All things R.U.M.P.s

A few years ago, I came across a Facebook group about reusable menstrual products. At that time I had already been a menstrual cup user for almost eight years. I was first exposed to menstrual cups in the early 90’s when I moved to Europe. I used one for a while but since it was something I was not familiar with, it became hard for me to fall in love with it. So tampons and pads it was again.

Fast forward to early 2007 and I was ecstatic when I entered my local Sprouts store and saw they carried a menstrual cup. Although, the upfront cost of this cup was outrageous and way out of my budget I was happy to see a European concept here in the States. Even more so here in my town that is super conservative with a large Hispanic demographic that already stresses to the young Hispanic girls that tampons are “sin.” I drove home like a child who had just gotten a new toy. I was anxious for my cycle to arrive that month.

The upfront cost of the cup washes out the monthly cost of disposables. Most menstrual cups if taken care of properly will last up to ten years. Yes, you read that right. Ten Years!! A menstrual cup can cost you roughly between $20-$40 USD. This is a one time upfront cost. Now calculate your savings. For me personally, I was spending anywhere between $10-$15 USD a month for tampons and pads. Take that times the number of months in a year, equals $120-$180. That equates to $1200 for ten years. That is a savings of a minimum of $1000.

My cup would have lasted the ten years if it had not been for me falling asleep while I was sterilizing it and it ended up boiling to death.

The previous cup that was boiled to death wasn’t really suitable for my body but it was the only one that was on the market ten years ago. So when I was on the hunt to purchase a new cup, I saw there were lots of different menstrual cup companies now. I was happy for that because they each had designed their cups for the different bodies out there. Some are made for women with low cervix, some for women with high cervix, and most have a selection of capacity size for regular cycles and for heavy cycles.

My next cup was a brand new up and coming USA based company. I purchased this cup through Amazon at an unbelievable low price and with Prime 2 day shipping, it was a deal I could not pass up. This new cup arrived right on time. I was day two of my cycle and I was in love. This cup was much gentler inside of my body, but again it was not my goldilocks cup.

Last month, I took the plunge and purchased another cup. I purchased the Lena Cup. It turned out to be my Goldilocks cup. I was happy.

Now, onto part two of reusable menstrual products, cloth pads.

Even though, I was a cup user I would rest my body of having something internal and wore pads at night. When I came across that Facebook page and saw women talking about cloth pads, I sort of thought to myself no way. I already wash laundry too often and I am not about to take on more washing.

But when I was diagnosed with PCOS and was found to have over 30 fibroids living rent free in my uterus, I knew it was time to stop using conventional disposable pads. I did research and found many of these pads are slathered with chemicals. They all have special chemicals to wick away the liquid and women have this up against an open body organ. By this time, I had already started to remove chemicals from our home. We stopped using hair and body products that contained SLS, Parabens, and Phthalates. We stopped using conventional deodorant and had switched out our dental products to oils and clays. So why not, stop using disposable pads.

Enter the world of cloth pads. Now, being a few cycles in using cloth pads, I think to myself as to why I waited so long. Yes, it takes a bit of “care” in the sense of extra laundry but I am happy with it. I am happy at the continued savings cost and extremely happy that I no longer have harmful chemicals near “her”.

If you want to enter the world of cloth pads, try reaching out to my Top 5 sellers! Let them know I referred you. I don’t get anything in return, I just want them to continue to know that I love their products.

*not in any order*

Just Jillian’s Resuables

Clothespin Cloth

Eco-Owl by Netta 

Gemini Creations

Ember Rose Reusables

 

©Valerie 

 

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Service Review: Filter Easy

Hello All,

As previously mentioned in the last post, I normally do not write reviews unless it is for or on a product that I stand by.

Today’s review will be on the service that Filter Easy. This company will deliver AC filters to your doorstep so you will never have to worry about whether you changed it or not.

As a parent to a child who suffers from Asthma it is imperative that I change the filters as scheduled. Lets face it though, we all live busy lives. Between work, sport schedules, yoga, gym visits, and other family engagements it is hard to remember to pick up a filter while at the grocery or hardware store. I have been guilty myself of letting the changing of our filters go a week due to our busy schedules.

Now with Filter Easy, it really is just that…easy. I no longer have to worry if the filters went a bit too long before being changed and my son’s health is never jeopardized. They get delivered right to my doorstep every three months on the dot. The pricing of the filters are very much comparable to store found ones and honestly, I feel they are better quality. They offer three different filter versions. LiteAllergen, MicroAllergen, and SuperAllergen filters are all manufactured in the US by AAF Flanders, the largest air filter manufacturer in the country.

