500 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway

Ahhh, 500 subscribers! Thank you SO much.

8" moderate by Pad Thai Cloth

8″ moderate by Pad Thai Cloth

When I rebooted my channel last month, I thought perhaps I might reach 300 by the end of the year. I never once thought I’d hit 500 subs, a month from rebooting. I was worried that after 2 years away, no one would be interested and that I’d missed the boat. I was also dealing with a lot of self confidence issues, niggling thoughts that I wasn’t good enough but I thought fuck it – who cares? If my count doesn’t go up, whatever – It’s still useful to create videos which better explain and show things, compared to words on a screen.

I am overwhelmed by the support I’ve had since returning to my channel. Seriously, you guys are the BEST followers anyone could hope for. I know 500 subs is but a drop in the ocean for some channels out there, but I don’t care. For me it’s about making you guys happy. That’s what matters.

When I posted on my Facebook the other week about how at times I’d felt like taking my life because of my illnesses, you guys filled my inbox and left such wonderful comments. I am so lucky to have you all. For everything you lovely bunch do, I am always grateful.

I know that in the grand scheme of things, 1 cloth pad isn’t enough to repay the kindness I’ve received, but I want you to know that I really DO appreciate you all.

As for the giveaway, entering is easy – just enter via the little widget below and GOOD LUCK! This ends 3rd June and is open worldwide. Much love to you all!

 

500 Subscriber Giveaway

Lena Cup Giveaway With Eco Fluffy Mama!

Yay! The lovely folks at Lena Cup have teamed up with me to give you lovelies a little treat.. a chance to win a brand new Lena Cup in the size of your choice!

 

Lena Cup

Lena Menstrual Cup Giveaway – Worldwide – Winner Picks Size

 

Lena Cup Details

Lena Cup Details: De-bossed Logo, Rounded Tab Stem, Smooth Rim, Precision Air Holes, Streamlined Body, Easy Function Grips

 

The giveaway is open worldwide. Please subscribe to my blog (either use the sign up box on the right or the popup box that’ll appear), and enter via the widget below.

This will end on 21st May 2016 at midnight. Good Luck!

PS – remember, Twitter uses can enter daily! I’ve created loads of different entries, so there’s something for everyone to get entry points. Commenting on this post gives extra points, too!

Lena Cup Worldwide Giveaway

Why I Won’t Publish 100% Negative Reviews

Today I want to address two issues that I’ve seen crop up numerous times over the last 3 years. I’ve seen so many posts about bloggers being biased, and not to trust those who never publish negative reviews. This is bullshit, to be perfectly blunt. You cannot tar every person with the same brush. Remember, no two people are the same, and that applies to blogger, vloggers, and people in other industries.

 

Bloggers Are Biased Because They Get Sent Free Items:

No, no, no, no and no. You are assuming that every blogger who reviews items, get’s sent them for free. This simply is not the case. And sure, there might be some out there who are biased with reviews for items they’ve been sent, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us are. Let’s break it down:

There are some bloggers/vloggers out there who do get items for free, and are paid to say good things about the product even if they dislike it. It’s completely misleading, dishonest and a shitty thing to do. But it does happen.

There are some bloggers/vloggers out there who do get items for free, but are sent them in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

There are some bloggers/vloggers out there who do get items sent for free, and are paid for their time, but it is still in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

I fit in with the second statement, and partially the third as I do sometimes take on paid work for writing articles. I also purchase the majority of items I review. Granted, there are people out there who will give a biased opinion just because they got sent a product for free, but I feel these people are very few and far between. But sadly, it’s their reputation that spoils it for the rest of us.

 

Bloggers Who Never Write Negative Reviews Are Dishonest: Continue reading

My Days Pamper Box Review

My Days is a ‘monthly pamper box’ and is run by a wonderful lady called Tanzi, based here in the UK.

Tanzi started My Days because she felt very down about her cycle coming back after her second son had been born, because she’d decided not to have any more children for personal reasons. Her periods now felt like a curse with no point to them. Tanzi spent ages looking for a monthly Pamper Box with a reusable/eco slant to it but found most were disposables and included extras that were full of chemicals so weren’t that kind to the body and didn’t fit her criteria. There were a couple of reusable/eco ones but none that ticked the boxes for what Tanzi was looking for. She talked to a close friend and her husband about what she was after and how she could not find it. They both suggested she make her own, and that if she could not find a Pamper Box to suit, then there were no doubt others who felt the same.

My Days launched in September 2015 with just a few boxes available, and has since expanded to offering many more in the hope to accommodate more preferences.

The pamper box that I purchased is the ‘MeLuna Menstrual Cup Pamper Box’ which retails at £28 plus post. At first I was like ‘whoah, that seems a lot for a pamper box’, but upon opening the box, I was very surprised at how much was actually included.. she manages to fit quite a lot in her boxes, as you can see below in my unboxing video:

Included in my box there was:

  • MeLuna Menstrual Cup (in my specified size, firmness and colour)
  • Bath/Massage Oil
  • Scented Bath Salts
  • Scented Pumice Stones
  • Cotton Wash Cloth
  • Fleece Wipe
  • Cup Spot/Facial Round
  • 3 x Herbal Tea Bags
  • Vegan Chocolate Bar
  • Vegan Chocolate Buttons
  • Vegan Snap Pea Rice Sticks

Quite a few things in the box!

My Days Pamper Box

My Days Goodies!

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Win A Cloth Pad!

Silly Panda Cloth Pad Giveaway

Up for grabs is this beautiful 9.5″ regular cloth pad by Silly Panda Co

The winner never came forward for this, so I am giving it away (again). To enter, please be subscribed to my website (the signup is over there >>> or enter your details in the popup box)

And follow the instructions in the widget below. Good luck!

