This weekend, while Ryder hung with my parents at their house, Siella, Gemma and I enjoyed some quality girl time together. Time alone with the girls is usually limited to just Gemma while Siella is in school, so it was a treat for the three of us to hang together. Nothing like getting decked out, going for brunch, and getting mani and pedis with my little princesses.
The looks on their faces coming from the nail salon reminded me of those spa days that my sister and I enjoyed with my mother, when growing up. We always get dressed up in fancy clothes for these outings, the girls wearing Firebird Frocks, brought back memories of my sister and I from those special days.
Their vintage-style rose and ecru colored dress is embellished with gorgeous hand embroidery of flowers and beading, with lace accents, truly makes these heirloom quality!
The girls loved frolicking around in their dresses, and I do believe these dresses will wind up in our memory box and passed to their children one day.
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I have always considered myself an empowered and strong woman. But talking about super personal female issues can feel a little taboo and even though the women outnumbered the men in my home growing up, we kept feminine issues fairly private. I still am very discreet about certain things but becoming a mom has really opened me up and especially being a mom of two daughters; I make a conscious effort to talk openly and freely about everything.
Siella and Gemma are still wayyyy to young to discuss periods and pads. I am so loving their little girl stage that I don’t even want to think of them being little women yet! But I still want my girls to be comfortable with their bodies and all the seemingly icky details about being a girl and woman. But that means I first have to be comfortable and learn to speak freely about these issues. Carefree® at Walgreens is encouraging women to #SpeakFreeWithCarefree…and so can I! I mean, I don’t love all the icky details of being a woman but this is life!…we get our periods, we have bladder control issues…we’re human.
Women are constantly being scrutinized and expected to live up to unrealistic societal expectations, especially when it comes to our bodies. The last thing we need is to turn a critical eye on ourselves and feel embarrassed about natural bodily functions. We should feel free to be who we are all the time.
For years I dealt with heavy or irregular periods and I was terrified of leaking so I always had panty liners in my purse or car. On heavy flow days I would often double up on protection and wear the super thin Carefree® Liners in addition to tampons. The liners were discreetly packaged and easy to hide in pockets or hand bags. Like most women, as I got older my cycle became regular and much more manageable. But as any mama can tell you, after having kids your periods change: the consistency, the flow, the timing…it takes a while to get things back on track and sometimes they’re never the same. It is great to use a product that I know and trust and that gives me ultimate freedom. Because when it comes to your period you just never know and it is always smart to be prepared.
I had three C-sections for my kids so I didn’t have the postpartum vaginal issues that most moms do but I’ve heard stories and trust me, each and every mom I know who delivered vaginally has an arsenal of Carefree® Acti-Fresh® Pantiliners for everyday protection. I can’t believe I used to be so embarrassed about this stuff when I was younger. If I could tell the younger me anything about period protection I would say, don’t sweat it! Carefree® Acti-Fresh® Pantiliners are a lifesaver. That is one thing I got right—always being prepared and Free To Be Me with Carefree®.
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