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Plans for the Holidays

Why hello again people! 

Shocker: I’m back for the second day in a row. *Cue jaws dropping*

As I go to a Catholic school, my two-week-long Easter holiday began today (or yesterday if you count that?). Most schools seemed to finish the week before, but apparently we have to be in school as close to Easter as possible.

With two weeks to myself (not exactly, since I have 6 other siblings), I thought it’d be useful to go over a few things I want getting done.

1. Keep on top of fitness

For the last few weeks, I’ve been using a fitness app, called ’30 Day Fitness’. It has a bunch of different focuses, and difficulties so you’re bound to find something for yourself! I’m currently about to start day 18 of the Easy Full Body Workout. The difficulty slowly increases as you progress, and it’s definitely improved me! Each day adds about 5 seconds to the initial 10 second plank, and I’ve definitely got better at that!

2. Get up to date with English literature notes

As the only homework I have over the next 2 weeks, I have to make notes on the characters, themes etc of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. English is easily one of my least favourite subjects (odd, coming from a blogger, I know) so this will definitely be a bit of a chore 😦

3. Go shopping

Summer is nearing, and my wardrobe consists of hoodies and dark jeans – not summery at all. To fix that, I’ll be going out with Penny, Rachel and Regina at some point. I plan to ransack (in the neatest way possible) Primark, coming back with at least one full outfit! 

4. Be gentle with my skin

The last week or two, my skin has been a hot mess, to say the least. I’ll probably do another post on that in the near future, but for now I’ll just leave it there!

5. Drink truckloads of waterer

For the last year and a half, I’ve been drinking more water, and I’m​ making sure to keep that up!

6. Blog more

It’s no secret that I’ve abandoned Awkwardsaurus slightly in the last month or two… With mocks out of the way, and little homework to worry about, I plan to get a few more posts out than usual!

7. Get a haircut

Since I was really young, I’ve had (some may say crazily, especially Tyler) long hair. It goes down to my hips now… And frankly, I just don’t like it this long. I’m hoping our hairdresser will be coming at some point in this holidays, and I’ll get about 4 inches off!

8. Practice guitar

I’m beyond useless at remembering to practice guitar, which really isn’t great since I’m working towards Grade 6 for an exam in the summer. Hopefully I’ll get some practicing in!

9. Eat chocolate slowly

With Easter in this holidays, it’s certain that I’ll have a bunch of chocolate. After my birthday, I’ve learned the lesson that my skin really does not agree with crazy amounts, so I’ll steer clear of too much in a small timeframe!

And that is the majority of the things I have to do this holidays! What about you?

Awkwardsaurus


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11:11 

Hey there, Awkwardsaurus here.

I’ve had a pretty crazy few weeks, mainly because I’ve gone from spending 0 time whatsoever with the guy I like (Flynn), to seeing him every morning, and sometimes again later in the day, depending on whether I go to form then or not. I peer mentor, so a lot of my form time is in a year 7 form.

He sits directly behind me, which is insanely convenient, and has allowed two conversations – if they’d class as conversations. The first one, which I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about on here, was two weeks ago today, and went a little (hah exactly) like this.

Me: *turns around* “What’ve we got first?”

Flynn: “I don’t know”

Useless, am I right? It took an insane amount of psyching myself up but I was SO PROUD. 
The next time was Monday, when Hayley asked me to give him a sheet he needed for a geography test. Although I don’t completely remember it all off my head…

Me: *turns around again* “Hayley told me to give you this.”

Flynn: “Who?”

Me: “Hayley… It’s something to do with geography”

Flynn: “Who?”

Me: “Hayley”

Flynn: *genuinely has no clue who Hayley is*

Me: “Apparently you have a test coming up or something”

Flynn: some words probably along the lines of “oh okay”

So that did not go as planned, obviously. I haven’t spoken to him since, mainly because Ashley said I should stay on the low down so I don’t end up annoying him… 

The title of this post might not make much sense at the moment, but I’m getting there, trust me.

