Sanitary Pads: The Shocking effects on your health

Sanitary Pads: The Shocking effects on your health

box of ANNA organic sanitary pads

Have you ever stopped to think about what effect your SANITARY PADS have on your body? on your health? They are in contact with the most delicate part of your body for 24 hours a day for minimum 5 days a month.

We all are becoming more aware about what we put IN and ONTO our bodies. As we become more mindful of what we eat, we are also more careful with what we put on our bodies.

The skin is the largest organ in the body. What we apply on it is absorbed and ends up in our bloodstream. It bypasses the liver and kidneys – the waste is not ‘’filtered’’ and we end up with toxins.


Have you ever stopped to think what is in your sanitary pad? Yes we only use them for a few days a month, but over time they can interfere with our reproductive system.

Regular sanitary pads may be convenient and cheap. But the price that you pay for your health is much more severe. They are laden with chemicals to make them super absorbent.  They contain plastics: BPA along with other chemicals and may cause cancer. They are bleached with chlorine to make them sparkling white. They are made from cotton which may have been sprayed with pesticides.Scented pads contain deodorants.

Women’s Voices For Earth tested a popular brand of pads and found it to have the following chemicals: styrene, chloroethane and chloroform.

The unregulated use of chemicals in female care products has been associated with increased risk of cancer, increased reproductive problems and more hormonal imbalances.


Menstrual cup: They are flexible silicone cups that are inserted into the vagina. It needs to be emptied every 12 hours. Personally, I feel that this is not the best option for me.

Washable Cloth Pads: (SUBZ PADS) They are made from fabric and have a waterproof lining. They can be rewashed and used again and again. They are made from non treated cotton, with wings that clip over your underwear.

Organic Cotton: They are comfortable to use, They do not contain plastic, fragrance and dyes.

PRODUCT REVIEWbox of ANNA Pure organic sanitary pads

Anna Pure Organic is a proudly South African company that produces Maxi pads and Panty Liners. They are committed to  providing women with an alternative to plastic sanitary products. I found the pads very breathable and comfortable so much so that I even forget that I am wearing them! They are fairly absorbent

***Previously I used to pay R80 for a pack of organic pads from health shops and Faithful to nature I am so excited and relieved that they can now be found bought for less than R25.

They are widely available at Dischem, Checkers, PicknPay and Spar.

organic sanitary pad


What exactly are in our sanitary pads? It is a toxic cocktail of substances put together to make us feel ‘’fresher’’ and it is in contact with the most delicate part of our bodies. The vaginal lining has the thinnest layer of skin that can easily absorb elements that are in close contact to it.

I haven’t even touched on the environmental aspect of sanitary pads. I do believe that that is a topic for another day.

Please SHARE this article with all the special women in your life. At this price there really is no reason to buy any other sanitary pad out there.

Financial Wellbeing: How to be happy with your money no matter how much you earn

Financial Wellbeing: How to be happy with your money no matter how much you earn

one rand coinIt is easy to have a ‘’head in the sand’’ approach, but it is actually crucial that you are AWARE of what is going on in your bank account.

What is financial wellbeing?

Financial wellbeing is the process of learning how to successfully manage your finances. It is about having control of your money on a day to day basis.
Money plays a vital role in our lives. Not having enough money can affect our health and happiness. Financial wellbeing is about having a sense of security, a sense of having enough money to meet your needs. It is also about having a sense of financial freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy your life.
As the common saying goes: ‘’we like to impress people who we don’t know, with money that we don’t have’’. The reality is that if we LIVE FAKE RICH now, we will RETIRE REAL POOR later.

Gratitude and Capitilism
Teach your kids that money doesn’t define you or make you happy. You will realise that you don’t need much to be happy. Very little is needed to make a happy life. That’s why they say that the best things in life are free. All the new clothes and makeup will never make you feel good if you are not happy with who you are. Focus on BLESSINGS, not THINGS.

