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Ellebox September Unboxing Photos & Review – 30%OFF with code: THEPERIODBLOG

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Ellebox Review

Ellebox is a premium time of the month subscription box delivering organic cotton pads and tampons along with hand curated comfort and self care items to your door step.

Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! Every month, the Ellebox team sends you a customized selection of 20 pads and tampons plus tea, chocolate sweets, and two all-natural and amazing self-care goodies for you.

Ellebox is perfect for girls that love healthy and natural products. It’s a great way to discover new skincare products that really work and delicious healthy snacks.

Ellebox September Unboxing

Ellebox Review

This month’s Ellebox was packed with so many goodies! It came with not two but four self-care items along with my supply of organic cotton pads and tampons from Natracare and Organyc.

September’s box features amazing self-care items from Andalou Naturals, Lather, Emmy’s Organics, and Tea by Tea Sparrow.

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Lather

Lather is bath and skin care company that prides itself with high quality products made with essential oils, botanical extracts and free from sulfates & parabens, synthetic colors, phthalates, and mineral oils. The best part is that all their products are cruelty free!

Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub – This super fine scrub does an excellent job getting rid of dead flaky skin with exfoliating bamboo powder that leaves you with super soft and clean skin. This scrub has an excellent formulation – it easily lathers to a nice foam and didn’t settle or separate in the tub like other scrubs.

Mangosteen and Green Tea Body Wash – This gentle body wash has a tropical fruity scent and is packed with antioxidant rich ingredients that are great for skin including mangosteen, green tea, and rice bran oil. It left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I only wish the bottle was bigger because I finished mine in a week!

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Andalou Naturals

Founded by the creators of Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals is a natural skincare and beauty brand made with ingredients that are Non-GMO Project verified, gluten free verified, certified organic, derived from nature, vegan, sustainably sourced, fair trade ingredients, and cruelty free!

Instant Lift & Firm Hydro Serum Facial Sheet Mask
If you’re a skincare junkie, you know that sheet masks are a highly effective way for your skin to soak in serums. Enriched with fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol Q10, this mask is instantly hydrates and replenishes, plumping up your skin for a more lifted, firmer appearance and visibly smooth and rejuvenated complexion.

Instant Clarity Face Mask
Clay masks are excellent for not only those with oily skin but all skin types – clay is an excellent skincare ingredient for clearing away impurities and excess oils. This mask also has added argan oil and a fruit stem cell complex to nourish the skin and stimulate circulation for a clean and clear complexion – perfect for those PMS pimples!

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Tea by Tea Sparrow – Lemon Sherbert

Hot tea for the summer??? Nope! This month’s tea is actually a cold-brew tea! Just brew it like hot tea but instead of boiling water, put your brew in cold water and refrigerate for 5 hours for a delicious ice tea.

Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookie Dark Cacao

Made from fair trade coconut power and cold pressed coconut oil, this healthy snack is both sweet and healthy. This little cookie is 100 calories and is organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, and grain-free! Of course my sweet tooth self munched on this as soon as I opened my Ellebox… lol

Natracare Pads & Organyc Tampons

Made from certified organic cotton, these pads are better for your health and the environment. Organic cotton menstrual hygiene products are great for those with sensitivity and is also what sets Ellebox apart from other time of the month subscription boxes.

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Summary : September's Ellebox features 4 self-care items that are all natural, organic, gluten-free, vegan and cruelty free! Tropical fruity scents, high quality skin care ingredients, and a chocolaty treat makes this month's Ellebox perfect to end the summer season.

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Meet Tiffany Benyacko of Unrehearsed

“Raising a tween, parenting with an ex and being not just a mom are some of my life experiences.”
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Who are you?

Hi, I am Tiffany, author of the blog Unrehearsed. I am a married mom of two, my son is 21 and is in college, my daughter is 11, starting middle school this fall.

My day job is a quality analyst for a healthcare organization. I am completely addicted to pretty things like journals and planners and am working on being more patient and living in the moment.

What inspired you to start your blog?

Unrehearsed was born from my failed blog, Gladiator in Heels. The first blog was my attempt to be the Pinterest perfect mom. The sad part about it was that I am just an ok cook, I lack patience when it comes to certain crafts, I can’t really sew and my kids are older!

