Treat Trove Winter box 2017 review

 

The ladies of The Treat Trove have really outdone themselves this year. I can no longer afford a monthly box and so I treat myself at Christmas and this box definitely doesn’t disappoint. For those of you that have never heard of The Treat Trove, they are a small business that sells lots of handmade goodies, mainly pertaining to reusable menstrual products such as cloth pads or menstrual cups. However, they also have monthly boxes or comfort boxes. Ones that include these reusables or if you just want to treat yourself to something special. The monthly boxes are £19.95 and are full of products from small businesses that are handmade and unique. I recommend taking a proper look at their stuff and make sure to check often as they update their stock. The website is: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/

This box that I am reviewing cost me around £30. I can’t remember exact pricing as I ordered back in September. The first thing that jumped out at me was the reusable heat/cooling bag. I’ve been meaning to get a few of these so this was perfect timing. It doesn’t smell which is a big bonus for me as strong scents set off my migraines. I’m also pretty certain that this was a substitute item, as I specified in my order that I had certain allergies and mentioned the scents. Thank you, ladies of Treat Trove, for the effort! The wheat bag appears to come from a company called ‘Heads Up’ but it doesn’t have any links on the label. If I find out where you can get there I will add it here.

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The next thing I picked out was an adorable either crocheted or knitted basket. At first, I thought it was a very small and stiff hat and was a bit lost but once I read the label I was very happy. I’m wanting to start up a bit of a hobby area and this will be perfect to hold all the random little bits and pieces that always go missing. Its small and malleable, love it! If you’re interested in one for yourself then go to: www.facebook.com/ditsypips. I remember this company from a previous box, so I had a nosy at the page myself and it looks as though she offers crochet lessons! I wish I lived nearby to take advantage of those as I am in dire need of an advisor, as my readers will know as I shared my progress a while ago. I haven’t improved. Anyways, give her a look!

The next item is from a supplier I have heard of before JJ Jiraffe. A set of super soft face wipes that are great for taking off make up. I have a set of these already, in a different fabric. I don’t wear makeup so at first, I wasn’t sure what I would use them for, but they have completely replaced cotton balls. I use a facial cleanser, and these are perfect for that. I will save one as a nail varnish remover as I don’t wear the stuff often, but it would be handy for that. Honestly, a great purchase for anyone wanting to reduce their waste. The wipes are exclusive to The Treat Trove so keep an eye on their website (listed at start of this post) but, she also offers other products so go check out her group at: https://www.facebook.com/JJ.Jiraffe/

A glint of yellow caught my eye and I found a lovely citrine bracelet in a bag. I’m trying to get back into accessorising, so this is a great Christmas treat. I’m not a big believer in the healing properties of stones but with my health being so up and down, I’m happy to have all the help I can get. Even though it wasn’t intentional, the properties of this stone are said to help with digestive issues and an unsettled mind. You ladies are perfect! With the number of deadlines, I have at the minute, this thing is not going to leave my wrist. The maker is Wild Feather and she has an etsy store here: https://www.etsystudio.com/shop/WildFeatherCreations/ and it looks as though she sells other items such as embroidered products so go and take a look. I can’t see a Facebook group, so I assume she works solely through this store.

There is also a small glass magnet that admittedly, I won’t have much use for. It is beautifully made and a great quality but it’s a bit small for my house. The place I put magnets is my radiator and if my dogs can easier swallow the magnet, it goes in a draw, so they don’t choke. Just because I won’t be able to display this as it should be doesn’t mean it’s not a lovely addition to the box and I definitely recommend looking at the wares of Rainbow Lux Glass at https://rainbowluxglass.co.uk/ I’ve had a glance over what else is available and the items are stunning. However, the owner is on maternity leave until 2018 so no orders until then. Congratulations to her and good luck!

