The Willard HomesteadThe Homestead, the Emporium and simple living on our funny farm.

  • How’s those goals coming along?

    I read yesterday that by February 4th most people have given up on their New Year’s Resolutions.
    I thought that was kind of sad, so I figured it was time to check in!

  • About our cloth pads – styles, sizes, shapes explained, part 2

    About our cloth pads, part 2… continued from my previous post here: All about cloth pads part 1

    *You can find more information on most of our pad sizes and styles here: http://hyenacart.com/HomesteadEmporium/269/info/571/Pad-size-description-and-price-list

    Today I’ll be continuing to share about each size and style of cloth pads we offer.

    The last and largest liner size that we offer is our Light Wrap Wing pad which is approx. 8 inches in length. These pads/liners, like the light comfort contour and tiny liner are good for a light flow and light incontinence. They are also great for teens/preteens and smaller framed women. The width of this pad works well with wider undies on it’s wider snap setting.

    *I should note here that I can actually customize any of our sizes for any flow. If you are wanting a longer liner, I can use any of our sizes from our 6inches all the way up to our 18 inch pads, and turn them into a light flow pad or any other type of flow pad for that matter! I have customers who prefer teeny tiny pads in regular flow, so I make pads the size of our 6-8 in liners with extra absorbency in them. Some prefer really great coverage, but they don’t really need a ton of absorbency, so for those customers I create our longer and/or wider pads in lighter flow absorbencies. The absorbency can be changed in all of our pad sizes. These are custom orders though, and require a longer turnaround time than our instock pads.

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    Below is a comparison photo of our four main wrap wing style pads, from right to left:
    Heavy Flow Wrap Wing Pad, Regular Flow Wrap Wing Pad, Light Flow Wrap Wing Pad and our PantyWrap.

    Back of wrap wing pads with wings snapped shut. Each pad has two snap settings for a more custom fit.

    The same pads but showing the backs with the wings snapped on their widest settings.

    The Heavy Flow Wrap Wing Pad is approx. 11 inches long and 3.2- 3.75 inches wide depending on which snap you use. This pad is great for those days and nights when your flow is fairly heavy. It’s a ‘work horse’ of a pad, as I call it. I personally use this pad on my heaviest flow days when I need to be away from home. My flow is extremely heavy though, so I often use heavy flow wrap wing pads with an additional layer of zorb, like these pads below, I add an extra row of stitching on our pads with zorb, so that it’s easier to tell which pads in your stash have that extra absorbency:

    TWO Heavy Flow Wrap Wing Pads - WITH ZORB & PUL
    *All our pads except for our thong liner and halfwrap liner, come with two snap settings for greater customization of our widths.

    ONE Regular Flow Wrap Wing Pad - "mystery" ONE Regular Flow Wrap Wing Pad - "mystery"

    Next is our Regular Flow Wrap Wing pad at approx. 9.5 inches in length and 2.8-3.5 in width depending upon which snap setting you use.
    This pad is another one of my own personal favorites and comprises the largest portion of my own regular flow personal stash. It’s trim, provides great coverage, and the contoured inner layers still provides me with a good ‘forming’ to my body for extra comfort. This style has an absorbent layer that goes right through/over the wings along with the water resistant backing layer. This particular style of pad with the PUL backing is as trim as a disposable pad. If I am going to be out and about and not sure a regular flow pad will quite do the trick, I love these with an additional layer of zorb.

    The regular flow wrap wing pad is the best option for those who have a regular-moderate flow, but find they still have a little too much ‘gushing’ that travels to the sides of their pads to trust a narrow pad. This is also a great pad for postpartum after your flow has tapered down. Great for going out, especially with the pul backing (and even better with an extra layer of zorb!), because it’s very discreet and not bulky whatsoever! Although we do our best to make sure none of our pads are bulky. 😉

    The next four pads I’m going to discuss is our Ultimate line of pads, as our customers like to call them!

    Back of ultimate pads with wrap around wings with wings snapped shut. Each pad has two snap settings for a more custom fit.

    Here’s front, and back, of these four pads. Right to left:
    The UltiMax Pad, UltiMax Slim Pad, UltiMini Pad, and UltiMini xs Pad.

    I’m going to describe these pads from smallest to largest.

