prevent chafing

As a fat woman, the decision to wear shorts in front of other people is no small thing. I mean, I spent YEARS thinking I was not allowed to wear shorts. And I know for a fact I’m not the only person who has felt this way. In a lot of ways, wearing shorts in public can almost feel like a political act. Does the fabric sometimes get caught in my juicy upper thighs? Yep. Does my butt hang out of booty shorts? Sure does. But does that mean my thighs don’t deserve to breathe? Does that mean I don’t deserve to wear clothes that make me feel comfortable? (Does it mean that I have to constantly apply deodorant to my entire thighs to prevent chafing? YES, but that’s beside the point.) The point is, fat bodies have been fetishized and demonized for so long that we’re in a collective state of self-hate and shame. I don’t know, maybe I’m projecting. Projection or naw, I’m stopping the cycle for myself. And letting my thigh meat breathe in public is a huge part of that process. #seethe67 @lanebryant #thisbody

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anonymous asked:

Your tip on shaving with coconut oil was amazing! Do you have any other tips/recipes/techniques?

I’m on mobile rn but I have a few:

- If you’re having a hard time keeping bushy eyebrows in one position, like me, spray some hairspray onto your finger. Dab that along your eyebrows, and then quickly use a clean spoolie brush to shape/brush them.

- Put sunscreen on your hands, if nowhere else. Your hands are one of the first things to wrinkle. (Thank my Nana for this tip, she’s a beauty queen.)

- Don’t use tape on your eyes. Just don’t.

- Heat protectant spray for your hair is real and a necessity if you use a lot of heat tools, especially if your hair is damaged from colouring.

- If you’re like me and you wax your own eyebrows/upper lip/underarms, have baby powder handy, it’s really soothing and prevents chafing.

- Those homemade hair treatments for split ends (usually include eggs, coconut oil, mayo, etc.) don’t really work. Just get a haircut, your hair will thank you.

Random Self Care Tips

I was looking around on Tumblr for this stuff and didn’t find everything that I wanted, so I looked around on the internet and found some things.

1) Epsom Salt is actually really cool and useful for a lot of things. Two cups of Epsom Salt added to a bath eases stress and relaxes the body. Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline, so when Epsom Salt is dissolved in warm water, it’s absorbed by your skin and replenishes the amount of magnesium in your body.  The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, which elevates your mood and creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. You can also use Epsom Salt to:

Exfoliate dead skin: In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom Salt with a tablespoon of bath/olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften, and then rinse thoroughly.  

Exfoliate your face: Mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt with whatever you usually wash your face with. Gently massage into your skin and rinse with cold water.

Relieve pain and cramping: Warm Epsom Salt baths not only benefit your mood, but also alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps.

Foot soak: Put a cup of Epsom Salt into 2-3 gallons of water. This is supposed to relax your feet and soothe soreness.

Itchy/sunburned skin : Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom Salt in to ½ cup of water and cool it down. Then spray it on itchy/burned skin or apply it as a wet compress to help relieve itching.

2) As time consuming and annoying as shaving can be, sometimes it can feel really good to just have really soft legs. I’m awful about remembering to shave, so I made this list of tips so when I actually do shave, I can make it count. 

Use conditioner for shaving cream/gel: I’ve been doing this for over a year now and I love it because it softens and smooths your skin. I use hypoallergenic shampoo because I’m allergic to non-hypoallergenic stuff, so it doesn’t irritate my skin when I’m rubbing it on my legs. I personally really like the coconut conditioner by Organix (which is evidently popular) because it’s generally really cheap, it comes in a big bottle, and it’s really good quality stuff. 

Shave downwards, then upwards: Okay, yeah, I get that this kind of sucks because it takes a long time and I honestly don’t feel like shaving with the grain doesn’t do much, but it’s a really good way to make sure you don’t get razor burn and it’s super good for sensitive skin. So, take the ten extra minutes and just shave your legs both ways, it might be worth it. 

Don’t be afraid to try men’s shaving stuff: I started using a razor made for men on my legs like, last week, and I think it’s better than the razor I bought to actually shave my legs. Also, these razors are cheaper than the ones I was buying. They don’t come in pink like my old razors, but it’s still worth it because the shave is better, and I’m saving a few extra bucks. Who knows what other men’s products work better than women’s?