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The final little extra is from one of my favourite small businesses. I have received a few items through the treat trove boxes and have loved them all. Cinnamon Designs have included a little hanging ornament. Mine is shaped like a Christmas pudding and will soon be on my Christmas tree. Always happy to see items from Cinnamon Designs, very well made and always something different. Check her out on etsy at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/cinnamondesigns2 and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/cinnamondesigns2/

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That’s everything non-cloth pad related, other than a bar of chocolate. The only edible item in the box which I am very happy about. Last year there were more edibles, but I prefer getting the other items to food products just because I’m so picky. This chocolate bar is by Cocoa Tabby, and is made in Derbyshire. I love a good fruit and nut bar so I can’t wait to break this open, likely when I’m on my own, so nobody can steal it from me. It has a full list of ingredients on the back so very helpful for allergy sufferers. Check them out at https://www.cocoatabby.co.uk/ and it looks like they take part in fairs and markets so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Finally, onto the cloth pads! I hesitated on adding these as I no longer have periods whilst I’m on this pill, but when I come off it I’ll have these to look forward to (and agonizing cramps). The first pad is by Muff Fluff who I have a couple of liners from and really like the quality of them. They are great quality pads and the topper is stunning. The back is a thicker fleece then I would normally wear but will work perfectly fine for the days I want to feel more secure. Sometimes I doubt my thinner pads can hold up to the challenge, they manage but the doubt does win out occasionally. Her Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1141753795848931/ and she has a great selection of pads. I love the straight corners, I don’t always like the full curve and want something a bit different.

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The second pad is by one of the loveliest people ever. Moongazy Cloth is run by Karen who was one of the people that helped me when I first began my journey into the cloth world. She has a fantastic range of toppers and her pads are stunning. I really wish I could go crazy and buy a full stock of her pads but with no periods, I can’t justify it at the minute. One day! As I said her toppers are stunning and this one is no exception, the quality is perfect, and the shape is not fully curved, so again I love it. Very thin pads so I would be happy to wear it when I’m out and about, but not on my heaviest of days, the fluffier the better on those days for me. Please check her out at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/moongazycloth/ there is a waiting list here for custom made pads so you can choose your own length, topper, and absorbency.

This is by far the best box I’ve had from The Treat Trove. I know my review sounds like I’m easy to please but I’ve always been honest with what I’ve said, and this box really has just made me happy. The items were all sweet, practical, and considerate. The pads are from two amazing makers. What’s not to love about this box?! Honestly a great treat that I needed after the past term of University, if only they had a second box that I could order for after exams. Might just go ahead and do that after Christmas.

I hope everyone has a fantastic and safe Christmas and New Year. Even if you don’t celebrate these holidays, I hope you relax and treat yourselves to some lovely goodies. There are some great ones in this review.

Merry Christmas!

Charlotte x

PS. Once again, sorry for the terrible photos!

Period blog, Feb 2017

Period blog Feb 2017

Look away people of delicate sensibilities; for the time is once again upon us to be educated. Educated in the wonderful world of…menstruation. For those of you that were unaware of this beautiful and natural phenomenon…it fuckin’ sucks!

So once again I’m not on time. I was due to start on Saturday the 28th but low and behold, still nothing come Monday. I have to say I’ve had pretty bad PMS this cycle. Been extremely moody the last few days and really have to apologise to anyone that has been in contact with me. I’ve probably sounded a bit mental. Other than moods I’ve been achy and to be honest, a little bunged up. Not a pleasant few days. Bloating, aching and farting on top of being a bit all over the place emotionally. Not had PMS this bad in quite a while.

On the plus side, I have been taking, Magnesium (395g), Vitamin C & Zinc (Boots drink), and Vitamin D, for the past month and this is my first cycle where it had a chance to enter my system. Might not make a difference for a few months but I’m hoping for less cramping.

Six days after I was due to start I think Aunt Flo is finally here. Now cramping yet, but I’ve been feeling a bit achy for the last few days, almost like a pulled muscle ache. If I move wrong I feel slight cramps but when I relax they go away. A little strange but not bad and I’ve still been able to go about my daily business without any problems. I have had a bit of spotting today so I expect to fully start overnight tonight. That will be when the cramps and runs usually hit so fingers crossed that they don’t come. On the plus side, its Saturday tomorrow so I have time to wallow in pain and self-pity.

Wow, so the cramps certainly did show up. I woke up feeling a bit crampy but not too bad, thought I could do without painkillers and just cuddle my hot water bottle. Unfortunately, the cramps became worse and I took my ibuprofen, just not in time. I was completely crippled, couldn’t move or think and the cramps then set off my stomach making me need the toilet. I made it to the bathroom only to collapse once I was there. It was terrifying. I couldn’t move and I had nobody to contact for help, had even left me phone by my bed so I couldn’t call anyone. I had a panic attack which didn’t help my pain and I very nearly passed out but not sure that I did. It took me almost half an hour before I could move from the bathroom floor where I then collapsed onto my bed in agony. At this point I did pass out and woke up an hour later. Thankfully, if I didn’t move, the painkillers were working at this point so I managed to get a small bowl of cereal in order to get something in my stomach. I spent the entire day in bed as I was shaking and dizzy and generally felt crap. I really need to go to the doctors about this, it’s happened twice now and really isn’t pleasant.