    TWO UltiMini xs Pads - "storm"

    The UltiMini xs pad is our narrowest trim regular flow pad. This pad is approx. 10 inches long which is a little bit longer than our regular wrap wing pad, however, the design and fit of the pad makes it feel, and fit, MUCH smaller. The inner layers are the same absorbency as our other regular flow pads but the fit is much narrower with shorter inner layers to reduce bulk even further, yet still providing great absorbency where it’s needed most. This pad is all about design and comfort. The UltiMini xs is great for smaller framed women, teens, preteens and those who simply do not want any bulk what so ever! We do not make this with a pul backing due to the curves of the design, and the lack of stretch in PUL backing. This particular design is also VERY discreet without the PUL though. If you find other pads are too bulky and a little more pad then you need, try the UltiMini xs, it may be the perfect fit for you!

    TWO UltiMini Pads - "turquoise gold"

    Next in absorbency is the UltiMini Pad at approx. 12 inches long and 2.75-3.25 inches wide depending on which snap setting you use.
    This particular pad is by far a customer favorite for heavy flow. It has the extra absorbency and coverage needed by those with a true heavy flow, however, like the UltiMini xs pad, the design of this pad makes it feel and fit just right and causes it to feel like a lot less pad then it really is! Again, due to the curves of this pad and the lack of stretch in PUL, we do not make this pad with a pul backing. It’s still very trim with our windpro fleece though.

    ~New product- The UltiMax slim! with PUL- Set of TWO- "berry burst"

    After our UltiMini pad comes the UltiMax Slim at approx. 15 inches long and 2.75-3.25 inches wide depending on which snap setting you use.
    This pad is all about comfort and coverage! Especially for night time, yet still discreet enough in it’s design to be used during the day as well. This is the only pad in our very heavy flow designs that can be created with a PUL backing, as shown in the photo. There is just enough stretch for the larger curves of this pad to make it work, causing this to be a true favourite among those who really love PUL backing and have a very heavy flow!

    TWO UltiMax Pads- "forget me not"

    The UltiMax pad is an excellent pad for those with a very heavy flow. It is approx. 16.5 inches in length and 3.25-3.75 inches in width, depending upon which snap setting you use.
    Also a really great pad for postpartum, providing great coverage and absorbency during busy nights, whether you toss and turn a lot, need to be up and about to care for baby, or because you are nursing baby through the night. This pad will keep you very well covered all night long!
    Remember, you can view all of our pads with information about their sizes and styles here: http://homesteademporium.com/products/pads
    You can shop our produccts in both of our shops on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HomesteadEmporium
    And our hyenacart shop here: http://hyenacart.com/stores/HomesteadEmporium/

    If you have any questions feel free to ask here in a comment, or email me at homesteademporium@gmail.com

    I will carry on with the remainder of our sizes in another post some time soon! 🙂

    What’s your favourite style/size? Do you have more than one fav?

  • New year rambles, goals, pigs, writing, walking and more

    It’s January 2nd, 2016, er, .. I mean, 2017 and we’ve done so much already. I’m tired just thinking about it.
    But in a good way. In a “I’ve got my list, and I’m getting things done” kind of a way.

    Speaking of lists, in the back of my prayer journal this morning I made up a list of goals I’d like to accomplish each month. I’m not real big on ‘resolutions‘, but I’m very big on goals. Not just on New Year’s day though, all the time. I actually LOVE Monday’s even, for this very reason. Monday’s are a chance to start a whole new week with a whole new set of goals!

    This year I’ve decided to break up my big goals into smaller monthly goals, which are kind of like bite sized pieces. For example, I’ve been wanting to write a book for some time now.  Pretty much my whole life really. The type of book I would write was never totally clear in my mind. I knew it would either be nonfiction, or some time of ‘self help’ book, as that’s simply the way my brain tends to be geared. But I wasn’t totally set on exactly what. The past while an idea kind of fell into my lap, or maybe slapped me in the face would be more accurate, so I’m running with it, and my goal is to write a new chapter each month. By the end of the year, I will have at least 13 chapters (I’ve already written the first one) and this is a very realistic goal for me. I work a lot of hours with my two home businesses (HomesteadEmporium.com and doTERRA) so I feel I need to set small bite sized goals, rather than one big goal of simply – Write a Book.”

