Everyone Needs a Hobby!

Blogging has always been in the back of my mind but I’ve never had the confidence to try to write for the general public. Not that I think I will get tons of “audience” anyway, but I think in the back of my head, I’ve just always had a fear of rejection. So I just wrote for my family and friends about the adventures of parenting after my daughter was born in 2013. I gained some confidence in blogging and about 2-3 years ago, I created this new site to start blogging for anyone to see. I wrote 3 entries, then I got pregnant with my second child. That pregnancy took a lot out of me. I was sick most of the time and when I didn’t feel sick, there was another little one to attend to. Then my son was born and there was just no time to even think about ideas on what to write to people I may not even know. I did continue to write about the parenting life with 2 kiddos, but it was mostly because I wanted to also remember their milestones as they grew up and I only publicized it to family and friends.

What’s the difference now? Well, for one, both kids can go to bed by 7:30pm at night. They are not necessarily sleeping, but they are in their beds by then and we have some down time before bedtime. But in all honesty, I think I just decided to grow some balls and do what I’ve always wanted to. Putting yourself out there can be so daunting and my fear of rejection will always be there. But I love to write (though don’t expect my stuff to be grammatically correct – english is my second language you see ;-))!  Time for a new hobby anyway – it seems to me that watching NCIS marathon all night does not necessarily flex my brain muscles. I’d like to get my creative juices flowing since… well… I really don’t think I’m very creative. I’m working on it! I’m a work in progress =).

My goal is to write and to entertain and to grow a community where maybe we can help each other out with whatever life throws at us! Who knows, maybe what I write could be useful for someone… or maybe it could just put a smile on someone’s face. That’s really my goal here. That… and well… everyone needs a hobby or an outlet or else they can go cray!

So thanks for reading and joining me in this journey!

Baking With a Toddler

My daughter (who is 4 years old) always watches baking shows on youtube when we allow her some screen time. Every time she watches it, she would ask me if we could make whatever she was watching. Disclaimer! I love to bake but I am not a baker. I don’t think I’m creative enough to even try some of the stuff she watches. But alas, I could no longer deny my daughter’s pleas to bake bake bake. And since we had a snowy spring day yesterday, we had time to finally bake!

I picked a pretty easy recipe that did not require shaping anything into any kind of shapes because no one has time for that! Knowing my daughter’s lack of patience, as well as my fear or making the whole kitchen a mess, I decided to pre-measure the ingredients to give her the feel of a cooking show where people just throw ingredients into a bowl and mix mix mix! Yes, it’s more dishes to wash, but it just helped make things go smoothly. The kid loved every minute of it and was so so so proud she mostly did everything by herself. I think I can say that this indoor activity went pretty well if I do say so myself ;).

Thanks for reading and have an awesome rest of the day!

A Different Option for your Period

I’m always so late to the game. I know that there are tons of options out there now as far as collecting bodily fluids other than pads and tampons but I never really thought about it until friends started talking about Thinx underwear and menstrual cups. Of course, whatever you choose depends on your preference. If you don’t like sticking things up your hoo-ha, then there are reusable pads or menstrual underwear. I personally don’t like the feeling of  fluids coming out of my body so I opted for the cup.

I’ve been reading the benefits of using cups/thinx underwear. It’s more environmentally friendly and apparently healthier for you since pads and tampons are made of bleached rayon which could potentially be harmful for you. They also contain other chemicals but  demands for more transparency from manufacturers regarding what they use to make sanitary napkins and tampons have not been met. In addition, the cups and the underwear can be re-used over and over so technically, they can save you tons of money.

So I went ahead and bought a menstrual cup. How did I decide which one to get? I literally just went on amazon and looked at the reviews and whichever one was cheap and had great reviews, I chose! I ended up buying the “Dutchess Cup,” no doubt probably some type of knock off from the popular “Diva Cup.”

It seems that for most of these cups, there are 2 sizes. Large – meant from women who have given birth vaginally, or small – meant for women who have had C-sections or haven’t had kids yet. Pretty simple.

Make sure to sterilize the cups first. Put in boiling water for 3 minutes, let cool and you’re good to go.  Make sure your hands are washed before you do anything else with the cup. The directions seem pretty simple but harder to execute. There’s definitely some trial and error involved. First step is to fold – apparently there are a couple of ways that you can fold the cup. I used the “C-fold” – pinch the top of the cup and then bend in half to create a tight C shape.

Next step is the slightly more complicated – inserting the cup. I recommend actually inserting your index or middle finger in your vagina first. There are a variety of ways your cervix could be positioned so you just want to see where yours is. Once you kind of feel which way yours is, that’s the direction you will insert your folded cup.  Once you insert it, you will have to feel around the cup to make sure that it is fully unfolded to ensure that the cup has essentially “sealed” the opening for you cervix.

Once it’s in, you’re good to go! You shouldn’t feel like you have anything on like when you’re wearing a tampon. If you do, the cup is probably too low so try to push it up a little. I do wear a liner just in case there is some leakage but i found that if I put the cup in correctly, there’s little to no leakage. Win =). I’ve even worn it over night on my heaviest day and it did not leak. Win win!

I’ve read that depending the size of the cup, you can don’t have to change it for 6-12 hours. For me, the longest I’ve gone throughout the day is 8 hours and at night, 10 hours. When it’s time to take it out, wash your hands, sit or squat over the toilet and feel for the tip of the cup. If you can’t feel it, it helps to bear down (kinda like pooping) so that the cup will come down slightly, once you feel the tip, go ahead and grab on to it and gently pull, once the end of the cup comes out slightly, pinch the middle of the cup to break the seal and then gently pull and the cup will come out.

What’s a little cool and gross about the cup is that it actually has measuring lines on the sides of the cup so you know how much fluid your expelling. So it’s kinda cool to see, but also gross. Pour the contents of the cup into the toilet and wash cup with anti bacterial soap (or they do have a menstrual cup soap) and water and it’s ready for use again.

So all in all my experiences with the cup has been positive. The negative aspects of this experience is that is it takes time to learn how to use it, and I don’t think I would want to change it in public restrooms. But if you don’t care about those things, then hey, more power to yah! Definitely worth a try if you are looking for using something else other than pads or tampons.

Thanks for reading and hope you have an awesome rest of the day!