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Getting Used to Glasses with the Help of

Date Wed, October 22 2014

Although I’d visited the eye doctor several times before this year, I had never managed to find a pair of glasses I like before my prescription ran out. One year, I dragged a friend to every single glasses store in the mall. Yet, I found no pair that I wanted.

At my most eye test this summer, my doctor laid it out like this. My sight would benefit from wearing glasses, especially at night or when driving. He estimated I would use glasses maybe  20% of the time. Because I don’t drive, I realized I would need them much less than that. With this in mind, I decided I wouldn’t spent time hunting for a pair of glasses or spend a lot of money on them. But I also knew I would keep an eye out should the perfect pair jump out at me.

My new prescription meant that I could work with another type of company, however. It wasn’t long before I received a pitch from, and I told them I’d be interested in working with them. I’m not sure if I knew of this website specifically before. I have friends who have purchased from Coastal, and there are a lot of similarities.

Both websites allow you to purchase glasses with single-vision prescriptions for cheap. I mean, you can find some awesome glasses for well under $50. As I was browsing the site, I don’t think I added anything to my wishlist that was over $40! Every pair comes with anti-scratch coating, too.

Purple Mason from Glasses Shop

Purple Mason from Glasses Shop

I requested the Purple Macon style to review, and they were soon on their way to me. The pair costs $19.95 on the site, but I’m pretty sure they were on sale when I first looked at them. You can add $4.95 for the anti-glare coating, but the pair I received to review didn’t. The lack of anti-glare was noticeable, especially around certain lights at night. So I would definitely upgrade.

Glasses Shop ships out from overseas, so it took several weeks for them to get to me, and the tracking number didn’t immediately show up in the USPS system. If you want something quick, you might be better off heading to a local store of your eye doctor’s office. Otherwise, just give yourself plenty of time for shipping.

The glasses showed up in a tiny box that was just large enough to hold the plastic glasses case. It’s simple and white with the URL to the website on it. Inside, were my glasses and a protective/cleaning cloth.

The glasses were exactly what I had expected from the website. It’s  black plastic frame with purple details. The frame is noticable but what I would consider generally conservative. Some might even consider the rectangular frame to be rather nerdy. I found the fit to be nice. Sometimes glasses pinch, but these were comfortable without being too loose. I do find myself pushing them up my nose a la nerdy librarian style. LOL!

As my first pair of glasses, these will take some getting used to. For example, I’m not used to so much cutting into my field of vision. Next time, I might try for a pair with a thinner bezel to reduce this. I’m also adjusting to wearing any glasses, so sometimes movement out of my periphery is fuzzy or I feel a little dizzy if I moved too quickly. There are all to be expected with one’s first pair of glasses, however, and I don’t need to wear them all the time like /I mentioned.

This will take some getting used to

This will take some getting used to

Getting used to how glasses look is another thing when you’re as picky as I am. I don’t hate them, but they change the focus of your gaze. Glasses also make my hair sit differently. Glasses Shop does have a “Try On” feature where you can upload a photo, but in my experience, this gives you an idea of how glasses will look. It’s a little different in person, which is what I am experiencing now.

However, with these low prices, you could buy a pair or two or three and try them all on. Glasses Shop often has coupons, and you can find them right on the site. For example, they’re currently running a Halloween promotion for 20% off all orders with code 20order.

There are a number of other ways you can earn coupons and account credits, which include making purchases and referring friends. In fact, you can even get your first pair for just the cost of shipping!

I would encourage you to purchase frames you like as soon as possible. Stock seems to be limited. A day after I first created my wishlist, a pair was no longer available. You can’t necessarily return them if you don’t love the frames, but the store does have a frame replacement policy if they break within 40 days of receipt, which is nice. is one of several similar websites, but it’s worth checking out when you’re in the market for a new pair of specs.

#5hourGoesPink for October with Pink Lemonade

Date Tue, October 21 2014

Would you believe me if I told you I have never  tried 4 Hour ENERGY before this blog opp? In fact, I don’t even like energy drinks like Monster. I’m not a fan of the taste or the calories or the smell. But I figured I would give 5 Hour Energy a shot — no pun intended — especially because the brand has partnered with Living Beyond Breast Cancer to do some good this month.

You might have noticed the pink ribbon bottles of 5 Hour Energy in your local store. When you purchase the special packages, the company behind 5 Hour Energy will donate to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The company will be e donating at least $200,000 to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Last year, the brand donated over $325,000! Living Beyond Breast Cancer provides support to patients, family members and medical professionals who live and deal with breast cancer. It’s a good cause, I think. While the focus of breast cancer fund raising is often on finding a cure — and that’s certainly important! — humanitarian efforts shouldn’t be forgotten.

