Bullet Journalling, what have I done?!

My new foray into bullet journaling has kept me pretty busy for the last week. As you have all probably realised, I’m atrocious at updating on time. This is odd for me as I am a massive stickler for being on time. I think the last time I was late for anything was when I was still taking buses and mine didn’t turn up. So, I thought that maybe it isn’t my time keeping that is the problem but my organisation skills. Hence the journal. I am not artistically talented and so there will be no out of this world images or mind-blowing sketches. I love to be creative and draw but I know I’m not good at putting it on paper. I use my words to bring things to life, not my crayons. This is still really fun as its just for me. I still wish I could draw though.

All of the pages have been inspired, copied or are imitations of other people’s journals. I have browsed many a blog, google, and pinterest for references and ideas. For anyone that is also just starting out, these are great places to help you get started.

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My journal starts with a large calendar that shows the year to come. This starts from August as I wanted to begin from the beginning of a month and that is when I will start getting ready for the final University year. I overused the colours but I enjoyed drawing it out. It’s odd how soothing measuring out sections can be. I have highlighted any bank holidays, including ones unique to where I live. I have also shown any days to remember, such as Mother’s/Father’s Day. This seemed like the logical place to start before I realised I had left off space to identify what day matches the date. This isn’t a big issue as I list it later on, but still not the best thought out page.

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The second page looked like a great idea when I saw it online. I like how it looks but (for me) it doesn’t make the reading list look any more interesting. This page is split into three sections, my two modules with reading lists, and what I want to read. I have done it this way as I must work from the top of the list before I can read from the bottom. The books just aren’t what I am interested in. There are some good reads mixed in with the bad, but it is still a bit of a chore. I would love to have found a layout that makes this seem a bit less daunting. This one is as close as I could get. This might not be a relevant addition to every journal, and could in fact be replaced with films or series. I have seen some great images of people tracking which episode they are up to in the series’ they are watching. I just don’t have many to track at the minute as a lot of mine are on a break.

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The third page so far is a page waiting to be filled. It has a calendar ready for when I have my final deadlines for the year. I won’t know these until I’m back in September but I wanted this page as close to the front of the book as possible. I started to try and do the title in a font similar to that of the Walking dead. I was going for the ‘Walking Deadlines’ pun, it failed, miserably. I am happy with the rest of the page, even the dodgy looking plant doodle that I have attempted. The page is fine, it’s what needs to go on it that I’m dreading.

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Page four and five are a second planner. A full year with space to add a few notes. This is so I can add a reminder for things that I want to put in the journal, but I’m not at that moment yet. If that made sense. I will do week to view pages later on that will allow me to keep on top of work over a months’ time. I don’t want to be overwhelmed and so I am going to keep it down to a month only. I have to admit that even though this is a simple layout, this is my favourite so far.

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The last thing I will include in this blog is the tracker page. This is another of the reasons I wanted to keep one of these journals; to track certain activities I do every day. This for me is simple, pills, teeth, health, and reading. I want to try and keep an eye on how often I am doing these things and this will allow me to do that. This page is for July even though I did’t want to start until August, as I wanted to start the tracking as son as I could. I’m not happy with how it looks and so will lay it out differently for August, but it will work.

On a side note, a lot of people have told me about washi or wasabi tape, as you can see I have bought a roll but I personally think it looks a mess. Could somebody explain why they like it so much and how they use it? I know it’s often a page boundary or to separate things, but I think it sticks out a bit too much. I might have to try a few different types to see if I get a feel for them.

Anyways folks, here is my first attempt at bullet journaling. I will try and keep you up to date with it as I go along but I’ll see how I get on. This may replace my normal period blog as I have been put on a new pill that stops my cycle. Let me know what kind of posts you are wanting, even if it’s more on reusables, journaling, crafts, or more.

Thanks for reading and please subscribe!

Charlotte x

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Vegankind June 2017 review

Hello, something a bit different for you all today. Another review but this time of The Vegan Kind subscription box. This is a monthly subscription that costs around £10 (depending on the box) and is sent out at the end of the month. I ordered a box for a friend and didn’t cancel the subscription in time before this box was paid for, so it was ordered in a woops moment. I actually quite like the idea, I’m not vegan but do have a few intolerances and so I like to try new products. If you want to try a new box the link is: https://www.thevegankind.com/ and they have snack boxes as well as beauty boxes.

