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Tips for Cleaner Air While Renovating Your HomeIf you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have noticed that we’re in the middle of totally remodeling our home… by ourselves. Yes, really.

It’s a long story, but basically my husband knows what he’s doing + we don’t like to pay for things to not be done to his standards *cough* perfectionist *cough* + we don’t really have the cash to do that anyway + we’re totally f’n nuts = we’ve been doing a total gut job on the house while living here. We started in September of last year and likely won’t be totally done until winter of this year… or early next year.

So when Honeywell Plugged In reached out to me about their air purifiers I all but pounced on them. With all of the renovation dirt and dust being kicked up, I knew that I wanted to find a way to minimize the impact on our indoor air quality. I’ve written before about tips for improving indoor air quality, but doing it during a home renovation is a whole other ball of wax.

I’ve put together a few tips that have helped us (so far) and hopefully they will help you too — and Honeywell has generously offered an air purifier for me to give away to one lucky reader as well, so be sure to check that out at the bottom of this post.

Contain It

While this is not the most earth friendly option, sealing off any rooms or construction areas with plastic sheeting will create an affordable, physical barrier between your construction zone and the rest of your living space. While it may not be fool-proof, it will greatly help. If the space you are working in has heating and cooling vents or cold air returns, you may also want to seal them off to prevent wider spread contamination.

Additionally, if you’re DIYing, you may be able to opt for dust catching versions of some of your tools. While going out and buying tools that you already own may not be cost effective, it may be worth considering tools with dust collectors if you need to buy or rent a tool anyway.

Keep It Clean

Renovations aren’t known for their cleanliness, but doing your best to clean up as you go can really help. Sure, it might take you a bit more time overall, but it will also keep you from kicking up excess dust and particles. While you’re at it, be sure to use non-toxic cleaners! That’s always important but it’s worth repeating.

If you have items in the space that you are unable to remove, cover them! Heavy sheets or junky blankets work well and will also help prevent damage from paint, stain, drywall mud, and many other renovation materials.

Use Air Purifiers

Dust is a mighty foe. No matter how hard we try to fight it, dust is there. Run air purifiers in the rooms you spend the most time in (bedrooms, living room, etc.) to minimize exposure.

The one I’ve been using is made by Honeywell and utilizes a HEPA filter to help capture 99.97% of microscopic allergens that pass through it. It also helps to effectively remove odors, VOCs (plenty of these during a renovation), and certain germs in rooms up to  465 square feet.

This particular purifier offers a timer feature so that you can turn it on and not forget to turn it off. Choose 2, 4, or 8 hours on three different cleaning settings plus turbo. I love to keep this filter in my room at night, so I also appreciate the addition of a light dimmer to turn off the panel lights while I sleep. If you’re a nightlight person it’d be perfect, but I am definitely not.

Replace Your HVAC Filter

A quality filter will fun you a bit more than standard filters, but a bump up in quality is worth it – especially during a renovation. Look for filters that remove allergens and be sure to check it more often than you normally would. You’ll have a lot more debris in the air than usual and you want to be sure that it’s allowing air through properly — both for cleaner air and a better running HVAC system.

Vacuum Often

A good vacuum is so important … and actually using it is everything during a renovation. I have a Dyson and absolutely adore it. I think I’ve had it for about 5 years now and I cannot imagine a world without it. It handles my kids, our shedding dog, and now this renovation. Totally worth its weight in gold.

Open the Windows

Good air flow can certainly help dilute the ick and move particles through. Be sure to only open them up when outside work isn’t kicking up extra debris though. Open windows while you’re backfilling will likely not yield the desired results. 😂

Choose Safe Finishes

Choosing Low/No VOC paints, flooring, glues, and sealants can make a huge impact on your indoor air quality during the renovation and for years to come. Thankfully these things have become much more common in recent years, with even some of the biggest stores and brands making it their standard!

Final Cleaning

Once the renovations are over and the dust has settled, give everything a thorough cleaning and strongly consider having your ducts clean to remove any debris that may have found its way into your system.

