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 Quick and Easy Stromboli Recipe - This recipe is SO good and the 'filling' options are endless.This isn’t exactly a healthy recipe, but this stromboli recipe is yummy and one that the family loves – though I’m sure I don’t make it for them as often as they like.

To try and keep this recipe on the healthier side choose real cheeses and more natural lunch-type meats without added preservatives, colorings, phosphates, etc. They will cost a little more, but it’s worth it.

If you have children, this is a fun recipes (and less messy one) to let them help with. They’ll really enjoy getting to layer on the toppings and “paint” the dough.

Get creative with this stromboli recipe too. There are no wrong toppings. Try adding different cheeses, meats, veggies, seasonings, sauces, and maybe even fruits!

Stromboli
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Premade Pizza Dough
  2. Cheese (Try: Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella) (6-8 oz)
  3. Meat (Try: Ham, Hard Salami, Turkey) (6-8 oz)
  4. 1 Beaten Egg Yolk
  5. Garlic Powder
  6. Dried Oregano
  7. Dried Parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ᵒ. Get out your dough. If you are able to make your own dough that's fantastic, but store bought is fine for this. Roll out your dough into a rectangular shape. Put a layer of meat over the entire surface, leaving about an inch of dough showing all the ends and maybe 1/2 an inch at the long sides. Put a layer of cheese over the meat, again leaving room all the way around.
  2. Sprinkle a fine layer of each garlic powder, oregano and parsley, over the cheese.
  3. Roll it up starting at one of the shorter ends. Pinch the ends closed and place it on an oiled baking sheet seam down. Use a basting brush to paint the entire exposed surface with the egg yolk. Sprinkle a little cheese and seasoning over the top and bake at 375ᵒ for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown all over. Let stand a few minutes before cutting to serve.
Notes
  1. For a twist: add a marinara sauce or greek yogurt ranch to dip it in!
  2. Note: I make two of these to feed my family and there is usually enough left for lunch for the kids the following day.
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Quick and Easy Stromboli Recipe - This recipe is SO good and the 'filling' options are endless.Check out additional recipes on my recipes page.
The guacamole recipe seems to be a hot one!

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Our family always had cats while I was growing up, but somehow as an adult I landed firmly in the dog person category. I was happy with my dogs and that was that. Or so I thought.

If you’re a parent, you may be familiar with the experience of your child begging for a new pet — for us it was a cat. I put it off but this past winter we found ourselves face to face with a sweet kitten that needed a home. The humane society here can’t care for them all (spelling possible doom) and the no-kill shelter we were aware of was at capacity. Faced with no option we could live with we decided to foster the kitten until we knew what to do. As you may have already guessed, that lasted all of about 20 minutes.

As the new family to a kitten we set out to pick up the necessities. Food was easy. We’d done plenty of research into what to look for when seeking a quality food. What we didn’t expect to be so hard was finding a litter that didn’t make ourhome smell like a cat box.

The first litter we tried was unscented (because fragrances are NOT our thing and as we all now know, they often contain harmful toxins). No amount of cleaning seemed to make it not smell awful.

The second litter we tried was a pet store refill option. It too was no match for our 3ish month old kitten. She seemed to have a knack for wrecking a litter box and I was getting pretty fed up.

Tired of the smell, I went straight for a popular litter brand with the hopes that succumbing to their big name and traditional ways would yield results that would make me feel less terrible for purchasing a non eco-friendly litter. Unfortunately for our noses, even this litter was no match. Additionally we were stuck with bits of litter everywhere. Yuck!

When I was given the chance to try out World’s Best Cat Litter, via a sponsored post, I figured it was worth a shot. It’s more environmentally friendly (which is something we can all appreciate) and claims to actually work. While I admittedly have little to do with the litter box (conditions agreed upon by the kids for us to keep the cat) I can happily report that our home no longer has any hint of litter box and I couldn’t be happier. In fact, even being in the laundry room (where the box is located) gives no indication that a box is nearby. Given how awful our first three litters were, this sounds impossible, but it actually works. Additionally, I don’t notice dust on the floor.

Our son, Ethan offered to share his thoughts on actually using the product:

“The new litter we use instead of the old one is better because it contains the smell better and it is cleaner and easier to use. It’s easier to use in a way because it sticks to the poo better and doesn’t fall off when you put it in the bag.”

I think it’s adorable that he is concerned with the amount of product we use. I’m not sure if it’s because he has to add to it more often or because he’s learning that there is a price on the products we use. My wishful thinking would like to believe it’s the latter.

What makes World’s Best Cat Litter™ different?