Everything you receive is Vegan friendly and Cruelty Free. Not all of it is food items either. This box came with a candle, not a fan of candles and the scent of this one didn’t wow me but it’ll get used.

The Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn was pretty good, mine were Sweet ‘n Salty and it was a nice treat. Don’t buy popcorn often because it gets stuck in my teeth but it was a great snack for me and was perfect for a movie night. They taste just like normal popcorn so the only difference is that you know they are Vegan friendly. If you’re interested in purchasing then they are available in a variety of places, here is the link to their website for you too look at the different products and flavours available: http://metcalfesskinny.com/our-products/ be careful though as I’m not sure if it is an all Vegan company.

The Goupie chocolates were a little weird, not sure if they tasted good or bad, just strange. I think it was the mix of treacle with dates. The salt kicks in with these flavours and I think that’s what I didn’t enjoy. I think if they were just the Sticky Toffee then I would have enjoyed them more. On the second one I have decided that they taste pretty good but not something I would buy again. Would rather just grab a Crunchie if I’m honest. If you’re interested in giving them a try though, please check out their website: www.goupie.co.uk they have a weird and wonderful selection that I am really hoping to try. Although, the chocolate and lavender one might be something I stay away from. The normal box cost looks to be £4 so it would make a nice little present for someone, an extra treat. The packaging and overall look of the box is nice as well, for a box.

This next item isn’t something completely new to me as I have one most days at work. The Bounce energy balls are really nice but a little expensive. I buy them when they’re on offer in Holland and Barretts. The flavour that has been sent is one I haven’t had before and I have been tempted to try it out. They do a nice range which are sweeter flavours but also a healthier side which are the ones I avoid. This is one of the healthier ones, Almond and Spirulina. I like almonds so that’s a plus, but I have always been put off by the Spirulina side of the bar. After trying it I can’t say it’s taken the place of my favourites, Coconut and Macadamia, or Coconut and Lemon. In fact, it reminds me a bit of the Cacao Mint flavour without the mint taste. The almond taste is overpowered by what I can only assume is the Spirulina which I don’t know if I have tried before. I really recommend these balls, they’re great little energy boosts and additions to your lunch box. If you can’t get them from Holland and Barretts, they also have them at Tesco, or you can purchase from the website: http://uk.bouncefoods.com/ this might be the best place to try them out as you can order a selection of flavours.

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After having so much to eat I have decided to sample the drink. I’ve never heard of the brand before, Sunsoul. It sounds pretty enough and smells amazing; the taste is not great. It tastes a bit like I’m drinking washing up liquid with an aftertaste of elderflower. I’m not a big energy drink fan, I used to quite like Lucozade but I have given up drinking anything fizzy. I found that fizzy drinks gave me headaches. This Sunsoul is sparkling and is supposedly full of natural ingredients, but I’m not a big fan. It also contains caffeine which is something else I have recently tried to cut out. For any of the energy drink addicts out there, you may want to try it out to see for yourselves, it may just be that it’s not for me. The website is: http://sunsouldrinks.com/ and you can purchase 24 cans for £21 which is really good for Vegan products.

Last of the products that can be eaten is the chewing gum. I didn’t have high expectations of the Chewsy All Natural Chewing Gum, but I love spearmint and thought I’d try it out. It’s actually really good, a lovely mint burst when you bite into it and I was waiting for it to be crumblier then chewy but I was wrong. I will say that it doesn’t seem to hold it flavour as long as regular gum but it’s been awhile since I’ve had gum. I usually have Spearmint Smints, but this wasn’t bad. Again, along with the lack or flavour it does seem to become a bit crumbly the more it was chewed. If you need a chewing gum fix then please check out the website here: http://www.chewsygum.co.uk/ they have some odd flavours for gum.

