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Archive for April, 2011

And This Too Shall Pass…

sleeping baby Leo

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Is that the motto of every mother?

This week Bean went through her first real sickness when all 3 of us came down with the flu the day after Easter (it got 7 family members in total!).

I was sincerely hoping it was food poisoning when hubby and I both started feeling very bad, very quickly on Monday night. I didn’t want her to have to go through what we were experiencing!

But around 2AM, after not having woken up to eat as usual at 11, she started vomiting in her sleep. It was just a small amount and looked like spit-up, but I was immediately terrified. 8 months is way too young to have the flu!

She did it again a few times through that miserable night in which I got no sleep between my own illness and hers; a few hours in I called Telehealth Ontario to talk to a registered nurse about whether I should call an ambulance because hubby and I were totally not up to driving to the hospital…I had horrors in my head of dehydration and other terrible things happening to her if I let this go on any further.

The nurse asked all kinds of questions (probably thought I was a total dork) and then advised me to give her pedialyte the next day and call again if it got worse. Read the rest of this entry »

Love Letter for a Bean – April 2011

Love Letters for a Bean(These posts are inspired by Touchstonez & SausageMama – if you blog and you’re interested in posting a monthly letter to your kiddos, you can grab the badge to join in here).

Dear Bean,

I think I must be confused. I find it very hard to accept that you are 8 months old today. Are you sure it’s not 7 months? That I didn’t mix up the dates?

Because Little Miss – you are growing way too fast!

It’s such sadness and joy together that sometimes I can hardly bear it…you’re doing new things every day and you feel bigger and more heavy when I hold you…it’s getting harder to imagine how tiny you were when you made your appearance 8 months ago. I look at pictures and I’m astounded to see the changes that have come so fast.

As always, all you want to do is move…it’s rare to see you sitting still for more than 5 minutes. You’ve been crawling, pulling yourself up to stand…and I see you with that gleam of desire in your eye whenever you see children walking. I feel you’re thinking, “I WILL make that happen just as soon as I’m able!

You are a little girl who is going places! Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Update & a Sunday Surf


The Ham I Baked Today - 1950's Style Awesomeness

The Ham I Baked Today - 1950's Style Awesomeness

What a week!

Earth week, mama cloth reviews and a giveaway (still lots of time to enter!), an Earth Day Blog Carnival, guest posting at The Cloth Diapering Mama, The Great Cloth Diaper Change, and Easter!

Can I have another weekend please?

In spite of being tired (and still quite full), I feel almost ready for a new week to begin – just need a quick recap of the weekend first!

Bean came down with a bit of a cold and was miserable Friday night, so Saturday night we added some eucalyptus and lavender essential oil to the humidifier and it seemed to help quite a bit…she’s almost back to her normal self today (though we are still getting more nighttime wakeups than usual…poor Bean!). I was very thankful to mamas on Facebook for their helpful advice, though I DO have a bit of a beef to share!

Here’s the thing – I posed the exact same question on two pages (essentially: Bean has cold; natural remedies; how much oil should I put in the humidifier). On one page (an AP/natural parenting page that allows fans to post questions and get advice from other fans), I specifically stated that breastfeeding was not an option for us – I knew that if I didn’t, the answers would probably be filled with bf’ing remedies (not that I have anything at all against that – it just wasn’t something that was going to be helpful to me!). Read the rest of this entry »

Can I Have a Green Period, Too? (Giveaway ~ US & Canada – CLOSED)

Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival

This post is part of the Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!


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Do you REALLY wanna keep using these??

Happy Earth Day!

It’s been such a blast throughout this past week sharing reviews and my experiences with Mama Cloth and other natural menstrual products, getting your feedback, and realizing that making the switch wasn’t so hard after all.

I know I was a little worried in the beginning that I would spend money and find out I really didn’t like one or all of the products I picked, but truly, I would be happy with any of them over disposable pads and tampons any day – I’m only sorry I didn’t make the switch sooner!

