

“Where are you going!” He roared, desperately. Your eyes stinging from the pain of not wanting to blink, because you were afraid that if you did, he’s disappear. A child knocked you by your thighs, and you realised that you weren’t dreaming.

Jongup asked, “Why are you running away…”
You blinked and the tears fall on each side, “I was born to live this way. Bad man’s going to take me away,” you cried, fighting the noise from your surrounding. He was so close yet so far.

“I won’t let that happen to you! You know that, don’t you?!” Jongup begged.
You looked at him with pleading eyes. “I’m a very dangerous person to be with…” you whimpered. “I shouldn’t have loved you.” You added. “No–don’t say something like that. Please don’t say that.” Jongup’s feet passes the yellow line and the indicator buzzed so he had to step back. Trains from either side had started coming and stopping. But Jongup didn’t get on. Because he was certain that you wouldn’t get on.

But when both of the train passes, you were gone.

He hurried to ask the guards, “Where is that train going to…”

Pohang. They’re going to Pohang.

But no.

Your eyes were wild and your mouth was covered by hand. Your screams were muffled by the gloves. And towering behind you was… a blonde tall lad. “Now we know where he is, alert father.” Choi Junhong, no, Zelo, commanded his men.

Zelo made you as bait. He wants to bring Jongup home, no matter how wretched his methods are. All because he wanted recognition from Lee Jaehan. That was all he was concerned of. 

Next: Part 9

Voltron Positivity Project #2

I wasn’t going to make a second post, but in order to balance out the hateful lists with some positive ones I figured it’s worth a shot. 134 new blogs, 379 altogether - which you can find on this page! (x)

The first list is here (x) and if you’d like to be added to the main page, klick here (x)

Abbreviations:

  • “#tagging system” for blogs that consistently tag potential triggers, ships & characters
  • “#nsfw-free” for blogs that don’t post nsfw
  • “rare nsfw” for blogs that post little nsfw & tag accordingly
  • “occasional nsfw” for blogs that blog some nsfw
  • “discourse-free” for blogs that post 0% discourse
  • “avoiding discourse” for blogs that don’t participate in discourse but do reblog meta, theories & analyses
  • “tired of discourse” for blogs that reblog some discourse (but are by no means anti anything. this list is 100% free of toxic blogs)

I recommend you go to to the main page (x) for easier navigating and filtering of ships, everything else is explained there.

FIRST UPDATE (28/04/2017)

@airilymusing: multifandom, multiship, Sheith, Klance, Kallura, Keith-centric, gen, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPS, BPA, BPK, avoiding discourse

@allorana: gen, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@bouquetofwhoopsiedaisies: multiship, Hance, Heith, Sheith, Shance, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, tired of discourse

@cryopods: multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPK, BPS, avoiding discourse

@demenior: gen, Uliro, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, BPS, tired of discourse

@fightingforfriendship: gen, ship-free, discourse-free

@galradorable: galra-centric, gen, Thulaz, Uliro, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@gaygremlins: gen, multiship, #nsfw-free, discourse-free

@gitwrecked: Sheith, Uliro, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, BPS, avoiding discourse

@gretateg: Hance, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@gryffindorkwad: multiship, gen, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse, BPK, BPS

@gxlran-prince: Lancelot, Shotor, Klancelot, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@headspacedad: Shiro-centric, rare nsfw, avoiding discourse

@heroworshiplusten: Shance, Heith, multiship, nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@hyacinthinium: Sheith, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@intense-memeroni: Sheith, multiship, rare (tagged) nsfw, avoiding discourse

@i-see-gays: Klance, Hance, Shance, Shallura, rare nsfw, BPL, BPA, BPK

@juniperarts: Klance, Hance, Shance, Shallura, #tagging system, rare nsfw, discourse-free

@keithisthenewblack: Sheith, Kallura, Hance, Plance, Shance, multiship, nsfw, #tagging system, BPK, avoiding discourse

@kingdomhearts-lll: Sheith, Klance, Hance, rare nsfw, tired of discourse

@legendaryspacedoofus: multiship, Sheith, Klance, Shklance, Shance, Shatt, Shidge, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@maternalcube: multiship, Shance, Kidge, Sheith, Katt, Shatt, Plance, Hance, Heith, rare nsfw, #tagging system, BPK, avoiding discourse

@nightmares-of-purity: multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@nitkuvigolku: multiship, #tagging system, Lance-centric, nsfw, discourse-free

@noisypaintersong: mostly ship-free (Shallura), gen, #nsfw-free, tired of discourse

@number2spacedad: Sheith, Klance, Shklance, Hance, Shance, nsfw, discourse-free

@paladinn: Sheith, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, BPS, BPK, BPA, tired of discourse

@paladinpuppypile: multiship, Sheith, Shance, Hance, Shklance, rare nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@paladinsofquiznak: Klance, Shallura, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@pattopuss: Klance, Kidge, Shance, multiship, occasional nsfw, avoiding discourse

@pidgance: multiship, Pidgance, Sheith, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@pidge-gundersass: gen, ship-free, #nsfw-free, avoiding discourse

@pidguelina: Shidge, gen, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@power-bottom-keith: Sheith, Klance, Shklance, Shance, multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPK, tired of discourse

@princekalteneckerzarkonson: ship-free, gen, #nsfw-free, BPL, avoiding discourse

@projectshirogane: Sheith, Hance, Shallura, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@ptw30: multiship, occasional nsfw, tagging system, BPS, avoiding discourse