Rub down with Baby Oil first: This makes the hair AND your legs softer, making the shave easier and leaving your skin softer. I would suggest rinsing it off your legs before shaving, and then applying shaving cream/gel/conditioner/what have you. I’ve heard of shaving your legs with baby oil, but personally I did not like it because the shave didn’t feel as close as it does with conditioner and I had to rinse my razor a lot while doing it because it made the blades super oily. 

Rubbing Alcohol or Witch Hazel: You can dab this on after shaving to kill bacteria and help pores close. It may burn a little bit if you have some little cuts but it goes away pretty quickly.

Use Unscented Deodorant: This is evidently good for after shaving your vag. I don’t know, man, but it might be worth a shot, so liberally apply to prevent razor burn or chafing. Make sure this is not scented deodorant. Please be careful, and make sure you aren’t like, putting this IN your vagina because that’s probably painful and not beneficial at all. 

Apply Aloe Vera: So this firstly makes your legs smoother, and then it also helps cool down redness or razor burn.

Also, fun fact: Egyptians shaved their eyebrows to mourn their cats. For real.

Please note: You do not have to shave. Don’t let the media and other people influence what your ideal hair situation should be. Your body hair is nothing to be ashamed of. Figure out what is right for you.

3) Baths are amazing. They improve blood circulation, help release toxins, lower blood pressure, clean skin, reduce headaches, help cure colds, lower anxiety, and a bunch of other really cool awesome stuff that explain why we should be taking baths, like, at least every two weeks, even just for twenty minutes. As amazing as a plain bath is, here are some things you can add to a bath to help relax your muscles and relax your mind. 

Green Tea Bath Recipe: Drop 5-10 green tea bags in the bath while it’s filling. 

Benefits of a Green Tea Bath: The minerals in green tea are well known for their powerful anti-aging benefits, which will replenish & restore balance to your skin. Green tea also has natural antioxidants, which aid in detoxing your body from natural pollutants.

Honey Bath Recipe: Pour one cup of honey into your bath while it’s filling. 

Benefits of a Honey Bath: Adding honey to your bath will moisturize, soften and sooth dry skin. The natural antioxidant properties in honey will help detox your body while you soak.

Olive Oil Bath Recipe: Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to your bath while it fills.

Benefits of an Olive Oil Bath: When mixed with water, olive oil has the ability to soak deep into your tissues and rejuvenate them. Olive oil baths aid in building a stronger immunity to viral and bacterial infections. Olive oil will help maintain the collagen in your skin, keeping skin looking supple for longer. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lemon Bath Recipe: Squeeze and drop 5-6 lemons into your running bath. If you don’t have lemons, ¾ cup of bottled lemon juice will work just as well. 

Benefits of a Lemon Bath: Lemon baths are especially refreshing in hot weather. The healing agents in lemons will refresh and revive tired skin. Lemons will also cool the skin, and help tighten pores.

Ginger Bath Recipe: Add one tablespoon of fresh, chopped ginger to your running bath. 

Benefits of a Ginger Bath: Bathing in a bath of ginger will ease sore muscles, eliminate toxins from the body. The natural anti bacterial properties in ginger will help sweat out colds, flues, and congestion.  Adding ginger to your bath on a cool day will raise the temperature of your skin and make you feel warm and toasty.

Baking Soda Bath Recipe: Add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to your  bath. 

Benefits of a Baking Soda Bath: Baking soda acts as a gentle, soothing agent which will sooth & calm irritated skin. 

4) Baking Soda is really awesome and doesn’t get used half as much as it should be. It’s generally always kept in the kitchen, which is pretty dumb, because it’s really beneficial for skin and hair, too. So, here you go, some uses for Baking Soda that aren’t for the kitchen:

Washing Hair: You can add volume to your hair just by mixing a quarter size of baking soda to your daily dollop of shampoo. The baking soda will help remove impurities, leaving your hair lighter and full of volume.

Teeth Whitener: It tastes pretty bad, but once a week/month/whatever works for you, try wetting your toothbrush, sticking it in baking soda, and brushing your teeth. Again, this tastes gross, but it cleans and whitens your teeth really well. 

Face Scrub: Add a tablespoon of baking soda to your usual facial cleanser and form a paste. Massage into your skin in circular motions to help exfoliate and leave skin feeling soft.

Foot Wash: Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda with water for a soothing foot soak. Soak for 20 minutes. Then, scrub your feet with a paste of baking soda and water to help exfoliate rough spots.

