A pain in the GINA

Now we are going to get into the nitty gritty.

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If you don’t want to hear a woman talk about periods keep on scrolling.

As women we know what happens once a month.  When you are younger you want your little friend to visit you that 1st time because you want to feel grown up. It is a novelty. Your transition into womanhood.  Then reality hits and you realise that it doesn’t make you feel grown up, it feels like your vagine is going to fall out and someone is scraping your insides out with a blunt spoon. Well that is how I felt.

For 15-16 years I have dreaded each month. Those days where I want to crawl back to bed because I feel so awful.  The days where I debated shoving a nappy between my legs to stem the flow.  The days where I have debated inventing a vagina shelf that holds it up in a sling . The days where I’d be pain killered up to the eyeballs and still crying because it hurt so much. The months where I would go through a box of supers in a day.  The mornings I would ROLL out of bed with a towel between my legs and my husband yelling in the background “it’s OK, I will change the sheets”.

I think my lowest point was standing in a room FULL of men at work with it gushing down my legs and I didn’t know what to do but thank the baby Jesus for my work friend who rescued me and saved me from a VERY awkward situation/conversation.

I accepted this as “normal”. I was just unlucky.

I was the unfortunate one who just had terrible periods and I looked at those bitches using slim minis, who would say “oh I barely even realise I have it” with pure jealousy.

Heading into my 31st year, I had a life changing epiphany. Now in all honesty I wouldn’t have gone and bought organic tampons. So when BON sent me some to try I really didn’t have any expectations because a tampon, is a tampon right?

WRONG!

Oh my god how I was so wrong.

For the 1st time in 15 years I had a painfree period.

Coincidence says I, because how can a tampon make a difference?

Because it bloody does!!

4 months on I’m still pain free and it’s gone from the texas chainsaw massacre to really a period that really doesn’t affect my day to day life AND I used a mini ……… without having to run to the ladies 5 mins later!!

So I guess why I am oversharing is the fact that what I experienced for 15 years wasn’t normal. I mean yes this could be all coincidental and it might not even be related to the change in tammys BUT it’s the only thing I have changed and the impact on my life has been so drastic.  So life changing that I wanted to share my story and if I can help one person to have a pain free, non monthly gush fest I will.

So what’s my theory on this whole organic tampon shenanigians?

It could be the fact that the bleaches, dyes and chemicals used in regular tampons could trigger an immune/pain response and that is what I was experiencing.


Who knows, I am in no way a tampon/body/period expert!!

Something as simple as switching up your regular tampons to organic can possibly make a difference. It did for me.

If it makes a difference then why the hell not!

P.S – this is not a sponsored post. It’s just me talking about something that has actually changed my life.

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New Kid on the Block 

In our busy world of family, work and just being a human in general if something can make our lives a little bit easier we all say “heck yes!” correct?

How2Food have done just that. How2Food is a online platform where you select your dietary requirements, the number of people you are cooking for and how many meals you need for that week. It then magically gives you recipe ideas and shopping lists for the week.

I’m really into meal planning our dinners for the week and you have probably heard me prattle on numerous times about it.

But it can get boring. We tend to recycle the same meals every 2 weeks. 

I’m all about variety. How2Food is my variety and it allows me to be a bit creative.

How2Food is easy to navigate and if you don’t like a recipe you can change it. If you don’t like a food (in our house it’s mushrooms or fungus as my husband calls it!) it will not give you recipes with it in. 


Genius!!

I’m all for making my life easier but I’m more about feeding my family good food and using that time at the end of the day to connect.  That’s why to me sitting down as a family for a meal is so important.

Check out How2Food and make your life a little bit  easier!! 


Winter warmers are a comin’

Heading into winter we all head to the comfort food.

The food that our mum’s and grandma’s made us as kids, food that holds a special place in our hearts.


I remember being about 7 and the first “proper” meal I ever made made was Wattie’s Pumpkin Soup and toast. I thought I was the bees knees!!


