The SckoonCup is in town, and it’s changing EVERYTHING

Today’s post is for all mah ladies out there!

A little over a year ago, I had a strange epiphany that tampons are extremely wasteful. Not to mention their applicators are pieces of unnecessary plastic that will forever litter our earth, tampons themselves are wasteful as well. When you think about the amount of women there are on this planet, and then put into consideration the amount of women who menstruate… It’s crazy that we’re still using tampons!

So after having this realization while I was zoned out in one of my classes back in college, I decided to do some research for a solution. I quickly came across the DivaCup, which I had heard about but never in my life considered actually using.

For anyone who doesn’t know what the DivaCup is, it is debatably the most popular menstrual cup on the market. If you don’t know what a menstrual cup is, it is a “type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of medical grade silicone, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood).” They are reusable, so not only are they good for eliminating waste, but they also save you some serious cash as well!

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Why had I never considered using such an eco-friendly (and animal friendly, no animal testing!) product? It’s because before that moment, I had always considered period blood gross. Why? Honestly, because society had told me to think it’s gross!

After having yet another epiphany that menstruation blood is not gross and that it’s natural and nothing to be ashamed of, I felt EXTREMELY  passionate to ditch tampons and start using a DivaCup.

Let’s back track for a sec tho. Why are we made to believe that something that happens every month to half of the population, something that is RESPONSIBLE FOR US BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE LIFE, is gross?

I wasn’t exactly raised to have a feminist mind, not that my mom raised me to not think in a feminist way, I just think that feminism wasn’t on the agenda during my childhood. Honestly, feminism wasn’t something I really dove into until about 2 years ago. Yep, I was a vegan long before I considered myself a feminist. I look back on that now and think that’s crazy!! (Plus, if we think the genders should have equal treatment, then we’re already feminists! 😉 )

ANYWAY, feminist rant over, I ordered my DivaCup online and anxiously awaited its arrival. When it came, I was probably more excited than receiving a new pair of shoes in the mail.

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I read up on how to use it, and when my period came, I tried it out!

I definitely had some difficulties inserting it the first 10 times or so, but I had read that soon you’ll get so good at using it that you’ll be able to do it without even really thinking about it.

They were right, soon it became so easy to use that I couldn’t believe I had ever bothered with tampons before!

One of my FAVORITE things about a menstrual cup is that it can be worn for up to 12 hours. I have never been a pad person, just a personal preference, so I’d always wear tampons to bed and somehow miraculously wake up 6 hours later to go change it in fear of TSS, and then try to fall back asleep. Having to wake up every night 6 hours into your sleep cycle for a week is never fun, so it’s amazing that I get to sleep the whole night without even thinking about getting out of my warm, cozy bed (the way sleeping should be!)

Alright so as much as I loved my DivaCup, I had one problem with it. It was waaaay too big for my personal preference! If you see below, the DivaCup is one of the largest menstrual cups out there.

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What that means is that there really wasn’t much room for it, so it was constantly poking its way out of me, especially when I would be walking. Bless my wonderful boyfriend Jon, because if he got a penny for however many times I complained about my DivaCup poking me, he’d be rich. (And he’d better share his loot with me because I’d be the reason he was rich, after all! 😉 )

So, it was time to find a smaller menstrual cup.

I wish I could say that this idea came to me all on my own, but it was 110% Jon’s idea. (He even once offered to gift me a new menstrual cup because he hated hearing me complain about how big my DivaCup was, oops!)

After doing some, okay, a lot, of research, I came across what is now my new period BFF, the SckoonCup!

First off, IT’S SO CUTE!!!!!

The cup itself, the packaging, the soft travel pouch it comes in, it’s all adorable!

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Initially, it wasn’t love at first sight (or rather “try”) though. It doesn’t open up as well as I found the DivaCup to, so I had a good amount of difficulties trying to actually use it. But once I learned it’s cute petite ways, we became BFFs ASAP.

Seriously, I love it. Not once have I felt that AWFUL pressure-loaded poking feeling during my period. Not once! And I’m used to feeling it for a whole damn week out of each month!

Also, you get to choose which color you want. As you can already see, I chose a lovely teal and I really enjoy the festive-ness of the color!

