Insert Menstruation Cup Here -Why I Made The Switch

For months I have been wanting to make this post after I made the switch last March from tampons and liners to a menstruation cup. I hated pads, they always felt like I was wearing a diaper. Not to mention in the summer, when it’s hot and sweaty. Ew, no thanks. Tampons did make my periods better and gave me more freedom but there were times they were just uncomfortable, like inside and they can leak. Liners where for the days I knew it will be starting or at the end.

Insert Menstruation Cup Here -Why I Made The  Switch

Soo what is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a type of reusable feminine hygiene product. It’s a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period fluid.

How to use a menstrual cup

If you’re interested in using a menstrual cup, talk with your gynecologist. You can buy one on online or in most stores, you need to find out what size you need. Most menstrual cup brands have a small and large size.

To figure out the right menstrual cup size for you, you and your doctor should consider:

  • your age
  • length of your cervix
  • whether or not you have a heavy flow
  • firmness and flexibility of the cup
  • cup capacity
  • strength of your pelvic floor muscles
  • if you’ve given birth vaginally

Smaller menstrual cups are usually recommended for women younger than 30 years old who haven’t delivered vaginally. Larger sizes are often recommended for women who are over 30 years old, have given birth vaginally, or have a heavier period.

Before you put in your menstrual cup

When you use a menstrual cup for the first time, it may feel uncomfortable. Before you put in your cup, lubricate the rim with water or a water-based lube (lubricant). A wet menstrual cup is much easier to insert.

How to put in your menstrual cup

If you can put in a tampon, you should find it easy to insert a menstrual cup. Just follow these steps :

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Apply water or a water-based lube to the rim of the cup.
  3. Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
  4. Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina like you would a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
  5. Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.

You shouldn’t feel your menstrual cup if you’ve inserted the cup correctly. You should also be able to move, jump, sit, stand, and do other everyday activities without your cup falling out. If you’re having trouble putting in your cup, speak with your doctor.

When to take your menstrual cup out

You can wear a menstrual cup for 6 to 12 hours, depending on whether or not you have a heavy flow. This means you can use a cup for overnight protection.

You should always remove your menstrual cup by the 12-hour mark. If it becomes full before then, you’ll have to empty it ahead of schedule to avoid leaks.

How to take your menstrual cup out

To take out a menstrual cup, just follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Place your index finger and thumb into your vagina. Pull the stem of the cup gently until you can reach the base.
  3. Pinch the base to release the seal and pull down to remove the cup.
  4. Once it’s out, empty the cup into the sink or toilet.
  5. Rise well and make sure to clean any groves.

Cup aftercare

Reusable menstrual cups should be washed and wiped clean before being reinserted into your vagina. Your cup should be emptied at least twice a day. Reusable menstrual cups are durable and can last for 6 months to 10 years with proper care.

How much does it cost?

Menstrual cups are more cost-effective than tampons and pads. You can pay roughly $20 to $40 for a cup and not have to purchase another one for at least six months. Tampons and pads can cost up to $50 to $150 a year, depending on how often, long, and heavy your period is.

My thoughts

Since I have made the switch to my Diva Cup. Holy Balls! It has been a life changing experience. I hardly feel the cup, once I trimmed the stem and it settles in. Honesty I forget sometime I have my period. The best part, absolutely no leaks. Let me say that again. No Leaks. Nothing. You can wear your cute undies and not worry about ruining them. Or the bed sheets. Unless it wasn’t inserted right. Which does happen sometimes and is easy to fix by reinserting.

I have also saved so much money since buying and switching from tampons and liners to my diva cup. You also save on creating zero waste for the environment, since it is reusable. There is much lower chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome, since it is being collected and not absorbed. I really only have to empty it once in the morning and once before bed. I love mine. I can’t express it enough.

I will admit I still have liners tampons leftover from when I was using them and I had stocked up on them. I gave a majority of them to family members. I did keep some for my purse just in case my period starts early and I happen to be out and bout. Since last March I’ve only had to use them once, because it decided to start like 3-4 early and I don’t like the idea of tossing my cup in my purse, even in its little bag or wearing it days before.

I have said this before but I love mine. It was worth the try and switching. I will never go back to tampons. Ever. I feel any one with a vagina should at lest give a mensural cup a try.

Thanks for reading!

Insert Menstruation Cup Here -Why I Made The  Switch
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10 crystals of health and happiness

Below are 10 crystals that you can use to help improve your health and happiness!