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The final item in the box is a scented candle. They are made by Harpers Candles and as with everything else, they are vegan. The smell is a little strange, quite soapy. I think the scent is called ‘The Great British Summer Kind’ and it is supposed to remind you of freshly mowed grass and a quiet lazy morning. It doesn’t stir up any hay fever but I smell more soap then grass, there is a leafy kind of scent that is hidden within the soap though. I’m not blown away by it but it’s not all that unpleasant, soap is good, it means its clean. It will likely just become a decoration on a shelf somewhere in the house. A bonus is that it is really nice packaging so take a look: http://harperscandles.com/

I wasn’t blown away by this box but like I stated before, I’m not Vegan. If your struggling to find new snack products or suppliers of vegan and animal cruelty free products, then I really do recommend this box. I may not have enjoyed what I was eating other than the popcorn and maybe the chocolate, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t buy it again. I’m not going to subscribe as I have found some snacks that I love (the Bounce balls) and am quite happy to stick with these. Check them out though: https://www.thevegankind.com/ they have alternative boxes if you’re looking for beauty products as well as snacks. They also include a recipe sheet in every box that can give you some great ideas. This one had a pizza bun swirl recipe, it looks nice but I would have to tweak it to cut out the onion and garlic.

 

Thanks for reading and please subscribe!

Charlotte x

Period blog May 2017, and WIWTM

I’ve given you all a lovely 6 week break from overly personal blogs. Now we’re back, so all of you readers that are weak of heart and grossed out by the ‘joys’ of the female reproductive organs, look away now. I wish I could but, unfortunately, I have to live through it.

Anyways, I have been on the pill for the last 6 weeks whilst I have been on holiday and so it’s been a great break from bleeding, cramps and overall feeling rubbish. On the second week of the pill I had some slight spotting that only lasted a day as well as a bit of cramping but nothing too bad, just enough for a liner to be worn. On the sixth week leading up to my coming off the pill I had breakthrough bleeding. This was proper bleeding rather than spotting. I took my last pill on Saturday and remained light through to Tuesday, that’s when my stomach started to get crampy. It wasn’t too bad, but I could only be out for half an hour before I wanted to sit down with a hot water bottle.

Things really started today, Wednesday. I knew it was going to happen and I woke up at 5.30am feeling really crampy and uncomfortable. I couldn’t face food which meant that I couldn’t take anything for the pain, I was also in too much pain to be able to leave my bed for a hot water bottle. It was an uncomfortable half an hour before I managed to eat half a biscuit and take my ibuprofen, which still wasn’t enough food for these tablets but I was desperate. I managed to fall asleep again and woke up at 8.30am to get my hot water bottle, finally. The cramping had eased a bit but had not disappeared. In fact it has been like this all day. I’m fine if I’m sat down but even then I go through painfull bursts. I did manage to have some cereal and take another dose of painkillers at 12.30, which was later than I wanted to leave it but again, I wasn’t able to eat anything. Food makes my stomach cramp even more, and usually leads to me getting a mild case of the runs. As it is, going to the bathroom is not fun at the moment, I am fairly heavy and it just isn’t fun. Thankfully, I am not at work this week otherwise things would be so much worse. I wouldn’t have been able to go in today even if I had been on shift. I’ve taken some more painkillers but I’m still not feeling great, my head is pounding as well. Think I might just call it a night and head to bed, at 7.30pm.

Its Thursday and things are still quite heavy. The cramps have calmed down a bit, they only flare up when I’m tense or standing up for too long. To avoid being tense I spent the morning watching good old family films like, The Secret Garden. It made me feel a bit better if nothing else. My head did start to become achy again around 2pm but I didn’t take any painkillers for it. I caved and took some around 4pm when it felt like my head was being crushed. Its helped a bit but I think it’ll be another early night tonight. On the plus side, I still have an appetite which is unusual for this point in my period. Also, my cramps haven’t been crippling today. I have managed a trip to Tesco and to pick mum up from work. If it wasn’t for my head, I would actually feel pretty good. Oh and the gushing of blood that is exiting my vagina, that makes me feel a bit crappy as well.

Friday brought no cramps. I actually feel human again. I’ve had occasional headaches but nowhere near what its been for the last few days. I’m not as heavy anymore either, still not light though. With the cramps having vanished, I’ve started feeling a bit drained, think I might try to keep up with my early nights in the hopes of getting my energy back in time for work on Monday. This week off has gone by far too fast, I’m not ready to go back to work just yet.

