The Menstrual Cup: What You Need to Know – Part 1

Hey, Everyone! Prepare yourself emotionally for a longer post from me than usual! Today I’m talking about the menstrual cup! Gentlemen, if this is too gross a subject for you, stop reading right now! Or read on, you may help a woman in your life 😉

Why the Menstrual cup?

Ladies, I don’t know about you, but being on the period is one of the most uncomfortable things a woman has to endure! I mean, if I’m not crying for no reason, I’m spending money on tampons and sanitary towels and painkillers and food loaded in iron because I have so little energy the entire time, checking for stains all the time, changing tampons all the time, all the while not showing the men – I mean world – that we are going through hell! It is a lot to deal with and we do so beautifully!

So, you can imagine my excitement when my friend Stacey told me about the menstrual cup; a cute silicone shooter glass with a little extension at the bottom. This baby is supposed to catch all your stuff and can be worn for up to 12 hours. Yes, for up to 12 hours, I don’t have to change my tampon!

Another good reason to use the menstrual cup is the cost! I’ve read up on different time spans for using the menstrual cup. Some argue that you can use one menstrual cup for 7 – 10 years! While others say it would be wiser to replace it annually. Either way, the menstrual cup is an actual saving on your toiletry budget! Sold, to the girl who likes having money in her bank!

Being on your period also means being extra vigilant in terms of hygiene. Some have said that tampons are actually very bad for our lady parts. And I’ve also always been too scared to ask, but isn’t flushing them down the toilet bad for drainage systems? You’d also be surprised how many toilets don’t actually have bins for you to discard of that kind of stuff and using sanitary towels just makes me want to shower all the time! But with the menstrual cup, I can remove it at the end of the day, rinse it out and reinsert and sterilise it in hot water at the end of my period! Easy!

The menstrual cup is also good for the environment so the world can be just a little bit cleaner!

Phew! This is a lot to process so I’m going to give you a break to chew and swallow and read up on all this. Check out this article about the 18 benefits of using the menstrual cup. I’m trying it for the first time so stay tuned for the good, the bad and the ugly over the next few days.  Have a beautiful day!

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Chisel

Good evening everyone! Well, it’s really morning and I can’t sleep so you will have to listen to my ramblings, sorry not sorry!

The paunch came out of nowhere; all of a sudden protruding around the midsection. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!

So now the game plan has to change. Now I take chisel to statue and work with an intention to mould and create the body I want. The one I had before.

Wish me luck!

The Eatout – La Boqueria, Parktown North

I bet you thought Eatout had faded out of my list of favourite things, right? Think again! My village and I have been quietly going about our business since the last time I blogged about our monthly outings over a year ago! I’m here to share about last night’s adventure!

The Spot

This month’s restaurant is LaBoqueria on 3rd avenue in Parktown North, Johannesburg. Make sure you book a table well in advance because this joint is always, and I mean always fully booked! The space is wide and spacious with an upstairs area that is divided into two levels. This provides some privacy for those dinner parties without completely shutting you out from clinking glasses, laughter and the promising aroma of delicious food as it gets carried to other tables; you know, the bustling Joburg vibe we all know and love! There is an outside area as well and a little smoking corner for the nicotine lovers. Potplants hang in the upstairs area where we were seated and against the walls are old-school cabinets where the glasses and china are kept. All these small touches create a sense of home while the warm lighting in the high ceiling gives an air of elegance to the space.

The Service

Our waiter was very well informed and recommended the best in drink and food. He striked a good balance between being available for our every whim and an unintrusive presence in our area. Though he got a drink or two incorrect (we’re a noisy crowd that doesn’t order in order!), they were very quickly rectified. One of our dishes was late by only 4 minutes and we only knew this because the manager came to inform us and offered a free drink to compensate for the wait.

The Favourites

Overall, the food was great, but what really stood out for us was the Rock Shrimp Burger – yes, shrimp in a bun! It’s also a good idea to try out 2 or 3 tappas as a main meal, we try this often so that we can have a taste of as many dishes as our stomachs can hold! The paella is a definite must try as well if the pork belly doesn’t tickle you fancy. They have a wide range to choose from and worth every penny spent!

Well, there you have it! Our 2 cents worth on this restaurant we found in the heart of Joburg! Try it out and tell us what you think 🙂

Look for You

Everywhere, I look for you.

In devotionals and bible verses and beautifully written lyrics, I look for you.

I look for you in music and melodies, in the beat, I look for you.

I look for you in venues and people, in well-cooked meals, I look for you.

I look for you in statuses and views, likes and blocks, I look for you.

Everywhere, in everything, I look for you.

Ahead

No alarm clock had a hand in waking her up this morning.The crack around her bedroom doorframe was the only indication that the day had begun. It is officially the first day of school break. As she stretched in bed, she thought of the day that stretched ahead. All the possibilities, all the choices that are hers to make lay ahead. It was gonna be a good day filled with little adventures. And she was looking forward to it.