Period blog May 2017, and WIWTM

I’ve given you all a lovely 6 week break from overly personal blogs. Now we’re back, so all of you readers that are weak of heart and grossed out by the ‘joys’ of the female reproductive organs, look away now. I wish I could but, unfortunately, I have to live through it.

Anyways, I have been on the pill for the last 6 weeks whilst I have been on holiday and so it’s been a great break from bleeding, cramps and overall feeling rubbish. On the second week of the pill I had some slight spotting that only lasted a day as well as a bit of cramping but nothing too bad, just enough for a liner to be worn. On the sixth week leading up to my coming off the pill I had breakthrough bleeding. This was proper bleeding rather than spotting. I took my last pill on Saturday and remained light through to Tuesday, that’s when my stomach started to get crampy. It wasn’t too bad, but I could only be out for half an hour before I wanted to sit down with a hot water bottle.

Things really started today, Wednesday. I knew it was going to happen and I woke up at 5.30am feeling really crampy and uncomfortable. I couldn’t face food which meant that I couldn’t take anything for the pain, I was also in too much pain to be able to leave my bed for a hot water bottle. It was an uncomfortable half an hour before I managed to eat half a biscuit and take my ibuprofen, which still wasn’t enough food for these tablets but I was desperate. I managed to fall asleep again and woke up at 8.30am to get my hot water bottle, finally. The cramping had eased a bit but had not disappeared. In fact it has been like this all day. I’m fine if I’m sat down but even then I go through painfull bursts. I did manage to have some cereal and take another dose of painkillers at 12.30, which was later than I wanted to leave it but again, I wasn’t able to eat anything. Food makes my stomach cramp even more, and usually leads to me getting a mild case of the runs. As it is, going to the bathroom is not fun at the moment, I am fairly heavy and it just isn’t fun. Thankfully, I am not at work this week otherwise things would be so much worse. I wouldn’t have been able to go in today even if I had been on shift. I’ve taken some more painkillers but I’m still not feeling great, my head is pounding as well. Think I might just call it a night and head to bed, at 7.30pm.

Its Thursday and things are still quite heavy. The cramps have calmed down a bit, they only flare up when I’m tense or standing up for too long. To avoid being tense I spent the morning watching good old family films like, The Secret Garden. It made me feel a bit better if nothing else. My head did start to become achy again around 2pm but I didn’t take any painkillers for it. I caved and took some around 4pm when it felt like my head was being crushed. Its helped a bit but I think it’ll be another early night tonight. On the plus side, I still have an appetite which is unusual for this point in my period. Also, my cramps haven’t been crippling today. I have managed a trip to Tesco and to pick mum up from work. If it wasn’t for my head, I would actually feel pretty good. Oh and the gushing of blood that is exiting my vagina, that makes me feel a bit crappy as well.

Friday brought no cramps. I actually feel human again. I’ve had occasional headaches but nowhere near what its been for the last few days. I’m not as heavy anymore either, still not light though. With the cramps having vanished, I’ve started feeling a bit drained, think I might try to keep up with my early nights in the hopes of getting my energy back in time for work on Monday. This week off has gone by far too fast, I’m not ready to go back to work just yet.

Strangely enough I have been really light today, verging on spotting. I feel like I went from fairly heavy to almost non-existent overnight. I haven’t had anymore cramps but I have felt a bit bloated and queasy today, either its something I have eaten or it’s the last dregs of my period leaving my system. I really hope its all over for Monday, I can’t face another shift at work when I’m crampy and irritable, pretty sure my co-workers and the patients don’t want a grumpy Charlie either. I’ll leave this blog here as my period is coming to a stop. I will take the pill again tomorrow night and will likely be on it for another 6 weeks due to where my shifts are falling. I really am hoping to update more, especially with holiday reviews and even a craft update or two. Its just getting the time and motivation to sit down and write after this last year of Uni work. I will try though.

Here is What I wore this month (WIWTM) 24 pads total which is more than usual

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Thank you as always for reading!

Charlotte x

Pad Thai cloth review

DSCF2322 (1)Ok I have finally gotten around to reviewing my Pad Thai cloth pads. I purchased these a few months ago now and have been able to get a feel for the pads. I ordered two different pads in the same size and absorbency here is the link for her etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PadThaiCloth?ref=ss_profile I had learnt about this maker through her YouTube channel and really wanted to try her stuff. The videos are brilliant and a great help for those starting out with cloth or looking for recommendations so please check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJfVrKcVxWfm3cLFMAz09Uw

I really wanted to try crushed velvet pads as I’d heard a few people talk about them in various videos that I watch and was curious about how they would work for me. I had previously ordered a pad with the same topper from Spindelpads which I have also reviewed in the past here: https://charlieblogweb.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/spindelpads-review/ (please ignore the fact that my earlier blogs are now missing images as they were deleted by mistake). These pads arrived around the same time and I tried them out on different cycles.

