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After experiencing the worst periods I’ve had in years this past December and January, I dove into the world of menstrual cycles and natural remedies for pain. I have a terribly heavy flow and the worst cramps, so I was desperate for a sign of hope. In the process of researching, I stumbled upon two products that I believe will forever change my life – reusable menstrual cloths and cups. I had no idea reusable menstrual products existed and to be honest, like most people I was a bit turned off and confused initially. However, it didn’t take long for my disgust to turn into complete fascination and excitement. I purchased the Lunette Cup and several menstrual cloths the same day.
I immediately fell in love with the menstrual cloths and haven’t used standard pads since. I didn’t have the same luck with my menstrual cup; it took me 3 periods to finally have successful insertions, but now that I have….OH MY! There are tons of reviews raving about the beauty of menstrual cups, but I want to share my thoughts as a first time user so here we go…..
Menstrual cups can be terribly hard. It took me at least 15 minutes to insert it properly each time I tried. In addition to making sure you’ve slid it in far enough, you have to make sure the cup releases into it’s original state to avoid any leakage. This can be very difficult for a beginner. Unfortunately, I tend to be terribly emotional during my periods, so the process was extremely frustrating for me at times. Thankfully, I don’t mind the messiness that comes with my period. I couldn’t help but wonder how grossed out I’d be by the process if I did though. Period 1 my stomach pains were so severe I had to give up on inserting the Lunette cup entirely. Period 2 my cramps had improved due to healthier habits. I was able to insert the cup, but it wasn’t nearly as comfortable as the reviewers said it would be. It became so obnoxious I ended up removing it and using my menstrual cloths for my entire period instead.
Period 3 *smiles* period 3 gave me the hope I needed….
For my third period I decided to take a different approach. Rather than waiting for blood to start flowing, I inserted the cup the moment I began cramping and showing mild period symptoms. A few hours later, my lovely Aunt Flo decided to pay me a visit at work. Though I couldn’t take my mind off of the cup, I waited 2 hours before scurrying to the restroom for a panty check. A huge weight lifted off my shoulders when I saw there literally wasn’t a single drop of blood on my menstrual cloth. The longer I wore the cup, the less I felt it. I now understand what the reviewers meant. When properly inserted, you literally don’t feel the cup at all. I only used the cup for my heavy days (1-3), but it made such a HUGE difference in my period overall. I never realized until now how much of a difference comfort can make in your period. I still have a lot to learn to make the process easier, but I’m so much more confident after having one successful cycle under my belt.
I would recommend all women look into reusable menstrual products. There are tons of long term benefits and I am definitely a believer in them after my recent successes. Yes, they may take a bit more patience. Sure, they are a bit of an investment up front. But I personally could not be happier with my experience. I feel empowered and for the first time…ever….I feel that I’m in control of my period and not the other way around. I look forward to perfecting my own process and sharing more with you all along the way!
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Hey Lovely Ladies!
When was the last time you gave your makeup brushes a good clean? I’m hoping not too long! Dirty brushes carry tons of bacteria and can cause a range of problems from break outs to infections.
I personally try to wash mine on a weekly basis. If you’re a daily makeup user and don’t want to go barefaced while your brushes dry, you can always buy an extra or travel set of your essential brushes to get you through a day or two.
There are a lot of ways to clean your brushes and products to use; to be honest, all you need is an anti-bacterial soap to get the job done. (I’ve even used hair shampoo.)
Simply dip the brush in the soap. I personally mix in coconut oil to help break the makeup down. Gently scrub the brush and rinse. THAT’S ALL!
I initially felt this post wasn’t worth making until I realized how many women do not wash their brushes regularly. If this only serves as a friendly reminder to do so, I’m completely fine with that. 😉
Until next time….
When I was a little girl I wanted to be a singer, nurse, counselor, vet, and probably 10 other things. My dream vacation was a trip to Disneyland. I dreamed of buying a house that looked like a castle and being treated like royalty. As crazy as some of my countless dreams were, I can’t help but miss the days I was able to truly believe that near impossible and completely unlikely things could happen.
I’m not too sure when I stopped dreaming…and I guess I didn’t miss my ability to dream until now.
Why does life have a way of convincing us that our dreams can’t or won’t be reality? As if everything we’ve every hoped for and imagined can never be. We grow content with accepting life as it is and replace dreams with day to day routines. Our mind gets caught on going through the motions instead of wandering into our “fantasy” worlds.
I’ve heard so many people tell myself and others to “grow up, wake up, and stop dreaming”. Why is that the message we’re spreading to everyone? Why can’t we just dream differently as we get older?
What harm does it do to continue dreaming as we get older? Why can’t we dream of traveling the world? Why can’t we dream about one day building or buying our dream home to leave for our family? Why is it so wrong to continue to dream about pursuing your passions?
Although I’m young, my outlook on life has been so different the last couple years. I’ve allowed myself to start dreaming again…and it’s the most refreshing and inspiring feeling. I dreamed of changing the world and helping people, and now I’m an administrator at a facility that works towards changing the lives of troubled teenage boys every single day. I dreamed of exploring and following my passions…and somehow ended up being a photographer for weddings, special events, and other fun occasions. For the first time, I allowed myself to dream of seeing the world…and although I’ve only been out of state a handful of times in my adult life and out of the country once, it’s such a satisfying feeling to know I’ve been able to explore people and places outside this small city. I’m still dreaming of true love and all that mushy, gushy business (haha); although I’m still waiting on that, I truly believe that dream will come true as well.
I guess life and maturity have a way of helping us identify what dreams in life are unrealistic and unattainable…but I don’t believe we should stop dreaming altogether because of that. For me, allowing myself to see the world wide-eyed and believing I can do anything just like I did as a child has brought so much enjoyment and excitement to my life. I encourage everyone I know to dream big and use the experiences and resources we have as adults to pursue them. I’m forgetting everything I’ve been told about dreaming and spending my time remembering how to do it instead. *smiles*
Until next time…