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I feel like breathing a sigh of relief as the day draws to a close. It’s been a good but busy week. Today was a busy day. I did tackle a couple of bathroom drawers and desk drawers of that was AWESOME! I get excited anytime I am able to find items I no longer need so I can keep things more simple and organized.

As Sunday draws near I am thankful to have a day of rest with some good God time, my Sunday School class, family, and friends. Isn’t a day to set aside the business of the week a blessing? It a wonderful way to end or begin a week.

I’m getting ready to put on my comfy cloths and enjoy a “Concha” (Mexican sweet bread), a cup of coffee, and a good book. Have a blessed weekend my friends! Be sure to check out some of these reads and deals that I am loving right now!

Reads:

DIY Reusable Snack Bag @ Red and Honey

11 Researched Way sot Get a Good Night’s Sleep @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Why My Kids Don’t Drink Juice Everyday (& What They Drink Instead) @ Keep of the Home

Morning Glory Sourdough Muffins @ Smithspirations

Simplify Your Wardrobe So You Can Feel Fabulous Everyday @ Richly Rooted

It is More Blessed to Give…Than Sell Your Stuff @ Embracing a Simpler Life

Deals:

The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle is AMAZING!!! I. can. not. wait. to dig in! The awesome thing is that it is offered at three different levels, Beginner, Intermediate, and Business. You can learn to step up your game where ever you are at in your skill level, lack there of. 😉 Who doesn’t want to have great picture of their kids? And food because well, food is great..

That Time I Talked About Menstrual Cups SckoonCup Review

That Time I Talked About Menstrual Cups SckoonCup Review- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

 “This post was created as part of the SckoonCup Review Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.”

Note: For male readers (those few that I know are out there), this post is not for you. So if you don’t care to read about “Aunt Flow” and things like that now might be the time to click away. I’m not offended, honestly. Come back later for a nice recipe or other natural living tip in a couple of days.

If you have been around Nourishing Simplicity a while you will know that I embrace all things “crunchy”. I’m that gal that ditched regular TP and actually talks about it. I also love all things cloth including cloth menstrual pads so this next item I’m going to talk about really shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. What might that be? The menstrual cup.

My first cup actually came into my life before I embraced all things cloth. I was definitely a closet cup user for a while. Periods aren’t always an easy thing to talk about but once you talk about cloth pads online and interview other bloggers about it, it’s kind of fair game as a friend told me.

Last fall SckoonCup  (ad) asked me to review on of their menstrual cups. I was all on board since my other cup was four years old and not looking so nice. Let me just say I LOVE the color selection! My previous cup was clear and after years of use it was a bit stained. SkcoonCup offers 6 colors to pick from! The bright colors are fun but best of all they don’t stain as easily!

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My lovely blue cup and cute bag to store it in!

 

SkcoonCups come in two sizes Size 1 and Size 2.

Here are some basic rules when it comes to SckoonCup menstrual cup sizing. (From the site.)

Most people who order SckoonCup menstrual cup size 1 will fit some to most of these guidelines:

  • Have not had a vaginal birth
  • Usually under 30ish (if not had vaginal birth)
  • First time users
  • Young people and teenagers who have not had a vaginal birth
  • People who are virgins
  • People who are fit, do yoga, Pilates, and may have strong pelvic muscles
  • If you have bladder sensitivities and need a smaller cup
  • Fits people who have both a “lower” or “high” cervix location
  • Have a medium/heavy to light flow
  • Are worried because you have a “hanging” cervix

SckoonCup size 1 is 1.6 inches in diameter, 1.6 inches in cup length, and the stem is 1.2 inches for a total length of 2.8 inches. SckoonCup size 1 can hold 23ml of fluid.

Most people who order SckoonCup menstrual cup size 2 will fit some or most of these guidelines:

  • Had a vaginal birth
  • Over 30ish (even if you have not had a vaginal birth)
  • Plus sized individuals may benefit from a size 2
  • People who have a very heavy flow may like the size 2
  • People who need a larger cup but not a “longer” cup because of a lower sitting cervix

SckoonCup size 2 is 1.8 inches in diameter, 2.0 inches in cup length, and the stem is 0.8 inches for a total length of 2.8 inches. SckoonCup size 2 can hold 30ml of fluid.

By using SckoonCup you can often collect double to quadruple as much fluid than you can when using a tampon!

These cups are made of medical-grade silicon and are free of synthetic fibers, bleach and dioxin, which makes SckoonCup a healthier and safer alternative to tampons. The reusable menstrual cup can be worn up to 12 hours, even on heavy days. They’re environmentally friendly products made in the USA.