Strangely enough I have been really light today, verging on spotting. I feel like I went from fairly heavy to almost non-existent overnight. I haven’t had anymore cramps but I have felt a bit bloated and queasy today, either its something I have eaten or it’s the last dregs of my period leaving my system. I really hope its all over for Monday, I can’t face another shift at work when I’m crampy and irritable, pretty sure my co-workers and the patients don’t want a grumpy Charlie either. I’ll leave this blog here as my period is coming to a stop. I will take the pill again tomorrow night and will likely be on it for another 6 weeks due to where my shifts are falling. I really am hoping to update more, especially with holiday reviews and even a craft update or two. Its just getting the time and motivation to sit down and write after this last year of Uni work. I will try though.

Here is What I wore this month (WIWTM) 24 pads total which is more than usual

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Thank you as always for reading!

Charlotte x

Period blog March/April 2017 & WIWTM

It’s been a while since we last had one of these posts. Hopefully you all know the drill by now, look away oh innocent ones. Look away if you have zero interest in my uterus or reproductive system, as this won’t be something you want to read.

Okay, now this month is a bit of an odd one. As you have probably noticed, I missed a month. Due to my pain and collapsing my GP has asked that I try going on the pill. It’s something that I have tried in the past without success but I figured I might as well give it another shot as I was going to take the pill for my holiday (vacation) next month. I have been put on microgynon 30, which is what I usually use without having any problems. The only downside I have is that I usually have worse pain when I come off them. Unfortunately, the first 3 weeks has ended and I’m due to start any day now. I am not looking forward to this. I am taking my normal Magnesium, drinking Raspberry Leaf tea and praying that I get through this coming week.

The weeks on the pill didn’t really show any issues. I took it on the day I was starting, but hadn’t fully started in order to stop the period. I had spotting for the first few days and had to wear a liner but it did stop the period. I usually take it on the last day of my period so this was new to me. Not used to spotting whilst on the pill. I did feel bloated and a bit achy the first week, but my stomach has been off all year so I don’t know if it was being made worse by the pill or just an ill-timed bad week. The last week I have been getting niggling headaches so I hope those stop.

I started noticing a very small amount of spotting today (Tuesday) but not really pink yet. Still have a liner on just in case and I’m going to take ibuprofen before bed tonight to try and ward off the cramps. Nothing bad yet, still have a bit of a headache, took my anti-nausea pills and I’ve been fine. I’m crossing everything in the hopes that tomorrow will be the same.

I didn’t really start overnight but there was still some spotting. I took some ibuprofen starting from lunch when I started to get a bit crampy. I had a module meeting about my lectures for next year that I couldn’t miss and so I was hoping for things to hold off until after two. Thankfully things didn’t really get too bad. I took Raspberry Leaf tea to the talk as well as a small hot water bottle (I looked so cool) and it kept the cramps at bay. I do unfortunately live on campus which is at the top of a lot of stairs and a steep hill which made my cramps worse. They definitely haven’t been that bad today though, uncomfortable, but manageable. I have started fully now and still okay to get food if I need too. Usually I can’t stomach food on the first day so not too bad so far. I’m going to take more painkillers before I go to bed just to make sure I don’t get too crampy overnight but I’m hopeful that tomorrow will be easy going.

Only had a few milder cramps today, they’ve been fine with the hot water bottle but I took some ibuprofen earlier as a precaution. I’ve not been very heavy, even overnights weren’t too bad, maybe that will change tomorrow? I seem to have changed from my usual two days of being heavy followed by three moderate days and two or three light days. Now, I’m moderate at the start. Not sure if that will stay the same for every cycle or not. I have still got a headache, a mild one but it’s annoying as I’ve had it for the past week now. Ready for that to leave me alone. I’m not going to take any more pain killers before bed, but I will get a refill on the bottle just in case but so far so good.