So, there you go! Some interesting information and some cool new things to try out. Do whatever works for you, and just make sure you’re taking care of yourself to stay healthy and happy. Xoxo

*sweats nervously* So uhh… I kind of headcanon that most of the Uchiha brats approach the idea of masturbation with the same enthusiasm that they would approach swallowing Amaterasu with. Also, bear in mind that when I wrote Madara’s, I had his early 20′s, pre-canon self in mind because I just can’t see current timeline Madara having time for something like that when there’s a war and the disputable salvation of ninjakind to plan. That being said, I live for writing filth and this made me happy. Bless you, anon. ~Admin Axel

Uchiha Itachi

Originally posted by you-are-shinobi

  • Itachi doesn’t masturbate very often at all, he’s more the type to ignore his frustrations and throw himself into learning a new technique or completing a mission where he can’t afford to let his mind wander. He’s hoping that by the time he has a moment to himself, his baser urges will be forgotten and he will not have to give into what is, in Itachi’s mind, a last resort. It has to be a pretty intense urge to get to Itachi, because he is very good at controlling himself.

  • Since he finds it so distasteful, Itachi tends to get it over with quickly and efficiently. Like in the shower, where no one will interrupt and it will wash all the evidence away. And believe me, when you go as long as Itachi does without masturbating, there is a lot of evidence.

  • Itachi prefers a tighter grip and rubs his thumb along the slit on the head with every upward stroke, because he is particularly sensitive there. The muscles in his legs twitch when he starts speeding up, and he has to put on hand on the wall of the shower to brace himself.

  • When Itachi comes, his shoulders hunch over and presses his forehead against the shower wall, stroking himself quickly until his cock starts jerking and he releases in his hand. No matter how intense his orgasm is, Itachi never moans - he just kind of pants through it until he can regulate his breathing again.

Uchiha Shisui

Originally posted by fullchakra

  • Shisui can go months and months without masturbating, then go through a period where he masturbates every night for a couple of weeks. It embarrasses him though, so he goes to great lengths to avoid anyone finding out that he even thinks about it. He will not masturbate if there is even the smallest chance of getting caught, even if he’s on one side of the house and someone else is asleep on the other side. He won’t risk it.

  • Shisui has tried looking at a porn magazine before while he was masturbating, but seeing strangers in such intimate positions made him uncomfortable and he had to shove it aside before he could finish. Instead of throwing the magazine in the trash like a normal person, he burned it in secret and buried the ashes so no one would ever find out he had it.

  • Shisui will draw it out occasionally. He starts by stripping down to his underwear and sitting against the headboard, palming himself through his boxers. When he’s good and hard, he’ll slide his boxers off and alternate his pace between slow, languid strokes and fast, uneven ones that make his breath hitch. As he gets closer to orgasm though, he slows it down to barely moving and will sometimes even pull his hand away completely, delaying his release for a stronger orgasm.

  • If Shisui is edging himself, when he comes it hits him like a freight train. He groans low in his throat and every muscle in his body goes rigid, but through some inhuman strength of will the pace of his hand never speeds up - he leisurely strokes himself through his orgasm, building it in intensity until his eyes roll back in his head. When he’s finished, Shisui is boneless and satisfied, and has just enough time to clean himself up before he is out like a light.

Uchiha Madara

Originally posted by veenia

  • Madara has spent his life firmly repressing his baser needs, but every so often it does break through his rigid self-control. When it does it is almost always late at night when he’s lying in bed with nothing else to do, and it annoys him because he has very little control over it. The matter is decided as soon as he thinks about it - his brain starts helpfully providing him with flashes of people he finds attractive in compromising positions and Madara ends up with an erection that can’t be willed away or ignored.

  • He usually turns over onto his back on his tatami mat, unties the belt around his waist that keeps his nemaki closed and pushes his underwear down over his hips just enough so that they won’t get in the way. Madara has no interest in getting completely naked just to jerk off - he thinks it’s stupid.

  • Madara is kind of straight to the point about it. He doesn’t try to touch himself anywhere else or ramp up his arousal by indulging in drawn-out fantasies. It’s a purely physical release, and the quickest way to get it over with is to be fast and rough. He spits in his hand, grasps his cock firmly and immediately sets a fast pace, twisting his hand around his length when he reaches the head. He’s completely silent through most of it, but when he gets close to orgasm, Madara starts groaning low in his throat and hissing through clenched teeth.