1. Turquoise The master healer.

Turquoise is the master healer. It is said believed to be a bridge between heaven and earth. Turquoise is a stone of communication that will help you to speak your truth.

2. Bloodstone The powerful energizer.

Bloodstone  is a powerful energizer, helping you to overcome lethargy, negative thoughts and self-doubt. Bloodstone also can help to boost enthusiasm, increase drive and maintain emotional wellbeing.

3. Smoky The protective shield.

Smoky quartz  acts as a protective shield against unwanted energy. It can also help you to let go of old patterns and belief systems that are holding you back. It releases any blocked, old and stagnant energy in the body.

4. Rose The unconditional love stone .

Rose quartz is known as stone of unconditional love that helps to open and heal the heart. It encourages the forgiveness of others and, most importantly, of yourself. Rose quartz emits vibrations of love, beauty and compassion and is known as a feel-good stone that nurtures and supports.

5. Carnelian The action stone. 

Carnelian is an action stone that can restore motivation, confidence and joy. It removes blocked or stuck creative energy that may be dominating your min .This vibrant orange stone stimulates your passion to move forward and achieve your dreams.

6. Quartz The amplifier stone .

Quartz crystal is made of silica, one of  the most abundant elements on the earth. It’s a powerful crystal that transmutes negativity and amplifies energy  so it can  raise your vibration and help you align with light and clarity.

7. Celestite .

Celetite an ideal crystal to place in your bedroom to bring tranquility and harmonious energy, encouraging restful sleep. When placed directly on your body, celestite can bring muscle and stress release to the area on which it is placed.

8. Citrine The manifestation stone .

Citrine is a crystal of light and happiness. This stone doesn’t hold any negative energy and emits large amounts of positive energy. Citrine is a manifestation stone that encourages you to dream big, maintain a positive state of mind and also attract everything you want in your life.

9. Aventurine  The New opportunities.

Aventurine helps you to overcome feelings of self-doubt. It opens up the energy of the heart and attracting new opportunities. It helps to increase confidence, self-worth and optimism.

10. Shungite  The EMF shield.

Shungite utilized as a powerful shield against electrical magnetic energy (EMF). Shungite helps to absorb negative energy and pollutants. When placed next to computers or wear on your body, Shungite as an energetic shield.

Skin Care With Alba Botanica Acnedote

One of my favorite face care lines is Alba Botanica Acnedote. Since using them now for the last 3 months, I have notice such an improvement with my skin. I deal with cystic acne, along the hollows of my cheecks and chin area and what I like to call pop up acne, normal acne that comes and go. I still deal with some cystic acne but not as badly and or as long like before.

Cystic acne is when cysts form deep underneath your skin. This can be a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that then get trapped in your pores in your skin and turn    in to a red painful bump. There would be times when I would have a cyst and it would hang out on my face for weeks at a time. The pop up acne never really bothers me since they will disappear on their own after a few days and are hardly noticeable.

I now use most of their line for me face. I use the wipes, face wash, astringent, spot treatment and lotion. Every single night, expect for the spot treatment. I use that only when I need to.  I also will use the face and body scrub that they have to and I really like it but ran out and need to buy another bottle.

I also picked up a cheap spin face  brush from walmart last summer for like $5 and use that with a scrub and face wash. This really makes my face feels clean and smooth. I highly recommend picking up a face spin brush and trying it out.

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Every night I start with the Clean ‘N Treat Wipes to start removing any makeup that I have on my face. After that I then use the Deep Pore Wash to really clean my face and get anything the wipes might of missed. After that I use the Deep Clean Astringent.  Once that dries I use the Invisable Spot Treatment if needed and finish with the Oil Control Lotion.  I still use  The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% & The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 2-3 times a week at night along with my other face masks from Formula 10.0.6.

In the mornings I will use  Yes to Cucumbers Calming Micellar Cleansing Water ,  Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream  and the before I do my makeup for the day. I only use the Night cream in the morning because the Oil Control Lotion by Alba doesn’t always sit well with my makeup for some reason.

As I said above, I have found to work well for me and I enjoy the simpleness of it compared to my last skin care routine, which you can find here,  My More Consistent Skincare Routine which I still love all of the products I used.

My New Glasses From Zenni Optical

Recently this pass month I went and had my yearly eye appointment. My dr made me go since I am diabetic and was due for one anyways. So I had to get the dilated eye exam done to make sure there are no signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. Which I am happy to say  my eyes are healthy and I have no signs at all.  He did say my astigmatism did improve and that my eye sight did change slightly but he wasnt concerned at all. He also gave me my prescription for glass some samples of contacts to try out and to come back in a few weeks to make sure they fit right on my eyes.

