Monday, October 13, 2014

What's New?!?! Blog Posts?


 


 Be sure to check back to see what's new here on Walking Through Honey! I am making a personal goal to post at least twice a month!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Natural Remedies: Part I


In a prior post, My Migraines, I talked about how I was going to start taking vitex to regulate my menstrual cycle. Since this post, I have gone through two bottles of vitex. My experience with vitex has been nothing but a positive one and here is my story.

For as long as I can remember, I have never had a regular period. When I was younger, they just thought that it was because I started at such a young age. As I got older, they pushed birth control on me to help regulate my period. I was on birth control, the pill and the patch, for about 8 years off and on. After I got off of the patch birth control, my body went crazy. I would have horrible periods that lasted almost 2 weeks, blood clots, and heavy flow. My flow was so heavy and lasted so long, I was anemic from the blood loss. I went to the doctor and they thought that it was fibroids, it wasn't. They did sonograms and their final conclusion: my ovaries just wasn't working properly. After about another 2 years on birth control, I decided to give it up. I was at the age where I wasn't trying to prevent pregnancy, but I wasn't doing anything to get pregnant. I made the decision to try to regulate my periods on my own, naturally.

I searched for months about which herb to try to to regulate my periods and decided on chaste-berry or vitex to do so. I began taking them as directed and within 2 weeks, I started to feel like I was going to start my period. Sure enough, it started. It started and lasted for 7 days. It was heavy, but that was to be expected since I hadn't had a period in months. After taking it for 3 months, I had three periods. Now, the one thing that I will say is that the number of days varied, but did I have one every month? Yes. 

Since this time, I have slowed down on taking vitex because I wanted my body to regulate itself and guess what? I have a period every month. I am going to talk with my gynecologist about the length of time between my periods and see if there is any problem with it. My periods are normal. I have a couple of heavy days and then it slowly tapers off; it lasts about 5 days and then its gone. This is the most regular periods that I have had in my life!!!

I used vitex strictly for period regulation. While taking vitex, I also took a multivitamin (filled with extra B vitamins), evening primrose oil, vitamin C, and a fish oil capsule. In my prior post, I stated that I also took Dong Quai. I still have this, but unfortunately, I couldn't stomach the smell to take it on a regular basis. I am sure that the vitex along with the other vitamins help contribute to my success.

If you are looking to regulate your periods naturally, or if you are trying to conceive, please research some natural alternative. There are tons of websites with information about it.

If you have any questions, please leave them below! 

This is my personal experience. I am not  a doctor nor do I claim to be. Please research and see what will work for you and check with your doctor to see if its safe for you to take any herbs or natural remedies.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Me and Menstrual Cups...



Have you ever used a menstrual cup? For a lot of women it seems very foreign to use a cup instead of the standard pad or tampon for their menstrual flow. I finally took the plunge last month and tried it. 

Research, research, research. I had been researching an alternative to pads and tampons for months. I thought about disposable pads, but considering that I hate washing clothes, having a blood soaked piece of cloth could be laying in my hamper for weeks drawing maggots and all types of bugs wasn't an option. I stumbled upon menstrual cups while searching. In other countries, its a normal thing. Here in the US, not so much. I remember telling my friend that I wanted to get a menstrual cup, and I was met with 'What? Huh? So, what will you use during your period?'. There are literally 50+ types of menstrual cups out there. Just search amazon and you will see plenty, google it and you could be reading for days. 

Its no secret that I had  horrible periods; blood clots, heavy flow, lasting for days on end. I say had because in a future post I will reveal how I took control of my periods without birth control or hormones. I still experience these symptoms but milder, and my period is a lot more predictable than it was before. The incident that lead me to trying a menstrual cup happened one afternoon at work on a Friday. I remember because it was super busy in the office. I had on a pair of jeans and I completely forgot to change my tampon/pad since lunch. I sat at the table to sort through some papers and felt some wetness after I got up. But since the seat was black (thank goodness), nothing showed up. I went back to my office and sat there and did some work on my computer. I got up to get ready to leave and that's when I seen it. There on my stripped office chair, a huge stain! I was embarrassed, but thankfully I was in the office alone. I went to the bathroom and there was blood on my jeans, visible for anyone to see. At this moment, I knew that I needed something that was more effective than a pad and tampon combination that I had been using for years. Saturday morning, I woke up and went to CVS and picked up Instead Softcups.







