Sunday, December 25, 2011
That means that the usual '10 days or less' turnaround time will change to '15 days or less'.
To make up for this delay I am offering a 10% off coupon code for this time period. It is 'winterbreak'.
Monday, December 19, 2011
In our Year End Giveaway you get to choose the prize.
Simply visit our website www.DominoPads.com and enter the online shop. Have a look around. Check out some sections you may have not browsed in yet!
And then decide on the one thing you'd like to win from our store. Copy that link to that one item (can be a single item or a set of things as long as it's one listing)
Then visit our Facebook Page and scroll down to find the status update with this Giveaway announcement (if you are seeing this message on our FB page instead of our blog then you are already at the right spot! ).
Place the item link in the comments below. One link per person.
I will randomly pick a winner at noon on December 31th.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Domino Pads Thanksgiving Coupon Code: Pumpkin11
Good for 10% off anything on our site including already discounted items such as package deals and starter packs.
If you haven't seen our gift section yet, have a look! The coupon code even applies to gift cards!
As usual the codes are not retroactive and expire Monday November 28th
Saturday, October 22, 2011
We have added our new hand stamped butterfly bamboo pads to the drop down menu in our individual hand dyed bamboo pad section.
While they are not available in the package deal section, quantity discounts such as stash discounts still apply.
Sorry -not available in Quince Pads and due to the size of the pattern not suggested for thong liners.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Do you have a video camera (phone or web camera is fine too of course!)?
Has your wash routine been satisfactory to you and your pads are still looking great?
Would you like to be in one of our next Domino Pads video productions?
We are looking for participants in a Domino Pads video about care of the pads.
As we have seen in our previous discussion lots of different people take care of their pads in lots of different ways. And best of all:
It all works!
So for the care video I would love to feature short clips from actual Domino Pads users on how they keep their pads looking like new.
How short of a clip? We'd like to know:
- are you washing them separate or with something else? (diapers, etc.)
- do you soak them or use a cold rinse?
- what temperature are you washing them at?
- how long have you owned your pads?
- are you doing anything special you'd like to mention or share any special tips?
Interested but no idea what to expect of a Domino Pads video? You can see our previous video here.
So what are you waiting for? Featured participants will also receive a small surprise for their efforts. And fame of course! ;)
If you are planning on participating please give me a heads up via email so I can start planning for how many prizes I will need!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
To celebrate the launch of our new line of Ultralite liners we are having a little Giveaway.
Up for grabs are 2 thong ultralite liners, 2 petite ultralite liners and 2 regular pantiliners in ultralite absorbency.
I will pick 6 winners and shipping is covered no matter where you live.
Participation is easy enough:
1) pick the liner you want to win (select the corresponding # on the picture)
1 - Thong ultralite with Robert Kauman Asian Paisley Minky
2 - Pantiliner ultralite with hand dyed and stamped bamboo in On Fire
3 - Pantiliner ultralite in Minkee Gelato Raspberry Slush
4 - Thong ultralite with Robert Kauman Asian Paisley Minky
5 - Petite ultralite with Robert Kaufman Owls Minky
6 - Petite ultralite with hand dyed and stamped bamboo in Still Waters
2) email me your selection (one) to email@example.com along with your name and the answer to the following question: what is the temperature recommendation for washing Domino Pads?
As always you can find the answer easily on our site
I will draw the winners on October 30th.
Thanks and Good Luck!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I remember when I still used disposable products I always had a tampon in my purse.
Especially when you don't use hormone based birth control it's often hard to predict the specific day your period will start.
After switching to cloth a few years ago I stopped carrying that spare tampon.
I am not sure why. I do remember being caught without protection somewhere away from home. Annoying! Uncomfortable! Embarrassing :(
And so after several years of this I had the brilliant idea to carry spares again!
