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Music Monday // Beautiful Escape - Tom Misch feat. Zac Abel

I’m not gonna obsess with albums all the time. Frankly, full albums for me are a rarity nowadays.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a dancy, upbeat track. If you’re in a terrible mood, this song is guaranteed to lift your spirits. A great way to beat the Monday blues.

Let me know how how this makes you feel.


Music Monday // Maribu State - Kingdoms in Colour

My current musical obsession, I have this album on repeat. It’s the perfect blend of melodic dance vibes, instrumentals, and ethereal vocals that pull inspirations from the middle and far east.

Take a listen and let me know what you think.

Grow It Yourself: SkinCare

Written By: Qamra Clarke

Do you have a green thumb?

Here’s a list of just a few plants you can grow in your home that could benefit your skin.

  Photo Credit: Al Kawasa  

Photo Credit: Al Kawasa  


Most of us know chamomile for its calming affect when it's time to catch some zzz...But did you know that chamomile also has a lightning, brightening, and clarifying property at could really help your skin? Chamomile has a compound call Alpha-bisabolol which assist in skin rejuvenation. 

Even fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced when the use of chamomile is added to your skin care  routine. 


Fighting aging? Sage with its antioxidant power can help with that. As a free radical combatant rich in vitamin A, sage can help reduce the signs of aging. As a natural astringent for oily or acne prone skin, sage can help reduce breakouts. It can even assist in improving hair growth because of its circulation boosting compounds.


Let thy food be thy medicine
— Hippocrates

Possibly a surprise to many... pimples can be fought with mint. In the mint leaf you will find salicylic acid, which helps with excessive oil produced in the hair follicles of the skin. An overproduction of this oil can lead to breakouts. Mint is anti-pruritic, meaning it can soothe and calm irritated skin. 

Aloe Vera:🌱

Packed with vitamins and minerals we all know how beneficial Aloe Vera can be for the skin and the body overall. It's super hydrating, moisturizing and is anti-Inflammatory. Aloe can also help with skin cell 

turnover, leaving you with a more youthful appearance. 


  Photo credit:  Nord Wood

Photo credit:  Nord Wood

Want to relax? Lavender can help with that. Not only can it relax your mind but your skin could actually be relaxed as well by using lavender. Lavender is in anti-inflammatory powerhouse that soothes irritation and inflamed skin, as well as help as a natural antiseptic... so if eczema or dermatitis is an issue for you considering lavender in your skincare routine


Packed with antioxidants calendula is a beautiful flower that can help with everything from chapped lips to fighting lines in your skin and signs of aging.  Calendula can plump up your skin through hydration and circulation as well as prevent inflammation. It can help with wound healing and many other skin problems


Thyme is not just for cooking with, it can help fight acne due to is antibacterial property. Mixing thyme with a cosmetic clay like bentonite can really build a powerful mask to help you achieve a smoother blemish free complexion


Known to moisturize the skin as well as develop collagen and fight free radicals, rosemary is extremely rich in nutrients that protect the skin from external damage, some caused by over-exposure of uv rays. It's also great for building up skin elasticity as you age.

If you find this interesting please do your own research on plants that can benefit some of your skin problems and consider growing it yourself at your home... in your space... for yourself. 

Love your skin. 

Love your life. 

Love yourself. 



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Menstrual Cups: Five Reasons Why You Should Get One For Yourself

Written By: Oni Espada

 Photo: Katie Edmunds

Photo: Katie Edmunds

1. Think of all the money you’ll save!

OK, yes, the initial price point of a menstrual cup can seem to be a bit high. However, when you factor in the cost of tampons, pads, and pantyliners you use in a year, the investment pays for itself within a year.  Your mileage may vary, but here’s an estimate based on a heavy flow.

Qty 21 tampons & 7 liners

X 12

252 84


Qty 50 for $9

6 boxes/year = $54 year



4 boxes/year = $16/year


Menstrual cup


Panty liners $16


Qty 20/month

240 year = $40 year

2.  They are far more sustainable and a whole lot closer to zero waste than what you’re using now.

I mean, take a look at the financial breakdown above;   we’re talking about 300 tampons, 104 panty liners, 240 pads a year.  We’re talking packaging, boxes, plastic strips, and, I didn’t even factor in the extra toilet paper you’d be using.

3. No more unknown chemicals in or around the hoohah.

Not too long ago, we had to take the tampon manufacturers and the pad manufacturers at their word, trust them blindly that they were using materials that were good for us. I mean we’re sticking these things inside of us and they’re in there for hours. Of course, they’re not going to be riddled with chemicals right? Right?! Well, we know that is not true thanks to honest brands like Lola, who have exposed the ugly truth.

With a menstrual cup, you don’t have to worry about any of that: They’re made of health grade, non-absorbant silicone. Very easy to wash and easy to store. Clean it with a mild, non-fragrance, non-colored soap with some warm water, dry off, and store in the breathable pouch.  Mine came with one, not sure if they all do.

4.  The cramps and flow get better.

One of the things that I have read from other menstrual cup users is that once they started using the menstrual cup they started experiencing milder cramps and lighter flow.  They credit this their body adjusting to no longer dealing with all the extra stuff I mentioned in #3.

5. It’s so comfortable, you’ll forget it’s there, or that you’re even on your period!

    Seriously, this has happened to me on several occasions.  Thank goodness I always wear a pantyliner!  Generally speaking, there’s bound to be some leakage.  It’s all the more surprising when it happens after you’ve been going about your day.

Ok ok ok, so Disclaimer.

Everybody's body is different.  Different cups will fit different people differently.  Personally, I went with the Diva Cup brand straight out of the gate.  My reasoning being that I’ve only known of menstrual cups because of this brand, and I’ve heard of it most of my life so I’m sure they know what they’re doing.  There are other options, so don’t hesitate to look around.

Bonus tips for getting your first menstrual cup:

Depending on the brand, there will usually be 2 sizes to choose from: Small and Large.

This sizing is based on the circumference of the cup, althouh I have seen some sized by flow.  Choose Small if you’re in your 20’s and havent had a baby, Large if you’re in your 30’s or have had a baby.

I highly recommend it. Good luck, and happy menstruating!


– Wash with warm water and a mild, gentle soap.

– Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before you remove it.  And, of course, wash your hands thoroughly afterward.

When you’re dumping it out in a public restroom, make sure the stall has a lot of toilet paper;  You will need to wipe your hand up before you get to the sinks to wash off

** Extra pro tip, go to the handicap stall, they usually have their own sink.

– While sleeping, be sure to still use a pad or pantyliner depending on your nighttime flow.


Diva Cup

Ruby Cup