The Practical Guide To Period Products (and why we need to help period newbies!)

While more people are becoming more open and comfortable to talk – and blog- about their period and periods in general (I’ve even done it myself in this post), there are still such massive issues surrounding menstruation.

As women, as adults, as parents, as teachers, as men, as fathers, as people – we need to know how to respect our bodies, look after our children, remember the planet and help those who are in need. Hopefully, this post can take even one person that one step closer to doing all of those things!

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How To Get Fit Without Joining A Gym (Or Paying a Monthly Fee!)

Get Fit… Exercise More… Lose Weight… Be Healthier… Eat Better…

This year, over 26% of the New Year Resolutions made included one or more of the above making it the number one resolution for 2017…
The sad truth is that somewhere between 40-80% of people say they have never succeeded in their New Year Resolutions ever and only half of the people who make New Year Resolutions last longer than one month!

The Facts: For general health, we need at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week but “it is likely that, for many people, 45-60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day will be needed to prevent obesity”. Moderate activity is anything that gets your heart rate elevated and helps you break a sweat.

So how can you do this at home without spending an average of £444 a year on the gym alone?!

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The Basic Spoon List (How I Help People To Understand)

After reading The Spoon Theory, I decided that it was probably the best way to get Mr Me to understand, as well as anyone else around me who maybe would want an insight so I decided to create The Basic Spoon List. For 2days, I am going to give Mr Me 12 spoons (possibly 15 if I feel like being genereous) and The Basic Spoon List (see below). And I mean basic because I don’t think it would be fair to give him the list that is actually my life – it’s hard enough for me as it is!

So here’s the list for him and the amount of spoons each action uses with an explanation for most – I hope by seeing my days broken down into such complexity and how much effort each thing takes will help him to understand why I am always tired and rarely want to do a damn thing

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Defying Expectations: My Dysfunctional Family

This morning, I had a random scenario play in my mind of Mini Me 1 (4yo) trying to find food for herself and Mini Me 2 (almost 2yo) because Mummy isn’t awake to feed them. I could see her using her little step stool to try and reach things, trying to find something for her little brother that he will eat, wanting cereal but being unable to get to it on top of the fridge.

This has never, in her life or her brother’s, happened and it never will. But just imagining them going through that nearly reduced me to tears and I had to wonder if those tears were for the thought of my children ever suffering like that or if it related to some surpressed memories of my own childhood… maybe a bit of both?

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