Fast forward to fall 2013. We try to live a green life, and we are always looking for ways to cut out unnecessary expenses as well as unnecessary waste. We just bought a new house, had slightly higher expenses than our previous house had, and I again began searching ways that I could save some money. I started to feel guilty about the pads and tampons just going to the landfill and re-visited the idea of AMPs. At the same time, I was worried about using tampons for health reasons, so I just was using disposable pads. I happened upon some videos of reviews on Youtube. I know how to sew, and have known how to for more than 20 years, and I decided I could make my own pads and start selling them too. I contacted a few girls who had done plenty of reviews through Youtube and asked them if they would be willing to review my pads if I sent them a couple. I got a response from two of them, and sent them off a little later.
As well as a shop on etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/girlybitspads, I have a page on Facebook. This helps me get the word out about my shop, but it is on the blog that I will post giveaways, reviews, and discuss all things AMPs. I just wish that when I first started my period (it was the summer after I turned 12), I had more options out there than I was presented with, as well as had more education about those products. I was introduced to OB tampons (the ones without the applicator, shown below - NO WAY!!!) and pads. It took me a long time to find out what worked for me, but I had no one to turn to for more information.
I use a Diva cup, model 2, and absolutely love it. It is my first and only cup right now, but it has been a life-saver so far! The AMPs are so comfortable, that the only ones I can feel when I am wearing them are the heavy/overnight pads.