Sunday, May 31, 2020

🎨 6 Incredible Artists You Need to Know About 🎨

Freelance artists are people who are commissioned to create a specific piece or series of pieces for clients. They can be graphic artists, sculpture artists, painters, etc and are typically self-employed. Personally, I feel that too often freelancers get overlooked because they can be hard to find. In an effort to create more awareness for freelance artists (and small artists in general) here is a short list of super cool and amazing artists that I know of. Feel free to commission them and check out their sites. Even an Insta follow would help. So without further ado here are 6 Incredible Artists you Need to Know About. 


(Photo Credit: @artbyjmalone on Instagram)

  • Jamie Malone
    • Jamie Malone is an artist based out of central Iowa. They are a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Bio/Pre-Medical Illustration. You can commission them for prints, paintings, graphic design, and illustrations. They are heavily inspired by celestial bodies, music, black creatives, and the natural word. They wish to educate and celebrate with their creations, and provide clients with art they can cherish for lifetimes.
    • Site - https://www.thegoldhollow.com/
    • Insta @artbyjmalone
    • Twitter @warmlux

These 8.5 x 5.5 prints are available at Jamie's website (thegoldhollow.com) Proceeds are currently going to the bail funds of Des Moines Protesters who were arrested during the George Floyd / Black Lives Matters Protests. 

  • Jordan Jorgenson
    • Is also an artist based out of Iowa. They do watercolor paintings, drawings, poster designs etc. 
    • Insta @jorjorgenson

(Photo Credit: @jorjorgenson on Instagram)

    • Summer Mursum
      • Summer is an artist out of Iowa. They do drawings, paintings, and makeup. 
      • Their coloring book! - Little Village 
      • Insta @Mersum_ 

    (Photo Credit: @mersum_ on Instagram)
    • Sabrina Brugmann
      • Sabrina Brugmann is an Argentinian artist who creates empowering illustrations. In her own words from her website. "Hi, my name is Sabrina Brugmann also known as Sasa Elebea. ​I’m an Argentinean illustrator and tattoo artist, living in Tel Aviv. My work consists on writing empowering quotes on illustrations of women and feminine objects. I look forward to sharing a positive message on my Instagram to keep people inspired and motivated. I believe that a positive way of thinking, and living a mindful life can make a huge impact on the mood. On my designs, I share that experience with all the ones that are looking for this feeling.​"
      • Site - www.elebea.com/
      • Insta @sasa_elebea
      • Facebook Page - @hi.elebea
      • Twitter - @elebea
      • Tumblr - @elebea
      • Pinterest - @sasaelebea

    (Photo Credit: @sasa_elebea on Instagram)


    • Kat R. 
      • Nola is a multimedia artist who studied the intersection of science and art, and is starting to work toward her Master's in Medical Illustration. with this degree, she plans to specialize in creating works of art that bridge the gap in knowledge and reduce malpractice in the medical field, including medical treatment for women of color and Black women, LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual education, and entertainment media that brings life to the voices of systemically ignored groups of people. While her works in fine art now are mostly focused on the human figure, sensuality, and feminine expression, her main passion lies within science, and expressing its use for progress. She recently began transforming thrifted and factory closeout clothing into wearable works of art using a different medium - bleach. Her mission with the bleached products is to use clothing that's secondhand and saving them from a land fill or burn pile - which is a reality for nearly every company in fast fashion - and bring awareness to the environmental impacts of such trades. Someone who feels compelled to have a foot in every door, she's made works in digital art, animation, painting, drawing, graphic design, clothing design, sewing, and photography. She can be commissioned to do most of these mediums, and has specialized in custom ethereal nude paintings, pet portraits, and animated character re-draws.
      • Etsy shop: @KRArtKat
      •  Twitter: @imabigboy69
      • Insta: @nolakats
      • Patreon: @nolakat
      • Ko-fi: @krartkat
    (Photo Credit: @nolakats on Instagram, these shirts are available at Kat's Etsy shop linked above)


    (Photo Credit: @alexisrakun on Instagram)

    💛 Find me on Social Media 💛



    Pinterest:@katie_mccarv



    Pin this article on Pinterest!!
    SHARE:

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    ♐️ Sun Series: Sagittarius ♐️


    Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Sagittarius part go ahead.

    Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

    So let's get into some astrology shall we?

    First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

    Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

    A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

    Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

    You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

    Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego

    NOTE: You are a Sagittarius Sun sign if you are born between November 23rd and December 21st although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.


    ♐️Sun Series: Sagittarius ♐️

    Sagittarius is the 9th sign in the zodiac wheel. Its symbol is the Archer. It is a fire sign, the other fire signs being Aries and Leo.

    Sagittarius are really fun people to be around. They are very positive. Sagittarius just live in their own happy little world. They are ruled by Jupiter so they are very lucky people who go through life easily. Jupiter is the planet of luck, good fortune and exploration (academically, physically and spiritually). Sagittarians are very confident - almost too much so. This can be an annoying trait at times, but Sagittarians just know their worth. Many of them end up becoming celebrities.

