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Monday, October 24, 2016

Why I Think Periods are Truly Horrific

Okay, fair warning - if you are a guy, you may want to skip reading the post.  I'm sure the last thing you want to hear about is our "time of the month."  But ladies, let's talk about this for a second.  Just think about it... think about how horrific periods truly are.   It's like... what did we ever do to deserve such an obnoxious, hellish week not once in a while but EVERY MONTH! 

So today I'm letting it all out in a rant... I'm just gonna call out a period for what it really is...horrific!    That's right, I said it! I mean let's just look at all the hellish aspects of a period.

First of all, as if the fact that you have to bleed isn't bad enough you have these horrifying things called MENSTRUAL CRAMPS! And of course they aren't just like regular cramps, no they feel like Satan is dancing around inside your body kicking and twisting your ovaries.  By the way, don't google image menstrual cramps because the picture explanation of what they are makes it hurt even more!

Bye-bye diet.  Hello chocolate, carbs, sugars, fats, and everything else I can dream up while I'm trying to concentrate at work.  I mean I've been so starved for chocolate that I've even raided my own cupboards only to end up feasting on chocolate chips...yea, the ones that come in the bag for BAKING.   Am I stoned? No, just bleeding.  Don't mind the appetite!

We always catch hell for being moody and irritable during and before our periods.  I mean you can go from laughing at a movie to bawling all in a matter of seconds.  So what... I wanna punch people in their faces for even coughing too loud....leave me alone! If you were dripping like a faucet you'd be a bitch too!

[Gas & Bloating]
As if bleeding wasn't bad enough, say hello to gas and bloating.  No I'm not pregnant, that's just my swollen belly, now go away.   And the gas.  I mean hello.... haven't you heard the term "period farts" before? Yea, it's barbaric and it's truly disgusting.  What the hell is going on down there?!?!?

At it's core, a period is basically when you bleed.  And no they don't mind a drip here or there.  It can be like a frickin' faucet.  Good God. 

I always LOL at the two options for periods.   You can either wear an enormous pad that reminds you of a diaper, or you can shove a plug up there.  Because the first thing we want to deal with is poking and prodding around down there to stop the damn leak.  Oh and don't lose that string!  Unless you wanna set yourself into a psychopathic panic for .2 seconds when you think OMG WHERE IS IT??!?!?!?

[Tampon Struggles]
Okay, it's not just that simple though.  You can't just plug it and go about your day.   Because then you have to deal with things like sneezing and coughing where for a split second you think "OMG did it move?".  And of course you have to pee but there's times when you don't feel like you fully emptied your bladder because you have something poking you down there that's kind of getting in the way.   Oh and it's just a joy to pee on your tampon string.  YUP.    Also, have fun pooping.   I mean is it even possible to poop with a tampon in?   UGH!

[Timing Sucks]
No sooner do you get through period week, does it come back around!  3 weeks is not ample time.  Besides, the week before your period can sometimes be full of bitchiness and bloating.  So essentially you have just 2 weeks.  Come on, can't it just come like once a year?!

So yea... I'm sure I missed a few hellish aspects but feel free to chime in below with whatever it is YOU hate most about periods.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Embrace Your Inner Carnivore with Carnivore Club + A Discount Code for October

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I love meat! Don't get me wrong - I love plant-based foods as well but there's something so delicious and primal about meat.  I mean that's basically what our ancestors survived on.  So imagine my excitement when I discovered Carnivore Club.  It's the world's first cured meat of the month club that features artisans from around the world.
Each month you get a gorgeous faux-wood box that comes with 4-6 handcrafted cured meats.   And honestly, curing meats is an art form and it takes a lot of patience and trial and error to get the end product just right!  So it's a luxury that I get to enjoy their hard work.

I was very much impressed on the presentation and how delicately everything was wrapped and packaged.  It even comes with an information brochure that explains what each item is and recommendations on how to enjoy it!

These are so delicious and they are perfect for a little Charcuterie when guests are over.  I can't believe how delicious and flavorfull the salamis were!

The cool thing about Carnivore Club is that you can choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly.  And if you just want to do it for one month only, go right ahead.  In fact, if you would like a 10% discount on a box to see how you like it , use the promo code "askaway10" during the month of October. This would make a really great gift during the holidays too! I absolutely recommend Carnivore Club even if it's just a one and done deal for you.  Trust me, you won't regret it!  


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Want To Dress Like A Trendy Italian? Check Out These Quick Fashion Tips!

Have you ever noticed that Italians always seem to be the best-dressed people around? It's not much of a big secret, especially given Milan is the world's fashion capital! If you're fed up with your ordinary dress sense, now is the time to do something about it! Here are some quick fashion tips that will make you the best-dressed person in your circle of friends!