I have an extra cup in the glove compartment in my car* and I carry an extra pad in a pad envelop in my purse. So nice to know that wherever I go, I have what I need. :)
For pad envelops and other storage solutions, please see our store:
Batik Wetbags and Pad Envelops
To find the perfect color for your spare cup see here:
Lunette Cups and Accessories
*in regards to concerns about exposing the Lunette and other silicone cups to extreme temperatures I got the following response from Lunette:
our Lunette is made of the highest possible medical-grade silicone that can handle extreme temperatures. It has to, because it comes from Finland. And our winters are freezing!
It can also handle hot temperatures just fine. So you can store your Lunette in your car, don´t worry.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Monday, October 3rd will be the day we post our hand stamped and painted bamboo velour choices on Facebook!
There will be a total of 15 different fabric pieces for your consideration with 2 different owl motives.
It took me quite awhile to develop the perfect process for this. The stamps were made to use with paint but of course paint that would cover the fibers would affect the texture of the fabric so we had to think of a way to stamp with dye instead of paint. Unfortunately dye doesn't adhere to the stamps!
We had to come up with a carrier medium that would adhere to the stamps and accept the dyes. The image was left to dry and ironed. Afterwards a fine brush was used to fill in details and the fixative was painted over the image.
Normally dyed fabrics are immersed in the fixative but in the case of stamped images this would destroy the image and was not an acceptable solution.
Only after washing and drying the pieces can we be sure what the final result looks like.
Who would have thought that stamping an image onto fabric would turn out to be so time intensive?!
The way ordering will work is that you will order through our site Domino Pads and therefore choose your desired absorbency, etc. but you must reserve the piece of fabric you want in our Photo Album on Facebook.
The pictures will be posted October 3rd.
1. look through the photo album. The pictures will include info on colors as well as fabric size. Choose the appropriate fabric piece and 'claim' it by commenting. Every one listed is an OOAK (one of a kind)
2. order the pad you want made out of it (make sure size matches) and choose 'owl pad' in the drop down menu for bamboo velour patterns.
3. check out. Under your shipping info is a field for "special instructions'. Use this field to specify which piece of fabric you have reserved.
This is a limited edition production. There are 15 pieces to be sold though the website/Facebook and 1 piece is being sold at auction on Hyenacart.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Have you noticed our pads go up in price with absorbency?
That is because we use bamboo blend fabrics for all soaker layers and the materials are expensive (but well worth it).
Here's a little secret though:
Compared to other brands we are generally very generous in what we label medium/heavy/etc. meaning compared to other brands you may get an extra layer and extra absorbency.
What does that mean to you?
If for example you have been successfully wearing a heavy absorbency pad in another brand, your best option when trying out Domino Pads may be to start with a medium absorbency pad in Domino Pads.
You will end up with a thinner pad at lower cost than if you simply shop by absorbency levels based on what you may have worn previously in other brands.
By the same token if you have never found a cloth pad that has had enough absorbency/capacity for you, we just may have the pad for you!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
With so many absorbency levels to choose from we thought it would be helpful to create a little guide!
We distinguish between liners and pads. Therefore petite liners, pantyliners and thong liners are intended for use on light days, slight discharge or as back up to cups.
They will most likely not be completely sufficient for moderate incontinence or heavier menstruation days.
While on first glance it looks like we offer simply 4 different absorbency levels in the pads we want you to be aware that you are actually also looking at two different designs. Pads without the 'extra' specification have the same absorbency level throughout the whole pad. Pads with the 'extra' specification have an additional layer of absorbent material directly in the center of the pad.
For example a heavy absorbency pad may be more appropriate (or vice versa) in some situations than a medium extra simple based on your specific flow pattern.
These vary by individual as well as situation:
Sitting all day in the office? A medium extra with extra absorbency right in the center and trimmer/thinner ends may be perfect!
Looking for a pad to sleep in? The heavy with equally strong absorbent layers front to back may be your best choice.
As always if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me through the website!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This design change affects only petite liners and pantyliners. Our thong liners are a different design all together and will not be affected by this change.
What in particular has changed?
Our pantyliners still consist of 1 top layer, 1 absorbent bamboo blend layer and 1 color coding layer to make it easy to tell all of your pads apart.
