Reusable Menstrual Products

When I was in college, I started dipping my toes into ‘green’ living. We started using cloth napkins and traded our paper towels for reusable rags and cloths and I first learned about reusable menstrual products. I purchased a menstrual cup and used it off and on for a couple of years before the birth of my first baby.

When I was preparing for the birth of my second child, I decided to use reusable pads postpartum. I knew it wouldn’t be any extra work to just throw them in with the cloth diaper wash. I purchased a mix of heavy and regular pads to use postpartum.

The cloth pads were so much more comfortable than any disposable pad I’ve ever worn. 

Once my cycle resumed after the birth of my second baby, I was only using cloth pads, liners and my menstrual cup. I completely stopped using disposable products because I love the reusables.

Having a stash of cloth pads (a mix of overnight and day pads) is wonderful for postpartum. I’ve used my cloth pads after the births of my second and third baby. For my monthly period, typically all I use is the menstrual cup paired with a liner.

My period is no longer something I dread or hate because my menstrual cup paired with a cloth liner is so comfortable!

I have found that reusable pads and liners are not all the same. After trying out several different brands made of different fabrics, I learned that I prefer cotton flannel. It’s soft, comfortable, absorbs well and holds up great to repeated washes.

GladRags Pantyliners

My preferred liners are my GladRags pantyliners. The GladRags color pantyliner is very small at 6 3/4″ long by 2 3/4″ wide but it’s very comfortable and you barely notice it’s there yet it provides adequate backup menstrual cup coverage. The color pantyliner plus is 8.5″ long and 3″ wide and provides great coverage both as backup to the menstrual cup and for light days.

One of my favorite things about GladRags is the company itself. It’s a small business and all GladRags are made in the United States. GladRags come in fun, colorful prints like strawberries, cherries, dots and flowers and they also sell undyed, organic cotton ones.

Reasons to Use Reusable Menstrual Products:

  • Your Health – You’re not exposing your delicate parts to the chemicals that are used in disposables.
  • Your Comfort – Reusables are so much more comfortable than disposables which helps make your period more pleasant.
  • The Environment – When you choose to reuse, you’re keeping waste out of landfills.
  • Your Budget – Reusable products do cost more up front, but over time you will save a lot over time.

How do you wash cloth pads and liners? 

  • Since I’m currently cloth diapering, I typically just wash them along with our diaper laundry.
  • When I use a menstrual cup paired with a cloth liner, the liner is used for backup and rarely gets very soiled. I will just toss these liners in with my regular laundry.
  • You can store the pads/liners in a wet pail to help prevent staining and then toss them into your regular wash when you have a load of laundry.

Where can you buy GladRags?

  • Directly from the GladRags website. Right now, they’re offering 1 color pantyliner plus for only $5.95 to Intentionally Simple readers so they can give cloth liners a try!
  • Some brick and mortar stores like Earth Fare and Whole Foods carry them and some cloth diaper retailers also carry GladRags.

Where should I start? 

The easiest way to try out reusable menstrual products is to start with cloth liners. Buy a 3-5 liners and give them a try. If you love them, maybe purchase a few pads next or purchase a menstrual cup to pair with your liners.

Have any more questions? 

If you are interested in learning more about reusable menstrual products, GladRags has a Reusables 101 page on their website. There are frequently asked questions, a chart to help you decide which products will work best for you, a video gallery and more.

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Disclosure: I was provided with 2 GladRags liners to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Easter 2015April was a full and fun month for our family! We’re enjoying spring and the beautiful weather so much.

Cecilia EasterWe were able to spend Easter afternoon with some of John David’s family. We had lunch and then the kids hunted eggs. Cecilia enjoyed hunting for Easter eggs at Nana’s this year. ErrandsThis baby carrier (it’s a Boba) makes running errands, grocery shopping and going to church with 3 small children so much easier! It’s so nice having my hands free to hold on to my other two (especially my 3-year-old!) And, the boys positions/expressions in this photo are so funny (Pax was upset because we were in the girls bathroom and Weston is just crazy!)

Baby Stella DollThis sweet nap moment melted my heart – my baby girl loving on her baby doll!
Birthday BoysPaxton turned 5 on April 16!! He and his papaw share a birthday so papaw came down to celebrate. Papaw, Paxton and Weston all went out for birthday breakfast. Then, our family celebrated with birthday lunch at Chick-fil-a. After our late lunch, the kids and I ran a few errands around town and then we ended up at a Mexican restaurant downtown and shared nachoes for dinner before church. Paxton thought it was so neat that he ate out for breakfast, lunch and dinner on his birthday!

Birthday DinnerBirthday nachoes at the Mexican restaurant! And, this was my very first time to bring all 3 to a ‘sit-down’ restaurant all by myself. Cecilia did sleep through half the dinner but I still felt quite accomplished conquering dinner out with 3!
Birthday CakeWe had a small birthday party on the 18th for Paxton. He wanted a ‘big blowout’ and talked about this party for 2 months. It was not a big blowout but was a fun little Lego party with a taco bar, a few good friends and a birthday cake made by his Mimi. He had such a great time even though his party wasn’t a ‘big blowout’!

Birthday PresentsHe was so excited to open his presents at his party. (This is the first party he’s had that he can remember – we typically celebrate birthdays simply but have decided to have birthday parties every few years if the birthday child wants a party!)