It also stays SO clean. The material is def different than that of the DivaCup’s, and it REALLY stays all sparkly and pretty.

Let’s break it down. Reasons why I love my SckoonCup:

  • You can’t get toxic shock syndrome
  • It saves you SO much money on tampons
  • It’s way more convenient than using tampons
  • I get to stay cozy in bed all night without having to get up during my period (BIG bonus right here)
  • Cruelty-free!
  • It saves our dear Mother Earth from being littered with even more tampons and applicators
  • It’s made in the USA baby!
  • Made of medical grade silicon, no more sketchy non-organic cotton all up in ya!

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I feel like menstrual cups just recently got HUGE. Like I got my original DivaCup, and then I swear 10 other girls that week told me about theirs. It’s one of those things that once you experience the miracles of a menstraul cup, you feel so passionate that it’s all you want to talk about. (Kind of like how I am with my dogs! Sue me, I love dogs, okay?)

So if there’s anything you get from this semi-long post about menstrual cups, it’s that YOU NEED A SCKOON CUP IN YOUR LIFE!

ALSO, we should not be afraid to talk about our periods! It should be as common as stating that we have a headache, or that we have to pay a credit card bill. Plus, like I very forcefully stated before, it’s basically the reason for all life so let’s stop feeling so ashamed to talk about it!

I’M OUT, have a great night all of you lovely folks! ❤ ❤ ❤

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THE documentary to watch: Maximum Tolerated Dose

WOOHOO it’s the weekend, which means it’s time to sit back and relax!!!

If the weather by you is anything like the weather by me, all you probably want to do is curl up under a blanket with some tea (and hopefully a furry friend!) and watch a movie. Well I am here to tell you that movie should be…

Maximum Tolerated Dose!

Maximum Tolerated Dose is an award-winning documentary that takes the standpoint of interviewing ex-animal experimenters. This documentary is SO credible because each of these doctors came to the conclusion on their own that not only is animal testing cruel, but it’s also extremely unreliable.  The documentary has “hauntingly honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians whose ethics demanded they choose a different path,” and has an AMAZING way of rebutting any pro-animal testing arguments.

Maximum Tolerated Dose is THE best documentary I have ever seen. Maybe I’m biased because I’m extremely against animal testing, but I love it. SO MUCH.

Anti-animal testing is a cause that has always been near and dear to my heart. Who also remembers being a kid and finding out what animal testing is and being baffled?! It’s a ridiculous concept. Ever since, it’s been a no-brainer to me that I should only buy products not tested on animals, cause who wants to support such a barbaric practice? Literally no one.

After pretty much worshiping this documentary 3 years ago, I interned for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and worked with Dr. John Pippin, one of the doctors interviewed in MTD. When I finally made the connection that the Dr. John Pippin at PCRM was the same one in MTD, I was just a littleeeee starstruck. He made such amazing points in his testimonial about why we shouldn’t test on animals that I felt honored to be interning for the same organization that he worked for. Amazing guy, all the more reason to watch the documentary!

Part of MTD can be devastating (because it’s a documentary on animal testing, after all!) but I’d call it more factual than emotional. There’s something to be said about a documentary that sways you by facts first, then followed by emotion.

Plus, are you like me and you’re feeling the horror movie vibe as Halloween approaches us? Then this is THE film for you. But instead of being left feeling helpless and scared, this is something that you can actually take a stand against and do something about! Which, let’s be real, is what this life is all about, standing up for what you believe in!

You can watch it by paying $8.50 on the website, and then you own a copy of it for life! (I personally paid the $8.50 without thinking about it because I’d rather watch this legally and give money to this documentary than watch it illegally.)

PLUS the soundtrack is strangely AMAZING. It has some gooooood jams to listen to on a rainy day!

Just wanted to throw this out there too: If after watching this documentary you’re no longer feeling so down with animal testing, use the Cruelty Cutter app to see which products of yours are cruelty free!

Seriously let me know if you watch the documentary, cause I LOVE hearing what other people have to say about it! (You’re gonna LOVE it.)

Happy Saturday! ❤ ❤ ❤

Feel a cold coming on? Start drinking!

This winter, I have decided to get experimental with things.