Reasons to Use a Menstrual Cup- www.NourishingSimplicity.org

1. No toxic chemicals

Ever thought about what tampons and pads are made of? Toxic chemicals don’t belong in your near your body. Regardless of what people may say I do not consider disposable pads and tampons to be safe. This list gives you a brief overview of toxic chemicals in products you may buy and the potential health effects.

2. No surprises or stains

There are few things worse than waking up to blood soaked sheets or two having an embarrassing red stain show up while you are out. What woman hasn’t been there? SckoonCups hold 23-30mL of fluid depending on the size you chose. That is more than most tampons can hold. If you have a heavy period or are going to be out for a long time you might want to consider using a cloth pad the first couple days.

If you are worried about being “caught” by surprise you can insert your menstrual cup a day or two before your cycle is supposed to start. (Remember to take it out and rinse it at least once a day.)

Bonus Tip: If you do leak, hydrogen peroxide is GREAT at getting blood stains out. 

3. Easy to use

The SkcoonCup is so easy to use. You insert and can go about your day without needed to empty is for up to 12 hours! You dump, rinse (if you are home), insert and keep on going with your day. It can take a cycle or two to get the knack for using it but once you do I think you are going to love it!

4. Better for the environment

More than 20 million disposable feminine products are thrown away or flushed each year. Most of which end up in land fills or incinerated. Though a large portion are flushed and pass through the sewage plants and into the oceans. Silicone may not be the most amazing thing for the environment but you get many years of use out of your cup before needing a new one. That is a LOT less waste than buying new products every month.

5. Saves you money

SckoonCups may cost a bit when you first buy one but after buying a year or less’ supply of tampons you’ll have your money back. You can continue you use your cup for a few more years. I had my previous cup for four years, I would have used it for another year or two if I hadn’t received my new pretty blue one.

6. On the go

Headed out for the day or going on a trip? I remember the days when I had to fill my purse or suitcase with disposable pads and tampons. With the SkcoonCup you might want to pack a few pads for a long trip but besides that you are good to go! No more taking up extra space.

7. Activity Safe

Looking forward to a day at the beach or a hike? Your SkcoonCup allows you the freedom to continue on with life like normal.

If menstrual cups aren’t your thing Sckoon also sells cloth pads that look like a great product!

How about you? Do you have a menstural cup? Would you give one a try?

 “This post was created as part of the SckoonCup Review Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.”

 

 

Satuday Bargains

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It’s been a quite day here. I savored the rain and cleaned house while Sarah and her family went camping in the freezing weather with some friends. Despite the cold I think it sounded fun. It’s been WAY too long since I last went camping.

Enjoy these Saturday bargain deals. Remember these are affiliate links and the prices are subject to change at anytime, so always double-check the prices.

emma

This sweet movie is only $5.69 right now. I remeber watching this with friends back in high school,  I still love it today!

spiralizer This spiralizer is a quick and easy way to turn vegetables into noodles. Or to make your salad really fancy. Either way it’s 64% off right now!dear mr knightleyThis Kindle book maybe one of my top favourite fiction books of the year. Hat tip to Emily Gardner for sharing it with me. It is only $2.99 right now. That’s 81% off.
blendtecCostco has a great deal on the Blendtec Total Blender Classic with Wildside Jar and Twister Jar. Through tomorrow (11/23/2014), it’s only $359.99. It usually retails at $799.99. I bought this same model (in red why? because it’s so fun) from Costco last winter. I LOVE it!! It is worth the investment. I eyed it for about 4 years before taking the plundge.strawsI have these straws and love using them. I also love how it reduces the amount of plastic my family is exposed to. Right now they are 73% off.

mayflowerOnly $5.38 right now. Take a historical look with your kids at what it would have been like to sail on the Mayflower.
nourishing traditionsThis book is a must read. It completely changed the way I view fat and really helped propel me into the world of real food. It is much more than a cook book. Right now it’s 32% off. It was my first “big step” into nourishing foods. It is definitely a book that is handy to have around at all times to use as a reference.

ina may I have never read this book, but it is definitely one that is on my list. It’s 28% off right now at only $12.99.vanilla steviaThis vanilla stevia is made with real vanilla and a glycerine tincture of the Stevia herb (not the processed powdered stuff). It’s 48% off for a pack of two. Remember, a little bit goes a looooooong way. I LOVE using it in my Americanos.

pilgrimsThis looks like a fun way to learn about the pilgrims with your kids. Only $3.99.

thanksgivingThis one is also only $3.99.