We have changed the type of bamboo blend layer we are using and also have chosen a different fabric for our color coding layer.
This change has resulted in a significantly thinner pad and we hope the new design finds your approval!
We have a small number of ready to ship pantyliners and petite liners available on closeout sale on our Facebook Page for 30% off!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I wanted to share this adorable picture of baby Charlotte with you. Her mom, Sara, gave me permission to post it in hopes of spreading awareness of an easy to detect childhood cancer called Retinoblastoma. She wrote more about it here on her blog:
What makes this cancer different is that we have a tool in our homes that can detect a typical symptom early on: a camera!
Since the tumor is inside the eye it affects how light from the flash of a camera is reflected back in low light conditions. Normally we get that red-eye effect due to the blood vessels in the back of the eye. In an eye affected by Retinoblastoma however, that reflection in white.
Knowing this information you can easily detect by looking at Charlotte's picture, which eye is affected by Retinoblastoma and which eye is healthy.
On a technical note: some cameras digitally alter the color in a process called red-eye-reduction and pictures may appear to show white eyes due to that digital alteration. If your camera offers red-eye-reduction, please turn it off, if you are trying to take a picture for this purpose.
Friday, September 2, 2011
From now until midnight on Monday you may use the coupon code LDAY for an additional 10% off anything on our site even already discounted items such as package deals and starter kits.
The coupon code is NOT retroactive, meaning it is only applied to orders being placed this weekend - not orders that have been placed in the past.
Thanks and spread the word!
If you have visited our restructured website recently you may have seen our book page. I am in the process of working my way through quite a few books on the subject of menstruation.
Funny how something we usually try not to think about too much can be so interesting once you pay attention to it!
I am starting my book review with a book aimed at young girls and her parents.
My own daughter is only 3 but we get quite a few inquiries for pad sets for teenagers.
And what a great idea! Why not start out with your very own set of beautiful, comfortable, reusable menstrual products.
So I started researching book for young girls on this topic and found my favorite in this one:
Period. A Girl’s Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthern
The book itself is divided into two parts. The main part is the Girl’s Guide to Menstruation, the second part is the Parent’s Guide.
The Girl’s Guide includes illustrations and a glossary with pronunciation instructions. Right from the start the book puts great emphasis on how we are all different and that it is perfectly fine this way. The authors foster a positive body image without placing too much emphasis on external things.
The tone of the book is gentle and informative. It is not the funniest or most excitingly illustrated book I’ve ever read on the subject but what makes it more desirable to me than other books with the same target audience is that it completely leaves out sex education, giving the parent an opportunity to broach that subject on their own terms.
As you can imagine the chapter I am most critical about is the chapter on menstrual products. Of course the focus is on disposable materials. Worse though it starts of with a sanitary belt implying that ‘maybe your mother wore one, but most certainly your grandmother did’.
I think it’s time to edit that out of the next version. I am almost 40 years old and I am certain that not even my grandmother wore a sanitary belt.
It came as a pleasant surprise that the authors in fact did mention –ever so briefly- that some people preferred to use reusable pads and cups because they felt they were better for the environment and better for their bodies.
They also included some natural remedies to ease menstrual discomfort and a calendar section.
Despite its few shortcomings I found it to be the best book on menstruation for girls in that age range of 9 to 12 I have seen so far.
(I liked it so well I decided to offer it as an add-on option to our gift sets).
If you are interested in other books on the subject I have created a summary book page on our website www.DominoPads.com.
The next review will be on a book for older girls and women: My Little Red Book
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Excited about the new website design I have been playing around with the flower image. I ended up crafting some Domino Pads glass magnets and clearly I want to bestow these little glass pieces upon my Domino Pads customers!
I used really good magnets because I hate getting some promotional magnetic thing and it not holding even a postage stamp. Who wants to pick up stuff in front of the fridge all the time? So rest assured our Domino Pads glass magnets are unsurpassed as far as usability goes!
BUT: I know how it is with trying to avoid the accumulation of unnecessary stuff. I am giving you the option to opt out of freebies.
