Dot Girl is excited to announce our new partnership with Women’s Health Foundation (WHF). WHF is a nonprofit organization committed to improving women’s pelvic health and wellness. A portion of the proceeds from all Dot Girl purchases will go to WHF’s research and development of evidence-based programming in schools and communities.
Jenifer Donatelli Ihm, WHF Outreach Educator and Program Developer, stated “I can’t think of a better way to help girls feel comfortable and prepared – even special – for that big day, their first period. The Dot Girl First Period Kit is cool, cute, and educational. I can’t wait to include it in my presentations to elementary and middle school girls.”. Dot Girl is honored to be part of WHF’s outreach in the community and to have their endorsement.
Dot Girl Products and Women’s Health Foundation are devoted to the pelvic health and wellness of all girls and women. In support of that effort, Dot Girl will be including the WHF Potty Pledge postcard in our shipping boxes. The Potty Pledge is aimed at adolescent girls and lists proper bathroom habits. Tips listed on the book of the postcard include information on the proper way to wipe, how to position yourself on the toilet, tricks on completely emptying your bladder, the importance of drinking water, and how often to empty your bladder.
WHF will also soon be releasing a book for adolescent girls, Below Your Belt: How to Be Queen of Your Own Pelvic Region, building on the information they currently distribute through classes for adult women. Dot Girl will be reviewing the book on this blog once it becomes generally available.
We urge you and your daughter to explore the Women’s Health Foundation website to find information, classes, and support for pelvic health and wellness.
I am thrilled to announce that the Dot Girl crowd funding campaign has been given a second life thanks to the TV program The Crowd Funder Show. Thanks to sponsorships, you will be able to donate to this campaign and receive your donation back in the form of gift cards to popular stores like Starbucks, Sears, and Home Depot. Find out more at the Dot Girl campaign site:
Donations from the Indiegogo campaign have been flying out the door. So far Dot Girl kits have been donated to Sun Valley Indian School, The Lincoln Community School, First Place School, and Girl Scout Troops 1573 and 1574 located in New Jersey.
Here is what Gail Gilman, nurse at Sun Valley Indian School, had to say about the Dot Girl kit donation:
“There were 9 girls who participated in our hygiene classes. The girls were presented with their new kits on the last day. They were very excited to have received them. Our students are limited in their access to something like this. We are in a very impoverished area. These kits provide something tangible the girls can hold on to. It encourages them and excites them to look forward to a new beginning in their lives. They can mark this important milestone in their lives with answers and less confusion. They have these kits and know that people care. That they are not alone. They can use the heat pack and carrying case again and again as they need to. We had a great time with them. Thank you so much for helping these young girls in this way”.
Thank you again for all of your support during the Indiegogo campaign. Please spread the word about the new Dot Girl campaign at The Crowd Funder Show so that we may continue to donate kits to girls who need them.
5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Daughter
On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2014. This is the 44th celebration of Earth Day – a day to appreciate the earth and stand up for protection of natural resources. It is the greatest legacy we can leave our children. I’ve listed some ideas here for celebrating Earth Day with your daughter. Feel free to leave your comments about how you plan on celebrating.
1. Spend some time researching alternatives to disposable feminine hygiene pads. According to the website Envirocitizen “in a lifetime, the average American women will dispose of about fifteen thousand sanitary pads and/or tampons, translating into about three hundred pounds of waste.” Multiply that three hundred pounds of waste by millions of women menstruating in the United States and you can see how changing to reusable pads or other alternatives would have a huge impact on the waste stream. Explore sites like Luna pads.com and DivaCup.com with your daughter. Even if she prefers disposable products now, it will give her something to think about as she grows older.
2. Walk, bike or use public transportation on Earth Day for visiting friends or running errands. In today’s busy world, doing this everyday may not be practical. However, choosing one day a week to leave the car parked is an easy way to help the earth and get some exercise. In our community, ‘walk pools’ instead of ‘carpools’ have become quite popular. Encourage your daughter to create a group that walks or bikes to school.
3. Donate a tree to a local park in your community. Many towns and cities have programs in place to encourage donations to support local parks. The Arbor Day Foundation also offers a program to donate a tree to national forests in honor of celebrations or special people in your life. What a great way for your daughter to honor someone close to her.
4. Organize a neighborhood clean up. Doesn’t have to be formal. Gather a few friends and neighbors around and pick up trash on the streets near your homes. Recycle what you can and toss the rest into a trash can.
5. Take action on an Earth Day concern. The Take Action page on the Earth Day website lists active campaigns.
I was recently introduced to a product that I just had to share with my readers. Especially those tired of storing feminine supplies in plastic bags that always seem to rip apart and spill their contents.
The On the Dot storage box for tampons and feminine pads is new to the market and oh so cute. Available in three different eye catching designs named after butterflies, the box is specifically made to discreetly store your monthly supplies while also being pretty enough to sit on your bathroom counter all the time.
The founder of On the Dot, Audrey Unrau, was inspired by her daughter’s self made box to store tampons and pads. Audrey realized her daughter had a great idea and decided to design and manufacture the product.Each box design has a butterfly handle to open up the storage compartment. Pulling up on the handle reveals the two part storage section. The top compartment, meant for storing tampons, has a fold out front to prevent tampons from rolling out. The second storage section is meant for storing any size feminine pads and is roomy enough to store several different sizes of pads.