For months, I’d wished to talk to him at 11:11. I’m allowed to tell you my wishes if they’ve already come true, right?

Anyways, my thoughts on wishes go as follows:

When you wish for something, you’re given the opportunity to make it happen. In my case, that was Flynn being moved to my form. But the rest is up to you. Only you have the power to make it happen. And thankfully, I managed to do just that! 🙂

What about you? What are your thoughts on wishes? Have any ever come true?

See you next time 

Awkwardsaurus

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MONTHLY LOOK-AHEAD: APRIL 2017

Hello people of the internet. 

How long has it been since I last posted? Honestly I’m not sure but I am not proud of how absent I’ve been here lately.. I’ll try to fix it!

Anyhoozle, we’re two days into April, so technically I’m a tad late, but today’s post is this month’s monthly look ahead. I have a good few things to look forward to within the next 30 days so here goes!

Talking to Flynn

As you might remember, Flynn moved to my form in school, and sits behind me. Obviously, that means I’ll be trying to talk to him as much as I can without going overboard. I’ve only done once so far, which is a little useless but Hayley’s given me some of his geography that she was supposed to give to him so I guess I’ll be doing that tomorrow. 🙂

Mock Exam Results

Three weeks ago marks the beginning of my mocks, which was surprisingly an alright week. Our results are given out tomorrow, and I’m pretty nervous actually… At least I can blame it on only being half way through our courses if I’ve flopped them all!

Shawn Mendes Illuminate Tour

In late April, I’ll be going to see Shawn Mendes with Ashley. We’re both insanely excited, although she probably is a little more. What can you expect? She’ll be meeting (yes meeting, although I won’t be) her future husband for the first time!

Warm Weather

As much as I love winter, the UK hasn’t had the best one. It’s snowed about five times where I live, and not once have we had a snow day or enough to have a lot of fun in. On top of that, I spent over a week without heating, and after all that I’m just begging the warm weather to arrive. It’s been slightly warmer in the last week or two here, but nothing major. 

Lea Michele – PLACES

Anyone who knows me, knows very well about my love of Glee, and stemming from that, my love of the Glee cast, including Lea Michele (Rachel Berry in Glee). This month, she releases her second album. It’s been years since the first, and I still love every song, but I’m itching for more. So far, three songs (Love is Alive, Anything’s Possible and Run to You) have been released so far AND THEY’RE SO BLOODY GOOD! Much excite indeed!

Easter

As a Christian, I celebrate Easter, although I’m not too excited about the Christian side of it (I’m a terrible person, sorry) since it involves the longest – mass – ever. Seriously. But once that’s over with I love the Easter eggs and all! Though this year, I plan to restrict myself on eating it all so fast; my skin isn’t doing fantastically lately and that would only make it worse!

So that’s a few things I’m excited for this April! I can already tell it’ll be an amazing month! ❤

PEACE OUT DUDES

Awkwardsaurus

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A Crazy Week

It is I: Awkwardsaurs.

This week has been fantastic, I’ll have you know. It’s zipped by within what feels like just a day, and I’ve really proven to myself that I am in control.

Monday started off a little blue, as all Mondays do, but especially blue since exam week was over. Why was I missing exams, you might ask? Well, since I have no lessons with Flynn, the exams were the only time I ever saw him except passing by in corridors, and it just so happened that I had a good bit of free time in my exams and used that to my advantage. 😉

HOWEVER, that Monday was about to take a turn. So. So. Fast.

As I arrived to my form room (a science lab, if you’re interested), I realised Flynn was stood outside. I assumed he was chatting to some of his friends that were in my form. 

Our form teacher let us in, and Flynn followed us all. I guessed he was being silly and just deciding to walk into the wrong class on purpose. But he didn’t leave. And sir told him to sit down. At this point, I was pretty damn confused, not to mention terrified. So I made sure to listen especially carefully to the register. Sure enough, his name was called out – which meant he was in my form. 

I ended up concentrating too hard on the fact that he was literally sat right behind me and accidentally said a strange mess of “Yes Miss-Sir” when my name was called out… Classic Awkwardsaurus. 

