I’ve Been Gone Sooo Long…

As you may have noticed, my last published blog post was from last summer. It’s almost been an entire year since I last posted! You may be wondering why its been so long. To be honest I’m wondering why it’s been so long. Writing a blog post usually only takes me an hour or so. So why have I not been able to spare an hour in the last eight months? I really don’t have a good answer. Nothing dramatic or exciting has happened to me in the last eight months that would stop me from being able to post.

All that has happened is that I worked a job. I was working from six in the morning until three in the afternoon or later. I found the job to be energy draining, especially in the insane heat we had over the summer. By the time I got home and ate and showered I just didn’t feel like I had the energy or the drive to do anything. Blogging got thrown out the window, along with reading, and exercising. Oops.

Then school started fast and hard in September, again I just didn’t have time. Every minute I spent on my computer was used on school work. By the time the work was done for the day, I had no desire to look at my computer screen for even one more minute. I had more important things to do than blog so I pushed it back. Like many other things I put blogging off, telling myself that I would do it later.

I finished the semester and had a quick Christmas break. With all the visiting and family events blogging got pushed aside once again, and in the time I did have, all I wanted to do was relax and catch up on cleaning and other things.

Of course right after Christmas break I started my next semester. This one so far has been less busy. I’m more on top of my school work and healthy living. I feel more in control of my life.  So today I picked up my laptop and opened my blog page, and here I am.

I would like to thank all of you for your patience while I figured out my life and procrastinated on writing my blog. I have some interesting posts coming up (at least I think they are interesting, you might think they are boring) and I’d love if you spent your busy time reading my posts as well. Believe me, I know that this blog is not as important as other things in your lives. But hey! If you find yourself with spare time I’d love if you read my interesting/boring blog posts.

Happy reading all! And welcome back to the Immackulate Journey!

Ladies Only, Men Forbidden.

Hey ladies, let’s have a talk. A talk about something that we all experience. I strongly recommend that any men reading this should stop now for the sake of your poor brains. Trust me this is not something you’ll want to read. But ladies, please continue reading, you might learn something new, something that has the possibility of changing your life and making it just a little bit easier.

Ladies; periods, menstruation, the crimson tide, shark week, riding the cotton pony, you know – THAT time of the month. We all go through it (unless you have passed/reached menopause or just haven’t had yours yet). But for the most part we all know the struggle. The little surprises, the cramps, the weird weight gain and bloating, the little leaks, the messes, and the endless amount of money spent on products that you just throw away after a few hour of use.

Now, I’m not the kind of person that will change over from disposable products, to reusable products just for the sake of the environment. However, I am the kind of person that likes a product that will make my life a little more easy or comfortable. And about 5 years ago I found a product like that.

I’m talking about the Diva Cup©. Yes I am one of those strange people that uses a menstrual cup rather than using traditional menstruation products like tampons and pads. And no, I don’t feel weird or abnormal or uncomfortable for using one and admitting that I do. In fact, whenever the topic of periods comes up (as it sometimes does between girls) I am the first one to freely say that I use a cup, and yes I highly recommend using one to everyone I talk to about periods.

So let me tell you a little bit about what it’s like using a menstrual cup. I’m not going to lie to you, the first few times you use the cup, it feels strange, and can be very uncomfortable and messy. Basically you buy a cup, it comes with a cute little storage bag, and a paper of very clear instructions for use and care. Follow the instructions and you will be just fine.

For me it took a few tries to get the cup where it’s supposed to be, that’s the part that can get uncomfortable, and kind of messy. This makes it a little difficult to change out your cup if you are in a public washroom, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Besides a cup can stay in for up to 12 hours, so the likelihood of needing to change it in a public washroom is very small. Once you figure out how to get your cup in to a point where it is comfortable, then you’ll notice that you don’t feel it at all.

Pretty much, the cup goes in, it stays in for up to 12 hours and then you take it out, clean it up, and put it in again. I find that the cup keeps everything a little more clean throughout the day, sometimes a leak might happen, but it’s never a bad one (I do however recommend wearing a liner when you have the cup in, just in case).

I also notice that when I use my cup, my cramps and pain are much less. It even reduces the stress and anxiety that every girl has in regards to “leaking” or “bleeding through”. A menstrual cup is definitely something that I recommend every woman tries at least once. It’s a small investment for a huge payout. The cup I have only costs about $60 at most, which seems like a lot. However the cup lasts very long. In comparison, I used to have to buy 1 pack of tampons for every month. one years worth of tampons is much more expensive than buying a cup.