img_1776The pad is gorgeous, it’s soft and it’s a great shape and the colour is a lovely shade of blue. I just don’t trust the topper. I’ve used it a few times now to see how I feel and I am still conscious that it’s not absorbing and will start to leak. I will stress the fact that it hasn’t leaked so far and I have worn it for close to three hours on a heavyish day and it was fine. I think it’s the fact that I find the fabric feels a bit wet so I don’t feel as though enough is being absorbed but it must be because it isn’t leaking. So it’s just that this topper isn’t one of my favourites, I will continue to use it though just not on the heavy days I don’t think. Again very comfortable and fits great in the undies, no bunching.IMG_1557

The second pad was one that I really couldn’t resist. The racing horse print in the lovely blue cotton. It’s a pad I use every cycle if I can and I’m having to consciously not reach for it as I want to try other makers. This like the other pad is a moderate and I believe they’re both around 9”. It has coped on my third day very well and I’m still fairly heavy at that point. I don’t tend to reach for it on my earlier days just because I like to have a little more cover on those days. It fits really well in my undies and whilst I can feel it’s there i’m not overly conscious of it’s size. The cotton is nice and soft even after a few washes and I feel secure when I wear it. I also purchased the little pad pouch which I use all the time to keep a spare pad in my bag for those ‘just in case’ occasions.

Both pads are of a high quality and really well made. The lady that runs Pad Thai is very easy to talk to and is lovely. She has a group on facebook that is very active and you can meet a lot of lovely ladies on there so please take a look: https://www.facebook.com/groups/padthaicloth/

She goes in to a lot of details about reusable products and is a great source of advice. I may not have gotten on very well with the crushed velvet but if you haven’t had a chance to try it then I recommend seeing what you think for yourselves as you might enjoy how soft they are. If not, then she offers a brilliant range of toppers and has some great patterns to choose from so check her out!

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x

 

Period blog/WIWTM for September 2016

Once again we have reached that time. The time I tell you all to look away if you have no interest in my cranky uterus. Yes, it’s period time.

So once again my cycle is late. I’m pretty thankful this month as I was due to start on the 16th which was also the day I was flying and messing around getting back to University, so it would have been awkward. I did get a bit achy on the day but that was probably just stress aches rather than actual cramps. In fact, I’ve been a bit achy all week since as I’ve been full of a cold, snotty nose, sneezing and everything. I felt pretty sure I was going to start on the Tuesday so I wore my new Harry Potter liner from Tortoise Wing Things, very comfy but wasn’t needed.img_1775

I did start a week and a day late rather than the two weeks it has been for the last few cycles. Yesterday I felt a bit bloated and a tiny bit achy so I put a liner on just in case. My Happy Hippos liner was a bit longer then I’d normally wear but was comfy enough to wear around the flat. img_1770

There was a bit of spotting so I knew it was imminent and so after my shower last night I put one of my little Essence of Eve liners on as a just in caseimg_1777

I was a bit worried that overnight it would start out heavy as it does that sometimes but thankfully it was just spotting. This usually becomes really heavy once I get out of bed and start walking around a bit and so I swapped over to my Huggally Wuggally Harry Potter pad.

img_1767Strangely I haven’t fully started, it’s very strange for me to still be spotting or at least very light on my first day. I had to nip out to the laundry and my HugWugs are a little thick for me to be comfy wearing them out and about, they’re my lazy pads. I swapped to my Sailor Moon Phoenix Rising pad which seems fitting as I’ve been binge watching the series over the last few days. Poor Sailor Venus won’t know what hit her, literally ha! It’s the afternoon now and I’m still very light but I’ve had to take some painkillers for my stomach as I was starting to get quite crampy.

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I was hoping to avoid too many painkillers this cycle as I was wanting to see if Magnesium soaks work but so far they haven’t. I’ve been soaking in Magnesium once a week for the last few weeks and might increase the amount of times for my next cycle. Thought I’d try a few herbal and vitamin type remedies for pain relief, but haven’t managed to buy them yet. The rest of the day was pretty much just spots of brown rather than red. It’s a little strange, but no cramps after I took the painkillers earlier. I’m now really worried that everything’s going to hit in the night and I have my first day of classes tomorrow. I’ve put my Unicorn hugwug pad on just in case as it’s comfy and a moderate to heavy pad so it should hold up to Niagara Falls if it takes place.img_1766

So there wasn’t a blood bath in my bed this morning which is great. I did wake up at 4 due to a noisy drunk hammering on the main door to the building and checked to make sure I was secure. I was still spotting slightly at that point (odd!) and didn’t need to change so I went back to bed for a few hours. I was feeling a bit queasy and crampy when I woke up and took some painkillers with my breakfast. Also I was bleeding a lot more then I had been so far. It hasn’t been extremely heavy yet and so I put on my Pad Thai crushed velvet pad for going to my first class.