I hope these tips help you keep your home a bit healthier during your renovation – and I wish you the best of luck on a swift process. Like me, I’m sure you can’t wait to relax in your newly renovated (and hopefully calmer, cleaner) space.

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Honeywell Plugged In has generously offered to give away the same purifier that I have been using the past few months. I love it and I know that you will too! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and if you must have one right away you can find it on their website or at a store near you 😊

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Saving Energy with Iris

We all know that reducing energy consumption is one of the biggest bang-for-your-buck ways to green our homes. Not only does it lessen the environmental impact of creating that energy in the first place, it also lessens the blow on our wallets – and who doesn’t love that?

There are lots of ways to reduce your family’s reliance on energy and to all around save energy from being wasted. I’ve found that using the Iris by Lowe’s products can help in your family’s fight against energy waste and offers a super easy, set-it-and-forget-it method.

Since heating takes about 42% of your home’s energy use, that’s a great place to start. The Iris 7-Day Touch Programmable Thermostat gives you greater control over your home’s heating and cooling, has energy saving features, and is even easily programmable online. Personally, I love how simple (and consistent!) a smart, programmable thermostat makes home life. Also, the Keen Home Smart Vent gives you the option of retrofitting your vent covers with a “smart” version that will adjust and regulate airflow in rooms depending on use and even coordinate with other rooms.

Another area that many homeowners don’t take into account as far as energy usage involves the water heater. You can set your water temperature around 120 degrees (depending on your heater’s requirements), which not only ensures less energy use but also keeps children safer around faucets. A resource like this EnergySmart Water Heater Controller works exclusively in conjunction with select Whirlpool water heaters and allows you to track and control water temperature and even create customized schedules.

Saving Energy with the Iris Smart Home SystemAs for lighting, a great energy saving method is to utilize dimmable switches, particularly when used in conjunction with a great LED lightbulb. An option like the GE Remote Control Lamp Module is an easy choice to control the lighting and energy use in your home with a simple plug-in. Additionally, you can pair bulbs and lighting plugged into the Iris outlets to come on before entering a dark home, off if you’ve forgotten it, etc.

To gain better control over your home’s electricity use, the GE Iris Duplex Electrical Outlet controls your outlets via internet or phone from anywhere. You can even program lights and small appliances to turn on or off at set times, or turn lights on remotely if you’re unexpectedly detained at night. Or, use a super easy plug-in option like the Iris 120-Volt Smart Plug, which offers an easy, no-tools-needed installation.

While we may not all be able to afford solar panels or practically install windmills, we can still reduce our environmental footprint through a variety of energy saving techniques. Iris makes it easy and, most importantly, affordable.

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Home Security Installation Made Simple : Now, home security is a DIY job - and an easy one, at that. Learn how!

When you think of setting up home security features at your house, what comes to mind? Do you envision dragging out all of your bulky tools? Do you imagine lots of drilling on ladders, rewiring, and the general headache that goes along with a DIY project? Maybe you even instantly picture calling in the professionals to do the job for you – all with big dollar signs in their eyes like some crazy emoji.

Through a partnership I’m very excited about, I’ve already introduced you to Iris by Lowe’s and all it can do to keep your family safe and secure. Today, I’d like to branch off and share with you how easy it is to make Iris work for your family. It truly is an easy DIY project that won’t eat up an entire weekend and leave you red in the face (or hardly speaking with your significant other).

Through a huge variety of simple-to-use products, Iris allows you to select just the right option for your family’s needs. Whether you’re looking to cut costs and wastefulness by monitoring your energy and water use or you hope to give your family some added safety and security, there’s an option to fit your budget and skill level. You can pick as many or as few features as you want.

Take, for instance, when I installed Iris motion sensors and smart plugs. I was unsure what to expect when my Iris package first arrived. My worry was for nothing though, and I ended up really impressed by how easily and simply the sensors and devices paired. Each took just a few seconds in the Iris by Lowe’s app.

The same can be said of the installation of the hub, keypad, and other devices. Each one came with the option of where to install (to a wall, window, etc.) using perfectly-sized adhesive strips or screws. I opted for the screw-based installation, which consisted of a small hanger that the sensor or device can snap or slide into. This allows for secure attachment, but also gives easy access when it comes time to replace batteries.

