Lunapads Review

Hello readers!

This is a review post on Lunapads for those of you curious about using cloth pads for periods. Just a warning, this post may be TMI for some readers. 🙂

** I was not financially compensated for purchasing the product below. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

I considered switching to cloth pads after thinking about how much waste I was creating every month and how much money I was spending buying pads. I didn’t feel comfortable about using menstrual cups and eventually decided to try out cloth pads.

I chose Lunapads after some research and found they had some great reviews. As a start, I bought: 1 black wide long pad and insert, 1 black overnight pad and insert and 1 black long insert with wings. I am glad I bought these many for my first try out as they were the perfect amount and size I needed.

Pros

Minimal/no waste.

I bought the long pads for good front and back coverage. They are a bit bulky but I much rather they be extra long to prevent any leak/bleed accidents at work or while sleeping.

The main pad has snaps that clip around your underwear do they don’t shift too much.

No odor that I would usually get from regular pads.

No skin irritation.

Great absorption! Depending on light-heavy flow days you can layer the inserts.

Different colours! I chose black because it looks clean and I cannot see any stains after washing.

You can hand wash and also machine wash them. I hand washed them initially but will be machine washing them in hot cycle when I do my laundry (no machine at home at the moment).

Cons

A bit pricey at first, but since they are reusable it may be worth it over time.

I do recommend washing the pads when you first get them as there is fuzzy material on them that you should wash off before use.

If you’re queasy about hand washing things with your own blood on it….then again you can throw this in the washing machine.

Personally, in the future when I am on call/24 hour shifts in the hospital will these be realistic for me to use? Washing these pads/inserts in the bathroom, hanging them to dry…. I cannot know until I put these into use at that time.

My two cents! 🙂 If there are any of you out there who use cloth pads as well please do share your views! Thanks and hope this was useful information!

 

Getting to Know Me Challenge

Happy Saturday everyone!

I am sitting in bed this morning sipping coffee from my favourite mug wearing my favourite shirt. :))

 

Lots to do today as Hubby surprised me that he’s flying into Vancouver today! YAAHOOO! -> Clean up the apartment, do laundry, buy groceries ….and write up a fun blog post!

I came across the Getting To Know Me Challenge on LunaLoveCow’s page and thought it would be fun to do! So here goes, 10 questions 🙂

1. What is your favourite food? As of RIGHT NOW a rare treat of Poori and Channa masala but only when Hubby visits. A mouthwatering pic on Instagram!!

2. What Harry Potter character would you want to be and why(if you don’t know any, go read the books right now!)? Oh my goodness! I have not read any Harry Potter books, but definitely will be getting on that bandwagon soon!

3. Do you exercise, if yes what do you like to do? I don’t really like to exercise in the gym but I force myself to go because I cannot harp on good health to my patients if I don’t follow my own advice! Apart from interval speed running on the treadmill & weights, I love outdoor exercise activities such as hiking!

4. What person or character from any time in history would you like to be friends with and why? I would want to spend time with both my Grandfathers again, they were such wise and loving men, so close to my heart ❤

5. Where in the world would be your ideal place to live if cost and immigration were no problem? I would stay put in Canada!

6. Do you have or want children? Not at the present moment but in the future probably 

7. What is your dream job? Travel journalist!

8. Margaritas or pina coladas? Margaritas

9. Favourite way to spend a Saturday? Depends on my mood and two extremes ….1) curled up in bed, Netflix binging 2) discovering a new hiking adventure in B.C.

10. What is your favourite band/musical artist? I used to have favourites as a teenager but right now I listen to any genre of music in any language that makes me feel good – English, Hindi, Tamil, French, soft rock, Indian classical, pop, jazz….the list goes on 

Ok wow. That was harder than I thought!

Now here’s your challenge of 10 questions! I nominate all of my readers to answer these questions and drop me a message when you do! I love getting to know more about you!

1. Given a chance to abandon your current life and do something completely different, what would you do?

2. Do you have a pet? If not, what pet would you want to have?

3. What do you do when you see a spider crawling around at home?

4. Peace, love or happiness?

5. What qualities do you look for in a doctor?

6. (not including English) If there was another language you can learn to read, write and speak to perfection what would it be and why?

