Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We have WINNERS!

We have WINNERS!! Winners have been chosen for MotherMoonPads 6,000 fans giveaway. They will all be emailed today, by the entrepreneur behind the item(s) they have won. Congratulations ladies! 

Christina Riddick Williams, you have won this fabulous starter set from Pampered Mama! 
Please visit Pampered Mama on Facebook and Etsy.

Margarita Gonzalez, you have won a $100 gift card to the Orange Chair Studio!
Please visit The Orange Chair Studio on Facebook and her website.

Sarah Ellis, you have won a party pack of rainbow hand kites from Bright Life Toys! 
Please visit Bright Life Toys on Facebook and Etsy.

Jennifer Warren, you have won a $30 gift card from Pipsqueak Bags, Cases, and More! 
Please visit Pipsqueak Bags, Cases, and More on Facebook and her website.

Alisha Anne, you have won a custom crochet cowl by Handmade With Love by Erinn!
Please visit Handmade With Love by Erinn on Facebook

Carrie Prince Cox, you have won a $25 gift card from Visions of Wonderland! 
Please visit Visions of Wonderland on Facebook, her Etsy shop, and her website.

Lisa Marin-Lee, you have won this fabulous wet bag clutch from Talulah Bean! 
Please visit Talulah Bean on Facebook, her website, and her Etsy shop.

Megan Taylor Christensen, you have won this gorgeous minky rainbow cloth pad instant stash by MotherMoonPads! 
Please visit MotherMoonPads on Facebook and Etsy.

Elizabeth Smith Hartley, you have won a pair of scrundies by Bumstoppers! 
Please visit Bumstoppers on Facebook and Etsy.

Congratulations ladies!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It's a 6,000 fans celebration!

MotherMoonPads is celebrating 6,000 fans on Facebook with a giveaway! I've invited 8 fabulous female entrepreneur friends to join me. 9 lucky winners will be chosen, 1 for each prize!

Please let me introduce my WAHM friends and the prizes they are offering:

Tanya, entrepreneur behind Pampered Mama, is offering a mini starter set of cloth pads in Retro Rainbow Minky. This set includes 1, 7" pantyliner, 1, 9" moderate flow pad, and 1, 11" heavy flow pad.
Please visit Pampered Mama on Facebook and Etsy.

Blenda, entrepreneur behind The Orange Chair Studio, is offering a $100 gift card to her website. She offers handmade paper lamp shades, night lights, and decorative switch plates.
Please visit The Orange Chair Studio on Facebook and her website.

Gail, entrepreneur behind Bright Life Toys, is offering a party pack of 12 rainbow hand kites! She offers a wide variety of handmade, Waldorf, and Montessori toys.
Please visit Bright Life Toys on Facebook and Etsy.

Kerin, entrepreneur behind Pipsqueak Bags, Cases, and More is offering a $30 gift card to her website! She offers a wide variety of reusable items, including non-paper towels, bento bags, snack bags, and bags to hold your knitting supplies.
Please visit Pipsqueak Bags, Cases, and More on Facebook and her website.

Erinn, entrepreneur behind Handmade With Love by Erinn, is offering a custom crocheted hooded cowl in the winner's choice of color (2 colors max, one main color and one contract) in infant/toddler, child, or adult size. (Accent button not available on infant/toddler size). It will be similar to the one shown, but in the winner's choice of colors. Ears are optional. :)
Please visit Handmade With Love by Erinn on Facebook.

Tika, entrepreneur behind Visions of Wonderland, is offering a $25 gift certificate to her website! She offers gorgeous handmade crescent clutches.
Please visit Visions of Wonderland on Facebook, her Etsy shop, and her website.

Erica, entrepreneur behind Talulah Bean, is offering this gorgeous wet bag. This clutch features a pocket lined with polyurethane laminate for laundry-bound pads with zipper closure. It has a coordinating handle with d-ring hardware. All seams are reinforce. This wet bag measures 8" by 6.5" and will comfortably hold 4-8 pads. It is machine washable and dryable. Erica is also including a $10 gift card to her website!
Please visit Talulah Bean on Facebook, her website, and her Etsy shop.

