Unique in every way

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So today is the 29th Feb, a unique day indeed, only comes around every four years.  Another unique thing for me today is leaving work early on a Monday afternoon! Today my unique day turned into a bit of a treat for Dad and I after he visited my uncle in hospital.  Daddy daughter dates definitely are the best and with my work schedule these days, something that is becoming a bit sparce.  This little sweet treat was from General Merchants in Belfast.

I hope something else a little unique happened to you today. Xx

Out of the blur . . . I can see!!!

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This is a post that has been in the making for some while now, with work and Christmas and life in general it’s taken ages to get everything synced together to combine in a post.

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From the start then – back in 2014 the lovely people at Specsavers sent me a voucher and asked me to review their Osiris brand of glasses (click her to see the post).  Now two years on they have done it again, this time asking me to review the full Specsavers experience.  This came at the perfect time too, as I’d been feeling my eyesight had once again been getting worse.

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Initially I went in to book my appointment and have a look at some of the frames.  Trying to be very proactive I took a front and side on picture and one of the code on the leg of the frames.  Little did I know until the day of my appointment and referencing my favourites to the assistant, that I had taken a picture of the wrong leg (it was actually the other I should have taken) so it was no use to anyone. But hey, you live and learn.

One of the first things Specsavers do is take a picture of your eye in one of their machines. It is all very quick and easy, you just rest your chin on a rest (like the one in the picture below) and look ahead, this is called a Fundus photo.

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Next up you go to the machine shown in the picture above, again placing your chin on the rest and again you look into the machine. I think it was in this one where I had to look at a picture of a hot air balloon and randomly you get a puff of air into your eye. This is the one I hate because it always makes me jump, however it’s a really important one as it tests for things such as glaucoma!

This link will give you a bit more information on both of these.

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The above picture is me looking like a bit of a plonker with my face up towards the machine, which is kind of like a massive pair of glasses.

The machine was for my eye test, which as I wear contacts and booked a double appointment also covered my eye test for my contacts.  Again it is very simple and easy, the optician starts off looking at your eyes and from the reading previously tested from your current glasses or what they have on file start off the pictures on the screen while the machine is infront of you.

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Possibly not the best photograph of picture on ‘said screen’, but if you zoom in you should be able to see the different sized letters.  As you look and try to read these letters the optician will add different strengths of lenses and ask what ones make things clearer and easier to see with.

This process is repeated again for the contacts, but this time with your contact lenses in.

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At the end of the test the optician showed me the picture of my eyes from the Fundus photo, all healthy and good strong blood vessels.

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It was then time to pick my frames, unfortunately (due to my mistake with the reference number pictures) we weren’t able to find a couple of the ones I liked.  But the ones above that I ended up deciding on were on my ‘like list’ so it was all OK.  I ended up going for one of Specsavers own brand frames at £85.  Not because I was on a budget but just because these were the style I was looking for, I liked the fit and most importantly they suited my face shape.

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As you can see Specsavers kindly gave me £150 to spend. As a customer on their Lens Mail with my contact lens I got my eye tests for free and they had a deal on with the lens thinning process. My sight is that bad that not thinning my lenses is not an option, they are like bottle bottoms lol. Due to these discounts I had money left over, so instead of picking another new frame I decided to get the lenses change in my old ones.  This meant I only had to pay a supplement of £34.

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The assistant, Rebecca then checked to see how well they fitted and if there were any adjustments they needed to do.

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Taking measurements of my pupil distance to do this too.

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Three days later and my new glasses were ready.  I then left in my original pair to get the lenses changed and to pick up at the weekend.

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I am so pleased with my new specs, they are comfortable and I can actually see, the blur is gone!! Thank you Specsavers!! Xx

New look everywhere

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On Saturday I shared with you all my new look for my blog and decided I would have a think for a new logo.  Over the last couple of days I have been slowly introducing it on my instagram, twitter and facebook profiles.  So what do you think?  I have to say I loved the pictures I took up in Spelga Dam so decided to edit them.

Healthy treats

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Tried out a couple of recipes from this month’s Sainsbury’s magazine last night. Some cashew-date energy balls and maple peanut butter raw ‘fudge’.  I hold my hands up, some of the ingredients I just substituted for what I had in the house.  I can be a weirdo with textures and tastes of foods so didn’t want to splurge out on the expensive stuff till I knew I liked the recipe.

So I will do my best to update you and give you more info on it all in the next couple of days or so.

Ps the cashew-date energy balls are amazing!!!

Just 5 more minutes

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Just 5 more minutes in bed please, I’m not ready for the world just yet.

Spending extra time in bed on Monday morning procrastinating looking for the perfect Monday morning quote on Pinterest.

Come on guys we can do this!!!! Who am I kidding it’s the first day back after half term, today is going to be long!!! Can’t wait for bed tonight 😴

See you on the other side!