    They know that they are smart, witty, and beautiful. They can come across as thinking that they’re better than other people. Not every Sagittarius is like this obviously, although some really show this trait (think DJ Khaled). Confidence like that isn’t always a bad trait. People wish they could have the confidence of a Sagittarius.

    Sagittarians are born to succeed. They are good at everything. They know how to put in work, how to work towards a goal, and they’re confident in their ability to reach these goals. They know they’re gonna get there. When a Sagittarius doesn’t have their eyes set on some goal they can feel very lost.

    They like to feel happy and like to make others feel happy. They’re the most optimistic sign by far, they always see the glass half full. They are the type of friend who will always be there to encourage you. They are always aware of the positives. They could be a motivational speaker because they’re so good at encouraging people.

    They are very very nice people. (The nicest in my opinion). They just don’t have a mean bone in their body. Sagittarius offers so much to other people. They are very generous and loving. They’re not the type of person to do a favor for you and then expect something nice in return. They’re just happy to do things for people.

    They are very kind-hearted but they don’t have time for negative people. They are very aware of who sucks the energy out of a room and they do not give any of their energy to these people.

    They are easy going and very very honest. Almost to their detriment. This is something they need to learn to reel in a bit. They can be a gossip sometimes and when they don’t like someone they can be a little too honest and mean. They can be vain and insult someone based on their appearance or intelligence. They really don't like unintelligent or uninformed people.

    They are very outspoken, they’re not afraid to say how they feel. They don’t hold back. They are very expressive and want to let it all out.

    They want the best of the best and they’re not going to be devalued in any way. They know that they are worth more. Sometimes they can come across as pretty preachy. Every fire sign has an inter competitiveness and wants to be better than you in some way. A Sagittarias might do this but in a passive-aggressive sort of way. Like dropping comments while an Aries would be very in your face about it.

    When it comes to their love life and social life they are very outgoing and flirty. A lot of them go through relationships pretty fast. They’re the type to have multiple partners throughout life. They’re just meant to explore and discover new things. Sagittarius in particular don’t like feeling contained and have a hard time committing to just one person. This doesn’t mean that a Sagittarius will never marry, it’s just not something high on their to-do list. They like being single and they like their freedom.

    They enjoy talking to people and sharing ideas. They are very social people. They are also the sign of higher learning and tend to be very smart. They love learning new things. They can go deep with you and analyze the world with you. They are wise beyond their years.

    They like to enjoy life and can be a little materialistic. Whatever they’re into they want the best. They can be a little vain in that they really care about their appearance. They present themselves really well.

    They are extremely adventurous people. They love to travel. They really have a strong need to travel. They are very active, usually hiking, playing sports, etc. They’re exciting and they know how to take a risk. They have to be in control of what they do. They like to have an open schedule and have a hard time committing to things.

    They do not like to be bored. They have to switch it up all the time. They want to explore the world. Sagittarius cannot be kept in a cage. A Sagittarius that’s being held back or held down by one thing or another will never be happy. They do not have strong opinions.

    They hate rules, they hate authority, they don’t like people who take life too seriously. They just wanna have fun and are all about risks. They can be a bit reckless with money. Their philosophy is that they could die tomorrow so I might as well spend what I got. They like to treat themselves and like to treat others.

    They are very independent. They don’t like routines and they don’t like doing things the normal comfortable way. They avoid serious discussions and don’t deal with their emotions. They don’t like letting their emotions show.

    Every sign brings certain traits to the world. Sagittarius brings their easy-going, light hearted nature.
     
    Keywords: lucky, nice, good-hearted, helpful, generous, encouraging, easy-going, travel, kind, loving, self-centered



    SHARE:

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    🌿 The Cannabis Conspiracy 🌿


    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or blacks, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

                                                                                                      ~ John Ehrlichman 

    Ehrlichman worked for the Nixon campaign and white house. He was directly involved with watergate. 
    (Photo Credit: jezebel.com)

    Cannabis originated in Asia and has been cultivated and used by humans for at least 12,000 years. When Europeans first came to America their sales were made of hemp fiber. “It was so fundamental to America’s foundations that its image was printed on money.” The Vikings and medieval German civilizations used weed to relieve pain during childbirth. The idea that weed is an “evil drug” is a very recent construction and the fact that this plant is illegal is a historical anomaly.

    The US has a long history of criminalizing cannabis. It's been used as a tool for both mass incarceration as well as for its medical benefits; such as to fight the side effects of cancer chemotherapy.

    “Cannabis sativa, known as marijuana, has psychoactive properties. The other plant is Cannabis sativa L. (The L was included in the name in honor of the botanist Carl Linnaeus.) This subspecies is known as hemp; it is a non psychoactive form of cannabis, and is incredibly versatile and extremely useful. It can be used for a wide variety of products including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. CBD oil especially has recently become extremely popular. You might have seen it at your local health food store. It’s in lotions, lattés, etc. But what is CBD oil?