The grand prize is being offered by myself, Denelle, entrepreneur behind MotherMoonPads. I am offering an instant cloth pad stash, topped with super soft and stain resistant minky. You will receive 18 pads total: 6, 8.5" pantyliners, 6, 10" moderate flow, and 6, 12" heavy flow pads. The pantyliners are backed with anti-pill fleece, the moderate and heavy flow pads are backed with Windpro fleece. The total retail value on this set is $159!
Please visit MotherMoonPads on Facebook and Etsy.

Becky, entrepreneur behind Bumstoppers is offering one pair of Size large bikini underwear made from the scrundies pattern.. They feature a super fun My Little Pony knit fabric and all finished sergered seams. Waist and legs top stitched. Fits jean sizes 12-14.
Please visit Bumstoppers on Facebook and Etsy.

Please play fair, and "like" all of the pages. Winners will be chosen and emailed Monday, October 5th.
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

4 weeks ago today, we left our home.

A few months ago, a good friend of mine, Erica of Talulah Bean, encouraged me to blog about the grand journey we are on. A journey of becoming debt free, downsizing to simplicity, taking time for healing, living life, and loving our family. I told her no one would be interested, but she disagreed. So here I am, to share more of our lives.

My last blog post talked about my chronic health issues, and the fact that we were gearing up to make some major life changes to help me deal with them. We needed to simplify, reduce our monthly expenses, and I needed more down time from sewing and business to focus on my health. We decided that a move to a low crime, low cost of living, incredibly low housing costs, small, rural area was just what I needed right now. We decided to move from Oregon to Michigan.

8 PM tonight marked exactly 4 weeks since we drove away from Oregon to start our new life. It was terrifying, and I honestly wasn't sure how I was going to drive away. I wasn't attached to the house at all, but we had built a community of unschooling friends who became like family. We also left behind our eldest daughter, so she could attend the college of her choice. Driving away was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

The trip was long, and hard. My husband drove his small SUV, towing a small trailer with motorcycle and bicycles. I drove my Expedition, towing Griselda, my vintage camper, mattress strapped onto the roof. Everything that we owned, we carried with us. We left much behind, out of pure necessity (a Uhaul was out of the budget and didn't make financial sense, considering the little value that was in our belongings/furnishings). We were planning on sleeping and cooking in Griselda, and had planned to stay in Walmart parking lots to keep the costs of the trip as minimal as possible. (Thank you Walmart, for your generous overnight parking policy!)

We hoped for a monotonous, boring trip. We didn't get it. Instead, we got road rage in Salt Lake City, a blow out in the tire of the camper, after which we found out that Les Schwab actually put car tires on the camper instead of camper tires (They made it right with a refund after the fact, but it was terrifying after the blow out and finding that out!). We had a bent axel on my trailer. We hit some major storms from Wyoming through Indiana. The rain was torrential, and the wind had gusts of 60 MPH plus (which is NOT fun when you are towing, and even less fun when your camper is 49 years old, and has louvered windows that do not stay shut in such wind, causing them to lift up and it to rain inside, causing major water damage inside). We lost our mattress to water damage. My camper is no longer towable. We lost countless boxes that we thought were protected inside the camper, but due to the amount of water damage, weren't. The losses added up to around $4,000. We weren't prepared to take that hit. Griselda will be parked in our backyard, underneath the tree, and she will become a beautiful play house for myself and my littles. I'm sure we will enjoy backyard camping with her. :)

Everything that we own (or rather everything that owns us)

We celebrated our last few miles in Oregon with a beautiful roadside picnic.

Eventually, we made it though, and all was forgotten. It was a tremendous, expensive learning experience. We all grew a little from it, and I made it out of the 5 day, 2500 mile trip still married (haha!). This is our beautiful new house. It's been everything I hoped it would be (which is good, since we hadn't actually seen it when we purchased it! Apparently we like to live dangerously!).

After the trip taking such a huge toll on us, we reopened MotherMoonPads early, just a few days after we arrived. After our children had beds, my sewing area became the priority. It's funny how life goes on like that. I'm thankful that part of the transition was relatively seamless, and pain free.

I have high hopes for our life in Michigan. The summer has been beautiful. I'm sure I will whine a lot in the winter, but the trade offs have been numerous, and positive. This truly is the beginning of the rest of our lives, in what we hope is our forever home and tiny homestead!