My cup is the only thing that takes my period from being the worst weeks of my life, to being just weeks of my life. Honestly ladies, if there’s one product that you should use in your life it is a menstrual cup. Go, try one, and thank me later.

Now for you men that ended up reading through this whole post anyways despite the first paragraph, I’m sorry. And I definitely recommend that you do not go out and try menstrual cups. Let’s just leave this one for the ladies, shall we?

Hiring???

Hey all!

It’s been a long time since I last published on my blog. As some of you know, I’ve been busy.

Well, exams are over and I passed my second year of University. When I finish a year it means that for the summer I’ll be working, trying to make enough to continue paying my university and living expenses. Unfortunately this year, I missed most of the application deadlines for the jobs that students get in the summer, due to sickness and an overload of coursework. So come the end of April I was still looking, and applying anywhere and everywhere no matter the job or the paycheck. I did manage to find a job, thanks to some strong connections, but that’s a topic for my next blog post.

What I really want to talk about today, is the problem of finding a job as a student. There are many of you that are familiar with the standard summer job posting available to students. Many students will try to work on summer crews under the government or in the city or town that they live in, many more will look to campgrounds and recreation areas to do general labor for the summer. The unfortunate part of these jobs is that the opportunity window to send in your application just so happens to fall at one of the busiest times of the year in regards to school work and exams, and once you miss the window it is extremely difficult to get your resume to the right people. Besides, sending in a resume late is never a good idea because it portrays you as someone who is not responsible.

So, if you’re like me, you end up missing the application deadlines and then scouring every town, city, and government website, along with Kijiji postings, and all the jobs on Indeed; applying for all the jobs that you could possibly be qualified for, and even some that are a long shot, hoping that something will pay out. There really are no shortage of jobs. Well, that is if you have several years of experience, or a degree/diploma, of you are applying for full time not just summer temporary full time. With all those restrictions it becomes harder and harder to find jobs that are available to you.

Of course there is also the issue of making enough money. My qualifications say minimum wage, but all my expenses crave a job that pays $20 or higher just to pull through. I guess minimum wage would be enough if you just had to pay your living expenses and all. But minimum wage is not enough to pay your living expenses, your university fees, and maybe save up just enough so that one day your dream of owning a house can come true. It also doesn’t help when the prices of everyday necessities such as groceries and gas are so high.

With all that, I’m sure you can see that the job hunt as a student is difficult to say the least. Thankfully I ended up actually getting a job, and one that pays a little more than minimum wage, even though it’s not the kind of job I hoped for…but hey it is a job.

But that’s a different topic, for a different day. Feel free to comment any suggestions or tips for my future job searching in the comments section of this post. Or, you could always shoot me an email at animmackulatejourney@gmail.com.

What I Learned From My Mom: Hand Soap Edition!

There are so many things that I have learned from my mom, so much that I decided that, if I can figure out how, I’m going to make a separate section of my blog titled – “What I Learned From My Mom”. This is the first post in that section.

So here it is, I’m sure that all of you are familiar with Bath and Body Works and their products, particularly their line of hand soaps. As you know they have a wide range of scents, and their products change with the seasons. They also have several different styles: deep cleansing, foaming, and the nourishing hand soaps. I’m also sure that each one of my readers has a favorite scent. Mine is by far the Peach Bellini soap, I love how fresh, fruity, and clean it smells. I personally find that some of the soap scents are very strong, overpowering, and off-putting, which is why I like the light scent of the Peach Bellini so much, it’s just subtle.

Now at this point you must be dying to know what I learned from my mom about hand soap. Well it helps for you to know that my mom does not spend copious amounts of money, least of all on fancy hand soap, she would rather buy the cheaper stuff you can get from Walmart – because why not, it all cleans the same anyways right? And ya, she’s right about that, fancy soap is a huge waste of money –  I mean it is $6.50 a bottle. And that is why my mom only buys Bath and Body Works hand soap when it is on awesome sale and she has coupons, so she ends up spending around $2.00-3.00 a bottle instead, which is about the same price as any regular hand soap.

So when I moved out, I decided that I would love to buy fancy hand soap but only when it’s on the right kind of sale. And I’m still learning when the right sales are, just ask my mom, she knows. So even though I don’t have money to buy fancy soap, I always end up with fancy soap. That is what I learned from my mom about hand soap. And I’m sure glad I did, because I love my Bath and Body Works soap.

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