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Product I Love: Instead Soft Cup

Ok Just His Mommy readers, I have a product that I love that is worth sharing with you. Not only is it healthier for your body, but I have found it to also be more economical. Sorry if I have any male readers, but this product is for the women out there that still get their monthly friend. The Instead Soft Cup has been a delight and I have used it for 3 period cycles so far. I can honestly say I like it better than tampons, which we know aren’t always the best thing for you. I have never been a fan of pads so this was a no brainier for me. Check out this chart below for the comparisons:soft cup comparison 2

 

Instead Soft Cup is literally a cup that catches everything so yeah it is kind of messy taking it out. The best thing to do is to make sure you are sitting on the toilet. I used the Nuva Ring at one point so insertion and removal was a breeze for me. Once removed you can empty the cup or dispose of it. The Soft Cup can be purchased in either the disposable or reusable form so it really depends on your preference. The color and material differ, but I can honestly say I reuse the disposable version at least twice before discarding. It seems to work just fine for me and I have yet to have an accident. I always wear a panty liner just as an extra precaution.

My box of 14 cups cost me $5.98 at Walmart and I don’t know about you, but to me that is a pretty good deal. Considering the amount of tampons I was going thru, the Soft Cup has helped me cut cost in this area. When using tampons, I have to buy the light, regular and super tampons for my monthly cycle. Plus I was using pads when sleeping during the really heavy days. The Instead Soft Cup has been a dream for me so far and I stumbled upon it when I was looking for a much healthier product.

Bonus Alert!!!! It is quite comfortable for my partner and I during sex which is amazing!!!! What other menstrual product do you know of that can be used during sex? He can feel it but says it isn’t annoying and yes we have a towel down just to make sure nothing gets on the sheets. Warning- Do not try to use this as a form of birth control because that is not what it is made for. This informative video will show you just how easy it is to use.

I hope you find this post beneficial and I would love to get your feedback if you have used the Instead Soft Cup.

 

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Cancer Causing Ingredients in Johnson & Johnson Baby Products

Recently I commented and shared a post on Facebook regarding Johnson & Johnson admitting to cancer causing ingredients in their baby products.  This post was published back in May of 2013 by www.bybabymassageteachertraining.com.  The article also stated Johnson & Johnson will slowly start removing the cancer causing chemicals from its U.S. product line by reformulating its formula.  All of this came about by activist putting pressure on the mega giant.

So what is the culprit in what we know to be “safe” baby products?  The known cancer causing chemical formaldehyde.  Johnson & Johnson were able to get away with this for so long by hiding it in the list of ingredient by calling it DMDM hydantoin.  DMDM hydantion is used as a preservative that releases formaldehyde.  1,4 dioxane is another chemical in Johnson & Johnson baby products which is also on the EPA’s list of cancer causing chemicals.  Keep in mind, Johnson & Johnson had the ability to remove these chemicals from their product line way before this and decided not to.  It’s all about money for big businesses and this says a lot.

I am assuming the amount of formaldehyde in their products isn’t in high doses, but with constant exposure it will sure add up.  In August of 2013 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported Johnson & Johnson has announced the removal of all carcinogens from its products on a global scale.  By 2015 their products will no longer have these harmful chemicals.  The bottom line is to be aware of what you are exposing yourself and your family to.  Hopefully other big companies will jump on Johnson & Johnson’s bandwagon.

Johnson & Johnson are also the makers of Neutrogena and Aveeno FYI.

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Natural Remedies for Eczema

When my little one was born he suffered thorough a bad case of eczema that caused his skin to be discolored. Around this time I was already becoming more aware of the type of skin and hair care products I was using. The doctors’ wanted me to put steroid cream and other expensive medicated products on him that didn’t really work. Out of frustration and wanting to be socially consious of the chemicals I was putting on my son, I began to do my own research on natural remedies for eczema.

Through this research I discover black soap, shea butter, and coconut oil are great nautural remedies for eczema. They keep skin and hair moisturized and feeling soft. By switching to more natural products, my little one has not had an outbreak in over two years. Now you can not even tell his skin was discolored because of his eczema flare ups.

It is easy to find shea butter, black soap, and coconut oil based products so it is very important to read the ingredients on the packaging. For example, if you buy shea butter lotion and it is not listed as one of the first few ingredients; most likely it is only a small percentage in the product. If this is the case you are wasting your money. For this reason I prefer to buy my shea butter and coconut oil in raw form to get the most nutrients.

If you happen to use any of these products please let me know how they work out for you and share where you find them for others in your area. In my experience shopping local has been the most cost effective method when buying these natural remedies for eczema. They tend to be more expensive in major retailers.

Please share your skin care regime to fight eczema breakouts if you have one.

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Kraft Removes Yellow No. 5 From Macaroni & Cheese

 

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

I grew up on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese as well as the home made good stuff, but as an adult I can honestly say I do not purchase it. I know Kraft Macaroni & Cheese has a lot of unnecessary ingredients that could  be easily changed for nutritional reasons and apparently so do a lot of other parents. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news lately, concerned parents have won the battle for getting Kraft to remove Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 from some of its U.S. product lines. These dyes will be removed from the products with the cool shapes that they push to children like the Sponge Bob version. The removal of these dyes apparently has nothing to do with the well loved taste of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, but it does change that signature yellow color that we have grown to identify. They will now use spices instead for added color.

So what is the big deal anyway with Yellow No. 5? According to The article written on CNN.com, “Yellow No. 5 has been linked to hyperactivity, asthma, some skin conditions and cancer, but larger scientific studies have proved inconclusive.” Either way there is something not right with these dyes since Kraft has removed it from its European products. Europe requires products to have warning labels for these type of additives. CNN.com also reports that, “Instead of adding this label on its products, Kraft chose to remove the artificial dyes from its European line, and uses paprika and beta-carotene to add color. The company has not [made] the same change in the United States.”

Sounds kind of fishy to me wouldn’t you say?

So the real question is if they had the ability to do this all along, why does it take a petition to make the change.  I’m pretty sure it has to do with corporate greed. Let me know what your thoughts are on Kraft making this change. I will admit writing this post made me think back to eating this as a kid.

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