Autumn Rain: Para’Kito Giveaway

*I received 2 arm bands and 2 Mosquito Protection Clips from Para’Kito.  All opinions are my own*

I live in what is considered the tropics so mosquitoes are a given.  Add in 500mm of rain over 48 hours and you have the little blighters in plague proportions.  Even in the middle of the day they are swarming around.

Mosquitoes love me, they always have.  In summer my mum used to wrap my legs in bandages to try and stop me from itching at night.  Right now my legs look like I’ve had a fight with a bitumen highway.  No one has to worry about getting bitten when I’m around because they flock my way.

The trouble with a lot of bug sprays are that they smell gross, feel greasy and are as expensive as hell.  Especially when it’s so hot you have to keep reapplying because you keep sweating it off.  I seem to always forget to take it with us when we go out too.  They aren’t much use sitting on the kitchen bench at home!

When I read about the products from Para’Kito I was excited to try them out.  They promised to provide an organic solution to those itchy critters.  Paro’Kito’s products are safe for all members of the family as there is no direct contact with the skin.  So no need to worry about skin irritation in little babes or the effects on your unborn child.

para'kito productEach polymer pellet contains a blend of 7 essential oils including lavender, geranium, citronella, pine tree, patchouli, clove and peppermint.  Paro’Kito boasts that together, these ingredients mask a person’s natural scent for up to 15 days, making them invisible to mosquitoes.  The products also work in water which is perfect for the Australian lifestyle.

Mr 4 and I trialled these products in the afternoon, when the mosquitoes are at their worst and I was happy with the results.  I did notice the mosquitoes buzzing around but I wasn’t being bitten anywhere near as much.  I think that I must just be especially susceptible because Mr 4 didn’t get bitten at all.  The smell was a little overpowering at first but it was a pleasant smell so it didn’t take long to get used to.

The arm band was great for Mr 4 because it was easy to put on his arm and let him go on his way.  Anyone with lively 4 year olds know how hard it is to pin them down long enough to spray some insect repellant on.  There is also a clip on available which is great for attaching to the pram, a back pack or the loop on your pants.  The little pellet just slips into the netted compartment and you are good to go!

The awesome people at Para’Kito also have a pack available for one lucky reader.  I have up for grabs a pack including:

2 x Para’Kito wrist bands (with two refills) – $24.95                                                                                      1 x Para’Kito clip (with two refills) – $24.95 each                                                                                           1 x Para’Kito refill pack – $15.95 each                                                                                                      Total value: $90.80

All you have to do to be in the running to win the pack is leave a blog post answering the following question:  “What outdoor activity would the Para’Kito make easier?”  

Remember to make your answers creative because the most creative wins!  Entries close at 10pm on the 29th of April.

Terms and Conditions.

  1. The competition begins on Tuesday the 15th day of April 2014 and closes at 10pm on the 29th day of April 2014.
  2. All decisions made are final.
  3. The winner has 48 hours after being contacted by email to answer, or the prize will be redrawn.
  4. The competition is open to Australian Residents only.
  5. Entrants must answer the question ‘“What outdoor activity would the Para’Kito make easier?”’ in order to be eligible to win the prize.
  6. The winner will receive one prize pack from Para’Kito to the value of $90.80.
  7. One entry per household. 

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Borderline Personality Disorder Myths

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I was first made aware of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) 11 years ago.  It gets a bad rap in the media, community and the health profession.  I want to help dispel a few myths that I have encountered.

  1. People with BPD have split personalities.  No, multiple personality disorder is a completely different psychiatric diagnosis.  People with BPD often experience mood instability which can give people the impression that they have different personalities.
  2. People with BPD are manipulative attention seekers.  Some of the behaviour exhibited by those with BPD can come across as attention seeking, but that is because they need attention.  Borderline often develops after childhood trauma (although genetic links are also being explored) and it becomes ingrained that they only way to receive the help they need is to act out.
  3. People with BPD are a lost cause. I have encountered this from the health profession.  BPD are often put in the too hard basket, that they are treatment resistant and if ignored they will go away.
  4. People with BPD are bunny boilers and you should avoid a relationship with them.  One of the symptoms of BPD is unstable interpersonal relationships.  Often their fear of being left overrides their rational thinking and they subconsciously push the person away.  With the right support and the right partner a person with BPD can be a part of a loving relationship.  I have seen plenty of sane people turn into ‘psycho girlfriends’ so really a diagnosis means nothing.
  5. People with BPD are selfish. No mental illness is selfish.  Borderline is no different.  Without treatment, and insight the worst features of Borderline come to the fore.  This is why it is so important that more specialised treatment is available.  It’s hard when you reach out for help and get knocked back, told that you are too hard to treat.

I have reached out for help in the past only to be met with fear and resentment.  I was told I was taking up space that someone who was ‘really sick’ could use.  This is not something that is only experienced by people with Borderline of course, but it is still something that needs to be addressed.  People with Borderline are not all monsters.  There are those of us out there who are working hard to be able to function in the everyday world.  I don’t want to discount the experiences of those who have dealt with someone who is Borderline, but I simply ask that you get to know the person behind the diagnosis before you pass judgement.