Silly Panda Cloth Pad Giveaway

 

EDIT – Incase you’re not reading the terms on the widget, winner pays postage. Thank you.

4 Reasons You Should Try Cloth Pads

Over the last few years, the Zero Waste movement has gained a lot of momentum with people looking at different ways to greatly reduce their waste and invest in reusable items. One thing in particular has really exploded in the last 5 years and that is using Cloth Pads, aka CSP (Cloth San Pro).

With national newspapers like the Telegraph actually writing articles on CSP, you must be wondering what all of the fuss is about? Well, here are 4 reasons that you should give them a try:

1 – No more unwanted toxins against your skin! Cloth Pads do not contain any toxins that are found in disposable towels and tampons. A study by Womens Voices For The Earth and Naturally Savvy found that after testing, Always Pads contained carcinogens, reproductive toxicants and neurotoxins. And to think that was against one of the most absorptive areas of your body? No thank you!

2 – Saves money. Depending on how much you spend per month on disposables, you can save anywhere from £100-500 and upwards when you invest in Cloth Pads. Most base this on using CSP for 5 years, but I know many people who have got Cloth Pads that are 10+ years old. Incredible, right?

3 – Comfort. Say goodbye to the unwanted pubic hair waxing and walking around in a hot, sweaty and itchy pad. Cloth Pads secure to your undies with snaps, and so there’s no adhesive strip to give you a surprise wax and because Cloth Pads are breatheable, you can kiss goodbye to being sweaty, itchy and hot. Hello soft clouds in your underwear!

4 – Kinder to the planet. No more waste means not contributing disposable pads to the landfill. Or out in the ocean, eventually washing up on the beach (stop putting pads and tampons down the loo!). Did you know that disposable pads and nappies can take over 500 years to decompose?!

Have you switched to Cloth Pads? What’s your favourite thing about using them? Let me know in the comments!

Reasons To Use Cloth Pads - Comfort

UK Blog Awards 2016 Highly Commended!

I am in floods of tears. No joke. It’s 22:26 on Friday as I am writing this and I’ve just had a huge cry and cuddle with Chris.

I can’t quite believe it. My little blog. My baby… Highly Commended in Health & Social Care at the UK Blog Awards 2016.

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As you will know, I was nominated last year in the same category and made it through as a finalist. But didn’t win or get highly commended. This year I was nominated again, except this time I was nominated for TWO categories: Green & Eco, Health & Social Care. Then I got through as a finalist in both which was just… AMAZING. Huge boost to my confidence and it inspired me to go beyond blogging, which saw me rebooting my YouTube channel after 2 years away. Just being a finalist in those two categories was enough for me. And to be perfectly honest, I never in a million years expected it to go any further.

But it did.

And I can’t stop crying.

Thank you to all of my subscribers and followers for your support over the years. It’s been a rollercoaster dealing with severe chronic health conditions, spending most of my time in hospital. But to get recognition for my little blog makes it worthwhile.

I just want to say a little something to the organisers and the judges – Thank you for not overlooking my blog, writing it off or being ‘grossed’ out because I blog about a subject that’s still considered taboo. Thank you for actually looking at my content, appreciating the hard work that goes into it and understanding that what I write about is so very important when it comes to health and our planet.

Your acknowledgement and naming Eco Fluffy Mama as ‘Highly Commended’ means so much to me and the Reusable Community.

I’d also like to say a BIG thank you to Dee from  Break Out The Skinny Girl for taking a photo for me of my name up on the big screen (and kindly agreeing to represent me), and thanks to both Dee (Break Out The Skinny Girl) and Tara from Cattitude & Co for also keeping me updated whilst I was unable to attend (thanks to a day in hospital at UCLH). The kind words from the pair of you tonight has truly made me smile.

Are you excited that the Reusable Community has gotten a little bit of social media limelight? Do you think we’re paving the path to menstruation no longer being taboo?

How Do I Measure My Cervix Height?

This is a question I seem to be getting asked a lot lately, so here’s a short and easy guide on measuring your cervix height. You can do this before your period to get an idea of what you’re feeling for, but you MUST re-do this on your period to get an accurate idea of cervix height as it moves during menstruation. (Please note this is not a guide about menstrual cups or picking your ideal menstrual cup.)

Let’s get started:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Place a leg on the top of your toilet seat lid or side of bath
  • Using either your middle or index finger, slowly insert it inside of your vagina

You’re looking to feel for your cervix, which kind of feels like the tip of your nose in firmess, but more donut like in shape. It will feel totally different to your vaginal walls and you might get a strange sensation when touching it.

  • Insert your finger as far as you can until you touch your cervix
  • Take note of how far your finger was inserted

Using the diagram below, work out whether your cervix is low, medium, or high. This will help you in narrowing down menstrual cups that will work better for you.

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To help you further, use a ruler to measure the length of your finger that was inserted to reach your cervix, and make note of that measurement. This will give you a good solid number to work from, which will mean you can avoid purchasing cups that are either too long or short, which could make using the cup/removing the cup problematic.

Now that you have this number to work from, you can start looking at menstrual cups, noting their length, and whether it will ‘fit’ or not. Remember, if your cervix is on the lower side, you can always trim stems down or off completely, so please do look at the cup length as well as the total length when considering a menstrual cup.

This is an excellent guide with cup lengths (plus other dimensions) and I recommend that you check it out: Cup Size Chart

DID YOU KNOW? Your vagina expands and lengthens when in an aroused state, to make room for penetrative sex? This is why people with a low cervix are still able to have sex (penetrative) despite only being able to fit in a shorter cup. Neat huh?

Was this useful? Please give this post a little ‘like’ and comment below! Have you purchased a menstrual cup before finding out your cervix height, and had a total disaster? Let me know!