@raud-reipi: Sheith, Klance, nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@restingpidgeface: multiship, Sheith, Shance, Shklance, Klance, Hance, HEith, Shallura, Kallura, Allurance, Thulaz, Lancelot, nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@screamingspacegays: multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@sheiro: Sheith, Shallura, Hance, multiship, tagged nsfw, discourse-free

@space-cat-nap: Sheith, Hance, multiship, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, BPS, BPK, BPA, avoiding discourse

@spaceravenclaw: Shallura, #nsfw-free, discourse-free

@starryeyedlance: gen, Klance, Shallura, #nsfw-free, discourse-free

@takashiskeith: Sheith, Kallura, Plance, Klance, Hance, multiship, nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@theunhelpfuldead: Klance, Katt, multiship, rare nsfw, avoiding discourse, BPL, BPK,

@vldkatt: Katt, Shkatt, Matt-centric, Keith-centric, tagged nsfw, discourse-free

@voltronpoint: multiship, #tagging system, rare nsfw, avoiding discourse

@whattheklance: Klance, Shance, Sheith, Hance, Shallura, Shatt, Heith, multiship, avoiding discourse

@wildwolf25: multiship, Klance, Shidge, Shatt, Uliro, #tagging system, #nsfw-free, tired of discourse

@yourqueenjj: Shance, Klance, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@yuratchkaplisetskys: multiship, Sheith, Shallura, Shance, Shklance, Shatt, Klance, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse, BPK, BPA

@zephyr-loves-you-sheithy: Sheith, multiship, nsfw, BPS, BPK, BPA, avoiding discourse

SECOND UPDATE (24/05/2017)

@4theroyalty: Klance, Hance, Heith, Shallura, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@akeijis: Sheith, Hance, Shallura, multiship, #tagging system, rare nsfw, tired of discourse

@aki-tron: Klance, Shallura, Hance, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, SBP, discourse-free

@anger-mullet: Sheith, Shance, Allurance, Shklance, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPK, BPS, tired of discourse

@aqua-butterfly: Klance, Shallura, Hidge, #nsfw-free, tired of discourse

@aroace-pidge: gen, ship-free, #nsfw-free, discourse-free

@ashinan: multiship, Shiro-centric, Sheith, Hance, Uliro, Shance, Shunk, nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@attackmybutt: Klance, multiship, occasional nsfw, BPS, discourse-free, #tagging system

@baked-mashed-potato: Klance, Shallura, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@belles–rose: multiship, Sheith, Shidge, Shance, Allurance, Kidge, Hance, tired of discourse

@blackstarodysseus: Sheith, Shance, multiship, rare nsfw, BPK, discourse free

@bladeofsheith: Sheith, mulltiship, occasional nsfw, avoiding discourse

@blitzturtle: multifandom, #tagging system, occasional nsfw, multiship, avoiding discourse

@blueotterkitty: Klance, Pallura, Shatt, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPL, avoiding discourse

@cagethestars: Sheith, Shance, Nyallura, Klance, multiship, #nsfw-free, avoiding discourse, BPS

@cargo-pilot-jane: Klance, Hance, Heith, Alforan, multiship, occasional nsfw, BPS, avoiding discourse

@catchthevoltron: Shance, Klance, Hance, Sheith, Plance, Heith, Klunk, Shklance, multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@charlion: Sheith, Hance, Shance, multiship, occasional nsfw (tagged), avoiding discourse

@cregtuckjob: multiship, rare nsfw (tagged), avoiding discourse

@deafeningmewhispers: Shklance, multiship, #nsfw-free, avoiding discourse

@defender-elena: gen, rare nsfw, BPS, avoiding discourse

@emokogane: multiship, rare nsfw, BPA, BPK  

@espressopidge: multiship, Klance, Heith, Hance, Shallura, Hunay, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@eyjayy: Sheith, Klance, Shance, Shklance, Hance, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@flufflyneko: multiship, Sheith, Thulaz, Hance, Kidge, rare nsfw (tagged), avoiding discourse

@garrison-keith: Heith, Sheith, Hance, Klance, multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPS, avoiding discourse

@genderfluidselkie: Klance, Shance, multiship, rare nsfw (tagged), discourse-free

@goshikiyun: Sheith, Hance, Klance, #nsfw-free, multiship, avoiding discourse

@gravityems: Klance, #nsfw-free, avoiding discourse

@heartfulhopes: multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@hello-pastel-dreams: Hance, Heith, Hunay, Klance, Shallura, Shance, Shatt, Sheith, Shklance, Plance, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, tired of discourse, BPS, BPK, BPL, BPA

@idontgiveaquiznak: Sheith, Klance, Shance, Shklance, multiship, occasional nsfw, tired of discourse

@iota-in-space: multiship, Sheith, rare nsfw, #tagging system, BPK, avoiding discourse

@keith-and-shiro-were-dating: Sheith, rare nsfw, BPK, BPA, #tagging system

@keithdesu: Sheith, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPS, BPK, avoiding discourse

@keithismothman: Klance, Hance, Klunk, Shatt, Heith, multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@keithnip: multiship, Keith-centric, Sheith, Klance, Heith, Keitor, nsfw, #tagging system, SBP, discourse-free

@kittyr0se: Klance, Shallura, Hunay, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@kongyo: Klance, multiship, #nstw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@lance-mcclaid-by-keith: Klance, Sheith, Shance, Hance, Klunk, Shallura, Shatt, Kidge, Hidge, occasional nsfw (tagged), #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@legendarydefender-oftheuniverse: Klance, Shallura, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse, BPA