I am someone who HATES getting sick. Are you one of those high-functioning-with-a-cold people? If you are I envy you. ENVY you. I am awful at even doing a simple task like watching TV or sleeping when I have a cold!

My go-to remedy to cure a cold has always been miso soup. Miso has so so so many healing properties and is insanely good for a cold. So in the past, whenever I felt a cold coming on, I would buy 2 quarts of miso soup and drink up!

But this winter, I wanted something more than just soup. I wanted a daily drink of some sort to help keep colds away all winter long.

Which is why I have conjured up my miso-ginger-lemon-turmeric cold repellant drink!

To break it down, it’s basically just a miso broth with lots of ginger, lots of lemon, and lotsssss of turmeric.

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Miso is so important in this drink because it is chock full of enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Miso is fermented and contains beneficial bacteria as well. It’s also considered a complete protein, who knew?! And if it couldn’t get any better, it’s got loads of B12 in it which is great for telling all those people who love to pester vegans about their B12 source! (LOL kidding…okay only half kidding.) Overall, miso strengthens the immune system and keeps your health at top-notch for when you do encounter the potential to catch a cold.

BTW, for this drink I use white miso because it has less sodium, and I also like how it tastes better. You can absolutely use whatever type of miso you’d like! One more quick note about miso, have you heard to NEVER let your miso boil? It kills all the good stuff in it!

Ginger is key in this recipe because it is a miracle worker when it comes to the common cold. Ginger has been used forever in curing and aiding lots of illnesses. Like miso, it keeps the immune system in tip-top shape. It also can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. WOOHOO ya gotta love that!! To sum this bad boy up, ginger has been used foreverrrr to combat a cold.

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Lemons are absolutely necessary in this drink because, well for one, lemon juice is delicious!! Have I mentioned yet how not only healthy this drink is, but how tasty it is?! Well, it’s a very tasty drink. Back to lemons though, lemons are not only delish but they decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduces phlegm. Who doesn’t love that?! Lemon’s vitamin C content is also a huge key in recovering from a cold. Plus, again, LEMONS TASTE AMAZING! Isn’t it crazy that our earth created lemons, and that they’re not manmade?! (< LOL most vegan thing I’ve ever said.)

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Last but absolutely not least, turmeric is a necessity because it is a remedy for pretty much everything! Turmeric tea is a popular remedy for the common cold, and for good reason because of its healing properties! The animals at the Sanctuary I work at even take turmeric supplements for their health. It’s such a super food (super spice?) that we’d be silly to not take advance of it!

Now that we know why each ingredient is a necessity, let’s make this drink already!

So this recipe makes a week’s worth of drinks, aka 7 cups, one for each morning! The reason I use 8 cups of water when this recipe is meant to make 7 cups is that I have found that in the boiling process, measuring out process, and everything else in between, somehow 7 even cups to start with doesn’t give you 7 even cups to finish with. Hence, I add an extra cup to ensure that I’ll have a full cup each day.

Ingredients:
8 cups water
7 tbs miso
1 heaping cup crushed peeled ginger
2 lemons
1 tb turmeric

  1. Measure out 8 cups of water, and bring to a boil in a large soup pot.
  2. While you’re waiting for your water to boil, peel and crush  your ginger and quarter your lemons for easy juicing.
  3. When the water has reached a boil, add the ginger, squeeze in the lemon juice, and add the peels as well for added lemon oil and nutrients. Stir, then stir in the turmeric.
  4. Finally, when you are positive that the broth has cooled down away from boiling, add the 7 tbs of miso and stir until dissolved.
  5. After 30 minutes, you can either strain your “tea” and transfer to containers, or leave the ginger chunks and lemon peels in and transfer to containers as is. I  personally like to leave them in so my “tea” brews all week and so the next batch is more gingery and lemony than the last!

I like to store my drinks for the week in old miso soup quart containers. Who doesn’t have like 10 of them lying around the house at a time, and they’re liquid-tight so there are no messes in the fridge!

To drink each morning, mix it up with a spoon (miso settles!) and measure out a cup. I warm mine up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, just enough so I know it won’t boil.

So since this “tea” has everything we should be getting daily to keep a cold away, fingers crossed it does the trick! Try it with me this winter! Let’s see how long we can go before catching a dreadful cold!

