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Oatmeal Beauty Benefits

Oatmeal, rather than it only being used as a healthy breakfast, actually boasts beauty benefits. You can use oatmeal to help take care of acne, dry skin, irritation, dullness, and more. There are many ways that you can use oatmeal by itself, rather than going out to stores and spending money on products. I, myself, have a box of 100% Natural Whole Grain Quaker Oats. Here are some ways that you can use it.

  • Oatmeal Bath: Pour a cup of plain oatmeal (blended) into your tub as it fills up with warm water. The oatmeal will cleanse your skin, soften, and moisturize your skin, which help lock in moisture and protect skin from exterior irritants. 
  • Face Scrub: Oatmeal contains chemicals known as saponins, characterized by their cleansing properties. Simply grab a quarter sized amount of oatmeal and mix it with warm water in your hand. Once its soggy, squeeze out the oatmeal water onto your other hand and apply that to your face. It would be like a base before you actually start scrubbing the oatmeal onto your face, AND it makes your skin incredibly soft! Then you would scrub the oatmeal onto your face in gentle circular motions. Leave it for 2 minutes then wash off with warm water then cold. Then do your usual night time skincare routine.  

*Here’s a guide by Bubzbeautywww.youtube.com/watch?v=7e5_RVBwNjE

  • Exfoliator: Try blended oatmeal, coconut oil, brown sugar and warm water. You’ll get the same cleansing and buffering properties without all the unnecessary harshness from beauty products or over the counter items. Plus, the coconut oil will give your skin a healthy glow. 
  • Dry Shampoo: Just as oatmeal works at removing excess dirt from the body, it can also help to reduce the appearance of dirty hair. You can brush through a light dusting of finely ground oats throughout your strands to soak up excess oils. This will help relieve an itchy scalp. 

Health Tip: Oatmeal can help reduce cholesterol. 3 grams of soluble fiber from oatmeal daily in a diet, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. 

anonymous asked:

Do you think vegans who wear faux leather add to the demand for real leather because non-vegans see them wearing that, & they might to buy something similar?

I think that if vegans had to avoid all products which look like animal products then we’d be left with very little to eat, wear or use. While some may mistake your faux leather for cow skin, everyone knows that faux leather exists, and if they speak to you to find out where you got your clothes you’ll be able to tell them. When they’re surprised it isn’t real, that’s an opportunity to show them just how unnecessary these products really are. People seeing the availability and quality of faux animal fabrics can only be a good thing, since we need to make veganism as cheap and accessible as possible to make it more likely that people will want to give it a try. 

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Tips to Control Impulse Spending (especially if you grew up poor) • r/personalfinance
Someone over on LPT asked for tips on controlling impulse spending, since they grew up without money and now have a lot of it. I thought I'd...

Originally written because it feels like most advice pieces for people who impulse spend were written by people who’ve never felt those impulses and grew up pretty comfortably, to boot.

Someone over on LPT asked for tips on controlling impulse spending, since they grew up without money and now have a lot of it. I thought I’d compile and share my tips. If these or tips like these have been posted before (and I just missed it when I searched for them), please let me know, and I’ll delete this post.

(Disclaimer: This is not meant to be universal or all-encompassing, they’re just suggestions that people can try and see if it works for them. These were written with a disadvantaged background in mind, and are based off my own experiences.)

  • Firstly, as soon as you get paid, pay off your bills (and/or set aside money for bills), and then immediately move some money into a savings account where it is, at the very least, a little difficult to access. This already limits the amount of money you have sitting in your checking account or wherever that’s easily accessible to you, and also makes sure impulse spending doesn’t start to impede on your financial obligations and important expenditures. Think of it as preventative/preemptive damage control.
  • If you’re going shopping (i.e. grocery shopping) and keep wanting things you don’t need, put it in the cart and keep going. Otherwise, you’ll spend the rest of the trip in the store thinking about it and convincing yourself you want it/need it. But putting it into your cart and “planning on”/expecting to buy it means you’ll sort of stop thinking about it and can just keep going through your list. Just before you go up to the cashier, go through your cart. Most likely, you’ll already start to feel those shades of “buyer’s remorse”, or at least realize how stupid or unnecessary the product is (now that you’ve psychologically spent some time “away” from it), and you’ll put it back. This only works if it’s a lot easier for you to make yourself put things back than stop yourself from picking it up in the first place.
  • For return-able things, just go ahead and buy it, hold onto the receipt, and set an alarm for a day or two before the return period expires. If you haven’t used it by then, return it. (Again, by then you’ll probably already be feeling buyer’s remorse, anyway). Sometimes, it helps to wrap it in a bag and staple/tape that bag shut, and write that date on the bag. You’re a lot more likely to regret an impulse than to stop it in the first place - so work with that.
  • Get into the habit of making a list of what you need, and sticking to it…but if you find something you want, don’t tell yourself “no, I don’t need it” - just tell yourself, “I’ll come back and get it tomorrow”. Nine times out of ten, you won’t, but in that moment when you really want something, it’s easier to convince yourself to walk away when you “know” you’ll come back for it. But if you do come back, buy it, and hold onto the receipt. Either it turned you really did need it/wanted it (it happens!), or you can return it.
  • Intentionally give yourself some wiggle room to control it. i.e. “I can spend $10 on stupid shit I don’t need, but no more than that.” Allow yourself a few small impulse buys to stave off the bigger ones. Make this money easily accessible, i.e. cash in your pocket (as opposed to cards in your wallet). If you are going to impulse buy something, better a cheap candy bar than an expensive appliance.
  • Corollary: sometimes, set out to treat yourself. Growing up poor, you get used to holding onto or grabbing for everything, because there is just so little of it and you never knew when the next tiny windfall would come. You got used to denial, and now impulse buying is a sort of reaction to that. If you never treat yourself and continue to guilt yourself over the times you do, you’re basically just recreating that psychological environment of denial, and perpetuating the same cycle in a slightly different direction. Treat yourself every now and then to something stupid, in a way that’s built into your budget. i.e. I go buy myself a stupid, overly priced Fro-Yo whenever I get paid, or a Funko Pop, or a bag of candy, or a book. It took a while, but this eventually made me less hung up on my impulses in the first place, and in the long run reduced a lot of my impulse buying. I intentionally set out to buy something that would normally only be an impulse buy, so that over time, I’m less likely to feel impulses in the first place.
  • Finally, if you accidentally opened/used something once, waited too long, or are otherwise unable to return it, set it aside as a gift for someone (especially if it’s something you know you won’t use often or even ever again). And set it aside for someone specific. You’re less likely to use it if you already have a specific person who you know this item is now “for”, and some of the money you just “lost” on this stupid impulse buy, you can get back when you “save” money come birthday or holiday season and you already have a gift for this person (meaning you don’t have to go out and buy one). Even better, just gift-wrap it right away - you’re less likely to try and use it if you have to undo that work of wrapping it, and you’ll viscerally “feel” more like you’re taking away someone’s gift if you use that unnecessary item (so you’re less likely to try). Keep a roll of holiday-neutral giftwrap on hand just for impulse buys. (Disclaimer: only do this if it is actually nice enough to give as a gift.)
  • Bonus: counter-intuitive as it sounds, use a credit card to buy this shit, but again, set an alarm for the return date. If you don’t return it, go through the motions of transferring or paying off that purchase’s amount from your checking account to your credit card. You go through the process of paying, but you’re not getting the emotional pay-off of “getting” something new (since you already have that item). Do that enough times, and you may start to feel that impulse less in the first place, as you start to build up the association of dissatisfaction with impulse purchases.

