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Mooncups, life changing silicon

Mooncups are life changing. I know that sounds bizarre.

I first became aware of Mooncups during my early twenties. I saw stickers on the back of toilet doors in public toilets and service stations and thought:

“What sort of weirdo goes around putting stickers about sanitary protection in toilets? What sort of person would you have to be, for that to be something you would WANT to do?”

I didn’t buy one.

Then I became older and wiser. I started trying to conceive my first child and started visiting the website Mumsnet. There were people going on about Mooncups on there too. I’d had years of using icky tampons that left my insides dry and sore. I’d tried sanitary towels, both with and without wings, and loathed the way they felt against my skin. Even worse, when they started adding gels and chemicals into them, I ended up with a raw undercarriage from a reaction to them!

Mooncups could not be any worse surely?

So I ordered one.

It arrived in the post.

I waited for my period to arrive.

It didn’t. I conceived.

So the Mooncup was stashed at the back of the cupboard for almost one year.

Finally, I was ready to use it. I read and re-read the instructions and had a go. At this point I will admit that it took me three months of periods before I really adapted to it. At first I didn’t get the angle right (aim for your lower back rather than straight up towards your throat).

It hadn’t unfolded properly on one occasion and so it leaked slightly (my fault for not double checking, I was aware it felt ‘funny’.

The stem was poking me! Tip – cut it off, cut it all off. You don’t need it.

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Cut off that stem! Ouch!

Now though I’ve been using my Mooncup for over 9 years. Yes, the same Mooncup! And therein lies the beauty of them. I bought one Mooncup for £20, it’s still going strong now. Think of the financial saving! Think of the environmental saving!

If I use an average of 6 tampons per day and my period typically lasts 7 days minimum (I know – sucks to be me), that’s 42 tampons. A period every month takes the total tampons used to 504 used in a year. A regular pack of 20 tampons is approximately £2.70 (cheapest on Amazon, however most women regularly pay more in the supermarket). I would need 2 boxes per period – 24 boxes per year. That’s a whopping £64.80 per year! And that’s not even including the fact that I used sanitary towels at night..

So over my 9 years of Mooncup wearing I’ve easily saved myself over £580.

The other plus points are numerous.

No more carrying various sanitary stuff around with you, you just need one mooncup AND it comes with a swanky little drawstring bag so it doesn’t get fluffed up with all the crap at the bottom of your handbag (I know this, as I forgot to use the bag once.. Never again).

My periods are slightly lighter and don’t hurt any more. Theories online abound about the reasons for this. Most popular is that as mooncups are passive, they are not ‘drawing’ menstrual blood from your body, therefore less cramps.

You don’t need to change it as often. You know those days when you know you are due on, but haven’t started yet? The repeated trips to the loo to check you haven’t started yet? None of that with a mooncup, just put it in and check it later in the day.

I’ve managed to convert several of my friends to the mooncup way :)

And that’s another thing to consider, how many people do you know who get evangelical over tampons or towels? Exactly. None.

Now where can I get my hands on some toilet door stickers….

Mooncups are available in larger Boots stores, supermarkets and direct from  the mooncup website with a retail price of £19.99.

Alternatively, they are available on special offer at Amazon for just £17.95 – a saving of over 15% on the normal price.

 

Troutbeck Cottage B&B

For my family holiday this summer I’m going up to Northumberland, but as it’s rather a long way (especially with two travel-sick prone children) I’m breaking the journey part way near Carlisle.

Me and my parent’s looked at various options to break the journey before we stumbled across the details for Troutbeck Cottage B&B in Warwick Bridge. It’s not far from the M6, just off the A69.

The prices were reasonable and it seemed ideal for our needs, so we booked a double room for my parents and a family room for me, E and M.

We arrived and were shown around by the welcoming proprietor, Sally. We enquired about places to eat nearby that were child friendly and Sally produced menu’s from local pubs that were suitable. We chose the Lane End Inn  www.laneendinnhayton.robinsonsbrewery.com about 2 miles further along the A69.

The food there was excellent, and the staff were welcoming and friendly. The food is prepared on the premises and it really shows! My mum and I managed to slurp our way through a bottle of the house red (well priced at £12 a bottle). We all enjoyed our meals, and the children loved theirs too. Sometimes when I eat out with my children, I feel like the children’s menu is just an assortment of crap from the bottom of the freezer. This was definitely not the case at Lane End Inn. The fish fingers E had were huge and clearly homemade. M had pizza slices and chips which again, were all homemade. The pizza slice was possibly the nicest tasting I’ve had in years! (I was forced to sample it 😉 not that I minded) Children’s meals were a good price ( £5 for a main with chips, peas or beans, a glass of cordial and two scoops of ice cream) and really generous portions. My mum and I shared a dessert of Eton Mess which was delicious and packed with fresh strawberries. E swiped a fair old amount of our dessert too!

After our meal, I gave the children a lesson in playing pool in the adjoining room as we finished our drinks. The pool table was free to play on, which was a nice surprise.  Then we headed back to Troutbeck Cottage for the night.

The family room that I had booked is spacious and well laid out. There are two single beds and one double, a television, wardrobe, dressing table and tea making facilities. I especially love that actual decent sized glasses and cups are provided. Not just that…. Actual wine glasses too! Although I don’t need them on this occasion, the number of times I’ve ended up drinking wine out of a tea cup in hotels, this seems very civilised indeed!

Troutbeck Cottage - they think of everything!
Troutbeck Cottage – they think of everything!

There is also an en suite shower room, which is spotlessly clean and contains fluffy towels, shower gel and shampoo, soap and flannels etc.

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I’m writing this post while tucked up in bed drinking camomile tea, and I have to say, it’s a very comfortable bed! Both children are now sound asleep. The room has a blackout blind and thick curtains which is great if your children struggle to settle while it’s still light. There is some traffic noise, but I’d be astonished if there wasn’t as the B&B is situated well for just hopping off the A69. I can confidently say that the traffic hasn’t bothered E & M and I’m positive it won’t bother me.

I’ve filled out a form for each of us regarding what we would like for breakfast and I’m already expecting fabulous things!

So on that note.. Goodnight all