Before I shut down the first blog, I noticed that there were certain blog posts that people seemed to enjoy and those were the ones about tween girls, co-parenting and self-care.

I also noticed very few blogs or websites that focus on parenting older kids. It’s funny because littles (babies and toddlers) grow up at some point and those parents needs some type of resource to deal with the changes.

Research shows that parenting tweens is more stressful than parenting babies (not trying to continue the moms wars but there are proven facts)! All of this helped me to refocus and start a new blog based on my life experiences (parenting tween girls, parenting with an ex and being not just a mom).

What was your experience like when you first started your period? Did anyone give you “the talk”?

What “talk”, lol? One thing I am very transparent about on the blog is the lack of talking my parents and I did when I was growing up.

I remember being on the playground in 6th grade and I remember feeling something weird “down below”… I had a feeling of what was happening. I remember taking my jacket and wrapping it around my waist. So glad I did that because I had stained my pants.

I remember feeling so embarrassed, not sure if anyone saw but still the thought of my pants being stained left a sense of horror in my mind.

I didn’t have a touchy, feely mom, so she basically told me about pads and that was “the talk”. I had heard some talk about being able to get pregnant once you started your period. I heard about PMS and cramps. These weren’t topics my mom and I had but just chatter I heard from other kids and television.

I wasn’t sure of what questions to ask my mom and she didn’t really have an “open door” policy.

How did you introduce periods to your daughter?

There were so many other things I wanted to besides talk to my daughter about periods. I honestly had to pump myself up for “the talk”. I knew that I needed to handle it differently from how my mom did and thankfully found a pretty good entrance.

One day, we were in a discount store and she wandered over to the book section. There was a cute little pink book about a girl’s developing body. She was intrigued by the colors and soon we were at the checkout counter. Once we got home, she could not tear herself away from the book. As she read, she started to ask me questions.

This little book helped with my introduction about periods. I never wanted to pressure my daughter in talking about periods, it was nice for the conversations to start on her terms.

Do you have any parenting tips to share to make the talk a more comfortable experience for both parent and daughter?

Periods…eewwwww!!! That’s probably the sentence that runs through both a mom and daughter’s head. It can be an overwhelming topic but it’s more bearable if the conversations are bite-sized. I think it helps to be honest about your experiences when you were her age.

While you’re on your Target runs, take a stroll over to the feminine hygiene aisle. Talk to her about the different products and how to use them. Having these open conversations helps you to let your guard down and show her that you are human and a girl, too.

While it can be scary, embarrassing and worrisome, it helps to feel those emotions for the good of your daughter. She needs to see you being vulnerable, admitting your fears and how you dealt with them.

What’s your favorite way to relax and practice self care?

I’m an introvert so completely zoning out is self-care for me! But having a daughter who is an extrovert does not allow for many zone out moments.

Many women struggle with self-care because there just simply isn’t enough time. Self-care can simply be staying in the shower for an extra 5 minutes. 80s music (the decade of the best music) relaxes me. Working out helps, along with regular date nights with my husband. Writing is also therapeutic, it gives me the space to brain dump my life experiences while encouraging and equipping others who may have some of the same issues.

Retail therapy has an amazingly relaxing effect on me! Self care should be about things that make you happy.


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“The Little Red Kit deserves a spot in your tween girl’s backpack” – Mommy Blogger Tiffany of Be UnRehearsed

Thank you to Mommy Blogger Tiffany of Be UnRehearsed for reviewing The Little Red Kit!

“The Little Red Kit deserves a spot in your tween girl’s backpack.

It not only helps girls get to know their bodies and understand the menstrual cycle but it also encourages them to help other girls when they need a pad.

I love the Little Red Kit because it helps parents and their daughters feel comfortable talking to each other about periods.”

-Tiffany Benyacko



Read her full review at BeUnrehearsed.com

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What’s in my July Ellebox? – Review & Coupon

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Ellebox is a premium time of the month subscription box delivering organic cotton pads and tampons along with hand curated comfort and self care items to your door step.