@lil-ai-sendou: Klance, Shallura, Heith, multiship, #nsfw-free, BPL, BPA, avoiding discourse

@lunarymagic: multiship, Sheith, occasional nsfw (tagged), avoiding discourse

@maemukini: multiship, Sheith, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@manic-coranic: Shance, Klance, Hance, Heith, multiship, occasional nsfw (tagged)

@memelordandsavior: Klance, Hance, Plance, Sheith, Klunk, Heith, Kidge, Pallura, Shallura, Kallura, Allurance, Kallurance, Hidge, Shatt, multiship, BPL, BPK, discourse-free

@mincoco: multiship, Shiro-centric, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@nattou-kozou: Klance, Shallura, Hance, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@niffty24: Shance, Lancelot, multiship, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@paladinpuppypile: multiship, Sheith, Shance, Shklance, rare nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@pidge-hunkerson: Shance, Klance, Hance, Lance-centric, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@protectshiroatallcosts: multiship, Shiro-centric, rare nsfw, discourse-free

@psychodivinity: Kallura, Plance, Hunay, #nsfw-free, avoiding discourse

@pyropelove413: multifandom, Klance, Sheith, Kidge, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@rangergirl3: Shallura, gen, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPS

@resemblance: Klance, Shance, multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, discourse-free

@robotlionsquad: gen, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, discourse-free

@saltedsaltine: Shklance, Klance, Shance, Hidge, multiship, occasional nsfw, #tagging system (ships & fandoms), tired of discourse, BPK

@satari-raine: Sheith, multiship, gen, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@sebsterianart: multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@shir-oh-no: Shance, Sheith, Klance, Shklance, multiship, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@shiroseyeliner: multiship, #nsfw-free, avoiding discourse

@shiro-shogun: Sheith, Hance, occasional nsfw, #tagging system

@shklanceonfleek: multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPK, discourse-free

@silveraven22: Sheith, multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, tired of discourse, BPA, BPK, BPL

@sixelamarr: multiship, occasional nsfw, BPS

@skywalker-anakin: multifandom, multiship, Shallura, Sheith, Klance, Shidge, rare nsfw, #tagging system, tired of discourse, BPA

@smilodonpaladin: Klance, Shatt, Hunay, #tagging system, BPL, BPS, avoiding discourse

@smolkelth: Keith-centric, multiship, #tagging system, rare nsfw, BPK, BPS, tired of discourse

@softestallura: Kallura, Shallura, Sheith, Shallureith, Heith, multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, BPK, BPA, avoiding discourse

@soft-pidge: multiship, rare nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@space-pilots: multiship, Klance, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@starboy-rolled-in-stardust: Shance, Shklance, Shallura, Hance, Klance, multiship, nsfw, #tagging system, BPA, avoiding discourse

@starticker: Sheith, multiship, Shiro-centric, #tagging system, occasional nsfw, discourse-free

@stishovite: multiship, Hidge, Sheith, Hance, Shidge, Klance, Kallura, multiship, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@strangeatlast: Shallura, Klance, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, tired of discourse

@stuckyfan107: Sheith, multiship, occasional nsfw, #tagging system, tired of discourse

@syil: Klance, Pallura, Klunk, Hance, Heith, multiship, #nsfw-free, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@the-red-paladin: gen, #nsfw-free, BPK, avoiding discourse

@thorandironman: multifandom, avoiding discourse

@trans-sendak: Sheith, Shance, multiship, #tagging system, very rare nsfw, avoiding discourse

@voltron-scraps: multiship, rare nsfw, discourse-free

@voltronworddump: Shallura, Shidge, Pallura, Klance, Shklance, Shance, Hunay, multiship, nsfw, #tagging system, avoiding discourse

@voltronxtrash: multiship, #tagging system, #nsfw-free, avoiding discourse

I won’t be adding to this post anymore, but the page on my blog will be updated regularly, as always. Spreading would be appreciated, hopefully we’ll even collect enough URLs for a third rec list.

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OPTION 1: PINK GIVE AWAY PACKAGE

Items available:
1. Stephen Joseph BPA-free reusable Snack Bags (ladybug theme).
2. Hello Kitty Thermal Lunch Bag
3. Crayola 50+ Piece Art Kit (Tickle Me Pink Theme
4. (Not Shown) Plastic drink cup with straw (Style to be chosen soon).

⚠ Rules⚠
1. You must be following me.
2. You must be a non-sexual little/age regression blog, or a Caregiver.
3. No giveaway blogs.
4. REBLOGS ONLY will count. You can like to bookmark, but they will not count towards entry.
5. No spamming your followers.
6. You must be able to give me an address to send the items to.
7. Rules are subject to change.
8. Please only choose ONE entry to reblog.
9. Search “Blue Theme” to see other package.

ENTRIES END JUNE 30TH, 2017

REMINDER: Please read the original Giveaway post by searching #Give away in my blog.

going all-natural skin care + 6 things i stopped buying

1. Deodorant: Instead, use Witch Hazel (suggested scent: rose petal) on a pad, apply under arms

benefits: helps reduce discoloration in armpits // lowers skin pH so odor-causing bacteria can’t exist // no harsh smells

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2. Shampoo: Instead, cleanse your hair, as needed, with diluted Apple Cider Vinegar, and rinse out after 3-5 minutes.

benefits: repairs hair cuticles // cleanses your scalp // does not strip your hair of natural oils // no sulfates and other stripping chemicals

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3. Makeup Remover Wipes: instead, use a washcloth (preferably black) and apply solidified coconut oil to your face, then use the cloth to wipe your entire makeup off until satisfied. *(continue with face wash routine or face mask)

 benefits: reusable // machine washable // save money // gentle on the skin // effectively removes makeup