Everywhere we look we are bombarded with the idea that we need to be richer, thinner, smarter, better looking, more successful, healthier, better parents/partners.


Minimalism is not about owning LESS than you need. It is about owning EXACTLY what you need. If we are grateful for what we have, then we can’t be constantly sold products or services that cater to our INSECURITIES and our notions of keeping up with the Jone’s.

Financial planning

Financial planning is about balancing your needs and wants forTODAY with your needs and wants for TOMORROW.

If all this is too much for you, start with at least being AWARE of where your money is being spent.

Self assured spenders are spenders who spend with INTENTION.

The key to financial balance is to both SAVE and SPEND with INTENTON.

Intentional spending is when you realise or determine what makes YOU happy, and then plan your finances so that you can afford that as much as possible.



Be aware
The first step is to be aware of where your money is going.
Go through your monthly bank statements. Use them to draw up a monthly budget. List all your expenses. Include an allowance for entertainment. If you pay for all your expenses by debit card, it will be easier to keep track of even small payments which all add up. If however you choose to draw cash weekly to spend on groceries and what not: you will need to keep all your till slips, this may become tedious, and you won’t get a true reflection this way.
Add up your yearly ‘’once off ’expenses like SARS payments, vehicle license, Tv license etc, and divide it by 12, to get an amount to allocate monthly. Every month transfer this amount to a savings account.

Spoiling yourself
It is important to celebrate wins. If you are able to save money, allocate an amount for a treat.
Eg, I love to have my hair done at a professional salon. So instead of saying that I can’t afford it, I ask myself HOW will I be able to afford it? I keep some money aside every month and then I use it only when the salon has specials. My salon has 30% off colour on Sundays and R500 off on a Wednesday. I stick to these days only. It really helps to save a lot of money and it doesn’t add to the guilt factor.
If you like your morning lattes: instead of no lattes, change your coffee shop to a cheaper one or one with a rewards programme.

Social Media
What does social media have to do with saving? Our subconscious mind is strongly related to our spending habits. Unfollow if you must – accounts that encourage you to buy new clothes, makeup, skincare all the time.
Follow accounts that encourage saving. #debtfreecommunity. It is encouraging to see others with a similar mindset. It will become normal to save rather than spend.

Other tips
• Find activities to do on the weekends that don’t involve spending a lot of money. Instead of going to the movies, plan picnics at the park, play boardgames, watch Netflix.
• Sacrifice spending on frivolous items like updating your wardrobe according to trends. Rather invest in yourself. Learn a new skill, enrich your knowledge.
• Keep your car tyres filled
• Meal plan on weekends. Draw up a menu for the upcoming week. Then go your grocery list. You will be surprised how few groceries you will need to buy.
• Don’t be tempted with 3/2 sales. It’s a gimmick to get you to buy more than you actually need. Stock piling is good only for very fast moving items. Otherwise it is money sitting on your shelf.
• Online shops like superbalist and zando have voucher codes regularly to buy items at reduced prices. if you like something and you are patient, you can score it at 40% off on suberbalist and 20% off at zando. It may get sold out though. If you are scared to buy with your credit card, they do have an option to pay via eft.
• Try a Need-Only_Diet – over 7 days try to buy only absolute necessities and pass up things like gum and caffe lattes.
• Visit your local library. New books can be expensive. Libraries also have new dvds and magazines that you can borrow for free.

With the right mindset, budgets and changing your spending habits it is possible to save money.
Remember slow and steady wins the race. No matter your circumstances find something small to start today. Even if you now just become aware of where your money is going.
Your income does not define you. Wealth or being rich means different things to different people. Remember to count your blessings that money cant buy for those are your real riches. Gratitude is the best attitude.

Please share your own money saving tips in the comments section below. I would love to hear what works for you.

