What to Keep in Your Purse

clock May 11, 2010 12:43 by author Jane D.

Do you get the side eye from your significant other when you take your purse on quick errands? Most men are content with a wallet in their pocket and a set of keys. We, on the other hand, like to be prepared for everything. Also, if you have several purses, you need duplicates of things. How is this period related you may ask? Well part of the purse preparedness, is always being ready for mother nature.

1. Emergency pads and tampons– If your purse has a small zippered pocket, you can dedicate it to pads and tampons. However, there is always a chance of accidentally opening the pocket in front of a date because you forget what’s in there (not a big deal in my opinion, but hey, why have that extra worry). There are a few options:

-You can use a small cosmetic bag for the products. I like the free ones you get at department stores when you buy make-up.

-You can get creatively wrapped pads and tampons. The really small and thin “Always Dri-liners” fit anywhere and the “Tampax Compak Pearl” are great because they are small and colorfully wrapped (they look like candy).


-You can get little cases for your pads and tampons. How cool is this case from O.B?

Also, there are cases for individual tampons, like this pretty one:


2. Painkillers – For example, Advil gel caps – easy to swallow, and not only work for cramps, but also for other aches and pains (and the coating makes it easier on your tummy). Of course, find out what works best for you. Some women swear on Midol, and some do not even have cramps (lucky).

3. Chapstick with sunscreen – even if your lips do not get chapped, it is good to have this in case you are out in the sun for a long time.

4. The one piece of make-up that spruces you up – Think about what your one item is that you can’t leave the house without? It can be blush, or concealer, or maybe nothing!

5. Small tube of moisturizer Clinique moisturizer samples (that usually come with purchase) are one good example. Great size and awesome moisturizer. Or you can stock up on travel size tubes at your local drug store.


6. Nail file – It is frustrating when your nails break somewhere where you cannot get a nail file. Having a little one in your purse is awesome. Another great idea? Keep one attached to your keys.

image  www.drugstore.com

or on a keychain (these are surprisingly hard to find):


7. Gum or mints – best to buy in bulk and put a set in each of your purses.

8. Shoes? – That’s right. You can get little foldable ballet slippers to carry in your purse. Especially great if you are going out in those new heels.

image www.shopmanhattanite.com

9. Perfume – Small tube of perfume can do wonders, you never know. Or, you can get solid perfume, a smaller one will last for a while.

If you want to be trendy, you can get this solid perfume necklace from Marc Jacobs:


These are just some basics. There are probably many other things you cannot live without that are unique to you. But remember, if you get creative, you can fit a lot of things even in a small wristlet.

What does BBT Mean?

clock May 7, 2010 10:21 by author Jane D.

Some women are all too aware of what BBT means, especially if they are in the process of trying to conceive. I have seen fertility blogs where a woman knows more about BBT than your average PhD in Physiology. However, for those of us who encounter the concept for the first time, what the heck is it?

BBT stands for basal body temperature. Both women and men have it! It just means the lowest temperature of your body during rest. The reason why it is connected to women and pregnancy is because charting the temperature can be used to predict ovulation.

In women, ovulation usually increases the BBT by ½-1 degree Fahrenheit. Normally, women have lower temperature before ovulation and higher temperatures afterward. Why does this increase happen? It has to do with hormones. Before ovulation, there is a higher degree of estrogen present which causes lower temperatures and during ovulation, there is an increased amount of progesterone, which causes an increase. After ovulation, if there is no pregnancy, the BBT will start to drop again. The charts may look different for different women because of the difference in the amount of hormones present in their bodies. This is approximately what the pattern would look like when recorded on a chart.

Biphasic BBT Chart

Having accurate charts for the temperature can help women take charge of their fertility. If you are trying to conceive, you can see if you have regular ovulation, and if you do, when the best time to…ahem…get it on is. Or, if you are trying to avoid getting pregnant, you can try to steer clear of pregnancy-causing activity during the time of ovulation (but this method alone is not accurate enough to avoid pregnancy).

There are special thermometers for measuring BBT. The regular glass thermometers are not accurate enough to detect the small change in temperature. This is what a BBT thermometer looks like.


If you want to compare different brands of thermometers, I recommend  www.Amazon.com, where you can see ratings and read reviews. If you want more information on BBT, I suggest books to supplement internet research. One good one is “What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock” by Cara Birittieri. Also, if you are trying to conceive, acupuncture treatments can be very helpful (I will do a separate post on this soon).



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