PS, There has been a lot of requests to bring back the private Facebook chat group. I've recruited some help with it this time, and you can find it here if you'd like: MotherMoonPads Chat

)O( Denelle

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fibromyalgia and Life Changing Decisions

Since my fibromyalgia diagnosis (which adds to my chronic myofascial-pain-syndrome and 2 prolapses), I've been told I need to accept that pain is just a part of life. 99% of me wants to kick and cry and scream over that. The tiny logical part of me understands that pain is now just a part of life,  and changes need to be made.

My husband also deals with a debilitating anxiety and panic disorder. So we have mom and dad, both with major medical issues, trying to support their little ones while caring for themselves. This can be a frustrating situation, many times. We have been doing the best that we can, with the resources that we have.

With my diagnosis, the realization that I will likely manage these illnesses for the rest of my life has become truth. We knew major life changes had to take place. We moved from Wisconsin to Oregon 3 years ago, and life has been a beautiful struggle for those 3 years. Good jobs here are impossible to find. Housing is incredibly expensive. Cost of living is high. It sure is absolutely beautiful though! I love the mountains, I love the ocean. I had dreams of owning a little piece of land, with a little house, and just being able to live my life. That will never happen in Oregon.

I release that dream. It is with peace and calmness that I recognize it is not viable, and that my life is worth more than struggling to make something happen that will never be. I am okay with this.

I realized my dream wasn't necessarily Oregon. My dream was peace. My dream was actually owning something, not having a huge mortgage constantly hanging over my head, living in fear of foreclosure again. My dream was security. My dream was being debt free, to allow me to sew less, and enjoy life more. This can happen anywhere, provided that it is carefully planned and well thought out.

June 9th, we will hook up my vintage camper, and drive out of Oregon. We have a little 1/2 piece of land with a small 1,000 sq foot house waiting for us. We have a mortgage with less of a balance than my husband's car loan on his 2005 Honda CRV. We have dreams of a peaceful, rural life. Dreams of being able to sit in our backyard, watch our children grow in one place, give them the stability of having a true childhood home.

We had been dreaming of houses for a while. My husband scoured the internet daily, in search of what called to us. We weren't necessarily ready or prepared to buy when we found our house, but everything fell into place, and it happened.

I am so ready for this next stage in my life. I am ready to set my family up for success. I am ready to thrive.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thinking about the future.

Jun 7, 2012, we had sold everything that did not fit in (or on top of) our 2 vehicles, and left Wisconsin for new dreams of a new life in the west. We landed in southern Oregon 7 days later. We had never been this far west, let alone having stepped foot here before. It was an adventure. An amazing adventure.

Life in Oregon has been amazing and difficult all at the same time. It has presented challenges that I hadn't considered a possibility. Both my husband and I have experienced some very serious health issues here. The cost of living here is amazingly high, and the jobs pay so very little. Even with my husband's welding degree, and my accounting degree, neither one of us could get jobs that pay more than a few dollars over minimum wage.

Have I mentioned that the cost of living is amazingly high? There is a town just south of us that I would absolutely LOVE to live in, but mobile homes in parks run at least $50,000, a condo $150,000, and a house $300,000. Needless to say on our income, even a condo is well over budget. In the town we currently live in, we are in a mobile home in a mobile home park, because we can't even afford rent on a house. I honestly don't know why we live here. With my seriously decreased work hours, I'm not sure how much longer we will make it.

I have such a love hate relationship with Oregon. It's utterly gorgeous. So gorgeous I can't stand it. Something about the mountains soothes my soul. I could sit on the beach at the ocean all day to just breathe and relax, and I would experience nothing but sheer happiness. I love running away from home in Oregon.

Running away from home isn't something I can do all the time though, as much as I would like to! I need to create a life that doesn't need running away from. I need to create a life of peace and stability. A life that we can comfortably afford. A life of my own.

I'm not sure what the future will hold for us, but I'm starting to believe our future is no longer in Oregon. When do you decide that enough is enough, and that no matter what the payoffs, the struggle just isn't worth it. Or worse, when you can't give up your dream of a little piece of land in the Oregon mountains with a tiny house and a huge garden and a place for your children to just live and explore, yet you know that dream will NEVER be attainable. What do you do then?