anonymous asked:

Naf, what are your favorite animes/mangas? Also, happy new year!! :)

Happy new year!! 

So I had an old list of my favorite anime/manga but it’s a bit outdated so I’m gonna make a new one. Yeah!

(this is a long as fuck post, apologies!)

Comics/Manga:

  • Otoyomegatari (eng: Bride’s Story): so I know this series is already pretty renowned but IT’S JUST SO GORGEOUS. The detail and research that goes into this series is so! frickin’! good!! The characters are subtle but full of personality, the humor is delivered in a very human way, the pacing is slow and gentle but full of interest, the story telling is refined. And the cultures are not demonized?? While there are “outsider” perspectives everyone works realistically within the confines of their societies and it’s really respectful. The age gap of the main couple (the groom is 12 and the bride is 20) has so much potential to be squicky but it’s healthy and not framed in any gross way. I love the way the series jumps to different areas and explores small arcs outside the main storyline, all staying within the theme of cultural marriages. Among these side stories, there is one with a majority dark-skinned cast, and the main characters are these carefree and fun-loving twin girls who are so much fun to read about! There’s also another story with a healthy polyamorous story that is, again, actually very accurate!! (Some people could argue it’s “platonic” but the way it’s executed really, really drips with romance lmao.) Highly suggest this series!!
  • Boku no Hero Academia (eng:My Hero Academy): I’ve completely fallen into the BnHA pit. I didn’t expect to like this series THIS MUCH but it is really, reeaaalllyyy damn good. I’ve never read a shounen series that had so much thought and good editing put into it. Like, it has incredible reread value! There’re a lot of small jokes (like single-panel but still very effective! jokes), unbelievable attention to detail, and it’s very obvious the characters were all worked out before the story was kicked off. The pacing is great, the momentum never feels sacrificed, yet there are still good chunks for breathing and emotional development. The characters are all very well-written even if they’re not “likeable,” you always have someone to root for, and the superpowers are refreshingly executed. The action is fucking FANTASTIC, and the story itself is intriguing with a lot of emotional impact without becoming hamfisted.
    There are still some issues with it, especially with the small amount of female characters and some unneeded romance undertones, but overall those criticisms do stay as “undertones” and probably weren’t done intentionally. A lot of the potential “fanservice scenes” are usually subverted in a hilarious way
  • Gakuen Babysitters (eng: School Babysitters): OOH BOY. This one’s a story about a high school with a daycare attached to it (mainly for the teachers’ kids). The main character is a high school student with a toddler-age younger brother, they’re new to this school and have to meet all the other kids… who are fucking adorable. All the toddlers at the daycare are really fleshed out, they all have set personalities and aren’t unrealistically angelic and some are bratty and most are CUTE AF, and they all have their moments to shine. Sometimes the characters border on caricatures or one-note jokes, but it works well for comedy and is generally kept fresh. There’re also some typical romance-y things but they’re totally glazed over in favor of the toddler-plots and YES A STORY WHERE KIDS AREN’T USED AS A PLOT DEVICE TO MAKE SOMEONE MORE ROMANTICALLY APPEALING AND seriously this series is SO CUTE you all should read it.
  • Bokura no Hentai (eng: Our Transformations): the “hentai” here is “transformations” not porn lmao. Anyway this series is about three kids who meet through an online “cross-dressing” community. The main character is actually a trans girl!! The other two mains are both cis, one gay one straight. The straight boy does say homo/transphobic things at the beginning but properly apologizes for his actions later. The series also deals with death in the family, mental illness and recovery, gender (obviously) as well as gender expectations and even addresses hypersexuality as a result of trauma. That being said, there is a heavy warning on this series for noncon situations and molestation. However it’s thankfully not treated in a romantic or rose-tinted way in the least. Some of the character growth is a little sudden (esp straight cis boy, I felt his turnaround was too fast and drastic) and some of the endgame couples (or implied couples) have some meh undertones, but overall a good story.
    The series is finished now and ended on a pretty good note, but the epilogue is incredibly sad. I suggest maybe not reading the very last chapter if you’re in a bad place mentally right now.
  • Kase-san: If you’re looking for feel-good wlw media, Kase-san is the shit. It’s sooo sugary and sweet, but still has good character growth and story development. It generally deals with real-world teenager stuff, but the couple is very healthy and progresses at a realistic but still romantic pace. Warnings for intense butterflies lmao this series is seriously so gentle and high-school romance-y in the best way. The biggest surprise is how the main girl grew on me so much? Like I have a huge pet peeve for cookie-cutter protagonists, but Yamada has so much personality and strengths! Even though the story is told from her perspective and generally follows her pining after the titular love interest, Kase, there are enough glimpses into Kase’s personality and motivations too (which helps to balance things out), and just Yamada herself is very vibrant and sweet! This series puts me in such a good mood
  • Tamen Di Gushi (eng: Their Story): Another good wlw series! I know this series is already pretty popular on Tumblr, but if anyone was still on the fence about it, I really think you should give it a shot. The romance is sweet and adorable but what really gets me is the HUMOR. The gags in this series are fucking out of this world, I can’t explain it well but the timing, expressions, and circumstances are SO FUNNY and the artist pulls it off so well!! I always look forward to the updates just because they’re so funny