7. Tell me more about a hobby that you want to take up?

8. What do you love about yourself?

9. Favourite colour?

10. What’s something fun you have planned this weekend?

 

 

Coffee date blog post

Hi everyone!

Let’s chat over some coffee (or tea)! As we sit on a comfy couch let me tell you about my week…

Many people in British Columbia have fled their homes because of raging forest fires. 😦 I pray for them and their families, their health and hope they return home soon. I cannot imagine how devastating it must be!

The clinic is busy! I am getting to see more patients and perform more procedures independently. I am able to communicate with my attending dx, tx, mx more confidently. I thank the recent exam I took increased my confidence.

Latest Indian tune I have on repeat!

My hubby will be moving over by the end of the month. I am anxious, nervous and excited all at the same time! We have been long distance for over 2000 DAYS (5+ years)! It is going to be SO weird knowing that this is not just a weekend visit or a week-long visit. I cannot wait ❤

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I show you pictures of these purple flowers, lavender I think! They are beautiful and growing around the city! I clicked this pic next to the clinic.

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I tell you about my new face care products….I am pretty strict about what I use. I’m in my 30s now!! Skin care is important!! 🙂 I usually keep it clean and hydrated with sweet almond oil. The makeup I use day to day is Colourpop’s black eyeliner and lipstick (that too rarely). I don’t have time for layers of makeup, honestly, I don’t have the patience.

Since the summer began I found that sweet almond oil might not be good for my face with the sun exposure, so I switched to Alba Botanica‘s facial sunscreen lotion. It is not greasy and a little goes a long way! The only thing I don’t like is that when you squeeze the tube a LOT of product comes flying out, so be careful with that.

I am in love with their facial cleanser! I have been using this every night before I sleep. It is gentle and my skin feels quite fresh after use. Make sure to hydrate your skin after, it is a bit drying. I massage sweet almond oil into my facial skin at night before sleeping.

 

I show you my latest paint project! Painting roses are/is not easy! I thought it would turn out to be a blob 🙂 Not yet done though…

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Some recent Netflix shows I enjoyed watching (trailers added): Southside with you (sweet movie about Mr. & Mrs. Obamas’ first date), Gypsy, Snowden, Queen of the South (so addictive!!), Vacation (hilarious and silly!!)

That’s it for now!! What have you been upto? 🙂

 

Randoms and my tiny garden.

Happy belated #CanadaDay150 everyone! I spent some time catching up with my best friends, we then visited the Aga Khan Museum as there was free entrance on Canada Day.

 

….and then went home and watched the fireworks with my parents from the comfort of our front porch!

Flew back to Vancouver yesterday! Just as my parents and I were pulling up to the airport, Hubby called me and informed me that my flight was canceled, as I was talking to him I received notification of the cancellation as well. Thanks, Air Canada *sarcastic*. At least provide us a coffee for waking up early and coming to the airport?

Anyway, as they had booked a whole bunch of us for another flight later in the day, I spent some time sitting at David’s Tea sipping on iced tea, watched The Good Dinosaur. A safe movie to watch in public when everyone can sneak a look at my laptop screen as they are passing by haha! I recommend watching the movie, it was pretty cute 🙂

My Mom had sent some clippings from her spider plant and money plant so that I can grow it in my apartment. It survived the flight. Here is my tiny beginner garden in my tiny apartment ❤

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My poor fern had few stems of brown leaves and the soil was pretty dry after me being away for three weeks. My bad. I watered it thoroughly yesterday and went to bed. This morning I cut all the dry leaves and noticed the soil was still dry. Set the plant in a shallow cup of water and it sucked the water right up! It’s looking MUCH better though.

I am back to work tomorrow. It’s a long weekend for Canada day, so no work today. I do need to pop by Walmart and get some groceries.

Some future travel plans….my best friend’s Indian baby shower in Sept/Oct, my cousin’s wedding reception in October. Hubby and I are considering a vacation in December – India or Hawaii?