Wattie’s Soup for me relives those memories and I hope it does for my kids when they are old and wrinkly.


We are a house divided though. I am team pumpkin while my husband is team tomato ALL the way. The kids get what they are given depending who is cooking.


Soup HAS to have toast but of late we have been bucking the toast trend and dabbling with the humble cheese toastie.

The current consensus is ……. cheese and onion toastie EVERY time.


I am not alone Wattie’s soup is a Kiwi classic and Countdown has it on Price Lockdown for these chilly days ahead.


Get creative mushroom soup with a blue cheese toastie?


Beef soup with a welsh rarebit (google it – amazing!).



The options are endless.

This post was sponsored by Countdown Supermarkets. 

SEX & THE CITY – with NEON

Sex and the City was a movement.

4 women living in Manhattan navigating life, sex, relationships and fashion.

We all knew who we wanted to be.

Fashion forward Carrie.

Work obsessed Miranda.

Stepford wife wannabe Charlotte.

Samantha ……. we all secretly wanted to be Samantha.

Being able to watch series like this again as an adult is eye opening. You see things in a completely different light. You can even change from Team Aiden to Team Big.

NEON gives New Zealander’s the chance to reawaken these viewing opportunities and takes us back to a time when we had to wait for weekly late night TV.

NEON is now able to be streamed straight from your PlayStation 4, so you know what this means?

While the kids are sleeping, I can be watching TV in the lounge with my chips getting my Sex and the City fix. Heaven!   

This blog was sponsored by NEON NZ.

 

Sweetcorn and Kale Fritters

For a twist on the traditional sweetcorn fritter.

3/4 cup of plain flour

1 egg (free range if possible)

440g can creamed sweetcorn

 can whole corn kernels

2 tablespoons chia seeds

4 -6 kale leaves (chopped)

1 pinch chilli flakes (more if you like it hot)

salt and pepper to taste

oil 

METHOD

  • Place flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Add the egg.
  • Add both tins of corn and chilli.
  • Mix till WELL combined.
  • Add chia seeds.
  • Add kale.
  • Oil large flat plan and cooking over a medium heat til golden.
  • Serve with salad and sauce of your choice.

    I served my fritters with Lisa’s Carrot and Cumin dip and dry toasted sunflower seeds.

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

    Everyone who knows Dot Dash and me knows that I love to cook and I love to cook food that is frigging tasty BUT simple to make.

    What makes cooking even better is knowing that I don’t have to spend a fortune on ingredients and I don’t have to visit 16 stores to achieve one meal.


    For us as a busy family we meal plan EVERY week and sit down on a Thursday and do our online shop via the Countdown website. It’s boring and monotonous BUT it does save you money and time and when you’re a parent those things are about as rare as a unicorn doing the macarena in your lounge.


    We know that Countdown wants Kiwi families to eat better for less. We have our menu plan but they are known to change if the Price Lockdown has something that tickles our fancy. Believe me this is NOT a rare occurrence.


    We tend to recycle our meals every 3-4 weeks so it can get a bit boring.


    Countdown gave me the challenge to cook something I had never cooked before but the catch was that it had to have chicken in it. I couldn’t decide as I have dabbled with many a chicken dish in the past so I passed it over to the family for ideas.


    This was the hard bit.

    Chicken soup – done.

    Teriyaki chicken and rice – done.

    Thai green curry – done.

    Roast chicken with ALL the trimmings – done.


    Then the Masterchef of the house (who never cooks – can you guess who it is?) decided he wanted to get back to his heritage and decided on Chicken Parmigiana.


    I’ve never eaten it, let alone cooked it but I love a good challenge.


    This is my take on Donna Hays Chicken Parmigiana. 

    Chicken Parmigiana with Basil Pesto

    Serves 4


    Chicken Schnitzel

    300g bread or 2 cups of breadcrumbs

    1 TBS finely grated lemon

    2 TBS thyme (dried or fresh)

    ¼ cup plain flour

    Sea Salt

    Cracked pepper

    2 eggs (free range if possible)

    ¼ cup milk

    4 x 200g chicken breast fillets (halved horizontally)

    Oil for frying.

