Being a part of Vervegirl's Vrep program I was asked by Kotex to participate in their Generation Know program. If you don't know what Generation Know is it is a community of women all around the world breaking myths about everything to do with our bodies.
There are four different projects that you can take part in:
Break the Silence
Bust a Myth
Change the Message &
Spread the Word
Being a female in my 20's I think that is so0o important for all of us to know everything we can about ourselves, right down to the things that we are too scared or nervous to talk about(even with our own doctors). Personally I hate going to the doctors for that yearly uncomfortable appointment. But it is time that we as women gather together and help one another. There are so many outrageous myths out there that you really would laugh or giggle if you heard some of them, but sadly enough most girls can't distinguish between the facts and myths.
For example some myths include...
Can you get an STD from a toilet seat?
- Although public toilets are pretty nasty this has never happened before.
Will you get attacked by a shark if you swim on your period?
- Sharks don't care if and when we are on our periods.
Is coffee good for fighting PMS?
- No coffee can actually make cramps worse. This I find to be a total catch 22, because caffeine helps to get rid of bloating, but then I have to suffer with horrible cramps afterwards, boo!! :(
One myth that I always thought was true while growing up is that you can't get pregnant during that time of the month, but that 'aint true, says the doctor!
One thing that I also never knew is that bananas are one fruit that can actually help fight away those self loathing monthly blues!!! YAY!! This makes me super happy because I love bananas and they taste so good in breakfast smoothies!!
What myths did you and your friends grow up with?
Myths such as the ones mentioned above exist because we don't talk about them enough. Why are we always so scared to talk to one another? I mean we are all girls and we have and/or are all going through the same things right? Even though it may be difficult (I still squirm sometimes) when we work together to tear down myths like these we raise girls' confidence and when we are fearless we teach girls not to be ashamed about their bodies. So let's talk more!!
As a part of the Generation Know program for each girl who joins Generation Know, U by Kotex will donate to Girls For a Change, a national non-profit organization that empowers girls to lead social change within their communities, up to $500,000.
Being a part of this program U by Kotex sent me a package in the mail, with a bunch of these "i know" bracelets. Wearing one of these bracelets symbolizes that you are in the know and that you support Generation Know. I think that it is so important for women and especially ones such as ourselves who have an audience of girls that look up to us to help make a change. With that being said I wanted to do a giveaway!!!!
There will be 4 winners for this giveaway and each winner will receive two of these "i know" bracelets, one for you and one that you can give to a friend. The bracelets are so cute and colourful and they would look great stacked with other bracelets. One of the four winners will also win something extra!!! Two of my favourite lipsticks from Rimmel's moisture renew line. I have raved about this line before as it is one of the only lipstick brands I have ever tried that do not dry out my lips. The two colours include 700 nude delight and 320 funtime fuchsia. (The fuchsia swatch is not the exact same colour it is a little bit brighter than funtime fuchsia; I swatched my 340 lily extase as it is very similar and I don't currently own funtime fuchsia. Also in the stick the camera is not doing the colour justice at all, it really is much more pink than red in person.)
This giveaway is open to all of my North American readers (sorry to everyone outside of North America, but I promise to do an international giveaway at some point!!).
Rules of the giveaway:
1. You must live in Canada or the US.
2. You have to be a follower of my blog on GFC and/or bloglovin'.
3. Comment below that you would like to be entered and also leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
4. You must be over the age of 18 or have your parents permission to give me your mailing address to send you your prize should you win.
6. Extra entry - Follow me on twitter @annpaige and tweet me with the hashtag #annpaigeiknow. You can do this once a day.
The contest will be open for three weeks starting today March 25th and it will end on April 14th at 11:59pm EST.
Good luck to everyone and let's all speak up and be a catalyst for change!!!
To find out more info about Generation Know go to their website generationknow and you can also check out ubykotex.com.
Thank you so much to Vervegirl and Generation Know for this amazing opportunity to be a part of such an awesome community!!!