This month’s Ellebox is my favourite one so far! The feature company is Chéri Arôme, a Canadian beauty company that makes all natural handmade beauty and skincare products.

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Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! I swear that the Ellebox team must be bigger skincare junkies than I am because every month they are delivering best natural skincare products that are made with scientifically proven ingredients that are excellent for your skin.

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Chéri Arôme – Glow Face Lotion with Sea buckthorn, Rosehip, and Tsubaki oil

Made from premium ingredients, this lotion is antioxidant rich with intensive moisturizing benefits and dries to a beautiful velvety finish. Let’s take a closer look at the active ingredients:

Sea buckthorn oil is a berry extract with healing an rejuvenating effects on the skin making it an excellent lotion for the summer months when our skin really takes a hit from the UV rays.

Rosehip oil is a plant-based oil and a rich source of antioxidants and skin-beneficial fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.

Tsubaki oil also known as camellia oil offers potent hydration and anti-aging benefits that has long been popular among Japanese women. It has high amounts of omega 9 fatty acid, as well as vitamins A, B, D and E.

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Chéri Arôme – Pink Clay Body Polish

Looking at this polish I was thinking that this is likely a sugar scrub or a salt scrub but the ingredients didn’t list sugar or salt and I was really curious. Since this is an all natural product, I decided to taste it… It’s a sugar scrub :)!

Made from premium sun dried pink clay from Australia, this body polish provides hydration to the skin while helping improve skin texture and fine lines.

Begin with wet skin in the shower—warm-to-hot water is ideal to soften the skin. Allow the shower to run for 5-10 minutes and let the warm water soften the skin and prepare for exfoliation. Pause the running water while you exfoliate. Apply the cream and scrub in a circular motion. Rinse and tap dry with towel.

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Chéri Arôme – Lip Tint Moisturizer in Rum Raisin

Super moisturizing and buttery smooth. Not greasy and surprisingly not waxy either. The colour looks dark in the tube but when worn it is actually quite flattering. It’s a nice berry colour and not too dark so I think this would be nice on all skin tones.

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Smart Sweets – Seriously Sour Gummy Bears

No joke these are seriously sour!!! Sour candies are my weak spot and luckily for me, these are HEALTHY candies! Yes healthy and candy can be in the same sentence. Each bag packs a punch with 24 grams of fibre and has only 2 grams of sugar. Chocolate gets melty in the summer so it is so smart Ellebox decided to ship these guilt-free healthy sweets.

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Natracare Pads & Organyc Tampons

Made from certified organic cotton, these pads are better for your health and the environment. Organic cotton menstrual hygiene products are great for those with sensitivity and is also what sets Ellebox apart from other time of the month subscription boxes.

Tea Sparrow – Quince Green Tea

When I first smelled this green tea, I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet it smelled and thought that this would be perfect with some honey to bring out the sweet aromas. This is actually one of Tea Sparrow’s top rated iced green teas!

A whole leaf sencha green tea that’s decorated with cornflower and mallow flower, and is flavored with quince fruit. Wonderfully refreshing!

Sign up and get 30% off with coupon code: THEPERIODBLOG Ellebox is a premium time of the month subscription box delivering organic cotton pads and tampons along with hand curated comfort and self care items to your door step. This month's Ellebox is my favourite one so far! The feature company is Chéri Arôme, a Canadian beauty company that makes all natural handmade beauty and skincare products. Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! I swear that the Ellebox team must be bigger skincare junkies than I am because every month they are delivering…

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Summary : My favourite Ellebox Comfort Box so far! Excellent, high quality, and natural skin care products plus my mix of pads and tampons delivered to my door.

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Tips To Surviving A Hot Day With Your Period

Try these tips from our readers!

Last week, we asked our readers on our social media: How do you survive a hot day with your period?

With the hottest days of summer still ahead of us, here are the top tips from our readers to keeping cool on your period.

Go for maximum comfort! Choose cotton underwear and wear a pad with high breathability

period tips to surviving a hot day with your period

Don’t like that sweaty feeling of wearing pads? Try a tampon or menstrual cup. When worn correctly, you won’t feel it at all!

period tips to surviving a hot day with your period

Treat yourself! Try these treats recommended by our readers: Chocolate (anything!), Vegan desserts (they will make you break out less)

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Have your say! How do you survive a hot day with your period?