At this point, Ashley was laughing at me (in a friendly way, of course), since she knows fully well about Flynn. I’d convinced myself I was dreaming. Things like that just don’t happen.

First lesson, maths, rolled around, and I was bursting with excitement to tell Britt. I walked in, and saw her sat at her desk, tapped the table and said “you won’t believe this”. Of course, that caught her attention and she was begging to know. “Guess who’s in my form?” was how I finally told her. She lost it. Literally. But for the entire lesson we were barely concentrated on the maths. How could we?

It was about Lunch time, when I realised that it really mustn’t be a dream, since i hadn’t woken up yet, and the news had spread to my closest girl-friends. 

Britt, Penny and I were planning ways I could talk to him that night over WhatsApp, and Tuesday finally rolled around. But he was doing a job for our form teacher, so I couldn’t talk. 

Wednesday was the first shot I had. I was way too nervous and jittery.

Thursday – I almost did, but got too scared. That day (yesterday) was mainly me being annoyed at myself for not doing it.

But then.

Friday – After scrolling through so many quotes on tumblr about stepping out of your comfort zone and listening to Fifth Harmony, I somehow plucked up the courage to say something. After the register was finished, I was practically chanting “do it” in my head, until turning around and asking “What’ve we got first?” I knew exactly what I had first (chemistry), and what he had first for that matter (geography) but it was the easiest way to make conversation I could think of. Although he only replied with “I don’t know” and I left the conversation there before I exploded, I’m so insanely proud of myself.

In case you hadn’t caught on, that was the first time I’ve spoken to him, and if you aren’t sure who Flynn is, let me enlighten you. 

He’s a popular guy in my year, and easily the best looking guy in the school in my opinion. My friends have known about him since early October, so it’s took me quite a while to finally speak to him.

Moral of the story: stepping out of your comfort zone can be SO WORTH IT, even if it doesn’t get you that far. You’ll be proud of yourself, too.

Here’s one of the quotes that I downloaded:

Awkwardsaurus

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44 Thoughts in an Exam

Hi guys. I’m Awkwardsaurus 🙂

    As I’ve already mentioned, a few weeks ago, I had exam week, which, if you’re unaware, is a week of pretend GCSE exams, carried out exactly how the real ones would be. Like a fire drill, but for exams. 

    Not fun. 

    But exams mean there’s a lot of mind wandering (whether that’s a good thing or bad) and I thought it’d be fun to share some of them!

    1. Here we go, into the valley of death 
    2. Do I trust having my phone in my bag inside these cages? No. Will I still do it? Yes. 
    3. WHO’S READY TO FAIL
    4. Don’t sit in the wrong seat, don’t sit in the wrong seat
    5. If anyone is sat in my seat they shall prepare for my wrath
    6. That teacher literally walks like a penguin 
    7. Oh phew, found my seat
    8. Dammit it’s a wobbly desk. DID I ASK FOR THIS GOD?
    9. So… Is it cheating if I write my name on this yet?
    10. Wait what even is my name
    11. Or my candidate number
    12. *Thanks the heavens that Flynn is in my eyeline* (he was for all exams except 2)
    13. MY BOOT SCOOTIN BABY IS DRIIIVING ME CRAAZY MY OBSESSION FROM A WESTERN MY DANCE FLOOR DAAATE MY RODEO ROMEO A COWBOY GOD FROM HEAD TO TOE WANNA MAKE YOU MINE BETTER GET IN LINE 5 6 7 8! 
    14. Damn right hear my swish that paper you peasants 
    15. What would happen if I climbed on top of the table and did a little dance
    16. Is she staring at my bae
    17. Hell no she’s staring at my bae
    18. OH CRAP NOW SHE SAW ME (legitimate anecdote)
    19. *manages to actually figure out something in maths* holy guacamole I’m a genius bow down to me
    20. Wait it’s wrong nevermind. Still bow though
    21. Why am I struggling on the first question seriously why is English language so hard I NEED ANSWERS
    22. Not gonna use that word purely because I don’t know how to spell it
    23. CAN YOU STOP KICKING MY FEET PLEASE JEEZ LOUISE HOW LONG ARE YOUR LEGS
    24. *Stares at crush*
    25. “Miss, I have no clue how big a micrometer is :(” – a literal note I wrote to my biology teacher 
    26. What the hell is a statin
    27. II’LLLL NEVER BE THAT GIRL AGAAAIIIIN 
    28. Must. Write. Faster.
    29. Wait what’s 4 × 7
    30. Right 28, got it
    31. Or is it 32… No it’s 28?
    32. What if we all shook the desks and stomped our feet shouting EARTHQUAKE
    33. *FIRE ALARM*
    34. Are y’all just gonna let me burn to death or??
    35. Okay apparently there isn’t a fire but we aren’t allowed to leave…. Great
    36. *Becomes freaking ninja at twiddling pens from finger to finger*
    37. I wonder what everyone else is thinking in here…
    38. How many crushes are in this room at once…
    39. Hah I’m giving up BYE EXAM
    40. I feel like Britney Spears staring at the clock in Hit Me Baby One More Time
    41. WHEW WE’RE DONE.
    42. Why am I always the last one out?
    43. Okay which cage is my bag in…?
    44. *Pulls out bag, bringing about 5 others down too*