It’s been an odd day today. I woke up feeling pretty good, I’m still lighter than I expected and my cramps haven’t picked up. I feel a bit achy, not enough to take painkillers but enough that I feel a bit uncomfortable. I even managed to go for a walk but still couldn’t climb the hill back to my flat easily. As its getting a bit later my headache is getting worse. I don’t want to take painkillers because my body rebels if I take them for too many days in a row. The headache is definitely more of a problem then my stomach though. I’ve made a GP appointment for Monday just because it doesn’t seem to be going away. Don’t think it’s cycle related, probably stress due to deadlines next week, but it’s best to be safe. I’ve stayed light through today, think it must be a side effect of the pill because this isn’t normal for me.

Today has been a very unproductive day which really isn’t good with my deadlines being so close. The headache is still here and I’ve felt quite queasy today as well. Not been in the mood to do anything, including my assignments. On the up side, the cramps have gone. Had no cramping at all today and I’ve stayed fairly steady. Still on a moderate flow, but more of a spotting moderate if that makes sense. It’s been pretty easy going. I am craving chocolate which is unusual for me. I’m actually not a big chocolate eater, thankfully I have some left over from Christmas so I was sorted otherwise I would have had to go out. Back on the pill tomorrow night whether the bleeding stops or not so it’s been a success for my first cycle on contraception.

I had spotting for the first few days of being back on the pill and then it stopped completely. I’m away on holiday soon so there won’t be a period blog for another 6weeks or so, whenever the pill ends next. I am hoping to blog about my holiday once I’m back but a going to be away from technology for a bit. I have also finished my second year of university now so the craft updates and pad reviews should resume soon. Here is a photo of all but one pad that I wore this month, the one missing is my purple Tortoise Wing Things as it is still in the wash basket.

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Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x

 

Period blog, Feb 2017

Period blog Feb 2017

Look away people of delicate sensibilities; for the time is once again upon us to be educated. Educated in the wonderful world of…menstruation. For those of you that were unaware of this beautiful and natural phenomenon…it fuckin’ sucks!

So once again I’m not on time. I was due to start on Saturday the 28th but low and behold, still nothing come Monday. I have to say I’ve had pretty bad PMS this cycle. Been extremely moody the last few days and really have to apologise to anyone that has been in contact with me. I’ve probably sounded a bit mental. Other than moods I’ve been achy and to be honest, a little bunged up. Not a pleasant few days. Bloating, aching and farting on top of being a bit all over the place emotionally. Not had PMS this bad in quite a while.

On the plus side, I have been taking, Magnesium (395g), Vitamin C & Zinc (Boots drink), and Vitamin D, for the past month and this is my first cycle where it had a chance to enter my system. Might not make a difference for a few months but I’m hoping for less cramping.

Six days after I was due to start I think Aunt Flo is finally here. Now cramping yet, but I’ve been feeling a bit achy for the last few days, almost like a pulled muscle ache. If I move wrong I feel slight cramps but when I relax they go away. A little strange but not bad and I’ve still been able to go about my daily business without any problems. I have had a bit of spotting today so I expect to fully start overnight tonight. That will be when the cramps and runs usually hit so fingers crossed that they don’t come. On the plus side, its Saturday tomorrow so I have time to wallow in pain and self-pity.

Wow, so the cramps certainly did show up. I woke up feeling a bit crampy but not too bad, thought I could do without painkillers and just cuddle my hot water bottle. Unfortunately, the cramps became worse and I took my ibuprofen, just not in time. I was completely crippled, couldn’t move or think and the cramps then set off my stomach making me need the toilet. I made it to the bathroom only to collapse once I was there. It was terrifying. I couldn’t move and I had nobody to contact for help, had even left me phone by my bed so I couldn’t call anyone. I had a panic attack which didn’t help my pain and I very nearly passed out but not sure that I did. It took me almost half an hour before I could move from the bathroom floor where I then collapsed onto my bed in agony. At this point I did pass out and woke up an hour later. Thankfully, if I didn’t move, the painkillers were working at this point so I managed to get a small bowl of cereal in order to get something in my stomach. I spent the entire day in bed as I was shaking and dizzy and generally felt crap. I really need to go to the doctors about this, it’s happened twice now and really isn’t pleasant.