img_1776 I was expecting to get a lot heavier as the morning went on and I did swap over to a heavy Essence of Eve pad after that first lecture as I was feeling a bit uncomfortable. No leaks or anything, just aware that I needed to swap. I left this pad on for the afternoon, so from 11 until around 3pm and I have been fairly heavy this afternoon and still no leaks. I love those pads! A bit crampy though so I haven’t moved much since I returned to my flat and have just cuddled with a hot water bottle. No more painkillers so far! img_1768Anyways, I swapped over to my new All Fluffed Up pad that has a straight front and rounded back. It’s pretty comfy so far and doesn’t have much movement so there’s hope for it to be a go to pad in future. My cramps have settled down for the afternoon but I’ve kept my hot water bottle heated at all times. If I can avoid horrible cramps completely I’ll be really happy.

img_1769 I’m starting to feel a little crampy this evening and I’m really tired so I’ve had a shower, changed into my pink elephant comfort cloth scrundies and Beauty and the Beast Crimson Moon pad and curled up for an early night. No classes until the afternoon so hopefully I’ll feel a bit more human tomorrow.

I did feel a bit more human when I woke up which was great. Also even though I had become a little heavier in the night I still wasn’t overly heavy. This cycle is being very strange! I swapped over to my new pique pad that I received in a trade and it’s my first time using that material and I’m in love. I’m ready to start doing another pad order! I left this moderate pad on from 10am through to 3pm and have been checking to see how it held up and no leaks at all! It also doesn’t feel wet or uncomfortable, I want more!

img_1774 I did have to swap it out at 3pm as I was heading to a class so I put on one of my OBV Tortoise Wing Things pad which is really thin and comfy. I did get a little crampy this afternoon especially once I’d eaten but I haven’t taken anything today and it didn’t last too long.img_1773

I’ve been a bit heavier through the afternoon but the pad held up really well! I swapped over around 10pm to a pair of Huggally Wuggally scrundies and my animal All Fluffed Up pad. An early night again tonight I think.

So today I woke up feeling a bit rubbish and so I didn’t really move from bed for a while. I’d only been spotting slightly so I stayed in the same pad from the night before and my pyjamas for the day. Yes, sounds gross but I honestly barely moved all day. I did have a shower later on and swapped over to my Walking Dead Leak Freak pad and then had an early night. Thankfully there was nothing that needed doing. Illness wasn’t period related as I’ve been ill for a while and it comes and goes, but it doesn’t half knock me down for a day or two.img_1764

Woken up with a bit of a headache this morning but I have classes today so I got straight up and showered. Again only very light spotting overnight, might get a little heavier during the day but to be honest it should just come to a stop this evening, I hope. Anyways I put on Lily and Leo Avengers pad for the day and feel pretty good, other than the headache.

So through the afternoon I steadily started to feel more nauseous and a bit woolly headed. So it looks like I’m going to have to head back to the doctors yet again as I’ve been like this since April and it’s still not sorted! Sick of feeling ill! On the plus side, no cramps and even though I’ve been heavier than I thought I would be, I’m still pretty light. Slowly starting to get back to spotting, should hopefully be over by tomorrow evening if I’m lucky. Will put my Splendid Story pad on overnight and see how I am in the morning.img_1784

I had very slight spotting overnight but it’s wasn’t significant. I changed over to one of my Moongazy cloth pads that I received to try the new design. I’ve had no cramping at all today and no further spotting so I think this cycle is over. Yay!img_1771

I did my first university wash which was a bit awkward as it’s communal laundry facilities, I might do a separate blog at a later date saying how I go about doing this discretely. Everything’s washed for now though and a ready for next month. I used 16 pads over this cycle. I have only received these four pads this month as my new pads. I have got two on the way but I’ll try and include those next month. The large pad is from Lazy Creek Boutique and the other three are from Lily and Leo the same as my Avengers pad.img_1783

Thanks as always for reading! Please click the follow button so I know your interested!

Charlotte x

 

Period Blog/WIWTM, August 2016

Period blog August 2016

Look away folks! Look away! That’s a warning for any family and friends that read my blog because they want to be nice and support me. I let you off from reading this type as I’m pretty much describing my menstrual cycle and flow type and routine. You’ve all been warned!

On to you oddballs that I love I present my August period blog. Some of you will have noticed that this is very late as my cycle this month was a complete mess. My last period was a bit odd as well so I’m wondering if my coming off my medication and frequent illnesses over the last month may have messed me up a bit more than I thought. I’m going to try and type this up by day so please excuse any tense mix ups.

I’ll start on the Monday which is 16 days after my period was due to start. I feel very bloated and a little crampy today but not bad enough to take any pain killers as of yet. I had a tiny bit of the browny discharge but no signs of red as of yet. I put a liner on though just in case. I’ll try and state which pad and where I got it as well if I remember throughout this post. The two liners I’ve worn over the last two days were a blue Essence of Eve and my Lazy Creek Boutique liner that I won in a giveaway and haven’t reviewed just yet but will do in a separate post.