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Leah McSweeney on The Little Red Kit: “Let’s break the period taboo for our daughters”

Thank you to women’s health advocate Leah McSweeney for checking out The Little Red Kit!


Leah McSweeney writes: Shout out to @theperiodblog for sending this. What a great way to be able to talk to your daughter about getting her period. I know most of us grew up dealing with the “period taboo”. Let’s break this for our daughters.

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The Little Red Kit: a period starter kit for girls

NEW & Only available at The Period Blog

The Period Blog believes that every girl deserves to feel confident with her period. That’s why we created a special toolkit, The Little Red Kit, to help all girls prepare for their first period.

the little red kit period starter kit

It’s never too early to start learning about periods. We recommend girls The Little Red Kit anytime after she starts puberty and before she gets her first period. This way she has plenty of time to look through it and ask questions.

Filled with period essentials and our Get-Ready Guide, girls can learn at their own pace and comfort with The Little Red Kit.


The Little Red Kit
includes:
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Get Ready Guide for Girls

With fully illustrated step-by-step how to guides and topics based on our frequently asked questions from The Period Blog, girls are guaranteed to find the answers they’re looking for.

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Get Ready Guide for Parents

Support her learning with tips and strategies to prepare you and your daughter for a worry-free and confident first period.

Cute & Discreet Carrying Case

Store your period essentials and carry it everywhere. Choose our cute logo design or flip it inside out for a discreet black colour!

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Pads & Panty Liners

We selected smaller pads and panty liners that are perfectly sized for tweens.



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What’s in my June ElleBox? Get yours 30%off with code THEPERIODBLOG

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Ellebox June Comfort Box

Ellebox is a period subscription box that delivers organic cotton pads and tampons and specially selected self-care items to your door step every month.

I was really happy with my first period subscription box from Ellebox so I was excited to discover what amazing goodies came in my June box. I’m subscribed to their Comfort Box which delivers organic pads, tampons, and self-care goodies every month right do my door step and more importantly, it arrives before my period does.

Pink House Natural Solutions products are this month’s feature company. I got a Fresh Louelza Face Wash ($24.00 value) and a Lemongrass Lime XX Pit Potion ($14.00 value). All their products are handmade from healthy, all natural, and organic ingredients (that also smell super yummy too!)

I received a delicious Walnut Green Tea by Tea Sparrow. It has a sweet nutty flavour and smells very rich and flavourful.

The Truffle Pig chocolates are my absolute favourite and my go to period chocolate. The piggy shapes are almost too cute to eat!! This chocolate is so rich that just one bite is enough to satisfy my chocolate cravings.

For my period supplies, I received Organyc tampons, Natracare pads, and a few panty liners which was a very nice surprise because they were not in my last delivery.

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FLEX Menstrual Disc Review + Photos

flex menstrual disc

FLEX is a disposable, single use menstrual disc that collects your period rather than absorbing it.

The FLEX menstrual disc is worn inside the vaginal fornix which covers the cervix, and prevents menstrual fluid from entering the vaginal canal.

FLEX was so kind to send two boxes for me and a friend to review! Before we get into it, lets check out FLEX’s features and benefits:

FLEX features & benefits:

  • Wear up to 12 hours
  • Can be worn for mess-free period sex!
  • Not linked to TSS
  • Hypoallergenic, not made with natural rubber latex, BPA or phthalates
  • No chemicals, toxins, bleaching or shedding like tampons
  • Perfectly sized to fit most women
Packaging
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The packaging of FLEX is not like other period packaging I’ve seen – the design is clean and sexy. You would not have guessed from the packaging that FLEX is a period product. My co-worker thought it was some fancy chocolates!

FLEX is individually packaged in a discreet and thick black plastic. You can put it in your purse or pocket just in case you need one; that’s what I did. The pro of the plastic is the thickness and the opacity, so nobody could possibly tell what it really is.

Insertion
flex menstrual disc instructions
flex menstrual disc instructions

You definitely have to be comfortable with blood and placing your fingers inside. If you get squeamish about blood, this is not for you. You WILL get blood on your hands!

