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Let VSP’s Vision Insurance Save You Money

I’ve worn glasses or contact lenses since I was seven years old.  I realized I couldn’t read the board in class (chalkboard, not whiteboard like they have today).  I still remember riding home with my new glasses and crying with happiness because the trees looked so beautiful.  I had no idea what I’d been missing!  The last time I bought new glasses I needed bifocals, so my glasses came with a lesson in how to use them when reading, working at a computer, and walking up and down stairs.  They literally wouldn’t let me leave until I’d proved I could walk up and down a flight of stairs without falling, which struck me as funny, but extremely thoughtful.

Vision exams and corrective lenses are expensive, but let’s face it – they are a necessary expense.  And VSP Vision Care can help you save money and keep your eyes healthy while still looking your best.  In fact, you can save an average of $320 per year with VSP Vision Care insurance, and that’s nothing to sneeze at in today’s economy!  Check out SeeMuchMore.com to see just how much you can save with their interactive savings calculator.  Many families don’t have vision benefits, and consumer studies have shown that people using VSP Vision Care insurance pay substantially less for their glasses than those who don’t have coverage.

Insurance plans like VSP Vision Care provide you with a frame allowance and fully cover the cost of basic lenses (perfect for kids!)  They also provide discounts on lens options including progressive lenses,Transitions® lenses, anti-reflective coating, scratch-resistant coating and UV protection.  My personal favorite is the anti-reflective coating, which keeps glasses from showing glare in pictures.  I know that sounds trivial, but after spending most of my life with a glare spot in every single picture taken of me it’s been wonderful having pictures in which I can actually see both my eyes! Here’s a picture from Halloween of me in my favorite glasses: they are progressive lenses with an anti-reflective coating, and I love them!

See how there’s glare on the glass I’m holding, but none on my glasses?  That’s what I’m talking about 🙂 Everyone’s style is different (as I found when shopping for glasses with my thirteen-year-old son recently) so it’s comforting to know that you can use your VSP Vision Care insurance for anything from classic frames to the latest designer trend.

Probably not what I would have selected for him, but he’s crazy about them!

Visit SeeMuchMore for more information about VSP and vision care benefits. This post is sponsored by VSP. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Anthropologie-Style Ribbon Necklace

Here is a necklace I pinnned a long time ago:



At the time, it was for sale at Anthropologie for $148, but I looked hard at it and thought, “I can do that!”  So when I met some friends at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago to get candles I wandered over to the ribbon aisle, where everything was 50% off (like it is about every other week).  So I bought a handful of ribbons in bright colors, and spent about $5 total.

I took each spool and cut two 9-inch pieces, two 12-inch pieces, and two 16-inch pieces from it, hoping to make sure the knots fell at different places on each strand.  I tied four strands that were about sixty inches each, doubled them over in the middle, and knotted them tightly.  Then I took the final strand, which was about thirty inches, and tied one end tightly below the big knot.  At the other end I used one of the thinner ribbons to tie all the loose ends together and attach that end with a tight little knot just below the base of the big knot on the other end.  Then I trimmed all the loose ends around the knot closure.

It ended up being about twenty-four inches long, so I can slip it over my head without untying the knot every time, which was my intention.  Here’s the final product:

I thought with that big knot it would look awkward from the back, but it really doesn’t:

My only regret is that one of the ribbons I selected (the one with the multicolor stripes) was much stiffer than the other ribbons and keeps the necklace from having the loose, flowing look I liked in the original.  But since I didn’t even use half the ribbon I bought I think it looks pretty fantastic for about two dollars!  The next one I make will have all softer ribbons, perhaps some of them filmy.  And I think one in neutrals would be pretty.

I’m linking this up to Oh, How Pinteresting, The 52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge, Works for Me Wednesday, Whatever Goes Wednesday, and The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions.

Priced at just $4.99, it is now available in every format your little heart could desire at Smashwords, or, if you prefer, it’s also for sale in a Kindle version at Amazon or a Nook version at Barnes and Noble!



Super Deal on Family Fun Magazine Today

You guys all know Family Fun was my favorite magazine when the boys were younger.  I actually just this year finally stopped subscribing, and when a nice lady called to ask me if I wanted to renew I practically sobbed into the phone, “I want to, but they grew up!”

Don’t miss this great deal, some of my favorite gift ideas and crafts have come from this magazine. And a subscription would be a wonderful gift for anyone with young kids – plan ahead for Christmas!  Here’s the link to get your subscription, but hurry, this offer ends at Midnight MST tonight!

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