Monday, January 30, 2017

this is a post about tampons

I tried Lola tampons, and told some friends that I'd let them know how I liked them, so... here we go!


First of all, shipping was free! The packaging is great, just what you'd want for a subscription box of tampons: a plain brown box. The individual boxes themselves are plain white, with the word Lola on the side. That's it. No hot pink nonsense or pictures of women playing volleyball or whatever.

The Goods:

So, these are tampons. Not a whole lot to observe here, but there are some differences to point out between Lola and other major brands.

1. Lola tampons are 100% cotton. They feel like... cotton. Soft, and also a little fuzzy, with no "coating" them. In the interest of full disclosure, here's what's in Tampax:

2. They're a little wider. Not longer thankfully, but bigger around. Enough that I noticed, but not uncomfortably so.

3. Plastic applicators. I personally prefer them to cardboard, but they're not exactly environmentally friendly here, so worth a mention. Also, they are pocket-friendly kind that you pull up to a click and then use as normal.

The Nitty Gritty:

1. When it's full, it's FULL. These are not the "braided" strings that provide a little backup. I don't know if it's just getting used to something new, or bad timing on my part, but it was a good thing I wore a pantyliner on my heaviest day.

2. The lack of a coating (the "thin fabric around the absorbent core" on other tampons) does affect insertion and removal, but I didn't find it to be uncomfortable.

3. Absorbency seems to be on par with the major brands. I ordered 4 regular, 10 super, and 4 super+ in each box.

I wanted to try these because after having two kids, my periods are unpredictable... some months it's what I'd call normal, and sometimes it's a mess and I'm an unprepared teenager all over again... So the best part, to me, is being able to customize each box to whatever you need.

Get $5 off your order when you use my sign up code spanza1 at New customers get 2 boxes for the price of 1, or 3 boxes for the price of 2. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

what I might do

I start and I stop. I dive in, head first, and then the enthusiasm fizzles and I wait for inspiration to strike again.

Let's fire this thing up again. Because, why not?

It's the natural ebb and flow of life, and as long as I don't lose focus on the important things: family, friends, job... I'm at peace with my stop and start, bumpy roller coaster ride of personal interests.

Wyatt came along, and I completely and totally immersed myself in the infancy of my last baby. The last couple years I have really focused on my family. We've settled into our new house as a family of 4 and I honestly couldn't be happier with where I am.

The one thing that's pretty consistent is my love of reading. Fits and spurts, yes... but that's OK. In 2015 I passed my Goodreads goal by reading 28/25 books. Proud of that. This year I set a goal of 36 books. I'm behind right now but what's new? :)

While I'm on the topic of goals: here's one last thing for today. I've done a lot of thinking lately, and I've formed some strong opinions as I've moved through my 30's. I've posted a lot more on Facebook lately than I have in a long time. I like Facebook for having conversations and being able to discover new things I have in common with old friends. But as the Presidential election gets closer I might become more guarded there... it seems that people are less likely than ever to consider opposing opinions, and I don't have the time or space to argue with a brick wall. I will continue to speak my mind and further the discussion on things that I think are important, though.

I've also been spending some time reviewing books (posted on Goodreads and Amazon), and reviewing other products I find through Tomoson and Influenster (posted all over the place). An active blog will help me expand that little side project.

What I definitely want to do is start writing longer-form stuff again. I miss sitting down and typing out a bunch of words, just letting my mind explore a topic. And, it's good practice for my future career goals.

See ya soon!

Friday, May 23, 2014

now 26 weeks pregnant. wait, what?

Maternity clothes: Dresses. The weather has finally warmed up enough (jinx!)

Stretch marks: Yeah, but who cares.

Sleep: I like

Best moment this week: While Nick & I were deciding on a crib and tweaking our Amazon baby registry, Oliver got interested in looking at the baby stuff. We went through some books he could read to the baby, and somehow we came across this gem, which he INSISTED that we buy.
meet Mr. Rattlehead Pirate Dog

Movement: Here and there. Seems like just this past weekend I started feeling a whole bunch of regular movements.

Food cravings: Breakfast foods, cheese, and bread.

Gender: Boy!

What I miss: Hoooo boy. Being pregnant is not my jam.

What I am looking forward to: My next ultrasound. :)

What I have learned: Although we kind of have a history of making many life changes all at once, it's still stressful. Selling the house and growing a child at the same time is making me really, really tired.

Milestones: For the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we will also be celebrating entering the third trimester. Wait, what?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm 19 weeks pregnant for the second time

Maternity clothes: Yeah, I kind of hate getting dressed right now. I have quite a few things that will work for spring... if spring ever comes. I'm mostly wearing leggings and Pajama Jeans.

