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Save with GlassesUSA.com

Recently, I was introduced to GlassesUSA.com who offer savings of up to 70% off retail priced Rx glasses and sunglasses. Intrigued?

In this economy, everyone is looking for ways to save money. Shopping at my convenience online (24/7 with no special appointments) with discounted prices grabs my attention.

GlassesUSA.com ensure a risk-free shopping experience to buying glasses online. They offer the customer a full year to try out their glasses and if the customer isn’t fully satisfied then the customer can send back their glasses for any reason – no questions asked. The shipping cost is even on GlassesUSA.com both directions. This makes returns a complete snap!

GlassesUSA.com offers price matching if you find eyeglasses cheaper somewhere else. That’s not all, they will also give the customer an extra 10% off savings. This risk-free guarantee is sure to put the customer’s mind at ease, without all the…



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Funny T-Shirt For Every Occasions Review

During the summer, my everyday apparel is a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. I am excited to review a product from Funny T-Shirt Wonderland.

I received one like this,

except in reverse white text on black. The preshrunk tee is made of 100%  soft cotton. The phrase on this shirt didn’t really strike me as funny but the bottom line is the shirt is comfy against the skin.

Visit Funny T-Shirt Wonderland and browse through 31 different categories such as their movie apparel for the perfect t-shirt for you or your family!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.Save


Greek/Roman Costume Review


Why should kids get to have all the fun?  Why can’t grownup play dress up, too? Summer is quickly getting away from us and before you can bat an eyelash, Halloween will be here!

The inner child in me is always coming out at the thought of going to a costume party. I don’t know why, but it does and I dare say you know what I’m talking about. The folks at Anytime Costumes invited me to review the Greek/Roman Costume. Hey, remember my “inner child“? Well, she took over and jumped at the chance to do this!

Sexy Oh My Greek Goddess Adult Costume

My Experience. Anytime Costume has an easy to navigate website with large tabs at the top to select from and to narrow your search, you can find more options in the left sidebar. My product arrived in excellent condition in a snap of a finger. Okay, not that quick, but it was fast. My package delivered right to my doorstep in less than a week from the time it shipped. Finally, yeah this is what you’ve really been waiting for, I know…the costume I picked was from the Greek Mythology collection called, Sexy Oh My Greek Goddess.  It isn’t scratchy or cheap looking, and it feels very much like real clothing. My costume came with the little sexy dress, and arm & headband. It’s super nice!

Want to know more? At Anytime Costume’s user-friendly site, you’ll discover many costumes to choose from (infant through adult sizes). One cool and interesting perk is I noticed they offer a Free Size Exchange Program. Talk about aiming to please the customer, that rocks in my book! In addition, you can get FREE shipping on all orders $39.99 or more. Plus, yes there’s more…all purchases $25 & up are eligible to receive a 15% discount, just enter code SALE15 at checkout. Wow, free size exchange program, free shipping, and 15% off discount! 

Shop Anytime Costume for all of your party dress up needs and more! 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.






CollageIt Review & Giveaway

Pearl Mountain Software presented an opportunity for me to review their cool program which enabled me to turn my ordinary photo presentations into a fun, comprehensive arrangement of some of my fondest memories. Check out, CollageIt!



The short of it is CollageIt is easy to use.

  • Select template
  • Choose photos
  • Arrange/rearrange photo layout
  • Change background
  • Save image or share via email, Facebook, or Flicker
  • Done

It’s that simple. Take a look at one did it just a few minutes, using the same set of photos I created these two unique college display….

We think this program is a great tool for quickly creating collages for art projects, presentations, and much more. ~CNET


You don’t have to take my word on how easy this product is, you can try for free. That’s right, right now you can download CollageIt for free for your Mac or PC. Free means free, that being said the free version does come with a few limitation, like you can’t crop your photos, there’s a photo size limit, and you have to put up with the annoying watermark splash screen. However, you can unlock these limitations by simply upgrading to CollageIt Pro for only $19.90 which additionally offers you free life-time customer support and a 30-day money back guarantee.