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4. Ineffective Lip Balms: instead, make or buy your own natural oil-and-shea butter-based lip balm (suggested brand: BUTTERelixir Lip Balm)

 benefits: 100% natural // cruelty-free // protect lips from sun and wind // can also be used to moisturize and help improve nail and cuticle texture and strength // no GMA, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances // BPA free // non-toxic vegan 

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5. Disposable Razors: instead, instead, use a stainless-steel safety razor with reusable blades

 benefits: eco-friendly // zero-waste // reusable // unisex // sustainable

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6. Shaving Cream: instead, use hair conditioner (preferably a natural and/or organic brand such as Petal Fresh Pure) on desired external areas (**shaving with a sunburn, use aloe vera for a cooling effect and skin treatment) 

benefits: cost-effective // moisturizes skin // allows easier movement with razor/shaving stick // convenient in the shower // smoother skin // prevents ingrown hair and bumps // hydrating  

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After deciding I’d rather focus on somewhat older kids, teens and young adults, I created these bracelets.

They are all made with BPA-free beads, so they are soft and chewable. Because of the flexible beads, they can also be used to fidget without distracting (others) with the noises regular hard beads can make. I myself like to pinch the beads and let them roll through my fingers.

Lots of people reacted positively when I told them about these bracelets. One mother bought an army-green one for her son, who usually bites the skin off of his hands. Another girl now uses a necklace made of the same materials to stop biting her nails. 

Maybe there are people on here who feel a bracelet or necklace might come in handy for themselves or their friends. I have a variety of colors, sizes and a couple shapes. If you’re interested, feel free to contact me!

Reblogging is much appreciated! 

The Visceral (Belly) Fat Diet

Want to gain weight and target your belly? Perhaps you are looking for a beer belly or a hanging belly or just want to outgrow your clothes quickly. Speak to any nutritionist and they will tell you that there is no way to target your fat gain to any specific region, this is true, with one exception – visceral fat gain, that is, belly fat. This is the fat that surrounds our internal organs, and there are certain steps you can take in your life and your diet to promote visceral fat gain.

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Bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) is one of several forensic science specialities that can help determine what exactly came to pass on a scene of a violent crime. Technologies for it are evolving constantly, which leads to a higher degree of accuracy than in the past.

Eduard Piotrowski published a paper entitled “on the formation, form, direction, and spreading of blood stains resulting in blunt trauma at the head” in 1895. The various publications that followed did not lead to a systematic analysis the way we know today. Herbert Leon MacDonell advanced the research that eventually culminated in the 1971 publishing of “Flight Characterisics and Stain Patterns of Human Blood”. He went on to present the first formal training course for bloodstain pattern analysis.

Crime scene investigator Sherry Gutierrez put forth some general principles for the analysis of gunshot wounds in particular that roughly indicate what can be deduced from those. These are as follows:

  1. The amount of forward spatter (away from the shooter) is greater than the back spatter (towards the shooter).
  2. The velocity of the forward spatter is greater than the velocity of the back spatter.
  3. Both forward and back spatter have a lower velocity than the bullet. (The relationship of the velocities from high to low can therefore be visualised as bullet –> forward spatter –> back spatter.)
  4. Both forward and back spatter form a “cone” of mist. 
  5. The density of the fluid droplets from an impact to a fluid-containing structure decreases as the distance from the bullet impact increases.
  6. High velocity wounds to bone may cause bone to go both forward and backward alongside the spatter.
  7. The bullet exits in the direction opposite of the shooter.

Forward spatter usually travels farther than the back spatter in the same incident. It also holds a larger volume of blood that expresses as individual stains than the back spatter does. Targets may move with the direction of the projectile upon the moment of impact, so (for example) someone who was shot in the back may move forward. Similarly, if the target is located in a moving vehicle the wind and other circumstances may affect the forward and back spatter to a degree.

Bloodstain pattern analysis can also be made visual by documenting bloodstains at the scene of the crime and measuring the angles of impact that can lead every trajctory back to an ‘origin point’. Nowadays, computer programs are used to visualise these calculations further and create a 3D-model of the circumstances of the crime. An older method is called “stringing” and consists of attaching a coloured string to the point of impact and running it to the termination point (like the wall or floor). The convergences and crossing points of these strings can then be used for crime scene reconstructions.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with me!

Today, June 8, is World Oceans Day! The oceans, which cover close to three-fourths of our planet, are vitally important to life on Earth. They produce most of the oxygen in our atmosphere (close to 70 percent!) and form the base of food chains that carry onto land! But right now, our oceans are facing a pretty big threat, and it’s plastics.

Maybe you’ve heard of the Pacific Garbage Patch. Now, all that trash didn’t just get dumped in the middle of the ocean; most of it actually started outon land.

Like they said in Finding Nemo: All drains lead to the ocean, and that includes storm drains. As water flows down our streets, it often picks up whatever garbage is in its path, usually things like plastic water bottles or small packages. If the water passes into a treatment facility, these things get filtered out, but in many cases, that runoff gets dumped right into bays or oceans–and the trash goes along for the rise.

Much of the garbage is plastics, and the majority of plastics are made with petroleum. This means that they don’t really break DOWN, but rather break APART. These tiny pieces of plastic can look a lot like food to some small fish, and they may ingest them by mistake. To make matters worse, many of these plastics are made with a chemical called BPA, which is toxic when released.