With love and light,



Saturday, February 21, 2015

The day I received a diagnosis

If you read through the previous blog entries, they're not all that positive. They talk a lot about my health issues, and the struggle that I have been going through with my body. It's been such a struggle, trying to figure things out, let alone how to balance living in pain, homeschooling, and running this business.

Life quickly became overwhelming.

My 2015 word of the year is THRIVE. I promised myself that no matter what happened, I would not self sabotage. The day I received my diagnosis was the day I completely fell apart and failed at that. I gave up. I decided I was no longer going to be everything to everyone. This has been something that has been coming for a very long time. It's just something I can no longer ignore. If I do, I fear it will cost me more than just this business. I fear it will cost me my mobility or my life.

I realized immediately that I could not continue on at the pace I am going now. My husband has been telling me this for years. I had been pushing through the pain, genuinely ignoring it as a coping mechanism. The more I worked, the less I paid attention to my body, the less I paid attention to the widespread pain I am experiencing.

I took this a step further by opening to customs this year. Customs are something I've never had a good relationship with. When I accept a custom order, my brain tells me that I need to drop whatever I am doing at that point, and fulfill the custom. I don't have the ability to relax or focus on other things until those customs are shipped. I don't know why my brain functions this way, but it does.

So I opened a group, and consumed myself in customs. Very quickly, I started working way too many hours again. I dropped the ball on homeschooling, and made wrong choices about priorities in life.

The day I received my diagnosis, I learned that the syndrome that I have is something that is not curable, and will never go away. That was the day I quit. I quit putting this business above my family. I quit taking customs. I quit putting the business above my health. I deleted my Facebook group, deactivated my account (personal and business), and took a social media break. It was impulsive, but it is the right decision.

Please don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE what I do. I'm just not a multi tasker. I can't put my heart into too many things at once. I focus hard on my priority and the rest falls into the cracks. I have to go back to just being me. Denelle, the mama. Denelle, the unschooler who just wants to explore the world with her children. Denelle the seamstress who is just 1 person and knows her limits.

I publicly apologize to those who were really excited about my reintroduction of customs. Those will not be returning, ever. I publicly apologize to those who were genuinely excited about the new fabrics arriving, and were looking forward to placing their customs for them. I publicly apologize to all I will disappoint with this decision. I hope that you understand that I have to put my health first. I have to put my family first. We only have one shot at life, and I can't squander it.

MotherMoonPads is not going away, I'm just going back to my roots of creating fabulous cloth pads that are always in stock, and ready to ship. I will be taking more days off from sewing, while I learn to listen to and respect my body and all it is going through. I will be taking more time off to learn how to relax. I will still be shipping out all orders within 2 business days. I do not see that ever changing.

Much love and light,


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    Friday, January 23, 2015


    "I did not want to deal with the discomfort and messiness of being a normal human being". Glennon Melton.

    I've spent the 24 hours devouring TedX talks about life, health, and happiness. I've watched everything on vulnerability from Brene Brown that I could possibly find. Okay, so maybe not everything, but as many as I could before my brain shut down. Ha.

    Vulnerability. She talks about how vulnerability has such a negative connotation for most people. All my life, I've been told to be strong. Don't show your feelings. Keep everything inside. Hide it well. The thought of actually opening up, and letting it all hang out is as terrifying as it is liberating.

    Yet that is exactly what I need to do. "It gets a hell of a lot worse before it gets better" (Also from Glennon, and a similar message from my pelvic floor physical therapist).

    It's getting worse. The pain is getting worse. I've been asked to reconnect with my body, to learn to listen to it and recognize when there is pain, when there is not pain. It is fascinating and terrifying to me that I have the ability to shut my brain off to pain. My body becomes numb (quite literally!). I've learned to pacify myself with activities. I'd rather sew than listen to my body say we need rest. I'd rather clean, or take my children to eleventy billion activities than listen to my body say we need rest. I find excuse after excuse with this. Some of them are legitimate, some of them are not. Okay, most are not.

    The time to change this is now. The time to listen to my body, to be vulnerable to myself is now. Oh what an interesting journey this will be.

    With love and light,