    CBD is cannabidiol and it’s essentially oil taken from the cannabis plant with the THC removed. THC is what gets you high, CBD is what makes you healthy. It used to be classified in the same category as heroin and cocaine. CBD is now legal in all 50 states because it can be separated from THC. *(If CBD comes from a hemp plant with less than 0.3 percent THC, you can buy it under federal law — but some states still have legal restrictions on the possession of CBD.)

    Some health benefits of CBD include helping to manage anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, depression, alleviate cancer symptoms, and even combat against arthritis pain. Like with any drug, CBD affects people differently. Some negative side effects include, liver problems, diarrhea, vomiting, and fatigue. According to Dr. Greenspoon of Harvard University there just hasn’t been enough research done to say for sure what exactly the positive or negative effects are. CBD is currently mostly available as an unregulated supplement. That being said, it’s popularity has continued to grow and the positive side effects greatly outweigh the negative effects to a lot of people. You can likely get CBD at your local health food store or you can order some online.

    THC is another cannabidiol and it's what gets you high and it’s usually what people associate with the green plant. Countless smear campaigns by various different companies paint people who smoke weed as losers/druggies/the lowest of society but that's just not true. There are so many healthy benefits of THC that it just makes no sense that it would be illegal.

    Most drugs are neurotoxic, meaning that they kill brain cells. (Like cigarettes and alcohol). But THC is considered to be neuroprotectant. Which means that it actually protects brain cells from damage. A study in 2014 found that people with THC in their systems were 80 percent less likely to die from traumatic head injuries than those without.

    THC has also shown to be a highly effective treatment for PTSD. Some psychiatrists even say that THC-rich cannabis is the only treatment for PTSD. It may also stimulate brain growth. It stimulates a process in your brain known as long-term potentiation which improves the brain’s ability to learn.

    Scientists also discovered that like CBD, THC causes brain cells in the hippocampus to grow. Some research even suggests that THC can protect spatial memories. This is why cannabis can be used to treat brain diseases such as Alzheimers.

    Other THC benefits include that it is an antioxidant, it’s antibacterial, a bronchodilator, and an anti-inflammatory. 

    Protesters in Washington DC 1971
    (Wally McNamee/Corbis/Getty Images)

    For something with seemingly such good healthy benefits, why would the government try and make it illegal? There are a lot of conspiracy theories about this. I'm only gonna touch on a few, but if you’re super interested in this stuff there are countless documentaries you can watch on the subject. It's truly mind blowing and there's definitely something going on.  

    The Theories

    • During Nixon's presidency he criminalized drugs to make his enemies - black people and left leaning hippies - look bad. (This was the quote at top of the article.) 
    • Marijuana has the potential to help people open their third eyes and connect spiritually to the earth/universe/etc. By keeping deep spiritual connection cut off it creates a society that is easy to control. 
    • Cannabis can be used for so many things and would solve a lot of problems. Therefore there would be less problems to solve to make money off of. 
      • Cigarettes and alcohol both cause a lot of health problems that lead to both medical bills and death costs. Without their prevalence in society there would be less of these costs therefore less money to make off them. Keeping people sick means more money to make off of their suffering. 
      • With more problems there’s more ways to profit off of half-assed solutions.
      • Things Cannabis can be used for…
        • Paper - (Hemp fiber is stronger than wood fiber and it doesn’t turn yellow and is very durable. They are also much faster to grow than trees)
        • Hemp seed can be used to make biodegradable plastic, removing toxic waste needed to make oil-based plastics
        • A large variety of food products can be generated from hemp. The seeds contain one of the highest sources of protein in nature. (They also have two essential fatty acids that clean your body of cholesterol.)
        • Medical Marijuana is natural and healthier for your body than chemical treatments
        • Clothing, paints, etc. can also be made from cannabis
      • “Pot is illegal because billionaires want to remain billionaires”

    To me, it doesn’t make any sense for this plant to be illegal. The whole premise is stupid. How can you make a plant - something that's natural that comes from the earth - illegal? Especially when you consider the medical benefits and how it can be used to reduce costs and environmental impact in industrial ways.

    George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and many other founding fathers even grew Cannabis. From 1763 to 1769 it was actually illegal to refuse to grow Cannabis in Virginia. (G. M. Herdon. Hemp in Colonial Virginia).

    To me, it seems pretty obvious that this is all a conspiracy to keep people from having access to a plant that would solve a lot of problems. From medical issues to industrial sustainability, it makes more money for people for there to be more problems in the world.

    The good news is that the social stigma around Hemp/weed is changing and so far 11 states have fully legalized recreational marijuana. CBDs health benefits and popularity is spreading far and wide and Hemp clothing/products are gaining in popularity as well. The University of Connecticut even has a college course on growing weed.

    It’s truly just a matter of time before Cannabis is fully legal and utilized the way it should be. And honestly it’s about damn time we did.

    (Photo Credit: Simon, Peter 1968)

    💛 Find me on Social Media 💛



    Pinterest:@katie_mccarv



    Pin this Article to your Pinterest!!


    *This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.






    SHARE:

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    ♏️ Sun Series: Scorpio ♏️


    Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    I don’t know about you but I’m so ready to move on to the moon signs. But anyways…

    Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Scorpio part go ahead.

    Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

    So let's get into some astrology shall we?

    First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

    Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

    A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

    Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

    You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

    Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego

    NOTE: You are a Scorpio Sun sign if you are born between October 24th and November 22nd although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.


    ♏️Sun Series: Scorpio ♏️

    Scorpio is the 8th sign in the zodiac wheel. Its symbol is the Scorpion and it is a masculine and fixed sign. It’s a water sign, the other water signs being Cancer and Pisces.

    If there’s any sign that goes hard for astrology is Scorpio. I believe that it is one of the most misunderstood signs. They have a strange detachment from the rest of humanity that you can only really understand if you’re a Scorpio. Scorpios may feel lonely because they feel that no one could really understand them. They feel that other people just aren’t on their level.

    Scorpios are very deep and mystical individuals. They feel that they were meant to do big things. Scorpios are very unique in that they are ruled by Pluto and Mars. Aries is the other sign ruled by Mars. It is the warrior planet while Pluto is the God of the underworld and the dead. Scorpios are very intense. Pluto is also the planet of regenerating, meaning new life, by ending life. They are familiar with the dark side and the dark side within themselves. They like dark things and tend to become interested in True Crime, murder mysteries, paranormal, aliens, anything weird and occult. They are typically very spiritual.

    Water signs in particular are very interested in religion, spirituality, etc. They are most connected to the other side and Scorpios in particular crave that closeness to the other side. They can come across as very guarded and intimidating. They don’t like to drink (alcohol) around people they don’t know well because they don’t like opening up and losing the control they have over themselves.

    They are constantly scanning the room and other people to get as much information as they can. Not in a collecting data kind of way, they are picking up on people’s energies. They know when someone is lying. They are complex and mysterious although they may not mean to come across this way. That’s just how they are.

    They have a secretiveness about them that makes them especially intriguing to people. Scorpios are very attractive and sexy people. They are very good at only letting people see a certain side of them and they can see straight through other people. They can just tell when someone is a good person or not and they know when other people are putting up a façade. It’s like Scorpios can see straight to the core of people and they know your intentions immediately.

    Most Scorpios are very honest; they just withhold some information. They can be good truth manipulators. They just don’t share what they don’t think is necessary to share. They are truth seekers.

    They are a fixed sign and when they commit to something or someone they are completely committed. Not the sign to cheat at all, they are extremely loyal to the ones they love. Very passionate to the point where it’s borderline obsessive. If they really like something they could commit their lives to it intensely. Like if they really love music they could commit to making music their whole lives or if they love religion they could devote their lives to the church. They take things to the extreme.

    Water signs in general are more connected to the other side and are more likely to be psychic. Scorpios in particular, since they’re ruled by the underworld, tend to be mediums and can communicate with the dead.

    They are very imaginative, and are great storytellers and writers. They have a strong connection to music. They can be moody. They make good undercover detectives. They like to investigate and find out as much as they can about people - especially potential love interests.

    The dark and intense side of them tends to overshadow the good parts of them. They are very kind, generous, and loyal people. They are extremely loving, devoted, and humble.

    They are typically successful because they don’t give up easily. They are the most sexual sign by far. Aries is considered to be the other most sexual sign. They can be into some weird sex things but they don’t judge other people’s kinks at all. Almost nothing is weird for a Scorpio. They have high sex drives and are adventurous.

    Part of being a water sign is being emotional. Scorpios are highly emotional but they show it differently than other people or they just hold it inside. They’re the type to express their emotions through music or art. They feel everything very intensely.

    They are very mature and serious people. They understand the seriousness of life. They cannot stand being around immature people. They are usually very independent and like being alone. They hate relying on other people, they just don’t trust em. They are just naturally emotionally strong.

    They can be possessive and controlling. They are especially jealous lovers. They just like to feel that they are in control of their future.

    They can be super fucking mean. They know how to hurt people. There is a part of them that doesn’t care about hurting people. They can be too truthful. They can hold a grudge and be vengeful. It seems like Scorpios are either really good at letting things go or they just can’t let it go and they could seek revenge.

     Scorpio is the sign that has produced the most killers. This is for a lot of reasons, for one they’re ruled by the planet of death, they are extremely passionate and intense and are possessive lovers. If they have been cheated on they can honestly just lose their fuckin minds. Not all Scorpios are like this obviously, but being ruled by the underworld gives you some weird traits.

    They are good people who make excellent friends. They are the type of friend that will literally fight for you on your behalf. They will defend your name at all costs if you are their friend.

    Scorpios tend to do well with money. They are a force of nature. They have an incredible ability to be extremely focused when they want something. They will find strength and energy when other signs will just give up. They are strong willed, and won’t let disappointing situations derail their life.

    Every sign brings certain traits to the world, Scorpio brings the intensity of the dark side.

