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Period Panties? Of course I’m going to try them!Ā 

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Warning, TMI. Do NOT read if:

1. You are male.

2. You do not get a period. 

3. You are squeamish. 

Rather than write a long story about how I loathe my period and how a fear of TSS runs my life, I’ll intro this blog with an edited synopsis of my conversation with my girlfriend today: 

Me: So my new thing is I’m trying (Thinx) period panties.

Friend: What?! NOOOOO…

Me: Period panties are totally a thing. I saw them on Facebook! 

Friend: Lots of things are ‘things’ but doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. šŸ˜ Where does the stuff go?!? 

Me: In the panty! 

Friend: Wait, are you wearing Depends?

Thinx are a pad built into a very thin, breathable panty. All the menstrual stuff goes in the panty. At night you rinse, then put into the washer. It sounds really gross, but it’s not too different from cloth diapering – except with a lot less bulk. 

Out of the bag, they feel as thin as a normal cotton panty, nylon on the outside, cotton-y on the inside. They are breathable, soft, and very comfortable. But I  can’t tell you how much BETTER they feel than an ultra thin pad does. (I should preface my hatred for pads with that time in 8th grade when I was wearing a pad and EVERYONE saw it under my shorts.)

I initially bought three styles but the one I liked most was the Sport in XS. The frontside is cute – like a boyshort bikini. On the backside, they are cut little high (think reverse hipster). They aren’t as snug as I would like, but I think it will be ok. I really don’t need them THAT snug because I’m not expecting them to hold up a bulky pad. 

When I first saw the ad for Thinx, I thought: Less waste! More eco friendly! Never need to buy pads again?! …Why not?! So I took the $32 plunge and so far I’m glad I did. 

I’ll update in a couple months after I’ve tried them for a few cycles. But for now, I think I like them.

Update: I like them. They feel so much cleaner than a pad. I have 5, so I’m in a constant routine of rinsing, washing and wearing. The elastic on all of my sport panties (the one that fits me best – the rest of the styles I tried are too big to feel comfortable) have stretched a bit but not enough for it to be a waste. We’ll see how it holds up through the year. 

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Midori Notebooks for My GirlsĀ 

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Apparently, the Filofax is making a comeback. 

Today at the Daikon Festival I found the cutest booth selling fabric notebooks with a variety of inserts. I bought 2  for $15 each (then had my mom buy one more for Ellie), and started the normal progression of obsessive searching online for anything related to it. 

 I’ve now been on Etsy for the last 3 hours browsing anything “Midori”. Actually, I’ve been searching “Fauxdori” because it’s the DIY version of the original Midori Traveler’s Notebook. 

I almost wish I journaled too. 

Inside cover. I’m adding a folder insert and another lined insert later.

Tokidoki charm added after purchase

Every time we take a trip, the girls keep a journal and also glue in their ticket stubs, maps, and postcards – usually in a composition book. Using this will make everything more uniform. They can keep the cover and just change out the insides! GENIUS. 

Bookshelf of the girls’ journaling past

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Someone turn off my Pinterest please!Ā 

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I am accumulating projects faster than I can do them. I’m drowning in yarn (still need to make 1 more mermaid tail and finish my bubble afghan), and yet I can’t stop going to Walmart’s craft section. 

Unfinished bubble blanket. Click on pic to see pinspiration.

The problem is though, that I’ve been on a Pinterest/Etsy binge. Last week was the very funny Taco blanket. This week is this:  


I’m not finished yet. I need to add a balloon for Ellie, finish the surfboard for Ross, and add the date. But otherwise, this basically took me 8 hours (wee hours of the weekend) to do. 

The hardest/most time consuming part was making a pattern. I couldn’t figure out the proportions of the figures and luckily I didn’t try to free-hand it on the canvas. Trying to pirate patterns off the internet wasn’t as simple as it seems. So what I did which made it easy-ER, was investing ($60) in a pattern book.

Click ok the pic for a link to order a book like mine

I really hemmed and hawed about buying it at first because it’s so PRICEY, but after reading through it, I’m so glad I did. 


After sketching my pattern, I brought out my long-lost cross stitching skills that my mom taught me when I was 12, and…voila!  
My favorite Uncle Don asked me what I’m doing with my life now that I’m gainfully “unemployed”. I told him: PLENTY.  šŸ˜‰

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