Yep, I'm reviewing period underwear. Get on board.

Disclaimer: Moondog provided me with gifted product to review. All opinions are my own. Previous to Moondog getting in touch for the review, I was already using (and loving) their products.

Before we get into this post, this is your warning that I’m going to be talking about periods, blood and bodies. I understand if that is not your jam and suggest you hit up my archives for other posts to read. 

If you want to know more about an affordable, Canadian-made period product, keep scrolling. This post is definitely for you. 

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I want to preface this review by saying that your period is your business. Whatever choice of period protection you make is great, and I am not here to convince you that you need to change what you’re using. People with periods have enough choices to make about their cycles without also having to obsess about whether what they use if eco-friendly. 

Frankly, I don’t super care about the impact of my period on the environment. Because my period is not something I can change. My choice of period protection boils down to what is right for my body and my budget. Period. I’m really just sharing my experience here to let you know what using period underwear has been like, in case it’s something you’re considering trying. 

I’m a person who has a period. In fact, I’ve had my period for *checks notes* 16 years. That’s 16 years of pads, tampons, liners, menstrual cups, reusable pads, and more recently, period underwear. 

If you’re a person who gets a period, you’ve probably seen at least one ad for Thinx and Knix period underwear. Tbh, I love their styles and I think their marketing campaigns are genius. But, the cheapest pair of Thinx retails for $32.57CAD and they go up to $56.99CAD. For ONE pair of underwear. Knix are a little more reasonable, ranging from $27 to $45 per pair, depending on the style. I’m not saying they aren’t great products. I’m sure they work great. But I’ll never know because that kind of price is not in my budget. 

So, when Paige from Moondog in Vancouver reached out and asked if I would be interested in being a customer feature on their Instagram and if I would be willing to do a review here on the blog, I could not say yes fast enough. 

Moondog’s mission is simple. They want to make an affordable pair of period underwear that performs. 

They currently offer three styles, in one colour (black) and range from $20-$25CAD per pair. Oh, and did I mention they are made in Canada? Even if Paige hadn’t gotten in touch, I probably still would have wrote a review of their product, because I love them. And I want you to know about them. 

My Period

I never thought I’d be writing about my period on the internet, but here we are. Before I get into the review of each style, I thought some period context would be helpful. If you’re a person who has a period, you know flows come in all shapes and sizes. My reality is that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). What this means for me is that I tend to have very heavy, very painful periods that happen whenever they want, with me literally never knowing when the next one is going to show up. 

I also started a new form of birth control a couple of months ago that has been messing with my cycle. I’ve had a lot of spotting lately and I got real tired, real quick of using tampons every other day (don’t worry, I’m working with my doctor to resolve the issue). 

All that being said, I was looking for an alternative to traditional period protection. And it looks like period underwear has become a good solution!

Moondog Period Underwear

I’ll get to the style specific review in a second, but here are some general thoughts of the product overall. I love Moondog period underwear because of its integrated, all-in-one design. The absorbent core runs all the way up the front and back of the underwear so you’re completed protected. No matter how much you move, or how weird you sleep. 

I’m happy to report I have yet to have any leaks wearing Moondog period underwear and they do a great job of absorbing quickly and keeping me dry. All three styles are made out of nylon, spandex and cotton, so they do feel a little bit like swimwear. But, I actually like the cool feel of the fabric. Actually, the seamless mid-rise reminds me of my high-rise lululemon swimsuit, which is a great thing because I adore that suit. 

Every single style is super comfortable and does not feel like you’re just wearing a pair of underwear with a pad sewn into it (which was an irrational concern I had before giving them a try). Just by looking at them, you wouldn’t be able to tell they are period underwear. They look like normal underwear, with strategically placed seams and stitches where the absorbent core lives.

The sizing is a bit variable between the styles, so I’ve made a note below of the size I wore in each style. Moondog recommends sizing up, as they fit smaller than normal underwear. For reference, I wear between an US8 and 10 in pants, depending on the brand. 

The Styles

Moondog currently offers three styles, low-rise bikini, seamless mid-rise and basic thong. All black. In sizes xs to 4xl (which is an incredible range of sizes for a small business to offer). 

Thanks to Paige gifting me a basic thong and seamless midrise (I already owned the low-rise bikini style), I’ve tried Moondog’s entire range. 