    Keywords: Dark, mystical, powerful, strong, mysterious, sexual, intriguing, secretive, truth seekers, intense, 

    Pin this article to Pinterest!
    SHARE:

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    🌵10 Sustainable & Ethical Companies that are Doing Great Things 🌵


    Hi my name is Katie and I like supporting companies that do good things. Here is short list of sustainable and ethical companies that I really like that support a variety of amazing things. From donating 10% of their profit to marine conservation to feeding a family for every bag sold I feel like these companies need more recognition.💚 So feel free to follow them or check out their sites. This is just a short quick list that I came up with, let me know if you know of anymore companies doing amazing things. ☺️

    1. 🌵Parks Project
           2. 🌻Heartmanclothes
           3. 🍊Rice Love Bags
           4. 🐬Sand Cloud
           5. 🌱Save Lands
            6. 🍋Serengetee
            7. 👐🏽Wholesome Culture
             8. 💜Purushapeople
      • “We believe that safe, sustainable, and transparent activewear is a nonnegotiable in 2020. The ingredients in our clothing should be as accessible and traceable as the food labels at our local health food store. While caring for our bodies during exercise, yoga, and meditation we should not, at the same time, be wearing clothing made by slaves that’s ridden with toxic chemicals. Our bodies and our planet deserve better than more plastic stuff. This is why Purusha exists: to create beautiful, plant-based activewear, and to educate the community on why plastic does not belong on our bodies.”
      • https://purushapeople.com/
      • Purushapeople Instagram
      • Purushapeople Facebook Page
      • Purushapeople Pinterest
      • Purushapeople Tumblr
            9. 🐚ilovegurus
            10. ☀️Function of Beauty

    This is NOT a sponsored post and I am NOT affiliated to any of these companies except Sand Cloud, Rice Love and Serengetee. If you purchase something from my affiliate links you will get a discount and I will get a small commission. You will also be supporting marine conservation and feeding a family through your purchase 🐬🐙☺️ #savethefishies #feedafamily


    (Photo Credit: @katie_mccarv)

    💛 Find me on Social Media 💛



    Pinterest:@katie_mccarv




    Pin this Article to your Pinterest!!


    SHARE:

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    🔱 The Lost City of Atlantis 🔱


    Many of you probably know about the Lost City of Atlantis and no I’m not talking about  the Atlantis resort or the Disney movie. I'm talking the real Lost City of Atlantis. 


    (Photo Credit: chicoer.com)


    First of all, how do you lose a city? Well after thousands and thousands of years places can get lost and buried. This isn’t a new phenomena if you’ve ever studied Anthropology, Archaeology or History. There were many civilizations that have come and gone that we don’t know anything about. 


    Atlantis is considered by many to be mythical, as in it was never a real place. The only reason we even know about Atlantis is because the famous Greek philosopher Plato wrote about it in his books Timaeus and Critias. His writings were so detailed that it has led many to suspect it being a real place. Plato is the reason we know about a lot of things in history, a lot of his writings were factual not fantasy. He is kind of known as a factual authority for the ancient world. 


    (Photo Credit: arcdigital.media)


    The whole section he provides on Atlantis is like a mini history book. The thing is, he says that Atlantis was waayyy before even his time. So we’re talking like ancient ancient. For many many years this was taken as just a story but in 1870 a man who read the Iliad by Homer. Took his book and used it has a map to find the City of Troy and he actually found it. This discovery really changed everything. People started to think that maybe these aren’t just stories… maybe they’re guide books. History books but in a more artistic language. 


    This is what inspired many people to search for the lost city of Atlantis. According to Plato, Atlantis existed 9,000 years before he was born. He said that it existed in the Atlantic Ocean outside the pillars of Hercules. He said that Atlantis was mighty, powerful, and advanced. According to him it was placed on a lush island, surrounded by mountains with beautiful nature, and exotic animals. 


    According to him Atlantis was a port city with 3 layers of rings around the center. He even gave exact dimensions for the whole city. Experts who study Atlantis think that it was probably extremely advanced. Their technology was likely comparable to our level, but with a different technology base. Ours is based on electronics, etc. While the Atlantians are theorized to have had their technology based on harmonics and crystals. 


    Here's how Plato says it all went down. He said that this was a city of love, harmony, and peacefulness. They were peaceful with other countries but eventually greed was their downfall and their entire city was destroyed by Poseiden (the God of the Sea). He said that there were natural disasters that struck. Earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis, etc.  


    There are many different groups of researchers who are actively looking for the lost city of Atlantis and they are looking in all different parts of the world. There are an incredible amount of theories but I’m only gonna talk about a few because if I didn’t this article would be 10 million pages long. 


    One of the biggest and most believed theories is that it is under a big national park in Doñana National Park in modern day Spain. Scientists have been able to send satellites up that can see under the ground and they’ve found what appears to be rings in that area. They can’t just go digging in this area however because it’s a national park and its probably really really deep and hard to get to. Governments don’t let people go diggin around just for fun either, you have to have a lot of proof before anything can really be done. Not to even mention the enormous amount of funding that would be needed for this. 


    (Photo Credit: cbsnews.com)

    When they measured the rings and everything, it matched the dimensions that Plato had written. Down to even the structures. Plato mentioned these statues and scientists can see with their satellites places where these statues could still be and it is the same exact dimension. Geologists say that they’re very confident that these are human-made structures. 