    My other goals are simple too, and designed to help me end the year off on a better, less rushed, slower pace of lifestyle than I normally tend to run at. I always AIM to live a slower paced life, but biting off more than I can chew causes a “rush hour”  panic much too often in my life. My whole list of monthly goals are:

    1 ~ Write one chapter each month
    2 ~ Make one homemade gift each month (these will most likely all be for Christmas, I never have enough time in the fall to finish them in time for Christmas!)
    3 ~ Sew myself one article of clothing each month (I have all the fabrics, and even the patterns, sitting here just waiting for me to finally sew for me!)
    4 ~ Learn how to cook/bake/create one new food each month (so much food stuffs that I want to learn, such as yogurt (made that today!), pasta, all types of breads, fermented foods, and foods from other countries, the list goes on and on…)
    5 ~ Walk 20 times each month (this is a big one for me, even though it’s the most simple! I LOVE being outside, yet if I don’t get out first thing in the morning, I tend to procrastinate and get busy with everything else. When I’m outside here on our prairie homestead, I honestly feel rejuvenated and refreshed every time. It always makes me feel a little like Eve in the garden of Eden. We are blessed with so much greenery, space, and even fruit trees and wildlife. I love walking, and talking with God. The gorgeous vast prairie views and silence are just the icing on the cake. When I spend too much time behind the sewing machine and not enough time outside, I feel it in my whole being. I must make walks a priority!)

    And that’s it, that’s my list. Pretty simple really. I think these bite sized chunks are doable. I know they are as long as I stick with them!

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    Below is a photo from my walk this afternoon (just 19 more walks to go this month! lol).
    It’s cold in them these here parts, I tell you!

    I do love these types of winter days though, when the skies are bright ice blue, the hoar frost is on the trees, and the snow sparkles like diamonds in the bright sunshine!

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    Before my walk I had been wrestling deer carcass in my freezer. I had to move it from one freezer to another, and it wasn’t co-operating…
    When you have many dogs (and cats, too many cats) and you let everyone know that you feed all those many dogs and cats a homemade raw food diet, you tend to have people offer you all sorts of things. Carcasses (is that even spelled correctly??) being one of those things. Deer, moose, antler, even a buffalo. We’ve dealt with them all. Not to mention the beef and pork bones we get on a yearly basis as well when it’s butchering time. One day we’ll do our own butchering, but that day will have to wait until hubby and I are not both working 50-60 hours a week.

    After my walk, and before I could make it back inside, I got coerced sidetracked into helping move pigs in the barn. We’re getting close to butcher time, and we’ve started breeding our sows, so it seems moving pigs from one pen to another is a weekly ordeal right now. Warmer weather would be nicer for this work, but you do what you have to do, when you have to do it. After getting coerced sidetracked from my leisurely stroll outside, into helping move pigs, I then was coerced sidetracked into pig poop scooping…

    By the time I got back into the house my legs and butt were numb… I had a numb bum…. yes, I said it. My kids will die of embarrassment now… we’ll call it payback.

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    Anywho… here’s the yogurt I made!
    For over 20 years I’ve been wanting to make yogurt. My mom made it when we were kids, and I’ve been wanting to make it ever since. I’ve tried different ways several times over the years, and never had success. The last time I tried about 18 months ago, I ended up with absolutely perfect… cottage cheese! Who knows what I did wrong each time. lol But this time, I used my brand new Instant Pot, and had success, finally! Here’s the recipe/instructions that I used: http://www.homemademommy.net/2016/02/how-to-make-homemade-yogurt-instant-pot.html

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    One last photo from my walk. It’s almost time for bed, I can hear it calling me now…

    How about you? Have you created any goals, or resolutions, for yourself this year? I’d love to hear about them!

  • About our cloth pads – styles, sizes, shapes explained, part 1

    When beginning with cloth, all the varieties can be confusing. There are so many different styles, sizes, shapes, fabrics,  absorbencies AND even a wide range of prices!

    I’m going to do my best to briefly explain the differences between all our pads.

    In this photo we have examples of all our liners and light pads.
    The smallest, all the way to the right, is the thong liner- aprox. 6 inches. This was designed for those who wear thong style undies and would like some light protection. The thong liner shown here has a bamboo velour top and a windpro fleece backing and it is 99% waterproof. The windpro we use is pretty much  waterproof and can also be used for daily protection AND menstrual cup backup or for those who use tampons (we suggest you try a menstrual cup if you do!) and want a bit of extra protection in case of spotting etc..