The box also has a plastic frame on the bottom to keep things neat and clean and protect against any bathroom water damage. With three designs, there is one that will fit any bathroom decor. The California Sister version (pictured) was specifically designed for young tweens. The brightly colored box is a wonderful alternative to the plastic bags that feminine pads are sold in making having a period just a bit more fun for girls.
On the Dot has a community page where you can share your period stories and thoughts about the On the Dot product. You can also participate in creating new designs for the boxes. What a fun project for a mother and daughter to do together!
Dot Girl has officially designated today ‘Donate A Dollar’ Day! Why should you donate just a dollar to the Dot Girl campaign today? Activity on the campaign leads to greater visibility on Indiegogo. We are still on page 1 of the Education section however it would help greatly if the campaign moved to the top of the page.
Just a $1 will do it! And you don’t even have to log in to Indiegogo to make the donation. It’s a quick, less than a minute transaction. Please help by spreading the word to your friends too. Send them the link and let’s see how many $1 donations happen!
Thank you to all of our followers who are showing us some Twitter Love!
Hello Dot Girl Supporters!
We are moving on up! This morning finds the Dot Girl campaign on the front page of the Education section. You can help the campaign move even further up by donating a dollar, choosing the $1 perk and leaving a comment. All of these activities help increase exposure for the campaign which means more kits donated. Help make today a record Donate a Dollar Day! And as always, sharing the campaign link with friends and family who would be willing to help would also be much appreciated:
For a closer look at the contents of The Dot Girl First Period Kit I am showcasing two items today – The Dot Girl Period Answer Book and the Dot Girl Warm Pad.
The Dot Girl Period Answer Book™ – a 20-page question and answer booklet covers the basics about menstruation including: How many days will it last? When will I get my first period? How do I track my period? What about cramps? What is a period anyway? Written in an easy-to-read and positive tone the booklet fits neatly inside the reusable case so girls can refer to it over and over again.
My Period Diary is included on the inside cover of The Dot Girl Period Answer Book™. The Diary allows girls to track their period over the first year.
The Dot Girl Warm Pad™ is a reusable gel heating pad for soothing cramps.
If you have any questions about these two items please let me know.
Thank you for your continued support and interest!
Yesterday morning we were excited to receive a donation of $225.00 from a group of women who banded together to donate to the Dot Girl campaign. Each donor in the group contributed a small amount in the neighborhood of $10.00 and the power of the crowd raised enough for a significant contribution. The group has designated First Place School in Seattle to receive the Dot Girl Kits.
Many of you may not know that contributions may be made in flat dollar amounts instead of choosing a perk. You will still be able to designate a particular organization to receive Dot Girl kits equal to the value of your contribution. Please visit the campaign to find out more:
I’ve been asked about other ways that Dot Girl Products supports menstruation education. For several years now, Dot Girl has been donating free ‘What’s Normal?’ bookmarks to schools and non profit organizations.
To date over 15,000 bookmarks have been donated to places such as Pacific Christian School in Santa Maria, CA; Thompson Health Hospital in New York State; and Gregory County Dept of Health in Burke, SD along with numerous Girl Scout Troops and public schools. If you are interested in receiving free bookmarks for your school or organization, please use our Contact Us page to send me your address, organization and number of bookmarks requested.
Thank you for your continued support!
We have broken through the $1,000 mark on our campaign! This translates into 83 Dot Girl kits that will be donated to girls. We still have much ground to cover to reach our goal of 1200 kits donated. Please help us reach this goal by sharing our campaign link with friends and family:
No donation is too small. In fact, we would love to be able to mail hundreds of Dot Girl bookmarks at the end of the campaign to all those willing to donate just $8! A $24.00 means you receive one Dot Girl kit at discounted pricing (with free shipping) and one deserving girl receives a free kit. Any donation is much appreciated.
We would like to thank those companies and sponsors who are helping to spread the word about the Dot Girl campaign:
From the Women’s Health Foundation (http://womenshealthfoundation.org/)
From The Period Store (http://theperiodstore.com/)
From Dear Kate (http://www.dearkates.com/)
Thank you for your continued interest and support of our campaign!
The founding mission of Dot Girl Products is to prepare every girl for her first period. The more girls know about the changes that will take place to their bodies during puberty, the more they will face this transition with confidence. Learning about their bodies in a supportive way will also help girls to take control about future health decisions they will face.
We are a small company with big dreams and we want to help the many schools and organizations that ask for donated kits because of their own limited budgets. Believing that there is no time like the present to achieve our dream, we decided to turn to Indiegogo crowd funding to raise the necessary money to put The Dot Girl First Period Kit® into as many hands as possible.
Our goal is to donate 1200 Dot Girl kits to deserving organizations. Through your generous donations more girls will have the tools and information needed to experience their first period prepared and confident. Together we will be able to support schools and organizations who are doing the important work of educating girls about periods.
The campaign lasts from March 18th – April 27th, 2014. Learn how you or your organization can donate here.