On our shopping site we have the 'Free with Purchase' section where you can select a free sample with your order (wipes, tea, soap or one of our new glass magnets). Now you can also choose the option 'Do not include any freebies' to specify that you not only don't want to pick a sample but also really do not wish to be surprised with any freebies in your package.
I hope that this solution will work out well for everybody: those that want a specific sample, those that don't mind me sending them one of my crafty little magnets and those that really want to avoid getting any unnecessary trinket of any kind.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Go to our Facebook Page. Go to the Discussions section and PARTICIPATE!
Then submit the following via email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1) your name
2) your email address
3) what cup size and color you'd like if you win
4) why you *need* a cup
5) what discussion you contributed to
Easy enough? ;)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
With the release of the new Lunette cup in coral we should really do one last Lunette Giveaway this year, don't you think?
Since coral is related to the ocean, let's stick with a marine theme:
To enter please submit via email to email@example.com:
1) your name
2) your email address
3) what cup size and color you'd like if you win
4) why you *need* a cup
5) what purpose were the seahorse Domino Pads made for?
You will find the answer to #5 on our brand new website www.DominoPads.com
IMPORTANT: Don't post your answer in the comment section!
I will draw the winner September 6th.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
For a limited time we are offering pads and pantyliners made with Robert Kaufman's Minky in Asian Paisley Topaz. While supplies last only.
You can find them in our Domino Pads Minkee Section here: http://www.dominopads.com/store.php?crn=238
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I think when people think about others using cloth pads the first thing that comes to mind is a dedication to the environment.
Of course that is a valid reason.
According to the last data I saw on this subject U.S. women landfill or incinerate 11.3 billion disposable menstrual products per year.
What many people are not aware of is that reusable menstrual products are not just better for the planet but also are more comfortable to wear. Many women report shorter, milder periods once they discontinue the use of disposable menstrual products that have been bleached and contain synthetic gelling crystals.
In fact that's how I came to use cloth pads. Six years ago shortly before my son, Duncan, was born I had collected a nice stash of cloth diapers for him. Duncan was our first child and much research went into how we wanted to welcome him into this world (he was born at home with midwives), how we wanted to raise him (practice attachment parenting) and what products we would want to use (environmentally friendly and safe for his body).
Duncan was born at home and while the birth was the wonderful experience we had been hoping for, the recovery was anything but. I had a small tear. Nothing major.
Duncan was a big baby at 23 inches and nearly 10 pounds. He was nursing for 45 minutes at a time with little breaks in between. We were still practicing our latch on so nursing laying down wasn't yet an option.
Sitting up was extremely painful though. I felt like the wimpiest new mother in the world. How could others give birth and immediately go back to normal activities when I was barely able to sit to nurse my child?
Then one day I decided to use the inserts I had made for Duncan (to protect his cloth diapers from meconium stains in the early days) as menstrual pads.
The difference was immediately noticeable. I felt so much better. The soreness was gone. It was fantastic.
For the next birth - my daughter, Annika - I used cloth pads exclusively and was finally able to really enjoy my babymoon, be back to normal activities within hours of her birth and not be miserable for weeks like I was after my first birth. It was so much more enjoyable!
I wish I had known that much of my postpartum discomfort after my first child was due to a sensitivity to the drying/gelling crystals in disposable menstrual products. I could have spared myself weeks of misery.
A lot of times when I tell people what I do for a living they view me as ueber-crunchy. How crazy do you have to be to want to wash and reuse menstrual pads? Sure they like to recycle and compost but having to deal with menstrual products is just a little more than what they want to to for the environment. In my opinion it's very possible that cloth pads are one of those 'green' things that makes your life easier and more comfortable though - just the opposite of the sacrifice people expect it to be.
How did you become interested in cloth pads?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
We are introducing a new product at Domino Pads:
Not sure when to expect your period?