  • LiteAllergen-This filter keeps the air fresh, offering higher airflow while also filtering out basics like pollen, dust, pet dander and virus carriers.
  • MicroAllergen-Our most popular grade, the MicroAllergen takes air filtration a few steps further. It offers good airflow but better filtrationthan the LiteAllergen, and it helps cleanse your home of smoke and smog in addition to filtering out the basics.
  • SuperAllergen-This is the most powerful filter in our lineup, and it’s called “Super” for a reason. It rids the air of everything our other filters do, but also filtrates lead dust, oil smoke and those pesky microscopic allergens. Airflow is good, but higher filtration automatically means a denser filter, and therefore slightly less airflow than with our other grades.

I myself use the MicroAllergen and can tell you that it filters much better than some of the pricier ones I have purchased at local stores.

Give it a try, click this link and try it today. You will get $20 towards your first order. Depending on the number of vents you have in your home, this $20 credit can get you your first order FREE. It did for me. 🙂

You can set your own schedule; monthly or every three months. You can suspend if needed and you can postpone a delivery if needed as well. This came in handy when we traveled this summer. I postponed my delivery by three weeks so it wouldn’t arrive while we were on vacation. It arrived exactly when I wanted it too, that was a plus. Plus, the packaging as seen is simple.  (the picture of the door was placed for security to hide personal info)

Also, they have the best customer service ever!!!

What do you have to lose? Take that $20 credit and get started today. If you don’t love the service as I have, you may cancel at any time.

Review-The Laundry Alternative “Nina Soft Dryer”

Alright folks,

I normally do not write reviews unless I absolutely love a product. This is a product I absolutely love! If you live in an apartment like I do, this item is a must for you if your place doesn’t have washer/dryer connections. It is also the item for you if you loathe having to use communal laundromats.

I wouldn’t quite say I hate laundromats (okay, yes I do) and I have been lucky in that my grandmother lives less than 10 minutes away. For almost a year and half of living in my place, every Sunday we would pack up the laundry bags and drive the 10 minutes to her place to wash clothes. It was a win-win for me since she allowed me to use her water and electricity free of charge in exchange I run her on her errands. After a while, it became overwhelming. I started to wish upon the days where I could just spend my Sundays relaxing and being a couch potato.

That wish came true.

After countless hours of research and YouTube videos I was introduced to the concepts of Portable Washers and Portable Dryers. I was blown away. I found a company that was about to give me back my Sundays.

The Laundry Alternative based out of Texas was my answer. This company was the solution for all apartment, condo, townhouse, and RV living. They bring forth a greener, energy efficient, and money saving way to wash your clothes.

When I happened upon them, I had started to wash some items by hand at home to help minimize the hours I was spending washing at my grandmothers. However, the wringing of the clothes was not friendly to my carpal tunnel infected wrists nor my ulnar nerve damaged arm. I needed something to help me wring the items out and dry them quickly since I was limited on the hours the beautiful sun was out.

In came TLA Nina’s Soft Dryer. I was a bit hesitant to purchase it because of the price but quickly realized it would pay for itself in no time. I was a bit lucky. The morning I was going to order it online, I was on good ol’Craigslist posting a futon for sell. Something possessed me to type in the words Portable Dryer and to my surprise someone was selling a Nina Soft dryer. The listing was almost two hours away from where we live but I had been promising my son we would resume our Explore Texas Day trips, so we got in the car and drove an hour and half. We picked up the Dryer and drove home. I was surprised at first by the size. I honestly was not expecting something of that grandeur. I thought it would be large enough to hold one or two items but I have been able to easily accommodate; a few t-shirts, socks, and undergarments all at one time.

I am not exaggerating when I say this spin dryer dries! 

I will run the dryer for about 3-5 minutes depending on items and will line dry them. Some of our items are fully dry in less than 20 minutes. The heavier fabrics such as jeans will take a few hours.

I also put it to the test in seeing just how much water the conventional washers spin out. I brought home a load of towels from washing at my grandmother’s and placed it in the Nina. There were maybe a total of 8 or 9 towels and the Nina was still able to extract almost 12 cups of water from them.

Take my word folks, if you live in an apartment, condo, townhouse, or RV and you are looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint (and Money) and GO GREEN get yourself your very own Nina Soft Dryer today.

You will not be disappointed.