Recycle Less: Period Knickers Review. Pants or Drawers Keeper?

This edition is all about period knickers. 

In a time before modern sanitary towels and tampons, women had a choice of pads and tampons made from reusable rags, grass, sheep wool, rabbit fur, menstrual belts to hold pads of various kinds textiles in place. Modern disposable towels, pads and tampons have made our lives so much easier! As always with convenience comes a price normally at the cost of the environment. Parts of the sanitary product is plastic, the packaging plastic, the disposing of them, how do they magically disappear once in the rubbish, trash, sanitary bins? Which poor person has to deal with the disposing? Add there’s debate over the chemicals in the products if they’re good for our nether regions. 

Recently on the ladies sanitary market are period knickers. Think cotton nappies versus disposable nappies/diapers, the concept is the same. Instead of being single use, the disposing of it which can be tricky when out, buying new pads, tampons, all you have to do is rinse, wash, dry repeat with reduced environmental effect. I think this is something most girls want as let’s be honest periods can be expensive with period tax in some countries in addition to the general cost of them. The three number one issues regarding period knickers are: Do they leak? Do they smell? Will they be bulky? Or for me a least they are.

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Nat Makes No Bake Muesli

My second breakfast or mid morning snack is usually muesli, fruit and soya yoghurt or 2 blondies muffins and a cup of green tea. I don’t do smoothies so it’s a great way to get in extra fruit. 

I prefer uncooked muesli and P was amazed at how much it costs. Being the chef he is, he was you can make it yourself for cheaper! Initially hesitant, I was game as long as I didn’t have to cook it.

After hearing how easy it is, no cooking involved I was in. Initial shop of ingredients perhaps it isn’t cheaper, in the long run it is. Bonus you can put what you want in and know what you’re putting in. Currently my muesli mix consists of oats, barley oats, puffed spelt and raisins. Yummy! Depending on where you buy the ingredientes it can save on plastic packaging as you’ll be getting through the ingredients slower than one individual bag of muesli. If you can get the ingredients in bulk bin places using cotton produce bags no plastic involved your end.

It’s so easy to make. Select what you want to put in to the quantities you want to include. Select a container with a lid, shake it up and voila your own muesli! Easy peasy! 

Do you prefer baked or non bakes muesli? I prefer non baked as it contains no added sugar otherwise I’d eat it like a bag of crisps/chips/sweets/candy.

How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly And Why I Don’t Like My New Retainers

Back in January I went to see an American dental hygienist Elena, recommended by a friend for an American style dental clean here in Barcelona. It was a life changing or life habit changing visit!

Basically I’ve been cleaning my teeth wrong for ions. I was having gum issues that started when I began wearing my new retainers. One of my old retainers, a ‘flipper’ retainer from years ago broke about a year ago when I started rewearing them after a years break. I paid the price skipping a year with tooth movement, hence new retainers. The replacements are like clear mouth guards. Flippers are more hygienic as I could eat with them in and silva could do it’s job. The way they’re designed they don’t trap nasties or bacteria that can cause plague Continue reading “How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly And Why I Don’t Like My New Retainers”

Late August Catch Up

Summer’s being bittersweet this week. The days are hot, the wind’s been enough to make me nearly cry cycling in, mostly when I really don’t need it to be so windy, yet provides a little respite from the heat when not sprint cycling and beach temps are prefect for sneak way beach siestas. The bitter sweetness, sunrises are later and sunsets earlier and September starts in a week signals Autumn Fall’s arrival. However there’s still 5 weeks of my favourite season, plenty of time to be outside as much possible soaking up that warm sunshine!

I hope you’re having a great week! I’ve been getting to the gym early at the cost of Continue reading “Late August Catch Up”

Evening Primrose Oil

Nearly everybody knows evening primrose oil’s great for healthy hair, nails and skin thanks to being packed with fatty acids particularly GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), which has great healing properties. It can help ease eczema, help with PMS, bad period cramps, ease joint pain, may help acne and rosacea sufferers and even hair loss!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’ve been taking evening primrose oil capsules for about 3 months  Continue reading “Evening Primrose Oil”