Keep a pad in your backpack or purse, securely stored in our pad envelope. The envelopes hold one regular sized pad and are made from sandwich PUL so they are discreet, durable, easy care and spill proof (in case you are using your purse as a carry all for your kids snacks and water bottles like I do)
So what about these?
- you can purchase one in our wetbag section
- you can get one for free with any pad purchase of $75 or more!
- you can win one as part of our new giveaway
What are the prizes?
- First Prize: Dual Batik Wetbag of your choice
- Second Prize: Pad Envelope
- Third Prize: Pad Envelope
- your name
- your email so I can contact you
- what material Domino Pads do you own or have on order (bamboo - natural or hand dyed, minkee, silkee)
Saturday, July 16, 2011
For a limited time we are giving away free Lunette wipes with Lunette cup purchase - a $4.99 value!
The wipes are a great way to disinfect the cup before your period or after when you get ready to store it away.
A word of caution: if you are like me and don't bother with instructions you may be tempted to mistake these as personal hygiene wipes... DON'T!
Let's just say it's beyond refreshing if you try ;) - these wipes are for the cup only!
To get your free box of wipes when you order your new Lunette cup or Lunette Starter Pack simply add a box of wipes from the separate listing to your shopping cart and enter the coupon code FREEWIPES.
Please note: There's an option to add wipes to your cup order by checking a box underneath the cup choices- this will NOT work with the coupon code so in order to use the coupon code you will need to add the wipes from their separate listing
Monday, July 11, 2011
It's been wonderful to be able to share the opportunity of earning a small income from home with other women.
However just due to logistics of coordinating with another person rather than doing it all myself in house we will have to adjust our turnaround times slightly. Our new turnaround estimates on orders are as follows:
Since our pads are highly customizable they are made to order. Turnaround time is generally 10 days or less.
I will send you an email notification, before I ship, with tracking info. If you do not hear from me within 10 days of ordering, please contact me. Please allow more time for larger wholesale orders - approximately 3-4 weeks.
Obviously if we manage to get your order out sooner, we will!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
All retail orders placed already will go in the mail before I leave of course.
Larger wholesale orders will be completed and mailed when I get back.
Will the shop stay open while I am gone? YES!
In fact shop away. Just be aware that the turnaround time on orders will be around 14 - 18 days during this time.
To sweeten the deal and to also further celebrate our Facebook 1000 accomplishment I am offering a 10.00 % off coupon until I get back from my little road trip.
Coupon Code is ROADTRIP
Saturday, June 18, 2011
The mini stash consists of 5 pads of your choice.
To enter our Giveaway please submit the answers to us either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact tab on our Facebook page
IMPORTANT: Do NOT post your answers in the comments section ;)
Here are the questions:
* your contact info (name and email)
* do you own any Domino Pads already?
* Why do we make our Domino Pads WITHOUT the use of hemp?
* Do Domino Pads contain any animal products such as silk or wool?
* Do Domino Pads come with any kind of warranty?
If you are not sure of the answers you will easily find them on our website DominoPads.com
Good Luck! We will draw the winners July 1st
(can't wait that long for a Giveaway winner announcement? Remember our Lunette Cup Giveaway is still going on until June 21st!)
Monday, June 6, 2011
Five seemed worthy of some kind of special something so I decided to create the 'Mini Stash' Discount. As you know on Stash orders of 10 individual pads or more the shopping card automatically applies a 10% discount to your order and since it happens without the use of a coupon code you can add a valid code (such as our Facebook Liker Code) on top of that!
From now on we also have the Mini Stash discount. Just like the Stash Discount it is applied automatically and applies a 5% discount to any individual pad order of 5 to 9 pads
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
With the new Cynthia cup arriving soon we decided to host a new Lunette Cup Giveaway!
If you are on Facebook you can use the 'Contact' option on the left of our Facebook Page to submit your entry. If you follow us on the blog or via newsletter, simply submit your answers via email to email@example.com.
Here's what I need to know for your entry:
Your name and email address (so I can contact you!)
and answers to the following questions:
* what essential oils are used in the Lunette Liquid Wash?