CollageIt is a product I will continue to use to make fun collages with and I feel comfortable enough after using this software to recommend it to my friends and family.

Pearl Mountain Software issued me 19 license keys to share with friends and family. Leave a comment below telling me why you would like to have a copy of CollageIt Pro along with your email address. I’ll randomly pick one of my commenters to receive the upgrade code. This is only open through June 26, 2012.

NOTE:  The original post did not migrate during my website upgrade in 2013. In order to move it to my new site, I had to copy and paste the content into the proper timeline slot.

Disclosure: This review is based on my personal and honest experience with this product. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other compensation was received. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.I stand behind my opinion 110% good, bad, or indifferent.  I like to say a personal word of thanks to Pearl Mountain Software for giving me the opportunity to work with them.



Wayback Wednesday & Hodgepodge

November is coming to a close, a new month will start tomorrow, and the most wonderful time of the year is now in full swing – Christmas!!!

Last week, I was so absorbed in Thanksgiving preparations that I couldn’t make time to take part in the meme I co-host. That’s pretty bad now, huh? If this is your first time visiting then, let me welcome you to this edition of Wayback Wednesday.  Angela from Mommy Time Out is our hostess, so please be sure to visit her. I hope you’ll decide to join in with sharing some of your memories.

Today, we’re going to travel back in time to 2001 .

This was a horrible year for America, so much sadness and heart-break. Let’s think about something positive. How about some good vibes? What celebrities were born this year?

Ramona Marquez
Born: February 24, 2001
movie: Arthur Christmas


image borrowed from imdb

Jackson Brundage
Born: January 21st
TV series: One Tree Hill

image borrowed from imbd

image borrowed from imbd

Rowan Blanchard
Born: October 14th
Movie: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D

Image borrowed from imdb

Image borrowed from imdb

Maddox Jolie-Pitt
Born: August 5th
Famous parents: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Image borrowed from imdb

Image borrowed from imdb

It’s your turn to go way-back, way-back to 2001! What memorable events do you remember? To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up  your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please) . Kindly leave a comment letting us know You are now our newest follower and we’ll pop over to your lovely blog. Thanks for the memories!

Let round out Wayback Wednesday with a little Christmas fun featuring this song from 2001…


Now, Let’s join Joyce for a bit of everything in ….


1. Do you send Christmas cards? If so, about how many will you send this year? How do you display the cards you receive? Or don’t you? (gasp!)

Yes, I send out annual Christmas cards. In recent years, I’ve dropped the number of cards I mail out. Postage is too expensive and my response, meaning the those who reciprocate, keep dwindle every year. Really that’s so sad!

Now days, I usually stack my cards in my received mail pile for anyone to browse. Years ago, I use to hang the cards across a string.  However, I could never keep the string high enough for tall people to walk beneath without any worries and often times they’d fall off from time to time.

2. When do kids become adults?

Who are you asking me or the kids? lol My children always said, “I’m 18 and now an adult!” Guess what I was thinking? “Oh, really? You can’t prove that by me.”

Adulthood is a passage. Some kids get there quicker than others.  Our culture may believe a child is an adult at puberty or when a child can legally act on adult matters such a voting at 18 or buying alcohol at 21. I don’t think 18 or 21 necessary makes a child an adult, as much as the ability to make sound decisions with clarity and maturity.  Of course, some 18 and 21 year olds can do this is small measures, but I have found usually most children are better equipped to handle things better by their mid-20s. I’m not sure how these magical numbers became the benchmark of adulthood, but that’s what our society widely recognizes – except in the eyes of many parents, right?

3. Does your ‘beauty regimen’ change with the seasons?

You’re so right, Joyce, what beauty regimen? lol No, really I know what you mean, though.  My skin type is normal to dry, which is much easier to care for than someone with an oiler skin type.  The one thing I consistently do is use daily moisturizer. I don’t notice my face needing any extra attention, as much as I do my hands and legs which become severely dehydrated as the weather turns cool despite my water intake. I just can’t figure this one out for anything. I find I prefer to keep lip balm on my lips year round, but again during the cooler months I may need to reapply my lip balm a couple of times throughout the day. I blame this on my hydration problem.

