Period blog Oct 2016 and WIWTM

So once more we approach the spectacular event that is the menstrual cycle. That’s right look away now if you have absolutely no desire to read about it but if you’re that bloke that published the article on women ‘holding their bladders’ you may want to stay tuned and be educated.

img_1812Anyways today is the 26th and I’m just shy of one week overdue and noticed a little bit of spotting so I have popped on my little Harry Potter liner from Tortoise Wing Things. I can’t tell if I’m crampy or not as I have had a vomiting bug and have pulled the muscles in my stomach so could be cramps but could also be that. Either way I haven’t had to take anything I just feel a little delicate so I’m hugging my hot water bottle. Not much to report so far so we’ll see how we go as the day progresses. Okay not much happening so far still slight spotting but not fully started yet, will change into a light pad overnight as a just in case, but should wake up with cramps if it gets really heavy all of a sudden. Think I’ll use my Lily and Leo Deathly Hallows pad, it’s still new and shiny!

So today was more spotting, very slight again but redder then yesterday. I’m expecting things to really get going overnight tonight. Been a little achy but not really cramping aches more body aches. Backs quite sore which I don’t know if its period based or just really long lectures today (at least that’s how they felt). Kept the same pad from last night on as I hadn’t spotted overnight and yes that might make me a bit yucky but meh! I changed over to my second Lily and Leo pad for the evening which is my only Game of Thrones pad so far, that makes me sad. As the evenings going on I’m feeling a little bloated and queasy but still not really cramping. (Sorry my hands in the video, covering a stain that I haven’t treated yet.)img_1820

Woke up this morning with slight spotting once again but still nothing really happening. I had a day of travelling ahead of me so I put on a moderate pad just in case. My TCS Daryl pad because I’m in a Walking Dead kinda mood. No cramping, no more spotting, nothing. This is weird and annoying.IMG_1552

I went without a pad today because there is no longer spotting! I’m really confused now, my body hates me and likes to keep me in suspense. That or its waiting for me to get to work Monday and be crippled. Anyway sorry this is probably an even more boring read, just me playing cat and mouse with my cycle but that’s how it seems to be this month. I actually had to use a disposable liner this afternoon as I haven’t packed any and want to save my others for the main event so I used some of my old liners. Forgot how much disposables smell of chemicals. Still no sign of properly starting yet, just spotting. I will put a liner on overnight though because I’ve had a tiny tummy ache this evening so just one of my wrap around ones I think.

Thank goodness I put that liner on! I woke up around 8 in agony and unable to move without going dizzy. Finally managed to crawl to the bathroom by 9 but I collapsed once I was in there and was vomiting from the pain. So, so far a great official start to this cycle. I managed to take some ibuprofen at 9.30 and kept it down and made it back to bed for a few hours. I couldn’t change from the liner because I couldn’t stand long enough but thankfully it has the PUL layer and it held up really well for a few hours of laying down. I felt pretty week all morning and finally got up around 11ish and put on my Tortoise Wing Things pad which I’ve worn until 3pm been heavy but not had energy to get up properly and change. Thankfully no leaks whatsoever but I wasn’t moving very much today. Just sat in front of the TV feeling sorry for myself. Cramping started up again this evening so I’ve been drugged all day, hoping the painkillers are in my system enough for my shift tomorrow otherwise I’m screwed. I’m on my second pad from the same maker now so I’m going to see how I go with eating some dinner and then an early night I think. I managed my dinner but still on the painkillers and will take them tomorrow for work as well, for now I’m swapping over to my new Lazy Creek Boutique Harry Potter pad and turning in early.

I hate morning shifts and stomach cramps, not the best combo. I have worn both of my Essence of Eve heavy pads through the day and pushed them to the limit. Stomach aches for most of the morning but calmed down until around 3 which was after work so I could curl up for a bit. Worn off this evening so I’m not taking any more pain meds tonight and hoping for the best tomorrow. For now I’m on my stain glass Brigid’s Flame pad for night.