On day two I still feel a bit shaky and have taken some more tablets to keep the cramps at bay but not nearly as bad as I was yesterday. I haven’t eaten much and food doesn’t taste very good at the minute as my stomach doesn’t want any. I’m drinking plenty of water though. Plus, side of things is that I’m really not heavy so far. I go heavy for about half an hour and then light for a few hours. It’s not bad to be honest now that the cramps are settling. I still feel shaky and haven’t been able to do much but I’m hoping that has passed so I can get back to classes tomorrow. I have a deadline soon and haven’t got time for feeling rubbish.

The third day wasn’t too bad, I have three two hour lectures on a Monday so that caused a few issues for me. I felt a bit queasy all morning and started cramping a bit by lunch time so I took some painkillers then, but only the two tablets all day. I was a bit too achy to make my third lecture, which I could have struggled through but decided I’d rather not risk ending up like I had been on the Saturday. The painkillers worked pretty well for the afternoon and my hot water bottle cured the rest. So an uneventful day really, fairly light for this part of my cycle which is the same as last month. Maybe I am lightening a little? Who knows.

The fourth day lead to my heaviest day so far. I think it may be because I’ve been on my feet quite a bit today so all the walking might have got the juices flowing so to speak. No cramps! Which was fantastic, a bit of back ache but it was laundry day so that was expected. I’ve not been overly queasy and managed a pizza, so my stomach is fairly content at the minute. Still not as heavy as usual, I used to be changing pads every hour, now its every 4-5 which is brilliant.

For some reason, even after I spent all day yesterday cleaning and doing laundry, my body wasn’t quite ready to sleep. I drifted off around 6am this morning and woke up at lunchtime. I’m barely spotting now so think things are coming to an end, I’m hoping the achy body is from the lack of sleep and being uncomfortable all night rather than an illness, again. I’ve not been crampy today and my headache hasn’t hit like it has been for the last few months. Hopefully, it’ll leave me alone after the crappy start to this cycle. I am a little queasy and my stomach is a bit off, but again I think it’s my body settling down after a rough period. I’m going to risk only wearing liners today, not going out so at least there won’t be any embarrassment if things pick up again.

It’s over, no spotting what so ever, still feel a bit achy and dizzy so I’m assuming I have a bit of a bug but other than that I’m okay. Getting a bit of a headache though, I swear I feel worse as I’m coming off my period then when I’m coming on. Oh well, another month over. Sorry but the picture doesn’t include all the pads worn this month, still need to do another load of laundry.

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Thanks, as always for reading!

Charlotte

Period blog/WIWTM Nov 2016

If any of you readers don’t want to read about menstruations, bleeding of the lady parts or the general monthly complaints of a women then look away now. Seriously, you have been warned.

For those of you still hanging in there, it’s that time again. I’m writing a little early then I usually would as I haven’t start yet. From day 17 of my cycle I have been getting mild cramps as though I was about to start but still not started and I’m technically due in two days. If you’re my regular readers, you’ll know I have been late for my more recent periods and I’ve been having a few health issues that have been effecting how I’m coping. I’m still ill every two weeks or so and have been taking various medications that the doctors are trying me on and I think they have been effecting my cycle as a whole rather than just the period itself. So, I thought this was something to note, medication really does effects your cycle, from it being late to the overall symptoms. I’ve been using Clue to keep track recently, not a big fan so far but I’m going to stick it out a bit longer as it is showing some patterns. For those of you taking medications, especially new ones, it is important to monitor you cycles! Any changes can show that something is wrong (or right) or being generally effected by the medicine and your doctor might ask you about these things to help with making a diagnosis. Now I’ll leave this little health update and will start writing again when the bleeding starts. My tenses will be all over the place as I write it both as a diary and retrospectively, please let me know if you want me to change this as it is confusing. I’ve written a bit differently this month just to see if it works a bit better.