I will be mentioning a few pads that I haven’t reviewed yet but will do all pad reviews separately. Anyways that’s my Monday. I’m hoping that it doesn’t start until lunch tomorrow as I have a shift in the morning and can’t afford to be crampy, also going out with visiting family on Wednesday so really hoping to avoid cramps for this one. Unlikely though due to it being so late.

And it hit, it’s Tuesday and I had a short shift today at work so it could have been worse. There was a little bit of pink on the toilet paper this morning so I knew to wear at least a liner so I put on another Essence of Eve to set off. I had to go to the bathroom around 9.30 as I felt very crampy and shaky and knew I had to poop and I swapped the pad for a moderate just in case. The cramps didn’t stop and I took 2 paracetamol around 10ish and felt awful for the next hour as It was a very busy clinic so I couldn’t stop to sit quiet. Thankfully the cramps eased off a bit by 11.30/12.00 and I could finish up my shift. I came home and had definitely started but not enough that I needed to change my pad so I left my sheep print Honeymoon Reusables pad on for the afternoon.

I took some Ibuprofen at 2.30 with a McDonalds Happy Meal as I couldn’t be bothered to make something. Thankfully not as crampy this afternoon as I was this morning, just typical that the pain hit when I was on shift instead of a day off. Still cuddling a hot water bottle though which sucks as the heat wave finally reached us on the Isle of Man and it is no day to be cuddling boiling water. A bit later in the day I swapped over to my Precious Stars pad that is my first ever pad purchase. IMG_1546

Still very light but felt the need to be clean. It’s been a very odd start to the period as usually I’m in pain all day and pretty useless to do anything that involves moving. My cramps vanished this afternoon and I’ve had a massive craving for all things sweet. I have eaten more doughnuts and cookies then I feel comfortable admitting. I’ve had a nice shower. I tried and failed to insert a menstrual cup (better luck next time) and put on my lovely Beauty and the Beast Crimson Moon pad to keep me going overnight.IMG_1560

I’m happy to be off work today but I did wake up at 5am with horrible stomach cramps and I swapped my pad over to a clean Precious Stars overnight pad as I’d become pretty heavy as expected. I took my paracetamol and tried to get a few more hours, my hot water bottle was a great help. I also used some Tiger Balm on my back as the cramps went all the way around and theres only so far my hot water bottle can reach. Tiger balm is a bit like Deep Heat and is really good for joint pain. It took the edge off a bit. IMG_1558

Once I was fully up I managed to eat some breakfast (just a bowl of cereal) and get ready for my day. I couldn’t relax as I was taking my family out to see the Laxey Wheel so I had a busy day ahead. I took more tablets before I left to keep things at bay and I swapped over to a TCS Eco moderate pad (the Daryl one!) which fit really nicely in my comfy Scrundies with the Unicorns. The comfiest knickers I’ve ever worn in my life! More need to be bought! I also love the fact that I paired up zombie killers with pretty unicorns, made me feel happy and bad ass at the same time!

I didn’t have a lot of pain but I did have a few twinges showing that if I’d not taken something I would have been worse off. I even made it through to lunchtime without needing to take anything else. I took some ibuprofen with my lunch though as I couldn’t take any more of the others just yet and my stomach was starting to feel a bit tender at this point.

Also swapped over to one of my Essence of Eve heavy pads which are amazing and hold a lot. I changed over to a fresh pad for the evening as I was pretty heavy today and wanted to be comfortable for the evening meal so I popped on my other TCS Eco pad, the Harry Potter print one. Today was a pretty heavy day for me and so I’m going to have a nice early night tonight and so I’ve put a Brigid’s Flame pad on for the night and have settled down with a nice hot chocolate and am watching an episode of QI.

Another bit of cramping this morning but I had to get up early for work anyway so at least it didn’t ruin another lie in. I was heavy again overnight and whilst I didn’t bleed through the pad, there was a little leaking down the wings onto my pyjamas, but the pad did really well. I had a quick shower before putting on my final TCS Eco pad for the morning.

I took some paracetamol with my breakfast to hold the cramps at bay for work. The tablets worked whilst I was at work and I had no issues what so ever, I swapped over to a Crimson Moon (Daryl) pad and had no leaks at all. I haven’t had much of an appetite today so whether that’s due to my cycle or not who knows but I really haven’t been hungry. After my shift I swapped over into my Pad Thai pad that is really comfy but my knickers were a bit loose so I felt a bit at risk of leaks. Thankfully I managed to get through walking the dogs and having some dinner and watching a bit of the Olympics without any issues. We won the triathlon though which was awesome! Time for an early night again I think as feel a bit drained today, so on with my Leak Freak pad and curled up with a nice cuppa and watching Huck Finn. What an exciting life I lead.

