Normalizing Period Talk (+ An Incredible Deal on Tampax + Always!)

This post is in partnership with Always and Tampax. Now through July 25th, save $ 4.00 on 2 Tampax products or 2 Always products at Meijer! (Please note that Always Infinity packaging has been updated and is different than above image.)

You guys hear me talk a lot about ending unnecessary stigmas and normalizing topics that, well, should be normalized. For example, I frequently discuss mental health, my own challenges with anxiety disorder, and why talking about these things is important. One topic I haven’t yet covered though that I decided I really should discuss here is menstruation. You know, our periods. Many of us with vaginas (let’s all say the word together: vaginas) get them, but our society has made them a taboo topic to discuss.

Honestly, it’s no surprise that people feel uncomfortable or unknowledgeable talking about periods – we’re simply not educated about them. According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 30 states and DC even teach sex ed here in the U.S. I know I was never taught about how to use tampons in school, and if not for being able to ask my mom questions about my period, would have felt completely unprepared. Many girls (and even grown women) feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk about their periods because they were never given the knowledge to feel confident in discussing them. And that’s just not right.

I have made a promise to myself to teach both my daughter and my son about periods. (They already have a basic idea of what they are, and know that mommy gets them.) And in the same way that my husband and I teach them proper terminology for body parts, we will use proper words for menstruation: period, vagina, tampon, pad, etc. We won’t use code words. Periods are a natural body process, and no one should grow up feeling shame about them. As adults, we should do the same as we’ll be doing for our kids: talk about periods, use proper terminology, and share our stories without feeling embarrassed. I also feel that we should do our part in supporting organizations and brands who are publicly taking action in making sure we end the stigma of discussing periods. (I am in freaking love with Tampax‘s partnership with Amy Schumer, for example. Google it. It is everything.)

I could go on and on about my periods, what I did when I got my first one at age 14, how wacky they are now in my 40s, or times when I didn’t realize they were coming and they, well, did (like at a business lunch with a large group in San Francisco when one of the brand’s employees pointed out the large stain on the back of my dress). Or I could talk about the first time I used a Tampax (foot on the toilet method, anyone?), or an Always pad (thanks for the lesson, mom!). I likely will devote future content to discussing these things, because that’s the point – periods are normal, and there is absolutely no reason they shouldn’t be casually and regularly discussed. But today, I just wanted to touch on the subject and open up the dialogue (feel free to comment or email me to discuss more!), and to share an amazing deal on Tampax and Always products going on at Meijer right now.

And finally, here is the deal I promised! (And yes, I am extremely excited about this. If you guessed that I immediately got in my car and headed directly to Meijer upon learning about it, you are correct.) Right now (July 20-25) at your local Meijer store, save $ 4.00 on two packs of Tampax Tampons or $ 4.00 on two packs of Always Pads. (This awesome promotion can be found in the BrandSaver weekly paper, which is available in store at Meijer.) I choose Tampax for several reasons, but mostly because it is the #1 US Gynecologist recommended tampon brand (based on 2020 survey). And I’ve been using Always Infinity FlexFoam Pads since they first became available, because they legitimately feel like I’m not wearing a pad. Their motto: ‘Zero Feel, Zero Leak Protection is Possible’ is 100% truth, my friends. So head over to Meijer immediately and take advantage of this goodness while you still can (ends July 25th!).

Who else agrees that we need to be normalizing period talk, like yesterday? Tell me all your stories!

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Friday Funny: Matchy Matchy

Someone has too much time on their hands! Maybe I’ll whip up something like this over the weekend – NOT! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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12 Items to Refresh Your Bedroom For Under $50

12 Items to Refresh Your Bedroom For Under $  50
1. Crinkled Cotton Throw, $ 49.99   |   2. Sandalwood Candle, $ 17.99   |   3. Gold Waste Paper Basket, $ 34.99   |   4. Jewelry Box, $ 39.99   |   5. Large Green Vase, $ 34.99   |   6. Wooden Frame, $ 12.99   |   7. Seagrass Straw Basket, $ 29.99   |   8.  Birch Wood Hanger, $ 12.99   |   9. Building Facade Print, $ 12.99   |   10. Glass Tea Light Holder, $ 2.99   |   11. Round Jute Rug, $ 24.99   |   12. Wooden Frame Mount, $ 12.99

I like our bedroom okay. It’s fine. Good enough. We left the pale grey paint color it came with when we bought it (the only room in the house we didn’t repaint), and the carpet is grey, so, you know, it’s a neutral canvas and all that. I’ve done a few things decor-wise to make it more our style, but the other day I was thinking it could really use a refresh. A complete makeover isn’t happening any time soon, but even just adding a couple of the items above might make a big difference. Since they’re all cute, and all affordable, I thought I’d share them with you as well. Which one is your favorite?

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Christmas in July Giveaway–Over $550 in prizes!

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Saturday Survey – Ooh, Baby It’s Hot Outside

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Northeastern Ohio, it’s been in the 90’s most of the week. Two of my dogs love the heat, and I have to beg them to come inside to cool off. The other refuses to go out at all. How are you managing your dog in … Continue reading Saturday Survey – Ooh, Baby It’s Hot Outside


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Friday Funny: Energy Saving Mode

From our good friends at WomenAfter50.com Enjoy your weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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8 Ways Our Family Helps to Conserve Natural Resources


8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources

This post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The commitment to live an eco-conscious lifestyle and to appreciate nature is ingrained in me. My parents taught me about sustainability and ways to respect the earth from a young age. I went on to be the president of my high school’s environmental club and then interned with a large environmental non-profit throughout college. After school, I worked full time as a designer for an eco-friendly clothing label for 14 years. And since becoming a parent, I’ve consistently sought and practiced ways to teach my children about different ways we can help our earth. I’m certainly not a perfect environmentalist by any means, but I make the effort to do my best.