I know I’m painting a pretty grim picture here, but there is good news! Because humans are the source of these plastics, we are also the solution. If we as individuals can reduce our use of plastics, we can make a difference. So join me this World Oceans Day by doing any or as many of the following as you are able:
  • use a reusable water bottle
  • use a reusable shopping bag, or purchase one if you don’t already have one
  • reuse a single use shopping bag, if you have one lying around
  • skip a straw in your drink (unless it’s a reusable straw)
  • consider what single-use plastics you use in your life, and think of ways you can replace them with reusable alternatives
  • pick up a piece of trash you see on the ground and throw it away
  • tell someone what I’ve told you in this post, either in person or through social media
Remember, a healthy ocean starts here on land! You can make a difference, today and every day!

Happy World Oceans Day!

actual real life study tips

Okay, so I see a lot of “how to make cute note” etc. etc. tips on here and while aesthetically appealing notes totally help some people, there’s way more to being studious and productive than spending hours writing or rewriting your notes! Personally, I get by just as well on functional notes as those that I’ve doodled, dotted, and dashed into oblivion– in terms of decoration, it’s best that you do you. I used to be a pretty awful student, and note taking guides did jack squat to help me. So my 4.0 and messy notes are here to give the advice that they can–  here are some study tips absent of frills and squiggly lines– how shit gets done. 

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Another chapter is coming to a close, woot woot! I am finally done with junior year! In celebration and disbelief at how I survived. So in no particular order, here are some things I’ve learned this year:  

1. Your friends in high-school are not necessarily going to be your friends       forever

High school is an emotional rollercoaster. It’s the time where everyone is trying to figure themselves out and figure everyone else out. You are going to get into fights with your friends, and that is ok. It is all part of the process of growing up and maturing. If these fights help your friendship become stronger, great! If they don’t, well then you don’t need them. I have gotten into so much drama this year- all of which could not have been avoided, but could have been lessened. So, yes; continue to be friends but please also remember that these friends may not necessarily continue to be your friends for the rest of your life. It is A-OK to drift apart, especially if they behave in a manner that is not worthy of your friendship. Ya don’t gotta be all cynical, but keep an open mind

2. Put yourself first

Continuing on that same line of thought, you gotta put yourself first homeslice. I don’t want to pat my own butt, but I am a pretty nice person that likes to help other people. This year, I became more aware of how much I was taken advantage of and I don’t want that to be you! There is nothing wrong with helping other people, I advocate strongly for it, but save yourself the pain and suffering that I put myself through and think about yourself too.
Do things for yourself and value yourself, because you are the only you :)

3. Take Breaks

It’s very very very easy to tell yourself you don’t have time to hang out with friends or go out, and very very very very easy to succumb to locking yourself up in your room all day. Continue to study and work hard, but also learn to take a break and have fun every once in awhile. Work hard and play hard- it keeps you sane and alive. It doesn’t always have to be going out to party, but it can be small breaks like watching some vines, stretching, updating your tumblr, watching some netflix, or taking a quick nap. It’s important to let your brain take a break and let your body take a break so you can attack your studying with new fervor.

4. It is ok to cry

You are going to feel overwhelmed and feel like everything is falling to pieces. It is completely normal and your emotions are completely valid because Junior Year is rough!

5. No one has any idea what they are doing

Honestly people will try and talk a big game, but no one really knows what they’re doing. People will seem like they have everything together, but everyone is just as confused about everything as much as you are.

6. Talk to your teachers

Teachers understand that you are dying. They went through the same process and they see hundreds of them dying in their classes. There will be teachers that are completely rude and obviously hate children. It’s terrible that there are teachers who really can’t teach or don’t even try, but sadly it exists. You don’t need to be best friends with those kinds, but still be civil. Most of the time teachers are more than willing to help you and love that you are taking the time to talk to them  It is so important, especially Junior year, to find a couple of teachers that you can talk to. They

7. Start early

It’s incredibly hard not to procrastinate, and I have definitely, 100%, done my fair share of it (and I am still doing it as I am putting off studying for the SAT right now, oops). But even if you have no motivation, no energy, and you just want to surf the internet, it is much better to do even a little bit of it, than none at all. I can’t tell you how many times I have regretted not starting on something, and having everything pile in all at once. It’s not just homework, this is the time to also get ready for Standardized Tests and College. Practice, practice, practice for SAT/ACTS (I have a post about the [ACT here]) Get started researching about colleges so that you have an idea of what college visits at your school to go to and which colleges to visit. Also start planning your summer plans early so that instead of lazing around all day (do do some lazing and relax), get involved in volunteering, interning, working, and planning for college apps.

8. Make a resume and update it as needed

Seriously. Build a resume. I have so many friends that did not/still do not have resumes that were scramming in the end when they needed it. It’s something that is helpful to have even if you aren’t applying for a job or internship. For example, when running for BPA state officer, I needed to submit a resume and used that resume to meet new people and convince them to vote for me. I also gave my resume to my counselor so she would have a better understanding of my experience thus far. It’s good to make/update it when it’s still fresh in your mind so it’s easier to write about, instead of wracking your brain months later and forgetting important details. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but make one!

9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

It’s so easy to pretend like you understand everything and so hard to actually come terms with the fact that you need help. People in high school and even your friends might come off as obnoxious and rude, and even sneer at people asking for help. Asking though, in turn gives them an opportunity to show off their “immense knowledge” and clears up confusion for you. Even if you’re afraid of being judged, the worst that can happen is someone can say “I don’t know”. Which is perfectly fine because you can always ask someone else. Asking teachers can also be incredibly hard. I always had this thing where I was afraid to approach teachers because I was afraid of wasting their time and asking stupid things, but teachers are there to help- it is their job, to teach. It doesn’t even have to be about academics, if you need help for any reason- there are so many great resources at school that will be there- resource officers, nurses, coaches, counselors, deans, etc. School is a place of learning and if in the environment you cannot do your best for whatever reason, seek out the help that you need and do not be afraid to do it.

