Finding David

I had a hard time sleeping last night. I got to the point where I had to stop trying to force it so I turned to Netflix to try to lull my brain into sleepytime. I’ve already watched all of Schitt’s Creek, but rewatching my favourite episodes makes me so happy.

Last night I watched Season 2 Episode 1: Finding David for the mumblemumbleth time and I laughed so hard that I almost woke Shawn up from shaking the bed. The “you’ve got a bug on your dress” sequence gets me every time. I topped it off with the last five minutes or so of Season 4 Episode 9: The Olive Branch (if you know, you know) and I fell asleep with a warm and cozy smile on my face.

It took a while for me to love Schitt’s Creek. I didn’t love any of season 1 but my intense Levy adoration helped me persevere. Having watched the series, I recommend sticking with it through the first season, not skipping through it. The first season is necessary for the development of the characters’ stories. It gets so much better; trust me.

Are you a Schitt’s fan? What’s your favourite episode? Better yet, what’s your favourite Moira line?

How and Why to Use a DivaCup

I'm a DivaCup convert. I've seen some questions asked recently about the efficacy of menstrual cups and the logistics of using one, and since it's Shark Week, it seems like the perfect time to talk about why I love the DivaCup and also how you can easily incorporate a menstrual cup into your life and ditch the disposables for good. (Just a quick disclosure note: this isn't a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links. I just seriously love my DivaCup. I've heard other great things about other brands of menstrual cups but I don't have any experience using them.)

Just a brief warning for the squeamish: this post is about periods. If you don't want to read about periods, I invite you to click away and come back another day. I promise I'll post about gin or cupcakes or something else equally delightful really soon.

{source} divacup.com

{source} divacup.com

My older sister introduced me to the idea of menstrual cups over ten years ago but at the time I wasn't ready for it. So I understand the hesitancy of first-time cup users. I get it. I've been there. I've been squeamish and icked out about the idea of producing a cup of menstrual flow  instead of happily using disposables as a period buffer. I've used tampons and pads and I've appreciated how they removed me from actually having to deal with my period. I didn't have to empty my tampons or pads. I didn't have to clean them. I just had to throw them out. Easy peasy.

So how did I go from feeling grossed out to loving my DivaCup?

After being diagnosed with cancer, I started to feel uncomfortable with how many products I was putting on and into my body. Makeup, lotions, antiperspirant, tampons and pads - I became leery of everything. You guys, I didn't use shampoo or conditioner for a year after I was diagnosed. I had an elaborate baking soda and apple cider vinegar routine that I have (happily) since abandoned. I know I can't completely eliminate all beauty and care products from my routine but I wanted to reduce how many I use. This is a great summary of the health and environmental benefits of choosing the DivaCup over disposable pads and tampons.

I bought a DivaCup because it seemed like a low-risk experiment. If I tried it and hated it, I would be out $40. If I tried it and loved it, I would have spent $40 for all of my period supply requirements for an entire year (or more! DivaCup recommends replacing them yearly but the DivaCup can actually last much longer depending on how you care for it and the pH balance of your body.).

Let's get down to the nitty gritty:

Was it difficult to use the first time?

Yes and no. It was a bit fussy. The instruction booklet was very detailed and a bit intimidating. But ten minutes studying the booklet and practicing the different ways to fold the DivaCup gave me the confidence to give it a try. My first few attempts at insertion and removal were awkward but not impossible. I got the hang of it quickly.

Is it like a scene from Carrie when you remove your cup?

Not even close. Women produce on average 1 - 2 ounces of menstrual flow per cycle. I didn't believe this until I started using my DivaCup. I was convinced I bled much more than that (this is very common according to menstrual cup users). The DivaCup can hold a full ounce. This means that when you remove and empty it, you're not emptying a filled-to-the-brim cup (unless you've left it in for too long. It's strongly recommended that you empty your DivaCup two or three times per day.). I find it very easy to remove the cup, dump it in the toilet, give it a quick wash, and re-insert.

How do you remove/wash/insert the DivaCup away from home?

I rarely have to deal with my DivaCup when I'm out. The DivaCup can go up to 12 hours without leaks. Even on my heaviest day, I have gone a full 12 hours between leaving for work and getting home, and I've been totally fine. The longest I've left my DivaCup in for is 12 hours and the fullest it's ever been is just over half full.

It's totally possible to use the DivaCup away from home, though. You don't have to wash it fully every time you empty it. For example, if I were going to empty it in a public washroom I would wash my hands, go into the stall, remove and empty it, wipe it out with a little bit of toilet paper, and re-insert.

Does it leak?