On day two I still feel a bit shaky and have taken some more tablets to keep the cramps at bay but not nearly as bad as I was yesterday. I haven’t eaten much and food doesn’t taste very good at the minute as my stomach doesn’t want any. I’m drinking plenty of water though. Plus, side of things is that I’m really not heavy so far. I go heavy for about half an hour and then light for a few hours. It’s not bad to be honest now that the cramps are settling. I still feel shaky and haven’t been able to do much but I’m hoping that has passed so I can get back to classes tomorrow. I have a deadline soon and haven’t got time for feeling rubbish.

The third day wasn’t too bad, I have three two hour lectures on a Monday so that caused a few issues for me. I felt a bit queasy all morning and started cramping a bit by lunch time so I took some painkillers then, but only the two tablets all day. I was a bit too achy to make my third lecture, which I could have struggled through but decided I’d rather not risk ending up like I had been on the Saturday. The painkillers worked pretty well for the afternoon and my hot water bottle cured the rest. So an uneventful day really, fairly light for this part of my cycle which is the same as last month. Maybe I am lightening a little? Who knows.

The fourth day lead to my heaviest day so far. I think it may be because I’ve been on my feet quite a bit today so all the walking might have got the juices flowing so to speak. No cramps! Which was fantastic, a bit of back ache but it was laundry day so that was expected. I’ve not been overly queasy and managed a pizza, so my stomach is fairly content at the minute. Still not as heavy as usual, I used to be changing pads every hour, now its every 4-5 which is brilliant.

For some reason, even after I spent all day yesterday cleaning and doing laundry, my body wasn’t quite ready to sleep. I drifted off around 6am this morning and woke up at lunchtime. I’m barely spotting now so think things are coming to an end, I’m hoping the achy body is from the lack of sleep and being uncomfortable all night rather than an illness, again. I’ve not been crampy today and my headache hasn’t hit like it has been for the last few months. Hopefully, it’ll leave me alone after the crappy start to this cycle. I am a little queasy and my stomach is a bit off, but again I think it’s my body settling down after a rough period. I’m going to risk only wearing liners today, not going out so at least there won’t be any embarrassment if things pick up again.

It’s over, no spotting what so ever, still feel a bit achy and dizzy so I’m assuming I have a bit of a bug but other than that I’m okay. Getting a bit of a headache though, I swear I feel worse as I’m coming off my period then when I’m coming on. Oh well, another month over. Sorry but the picture doesn’t include all the pads worn this month, still need to do another load of laundry.

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Thanks, as always for reading!

Charlotte

Period blog Dec/Jan 2017 WIWTM

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas as well. This post is one that doesn’t appeal to everyone so again don’t read if you’re not interested in periods, or anything menstruation related as this will likely freak you out. img_1952

This period was due on Christmas day which was a worry as that is also my birthday. Thankfully I was once again late. I actually started on New Year’s Eve. Not the best way to welcome in the new year, with stomach cramps and an upset stomach but I suppose it could have been worse. I wanted to try a new Magnesium spray that my mum bought, it’s supposed to help with joint pain and muscle aches and thought it might help with my cramping. It was a bit useless to be honest, I left it for about an hour before I had to take painkillers and even they didn’t help for a good two hours after taking them. I’ve also been really queasy with no appetite and a bit dizzy. All in all, the first day of 2017 has been a bit rubbish.

Day two hasn’t been too bad, in fact, I actually managed to go out for a nice long walk which usually isn’t possible on the second day, not without drugs anyways. No painkillers taken today and I have had a few niggly cramps but not crippling. I’ve felt achy rather than full cramps which is manageable. I’m not too heavy but on the verge of being. I’ve felt drained and queasy so I think the walk did me some good. Got me out of the house before I’m back at work tomorrow. All in all though, a nice day.

Day three, and strangely, no problems again. I’m not upset about the lack of cramping but wow this is weird. I was really light and got away with using one pad through until maybe 2pm when I swapped just to feel fresh. It has been a manic day at work, short staffed and constantly on my feet so the lack of stomach cramps was a blessing. I don’t think I’ve ever been this busy on a period day and not suffered for it, I really hope this sets a trend for 2017! Unfortunately, my overall health has been a bit bad, not sure if I have a bug or am coming down with something but I feel ill. Not enough to stay home but enough that I just feel bleh. It’s not just me but mum as well so I know it’s not period related but I hope it’s gone by Friday as I’m travelling back to the university then.

