Friday, May 28, 2010

Through the Looking.... Glasses?

Have you ever noticed that it seems nearly everyone wears eyeglasses or contacts? Is it that we don't take care of our eyes, put them under too much strain or do we pass it on from one family member to another?  I'm sure it's passed on through families. Both my Parents, Grandparents on both sides, both brothers and both sisters wear eyeglasses. Isn't that strange? I have 20/20 vision with both eyes open and 20/25 in my left eye. It's been that way for several years without changing. The doctors say that I'll eventually need eyeglasses to correct it but, for right now, I don't have to have them. Now, I did turn 40 this year so, from what I understand, the body changes quite a bit in this age group so it may not be much longer.

It just seems so strange that those not wearing  prescription glasses or contacts are the minorities. I know many people struggle with prescription glasses. They have to be bothersome. I always played sports and I cannot imagine having to deal with keeping the glasses on my nose, especially when you get to running and sweating. I think it'd be hard for me even with contacts. Sweat gets in your eyes and the first instinct is to rub them. Then there's the yearly exams to see if you need to adjust the prescription and what about the cost?

I know, growing up, glasses were almost 'cool'. It seemed everyone had them. I can even remember the 'trend' of wearing frames with no glass in them. Honestly, and this is not to offend anyone, but I thought those people were nuts. I always treasured my good vision. Was proud of it. I could read things really far off. The best part though was when we would go out at hunting rabbits and things. I could spot them long before the offers. I was known for my 'eagle eyes'.

Well, overall, I guess it can't be too awful bad. I mean, it's got to be worth it to be able to see. I know its become so much easier the past few years because you can get glasses online. You don't have to make trips back and forth to the doctor's office. You can just send in the prescription, pick your frames and they'll send them right out to you.

Speaking of ordering online, did you know that you can get 10% off your next purchase of prescription glasses by going to Glasses USA and using the code mommy10.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sylvania SilverStar Ultra Headlights Review and Giveaway

Do you have trouble driving at night? Does it seem like you just can't see?

This is how its been for me for years. I cannot enjoy the luxury of a newer vehicle with their high-tech headlights so what am I to do? I've found a solution.... well, actually, it found me: Sylvania SilverStar ULTRA Headlights.

As you can see in the photo, the Sylvania SilverStar ULTRA headlights are up to 50 percent brighter, increase down road visibility by up to 40 percent and side road visibility by up to 50 percent when compared to worn standard bulbs. Studies have shown that whiter, brighter halogen lighting can improve reaction time, increase nighttime visibility and provide better roadside viewing.

 To get an even better idea, take a look at the VIDEO or their COMMERCIAL

So, what do I think?

Upon receiving the Sylvania SilverStar Ultra Headlights, I had my son, Cody, put them in for me. I was anxious to see the difference. Cody was actually the first to use them. He came back and reported an overall improvement to visibility and he was just driving in town. He drives a 'low rider' with all the 'bells and whistles', including those fancy headlights that hurt to look at so I was impressed that he would like the Sylvania's.

Next, it was my turn. I was also driving here in town but could tell quite a difference in the lighting. Everything seemed so clear. Not foggy or hazy as I sometimes got with my other headlights.

Then, the true test: a trip to my boyfriend, Ollie's, house. Ollie lives in a remote area in the hills. The roads are dark and curvy. His road is gravel and unlit. Visits to Ollie's, particularly at night, can be scary. There's so much wildlife on the roads and they're hard to see until they jump on it.

That's not the case with the Sylvania SilverStar ULTRA headlights. I could see clearly and for a good distance in front of me but the best part was I could now see the shoulder and then some. I could see them in advance, too, making it easy to spot all those four-legged creatures, lurking to the side. Even the curves where lit up much better. I felt so much safer with the Sylvania SilverStar ULTRAs on board.

I've been driving with them for a couple months now and they're still performing magnificently. I've even been able to try them in rains, both light and heavy, and they rose to the occasion. I'm very pleased and I recommend them to you all, particularly if your kids are driving. Get these in their vehicles. They don't pay enough attention as it is so give them all the help you can.

Tips from Sylvania

Accidents are three times more likely to occur at night than during the day. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe on the road:

· Consider replacing standard halogen headlights with headlights that produce a brighter and whiter light. Studies have shown that whiter, brighter halogen lighting can improve reaction time, increase nighttime visibility and provide better roadside viewing.

· Don't wait for your headlights to dim and burn out before you replace them. Most headlights will dim up to 20 percent over time so evaluate them every year to ensure the best lighting performance.

· Replace your headlights in pairs to avoid uneven illumination, which can diminish driving visibility.

· Clean your headlight lenses and windshield to help you see better at night and in poor weather conditions.

· Ask your auto service person to make sure your headlights are properly aimed. Headlights can be knocked out of alignment by rough driving and, if not properly aimed, can be distracting to other drivers.

· Periodically check all your car lights to make sure they are in good working order. Ask a family member or friend.


Sylvania would like to make one of you the proud owner of your very own set of Sylvania SilverStar ULTRA headlights.

This giveaway will run until June 15th at 11:59 PM, CST.  Please, complete the mandatory entry first so that you are eligible for additional entries. Leave a separate comment for each entry. Make sure your e-mail is either in your comment or available at your blogger profile so I can contact you when you win.

Mandatory Entry

Visit Sylvania and tell me about another High Performance headlight they carry. Give me the name of the product and tell me something about it.

Additional Entries

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Good luck to you all!

This is a sponsored giveaway provided through Mom Relations. I received a set of Sylvania SilverStar ULTRA Headlights to review. The opinions here are my own and my son, Cody's.