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:


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?


Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Week 8 Update (Where I Have Mommy Brain…& Forget to Update the Post)

Welcome to the Strong Healthy Mom Challenge update! Wondering what this is? Check out this post to join us. Then read on to find out how to enter to win this week’s giveaway and join us for a little accountability!

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge
Oh, wow!  I am sooooo embarrassed.  I remember thinking last Monday that I needed to update this post for the final week….and then, well, I’m not sure what happens.  I’d like to blame it on mommy brain, but it may be more age-related…

Anyway.  Because I am updating this late, I’m extending the challenge one more week, so that more of you can get in your four weeks worth of comments to be eligible for the $100 giveaway!  Here are my goals from two weeks ago:

1) Drink at least 10 cups of water each day to help detox from holiday eating. – Did this!

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from  – Did this!

3)  2 Liquid (soups, smoothies, etc) meals each day to help with detox. – Did this!


My goals this week:

1)  I finished the FitnessBlender program, so I decided to start P90x3 again.  I really love it because it is just 30 minutes and works well for me over the next few months!  I also like having a schedule to keep me on track.

2)  Begin Revelation Wellness Instructor training!  I can’t even believe I’m doing this, but I am!  I’ve been feeling a pull towards this for about a month or two and with my recent “finding food freedom”, it is my heart’s hope and desire to see more moms find healing and freedom.

3)  Sleep 8 hours each night.  I have a ton going on this week–7 extra posts to be written, CC tutoring starts again on Thursday, a new Bible study, basement repair, working on video for my Home Management…for the Rest of Us eCourse on top of homeschooling and regular life, so I need to make sure I focus on getting enough sleep–or I will skip out on it.  When I do that, it is so detrimental. 


If you’ve missed the past few weeks, here is a recap of what the challenge is all about:

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Holiday Edition

From now through January 11, I will be posting weekly goals and sharing updates on how it is going. Even better, I want to invite you to share your goals and progress…and be eligible to win. Here’s how it works: 1) If you haven’t yet, leave a comment on the first week’s post with your long-term goals for the next eight weeks. (This post will be open for comments throughout the challenge.) 2) Leave a comment on this post about how your week went. Then, share your goals for the next week. That’s it! Each week, we’ll just share and be accountable to each other. To keep it fun and mix things up, I’ll be throwing in a giveaway each week. There will be things like Amazon Gift Cards, Jillian Michael’s DVDs, Fitness Blender programs, Trim Healthy Mama books, and Starbucks gift cards. These winners will be randomly chosen from the comment section on each week’s post, and I will share those winners each week. Each weekly post will be open for comments until the following Sunday at 8 PM CT. Our “big” giveaway will be at the end of the eight weeks. Those who have commented and joined in with us for at least four of the eight weeks will be eligible for that giveaway. The winner will be able to choose what they want from these three options: $100 Gift Card to Amazon, $100 Gift Card to Trim Healthy Mama store, or a $100 gift card to Target. The final winner will be chosen on January 12, 2015! I will be posting on Instagram (you can find me here) under the hashtag #stronghealthymomchallenge. If you are on Instagram or Twitter, there will be a special giveaway at the end for those who use the hashtag, so use it so we can find you! :) You can also join our Facebook group – Strong Healthy Mom Challenge!


Leave your progress below to be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card giveaway.  Just one week to go, so be sure you comment on at least four posts to be eligible for the $100 gift card!

Have a great week!

My Challenge to You in 2015: Pick One Word

One Word 2015 Challenge

Usually at this point in time, I’ve put up my list of goals on the blog for the new year.

But not this year.

In 2014, I tried a new-to-me experiment.  I picked ONE WORD…but I still set quite a few goals for myself.  In 2015, I’m just picking ONE WORD.  What I’ve learned about myself over the past 12 months is that I need to listen and be in God’s presence more than I need to make tons of goals for myself.  I have this tendency to rush ahead and attempt to fix things myself–always thinking if I just have enough will-power and self-control or if I just accomplish everything on my list, I will somehow have arrived.

Mike Ashcraft

Now…I’m not saying goals are bad or you shouldn’t have goals!  I’m just realizing my tendency to seek achievement over being, and I desperately need to follow the Spirit instead of my goals and to-do lists. If I’m prompted to write down a goal, then I will, but I’m just not making goal-setting my focus this new year.  Instead, I’m seeking to listen and follow wherever God leads.

