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Firmoo: a review.

Firmoo is a Global Online Optical Store that offers fashion glasses at a great price. These glasses can be ordered in lots of options. You can order them for prescription, non prescription, just frames or as sunglasses, too! I love that their goal is to provide vision & fashion the frugal way. Who wouldn’t love that?

The glasses I picked out for this review I can’t seem to find on their site anymore. The style is there, but just not the color. The color of the ones I picked out are a bluish-black with gray wood-grain sides. I LOVE them! I am regretting now that I didn’t get these with my newest prescription in them. I did however find this pair that I really like when I was searching, same style, just a different color. I’m totally going to order them.

The thing that makes Firmoo so great (besides the frugal prices-including free shipping on orders over $39 right now! Be sure to find the code on their site) is the fact that they have a virtual look viewer. You can either use a picture they already have (one that might mirror your face shape/features) or you can upload your own. It is fun too “see” what a pair of glasses looks like on you before you even have them in hand.

Be sure to also check out a special they offer, the Renewed First Pair Free, that offers a free pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses or safety glasses to new customers who choose from a selection of frames and as long as you pay for the lenses and shipping.

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Have you used Firmoo before?! I’d love to know what style glasses you chose! Leave a comment…it might help me pick another pair to choose when I order my new prescription glasses soon!

Essential Oil Review: My Life’s Essentials

A few months ago I was contacted by Julie at My Life’s Essentials in regards to checking out some essential oils and doing a review on them. I’ve been wanting to try essential oils for sometime now, so this review was meant to be.

After eagerly jumping on this, I gave Julie a rundown of the things I wanted to try the essential oils for:

  • something to help me (and Lilah) sleep better. I’m a horrible sleeper. I have a hard time falling asleep and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I have an even harder time falling back to sleep. I can function on very little sleep but I know it’s not healthy. Lilah sometimes has a hard time falling asleep and does wake up in the middle of the night often. She’s also our early riser of the family.
  • something for allergies. I have horrible allergies and get headaches that stem from my allergies all the time.
  • something to help calm Lilah. You all know that Lilah is our spitfire. I’ve read that there are essential oils to help calm and soothe, so of course I wanted to try. With that girl, I’d try just about anything.

The oils she sent me for all of these requests were:

  • Peppermint. For allergies.
  • Lavender. For sleep and allergies.
  • Lemon. For allergies.
  • Breathe. A blend of oils for allergies.
  • Serenity. For calming.

Julie also sent me a tip sheet on what to use each oil for (or what to blend together) and how to apply/use the oils. I loved this tip sheet because I wasn’t sure where to start.

Essential Oils

The first night I tried them, I used peppermint, lavender and lemon to help my allergies. I dropped a few drops of each in the palm of my hands, rubbed them together and then breathed in deep from cupped hands around my nose and mouth. I did this for a few minutes. I did this same routine each morning. What I love about this is that I can feel my sinuses opening up with each breath. There was a few times I also took the peppermint and dropped a few drops on my tongue and pressed it to the roof of my mouth. Hello! That will really wake you up but it works so good when you are really congested.

I tried the same thing with the breathe blend from time to time. It seemed to work about the same.

For Lilah, each night before bed I would rub the lavender on the bottoms of her feet and then rub the lavender and serenity behind her ears and on her chest. She would ask me every night for this routine. When we started this, her waking up in the middle of the night stopped. She still seems to rise a little earlier than we’d like and as far as the calming goes, I’m not so sure that works like I hoped it would. One thing is though, I probably need to carry the serenity around with me 24/7 and just douse her with it to make it work. Ha!

This is where I was sold on essential oils though.

The second week of summer, the kids had vacation bible school. I dropped them off on the first day and everyone was fine. I picked them up a few hours later and Tucker had a bit of a cough. By the time we got home the cough was worse and was starting to sound croupy. I’m not one to run to the doctor at the first sign of ailment (hence why I wanted to try essential oils in the first place) and knew this was where I wanted to test the oils and see what they could do for me.