Linking up with Jess for IBOT.

Cynically Unpopular

This week for I must confess the prompt is what popular movies/novels should you have read/seen but actually haven’t.  I have been thinking about this one all week but in my usual procrastination I have only just sat down to write about it the night before.

As soon as a book or movie become insanely popular and people start gushing over it…I avoid it like the plague.  I am naturally cynical of anything that everyone  seems to love and thinks is the best thing ever.  I also hate the disappointment when I do read/watch it and it turns out to be completely dismal.

50 Shades of Grey I’ve read excerpts of it and it made my brain hurt.  I will admit that my grammar isn’t always the best but if I have to correct as I am reading then a book loses all credibility.

Twilight I have seen one of the movies.  It was 2 hours of my life that I will never ever get back.  It made a mess of everything that is good about vampire movies.  I refuse to read the books, supposedly they are better but that was also said to me by people who thought the movies were good..

Hunger Games I have read the series and was disappointed.  The sentence structure was appalling and the storyline in the 2nd and 3rd book could have easily been condensed into one book.  I watched the first movie but I don’t think I will be watching the rest.  Jennifer Lawrence did an awesome job as Katniss but the movie missed out so much of the action (usually its the other way around) and they grabbed parts from the second book..which makes me wonder what they used to fill the next two movies.

One of the few books/movies that has lived up the hype (and I’m going to reveal my inner nerd here) is Harry Potter.  I started reading it after seeing the first movie and I was sucked into the wizard world.  Of course like all avid readers I declared that the movies where no where near as good as the books.  I was able to name parts that were missed out but still I loved seeing one of my favourite books turned into the big screen version.

I have to admit though that I haven’t seen a new release movie with an M rating for nearly 12 months.  Every time I talk myself into seeing something at the movies there never seems to be anything on that takes my fancy!  I have seen nearly every kids move that’s been released though!

Do you avoid movies/books because they are popular?

Party Plan

Welcome to another week of The Lounge! How can it be April already!?  This week I want to know about your party plan stories.  Are you a virgin host like me or are you a seasoned veteran.  I want to know the good, the bad and the ugly.  Especially the ugly!

Party Plan: two words that can strike fear into a person’s heart.  I’ve been pretty lucky so far and have only been to a handful of parties and managed to get away with only purchasing at one of them.  I even went to a Thermomix party a couple of years ago…I was really only there for the free food.

This weekend I am popping my Party Plan Host cherry and having a Tupperware party.  I’m having it outside because my house is tiny and we’d all be sitting on top of each other if we were inside.  In true Tegan style there of course will be alcohol involved but I think I will restrain myself from making my signature punch in a giant bucket though.

307313_10151540838413783_1822084313_n  Thankfully the demonstrator is one of my friends so it will be a pretty laid back affair and she’s used to my brand of crazy ;)

Do you have any horror stories to share?  Sharing is caring after all :)

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I think I might be a man

The following post looks at the stereotypes that men and women face.  These stereotypes are often black and white, not taking into account the feelings of individuals.  Stereotypes are just as harmful to mental health as stigma.  The thought that a man or a woman must act a certain way has often been attributed to the difficulties people feel in asking for help.  A man is expected to ‘man up’ and not feel depressed while a woman in hormonal and irrational, not to be taken seriously.

While the examples I have included may seem flippant and shallow, they have the potential to cause harm to take them as gospel.  PsychAlive states that stereotyping a person because of their sex is often used as a way to pit the sexes against each other.  For example, using the stereotype of men being tough, it implies that women by default are weak.

Last week I was watching My Kitchen Rules and the challenge was to make a romantic meal.  One of the teams used beef.  According to judges this wasn’t a suitable meat choice because a woman wouldn’t want to eat beef on a date.  I think I might be a man.

According to Weekend Today all women wear make all the time.  It’s also important to make sure you sneak off to the bathroom before your date wakes ‘the morning after’ to put on your face. I think I might be a man.

Apparently ladies do not swear, or use bad words.  I think I might be a man.

Men don’t see the mess unless it is pointed out to them.  They are happy to overlook an pile of clothes on the bathroom floor. I think I might be a man.

Women do not pass wind and jokes about it are not funny. I think I might be a man.

A mother will instinctively hear their babies cry while they are sleeping, while the father will sleep through the noise. I think I might be a man.

If a woman asks how she looks, tell her she looks fine or she will get mad.  I think I might be a man.

I have seen this post making it’s way through my social media.  I do about half of those things.  I think I might be a man

Women enjoy Romantic Comedies and force their partners to watch them.  Men enjoy action movies.  I think I might be a man.

They seem a bit ridiculous when the stereotypes are laid out like that don’t they?  Does it really matter at the end of the day if a person doesn’t fit a predetermined mould?  As long as a person is happy then I think that is all that matters.  After all they are the ones who have to live with themselves.

Do you think you might be a man after reading those stereotypes?  Or maybe you think you’re really a woman trapped in a man’s body.  What stereotypes have you come across that have been harmful to someone you know?

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