Follow these steps to insert FLEX:

  1. Pinch FLEX in half with your pointer finger and thumb
  2. Slide FLEX into your vaginal canal with your pointer finger and thumb until it’s in about half way and can let go without it falling out. This step is best done when you are sitting down.
  3. Using your middle finger, start pushing back and DOWN (not up) toward your cervix and vaginal fornix.
  4. Use your middle finger to tuck it behind your pubic bone. You know it’s secure once your finger touches somewhat of a hollow space after the pubic bone.
Larissa’s experience

The insertion was quite easy because I’ve had experience using a Nuva Ring and the insertion is similar. It only took me one try to get it in successfully. It took me about 30-45 seconds to get it in the first time and only 15-30 seconds the next time so it got easier with practice.

I feel like the best way to insert it is when you’re doing a high squat over the toilet. Once it’s in, you can sit back down to make sure it’s securely in place.

Dedy’s experience

The rim is very flexible and it keeps its shape for a few seconds when you squeeze it which gives you enough time to slide it into place comfortably. It didn’t bounce back to its circular shape right away which I’ve experienced with a similar product and can be quite uncomfortable.

I found it best to do the insertion when you have a bit of a flow so your period can act as a lubricant to help it glide in.

Wear
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flex menstrual disc

Larissa’s experience

I felt nothing during the entire 12 hours! Subconsciously, I thought I was leaking because I wasn’t sure if I inserted it properly the first few times. When I was urinating and having a bowel movement, I found that some of my period spilled out of the disc. According to the founders, this is normal. This happens because the pelvic floor is being pushed and pops the rim out of place. It should go right back into place when you stand up. Just wipe as usual and if needed, push the rim back in place with a clean hand.

I didn’t do any strenuous activities but I have 4 more discs so I will try this at the gym during my next period. I used them for 12 hours each for 4 days of flow.

Dedy’s experience

While I found the the insertion comfortable and easy, I couldn’t get mine to stay tucked behind my pubic bone. I felt it untuck when I went for a walk but thankfully I was wearing a pad too. I also tried FLEX when I was sleeping and had no problem but again I felt it shift out of place when I got up.

I think part of the reason is because I was very nervous and it made me tense up. When I was more calm, I noticed that I was able to push FLEX down farther.

My gynaecologist says that the FLEX should fit me because my vaginal fornix looks to be an average size. According to FLEX, typically a woman needs to use 7 discs to really nail it. But it’s just like riding a bike, once you get it you get it.

Unlike tampons, FLEX can be worn even when you don’t have a flow so I’m going to try again. I will post an update soon.

Removal
Larissa’s experience

I did the removal while I was already on the toilet. This made it easier as my FLEX had already popped out from behind my pubic bone. Since I did that, it was quite messy. I just made sure to be close to a sink or have wet wipes for my hands.

Dedy’s experience

Removal was very easy and comfortable. I inserted my index finger and felt for the rim of the menstrual disc. Then I untucked it from behind my pubic bone and pulled it out. It slid out effortlessly but it was a bit of a balancing act trying not to spill it. It’s best to do this part while sitting over the toilet or even in the shower.

The material of the rim is really flexible when it’s warm and moulds to your body’s shape really well. When I pulled it out, it flexed to a slim shape and didn’t bounce back to its circular form right away so it gave me time to slide it out comfortably.

FLEX is a disposable, single use menstrual disc that collects your period rather than absorbing it. The FLEX menstrual disc is worn inside the vaginal fornix which covers the cervix, and prevents menstrual fluid from entering the vaginal canal. FLEX was so kind to send two boxes for me and a friend to review! Before we get into it, lets check out FLEX's features and benefits: FLEX features & benefits: Wear up to 12 hours Can be worn for mess-free period sex! Not linked to TSS Hypoallergenic, not made with natural rubber latex, BPA or phthalates No chemicals, toxins, bleaching…

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Will definitely rebuy!

Summary : Comfortable all around and long time wear for this innovative menstrual disc! Points off for the leaking and learning curve but the leaking is manageable and learning curve is totally worth it for 12 hr protection. Try it free at FLEXfits.com. Use code TRYIT for 20% off.

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