With this new branding comes the pink lemonade flavor, which I was able to try. I have to say that it’s okay. I don’t love it, but 5 Hour Energy shots are small, so you don’t spend a lot of time tasting it. The original gulp reminded me a bit of pink lemonade Koolaid. It became a little more syrup-y with the following swallow. You might not even notice if you have a mouth larger than mine. It’s hard for me to do shots of anything. LOL!

5 Hour Energy Pink Lemonade

5 Hour Energy Pink Lemonade

I tried this when I was dead tired. In fact, I was planning to sleep. I felt rejuvenated for a few hours before I went to sleep, and I actually had a difficult time staying asleep, which I bet this contributed to. In normal circumstances, most people wouldn’t try this before bed. I just wanted to see what would happen!

The ingredients list doesn’t contain a bunch of sugar, either. Some of the ingredients include:

  • B6
  • B12
  • B3  (Niacin)
  • Folic acid
  • Caffeine
  • Taurine

These ingredients are all safe; although, some people may experience a temporary reaction consisting of flushing and tingling because of the Niacin. Trying half a bottle at a time can reduce this.

One of the benefits of these energy shots is that they’re only 4 calories. Sodas can be hundreds of calories, so that’s great!

Find out more about the sweepstakes, product and flavor at the 5 Hour Energy website.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Giveaway

Date Mon, October 20 2014

BuyDig Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4!!!

This giveaway is sponsored by and hosted by Bay Area Mommy. Special thanks to our cohosts Jenns Blah Blah Blog, Jays Sweet N Sour Life, Finger Click Saver, What’s Up? Reviews and Giveaways, and Deliciously Savvy!

Meet the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Black 16GB 10.1″ Tablet – 1.2 GHz Quad Core, Android 4.4, Kit Kat — an affordable tablet designed to be everything to everyone. Endless entertainment options, new multi-user mode and a brand new design will make this tablet hard for anyone to put down.

  1. Brilliant 10.1″ widescreen HD display delivers clear text & bright colors
  2. Perfect for the family to enjoy games, movies, books, magazines & more
  3. Sleek, light design with expandable memory, Multi-User mode, and Multi Window capability


  • Android 4.4, Kit Kat
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core
  • Memory: 1.5GB RAM & 16GB on-board memory
  • microSD Card Slot (Up to 64GB)
  • Display Screen: 10.1″
  • Display Resolution: WXGA (1280×800)
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • Camera 3MP rear + 1.3 MP front
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Supports USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • WatchON, Multi Window, Multi-User Mode
  • Netflix Preloaded

Check out Bay Area Mommy’s review here! You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 as well as other gadgets on your loved ones’ wish list at! Browse through their Computer Department and you’ll see that they offer a wide range of tech products that can suit your need and budget!

Why should you shop at They have the prestigious Google Trusted Store Badge and are an A+ rated business with the Better Business Bureau. They have 100% secure checkout, flexible payment options, and a 45-day return policy! With everyday low prices and no tax for orders shipped outside of NJ, your wallet will thank you for shopping at! Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

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One lucky reader will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 from! Open to US residents only. Must be at least 18 years old to be eligible. Giveaway ends on November 4, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Film-Coating Equals #FastAdvil

Date Mon, October 20 2014

New Advil is faster than ever

I’ve always liked Advil because of the sweet coating. It makes it a whole lot easier to swallow, pun intended. A few years back, I had a bad experience with my body reacting to some Advil so I haven’t used it frequently since then, but i decided to give it another go when I was invited to participate in this campaign by Crowdtap.

As part of this campaign, I was sent several blister packs with 2 tablets each and four $3 off coupons. Head over here if you’re interested in your own coupon! The blister packs are actually pursing for carrying in your purse or wallet, by the way!

Advil’s new film-coated tablets are the same size as I’m used to, and they’re a 200MG dosage. They’re slightly lighter and more orange in color, however, so you can tell them apart from other Advil tablets.

Crowdtap and Advil deliver pain relief (and samples) fast!

Another change is the new Ion Core, which is designed to stop pain even faster than before. It’s because the type of ibuprofen is more soluble with water, so make sure to drink a big glass of it when you’re taking these pills.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the waiting period between pain and pain relief when taking medication. It’s not fun! To be honest, I don’t pay a lot of attention to how long it takes pain relief to kick in, but the sooner the better, right? I can say that the new Advil seemed to be very fast! The slightly sweet taste and film coating make them easy to swallow

The active ingredient in Advil is ibuprofen, which works well for swelling and fevers as well as pain relief. With a fresh piercing that I keep accidentally sleeping on, it’s useful to have this around!