Anime:

  • Idolm@ster: ugh don’t even talk to me about this one it’s a total guilty pleasure but all the characters and even the sides are GREAT (I love the faceless president lmao). It’s a story about a start-up idol agency, and how all the adults are working to help each of the girls become famous. It was originally a video game (with some questionable content) but the anime is REALLY GOOD and very endearing and each of the girls has a moment to shine and grow. The songs are cute and the dances and performances are so rewarding to see esp after all the characters go through, and UGH It’s all so adorable, esp 2nd season. I love this show.
    [A NOTE: don’t watch the movie. Just don’t. It’s awful. Bad production value, unnecessary drama, A USELESS SIDEPLOT ABOUT A GIRL LOSING WEIGHT it’s awful don’t do it.]
  • Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls: New cast of idols, new agency, very different pacing. The beginning 7 episodes are a little hard to get through, but after that first trudge, the quality skyrockets. I actually think there were some things I enjoyed more about CG than the original im@s– there’s a bigger focus on the actual work they do (like their idol theming), company politics, and a MUCH BETTER VILLAIN introduced in the second season. This series doesn’t focus as much on each individual character, but the ones that do get development really hit home strong.
  • Escaflowne: one of the first animes I ever watched when they were dubbing it in fox kids. I rewatched the subbed anime when I got older and I gotta say it’s really lasts the test of time. Aside from the geek factors (high fantasy!! tarot cards!! dragons! MAGIC MECHS!!) the story and characters are really great. The main character, Hitomi, is just such a strong baby who’s never outshined by the other characters. She goes through a lot and still is allowed to feel vulnerability, it never quite feels like she has to “prove” herself worthy of being a hero just “because she’s a girl” etc, she’s allowed to be strong and courageous while also weak and in need of help, very multi-layered! And that’s only the main girl HAHA don’t even get me started on the other characters.
    Some of the later story can be a little weird? There’s some weird real-world references and one of the characters has an interesting(?) gender issue. I don’t personally know how I feel about it but it’s worth having a mild precaution to anyone thinking of going into this series.

sylvestrium  asked:

youre a fucking idiot. beekeeping is what is keeping bees alive and the honey industry is what makes beekeeping happen. If people stopped eating honey bees would die out and so would all of your plant foods that require bees to pollinate them

Just before calling somebody else and idiot avoid repeating what everyone else is saying and do a bit of research. 

I started to make my own research after this ask went viral a couple of months ago. 

We’ve been tricked into believing that honey is simply a byproduct of the essential pollination provided by farmed honeybees. Did you know though that the honeybee’s wild counterparts (such as bumblebees, carpenter and digger bees) are much better pollinators? They are also less likely than farmed honeybees to be affected by mites and Africanized bees. The issue is that these native bees can hibernate for up to 11 months out of the year and do not live in large colonies. Thus, they do not produce massive amounts of honey for a  $157 million dollar a year industry.

Honey and the Different Types of Bees

Honey bees: Honey bees make a large quantity of honey (possible due to the size of colonies – that is, many worker bees collecting nectar). Honey consists of nectar combined with a ‘bee enzyme’ that goes through a process of concentration in the honeycomb before it is capped by the bees.

Bumblebees: Bumblebees, in one sense, make a form of honey, which they collect in nectar pots to be eaten by the colony, including the newly hatched worker females. However, the process of concentrating, capping, and the making of honey combs does not happen in bumblebee colonies, nor is nectar stored over winter, since only the queen survives and hibernates, whilst the rest of the colony do not.

