April 18, 2015

Inexpensive Glasses: Firmoo

Apparently when I was in second grade I wanted glasses, and I wanted them badly. According to my mom, I reported that I was getting headaches, couldn't see the chalkboard, and had blurry vision.  My mom took me to the eye doctor only to find out that my vision was 20/20.  My mom got to the bottom of it and discovered that I read a book where the main character had all those symptoms and got glasses, which is why I made up my whole story. Fast forward a few years later, and sure enough, I ended up needing glasses.  At that point I wasn't too keen on them, and I eventually got contacts.  However, I still wear glasses in the evening or when my eyes need a break from my contacts. 

My vision just keeps getting worse, and I recently decided to update my glasses because the prescription was too old and my eyes were having a hard time.  After having an eye exam, I looked at glasses at a few different stores, but couldn't get over the price tag shock, especially after having to buy new contacts.  I was thrilled that Firmoo reached out to me to review a pair of glasses.

I was a little skeptical and unsure of what to expect, as I have never ordered glasses off the internet before, but I was really impressed!  My main reason for not wanting to order them online is because you can't try them on to see how you look wearing them.  Firmoo solved that problem with a "Try on View" where you can upload your picture and see how you would look in several pairs of glasses.  There is a huge range of colors and frames, so it took my indecisive self way too long to decide! When I finally decided (after asking poor Thomas 934 times if he thought I was making the right choice), it was easy to enter my prescription information, and they shipped surprisingly quickly. When my package arrived, I was very pleased with the frames, the prescription was perfect, and after seeing the prices on their website, I will certainly be ordering glasses from them in the future!

I have only had them for about a month, so I can't comment on how durable they are. However, they have stood the test of toddler hands, which is just what I need. Oliver finds it hilarious when I wear glasses, and he always tries to pull them off! If they can hold up through that, I think they will last for quite a while!  

I feel like my second grade self forever jinxed my vision since I wished for glasses, but at least I now have a place to find affordable, fashionable glasses.  Overall, I would recommend Firmoo, and as I said, I will certainly be heading to their site in the future when I need a new pair. 

* I received a free pair of glasses in exchange for writing a review. However, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

February 24, 2015

Snow Day!!!

We had an unexpected, legitimate snow day today, and I loved every single bit of it! We've been hoping for a little bit of snow since our ice days last week, but the weather man predicted that it wouldn't stick. How wrong he was! We woke up this morning to find it would be indeed be a snow day! It started snowing in the morning, and it just kept coming down all day long! 

We were so glad Oliver got to experience snow this year! I remember we took him out when he was a newborn for just a few minutes when we got snow last year, and he screamed his head off.  He was a blast this year, and I know he will be even more so next year!

Of course his favorite thing to do was to eat the snow. No surprises there since he's a bottomless pit who eats anything and everything and then some. 

Thomas and I went out and built a mini snowman while he took his afternoon nap, and he thought it was the best thing ever!!! 
He stole the snowman's nose to eat and Thomas and I were pretty much crying from laughing so hard! 

Do you see it tucked in his hand here? Not a chance we were getting that carrot back from him.
When we got back inside, he disappeared to the back door countless times to point at, wave to, and blow kisses to the "mon mon."  

He's the absolute cutest, and I couldn't be more thankful for all of our extra family time over these past two weeks. The rest of our day was filled with lots of relaxation, playing, reading (and reading and reading and reading), and a little bit of playing in daddy's clothes! 

 He has so much spunk and I can't get enough of it! 

I have tomorrow off as well, and we're pretty sure Thomas will too!  I am so looking forward to another snow day and I especially can't wait to take Oliver back out to see his new friend the "mon mon" again in the morning! :) 

February 18, 2015

Finding Peace in Suffering

In the midst of loss and suffering, I have found God drawing me closer to him more than ever before.  It still doesn't make sense to me, and I know it probably never will in this lifetime, but I am starting to feel a real sense of peace.  Thomas and I have been getting up early to read the Bible and pray the rosary every morning before work, and it has made such a difference in our walk with God, our relationship with one another, and the way I have been coping. 
I have found so much comfort by reading God's word. I find myself feeling more and more at peace by reading his promises, as I know that he is faithful and trustworthy (Psalm 145:13). These are some of the verses that have brought me both peace and hope over the past couple months:

"Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out to our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."
- Romans 5: 3-5

"Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
- James 1: 2-3

Both of those verses have reminded me that God is using my loss to mold me and shape me. He's working on my heart to help me become a stronger, more faithful Christian.  He is bringing good out of suffering, and I know this trial will bear fruit that I haven't even seen yet.

"I will give you treasures out of the darkness, and riches that have been hidden away, That you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name."
- Isaiah 45: 3

In the midst of darkness and suffering, there are treasures to be found.  One of the books I am currently reading is called Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough.  The author, Kay Warren, says "God uses intense suffering to reveal to us great wealth that is hidden in the secret places of sorrow." The treasures that I have seen come out of my suffering are a closer relationship with God and with my husband, as well as a renewed spirit, strength, and hope to make it through my days. 

"But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope: The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent. They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul, therefore will I hope in him."
- Lamentations 3:21-24

God is faithful and his mercies are renewed every single morning. Every day I wake up, I can see signs of his mercy, love, and grace if I take the time to look. If I take the time to spend with God. If I take the time to give him thanks for all of the blessings I do have. 

"Know that the Lord works wonders for the faithful; the Lord hears when I call out."
- Psalm 4:4

"We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."
- Romans 8:28 

I believe this is true, as I see his grace and his works present through it all. I do believe with all my heart that God is good and God is faithful. 

"For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal."
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

We all have hard times, and we all experience suffering. I know what I've been through is nowhere near the pain some of you may be experiencing right now.  Whatever you may be going through, I pray that God will bring you peace and comfort through these verses. I pray that he will help you to focus on what is unseen, and that he will wrap you in his arms and draw you closer to him. 

February 17, 2015

Ice Day

Today has been so good and so needed.  I have been exhausted recently, and we have had a lot going on, so it was a wonderful treat to find out we both had the day off of work.  A much needed snow day, or rather...an "ice day." I'm so thankful we had the chance to slow down, relax, and spend some quality time together as a family. 

We had a slow, cozy start to the morning consisting of sleeping in until 7:30 (glorious), eating apple cinnamon waffles, drinking orange spice tea, and reading God's word. We've been working our way through a one year Bible plan, and it's been doing wonders for our hearts. 
It was a bear slippers, sweatpants, and warm socks kind of day with nothing on the agenda, which was more than okay with me. 

The most we did today was play games, drink homemade hot chocolate, and walk around the neighborhood to check out the winter wonderland...if you can call it that! 

Everything, and I mean everything, was covered in ice - a rare sight around here! We probably should have brought our outdoor pillows inside overnight... 
Even though there wasn't any snow, it was beautiful seeing everything covered in ice! 

God is good and he knows just what I need and when I need it. We both have off from work tomorrow too, and I couldn't be more thankful for another day with my two favorite men.