4. What’s something you like to eat that might cause another person to turn up their nose?

I can’t think of a single thing, but when I was a kid my daddy use to eat pickled hogs feet. That sounds disgusting to me today, but I liked them when I was little. Maybe, it was because my daddy liked them and I just wanted to share that with him. I’m sure, if I enjoyed this delicacy today then there would be some who would turn their nose up and run. Run away fast!

5. Gloves or Mittens?

I like both, but own only gloves. Gloves are more versatile, but mittens do keep your fingers warmer. However, I hate having to take off mittens to grab something when its bitter cold. =D

6. What’s the longest queue you’ve ever been in? Was it worth it? Queue=line but doesn’t queue sound so much nicer?

Hmm, this is gonna be tuff because my memory stinks!  Usually, when I get stuck in line it’s on the phone with a Customer Service Representative.  The longest hold has been 30-minutes, if I remember correctly. It would’ve been longer.  However, we did stand in line for the new iPhone4S a few months ago for at least an hour. I try to avoid getting stuck in a queue when out shopping, but on the phone one can’t pick these things.

7. Besides Christmas, what is one thing you are looking forward to this December?

My birthday! Yep, true, true in two weeks from this day, I’m gonna be the big 50.  It’s funny, I don’t feel like I’m half a century old. My mind keeps telling me other tales and frankly, I’m believing these stories. Have you noticed, what once seemed old isn’t so old anymore? 50 use to be regarded as “Over the hill”, but now I think “Life is just beginning!”

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Today, I have kicked off my first EVER compensated promotion. I want to invite you to read My Memories Digital Scrapbook Software Review & Give-Away Promo which I posted earlier this morning. I think this would make a great Christmas present to yourself, don’t you? This give-away will only run for one week, so get in on the action NOW!!!

My Memories Digital Scrapbook Software Review & Give-Away Promo

My father-in-law’s youth

Are you an avid photographer? Do you like scrapbooking? Why not bring your two passions together with digital scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking dates back to the 15th century. Contraire to what my kids think, I wasn’t around all those years ago. In fact, my earliest experience for such an activity goes back to my elementary years in the late 1960s.  My West Virginia History school teacher assigned us a project to create a scrapbook relating to our state’s past. This was a fun memory I’ll cherish forever.

In recent years, scrapbooking has kind of exploded as a creative form to preserving family photographs. Today, this idea has gone high tech and why not? Digital cameras are in the hands of millions from point n’ shoots to cell phones to expensive digital SLR cameras. We’re all capturing those so called, “Kodak” moments a whole new way.

I am not scrapbooker, OK? I’m still of the old school of keeping photos in an album or as a framed collage. However since I’ve gotten aboard the technical revolution of digital photography, photo editing, high resolution scanning, then the concept of adding my pictures to decorative pages sounded fun.

This brings me to  My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software.  Recently, I had the pleasure of trying a free copy of this program.

I love simplicity! I hate shopping! I love modern convenience! I hate making a special trip to a store!

This is exactly what I got simple, convenient straight to my computer download of My Memories Digital Scrapbook latest software.

  • No waiting for it to arrive by mail!
  • No need to drive across town to pick it up in a store!
  • BAM, like magic it was on my computer in minutes!

Using the application was totally easy and user friendly, too.  It required no special classes or intervention from the staff at My Memories.  However, if you do need help then the folks at My Memories will be happy to assist or you can watch several beneficial tutorials at YouTube 24/7.

I love to create! This program allows me to do just this, as it is chocked full of embellishments, stickers, word text, papers, textures, and backgrounds to jazz up my photographs.

One feature which captured my attention at My Memories is they haves an area on their site dedicated for free kits to download. I found myself absorbed and a bit giddy with the selection of cute designs. This earns them a few extra points of good favor, in my eyes. I mean, who doesn’t like getting freebies?

By now, you may wondering what nifty things have I come up with while exploring my own use of My Memories software.  Ta-dah, check out a few of my creations below and be inspired.

Pictures from my childhood.


Youngest daughter and her finace.