Essential Tips to Prep for a Photoshoot

Essential Tips to Prep for a Photoshoot

picture of a lady smilingWe book a professional photographer looking for clear, crisp beautiful images to capture a milestone or an event. But, it is not guaranteed that we will always get what we pay for. It can be an expensive affair. To look your best it may involve a new outfit or two, a makeup artist and a hair appointment, over and above the photographer’s fee. Here are a few tips that will ensure that you get your monies worth and some killer shots!


• Choose outfits that you feel comfortable in. Your confidence will show through in the pics. If you wear jeans or shoes that are too tight, it may translate as awkward photos.
• Choose to wear good quality fitted underwear on the day. It will create smooth lines. Make sure that there is no visible panty line.
• Iron your clothes! You want to look put together.
If you are planning outfit changes: Pack each outfit together with the matching accessories in a laundry sleeve or bag. Jewellery can be placed in Ziploc bags together with the matching outfit. Photographers charge hourly rates. You don’t want to spend 20 min changing into outfits or faffing around looking for that instagrammable earring that you bought!

• Take the time to match your accessories to your outfit. Lay it on the bed. See if it works. Take pics of it.
• Basic grooming eg,painting your nails, an eyebrow wax , will help you look ‘’put together’’
• Practice a comfortable smile. Saying ‘’cheese’’ creates a forced smile. Rather say ‘’thursday’’ to create a natural smile.
• Practice some foolproof Hollywood poses.
• Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the shoot. Avoid sugary foods to prevent your skin from looking dull.
• Choose a few props to carry with you on the day to help you look ‘’natural’’ and more like yourself. Eg. Headphones, a book, cellphone, sunglasses, toys for kids, or something that will add to the theme that you are trying to create.

Pack a bag with these goodies and you will be super prepared on the day.
• Water and an energy bar. Between doing your hair and makeup and the actual shoot, you are bound to get hungry. Dehydration doesn’t photograph well.
• Hairclips or hairgrips to quickly change up your hair during outfit changes
• Lens wipes to clean up fingerprints from your sunglasses or cellphone.
• Your favourite music will help you to relax and get the best shots.

Remember to just relax and be yourself.

How to live a life that you dont need a holiday from

How to live a life that you dont need a holiday from

lady pulling a suitcase on holidayI just need to make it through the end of this week, then the next week then the week after, until I retire! This is no way to live. We all wish that we could jet off to an exotic location to sip cocktails while watching the sun go down. But it is not always possible. Budgets, responsibilities and life in general doesn’t allow us to take a welcome break every time we wish upon it.

What if I told you that you could be living your best life every day. No more dreading Mondays and waiting for Fridays.  Here are a few tips from my own experience that help me live a life that I don’t need a vacation from. These tips will get you through the long gap between holidays.

Daily Tips

  • Mindset is everything. Work with positive affirmations. Repeat them. Believe them. Watch your life change for the better.
  • Be Mindful. Don’t think too much. Be present in your current activity.
  • Make your daily routines fun. Add music to your life.


  • Wake up early. Get more done. Naps are always a good idea.
  • Spend quality time with friends and family. Go outside. Breathe fresh air. Soak up some sunshine.
  • Use your time off to stock up on groceries and get errands done. It will prevent last minute trips to the shops on busy weekday evenings.


  • Do something special for yourself like a massage, pedicure, read a book or go for a walk.
  • Meet a friend. Make time for someone who is special to you.

Fundamental Keys

  • Find your purpose. Do something you love.
  • Find something ‘’bigger than you’’ to belong to, whether it is a spiritual organisation or a Non profit organisation. Give back to the community. It is rewarding.

Life can get overwhelming. Cut yourself from the pressure to be perfect. Practise self compassion. Accept who you are and where you are in life.  We function better when we are a compassionate ruler of our own wellbeing instead of being a slave to a thousand ‘’shoulds’’

Find joy in everyday activities. Smile. Laugh. These moments of everyday joy make for a better life. Learn to find and create joy even in the simplest most ordinary moments.

Go forth, live your best life every day.

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