Solitary bees: Solitary bees do not make honeycombs. They construct egg cells which they provision with a ball of nectar and pollen that will be consumed by the new larvae.

Honey bees will pollinate many plant species that are not native to their natural habitat but are often inefficient pollinators of such plants.

The crops that can be only pollinated by honey bees are:

• Guar Bean
• Quince
• Lemon
• Lime
• Karite
• Tamarind

The crops that are pollinated by bees, in general, are:

• Apples
• Mangos
• Rambutan
• Kiwi Fruit
• Plums
• Peaches
• Nectarines
• Guava
• Rose Hips
• Pomegranites
• Pears
• Black and Red Currants
• Alfalfa
• Okra
• Strawberries
• Onions
• Cashews
• Cactus
• Prickly Pear
• Apricots
• Allspice
• Avocados
• Passion Fruit
• Lima Beans
• Kidney Beans
• Adzuki Beans
• Green Beans
• Orchid Plants
• Custard Apples
• Cherries
• Celery
• Coffee
• Walnut
• Cotton
• Lychee
• Flax
• Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements
• Macadamia Nuts
• Sunflower Oil
• Goa beans
• Lemons
• Buckwheat
• Figs
• Fennel
• Limes
• Quince
• Carrots
• Persimmons
• Palm Oil
• Loquat
• Durian
• Cucumber
• Hazelnut
• Cantaloupe
• Tangelos
• Coriander
• Caraway
• Chestnut
• Watermelon
• Star Apples
• Coconut
• Tangerines
• Boysenberries
• Starfruit
• Brazil Nuts
• Beets
• Mustard Seed
• Rapeseed
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Cabbage
• Brussels Sprouts
• Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage)
• Turnips
• Congo Beans
• Sword beans
• Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers
• Papaya
• Safflower
• Sesame
• Eggplant
• Raspberries
• Elderberries
• Blackberries
• Clover
• Tamarind
• Cocoa
• Black Eyed Peas
• Vanilla
• Cranberries
• Tomatoes
• Grapes

Check this chart to see which type of bees can pollinate those crops.

While you may spread a heaping tablespoon of honey on your morning toast without thinking, creating each drop is no small feat. To make one pound of honey, a colony must visit over two million flowers, flying over 55,000 miles, at up to 15 miles per hour to do so. During a bee’s lifetime, she will only make approximately one teaspoon of honey, which is essential to the hive for times when nectar is scarce, such as during winter. At times, there may be an excess in the hive, but this amount is difficult to determine and large-scale beekeepers often remove all or most of it and replace it with a sugar or corn syrup substitute. Can you imagine someone removing all the fruit juice from your house and replacing it with fruit-flavored soda? It may still give you energy, but eventually it will probably make you sick.

Another thing to think about while you sit by your beeswax candle and contemplate the lives of these little fellows is that bees must consume approximately eight pounds of honey to produce each pound of wax! And the more we take from them (bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis) the harder these creatures must work and the more bees are needed, which isn’t good news for a population that is dwindling.

When you see a jar of honey, you may think of the sweet cartoon hives depicted in childhood stories such as Winnie the Pooh. But most hives are now confined to large boxes (a completely foreign shape to bees) that are jostled and shipped around the country to pollinate crops and produce honey. This is stressful and confusing to the bees’ natural navigation systems. Along the way, bees are lost and killed, and may spread diseases from one infected hive to another. The practice of bee farming often limits the bees’ diet to monoculture crops, introduces large amounts of pesticides into their systems and causes the farmed bees to crowd out the native wild pollinators that may have been otherwise present. Beekeepers (even small-scale backyard beekeepers) will also kill the queens if they feel the hive is in danger of swarming (fleeing their file cabinet shaped homes) or drones* that they deem unnecessary to honey production. * The drones’ main function is to fertilize the queen when needed.

We have got to the point where we mass exploit honeybees as pollinators to fix a problem that should be fixed from the roots and not partially.

“At certain times of the year, three or four trucks carrying beehives rumble along Highway 20 every week. Their destination: California, where the bees are required for pollination services. During my time in California researching dairy farms, I learned about an extraordinary consequence of intensive farming taken to extremes: industrialized pollination - a business that is rapidly expanding as the natural bee population collapses. In certain parts of the world, as a result of industrial farming, there are no longer enough bees to pollinate the crops. Farmers are forced to hire or rent them in”
— Farmagedon. The True Cost of Cheap Meat

The Case of the Disappearing Bees

The question of what will happen if bees disappear may not be far from being answered. Over the past couple of years, stories about bees disappearing and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) have been popping up in the The New York Times, Star Tribune, Huffington Post, PBS, Discovery News and more. If nothing else wakes us up, perhaps the fact that the disappearance of bees has become front page news will. Scientists are rushing to discover what’s causing this problem before it’s too late and before we lose the important environmental link created by bees.

Thus far, there are three main theories/contributing factors:

  • Pesticides

Pennsylvania State University published a study in 2010 that found “unprecedented levels” of pesticides in honeybees and hives in the United States. (If it’s in the bees and hives, what do you think is in your honey?) Some of these chemicals are killing bees, and guess what? The EPA knows about it.

“The EPA identifies two specific neonicotinoids, imidacloprid and clothianidin, as highly toxic to bees. Both chemicals cause symptoms in bees such as memory loss, navigation disruption, paralysis and death.

Both chemicals have been linked in dramatic honeybee deaths and subsequent suspensions of their use in France and Germany. Several European countries have already suspended them. Last year Slovenia and Italy also suspended their use for what they consider a significant risk to honeybee populations.”

