DIFF Eyewear

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In my search for a more eco friendly pair of sunglasses that didn’t break the bank, I came across a company named DIFF. I reached out to the company and I had the honor and pleasure of chatting with an inspiring entrepreneur from the DIFF eyewear company. His name is Chad Dime, one of the co-founders for DIFF. I was interested in finding out more about the company since I was intrigued by the charitable movements that they are involved with. It turns out that what this company is about is the true definition of integrity. DIFF not only has a quality product that they can be proud to stand behind, but they donate 1 pair of eyeglasses to a person in need in Africa for each and every pair of sunglasses sold.
I asked Chad what got him and his 3 partners started with DIFF and their passion for the “Eyes on Africa” charity. He told me that most of the motivation behind giving back to Africa goes back to his family history of decades of importing eyewear. Throughout this time he watched a company called Luxottica work to monopolize pretty much the entire eyewear industry. This was done by buying up approximately 80 percent of the big names like Oakley, Ray Ban, Gucci, etc. Then after purchasing the eyewear companies, they would then work at buying out retailers like Sun Glass Hut (you see these stores in many malls throughout  America). These actions lead to a monopolized high priced controlled marketplace for quality sunglasses. This motivated the co-founders of DIFF to make an effort to disrupt this monopoly and create a fair market value on eyewear.

A second but equally important motivation for DIFF was to give back through charity. Throughout the search for the perfect way to give back, the co-founders of DIFF met a woman named Sherry Grigsby, a retired school teacher out of California. Throughout her many travels to Africa, she started a program called “Eyes on Africa”. It is a a 501(c)(3), non-religious, non-governmental, non-political, non-profit organization. Their mission is “to provide eyeglasses at no cost to Africans through distribution in communities with no access to vision care”. The glasses cannot be sold or traded and must be made available to the community at-large.  “Eyes on Africa” has been distributing reading glasses in African countries since 2005. DIFF and Sherry joined forces by partnering together to help the people of 17 regions of Africa.

In late November 2014 DIFF was created.  Prior to DIFF’s very first sale of sunglasses, they already had donated 500 pairs of eyeglasses to Africa through “Eyes on Africa”. Within DIFF’s first year of business nearly 7,000 pairs of reading glasses throughout 17 regions in Africa were donated by DIFF.

DIFF has been increasingly successful  and most of that success is by word of mouth and marketing through social media.

Chad added in our conversation that people often ask “why not help those in need here in the U.S?” His reply is that the dollar can go a lot further in other counties and a small amount goes a long way in areas like Africa. He mentioned as an example that $25 US dollars could pay for an entire day of health screenings and eye exams for many people in Africa.

In addition to “Eyes on Africa”, DIFF just launched a new program with the help of Kelsey Sabo, a Peace Corp volunteer, who’s focusing on teaching literacy and empowerment to children in Uganda. With DIFF’s funding and Kelsey’s onsite help,  they provide health screenings and eye exams to 1,800 pupils. Through some of these preliminary screenings Kelsey and DIFF found that there was a definite need for eyecare. With the need of future eye exams they started an initiative for proper eyecare for Uganda. This is all a relatively new charity for DIFF as it just launched March 9th and 10 and then again on March 16th and 17th, 2016.

Throughout this conversation with Chad I just was floored at DIFF’s charitable efforts.  Diff is a company that was started and continues with integrity and caused-based passion, in addition to providing quality products which I will review next.

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My first day of sporting my very own pair of DIFF sunglasses displayed above!  The sunglasses arrived well packaged and included a soft case and cleaning case with the DIFF logo on it. The soft case was of excellent build quality and definitely something I could see myself using to store them. The sunglasses felt very solid in construction, but not overly heavy or bulky. They seem to have solid quality hinges. The sunglasses were super comfortable to wear.  They were lightweight and fit well on my face. I received the Dime style with polarized lenses. For my face shape and personal style taste, they were a bit too round. The Dime style is an eclectic and unique style. Of course this is simply a fashion preference.  Overall this is a great pair of sunglasses. I had the opportunity to try out another style of DIFF eyewear (see below) and this style is the Riley frames with gold mirror lenses. I really enjoy the fun mirror lense and really like the style of the frame. Just like the Dime style, the Riley’s arrived with the same case as the Dime style. The Riley is also handmade (as is all of DIFF’s eyewear) and the quality is high end. They fit perfectly and feel solid. The quality and price point alone make any DIFF sunglasses a great choice.  Combine those reasons with the charitable work of DIFF and this is a no-brainer recommendation for quality sunglasses.  Keep up the great work DIFF!

Want to get a pair of your very own DIFF shades? Use the link below to get $10 off of your purchase. 