Style 1: Low-Rise Bikini 

I own five of the low-rise bikini in L and I probably should have sized up to an XL (I am well-endowed in the booty department for someone my size). I’ve been wearing the bikini style at night on their own during spotting days and as backup for heavier days. Low-rise isn’t my favourite style, as I prefer a fuller coverage underwear, so I haven’t worn them to work or out and about. But, this is more my preference than a fault of the underwear. I felt comfortable wearing them at night and didn’t have to worry about them shifting in the night like I would have to with pads (I also have reusable pads in my period arsenal for when I get caught off-guard by spotting or a surprise period). 

Style 2: Basic Thong

Moondog sent me an XL in the thong (at my request), but I actually think a L would have worked. This style has a little more give in the sides because of the lace elastic waist than the bikini, which is why I could have made the L work. Again, the thong wouldn’t be my go-to as standalone protection because I have a heavier flow than it could really accommodate (that’s on me and my uterus). But, I did wear it as a backup all day and it performed great. It's good to have as an option when you don’t want fuller coverage underwear. If I ever have to attend a fancier work event when I have my period, I will for sure reach for the basic thong. 

Style 3: Seamless Mid-Rise

The mid-rise style is everything. Flat out, I would wear this style as regular underwear. It’s full coverage, doesn’t have seams to dig into you and can hold four tampons worth. It’s seriously the star of the period show and my favourite Moondog product. It’s also the most expensive style at $25 a pair, but it’s well worth it in my opinion, and is still cheaper than other mainstream options on the market. 

This is also the only style I've worn on their own during my period, mainly because of their full coverage and high absorbency. I’ve worn them to work, to social gatherings, and out and about and they were great. I felt secure because of the fuller coverage on the seat and higher ride, and because of their higher absorbency. I knew they could handle whatever unpredictable flow my body decided to have that day. These are definitely going to be my go-to style moving forward. 

Care & Wear

Caring for these period underwear is super easy. I just rinse them in the sink, throw them in the washing machine with my other delicate laundry and hang them to dry. This process is something I’m used to with the reusable pads I have also used, so it wasn’t an adjustment. I have yet to notice any stains, rips or tears. They are holding up super well after numerous wears. Unlike my reusable pads which have started to pill a little, the gusset in my Moondogs is still good as new. 

Bottom Line: I love them.

I happened across Moondog on Etsy after a day of being fed up with my one-use period supplies that I always seem to be running out of. Seriously, I’ve lost track of the number of boxes of tampons I’ve bought in the last four months. 

I figured I’d give them a shot. At $20-$25 a pair, Moondog period underwear was reasonably priced enough that even if they didn’t meet all of my expectations, I knew I could make them work without feeling like I’d wasted my money. 

I’m happy to report that they have exceeded my expectations and I’m so glad some random Etsying found them for me. 

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced pair of period underwear, and you want the bonus of being able to support a Canadian small business, Moondog is a great option. 

You can get your very own Moondog period underwear through Etsy, (affiliate link) like I did, or direct from Moondog’s website. Whatever e-commerce experience suits your fancy. 

Let’s be honest, period products can be expensive. Which is frankly bullshit because it’s not like people can just decide to not have a period if they don’t want one. That’s one of the reasons I love Moondog. Affordability is part of their core values. But, if the thought of paying $20 for a pair of period underwear makes you want to gag, I get it. So, to make it a little more accessible, I’m going to do a little giveaway. If you want to try out a pair of Moondog period underwear, but cost is a barrier for you, email me at tinyambitionsblog@gmail.com. I’ll send the first five people who email me a pair of Moondogs of their choice.**

**Open to Canadian residents only (sorry US peeps). Giveaway will be open until February 17, 2020 (or until I get five emails).

If you have any questions about my period underwear experience, leave them in the comments or email me at tinyambitionsblog@gmail.com, and I’ll do my best to answer them. 

Have you ever tried period underwear? How was your experience?

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My Yes/No Resolutions for 2020

I don't do resolutions. Actually, I suck at them. Here's my approach for 2020.

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Welcome to 2020! I'm super excited that you survived the dumpster fire that was 2019. A new year, and in the case of 2020, a new decade, can feel like a chance at a new start. It can be a chance to dust yourself off and make a go of enjoying the new year.

A new year can also be a time when we place unrealistic expectations on ourselves in the name of self-improvement. If you want to listen to a (frankly hilarious) take on fitness resolutions, listen to this week's episode of re: terrible yoga.

The very first post I ever wrote for Tiny Ambitions three years ago was my Unresolution Resolution. I have an aversion to setting goals based on the time of the year. It's too much pressure. In fact, when I did my shopping ban last year, I purposively chose to start it in the middle of January so it couldn't be called a resolution. I honestly believe that I was more successful in my shopping ban because I started it in the middle of January, than I would have been if it had started on January 1.