– Mother Earth News

This is old news; this story came out in 2009. But has anything changed here? Not as far as I can tell.

  • Mites and Viruses

With weakened immune systems (stress, inferior food sources, pesticides etc.) bees have become more susceptible to viruses, fungal infections and mites. Many of these invasive bugs are spread as hives are moved around the country or transferred from country to country.

While there are a number of treatments on the market for the mites, viruses, funguses and other pests that are attacking our colonies, none have solved the problem completely. These treatments can also introduce antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals into the hives in an attempt to prevent or heal infection. If these chemicals (often on strips) are not removed from the hive after they lose potency, they can in fact help the viruses or mites become resistant to treatment in the future.

  • Cell phones

This is one of the newest theories on CCD and may need further testing.

“According to a Swiss researcher who recently published a paper on the subject, the electromagnetic waves from mobile phones have a significant impact on the behavior of honeybees and could potentially be harming honeybees around the world.”

“To test the relationship between honeybees and buzzing cell phones, he placed phones inside bee hives and then monitored the bees’ reaction. He found that in the presence of actively communicating cellphones (those not in standby mode), bees produced the sounds known as “worker piping,” which tends to indicate disturbance in a bee colony.”

– ABC News

Cell phones, pesticides and viruses aside, commercial bee farming – whether organic (where bee deaths are fewer, but still occur) or conventional – does not provide bees with the opportunity to live out their normal life cycle. No matter how small the animal, farming is farming. Whether you choose to buy backyard honey or a large brand, eating honey and using other bee products encourages using bees for profit.

If you truly want to save bees as a whole and not only honey bees because is much more convenient.. then support bee sanctuaries, boycott the agribusiness and its use of chemicals everywhere. Here I leave some ideas and ways to help bees.

  • Sanctuaries
  1. Spikenard Farm  Honeybee Sanctuary | • Virginia, USA •
  2. New York Bee Sanctuary | • New York, USA •
  3. Native Bee Sanctuary | • Australia •
  4. Artemis Smiles - Honey Bee Sanctuary | • Hawaii, USA •
  5. Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctuary | • Washington, USA •
  6. The Honeybee Helpers | • North West, Ireland •
  7. Bee Sanctuary - The Bee School | • North Carolina, USA •
  8. Bellingen Bee Sanctuary | • Australia •
  9. Morgan Freeman Converted His 124 Acre Ranch Into A Bee Sanctuary To Help Save The Bees
  • Plant your garden with bee friendly plants

In areas of the country where there are few agricultural crops, honeybees rely upon garden flowers to ensure they have a diverse diet and to provide nectar and pollen. Encourage honeybees to visit your garden by planting single flowering plants and vegetables. Go for all the allium family, all the mints, all beans except French beans and flowering herbs. Bees like daisy-shaped flowers - asters and sunflowers, also tall plants like hollyhocks, larkspur and foxgloves. Bees need a lot of pollen and trees are a good source of food. Willows and lime trees are exceptionally good.

  • Encourage local authorities to use bee friendly plants in public spaces

Some of the country’s best gardens and open spaces are managed by local authorities. Recently these authorities have recognised the value of planning gardens, roundabouts and other areas with flowers that attract bees. Encourage your authority to improve the area you live in by adventurous planting schemes. These can often be maintained by local residents if the authority feels they do not have sufficient resources.

  • Weeds can be a good thing

Contrary to popular belief, a lawn full of clover and dandelions is not just a good thing—it’s a great thing! A haven for honeybees (and other native pollinators too). Don’t be so nervous about letting your lawn live a little. Wildflowers, many of which we might classify as weeds, are some of the most important food sources for native North American bees. If some of these are “weeds” you chose to get rid of (say you want to pull out that blackberry bush that’s taking over), let it bloom first for the bees and then before it goes to seed, pull it out or trim it back!

  • Don’t use chemicals or pesticides to treat your lawn or garden

Yes, they make your lawn look pristine and pretty, but they’re actually doing the opposite to the life in your biosphere. The chemicals and pest treatments you put on your lawn and garden can cause damange to the honeybees systems. These treatments are especially damaging if applied while the flowers are in bloom as they will get into the pollen and nectar and be taken back to the bee hive where they also get into the honey—which in turn means they can get into us. Pesticides, specifically neo-nicotinoid varieties have been one of the major culprits in Colony Collapse Disorder.

  • Bees are thirsty. Put a small basin of fresh water outside your home

You may not have known this one—but it’s easy and it’s true! If you have a lot of bees starting to come to your new garden of native plants, wildflowers and flowering herbs, put a little water basin out (a bird bath with some stones in it for them to crawl on does a nice trick). They will appreciate it!

  • Let dandelions and clover grow in your yard.

Dandelions and clover are two of the bees’ favorite foods – they provide tons of nourishment and pollen for our pollinators to make honey and to feed their young (look at this bee frolicking in a dandelion below – like a pig in shit!) And these flowers could not be any easier to grow – all you have to do is not do anything.


I highly recommend also taking a look at this article too as honey is tested on animals, yes, as it says and the article explains honey is tested on dogs, cats, goats, rabbits, mice, rats…

As you can see, there is much more than saying “let’s help the bees by eating honey, vegans are dumb, they need to eat honey because what they eat relies on it”... We can save the bees without taking away the honey they produce, that’s a fact.

