Why Cheeky Wipes are my go-to for menstrual health 🩸

Periods are not fun but there’s little you can do to escape them. For those looking for a more eco-friendly alternative when tackling their menstrual health, Cheeky Wipes are here to save the day.

After giving birth and dealing with postpartum bleeding, I knew that I needed a better solution. When my periods eventually returned, it was time to take action.

Cheeky Wipes offer something for everyone. From people starting their first period, postpartum bleeding, endometriosis, all the way through to those struggling with incontinence.

Their wide selection of pants includes high-waisted, mid-rise, and low-rise styles, all catering to varying levels of flow.

How do Cheeky Wipes reusable period pants work?

The pants feature four layers to ensure you feel dry and clean throughout the day and can also be used alongside pads:

  • Top layer – a layer made from moisture wicking material to leave you feeling dry
  • Absorbant layer – a layer for comfort, offering the same protection as 2.5 tampons
  • Leak-proof layer – a waterproof layer to ensure no leaks
  • Outer layer – a breathable layer which offers comfort

Are reusable period pants expensive?

Okay, so Cheeky Wipes are an initial investment and the Reusable Period Protection Kits start at £22.99. These include washable pads alongside the pants.

They also offer reusable baby wipes, make-up wipes, and nappies, alongside so much more. They support their customers from birth to old age.

So, what do I think?

Honestly, I will never go back to buying disposable sanitary pads. The pants alongside the pads leave you feeling clean and fresh throughout the day and are easily washable time and time again to reuse again.

I really like the high-waisted pants, they’re pretty and offer such nice coverage. Another thing to add is they don’t feel bulky in any way, the pants and pads are thin and discreet, despite the amazing protection they offer.

If you’re looking to take the plunge into eco-friendly menstrual health, you can save 15 percent on your first order at Cheeky Wipes.

Stephanie xox

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Quick and easy homemade healthy fruit and nut bars 😋

Quick and easy homemade healthy fruit and nut bars 😋

How to make healthy nut and fruit bars at home

Looking for an easy to make go to snack? You’ll want to try your hand at creating these healthy fruit and nut bars at home!

  • 90g of cashew nuts
  • 90g of dates
  • A drop of vanilla essence
  • 30g of cranberries
  • 30g of raisins

Preparation time: 5 mins

so, how am i making these delicious chewy bars?

These delicious Nakd inspired fruit and nut bars are a healthy, easy and cheap alternative to store-bought products. All you need are a few simple natural ingredients and a food processor – it can’t get any easier than that!

Firstly, whizz up your cashew nuts in your food processor till they have a thoroughly chopped texture.

Secondly, add the dates to the mix and blend till you have what resembles an almost rubble like mixture (as illustrated in the picture below).

Quick and easy homemade healthy fruit and nut bars mixture

Thirdly, add the vanilla essence (opt out if you prefer) and whizz in the 30g of cranberries and raisins.

What’s more, without the additional fruit, you have the perfect Nakd Cashew Cookie replica! By now, you should have a squidgy mixture, clumping together when squished by hand.

Next, line a dish with cling film and spoon in  and press down the mixture.

Finally, leave your dish in the fridge for a few hours to set and you are good to go!

Quick and easy homemade healthy fruit and nut bars mixture in tin

This recipe creates around four Nakd sized bars. For more, just double up the ingredients. These can even be frozen to enjoy later, it’s a win win really!

To sum up, these homemade fruit and nut bars are just perfect for on the go or to enjoy as a healthy snack to compliment your lunch. Additionally, they’re calories friendly and packed full of delicious nutrients!

What do you think of these homemade bars? Which ingredients would you experiment with?

Stephanie xox

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Why it’s important to say goodbye to toxic relationships 🙅

Saying Goodbye to Toxic Relationships | The LDN Gal

How to say goodbye to toxic relationships

Sometimes in life, it’s necessary to rid yourself of toxic people, be it in a platonic, romantic or professional relationship. Unfortunately, family can prove a little tougher to deal with.

If a relationship is no longer bringing you joy, then how are you benefiting from it? Holding onto toxic people and relationships only prolongs your pain. At times, you truly need to get out of your comfort zone and put yourself first.

Entering adulthood, you realise that sometimes you just cannot relationship work. If your friends are not supportive of you – are they really your friends?

In essence, life can be difficult enough without having to worry about those who are meant to care for you mentally dragging you down.

To summarise, there are many different types of toxic relationship. Someone can be mentally damaging towards you, emotionally and on the worst end of the scale, physically. Abuse is still abuse no matter what form it takes – and it isn’t acceptable.

Advice - Saying Goodbye to Toxic Relationships | The LDN Gal

The benefits of saying goodbye to toxic relationships

Here are the warning signs of behaviours of toxic people. If any of these are present, then it’s time to get rid. A person who:

  • Undermines you
  • Tries to compete with you
  • Is unnecessarily jealous or envious of your successes
  • Clouds you with negativity (every day seems to bring with it a new tragedy)
  • Gossips incessantly (if they gossip too often to you, they most likely gossip about you)
  • Are not supportive of your goals
  • Act possessive or incessantly needy of your attention (all friends are there to offer mutual emotional support but relationships should not leave you feeling burdened or be one-sided)
  • Are inconsiderate and/or critical
  • Prove to be a bad influence (we inevitably become influenced by our environment)
  • Are at times just downright manipulative

When to say goodbye to a toxic relationship

Indeed bonds can deteriorate, and once someone begins to grate at your patience and sanity, they’re not worth hanging on to. With friends, you should never feel wary. In fact, you should be able to be open-minded without feeling conflicted or irritated.

Obviously, if you find yourself dreading to see a friend, making excuses to avoid doing so and feeling drained if you do eventually meet, then it all becomes pretty self-explanatory.

In short, relationships are complex and require a bit of give and take at times. However, if your relationships are starting to drain you and stop bringing you emotional reward and joy, then it is a drastic warning sign to let that person go. Equally, do so without speaking badly of them, negativity never breeds happiness.

Essentially, friends should make you happier and help you to escape or solve your problems, not cause them.

welcoming happy relationships

Healthy relationships are the only relationships you need. Surround yourself with those who value you and you will soon start to feel a lot better in yourself. All in all, your relationships should bring out the best in you and your own character.

Finally, be sure to remember, “you are only going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with. So, be brave enough to let go of those who are weighing you down.”

Have you ever experienced a toxic relationship? How did you let that person go? 

Stephanie xox