Still steadily heavy today but not too bad. Went without painkillers and got a little crampy this afternoon but not unbearable. I wore my pique Totoro pad for the morning as it’s my comfiest pad at the minute but swapped over to the final Lily and Leo Sailor Moon pad for the afternoon. Still a bit heavy this evening but no cramps so that’s a good thing. Still going to pop on my Walking Dead Leak Freak pad and curl up for the night now.

Had a nice morning to myself so I stayed in the same pad as I’ve not been very heavy today or overnight. Heading up to the rescue centre this afternoon to drop off some dog food so popped on a moderate pad for the afternoon (Harry Potter Crimson Moon). Felt a little queasy today though and no appetite whatsoever. Forced some food down but still feel a bit rubbish, full day tomorrow which I’m not looking forward to but at least I’ve had today off. Had a nice shower and just taken it easy for the most part. Still queasy and crampy with the start of a headache so going to have an early night I think. I’ve popped on my All Fluffed Up silver bells pad that’s really comfy, things seem to be calming down now so hopefully this period won’t last much longer.

I did a load of washing yesterday so I could wear my Daryl TCS pad again today. No cramps and no headaches thankfully and things seem really light so this should be my last day this cycle, I hope. I was busy at work and wore the one pad all day with no problems whatsoever and other then an aching back I actually felt pretty good today. Went to my brother’s place for a pizza and even that didn’t set my stomach off. Today was a good day.

I don’t have any spotting this morning but I’d worn one of my Muff Fluff liners overnight just in case. Nothing at all so this cycle is over. Yay! I’m travelling back to Uni today so everything is being washed once again so I can pack up.

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Sorry for the gaps in my uploading these days, with University work starting to pile up and my rubbish health I just haven’t had the chance to write. It may be twice a month updates for a little while but I’ll try and do a bit better then that if I can. As usual my new pads are below and wating to be used. The November ones will be on my December post most likely. We have a Beary Cute Bums and another All Fluffed Up.

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Thanks as always for reading!

Charlotte

 

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World of Wizardry Geek Gear October 2016 Review

The highlight of my month is here and just in time to cheer me up. Once again been ill so seeing this waiting for me today was amazing.img_1786

So I’m sure your all aware by now that I subscribe to the World of Wizardry box from Geekgear that arrives every month posted between the 21st to the 23rd. The box comes in a brilliant crate like design with the Hogwarts crest around the edge. You also specify which house you belong to so your box is personalised to you. I still have Ravenclaw. It’s around £24.95 per month and if you get 5 people to subscribe you get a free box so please use this link and buy yourselves a treat: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

This box was full of both useful and useless things as they usually are. The one thing I am in love with is the small illustrated 2017 calendar. The pictures are gorgeous and it will help me keep track of my deadlines and assignments next year which is a double bonus. I won’t show all the month’s photos because that would ruin the fun but I’ve included April just to show you how amazing it really is.

I also received a little prefect badge (pin) which is in Ravenclaw blue and comes specific to your house colour. It’s a nice size and will go on my Harry Potter noticeboard that has been filling rapidly with these boxes. Anyways the badge isn’t anything amazing, it’s cute though and was boxed really nicely with a personal note from Professor McGonagall.

A couple of posters included which were in a cardboard tube so they weren’t damaged in the postage process. Really nice Hogwarts house poster but I love the Proclamation! It’s brilliant and the message is hilarious! Centre of the wall I think. As well as a double sided print which I think I might display the Hogwarts side of but I’ll wait and see how I feel. Some great artwork in the box, blown away by the skill and thought that went into these prints.

One thing I didn’t really understand was the Platform 9¾ metal wall sign, it was really well made but it makes the previous posted a bit pointless. I know this was the theme of the box but would have preferred one or the others. Not a fan of metal work so maybe that’s why I didn’t really like it that much. It is well made though, a little cheap as expected but the image is really well done, can only tell its cheap when you turn it over.img_1788

Also a nice little coffee mug which is great because I was thinking of buying one now that it’s getting colder. Again, a very cheap quality but the writing and footsteps really pop on the white background and is very cute. I like it but not sure how much I trust it. Will have to do a test run with cold liquid first.