This year, I want to challenge you to choose ONE WORD for 2015.  How many resolutions have you made over the past years?  How many of them can you remember?  How many did you stick with?  I truly believe if you choose one word for the year, think about it, and filter your experiences through it, you will be changed and remember the word for years to come.  Words are powerful and focus is powerful.  Choosing to focus on just one word is just plain powerful!

If you haven’t ever tried the One Word experiment, here are a few steps to get you going (I highly recommend checking out My One Word to walk you through the process more completely):

1)  Choose Your Word

Grab a journal or some paper and begin to write down some words that are meaningful to you or that God is speaking to your heart.  Sit with those words.    Define the words.  Use a concordance and find Scriptures related to those words.  Pray over those words.  Begin to narrow down your list.

You may know right away what your word is–but it may take a few days or even a few weeks to choose it.

2)  Remember Your Word

Once you’ve chosen your word, you need to find a way to remember it!  Write it on notecards and post them around your house.  Be artistic and design a canvas with your word.  Add it to your social media profiles.  Put it on your computer screen.  Set a reminder for it to pop-up daily on your phone.  There are tons of ways to keep the word in front of you, so pick a few and get started!

3)  Listen…and Obey

When you first choose your word, you may have a pretty good plan for how you think the word is going to apply in your life this year.  Be aware!  The words we choose can often morph meaning.  For example, I chose the word AWAKE in 2014.  I had a pretty good idea what I thought that meant for me, but by the end of the year, I realized that God was using the word to make me aware of my tendency to “zone out” on media and not be fully AWAKE and present with my family.  Your word may make you uncomfortable or it may show you some areas that God wants to transform.  Don’t run or give up on your word–let it set with you for a whole year.

4)  Journal Your Journey

Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, I highly recommend choosing a journal and documenting your journey.  Write down your experiences…write down your thoughts…write down your hopes…just write!  I have found writing to help me process and learn things about myself, my family, and God that I would have missed.  It doesn’t have to be extensive or take a ton of time.

5)  Invite Others on Your Journey

Share your ONE WORD with others this year and invite them to try it, too.  Imagine if everyone in your family or circle of friends or church did this! It would be a great way to find out how someone else is doing and what’s going on with them.

How about it?  Could you do it?  Are you in?  Have you ever tried this before?

I’ll share my word in the next few days over at


2015 Home Management Binder Printables + How to Put Together Your Own Homemaking Binder

Current email subscribers: Be sure to check your email because I sent out the link for the new 2015 Home Management Binder printables at 2:15 PM CT. These will only be available free through January 31, 2015, so be sure to download these right away if you want them!

Free-Home-Management-Binder-Printables 2015

Quite a few years ago, I began putting together a home management binder.   It’s actually super simple compared to the more elaborate chore and life planners I’ve seen, but I thought I’d give you a quick tour.  I also have some free home management binder printables for 2015 available for you through January 31, 2015!  Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out more.

Putting Together A Home Management Binder:

Home Management Binder Printables for 2015 (2)

First, I found a pretty zippered binder that I love.  If I have to look at it every single day, I want it to be somewhat cute!  Right at the beginning of the binder is my mission statement–I want to live life with purpose and focus. It’s easy to get side-tracked, so I put it right at the front of the binder so I will see it every day and remember what I want to be about. This sheet is the only one that is editable.  You can add your family name and your own mission statement.

To divide the sections of my homemaking binder, I purchased a package of Avery dividers that have pockets in them. I LOVE having the pockets for papers I need to fill-out, items I need to remember, schedules, bills, my checkbook, and more!

I included five sections in my binder:

  • Home
  • Calendars
  • Recipes
  • Kids
  • Bible

I used to have a blogging section, but I needed more room, so I put all my blogging stuff in a separate binder.

HOME Section of My Home Management Binder:

Free Goal Setting Sheet, Free Chore Chart Checklist

First, I’ve included a goal checklist.  If you would like more information about setting goals, you can see my brainstorming questions and another printable goal form here.  I hope to get mine added within the next few days!

Goals Checklist Printable

 The Goal Worksheet is updated for 2015!

I  have an important date list to add birthdays and anniversaries.  I’ve also included the Chore Chart checklist in the home section of the binder. One way to use it would be to fill out your monthly, quarterly, and annual chores. Slip the sheet into a page protector and mark the date you complete each chore with a dry erase marker!