What’s your secret ingredient that helps keep away winter time colds? Would it be a delish addition to this drink?! Let me know!

Hi, my name is Meredith, and I have an obsession with method cleaning products

Let’s get CLEAN.

Before I went vegan, I never really knew what cleaning products were cruelty free and which were not. I have always been against animal testing since I was a kid, so in terms of buying cleaning products, I always just stuck to Rite Aid brand.

So when I went vegan for good, I had all this energy to veganize EVERYTHING in my life. That’s when I discovered….

method cleaning products

How many of you guys have used method before? For anyone who doesn’t know the brand, they are super eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free, and also quite creative! The packaging is very mid-century chic, and the scents aren’t just old boring cleaning scents. For how adorable and eco-friendly they are, they are super cheap and can be found in most grocery stores.

Their multi-surface cleaners are the only ones I’ll use anymore. I honestly don’t even know any other brand of multi-surface cleaner (I think Clorox makes one? They test on animals tho!) but method is the only one I’ll buy!

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LOOK how cute this bottle is. COME. ON. Plus, it smells heavenly!

Their dish soaps are NICE as well, and they bring up an interesting point. With all these other dish soaps that we’re using, what are these random chemicals in them that we can’t even pronounce? Not that I’m afraid of chemicals (everything is a chemical, water is a chemical!) but if I’m going to be putting a substance on the things I eat my food off of, I would prefer for it to be as safe as possible. (And also the fact that it comes in a cute lil pump doesn’t hurt!)

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They have a whole body line which I’ve personally never dove into, but if you have, let a girl know how it is!

So, moving on, they make air fresheners…

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THIS AIR FRESHENER IS SO FUN TO USE. I can not say that enough. I LOVE spraying this spray (yes, I am that person who will spray something to excess if the spray bottle itself is fun to use! Sue me!)

They also make both foaming and gel hand soap. Gotta love options! The driftwood scent is my favorite, it’s so deep and a little earthy. And the bottle looks soooooo cute on the bathroom sink!

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Two reasons I can fully get behind method: 1. They don’t test on animals, and firmly believe in always keeping it that way and 2. their products aren’t dangerous to use around the house! You know when you get a spritz of Lysol on your skin or something and you can practically feel it tingle (not sure if that’s just in my dramatic head or if all y’all feel that…?) but this stuff is so safe to use! Plus if you have little ones around the house, both human and fur baby, it’s safe for whatever mischief they get into as well!

(BTW… say “method” 10 times fast. It actually doesn’t sound like a real word to me anymore..)

ALSO, BREAKING NEWS.

They have a pumpkin clove hand wash.

I unfortunately have never tried it, and I really got to get my hands on it before this season is over, but it was too cute both looking and smelling to not notify you guys about it!

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OKAY. THEY HAVE CANDLES, AND THEY’RE SO CUTE. COME ON!!!

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Cute, cute, cute cute cute!

Alright, last product that I’m going to boast about like a proud parent: their laundry detergents.

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Not only are their laundry pumps seriously adorable, but they’re also extremely cost-effective and make your clothes smell like heaven. Plus, it comes in a pump. I LOVE that they thought outside of the box and put laundry detergent in a pump. It makes all those other old bottles look like a drag to use (and in reality, they’re not at all, so all the more props to method!)

Do you guys seriously love method as much as I do?

Why can’t all products be as cute, vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free as method? Seriously, I mean it, why isn’t everyone on the same playing field as them…?

 

 

 

How do you feel about the Burlington pig truck crash?

The past few days, the details of the Burlington truck crash have been playing over and over in my head. I am so sickened by everything I have heard regarding the tragedy. 

I shared One Green Planet’s post on the crash from the Sanctuary I work for’s social media, and after reading all about the incident and posting on it, I had to go outside and see the pigs. I feel lucky to regularly see such gorgeous beings. They are beautiful, and it baffles me to no end that people eat them. 

People eat other living beings. 

When it’s not even necessary.