    The next pad on the fari right is our tiny liner, also aprox. 6 inches. The one shown here has bamboo velour top with windpro backing, but we also offer bamboo fleece backing for those who prefer a non-waterproof backing for that extra bit of breathability, and no synthetic fabrics (although our little tab wings are still a synthetic fleece). Some people simply want a little protection with great absorbency but they don’t really need waterproof backing. We also make these with a PUL (a laminated cotton fabric) backing. Our waterproof back styles work for quite a bit of protection against any types of leaks whether from incontinence or spotting. Some even use these tiny liners for a light flow and that works as well, but you must be aware of the very small size.

    The next pad shown is our pantywrap and this is aprox. 7 inches long. The pantywrap is simply two layers of fabric which wraps around your undies and gives you light protection against discharge etc.. This is not meant to be used as a pad for flow, but more as a panty protector. It has two snap settings so it can be snapped so narrow that some actually do use them for thong undies as well. These work fine with just about any type of undie but if your undie is REALLY wide in the crotch area, it may cause a little bit of bunching and that may cause the pad to shift backwards a bit. This can actually happen with any pad if there is bunching, the pad can tend to slide backwards so it’s good to keep this in mind. 🙂

    Since these photos were taken, we’ve also added the HalfWrap to our line of pantiliners. It’s quickly become our wedgie free favorite liner for many many of our customers! It has a slightly odd shape, as it’s basically our PantyWrap, with the back end cut off.
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    The next two pads are the 7inch TinyLiner and our light comfort contour pad which is aprox. 8 inches long. Again, these liners are good for light daily protection and light incontinence and can also be used for a light flow if you choose the style with waterproof backs. These are my favorite liners for at the end of my cycle as they will give me enough protection “just in case” my flow isn’t quite finished, but it’s a nice small size pad so it’s comfortable enough to wear even if I don’t really need it. They are also a great size for teens/preteens and those with a light flow and/or a small frame. We also make the 8 inch style with an extra layer of absorbency to create our “short” regular flow pad. We create our short regular flow pad with a slightly larger backing for extra protection.

    I’ll continue with our next sizes in my next post sometime soon. 🙂

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  • Wanted! Teens to be interviewed about using cloth! You could win a $25.00 gift certificate!

    Homestead Emporium is looking for some teens to be interviewed by our teens, about using cloth!12251990846_0b85bb90bc_b

    If you’re a teen and use cloth products and would love to help spread the word about how great cloth really is, leave a comment below, or email me at homesteademporiumg@gmail.com

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    One of my teen daughters (who also use cloth!) will be in touch with you to ask some questions, and mostly to give you an opportunity to share your story about how you began using cloth, and how you feel about it. Any tips you may have for other teens who are considering trying cloth will be greatly appreciated too. You can share your story anonymously, or if you have your own blog, youtube channel, or even your very own shop (I know some of you teens are great entrepreneurs!!) we will certainly consider sharing your links in the blog post(s) about these interviews. 🙂

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    So if you’re a teen, or you have a teen daughter, who uses cloth products for your monthly cycle we’ would appreciate you getting in touch with us!

    All those who contact us and have successful interviews will be entered into a draw for a $25.000 gift certificate from HomesteadEmporium.com!

    A Riainbow of Light Wrap Wing Pads.

    Help us spread the news about teens using cloth! We want to educate the next generation! :)

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  • A Night On The Homestead

    I’m all out of things to write today, so I thought I’d share something I wrote a while back that was published in Bear Essential Life magazine.
    I love the cartoonist depiction of my story!

  • The United States of America has a new President. What to do now?

    Many have spent the past 18 months voicing their opinions very loudly on why Trump should not be voted in. Perhaps some of that time would have been better spent listening to why your fellow country men and women did not agree with you. Perhaps further discussion could have occurred if over half of your population had not been quieted, but instead been encouraged to share, and been heard.

  • Death of a pet

    Instead, I asked myself what would I want if I were Teagan? I know, again, some are moaning that he’s ‘just’ a dog…. But he’s MY dog. He’s MY responsibility right to the end. So I asked myself, what do I want in these days that could be Teagan’s last?

  • The History of Homestead Emporium

    As we celebrate our 12th year of creating, selling, and shipping our products all over the world, I’ve been reminiscing the past years in business.
    I thought I would share a bit of history with you about the beginnings of Homestead Emporium, and how we got to where we are now!

  • Taking a leap

    For many years now I’ve struggled with one thing that I can not seem to shake.
    Fear.

    If you’re up for it, stick around.
    The future could be a train wreck you won’t want to miss.
    Or… maybe… just maybe…
    You’ll see me learn to fly.