July 2016

Do you want a new name and ID? This Micronation May Help

Sealand Map

Do you want a new name and and ID? This micronation may help you out with that.

The Principality Of Sealand is an unrecognised micronation located in the North Sea just off the coast of Suffolk, England, UK.

Ellie finally became the Lady Eleanor Of Sealand. Yay! Thanks Sealand!

The Principality, per se, is actually a sunken barge built by the Royal Navy that served as an anti-aircraft facility during World War II. While the settlers (Ten, most of whom actually live in England) Claim that the principality is a sovereign state, the United Nations states that artificial islands, installations and structures do not possess the status of islands. This, however, doesn’t seem to stop them from selling nobility titles on the internet.

The Faux-Principality lies within English waters and is subject of English law, but if you don’t want a new deed poll certificate or you don’t want to spend spend more than £100.000 (132.000 USD) on a nobility title, you can become the new Lady of Sealand, for less than thirty quid.

12 Great Outfit Ideas for Leggings

Here are some great combinations to try out with the leggings you already have in your wardrobe. Enjoy 🙂















Safe and Natural Bug Repellent Recipe

~ Tadpole

We’re always hearing about how many chemicals there are in every day products and that we should be avoiding them. What we might hear less about, is how to actually get these more natural products easily, affordably, and how to make simple and effective ones at home.

There are plenty of places to buy  overpriced natural products online, but what if you want to make your own? Where do you get the oils? How do we know which ones are the right ones?

Essential oils have been proven to be just as effective, and sometimes more effective than their chemical rivals.
In my case, with severe allergies and chemical sensitivities, most commercial brands aren’t an option whether or not they work.
I’ve been using essential oils my whole life, before they were popular or even common.
Thankfully plant essences have become commonplace and much easier to find in recent years.

Extremely cheap or imported oils of questionable origin are still a bit of a problem. You don’t want to see “scented oil” or “perfume oil” on the label. We’re looking for “pure essential oil” “organic oil” and “100% oils”.
Anything else could be unsafe, chemical based or mixed with other oils or chemicals. As a rule, if the ingredients aren’t listed, you don’t want it. I generally go with the idea that if you don’t want to ingest it, you don’t put it on your skin either. Everything we touch absorbs into the blood stream, so we have to keep it as clean and pure of a product as possible.

In this post I’d like to show you how to make an effective insect repellent, using affordable, easily obtainable essential oils.  The brand isn’t all that important as long as it’s a quality oil. I get most of my natural products from SwansonVitamins They have a great selection of oils, they’re affordable, and the company is above all accountable and reliable. You can get $5 off your first order by going through my link. It’s a lot easier than trying to find the oils locally for me and the prices can’t be beaten. I’ve also had good luck with the oils from PipingRock,

This simple insect repellent is made using any of these oils: Cedar, Citronella, Mint, Tea Tree, Catnip, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass oil, in a carrier of Sweet almond oil, or coconut oil. In a pinch you can even use a light olive oil.

Each oil works on it’s own but has more power as a combined team.
You can use them all together or choose your favorites.
Unlike the chemical repellents, these ones actually smell good, and can help improve your breathing.

First thing, get a roller-ball bottle or any little container that you want to use to store your repellent in.
As a precaution, please know that Tea Tree Oil does eat away at rubber droppers and plastic. If using Tea Tree Oil, you must use only glass. The rest are ok to use with droppers and plastic rollers.

The simplest blend to start with would be Cedar and Citronella.
Take the Cedar oil, and put about 25 drops of oil into the container, add an equal amount of Citronella oil. Now you have a concentrated oil that can be used as is, but can cause issues with sensitivity on the skin. To fix that, all you need to do is add the carrier oil, Choose from Sweet almond oil, coconut oil, or a light olive oil.  You could use grape-seed oil or other cosmetic oils but we’re supposed to be keeping this simple!

Just add about a tablespoon of carrier oil to the bottle, to make a potent anti-bug-serum. Mix it up and you have your finished product. If you find that the scent is too strong, or not strong enough, you can add more essential oil or more carrier oil until it suits your needs.

Be sure to label it so you know what it is, and experiment with more blends.

Catnip oil is a great repellent for mosquitoes particularly. I find the Mint and Cedar to be very useful for black flies. When adding Tea Tree Oil, it’s stronger than the rest, so just a few drops will usually be enough.

If you try the recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments.