Gallery WallApril 2 marked 4 years of living in our home. One of the first things I did when we moved in was put up our gallery wall. I’ve changed out pictures a time or two since then but haven’t made any major changes to the wall. I’ve decided to change it up and add more color in! It’s still a work in progress but I’m loving the pops of color in the living room and seeing the newborn pictures of all 3 of my babies on the wall.
Lego BabyCecilia has a few baby toys but would much rather play with her brothers toys. She really loves their Legos and if they leave them out, she’ll find them. This particular morning, she hit the Lego jackpot since Paxton hadn’t put his Legos away the night before. Weston was yelling for me saying, ‘Lego alert, Lego alert’ (which sounded more like ‘wego awert, wego awert’…adorable!) So, now anytime she gets near Legos, we say ‘Lego alert!’
GardenHere’s a shot of our garden at the end of April. We’ve planted potatoes, onions, cantaloupe, watermelon, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. We’re looking forward to this gardening season and all the yummy things we’re going to grow in the coming months.

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Gift Ideas for the Mom Who Lives Simply

Mother’s Day is just a few days away.

What do you give to someone who lives simply and doesn’t like clutter?

I love giving gifts but want to give gifts that are meaningful, thoughtful and won’t just clutter up my mom and mother-in-law’s home.

And, as someone who lives simply, gifts that are personalized and consumable are always appreciated.

Gift Ideas for the Mom Who Lives Simply

1. A Meal Out

Mom’s are always cooking and cleaning for their families. A meal out is a wonderful (and clutter free) way to celebrate your mom. I often say that food is my love language! And, I feel even more loved when I eat out and don’t have to clean up.

2. Personalized Jewelry

Bejewled Outlaw Bracelet

While I don’t own a lot of jewelry, I do love meaningful and personalized pieces. Bejeweled Outlaw is a mom owned business specializing in hand stamped jewelry. She makes cuff bracelets, leather bracelets, necklaces and more.

3. Personalized Photo Gifts

Moms and grandmas love pictures of their children and grandchildren. A photo canvas, photo necklace or photo magnet all make wonderful gifts.

4. Homemade Body Products

I love making homemade body products, both for myself and to give as gifts. Your mom would probably love homemade scrubs or lip balms made their favorite essential oil scents.

My favorite scrub recipe book – Simple Scrubs to Make and Give.

My favorite lip balm recipe – Homemade Lip Chap Recipe

5. Anything Lavender

Lavender Essential Oil

I love the smell of lavender. It is such a relaxing scent. Lavender soaps, essential oil, a lavender plant or lavender sachets all would make a wonderful gift.

Of Lavender and Lace sells beautiful lavender filled pillows and sachets.

Lavender essential oil would make a wonderful gift. It’s consumable, smells wonderful and can be used on burns, stings, cuts and more.

6. Books

I love to read. Books are such an encouragement in my mothering. They help me grow spiritually, manage my home better and teach me how to better nourish my family. This is a list of some of my favorite books and a few that are on my wish list.

Mothering

Faith

Other

7. A Handwritten Card

Don’t just sign your name to a card, take some time and write down things you appreciate about your mom and why you are thankful for her. I’m pretty sure this gift will be more appreciated than anything you can buy!

Do you have anything to add? What are your favorite meaningful and/or clutter free gift ideas? 

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale ends tonight at 11:59 EST!

Have you purchased your bundle yet?

If not, why are you waiting?

Are you waiting because you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything that is included in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

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You know what? It’s too much for me too!

So, how am I avoiding overwhelm?

By choosing the things that interest me the most and focusing on them.

I’m not worrying about all of the others that don’t interest me or don’t apply to my life.

My top 10 picks

  1. A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies eCourse ($99)
  2. The Healthy Home eCourse ($95)
  3. Project Organize Your Entire Life ($14.98)
  4. Lotions, Potions, Salves and Sprays eBook ($6.99)
  5. The Healthy Breakfast Book eBook ($12.95)
  6. From Your Garden to Your Family eBook ($10.00)
  7. Your Grace Filled Journey to Real Food eBook ($9.99)
  8. Homeschooling Day by Day eBook ($4.99)
  9. The Heart of Simplicity eBook ($9.99)
  10. Vegetable Gardening: Smart Techniques for Plentiful Results (BONUS Craftsy class) ($39.99)

My top 10 picks alone have a value of $303.88 which make the $29.97 for the bundle worth every penny.

Focus on the eCourses and eBooks that interest you the most and don’t let all the rest leave you feeling overwhelmed!

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Are you waiting because you already own several of the eBooks that are included?

Did you know you can gift the Books you already own, don’t apply to your season of life or you’re not interested in?

As long as you delete them from your computer (to honor the copyright), you can gift the eBooks you already own or won’t read!

To gift, you could print the eBook out or just email the recipient the file.

I have given several eBooks and printables from past bundle sales to friends and family because I already owned a copy or they weren’t applicable to me!

Are you waiting because $29.97 seems like too much to spend? 

I’ll admit I normally don’t spend $29.97 on anything ‘miscellaneous’. And, $29.97 is almost all of our monthly ‘miscellaneous’ budget!

[Now, if you’re on a tight budget and really can’t afford it, please don’t buy the bundle. I’m not trying to get you to go into debt for this!]

But, this bundle is such a wonderful value!

  • The Parents Guide to Natural Remedies eCourse is valued at $99. The bundle is $29.97. Most pediatrician co-pays are $20. So, learning from this eCourse could pay for the bundle if you don’t have to go to the pediatrician twice!
  • The books on motherhood have a value of $35.96. And, the encouragement you’ll glean from those books is priceless!
  • The simplifying and organizing books plus the Declutter Buddies eCourse are valued at $59.90. And, simplifying your home could earn you money (from selling unused things) and lower your stress level!
  • All but 3 of the Craftsy classes are priced $29.99 and up. I really enjoyed the Vegetable Gardening: Smart Techniques for Plentiful Results class and hope what I learned will help shave a few dollars off our our grocery budget thanks to our garden this summer.

Stop waiting and buy your bundle now before it’s too late! 

The sale ends at 11:59 EST tonight!! Don’t miss out on the wonderful value of this bundle!

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