I haven't had any issues with leaking. I'd say my period is pretty average (five days with one day of heavy flow) but even on my heaviest day I don't leak. The DivaCup is made from silicone which softens and molds to the shape of your body with your body heat. It creates a seal that prevents leakage. If you aren't confident in the seal (I wasn't, the first few cycles I used a cup) you can always use panty liners (use washable ones for extra smug hippie points!).

Why should I switch to a menstrual cup?

There's the obvious health, environmental, and cost benefits. But something that has stood out for me since I switched to a cup is how much more in tune with my body I feel. I understand that not everyone wants to feel attuned to their body (no judgment from me, remember I was that icked out period person in the not too distant past) but if you do want to feel more connected to your cycle, using a menstrual cup is a great way to achieve it.

Do you have any questions about using menstrual cups I haven't covered here? Hit me - I'm an open book!

Fabletics

Have you tried Fabletics yet? I signed up in January and I've loved it since. It's kind of like a subscription service for workout clothes but you can skip as many months as you like without penalty.

I signed up for the VIP program because I earn reward points with every order and there's no obligation to make a monthly purchase. Every month I get outfits suggested for me based on my preferences (sport, colours, lengths, etc.) and I either make a purchase or opt out for the month. Easy peasy. Also? You don't have to buy an outfit they suggest. I've purchased outfits outside my referral range (because I wanted to try a different type of bottom) and I've purchased single items without committing to a full outfit. The program is extremely flexible.

I was concerned that the quality of the product would be low but I was happily mistaken. The leggings and bras are thick enough to provide ample coverage. The colours are bright and hold up to intense washing (I am ruthless with my workout gear. If I sweat in it, I'm washing it on the heavy setting.)

I've found a few annoying sizing discrepancies but nothing so serious as to warrant a return . For example, a pair of shorts I ordered one month are slightly smaller than the exact cut I ordered a different month. They're a bit tighter but not unwearable. It's possible I'm just being too picky (never!).

You can try Fabletics here (referral link! I get credits to use for future purchases if you complete a purchase using this link!) and if you sign up for the VIP program not only do you earn reward points you can use for future purchases, you can get your first outfit for only $25. My first outfit was a bra, tank, and capri leggings. For $25! And if you don't like the service, you can cancel immediately.

My favourites are: the Moro Short (I find this runs small so order up a size), the Forward Tee II (I have this in three colours and I wear it all the damn time. For working out, to work, around the house. I super heart-eyed smiley face love this shirt), and the Juneau Bra.

Do you use Fabletics? Do you love them as much as I do?

Stuff I Love

I'm loving hard on a few things lately so I figured I'd share the love instead of keeping these gems to myself. This post contains affiliate links like a boss.

Let the Elephants Run by David Usher

Okay, so I'll admit that I'm biased. I am a huge David Usher fan. I own all of his music. I go to his live shows whenever he's in town. He's had the number one spot on my laminated list for as many years as I've had a laminated list. David Usher is so totally my boyfriend.

I was bound to love his book is what I'm saying. But I don't just love Let the Elephants Run, I like it too. It makes creativity feel accessible. I enjoyed his ideas for incorporating creativity into daily life and it made me excited to try. I also loved his personal anecdotes on the creative process he follows (because they're inspiring, not because I'm a crazy stalker lady.)

If you are a creative person or if you're trying to get back to being a creative person or if you're raising a creative person, I highly recommend you check out Let the Elephants Run by David Usher.

Night Time Tea by Pukka

I've been curling up with a mug of this tea every night for the last week. I wouldn't say that it's helping me sleep better (there is no sleep) but it is providing a nice, soothing nighttime ritual. I'm a huge fan of lavender tea and this blend is rounded out nicely with oat flower, limeflower, and valerian. I don't know what those are but they taste great.

Chaos and the Calm by James Bay

You guys. Try to imagine the musical baby of Dan Mangan, Ed Sheeran, Passenger, and a less-smarmy James Blunt. Then imagine he looks like a baby Jack White and you've got James Bay. I can't stop listening to Chaos and the Calm. The whole album is fantastic but standout tracks for me include "When We Were on Fire," "Scars," "Move Together," "Need the Sun to Break," and "Incomplete." I honestly cannot pare my favourites down more than that. Raspy, growly, feeling-y, guitar-y boys have my heart. I can't fight it.

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist

I've got to be honest, I don't love the scent of this spray but I do love that it's light and gives my day-two curls a bit of bounce and volume (plus the smell dissipates quickly so I can deal with it.)

Hampton Links Reversible Duvet by Jill Rosenwald

I love my new bedding so much! I was worried I'd feel a bit smothered by the dark blue but it's actually really soothing and lovely. I think the navy blue looks really elegant against the dark wood of our bedframe and white accents in the bedroom.

What do you currently love? Share with the class!