Thursday, October 21, 2010

Have a greener period: LadyCup and Pleat Review and Giveaway!

Winner: Heather! 
In July 2009 I decided I was making the switch to sustainable menstrual products.  It seemed a bit hypocritical of me to promote cloth diapering while I tossed pads and tampons out each month.  I recall thinking before my revelation that mama cloth was just gross and it would be such a pain and what if it didn't work?  And then I realized all those arguments were the same ones being used against cloth diapers.  Well after this brilliant revelation, I got busy and made some cloth liners.  The tutorial is floating around on this blog, but since it embarrassingly poor, please skip it!  So I whipped them up eager to start my own cloth stash, and wouldn't you know it but this happened:


Well, I'm now 7 months postpartum and one of the only 7% of women who gets their period back before 6 months postpartum while exclusively breastfeeding.  But since I like to make lemonade, I decided to be excited to green my period.

I'm doing something new and doing a vlog review for these two products, because I want to show you them up close and personal (don't worry, not too personal!)  I apologize in advance for screaming children, cat shenanigans or student loan companies interrupting.

The products I'm reviewing are LadyCup and Muffies by Pleat, and after the video scroll down to see how you can win your own Greener, Happier Period package with everything you need to get started!










Want to win your own Limited Edition LadyCup, Pleat starter set and a package of Starbucks Via Readybrew?  Enter below!  Open to U.S. and Canada.  Closes October 31st at 11:59 pm.

Mandatory entry:
Visit Pleat or Ladycup and share your favorite available style. Include your email address please!


Extra entries (leave a comment for each w/ email address)
1. Share our Breastfeeding on the Street campaign on twitter. You may do this daily!
2. Follow us publicly on google friend connect.
3. Subscribe to our RSS feed.
4. Follow @theconnectedmom on twitter
5. Join our community.
6. Follow us on Facebook.
7.  Share your best awful period moment - you know what I'm talking about!
8. Add either our Connected Mom button or one of our Breastfeeding on the Street buttons (2 entries if you do both)
9. Follow us on Networked Blogs.


Disclosure:  Both Pleat and Ladycup provided samples for my review.  I received no compensation and the opinions are entirely my own.  Starbucks is in no way affiliated with this review.

90 comments:

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I like the Cocktail Citrus pattern. It's bright and happy and sometimes I need that lol. swtstuf978@yahoo.com

Samantha- Confessions of a Twin Mom- a work in progress said... [Reply to comment]

I love the Muffie's spot pattern overnight pad. It's so cute, I'd almost hate to get stuff on it.

Samantha- Confessions of a Twin Mom- a work in progress said... [Reply to comment]

Posted the Breastfeeding on the Street link on Twitter:
@twin_mommy27
http://twitter.com/twin_mommy27/status/28055957199

Samantha- Confessions of a Twin Mom- a work in progress said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you on Twitter
@twin_mommy27

Samantha- Confessions of a Twin Mom- a work in progress said... [Reply to comment]

I follow The Connected Mom on FB

Samantha- Confessions of a Twin Mom- a work in progress said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you publicly via Google Friend Connect

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Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I like the bloom pantiliner on Pleat!! It's adorable! And I love the purple LadyCup! schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I "liked" you on facebook! schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

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Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I'm following you on Google Friend Connect schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

Both the breastfeeding in the street and connected mom buttons are posted on my blog (www.lifeofcarla.blogspot.com) schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I'm following you on Twitter @LifeasaReader schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I'm following you on networked blogs (Carla Schmidt Holloway) schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I tweeted the breastfeeding in the street campaign @LifeasaReader schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

Awful Period Moment: I was at my boyfriend's apartment, and realized my period had started and I didn't have any supplies with me. I told him I needed to go to the store (embarrassing enough for an 18 year old girl). Not that big of a deal, right? Well, on the way back, the drive shaft of the truck decided to fall apart, dragging on the ground. Boyfriend got so mad he punched the truck (and left a dent!) and a random motorcyclist stopped to see if we needed help, went home to get his car, and came back to take us back to the apartment.

The casualties of that period were one pair of undies and one brand new truck. *sigh* schmidthollowaycs@gmail.com

Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

I love the Bloom print for the pads or the turquoise lady cup

livingsimplyNM at gmail dot com

Samantha- Confessions of a Twin Mom- a work in progress said... [Reply to comment]

I follow via Networked blogs

can DM via Twitter @twin_mommy27

or email s.williams2786 at gmail dot com

Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/livingsimplyNM/status/28062021945

livingsimplyNM at gmail dot com

Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

follow via gfc

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Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

follow on twitter

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Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

already part of the community

livingsimplyNM at gmail dot com

Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

like you on fb

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Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

hmm, period story. The one that comes to mind is recent. I was on a 12 hour road trip back home from CA with my 18 month old and 3 year old. Several hours into the drive I stopped for gas and felt a gush as I got started with the pumping. I had to finish pumping, grab the backpack full of clothes and my 2 pajamad kids and we went in and bought pads and all got dressed in the gas station bathroom. I then had to drive the rest of the way home feeling crampy.

