Try New Things: Diva Cup

Hi Lovely!

Fair warning: This post is all about trying out the Diva Cup, a sanitary cup that you use during your period. I was not sponsored in any way to share my thoughts and opinions on this product. I was mostly just curious.

Diva Cup

I want to share my experience trying out this product and my final opinions. I figure if I am going to try new things I should try new things that will save me money and create less waste. Let’s get to it! I started trying out the Diva Cup a few months ago. I wanted to test it out for a while before sharing my thoughts because I wanted to make sure I had a chance to fully develop my thoughts.

Ease of Use:
The cup is difficult to get in and out initially. The first time I had the thing in I kept checking it throughout the day to make sure my ho-ha didn’t eat it. (Yeah that might be a stupid fear but you never know!) I found that if you don’t put it in correctly then you can feel it but as you walk around, it kind of naturally positions itself correctly. Getting it out that first time was seriously the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. You have to push as if you are pooping while grabbing the thing and pulling it out. It requires a lot of patience, skill, and sweat. As I am still not an expert in using the cup yet I opt to only insert and remove it in the safety and comfort of my own bathroom at home. You can keep the cup in for 10-12 hours so I usually put it in before work, take it out later that evening and re-insert. When you take it out you just dump the crimson wave into the toilet, give the cup a wash with natural, unscented, water-based soap and stick that baby back in. The washing part is another reason I like to do it at home. So those are my thoughts on using it. Now to my final, overall opinion of the sanitary cup.

Let’s refer to the Hilary Scale.
The Hilary Scale

I give the Diva Cup a big…

my opinion

Love it!! As I said it can be difficult to use initially and I still haven’t gotten the complete hang of it BUT I love that I save money, reduce waste, and I feel like I’ve gotten more comfortable with my body by using it. Nothing makes you better appreciate your lady bits like shoving a silicone cup up it and being able to get the thing out. I mean seriously, that is crazy cool that your body can do that stuff.

Do you use a sanitary cup? What do you think of the whole thing?

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Trying New Things | Jiro

Hi Lovely!

A new month means a new thing I am forcing myself to try! Yay!!! What is living if not stepping out of your comfort bubble and experiencing new things? So, I force myself to try one new thing a month (at least) so I can then share it with you and hopefully, entertain you. Now, let’s get to it!

I recently tried Jiro! Jiro is a stuffed waffle filled with sweetened azuki bean in the shape of a fish. I’ve seen others eat them and was always curious. That is why I jumped at the chance to try it when I saw a food truck selling them.

jiroAren’t they adorable? I love that they look like little fish!! Plus, they are basically pancakes stuffed with filling in a convenient, on-the-go package.

me and jiro

It was very rainy out but we braved it so I could try this little dessert.

trying Jiro

eating jiroAlright. The final decision. Let’s refer to the Hilary Scale.

The Hilary Scale

Drum roll please!

final thoughtsI loved it!!! I think this is my favorite thing I’ve tried so far. It is a little sweet but if you were to split it with someone I think it would be the perfect portion.

Have you ever had jiro? If you live in the Seattle area I definitely recommend visiting BeanFish and trying one.

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Trying New Things: Not Shaving

Hi Lovely!

So, I decided to try not shaving. Here is the thing. I’ve been shaving my legs and armpits since I was like 13. I’ve continued to do it because I thought I had no choice. There is still a social stigma surrounding female body hair and I thought people would look at me like I am a disgusting weirdo for letting my hair grow naturally. So, I continued to shave and shave. I constantly complained about the cost, dealt with the itchy-ness of hair growing back, and lusted after men’s freedom to say eff-it and let their hair-freak flag fly.