After a pretty confusing year, I need some direction for 2020. I've felt a little aimless this past year and that's something I'd like to correct. But I know traditional goals and resolutions don't work for me. When I put normal goals or resolutions into place in my life, I go out of my way to break them. At the very least, I will create so much internal resistance to them that it is a struggle to make any head way against them.

I want this year to be different. I want to work towards specific things in my life, but without numeric outcomes. I don't want to focus only on one area of my life, I want to take a more holistic approach. After some wordsmithing and brainstorming, I've decided to call my approach for 2020 my Yes/No Resolution. This approach, rather than a more hard and fast resolution like 'I will lose 20 pounds', will hopefully be kinder to me and therefore more achievable.

My Yes/No Resolutions for 2020

The premise of my yes/no resolution is simple. I want to say yes to certain things in 2020 and I want to say no to other things. This is a more fluid approach that I'm hoping will give me the space to work towards what I want to achieve in a more intentional and sustainable way. Of course, it could all blow up in my face, and be a spectacular failure. And honestly, that would be ok too. (It would match my current track record with resolutions, so at least I'd have consistency on my side).

What I Will Say Yes to in 2020

  • Yes to food-related DIYs. This is totally random, but I really want to make my own kimchi this year. I’ve mastered pickles and beets, it’s kimchi’s time to shine It's going to happen.

  • Yes to making my home feel like my own, and no one else’s.

  • Yes to trying to write daily. This is a habit I started a couple of weeks ago as part of my morning routine and I've really been enjoying it.

  • Yes to saving a little bit more money this year. I've been working on some fun side-gigs that don't crush my soul.

  • Yes to movement that my body can actually accomplish (aka walking and yoga).

  • Yes to reducing my waste in manageable ways.

What I Will Say No to in 2020

  • No to as many single use plastics as I can.

  • No to buying clothes I can't confidently re-sell or won’t actually wear.

  • No to trying to make my house look like every house I see on Instagram.

  • No to work commitments that aren't actually mandatory (I'm already putting in enough overtime as it is).

  • No to overextending myself in my part-time online classes. Getting a 70 is fine. I don't need to work myself into the ground trying to get a 90. I'm also dropping down to one class for winter 2020.

  • No to gossip (workplace, family, friends, whatever). It's all toxic and I don't want it in my life.

I don't want to make six figures this year. I don't want to lost 20 pounds. I don't want to go to the gym every day. I know if I phrase my resolutions like that, they won't happen.

For the record, if you are great at achieving your New Year resolutions, that is absolutely amazing. Honestly, I wish I could just make a resolution and keep it. Like, that would be life-changing. But I can't think of a single resolution in my life I have ever completed. Hence my new approach for resolutions going into 2020.

What makes me think I'll be any more successful than I have been in years past? Honestly, not a lot. I have no concrete proof that I'll make any more progress than I have in any other year of my life.

Maybe it's because I feel I need something to work towards this year (like my shopping ban two years ago). Or maybe it's because I'm turning 30 this year and my existential crisis is right on time. I honestly cannot say. That's why I want to be clear that I'm not feeling smug or sanctimonious about any of the choices I'm making for 2020.

I just want to try something new and see what happens. If I fail, it won't be any different from any other year. If I succeed, even a little bit, it will be epic.

The one thing that I know I need to have in order to succeed in my 2020 resolutions is some level of accountability. If I have no system for checking in, my chances of success will decrease. What I hope that ends up looking like is updates here on my progress towards each of my yes/no resolutions. Does that mean you'll get to read all about my hopefully moderately successful attempt at making kimchi? Heck yes it does.

Is my list of 2020 resolutions massive and life-changing? Probably not. But I don't want it to be. I want these small statements to help guide my choices for 2020. I'm hoping these yes/no resolutions will help shape my 2020 into an overall more healthy and happy year, with no particular focus on any one area. This year will be all about tiny, incremental changes that I hope will add up to a bigger whole. But, even if they don't, at least I'll have an interesting year.

What are you working towards this year?

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2019 Reminded Me That Minimalism Is More Than Just Stuff

Sometimes I forget the entire reason I become a minimalist in the first place.

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If I could sum up 2019 in a word, it would be confusion. For most of the year, I didn’t really write much about minimalism. As I explained back in October and November, I kind of fell into a funk with minimalism and simple living. I guess what really happened is I became disillusioned with the concept and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to read about minimalism when they could be out in their lives, doing it. I just couldn’t clearly see the purpose anymore.

This year, and if I’m being honest, especially the last four months have really reminded me that being a minimalist means so much more than just living with less physical stuff.

