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When Lexi started her period for the first time, on my birthday no less, I was excited! I was proud that my little girl was becoming a woman, despite the fact that it meant she was growing up too fast. Yes, it was on my birthday and let me say, even though I was happy for her, it was a pretty miserable birthday. That first day was extra hard on her and she told me she hated being a woman. I wanted her to embrace all the great things about being a woman, even it if means accepting the not so wonderful things.
We sat down together that day and told her how I learned to love my periods and why I love that she has hers too. When I was a kid, I changed my mind repeatedly about what I wanted to be when I grew up, one thing stayed constant, I wanted to be a mom. When I told her that without my period, that wouldn’t have happened, and I wouldn’t have fulfilled my life long dream. She has told me many times over the years that she wants to be a mom just like me, but only after she becomes a world renowned architect! She finally started to understand why I have embraced my periods and is now pretty excited that someday she will also fulfill her dream of being a mom to my grandbabies!
Since then, she has truly blossomed into a beautiful young woman as she embraced womanhood with open arms. I am proud of the person she is becoming, strong, independent and caring and although it won’t happen for at least 10 years (her words), I know she will make an amazing mom someday! She has learned from the best you know!!
After our little sit down that day, she felt better in general about her period but was worried about how to deal with it at school. She knew that she would have to carry her pads to school, but wanted to be discreet about it. She came up with the idea of a Cycle Survival Kit and we started putting it together! At the time, it was just pads, a comb, a hair tie and I think a mirror, and it worked for her at the age of 12, but as she gets older, she needs more!
This weekend, we sat down yet again and put together an updated kit with all things that she thinks she would want to have with her at school as well as a few extra fun stuff! We had a bag already, yay for cute Ipsy bags, but headed to Walgreens for the rest and to take advantage of the fact that when you buy $15 worth of U by Kotex, EOS and BIC products, you get 3,000 Balance Reward Points! Lexi’s kit consists of:
For Christmas, Lexi received a gift box of bath products and fell in love with the box itself. It has been sitting on her dresser, filled with hair ties, clips and headbands, but now also includes the Cycle Survival Kit contents as well.
Another one of her Christmas presents, was a subscription to Ipsy, so her collection of cute bags is ever growing. She grabbed the biggest one she had and started filling it up.
Kotex’s Cleanwear® Pad
Because of their flexibility, 3D Capture Core, and the new wetness locking center, Kotex’s Cleanwear® Pads are Lexi’s first choice for feminine hygiene products. She also loves that the wings help to prevent bunching and scrunching and they move with her body.
EOS Lip Balm
I don’t know about anyone else, but Lexi and I both end up with super dry lips during that time of the month, so good lip balms are a must. When we were at Walgreens, we saw that they had some 2 flavors (scents?) with even cuter colors and ended up getting both. I personally love the Coconut Milk, but Lexi says the Vanilla Honey is the best, all I know is that EOS is a brand we love.
Bic Soleil Razors and EOS Shaving Cream
Speaking of EOS, when we were picking up new Bic Soleil Razors, Lexi wanted to try out the EOS Shaving Cream too. Smooth legs are something she craves more during that time of the month, but seriously, what is better than silky legs?
I think that the deodorant pretty much speaks for itself since our periods cause our hormones to go out of whack! Lexi tends to sweat so much more during hers and having a travel deodorant with her at all times, helps her feel more confident!
In the old kit, she had regular ole fashion hair ties and they have always been her favorites to use. I am proud to say though that my girl is channeling my 80’s and 90’s love of scrunchies!! While shopping, she told me she was out of ties and asked if she could get more. Then she threw these brightly colored scrunchies in the basket and my heart rejoiced. Yes, I am strange but it’s all a part of my charm!
Cramps…need I say more?
Mints, Chocolates, and Snack Mix
First of all, chocolate, no explanation needed, right? As far as the mints, well, Lexi wants nice fresh breath all the time and she loved the packaging, so it has become her new must have all the time. The snack mix is because she tends to get sluggish, right around 3 and always needs a big pick me. Nuts are of course perfect for that!
Now that her kit is done, she is always prepared for the inevitable! At home…