        So, that’s all! Good luck to anyone with exams coming up! 😀

        Awkwardsaurus

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        15 Lessons in 15 Years

        HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

        March 9th has rolled around once again, and I’ve officially been fifteen since 6:29am this morning. 

        Do I feel different, you might ask? Refreshed? Old? Suddenly enlightened with wisdom?

        Hah, no. 

        But I thought to commemorate the occasion, I would share a few of the things I have learned since being fired outta the womb. 🙂

        1. Selective close friends is better than a bunch of distant friends

        2. You’re beautiful, and nobody can ever take that away from you

        3. Trusting people is great, but be careful who you share your secrets with

        4. Don’t leave revision until the last few days when there’s so many exams (just recently learned that one)

        5. Do something that scares you every now and then – you’ll be surprised where stepping out of your comfort zone gets you

        6. Go outside. See the world. Even if it’s just a park a few minutes away from home. Our world is the only place we’ll have, so you might as well appreciate it

        7. Do things because you enjoy them. Not because it’s what your friends have done, or because your parents say you should

        8. Socialising is fun. You just need the right people

        9.  But alone time is just as important. We need space to breathe, and get in touch with ourselves

        10 . WASH OFF YOUR MAKEUP EVERY DAY

        11. Just take care of yourself in general. Drink water, get enough sleep, eat well and all that jazz

        12. Ask people how they are, especially if they just asked you – manners are important!

        13. Crush hard. When else will you get the chance?

        14. Treat yourself every now and then. You deserve it!

        15. Nobody will get through life without ever feeling lonely at some point. You’re not alone, and there’s always someone you can talk to ❤

        And that’s some of the things I’ve learned in the decade and a half that I’ve been here! 😀

        AWKWARDSAURUS

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        A Big Ol’ Favorites

        Hey there friends. Yes you guys are my friends. 

        I was thinking yesterday, and I realised that I haven’t done a favourites post in way too long. Im not sure how long exactly, but I don’t recall writing one for December.
        Since it’s now March, I have a pretty solid opinion on a bunch of Christmas gifts and new splurges so it’s the perfect time to share them! Not to mention, I do love writing these. 😀

        Imperial Leather – Mouthwatering Fruit Chew Shower Cream

        I know, that’s a mouthful of a name, and could be a mouthful of soap if you don’t read the packaging! Rachel bought me this for Christmas, and I’ve used it every shower since. It claims to revitalise skin, and leave you feeling refreshed and smelling great. It smells incredible and definitely makes my skin feel super smooth. 