If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, please check out my reviews on Moms Crafts 4 U (along with Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea), Lunapads, GladRags, the Diva Cup, Sea Sponge Tampons, and Party in My Pants

And if you’re still on the fence, here are a few Earth Day inspirations that might help to bring you over:

  • Over 20 BILLION disposable pads, tampons, and applicators will be added to landfills every year in North America alone. The disposal of these products releases dioxins and other toxic chemicals into our rivers, lakes and oceans and pollutes our soil.
  • A woman will use on average 13,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. ONE cloth pad has the potential to replace 140 disposable pad/tampon products.
  • ONE cloth pad can last up to 5 years.
  • Disposable pads and tampons used in an average woman’s menstruating life will cost her $4500 compared to $200-$750 for reusable pads and tampons.
  • Many pads and tampons are chemically treated to whiten, perfume, and make them more absorbent. They are also made of synthetic fibers. Given the sensitivity of the vaginal area to chemical absorption and the number of disposable menstrual products a woman uses in her life, this is a really big issue.


STILL not convinced??

Well, that’s OK, because Becoming Crunchy has gotten together with WAHM Veronica from Moms Crafts 4 U, who has generously donated three 8” cloth pads AND a $10 gift certificate good for anything in her wonderful Etsy shop for one lucky winner from today’s post – you may just get a chance to try before you buy! Read the rest of this entry »

Is Mama Cloth Really for Me?

My Stash

My Stash

All this week at Becoming Crunchy, I’ve been reviewing Mama Cloth, or cloth menstrual pads, along with reusable tampon-like products – the Diva Cup and Sea Sponge tampons (even wrote a guest post on this topic over at The Cloth Diapering Mama!)

I’m very excited to host a mama cloth giveaway tomorrow as part of the upcoming Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction, but I wanted to do a little wrap-up of my experiences and reviews before we go ahead with the giveaway.

Did I Make the Right Decision?

I’m gonna answer that one with a big “Heck Yes!!”

I really want to emphasize – I was so not all about mama cloth when I first heard of it; I decided to give it a try because I had read so many great reviews, and because I would prefer my daughter to use natural products over disposables when she gets to that point in her life, but I really didn’t expect to like it.

Now I’m just wishing I had made the decision sooner!

This is just one of those things I know I will never regret doing; there are too many benefits that outweigh the negatives of using disposable pads and tampons.

OK…Then Which One Should I Use?

My personal, number one recommendation? Read the rest of this entry »

There’s a Party in My Pants!


Party in my Pants

Party in my Pants pads, Wet Bag & Wing Extender

That’s because I’m reviewing Party in My Pants – the cloth pad company that definitely wins the award for the best name ever! (Seriously – I bought from them because of their name! :D )

If you’re just catching up with Becoming Crunchy today, I’ve been reviewing mama cloth, or cloth pads from various businesses, along with reusable tampon-like products.

So far I’ve covered Moms Crafts 4 U (along with Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea), Lunapads, GladRags, the Diva Cup and Sea Sponge Tampons.

I also got the great opportunity to guest post over at The Cloth Diapering Mama today – I would love for you to go check out my post on Looking at That Time of the Month in a Whole New Way - especially because it includes information on how you can help support girls and women in countries around the world who are being deeply affected by an inability to afford sanitary menstrual products – a cause that is very dear to my heart.

I have one last review this morning, a post later on today with a few wrap up points, and a giveaway tomorrow!! (A chance to try mama cloth or add to my stash without spending $$? Don’t mind if I do!). The giveaway will also be part of tomorrow’s Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction, so it’s definitely going to be a great day for some good reading.

All that housekeeping out of the way, let’s get started… Read the rest of this entry »

Sea Sponge Whaaat?


Sea Sponge Tampons

Jade & Pearl Sea Sponge Tampons

In continuing my posts this Earth Week on Mama Cloth and other reusable menstrual products, I reviewed GladRags this morning, along with an estimation of the kind of money you can save when you make the switch.

Tonight I’m talking Sea Sponge tampons from Jade & Pearl.

I purchased my Sea Sponges from GladRags in a package that came with 2 pantyliners – my total was $30.99 before discount. If you purchase directly from Jade & Pearl, prices start at $13/sponge.

When I first saw these on the GladRags sight, I thought they were super weird – probably the oddest product I had come across so far.

But I figured, what the heck…I’ll give them a try.

These ended up being my favorite thing out of everything I purchased and tried during my period!

Jade & Pearl was founded in 1974 by Gloria Starita – she was selling sea sponge tampons before they even knew how bad disposable tampons were!

Though I didn’t purchase directly through their website, I can see just from looking around it that there’s a lot of great information and products – I’m just glad they distribute through GladRags or I wouldn’t have known they existed!

Sea Sponges are a totally natural reusable tampon sustainably harvested through working closely with the University of Florida Sea Grant Extension Program; they also ensure that child labor is never used in the work of harvesting. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh Darling…You’re a Woman Now!