  • When Madara comes, he plants his feet flat on the tatami mat and throws his head back against his pillow, his back arching off of the floor. Usually he bites down on his lip to keep himself quiet, but if he comes really violently, he might not catch his hoarse shout in time.

Uchiha Sasuke

Originally posted by veenia

  • Sasuke is the most prepared masturbator on the planet. He always has to have everything organized beforehand, like tissues and plenty of lube within reach, as well as a damp cloth because it can get messy. He can’t stand the feeling of come drying on his skin, and it’s even worse if he has to get up and go to the bathroom to clean off - walking around with jizz all over you is so… undignified.

  • Sasuke likes a really tight grip when he masturbates, so he has to coat his hand liberally with lube to prevent chafing. Once properly lubed, he grips the base of his cock hard and slowly makes his way to the head, where he will circle his thumb around the head and smear the little beads of precum that gather there. His head lolls back and he groans quietly, his hips jerking every time his fingers stroke over the sensitive spot just beneath the head on the underside of his length.

  • He tends to grab onto something when he starts getting close - his headboard, his sheets, or even his own hair if it’s the only thing within reach. It’s a reflex he can’t quite get rid of, he does it without really thinking about what he’s doing. When he orgasms, he strokes his twitching length rapidly, a hoarse groan falling from his lips as he spills pearly ribbons of come on his abdomen. As soon as his muscles stop tensing, he reaches for the conveniently placed cloth and wipes away the evidence before it can dry.
List of Herbs That Treat HERPES

Here is a great list I am compiling for those of you fellow herpes sufferers who are looking for natural or herbal alternatives to acyclovir (Valtrex, Famivir, etc.) for preventing herpes outbreaks as well as treating sores that have already emerged. 

*These methods do not necessarily work for everyone, and there is skepticism among some medical personnel regarding the safety or effectiveness of these treatments. You may want to consult an herbalist or naturopath before beginning treatment. This being said, I have tried nearly every herbal remedy listed here  on my own risk and have not experienced side effects*

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Coconut oil- if you’re not already an advocate for Coconut oil in general, i HIGHLY recommend you include this magic substance in your life! Coconut oil has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, and alongside promoting healthy teeth, skin, organs and hair when taken orally, it is also an analgesic and anti-inflammatory when applied topically to wounds. The Lauric acid in coconut oil is thought to ward off, fight and prevent replication of the Herpes simplex Virus. I recommend using it daily in cooking, as a moisturizer, and of course, topically to cold sores and genital OBs to soothe the area and promote healing.

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Olive Leaf Extract- One of the first herbal treatments I tried. Research suggests that olive leaf may be a true antiviral compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. It then appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics. Olive leaf’s broad killing power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses; an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane; and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication. I usually take 30-60 drops daily during the onset of an OB (prodrome phase) and it can prevent the sore from even surfacing. I continue this treatment for the duration of a cold sore, should one appear.

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Essential Oils- Many people believe in the healing powers of essential oils for different purposes. They are commonly used for aromatherapy, to promote relaxation and improve sinus congestion. For herpes, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil have been said to be effective in soothing the sores for pain relief, as well as promoting faster healing.

CAUTION: POTENT. NOT FOR INTERNAL USE! Essential oils can be TOXIC when ingested orally! DO NOT USE FOR GENITAL OUTBREAKS. 

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Raw Honey-  Some studies have shown that the microbial activity in RAW, unprocessed, unfiltered honey, can have antiviral properties and fight off herpes simplex from replicating when applied topically. These studies show that participants who applied raw honey topically several times daily had improvement in their outbreak as fast, or faster, than the prescription treatment acyclovir or the OTC treatment Abreva! I recommend Manuka honey, as it has hundreds of strains of beneficial bacteria. Raw honey can also draw fluid away from the sore, reducing swelling, redness, chafing and potential discomfort or pain. 

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Echinacea and Goldenseal-  These herbs are commonly paired in herbal supplements because they work wonders together to prevent sickness. Echinacea boosts your immune system, helping your body fight off the herpes virus, while goldenseal is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral herb. These can be taken orally as tablets, pills or tinctures, but also come in some topical products.  These are great to use at the first symptom. Echinacea also comes in tea, which is delicious with a spoonful of raw honey.

