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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Ke December Boss

Endless sizzling hot days. Sun, swimsuits, carefree, every day yours to do with as you please.

Family, friends, catch up time with all your people: a reminder of where you belong.

Gifts exchanged; I’m special to you and you to me. Thank you for being in my life and letting me into yours.

I love the African festive season ☺

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.

Teacher problems

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It’s that time of the year. While most people wish to extend their holidays, I look forward to heading back to work. This is the place where we can make a difference in the world. The workplace is the reason why we need a break and actually appreciate that break the most.

I tend to draw a blank when I look at a term plan. It is important, especially when teaching English, to stay current and so our ears stay on the ground for anything that will help us to teach the good old things better.

A nifty trick that has helped me this time around is looking up the themes of a set work being taught in a term and then using those themes to find apppropriate poetry and visual literacy material.

In a nutshell; Google remains king! I hope you all had a good first week back at work after the holidays and to the teachers; go out there and be better! Happy weekend!

Growth

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Mmmh where did I leave off? Oh yeah! LOCing. So I dunno all the details of growing natural hair. I do know that if something is important to you, you should research it; I do believe that wisdom is an accumilation of nifty tricks from others after all. So here is are some of my nifty natural hair tricks.

L for Leave in conditioner

Most of what I’ve read up on encourages water as a form of conditioning. I found this quite refreshing as someone who relaxed her hair all the time. Water was deemed EVIL! It really does keep your hair moist and easy to comb in the morning.

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Also, this stuff!! I loooove this leave in conditioner! It’s not greasy but still moisturises the hair well

O for Oil
Now there are various oils one can use and all of them depend on what your hair needs. It seems to me that you can never go wrong with coconut oil – it covers a multitude of needs. After I do the L I apply some coconut oil and castor oil – for the sake of my hairline-

C for Cream
By the time I’m done oiling, my hair feels greasy as hell! I don’t do the cream part of it, because I do feel that my hair has been  sufficiently lubricated. I think I will try it  when my hair is longer

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Sisters know best
My little sister has been growing natural hair for almost 3 years now; as far as I am concerned, she is the ultimate afro guru! She says whatever you do, don’t disrupt the roots of your hair. Your bantu locks should not be pulled too tightly nor should comb it more than once a week ( the internet said the latter already)

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And protective hairstyles are king! My cousin made some bantu locks for me a few days ago and I plan to try my luck on box braids for the winter!

So there you have it! These are the tricks I’ve been trying and so far, I think they have been working quite nicely! You should try one or two😆

Don’t Give up

I really threw in the towel – I mean tossed it across the room threw it – then a couple of things happened.

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Alex works out like a boss! Like all the the time and she looks all kinds of ripped and cut! To be fair, she is a personal trainer who does this all day every day. For the rest of us who don’t have the time, a body like hers is only in our dreams! But Alex makes it accessible.  She’s always like, ” All you need to do is keep you portions small and train for 45 minutes at a consistant 3 -5 times a week” ( I’ve mixed some of this with what the Elephant preaches- he says I need more work!). You should really check her out on instagram though, I love the narratives she gives all her pictures. She makes me wanna get my gym gear on and get my butt to working out!  Thanks Alex!

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Sidebar- This is punny! – speaking of instagram, my account is private because I’m a teacher ( an explanation for another blog, I think) and the only requests for followers I ever receive are from people who have just hopped onto the bandwagon ooor new friends I’ve made ( yes, I still make new friends!) But the past few days I have been getting requests from fitness pages with inspirational quotes about working out.

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So here I am, 800 kilometres away from all my gym wear and I’m amped to get back into gear. I’ve borrowed my sister’s running shoes, pants and sports bra ( I am still not convinced that we are the same cup size! I want a third opinion!) And I have my Nike training app. It is on in the morning!

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Unfortunately, they don’t tell you that when you go to bed with a plan in your head, sleep doesn’t come easily….