Day four was the same as three. Still ill but no cramps and a very light flow. Its lightened so much tonight that I might swap over to liners, very strange for it to be ending on the fourth day, maybe my body is tricking me and the second I swap to liners I’ll go heavy? Please let this be my new cycle!

I thought I’d be safe to go without liners today as there was nothing overnight or all through the morning, so I thought I was free. Unfortunately, as I said before, my body was playing tricks. Thankfully it was just spotting but very annoying. Feel okay though, went on another nice walk, but have a niggling headache forming.

I still have a little spotting today which still makes it a six day period. My head feels a bit like its been split in two and I feel awful, not ill, just bleh. I’m travelling back to University today and really am not looking forward to the flight and bus journey. Ready to curl up in bed and its only 5pm.

I made it, still have a headache, and will probably have it for a few more days as I believe its hormone related. Another nice perk of menstruation. I don’t have any spotting today; the only thing left is the headache which I’m hoping to sleep off. Only used 14 pads this cycle!

Thank you all for reading another period blog, a little shorter than normal as its been a straightforward week. Below is a picture of all my new pads from December, can’t wait to try them all out. I used a few this month and was really impressed with their quality.

Thanks again!

Charlotte x

 

My Days winter box 2016 review

Unfortunately, the lady who runs the My Days boxes has decided to stop selling them, if you head over to the Facebook page she has some great closing down sales that I believe will be happening through the next few months to use up the last of her stocks. The page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/

I had ordered myself the Christmas box back in September so I’m afraid I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it but it was around £30 because I included a pad as an extra treat. I was very happy with this box and was very happy to see a personal note explaining that substitutions have been made for me as I can’t have bath products. Makes you feel like the organisers actually care about you, and it wasn’t only the bath products but my intolerance to onion and garlic that was taken into consideration, she checked all the products (as its often in crisps), which is great customer services!img_1876

On to the items in the box, I’ll start with the cloth pad as I haven’t had one from this box before. Tanzi (the owner) has a monthly order from Luna Chick and I must say, I’m impressed. The quality of the pad is amazing and it’s my first Christmas themed pad! Super excited over that, really wish I had ordered the scrundies to go with it as they look brilliant. This maker does a range of products, including clothing for women and children. If you interested, then take a look at hew Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LunaChickUK/ or her etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LunaChickUK?ref=search_shop_redirect

Staying on the theme of reusable products, I also received a Toggle Wheat bag from Ancient Wisdom. I love the idea of this bag but I found the smell a little off. I love lavender as a scent but this doesn’t really appeal to me as it smells a bit stale, I think that’s the best way to describe it. The quality of the bag is fantastic and I am thinking that I may just repack it with some fresh wheat and lavender. I have had products from this company before and they haven’t really impressed me. It’s closed with Velcro so it won’t be a problem to undo and use fresh after a wash. A great idea but I wouldn’t buy from Ancient Wisdom. There site is www.Ancient-Wisdom.info but I don’t think you can purchase here, they may only do bulk orders.

Sticking with fabric based products, there is a really adorable crocheted star ornament for the Christmas tree. I think its brilliant and a nice addition to the box. I’m not sure who the supplier is as it doesn’t have a label but if I find out I will add it here: I admit, I’m jealous of their crochet skills, mine have not improved much, should really practice more.

Ok, pamper goodies are next. The first of which is a Juicy Burst facemask It’s a paraben free mask from ooh-arr that sounds fantastic, will definitely be using it on my next pamper day. I will be taking it back to University with me as sometimes I really need a pamper when I’m there. For more information as well as how to purchase, there website is: http://www.ooh-arr.com/

The second pamper item is a nail brush, I’ll be honest and say I have no idea how to use one of these. I have seen them before and it looks like it’s a good quality, but I may need to google how to use it. Both of these pamper items were my replacement items, the initial pamper goody was a bath bomb, but I only have a shower.