 

World’s Best is made of 100% naturally absorbent, whole-kernel corn. I have no idea how it works or why, all I know is that it does. It’s quick clumping and easy to scoop, plus as I already mentioned it’s virtually dust free (99%). It’s also flushable and septic safe (which is huge for us because we are on septic). Do check your state for recommendations – the state of California, for example, discourages flushing cat poo and encourages disposal in the trash.

Last, but not least, thanks to the miraculous, concentrated power of corn, you can use less product and get better results. One small bag can last one cat more than 30 days.

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This 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).

With my recent posts on cups, I have seen the same questions many times – one of which is “What cup should I buy?”  You want to know that you are buying the right cup for you, and to be honest, it’s not a perfect science – but you can make an educated guess.  Chances are, you’ll love your cup!

When I was first considering a cup, I chose based on the only cup that I had heard of – The Diva Cup.  I was very pleased with my cup and it worked great for me.  I have since tried several other cups and all but one cup worked perfectly for me.  When choosing your cup, keep in mind that they are all relatively similar, so there is no need to over analyze and stress out over the choices. Choose your cups with the tips below in mind and chances are you’ll love your cup.

Consider the diameter you need and the length you want and go from there.  

Most manufacturers suggest that women under 30, who have never had a vaginal birth, should wear the smaller size they offer, while women over 30, or who have had a vaginal birth, should wear the larger size. This is a general rule – all women are different. For example, if you are over 30 and have children you may still have a strong pelvic floor if you’re active and you may feel more comfortable in a smaller cup. Know your body and make a decision based on that alongside the manufacturer’s suggestions.

If you know how high or low your cervix sits during menstruation, that may also play a role in the cup you choose.  You can determine where your cervix sits by inserting a finger to find it. If it’s hard to reach (or you can’t reach it at all) your cervix is high and you’ll likely want a longer cup (like the Diva Cup, Lily Cup, or XL Me Luna). If you have a cervix that is easy to reach but not extremely low, you may be just fine with most lengths – though you may find that you prefer to trim or remove the stem from some (or all) cups. If your cervix sits just inside of your vagina (an inch or so inside) you have a low cervix and will want to choose a shorter cup (like the MeLuna Shorty).

I find that a shorter cup is my preference, but I also know many women that prefer a longer cup either for a higher cervix or because they can be easier to reach. Something else to consider is the stem.  For me, the stem isn’t an issue since I cut them off, but your preferences may be different, so keep that in mind too.

Another thing to consider is flow.  Many women think that they have a super flow, but in reality the average woman has a moderate flow with studies showing a range from 30-120 ml (or 2-8 tablespoons) for their entire period.  I personally know women who have a “heavy flow” and love their cup – so if that’s your flow, a cup can work for you!  I suggest choosing a cup with a higher capacity, though like many women you may find that a cup lightens your flow.

Last but not least is cup firmness. Generally speaking, larger cups are a bit more firm than their counterparts. A firm cup will pop open easier. If you have a very sensitive bladder, you may want to look for a softer cup.

Menstrual Cup Comparison ChartThe 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

