My New Glasses {from GlassesShop}

Enter disclaimer text December is always the time of year when I “redeem” my vision benefits. I squeeze in an exam and then try to add new glasses to a tight budget and I usually end up not getting myself any. This year was different – I got two new pairs, one thanks to GlassesShop and the other with my vision benefits.

My New Glasses {from GlassesShop}

I’ll be honest and tell you that I hate wearing glasses. Somewhere out there is a third-grade photo of me that tells you why. But I have astigmatism and a lazy eye and am farsighted – all three things make contacts pretty much out of my reach of comfortable vision. So glasses it is. After three years, I’m excited that I have a new set of frames to make wearing my eyeglasses not so blah.

What do you think? I love how there’s a blue to the black and how it plays with my eyes. The size makes it so I’m not looking over the frames at people and I actually find myself looking through them and wearing them all day, not just to read or work on the computer. I think my eye doctor is going to be happy!

It was really easy to pick out some new glasses frames with GlassesShop’s online shopping experience. With my prescription (and PD) in hand, I headed to their site to see what my options were.

I knew I wanted women’s glasses, so I went there and filtered by rectangle. It took a few looks, but I stumbled on the Hyannis Rectangle and new the blue was what I wanted. (I was even able to confirm that I liked the pair I picked by uploading a photo of myself and “trying them on” virtually!)

The price fit the budget – less than $30 – and there are also promotions going on that sweeten the deal.  (If you’re intrigued, head over to their site ( and use code GSHOT50 to save 50% off all eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses with free lenses – excluding sales frames – now!)

After a few days, my glasses arrived and they were exactly what I wanted (and needed). With the price and ease, I might just be hooked!


Note – you will need your Rx and PD (pupillary distance) to get the right pair for you. If you aren’t sure what your PD is, call your optometrist OR check out this post with a cool in-home self-care option!

EyeQue’s Kid-Centric Vision Tracker: Insight!

Enter disclaimer text For this post, I’m partnering with EyeQue to bring you information on their newest product, a kid-centric vision tracker – Insight.

Before I tell you about the latest technology find that’s got me excited, how about a (related) Throwback Thursday teaser? It’s related, I promise! Me. As a kid. With glasses. Oh, mercy.

If you’re wondering why I shared that photo, it’s because thankfully my parents (or maybe a school nurse) detected my need for glasses when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade and we started to get it corrected. I wore glasses all the time and now only need them for reading and working at the computer.

Remembering those early visits to the eye doctor, it really wasn’t fun or convenient. While we knew my brother was always going to need glasses, we weren’t sure I always would. Visits were sometimes “do we really need to go”, probably causing a whining stretch to my parents’ wallets. If only we’d had this awesome new vision tracker, Insight back in the day!

EyeQue, makers of the Personal Vision Tracker, announced yesterday their Kickstarter to launch Insight, a “super fun, engaging experience for kids and parents to test their visual acuity” right at home with their mobile phones! As a mom of four kids, this is music to my ears and sunshine to my eyes!

Insight Attached to Phone
Insight, attached to a smartphone

Wait, so I don’t have to drag my six-year-old to the optometrist to see if maybe he needs glasses? Yup! That’s what this means! While Insight from EyeQue is not a replacement for optometrist visits, nor will it create a prescription, it is a way for parents to monitor changes in eyesight (without having to wait for a benefit calendar to roll over) at home. It is the answer to the vision tracking needs of a self-tracking era!

Taking Insight Vision Test
Kids Taking the Insight Vision Test

How Does Insight Work?

I got to see a demonstration of Insight the other day and it looks so fun and easy to use. The device looks like a set of binoculars that attaches to your mobile phone with an elastic band. Kids and adults can both use the tracker (as well as the gamified app), so it’s convenient for the whole family. (Note, the recommended ages are 6 and up based on the ability to follow instructions from Seymour, the fun, animated host of the app.)

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Mom testing her daughter’s Pupillary Distance (PD) using Insight

Once you set your PD (Pupillary Distance – the distance between your pupils) with a simple in-app test and adjustment to a dial on Insight, Seymour walks your child through a test one eye at a time followed by both eyes, simulating what you’d see on a vision chart from 20 feet away. The longer the test takes, the closer to 20/20 vision you likely have! 