CAUTION: Echinacea can increase the effects of stimulant medications (such as those used to treat ADHD, CFS or Narcolepsy) and other CNS stimulants including caffeine. Consult a doctor if you take stimulants. Goldenseal should not be taken an excess of 1-2 weeks at a time and may cause upset stomach. Take with food or find topical ointment. 

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Green tea: Green tea can boost your immune system and help your body fight off herpes virus if your body contains enough of the active compounds (You must drink a LOT of green tea each day for this method to work).  Drink your tea strong, with raw honey. The iced green tea they sell that contains mostly water, citric acid and high fructose corn syrup will NOT cut it here. Always brew your own tea so you know how concentrated it is. Using tea bags is also effective, as some tea including black tea, contains tannins which are anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. 

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L-Lysine: If you’ve had herpes for a bit, you should already know the theories behind Lysine and arginine, two compounds found in varieties of food. Arganine has been linked to increase in risk for OBs, being a trigger for many people. Arganine rich foods include nuts and legumes. Lysine works to possibly prevent OBs and speed up the healing process if the sores have already emerged. Usually taken as an herbal supplement orally, but can also be found in topical treatments.

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Beeswax:  Going along with the raw honey idea, Propolis is a compound made by honeybees which is contained in beeswax. Clinical studies have shown that propolis healed herpes sores faster than acyclovir!  Thanks bees! We love you! Many lip creams/ointments use beeswax as a primary ingredient.

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Lemon Balm- One of the most effective herbal remedies for herpes. It has flavonoids, phenolic acid, and rosmarinic acid, which helps in healing the sores or blisters.  You can make tea and apply it using cotton swabs, take a tincture daily, or purchase it in the form of topical creams and ointments. 

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Corn Starch- Simple right? It seems that applying corn starch to a herpes sore helps keep it dry, drawing fluid away from the wound. This can reduce inflammation, swelling and redness, and prevent chafing. This promotes faster healing as well as soothing discomfort or pain.

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Vitamin C: Everybody knows Vitamin C boosts the immune system and promotes a healthy body. It’s found in citrus fruit such as oranges but often taken as a supplement in tablet or tincture form, or as a drink mix (emergen- C). Taking vitamin C regularly can prevent Herpes outbreaks as well as help fight them when they emerge

CAUTION: Vitamin C may cause upset stomach if taken without food. Though unlikely, In extremely high doses, vitamin C has shown to be an abortifacient by promoting uterine contractions and preventing embryonic implantation (pregnancy). Consult your doctor before taking vitamin C supplements if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. 

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Ultimately, I recommend a combination of these herbal treatments. You should certainly do more research before going out and buying these products, just to see what will work for you.  Some herbs can interact with certain medications or substances, so please be aware of this before beginning treatment. See a naturopath or herbal specialist at your local supplement shop or health food store. Most people employed in the store sections with herbal supplements know at least a bit about their properties and uses. 

Send me an inbox, as well, if you’re interested in knowing how these treatments worked for me personally. I do not take acyclovir for my oral outbreaks anymore! 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any suggestions for treating/preventing chafing, especially in the inner thighs and genital area? The most common things I'm finding are "wear different clothes" (can't because it's my uniform) and of course "lose weight". My job is so physical and I sweat so much that my promo badge is rusty after two weeks. I'm also poor and disabled, so that further limits my possible solutions. Any ideas?

Boop:

IT’S CHUB RUB SEASON: 10 Solutions To Ward Off Inner Thigh Chafing, And I TRIED THEM ALL

(PS: I find that using an oil-based cream helps. Vasaline or coconut oil rubbed liberally on the folds between legs and mons pubis can do the trick by providing lubrication and also protecting the skin from moisture. Apply morning and night. Bring a change of undies too and change often. The sweat is worse than the rubbing for me.)

ruinedgoods  asked:

Hi! I was wondering how can you shave the pubic hair but also keep yourself protected (pubes protect the vag substitute)

Proper moisturizer and proper underwear are important. After you shave and shower, holding a cold compress to the area helps close the pores in the area and prevent infection. For moisturizer, a scentless moisturizer helps lock in heathy skin oils and prevent chafing and infection. Underwear should ALWAYS be cotton and big enough that the vag and vulva are entirely covered.

ATTENTION ALL FRIENDS WITH THIGH CHAFING!!

This right here, I call this my “Magic Stick”. 