10. If it doesn’t make you happy, ditch it

That applies to everything. If there are people in your life that treat you terribly and don’t make you happy, you don’t need them. If there is a significant other, class, activity, whatever, that don’t make you happy, you don’t need it. High school is too short to waste on insignificant events that eat you up emotionally and physically. Do things for yourself.

Junior year has been a roller coaster ride in terms of academics and emotions. Were there things I wish I did differently? Of course. But there is no need to dwell in the past. I am so thankful for all the support I’ve gotten thus far on my blog. I started Junior year with no idea what a “studyblr” was, and went into it with no idea what was going to happen. There is still a lot I can improve on and more ways I want to help people on their personal journeys. All 500+ of my followers, I am forever thankful of you and your belief in me. I truly never thought I would see the day.

As always, my ask box and messages are always open- so feel free to contact me about anything. Have a good summer everyone!

Aug ‘17 MS2SL Peek - Graffiti Nights

Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on for @mores2sl. Come join us for a worthy cause because cancer sucks!

Summary: A drunk neighbor selling artisan craft beers, whatever the hell that means. Douchebags with no knowledge of classical music or basic human decency. A shirtless street artist whose paintings unfortunately help her make more money as she performs, and muggy nights filled with painful memories…and yet, Katniss can’t seem to stop coming to Panem’s monthly Graffiti Nights festivals.

Rating: Probably M for sexual content. Other warnings may apply


One by one, Katniss pulls items out of of her bag and checks them over before placing them in a careful line on her table. It would not do for her to forget something she might need tonight. Reassured that everything is present and accounted for, she begins the painstaking process of returning it all to her bag. A slim wallet with her identification papers and her permit. A faded pouch, pink and soft green with the printed strawberries of forgotten childhoods, which she opens and checks a second time. Shaking it slightly to listen to the rattle of the pills, comforting in their routine.

One of the blues on Monday. One of the greens every morning. A half red-half white mutt of a pill for breakfast and dinner. She zips the pouch and places it in the bag next to the wallet. A BPA free water bottle filled to the brim. Sterilizing tablets in case she has to get water from a public fountain. Two pads and a pair of socks. A cannister of pepper spray. Four whole grain granola bars with dried cranberries. A leather portfolio with sheet music she never references since she has all of the music memorized. Portable speakers for her phone in case she decides to play something that requires background accompaniment. A spiral bound notebook and a pen with a peacock feather taped to the shaft, to write down the thoughts that strike swift as lightning but that she can’t trust to memory.

Satisfied, she stands and shakes out the skirt of the sunny yellow dress. Normally, Katniss wears pants to perform, but tonight is a special night. An anniversary. And she won’t let the occasion go unmarked. A little long on her, the skirt drags on the ground. Prim had already grown several inches taller than Katniss when she died.

Katniss then lifts the final piece of her wardrobe from the table, a faded black top hat. She spins it by the brim between her palms as she often watched her father do before he took to the stage and sets it on her head at an angle. The satin brim slices across one eye, partially obscuring her view. She hates having one of her senses dulled like this, but the effect is more important. She grabs the matching top hat, the shorter one her mother wore, and places it carefully inside the bag.

With strap slung over her shoulder and music running through her mind on a loop, Katniss palms the handle of her violin case and plods towards her front door. Before she leaves, though, she pauses in front of the only thing hanging on her walls, a framed and faded photograph of the ones she loved. Her entire world. She bows to them and then presses three fingers of her left hand to her lips before transferring the kiss to them.

“For Prim,” she murmurs.

anonymous asked:

Can I eat/taste/chew on something that says non-toxic?

Anon, a lot of this will depend on what that item is and what it’s meant for, so I’m afraid I can’t give you a simple answer. I’ll try and explain why it’s complicated, but if I’ve handled this poorly or just made it more confusing, let me know and I’ll try again.

“Non-toxic” means that the item shouldn’t kill you via its chemical composition in accidentally-consumed amounts.

That doesn’t mean it’s good for you to eat, taste or chew, however, and I’ll give you a couple of examples to show what I mean:

A silicone chew pendant will probably be listed as “non-toxic” with other chemical exclusions and safety designations. That’s absolutely designed to go in your mouth, so chew away.

Please note, though, that while this same pendant is non-toxic, that doesn’t mean it’s safe or good for you to swallow any chewed-off bits of silicone. Silicone is a plastic; it’s not that different from swallowing a plastic take-out container (although it doesn’t have sharp edges). Additionally, a large enough piece can present a choking hazard, so there’s ways this toy, when used inappropriately, can kill without chemical composition being an issue.

A can of Play-Doh is listed as “non-toxic”, but that doesn’t mean you can or should eat it. It just means you won’t die if you do eat it.

There’s a world of difference, though, between “you won’t die if consumed” and “appropriate to be consumed”. Think about that Play-Doh for a minute, and all the artificial dyes and chemicals in the dough that are keeping it soft. Think about all the handling it has undergone if it isn’t brand new. Is that something you really want inside your body? Play-Doh is non-toxic, but kids who are prone to eating the whole thing shouldn’t be using it unsupervised; it’s not a safe food alternative.