The average woman uses 12,000+ disposable pads/tampons in her lifetime. If all 2,772 of you fans switched to GladRags halfway through your menstruating years, together we’ve kept over 16.5 MILLION disposables out of landfills! Whoa!

That was a recent status update from the Gladrags Facebook page (quite relevant during Earth Week!), another Mama Cloth review I’ll be sharing today, along with my experiences with Jade & Pearl Sea Sponge Tampons. If you’ve missed the earlier reviews from this week, go start off with Moms Crafts 4 U, then head on over to Lunapads and the Diva Cup.


GladRags was founded in 1992 as a home based business in Portland, Oregon (it’s moved to its own building now) with a pretty awesome Sustainability Pledge.

I purchased 1 GladRags Day Pack – a cotton flannel pad with 2 inserts (they fit into the envelope style pad). I also bought the Sea Sponge tampons from them – they came in a package with 2 pantyliners.

The pad with inserts was $13.99; the 2 sea sponge tampons and 2 pantyliners together came to $30.99. I used a discount code, so my total with shipping came to $48.36 ($12 shipping to Canada!).

GladRags was something of a mixed bag for me. Read the rest of this entry »

That Cup Does What?

Diva Cup

Diva Cup

We’re doing a quick switch from mama cloth here over to the Diva Cup – a reusable menstrual cup made from healthcare grade silicone  that is plastic free, BPA free, latex free and sanitary.

It was created by a mother/daughter team, Francine & Carinne Chambers, about 15 years ago. The idea of the menstrual cup has been around for a long time, but this is probably the most popularized and available one in recent history.

I actually had a friend tell me about the Diva Cup…oh around 10 years ago now. I think I barely listened to her – my response was probably along the lines of, “Gross!” (Mary, if you ever by any chance come across this blog, I’m sorry I didn’t listen to you!).

Up until very recently, the Diva continued to NOT appeal to me…there was something about it I just couldn’t get into. But I wanted to be fair and give it a try – I’m not the type who likes the idea of a pad alone throughout my period, so I wanted to give some of the ‘tampon-like’ products their due.

The basic premise of the Diva Cup:

You fold it in half, push it up there (it does not go up as far as a tampon would), twist it a bit to create a seal, and it catches your flow. Every so often you pull it out, dump it, and clean it with a gentle soap (I just used my all natural bathroom hand soap, but you can buy a special Diva Wash if you’re interested).

You can find a video on how to do it HERE.

I’m trying to think of why I didn’t like the idea so much and I can come up with 2 things – it looks a bit weird and kind of big to be going up there (it’s certainly wider than a tampon) and then there’s the ick factor – you do get a little more up close and personal with your flow than you normally might with a tampon. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes I Feel Like I’m the Only Girl at School Who Doesn’t Have a Green Period




This Earth Week at Becoming Crunchy we’re talking Mama Cloth and other reusable, sustainable products for that time of the month.

Yesterday I reviewed cloth pads from Moms Crafts 4 U, along with Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea – stop by and check it out if you haven’t gotten a chance to yet!

Today I’m reviewing Lunapads and the Diva Cup.

If you’ve heard of cloth pads or menstrual cups at all, you’re probably heard of these 2 products…I’m guessing they’re the most well known out of the bunch.

I actually really didn’t like the idea of the Diva Cup (more on that later) but didn’t feel a week of reviews would be complete without it, so I gamely gave it a try. Here are my impressions:


Lunapads has been around since 1993 – they are based out of Vancouver, Canada. They were originally created by fashion designer Madeleine Shaw when she became concerned about the health issues surrounding conventional disposable menstrual products. She was later joined by chartered accountant Suzanne Siemens; together they made the business into what it is today (they are now sold in 40 different countries!).

My first experience with Lunapads was when I was looking for a better solution to postpartum bleeding than those giant overnight disposables (I didn’t have confidence that the disposables would work very well…for some reason the idea of postpartum bleeding was ridiculously scary to me – it actually wasn’t quite as bad as I had anticipated. Oh the fears of first time pregnant mamas ;) ).

At any rate, Lunapads had some pretty awesome looking postpartum stuff, but I didn’t really want to pay for it when I wasn’t even sure I liked the idea or if it would work. Though with the money I ended up spending on all those overnight pads, I probably would have saved more if I had just bought the Lunapads!

Starting with customer service: Read the rest of this entry »

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