I decided to try what I was using for my allergies on him. I put peppermint, lavender and lemon on his chest, neck and back. I also pulled out our cool mist humidifier and dropped a few drops of each in the water before turning it on at night. I had read that you can diffuse essential oils into the air, and I figured this would work similar to that. In less than three days I would say his cough cleared up almost 100%. Certainly faster than if I were to try just over the counter cough medicine and definitely a lot easier than if I had scheduled an appointment, gotten some sort of antibiotic or steroid, gone and filled the prescription and then had to remember to give it to him every day. And most times, doctors want you to give the medicine for 5-7 days. Essential oils? For us, worked in three. Bam.

A few other things I used the oils for:

  • Bloating and upset stomach. A few nights I felt super bloated after eating a big meal. I dropped a few drops of peppermint and lemon in my water and guzzled down the glass.
  • Anxiety. I’m a worrier by nature. There are times when I can just feel myself getting stressed or overwhelmed. I would put the serenity on my wrists and behind my ears and lay down for a few minutes. I could tell a difference in my mood when doing this. So maybe if it didn’t calm Lilah, it at least calmed me.

My overall feeling on essential oils? Yes, yes and yes. I can’t wait to stock our medicine cabinet with these new goodies and toss out some of the stuff that I know doesn’t work as well (or as naturally) as these do. If you haven’t tried essential oils yet or have been on the fence about them, do it! I’m so thank to Julie (go check out her awesome blog for more information!) for allowing me to do this review and finally starting me on my path to using essential oils for myself and my family!

While I was given a free sample set of essential oils to facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

wiww: French Toast School Uniform Review

This is a little different spin on my usual What I Wore Wednesday post, the kids are taking over and what they are wearing for back to school this year is what we’re serving up. School’s out for summer, but we all know how fast the summer can come to an end. I’ve got school supplies & uniform shopping on the brain because with three kids there is so much to have to do when it comes to the back-to-school to-do list.

French Toast is going to be my go-to this year when it comes to shopping for school uniforms for the kids. I shopped online last year for them, but hadn’t stumbled upon this uniform site. They have a lot to offer including girls’ school uniforms, boys’ school uniforms and even clearance items.

Besides the clearance items, they offer discount codes and special savings on things like shipping from time to time.

Want to know a little more about French Toast? I can’t say it better than they do:

French Toast Official School Wear™ is America’s leading brand of school uniform. Since 1958, our company has provided families with quality children’s wear and boys and girls school uniforms at great prices. Our selection of uniform styles and sizes is second to none, from toddler size uniforms through young adult, French Toast carries over 6,000 individual colors, styles and sizes in stock, all year round!

Tucker and Lilah loved being my models (even though they did ask, “is it time to go back to school already?!” Ha!) to try on the items I picked out. Tucker looks pretty strapping in this crisp white button down and he’s got such a tiny waist that I love the adjustable waist option in these shorts.

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& one can’t forget about my always willing model. I absolutely love this Short Sleeve Peter Pan Blouse with Lace Trim Collar, it is just too sweet. The pleated skirt is pretty darn cute, too. One thing I love about the kids wearing uniforms for school is that I don’t have to think when it comes to dressing them each morning. French Toast makes it even that much easier for uniform shopping for back to school because everything I need is in one quick stop.

French Toast school uniforms

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While I was sent uniform pieces for my kids to try on & keep for next school year as compensation, all opinions are 100% my own.

Seattle’s Best Coffee at Publix: a review.

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RaceTrac’s Sodapalooza FreeFill is here!

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Scotties Care Package + Gift Card Winner!!!

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My new normal.

On Monday I got my first glimpse of what my new normal would be. I was at school, inputting grades into the computer to get my report cards ready for printing when an email arrived in my inbox about an issue that needed to be taken care of for a blog promotion I was hosting.Continue Reading

Scotties ‘Like No Other Mom’ contest, review, and giveaway.

Who doesn’t think their mom is “like no other mom”?! I know I certainly think mine is like no other and Scotties Facial Tissues does, too. This leading tissue manufacturer has created a Facebook contest so you can share why your mom is like no other mom and have a chance at winning $10,000! TheContinue Reading

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