Once everything was installed and set up in the app, the Iris system was ready to go. Depending on your settings, you’ll receive an alert on your phone through the app. Through these features, you can also check out your history log (which I know I’ll find rather useful when we have teenagers).

Home Security Installation Made Simple : Now, home security is a DIY job - and an easy one, at that. Learn how!The fact that the products offer automation is a lifesaver. The Iris by Lowe’s smart home system installs in minutes and offers an abundance of tools to help automate your home ¬– saving you both time and energy. Pair the hub with motion sensors, smart plugs, or even LED bulbs and you’re set. You can even automate your lighting to maximize your energy savings! Check out this video to see just how simple it is to pair an LED light.

A programmable thermostat ensures that you can set it and forget it, as well. While there are many options available on the market, many of these systems are also compatible with the Iris by Lowe’s smart home system. While most Wi-Fi thermostats offer an app, it’s clunky to have to deal with multiple programs. Iris helps reduce the clutter and confusion by working with multiple devices seamlessly.

Most of the Iris options are just as simple as switching out an outlet or light bulb. Others might take the use of a screwdriver (or simply use of the adhesive pads), but are designed specifically with ease-of-use in mind.

Now, securing your home really is a DIY job – and an easy one, at that.

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Menstrual Cup Chart MetricThis page regularly updated and is best viewed in ‘desktop mode’ because of the tables & photo comparison tools. If you are on mobile, you can easily toggle to desktop view at the bottom of this page (click here).

The chart featured here is a metric version of my original chart. If you need more guidance than simple measurements, please check out the blog post featuring my original Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart for tips on how to choose the right cup for your body.

The table below is a size comparison for several brands of cups, the first set are brands that I have personally used (testing does not equal endorsement). The cups below are all made from silicone, with the exception of the Keeper (Rubber) and Me Luna cups (TPE). These cups range in price from about $20 – $40 – and they are well worth it!

Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart (Metric)

Looking for the original Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart (Imperial measurements)?

Brand Size Length Diameter Capacity Stem Sizing / Misc Features
Diva Cup 1 57 mm 43 mm 30 ml 10 mm Hollow Round <30
Diva Cup 2 57 mm 46 mm 30 ml 10 mm Hollow Round >30 or After Childbirth
FemmyCycle Petite 38 mm 31 mm 17.5 ml 19 mm Ring Before Childbirth
FemmyCycle Regular 43 mm 36 mm 30 ml 20 mm Ring After Childbirth
FemmyCycle Low Cervix 43 mm 36 mm 30 ml 6 mm Ring Low Cervix
JuJu Cup 1 46 mm 40 mm 20 ml 19 mm Solid Thin Before Childbirth
JuJu Cup 2 50 mm 46 mm 30 ml 19 mm Solid Thin After Childbirth
LENA Small 46 mm 41 mm 25 ml 25 mm Solid Flat Before Childbirth (light to med flow)
LENA Large 50.7 mm 45 mm 30 ml 19.7 mm Solid Flat After Childbirth (med to heavy flow)
Lily Cup A 78 mm 40 mm 25 ml Length includes stem <30
Lily Cup B 78 mm 43.5 mm 28 ml Length includes stem >30 or After Childbirth
Lily Cup Compact A 58 mm 42 mm 20 ml Length includes stem <30
Lily Cup Compact B 58 mm 45 mm 25 ml Length includes stem >30 or After Childbirth
Lunette 1 47 mm 41 mm 25 ml 25 mm Solid Flat Younger or Light Flow
Lunette 2 52 mm 46 mm 30 ml 20 mm Solid Flat Normal-Heavy Flow
MCUK (Mooncup UK) A 50 mm 43 mm 30 ml 21 mm Hollow Round >30 or After Childbirth
MCUK (Mooncup UK) B 50 mm 46 mm 30 ml 21 mm Hollow Round <30
Sckoon Cup 1 40 mm 40 mm 23 ml 30 mm Thin Soft Taper Before Childbirth
Sckoon Cup 2 50 mm 45 mm 30 ml 20 mm Thin Soft Taper After Childbirth

These cups in the table above have been reviewed by me, or are currently being reviewed.

