Month: January 2015

Real Talk: We use the Diva Cup

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First off: WORST NAME EVER FOR ANYTHING.

Secondly: If you are squeamish, don’t like talking about lady issues, or just don’t want to know us that well – stop reading now.

If you do want to find out just how crazy hippie Emily and I have gotten, read on.

You might also be interested in an alternative to tampons, too (yes, that’s what we are going to talk about). Surprisingly, two of our friends have recently switched to using it too – hence the inspiration for this post. Maybe you’ll find it enlightening. Or maybe you’ll just find it hilarious. Either way, we’re glad you’re here.

So. Emily calls me one day and she’s like, okay. I have made another change to a super hippie product and you can laugh at me all you want. But you might be into it, too.

Me: “Okay, what is it?”

Em: “Well, please don’t judge it by it’s name. It’s the worst name ever. Like, I can’t even say it without laughing slash being embarrassed for being associated with it.”

Me: “Okay, just say it. I’m ready.”

Em: “Aaaahhh okay it’s called the Diva Cup. Blahdkawjefegkzdsfhaqfd”

She proceeds to tell me that she was looking into alternatives to tampons, because she was doing research on going totally chemical-free and wasn’t super into the idea of this bleached product hangin out in her body. Plus it’s also a huge waste of paper and plastic.

So she came across this product, which will be henceforth referred to as The Hippie Lady Product.

What it is is a silicone-like cup (ick) that is flexible and small enough to be inserted like a tampon during your period. It catches everything and is reusable.

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Here are the pros and cons, as I see it:

Pros:

  • No more buying tampons!! That shit is expensive! I got my Lady Hippie Product for like $30 online.
  • You can leave The Lady Hippie Product in for much longer than a tampon – you can leave it in for 10-12 hours at a time!
  • No leaks. I’m serious. I haven’t had a leak once since using it. Underwear saved!!
  • Warning, I’m about to get even grosser: You know when you use a tampon and there’s the string? Well, I hate the string…and all the surrounding issues of said string…like…smells. That is totally not an issue any more, and it’s fabulous. The Lady Hippie Product is basically a plug, so you feel like you’re just not on your period until you take it out.
  • No more moments that go like this: “Shit!! I don’t have any more tampons in my purse! I forgot to load up when I left this morning and now I have one left to last me til 5…? No way is this gonna work.”
  • You don’t have chemicals like bleach chillin in yo body for hours at a time – I don’t even wanna think what’s actually in tampons.
  • You will be so green! Imagine all the plastic and waste created every month using tampons, panty liners, or any other device we poor women have to deal with…
  • Did I mention no leaks?? Ya.

Cons:

  •  Um, it’s gross. Let’s get real: you have to empty it. And clean it. HOWEVER – I, personally, think it’s not that more disgusting than changing a tampon, and you totally get used to it.
  • It’s called the Diva Cup.
  • Your friends will laugh at you if you ever tell them you use it.
  • If your boyfriend/roommate/whoever somehow finds it in the bathroom, that’s gonna be an awkward conversation. But I have a cute little bag for mine (NOT the one that comes with it that says Diva Cup all over it with daisies and shit), so problem solved. Plus I live with my boyfriend and as you might imagine, I’m an over-sharer.

Okay. So you might be like, screw this, that sounds disgusting and I am going to be a normal person and continue to use tampons. Totally, I get it.

If you’re like, “Hmm, I’m intrigued…”, like a lot of my friends are when I come out of The Diva Cup Closet, then you can check out the website here. Please try to overlook all the daisies and princess fonts.

You can also ask us anything in the comments. We have both used it for a year or two and are not scared of graphic conversations.

Side note: I hope you still read this blog after this.

 

Do you have any weird confessions? Feel free to share as an act of solidarity… :)

 

 

Chocomole!!

I had been seeing recipes for chocolate pudding made with avocados for awhile on Pinterest, but I never got that excited about them. Sure it’s healthier than the classic version, but the combo of cocoa and avocados just didn’t sound very appealing. Plus if I’m going to use a beautiful avocado that I spend $25 on, I might as well enjoy it in all it’s natural glory. Then… I was told by several doctors to try going vegan. I actually really love it so far, but I had a sweet tooth the other day and I wasn’t willing to cheat. Chocomole to the rescue!

This chocolate pudding is delicious, you guys. I swear. And if you sprinkle flaked sea salt on top? Game over. Even the weird and elusive avocado hater (ahem, Stephanie) would like this because the avo just makes it rich and creamy; you would never guess it was in there!

This recipe is by Kris Carr, whom I love. You can feel good about yourself when eating it, even though it tastes like such an indulgence. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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1 ripe avocado, pitted
6-10 pitted dates (depending on size, we average 8), soaked if necessary to soften a bit
1/2 t. vanilla
4 heaping T. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c. filtered water or almond milk

Place the first four ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender (like a Vitamix) and begin blending. Drizzle in the water or almond milk, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl if needed, until the mixture resembles a thick chocolate pudding. Let it continue mixing until smooth and creamy.

Chill and serve with fresh berries, sea salt, flaked coconut or anything that sounds tasty!

Is falling in love a decision?

 

 

I met Anthony on OkCupid, as you may have read a while back.