night before thanksgiving

We have this book and my children LOVE it. They love the pictures and the rhyme, even though they aren’t familiar with the original Twas the Night Before Christmas poem. It’s also only $3.99.lodgeWe never would have survived our camping trip if it wasn’t for our cast iron. I won’t divulge just how much bacon and eggs we cooked over the camp fire, but our cast iron never lets us down. This set is currently 57% off. krupsThis espresso maker is 68% off. You can never have too much espresso. Yes you can. No you can’t. (This is the conversation I have in my head everyday.)address Right now Zulily is having a sale on a bunch of really fun and trendy address stamps. They are $19.99 each which is discounted from the original $50 price (although who would really spend $50 on a stamp?! Not this lady!). I think these would make a fun stocking stuffer for family and it would definitely reduce the amount of time it takes me to address Christmas cards! The way Zulilly works is you have to make an account with your email address to look at the deals. Don’t worry, they won’t spam you. Once you’re in just type stamps in the search bar on the top right and they should pop up. After you create an account, if you share it with your friends, you can get a $15 credit if your friends buy something. That would practically pay for the stamp! Here’s my link: http://www.zulily.com/invite/kstanley602

Saturday Bargains Christmas Edition

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The Advent and Christmas season is one of my favourite times of year. I love the time to focus on intentionally celebrating Jesus, the hope we have in him, family and friends. Over the past few years Advent has been a beautiful and meaningful time for my family of girls in Mexico.

We always welcomed the Christmas season with decorating the house, putting out our Advent wreath, Advent “Calender” and reading our Jesse Tree Devotional. Even though I was in a house of deaf girls I enjoyed blasting my Christmas music none stop. 🙂 When I was packing to move back to the States one of the things two of the girls asked me to leave was the Advent wreath. We never know the impact our intentional traditions will have on our children.

In light of this Sarah and I thought it would be fun to search out Christmas deals, so this is the Christmas edition of Saturday Bargains. Please remember that these are affiliate links and the prices are all subject to change at any time, so always double check the price before purchasing.

Nativities

willow tree nativity

This is the nativity set that Sarah owns and loves. I think the Willow Tree characters are so simple and beautiful. This set is 31% off right now. I also almost bought it myself. nativity fabric calendarIsn’t this the cutest thing? I love the pockets and the advent style of this nativity. It’s 49% off right now. I could easily see this being a great conversation starter with kids each day as you talk about the different parts of the nativity all culminating in the birth of Jesus.little people nativityThis nativity set by Little People is 46% off. It’s a #1 best seller. I know my kids would love to have this. I could see them reenacting the nativity story for many years to come.nativityHere is another one for the kids. It’s 33% off with great Amazon reviews.

Books

christmas carolThis Christmas classic is FREE on Amazon right now. These free books don’t last long.

joy of giving berenstein bears

The Berenstain Bears are very popular at our house. This book on the Joy of Giving is only $3.03 right now.

humphrey's first christmas

I have never read this book before, but after reading the review and comments I really want to. It’s a story about a camel named Humphrey who is upset that his blanket is missing. He later finds out the very special reason his blanket is missing, and it has to do with a baby. Only $4.63 on Amazon right now.

legend of st nicholas

Here’s a fun resource for teaching your children about the history of Saint Nicholas. 22% off right now.

legend of christmas tree

Why do we decorate Christmas trees? This book explains the legend. 23% off.
legend of christmas stocking

Ever wonder why we stuff stockings at Christmas? This book gives a beautiful story that will help your children focus on God this season. 24% off.legend of candy cane

Noticing a theme here? Here’s a great story that we actually reference in our Christmas devotional that gives a fun explanation for the stripes on a candy cane. 25% off.crippled lamb

This story is absolutely beautiful. Sarah and Scott reference it in their Christmas devotional and it is part of their giveaway right now. It is part of my personal collection and it’s one of the best Christmas books out there, in my opinion. 27% off. Years ago I helped write and direct a play based off the story so it holds and even more special place in my heart.

engaging father christmas finding father christmas

Robin Joes Gunn is one of my favourite authors. You may remember me mentioning the lesson in grace that I learned from her. These two delightful books are each 60% off. A couple meaningful lessons from these books have stayed with me since I first read the books.advent storybook

This advent storybook with beautiful illustrations is 30% off.

the best christmas pageant

If you have children old enough to read chapter books, this is a must-read. It’s 38% off right now and sure to be a hit. My mom read it to us almost every year growing up!

greatest gift

This devotional has all 5 star reviews and is written by the same author as the highly popular book 1,000 Gifts. It’s currently 37% off. It’s on my wish list this year!