    About 120 miles away from Doñana, there is another ancient structure called Cancho Roano that is set up pretty much exactly like Atlantis but on a much smaller scale. Some people believe that this was a memorial set up by some of the survivors of the people of Atlantis because the city appears to be more of a replica of a city rather than an actual functional city. 


    (Photo Credit: ancient.eu)


    Plato says that the story of Atlantis was told to him by the Greek legislator Solon who heard from the priests of Ancient Egypt. It seems like the Egyptians had direct contact with the Atlanitans. At the site Cancho Roano, ancient egyptians artifacts were found. It appears that the people who created Cancho Roano used the same symbols as the Egyptians. At the site, there is even a drawing of the city of Atlantis with 3 concentric circles. In some Egyptian cities, there's even writing on the walls about the city.


    Atlantis was very well known for its metals and it was a very wealthy city. Other civilizations would travel for years to the city just to get some of these metals. There is one specific metal that historians think Atlantis was known for called Orichalcum. This Orichalcum was considered very rare, second only to gold and was used to decorate Poseidens temple. 


    (Photo Credit: pinterest.com)

    There are some other theories about where the City is. Some people think that it’s under the water in Spain. Their theory is that when all of these tsunamis happened it probably just brought everything out to sea. There are other theorists who think that Atlantis was actually the Minoans. 


    In the Bible there are stories about cities called Tarshish and Tarsus. These were described as port cities that were thriving and incredibly wealthy. It also said that people would travel for 3 years just to get to these cities. Both of these cities just ceased to exist all of a sudden. Some people think that the bible was actually referring to Atlantis and that is just wasn’t called Atlantis at the time. 


    There is a theory that states that the Mayans are actually descendents of people who escaped Atlantis. People think this because a lot of their culture was the same and the ways that Atlantis was described could also apply to Mayan civilization. 


    (Photo Credit: artstation.com)

    Some people think that the City was swallowed up by the Bermuda Triangle. There are also a lot of people who think that Atlantis is actually in Antarctica. This whole theory started because of a man named Charles Hapgood who wrote a book in 1958 called The Earth's Shifting Crust. According to him 12,000 years ago the earth's crust shifted which is why the city is in Antarctica right now. He believes that it’s somewhere beneath the ice. (There are so many conspiracies about Antarctica there is an article coming up in a few weeks). Some people think that the island of Santorini in Greece is actually where Atlantis used to be. 


    There are so many different theories to look into I can't possible get to them all but if you are interested in learning more I really suggest looking to Graham Hancock. He has a lot of interesting theories and is just an interesting man in general. 


    A lot of people think that Atlantis was completely fictional. Which is possible. Some historians think that Plato made this up because he was describing his ideas for a perfect civilization and that it was a cautionary tale about greed. 


    What do you think? Was it all made up or is there some truth to it? 


    I think that it was real. Cities like this existed thousands of years ago and there's so many reports of ancients having power that we don’t have. I like to keep an open mind about these things, because we just don't know. Maybe its not meant to be found? Maybe its supposed to remain a mystery. 😏


    (Photo Credit: chicoer.com)


    💛 Find me on Social Media 💛



    Pinterest:@katie_mccarv




    Pin this article to Pinterest!


    *This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.




    SHARE:

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

    💄 The Mysterious Death of JonBenét Ramsey 💄


    Disclaimer: Writing about these conspiracy theories is for entertainment and I'm not saying that any of these things are facts. I'm not trying to spread misinformation or anything like that. I’m also not trying to be disrespectful in any way. Posting this article doesn’t mean I believe in these either, this is just some conspiracy theories that I've come across after spending years with hyper conspiracy theorists. 💛

    Just sit back, relax, and grab your Tin Foil Hat 💛Katie

    Background

    JonBenét (pronounced John - Ben - Ay) was a famous child beauty pageant queen. Born August 6th, 1990 she died on either December 25th, or December 26th of 1996 when she was just 6 years old. She was an outgoing southern girl who at age six had already won multiple pageant titles making her a household name in the pageant world. Her death became one of the most famous police investigations of all time and her death remains unsolved to this day.

    JonBenét’s unusual name is actually named after her dad John Bennett Ramsey. They put his names together and put a french twist to it.

    JonBenét came from an affluent family. Her father John worked for a company called Access Graphics and was extremely successful and very high up in the company. He was a multi-millionaire and the Ramsey family owned a 15 bedroom mansion in Boulder Colorado where she died.

    (Photo Credit: bustle.com)

    December 25th - 26th 1996

    On Christmas day 1996 the Ramsey family went to another family's house for Christmas dinner and according to the family JonBenét fell asleep on the car ride home and they just brought her up to bed when they got home. That next morning at 5:52am police dispatch received a call from Patsy Ramsey (her mom). On the call Patsy is frantically saying that her daughter is kidnapped and that she has found a ransom note. Right away the police were taking this as a kidnapping.