So I started only two days late! I’m really happy with that, things finally seem to be settling back into my normal pattern. I’ve been a bit achy for the last few days and a tiny bit of brown spotting last night but didn’t start until this morning. I swapped over from lights onto a moderate around lunchtime, felt really queasy and bloated all morning but no cramps. The cramps hit in the afternoon when I was eating my tea and I grabbed my hot water bottle and took some ibuprofen to take the edge off. I have been taking Magnesium capsules for the past two days when I knew I was due to start, I wanted to see if they would take the edge off. So far my cramping isn’t bad so I’m hopeful, but I’m still going to have a hot shower and an early night just to get some rest. No lectures tomorrow so I can take it easy if anything gets worse.

So, this morning was hell. I woke up around 9am but my cramps were so bad that I couldn’t move, not even to my bedside draw to grab my painkillers and drink. I think I was a little delirious with the pain to be honest but all I wanted was a hot water bottle. In the end, I could finally move around 10ish and that was to the bathroom as I hoped nipping to the loo would help with the cramps, not only was it a bloodbath but I was stuck there for a while, still cramping. By 11 I had managed to take painkillers and grab a hot water bottle but still not eaten as I couldn’t stand long enough to grab food. Plus, today was delivery day so I didn’t have much in at that point. I actually went back to bed at 12 to try and sleep off the pain, and I had been so uncomfortable that I felt drained. I woke up again at 2 and I’ve been drugged all afternoon. I can move now but standing for longer than 5 minutes is not a good idea; I have managed a bowl of cereal and a cheese toasty though. My food came around 4pm and I live on the 2nd floor so had to carry a heavy tray of food (with milk, smoothies and juice) all the way upstairs and put it away before I collapsed onto my bed in pain. I have an assignment due Monday so I’ve tried to do some of that but things are a bit blurry today. I really am back to normal as this level of pain is usual for my cycle. So far it means the magnesium hasn’t worked. Early night for me tonight.

Day three and still a bit crampy so I took some painkillers this morning. I’m still quite heavy today and its making me feel a bit drained and I can’t be arsed to do anything. I’ve had another lazy day and just watched TV and my guilty pleasure, read fanfiction. My assignment has been left alone unfortunately so I’m not doing very well with that. Oh well, another early night before back to lectures tomorrow.

Day four brought bloating, nausea and more cramps. I think they were cause by the bloating more than regular cramps though. I’ve not been overly heavy today but still uncomfortable. The nausea was pretty bad and I’ve had no appetite and no motivation. Hopefully my stomach will calm down a bit overnight so I can focus on my assignments over the weekend, otherwise it’s going to be a long few days ahead.

Day five, I’m really drained today and finding it hard to focus again. I keep getting niggling headaches that aren’t helping at all. I still don’t have much of an appetite, I’m snacking to keep something in my stomach but I really don’t fancy food. My cycle has lightened up quite a bit but still wearing moderate pads, wouldn’t get away with lights yet. Still gassy and crampy, also been a bit constipated as opposed to the borderline diarrhoea of the first day, just one more thing to add to the discomfort of menstruation. Another early night tonight, but I’m doing work before I turn in.

Day six and I have lightened up a lot but still wearing my normal pads just in case things get heavier. Been getting a few headaches again today and I think they’re here to stay for the next week or so as my hormones level out. It would be wrong if I suffered only as I’m bleeding after all, mother nature must cause suffering for as long as possible as we cycle.

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We have reached the end, no spotting today, no cramps, no bloating. Still gassy and have a headache but that’s just how things go. It’s been a horrible and draining week that I’m glad is over. I have a stressful two weeks ahead with deadlines so I’m really hoping these headaches die down a bit in the next few days.

As always, thank you for reading! Please let me know if your disappointed with the new way I’m laying this out (lack of individual pictures).

