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Just When You Thought You Couldn’t Afford Designer Glasses

FAM, GEAR, health, style By January 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

AIR MILES CashI have often been told that I ‘know how to work it’, so to speak. Now don’t let your thoughts of me become jaded. People are referring to my prowess with saving money and seeking out ways to acquire luxury goods for a more reasonable price. Hard-working urban Mommies deserve a little treat once in a while (we need something to calm ourselves during temper tantrums and those times we forget to bring diapers on long outings).

I earn a few different types of loyalty rewards. To date, no program has been as flexible for me as AIR MILES. I began earning in 1993, and am thrilled that they have added AIR MILES Cash to the program.

Here’s how it works: Collectors can take control of how their reward miles are earned and redeemed by first opting into AIR MILES Cash and then by setting a preference between their AIR MILES Cash or Dream balances. Once set, future AIR MILES will be allocated into either balance, or a combination of the two, according to your personal preference.

Reward miles earned in your AIR MILES Cash balance allow for instant redemption in-store at participating Sponsors across Canada – 95 AIR MILES Cash reward miles can be redeemed for $10, up to $750 per day. If Jon Stewart were reading this he’d be saying ‘What? What?! WHAT?!’

So what are my ‘needs’ right now? I suppose a Birkin bag is more a ‘want’. But I do need new eyeglasses. And disposable contact lenses. And oversized sunglasses. (Some call me ‘high needs’).

November 1st not only marked a change in weather, a candy-induced diet and switch to holiday music in the malls. It was also the day that IRIS The Visual Group joined the amazing team of AIR MILES Cash program Sponsors. Now Collectors can redeem reward miles from their AIR MILES Cash balance for instant savings at the 165 IRIS locations across Canada on high-quality, designer eyewear for the whole family. Unless you want to just save it for yourself. Which is fine. We won’t tell. There are also optometrists at every location to save you precious time.

So let’s review. I can get Gucci sunglasses, Vera Wang eye glasses as well as my Bausch + Lomb contact lenses all using my AIR MILES Cash reward miles. And on the credit card bill it looks as if my purchase was simply cheaper. Wow.

The next time you see my smiling face from behind beautiful designer sunglasses in an Instagram pic, let’s share a secret smile.

This article was sponsored by Iris The Visual Group and AIR MILES.  All opinions are our own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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My Hiking Wake-up Call. It's time for Contact Lenses

beauty, FAM, GEAR, health By July 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Seeing Clearly with Disposable LensesAs a woman and a mother there are a few things that top my priority list.  One is health for the whole family – being active, having regular checkups and doing a mental health scan every so often.  The other big priority I have is to be a well-rounded, confident woman.  My kids need to see that.  I want to be a role model and inspiration.

Sometimes I get a ‘wake-up’ call that I am falling short of meeting my own expectations.  Not long ago I did a four-hour hike without my eyeglasses.  They are cumbersome, steam up when I sweat and make it difficult to see bears and things out of the periphery.  (Only half joking).  A crazy thing happened.  I grew very dizzy.  My confidence plummeted.  I almost fell and tripped several times.  Nearing tears, I made a decision: I have a responsibility to care for myself and it was time for contact lenses.

With glaucoma in my family I have been diligent about getting my eyes checked and was astounded as a teenager to learn that I suffered from astygmatism.  At that time, glasses were my only option and I wore them on and off.  Mostly off.  The frames made me feel as if I was hiding from truly connecting with others, and they would generally end up on top of my head to keep my hair back.  I would play tennis, take dance classes and ski while accepting my distorted vision.  To wear glasses under ski goggles?  Not terribly fashionable or practical.  Prescription goggles and sunglasses were expensive and I always found that sunglasses slid off my face during sport, fogged up and limited my peripheral vision.

I have also been secretly terrified of contacts.  I pass by the drugstore aisles with solutions, lens cases and cleaners and look the other way.  It’s much like tiling a bathroom.  Could I do it?  Yes.  But would I rather never learn because it seems complicated?  Definitely.  My husband wore contact lenses and constantly complained of dry eyes and running out of solution.

When I had the hike experience and after several near-misses with trees while skiing, I knew it was time for contact lenses.  The best news I’ve heard in years is that they now not only fit my eyes but come in disposables. Technology has advanced so much and  with daily disposable lenses, the maintenance isn’t an issue.  As a busy mom, I can’t afford to add any extra time into my routine and this option is ideal.  Less squinting, fewer wrinkles and everyone around me is much safer!! 

For teenagers in sport, Softlens disposable contact lenses are a perfect option.  Though I can’t ever pretend to excel at sport like Kaylyn Kyle does, I do know that as a teenager, so many factors toyed with my confidence.  Insecurity, acne, body image concerns, decisions about the future… As adults and parents we must facilitate making this a gentle time for our children.  This is the time in your life when our kids begin to define a self-concept.  We have come so far in science and are so blessed that teens have so many more resources that we once did.  I’m embracing my newfound confidence as a mother and woman, and am so proud that I’ve taken care of myself.  See you on the slopes!  (I will no longer be the one falling into tree wells…)

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored article from Bosch & Lomb. As always, our opinions are our own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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