* where does the Lunette come from (country)?
* why do you want a Lunette cup?
* what color and size would you choose if you should win?
I will draw a winner June 21st. Good Luck!
(have trouble finding the answers? Check out store http://www.dominopads.com/store.php and our blog http://dominopads.blogspot.com )
Monday, May 30, 2011
Today I wanted to show a picture comparison of the sizes:
You will notice I only have a picture of the larger Diva cup.
According to the Diva website both the Model 1 and Model 2 Diva cups are 57 mm tall and differ in diameter only.
for the Diva the sizing is:
The Model 1 cup is 1 11/16" (~4.3 cm or 43 mm) in diameter and the Model 2 cup is 1 13/16" (~4.6 cm or 46mm) in diameter. Both cups are approximately 2 1/4" (~5.7 cm or 57mm) in length in the body of the cup, with another 3/8" (~1 cm) stem (2 5/8" total length). The stem may be trimmed to adjust for comfort.
for the Lunette the sizing is:
Model 1: The diameter is 41 mm (1.6 inches) by 47 mm (1.9 inches). The stem measures 25 mm (1 inch). The volume of the cup is 25 ml (0.85 fl oz).
Model 2: The diameter is 46 mm (1.8 inches) by 52 mm (2 inches). The stem measures 20 mm (0.8 inches). The volume of the cup is 30 ml (1.0 fl oz).
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
If you own Domino Pads and have encountered any problems such as broken snaps, etc. that keep you from enjoying your Domino Pads I want to hear from you! Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can find a solution and you can start being delighted with your pads (again). :)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Lately I've been working on rearranging the sewing room. I was even considering adding a TV to keep me company at night. Then I realized I already have everything I need right there.
It's still cool enough to leave the window open in the sewing room and as I was listening to the sounds outside, I was reminded how lucky I am.
It was late evening and the horses enjoyed the slight breeze, their grazing interrupted by wild chases amongst the trees. I love the sound of hooves thundering past my sewing room window.
As night fell the horses settled down and went back to the barn.
Their sounds were replaced with the chirping of the crickets in the trees and the hooting of an owl.
Sometimes I can hear the wild turkeys in the morning or the howls of coyotes in the distance at night.
And then it seems just perfect the way it is without a TV -so quiet and yet so full of sound. :)
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
We are currently fine-tuning a new pad design specifically for overnight and postpartum: The Quince Pad. It measures a whopping 15 inches long with most of the width and length located towards the back portion of the pad. It is shown here in our new Minkee color choice Aqua Sea. The Quince pad in Minkee should be available towards mid March in our online store.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
For the new year we are starting off with a small design change to the medium absorbency pads. Previously medium absorbency pads were almost as thick as our heavy absorbency pads.
We have been working on a pad design that more clearly puts the medium absorbency pad between the pantyliner and the heavy absorbency pad.
The new design sports the same absorption capacity as before but with a lower profile. A super absorbent - but very thin- bamboo blend goes all the way from one end of the pad to the other. The center third of the pad has an extra layer to handle more moisture in the middle.
The new medium absorbency pad fits great even under very fitted clothing. Testers have responded very positively to the design change. I hope you will like it too! :)
Monday, January 10, 2011
While it is technically possible to fold the pads into themselves and create a neat little package by snapping them packaged like that, we just wanted to mention that we do NOT recommend this.
On first glance this may seem like a great idea to keep a soiled pad. It can however affect your pad's lifespan in a negative way:
* will stretch the fleece liner sideways and widen it over time. Your pad will be more prone to shifting
* will stretch the needle holes and weave. Your pad will be more prone to leakage
Due to the breathable design of the pad moisture can also be pushed through the pad and still soil whatever you keep it in under the pressure of having it folded and snapped that way.
The best way to transport your soiled pads is of course to put them in a moisture-proof container such as our batik wetbags. If you are on a budget even our reusable sandwich bags would work well! Feel free to fold them, roll them, etc.
Just don't fold and snap them if you want to keep them working and looking like new for a long time.