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Flip and Tumble 24/7 Bags

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http://www.flipandtumble.com/shop/247bag/shop247.php

These are the most amazing reusable grocery/shopping bags you will ever come across… I am that confident! I own 6 of them and have them in my purse at all times. I use them almost daily. They scrunch down into a small round ball which makes it very handy to keep on you versus leaving it at home or in the car.

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In my search of the perfect reusable bag I went through many types and versions. I was looking for a bag that was user friendly. I didn’t want one of those double strap bags that for me just isn’t practical when you are loading them up and carrying many bags at once. I needed a reusable bag to be durable. They needed to carry a lot. Finally,  I  wanted convenience. Most of the ones that I have tried didn’t make the cut when I couldn’t keep them easily in my purse, therefore I would forget them in my car and lazily choose the store offered plastic bags. I ran across the  24/7 bags by Flip and Tumble on Amazon. I really research items and read through the reviews prior to any purchase. I am glad that I found these, I have finally met my match!

Eliminating plastics and making as little of an impact on the environment as possible is really important to Steve and I. Using the 24/7 bags helps us to do just that. We use these bags for much more than groceries. We use them for other shopping and beach bags etc. 

Another few pluses on these bags are they are backed by a really great company. They have many other products that you might like such as produce bags and messenger carry bags. Check out their website for more information on the company and products. I am also a huge fan of how much each one of these 24/7 bags can really hold… weight equal to 2 bowling balls that’s how much. In grocery amounts that packs a punch! I can pack all 6 of my bags full to the rim and with the comfy sling type handle it is all very effortless and possible to carry. They are super durable and washable too! It just doesn’t get any better than this! 🙂 I have had these bags for over 2 years now and they still show now signs of wear.

Each time I use these bags I get numerous compliments on them. I have converted some of my family members to purchase the 24/7 bags for themselves. I love how we are doing our part to eliminate plastic bags. Just in our use alone makes an impact and I hope that more and more people give them a try as I know that they won’t be disappointed!

 

Vitamix

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https://www.vitamix.com

Our Vitamix is the one appliance in our home that we use the most (well, it’s neck and neck with our coffee machine) 🙂

We cannot say enough good things about this product. It can blend just about anything and we use it for daily smoothies, desserts, soups, recipe ingredients etc.

This is the best blender in our opinion. There are many blenders that claim to blend like the Vitamix, but they don’t compare in my book. It is simple to use and extremely powerful! It pulverizes everything that you put in it.

At first we ordered it for simplicity. We were originally big into juicing. The juicing was a process in either of our two juicers, we saw that we were getting burned out with the prepping time, cleanup, etc. With the Vitamix, it is as simple as throw the ingredients in and within seconds, it is a smoothie! Just as nutritious as a juice and you don’t have to throw away a bunch of pulp! You use every bit of the fruit or veggie. There are so so many recipes out there and wonderful YouTube video recipes. You can just experiment yourself and successfully come up with something great!  Best of all, the Vitamix cleans itself…that’s right. When you are done blending up some goodness, just add one drop of soap and half of a container full of water and then return it to the base to blend for 20-30 seconds, rinse and then let air dry! I am definitely a fan of that!

The Vitamix company is great. They have wonderful customer service  and the warranty is fantastic (7 years)!  They also have a great trade in program as well.

If you are looking for a blender that really is powerful and want to transform your pallet with endless recipes and smoothie variations with the ease of quick cleanup,  then you cannot go wrong with the Vitamix!

Lady Comp Fertility Monitor


This one gets a bit personal for me. I do love this product so it earned a spot on my blog.

I decided a few years ago to to go off of birth control pills after being on them for 20+ years. I didn’t have any side effect or anything go wrong prior to my decision,  but finally did a lot of research myself and educated myself on my own reproductive health. I am glad that I did and wish I would have done this much sooner. I then decided to go a more natural and safer approach as I felt that was a better option for me.

I highly recommend the Lay Comp. It is an intelligent thermometer basically.  This is how it works.  Each day you wake up to the preset alarm to take your daily waking temperature. The Lady Comp then starts to learn your bodies reproductive routine and cycle based off of your temperature readings. Once it learns, it will then accurately record your cycle, predict menstruation and ovulation. It will also predict accurately your fertility daily. This is what makes this a great tool for achieving or preventing pregnancy.  It lets you know once your temperature is recorded each day what the status of your fertility is. For example, it will show a green, yellow or red indicator light. Green meaning safe or not fertile, yellow meaning the Lady Comp is learning and if you are trying to prevent pregnancy you should use protection when having intercourse. Finally, a red indicator light means that you are fertile and to use protection if having intercourse. The Lady Comp also provides a blinking red light to indicate ovulation. These lights can be used adversely if you are wishing to achieve pregnancy.

