Don’t Just Eye It: All About Reading Glasses

managedmoms_1checkAs I stood in the sunlight last year squinting while I looked down at the instructions on the vitamin bottle, my daughter asked me what in the world was I doing and did I need help reading something.  Yes indeed I did but I wasn’t ready to mess with learning about and shopping for reading glasses.  A few days later while out to dinner with pals, I was annoyed by the nice candlelit atmosphere and quickly turned the flashlight on my cell phone to read the menu.  OK time to get the readers I had to admit!

Being in my late 40s, this is pretty typical for a lot of us, so when our host on the morning show I work on asked me to do a little research on readers, I agreed that this is a good idea. And because I hadn’t done the research before I bought my first pair (I chose only on the snazzy factor!) I was wearing the wrong strength which wasn’t good for my eyes.  So be sure to read on to learn how to quickly and easily take a visual test to determine which strength is needed and where to find cute styles for less.readers-stuff

Check out a great website called because the site has a handy simple one sheet guide that quickly and easily helps you determine which strength is needed for your reading glasses purchase.

Go to my link below to see this chart on the website. Then you can take the quick quiz to find your reading glasses strength.

Go to this link to see this chart on the website. Then you can take the quick quiz to find your reading glasses strength.

With the strength number ranging from +1.00 to +3.25, with lots of numbers in between, it is useful to know the exact strength needed before buying the glasses.  After I took the 2 second quiz, I now know that I need a +1.50 strength.

Once the strength is determined, it is time for the fun part…shopping for a stylish pair.  Readers come in very basic styles or fun and trendy looks, too.  I even found this stylish pair called The Topez Sun Reader on that double as sun glasses with 99% UVA/UVB sun protection so no one will even know that my shades are readers.  readers-shadesI paid $21.95 for mine and shipped them to me.  The only disadvantage of buying readers online is that I couldn’t try them on first, but I was happy with my purchase.  They have a wide selection of reading glasses for everyone with a good variety of the readers sunglasses, too. even has a celebrity page that shows stars wearing stylish readers.  Similar styles can be purchased on the site.

When it comes to economical shopping for reading glasses, consider buying in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco.  Since I can get four pairs for $15.88 at Sam’s Club, that is a good value. sams-readersAnd with my oldest kid in college now, we are on a pretty tight budget these days.  The styles aren’t as trendy as what is offered at but you will pay more for the stylish ones.

I also found some fabulous readers at Urbayn gift stores. This pair below cost me $20 and Urbayn had fancier glasses for $35 and some even that cost as much as $70.  I am happy with my $20 pair below. urbayn-readersUrbayn has two hip locations in Scottsdale and in Chandler.  Other sites like have some good looking ones with mid range prices.

So figure out your reading glasses strength and have fun shopping.  Do get them if you need them so you stop straining your eyes, which also enhances wrinkles, too.  You and your eyes will be glad that you finally gave in to your need for readers!



Terrific Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas & Grad Gifts, Too

Not only is this week teacher appreciation week, but the school year is coming to a quick close, so here are some sweet ideas for gifts for that special teacher that you and your child want to appreciate.  There are also a couple of grad gift ideas as well.  And to get the awesome mug for a teacher that says, “I Teach What’s Your Superpower” click this link to order.  I love that!

Fab Fashion Pieces For Your Next Big Event

Happy New Year!  Another year begins!  Cheers to new beginnings with this new year ahead of all of us. Toast to 2015I usually write a heartfelt piece about ushering in another year with resolutions, but my unscheduled time post a few days ago had that sentiment, so today I have decided to talk fashion.  Last New Years Eve I wore pieces that I had owned for years and it all worked great, but this year I decided to treat myself to a new outfit from head to toe and since I found some great stuff, here are the pieces and where each piece and accessory came from for my New Years Eve night out.  Since I receive viewer/reader email asking me for fashion advice and where to find an ensemble from head to toe, I was inspired to share my fashion finds today.  So if you have an event coming up that requires a dress up day or night, take a look at what I put together and where it came from because some of the places may surprise you, especially the orthotic high heel that looks pretty good actually.  So from head to toe, here we go….

