Sea Sponge Tampons?!! Yes, They Exist & This is My Review of Them!

Before we get very far, let me just warn you that if talking about these rather personal things isn’t comfortable to you, please stop reading now!!  This is bound to be TMI.  I did receive a package of sea sponge tampons for free in order to facilitate this review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Sea Sponge Tampons Review

When April from The Sea Sponge Company contacted me about trying sea sponge tampons, I was a little taken aback.  Now, I have used a menstrual cup for several years now, so I am no stranger to alternative forms of period products:  however, I had not even heard of sea sponge tampons before!

I contemplated turning her down, because it just seemed so weird.  In fact, this is exactly the email I sent back to her:

April,

I admit I’m kinda freaked out by these!  I do use a Diva cup (well, it’s actually called a “moon cup”), so I’m not a stranger to alternative kinds of things.  I’m willing to take a look and try it out though!

She was so sweet and responded back with this:

Hey, Stacie!

I totally know how you feel, because I felt the same way before I tried them.  It took me a couple days to get used to the idea of a reusable product.  (This was before my husband and I founded The Sea Sponge Company and actually ended up being the reason we founded The Sea Sponge Company…to spread the word about sea sponge tampons!)  But once I did get adjusted to the idea, they proved to be sooo wonderful!  My cramps got lighter.  Periods got lighter.   I didn’t have to use pads anymore, because the sponges never leaked on me, which I love….Anyway, I’ve yet to meet someone who gave them a good shot and didn’t fall in love, so I’m confident you will too!

She was exactly right.  I have been using them for months and love, love, love them, and I want to share a little more about sea sponge tampons with you!

 

Sea Sponge Tampons

“Sea sponges have long been enjoyed as a premium natural solution for a wide variety of household and personal hygiene needs.  Their popularity as a bathing luxury was recorded as far back as the Ancient Greeks.  And though less well known, silk sea sponges also found great success and popularity in history as one of the first “tampons” to ever be used.

Through the ages, these marvels of the sea have stood the test of time.  Sea Clouds™ Mediterranean Silk Sea Sponge Tampons offer women today a natural feminine hygiene solution that is healthy and safe, comfortable and convenient, affordable, and earth friendly!”

Benefits of Sea Sponge Tampons:

Shorter Period

This summer, we were traveling and I ended up getting some conventional pads at the store.  I was using them instead of the menstrual cup, and I realized my period was anywhere from 6-7 days.  When I switched over to the Sea Sponge tampons, my period days decreased dramatically.  Right now, they are down to about 3 or 4.  This is a HUGE benefit to me!  Now, maybe it was just a coincidence, and I’m not sure it will happen for everyone, but I’ll take it!  With all the chemicals and synthetic fibers in mainline pads, it has me wondering…

Earth Friendly & Economical

I had no idea the average woman uses 17,000 pads and tampons throughout her lifetimeYikes.  That’s a lot!  The great thing about Sea Sponge tampons is they are reusable (for three to six months or more depending on how you take care of them) and biodegradable.  The Sea Sponge Company line of products is also sustainably harvested.

As for price, I know you can combine a coupon with a sale and get a pretty good deal on various period protection, but when you break it down over six months the price really isn’t too high for these Sea Sponge Tampons!  I’m also a fan of supporting small family-owned businesses and purchasing natural & organic products when possible.

Super Comfortable

If you’ve inserted the sea sponge correctly, you won’t feel a thing.  It’s awesome!

Can be Used During Lovemaki _g

Sorry for the underscore…just don’t want crazy stuff to show up in my ads.  This is a benefit that you might want to know about, so head over to the Sea Clouds Sea Sponge Tampons 101 page to find out more!

No More Cramps

Again, this could totally be just my experience, but I haven’t had cramps for months now.  I haven’t done any research, but I’m wondering if somehow the sea minerals could be part of that.

 

Sea Sponges from The Sea Sponge Company

Never in a million years would I have thought I would use sea sponge tampons (mainly because I had never heard of them), but I am so happy to have found them.  I definitely recommend them, and I’d love to answer any questions you have about them in the comments below!  Be sure to check out the tampons at The Sea Sponge Company as well as the other sea sponge products they have for cleaning, cosmetics, and more!