Friday, a day that was cramp and pain killer free. I’m really happy to report that I felt fine today, energy levels were a bit low but I think that’s because it’s been a heavy start and I’ve not had a very big appetite. Still not been very hungry today, craving sugary things which isn’t very healthy. I also had a bit of an upset stomach overnight so I think that has something to do with lack of energy today.

Things have slowed down a bit and I changed into my moderate Crimson Moon pad for work and it held all day, it’s probably a bit bad that I wore it straight from around 11am through to 8pm but i wasn’t very heavy at all today so didn’t really need to change. Besides my wolfy pads are very comfy so why swap? I have put on my second Brigid’s Flame pad for the night as they are very floppy and comfortable and I’m off tomorrow so don’t want a bulky pad keeping me up.

I was very light overnight and just had some spotting and again no cramps at all today! I have felt pretty queasy so I took some of my anti-nausea tablets which taste disgusting but seem to have helped a bit. In the morning I swapped over to my Star Trek Crimson Moon pad and had a few ‘bursts’ of heavier bleeding and had to change over to my amazon bought pad in the afternoon.

I’m not heavy today, in fact fairly light just with heavy spotting every now and then. Strange day as even though I haven’t done anything I still feel drained. Pretty normal for me at this point in my cycle though.

IMG_1541 For the night I have popped on a regular Mummy Coull pad as I’m not expecting to be heavy at all tonight.

I was right, not heavy at all, in fact I’m fairly light today. Swapped over to my Me Chai Designs pad which is one of my favourites and also tried out my new Daryl scrundies and I’ve had a nice comfy day. Still not much of an appetite so I’ve forced myself to go for a drive and wake myself up which gave me a bit of an appetite and I managed some dinner. Massive chocolate cravings today though, but not bars of chocolate more choc chip cookies and I did really want a Snickers bar earlier! II felt a bit ill after the two big cookies that I had to eat and so I sat down with a cup of tea and a few episodes of the Gilmour Girls.

Popped on my Leaping Pads pad, which unfortunately I discovered that the size just doesn’t suit me which made me feel sad. I will have to destash it soon unfortunately. I wore it for around an hour and swapped over to a Pretty Period liner pad that I bought from amazon and felt comfy enough to go to sleep in that.

This morning I swapped over to another Pretty Period pad for my long shift at work as I was down to just spotting this morning. I do feel quite achy today but not in a crampy way, more of a pulled muscle type way. It’s weird because I haven’t done anything over the weekend so I think it must be the hormones settling maybe? I’ve had a lot of energy today which has made a difference, although I did feel quite dizzy and queasy when I was sat on a different ward during my shift, food seemed to help for a while though. Made it through the shift on a high and had a really good day considering it was a long day at work but now I’m home I feel really nauseous and a little spacey. Hate this feeling. On the plus side the spotting seems to have stopped and so I have had a shower and not put another liner on. It’s a risk but I feel like that area needs to be free for a little bit. Not in a gross way, I’m just running out of space in my wet bag for used pads, almost wash day I think. Early night tonight and hopefully I’ll feel better by the morning.

That’s officially another cycle over, now all that’s left is to do the washing. If you’re interested I soak all my used pads overnight in cold water and a half scoop of Flash, then put them in the machine on a 30 degree wash. If anything comes out stained after that, I have an Ecover stain remover to try out. I was feeling a lot better today so it must have just been my body settling down again. At least that’s my hope. A full picture of all the pads I wore this month is below, 24 total:

IMG_1536And a picture of all pads that arrived this month and are now washed and ready to go:IMG_1564

Thanks for reading through this, if you aren’t grossed out by it then feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll try and answer them in my next period blog. For those that are grossed out, I did try and warn you at the beginning of the post so you have nobody to blame but yourselves. If you do have any questions or comments, then I look forward to reading them!

Until next time!

Charlotte x

 

TCS Eco and Crimson Moon cloth pad review

This week we have quite a big review as I bought a lot of these pads through a joint Facebook page that the sellers TCS Eco and Crimson Moon use. Now a majority of my favourite pads come from these two companies and from the photos that I add I hope you can all see why I love them! They both have an amazing range of fabrics and lengths to choose from and are some of the most lovely people to talk to if you get a bit stuck.

Okay so I’m going to start with my TCS Eco pads as I only have three of these (so far) and a pair of scrundies.IMG_1249

The Supernatural and Walking Dead pad were ordered together and I then added the Harry Potter one on to the order through a market night purchase. The first two have a brilliant Windpro backer that has washed really well and has no pulling what so ever. The placement is perfect and so is the top stitching. Very impressed. The size is around 10” and are regulars. I have found that 8-10” is now my preferred length and so these are really comfy to wear. I haven’t been able to fully test out the absorbency as my cycle has been all over the place since April and so a lot of them haven’t been fully abused yet. Although I have worn them on regular days and so far, had no leaks at all. The Harry Potter pad has a different type of windpro back which has got a few bobbly bits on it and isn’t as smooth as the other pads but still very soft and doesn’t affect the overall quality of the pad or how absorbent it is. It’s just something I noticed, they grip really well in my undies and don’t move around like some of my other pads do so I use these pads when I’m at work and don’t want to be conscious of them all day. I can tell that I’m wearing them but I’m not worried about them showing through my trousers making other people aware them I’m wearing them.