CALENDER Section of My Homemaking Binder:

Home Management Binder Calendar

The printable weekly calendar is my favorite part of the binder…and where I usually have it turned to during the day. I record appointments, my to-do list, and any part of our menu plan that I need to prep for (if I need to pull hamburger out of the freezer the night before, etc.). Each day also includes a checklist. I *try* to check off when I finish cleaning the area for that day (bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living area, etc.), Bible study, exercise, vitamins, water, and load of laundry.  It’s much easier to keep up with the laundry if I do a load every day (not that it always happen–but I’m trying)!!

I realize that not everyone wants the checklist at the bottom, so I’ve also included a weekly planner with a larger menu space and no checklist. Both the weekly calendar with the checklist and the weekly calendar without the checklist come in the download.

Free Daily Planner

I’ve added a free daily calendar for those of you who would rather plan out your day in detail (instead of the week).

RECIPE Section of My Home Management Binder:

Use the recipe reference printable page to record some of your tried-and-true recipes. You can also look at this sheet when you’re having a tough time thinking of something to make. You may also want to use it for recipes you want to try.

I keep loose recipes I’ve torn from magazines stored in page protectors until I can try them to see if we want to add them to our repertoire.

This printable menu planning sheet was new in 2013, and I love it! It includes room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has a grocery shopping list on the side. I think it would look nice on the refrigerator, as well.

The grocery list area includes a small box you can check if you have a coupon for that item. I personally write down where to find the coupon when I’m making my weekly menu plan. For instance, if a coupon I need is in the Red Plum insert from December 10, I’ll just pencil in RP 12/30.   You can always just put a checkmark in the box so you remember that you have a coupon for that item, too.

When it’s time to go shopping, just cut off the list and take it with you!

My menu planning procedure varies throughout the year, but I like keeping my menu plans from eMeals in the binder in case I want to use some of those recipes. I have page protectors storing each week’s meal plan.

KIDS Section of My Home Management Binder:

Free Babysitter printable form

New in 2014, we added a printable form for babysitters.  Simply fill it out and leave it with your babysitter to let them know special instructions for your child(ren).

June Printable

I also have a monthly calendar I’m using to plan out read alouds, field trips, service projects, and kids activities.  The download includes calendars for all twelve months–Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2015.

The kids section includes a schedule. You can either use one sheet for everyone in the family and fill out a Monday-Friday schedule or fill out a daily schedule for each person in the family on one sheet. I did a basic schedule for all of us on one page.

The last part in my kids section is an idea list. This list could actually be used for anything: sewing projects, house projects, Pinterest projects, etc. I chose to go through our resources and make a list of activities the girls could do. I slipped it into a page protector, so I can cross off activities we complete with a dry-erase pen. Once the girls have done all of the activities, I can just clean of the page protector and start again!

The Bible section is the last part of my binder. Right now, it just contains lined notebook paper for taking notes and journaling!

So, that’s my simple home management binder. It’s nothing too fancy, but it’s working well for us!  If you want to see a quick tour of my binder from a few years ago, you can find a video on YouTube.  I do need to update since I’ve changed a few things, but you get the general idea!


Due to popular demand, I am giving away my 2015 home management binder printables for FREE to email subscribers through January 31, 2015! To get them, just go here and pick a subscription option. You’ll want to check your spam if you aren’t seeing the subscription email.  Be sure to confirm your subscription, and shortly after you confirm, you should receive another email with the link to the download.

I realize that not everyone is interested in getting my daily email updates, so you can purchase the printable set of 8.5″ x 11″ pages for just $3.49. If you’d like to purchase a set, please just click on the button below!  I am also kicking off a new eCourse entitled “Home Management…for the Rest of Us:  Finding PEACE in the Chaos.”  The printables are available as part of that, too.  Find out more here.

2015 Home Management Binder Printables

27 Pages of Home Management Binder Printables for $3.49 or Get the Home Management Download + Access to My Upcoming Home Management…for the Rest of Us eCourse for $6.00 (Begins January 12, 2015)


Homemaking Binder Download Set

There are a total of 27 8.5″ x 11″ pages included in the download:

  • Customizable Cover (Please note that this is the only customizable page available at this time)
  • Important Dates
  • Chore Chart Checklist
  • Recipe References
  • Menu Planner
  • Idea Checklist
  • Weekly Calendar (2 Versions)
  • Daily Calendar
  • Babysitter Form
  • Schedule
  • Goal Sheet
  • Monthly Calendars for 2015

Happy Homemaking Binder Making!! :)

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