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Empowering Women in Business: Feat. Josie of Zealo Apparel


Josie of Zealo Apparel

 

At Be Prepared Period, we’re all about empowering girls and women. And whether that means sharing information that helps them to have better periods, healthier routines, or happier lives, it all factors into a well-rounded, positive life. As women, so much of what we decide to do with our lives is dictated by the messages we receive from an early age. From the time that we’re young children, we start learning what is expected of us, and what is possible. Little girls really can grow up to do anything their heart dreams of – they just have to believe it’s possible, and get the support they need to go after those dreams.

 

This month, we can’t wait to introduce you to the shop owner from the latest edition of the Meet the Makers blog series. Each month, we are featuring successful female entrepreneurs as they share their hot takes on everything from their first periods, to how they successfully run their own businesses.

 

We’ve taken the questions people often ask female entrepreneurs to the next level and asked them to share their self-care tips, what advice they’ve held onto, and what keeps them healthy and empowered. Because, as we all know, success is about so much more than the numbers or business basics – it’s about living a happy, healthy life on your own terms. We hope you’ll enjoy this deep dive into the lives and habits of professional women! If there’s someone you’d like to see featured in this blog series, be sure to let us know!

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Monthly Mission: Strong Women


Strong Women - Monthly Mission
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

As we finish up this year, we can’t help but look back and give thanks for all of the amazing women that have impacted our lives this year. Starting with you, dear reader and supporter of all things BPP. (Yep, we mean YOU!)

You are changing the way we talk about periods.

You are impacting the lives of girls in need in your community.

You are boldly standing up for your needs and your right to a healthy period.

You are helping to reduce your footprint by making the switch to organic and/or reusable period products.

You are educating and empowering yourself on the importance of menstrual health.

You are part of the movement to end menstrual shame, once and for all.

You are a strong woman.

All month long at Be Prepared Period, we will be celebrating you (and other ladies like you!) by focusing on Strong Women. Why? Because at Be Prepared Period, we believe that women are amazing, and that our stories are powerful.

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7 Mood Swing Inducing Foods to Avoid


Mood Swing Inducing Foods to Avoid
By Helen Sanders

 

If you had to name one cause of mood-swings in women, what instantly comes into your mind?

Would you be surprised if I said foods can determine the way you feel?

Believe me it’s true, what we eat can affect our hormone levels and it’s no secret they play a big part in controlling our emotions.

This can be particularly poignant at sensitive times of the month. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) also impacts hormone levels. Feelings of anxiety, sadness, and irritability are all familiar mood-swings experienced because of this.

You may not be able to change the fact you are going to have a period, but you can control the intensity of symptoms.

I would like to share with you seven mood-swing inducing foods you should try to avoid to give you some relief and make PMS a little easier to cope with.

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5 Ways to Help Women in Your Community


5 Ways to Help Women in Your Community

This month, we’re focusing on Feminine Care. That can mean a lot of things, but to us, it means taking time to share love, support, and kindness with the girls in your life, whenever possible. This can be something as simple as helping someone up who tripped at recess, or paying for the person behind you in line at the drive thru. Of course, if you’re looking to help more routinely, there are lots of options available in your area.

We talked last week about a few of the ways you can help Be Prepared Period to donate period supplies to ladies in your area. As we head into the holidays and our calendars start to fill up, finding the time to do anything extra can feel impossible. But, this is exactly when we need to take time to remember how fortunate we are, and do our best to share that gratitude in the form of service to others. The amazing thing is that when we do this, we get so much fulfillment in return – that’s truly the beauty of giving! Click to continue reading… »



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Is it PMS or PMDD?


Is it PMS or PMDD

Contributed by Danielle Bosley

If you find yourself struggling to stay focused and energized each month when Aunt Flow arrives, you’re not alone. For a lot of women, the societal stigma against periods and all things related to them makes it hard to talk about. In fact, many ladies who battle these issues suffer in silence for years. Many assume they must be clinically insane or suffering from some form of mental illness, so they don’t speak up. Click to continue reading… »



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Empowering Women in Business: Feat. Megan Robbins of Wishlets


Empowering Womein in Business

At Be Prepared Period, we’re all about empowering girls and women. And whether that means sharing information that helps them to have better periods, healthier routines, or happier lives, it all factors into a well rounded, positive life. As women, so much of what we decide to do with our lives is dictated by the messages we receive from an early age. From the time that we’re young children, we start learning what is expected of us, and what is possible. Little girls really can grow up to do anything their heart dreams of – they just have to believe it’s possible, and get the support they need to go after those dreams.

