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

  • 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.

  • Simplifying life.

    Join in whenever you can and feel free to comment on that day’s Check In post on the Willard Homestead facebook page
    This is meant to be fun and encouraging. Just a way to keep one another accountable to accomplish the things in our lives that we’re aiming for. For us right now, that’s a clutter free home!

  • facialoils

    My skin care blend

    This blend is all that I use on my face every day. It works wonders in every way, even in our harsh prairie summer sun and blistering cold winters! Since switching to essential oils for my face care, I haven’t had a single issue with eczema or psoriasis like spots! My face is seriously as soft as a baby’s bottom. There, I said it! lol

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    A new school year… minus the school! What to do, what to do?

    So there you have it. My big long ToDo list now that we’ve finished school.
    How about you? Do you have any new plans this year? Are you going to be decluttering or organizing your life? Or perhaps you’ve been wanting to, and need a little push to just do it, or help on how to start? Here’s a handy list I saw on facebook the other day! Maybe it’ll help some of you too!