After pondering this for a while I decided that I wanted to take a swing at letting my hair grow. If women can feel comfortable dying their armpit hair then why can’t I try throwing out my razor? *Note: here I did not throw it out because I didn’t want to have to buy another one. I already said that the whole thing is expensive and I am not about to cost myself more money.* Now that the temperature has decreased, I finally felt comfortable letting the hair on my legs and armpits grow. I thought this would be a way to try it out while still feeling a little protected. I wear tights and cardigans most of the time so people won’t see anyways.

unshaved armpits

This is what I wanted to figure out. Do I shave for myself or do I shave for others? Do I continue to share my armpits so people won’t think less of me? Do I make sure my legs are stubble-free so people won’t stare and ask questions? Or do I do it because I genuinely like it? So far I’ve discovered that I don’t miss shaving. I save time in the shower, I don’t really worry about the hair in my armpits because I already know it is there, and I don’t stress about whether I have a new razor head or not. I will admit that I love that first hour or so just after shaving. Your legs feel like a baby’s bottom, you do the little Nair’s short short high kick to show them off. But here is the thing. My hair is back by the end of the day and I have to deal with the prickly hell that is grow out.

unshaved legs

Now to my final thoughts after the experience.

The Hilary Scale

I’m not sure that this one can fall on the Hilary Scale. I don’t have strong feelings either way. After a month or so of not shaving I’ve decided that I’ve really liked the freedom I’ve given myself in regards to not shaving but at the same time I miss not having hair. I’m not sure whether I will shave or not moving forward. There were times when I felt self-conscious of my body hair. I saw people stare and make comments. It made me feel uncomfortable with my decision to take a break from shaving. I felt like I had to take a stand and explain myself daily for my decision. It is a little exhausting. So we will see what I decide. I know that moving forward I’m not going to force myself to shave regularly. If I take a break for a week or month then cool. If I decide to shave every day then awesome. As long as it makes me happy then that is good enough for me.

What about you? What do you think of female body hair? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Trying New Things: Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Hello Lovely!

I know that people go crazy for pumpkin spice lattes. Similar to Christmas, people mark the days on their calendars waiting for the arrival of the magical pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. I felt compelled to try out this incredibly popular beverage. So let’s get to it!

(Cue the “awwww” music)PSL

Oh pumpkin spice latte. I get it people. It’s October, the time of pumpkins. Possibly the best or worst time to be a pumpkin, depending on your view. As a pumpkin it is awesome because you get to go home with a family and bad because millions of poor pumpkins are gutted, carved, and/or launched through the air to their inevitable death. So in my opinion, not the best time to be a pumpkin. Sorry that was a little bit of a tangent. I just watched the most recent episode of The Walking Dead and I am in a very dark place.

Back to the topic. I get it. Pumpkin flavor is exciting and it is finally an acceptable time to go bananas for it.

me and PSL

So I tried the drink to see what all the hubbub was about.

trying PSLWhat was my rating on the Hilary Scale? (see below)

The Hilary Scale

Now, I don’t want to get on anyone’s bad side here so please do not take offense. final thoughts

I was very meh about it. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t my favorite. If someone said, “Hey Hilary! You want this pumpkin spice latte?” I would totally accept it with open arms! I prefer my go-to drink: a white chocolate americano with cream. Yum!

I get it guys. I see why you may get excited about it and I support your coffee beverage choice. Get yours!

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Trying New Things: Crumpets!

Hello Lovelies!

Alright this one isn’t that out there in terms of trying new things. One of my co-workers recently brought in crumpets and I realized I had never tried them. Weird huh? I imagined crumpets to be like crackers or something. I’d describe them as more like a mix of english muffins and pancakes.

Crumpets 1

I wasn’t really sure about the best way to prepare it so I toasted it, and cut it in half so I could try it with butter and jam.

Crumpets 2

It was a lot less exotic then I assumed. Again, it is kind of like a english muffin but with holes. Nothing too crazy. Now to my final verdict. Remember to refer back to my scale:

The Hilary Scale

Did I hate it, feel kind of meh about it, or love it?

final verdictI loved it!! After trying it with both butter and jam I will say that it is a simple little snack that can be dressed up with whatever you like. I really enjoyed it! If we had more crumpets I would have eaten more. I will definitely add it to my shopping list!

Have you ever had crumpets? What did you think? If you have a better way to prepare them please let me know!

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