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Friday, February 24, 2012

Boys in the ladies' room

It's bound to happen - kids peeking under stalls, through cracks in the door, running the hand dryer non-stop....Kids in the bathroom while you're trying to take care of business.

I only wish they'd label the vending machines with "vegetables for sale" so my kids would stop asking what comes out of them. "Mom, it's only a quarter, can we get one??" Or, as recently happened to my friend: "Mom, what's a TAM-PONE?" (spoken loudly in front of many).

It's usually an embarrassing topic for most adults, but I think starting with very vague terms you can spill some of the beans without getting into too much detail or scaring the poor kid. But, when my 5 year old asked me again yesterday what EXACTLY would come out of the machine (not just "things for mommies bodies", I finally had to give him a little more information (as soon as the bathroom was vacated by everyone else). My kids have seen my reusable pantyliners in the wash (and even help put them away), so we have had a light conversation about what mommies do with things like that.

This book helped me immensely to be able to have some discussion around bodies and their natural functions. My kids were TOTALLY interested and asked quite a few questions. I highly recommend this book to anyone with kids (we started reading it when my kids were 6 and 4).

I'm always curious about what people with daughters will do when they hit puberty. I wonder if I'd go down the Diva Cup and reusable pad route...I think I would.

Do you have any good recommendations for "the talk"? Or any funny stories that have happened? Please share!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Eeking out the last of a product

I had a tube of moisturizer that I couldn't unscrew the pump top from - I knew there had to be more cream in there, even though it wouldn't pump out. I cut the top off! There was at least 1 1/2 teaspoons worth in there (which is a lot considering you only need a few drops!). I'm so glad I didn't throw it out!

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You can use this technique on many things; lotion, toothpaste, food items, and many more. Even a tube of toothpaste with a large opening will leave some product behind. Cut it open and scrape it out and save yourself some change!!

p.s - I like this moisturizer with SPF15 by Boscia. It scores fairly well on the toxicity scale and is mostly natural. Does anyone else have a great daily face moisturizer with SPF that scores better? I'm always looking for one! Only caveat: it can't be scented.
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