My menstrual cup experience

So I have decided to bite the bullet and review my experience with using a menstrual cup. These photos were taken when I first bought it and hadn’t used it yet just FYI. Not that it really matters but I personally wouldn’t wanna show something that’s been inside me that closely!

Anyway, I have been using the cup for 4 cycles now and honestly I really love it. Well as much as you can love a period catching device anyway! I didn’t have periods for over 2 years from when I got pregnant in December 2015 to this January (2018) and luckily my periods have been nowhere near as heavy since having the girls and only painful one day of the cycle.

Using tampons has always been great for me, I’ve never really had any issues. The main issue that caused me to want to make the switch was the environmental impact. My sister, Mary, has an amazing blog all about her efforts to reduce plastic andthis post offers insight in to why our periods are damaging the environment. But the biggest thing for me is realising that every sanitary towel and every applicator of a tampon I have used is still sitting out there in the world somewhere. Scary. Not to mention the fact that tampons contain harmful chemicals and we are literally shoving them in to our most sensitive area! Using cups also save money. I think my cup was around £20 which is a lot however I probably spent £5 per period on products and now I don’t need to so in 4 months I’ve made my money back.

So down to the nitty gritty. What’s it like to use? Ok I’ll be honest, it’s pretty hard to start with. Like messy, slightly painful and stressful. But the truth is by the end of your first period it’s a lot easier and now, 4 months in its gloriously simple! Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully and don’t put it up too far!

Cleaning is the worst part about it and that’s just something you have to deal with. But at the end of the day it’s not that bad. I personally hate blood but this doesn’t really bother me.

You don’t have to change it anywhere near as much as a tampon either. There’s been times I’ve forgotten about it and left it in all day (not that I recommend this) and it’s been fine. No leaks or anything. To be totally honest I’ve yet to need to change it in public – I normally do it before I go out and when I get in but I can imagine it’s tricky to do. You don’t need to wash it if you’re out though, you can just use loo roll and clean it thoroughly once you’re home. Also another plus point is that if you’re not sure if you’re due your period or if you’re very light you can just pop it in and it isn’t bad for you or painful when you take it out!

There are so many cup brands out there now. I personally use the Mooncup however I’ve wondered whether a different brand would suit me better – I’ve spent £20 On it now so I’m just gonna stick it out! You can find what cup suits you here

In conclusion, I haven’t found the cup life changing. In fact it can be a little bit more difficult in some ways but I certainly would never go back to using tampons!

Day 5 – Falmouth | West Cornwall Holiday with toddlers |

Day 5 and the final instalment of my series on our holiday in West Cornwall!

We packed up our caravan and headed to Falmouth as it was on the way back home. As soon as we arrived I fell in love. I know it sounds dorky but Falmouth is just so cool. I would absolutely love to live there and we had a look at houses but sadly they are WAY out of our league!

We headed to gyllyngvase beach to start with and the water was gorgeous. The beach cafe there is so great and Josh and I enjoyed chips from there … definitely would recommend.

After this we headed in to the town via the harbour. It was really gorgeous and all of us enjoyed having a look around … apart from.Dotty who slept through the whole thing!

After this we headed in to the town and got an iced coffee from Espressini which I would highly recommend. The town was gorgeous too and there were so many nice bars, restaurants and cafés dotted around. Unfortunately we’d massively blown our budget by this point and decided to head home.

What an amazing week we had!

Thanks for reading and I hope this gave you some inspo for future cornish trips!

Dear Margot, on your second birthday.

Dear Margot,

What a year it’s been for you, I can’t believe how much you have changed over the past year! I barely recognise this 2 year old in front of my eyes, you were only just 2 days old and now you’re 2 years!

You are such a sweet and kind person. It is already shining out of your character at such a young age. You enjoy sharing and taking in turns and rarely say no when I ask you to let Dotty have a turn with something. You are very caring and always ask people if they are ok. You also say sorry all the time and you even say sorry to your slide if you go down too fast!

You are a bit of a copy cat. If Dotty is doing something you immediately say “I turn, I turn!” Or, take whatever she is playing with off her because you don’t want to miss out. It’s never malicious and you normally move on very quickly. Sometimes you annoy Dotty as you always want to play with her and she likes to be independent but a cuddle will normally make you happy again!

On that note, you have an incredibly short attention span and you cannot stay with one activity for long. You constantly need to change and often me or daddy have to take part in activities or you get bored even more quickly… You don’t much like independent play! You rarely get through a whole book without discarding it and won’t sit still and watch tv for long.

You are definitely a people person and enjoy being cuddled and played with. You love playing with other children and particularly thrive off adult attention. You always have to be talking and regularly say “um…” as if to start a sentence but you don’t have anything to say!

Your speech is impeccable though and I can have full conversations with you easy peasy. You have also become fearless when it comes to trying new things and love climbing up climbing frames and whizzing down the biggest slide at the park!

You are quite mischievous and don’t really listen when we tell you to stop doing something you want to do! However if you don’t realise you’re being naughty and we tell you off you get so upset and really cry and that always gets to me!

This year you went on a holiday in a caravan and you absolutely loved staying up late and being busy all day. You adore the beach and couldn’t be more suited to cornish life with your bleach blonde hair and tanned little face!

I definitely see you in a caring and loving role in the future and I know God is going to use your compassion in a big way.

Margot we love you so much our sunshine girl.

