5 Steps To Spring Cleaning Our Life

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Even though it's starting to look like summer, we are still enjoying the abundance of spring. And with spring comes spring cleaning! I have been on a big kick lately of cleaning out the garage, our little house, the trash left on our property when we moved in, and the products we use in our home. It's really a simple yet profound concept - back to the basics.

Here are some ways we've been spring cleaning different areas of our life:

*Decluttering. If that sounds intimidating, just pick 5-10 items each day that you don't use or like or want, and get rid of it. We are always adding to the pile in the garage for a yard sale... It consists of nearly 3/4 of the items in our garage! It feels so good to be getting rid of stuff, yet we still have more to go. We cleaned through our closets, and now need to go through knick knacks in the tiny house. (If you are still on the fence, watch the show Hoarding: Buried Alive, and try telling me afterward you want to keep everything in your house!)

*Buying wholesome. I've been looking more and more at the labels of items, rather than just the price. It makes a big difference. This includes dog and cat food, laundry detergent, body wash and shampoos, and even looking at where our clothes are made. In fact, I have something exciting to share about this soon!

*Slowing down. This basically means that we don't overplan our days and weeks. We hardly plan them at all. Specifically it means that we only have a handful of places to go and leave the rest to come. This creates less stress, more time comfortable at home, freeplay outside, etc. Just knowing there isn't anything planned is freeing because you aren't caught up in trying to keep it. So we read, play, fish, walk, paint, just simply enjoy our "free time"!

*Nutrition. This includes looking specifically at labels and ingredients in daily vitamins and buying whole foods, rather than microwaveable quick meals. Yet, this can also include buying smart: frozen veggies, fruit or meals from wholesome brands to steam, fresh produce on sale, etc. I stick to the necessities and try to get as much fresh as we can. This is where the frozen veggies & fruit come in handy for daily smoothies!

*Know Your Yes. To me, this little phrase means to know what (+why) you are saying yes or no to, and don't respond a certain way just to please or for the sake of. Make smart decisions about what activities you agree to or what place you agree to go to lunch during your break. Not just for the sake of it, but thoughtfully: does this take away time or resources from something more important? does this benefit my physical, emotional, spiritual wellbeing? does this contribute to x, y, and z as I'm told? will this build me up or tear me down?

There are many more ways to simplify different areas of your life into the kind that you are excited about... Don't get stuck in the day to day mundane. There is no reason to! If something isn't right, there is never a better time than now to change that. This list of mine is just a start. it is by no means extensive..... And I know in this learning of slow living there is more to come!

I wonder... what would you add to this list?

The Joy Of Complete Vision (+ A Coupon Code!)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Something happened a few weeks ago. We went to visit family near the gulf coast and did a lot of fun things. We went to the Houston rodeo expo fair, looked at some boats, and had a relaxing time with family. Taylor loved saying hi "kikiki" to the giant bunnies and "moo'ing" at the abundance of cows at the expo. We had some fair food (what we could find that wasn't fried... tacos) and perused the booths of things and lifestyles for sale. It is a huge ordeal, and quite a big deal. If you know anyone that lives in Houston, they have likely been to the rodeo before.... Sometimes just for the fair, sometimes just for the market, sometimes just for the livestock shows, sometimes just for the concerts.... There is loads to do. We had fun!

But back to the main story. Something happened. And it wasn't at the rodeo, it was near the boats. It was frivolous of me to do it, really, but I didn't think ahead. We were touring a boat that my parents were looking at. They actually just put their house on the market and are going to buy a boat to live on --- downsizing over 2,000 square feet and who know how much stuff in the process --- does that sound familiar? I may share more on that later. Anyway, back to the main story.

We were on a boat. I did something silly and leaned over the edge to see how far down it is to the water. And guess what happened? My glasses fell into the water, lost forever in the sea. It was a couple dozen feet down, and the gulf water is so dirty, there is no hope getting them. And those glasses, I loved those glasses. They were "all me." Purple tortoise, mix of round/square lens, UV coating for being outdoors, they fit me well. I got them a few years ago at the exchange on base at Camp Pendleton, and fell for them immediately. I wear my glasses all of the time - contacts give me headaches, plus I get dirt in them easily with baby hands around - so I had to find a pair that I was comfortable in, had large but not too big of lenses, and were cute - would go with any outfit.

So you can imagine how I felt when those glasses fell. I was also being a bit overdramatic, looking back on it... At the time it felt an adequate consolation for the literal hours I spent poring over frames trying to find just the right one.

It was a blessing when I arrived home and saw an email pop up from GlassesShop.com.

While I already bought new glasses from another company online, this one was giving me glasses in exchange for a review! Woohoo! That means I will now have two pairs. Two fun pairs.

So here is what I picked:

It is their Baton Wayfarer frame. It's kind of tortoise-like, with blue and pink blending together. I love that they are still colorful and somewhat subtle. It's not screaming as glasses with white in them to any degree would do (my other pair has white in them). I wanted something a little more subdued and "professional" yet still unique and fun. I'm really not sure how professional you'd call these, but they fit me well.

And the fit is perfect. The lens is large enough I'm not squinting or feel like I'm constantly looking around the frame for what else is right in front of me. They are very comfortable and the measurements I sent in from the optometrist are exact for what I need. Buying glasses online may be a nervous experience, but this was far from it.

I love how unique they are. Once I picked the purple pair a few years ago, I just can't bring myself back to picking a plain black or brown pair like I had in middle school, when I learned I needed glasses. There are so many fun options out there! You can get a few different pairs to better suit or complement various facets of your wardrobe! It's definitely worth it to have multiple pairs, too (backups if one gets lost!)

Why, you ask?

Because they are for a GREAT price. Plus, I have a 50% off coupon code for readers! Just imagine that! Simply type in GSHOT50 at checkout for a wonderful deal. This will give you 50% off for all eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses, with the exception of sales frames.

All you need to get started is a current prescription (and your eyes do change over time, so I'd suggest getting a new one every other year or so) and the coupon code. Simply search the website for the frames you like, enter your details, and checkout!

Glassesshop.com has eyeglasses, reading glasses, prescription sunglasses, clip-ons, in all sorts of styles: for women, men, and kids! Some of those are cat eyes, rounded, tortoise, and vintage-inspired--- if you are looking for something unique.

They fit any budget: From $6.95 to $45.95 for the frames, you can find exactly what you are looking for. (lenses are an additional cost, and that varies depending on the type)

It's simply wonderful to be able to see the world in full complete vision, if your eyes lack 20/20. We take our vision for granted many times... when you lose your glasses or your contacts tore and can't be worn, it's definitely a humbling experience. And, buying your eyewear online sure makes life a little simpler by skipping a trip to the optometrist!

*This is a sponsored post. I was given prescription glasses in exchange for review and promotion. All opinions expressed are my own.

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