Charlotte x

 

The Treat Trove August 2016 review

Another fantastic box this month from the Treat Trove! Was really excited when I arrived home from work today and saw the tell-tale white of my monthly Treat Trove box. I opened it up to see that they have a really cute new introduction/thank you card which looks almost like a watercolour and is a really nice touch to the box. It also makes finding their details a lot easier.IMG_1646

On to the contents of this box, the first treasures are the lovely pads that were included. A really nicely sized TCS Eco pad that as I’m sure you’ve all realized from my review of their products; I absolutely love. I’ve been searching for some longer pads as I’m a bit short of pads that I can wear overnight and this one is around 10” so it’s perfect for either an overnight or daytime pad. I just need more heavy pads now. There are a few places you can purchase these pads so here are the links: https://www.facebook.com/ecotcs/?fref=ts

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

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

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The second pad was from a maker I had never heard of before, Fluffy Elf. I am in love with the print (which is saying something because I normally dislike yellow) the placement and the butterflies are so pretty I almost don’t want to use it. It’s a bit longer then my usual lights/liners are and I’m not sure how it will work for me but I can’t wait to try it out on my next cycle. Please go and check Fluffy Elf out on Facebook, she has some great fabrics and a really good range of sizes: https://www.facebook.com/Thefluffyelf/?fref=ts 

Two very good quality pads this month that I love and can’t wait to use. I know they also have Huggally Wuggally pads on their website at the moment as well so I highly recommend those a well!

Now on to the extra goodies, the first of which is by the awesome Cinnamon Designs that also made the little phone/purse charm that I loved in the previous box. This time it’s a little handmade love heart ornament that I’m going to take to Uni with me to hang on my overly boring noticeboard. It’s very delicate but well-made and very pretty. Doesn’t quite beat the charm, but that’s only because I really like the charm, it’s on my Harry Potter purse that I bought from Phoenix Rising Reusables. Please check out her Facebook group as she makes some amazing things: https://www.facebook.com/cinnamondesigns2/?fref=ts

There is a cute little inspirational magnet/frame that was a nice thought, it says ‘Never let go of your dreams’ which is perfect for a student. I’m not sure where this is from so if I find out I’ll make sure to add it in to the review.

There was a lovely little bath bomb in the box as well, unfortunately I don’t have a bath and so I’m going to use it as a foot soak because it smells really good. Was thinking of giving it to someone as a gift but then I decided to be selfish and keep it all for myself. Its Lavender scented which is one of my favourite scents, but it’s not really strong, just faintly scented so it won’t give me a headache which is brilliant. Also I love the name of the maker, ‘Ugly Apples’ what a brilliant name! I found their Facebook page and they do a great range of products so please take a look and see what you think: https://www.facebook.com/Uglyapples/IMG_1651

The final item was the much anticipated snack item. Love getting snacks in these boxes, I also love the fact that this box supports local businesses even with the snacks they include. This time it was a chocolate covered Oreo biscuit. It looks really nice with the striped pattern on the front. I’m not really a fan of Oreo’s or dark chocolate in general but I happily tried this one out and…yeah still not an Oreo fan. I think they taste like burnt biscuit. Great idea though and I would have loved it even more if it wasn’t Oreo based. I’ve had a chocolate lollie from the ‘Just Choc’ store before and they do some really tasty and creamy chocolate so for all the chocoholics that are reading, the link is: https://www.facebook.com/justchocshop/

I really enjoyed this box as I hope this review shows. The quality of the boxes seems to get better every month. This is unfortunately my last box now until Christmas as my funds are a bit short now that I’m heading back to University and so I ask you all to share pictures of your boxes with me. Also please go and buy the boxes so I can live vicariously through you all! I’ll miss doing these monthly reviews but I’m hoping to pick back up as soon as I can.

Thank you all for reading! Please let me know how you liked your own boxes!

Charlotte x

My Days August 2016 Pamper box

IMG_1632This box contained a few different goodies that I had never tried (or heard of) before. The tangy lime infused raisins were really yummy. They are the Nãkd brand snacks and I think they’re part of the Naked bar range which I love! I’m a big fan of my citrus flavours and really enjoyed the small bag. They did leave my tongue a bit tingly as they are a little sour, or ‘Tangy’ as the name implies. I loved them so much that I went and bought the other two flavours from Holland and Barretts, Coco-cola, and cherry. They’re only 49p and perfect for a light snack.

I didn’t try the chocolate orange bar as I really don’t like orange flavoured chocolate. My dad loves it though and so I gave it to him, he seemed to enjoy it as it went really fast. I have tried the Divine chocolate range before and I love their products and really recommend you guys buy them as they do a great range of flavours. Just the orange flavour that isn’t really for me.

The chickpea crisps were great fun to try, I’m sorry to you lot that enjoy them but they smelt gross. My mum ate a few and really liked them but then realised she shouldn’t eat them because of two ingredients that don’t agree with her (or me). They were just weird but then again I’m not a big crisp eater, except for quavers, love me some quavers. Another product that went to daddy’s belly.

