Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vacations and showers and weddings, Oh My!

Sorry for the silence lately.  August has been swallowed by a black hole.  Or something.

At the very beginning of the month, I went to BlogHer and met so many cool people (who I miss already).  Plus, I got to try out some really awesome products.  All of which I will blog about.  Soon.  Ish.

Then my hubby and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary.  I said to him, "It's hard to believe that after five years, we're still so..."

"Married," he said, finishing my sentence for me.  That, or, you know, blissfully happy.

Then I threw a bridal shower for my little sister.  (And you should know by now how much I love throwing parties, parties, and more parties).  Her shower was pink. And girly.  And awesome.  And included 18 cakes.  I have so many great pictures and fun projects to share.

And now, with a week left in August, I still have one more wedding (one of my high school bffs!) plus so much other must-cram-it-in-before-fall stuff to do.  So...I will blog again.  In September.

Also,  you should start doing typing exercises and warming up the creative parts of your brain because auditions for Blogger Idol should be announced sometime soon.  Who will take my place as reigning queen (or king)?

Until then, I wanted to share some posts from Fashion Toast about my neck of the woods (really, any time someone talks about places in Nevada other than Reno or Vegas, I consider it my neck of the woods)... She has some awesome pictures (and these).  Giant tires and beautiful desert; that's why I love you, Nevada.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Free sunglasses for everyone! A Firmoo review

First off, my new sunglasses rock!!

Now let me back up a minute and give you the rest of the story.  A few weeks back, I got an email from a company called Firmoo asking me if I wanted to try (and review) one of their products - prescription glasses or sunglasses.  I was about to delete the email, assuming it was some kind of scam (seriously, nobody asks me to review their products), but then I decided to look into it.

So, I hit up my trusty friend, Google.  "Is legit?" I asked.  And what I found were mostly lots of blog reviews about the company (like this one and this one and this one and this one...).  I dug a little deeper, and found this really interesting article from Slate.  The article claims that most glasses sold in America are manufactured in China, but online companies with low overhead have started offering eye wear directly to consumers at a fraction of the price you'd pay in an optometrist's office (Firmoo has frames staring at just 8 bucks).  Apparently this whole cheap eyeglasses from China thing isn't new at all (the article was written in 2008). 

So, I took the plunge and emailed the company representative back. He was very responsive and told me to just go ahead and pick out a pair. Though they had offered me prescription sunglasses (or glasses), I opted to just get regular, non-prescription sunglasses since I mostly wear contacts.

I let the company know which frames I wanted, and about two days later, the customer service department emailed me to let me know that the frames I'd picked were out of stock in the color I wanted.  Bummer, but I told them to just send me the other color they had.

After about a week, I found a little "attempted delivery" slip on my door and went straight to the post office to pick them up.

This is the package.  Pretty exciting stuff.
The protective case the glasses came in.
They threw in a handy little pink cleaning cloth.  Nice touch.
Look how shiny!
Why is my toddler such a better model than I am?
Oh wait! Don't throw that envelope away.  It's not empty yet.
What's in there?  Oh, it's a soft case to store the glasses in.
And a neat little screw driver with extra screws.  Please ignore those people and their jet ski photo-bombing my sunglasses review.
Overall, I'm really happy with the glasses.  They look good and they feel good (they don't pinch or leave red marks on my nose like a lot of the cheap-o drug store sunglasses I usually buy).  And Firmoo was great to work with.  In the end, I was actually glad to get the green color instead of the black I'd originally wanted.  They're more fun.

I tend to be really rough on glasses.  We're talking dropping them, sitting on them, letting a two-year-old play with them so I can get through the grocery store without a meltdown... So far, I'm happy to report that my Firmoo glasses are still scratch-free.  I have to admit that the next time I'm due for an eye appointment, I will be keeping Firmoo in the back of my mind if I need a new pair of glasses.

And, Firmoo wants to share the love.  They offer a program that provides free glasses to new customers.  Make sure you check out the fine print to see how the program works (and you do have to pay for shipping).  Or if you're a blogger who is interested in reviewing a pair of glasses, they seem really interested in doing that, so get in touch!

Here's what Firmoo has to say about their free glasses program:  Firmoo is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store.  Vision and Fashion the Frugal Way is the ultimate goal of Firmoo, so it has always committed itself to providing customers with high-quality and fashionable eyewear at the most affordable prices.  Firmoo launched a program offering free eyewear to first-time buyers in order to get more people to try Firmoo’s quality products & excellent service. Plus, it’s easy to get your free eyewear, and the delivery is pretty fast! Want to have a try? Just go to

glasses.html to get your FREE pair!  

And the fine print: In case you couldn't tell, I was given a free pair of sunglasses by Firmoo to review on my blog.  All opinions expressed are my own.   As always, do your own homework before you buy anything from anyone.  I figured I had nothing to lose since I was getting my own pair for free.  And, you're entitled to your own opinion about buying things that are made in the USA or made in other countries.  I'm not going to tell you what to do.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Kids say the darndest things: the embarrassment has just begun

Having a toddler that can talk is by far the most entertaining stage of parenting yet. Everybody knows that kids say cute things, but when it’s your own offspring talking, all those funny things come out somehow even funnier.

A few weeks back, Little Spaghetti said to me one morning, “Mama, I love you!”

“How much do you love me?” I asked him.

He replied without hesitation, “Forty cents!”

You know, though, forty cents worth of love feels pretty darn good.

 This kid loves him some goggles.  How can that not make you smile?
 Then a couple weekends ago we went swimming in our in-laws’ pool. Little Spaghetti decided he was done swimming and would rather run around the pool. There were lots of adults still in the water, so I decided to let him have his fun, though I knew he’d almost certainly fall in the pool.

I went inside to grab something, and thirty seconds later, Little Spaghetti came marching into the house sobbing and drenched from head to toe. “Mama, I fell in the pool AND DIED!” he cried.

Later that week he was telling my mom about the incident. She said to him, “But you didn’t die. You’re right here. You’re alive.”

He looked at her sternly and said, “Gwamma, I am not alive. I’m a boy.”

Hard to argue with logic like that. Seriously, with this kid around, I laugh so much every day of my life.

Sometimes it's more fun to wear goggles not in the swimming pool.  Less risk of dying.
But then there’s this other component to speaking. The one where your children start to say things out in public that you have no control over.

We are trying to find new friends since our move, so we went to a play group recently. The group was for children 1-2, so Little Spaghetti was a little bit older than most of the kids. And he definitely talked more than most. The tots were all playing pretty quietly when all of the sudden my kid started crashing some plastic cars into each other and shouting, “They’re dying. They’re dying. They’re DYING!!”

All of the other ladies in the room just looked at me with a combination of shock and disgust that silently said, “What on earth is this woman teaching her child!?” All I could think was, “Just wait until your kids start talking!”

As much as I enjoy this new talking phase, I have a feeling the embarrassment in my life has just barely begun.

What about you? What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever heard a kid say? Any advice on the best way to react?