Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Firmoo

Recently I was given an awesome opportunity to review prescription glasses from an online eyeglasses store. Firmoo is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. They offer a variety of  prescription eyewear to their customers at extremely affordable prices!

When Firmoo contacted me, I was very excited to work with them. I browsed their website before committing to their offer. I was impressed with their variety and prices right off the bat.

When it came time to pick a pair of glasses to review, I found a great selection of styles. It is very easy to search for the type of glasses you are interested in - you can sort by shape, material or size and type of frame. If you are having trouble choosing between frames, or if you are unsure how a certain style would look on your face you can upload a picture of yourself and try the glasses on your own face! I found this extremely helpful in my search, as I was looking for a different shape frame than I already own.

Once I selected a frame (you can view the frame I chose in blue HERE), it was very easy to plug in my prescription information. Their order process is very self-explanatory, and there are even help buttons next to each box. Also, there is a box where you can add any additional information that is relevant to your order.

Once my order was placed, my glasses arrived in a very timely manner. My order included a hard case, a carrying pouch and a cleaning cloth. I was very impressed to receive the additional products with my glasses. For such a low price it would not have upset me to not receive these items, so when they DID show up in my order, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased!

After wearing the glasses for a week, I can Firmoo does not skimp on quality. They have stood up to playing with my kids, falling asleep on the couch while wearing them and many more daily activities of a busy mom and wife. You would never know these were not high dollar glasses from an optometrist's office. The are light weight on my face, and very comfortable. The prescription is spot on, there is no difference between my Firmoo glasses and the ones I bought from my doctor's office.

I would most definitely purchase glasses from Firmoo, and would recommend them to my readers and friends. It was an overall pleasant experience from start to finish. The customer service representative that I dealt with while placing my order was very nice. He always emailed me back in an extremely quick fashion. I had a few questions along the way and he always explained everything thoroughly and was very helpful.

What's most exciting is Firmoo offers a FREE first pair of single vision glasses to it's new customers! You can choose from prescription eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses or prescription safety glasses. Again, this is a one time deal, only open to new customers. If you are interested, please take the time to browse around their Free Offer Page.

Keep your eyes on Life Between the Tones, there may be future offers where you can win a FREE pair of glasses from Firmoo, whether you are a new customer or not!!

Here's a quick video I added to YouTube for them, briefly summarizing this blog post.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Quality Over Quantity

When my husband first joined his volunteer department, I really wanted to fit in with the all of the wives. Our first few events at the station - pancake breakfast for Easter and various soup and sandwich suppers, the kids and I usually sat by ourselves and would be joined by 374 when he took a break from serving to eat. While we were there, I would see the other wives sit their kids down together, and they would chat and eat and play. I was never one to be overly social, so trying to break into the group was quite daunting.

As we attended more events, I go to know more wives. There were even a few that we would have cookouts and get togethers for birthdays and such. I was proud of myself for breaking the ice and trying to find my place in the group. 374 was equally thrilled that I was making friends and being an active supporter of his new venture. I was glad to have these new friends who were in the same boat as me. They'd be able to understand my fears, and shared the same lifestyle. I wanted them all to like me - I just wanted to fit in.

The longer he's been on the department, the more I've learned that the motivation shouldn't be quantity, but quality. There is a big age range for the volunteers at his station - from younger guys in their 20's and early 30's to older guys in their 60's. Families are at various stages in their lives. I wouldn't necessarily be friends with all these wives if it weren't for the fire department. I spent a lot of time worrying that I wasn't as close to some wives as I was others. I worried that I was doing something wrong because there were events that most other families were invited to, but we were in the group that wasn't. I started to realize that just because our husbands are on the same department doesn't mean I have to try to be friends with everyone. It was in that moment that a lot of the stress of fitting in was relieved.

I began concentrating on those few wives who I would choose as friends outside the fire life. There is one wife in particular that I have become pretty close with. Ironically, we live right across the street from each other. Our kids are roughly the same age and enjoy playing with each other a lot. Our husbands joined the department around the same time. We are learning to deal and cope at the same time. When the pager goes off, our husbands are usually in the same truck together. While they are gone, we are usually texting each other to keep our minds busy, or we are at each other's houses so the kids can play and stay occupied while they are out. It is so helpful to have someone that understands exactly where you are. I don't have to feel crazy with my fears because she's usually feeling the exact same thing.

It is so important to have someone there for you who understands this lifestyle. Most of my friends that I had before we became a fire family aren't around as much as they used to be. It's a huge lifestyle change. Certain weekdays are reserved for trainings and meetings. If he's out on a call I would rather stick close to home than be out shopping or at a function. If I didn't have my neighbor and fellow fire wife to walk this journey with, I'm not so sure I would be as comfortable as I am with him as a firefighter.

374 has his brotherhood at the station - but us wives need to find and develop a sisterhood for ourselves. In my opinion, it's crucial. People who don't live the lifestyle don't quite understand the ups and downs and the obligations that it holds. The stress and the fears are not ones that you'd understand or relate to unless you have walked in a fire wife's shoes. This is why I'm eternally grateful for those friendships I have formed - and for me the few I have formed are just enough.