We are thrilled to introduce our new Meet the Makers blog series. Each month, we’ll be featuring successful female entrepreneurs as they share their hot takes on everything from their first periods, to how they successfully run their own businesses. We’ve taken the questions people often ask female entrepreneurs to the next level and asked them to share their self care tips, what advice they’ve held onto, and what keeps them healthy and empowered. Because, as we all know, success is about so much more than the numbers or business basics – it’s about living a happy, healthy life on your own terms. We hope you’ll enjoy this deep dive into the lives and habits of professional women! If there’s someone you’d like to see featured in this blog series, be sure to let us know!
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Monthly Mission: Feminine CARE


Feminine Care Mission

 

Imagine that you’re at home, and you feel “Aunt Flow” arrive. You head to the restroom to get cleaned up, only to open up your cabinet and find that you’re out of tampons and toilet paper. So, you head to the store. But when you arrive, the shelves that are usually stocked with all of your monthly favorites are completely barren. You travel to store after store, only to find the same thing: there are absolutely no tampons, pads, or panty liners available anywhere. You realize, with confusion, fear, and concern, that you’re about to have to endure your period without any supplies – you won’t even have access to toilet paper. Does this sound extreme? If you’re lucky, then yes. But unfortunately, these stressful feelings are all too familiar for many women in the world.

At Be Prepared Period, we are passionate about helping women and girls find the absolute best (and healthiest!) products for their needs. Often times, this means encouraging you to take a closer look at what’s in your products, trying something new (We’re looking at you, menstrual cups!), or swapping one part of your routine for a more natural alternative.

But, for millions of women across the United States who lack access to the proper supplies, the conversation takes an even more urgent tone. Many homeless shelters list feminine hygiene products as some of their most critically needed items. In fact, women and young girls in your area are struggling monthly to handle their periods safely and hygienically without the products they need. And the ramifications of this need go much further than what you would immediately think of: lack of access can lead to girls missing school, work, and falling behind their peers.

At Be Prepared Period, we dream of a day where every girl and woman has access to the proper supplies. And while sometimes the numbers can feel overwhelming, the fact is, that we can do something to help! Click to continue reading… »



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Got Questions About Your Period?


Got questions about your period

 

When it comes to menstruation and puberty, it’s totally normal to have questions. There are so many changes happening in your body, and it’s important for you to find answers to the questions you have. But if you’re not sure where to turn for guidance, it’s possible that you’ll end up with some less-than-accurate info. Heck, there are tons of grown women out there who think a tampon can get lost inside your body, like it’s just going to float up and hang out next to your liver for no reason whatsoever (for the record, this is not possible. Phew!) But when girls have questions, it can be hard for them to know where to look for the right answers. Luckily for you, we’ve got your back.
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Does My Daughter Need a Gynecologist?


Does_My_Daughter_need_a_Gynecologist

One of the most commonly asked questions by parents is whether their daughter should see a gynecologist or a pediatrician when they start their periods. The answer is an easy one: according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, young girls should continue to see their pediatrician, even after the onset of menstruation.

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Monthly Mission: Find the Right Products


Monthly_Mission_Find_the_Right_Feminine_Hygiene_Products

 

If you’ve been hanging with Aunt Flow for a while now, we imagine that you’ve gotten to know her a little better over the months (or years!) We hope that since the day she first arrived, you’ve learned how to read the signs that she’s getting close, and prepare your body for her visit.

In fact, we’re sure you’ve grown up a lot and lots of things have changed since you first got your period. So…here’s the real question. How many of you are still reaching for that same old brand of pads or tampons that your mom used (and passed the loyalty of said brand down to you?) Be honest. We’re all friends here!

Seasons change, hairstyles come and go (thank goodness!) but for some reason, the one area where we all could stand to do a little research is usually the one area we never revisit once we get comfortable. What’s up with that? Unfortunately, unlike the side ponytail some of us rocked in middle school, this is one decision that could have real repercussions for our health and wellness.

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