If you need a terrific updo (or haircut, style or color) visit my longtime stylist, Angelic who is very talented at what she does.  Yesterday I arrived wanting sort of an Audrey Hepburn inspired type of bun and Angie delivered. I also asked for a side swoop with volume and an updo that could be seen from the front as well as the back.  I love how she did it and it was nice to have my hair up and out of my face with our cold and rainy weather last night.  updoWant to book with Angelic?  Simply call 602-321-7005 and tell her that I sent you.  I have gone to her for the last 17 years and my entire family loves her haircuts, styles and her wonderful work ethic and personality that always makes sure that we leave looking good.  Thanks Angelic!

Next the dress.  I hardly ever shop at Nordstrom because of the prices, but I had a couple of gift cards and I couldn’t resist the lovely dress that I found by the Eliza J designer.  The embellished waist and crinkled taffeta is quite flattering and did a nice job concealing the holiday cheer (let’s call it that) that I added to my figure this season.  New years dressGlad that the high calorie holidays are now over….and I enjoyed every minute and every bite, I must say!  The $198 price tag is more than I usually pay, so the gift cards sure were nice to have!  I plan on wearing this dress to future weddings and special events and I think I will get good use out of it.

For the jewelry, I knew that I wanted simple since the dress sported the pretty sequined waistband so I found some pretty pieces at the Chandler gift store called Urbayn.  jewelryI had initially went there to purchase a gift frame and was pleased to find a pretty necklace and earrings to complement the outfit.  I already had the bracelet that I had purchased from White House Black Market (another favorite store of mine) last year.  The picture below shows off my bracelet as well as my gal pal, Julie’s stunning red dress that she found for a good price at JC Penney this year.  New Years 2014And speaking of JC Penney, I continue to receive numerous compliments whenever I wear my favorite pink coat that I got at Penneys on sale several years ago.

The coat next to my lovely friend, Christina, a producer for the morning show that I work on.  It was great fun running into to her last night!

The coat next to my lovely friend, Christina, a producer for the morning show that I work on. It was great fun running into her last night at the fabulous Hotel Valley Ho!

I highly recommend signing up for JC Penney’s text alerts because they send me texts with discount codes almost weekly.

And last but not least, let’s talk shoes.  Several years ago I had to be treated for plantar fasciitis and a painful heel spur which resulted in me giving up my beloved mountain hikes and my even more beloved stylish high heels.  I was so happy to find a local podiatrist who was able to heal my heels without cotizone shots and with some cool and natural alternatives that you can read about here.  But I had to abandon my lovely heels. So if you are like me and can no longer wear those sexy strapy shoes that give you height and style, take heart because I have found a store that sells pretty heels that are actually orthotics, if you can believe that! The Ziera line annually puts out new looks and the shoes look nice and feel good, too.  My feet are not in pain the day after I wear this line of heels.  I liked the comfort of my shoes last night, the peep toe style and how the color complimented my grey taffeta dress.  I buy my Ziera heels at our local Foot Solutions store. The bad news is that they are quite pricey, averaging about $200 a pair, so I recommend getting on Foot Solution’s mailing list because they send out coupons several times a year. These shoes are pretty much the only high heels I can wear anymore, so the price is worth it to me and to my sensitive feet. my shoeWhat favorite fashion pieces do you have?  Share in the comments section because we managed moms and busy gals like to look good and find outfits that we can wear numerous times that flatter, fit well and most importantly feel good.  I’m wishing you a fashionable and fabulous year ahead!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Different Personalities on Your List

Manic:  The calendar because now that we are in October, it is time to start thinking about your holiday shopping list.  That time of year got here fast.

Managed:  Did some shopping for you and found some great stuff like a beer tender for the guy that has everything, a purse that doubles as a wine clutch, a new stylish fashion line that is sold at Kohl’s and more.  So if you need gift ideas for the teen boy, little girl, friend that has it all and all of the other folks that are on your list, watch this segment to see some helpful ideas.