I had met my last boyfriend via the site as well, and felt pretty good about online dating. I didn’t have big expectations, but I felt like it was putting me across the table from someone I had a lot in common with, at the least. Which was a huge improvement, since my other boyfriends before OkCupid seemed to have nothing in common with me, then and now, although they are great guys.

When I met Anthony, it was clear that OkCupid had put me across the table from not only someone I had a ton in common with, but someone who was really good for me. Here was a guy who was hilarious, mellow, emotionally healthy, and smart (all things I was looking for). Oh and cute. So cute.

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Photo by Two Happy Lambs Photography (my sister!)

 

So what happened? I friendzoned him for a few months.

Why the hell did I do that? I don’t really know exactly. Sometimes I think I wasn’t used to the type of dynamic we had, and it threw me off. Sometimes I think I wasn’t that attracted to him at first, and our chemistry just hit me later for some reason. Sometimes I think that I thought I was ready for a serious relationship, but I actually wasn’t. I had just moved to a new city (like, a week before I met him), and I think I kind of ran scared. Maybe I needed to be single for a little longer in this new exciting city.

Whatever the reason, it seems like I made a choice not to fall in love with Anthony right away. Within a few weeks of dating (after the friendzone limbo was over), I said “I love you” (and he didn’t say it back for about 2 weeks – karma). So as soon as I let the idea sink in that he was the person I should be with, it took no time at all to fall in love.

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One of our first pictures together – we already look so young!!

 

Did I decide not to fall in love at first, and then change my mind? Did I deliberately fall in love when I wanted to? Do we have control over this kind of thing? Or am I just weird?

I started thinking of it in this way after I read this fascinating article from the NY Times. It just completely inspired me and blew my mind. I might go home and make Anthony answer all these questions just for fun. I love articles and topics like this – I was a social scientist in a past life, so I completely nerd out on this stuff.

I am dying to know what you think of this. Can we really just decide to fall in love? Or are we just victims of love’s whims and we have absolutely no control? Maybe a little of both?

Please weigh in in the comments!

 

 

 

Dear Pop Stars:

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Dear Jonas Brother,

Um, why does your album have a parental advisory thing? YOU JUST TURNED YOUR BACK ON THE KIDS, JONAS BROTHER.

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Oh, hi, P.S.: YOUR “JEALOUS” SONG IS BARBARIC. And way too fucking catchy, thanks a lot.

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Dear Everyone,

Does anyone remember how awesome R&B duets used to be? Ahem, ONE SWEET DAY??

 

 

I need more. It’s been YEARS. And I know, “No Air” tried. They had everything going for them besides those lyrics (“How do you expect me to live alone with just ME??!!”) – I think an 11 year old wrote them. It seriously sounds like my journal entries from junior high.

I got excited when Ariana Grande came out with “Love me Harder”, with The Weekend. It’s not epic, but would have at least helped my withdrawal symptoms for a while… except that they missed one crucial point: they don’t sing together. Ever, unless I missed something. It’s like they can’t bother to show up in the same studio on the same day anymore (One Sweet Day even has PROOF that they were in the same studio). At least Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks did the awesome screamy pop runs in unison after the bridge on No Air. That’s what a duet is about, people. We need it back.

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To Every Pop Star Ever: you need to try to be more like this, period:

Can we talk about Nicki Minaj for a second? Because obviously there are no words to describe Beyonce’s awesomeness. Anyway, that smile she flashes at the end of her rap! Kills me every time! (yes, I watch this regularly). And that body suit! I can’t even deal. And the moment that Beyonce and Nicki start almost dancing with (on?) each other…. If I walked into a club and saw that I think I would faint.

Okay, I do have something I want to say about Beyonce – who wears a hat like that, and like, wipes their mouth all weird while staring open-mouthed at the camera, and is THAT AMAZING.

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One Direction,

I was excited about the come-back of boy bands, because I really (really really) miss N’Sync. Sorry – N*Sync.

But then I saw you perform on the Grammy’s or something and you did the unforgivable: you didn’t. dance.

What the hell, guys?

You just jumped off stuff at key moments and kind of just, jumped around and flailed your little boy limbs.

So we were in a fight. But then you really made me an offer I couldn’t refuse when you came out with Steal My Girl. Omigod, guys. That song is amazing.

 

 

There is still a lot to be desired as far as even singing goes, but that song is just too good.

But seriously, get to dancin. Because what the hell is a boy band who doesn’t dance? I really feel bad for the generation of girls who follow you – they don’t even know what they’re missing.

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Ariana Grande,

I feel like I want to like you. I’m really into your hair color and your ponytails.

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And you have good producers. And I love that song where you’re like, THIS IS THE PART WHERE I SAY I DON’T WANNAAA

…but then…you don’t really give me that Beyonce or Mariah vibe where you make it look so easy to sing the most insane notes. You kind of seem like you’re trying pretty hard to sing your notes. Which is fine, I guess. Maybe you’ll come out with a Steal My Girl move and we’ll be BFFs all of a sudden. Actually I’m pretty positive that that is what will happen. See you then, girlfriend.

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Do you guys ever have all the feelings about top 40 songs, too? What’s bugging you lately? What song is your guilty pleasure?

 

 Image via Rolling Stone

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