Stretch marks: Present. I don't think they're getting worse, but it's hard to tell since the situation was pretty wrecked before.

Sleep: I am having SUPER WEIRD dreams lately. Like the kind where I wake up and have to convince myself that did not really happen. Some are just weird, like normal people in crazy situations, but some are straight up gross/scary.

Best moment this week: Not baby related... but Nick & I celebrated being married 8 years last week. I like him a whole lot.

Movement: Here and there. Seems like just this past weekend I started feeling a whole bunch of regular movements.

Food cravings: All things breakfast! This baby's official nickname is McMuffin.

Gender: I dunno yet, but we'll find out soon! Oliver is super excited to go to the ultrasound appointment with us!

What I miss: Beer.

What I am looking forward to: The ultrasound. I'm so excited to see my baby again!

What I have learned: Although we kind of have a history of making many life changes all at once, it's still stressful. Selling the house and growing a child at the same time is making me really, really tired.

Milestones: The movement, mostly. It's still like bubbles, or even popcorn popping... but I can for sure tell the difference between the baby and gas now.

Friday, March 28, 2014

street signs and books!

So this morning we're driving to daycare, and Oliver is telling me what all the street signs mean. There's the usual... STOP, Railroad Crossing, Speed Limit 35, etc.

Then he says "Oh! That sign says the Library is that way!" So I ask him if he wants to go to the library. He says, "nah... I'll do that when I get to college."


I may be overreacting here, but seriously? My kid's never been to a proper library?

Nick and I like reading and we also like devices. I have a Kindle, Nick has a Kindle, and Oliver even has that Tag Reader pen thing with like half a dozen books.

He also has a few favorite story books that we're getting super tired of reading over and over again. Why did I never think of taking him to the library and letting him borrow a few books and changing up the bedtime story rotation for free? Duh.

So we're going tomorrow and I'm stupid excited about it.

P.S. I'm on Goodreads, so my list of recent reads is there. I could have gone back in time and added in everything I've ever read, Harry Potter, Sweet Valley High, etc. but I didn't because lazy. I read a LOT of different genres, from YA to sci-fi to smut.

I'm doing their reading challenge for 2014... challenging myself to read 20 books this year. It doesn't seem like much of a challenge, but considering that I go in spurts of reading, 4 books in a row and then none for months... I'm aiming low.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

the new and different things


Wanna buy a house? We're selling the house (trying to at least), and looking for a new house with either an extra bedroom or a finished basement or both. Our current house is a ranch, which is great for old people and stuff but not so much for people that need storage or plan to have more than one child.

Because I'm pregnant ::confetti:: and a three bedroom with no basement is already not cutting it.

Yay baby! I'm 17 weeks along right now, and we're all very excited. Oliver insists it's a baby sister; I have no idea whatsoever. I do want to do some sort of pregnancy thing for this kid like I did with Ollie... at the very least because this will be my last pregnancy... so maybe I'll resurrect the quiz thing, that counts!

Speaking of which, 2 months later... how are the resolution/goals going?

Writing more has not really panned out. Obv. I have been reading more though, so I give myself half credit on that, since it involves my brain + words.


Let's see... I'm doing well with the water, and I'm pretty proud of myself for checking in with friends. I love my friends and it's easy to send a quick text or email and keep those connections strong. I'm also counting my mom time in here, because she's also important and good for me.

The money saving thing kinda went haywire because of the house, but I'm getting stuff in order. Including unsubscribing from a lot of tempting emails - even Zulily!

I have been kicking ass at work lately. I should have put "kick ass at work" instead of "be on time" and then I could be all YEAH, go me!

And I have been happily focusing on my marriage... especially since baby #2 is due in August and I'm prepared for the adding of another child to our family resulting in decreased QT with my husband. I've got something up my sleeve for our anniversary at the end of the month, so this is check plus.

So I'm happy, stressed, focused and hormonal. Life is grand. Till next time!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

happy new year!

Here are my plans for 2014:

1. No fast food in January.
2. Write more, either here or elsewhere.
3. Drink at least 64 oz. of water a day.
4. Connect with a friend at least once a week.
5. Be kind to myself, relax and find joy in simple pleasures.
6. Save ahead for planned expenses like vacation, next Christmas, etc.
7. Refine my morning routine; be on time to work.
8. Cut out time-wasters. (Unsubscribe!)
9. Do one thing each day that will not need repeated.
10. Focus on my marriage. We are so, so worth it.