It’s finally here… “Back to School” season has officially arrived!

You always know Back to School season has arrived when the big yellow buses return, you can buy notebooks and pens for half the price they usually are and the children you never saw before 11 AM are now making the morning commute with you.

Each of our Divas has different ways to prep for the school year. Parents are usually busy buying Back to School supplies, teachers are busy prepping curriculum and students are seen counting down their last few days of summer.

 

Yet, whether a Mom Diva, Student Diva or Teacher Diva, one thing we all have in common is that we all need to prep ourselves (and possibly daughters) for period care.

The memories of being a young girl with my period at school are ones I will never forget. I was blessed with a heavy period and so needed to properly time my bathroom breaks, ensure I had the right product (hidden strategically under my sleeve) and that I had enough of them to last me the entire day.

I wish I could say my high school years were different, but it was not until University that I discovered The DivaCup. At first it was a bit strange not having to time my bathroom breaks or change my product every two hours or so. On my heavier days I did have to empty my cup every six hours, and to be honest, the thought of doing this in public, freaked me out! However, I quickly learned that it was the simplest thing ever: all I had to do was empty the cup, wipe it out with toilet paper and re-insert. I was sure to wash my hands before and to give it a thorough wash when I got home. Thanks to The DivaCup I felt better about myself, my eco-footprint and my period health!

Some of you may be reading this in anticipation of your first period while others have had many years of bathroom breaks, product runs and maybe one or two embarrassing moments at school. The best thing any women can do for her period is to be informed. Our website’s All Things Period and Teens web page provide great insight about the menstrual cycle and period care. Talking to others, friends, your mom, or the school nurse or guidance counselor can also be helpful.

And in addition to switching up your period care routine to include The DivaCup, it is also important to drink lots of water, eat well, exercise often and get a good night sleep! (Don’t have a DivaCup yet? Enter our Facebook “Back 2 School with Diva” giveaway for a chance to win a DivaCup and a goodie bag filled with school supplies and some extra little things to help make this year the best yet!).

If you’re a Diva in Junior High or High School, I want to encourage you to share The DivaCup with your health class, teacher and school nurse. University students can request The DivaCup at their campus store or women’s center and Moms (and dads) and Health Professionals & Educators can encourage young women to care for their periods through open communication about puberty and an introduction to sustainable period care products like The DivaCup.

I’m personally excited for Back to School this year because of the new opportunities Diva International Inc. has been given through our recent partnership with Sexpressions – a Canadian-based sexual health organization dedicated to sexual health education and advocacy. Through this partnership we will be able to share The DivaCup with more students, teachers and health care professionals.

Something important to remember with each new school year is that we are very fortunate to have access to products like The DivaCup here in the West. Many women and young girls in developing nations often miss a week of school or work because they do not have access to proper period care. Start this school year off with a new Back to School tradition by donating a small amount to help a young girl care for her period through Lunapads’ Pads4Girls program.

I wanted to leave all our Student Divas with a little thing I like to call The Diva Period Kit.  Although when wearing The DivaCup, it’s all you really need for a full day of school, that doesn’t mean you can’t pack some extra items in your bag to keep you feeling good throughout the day.

Diva Period Kit

  • Reusable Water Bottle: Keeping hydrated helps with concentration and bloating.
  • Tissue Pack: In case you need to empty your DivaCup or find yourself in a stall without TP.
  • Dark Chocolate: Chocolate that has a high cocoa value contains magnesium, which can help alleviate period cramps!
  • Ginger Candies: Ginger can help aid in the digestion process and relieve symptoms of nausea (My personal favorites are Gin-Gins® Candies!).
  • Pain Reliever: To help with those pesky cramps!
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: Great comfort food! I especially love these gluten-free recipes!
  • Hair Elastic: Because The DivaCup is ideal for swimming, dancing and playing sports!

We’d love to hear what you put in your Diva Period Kit and any school tips you may have for caring for your period, The Diva Way. Share it with us today!

All of us at Diva International Inc. want to wish our Student Divas a year of period bliss, great beginnings and fabulous Diva memories!

 

Wearing gold on and off the deck

With the close of the London 2012 Olympic Games earlier this week, we can’t help but highlight one of our favorite “golden” Olympians, our Swim Diva Julia Wilkinson.

Julia out and about in London!

You can easily find Julia by the competitive poolside; she’s the one wearing the Gold UGG® boots. We don’t think Julia chose this color by accident! Yes, gold is a symbol for victory, but the color also represents optimism, success and enjoyment of life. When worn, gold is also said to promote courage, confidence and willpower, all of which were evident in Julia’s performance and spirit at London 2012. While Julia is returning home without a gold medal, her spirit of determination and character of genuine integrity shines gold to a very proud Canadian nation.

For those not familiar with our Swim Diva, Julia was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, a city that is best known for its Shakespeare theatre festival, unique shopping experience (chocolate shops!!!), community spirit and… Justin Bieber!!!

In fact, tomorrow, August 15th, 2012, Stratford is hosting a BBQ and free swim in honor of Julia’s visit home. Join in the festivities on Julia Wilkinson Day by visiting the Stratford Bandshell from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM to meet our Swim Diva (and some other Divas too!).

A competitive swimmer by the age of eight, Julia joined the Canadian National Swim Team in 2006, swam competitively at Texas A&M University and currently holds the Canadian record in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 28:09 sec.

Julia’s dream to compete at the Olympics came true in Beijing 2008 and once again this year in London! Finishing 9th and 13th in her individual competition definitely radiates the characteristics of gold: courage, confidence and willpower!

Like many women, Julia discovered The DivaCup at just the right moment in her life – within weeks of the Olympics, making training, competition and life… a little less stressful.

I had always seen and was curious about The DivaCup and now that I have tried it for myself I am a loyal fan for life,” explains Wilkinson. “As a swimmer, The DivaCup is a much more preferable option to tampons as it’s reliable and comfortable. I can get on with my busy day of swim practice without having to worry or be held back.

In addition to being a competitive swimmer, Julia is a guardian to her pet hedgehog Roxy, has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M University, is a guest writer for CBC’s blog and SwimNews, a musician and even has a sandwich named after her at the much loved sandwich shop, York Street Kitchen on Erie in Stratford, ON.

Team DivaCup!

Our hope is that by empowering women, like Julia, with a better period care solution to tampons and pads, they will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone assured and confident with who they are; whether an athlete, mom, teen, or business woman.

Julia’s Olympic performance and character shows that being a Diva is about more than just using a product. Her spirit of determination has inspired us all to go after our goals, keep positive and never give up! This week, we want to encourage all our Divas to add a little “gold” to their life, whether in competition, on the job or at home, confidence and optimism go a long way!

Learn more about Julia on her personal website, visit her in Stratford on Julia Wilkinson Day and by following her on Facebook and Twitter.