I, like most women, have thighs that rub. (Let’s face it, EVERY size person his this issue. You can be a size 4 and still have thighs that rub!)

When summer time comes along I used to look at my cute dresses and skirts and shudder. I knew by the end of the day that I would be facing chafing so bad that there would be places that would bleed. Yes, bleed. 

Some things helped, deodorant would work only IF you did it before, but not for long. 

Baby powder was great! But it was a mess and I needed to reapply. 

Then I heard of this magic from my friends in my running group. 

This and other kinds like it is called Runner’s Glide. It’s made to prevent blisters and chafing AND can heal them too. No joke, one week after using this stuff my skin was completely healed. 

Think about it, it’s designed for people who are going to run 26 miles and SWEAT! That means it’s water proof and sweat proof. Oil free as well. 

Thigh chafing is the reason I go to this item immediately, but men and women can use this for ALL kinds of chafing (guys you know what I mean). I’ve also heard it works great with preventing blisters. 

I am a size 20, I LOVE to wear dresses and ever since I starting using this I have NEVER had an issue with chafing. And one stick has lasted me a whole year! I haven’t tried the other kinds, so please let me know if you have. Also, there is a “men’s” version but I can’t find any difference between the two except the color of the stick. 

Now, I can run with shorts!!

Please signal boost! 

saintdane05  asked:

Yoo, I'm going to an Against Me! concert this October and am super excited, but I have no idea what to do at a punk rock concert. Like what's a mosh pit like, and how do I survive one? What's the dancing like? Should I wear a skirt?

okay okay so mosh pits are a lot easier than they look. 

if you wanna be in a certain spot, get there early and establish that you are standing there. basically just dont let people push you out of the way because my first time in a mosh pit i started at the edge of the stage and got pushed somewhere to the middle of the pit because i didnt know how to stand my ground. 

 no one else in that pit probably knows how to dance either so honestly just do whatever you want! put your hands in the air! jump around! just get into it m8. don’t let the lack of skill or space stop you from enjoying yourself

you could probably get away with a skirt since its so crowded no one would really be able to tell if you flash your underwear by accident. i just recomend wearing like shorts under to prevent chafing if youre gonna be dancing!

eat before getting to the venue because concert food is fucking expensive. the last concert i went to i payed $7 for a fucking water. it was wild. i recomend buying a water bottle right when you get there so you can keep filling it up if there are water fountains. 

please for the love of god bring some type of bag even if its small just to hold your stuff because you dont want to set a n y t h i n g down. not really a risk of it being taken more than broken in the blink of an eye. plus you might pick up some merch and you dont wanna carry it around. 

thats all i can think of right now but if any one has anything to add go for it!

-mod r

TIPS AND WHAT NOT :)

Hello everyone!!
Band camp is literally right around the corner and i always make a list of things that we carry around in our little handy dandy utility box. && it really really helps us out while were on the field. We literally take it everywhere we go. And it is a pretty good size box and it has like 5 compartments.

We usually keep in the box
•extra sunscreen
•bug spray
•gold bond (to prevent chafing) (aka chub rub)
•electrical tape
•hair ties
•bobby pins
•tampons
•pads
•IBUPROFEN!!
•pencils (bc every single flip hecking time someone doesnt have one for their dot book.)
•yarn (for dot book)
•granola bars
•sharpies (to label equipment)
•band-aids
•a poncho (for our sound system lol in case it rains)

I think thats all for the box but i also have some tips

•Do N O T drink milk or anything containing dairy before camp!!You will THROW UP.

•i always check the weather when i wake up for camp and depending on what that is (usually its like hell outside) but if its raining i always bring an extra set of clothing bc i dont want to walk around in wet clothes during our afternoon block. (Which is usually inside & the janitors get pissed if there is water everywhere)

•dont be one of those idiots that DONT PUT ON SUNSCREEN.. you’ll be lookin like a LOBSTER.

•BRING FREAKING WATER! I CANT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THERE HAVE BEEN GIRLS IN GUARD THAT DONT BRING WATER!!! i bring like a gallon sized jug. And if you can and are allowed to use a camel back go ahead!

•Do not back talk your band director, drum major(s), guard instructor.
Honestly this one was a hard one for me when i first joined color guard because i did NOT like to be told what to do but soon after i got a attitude i was running laps and i never did it again lmao.

•try your best to help out those freshman that may be struggling.