Have you ever used sea sponge tampons?

 

Five Ways to Recycle Christmas Cards

If you’re like us, you probably have a few Christmas cards you’re trying to figure out what to do with since Christmas is over.  These are just a few ways we’ve reused cards over the years.  I’d love to hear your ideas, too!

Five ways to recycle Christmas cards:

1)  Save the cards to create simple crafts next December.

Search for recycled Christmas card crafts, and you can find a plethora of ideas for using the fronts of old cards.  We made this Nativity ornament.  You could also make:

Also, Martha Stewart has a great photo gallery of ideas for recycling Christmas cards.

 

2)  Make a “Wall-of-Fame” with the photos you’ve received.

I have a special bulletin board in my office where I hang the pictures I’ve received.  It’s nothing fancy–I just cut-out the photos and tack them in place.  I enjoy seeing photos of family and friends and remembering them throughout the year.  When Christmas rolls around next year, I’ll take down the old photos and replace them with new ones.  You could also make a nicer display with a fabric-covered board, photo frame, etc.

 

3)  Send them to St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program.

St. Jude’s accepts used, all-occasion greeting cards and uses the front of them to make “new” cards.  Children and volunteers create these cards which are then sold to support St. Jude’s programs and services.  You can find out more details about the St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program here.

 

4) Create a “Stay-in-Touch” Basket

Place all the cards in a basket.  Each week, you can pick a card and do something special for the chosen family or person.  Send a handwritten note, make some cookie, call, or visit them.  The ideas are limitless!

 

5)  Create a Prayer Basket

Just like in the idea above, put all the cards in a basket.  Each week, pick a card and pray specifically for that family or person.

 

What do you do with your old Christmas cards?

FREE 2015 Life & Home Management Planner Calendar

2015 free planner

This is a nice freebie!  Over on The Confident Mom, you can find a printable 2015 weekly life and home management calendar with chore planner and room for menu-planning.  If you are starting your planning for the new year…this is a cute FREE 2015 chore and calendar planner to use!  I used it last year to keep up with chores around the house, and it was definitely a helpful guide!

If you want to build a complete home management notebook, you can also purchase a special supplement pack for just $7.

The Weekly Household Planner Supplement includes the following digital fill-in forms:SUPPLEMENT-GRAPHIC-2015

  • Master Family Planner.   Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner.  You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet.  Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form.  This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts.  Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form.  Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form—it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids.  An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me.  A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet. Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • NEW—Household Maintenance Log to record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
  • NEW—Special Occasion Reminder Chart to help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
  • NEW—Gifts Received List for recording gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
  • UPDATED—Let’s Plan a Party Form helps you keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • NEW—Blessings For Your Home because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
  • UPDATED—Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List so you arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • Bible Bookmarks.  Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire bible in a year.

Stocking Stuffers for Under $3

 

Cheap Stocking Stuffers

Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas for around $1 – $2. Most include free shipping, but please remember that prices may change.   I hope to continue updating the list through November and December, so feel free to share any stocking stuffer ideas you have, too!

Dover Mini Sticker Books – $1.35 – $1.79 with free Super Saver shipping

Solar-Powered LED Flashlight w/ Keychain – $2.16 shipped

Silver Crystal Stud Earrings - $1.59 shipped

Retro Classic Bronze Butterfly Pendant Necklace – $1.54 shipped

Fashion 2 1/5″ Silver Plated Women’s Hoop Earrings – $2.94 shipped

600 Glow in the Dark LOOM Rubber Bands – $2.59 shipped

3 Colorful Magic Flexible Bendy Soft Pencil for Kids – $1.85 shipped

Dover Little Coloring Books – $1.35 with free Super Saver shipping

Silver Infinity Anchor Love Charms Leather Rope Knit Wrap Bracelet White Black – $1.87 shipped

Egg White Separator – $1.89 shipped

USB2.0 Memory Card Reader Writer for MicroSD Card – $1.50 shipped

kilofly Purse Insert Organizer, Expandable, Grey, with Handles – $3.63 shipped (Oops! A little more than $3!)

101 Inexpensive Christmas Gifts Under $20

Don’t forget to check out my huge list of 101 inexpensive gift ideas for under $20!