    Something that’s really odd is that Patsy called a bunch of her friends over right away. Which contaminated the whole crime scene. The Boulder Police, in my opinion, totally fucked up this. They just let a TON of people come in and hang around the house which was a crime scene! One of the Ramsey’s friends actually started cleaning their house - which obviously tampered with evidence and made it that much harder for police to investigate.

    The police behaviour that day is super off. Later that day one of the police officers even says to John that he and one of his friends should just go search through the house for JonBenét because the house was so big and they wanted to do a final check. So John and his friend go down to the wine cellar and that’s where they find JonBenét wrapped up in a blanket on the floor dead.

    John claims that he was completely beside himself and was screaming. He says that he was just so so upset that without thinking he just picked up his daughter’s body and brought her upstairs. Which is a huge problem! You should never move a body away from a crime scene. Now the evidence and crime scene are even more tampered with than it was in the beginning! The police just totally fucked up with this from the start.

    Most crimes, especially when it happens in a home, makes the family an immediate suspect. There were no signs of forced entry into the house. It was winter and there were no footprints outside. There was a broken window in the basement but John claims that he already knew that that window was broken and that it had been broken for months.

    JonBenét was a pageant girl and these pageants are a huge hotspot for pedophiles because these pageants sexual these kids at such a young age. They put makeup on them and make them appear a lot older than they are and they sometimes sing provocative things. So a lot of people thought that it was a pedophile from one of these pageants. Although that doesn’t make sense with this ransom note. (There has been a huge push in recent years to ban child pageants in the US. In 2013 France completely banned child pageants for children under the age of 16).

    The police weren’t able to find any connection to the pageant world with this. So the parents became the prime suspects.

    Let's talk about the ransom note. First of all it was about 3 pages long. It was very long, very drawn out and it was written on a notepad from the Ramsey’s kitchen. It’s almost like someone just sat down in their kitchen and wrote the whole thing. Who would come into a house, murder someone, leave the body in the basement, and then sit in their kitchen and write out a super long ransom note for JonBenét when she’s already dead. Ransom notes are written in advance, they’re not 3 pages long and they’re not for someone who is already dead.

    In the note, it said that in order to get their daughter back they would need to give $118,000, which happened to exactly be John's Christmas bonus that year. It's kinda odd that someone would ask for that exact number. Also the Ramsey’s are multi-millionaires, why would the “kidnapper” only ask $118,000 of someone who is as wealthy as they are?

    When experts looked over the ransom note, they determined that it was probably someone trying to stage the situation or alter what really happened. The handwriting also changes throughout the note. To experts, it showed that someone had tried to make their handwriting look very different in the beginning but got sloppy towards the end of the note. There were also lines in the note that were exact lines from popular movies with ransom notes.

    Investigators took handwriting samples from John and Patsy on the same note pad that the ransom note was on and they were able to determine that John did not write the letter. But they were not able to prove that Patsy did or didn’t. They did say that some things in the note were very similar to how Patsy writes and that she had a unique way of writing letters that was present in the note. However despite this they still were not able to say definitely that she wrote it. 

    (Photo Credit: Forbes)

    A lot of words in the ransom note were spelled wrong as well. It just seemed like it was written by someone who had no idea what they were doing. Also again, how weird is it for someone to write a ransom note that long on the scene of the crime especially after the person had already died. The ransom note was signed S.B.T.C. which to this day, no one knows what that means.

    Okay let's get to the murder scene.

    The Investigation

    JonBenét was strangled with a garrote which was actually part of a paint brush from Patsy Ramsey’s hobby kit. She was also hit on the head with some type of heavy object that investigators have never been able to determine what exactly. She also showed signs of sexual abuse. Her actual cause of death was asphyxia from strangulation.

    Evidence shows that JonBenét was strangled 45 minutes to 2 hours after she was hit in the head. She also had duck tape over her mouth and later investigators found that there were fibers from Patsy Ramsey’s sweater on that duck tape. Patsy Ramsey was also wearing that same outfit that she wore to her friends Christmas dinner the next day when police were called. She had never changed clothes. She claims that she just put her clothes back on that morning, but that's kind of a weird thing to do - had all of her same accessories on as well.

    When JonBenét was buried they put December 25th as her date of death. People have been very critical about this because it was never determined that she died on December 25th.

    Very quickly after JonBenéts body was found, they Ramseys stopped cooperating with police. They stopped doing interviews with the police but they did do a tv interview without even telling their lawyers or the police. The police were very frustrated with this because the parents could talk to national television but they couldn’t do an interview to help investigators find out what happened?

    You can see the interview they did with CNN. It seems very off and weird to me but you can watch if for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

    https://youtu.be/045Jc8A7cjg

    A huge missing link to this is JobBenéts brother Burke. Where was Burke when this all happened? He was 9 years old at the time and apparently sleeping in his bed the whole time and was still sleeping even when the police got there. Even though Patsy allegedly had gone into his room freaking out and looking for JonBenét. Burke has actually just gone on the Dr. Phil Show talking about this and that interview is SUPER weird. Maybe he's just a weird guy but man that interview is weird. You can watch it here. (It will open in another window). 

    https://youtu.be/wa5GaQOmee0

    If you're accused of your sister's murder, and someone asks you on record, how you feel about that, your answer should be "I can't believe people think that way. I loved her. I would never do that." Not, "Well look at the evidence, or lack thereof." with a smile.

