Friday, August 3, 2018

saalt Menstrual Cup Review

I purchased the saalt menstrual cup from Amazon after watching several videos on Youtube about how amazing menstrual cups are. They reduce your waste from feminine hygiene products, reduce your risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome, and make your period less painful, horrible, and constricting. It all sounded really great to me! I love anything that reduces waste, and one of my late-in-the-year goals has been to reduce our household waste from products we use frequently around the house. After having my daughter I was (most of the time) unable to use tampons, which led me to having to use pads instead. After a while the normal pads started to cause horrible skin irritation and in turn, switch to pads with "flex foam" which were a bit more expensive, but caused less irritation. However, this didn't solve the issue of wanting to swim but not being able to use tampons without feeling like the painful Sahara desert. Thus my decision to give the menstrual cup a go!

I searched around Amazon looking for the cup with the best reviews. There were several with high reviews, but not every cup works best for every person. After a lot of research, I finally came to the conclusion that I just needed to give one of the cups a try. Finally I decided to give the saalt cup a chance! I liked the description of the type of silicone used in this cup, loved the design of the packaging, the fact that it comes with a discrete bag, and the fact that it can be used up to 12 hours in a row.

When I received the package, I was delighted to see that it wasn't crushed, and everything looked exactly as described. The kit came with the cup, storage bag, instructions, and a little set of information about menstrual cups and what makes saalt's cup unique. I was super excited to try the cup, but had just finished with my cycle. I waited till the next time it started, and inserted the cup when I just began spotting. I had heard this was the best way to insure that there were no leaks at the beginning of your period, as some blood prior to insertion could cause spotting.

Insertion was a bit difficult at first, definitely not as straight forward as a tampon. I decided on the "taco fold" and a slight squat position to insert, this seemed the easiest for me. Once you insert the cup you have to wiggle it a little bit to ensure that it unfolds, then a slight tug will tell if the cup is sealed or needs to be repositioned. It took me a couple of tries the first time, and also an uncomfortable first ten minutes before I realized that it wasn't high enough (it has to be close to the cervix).

It really didn't feel like I was using a product, which was crazy.. I had to keep running to the bathroom to check, but sure enough, no spotting at all. After that it became rather intuitive, rinse the cup when it felt like it might be getting full, or every 12 hours as stated on the packaging. I found that rinsing with cold water got the blood off without staining, and then rinsing in scolding hot water sanitized the cup for reinsertion. There was no odor when using the cup, I hardly felt it, and my cramps (which were definitely not as bad as some people's) were less intense. I used the cup through my whole period, and didn't need any other products the entire time, not even at the end when it was a low flow day. After I was done (my period is short, only around 3 days total), the cup is washed and boiled to sanitize. Then just pop it in the bag to store it for next time.

Overall I would say that the purchase was well worth the money! We ordered it along with a few other products on Amazon, and I would say that total the product was close to $30 with shipping and everything. When you spend $7-12 per month on feminine hygeine products that totals $84-144/year. The menstrual cup lasts for up to ten years, so I would say that the money is definitely well spent. I believe if you are a virgin, or someone who has never used tampons before (I didn't use them until I lost my virginity), this would probably not be something that you could use easily. However, I would recommend that everyone give it a try at some point!

saalt Menstrual Cup on Amazon

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lilith's 3rd Birthday: An Interview

For Lilith's 3rd Birthday, I wanted to start a new tradition. She is starting to become very articulate and I thought, what better than an interview to keep track of her progress through the years. So, without further ado, here is my interview with Ms. Lilith Sue-Ann:

1. What is something mommy always says to you?
     L: Huh? *mumbles* Lightning McQueen
2. What makes you happy?
     L: Lightning McQueen
3. What makes you sad?
     L: Monsters
4. What makes you laugh?
     L: The Pool
5. How old are you?
     L: Lily [explained not who, but how old] Big!
6. How old is mommy?
     L: Big ["Bigger than you?"] Yes!
7. How old is daddy?
     L: Big!! ["Bigger than mommy?"] Yes!
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
     L: Lightning McQueen
9. What are you really good at?
     L: Monsters
10. What are you not very good at?
     L: Not the monsters
11. What did you do today?
     L: Crowns at the supermarket [we tried on play crowns at the dollar store]
12. What is your favorite kind of food?
     L: "Kakitos" [Taquitos]
13. What is your favorite song?
     L: Lightning McQueen song
14. What do you want for your birthday?
     L: An Elevator!!!
15. What is your favorite animal?
     L: Moose!! I like mooses!!
16. What is love?
     L: In my birthday party.
17. What does daddy do for work?
     L: Outside, when it's dark
18. Where do you live?
     L: Animals at the zoo. For my birthday party too.
19. Where is your favorite place to go?
     L: Supermarket, at the toys too!

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These interview questions were found here: Toddler 21 Questions

Monday, July 23, 2018

2018 Top 5 Goth Nursery Ideas

#5: Black Patterns

This theme incorporates black patterns on white backgrounds for a simplistic, yet goth-y vibe. 
Here is the Amazon Idea List: Black Patterns

#4: Halloween

I know.. I know.. how could Halloween be #4?! These themes were all really close, and I absolutely love the idea of having a Halloween themed nursery for my next child, but it has been an overdone theme.. thus its spot at #4. Still a great theme though (and I probably will use if I ever get to decorate a nursery again)!
Here is the Amazon Idea List: Halloween

#3: Texture

This theme is pretty straight forward and simple. Black and grey with varying textures. Definitely a great idea for a developing little mind! 
The Amazon Idea List: Texture

#2: Floral

Now, my favoring this, might have something to do with the fact that I have a daughter, but I saw this floral blanket, and new that this needed to be the #2 theme for this year! Florals are really "in" again (no that that really matters to goths, but it's true). So, check it out before you fret about it..
The Amazon Idea List: Floral

#1: Enchanted Forest

This theme has kind of haunted me since I first saw pictures of a lamp casting shadowy tree limbs on the walls and ceiling and decided that this would be an amazing theme for a nursery. This theme combines my love of magic and the etherial with my love of all things dark! Definitely check this one out!
Amazon Idea List: Enchanted Forest