Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hey, It's Ok!

Airing My Dirty Laundry
That I miss blogging. Not just coming here and writing, but reading and connecting with other blogs. I need more hours in a day.
 
To be excited that salted caramel mochas are back at Starbucks. I know everyone loves pumpkin spice, but I'm all about salted caramel.
 
That I have no idea what's going on in the world. I'm more consumed with work than every before. I have no free time. I rely on blogs, Twitter, Facebook and reading newspapers online to know what's going on...I've had no time to do any of that.
 
To be excited for Brock Homecoming this weekend!!! I signed up for a handful of things but I think I'm only going to be able to do one or two things, which kinda sucks. But at least I'll be able to go back to campus for a bit and connect with other alumni.
 
That I have been watching Suits on Netflix for the past week or so. I had heard a lot about this show, but had never watched it. After randomly deciding to watch it, I am now hooked.
 


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Firmoo Computer Glasses

I am incredibly lucky to have decent eyesight. In fact, when I went for my driver's test, the lady kept making the letters smaller and smaller after I passed the eye exam just to see how good my eyesight really was- she was impressed. I think my good eyesight is because I ate so many carrots as a kid.

About a month ago, I was contact by Firmoo- an online eyeglasses store- asking if I would do a review for them. I had heard of them before, and knowing that I don't wear eyeglasses, I wasn't sure that there would be an opportunity to work with them. Before replying to their email, I poked around their website to see what they offered. 

I was surprised to see that besides prescription eyeglasses, they also offered sunglasses, fashion (non-prescription) glasses, reading glasses and computer glasses. While I was tempted to try a pair of Fashion Glasses (I've owned a pair for years), I decided to try Computer Glasses.

Before checking out Firmoo, I had never even heard of Computer Glasses! What are computer glasses? They are glasses that alleviate symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) by enhancing vision, reduce glares and protect against radiation from computer screens. As someone who spends all day in front of a computer for work, and all night in front of a computer as a hobby (hi blog, hi social media), I thought that computer glasses would be a good choice.
 
And choice I had! Colour, size, shape and frame...so many options!! I ended up going with these:

Full Frame Red Glasses
Red is my favourite colour, which was ultimately the deciding factor.

The verdict? I like them! I have no way of really knowing if they are doing anything to protect my eyes, without seeing an eye doctor for before/after exams. But I have noticed that my eyes don't feel strained or tired after looking at a computer screen all day. Since the lenses are not prescription, I was able to wear the glasses all day, right away...nothing for my eyes to adjust too. 
 
Don't even get me started on the compliments!! I've had so many people tell me that they love the glasses; the colour is great and they are very fashionable (other people's words...which I don't disagree with).

The glasses also came with a case (pictured...it's a map, how cute is that?!?!?), a bag, screwdriver and cloth. Firmoo also has an option to upload a photo of yourself so you can see how different frames will look on you.

I love these glasses so much, I wear them all the time- even if I'm not in a front of a computer. 
 
 
***DISCLAIMER: I recieved these glasses complimentary from Firmoo for review purposes. All content and opinion are my own. For my full Disclaimer Policy, please see my About page.***

Thursday, 4 September 2014

#IceBucketChallenge

I have not and will not participate in the ice bucket challenge, but as someone who works in fundraising, I wish I had thought of it. Every other fundraiser out there wishes they did too. By now, everyone is familiar with the ice bucket challenge; someone gets challenged to dump a bucket of ice water on themselves and make a donation to ALS, and then nominate 3 other people to do the same.

According to the ALS website from July 29-August 29,just over $100 million has been raised from the challenge. In that time frame last year, $2.8 was raised- so a significant increase. Also a significant increase? They had 2.2 million new donors because of the challenge. The awareness for the disease has skyrocketed, which is also important.
  
There was an article floating around Facebook recently stating that roughly 73% of the fundsraised from the challenge do NOT go towards research- which is what most people thought they were donating too. A lot of people were upset about this and felt mislead, understandably. 
 
I think the most important thing for donors to know is that you have the right to say how you want the non-profit to spend your donation. Usually donations go into an operating budget and are spent where they are needed. But as a donor, you can direct your donation to specific projects. If you want your donation, 100% of it, to go to research, specify that with your donation. Or if you want it to go towards an art therapy program, education for kids, social programing for clients...you can tell the non-profit how to spend your money and they have to honour that. 

I have nothing against ALS- and I really do think that this marketing/fundraising ploy is genius. But like I said, I will not be participating (beyond watching the ice bucket challenge videos).

Why? Because I have a handful of chosen charities that I support on a yearly basis and I only have so much money to donate. I do not want to pull my donation from an organization I have supported for years and that I truly believe in, in order to jump on the ALS bandwagon. I have made the choice to continue to support local non-profits, organizations whose presence I can see in my community, who align with my personal beliefs and who have helped my family (ex Alzheimer Society).

Now, if someone close to me suffered from ALS or if I won the lottery or if the ice bucket challenge was for an organization I already support, I would be singing a different tune.

I will leave you with what I think is the best #ALSIceBucketChallenge:

 
 
 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Hey, It's

Airing My Dirty Laundry
That I missed the Save By The Bell movie. I had NO idea about this until I saw it on Twitter. I'm seriously disappointed that I missed it.

To have taken an extra long, long weekend. I had Friday off (at my boss suggestion), as well as today, It's been nice to have a couple of work free days to enjoy summer.

That I am so incredibly happy that my boss is back from mat leave. I really missed her and I'm excited that she's back.

To have had an ok summer. On reflection, summer 2014 was the summer between political campaigns and the first in 5 years without Daniel. There was nothing significant- good or bad- that happened.

That Chelsea Lately has ended. I'm a Chelsea Handler fan and her show was the only late night talk show that I watched on a regular basis. Hopefully she'll bring her show to Netflix.