MTAH Giveaway Bundle

Right now you can enter this giveaway to win a copy of Sarah’s  Christmas devotional and three children’s books that go along with it. This giveaway ends today, 11/15/2014 and has low entries. Enter here.

Movies

nativity movie

This beautiful portrayal of the nativity story is a tradition in many households. Right now it’s 50% off at just $7.49.It’s favourite of my girls that made an appearance throughout the year.

the christmas candle

This sweet movie by Max Lucado is 47% off.

charlie brown christmasThis movie needs no explanation, except that it’s 55% off right now.

christmas classics

I grew up watching these classics and I know a lot of you did too. Right now they are 40% off. This was my Karen’s favourite movie until she turned 12!

Decorations

jessie tree

This is a wooden Jesse tree and can be used along with the Jesse tree devotional. It’s only $3.75 plus shipping.

frontier

Right now on Vitacost, all Frontier items are an extra 15% off. Stock up on spices and flours for your Thanksgiving and Christmas baking. I used this discount to order a bunch of organic herbs for making our own vitamins. You seriously can’t beat this deal. If you have never used VitaCost before, you can sign up through my link and get a $10 off a $30 coupon which makes the deal even sweeter. Once you log in, click on the deals link on the top right hand corner and then scroll down until you see the Frontier deal.

Music

wow

Listen to your favorite Christmas songs from the top Christian artists. Only $8.15
rudolph

So nostalgic. Only $4.99.josh groban

Beautiful Christmas songs, only $8.48.

 

 

Saturday Bargains is Here (and it’s Not Even Saturday)

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Hey all! for the next couple months Sarah of Simple Life, Abundant Life asked me to join her in this awesome thing called “Saturday Bargains”.

So, do you ever get confused on days of the week? Yup, been there done that. Sarah and I decided to make you all feel a bit better about those times when you forget what day it is and share all the deals we found two days late….You’re welcome, feel better now? 😉

We are splitting up the work to find the best deals around the web in the areas of real food, natural health, faith, and family.  It’s great for you and it’s great for us. It is great for you because maybe we already found something you have been looking for! Now you don’t have to scourge the web and stores to find. It’s also great for us, because if you purchase anything by clicking through any of our affiliate links, then we will get a tiny percentage of the sale.

So here you go! I hope you like some of these great finds! Please note that these are the prices as of posting. They may change.

 

I keep dreaming of making my own baked donuts. Ever since I had an apple cider donut at Apple Hill a few weeks ago I have been wanting to try out this soaked whole wheat apple cider donuts. You can too if you snag this great deal!

Do little finger puppets get any cuter? This little family would make a fun birthday gift or stocking stuffer! At only $2.48 that makes them 84% off!

Are you one of those people who only listen to Christmas music after Thanksgiving? I have to admit that I listen to it off and on through out the year. The day after Thanksgiving you will hear little else in my house until after the Epiphany! At $0.89 you can enjoy over 13 hours of music the whole season long!

There was a time where I never would have seen myself using a kitchen scale. I was surprised at how handy I found it to be! If you’ve been looking for one this Digital Kitchen Scale is 70% being sold for $14.99!

 

Love ice cream? Me too! I make it all the time, you would too if this beauty was in your kitchen. I bought mine from Amazon about 4 years ago and love it! You can get this one 50% off! That makes is $49.51. Your family will thank you once you start whipping out tasty treats like Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream! Maybe you can add it to your Christmas list this year.

My girls loved Frozen! The first time I saw it was at a theater in Mexico in Spanish. If you girls are anything like mine were then they are sure to love this book, plus it’s $2.17 right now making it 46% off!

Who doesn’t like the Princess Bride? It’s selling for 70% off. $5.99 is a great price for a Blue-ray!

There are few family movies that I like more than Courageous. This was a huge favourite in my house since it came out. I only wish I could have gotten it for $5.00 too!

 

Need a new vacuum? This beauty is 60% off!

I’ve just recently jumped into the world of Vita-Cost. You want to join me? If you sign up tthrough my link you get $10 off your first order of $30 or more. You can share it with your friends and earn $10 for each person that signs up. Here are a couple deals that caught our eyes this week.

Coconut-Secret-Coconut-Aminos-Soy-Free-Seasoning-Sauce-851492002047If you can’t have soy sauce, Coconut Aminos are the way to go! You can get a bottle for only $4.15, that’s 44% off!

Kirks-Natural-Castile-Soap-Original-639844100081I love castile soap! You can use it to make your own dish soap, laundry soap or just your everyday soap. You can get 3 bars right now for $3.02!!! That’s just over $1 per bar.