        Ferrero Rocher

        I’m not sure if you can get your hands on these outside the UK, so I’ll give you a little description. They’re basically a roasted hazelnut, in a ball of gooey chocolate, with a hard chocolate coating and then more hazelnut pieces around the outside. If you’re anything like me and would gladly live off hazelnut chocolate for the rest of your life, you’d probably like them. 🙂

        MoonCup

        If you read a recent post of mine, you’ll know that I have been introduced (by buzzfeed) to the blissful world of menstrual cups. I won’t ramble on too much, when you could just head on over here to read, but these are an absolute game changer. Mine’s Size B, which is for under 30 y/o who haven’t had any kiddos. 

        Infinity Rises and Infinity Reborn – S. Harisson

        You might remember that around a year ago, I read the first book in the Infinity trilogy. The entire plot captivated me from start to finish, and I was so excited to read the next two. Now that I finally have, I can safely say that they certainly lived up to my expectations, with the third one definitely exceeding! If you’re at all into sci-fi I really recommend checking them out! Even I’m not usually the biggest sci-fi fan but these are easily my favourite books!

        Mistik Fragrance Diffuser 

        This one’s a slight oddball one, but I thought it’d be nice to throw into the mix. I was in Aldi (British supermarket) with my mum a couple months ago, and stumbled across an ‘Apple and Cinnamon’ scented diffuser. I’d owned one diffuser (rose scented, if you’re interested) and really loved the whole idea, so I decided to buy it. Not to mention my undying love of anything cinnamon. It smells amazing, and has been lasting really well!

        Snapchat

        With Christmas being just a few months ago, I got a new phone (thank the lord). That meant I could finally get Snapchat. Having used a pretty disfunctional phone for two years prior to then, Twitter was the only social media I really used. So, Snapchat was pretty confusing at first, but it’s quickly become one of my favourites. If you’re wondering, the black and white sunglasses is my favourite filter. 😉

        Teen Wolf Season 6

        Anyone that knows me well is very aware that I’m a huge fan of the MTV series Teen Wolf. Every season has such an intriguing plot, and this season has been no exception. The ghost riders are really elaborate characters and the storylines are EMOTIONAL (Stydia shippers, I feel you) and I’m really hoping the next half of the season will be just as amazing!

        Lacrosse Hoodie

        While we’re on the topic of Teen Wolf, I thought I’d mention one of my Christmas presents. It’s a lacrosse hoodie from Beacon High (the school on teen wolf) with Lahey 14 on the back. Isaac is easily my favourite character in all of the 6 seasons, and I really hope he comes back at some point soon! But anyway, it’s a size too big, which makes it quite baggy, and pleases my fangirl heart since I can imagine it’s Isaac’s hoodie. Yep, I’m depressing, but you probably would too 🙂

        Nspa 

        As a Christmas gift, Britt got me a chocolate bar and a set of lip balms, because I’m always complaining about my dry lips. They’re made by nspa and it’s safe to say that they’ve quickly become a staple of mine! It came in three variations: Raspberry, Coconut, and my favourite, Shea Butter. They’re super moisturising and I haven’t complained about my lips nearly as much since I started using them! Definitely recommend!

        That’s all for now! I guess I’ll see you next time then 🙂

        Awkwardsaurus


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        Monthly Look-Ahead: MARCH 2017

        BACK AGAIN HEY THERE

        It’s been way too long since I did a Look-Ahead post, and I really do love writing them, so since it’s the first day of March I thought I’d get back into it!

        Wow that was a pretty long sentence. 

        Anyways.

        There’s a good bit to look forward to this month, so let’s get right into it, shall we?

        Lenten Cake Stall

        As you may already know, today is the first day of Lent (the buildup to Easter). I go to a Catholic school, because my family are Catholic, so our school does a lot of fundraising for charities. One of those things happens to be a lot of cake stalls. Since Year 7 (first year of high school) I’ve been a faithful customer to the graphics teacher’s tuck shop. That makes this year the fourth year of buying dozens of blueberry muffins over Lent. I love blueberry muffins, so what’s not to be excited for?