If you looks at the size of the softcup on the box, you will be slightly intimidated. I know that I was, but I brought them anyway. I had to wrap my mind around how this ring was going to fit inside of me...how was it going to fit down there. I read that box about 3 times before I tried it. To my surprise, you cannot feel them inside of you. I repeat, you cannot feel them. I used the instructions provided and it went smoothly. I put on a pad, just to be sure or in case there were any leaks, I would be covered. I wore my first one for 9 hours without a leak. The next day, I did the same, and had minimal leaking. I slept in them without anything, no leaks. The most important thing with the softcups is the placement. This may be one of the cons: You have to be comfortable touching yourself, seeing blood and it being a little messy. When you take it out, there will be blood and you basically have to finger yourself to get it out. I didn't have a problem with doing this considering I only have to do this 2 times a day. If you want to rinse these and reuse them, it may be a little weird in a public bathroom. I personally just remove, dump, dispose, and put a new one in. If you have a heavier flow, you may have to change more often. I can go 5-6 hours without problems on a heavy day. 

Am I a menstrual cup user for life? Exclusively, no. I will still wear a pantyliner or light pad a back up. And I feel like on light days, it may be a waste. As of today, I am happy with my experience with softcup and will buy it in bulk on Amazon because $10 at CVS is a bit much. I am also looking into getting a reusable menstrual cup such as the diva cup or lunette; I just can't decide. I would encourage all women to give the pads and tampons a break, not just for the environment, but also for your health. Research and find out what option may work best for you.

If you have any questions, please sure to leave them below!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Traveling Alone..




There is no nice way to say this: none of my friends are open minded enough to want to go. That is the main reason that I think about traveling alone. There are other reasons like just having the freedom to do anything that I want to do, when I want to do it, eating where I want, and not having to hear anyone complain (either in my face or behind my back). Please don't get me wrong, I love traveling with friends and my most vivid memories include trips that I have taken with them, but I want to go beyond just the Vegas or DC trips that we are used to. I spoke to one of my closest friends about possibly traveling overseas. No place too crazy, like London or Paris. She had every excuse from costs to the amount of time being on the airplane. 

Truth is I would love to travel to Bora Bora or Egypt. Experience the culture, see the once in a lifetime sites, do the stuff that tourists do, and meet new people. For once, not be concerned with the club and who plays the best music. Honestly, all of my trips are planed around clubs and nightlife. There is nothing wrong with turning up every once in a while, but I feel that I am getting past that age. I've read several blogs and stories about traveling alone and  I feel as if I am ready to spread my wings and my horizons! 

Be on the lookout for upcoming posts including saving, destination selection, and planning!

Friday, June 20, 2014

TMI Tag

I thought that it would be fun to do one of these TMI Tags since I haven't posted in a while.