Brand Size Length Diameter Capacity Stem Sizing / Misc Features
EvaCup Small 48 mm 43 mm 25 ml 14 mm Solid Round Before Childbirth
EvaCup Large 51 mm 46 mm 30 ml 16 mm Solid Round After Childbirth
Femmecup One Size 50 mm 45 mm 30 ml 15 mm Solid Round (18ml Capacity to Holes)
Fleurcup Small 47 mm 41 mm 20 ml 23 mm Solid Flat Before Childbirth (light flow)
Fleurcup Large 52 mm 46 mm 28.5 ml 18 mm Solid Flat After Childbirth (heavier flow)
Keeper A 54 mm 45 mm 21 ml 25 mm After Childbirth / Rubber
Keeper B 54 mm 46 mm 25 ml 25 mm Before Childbirth / Rubber
Keeper Moon Cup A 54 mm 45 mm 21 ml 25 mm After Childbirth
Keeper Moon Cup B 54 mm 46 mm 25 ml 25 mm Before Childbirth
LadyCup Small 46 mm 40 mm 21 ml 19 mm Hollow Round <25
LadyCup Large 53 mm 46 mm 34 ml 13 mm Hollow Round >25 or After Childbirth
MeLuna S 45 mm 55 mm 15 ml 12 mm Stem, 8 mm Ball, or 10 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna M 48 mm 60 mm 20 ml 13 mm Stem, 9 mm Ball, or 12 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna L 51 mm 66 mm 24 ml 15 mm Stem, 11 mm Ball, or 15 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna XL 56 mm 69 mm 30 ml 15 mm Stem, 9 mm Ball, or 13 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty S 35 mm 45 mm 8 ml 12 mm Stem, 7 mm Ball, or .10 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty M 38 mm 48 mm 10 ml 13 mm Stem, 7 mm Ball, or .10 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty L 41 mm 52 mm 14 ml 14 mm Stem, 7 mm Ball, or 11 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty XL 44 mm 55 mm 16 ml 15 mm Stem, 8 mm Ball, or 11 mm Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
OrganiCup A 47 mm 38 mm 23 ml 17 mm Stem <30
OrganiCup B 49 mm 44 mm 30 ml 18 mm Stem >30 or After Childbirth
Ruby Cup S 46 mm 40 mm 24 ml 19 mm Stem Light Periods
Ruby Cup M 51 mm 45 mm 34 ml 17 mm Stem Heavy Periods
Shecup One Size 54 mm 44 mm 28 ml 5.5 mm Knob  
Super Jennie S 47.5 mm 43 mm 32 ml 9 mm Stem <30
Super Jennie L 52 mm 47 mm 41.61 ml 16 mm Stem >30 or After Childbirth
Yuuki 1 49 mm 42 mm 25 ml 18 mm Hollow Round Before Childbirth
Yuuki 2 56 mm 47 mm 37 ml 18 mm Hollow Round >28 or After Childbirth

These cups in the table above have not been reviewed by me.

Cup Comparison Tools

 

Slide each image to easily compare cups. I’ll be adding to this as I receive new cups, so be sure to check back, and feel free to suggest a cup.

Menstrual Cup Comparison Guide & Visual Tool
Menstrual Cup Comparison Guide & Visual Tool

 

Menstrual Cup Comparison Guide & Visual Tool
Menstrual Cup Comparison Guide & Visual Tool

 

Don’t see the brand you were looking for?  If I was unable to find a store that shipped to the US, the cup was omitted from this list.  If you know of a shop, I would be happy to add it to this list. Please leave a comment or email me.

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Menstrual cup size chart and comparison tool. Slide each image to easily compare cup shapes, sizes, and features.

Menstrual cup size chart and comparison tool. Slide image to easily compare cup shapes, sizes, and features.

Menstrual cup size chart and comparison tool. Slide image to easily compare cup shapes, sizes, and features.

 

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