Thursday, September 29, 2011

Modern American Teen: Transition from Glasses to Contacts

My DD Kristen and I wanted to give you an update to her journey to contacts since becoming participating Test Drive Ambassadors for Bausch + Lomb Soflens daily disposable contact lenses. She received a complimentary 90-day supply following her eye exam and evaluation. Our eye care professional agreed that she was a great candidate to try them. Kristen returned for a fitting and lesson in use and care of these great daily wear contacts. The eyecare professional was so very encouraging throughout the appointment, and she worked carefully with us to be sure Kristen was comfortable with the process and care regime. Kristen persevered through the whole "touching your eyes" barrier and gained confidence in the process!

Click on this link to the Soflens daily disposables site to learn more:

She has been practicing the insertion and removal and how important sterile conditions and care are to maintaining healthy eyesight. Kristen looks and feels great - building her self-esteem and confidence. Her friends have commented on how beautiful her eyes are without the distraction of her regular glasses. She has found the entire experience very positive and affirming as she journeys through these tumultuous teen years.

The experience has further cemented our relationship far beyond the issue of eye wear. We have instituted a "Daily Talk” with your teen – which helps us maneuver the "warzone" of parent-teen communication mine field and broach more difficult subjects. Today's youth carry a heavy load that we adults need to support as they journey towards adulthood. MomCentral Consulting and Bausch + Lomb provides added insight at

I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bausch + Lomb and received Soflens daily disposables to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

LIFE: Insure Your Love Picture Mosaic

Are you like me, procrastination queen of planning for insurance and other key financial arrangements? I am taking a careful review of our family's situation this month to feel some piece of mind and more in control over these vital details...especially as we move towards plans for the kids' education and our retirement - hey, the future is now!

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to think about protecting the most important people in our lives. The nonprofit LIFE Foundation sponsors Life Insurance Awareness Month in response to the growing problem of too many families not having adequate life insurance protection. According to the industry research group LIMRA, 11 million U.S. households with children under age 18 have no coverage. Those families are just one illness or accident away from a financial crisis, and something needs to be done about it. That's why LIFE has created the "Insure Your Love Picture Mosaic" in support of Life Insurance Awareness Month.

The "Insure Your Love Picture Mosaic" is designed to recognize and celebrate those who have made the responsible decision to protect their loved ones by owning life insurance, while also introducing them to a larger community of others who have made the same choice. People are encouraged to upload up to 20 photos of their loved ones, whose financial future has been safeguarded by their decision to purchase life insurance.

I've uploaded some of our family photos to include myself, hubs, the kids, Pekinese Preston and our parents in honor of their excellent example. By adding your photos to the mosaic, you will also be helping out a great cause. For each photo uploaded, $1 will be donated to the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance to students who have lost a parent and are struggling to achieve their dream of a college education.

Here are the details on how to upload your photos (up to 20) to the mosaic, which can be done through the LIFE Foundation's Facebook fan page, located at

I received a gift card as part of a promotional program with the LIFE Foundation and MomSelect.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2011

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Aetna Healthy Food Fight

GREAT NEWS - get ready for some Twitter fun tomorrow - September 15 at 8pm EST. SheSpeaks has teamed up with the Aetna Healthy Food Fight to help spread the message of healthy living and eating in America. They'll be hosting a great party where we'll share healthy recipes, chat about health-conscious tasty foods, share tips on living well, and learn more about the Healthy Food Fight. (Plus, prizes include Dutch Ovens and gourmet cookware from Circulon donated by Meyer Corporation, U.S.)
Here's the deets:

#SSFoodFight Twitter Party Recipe Swap
When: September 15 @ 8pm EST
TweetGrid Dashboard:
Follow: #SSFoodFight and @shespeaksup

About Aetna:
Aetna is one of the nation's leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability insurance and employee benefits. At Aetna, we believe we can help create a better health care system. This belief drives our daily decisions as one of the nation's leading health care benefits companies. We work hard to provide our members with information and resources to help them make informed decisions about their health. For more information on Aetna and the Healthy Food Fight please head to

The site has some great information featuring the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and chef Bobby Flay's outstanding cooking and eating tips. I have entered the Recipe Contest and Voted - be sure to get involved, too! Health cooking and eating is everyone's responsibility...

Twitter: @shespeaksup and use the #SSFoodFight hashtag


I will receive a promotional gift from SheSpeaks and Aetna for participating in this project.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Oh Those Precious Peepers: Bausch + Lomb Soflens

Krissy has the most beautiful eyes!!!
I won't trust those precious peepers to just any eye care professional or brand without doing my homework and ensuring the highest quality of service and care...
She's worn eyeglasses for several years now, and is curious about contact lenses so we were thrilled to participate in a MomCentral Test Drive project with Bausch + Lomb Soflens. Krissy, my hubs Ken and I are enjoying the Bausch + Lomb “Daily Talk Program” where we are exploring options, learning about contact lens use by young adults and discussing the process and options for her to switch to contact lenses. We visited our local optometrist for Kristen's annual check-up and he was supportive of her choice to try contacts. Her maturity and responsibility are key factors in our decision to move forward with contacts. The Bausch + Lomb Soflens have been prescribed - We are currently awaiting the delivery of her lenses and will schedule her fitting upon their arrival this month.

Please visit the Link to the Soflens daily disposables site to learn more:

About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare companies in the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Founded in 1853, the company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information is available at

I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bausch + Lomb and received Soflens daily disposables to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.