Honey is meant as a health food; a healthy food for bees. The more we interfere with their natural processes, both by relying on farmed bees as pollinators (rather than other native wild bees, insects or animals) and to feed our desires for “sweets,” the close we’re coming to agricultural disaster. 

Sources

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3. Pollination and Bee Plants, Excerpted from Beekeeper’s Handbook, Sammataro/Avitabile ©1998.
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6. Yang, Sarah (25 October 2006). “Pollinators help one-third of world’s crop production, says new study”. UC Berkeley. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

You Can Bring Me Back to Life

Summary: Dan, an unhappy columnist, and Phil, a struggling cartoonist, are strangers on the same flight when their plane is grounded indefinitely in New York City. While going through his luggage, Dan realizes that he lost a ring given to him by his grandmother and Phil offers to help find it.

A/N: First and foremost, thank you so much to my amazing co-writer phansdick. It was an honor to work with/get to know you even more than I already did, and you’re not only extraordinarily talented but a fantastic writer as well. Thank you to constellationspng, you’ve been an amazing beta and it was an immense pleasure to work with you.I owe a massive thank you to bubblebuttbarakat for stepping in at the last minute and creating some of the best fan art I’ve ever seen. Thanks to you all this was the best first PBB I could’ve asked for.

Word Count: 16,046

Warnings: depression, cussing, mentions of minor character death

Song Creds: Dead Inside by Muse

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LINK TO PART ONE

phansdick writes Dan’s POV

whalefairyfandom12 writes Phil’s POV


Part Two 

Dan wouldn’t admit it, but having Phil with him, trying to look for his ring with him, was actually extremely comforting. It made his anxiety go down slightly whenever Phil would say that everything was going to be okay.

He didn’t know what he would have done if he hadn’t had Phil here with him, in all honestly. He probably already would have been laying face flat on the ground whilst sobbing violently. So having someone there with him made him feel slightly better. Not to mention that Phil was the type of person that made him want to write stories about the colour of his eyes or the smoothness of his skin whenever they brushed hands.

He almost told Phil his thoughts, but stopped when he realized how embarrassing that would be.

So instead, he just settled with, “I suddenly got in the mood to write.”

He saw Phil glance over to him, a small smile on his face. They were currently browsing one of the small gift shops, trying to pass time while also asking around about a ring. No luck so far. “Well why don’t you then?”

Dan shrugged, pursing his lips as he picked up a candy bar with the name, ‘Whatchamacallit’. Beside it also sat a 'Thingamajig’. America is strange, Dan decides. “I left my laptop with information, remember?”

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UNDER HYPED: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Smashbox is my favourite brand when it comes to primers, they’ve got everything from colour correcting to oily controlling and line reducing versions  and even one for the under eye area. An under-eye primer may seem like just “another” product to buy and another unnecessary product to add into your beauty routine, but the results are oh so worth it. Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer has been a favourite product of mine for many years now and it really doesn’t get enough hype or recognition. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup (or someone who wears a lot) has severe dark circles or just a little discoloration underneath the eyes this product works a full on treat and is well worth the price. It’s super hydrating, but thanks to the silicone like texture it doesn’t cause concealer to crease, in fact it actually helps improve its staying power so you don’t have to worry about your concealer slipping around all over the place. It’s also packed with light reflecting pigments and has a peachy pink base to it, meaning that it helps counteract darkness and blue tones in the skin which in turn makes dark circles appear less obvious and reduces the need for a large amount of concealer. All in all I love this product. If you’re someone with severe dark circles or has problems with concealer creasing it’s definitely worth checking this product out. It’s also great for wearing alone on no-makeup days and for mixing in with concealer to make it more blendable.

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THE MODERN GIRL’S GUIDE TO BEING AN ALL NATURAL BAD-ASS.

Hi there. I’m Lily. I’m 32 years old. Since I’m about to download a whole boatload of info about how I live into your mindspace, I thought you might like to know a little more about me than, say, what you might glean from the average green juice recipe on K&C. Ready? Set? Here goes!

Though I’m currently a city dweller, my natural habitat is most definitely in the wilds of apple orchards, as pictured above (or the Pacific Ocean, or the redwood forest, or…you get the idea). At heart, I’m a big, giant, plant lover. I learned, from the time I was a wee thang, that plants are our allies.

Today’s guide is a result of the glut of questions I regularly receive about living an all natural lifestyle: Questions about the products I use, my daily habits, and my approach to living what I aim to call a balanced life.

The truth is, I live as simply as I possibly can, and I eliminate as many complex, unpronounceable, unnecessary, and unhealthy products, ingredients, thoughts, and relationships from my life as I can.

Here are some of the principles that make my world go round.

Read more and get the full guide here.

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Background Action!: A Guide to Handling BG on Indie Films

Extras. BG. Background artists. Background actors. Atmosphere. Props with pulses. However way you want to call them (I don’t suggest using the last one openly), you’re undoubtedly going to work with them if you plan to AD anything.

On big union shows, there’s specific systems in place that help keep the background effectively moving around from casting all the way through action. Usually there’s a small army of PAs and casting folks who make sure these folks have everything they need to be the perfect dead body in the background of a zombie film. And these folks are usually paid pretty well for their time and documented fully.

This is vastly different for indie/non-union films. The paperwork usually boils down to photo/video releases and a PA is forced to sometimes check on them throughout the day and occasionally herd them to set. This usually results in having extras who are not experienced, unprepared, and annoyed at the process.