There was another of the Lichfields hot chocolate sachets, which is being saved for a bad day as the last sachet was. Might even save it for my first day back to student accommodation, a treat qhilst my cupboards are bare.

Also two new teas to try out. The happy Monday one is the same as one I received in a previous box and I’m going to save it for when I have a winter cold as it’s citrusy and will be perfect for when I’m feeling a bit off. The second is also a citrus type tea, Lemon Valerian. It sounds very Game of Thrones like and I can’t wait to try it out. I will save it for when the weather cools down a bit though as I’m not in much of a tea mood when it’s so hot outside. Who’d have thought the sun would even reach the Isle of Man for once?!

The mango chocolate has got to be the oddest thing I’ve heard off in chocolate so far. I was extremely dubious at first and was all for letting someone else be the guinea pig and see how they reacted after sampling it, but I didn’t. I broke off a single piece and gave it a quick sniff (as you do) before placing it in my mouth. Yeah this was oddly enough, not bad. I couldn’t eat all of a bar too myself, at least not in one sitting, but it was quite enjoyable, just a bit sweet. I imagine that’s the lime flavour, maybe the mango. Had a bit of a kick in the after taste as well which must have been the chilli hitting. It was great to try it because I would have never bought it for myself. I like it!

That’s it for the snacks and even though I didn’t get on with some of them it was great giving them all a go. There was one item in this box that I really didn’t get on well with and that was the Ancient Wisdom massage and bath oil. It was a bit too strong scented for me, really not a fan. Did add a few drops of it into Baby Oil to use on my mum’s elbow (She’s got a broken elbow that she massages to help it loosen up) but it gave her a small rash so I’m afraid I won’t be using more of this. Only downside so far.

Next major item from this box was a 100% Natural toothpaste that was Citrus and Aloe Vera flavour. I’ve never used a natural toothpaste before and was very intrigued as it smelt brilliant and sounded like a great idea. I did try it out and once I got over the fact that it wasn’t minty I actually really liked it. It tastes quite lemony and not herbal like I was expecting it too. I don’t think it’s something I would purchase on a regular basis as I’m really conscious about my teeth and have my routine set for cleaning them but I wouldn’t be off put to use this until it runs out, it’s going on my shelf. In fact, I might use it as my night toothpaste that way I’m minty fresh for work and citrusy for bed. It does get a thumbs up for those of you wanting to swap over.

One of my favourite items this month was the little lolly face cloths. When I first saw it I thought it was some kind of Marshmallow lolly but it’s two face cloth towels wrapped up to form the cute lolly in the photo. The towels are very soft and the perfect size, they’re stuck together in one corner which I think will pull apart but I’ve left it as it is for now as it works for me. These little beauties are coming with me to uni next month. I needed some and now I have some. Very happy and perfect little design. Great idea for a little stocking filler present for you oddballs that have started Christmas shopping already!

In every box you receive a tea light candle and a reusable cloth. The blue of this cloth is one of my favourite colours so I was very happy with it. Still not as soft as the first one I received but still really nice. The tea light is very orange and isn’t overpowering at all so it’s perfect. The last one has just been used so this arrived in time to replace it and it smells really refreshing and subtle so I’m happy.

 

Some of you might ask why I thought this was such a fantastic box when I disliked a lot of the things I tried. The answer to that is that I loved to try all the goodies that came in this box. Yes, the crisp things were very yucky but it was something I would never have tried before and I love the fact that I got to try them out.

I would love it if the boxes contained a bit more information on the products, maybe a little guide to show the retail value of what is being received as it would help me know whether or not I would have purchased the items for myself. Also it would really help me be more aware of how good a value the Pamper box is. The Facebook group is a great help for finding out more information but it would be great to already have it in the box itself. This box costs £16 with a £3 postage charge and was the cheaper option for these boxes, there are other available, Including boxes with scrundies and cloth pads. Please go and check them out at the My Days Pamper box Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/ and enjoy. This will be my last box until Christmas now unfortunately as I’m now going to be a poor student and can no longer afford to treat myself. So please go and treat yourselves in my place! Share with me your gorgeous purchases so I can live vicariously through all of my readers!

Thank you all for reading!

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