For The Ladies

Speaking of pms and all…

I just received the most lovely package ever from a new shop called The Period Store.  It was founded by my friend and hair stylist, Rubi Jones, along with two others.  Their online shop is a place where women can buy their favorite feminine products, discover new ones from around the world (I didn’t even know some of these existed!  Sea sponges anyone?), and have an honest discussion with other women about being a woman.  Basically, they want to make the idea of getting your period a little more fun (and convenient).

Their website is so fun to browse through.  Each package comes with chocolate, meds, tea, and an original piece of artwork that inspires and celebrates womanhood.  (And, do you see that chocolate bar?  It turns out that “Chocolate Editions” is one of my all-time favorite chocolate shops!)  I was also happy to see that they’re carrying a variety of organic, eco-friendly tampons.

And, I have to tell you, I was a little surprised at my reaction when I received this package.  I don’t know – it just felt kind of fun and special to have that little part of womanhood recognized.  And reading through their website and watching the videos from other women just made me feel  – well – connected to every woman out there who has a period each month.  (I think the website, their blog and packages would be an especially great thing for a girl who is new at getting periods and learning about it all.)

I also know that the end and the beginning of a cycle can be so difficult if you’re hoping to get pregnant – or if your body doesn’t feel good – or if you’re recovering from any relationship damage done by a bad mood.  But I have found that caring for yourself in the ways that your physical body needs throughout the month (nutrition, exercise, mindfulness) can improve the situation a LOT.  Have you found any ways to improve that time of the month for you?  I think we as women should be talking about this more often – it could be so helpful to exchange ideas!

P.S.  This is one of my favorite books about women’s health: “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.”  I’ve had this big book for as long as I can remember and refer to it often.  It’s an amazing resource and a must-have for any woman!

(Artwork by Ashley Seil Smith, for The Period Store)

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  1. Celia March 20, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    That is so interesting! I totally agree that it would be helpful for young women who are getting their first period. This post immediately reminded me of The Cosby Show episode, "Women's Day," where Claire, the mom, takes her daughter, Rudy, out for lunch to celebrate Rudy's first period. Rudy resists and so began a conversation about what the transition means. Sidenote: I also heard about this book, "My Little Red Book," which is a collection of essays about the writers' first period and the funny and sometimes serious situations that they were in. I haven't read it yet but this post reminds me that I should! Thanks for sharing, as always.

  2. CountryMouse March 21, 2013 at 2:48 am - Reply

    What a great idea. Periods seems to be such a tabo subject among women, among men and women and becuase of that I guess they are something we all have a love hate relationship with rather than an accepting one becuase they are part of who we are (even if the whole cycle brings out a part of you that you really don't like sometimes). One thing I have found is great is a little heat pack whether it is a wheat one or another type for cramps or stiffness in the lower back or abdomen.

  3. Anonymous March 21, 2013 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Tell me about it… We have been trying to have a child, and everytime I get my period now, I feel like crying a river… So I exercice gratitude.

  4. KayAnna March 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply


    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I discovered your blog a few months ago and I have been following it periodically as I have struggled through finishing my thesis, a new relationship and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. And naturally, pmsing makes all of this extra difficult. So thank you–thank you for talking about things that are real and hard and impossible to ignore.


  5. Anonymous March 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Mara- Love the blog. I've been taking Krill Oil supplements for a month now and I have PCOS so my PMS and other monthly symptoms are off the charts usually. But this month, I've got no cramping, no mood swings, and I feel really energized and less foggy/depressed! I have also been running more so it might be the combination but wanted to share 🙂

  6. Anonymous January 22, 2014 at 4:18 am - Reply

    Reminded me of this hilarious music video 'Period Piece' from some very talented folks up here in Vancouver!! 🙂

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