livingsimplyNM at gmail dot com

Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

have your button

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Lisanne said... [Reply to comment]

have a sesame street button

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Belly Rumblings said... [Reply to comment]

part of the community
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Belly Rumblings said... [Reply to comment]

friend on facebook
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Belly Rumblings said... [Reply to comment]

My period story: The summer I got married I was working part time at Target. I'd been there hours and was due for a meal break, my then-fiance came in and was waiting. The next thing I know I'm leaking and turn around to check myself (you know the front back twist) and am aghast at what I see on my khakis. So I call him over and give him instructions about what to find - undies and pads included. I flag down my superior who reluctantly agrees that I should take my break now. In reality no one else probably noticed, but the fact that I had to indoctrinate him so early and share my surprise with my boss was slightly humiliating!

fiona said... [Reply to comment]

I love all the colours and patterns, I can't decide what my favourite is. Your video review was awesome, it has actually made me think about why I should use these instead of plastic pads. I am at my 5.5 month post baby and no period yet, I actually forgot I was supposed to get one again, I was dreading the thought but now I have something to be excited about. I would love to win to try it out. I also follow you on facebook, very new but so far I love your blog. Thank you for showing me the light!!!findfifi1@aol.com

Aimee said... [Reply to comment]

I love the sprout pattern in their etsy shop!
jeteaimee at hotmail dot com

Aimee said... [Reply to comment]

following you on twitter (jeteaimee)
jeteaimee at hotmail dot com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I tweeted the Breastfeeding in the Street campaign
@LifeasaReader
schmidthollowaycs at gmail dot com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I tweeted the Bfing in the Street campaign
@LifeasaReader
schmidthollowaycs at gmail dot com

Vicki S said... [Reply to comment]

My fav is the Ladycup limited edition Turquoise color in size SMALL

sswpss at yahoo dot com

Vicki S said... [Reply to comment]

I now follow via GFC as "sswpss"

sswpss at yahoo dot com

Vicki S said... [Reply to comment]

I never had an real period moment, however in school, I sat on a ketchup packet, and everyone refused to believe that it was ketchup. Everyone made fun of me, so I kind of know how it feels to have a real period moment!

sswpss at yahoo dot com

lace said... [Reply to comment]

The bloom pantiliner is really cute. The meadow ladycup is a great color. I also like the nature one.

lace said... [Reply to comment]

I'm following on gfc

lacelk at sbcglobal dot net

sweetpea18 said... [Reply to comment]

i like the inspired by nature style.
heatheranya at hotmail dot com

sweetpea18 said... [Reply to comment]

gfc-heatheranya
heatheranya at hotmail dot com

sweetpea18 said... [Reply to comment]

i follow on twitter @1589m
heatheranya at hotmail dot com

sweetpea18 said... [Reply to comment]

awful period moment: i was on vacation not the first summer after starting my period and whatever protection i had been using leaked and i didn't realize it until i had gotten back to the room. luckily i didn't know anybody there but it was humiliating as a teenager to have been walking around with a stain on my butt. heatheranya at hotmail dot com

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

I like the Grean Meadow cup
adjolly@ymail.com

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

http://twitter.com/#!/adjolly/status/28693159966

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

following you on facebook

Beki said... [Reply to comment]

FINALLY a mama pad company that understands that pad are for the mama! (I've seen a lot that come in kiddy themed fabric.) These colorways are great! I especially love Bloom!

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I had to check out both sites!

Pleat - I love the Creamsicle pattern!

Ladycup - I really like all the color choices, but I'm partial to the pink. How fun!

Stefibeth @ aol.com

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a GFC follower!

Stefibeth @ aol.com

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I subscribe via GoogleReader.

Stefibeth @ aol.com

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you on Twitter.

Stefibeth @ aol.com

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I'm already a member of your community.

Stefibeth @ aol.com

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you on FB.

Stefibeth @ aol.com

Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

Worst period moment - my very first period. I got my period, but didn't tell anyone and went to school that day as usual. I ended up getting called down to the office because my mom came to pick me up early. She had to ask me if I got my period because my dad noticed blood in the toilet. I forgot to flush! 12 year old me could have died on the spot! Of course it had to be my dad to happen upon it. The day turned out alright after all as we took a trip to the store to explore feminine products and my mom bought me chocolate, which she said was a very important feel better product while on your period :)

racergirl1313 said... [Reply to comment]

I really like the creamsicle pattern. I have been wanting to try the ladycups so I'd love to win this. Thanks!

racergirl1313 at hotmail . com

racergirl1313 said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you on Twitter-@racergirl1313

Renae H said... [Reply to comment]