(I’ll also observe that for folks with gluten allergies/intolerance, it’s dangerous, but this comparison is made on the assumption that this isn’t a factor for our hypothetical Play-Doh stimmer.)

“Non-toxic” doesn’t equal “safe to swallow and eat”. For toys, it most often means “this isn’t meant for consumption and it won’t kill you via its chemical composition if you do accidentally consume a little bit but if you’re going to do more than that you shouldn’t be using this toy”. Which is quite a long description!

In my opinion, “non-toxic” is a really frustrating safety declaration, and I wish companies would do away with it entirely in favour of more specific descriptions about how the item is safe and to what degree it is safe. The words don’t make enough distinction between “just like food”, “item causes no harm at all”, “taste-safe”, “won’t kill you but don’t eat it” and “won’t kill you but may make you sick”. It’s borderline meaningless, in my opinion, and it does very little to help people make safer choices about toys and how to use them. Finding out if something is non-toxic is really the first step one should make in evaluating the safety of a toy, not the last.

In deciding whether something goes in your mouth, I’d ask these questions:

- Does the toy contain any nasty chemicals? Think BPA, phthalates, paint, dyes, glues, borax, sand, oils or varnishes, but know that isn’t a complete list. If you cannot confirm that it doesn’t, do not put it in your mouth.

(To explain paint: those pretty painted knock-off Tangle Jrs or spinners might contain lead in the paint. As a general safety rule, I’d wash my hands after using any toy that is painted, especially if it comes from Chinese eBay/AliExpress/Wish sellers and might not have passed stringent quality controls. Since it is hard to confirm the safety of these sorts of toys, in terms of paint, dye or plastic composition, I would encourage hand washing after use and not putting these in one’s mouth as a general safety practice.)

- Are the surfaces of the toy going to cause any damage to my mouth or teeth? For example, there’s a difference between sucking on a hard plastic toy and chewing on it. That BPA, phthalate-free hard plastic can still harm you if used the wrong way. If you cannot keep yourself from chewing it, get a toy you can safely chew.

(We’ve all got things, as stimmers, that we struggle to resist. For example, I can not chew items very easily, but when it comes to picking, I’ll be picking it before I even know that’s what I’m doing. Know your weak points and don’t purchase toys that require you to have to fight hard not to stim in potentially-harmful ways.)

- Is the toy clean? Is it able to be regularly cleaned and/or sterilised? If it cannot be washed/cleaned, don’t put it in your mouth.

(Additionally, if it cannot be cleaned, wash your hands before and after using it.)

- Is the toy meant for the use with which you’re going to put it? As a general rule, anon, I would seek out toys that are meant for the way you’re going to use it. This isn’t a guaranteed indicator of safety: there’s silicone chew jewellery on AliExpress that’s vague about chemical composition, for example, and some toys are safe for uses beyond which the manufacturer intends (especially for fidgeting). For anything that goes in your mouth, though, this is a reasonable line to draw. If you’re ever unsure, I’d recommend using this as the ultimate safety indicator.

(For example: the foam inside Stimtastic’s stretchy squish balls is said to be non-toxic, but that doesn’t mean it’s designed to go in one’s mouth or be swallowed. It isn’t. In this case, “non-toxic” means “it won’t kill you”, but that doesn’t make the foam safe for human consumption in anything more than an accidental taste. It absolutely isn’t. A baby teether, on the other hand, is non-toxic, but is absolutely designed for oral use.)

- Are you going to use this toy often? For example, a chewable that has BPA-containing dyes but is used twice a year is much, much less dangerous than that same chewable used daily. (It’s not necessarily safe, but it’s less dangerous.) The more you plan to use said toy, the more you need to make sure it is safe to be used the way you intend.

Does this help, anon? Just know that “non-toxic” covers a wide variety of safety degrees, and when it comes to objects going in your mouth, it’s usually necessary to run the toy past a few more questions to determine its safety. Additionally, folks might have own personal safety questions (size, shape, allergens) to add to this list, so this in itself is just a beginning and won’t cover the needs of all stimmers.

Additionally, I’m well aware that not all stimmers have free and easy access to the safest alternatives (money, offline availability) and some stimmers do make choices that are somewhat less than safe. I know some folks might find that the distress from not stimming is higher than their perceived risk of using the toy this way. I’m not saying this to say this isn’t problematic, just that some stimmers are in situations where they do make this decision - and that I think it is safer to talk about this happening than to brush it under the rug and not discuss it.

If I have just made this even more confusing, anon, send another ask and I’ll try my best!

- Mod K.A.

Tongue Tied

JayTim Week VDE - Prompt One - Crush

rating: T

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summary: Tim runs into his crush at the grocery store. It’s 3 a.m., and he’s in love.

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“Pop Tarts, really? Really, Tim?”

“What?” Tim grabbed the box of chocolate frosted pastries from Jason’s hand. His very good-looking hand, brown and strong. “I like eating them for breakfast. And I know Roy likes them. He eats them when he visits.”

“Roy’s an animal,” Jason scoffed. He pushed past the boxes of Pop Tarts to get a closer look at the rest of the items lining the sides of Tim’s cart. “Oh my god, please tell me you’re not living on peanut butter sandwiches like an eight-year-old.”

“I’m not?” Tim lied.

“I thought you were a healthy eater,” Jason scolded, pulling out cans of soup and stacking them back on the shelves. “These are full of salt, preservatives and BPA.”

“What’s BPA?” Tim pulled a few cans back into his cart when Jason wasn’t looking. “I am healthy, I’m a vegetarian.”