I like the little added bonus of the Hogwarts ribbon as well. I’ve been meaning to try making some hairclips from this type of ribbon as I’m seen some very crafty people do in the past so this gives me the incentive. Not sure how useful an item it is as I wouldn’t want to waste it by wrapping other people’s presents in it! My ribbon! Hands off!

Then finally this boxes t-shirt! It came in two colours, a purple or a grey. Can’t decide which I would have preferred as I love both colours but I received the grey. Haven’t tried it on yet but the placement is great and I love the design so no faults so far. It will be small like the previous ones so it should fit perfectly.

All in all, a very happy customer this month! Some good, some great, all will be used! A good cheer up after watching the latest Walking Dead which destroyed me this morning. A cheer up after illness as well. Honestly if you want to pamper yourself and cheer yourselves up then please consider this box! Or even as a gift for someone! It’s a lovely teat at the end of the month. Next month’s hint is Gringotts so that will be fun to see. It will also be the Christmas box next month due to them shipping internationally and wanting to make sure everyone gets their Christmas goodies before the day itself.

img_1804Once again my referral link is here, no different from the direct website just shows that you found the box through me which makes me happy! https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

Thanks as always for reading! Also sorry that a lot of my photos face the wrong way! That’s my great photography skills at work!

Charlotte x

 

Leak Freak review

I’ve had two Leak Freak pads for a few months now and have to say I love the unique shape of them. They are made by a lady called Kaysie Martin and all of the shapes are unique to her store. It’s quite difficult to get hold of her pads and the best way is to join her Facebook page and keep an eye out for group orders or waiting lists. I was lucky and managed to get hold of my two pads. The link for the page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/leakfreak/

My first pad is in the shape of Ariel from the Little Mermaid and she has a few in these Disney character patterns I especially love the Ursula shape as well. The shape itself didn’t work for me and I have sold it on to another pad lover since I purchased it, I sold it for less then I paid as it’s not right for me to make a profit from someone else’s hard work! It was still a very slim pad it just had too much of a flare for me as I’m quite narrow. I loved the pad though and wish I could have kept it but it deserved to be with someone that can use it.

As for my second pad, this Walking Dead cotton topped pad has fast become one of my favourites. It’s a diamond shaped pad that has great coverage. It’s just a little too long for me to wear during the day but it’s the perfect pad for overnight. I believe it was a moderate pad but I have comfortably worn it on heavier days and I haven’t noticed any problems with leaking. I don’t wear it on my heaviest days but I do push its boundaries a bit. I do find that if I have a heavy night then there is a little risk of blood gathering nearer the wings so I am conscious that it’s a moderate and not a heavy. I really wish it was a heavy for that little extra security, next time! Let me stress this though, it hasn’t leaked through. It contours to your body perfectly, really soft but still holds its shape well. Not too thick and not super thin. Really comfy pads and I would love to try some of her other styles. This one is cotton topped so it does that a few washes to get this best of its absorbency, maybe wash it two or three times before you use cotton topped pads.img_1294

Kaysie also has a YouTube channel that has a lot of informative videos, some great reviews on there. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMrbaJrWnoLRjOzmbbVny7A

She prefers front bleeder style pads so if you tend to leak over the fronts of your pads her videos would be great for seller recommendations. I’m quite central for mine so it’s not an issue I have. She goes into details on styles and shapes that are best suited for this type of bleeding so she will be a great source of information.  She’s really nice so don’t hesitate to ask questions via Facebook! The maker of one of my favourite pads which you be seeing a lot of in my period blogs so get used to the sight of it! Now I just need to find a way to get even more! As far as i’m aware she does post Worldwide just make sure you tell her your international before your invoiced! She’s based in the US though so keep that in mind for your postage costs.

Thanks as always for reading!

Charlotte x