All three of these have the absorbency embroidered down the centre and has the brand on the wing which is really pretty. It also helps me remember what I’m wearing and where I can order more from in the future. My only downside is that on the Supernatural pad the fabric does seem to have gone a bit loose in the wash. I think that’s the best way to describe it. It bunches slightly around the embroidery like the material has stretched out if that makes sense.

Again not a problem and doesn’t affect the use, just a slight cosmetic problem for me. It goes in my pants so it’s not really a problem.

As for my scrundies, they match my Team Daryl pad! I love them and they fit me perfectly. There was a small glitch when they were ordered which meant it took around 8-10weeks for them to reach me, but I love them so it’s worth it. Any issues were sorted very quickly by the seller and she contacted me straight away to tell me about the delay which is fantastic customer service! I honestly love them all and will be buying many more pads in the future.DSCF2406

On to my Crimson Moon pads. These two sellers have their own shops and pages which I will link down below, but I found them through the group page. I have had two orders from this store so far and now have six pads from her. The first three were ones that I ordered as a custom order and I bought them through Facebook as I had a few problems with her store site to begin with. These problems were my own computers fault and not a website issue as far as I’m aware and so you lot should have no problems, if you do then let her know!DSCF2408

I have my second Team Daryl pad which has a slightly different design and colour. I prefer the colour on the TCS one as it’s a very solid black whereas this one is in a lighter gray colour and doesn’t stand out as much, I like the bolder black background but both pads rock so not an issue.DSCF2407

The other two are my Harry Potter patronus pad and a Star Trek pad. Love the both of these and they have become my first reach for pads so far. The size of them is spot on at the 9-10” mark and they snap up at around 2.5”. I prefer the snapped width of the TCS pads as it fits my knickers a little better but they all fit nice and snug and don’t move around when I’m wearing them. The fourth pad from Crimson Moon is the Beauty and the Beast awesomeness! I added this on in the market night and am in love. I haven’t had the chance to wear it yet and it’s a 12” pad so it’ll be one of my overnight pads. I can’t fault it, the placement, the colours, the fabric and thickness…perfect!

 

My final two pads are from a later date and are a little newer and again unused so far. The wolf pack I found in a market night but it had already been sold so as I was sobbing into my pillow at having missed out the lovely owner of Crimson Moon said she was happy to make another set. This of course made my day and I had two more beauties to add to my collection.

For both of these sellers you get a fantastic quality pad, very thin and flexible but stiff enough that they don’t move around too much. The customer service of both ladies can’t be faulted and they are very quick to respond so please get in touch with them if there’s anything I’ve missed out. Or send me a message and I’ll answer as best I can.

I have been told that I should mention the fabrics that my pads are made from a little more in my reviews but I don’t really find much difference so far. It might become more of a factor for me as I get used to cloth but so far, Jersey, Cotton or a mix of the two doesn’t register and so I don’t note down what the pad topper is. I will try and make notes of this for future reviews though!

Here are the links for the different sites that I know of so that you can all get your hands on some of these lovelies!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/crimsonmoonpads/

http://crimsonmooncsps.com/ (There’s a discount on at the minute so it’s the best time to check them out!)

https://www.facebook.com/ecotcs/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/tcseco/

So go and spend all your money! Both of these stores ship Worldwide so it’s open to everyone! Go! Buy Stuff!

Charlotte x

Leaping Pads review

Today is a review of a family run pads company called Leaping Pads. They are based in the USA and the pads are made by a mother and daughter, Biancia Richardson and Leah Farling. Two very friendly ladies with great customer services and very different styles of pad.DSCF2362

 I was lucky enough to win my pads from Biancia in an auction to raise money for a great cause and I received four amazing shaped pads. The first of my unique designs that I have in my collection. There were two very similar shaped pads that were made from different materials, one is a Bamboo Velour and the other a Corduroy material. The velour one had a bit of an issue in the wash where the inner core bunches up and needed flattening and unfortunately I find it a little bulky now for everyday use. It is very soft though and really absorbent and makes a great night time pad for me. I like having a thicker pad overnight because it makes me feel more secure. I haven’t worn the corduroy pad and plan to sell it on to another cloth lover as I won’t use both of them in this style and as I had the issue in the wash with the first pad I decided I would keep that one for myself.

