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SIMPLY TOSO NOW OPEN

SIMPLY TOSO NOW OPEN

I am happy to announce that my shop is now open. Over time I will be adding handmade items as well as specially selected items from independent creators for your home. For now you will find printables designed by me for you. You can find […]

Turning 40

Turning 40

  It’s been awhile since I posted. I didn’t realize how caught up in other stuff I got. I have been keeping my hands in multiple baskets making it all work slowly but surely. I am not a eggs in only one basket kind of […]

My Menstrual Cup Review

My Menstrual Cup Review

My Menstrual Cup Review
Image Via: KnottyVibes.com

I am not new to menstrual cups. I jumped on the same band wagon many others did and got a Diva Menstrual Cup. While Diva is loved by many, it is not loved by me and my vagina. I found it too stiff and shifted too easily causing uncomfortable pressure. I was hesitant to try again but I was really tired of tampons and having to line with pads just in case, which honestly was always needed. I did enjoy the sponge for comfort but again, there would be leakage, and honestly it was messy.

When I came across a twitter post about a menstrual cup that you only had to pay for shipping, I gave it a look. I mean if it didn’t work, I would only be out a few bucks instead of $40+. I looked at reviews from folks who used it on twitter. So I decided to give it a go. Went to the site and really fell in love with the company. I like that it is women owned and operated, I like how they donate to women’s charities and you get to choose which one. I didn’t think twice about having them donate to Planned Parenthood. Shipping takes awhile which is understandable given the attention this free cup is getting. But I didn’t feel like it was a insane amount of time. Two weeks I think, I was actually expecting a month.

I have used it for 2 cycles now and I will be ordering an extra. Let me tell you why….

  1. Very little mess.I have not leaked once. In all my years of having a period, I have always leaked, until now. YAY!
  2. So comfortable. The Mae Cup is softer than some of the other cups but not so soft it slips out of its position. It stays in place but there was never a moment where I could feel pressure or pinching.
  3. Saves money. You will not be going through tampons like crazy (which us heavy bleeders tend to) and that is a HUGE money saver. This cup will last you years.
  4. NO CRAMPS! I swear. My cramping stopped. I noticed this with the sponge too and the only thing I can think of for this is, cotton is highly absorbent. Which can be a good thing but not for your cycle. Cotton will draw moisture around it to it, so I feel like perhaps it pulls excess moisture causing the flow to be more forced. I am no expert, this is my opinion. Whether I am right or not, I know my cramping stopped.

 

Here is some info from the site itself:

Knotty Vibes’ mission is to make sexual and reproductive health accessible to all women. Not only are we donating purchase proceeds to women’s organizations but we also are also giving supplies for free! This includes the our Mae Menstrual Cup, named after Mae Jemison who is a physician who volunteered with the Peace Corps and was the first female African American astronaut to go into space.

Why should you switch to the Mae Menstrual Cup?

  • It’s free! Compared to other menstrual cups retailing at over $25!!
  • They’re made out of certified medical grade silicone, so they are certainly much safer than the toxic tampons/pads that contain at least 8 harmful toxins on an average.
  • With proper care, one cup could last for 10 years, which means less visits to the pharmacy & hundreds of $$ in savings.
  • You get an extra five hours in between changes, because they hold 5x more liquid
  • Convenient – no leakage, Very comfortable, you won’t even feel it!

Get your Mae Cup now! ->> KnottyVibes.com

Do you use a menstrual cup? Considering it? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

As always, life is for living. Live it intentionally. See ya in the next post. ♥

Health & Fitness Update 1

Health & Fitness Update 1

  I unfortunately don’t have much of an update when it comes to this health & fitness journey. Nothing I’d brag about at any rate. I didn’t fall off the wagon per say but I didn’t stick 100% to my plans for May. A lot […]

SELF CARE TIPS AFTER A FAMILY EMERGENCY

SELF CARE TIPS AFTER A FAMILY EMERGENCY

Back in May of 2017, I rushed my mother to the hospital. She was vomiting even after having just water, extremely lethargic, and complained of pressure on her chest. Within 20 mins of filling out ER forms she was rushed into emergency heart surgery She […]

PRODUCT REVIEW – CANUS SOAP

PRODUCT REVIEW – CANUS SOAP

I never thought I’d be doing a review for soap. I needed to because you see I am allergic to coconut. I have been for many years and as time progresses I find it more and more irritating. With the rise of the going natural movement as of late, I was excited. I thought finally I can get some natural products from my regular store. How wrong I was. You see coconut is all things holy to the natural & organic communities. When you read the products it’s always coconut oil. I was really heart broken and started looking into diy projects for beauty and for food. I’ll talk more about my facial care routine in another post. What I learned in my search for coconut free soaps is all those soaps on the market. Just your everyday soaps that aren’t marketed as natural or organic. Still have coconut.

You see Sodium Cocoate is a component of coconut oil. I spent several minuets in a Target isle looking at every single soap they had, bar and liquid. Guess what they all had. Sodium Cocoate. Well! That explains why my skin always, and I mean always feels itchy and irritated after a shower. I really couldn’t understand why if I was using moisturizing wash, why was my skin so dry. Why was it itching for hours after? Now I know. Now I guess you can say I am cheap but really I don’t like spending money if I can do it myself. I did the research on making your own soaps and for right I can’t house or purchase the supplies needed. So I went digging on etsy and other places for folks who already do this. Again so much use of coconut. I did however find one woman who informed me she uses no coconut or nuts of any kind in her products! Woohoo. However price wise, I was a bit hesitant. So I decided to head over to Vitamin Shoppe and just see what they have. That is where I came across Canus.