We can be better at handling the extras on an indie set. Just because they’re usually unpaid does not mean they are not equally important. A crazy bar scene on an indie needs just as atmosphere as a union show. In the immortal words of an A-list actor I worked with a couple years ago, “Just because we’re low budget does not mean we need to be fucking amateurs.”

So just because we’re not giving our extras vouchers and start work from the accounting department, does not mean we should not handle them as if they were on a union set. Treating the background as professionals, unpaid or not, only helps your production across the board.

Firstly, you should budget someone to be the extras casting coordinator. Even on small budgets, I’ve seen this properly executed. You should NEVER rely on your ADs to do extras casting. Ever. Never ever ever ever ever. One more time: DON’T MAKE YOUR ADs DO EXTRAS CASTING. Your 2nd may be sitting in an office all day but they really are focused on a bizillion things to make sure the next few days of filming are smooth. Do you really want them diverting their attention away from this? Hire someone to be the extras liason. This helps so much. Not only can they make sure you have the right type of BG for each scene, but they can also help wrangle on set (and be a PA or additional AD when there’s no BG on set that day!) Extras Coordinators also make sure they cast BG that are AVAILABLE for the full day and also emphasize how important it is to be on time and remain there until released. It’s a common problem to have unpaid BG try to leave early and not bring up other commitments before filming. A coordinator can help filter out these people or alert production if anyone is leaving early ahead of time.

Once you have an extras casting person, the director should be sitting down with them or the 1st AD to go through each scene that requires BG. The director should be as specific as possible as what they are looking for in terms of BG. AND THIS SHOULD HAPPEN EARLY IN PRE-PRO. Especially if a specific wardrobe/hair/makeup/props/SPFX situation is needed for the BG. You will want each respective department head to know if they need to prepare for extras. BG like cops, paramedics, etc. all have specific looks that wardrobe and props will have to prepare for. Makeup and hair will often take a look at the BG on the day and do a touch up if needed before the BG is called to set. In regards to wardrobe, if the extras require special costumes, the BG will need to be cast early on so they can be scheduled for fittings with wardrobe before the day of filming.

Yes, even on an indie is this important. You cannot expect extras to come in on the day and be fully prepared. This all needs to be figured out well in advance. You’d be terrified to know how many indies neglect this part of pre-pro and have 100 extras show up with mismatched uniforms on the day and no way to make it work. This happens a lot and all it takes is a little foresight to avoid.

If BG is asked by wardrobe to bring clothing options, then it’s a little bit easier to handle them, but they still should go through proper casting and prep. I will never forget the day we had a party of 20-somethings in the script and production brought in a group of underage 17 year olds. We made it work, but it caused an unnecessary stress on production on a day when we already had a lot going on. Simply put: the BG needs to be just as important during pre-pro as casting your 1st team.

So you have your extras cast and prepared for the scenes they will be in. Now what do you do? You figure out the logistics of extras. This is something you may want to talk to production about hiring additionals for. Most indies will balk at the idea of hiring more crew unless it’s presented as a dayplayer situation. “They will help take care of things that we will not be able to give our attention to fully” usually does the trick in getting producers to bring on extra help. If the rate’s shit (which it usually is), you can ask them to offer additional AD credit if the person is seeking that line of work.

If you are bringing in additionals to help with BG on big BG days, then you will work with them in pre-pro to make sure there is a holding area, snacks, water, and bathrooms for your BG. YES, EVEN ON AN INDIE. It’s possible, I know it is because we’ve done it. This is where having your extras casting coordinator is super important. They can play 2nd 2nd and arrange for these things while also advising your additionals. It is important that any scene with more than 5 BG has a separate space for the BG including their own mini-crafty and lunch, waters, and if possible, their own bathroom situation. If your show has a locations department, this can be easily arranged between extras casting, additionals, and locations. And you can just check in to confirm. If there’s no locations, you should check in with your producers to make sure these things are being thought of.

The worst thing you can do is have 45 extras arrive on the day of filming and absolutely no place to put them. It’s even worse when they are required to have a wardrobe change or makeup/hair done. These details need to be worked out ahead of time. When your extras arrive that day, there should be signs up directing them to a holding area (even if it’s just a tent with tables and chairs). There should be signs for bathrooms and a plan worked out on how they will get through wardrobe, hair, and makeup if need be. Sometimes the vanities departments will have additionals themselves that come to the extras holding and provide their services there. Sometimes, you will need to have whoever is wrangling extras take the BG to where ever your vanities are staged and oversee the BG going through the works.Whatever your plan, it needs to be thought of, checked, and double checked and confirmed with all who need to be involved BEFORE the day of filming.

You don’t need a boatload of money to make sure these things happen. It’s all in the planning. If you can’t afford to take care of BG, there shouldn’t be scenes with BG, period. Even if you’re holding 15 BG in a backyard with a pop up tent and giving them costco snacks, you still have to have a plan. Unpaid BG will respond better to an efficient low budget than to a disorganized bigger budget.

When BG arrived, someone should be checking them in individually to make sure everyone who was cast has arrived promptly. The extras coordinator should send the ADs a sheet of BG names which shows what their call time is, what type of BG they are portraying, and if they’re being paid, what their rate is. This is referred to as “skins” and is super helpful when the extras arrive at holding. The coordinator should also make sure the extras PA has a contact list of all who were cast as BG in case they are running late. The extras PA will have releases, the skins, and some sort of contract/voucher paperwork if the extras are being paid. The PA should know how these things are filled out ahead of time and help assist each extra with the paperwork. This helps with credits, head count for the scene and for catering/crafty, and if paid, helps with accounting and making sure the extras get their check. In the end, whatever space ends up being extras holding, there should be a sign in area right near the door containing envelopes with ample printed out releases and contracts, lots of pens, clipboards, paper clips, and anything else that you deem necessary for the PA to have.

