April Favorites 2012 Series

Hi everyone!

I hope it’s sunny in your area of the world today!  So, I decided to do (with the little time I have to spare) an April Favorites video!  However, because I’ve been meaning to do a monthly favorites video since February, I included products I’ve found and have been loving from February, March, and April- resulting in this one video turning into four parts!  Below I include them all 🙂  Please don’t feel that you have to watch all four parts at once- you can easily just watch one at a time whenever you have a little time.  Enjoy! 🙂

Part 1– featuring BottlesUP Glass Reusable Bottle, Meowmeowtweet Deodorant Cream in Lavender, Badger Spf 30 Unscented Sunscreen, Deep Steep Body Mists in Honeydew Spearmint and Rosemary Mint, and Babybearshop Mama Belly Oil

Part 2– featuring Babybearshop All the Better to Kiss You With Lip Balms in Pepperminty and Chair Mandarin, buttercup & JAKE Cocoa Calendula Balm, and Preserve Toothbrush in Medium

Part 3– featuring Preserve Toothbrush (continued), The Natural Dentist Fluoride-Free Antigingivitis Toothpaste in Peppermint Sage, The Natural Dentist Thin Mint Flavored Plaque Removers, and Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara (Original)

 

Part 4– featuring Within Organics Tank Top in I am Radiant, Within Organics T-Shirt in I am Blessed, Within Organics Long Sleeved Shirt in I am Beautiful, Blue Canoe Sheer Bralette- available at www.kasperorganics.com, and Simply Straws 8″ Vibrant Blue Straw with Single Sleeve in Apricot w/ Coffee Stitching Set

 

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: All of the products I mention are ones that I bought myself, and I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor am I being compensated by any of them.   I did receive $7.50 off of my Simpy Straws order because I did take the pledge against plastic straws (not because I have this blog).

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Blog for IWD~A Project and a Company that are Helping Connect Girls and Inspire Futures

Girls in front of Central Community House, St. Paul

Hello again and Happy International Women’s Day!

So I wanted to do another post for the Blog for International Women’s Day hosted by Gender Across Borders and CARE.  With this post though, I wanted to focus on a project and a company that are connecting girls and inspiring futures!  The project is xoJane’s Real Belly Project, and the company is Lunapads.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoJane’s Real Belly Project

This project is just what it sounds like it is: showcasing real, unphotoshopped women’s bellies in a positive light.  In my previous post I mentioned that we need to embrace our own bodies to help girls embrace their own too.  The Real Belly Project does just this!  These are actual women that have taken photos of their bellies and sent them to xoJane for them to make a photo gallery of bellies.

There is already one post on xoJane from a girl that comments on how this project helped her become determined to accept her body.  Want to check out this project? Click here: http://www.xojane.com/fun/gallery/bellies-part-2

Click here to read the girl’s story~ It Happened to Me: Real Girl Bellies Saved My Life: http://www.xojane.com/healthy/ihtm-real-girl-bellies-saved-my-life

Lunapads.com

Lunapads.com is this awesome Canadian women-owned company that sells reusable menstrual pads, pantyliners, and menstrual cups, but at the same time sends out the message of embracing, understanding, and loving our bodies.  Honestly, since I have started reading their blog posts, and watching their youtube videos (and overall just looking more into reusable menstrual pads and pantyliners and why they are better for my health), my attitude towards my body, and menstruation, has drastically become much more positive.

This kind of impact on all girls and women is so important!  Why should women or girls feel ashamed about something so natural as our cycles?  The simple answer is, we shouldn’t.  I love that Lunapads is trying to get rid of this embarrassment, and even often shame, so many girls and women feel towards our bodies.  Can I say that I love my period at this point?  I’m not there yet, but I have come a long way from hating my period.

Another wonderful thing that Lunapads does is that they donate pads to girls in undeveloped countries through their program Pads4Girls since 2000.  They send reusable pads to girls in areas where either disposable pads are too expensive, or they are just unavailable.  Therefore, girls have to decide whether to risk embarrassment by going to school, or just staying home for about a week.  This reduces these girls’ chances of staying in school, and ultimately can result in them staying in poverty, having children sooner, and possibly even dying sooner from childbirth complications.  So, Lunapads is helping to change this just by donating something that seems so simple as a reusable cloth pad.  But this pad symbolizes a brighter future for so many girls!