        My Birthday

        Another year has rolled around, and my birthday is just over a week away. I’ll be 15 on March 9th, which is next Thursday. Thankfully, it’s the one day of the week that I don’t have English. Actually, I’d say it’s one of my favourite days, lesson-wise! And then a few days later it’s Ashley’s birthday!

        Mock Exams

        Sure I’m not too thrilled by the prospect of sitting in an exam hall for hours taking exams but it gets me out of some lessons, which could be a bonus? Plus, I guess you could say it’s my only time to have lessons with Flynn, since we’ll all be in the hall at the same time! 😉

        Passport Arrivals

        You might remember that I’m going to Italy in October as a Geography school trip to the Bay of Naples (Pompeii and all that jazz). After the third time of sending passport forms off, we finally got a text to say that it had been posted and was on the way back. The first time, they needed proof that my new photo was still me, and the second time, the signatures weren’t right. Quite the hassle, but now that we’re finally there I’m just quite excited to have a passport for the first time in 10 years.

        The Space Between Us

        On February 10th (not sure why I remembered the exact date, but it’d be nice if I could remember my French that well), The Space Between Us was released in the UK. It’s a romance film about a boy who moved to Earth from Mars to be with a girl. I’m a huge sucker for romance movies and I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten around to seeing it, but I plan on doing in the next month!

        Fixed Heating?

        Since Saturday, the boiler in my house has broken, so we have no radiator heat, no hot water, and I’m pretty dang cold. I’ve been sat under several blankets the majority of the time, since it’s currently the coldest it’s been in a few weeks here in the UK. Tomorrow, though, there’s someone coming to take a look at it to see if they can fix it. Fingers crossed!

        That’s everything (I think?) for March 2017! 

        BYEEEE 😛

        Awkwardsaurus

        P.S. Let me know some of your favourite romance films!

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        Being Extremely Unproductive

        Hey there people of the blogosphere 🙂

        How’s life going? Good? I hope so.

        I’m currently on half term break, and I have been for a week now (we finished last Friday). For those of you that don’t know what half term break is, it’s basically a week off school midway through the semester, as you might call it. In the UK, we have terms. 

        But anyways, I have mock exams coming up in two weeks and two days, and I am not prepared in the slightest. 

        With all the revision piling up, it got to the point where I had no idea what to revise, so I ended up binge watching romance movies and playing The Sims… Not the best way to prepare but hey. The school haven’t been all too good on advising us what to look over, since we haven’t been told which papers it even is that we’ll be sitting. Obviously for subjects like Geography, that could mean I might accidentally revise the wrong paper, which is a huge waste of time.

        Not to mention that I have a slight lack of revision guides, and the majority of my school books are in school… So there’s not much to use! 

        Anyhoozle, exams aside. 

        It’s my birthday in a week and six days, which is slightly nerve wracking. For those of you that don’t know, I don’t particularly enjoy the spotlight of a birthday, and when I’ll be in school all day, holding birthday bags that my friends will no-doubt drown me in, it’s pretty difficult for people not to notice. 

        Don’t get me wrong, I love to receive gifts and all, but I much prefer it at Christmas when it isn’t just me. Do you get what I mean?

        However I guess you could say there’s a bonus. Last year, Britt and Penny tried to find a guy in the year above that I liked at the time and somehow make him say happy birthday. They failed, and didn’t find him, but I wouldn’t be all to surprised if they purposely walked me by Flynn, drawing all attention towards me and my birthday bags. I wouldn’t be complaining if he happened to notice 😉

        I haven’t been posting much lately, and I’m sorry, but I’ve been trying to make blogging more of a hobby than a chore. In late 2016, keeping up with my schedule was proving pretty difficult, and I was scraping my brain for ideas the majority of the time. This year, I’ve been blogging about things that matter to me more, and I can talk about without having to force. I’m hoping you don’t mind that that’s sacrificing a few posts a week. 

        I’ll try to gradually build it up, but for the meantime, just bare with me. 

        You might be wondering where my favourites and monthly look-ahead posts have disappeared to, and I assure you, they will make a reappearance in the near future! But the favourites post will definitely be a lengthy one! 