Oldest daughter and her husband.


My in-laws on their wedding day in 1947.

Not convinced digital scrapbooking is for you, then check this out….

Before I scat,  let me give you the heads up on one more thing. The folks at My Memories is offering a special bonus to my readers. Right now, you can save $10 off your purchase. Who can’t use a savings, right? I love it!

Just click the cool flashy banner below to be redirected and then be sure to use the discount code: STMMMS9125 before checking out. Even that’s simple!

Discount code: STMMMS9125


This may be a no-brainer, but would you like to win a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software? 

Did you say, yes? I thought so. Then follow the instructions below…


**I was compensated with a free copy of My Memories scrapbooking software to write this review. My opinion is based on my personal use of this product and is an honest evaluation of my first hand experience.**


Coffee Makers Review, Something in-between, and Christmas Lights with RTT

Graybeard Mountain View on Blue Ridge Parkway (BR Pkwy)

Coffee Makers Review! You read it right ‘makers’ as in plural. I’m going to give you the inside scoop on what I liked and didn’t like about three automatic coffee makers, I used over the last three to four weeks.

My initial criteria for selecting a machine was simple. It must:

  • use the cone-shaped filters.
  • be a 4 or 5 cup machine.

In theory, the cone-shaped filter is regarded as the best step to ensure a better cup of coffee, especially when brewing for manual drip process (see my, RTT September 2011 post for video). This is why the cone-shaped coffee makers are appealing to so many.  Also, the water shouldn’t spend anymore than 4 minutes drizzling over the coffee. What happens is if too much time is spent, then you get an over-extracted cup of coffee. Every coffee maker we’ve ever seen definitely takes longer than 4-minutes to brew coffee. Our thoughts were, if we got a unit designed to make a smaller number of cups then maybe the time factor wouldn’t be an issue. Now, you know what was going on inside our minds.

The first coffee maker under the microscope is the Zojirushi EC-DAC50, which I ordered from Amazon for slightly over $66.  I liked that the unit was small. I had no trouble placing it on my already tight counter top space. It also had a removable water chamber, which made filling the machine easier. I simply pulled it out and added filtered water directly from my faucet. The cone filter sits inside the carafe, which didn’t score points with me one way or the other. However, the carafe lid did not latch well, which could be a problem if you didn’t know to watch for it. This model isn’t programmable and doesn’t auto-shut off, which didn’t make any difference to me since I had no plans to use those features. It also has a built-in water filter. This is something I didn’t care about since we already use filtered water, but I thought maybe it would make for a better cup of coffee with the added filtration.

Next up is the Krups KM4055, which I actually bought from Bed, Bath, and Beyond in town on sale for less than $40. Unfortunately, this unit isn’t on their online site. You may be hard press to find it in your local store, too. This was on the only one in the store. Although there was no signs of clearing this item out, it rang up 50% off. I suspect this is an older model and will be replaced with the KM4065, which looks a lot like it.  This machine is a 12-cup coffee maker, but it has an ‘Aroma’ button feature which is supposed to be used for times when you have fewer than 6-cups of coffee to brew or for those who prefer strong coffee. The water chamber had to be filled by bringing the water to the machine and its size made counter space tight. However, that’s something I could live with, if it resulted in sensational coffee. This unit has a large drip pattern kinda like a shower head which seemed to be a good idea for more evenly distributed water over the coffee grounds. This coffee machine had more bells and whistles. It was programmable, auto shut-off, and a removable water filter – all nice features, if you’re looking for that sort of thing

The last machine I bought is from Amazon. A Mr. Coffee TF6, which I paid about $23. Funny, I found it in our local Wal-Mart for $10 less. Ouch, right?  This little machine is light weight and cheap. It’s uses the basket type filters NOT the cone style, but I decided why not give it a try. The unit is small…even smaller than the Zojirushi. It was an easy fit. There are NO special features or filters with this unit. Wait, it does come with a nylon type basket filter, if you prefer that over paper. I decided to go with the paper filters. You fill the water chamber (not removable), add the coffee, and press your on button. It’s that simple. It’s that basic. No bells and whistles, which was fine by me.