There are a couple things to keep in mind, however.

  • Water is necessary to dissolve the coating. I typically take pills without water so I’ll have to remember this.
  • A few reviewers reported heartburn perhaps due to the sodium. I haven’t experienced this either time I’ve taken the tablets.

Of course, you want to remember not to take pills too quickly or too many in a given 24- hour period.

Check out film-coated Advil at Amazon for less than $2. You’ll also find it in your local big box stores and pharmacies!

You can also find out more about this new product with the #FastAdvil Twitter party on October 30th. Click here for more information.

You’ve Just Been BOO-ed by BuyCostumes

Date Sat, October 18 2014

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

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You’ve just been “BOO-ed” by BuyCostumes! The latest chain reaction game sweeping this Halloween season has just hit your screen with a super discount – 20% off EVERYTHING at BuyCostumes when you use coupon code: AFCBOO20!

Now for the fun part… you get to go “BOO” your friends! Take this BuyCostumes offer and share it on their Facebook pages, pin it alongside their favorite Halloween pics, insert it into their Instagram feed, spread this “boo-tiful” offer everywhere!

Don’t wait to share this offer – it expires 10/23. We wouldn’t want you and your friends to miss out on the spooktacular savings!

Barbar Flat Iron Giveaway

Date Sat, October 18 2014

Hosted by: Queen of Savings, Chronically Content, Mommy Makes Time, Grow It Girl, Dividing by Zero, Here we go again, ready?, Momsicals & Michigan Savings and More

Sponsor: barbar

The barbar 2600 Titanium-Ionic Flat Iron can be used on wet or dry hair to reduce styling time without damaging hair due to ionic ventilation holes that help seal in moisture. Equipped with 1-½” titanium plates and a maximum temperature setting of 450°F, this professional styling tool performs better and is kinder to your hair than ceramic or tourmaline flat irons, and can be used easily, effectively and quickly! You’ll find the 2600 Flat Iron straightens your hair beautifully, creating a sleek and shiny look!

A flat iron was never something I thought I needed as someone with straight hair, but now I find myself reaching for it whenever I want to tame my hair to create a really sleek look. Since getting my flat iron, I’ve also learned that you can create curls and waves with it, so it’s much more versatile than you might imagine.

This giveaway is a great opportunity for you to try a flat iron if you’re unsure how well it will work for you.

Prize: barbar 2600 Titanium-Ionic Flat Iron Winners Choice of Black or White RV $180

Dates: 10/18-11/1

Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Reviews by Cole was not compensated for this post. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment.

6 Tips for Glamorous Hair

Date Fri, October 17 2014

Is prom night approaching? Are you about to go clubbing with a group of girlfriends? Or maybe you’re just looking for new ways to style your hair for your own personal satisfaction. Whatever your reasons for thinking “glam,” here are just six ways to create an all-new you.

1. Trim the Ends

Split ends are more than just an eyesore; they’re indicative of the overall health of your hair. They’re also quite distracting when you’re trying to style yourself for a girl’s night out. Do yourself a favor and get your ends trimmed every 6-10 weeks.

2. Add A Little Shine

Some hair types are shinier than others. It has nothing to do with hygiene and everything to do with the color and thickness of the strands. If your updo isn’t glistening like the women in hair commercials, go ahead and cheat: Spray artificial shining products on it.

3. Try A Wig

You’d be surprised at how much a simple wig can completely change your attitude. For example, fiery red hair might give you a boost in fierceness while blonde curls dramatically increase your confidence. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different looks until you find one worth keeping for the night.

4. Consider Extensions

If you’re looking for something a little more convenient than a trip to the wig shop, consider extensions instead. They offer the same chance to play around with your hair without permanently altering it, perfect for a glamorous evening or one-time event. You can find women’s hair extensions here!

5. Beware Heat

Heat is one of the most damaging things that you can apply to your hair. Not only will it strip moisture from the roots and encourage the build-up of oil, but it’s also responsible for all that frizz! Always use a diffuser when blow drying your hair, and if possible, throw out that flat iron completely.

6. Keep It Hydrated

This is the single most important tip for beautiful hair. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been styled by Beyonce herself; if your hair is dry, damaged or thirsting for moisture, it won’t look good at all. Be heavy-handed with the conditioner to ensure gorgeous locks no matter where you go.

These are just six tips for glamorous hair. Whether you’re rocking a pixie cut or looking for something new to do with your waist-length ringlets, use these techniques to ensure style and shine every time.