Breaking The Period Taboo

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That’s right.  I’m going there.

 

Aunt Flow.

Crimson Tide.

The Curse.

Period.

 

Call it what you will;  it is an inevitable rite of passage to womanhood.

It’s also a topic that as my friend and I once put it, the sort of thing that makes you plug yours ears and sing, la la la la la la, until the person stopped the torture.

 

I don’t know to many women in my life who have felt comfortable talking about the very thing that turns us into a woman, let alone tell their story of the first time they received their period, until I recently read a book appropriately titled, My Little Red Book.

 

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Until I read this, I didn’t realize that most stories of women’s transition in to womanhood was not as thrilling as they thought it would be.  Which is a relief, because the story of “my first” could have easily made it into this book.

 

So what exactly does this book have to say?

 

Here is the skinny:  It is a miscellany of stories of first periods written by women of all ages, of all backgrounds, and from all corners of the world. Some of the stories are hilarious, mortifying, stoic, and almost heroic. 

 

Things I didn’t realize:  That there have been many myths associated with periods.  In fact, one father told her daughter she could not work in the garden while on her period because it would kill the plants.  Scientists tried to prove this theory but failed.  Duh.   

 

Overall:  I think the author’s purpose for writing this book is hoping for a change in attitude and perception on how we talk about our periods, especially to our daughters.  I feel as though she hopes that it will bring mothers and daughters to the table and begin talking to each other, because lets face it;  Girls have a lot of questions, even if they don’t ask.

 

So I have to ask.  Are you bold enough to tell your first period story to a public audience?

The Weekend

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1// At top, is easiest dish you will ever make, and yet it is so delicious that your family will devour it in one sitting.  I made it for breakfast on Saturday morning for the kids.  It is your classic Monkey Bread recipe.  I have a story behind that Bundt pan, but I’ll save it for another time.  (I used Pioneer Woman’s recipe)
2// Next up is my niece, Kaylie, who is staying with us this month.  She said this would end up being a bookmark.  I’m curious to see the end result. 
3// My baby girl.  She is beautiful, even with crumbs on her face.
4// This was a science experiment that I let the older kids conduct.  It shows what happens as a cloud becomes heavy with water.  It was a simple experiment that required items that I already had around the house.  If you want to let your kids do this as well, here is what you need: clear glass, shaving cream, food coloring, and water.  Just fill the glass 3/4 full of water, put a thin layer of shaving cream (not gel) on top of the water.  Then add a few drops of food coloring on top of the shaving cream.  It should begin to “rain”.
5// Speaking of rain, the weather here has done nothing but rain for the last month.  As in, record breaking rain.  Our yard is turning into a swamp, and my plants are dying.  I try to let the kids play outside in between the rain, but it usually doesn’t last for long.  This picture is of Rori after she threw a colossal fit because her older brother went outside into the rain without her. 
I wonder if Seattle lawns are always muddy or slushy?
Any way, our weekend was low key as usual.  How was the weekend in your neck of the woods?
Linking up with Mary Beth today!  Check her out for some amazing photos.

How To Roast Your Garden Tomatoes

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I don’t really think you need a how-to over roasting your tomatoes.  I mainly just wanted to show off my garden tomatoes and how I am preserving them. Ha!   

All I did, was, slice the tomatoes (these are my Roma Tomatoes) and lay them on a pan lined with parchment paper.

Next, I picked a few leaves of basil, chopped it up and sprinkled it on top of the tomatoes.  I also sprinkled dried oregano, salt, and pepper over them.

Peel a few cloves of garlic and spread them around the pan.

To finish it up, drizzle some olive oil on top and throw it in a 200 degree oven for an hour or two, and then let it cool completely before bagging and freezing it.

Be sure to eat a couple while they are still warm.  You’ll be happy you did. 

*Just a side note:  To keep tomatoes from spoiling, you will need to roast them for many hours if you plan to store these for a long period of time.  My suggestion would be to cook them for about 5 hours, or until they are leathery.  You should also flip them during the cooking process.  These were very small tomatoes and I cut them thin, so the cooking time was much less.

iPhone Editing Tip: Get A Good App

Most of us by now have heard about instagram, used it, or have seen others use it.  
I’m also sure you have seen some amazing photos other users posted that made you wonder how in the world did that picture come from an iPhone.  Right!?  Or is it just me? 
I wish I could tell you that I have it all figured out, but I haven’t.  At least not completely.  However, I can tell you how you can use editing apps to improve your photos.  
Editing photos can take a good picture and make it a great picture. 
Before I start, I want to tell what editing app I use.  It is called Snapseed which is a free app by Google.
I like it because it offers an array of filters, as well as the typical fine tuning: contrast, brightness, saturation, cropping, and other general options.  Plus, it is FREE.  My favorite four letter word!   Did I mention that twice? 
In fact, the very first picture I edited using this app, became the winner in an instagram photo contest using this picture! 
Now that I have my bragging out of the way, here is an unedited photograph that I took of my daughter’s hands while she was in the tub.  
This is an okay picture in itself.  However, I wanted it to be a little more dramatic, so I selected the self tuning option on the app and played around with the contrast and lighting, which resulted in this photo.
Can you see the difference?  I lightened it up and added a little depth with the contrast.  Next came the first filter.  I decided to select Bright from the Drama option.  Here is what I got.

From this point, it’s just about layering the filters of your choice.  On this particular photo, I wanted to use the Dark from the Black & White option. 

I could have stopped here because it is pretty close to what I was aiming for, but I decided to take it a step further and layer the Bright from the Drama options, again to make it brighter while still defining the hands.  Here is the final picture.

 Alright, lets recap with the side by side photos.

Here is another before and after photo of Rori.

As for other tips, people who take their iPhone photos seriously, invest in attachable lens and other accessories such as the two pictured below.  The first one is a lens that attaches itself by its magnet.  The second photo (the yellow one) is a case and lens that allows you to take photos in water.  These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to iPhone camera options.  
But if you are a ho-hum instagramer like myself, then I would just stick with a free app and play around with it.  : D

Digital King 000DKWIDE Wide and Macro iPhone 4G/4GS Lenses

Watershot for iPhone – Underwater Camera Housing