I know what you’re thinking, “Hey, you haven’t told us what you thought about the end product, your cup of Joe!” I did this on purpose, my friend. I have a method to my madness.  Despite the cost and our initial criteria, we found the Mr. Coffee made a clearer tasting cup of coffee. It came closer to our manual drip process than the more expensive Zojirushi and Krups units.  These fancier, more costly coffee makers made an odd tasting cup of coffee, which may be caused by the machine’s water filters. All three machines spent more than 4-minutes brewing 5-cups of coffee. I timed the process from the second I saw the water drip through to the pot. We wound up returning the Zojirushi and Krups and kept the Mr. Coffee.

Something in-between…

What do you think of that nifty picture at the top? I snapped it on Friday just south of Mt. Mitchell, our first destination for the day.  It looks cold, doesn’t it? Well, it was cold…22 degrees and strong winds. Brrr, the gusts really shook me at times. That makes for tricky photographing.

From there, we drove south to Cherokee, North Carolina. In the picture on your left, we saw these Elk grazing in a large field near the visitors center in Cherokee.  That was an awesome experience!

We caught a beautiful East Tennessee sunset from Clingman’s

We descended the curvy, steep terrain bound for home. The entire foothills community (Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, & Gatlinburg) are currently in the midst of their Winter Fest. Every thing was beautifully decorated with colorful lights and greenery.

The detoxify method has yielded some positive results. Slowly, but surely the natural rhythm of my digestive tract is restoring. Trust me, I still have a long way to go. However, the fact I’m seeing good signs after only two-weeks then this makes me hopeful.  My rash is 99% cleared up. Hooray! What I’m thrilled about is I’ve lost 3.5 pounds during this time. I’ve gone from 120.5 to 117. You gotta remember ladies, I’m very petite (5’2″) and this is seriously too much extra baggage for me. My goal is to be 110 before the end of the year. Once upon a time (2005) I was 102 pounds. That’s where I want to be again.

I’m sure the cleansing process is benefiting me with jump starting my metabolism, but I am an avid exerciser, too. Last week, I rode my stationary bike for 40 plus miles, as well did an extra 45-60 minutes with the Turbo Jam or the Zumba fitness teams. The reason I know the detox is giving me an extra one up is because I’ve exercised regularly for the past…forever and this has given me a boost. I’ll keep you in the loop on this process to see if I continue to have success.

I need your opinion, please. Do you buy used books? If so, how much do you spend on paperback copies? The reason, I ask is I’m a wee bit perplexed. Last Thursday, I wrote Books! Books For Sale!!! trying to unload some wholesome fiction books for girls ages 8-13, which belonged to our daughters and are in excellent condition. Is $2 per/book plus shipping reasonable? What can I do to grab some one’s interest? I have other books I’d like to sell, as well if I can find a home for these. I don’t want to put much time into this, if I can’t find any takers. Advice! Advice! I need your advice on how to move these two sets I posted about!

Christmas lights…yes, let’s talk about Christmas lights. Yesterday, I put up our tree. If you’ve read my posts then you may recall, I like to get an early start on my Christmas decorating because I love the atmosphere it adds to our Thanksgiving festivities. Every year when we go to put on our standard, mini multi-color lights, we discover strands that either don’t work at all or only half-light up. What’s puzzling is, we make sure before the lights are stored that they are working. Are you plagued with faulty Christmas lights, too?  This brings me to LED Christmas lights. We are entertaining the idea of replacing them with LEDs. Do you have experience with LED Christmas lights? If so, do you run into problems with them after one season of use? I would love to hear what you have to say.

Thanks Stacy for keeping the randomness alive while Keely @ UnMom is taking a break! Go ahead, slip into the ranting mood with the rest of us. I know, you’ll feel right at home. You won’t run into any odd ball looks here because anything goes. C’mon on, join the weekly fun with this cool meme and tell Stacy, “Cathy sent ya!”

What’s the tape for, have I rambled too much?  What’s on your my mind today?

**This has been a personal product review based on my opinion. I was not compensated to write about any of the above products.**