What I love most is that it is really that simple. The Lady Comp takes a lot of charting/ and guesswork out of your reproductive cycle. It keeps track and is a great tool for monitoring things like cycle lengths, ovulation days etc. It also is very helpful that it predicts when you are about to menstruate. This is extremely helpful for me.

The Lady Comp is costly up front. But for me, I knew that it would pay for itself after less than 1.5 years compared to my monthly birth control pill expense. It is also reasonable when you are comparing other methods of birth control such as implants or a hysterectomy.  You can go a cheaper route by purchasing a fertility thermometer and do your own charting via the FAM method. I originally had done this when “weaning” myself off of birth control pills (3 months) in addition to a few months while using the Lady Comp initially to compare.  What I found was that he Lady Comps readings are spot on with my manual charting.

I made my decision to purchase the Lady Comp to give myself a piece of mind knowing that I am using a very reliable and accurate birth control device in addition to having a safe and natural drug free birth control method. I have owned and used my Lady Comp now for over 2 years and so thankful to have it.

https://www.lady-comp.com/
This is the Lady Comp website. I bought it through Amazon. The customer care team of Lady Comp is amazing they are very knowledgeable and helpful if you have any tech questions for them. When I purchased my Lady Comp, I had some difficulty with the thermometer sensor. I emailed and then was able to talk to a representative over the phone right away. When they couldn’t troubleshoot the issue over the phone, they sent out a new replacement Lady Comp and followed up to make sure that my new Lady Comp was working properly. I am confident that if I have any future questions or concerns that they will be as helpful. It really says something to me when a company has such great customer service as well as being very knowledgeable of their products and standing behind their product.

As a disclaimer, I have not received any discount or free product from Lady Comp. This review is based on my personal experience and appreciation of the product alone. I hope that my review will help other women in their choice to have a safe and reliable natural birth control and/or family planning option.

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Charge-Fertility-Anniversary-Edition/dp/0060881909
I am a huge fan of this book!! 😊They might have an Ebook version as well.

This book was very informative and gave me a better understanding of my own reproductive health. It focused on describing how a woman’s body functions during her cycle. It also focuses on the FAM method of charting…it is not the old school charting techniques by the way. In reading this book I learned a lot more about my bodies natural occurrences. It would be extremely helpful to any woman who wishes to gain knowledge and take charge of their own reproductive health.  I purchased this book prior to my Lady Comp purchase and I feel that it is necessary to have the book if anyone is researching a family planning or birth control option. This should have been a book handed out in school for sex ed! 🙂 I think it is absolutely important for a woman to know about their own reproductive health so that they can make a sound decision when it comes to family planning, and birth control.

Thai Deodorant Crystal

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AN1JEI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00

My husband and I love that we are not using toxic chemicals and using a product that actually works! We live full time in the Bahamas and do sweat, but never stink with our Thai Deodorant Crystal! In the summer months here, it can be much hotter when the breeze really dies down. On some of those days we combine this deodorant with a bit of coconut oil and it works flawlessly! Prior to really making a healthier change for myself I used the clinical strength type of deodorants and when I would sweat – would stink, so, I am one of those normal people that does sweat! 🙂 We are so thrilled that we had found this product! So far, I have convinced my husband, cousin, mother in law and a couple of friends to use your product and they are as happy as I am.
In addition to it being much more effective, it is much cheaper than using a toxic deodorant. One stone will last me well over a year. Although, you have to be gentle with it. .. one slipped out of my hands after a shower and it shattered on the floor! 😦 After, that I couldn’t use it as it was too sharp to use. Now I have a spare, just in case as I know that I am a bit clumsy:). Still cheaper even with a back up! 🙂
It is really great that we don’t have to sacrifice dependability for a safer healthier product!

Coconut Oil

  

Coconut Oil is a staple in our lives. We use it for things like cooking (it can be used to replace butter and cooking oil), moisterizer, an ingredient in my homemade toothpaste, and  deodorant.  I also use it as a lip balm and makeup remover. 

Here is a link to even more ways to use coconut oil. 

http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/

Coconut oil is something that I would have a hard time living without. It just makes our lives much easier and simpler when one key item can be used to replace so many things. The healing properties and natural anti bacterial benifits are wonderful and help to heal and cure certain ailments. 

No Jet Lag!

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007KUX7?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01

My husband and I love to travel. This product is our travel companion. We use this product on long air travel days and never have any issues related to Jet Lag.

We love how it is homeopathic and it is real easy to take. We just set a timer on our cell phone and take one teeny tablet per instructions. On our trip to Ireland for our wedding we had all of our guests who were traveling take them and not one of us at all had any Jet Lag. My 85 year old grandma even was not too tired after those long flights!