•i shouldn’t have to say this but WEAR DEODORANT and SOCKS.

•don’t wear dark colors. You’ll burn up.

•wear comfortable shoes!

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Shaving your Head: Step 1

[Pre-step: Even if you only had a few millimeters of a buzz, use the trimmer attachment on your clippers to take it down to lowest you can get. You don’t want long hairs to get snagged and pulled by razor, and yes, three millimeters is long for a razor that is primarily designed for beard stubble that’s shaved everyday. RECOGNIZE that if you want to rock the shaved head look, you are committing to shaving everyday. For those of us who let the body hair run wild and free (me!) that’s a commitment to changing up morning routine, adding in something that takes time. And no, I don’t see the silliness in shaving my head and no other part of my body. I maintain the rest of my hair knows how long to grow and then stop, it’s the stuff on my head that is unruly. I also maintain that being a little fuzzy in the right places, especially in the summer, prevents chafing and other unpleasantries associated with sweating. We’ve got hair growing in certain places for a reason people, I refuse to believe it is primarily vestigial. Keep up your stubble-free(!) hygiene routine and you’ll be happy to be hairy.) 

Get electric razor that you don’t have to worry about getting wet. Makes that whole, rinsing, relathering, cleaning razor process a lot less of a hassle. 

In lieu of another plastic bottle, lather up a good vegan, natural ingredient only bar soap and suds your head!

As electric razor manual directs, shave in a rotating motion. Rinse razor often. Relather when necessary, so much more comfy when there’s soap between your skin and the razor.

listen. look me in my fat fucking eyes. putting deodorant on ur thighs sounds like it won’t rly work to prevent chafing but it will. it will change ur life forever. it will bring u peace so much peace listen!!!!!

Okay I’ve been seeing posts about Bandelettes going around this summer and I would like to discuss some of the possible downsides of these products. I have four pairs of Bandelettes that i bought last summer and I basically cannot wear them anymore; let me tell you why.

The lace wears down miraculously fast. The lace on these wears down faster than a pair of corduroy pants. This isn’t surprising, because it’s lace and lace isn’t built to withstand a ton of friction. But it is something to keep in mind when buying, because you need multiple pairs to last through the summer.

The big problem with the lace wearing down is it stops preventing chafing. My guess is that this is a problem only larger people experience. Our thighs just have a wider surface area that rubs together when we walk; it breaks the lace down faster and it starts to chafe through the fabric.

I have one pair of solid fabric Bandalettes and I find that the collection of sweat underneath them combined with the heat and friction of walking causes the same issue. I chafe anyway, but in a different way and after a longer period of activity.

Bandelette are great. They’re really excellent products. I wore them all day on my wedding day and it saved my life. My legs didn’t start to hurt until well into the day as opposed to an hour after I got dressed, and this was in an un-air conditioned hotel in August. So I am a huge fan of these things but they are not a cure-all, and they’re not really made for lengthy physical activity. I can’t go on long walks in Bandelettes. I spend a lot of time adjusting them. I still chafe after a couple of hours.

Anyway, go forth and purchase them, I do encourage it, but know that there are some things that could go wrong.

Body Negativity//


I’m tired of only having clothes that don’t fit me or have massive holes in them.

I’m tired of having to be cautious of what I do and how I move and stopping 2 minutes after I start getting active to change into crappy pyjama bottoms to exercise because I have to be careful not to wear out the thighs of the only pair of trousers I own that kinda fit me.

I’m tired of keeping clothes marked to be thrown out in the back of my cupboard anyway because there’s always going to be days when the jogging bottoms from when I was 14 or 15 with the seam completely ripped open from the crotch to the knee is the best option available.

I’m tired of overheating and not being able to move while I sleep because I have to keep the blanket between my legs to prevent chafing because all my pj bottoms had to be used as day clothes and got dirty.

I’m tired of having to go out with trousers 2 inches too short because they’re 7 years old and trying to inconspicuously pull them down so they don’t look as ridiculous when I pass someone.

I’m tired of wanting to avoid walking past the jeans shop with the cute attendant because she once spent an hour trying to help my find something that will work with my shape because I don’t want to have to tell her that 4 years later I still haven’t found anything.

I’m tired of feeling fain’t with hunger and not being able to recognise it as such because years of being told “don’t you think you’ve had enough” when I reach for a second helping by someone who had 4 and is now eating crisps made me believe that the amount I was eating was appropriate for my needs.