To find out more about Lunapads’ Pads4Girls click here: http://lunapads.com/about-us/donate-pads

We, as a culture, can help girls and women have brighter futures~ we just need to believe that we can!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: The image above is used under the Commons license, shared by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhsum-commons/4419492544/

Blog for International Women’s Day~ Ways to Connect Girls and Inspire Futures

Girl in butterfly or flower costume

 

Hello and Happy International Women’s Day!

Gender Across Borders and CARE are hosting Blog for International Women’s Day 2012 today!  And this year’s theme is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.”

As a culture, as well as members of a global community, it is imperative that we are actively involving, educating and inspiring girls in a positive way.

How do we do that though?  Although this may seem like a daunting task, especially in the hustle and bustle of today, there are in fact many ways that we can do so just in our everyday lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to Connect Girls and Inspire Futures

1. Look at our own bodies in positive lights.  This may seem like this does not directly involve girls, but it does.  If we, the women of the world, do not look at our own bodies positively, how can girls who are growing up under constant media pressure that says anything bigger than a size 0 is not good enough?

By accepting and embracing our own bodies, flaws and all, and by radiating our love of our bodies, this could help even just one girl look at themselves in a more positive light.  The media tries to tell us, as a society, what type of body is acceptable, but we can help to lessen this pressure on young girls and teenage girls by saying and believing that this is not the case.

2. Talk about other girls and women (and boys and men) positively, including about their appearance, body, and personality.  Even if we all are able to accept and embrace our bodies, if we are judgemental towards another girl, woman, boy, or man, it shows our insecurities, as well as teaches girls a trait that does not help them to think positively about themselves, or others.

3. Tell a girl that she has a beautiful soul and heart.  Often times, we as a society focus on how beautiful a girl, or woman, is on the outside.  Yet, being beautiful on the inside is often more important in the long run.  Although some girls may feel this is cheesy, it will probably still warm their hearts to hear.

4. Genuinely compliment a girl.  This does go along with the previous suggestion.  So many girls I’ve known that are my age just do not believe a person when they compliment them.  They believe that either they are just saying it to say it, or that they are indirectly suggesting something negative.  This is rather than just believing that someone is, in fact, being nice to them.

We can help so many girls overcome this mentality by complimenting genuinely, and by accepting compliments that others give us too.

4. Be open to talking about topics that girls want to ask about.  So many topics still seem off-limits, between parents and their daughters, between sisters, between friends, and so on.  And therefore, there is often this silence.  Help to break this silence around various topics including menstruation, girl’s health, etc.  If we do not talk, who will?

5. Let a girl know that it is wonderful to be herself.  Remind her that being herself is much more important than being the most popular, or trying to be someone else.  And support her in the journey to find out who she is.

6.  Encourage girls to imagine.  Whether it’s imagining a job they may want when they grow up, re-enacting their favorite book or movie, pretending to be a mommy to their doll, or just playing make believe, let them dream.

And lastly, we need to help bring boys and men into the conversation as well.  Neither women nor men truly live separately in society.  So, we can encourage and teach boys and men to treat girls and women as equals, and not as objects to acquire, or beings to only take care of them.  We can do this partly just by acting and believing that we are equal.

 

Today is a positive day!  Just over one hundred years ago, women were not considered equal really anywhere in the world.  Now, we are in many places.  However, so many women are still struggling for equality.  And even here in the U.S., women still do not have equal pay to men in various jobs.  So, help to connect girls and help them believe that they are equal and that they do deserve equality, equal pay, and respect.  By helping to build girls’ self-esteems and confidence, we can help them to feel empowered.

Sometimes it is the most simple actions that can create a positive reaction.

Let’s get the conversation going! Do any of you have other suggestions to help connect girls and inspire futures?  Let me know by leaving a comment down below!

Want to check out the other blogs that are participating in this event?

Click here: http://www.genderacrossborders.com/blogforiwd/

Have a sunny day everyone! 🙂

~Kim

Please Note: The image above is used under the Commons license, shared by The Field Museum Library on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/field_museum_library/3405449438/