Empowerment Starts Young

Hello beautiful people! I hope April was good to you and that like me, you're delighted to welcome the month of May and all the positive things that come along with it...flowers, warm weather, birdsong, kids returning from college for the summer, longer days and a cheerful optimism.

April was super busy and oh-so-good. My favourite day was just this past Friday where I was once again fortunate to attend the Sister2Sister conference in downtown Toronto. The event brings together grade 8 female students from 8 public schools in a low-income district of this fair city.  The morning was filled with workshops galore and I hosted the "Menstrual Management" one with Angele from DivaCup.

We had a lot to cover in just an hour including the basics of menstruation, all the different products available to manage it including disposable pads and tampons, reusable pads (I had the audacity to bring in samples that I sewed myself and believe me when I say I am nothing like Martha Stewart so they were more than slightly imperfect!!), and the DivaCup.

The girls in attendance were young, with most being just 13, and new to periods and still adjusting to their changing womanly bodies. The faces some of them made while we demonstrated (with our hands acting a fill-in vaginas) how to insert and use tampons and menstrual cups were priceless and completely understandable. Being comfortable with your body is a learning curve that some full-grown women are still scaling so it's no surprise that these newly teenage girls were a little reluctant to discuss their lady bits but by simply attending workshops like this one, the chance they will become more comfortable in their own skin in heightened. After all, being informed and comfortable in your own body is empowering.  Honestly, I wish there had been something like this when I was a young, don't you? 

5 Must Read Books

There is nothing quite as empowering as reading

and there is nothing quite as enjoyable as curling up with a good book, one that introduces you to unique and compelling characters who struggle with circumstances you can never imagine, or perhaps can imagine only too well as something similar happened to you. Hopefully by the end of the story you have made a new or two. Studies show that reading novels builds empathy, as we learn about the conflicts other people (either real or imagined) have survived and we learn a little about humanity and feel part of something bigger than our own little lives.   

Below are some books I've recently read and enjoyed thoroughly and hope you may as well. The heroines of the novels are all young and sassy and their voices ring authentic and heartfelt and spending time with them was a real treat. 

These books are not necessarily recent releases, just ones I've recently read so the pleasure of their company is fresh in my mind and I wanted to share.     

 

Happy reading beautiful people! 

I hope April is good for you. 

 

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17 Inspiring Quotes to Honour International Women's Day 2017

Today is International Women's Day and here at Feby we're doing a few things to commemorate this special day. The first (and perhaps most important thing) is we are having a sale for the rest of the week where if you buy any one of our products (bracelet, kit, card or party pack) we will donate one of the same products to a women's shelter AND offer a 17% discount. Simply type the code IWD2017 during check out. 

Below please find 17 inspiring quotes from women about being a woman and being true to yourself and finding your calling. Hoping these will inspire you too.

 

Caitlin Moran has written some fabulous, fierce, funny, feminist books including 'How to be a Woman' and 'How to Build a Girl'. 
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