1: What are you wearing? A tan tub top dress and flip flops
2: Ever been in love? Yes
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? Yes
4: How tall are you? 5'4
5: How much do you weigh? TBD; I loss 5lbs this week thanks to the game on diet
6: Any tattoos? Yes, 2.
7: Any piercings? Yes, ears only; 4 or 5 in each
8: OTP? Umh, not sure what that means
9: Favorite show? Awkward
10: Favorite bands? Bands: Roots
11: Something you miss? Scandal
12: Favorite song? Poetic Justice by Elli Ingram
13: How old are you? 32
14: Zodiac sign? Gemini
15: Quality you look for in a partner? Honesty
16: Favorite Quote? Jeremiah 29:11
17: Favorite actor? Kevin Hart
18: Favorite color? Coral
19: Loud music or soft? Soft
20: Where do you go when you’re sad? To the bathroom
21: How long does it take you to shower? Oddly enough 10 minutes at night, 20 minutes in the morning
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 40 minutes
23: Ever been in a physical fight? Yes, years ago
24: Turn on? Clean cuts, dreads, and smelling good
25: Turn off? Smoking, snoring, and dry hands
26: The reason I joined Youtube? To track my favorite Youtube videos
27: Fears? Failure, not being able to support myself
28: Last thing that made you cry? My little cousins wedding
29: Last time you said you loved someone? To my dad
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name? Its my google+ name
31: Last book you read? The secret soul mate
32: The book you’re currently reading? Gentlewoman
33: Last show you watched? R&B Divas: ATL
34: Last person you talked to? Kristen
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? Friends
36: Favorite food? Thai
37: Place you want to visit? Houston for some strange reason or Chicago
38: Last place you were? Olive Garden
39: Do you have a crush? Yes
40: Last time you kissed someone? Three weeks ago
41: Last time you were insulted? Last Wednesday
42: Favorite flavor of sweet? Mango
43: What instruments do you play? None
44: Favorite piece of jewelery? My cross that I wear daily
45: Last sport you played? Bowling
46: Last song you sang? Jill Scott
47: Favorite chat up line? Chat up line?...
48: Have you ever used it? No
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? Tonight
50: Who should answer these questions next? Anyone that reads this!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

New Posts on the Way!

I know that its been a while since I've posted anything here on Walking Through Honey, but I feel that I am now willing to share somethings with y'all. I've been super busy with work, working, and more work. Aside from that I am in a wedding and I do have somewhat of a life. My mind has been on overload lately and I need an outlet. 

Here are just some of the posts that you can expect to see:

  • Traveling Alone...why its been on my mind lately
  • Natural Remedies and Update on my Vitamins
  • My Diet Changes and Working Out
  • Natural Hair Update and Styles
  • Book Review
  • Career Moves

Be sure to subscribe to be the first to read all about it!  I finally got with the times and got an instagram account. I post frequently on IG and now prefer it over facebook. Follow me @mzkarameldee!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fashion Friday

 
Trying something new can be scary, but not so much when it comes to fashion. Fashion is the one thing that if you try it and don’t like it, no biggie. Take it back, donate it, or make it work. I recently discovered a trend that I think I like: Harem pants. Or peg leg pants. I’ve seen then called genie pants, but many of us will recognize them as Hammer pants from the 80’s. I first tried on a pair at Charlotte Russe with a crop top. Please don’t ask how that looked. Let’s just say that I didn’t get it. There was just something that stayed with me about the harem pants. I’m not sure if it was the slightly relaxed fit or the fact that it was a pair of pants that wasn’t leggings. Ok, I know that I am not the only one tired of seeing leggings everywhere.  

Then while blundering through Kohl’s I saw a pair of JLo pants that looked like harem pants. I gave them a shot. I even took a picture of them, but couldn’t decide between the Large or XL. I got on the phone with one of my fashion forward friends and her response was ‘Harlem Pants? I’ve never seen them before. What are they?’ As my voice echoed through the dressing room, attempting to describe them, I decided it would just be easier to just send the picture to her.  No response.

Fast forward one month and they are still on my mind. On Sunday, I just decided to break down and get them. I pictured them dressed up, dressed down, casual chic, and lounge wear. On my way to Vegas on the plane, out on a date with a POF recruit, and just chilling with friends. Now, there is nothing better than getting what you, unless you’re getting it at a dirt cheap price; they were only $16 (Regular $50, on sale for $20, free shipping, 20% off coupon).
 
Wait a minute, honey! What do you plan on wearing those with? A tank top and denim vest, cream button up, sheer shirt.
 
Or my favorite in my mind, this shirt from ASOS. 
 
 
Image 1 of ASOS Top with Off Shoulder