Desiderata (Desired Things) A Poem about Life

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Written by Max Ehrmann in 1927 (Public Domain)


Transgender Teenage Girl tells us what is it like to come out as Trans in India


Nania is a 17-year-old transgender woman from India. India is considered to be a very homophobic and transphobic country. Coming out of the closet in a country where transgender women are often treated like a second-class citizen is a painful and difficult experience.

Despite her mother supporting her decision to transition, she still has to deal with obstacles of transitioning in a developing country on a daily basis. We learn, through her videos, what is it like to live in a country with a culture that is often transphobic, and where opportunities are denied to women simply for being women. Let alone trans.

Men Are Scared Of Intelligent Women, Study Finds

Who knew masculinity could be so fragile?

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Studies by the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and the University of Texas, showed that men felt diminished feelings of masculinity  and decreased attraction towards women who outperformed them.

For the study, 105 men were first read a hypothetical scenario involving a woman who either outperformed or underperformed them in a Maths or English course and then made to imagine them as a romantic partner.

Women who outscored them were marked as most desirable partners, stating that men formed favourable impressions and showed greater interest in women who displayed more intelligence than themselves.

However, when men were asked if they would date said women in real life, the men backtracked. They distanced from them, and the tendency was to mark them as less attractive, as well as showing less desire to contact them or invite them out on a date.

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Source: Independent / Telegraph

6 Things Every Low-key Transgender Woman Can Relate To

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Hannah Winterbourne. Transgender Officer in the British Army (Follow her on Twitter @hannahw253)

A lot of us opt for a quiet life, away from the spotlight and the prying eyes. Some people are actually surprised to find out that we are, in fact, transgender.

1: Really? Are you? But you don’t look transgender.

Haha! This one always makes me laugh, and even though I feel a little bad admitting this, it’s quite validating actually! I’m a low-key trans girl, I just want to blend in, get coffee, walk my dog or go about my daily life. I don’t care about being looked at any more than the average lady does.

2: So: Did you get a sex change?

I presume you mean what set of genitals do I have? That’s none of your bloody business.

3: While lots of transgender girls can’t wait to get home to put on a bra, I can’t wait to get home to ditch it.

Haha! If I could actually get away by staying in my pajamas all day I would. Truth is, to me, being a low-key trans girl, my gender is more of an internal thing. Sure enough, I care about fashion just like any other girl does, but I seldom go over the top with it. Shopping for super deals on ebay is my passion!

4: The thought of clubbing and partying the night away makes me feel drained.

There’s no party like my low-key trans girls party. Because such party never happened in the first place!

Face it. I’m a chill lady. I would rather go out for coffee with a few friends instead. This is why it’s perfectly acceptable for anyone else to stay home on Friday night reading an essay on women rights in Africa! Do what youw want! It doesn’t matter if you didn’t even brush your hair today. You do you!  You’re a beautiful, interesting mind and that is all that matters. Plus, there’s nothing like sushi and a good drink in the comfort of your home, away from the noise and the messy drunk people.

5: Friends and Relatives say: I would have no problem with someone like you using the female restroom. You aren’t like them.

Dear friends, I know you’re just trying to say something nice, but it doesn’t make me feel better when you insult other people in order to compliment me. Plus: Like whom? Who determines who is feminine enough to use a public restroom?

6: Some people often share their sexual fantasies and fetishes with you as you begin to roll eyes hard.

I’m first a woman, and a decent one at that. I don’t care about your sexual fantasies bro. Why are you sharing all this personal information with me? I won’t send you nudes. Perhaps you want to meet some crossdressers instead? Whoever it is, I am not your lady. Trust me.

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Some Inspiring Quotes to Calm You Down When You are Feeling Angry

These are some of my favourite quotes for when I’m not feeling very well. I hope you enjoy them too 🙂


Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.


Anger is only one letter short of danger – Unknown


Don’t hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love – Leo Buscaglia


Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha


Happiness cannot come from hatred or anger. Nobody can say, ‘Today I am happy because this morning I was angry.’ On the contrary, people feel uneasy and sad and say, ‘Today I am not very happy, because I lost my temper this morning.



Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. – Marcus Antonius


Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.


If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. – Chinese Proverb


A man is about as big as the things that make him angry. – Sir Winston Churchill


You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. – Joyce Meyer


it’s a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient. – Daniel Kahneman.


I am fascinated by what is beautiful, strong, healthy, what is living. I seek harmony. – Leni Riefenstahl.



Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.  – Jenn Proske.