I also received a massive 17” Platypus shaped pad which is again a very soft Bamboo Velour and could not be used for anything other than an overnight pad in my case. It’s very cute and I named him Frodo as I’m a weirdo that has to name things shaped like animals! Anyways he was a little too long for me and I had to pass him on to a good home, I’m sure he’ll be looked after there. If you’re thinking of getting one of these pads though they would be great as post-partum pads and for those of you that like full coverage it would be perfect. I’m on the smaller size and so it was just that bit too long for me but I would look at getting one a few inches shorter in the future.

My final pad off of Biancia is the adorable little frog pad which matches the company name, Leaping Pads. Now Henry (yes I called him Henry!) is a lovely size and is perfect for lounging around the house and being comfortable, I find the way the arms and legs tie a little too long for me and can’t wear this pad when I’m at work because they rub on the inside of my legs. My work trousers are quite loose so it’s more noticeable. When I have jeans on I’m fine as the pad is held a little better with the closer fit. So a good pad that I’ll keep for home wear.

On to the lovely pads from Leah. I’ll admit that I haven’t had the change to try them on a proper cycle as they arrived just as it was ending. I won the pad in a giveaway on her website and received the cute little liner for free which was a great surprise. The shape is great in the full pad and I can wear it comfortably but it does bunch a little in my knickers an so again it’s a pad more suited for when I have jeans on. It’s not an overly thick pad, it’s just a little wide when clipped together which makes it bunch that is my only downside to these pads so far.

The liner fits me more I just find the length of it a little short for me and so I again may pass this on to another user. I think an extra inch or so would make it perfect, as it is it’s just that little bit small.

I mean no offence by saying this but I think these pads would work better for a larger sized women as they would grip better in their clothes and the sizes would fit more comfortably in their underwear. I love the designs and can’t wait to see any new pads they come up with! I think they’ve just come out with a new turtle pad which I wish I could afford to try but low funds right now mean that I can’t. If you have any questions then go straight to these lovely ladies as they are very quick to respond and always seem to go out of their way to make the customer happy. The pads are a great quality and worth trying out, just be cautious with your sizing needs as a 17” pad really is as long as you think it will be! The Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1010120722375104/ and they have a great range available so please check them out! They post Worldwide as far as I’m aware, if you’re unsure then just send them a message and they’ll let you know what they can do to accommodate you!

My Days pamper box, July Box

I didn’t think I’d get the chance to write this review today as I’m going to see the new Star Trek film but it turns out that I’m going this evening and not the mid-day viewing so I have time to spare. Still can’t wait to see the film though!

So today I received my lovely July Pamper box from My Days. This is my second box from them and I have to say I’m not disappointed. Before I’d even opened the lid I could smell the goodies inside which made it all the more exciting. It comes really neatly packed and I swear the card is different than the one last month, shinier, but I can’t find the other one to compare. Maybe I’m imagining things, but it’s a really cute design anyways.

The first thing I picked up were the crisps that were sitting on the top. My mum will be sad to hear she didn’t get another pack of the lentil crisps (but not to fear I found some at a health food shop on my travels) instead I received, Pipers Crisp Co. Anglesey Sea Salt crisps! The website for them is www.piperscrisps.com and they are delicious. Very lightly salted and crispy and oh so yummy. I definitely prefer then to yucky lentil crisps, no offence to you lentil crisp ladies and gents! I don’t really eat a lot of crisps and so I can’t stop munching on these as I’m typing. My keyboard is going to be covered in salty finger prints but it’s worth it! Great addition to the box.

Next we have another sachet of hot chocolate, I received one of these in the previous box but it had leaked so I didn’t get to experience it in all its chocolaty glory. This month will be different, it’s a really creamy instant chocolate which is hard to find. I’m really happy to get another sachet and will treasure it until my cravings for chocolate start again. It’s a Fairtrade product by Lichfields but once again I can’t find a direct website for them so I’ll just tell you to find them on amazon because I’ve seen them available there before. I’ll be stocking up when it comes to the colder months.

Now onto the teas of the box. As I’m sure you’ve all realized by this point, I’m not a fruit tea drinker. In fact, anything other than English breakfast tea isn’t great to me. I do love trying them out though. I’m on a mission to find a healthy alternative to my usual tea. So far I’m unsuccessful. I’ll admit that the Dragonfly tea which is Indian Spice Chai does sound tempting. It is however an Organic Black Tea and I have a feeling it will be a bit too strong for me. I’ll save it for when my mum is around and that way if I don’t like it she can drink it. No I haven’t outgrown giving food and drink to my parents when I don’t like it, maybe I will when I’m 25 but for now they can have it! Anyways the website is www.dragonflyteas.com for those of you who are on the search for new teas to try and like Organic products.

The second tea is a Clipper tea and I’ve had one of these before and it was one of the nicer teas I’ve received, I wouldn’t buy it, but I managed to finish the whole cup. This one is a called ‘A bag of our Happy Mondays Infusion’ so maybe it’s something I can try after my shift on Monday? It smells quite citrusy which is a good start and I have to say I can’t wait to try this one out, could be a winner. There isn’t a website on the packaging but I have seen Clipper teas in health stores so they shouldn’t be too difficult to get hold of on your next shopping trip.