    1. Place the bread, lemon and thyme in a food processor and blitz into fine crumbs. Transfer to a separate dish.

    2. Combine flour, salt and pepper in another dish.

    3. Whisk milk and eggs in a separate dish.

    4. Using a mallet or rolling pin bash the chicken until it is an even thickness.

    5. Line up your crumbing dishes as follows. Flour, eggs and breadcrumbs.

    6. Heat oil in a pan and fry the chicken in batches turning every 3 mins or until the chicken is golden.

    7. Place chicken is a large baking dish.

    Basil Pesto

    2 cups basil leaves

    ½ tsp crushed garlic

    ¼ cup pinenuts (toasted)

    ¼ cup grated parmesan

    ½ cup olive oil

    Sea salt

    Black pepper

    1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blitz until a chunky paste forms.

    2. Season to taste.

    TO FINISH

    1. Place 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes (some halved) around the chicken schnitzel. On top on the schnitzel place 200g-250g mozzarella (block or grated).

    2. Bake at 180 for 8-10 min until the cheese is melted

    3. Spoon over the basil pesto and serve.

    Check out the video below.

    https://youtu.be/47i3vG6Jfj4

    This blog was sponsored by Countdown NZ. 

    UNDER PRESSURE

    In a perfect world we as mothers would wake up as the sun rises, have breakfast waiting on the table when the family wakes. 

    Then we pack the children off to to school and kindergarten with their lovingly and consciously made lunches. We would then head to work. Greatness would be achieved at work, then it would be the school pick up. 

    Homework time would commence in a fashion, that would rival a well run boarding school.  A thoughtful meal would be on the table when the other half came home. Shower and a story would follow. Bed for the kids would be next. Once your darlings were asleep, the house would be cleaned till it was gleaming and the 6 loads of washing done and pressed. 

    Then lunches would be made for tomorrow and each of the little cherubs clothes would be laid out in alphabetical order.

    You would then kiss your other half good night and start it all again tomorrow. 

    Well I don’t know about you but I’m just bloody exhausted reading that.

    We all want to be the best mothers we can be but we can’t do it all. It would be physically and mentally impossible to achieve all that and still maintain an ounce of calm.

    I am a mother of 3 (12,4 and 2). I also work 4 days a week in a job that at times can be physically and emotionally exhausting. I ain’t got time to take a pee  let alone channel my inner Danny Tanner  (80s kids will get this!) in cleanliness. So 80% of the time my house does not look like a show home. 

    But do you know what?

     I’m OK with that.  

    The only thing I am regimented about is our weekly meal plans they have SAVED my life and probably my waistline. I know what is for dinner 5 days a week and a I am able to put easy family friendly meals (that generally provide leftovers) on the the table the days I’m working. The other days are all about trying new food and new cuisines. I love to cook and this is my creative outlet.

    I think women need to realise that yes we are bloody amazing creatures and we can do a buttload of things but we can’t do everything. We will burn out and not be at our  full mother hustling ability. 

    We need to acknowledge that while we are the best at multitasking, it’s also OK for us to pass the buck. To put our hands up and say “actually I can’t do that at the moment” or “by any chance can you pull your finger out your ass and give me a hand?” – this last statement is fired in the general direction of our others half. I know you ALL feel me on this.

    So let us unite is the fact being a mother is wonderful but also frigging hard at times. Being a mother is constant. You can’t take a day off or call in sick. But you can protect yourself from complete burn out by not beating yourself up about the little things. If Johnny doesn’t get to go to the park because you just want to sit down  and have a coffee in (relative!) peace and quiet that’s OK!

     If your other half complains about dinner – tell him it’s his turn to cook tomorrow. 

    Look after yourself mama because you are the most important. You are the person that holds everything together and you are vital.