    (Photo Credit: globalnews.ca)

    It's very odd for a 9 year old to just stay in bed while his mom is screaming and frantically looking around the house. It's also super weird for his parents to not think to go get him out of his room if his sister is allegedly kidnapped. Wouldn’t you want to make sure that your other kid is safe?

    The dispatcher has also done interviews where she says that she heard other voices in the background during that call. At the end of the call Patsy had thought that she hung up but she didn’t and the dispatcher said that she could hear muffled voices. With updated technology these days people have been going through that call again and can hear a third voice in the background. The only other person who was there was the brother Burke. So that would mean that the family altered their story.

    The police ended up finding a heavy duty flashlight in their house that the Ramseys claimed didn’t belong to them. Experts who have recently looked into the case say that they’re positive that that is the object that hit JonBenét that night.

    Another huge element to this case is that there was a bowl of pineapple sitting on the dining room table. Specifically a bowl of pineapple and milk which was JonBenéts favorite dessert. The fingerprints on the bowl are from Patsy and from Burke. The strange thing about that is that when they did JonBenéts autopsy there were still remnants of pineapple in her stomach. That means that the pineapple was very recently eaten. Which doesn’t fit the story that the Ramseys told - that she fell asleep on the way home and that they just brought her upstairs still asleep.

    There was DNA evidence of an unidentified person found underneath JonBenéts fingernails and that same DNA was found in her underwear. Investigators have never been able to find out who it is and it does not belong to anyone in the Ramsey family.

    A man named Dr. Henry Lee has claimed to have identified the DNA as remnants left by factory workers at the manufacturing plants for the clothes she was wearing. He claims to have tested a new package of underwear from the department store and found DNA matches in those too. He says that they're under her fingernails because when you wear your clothes you tend to pull at your clothes from time to time.

    Some people think the DNA was from some who sexually abused her during the Christmas party they had been to that night. Some people think she wasn’t sexually abused at all and that her mom wiped her too hard. The evidence showed that she had been wiped with a cloth.

    In 2008 a man named John Mark Carr came forward saying he killed JonBenét but it was actually discovered that he made up the whole thing. He was just obsessed with her.

    Also in 2008 Patsy passed away from Ovarian Cancer. She had battled it for many years. All that’s left is Burke who is in his 30s and John. Birk has actually done quite few interviews on the topic and he is the subject for a lot of scrutiny. Many people are extremely suspicious of him.

    The media and documentaries etc, all seem to have the same theory. That Burke was kind of a violent kid and had hit his sister before. Many people think that Burke possibly hurt his sister and killed her and the parents didn’t wanna lose both kids so they staged the whole thing. 


    The Theories


    Here's what experts think. It all goes back to the bowl of pineapple.

    • People think that JonBenét had woken up and went downstairs because she was excited about Christmas and thats were Patsy and Burke were having a bowl of pineapple and milk. The theory goes that she just took some out with her fingers - which is why her fingerprints were never on the bowl - and Burke was mad that she took some of his pineapple and grabbed the flashlight and hit her, knocking her unconscious. Patsy and John, thinking that it killed her, decided to stage the whole thing in order to save Burke.
      • A lot of people argue, how could a 9 year old hit someone hard enough to knock them out? Well kids have pretty delicate skulls when they’re young and tests have been done to prove that this is possible for Burke to have knocked her out.
      • People think that John and Patsy thought she was dead so they staged her being strangled not knowing that she was still alive and that they actually ended up killing her themselves. The strangulation happened 45minutes to 2 hours after the initial head trauma. 
      • Some people think that S.B.T.C means Saved Burke Through Coverup. Furthering this theory that the parents staged it to cover for Burke. 
    • Some people think that it actually was an intruder but to me the ransom note just explains it all.
      • ( It was written on their pad of paper. I don’t see any type of criminal or kidnapper doing that. Along with writing movie quotes and knowing the exact amount of the bonus -which wasn’t even that much for a family this wealthy - it just doesn’t add up.)

    It really looks like it was all thrown together really last minute in a panic. It does not have any signs of pre planning at all. They didn’t even have time to change their clothes. A grand jury has looked over the case and suggested that they go to trial however the DA shot it down. The family was cleared by the police 🤔


    In the End

    The JonBenét Rasmey case took over the world and continues to captivate and spark theories to this day. She was such a bright little girl and had an amazing future ahead. Her murder is still unsolved and we may never know why this beautiful innocent litte girls life was cut short. Her case is still open at the Boulder Police Department.


    Rest in Peace JonBenét.

    (Photo Credit: filmdaily.com)


    *This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.


    💛 Find me on Social Media 💛



    Pinterest:@katie_mccarv




    Pin this article to Pinterest!


    SHARE:
    Blogger Template by pipdig