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Brand Size Length Diameter Capacity Stem Sizing / Misc Features
Diva Cup 1 2.25″ 1.69″ 30 ml .38″ Hollow Round <30
Diva Cup 2 2.25″ 1.81″ 30 ml .38″ Hollow Round >30 or After Childbirth
FemmyCycle Petite 1.5″ 1.22″ 17.5 ml .75″ Ring Before Childbirth
FemmyCycle Regular 1.69″ 1.42″ 30 ml .79″ Ring After Childbirth
FemmyCycle Low Cervix 1.69″ 1.42″ 30 ml .28″ Ring Low Cervix
JuJu Cup 1 1.81″ 1.57″ 20 ml .75″ Solid Thin Before Childbirth
JuJu Cup 2 1.97″ 1.81″ 30 ml .75″ Solid Thin After Childbirth
LENA Small 1.81″ 1.57″ 25 ml Solid Flat Before Childbirth (light to med flow)
LENA Large 2″ 1.77″ 30 ml Solid Flat After Childbirth (med to heavy flow)
Lily Cup A 3.07″ 1.57″ 25 ml Length includes stem <30
Lily Cup B 3.07″ 1.7″ 28 ml Length includes stem >30 or After Childbirth
Lily Cup Compact A 2.28″ 1.65″ 20 ml Length includes stem <30
Lily Cup Compact B 2.28″ 1.77″ 25 ml Length includes stem >30 or After Childbirth
Lunette 1 1.9″ 1.6″ 25 ml 1″ Solid Flat Younger or Light Flow
Lunette 2 2″ 1.8″ 30 ml .8″ Solid Flat Normal-Heavy Flow
MCUK (Mooncup UK) A 1.97″ 1.81″ 30 ml .83″ Hollow Round >30 or After Childbirth
MCUK (Mooncup UK) B 1.97″ 1.69″ 30 ml .83″ Hollow Round <30
Sckoon Cup 1 1.77″ 1.57″ 23 ml 1″ Thin Soft Taper Before Childbirth
Sckoon Cup 2 1.97″ 1.77″ 30 ml .81″ 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 1.97″ 1.65″ 25 ml .47″ Solid Round Before Childbirth
EvaCup Large 2.24″ 1.77″ 30 ml .47″ Solid Round After Childbirth
Femmecup One Size 1.97″ 1.77″ 30 ml .59″ Solid Round (18ml Capacity to Holes)
Fleurcup Small 1.85″ 1.61″ 20 ml .91″ Solid Flat Before Childbirth (light flow)
Fleurcup Large 2.05″ 1.81″ 28.5 ml .71″ Solid Flat After Childbirth (heavier flow)
Keeper A 2.13″ 1.81″ 21 ml 1″ After Childbirth / Rubber
Keeper B 2.05″ 1.73″ 25 ml 1″ Before Childbirth / Rubber
Keeper Moon Cup A 2.13″ 1.81″ 21 ml 1″ After Childbirth
Keeper Moon Cup B 2.05″ 1.73″ 25 ml 1″ Before Childbirth
LadyCup Small 1.81″ 1.57″ 21 ml .75″ Hollow Round <25
LadyCup Large 2.09″ 1.81″ 34 ml .51″ Hollow Round >25 or After Childbirth
MeLuna S 1.77″ 1.5″ 15 ml .47″ Stem, .31″ Ball, or .39″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna M 1.89″ 1.61″ 20 ml .51″ Stem, .35″ Ball, or .47″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna L 2″ 1.73″ 24 ml .59″ Stem, .43″ Ball, or .59″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna XL 2.2″ 1.85″ 30 ml .59″ Stem, .35″ Ball, or .51″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty S 1.38″ 1.5″ 8 ml .47″ Stem, .28″ Ball, or .39″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty M 1.5″ 1.61″ 10 ml .51″ Stem, .28″ Ball, or .39″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty L 1.61″ 1.73″ 14 ml .55″ Stem, .28″ Ball, or .43″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
MeLuna Shorty XL 1.73″ 1.85″ 16 ml .59″ Stem, .31″ Ball, or .43″ Ring Classic, Soft or Sport firmness
OrganiCup A 1.85″ 1.5″ 23 ml .67″ Stem <30
OrganiCup B 1.93″ 1.73″ 30 ml .71″ Stem >30 or After Childbirth
Ruby Cup S 1.81″ 1.57″ 24 ml .67″ Stem Light Periods
Ruby Cup M 2″ 1.77″ 34 ml .75″ Stem Heavy Periods
Shecup One Size 2.13″ 1.73″ 28 ml .22″ Knob  
Super Jennie S 1.87″ 1.69″ 32 ml .59″ Stem <30
Super Jennie L 2.05″ 1.85″ 41.61 ml .63″ Stem >30 or After Childbirth
Yuuki 1 1.93″ 1.61″ 25 ml .71″ Hollow Round Before Childbirth
Yuuki 2 2.2″ 1.81″ 37 ml .71″ 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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Babies Against ParenthoodLike Cards Against Humanity, Babies Against Parenthood is a funny, multiplayer party game. This version is more PG, but thankfully that’s open to interpretation 😉 This game is fun for baby showers, or a late night with friends also in the parenting way.

This game is totally free to download. You will have to pay for your own supplies. Sorry!

What you’ll need:

How to make the game:

  1. Download the PDF. Here (Google Drive) or Here (DropBox)
  2. Print it.
  3. Cut it out.
  4. Store it!

You can hold your game together the old fashioned way (with a rubber band, of course), or you can get one of these cool containers (2 5/16” square size) to keep it a bit more safe and sound.

Babies Against Parenthood Free Printable Game

How to play:

Well, the PDF file here has instructions, but here’s the basic idea.

  1. Everyone draws 10 White Cards to get set up.
  2. Each round one person will read a question/fill-in-the-blank from a Black Card. (You can switch or keep the same card reader if you choose.)
  3. Each round, everyone but the card reader will choose the White Card from their hand that they think is the funniest answer to the Black Card. (*Black cards with two or more blanks will require an equal amount of answer cards from players!)
  4. The card reader will pick a winner by choosing the one they think is the most funny.
  5. The funniest answerer gets a point.
  6. Everyone draws new White Cards so that they again have 10 cards and the cycle repeats.
  7. The player with the most points wins.

That’s it! This game has the potential to be super funny, depending on who’s playing of course.

I hope you enjoy this parenting version of the game, and keep a look-out for cameo appearances by some of my favorite natural parenting brands and products with convenient names!

Click to check out more great ideas in the Fluffin’ Awesome Baby Shower section!

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