These pigs were offered Sanctuary, yet officials thought it would still be better to kill them. I am sickened by this world. How can we do this to living beings, day in and day out? I know the world is changing and many more people are vegan than they ever were before, but enough is enough. I always try to be so positive about the animal exploitation in this world, in the sense where yes it’s awful but things are very slowly changing, but come on. I am fed up and disgusted. If this were a bus of children, it would be an absolute tragedy. Yet, because it’s living beings that we have conditioned ourselves to view as bacon and not as an individual, they are treated more as misplace cargo than as sentient beings.

Pardon myself if I sound angry, but quite honestly I am. Why is it 2016 and we’re still continuing to eat animals? Why?

The best way to stop this cruelty is to speak up. Let’s start talking more about the exploitation of animals and farmed animals more specifically. I no longer sympathize with the person who loves dogs so much and hates breeders, yet includes meat in every meal. Educate yourself on why we should leave all animals off of our plate, not just companion animals.

Where is our compassion? 

 

Review of Lush facemask/TELL ME YOUR FAV LUSH PRODUCTS PLZ

WOW it’s been a busy week, and it’s only Tuesday!

To relax and unwind from a crazy day when I get home, I resort to little spa luxuries that make me feel renewed. Ice and jade rolling are big for me at the moment, and so are facemasks. I LOVE EM. Plus, there are millions of different types of facemasks out there, so there’s always a new one to try!

So part of the reason why I am writing this post is to fill y’all in on my new favorite moisturizing exfoliating facemask, Lush’s Don’t Look At Me mask.

 

As you can see, it is SUCH a gorgeous blue (and makes for really fun Snapchats to send your gals!) It smells amazing, moisturizes, exfoliates, and tones, so there’s really no downside to this mega-mask.

The Don’t Look At Me mask has ground rice in it to exfoliate when you wash it off, which feels quite lovely. To moisturize, it has organic silken tofu and murumuru butter, and lemon juice as a toner as an added bonus.

The only con listed on Lush’s website about this mask is that it’s too expensive, so that’s saying something. If there’s one thing I love, it’s a cheap beauty product, but usually more often than not cheap products are harmful to your skin. So for beauty products, I am a FIRM believer in splurging and treating yourself! (Even though everything in my gut is telling me to drop the $45 eye cream and hit up Rite Aid for a $6 knock-off!)

Speaking of treating yourself, the day I bought this facemask at the mall I was having the most lovely indulgence day. Don’t you just love days that are all about renewing yourself and getting yourself to feel all brand new and ready for the week? I bought new jeans from Madewell, got a new bra from the Urban sale rack, and then went to Lush and got a hand massage from the woman who was helping me pick out my products. It was a GREAT day.

So let’s talk more about this delightful mask. The sound that this mask makes when you stick your finger in it is that of froth from the heavens. It’s so whipped and frothy feeling that I literally want to apply it to my whole body, but that would be very expensive and I don’t have the time or money for that. (Okay, let’s be real. I’ve always got the time to apply a luscious facemask to my whole body, I just don’t have the cash!)

Their line of fresh masks is perishable, so you have to keep them in the refrigerator. Something about me loves that it’s perishable, it feels like a really fancy artisanal nut cheese or something. Plus, putting on a cold facemask is HEA.VEN.LY. HEAVENLY! It’s like nothing else.

QUICK UPDATE: while writing this post, I literally got so into talking about this mask that I had to put it on because I wanted to so badly. My skin was craving it! The only thing I can compare this to is watching cooking videos, and then whipping up a random meal because you feel super compelled to do so.

Anywho, one reason I love Lush is because of their firm stance against animal testing. Not only do they not test on animals, but they also actively campaign against animal testing. My only qualm with them is that they are not all vegan! It’s a little crazy to me. They go so far and beyond to protect laboratory animals from animal testing, yet still contribute to the exploitation of dairy cows and honey bees. Maybe one day they will go vegan, but for now I still enjoy the heck out of their animal product-free cosmetics. (But still Lush, come on, go vegan already!)

So reason 2 why I am writing this post is because I want to know what other Lush products you guys love! Ya girl recently got gifted a lovely Lush gift certificate, and being someone who loves loves LOVES Lush but doesn’t love spending loads of cash on perishable facemasks, I’m viewing this as my opportunity to ball out and try all those luxurious products that my cheap ass usually wouldn’t go for.

Let me know about any of your go-to Lush products, because I’m in the market for some new Lush goodies!

Talk to you all soon! ❤