I’m tired of constantly being on pause because I can’t do anything about any of it until I’m better.

  • no but consider this- chubby Sirius
  • chubby Sirius who despite playing quidditch for Gryffindor had a soft belly and jiggly thighs
  • chubby Sirius initially being insecure
  • chubby Sirius whose weight was just another thing for the shitty Blacks to pick on him for
  • chubby Sirius starting to make conscious efforts to not crouch or make himself small after he and James turned the Slytherins’ hair maroon and gold and he caught himself laughing in the mirror in the boys’ washroom (second week of third year, detention with Slughorn but boy was it worth it)
  • chubby Sirius slowly stopping counting the calories he consumed as Mrs. Potter got more of a hold on him, and he on her curry
  • chubby Sirius tucking his hands between his thighs on evenings when the common room fire did little to keep him warm
  • chubby Sirius learning that it’s fine to fit himself on Peter’s bed, between Peter and the wall and demanding cuddles
  • chubby Sirius sharing little hacks with Lily to prevent chafing when they wore matching skirts in the summer
  • chubby Sirius who let Remus use his tummy as a cushion while he ran his hands through Remus’ hair
  • chubby Sirius lightly grabbing at his cheeks while studying and looking absolutely adorable
  • chubby Sirius owning Meghan Trainor’s Me Too just like he was meant to
  • just
  • chubby Sirius loving himself

(part ii)

PSA: packers can get picked up as suspicious items at the airport when they scan your bag

I’m going home for a week to visit friends, and I just got a packer about a week ago. I’m not used to it enough to feel comfortable wearing it at the airport, and anyway I’m not having a boy day today, so I packed it in my carry on (with all my other stuff).

As we went through security I noticed they had to scan my bag multiple times. When I got through, they told me they had to search my bag.

They pointed to an object on the scan and asked me what it was. It was my packer. I had to explain what it was and what its function is. They had to unpack it and look at it. They asked me what all the powder was (cornstarch) and why it was there (to prevent chafing). They had to swab my bag for drugs/bomb chemicals.

Luckily the staff at this airport is nice. After all that, they realized I was no threat and politely sent me on my way. (Though I did have to repack my bag.) But that was the most embarrassing experience I’ve ever had, and I was crying as I walked over to where my sibling was waiting for me.

And now I’m scared for the flight home. The airport staff there is much meaner and ruder. We have a checked bag, but if I put it there that’ll get searched without me to explain that my packer is perfectly harmless. I don’t want it getting thrown out or something. But I also really don’t want to go through this process again with a ruder staff member rifling through my bag. Sigh T.T

QUEEN TIP #002

We have all been hearing wonderful things about this marvelous oil! You can use it for practically everything. From removing make-up, cleaning your teeth, and it does wonders for your hair! Here are some more uses for coconut oil that caters to YOU!

Thigh Chafing 

We have all experienced it one time or another. It’s a hot summer day, you’re looking cute with your daisy dukes on and crop top. Then what seems to be all of a sudden, your inner thighs start to itch and begin to burn with every step you take. I don’t think I have ever encountered a greater trauma. Seriously, it’s the worst! I want to first say that I don’t think coconut oil will prevent chafing entirely, but it will help. I propose you keep a medium size container with you in your purse or beach bag. The oil starts off in a solid form so you can melt it, pour it in your desired container and as it sits, it will become solid again. As you get ready for your day of fun in the sun, apply the oil all over (this acts as a fantastic moisturizer and sunscreen) I would suggest you apply the oil ever so often to keep the area moist. Additionally, if chafing does occur, coconut oil and aloe vera will help soothe to burning and rid the rash

Sour Breasts

Listen, we are humans, we all sweat. EVERYWHERE! Those of us with larger boobs tend to omit a very foul and unpleasing smells when we are overheated. This is very common, it happens to the best of us YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I have used all sorts of methods to prevent/help with embarrassing situation. I have used baby power and deodorant (both worked, temporarily). They both ended up being a hot mess. Like stated above, coconut oil is a great use for a moisturizer, I personally use it over lotion. Rub so oil under your breasts when you get out the shower or before you put on your bra. Not sure the science behind it, but it works! Buh-bye smelly boobs!

I hope that you all try these tips and have success! Definitely send me your stories afterwards. Remember my inbox is always open for Queen Tip suggestions, fill it right on up!