At the end of the test, your child receives a virtual sticker as a reward for taking care of their eyesight. (Actual stickers will also be included with the set – I know my kids are super motivated by stickers!)

Insight Vision Test
Results of Completed Test

If you didn’t know, 20/40 vision means you can see an object at 20 feet away that someone with normal vision (aka 20/20 vision) can see from 40 feet away, hence less than perfect visual acuity. Eye tests at eye doctor’s offices are conducted at 10 or 20 feet distance to determine your visual acuity.

Why should you get the Insight?

Why is this so important and a technology you’ll want to have in your home? As parents, we should promote proactive self-care. Knowing if your child(ren) need glasses or vision correction in a 3-minute at home test with the vision tracker Insight sure can save you a lot of time and hassle. With Insight, you’ll be able to check the accuracy of glasses or contacts as well as track changes in vision over time. To me, this is a no-brainer!

To learn more about Insight or get in on the launch prices for the Kickstarter, please visit EyeQue’s Kickstarter page for EyeQue Insight at Retail price for the Insight will be $130 following the project. (There is a low $4.99 annual fee associated with this app.)

Do you worry about your child’s vision? How will Insight help make your life easier? Please comment and share this post if you are as excited about Insight as I am!


Go Float. It’s seriously what I want to tell all the world. Especially as I start another crazy/busy work week and am anxious about all the things that are on my to-do list. Mama really needs to float. (Enter disclaimer text)

What’s floating, you ask? I wondered that myself after I got a ‘lil nebby on Twitter. The Taco Truck (LA Tacos) happened to tweet about Levity, a float studio, to one of their followers…thus started my rabbit hole of learning about floating and escalating to getting a float session on my calendar / chatting about all things float with Dave, owner of Levity.

I went to my session with no expectations, and came out with all the feels. I’m going to tell you about it, but my float experience might not be the same as yours, so honestly, the best thing to tell you is to just go float.


Levity is in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh in a “hole in the wall you’d miss it if you had no idea it was there” business spot. I asked Dave why there’s not a lot of signage and that’s because this floating thing is our getaway from the world, something that doesn’t necessarily need neon lights and arrows to point you in. That’s not exactly what Dave said, but he did mention that the lack of advertising on the “store front” helps keep high profile clients (like Pittsburgh athletes and artists) from getting stormed by paparazzi when they come and go. I love it, but am willing to point you to their website so you can find out just where to go to float (

When you enter, you can immediately feel the love that went into the design of the entryway done by John Malecki, a designer and Steeler. Malecki used reclaimed wood that you literally can feel love coming from. Even that big door shoots off elements of a loving home. Everything deserves a second chance, Dave told me, and I couldn’t agree more.


When you’re ready to float, you’re taken to another world that lets you escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Glance to your right and you’ll see gorgeous artwork by a local teenager. Glance to your left and you’ll see the filtration system that keeps things clean – and on the floor, pennies from Dave’s friends and family to represent the labor of love that Levity is for him and his wife.

20150708_163657Once you are in your private room, you shower while music plays to get your float started. I thought I’d be scared to climb into the pod and shut the lid behind me, but all claustrophobia vanished when Dave talked to me about the benefits of floating. You are in the pod for 60 minutes of zero gravity healing of the body and mind and then music plays again, signaling it’s time to get out, shower*, and feel what I felt when I was done. 20150708_164830

20150708_163929And what’s that I felt? Well, I couldn’t even really talk to Dave afterwards. I just sipped on water and kept nodding my head. He knew what I meant. Walt from LA Tacos also knew what I meant. And I’m hoping more of you will soon know what I mean. Clear skepticism when you walk in. They float, come out the door…and they get it. Troubles float away,” Dave tells me.

mermaid hair
I just floated for an hour and now am all about the mermaid hair. ♡ Thanks for centering me today, @levity412!

Go online and schedule yourself a float. Levity doesn’t take payments at your session (when money enters a relationship, it opens the door to trouble, Dave says), so all you need to do is bring yourself and a welcome spirit to feel the benefits of a float. Handle everything else before you come in and everything else after will be handled so much more smoothly.


* Pro tip – Levity has some amazing shampoo / body wash to use in your shower, but I should’ve brought a thick-toothed comb and leave-in conditioner. My mermaid hair don’t care attitude worked for me, but if you are going to Levity before a date or PTO meeting, I highly suggest you do what I didn’t.