        I guess that’s all for today! See you around 🙂

        Awkwardsaurus

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        LET’S TALK ABOUT… MENSTRUAL CUPS

        Hellooooo. 

        Judging by the painfully capitalised and rather edgy title, you’re probably slightly concerned by my excitement. Chances are, there’s a bunch of people confused as to what a menstrual cup is. To be quite fair, this time last year, I was clueless.

        Although considering you have its name, it shouldn’t be too difficult to guess. Menstrual is obviously period related (ooo she said period) and a cup… Well it’s a cup! 

        Branded as DivaCups, Mooncups, Lunettes, FemmeCups and a variety of many other vaguely imaginative names, a menstrual cup is basically a little cup that goes right up there in your hoohaa during your lady time. 

        Instead of absorbing blood, like a pad or tampon would, it collects it, and can be dumped out into a toilet, sink, wherever you feel like. Preferably not in the middle of a public space, though; you might get a few odd looks. It’s made of medical grade silicone (please do not buy any that aren’t) and (I think) has no risk of TSS, which I’m pretty sure every girl has frantically googled at one point in her life.

        They all look a little something like this:

        So, how exactly does one go about getting it in? Let me enlighten you. Menstrual cup insertion is an art that takes great practice to master (just wait until you get onto removal). I would say that after a full cycle and the first two days of another cycle, I am pretty confident.

        There are various folds and whatnot to get it inside of you as smooth as possible, but the one I found to be most useful is the punch down fold. Basically, push down on the rim with a finger and fold it.

        So it ends up like that. At this point, it’s pretty much the same size as a tampon, although possibly a tad bigger. I will warn you, getting it in was so difficult the first time, and if you’re a teenage virgin like myself, you’ll more than likely find it just as hard. BUT DON’T GIVE UP! 

        Once the whole cup is inside (yes you’ll have to get a little up close and personal) it might take a bit of fiddling to pop open the fold, but you’ll know when it happens – trust me. If you hold the stem, and try to pull the cup up and down, you’ll be able to tell if it’s suctioned in there or not.

        Now welcome to period bliss. 

        Depending on your flow at the time, you can keep it in for up to 12 hours (I’m not sure if I went over once on one of my super light days?). On my heaviest days, I can keep them in for round about 6 hours if I’m up and moving around, but I can go a whole 8/9 hour sleep without having to wake up and change. And you don’t have to deal with feeling your uterus slide out everytime you stand up.

        Once those hours have passed, you’ll be tasked with a slightly messy and possibly scary task – removing the cup. As you’ll probably find, it’ll have moved up slightly. Don’t panic, it’s still inside of you, it won’t get lost, and you’ll be able to reach it. For virgins especially, this part is a little difficult. I spent a good 10 minutes trying to get it out the first time I used it.

        I’ve found the best way for me to do it, is to sit wide legged over a toilet, and just push one finger up until I reach where the rim of the cup is making contact with, well, the vagina (oh snap, she said vagina). Push there until you break the seal, and slowly bring the cup down. I don’t suggest yanking the stem, at least not while it exits, because you won’t have control and you’ll probably spill it everywhere. Yack.

        Be careful not to drop the cup into the toilet, which I have done twice actually… Once you’ve took it out, rinse it, and stick it back in! 

        TO SUMMARISE, here are some of my favourite thing about my MoonCup:

        • It was only £20, which covers around 5 years :O
        • I can sleep a whole night without period hassle
        • I don’t have to sit through lessons worried about leaking onto wooden lab stools
        • It’s eco friendly (who doesn’t love to support the world)
        • I won’t die of TSS
        • I literally forget that I’m on my period sometimes
        • I’ve become more familiar with my body in the process 
        • IT JUST FEELS EMPOWERING

        So… If you are currently using pads or tampons, I literally couldn’t recommend this any more. TRY IT. It’s a huge game changer, and I’ll definitely never go back to pads and tampons.

        SEE YOU AROUND KIDDOS ❤

        -Awkwardsaurus