“Is that a birthday cake?” Jason cut him off, pulling out a white box Tim had picked up from the bakery. It was white with red and blue frosting.  “Who’s Beverly?”

Tim snagged the cake from Jason’s hands before he could put it on the shelf next to the discarded soup cans. “No one. It was on sale!”

Jason dragged a hand over his face in frustration. “I thought Dick was bad.”

The Problem With Your Water Bottle

Climate change is not a hoax created by the Chinese. (I hope), we all know that. Climate related issues are becoming more and more urgent. Yep, know that too. They key point is however what we often DON’T know, is how to act, how (and if) we can make a difference. 

I am a strong believer that we can all make a difference with our daily choices and attitudes. It is key that governments take the right steps to protect our environment, and while it is our responsibility to push them to do this, we often cannot trust in the fact that this will happen as soon as it is needed. But we do have full control of our day-to-day routine. I am a bit of an sustainability nerd, and so are most of my friends. This means that I often circulate in-between people who are often aware and have the time to research into sustainability, letting this influence their daily choices. Because of this, I often forget that some things that are obvious to me, habits that I gave up years ago, might not be to other people, and that they are not fully aware of the environmental burden linked to their actions. No shame. There is lot of stuff I don’t know (so let’s commit to research more and more on how to be better to our planet yayy), and there is loads of stuff I do know, am fully aware of their impacts, but still haven’t managed to kick them out of my habits. But hey, in the end, it does affect us all, so it is important that we do talk with each other - understanding that not everyone has the same interests/time that we have, and that sadly, environmental education is lacking in schools and is often not being focused as enough of a priority in mainstream media - and take the time to explain the things we know and discuss solutions. 

Anyways, long story short, last week I had a discussion with one of my work colleagues as they were teasing me about me showing concern about chemicals in plastic bottles that can be damaging to human health. I then tried to go deeper in the issue trying to explain the problem with littering and plastic bottles. So I was asked “and what if I throw it into the recycling bin? What’s the problem with my water bottle then?”. After having a moment of shock, not even knowing what to respond to their genuine belief that once a plastic bottle is thrown into the bin that’s it - problem solved, I figured, well how can they think any different? It is that that we are taught to believe.

Well, so what is the problem with our plastic bottles?

Bisphanol A (BPA):

Let’s start with the health issues. BPA is a chemical used in most water bottles to make plastic hard and clear. It is also an endocrine disruptor, which means it’s shape can either cause your body to produce too much of a certain hormone or block it from producing a certain hormone. This can cause certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women etc.

Polyvinyl chloride:

Is used to make plastic more flexible and is also an endocrine disrupting chemical. It causes reduced sperm count, testicular abnormality and tumours.

If this wasn’t enough to at least make you consider buying yourself a reusable water bottle, you should consider following things: 


Plastic water bottles are one of the most unsustainable inventions, like, ever. There are millions of gallons of water involved to make these bottles. You are basically wasting more water in producing water bottles than your water bottle can even fit. The huge amount of water needed for their production also further fuels inequalities. The huge environmental stress put in regions where water bottles are produced affects residents of these areas, especially farmers, who often face shortages. This then affects food production, affecting the farmer’s financial gains, but also food prices and food security in the region. To add to all of this, most water bottles are produced of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which requires huge amounts of fossil fuel to make and transport. Take any water bottle and fill 25% of it with water. That’s how much fossil fuel was needed to produce this single bottle. That’s a lot.


Only certain bottles can be recycled in certain places. Recycling is a business, which means, it will only occur if there is profit coming out of it. In other words, if you are not making sure you are buying plastic bottles which have been recycled, you are undermining the likelihood of investment in recycling occurring. Municipalities will often only make sure that the plastic bottles recycled are the ones whose recycled outcome are being bought by companies in the area. The other ones end in the landfill. On top of that, many plastic bottles are made of different kinds of plastic which not every region has the capacity to separate and recycle properly. To conclude, most plastic bottles you use will end up stagnant in landfills, leaching dangerous chemicals into the ground, infiltrating streets as litter and often ending up in rivers and being washed up into the ocean.

But what happens to plastic bottles once they end up in the ocean? They break into smaller bits called micro plastics. Let’s keep one thing in mind: plastic will never decay. And it very very often ends up in the ocean. There, because of the saline environment, it breaks in million tiny pieces called micro plastics. These pieces are so tiny that they easily pass through water filtration systems, and are basically therefore impossible to clean out of our oceans. Our whole ocean is basically turning into a huge plastic soup. This is a huge threat to aquatic life, as stated by the marine scientists Karen Lavenden Law and Richard Thompson: “(the) problems will only get worse unless drastic action is taken to curb the sale of disposable plastic products worldwide and dispel the idea that plastic waste can just be thrown away.” Since clean up of this plastic soup is basically impossible, the urgent action to be taken is the reduced consumption and the identification of the main polluters. 


Due to their small size, micro plastic are often ingested by habitants of the sea.  It is also important to know that micro plastic containing toxic PCB’s and the pesticide DDF become enhanced in contact with marine life. Also, take in consideration that these are being ingested by organisms which are in the end going to be ingested by us humans. Yummy?

Be aware that micro plastics are often purposely placed in exfoliators, soaps, creams and toothpaste for hygienic/cosmetic purposes (but there are enough alternatives which don’t require micro plastics!), and these have a even easier way to end up in the ocean: they just get washed down the sink, and due to their small size, escape any kind of filtering system.


The good thing about this issue and all the major problems linked to it is, it is so goddamn easy to avoid. Start the plastic diet with us. For the love of our planet, just do it.

-Vanessa