Have a great week everyone!

Travel Thursday: Part 2 Netherlands and Iceland

Here’s Part 1

Part 2

The next morning we ate an okish breakfast at the hotel, rented a car from the Schiphol airport and met my cousin and her husband. We were so excited for Geithoorn! I was a little nervous about driving in another country (excluding US) but it was not a problem at all! I love playing various radio stations and listening to the language/music while driving.  The drive through the countryside was beautiful!

Giethoorn is a must visit! Many places to eat, beautiful houses, travel by boat, quite romantic. I even snuck a drink onto the boat that hubby and I shared. We felt so relaxed ❤

On our drive back to the Schipol airport, we drove past Zanse Schans to see the windmills. Zanse Schans is a full-day visit, something I want to do the next time I stop by the Netherlands!

Grabbed some delicious chocolate (for the family) and Dutch-fries with dip before we boarded our flight. Yumm!

Iceland

Hotel: AirBnB

Vegan Eats: AirBnB had decent breakfast (soy milk woohoo!), we had bought several falafel wraps from the Schipol airport grocery store, Amsterdam ahead of time to get us through lunch for the next day.

We initially had planned a road trip within Iceland but our late arrival into Iceland from Amsterdam threw off our plans. The flight overall was smooth, but when the pilot tried to land in Keflavik airport the weather and visibility was quite poor. Eventually, we flew for another 1 hour and landed in another airport on the East side of Iceland. We waited in the plane for several hours, refueled, before the flight took off again to land in Keflavik airport. The view of Iceland from the plane was pretty spectacular!

By the time we landed it was almost 4 am and quite chilly! Our original plan was that we would land by 11:00 pm, sleep and get up by 6 am and do a 3-4 hour road trip around Iceland and catch our flight at 3 pm to Pittsburgh, but it did not work out that way. Instead, we landed at 4 am, woke up much later and drove to Reykjavik.

We rented a car from Hertz at Keflavik airport. My recommendation, DO NOT rent from them. We did not have a good experience.

Iceland’s scenery is indeed breathtaking and quite different from places we have seen in Vancouver, Netherlands, and places in the US. We saw several cairns on our drive to Reykjavik and many lupine flowers. We had time to quickly visit the Hallgrimskirkja and grab some coffee (woohoo they had soy milk!) opposite the cathedral. Then we made our 40-minute drive back to the airport, right in time for our flight – we cut it quite close!

Our flight view over Greenland….

We would LOVE to visit Iceland more leisurely next time, so many things to do and see! On the downside, it is VERY expensive in comparison to the Netherlands. We will figure out a way to keep our expenses down. Some tips I came across online: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/iceland-budget-tips/

I am currently watching the movie Bokeh that has been filmed in Iceland. The story line is interesting but I am primarily watching it for the scenery 🙂

 

Till our next adventure in BC! 🙂

 

Cold Pasta Salad (vegan)

Cold Pasta Salad (vegan)

My brother was invited to his friend’s potluck BBQ so I thought I would help the kid out and make him a pasta salad. It turned out pretty good! Best eaten cold and on the same day you make it, as it is most creamy then!

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Ingredients – feeds 6 – 8 people (leftovers are always yummy!)

  • 3 to 4 cups Penne pasta, but you can use any type of pasta you have handy
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons Hellman’s vegan mayo, depending on how creamy you want it
  • 1 cup onion/red pepper/yellow pepper mix veggie bag
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • green/black olives cut in half (many as per your liking)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 0.5 tablespoon lemon juice
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • garnish with fresh chopped coriander (not seen in picture)

Boil pasta in salt water until it is cooked but still firm to bite (al dente). After cooked, wash thoroughly in cold water and set aside.

Thaw and stir fry the onion/red pepper/yellow pepper veggie mix. Keep aside and let cool.

Thaw frozen corn. Cut olives in half.

In one big pot mix together the pasta, mixed veggies, corn, and olives. Add the tablespoons of mayo, cumin powder, paprika powder, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir it all in. Store in fridge. Just before serving garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

Something simple and tasty to eat! Enjoy!!