3 SIMPLE TIPS TO DAILY MINDFULNESS

Happy Mindful Monday! It’s been awhile since I have posted something for mindful Monday, and I miss it!

I do my best to practice mindfulness each day, because it keeps me grounded and is so good for my mental health. It’s also because staying present and mindful can be so hard in this world, and I never want to look back on my life and wish I had been more mindful. BUT I am definitely not perfect at being mindful every moment of every day, but it’s so important to me that I am aware and that it is something I work on!

3 tips to make daily mindfulness easy

  1. Start the day with 1-3 different intentions. These intentions should not be your to-do list. You may have seem my monthly intentions that I post on Instagram, and some of them are tasks I wish to complete. For my daily intentions, I like to write things more like this: take 3 deep breaths every time I remember, meditate before bed, make myself a cup of tea, etc.
  2. Put your phone away. You can’t ever be in the present moment with your phone in your face, not fully. And I am not saying that you need to ditch your phone all day, or forever, or anything. Just a realistic break at least once a day from your phone and other distractions. Take this time to be totally present in whatever is going on in the moment, and soak it all in. It feels so good! Another tip to try with your phone is to follow social media accounts that uplift you, and make you feel good. If ever you see something that makes you feel bad about yourself, or your life, click unfollow!
  3. End each day with 3 things you are grateful for, or that went well that day. This helps you reflect on the day and even start to notice these things throughout the day. I feel like some days are a whirlwind, so this reflection exercise helps bring some mindfulness and gratitude to each night.

I would love to see your intentions, gratitude lists, and everything you are doing to be mindful each day! Tag me in your posts and use the hashtag #mindfulwithchels 
 

 

MENSTRUAL CUPS

First, a true and really funny story. When my husband and I were still only dating, he overheard his mom and sister talking about tampons. I think they were talking about how awful they are, or something along those lines. And my sweet Sam, in all his unawareness to what a menstrual cup was, tells them “oh, Chelsea uses this like glass vial thing instead of tampons.” Insert horrible, shocked, and disgusted face here. I only got to hear about this horrible story after we were married, from his mom and sister (thankfully, they now know what a menstrual cup is and that I am not some crazy person using GLASS VIALS! hahaha!) I was so horrified when they told me what he had said! Menstrual cups are not glass, so fear not! Also, believe me, my husband now knows just about as much about menstrual cups as I do.

Menstrual cups, or period cups, are a great alternative to tampons. I love them and have been using the DivaCup for 10 years! But I am sure so many of you are wondering: what in the world is a menstrual cup?!

A menstrual cup is a soft silicone cup used in place of a tampon during your menstrual phase. It’s reusable, sustainable, better for your body, and far more comfortable than any tampon out there.

How does the DivaCup work?

There are two different fold options, and great instructions come with the cup. You can also read about it on their site before you purchase one.

Fold options via DivaCup website

As you can see, the DivaCup has a bell-shape and a “stem” on the bottom for easy removal. I have tried other menstrual cups and no one compares to the Diva.

These are offered in two sizes: model one for women under 30 and have never given birth, and model two for women over 30 or those who have (whether c-section or vaginal, it doesn’t matter. Birth is birth.) given birth. I have used both, because I have been using this brand for 10 years. You can read more about sizing options here.

Washing your DivaCup

Washing is so much easier than it may seem at first. I wash mine with Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap and that works great for me. The DivaCup website has instructions for washing, and they recommend their Diva Wash, or unscented, oil-free soap. It is also recommended to boil it after each cycle for a few minutes, just to keep it sanitized. You can learn more about caring for your cup here. 

Is it gross to use or get used to using?

I have heard so often about women being too grossed out to use a menstrual cup. And I can understand that initial icky factor. It can be something you need to get used to doing, but honestly, it’s not bad at all. After trying a menstrual cup, you may be surprised to find how cleanly and easy they are to use.

Benefits of switching to a menstrual cup:

  • menstrual cups are non toxic, and much safer for your body than tampons
  • they can be worn for up to 12 hours
  • cost saver! Imagine not having to buy tampons every month.
  • better for the environment
  • far more comfortable to wear than a tampon
  • no leaks! (if you do experience a leak, it was probably inserted wrong)
  • menstrual cups are SO safe, there is no chance of toxic shock like there is when using a tampon.

Where to purchase a DivaCup

You can use the DivaCup store finder to locate where to buy one locally, or you can order is online from any place listed here.

Switching to a menstrual cup is well worth it, and something you will be so glad you did. It’s safer for your body, the environment, and so much more comfortable than a tampon! Of course, I highly recommend them 😉

 

 

(note: this post may contain affiliate links. DivaCup provided this cup for photography purposes, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are completely mine own, and I have been using this brand for 10 years and truly trust the brand and company.)

EXPERIBOX










Good morning! You may know that I am mommy to two beautiful little souls. I have a 3 year old daughter and a 1.5 year old son. I love finding fun new activities for them, so when ExperiBox contacted me to try their box, I was so excited!

What is ExperiBox?

It is a monthly subscription box for ages 0-3 filled with safe, developmental activities. For example, our box was full of natural paint, canvas, lavender, essential oil, sea salt, paint brushes, etc.

How was ExperiBox for older toddlers?

My 3 year old loved this box! She didn’t want to finger paint, but she loved using the brushes and even the lavender to paint. The paint was pink, too, which made her SO happy! My 19 month old liked it too, but not as much as his sister! He finger painted a lot, and loved the different textures (we added the sea salt to some and lavender).

Overall, we loved this box, and I was really impressed with the quality and quantity. With subscription prices ranging from $39.95-$29.95, it was MORE than worth it’s price! Ours also came with a high-quality, wooden teething toy. Each month is different, and full of something exciting and fun for that whole age range. There were also some great instructions for even the littlest babies to enjoy the box!

I think it’s a great idea, and something I would definitely recommend. There was plenty of product for my two kids to share, which was awesome!

 

Note: Although ExperiBox sent me this one box complimentary, all opinions are completely my own. I would never recommend something I did not believe in, or see the value in myself.