All my love,

Mummy xxx

Dear Dorothy, on your second birthday.

Dear Dorothy,

Happy second birthday! I can’t believe you are now 2 and are officially not a baby anymore. In a way it seems like just yesterday that you were a newborn but at the same time it feels like forever a go.

Your second year of life has been wonderful. It started with you being a flower girl at your auntie’s wedding and I couldn’t have been more proud of you. We then went on our first proper holiday to Morocco and you and Margot were like celebrities there! All of the waiters at the restaurants loved you and always shouted “eyyy Dotty girl!!!” At you!

You have a huge appetite for mischief that is almost insatiable. You are the reason we have had to put child locks on every drawer in the living room! You really are the ring leader with your sister as well and normally are the one to start the mischief making.

You are sociable and cuddly but you are still really independent. You are always happy to play on your own and you can become so engrossed with what you’re doing that it really wouldn’t matter if someone else was there or not. You absolutely love playing with duplo at Grandma’s house and you could happily play for hours with it.

You’re also still a huge fan of cuddly toys. You have a little monkey that you sleep with … Actually it’s 2 now as I bought a spare in case we lost one but you caught wind of that quickly! You normally latch on to cuddly toys wherever you go and you also really enjoy playing with babies.

One thing that I love about you is your wild, adventurous spirit. You love being outside and your catchphrase is “I climb?” … You just love climbing and going down slides etc. You also love swinging on bars at the top of climbing frames which can be a bit scary for us!

You can be so chilled at times and you absolutely adore watching tv. You would happily sit and watch tv for hours and you love to ask me to prop you up with cushions and put a blanket over you so you can be all nice and “cosy”.

Other times you are not so chill and we see feisty Dotty come out. You have such a short fuse and can be wound up so easily. You scream and tantrum and throw yourself on the floor as well as biting, hitting and throwing stuff! A lot of it is frustration on your part and we try not to be too hard on you.

You do like food but you can be quite picky and take forever to eat a meal. It can be really frustrating as half the time Margot has finished a meal and you’re just getting started! But we try to let you take the time when we can!

You love animals and insects and are obsessed with spiders. You love to tell us what colour things are and count to 5 really quickly. Your speech is fantastic and you can pretty much repeat anything back to us now and we are really starting to have proper conversations – it’s so nice.

You adore the beach and playing in the water although you have an irrational fear of crabs! You absolutely love digging and finding treasure on the beach and you could happily spend all day there. You also love ice cream and lollies and every time you go to the beach you try your luck and ask for one… well maybe one day it’ll work!

You already enjoy worshipping God and always put your arms up in the air when we say “praise the Lord” and randomly say “thank you God” all the time! You love singing and dancing and wiggling your bottom and generally being silly.

You always have us smiling and we feel so unbelievably blessed to have you in our lives.

All my love forever,

Mummy xxx

Day 4 – Kynance Cove & Gunwalloe | West Cornwall holiday with toddlers | Kate and the Twins

I’m blogging our experience of our holiday in Cornwall with our twin toddlers! Here is the link the day 3, the previous post!

Day 4 was the day that we decided to head down to Kynance Cove. You have probably seen it on social media a lot recently with a post saying “is this really England”. Well let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

You park at the top at a National Trust car park (free to members). The car park is huge but in the summer I imagine it would get full very quickly as it is so popular there. You then have to walk down to the cove which is not for the faint hearted. The walk itself isn’t too hairy but it is very long and tiring and I would definitely recommend taking carriers rather than push chairs. I wore flip flops as well which really wasn’t ideal – definitely a walk for trainers!

The walk does boast INCREDIBLE views of the cove, though. And as they say, nothing good comes easy!

The beach was just dreamy. The water was clear and gorgeous and had the most stunning turquoise colour to it. There was a cafe and toilet facilities which were built in to the rock so as not to lose the aesthetic. Once the tide comes in there really isn’t much beach at all so choose your time wisely. It’s a must see for anyone visiting West Cornwall!

After the walk back up we were knackered and Josh decided to spend the evening in the caravan with the girls whilst I went off to Gunwalloe and visited some of the beaches there and took in the scenery. It was stunning and Poldark fans will recognise it from the ship wreck scene.

That concludes day 4!

Next up is our last day, in Falmouth!

Day 3- West Cornwall Holiday with Toddlers | Minack theatre, Porthcurno & Church Cove

Part 3 of my blogs about our holiday. You can read about day 2 here and day 1 here .

Day 3 was our busiest day. We got up fairly early and headed to the minack theatre. It was a long trip from where we were staying but well worth it. It was really like something from another country. Built in to the cliff overlooking the stunning sea of Porthcurno. It only costs a few quid to get in and little ones are free so it’s well worth it. Definitely take babies and toddlers in carriers though as it’s very steep and could be slippy on wet days.

We headed to Porthcurno after this and went to the beach cafe there. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend this cafe, the food was average at best and the coffee really wasn’t very nice.

Porthcurno is a fantastic beach though. The waves were crazy and the sea was so clear. I went for a swim and it was throwing me around so much – fun but I could barely breathe! We kept the girls on the sand as it definitely wasn’t paddling waves!

We then headed back to our caravan and had some dinner before heading out again! We decided to go for a “golden hour” walk along the lizard peninsula. We went to church cove and walked across the headland and found the RNLI lifeboat station.

It was a gorgeous walk with some fantastic views!

After that we headed back to our caravan. Stay tuned for day 4!