Normally after I have an eye exam I would pick out a pair of glasses right there but decided that I want to order a pair online. The last time I bought glasses, which was last June/July I ended up paying over $150 just for one pair, I picked out the cheapest frames and  my prescription isn’t even that bad.

I had heard of a few sites, Zenni Opitcal and Eye Buy Direct where both having clearance sales. Zenni Optical had more styles and colors that I was looking for, so I went with them. The ordering process was so easy, I created an account and entered in my prescription information and save it, so it’s always there and I don’t ever have to retype it in again.  The lens already come with  free Anti-Scratch Coating and UV Protection Coating and you also get a hard case and a cleaning cloth with each pair.

But I picked out two frames and added a couple of extras to both pairs like Super Hydrophobic (water resistant)  and High-Index UV+ Blue Blocker that also includes Standard Anti-Reflective Coating.  I did have to measure my Pupillary Distance myself, which is between the center of one pupil to the center of the other. But they offer a print out so you can do it your self or with a friend. 

Roughly for both pairs I only paid $40, so after tax and shipping it was $86.  I will take that any day. In the past I never would get any “extras” beside insurance and the anti scratch coating. I paid standard shipping, which was 14-21 days, it took 14 days for me to get them.

I love them both. The first pair is oversized black square frames with a slight red color on inside. I picked these as my everyday pair.  At when I first tried them on I wasnt to sure about them since I normally pick smaller frames for my face, so it has been an adjustment to get use to. Everyone so far has told me they like them on me, and they are now starting to grow back on to me. But I do have 30 days from the date I have received them to decide if I want to keep them or return them for another pair. I don’t think I will but I like the option.

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My second pair is a Brown Vintage-Inspired Oval Frames with a solid vanilla color that turns to a swirling pattern. These were going to by my “Fun” pair but these might just be my everyday pair now. I havent decided yet.

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I plan on ordering in the future from Zenni Optical again, my husband will be needing a second or third pair of glasses soon and I still have my eye on a few pairs from Eye Buy Direct as well. The only minor con in my mind is that you can’t try them on when ordering online but you can upload a picture of your self so you can get some kind of idea if the frames will work for your face. Which does help a bit.

13 Ways To Get More Water

I think everyone has heard of  the eight glasses  of water a day. Your water intake can really depends  your overall health, like how active you are. I thought I would make a list of ways to drink enough water.

1. Add flavor to your pitcher.

2. Drink a glass after every bathroom break.

3. Sip before every meal.

4. Use an app to track your cups.

5. High-tech water bottle.

6. Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice.

7. Keep a gallon jug nearby.

8. Invest in a filter.

9. Choose sparkling or mineral water over soda.

10. Eat water-rich foods.

11. Stick to a one-to-one rule when drinking alcohol.

12. Use a marked water bottle.

13. Cut back on the caffeine.

I track my intake with my fitbit app and make sure I have my water bottle with me through out the day at work or home. I also have a filter and sometimes will add flavor by fruits, veggies and herbs to the water. Chia seeds are also great to add to water since they give you energy but not like coffee which will keep you up at night.

I hope you found this helpful! I would love to hear if there are any other ways you get your 8 cups of water a day.

Update: 2018 Reading list

I thought I would do an update on the my 2018 reading list since we are now in june and half way through the year.  So far I have finished 10 out of the 24 I set out to read, there are a few that I read a chapter or page a day and I have added a few more to my reading list.

Finished-

The Gender Games by Bella Forrest There are 7 books total in the series.

Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within by 
Rebecca Campbell 

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle: How to Break Free of Negativity and Drama by Doreen Virtue

Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

Reading-
Not started yet –

 Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic.by Lisa Lister

Code Red: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Monthly Super Powers and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period. by Lisa Lister, Meggan Watterson

 Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life
Ruby Warrington

Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with Your Inner Goddess by Simone Butler

 The Diamond Process: Using Everyday Triggers To Awaken The Treasure Within by Veronica Krestow

The Soul Searcher’s Handbook: A Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World by Emma Mildon

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Books that I have added to my list are:

Lunar Abundance By Ezzie Spencer & Big Magic by  Elizabeth Gilbert are both for a book club by Boho Berry.

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein– This one will also be a Chapter/page a day.

Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders 

Brave by Rose Mcgowan 

I would love to hear your thoughts or any books you are reading.

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