I’ve always wanted to try goat’s milk soap but they can be a bit pricey. Canus makes a vegetable oil base soap with goats milk. No coconut of any kind. YES! Around $4 per bar (at my local vitamin shoppe). Not too bad. My concern was how long will it last more than anything. Well here we are a month later and still doing well with that 1 bar of soap. My mother has been using it as well so I’ll give you her opinion of the soap as well.

For me:

The smell is wonderful. No over-bearing perfume smell, not overly sweet. Just a soft lovely scent that fades. It rinses clean off. I was worried this would dry my skin out because you get squeaky clean. There is no film left because which is very nice. Moisturizing. As I said above, I was worried it would dry my skin out but I didn’t one bit. I didn’t have to coat myself in lotion afterwards, just a little bit of lotion went a long way because my skin was crying out for moisture.

Long lasting. I have had this bar for a month or so now and I don’t even think I am half way done. It is a nice hard bar that lathers nicely. You don’t need that much which is also nice. I feel like I end up using more liquid soap than needed it just doesn’t last. This is truly holding it’s own. I keep it out of water of course on a soap holder so it can dry out after each use. I’ve used it on my face and my skin loves it. No breakouts, no dried skin, no excess oiliness.

My Mother:

Moisturizing for post-menopausal skin. If you are menopausal or post-menopausal you know how hard it is to keep your skin moisturized. This soap has made that process less difficult. The smell is pleasant and doesn’t stick around long, so no conflicting with body sprays. Clean rinsing. No greasy so called moisturizing film left behind, which can make you feel dirty after you’ve just showered.

In short, this is my new soap. I am sure there are many out there that was are just as good or better. But I am happy. I enjoyed this soap from the first use and still enjoy it. This is my soap and it’s here to stay. I visited their site and they are a lot more stuff. They are a Canadian based company that expanded into the US market with an office in Vermont. You should check them out. Get to know them and go buy their stuff. I have never done a product review but I felt the need to do this one for my fellow coconut allergy sufferers.

Have you tried their products? Are there others you enjoy using? Let me know in the comments.

*I was in no way compensated for this post. The opinions are of my own and my mother’s opinions hers. Links placed in this post is just a way for me to earn a little something through amazon affiliates. You are not obligated purchase through my link. *

Image Credit: https://www.canusgoatsmilk.com
MY GLASS COLLECTION

MY GLASS COLLECTION

So in my journey of living a simpler life I took notice of how often we use plastic as a means of “convenience”. For awhile I have been cutting back on living a disposable life. It has been hard but once I truly started taking […]

ALOE, THAT BEAUTIFUL SPIKY MAGICIAN

ALOE, THAT BEAUTIFUL SPIKY MAGICIAN

You hear people talking about Aloe all of the time, but it’s not some new trend. People from all over have been using Aloe. For burns, digestive benefits, skin care, etc. Suddenly more and more people are paying attention to it’s benefits. I think it’s […]

A RELAXING EVENING

A RELAXING EVENING

Your morning really starts the night before. The way you wind down for the evening has a direct impact on how your morning goes, and kind of the day as a whole. Taking time for yourself before bed is highly important. This is your time to just let go of the stress that has accumulated. I know this can be hard. I am one of those people who is always going a 100 mph. Multi-tasking champion. I think that is how a lot of women are. We take on so much and wear so many hats. Now I want you to put on your self-care hat and create a night-time routine. It will take some time for it to set it, but I promise you it will and it will be of a great benefit to not only your body, but your mind. What you choose and need to do is up to you, everyone is different. So follow what your body is telling you it needs.

Here are some things that make for a relaxing evening for me. I didn’t list my actual routine because it changes depending on my needs that day.

Mini facials. I like to give myself a mini facial that will sometimes include a K-Beauty mask. What I love about these masks is many aren’t meant to be washed off so that is one less thing I have to do. But I steep a cup of tea, put on some music I like, gather all my stuff, and give my face a little pampering. By the time I am done, My tea is ready for drinking. I already notice a huge weight lifted. It becomes ritualistic, that routine become comforting.

Comfy sleepwear. One day I will wear very silk lingerie another day super soft plush pajamas. One thing I noticed is they are always soft and breathable fabric. That is what really works for me. I like the feeling of coolness and softness of against my skin.

A good book. Reading helps me shut out the world. It takes me somewhere else. I usually am reading 2 books at a time. The day is business or self-improvement related, while at night I prefer fiction. It forces me to get out of work mode. Also helps with my creativity because now I have to envision these worlds the book is creating.

Tea. I probably drink too much tea but I love it. The taste. The aroma. It’s all so relaxing. My two favorites are both by Yogi Teas. Yogi Bedtime Soothing Caramel and Yogi Tea Herbal Stress Relief, Honey Lavender*. They don’t make me sleepy per say, but they do just relax my muscles which helps me to get comfortable easier and just chill out.

Fan. I have a thing with white noise and breeze. No matter how cold it is, I need to feel a soft breeze and I need a little white noise to help hush the noise of dogs barking, my cats running around like a bunch of crazies, and the occasional car.

 

What routine have you created? You you ever consider creating a bedtime routine?

 

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1 SIMPLE THING FOR BETTER MORNINGS

1 SIMPLE THING FOR BETTER MORNINGS

Water. Yep, that’s it. Okay, thanks for stopping by see you at the next post. Okay, okay there might be a little bit more. It’s true though, water is something that will make your mornings better. I always thought it was ridiculous and just a […]