When you read that sentiment elsewhere on the internet, people are normally talking about prioritizing the things you love in life, like spending more time with your loved ones. 

That’s not what I’m talking about, at least not directly. 

This year, I’ve been a terrible minimalist. But, not in the way you might think. I’m still very much living a life with less physical stuff. That part of my life hasn’t changed. I honestly don’t have the stomach to live in a stuff-filled house anymore, so I’m never really worried that I’m going to backslide into that particular aspect of my pre-minimalism life.

Instead of saying ‘yes’ to lots of physical stuff this year, I said ‘yes’ to a lot of commitments. For reasons unknown to logic, I committed myself to a massive, all-consuming project at work, started two online College classes, and decided it would be a good idea to create, produce and co-host an entirely new podcast. Plus, maintain this blog and Tiny Bites (which, lol, we all know how that’s been going). Why did I think all of this was a good idea?

If you’re like a super ambitious multitasker or side hustler, this might seem like a perfectly normal amount of stuff to have on the go at once. It isn’t for me. I like being occupied, so I don’t feel bored, but this much stuff was like being pulled in a million directions at once. I wanted a change of pace in the last half of 2019 as I was starting to feel a little stuck, but it ended up turning into an endurance marathon. And now I’m tired.

I spent so much of my time this year obsessing over the physical and tangible aspects of minimalism that I completely forgot about all the ways to be a minimalist that don’t involve decluttering a single physical object. And that’s a lesson I really could have used as I was deciding to add commitment after commitment to my plate. 

Some of these commitments I can’t change. The big project I’m on at work will continue until May and I can’t change that. And on a personal front, I want re: terrible yoga to be a priority for me because I love it. To save my sanity and give me back some of my time, I’m dropping down to one online College course next semester. I really shouldn’t be in a rush to complete all of my coursework and the toll my two classes took on my free time was immense. 

So, I’m going to take a step back and divest myself a little bit. 2019 has reminded me more than past years that I get lost very easily in doing too much. I add so much to my plate that I can’t tell for certain which things I’m actually enjoying and which things I’m doing because I feel obligated to do them, or because I feel like they are things I should be doing. And that’s not a place I enjoy being. If I can’t tell which things I’m enjoying, I can’t then prioritize the ones I want to focus on moving forward.

Now, I don’t want to downplay the significance of physical minimalism and it’s role in keeping me sane this year. I know that if I was still using consumption as a coping mechanism or was busy trying to make my home look like Pinterest threw up in it, 2019 would have been more overwhelming than it already was. 

So that’s where I’m at. I don’t have a concrete plan for 2020, but at least I’m looking at the roadmap. At the very least, I’m contemplating the various backroads I could take to where I want to go. 

Have a wonderful holiday season, and I’ll see you in 2020!

How was your 2019? Was it great? A bit funky? Somewhere in the middle? Let me know in the comments! 

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Introducing re: terrible yoga

aka the podcast you never knew you needed to listen to

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Remember that time back in July when I teased a new podcast I was working on with my friend? Well, a short five months later, it's finally happening!

I am beyond excited to share re: terrible yoga with a (tiny slice of the internet) world. It makes me laugh and isn't like anything I've ever made online before.

For context, my friend Elle and I first met in 2014 when we did our yoga teacher training together. We both taught at the same studio for a time before I moved to northern Ontario.

Elle and I are pretty much at the opposite end of the yoga spectrum. Elle loves to teach and practice strong, fast-paced flows. My jam is very long holds with lots of props (aka yin or restorative yoga). 

We love yoga. I don't think I'm lying by saying the practice has had a significant impact on both of our lives.

But, we also hate yoga. There is a lot about the yoga industry specifically, and the wellness industry more generally, that really annoys us.

That's what re: terrible yoga is all about. It's a place where Elle and I can talk about how our personal practices are going (spoiler alert: not normally very well). It's also a place for us to drag things that annoy us about yoga including but not limited to: yoga influencers, crystal water bottles, and $150 yoga pants.

re: terrible yoga is sassy, sarcastic and not too serious. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it. Seriously, every time I edited an episode I would nearly cry from laughing so hard. So if nothing else, at least I think we're funny.

You can listen at the links below. If you happen to like what you hear and want us to keep making episodes, leave us a review on iTunes. You can also support the podcast as a listen through our hosting platform, Red Circle. (Feel free to spend your money on literally anything else but us. But if you really insist, we have that option for you). 

