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This is a touchy subject and one that has bothered me for years.  I’ve never been comfortable with sanitary products, the disposal of them has minimal options and they are hideously bad for the environment and in a lot of cases, upon researching, bad for us too.  So I elected to find a new product that I could use that would be environmentally friendly and me friendly.

I tried a mooncup first, I know people who use them who say they are great, I found it awkward to put in and I couldn’t remove it in the way they advise to so I found it painful on removal.

So I then tried moonpads, or a version of, and I have to say I’m seriously impressed.  I read a lot of reviews first and what I read was that women would not go back to their own method of monthly sanitary products.  I agree totally.  Admittedly I have been having very light periods only lasting a few days, but I found a starter pack of 4 normal and 2 nighttime pads have suited me fine.  I wash them by hand during the days I have my period then into the washing machine in an old pillow case once a month.  They are clean, they haven’t caused any leaking through, they don’t smell, they aren’t jammed with chemicals and materials that cause skin irritation.  Yes, they are thicker so I tend to wear clothes that do not highlight this fact.  All in all I am very, very pleased.  I accept the £30 price tag as I’ll never need anything else again, they are definitely the way to go for me.   I highly recommend them for those who can’t handle the mooncup or don’t want chemicals near their sensitive bits 🙂

OK, I know some off you might go eek, argh or ew, but honestly, trust me when I say this, rats are lovely pets!  They are playful, affectionate, clean and clever.  You can litter train them like you would a cat or dog and you can teach them tricks the same as a dog.  They are small furry little balls of wonder.  Contrary to popular belief they don’t bite.  Even the two we just had from a pet shop (I’d recommend a breeder if you want any, we’ll never buy from a petshop again, 1, because they aren’t treated as well as I’d like and 2, because buying them just gives cause to continue the cycle.  Rats needs love and attention to be good pets, they don’t get that in a pet shop, or at least not the one I went to, as they said, they are too busy.

So, how can our pets be green?  Well we make them toys and beds out of things we would normally throw away, when we are done I shall put photos up.  I had bought some off cuts of material to make gifts so one of those has made a hammock, we have cut the ends off a plastic bottle and suspended it from the ceiling of the cage to make a hanging tunnel, although I think they struggle with it being clear so I may cover that with something.  Cardboard boxes make great beds for them and if they do happen to wee in there, it can be removed and thrown on the compost.

Their litter is paper based so I’m going to look into whether I can put their waste into our compost, I shouldn’t see why not, their wee will be full of nitrogen which is good.  

They eat almost anything so that’s less for the compost.  So you see your pets can be green with you by reusing items to make them things to play with.  We made their cage also but did have to buy some bits for that as I couldn’t find anything suitable on the free sites.  

Photos will follow. 

Hi there, I haven’t blogged in a while, I have been rather unwell with severe stomach pain after eating, or during eating and eventually permanently.  I’m on medication but I know my body and have an understanding of medicine and I’m not sure medication is a good thing, at the minute I have to take it, but it even says on the packet it’s not for prolonged use.

So, what to do?  Well I am going to try juice fasting, I’m taking it easy and will start it as a 3 day fast over next weekend.  I’m not doing it to lose weight, although most do and I could do with losing 20lbs but it’s not what is important to me.  It stands to reason that an intake of fruit and vegetables is good for you.  I’m a piscatarian (a vegetarian who eats fish, although I find I am more squeamish about eating fish all the time, since we started keeping fish really, so I might eat it once ever week or two) so I already eat a good amount of fruit and veg, although I do also eat a fair bit of bread.  The idea of the juice appeals to me on a number of levels.  1, easy, chop fruit, shove into juicer, let the juicer do it’s thing and drink the juice.  2, I can get a whacking portion of veg into 1 glass.  3.  I don’t have to think about a recipe, preparation, cooking or serving.  4.  My body gets to rest from all that digestion.

I will start a seperate post over the 3 days and update it as I go along, I’ll be honest and I’ll also report on any of the side effects or benefits.

I have not started my juice fast yet, I’ve been busy each weekend, but I have been having at least 1 juice a day, before breakfast and what I have noticed is that firstly my body seems to crave the juice on occasion, even when I’m not sure I like it, I keep reaching for it, it’s like my body knows it’s good, secondly I find I am not so hungry throughout the day and need to eat less.  So i already see a benefit of the fruit and vegetable juices.  As yet though I struggle to find a green juice that doesn’t make me go ACK!