I like the Muffies - Spot Pantyliner Cloth Pad.

remaho80[at]aol[dot]com

Kaitlyn said... [Reply to comment]

My favourite style of Pleat mama cloth is the pattern "Spot". It is absolutely adorable.

kaitlyn[dot]isaacs[at]gmail[dot]com

Kaitlyn said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you publicly on Google Friend Connect.

kaitlyn[dot]isaacs[at]gmail[dot]com

Kaitlyn said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you on Twitter (@NaturallyKait)

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Kaitlyn said... [Reply to comment]

I follow on Facebook (Kaitlyn Isaacs)

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Kaitlyn said... [Reply to comment]

I tweeted the Breastfeeding: It's the word on the Street tweet. (Under my old Twitter name @canadas_baby and my new one @NaturallyKait)

kaitlyn[dot]isaacs[at]gmail[dot]com

Kaitlyn said... [Reply to comment]

My most awful period moment was when I was in university and had just bought my Diva Cup. I thought I felt it pop correctly, but apparently I was wrong because about an hour later I felt a gush and had to run back to my dorm because I was leaking. Luckily only my neighbour noticed and she just laughed with me.

kaitlyn[dot]isaacs[at]gmail[dot]com

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Visit Pleat or Ladycup and share your favorite available style. Include your email address please!
judithannebarnes AT gmail.com
I went to ladycup and boy oh boy would I like a purple ladycup!

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Share our Breastfeeding on the Street campaign on twitter. You may do this daily!
http://twitter.com/#!/ZucchiniBreath/status/28903409226
judithannebarnes at gmail

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Follow us publicly on google friend connect.
done this

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Subscribe to our RSS feed.
Done

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Follow @theconnectedmom on twitter: I do.
judithannebarnes @ gmail

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Share your best awful period moment - you know what I'm talking about!

Worst moment? Realizing what a tool I had been for spending all that money on disposable, toxic products that did nothing for me but put me at risk for infections, worsen my cramps, lengthen the duration of my periods, stinky, uncomfortable and polluting my world!
Best moment was when I got my first set of reusable cloth pads.
judithannebarnes at g mail

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Follow us on Facebook.
I am Judith Barnes and I follow you on facebook

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Join our community.
I joined your community. my name is Judith. I feel silly typing this way but I really want that purple cup.
judithannebarnes at gmail

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Add either our Connected Mom button or one of our Breastfeeding on the Street buttons (2 entries if you do both)
#1 http://bigrawblog.blogspot.com/p/badges-logos-and-buttons.html

Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Add either our Connected Mom button or one of our Breastfeeding on the Street buttons (2 entries if you do both)
#2 http://bigrawblog.blogspot.com/p/badges-logos-and-buttons.html

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I tweeted the Breastfeeding in the Street campaign
@LifeasaReader
schmidthollowaycs at gmail dot com

Wehaf said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite style: Sea fan.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Wehaf said... [Reply to comment]

Worst period moment: when I got my first period. I was at school (high school) and I went to the bathroom and had bled onto my underpants. It wasn't heavy and I was able to get a pad from a friend, so it wouldn't have been a big deal, except that when I went back into the bathroom with the pad, two upperclass students realized what was happening (my first period), and stood outside the stall teasing me mercilessly - really cruel, mean stuff, not lighthearted teasing. So I was in this stall, putting my first pad every on my stained underwear, crying, and feeling trapped because these older girls were standing right outside the stall mocking me. :(

urchiken at gmail dot com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

I tweeted the breastfeeding on the street campaign
@LifeasaReader
schmidthollowaycs at gmail dot com

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

@Wehaf - that's awful. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I can't believe how some people can be so cruel.

Sew Cute Colleen said... [Reply to comment]

I like the Muffles Creamsicle pantyliners.

Sew Cute Colleen said... [Reply to comment]

Awful - seventh grade. Learning just how long a liner will last before it leaks all over you khaki pants as I walk up the aisle in science class to make a presentation.

Mama McLauchlin said... [Reply to comment]

The sherbert dots and the blue spot pads are so cute! I love it!
I love all the options for colors of the cup too! So much nicer than Diva Cup! :D
I also follow you on FBook.
ammclauchlin at gmail dot com

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

I love the Muffies - Sherbet Dots Overnight Cloth Pad! Cute!
rastrassbur at gmail dot com

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

http://twitter.com/#!/rhuss85/status/29142806587
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Becky said... [Reply to comment]

I follow via GFC
rastrassbur at gmail dot com

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

I follow you on twitter - rhuss85
rastrassbur at gmail dot com

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

I like you on Facebook
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Becky said... [Reply to comment]

My most embarrassing moment was when I bled through at my husband's grandmother's house!! So embarrassing!!

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

I follow via Network Blogs
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Becky said... [Reply to comment]

I joined the Connected Mom community
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Zucchini Breath said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations, Heather! Lucky you :)

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