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How to Simplify Your Holiday Season Without Your Family Hating You

I want you to have the holiday that you want. But no one gets to be an ass about it. Here's how I'm simplifying my holiday season this year.

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Before we dive in, let’s get one thing clear from the start. I am almost certainly not the person you want to get your simplified holiday goals from. That’s not because I don’t have a simple holiday, because I do. It’s because I am the person who has never decorated their home for Christmas, has never had a Christmas tree as an adult and is genuinely confused when I go to the mall in December and it’s so busy. I made the decision a long time ago to not ‘buy-in’ to a lot of the trappings that accompany the holiday season. I've been pretty stubborn about it too. That means I have a simplified holiday. But it also means I’m starting in a different place than most people. Because of this, it can be genuinely difficult for me to put myself in other people's shoes and understand their struggles with the holiday season. So if the list below isn’t relatable to you, that’s on me. You’re great.

That being said, I did want to share my thoughts on this, in case there’s a chance that someone could find it useful. I do think there is a way to simplify your holiday season without also making your family mad at you. I don’t know about you but I’ve been down the road of trying to make extreme changes all at once and when it involves other people, it can get ugly.

In the interest of speaking from my actual experience, here’s a list of things I will and won’t be doing this holiday season:

1)  I won’t be decorating my house, or putting up a Christmas tree. I still don’t own any decorations. And we’re travelling for most of the holidays anyway. (Ok so after I drafted this, I bought a secondhand wreath and out it up in my office. So, I lied). 

2) I will be making new DIY candles to make our living room feel cozy. (With this awesome kit I got from Etsy, aka affiliate link).

3) I won’t be buying more than one present per person in my family (and in some cases it will be less than that because we do a swap type thing).

  • My caveat here is that I do not have children, nor are there young children in my extended family that might be expecting more in the present department. 

4) I will be buying as many gifts secondhand as I can. I've been doing it for years and I promise people won’t be able tell or care. 

5) I won’t be attending my work Christmas party (you literally could not pay me to go to that thing). Since I would have to pay to go, it's a hard no from me.

6) I will be attending my partner's work Christmas party. This is because a) it's free and b) it's a much more low-stress and casual affair than the one I'm skipping. It’s about balance, people.

7) I will be making sure to be friendly with everyone at work, recognizing that the holidays are hard on a lot of people.

8) I will not be setting foot in a mall, unless it’s just to go to the food court.

9) I will be supporting locally owned businesses for gifts I can’t buy secondhand.

  • I’ve got local options ranging from beer, to hot sauce, to candles and clothing. I’m spoiled here in northern Ontario. 

10) I won’t be spending long periods of time with family members that cause me stress.

  • This one is hard. I know. It takes time to create boundaries that you can stick to. It goes without saying here that is you're dealing with abusive family members, this rule does not apply. You do not need to spend any time with people who do not treat you well.

  • For us, we have a limited amount of time for the holidays because of geography. We normally end up spending four full days on the road. That means we can't spend more than a couple of days with each of our four families. I've found that this is the right amount of time for us to visit, but not long enough for either side to get annoyed.

11) I will be protecting my personal time over the holidays so I can actually relax and recharge after an insane fall. If you don't get to relax over the holidays, what is the actual point?

  • For me, this means I will abandon any family function if I need to go to bed, or just otherwise take a nap. Nobody needs to be around an over-tired and grumpy Britt.

12) I will not be letting any of my family members make me feel guilty for how I choose to celebrate the holidays. 

  • I’ve found that, unless you correct people, most will assume you celebrate the holidays like they do. And I’m fine with them thinking that. 

  • Thankfully, my family has comes to terms with my general weirdness around this sort of thing. 

I know that people don’t like to compromise. We want everything to go our way or we get all in a huff about it. Believe me, I am the queen of pouting when I don’t get my way. But, I don’t think we can have it all over the holidays. If we could, I wouldn’t be going home for the holidays at all (geography and having four different families to please is a real pain in the winter). But, recognizing that it is the one time of year when I’ll actually get to see most of my family, I put measures in place to help me enjoy my holiday, while keeping my family happy. 

What I’ve listed above really are baby steps. They are steps that can be built on a little bit each year. You don’t have to go for all of them (or any of them) all at once. Pick the ones that will have the biggest positive impact on your happiness and stress levels this season. That might mean you swear off malls, but still spend more time than you’d like with your stressful relatives. Maybe it means you take one less box of decorations out of your basement this year but give yourself a pep talk and go to your Christmas holiday party. 

I want you to be able to have the holiday that you want. But no one gets to be an ass about it. Not even me.  

What are you doing this year to simplify your holiday season?

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