A big part of living a lifestyle that helps (rather than hurts) the earth is to focus on conserving natural resources. In simple terms, natural resources are resources that come from that nature that people can utilize. Basically, anything not made by humans is a natural resource – water, forests, air, land, fossil fuels, minerals, sunshine, animals, soil, etc. The only way to preserve a healthy environment is to use these natural resources sustainably and responsibly. Today, I want to share some of the ways my family and I try to do this in our daily lives.

8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources

1. Get outside and experience nature.
Getting out and enjoying nature may not be a direct way to conserve natural resources, but it is probably the most important step for teaching kids (and reminding ourselves!) why it is important. When you love and appreciate something, you want to take care of it. We live in an urban environment in the midwest, but there are still so many ways for us to experience the wonderful natural parts of our planet. Our favorite is walking and hiking throughout our local forest preserves, as can be seen in the photos throughout this post!

2. Choose sustainable products for your home.
We always make an effort to purchase products that are earth-friendly, from reusable water bottles to hemp clothing to recycled goods to organic foods. When it comes to paper products, we are big fans of Georgia-Pacific. They not only continuously work to reduce their impact on the environment as a company, they also make products with the earth in mind. We love their Aria® Earth-Friendly Toilet Paper, which is made from responsibly sourced trees with 100% renewable power, and comes in 52% plant-based, recyclable packaging. (Their paper towel and napkins come in 94% plant-based packaging.) Aria also plants 3 new trees for every single tree used, is manufactured in North American/US, and is Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified.

8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources

3. Plant trees.
When we moved into our home two years ago, there wasn’t a single tree in our yard. We have planted one so far and plan to plant as many as possible over the years. Trees give us oxygen, prevent soil erosion, provide habitats for wildlife, and maintain our ecosystem. This is another thing we love about Georgia-Pacific – they commit to planting trees, with a 1:1 philosophy. This means that for every one tree they use, they plant at least one more in the U.S. Their Aria line plants three new trees for every tree used.

4. Conserve water at home.
This is such a simple, easy way to do our part and can be implemented in small ways. We turn off the tap when brushing our teeth and washing our hands, we take short showers, we reuse water from our kiddie pool to water the garden, and we use a washing machine that uses less water and only wash full loads, in cold water.

8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources

5. Recycle.
Even after all these years, recycling continues to be one of the best and easiest ways to conserve natural resources. When an aluminum can is recycled, it uses 5% of the energy that it takes to make a new can. 60,000 gallons of water are saved for every ton of paper that is recycled. And recycled products greatly reduce greenhouse emissions. (Yet another reason I love Georgia-Pacific is that their GP Harmon Recycling subsidiary purchases more than 6 million tons of recovered paper annually to be recycled.)

6. Eat less meat.
I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 15, and even though my husband and kids do eat meat, most of our family meals are vegetarian. We talk to our kids about how eating meat a few times a week rather than everyday helps conserve natural resources. Just one pound of beef, for example takes 2,400 gallons of water. We also try to buy meat from local farms when we can.

8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources

7. Reduce electricity use at home.
Just like conserving water at home, conserving electricity is an easy way to make a difference. We always turn off lights when we leave a room. (It’s a rule in our house!) We also use Compact fluorescent lamps, LED lightbulbs, and Halogen incandescent lightbulbs, which last longer and use 25% to 80% less energy than regular incandescent light bulbs. We also open windows rather than using the AC whenever possible, and unplug chargers and appliances when not in use.

8. Support brands who do good.
Finding brands who do their part to conserve natural resources and reduce their environmental impact is crucial in my family’s commitment to be eco-conscious. For example, we appreciate and support GP‘s efforts to do these things by re-planting trees and restoring forest ecosystems, supporting conservation initiatives, contributing to the protection of endangered species, and promoting wildlife diversity. They do good beyond just environmental responsibility too, by working to help individuals and communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting underfunded local fire departments with their Bucket Brigade Program, and supporting communities through volunteerism organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources
8 Ways to Help Conserve Natural Resources

These are just a few ways that we make an effort to help conserve natural resources as a family. If you have other ways you do the same, I would love to hear about them!

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Watermelon and Feta Guacamole

Watermelon and Feta Guacamole

I initially shared this recipe here a couple of years ago, but it has become such a summertime staple in our house, and I’ve made some subtle changes to it along the way, so I decided to share this updated version. This guac is simple to make and incredibly refreshing. It’s become one of my go-tos for both everyday snacking and to serve at summer gatherings.

Summertime Watermelon and Feta Guacamole Dip

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
3 large, ripe avocados
1 cup watermelon, cut into cubes
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
6-8 fresh basil leaves, cut into strips
1/2 lime
salt
pepper

Cut avocados in half, remove pits and skin, and swash with a fork or masher in a medium size bowl to desired consistency. Cut and cube watermelon. Slice the basil into strips. Combine the cubed watermelon, about 3/4 of the basil strips, and the crumbled feta with the mashed avocado. Squeeze half a lime over the top, add a little salt and pepper, top with the remaining basil, and serve!

Summertime Watermelon and Feta Guacamole Dip
Summertime Watermelon and Feta Guacamole Dip

If you try this, let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite guac recipe for summer?

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Friday Funny: Gluten-Free

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