Wrangling BG doesn’t have to be complicated either. If there’s a lot of them, you can make a chart of where each person sits/stands/acts for the scene. You can make a list of people who are simply “crossers” (bodies that cross in front of the camera or behind the actors), featured extras (folks who will be in the scene prominently, or interact with the principals without speaking), and specific clusters of BG such as “cops”, “dancers”, “zombies”, etc. Having this stuff written down and listed out ahead of time helps out significantly and allows your 2nd or 2nd 2nd (if you’re lucky enough to have one on an indie!) to place BG while allowing you as the 1st to take care of your normal duties. Keeping a PA with BG is also essential as the 2nd or 2nd 2nd can call for them over walkie and the PA can walk the BG to the set and help place them. Your PA can also look after BG when they are not on set, making sure there is ample crafty, water, and that BG are not getting lost or going missing when they are needed.

If you have a 2nd 2nd, they will be the ones giving the BG their directions and arranging the BG. They will work with you and the DP to make sure the BG looks good on the frame. They will make sure the BG do not look directly at camera, or talk during the scene (remember… PANTOMIME!). Your extras PA will make sure unused BG remain quiet and out of the way if they are on the set, or walk them back to holding. Your PA will also help to warm up the BG and give them a 5-10 minute warning before going to set. This allows the BG time to go to the bathroom, finish up snacks and cigarettes, and do any makeup and hair touches if needed.

If you are without a 2nd 2nd, either you or your 2nd will be in charge of overseeing the BG while they are on set, and calling for the right BG for a shot when the extras are in holding. This is a pain in the ass, but it’s totally doable and this is also a great time to have your extras coordinator on set to help if they’re not needed to cast more BG for future scenes. Whatever the situation is, you can easily (and without spending more money) come up with a proper plan to oversee them.

A good bit of advice is to wrap out groups of BG as soon as possible. They also have a turnaround and if they’re needed back the next day, you will want to treat them like your first team actors. They need to drive home, sleep, see their families, etc. Especially if they’re unpaid! Kill em with kindness and appreciate the fact that they are spending time on the set without the promise of a paycheck. That’s a very difficult thing to ask for so BE GRATEFUL! It’s not always possible to send them home as soon as the angle’s done, but if you can, DO! It helps not only with BG morale, but also keeps costs down (extras LOVE free crafty). When BG are released for the day, make note of each BG’s out time. Even if it’s not absolutely necessary for accounting or the PRs in your case, this is a great habit to get into because it IS necessary for union shows. Your PA can sign out each extra like they signed them in and create a chart of what time each extra left location for the day.

In terms of scheduling BG, you as the 1st should try to not put big extras days on the same days as other big scenes that don’t include extras. Schedule extras scenes together if there are multiple scenes with BG on one set. Wrangling BG takes time and placing them can be a much longer than anticipated process. You will want to account for the extra time it takes to herd more bodies around and give them the attention they deserve. You will also want to be as specific as possible when setting call times for the BG. Be realistic. Don’t call them in too early, especially if they’re not paid. BG will get grumpy if they’re sitting around for too long (and who can blame them?). And even if they are paid, they’re often rated for a certain amount of hours before going into overtime, so realistic call times affect your budget as well as your BG’s morale.

At the end of the day, indie or union, we all recognize the importance of solidly placed and coordinated atmosphere to fleshing out the film. DPs love having the action on their frame and directors love the energy BG brings to the scene, so don’t treat them like subhumans. Take care of your BG, paid or unpaid, and they will in turn take care of you.

anonymous asked:

i get what this blog is trying to do but i feel like a lot of it is unnecessary bitching about products that are designed a certain way because SOME WOMEN LIKE THEM. i saw those gorgeous floral headphones and wanted them so badly; does that mean that i don't stand up for women? i don't want this sort of blog to encourage companies to NOT put flowers and pink on stuff because personally flowers and pink are my favorite things ever.

and furthermore if women don’t want to buy the flowery pink stuff, no one is making them??? can’t they just buy the “guy” one instead then?? i feel like this blog is just for SJWs who are trying to make everything a statement when in reality there is literally nothing to bitch about. 

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In the headphones post it was not the flowers and pink that were the primary problem. It was the advertising that went along with them, the appeal to become sexier and gain self-esteem by buying feminine coded products.

We have stated many times, pink and flowers are not the problem! The problem is that the pink and floral designs are inherently coded as feminine (and also usually placed on an inferior version of the base product) and then marketed with sexist, gender binary reinforcing slogans and imagery. Women can buy the “guy” versions if they want, but what about men and non-binary people who like pastel colors and cute things? Things “for men” aren’t looked down upon, but things “for women” are considered embarrassing for a man to enjoy. Just look at the way people talk about “chick flicks” or book series popular with women. 

And do you know who often doesn’t get the choice between the “girl” and “guy” versions? Children. Many parents are overly concerned with making sure their child only consumes products that are coded for the child’s assigned gender. I could tell you about growing up with dysphoria and how much that sucks but cis children get screwed over by this false binary as well. Girl’s products tell them they can be princesses, shoppers, or domestic workers. Boy’s products tell them they can be anything, preferably something violent, as long as it isn’t “girly”.

-Graq