There were a few scented items in the box like I handmade soap which was really nice, just a bit too strong for me and so it has been given to a friend, along with the Ancient Wisdom scented granules. They were pine scented and a little too sweet for my delicate nose. Great additions but better in the hands of my friend, sorted my stocking filler gifts out though!

Next we have the drinks. There is the usual Lichfields hot chocolate which I love. Honestly can’t recommend this brand of hot chocolate enough, the box is worth it just for this. I don’t have a link but I know it can be found on amazon. Also two different teas, we have our Pukka which is wild apple and cinnamon which I am saving to have on Christmas morning as I actually like apple tea so it’ll be a treat. The other tea is a Hampstead Organic Peppermint tea. Now with all my nausea and stomach problems recently, I am super happy to have this as I’ve been wanting to see if it helps settle my stomach but I didn’t want to buy a box in case it was wasted. I know I’m not a big fan of the taste but it’s worth it if it settles my tummy so thank you Tanzi! There is also a Peppermint Chai Latte, I’m a bit weary of it as it sounds good but I don’t particularly enjoy Chai, I’m actually saving this for Christmas as well as we have my brother and sister-in-law coming round so we can all try it together.img_1879

Next is the all important treats. We have two different bars of chocolate, the first being by AngeliQ which I haven’t seen before. It’s a 70% dark chocolate made of Peruvian cocoa which sounds fancy, it is an Orange and Cranberry flavour and is really nicely packaged. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of orange chocolate and so this is likely to go in my dad’s belly but I have tried it and wow is it dark. You can really taste the orange coming through and its not bad for dark chocolate, I can’t taste any cranberry though. If you like dark or orange chocolate, then I really recommend as even I wasn’t put off by the flavour and I’m fussy. The website is: http://www.iqchoc.com/ I’m impressed with their options and they are gluten, dairy, nuts, and soya free, they are also vegan. Very impressive, the website tells you which stores stock their chocolate near you and allows you to buy online. I’m going to order a few flavours in future I think, once my current stash is reduced a bit. On to chocolate bar number two, it is a Divine bar which I have heard off, and its Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Hazelnuts, very festive. Again, very dark but the bitterness of the chocolate is reduced with the cranberries. I’m trying to eat darker chocolate as its healthier but not doing very well so far. This is good though, I ate an entire piece without pulling a face. I was a little sad that the bottom corner of the bar was slightly damaged but it didn’t affect the bar itself and this box is so full that I’m shocked that more things weren’t damaged! That is a compliment, not a criticism! Can’t believe how much was in this box!

There was a third chocolate item but this was in coin form. That right, 70% Dark Chocolate coins that are also from Divine. My only downside to this brand is that they aren’t gluten free. I’m not coeliac or gluten intolerant but a lot of my friends are and It would have been nice to share it, guess that just means more for me. The website for these is: www.divinechocolate.com if I’m honest, if it wasn’t for the fact I like the cranberry taste, I would say go to the IQ chocolate website that’s above instead, better quality and allergy awareness from what I can tell.

The final food item is a Perk!er Quinoa bar, it is Goji and Cranberry flavour, which if you can’t tell, I love cranberries. I had it on my break at work today and it was nice. Not my favourite health snack bar but I would buy more of them if I saw them. I’m not a large quinoa fan so that might be why I wasn’t blown away but, it had great flavour and it is gluten, wheat and dairy free as well as being vegan. If your any of these things and struggle to find snacks, then I recommend trying this. The website is: www.perkier.co.uk I would be quite interested in trying their porridge range, might be a healthier alternative for breakfast.

The final two items were the usual tealight candle, in a lovely orange scent which I’m happy with and a reusable facecloth, not as soft as the first one I received but it has baubles on it! I love it!

Thank you for reading, and buy these boxes fast before they stop being available! I’m sorry to see My Days closing as it’s been a great way to try new things. Yes, some of the things have not suited me, but I have found a lot of snacks that I now actively look for when I’m shopping, all tanks to the wonderful Tanzi. Sorry to see you go!

(Sorry there aren’t as many individual pictures, a few problems with my camera uploading)

Charlotte x