Do some research

What is it that Italians like to wear the most? Well, each person has their own unique tastes depending on their body shapes. The trick is to find out which styles would work out best for you.

The Internet is a brilliant starting point to do some research. Of course, the best thing of all to do is to go out to Italy and observe the latest fashion in person!

Hire a style expert

Not sure which of today's hottest Italian fashion styles work best for you? Perhaps it's time to hire an expert to help you out! The job of a fashion expert is to pick out apparel that best suits a person's body shape and skin tones.

Sign up to leading fashion news sources

Italians dress well because they keep up with the latest trends coming out of Milan. Even if you don't live in Italy, you can still keep updated with what's hot. To do that, all you need to do is sign up to some leading fashion news sources. The online ones are better than weekly or monthly magazines, for example.

Buy your clothing online

You might think that dressing well is going to cost you a fortune. So how do Italians afford the latest designer clothing? Well, I can tell you that not everyone in Italy is rich! However, they are savvy when it comes to their spending habits. They use the Internet and take advantage of discount codes from online retailers. That's something you should do as well!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Protecting My Precious MacBook

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My MacBook does a lot for me and I consider it a major investment so it's only natural that I'd want to protect it and properly care for it.  Today's post is about how I (and how you can) protect my laptop on an everyday basis!

(1) Keyboard Cover
This is essential for me because I have tendency to either spill liquids all over or lay in bed on my laptop with the dogs, thus getting their fur all over and inside everything.  A keyboard cover gives me an extra buffer so stuff doesn't get inside the computer via the keyboard.

(2) A Case
There are hard cases all over the internet that you can get for any type of laptop.  These are so important because it's protection against any scratches, dings, or dents.  Plus there are so many fashionable designs to choose from!  

(3) A Sturdy Bag
So this is the single most important thing for me because when I travel or bring my laptop anywhere I need it to be safe and protected along the way.  So that's why I use the STM Swift Laptop Brief.

I can not get over the sleek design of this bag.  It's so lightweight on it's own!   It has plenty of padding inside to protect my laptop and any other devices.  It even has water resistant fabric and internal pockets for chargers and other accessories.  The Sling-Tech system is awesome.  It's got a padded sling that protects your devices from the bag's floor and the bottom corners are wrapped in a special padding for extra protection.  

The external pocket is great for small items that you are carrying along. It really has such a minimalistic design which is what I love most about any kind of bag. 

So there you have it - 3 simple steps, 3 great investments, all to keep my life going smooth. The last thing I want is to have to run out and buy a new laptop or other device right before a deadline.

What do you do to protect your devices?

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Elite [An Honest Review]

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Today I am super excited to talk to you about the Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Elite!   It's the World's first antimicrobial protected sonic skin cleansing brush and it guards against 99.9% of bacteria that can form on brushes between uses.   This means the brushes stay cleaner and fresher for longer.   For years products like this were all the rage but I always wondered about how to keep them clean and bacteria free so now that I've been using the Soniclear Elite I'm no longer concerned.

So first I want to talk about some of the awesome features that come with the Soniclear Elite.  There's an awesome handle that produces up to 300 sonic movements per second which gives you 6 times better cleansing than if you just used your hands.  The Antimicrobial Daily Cleanse Brush is gentle and has bristles that are rounded at the tip for not only more gentle cleansing but more effective cleansing.  It's also antimicrobial for stain and odor causing bacteria proteciton.  The body brush  exfoliates your skin to make it feel smoother and it's also antimicrobial.  

The antimicrobial thing is a big deal to me because I know just how many skin cells can get on these things and the moisture that remains on the brush heads can make for ideal conditions to grow bacteria.  Well the good news now is that the Soniclear brush bristles, the base where they are attached, and the protective cap are treated with special antimicrobial protection to guard against the growth of bacteria. And the protection won't wash or wear off which is great because it will last a long time.  Of course, it's still a good idea to rinse and wash the brush heads before and after each use!

There are multiple speeds thanks to C-Boost Technology.  That means you customize your cleansing experience based on your skin type and the needs of your skin.  I love the pulsating massage feel! There's even a cleansing timer that beeps to let you know it's time to move on to the next area. 
Of course this Soniclear Elite is cordless (what a luxury) and rechargeable, providing up to an hour or continuous use on a single charge.  It's waterproof, has a comfortable grip, and has a nice upright cradle as a charging stand.  There's even a 5 year limited warranty against defects. 

Let's also talk about the fact that I'm obsessed with allt he fun colors and patterns that are available now.  There are so many to choose from. 

This amazing device has transformed my beauty routine and I can't get over how high-tech and how comfortable the Soniclear Elite is!

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