There’s a small tea light candle as well which is always a bit of a guessing game on what the scent and brand is. It smells very much like a berry in the box so I’m thinking blackberry. It smells great and I really wish I knew the brand so I could buy a box. I don’t use candles very often but this one isn’t overpowering and is really fresh smelling, would love to get some more.

There are also two handmade bars in this box. One is an Ylang Ylang and Orange Shampoo bar which smells a bit like I’ve walked into a Chinese herbal shop. It smells a little strange but quite fresh as well. I’ve read that Ylang Ylang is a flower that can be good as an antidepressant and relaxant, also an aphrodisiac which I don’t think I’ll be using it as. The orange is a little overpowered but there are still hints of it. I’m really cautious with what I use on my hair so I would have loved to know a bit more about what’s in this bar before I could use it. I might just use it as a hand soap instead.

The second hand product is a Dragonfruit soap. Unfortunately this is the one scent that I’m not a fan of. I find it a little too tangy for my tastes. The look of the bar is very pretty and I will be putting it by the sink in the bathroom so everyone can use it. Just not my personal favourite when it comes to scents. Prefer citrus or coconut if I’m honest. So love the look just not the smell.

Next up is the Ancient Wisdom, Dragons Blood gel scent and it looks amazing!  Again, the smell is a bit too strong for me and so I’ll probably be giving it to a friend, but I love the product itself. It’s packaged really nicely and gives good clear instructions and I really want to go take a look at the website. Usually strong scents as they are too overpowering for me and set off my migraines. I’m sad because I really like it and want to use them I just can’t, I might try popping them in a bowl as potpourri which I’ve just been advised by the lady who runs these boxes, Tanzi; that it might spread the scent a bit.  I initially thought this was a wax melt so apologise for any mix up. I really recommend taking a look at the site though because this pack will last for ages and if you like scented products then this is perfect for you! The site is https://www.ancientwisdom.biz/ and they do a massive range of products and so I might order a few candles instead.

On to another little snack. This one is a Ginger Teatox bar. I’m a little wary of this because I love ginger bars but the words Teatox are making me think Detox and Detox makes me think, shits. If this sends me to the crapper whilst watching Star Trek I will be very, very unhappy. So I have just nibbled a little bit from the top in the hopes of sampling the product without clearing out my system. Sorry if that is too much information and I’m sure this doesn’t have a laxative effect but you can never be too sure when it comes to Star Trek! A girl can’t take risks! On to how it tastes. It’s not too bad to be honest, I’d like it to have more of an overpowering ginger taste as it’s a bit sweet. It’s all natural products so to achieve a sweet taste they’re done well and it’s counted as one of your five a day so I’m happy. I’ll eat the rest of the bar tomorrow just to be on the safe side. I’ll be buying a box of these if it agrees with my sometimes finicky system. The website is www.creativenaturesuperfoods.com and for those of you that are trying to eat a bit healthier or are vegans these would be perfect snacks for you! It looks like they do a peanut one as well so I might try those when I place an order.

This box comes with a reusable facecloth in every box and this month’s one is a pure red cloth. I use the other one as I would a cotton ball and its super soft and I love it, this one isn’t as soft as it’s a different material but I still love the quality of it and will use it when I need to wash the other one.

The final snack I received is a bar of dark chocolate. It’s a Montezuma’s bar and I’ve never heard of or tried this brand before so I’m pretty excited by it. It’s called Dark Chocolate Spice it Up with Dragon Ginger. Now I have not been a fan of dark chocolate in the past but have been meaning to give it another chance as I know it’s a healthier option when it comes to chocolate. Also, ginger! It’s not too bad, a little too dark so I might try something that’s a lower percentage in future (this one is 93%) but I can definitely see myself munching on this whilst I’m watching TV. Could use a little more ginger if I’m being completely honest, but things never have enough ginger, or lemon, or banana. Yeah I like my flavours. Overall a good bar though. The site for them is www.montezumas.co.uk and they have a great selection of bars and are actually pretty cheap. Bring on pay day so I can stock up! They have a Lemon Meringue bar! Oh God! Well there goes this month’s money.

The final item is an add on item which I actually forgot I ordered. It’s a Sea Sponge tampon and is supposed to be a healthier alternative to disposables. Been meaning to try them out but I think I’ll chicken out and sell this on to someone else because it’s bigger than I thought it would be and I’m a wuss. If you’re a tampon person though I recommend you check them out. Maybe treat yourself to a box and add it on like I did. The boxes are only around £16  anyways (not including postage) so you might as well treat yourself! This box was themed around Dragons and so I can’t wait to see what the next months holds.

Thanks for listening to my rambles and as you can tell, this was one very full box! So many goodies, some I’ll use and some I’ll pass on to others. I’m going to go finish that packet of crisps now and bide my time until Star Trek!

Charlotte x