James Kicinski-McCoy is a writer and blogger, specializing in strategic marketing and branding, is a co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine, and co-owner and creative director of Two Son. She lives with her husband and four children in Nashville, Tennessee.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from our most recent fall arrivals over at Two Son. I’ve already been wearing the navy Caron Callahan sweater whenever the weather permits because it’s that good! We will also receive lots of new Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes next week as well as arrivals from Objects Without Meaning, Brother Vellies, and more. So, make sure to check in as we are continually updating the site with new clothes for men and women, hats, books, and home goods. Hope you like!
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I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend. It’s been a crazy busy season of life for me over the past few months and my weekends are golden. Hope you all get in some good R&R, and here are this week’s ten things…
I used to put together monthly “mix tapes” years ago here on Bleubird. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I am constantly on the look out for new-to-me bands to add to my ever-growing library. The last mix tape I made was back in 2010, so I think we are way past due for a new one. I’m hoping to find time to share some great songs, new and old with all of you that I am listening to from time to time, so turn up the volume, press play, and enjoy!
Have any great bands I should know about or add to a future mix? Please let me know what you’re listening to in the comments.
I always thought I had pretty good vision until about a year ago when my eyesight started to change. It’s most likely a result of the time spent working in front of a computer screen, but I have noticed that my eyes feel more strained and less focused recently. Similarly, Julian had a school physical and the doctor informed us that he should have his eyes checked by an optometrist. So, when the LensCrafters opportunity arose, we naturally hopped on for the one stop shop experience.
Recently, LensCrafters introduced Clarifye—an updated, state of the art eye exam technology that uses high-resolution imaging to detect eye issues. Instead of relying on the outdated manual process, Clarifye reads the shape of your eyes and automatically provides a precise prescription. The new technology allows for the doctor to not only quickly determine your eye health, but also detect health issues like glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetes. The process was quick, informative, and educational; after the initial eye exam, our optometrist showed us detailed images and videos to help diagnose our eye health and vision. Julian and I found out that we both still have fairly good vision, but will need glasses while working, studying, and reading.
After testing out a wide variety of frame options, Julian and I both opted for some cool new prescription Ray-Bans. LensCrafters utilizes AccuFit technology to assure a perfect fit for any frame you choose through a digital measurement system, and the in-store myLook app allowed us to compare our appearance in up to four frames at once. This service makes it easy to see your favorite choices all in one place to find your perfect pair.
While our visit to LensCrafters did not include our little ones, we learned that they recently created a back-to-school themed site, Eye on Kids Health for kids to learn about the importance of vision-care and their overall health. The exercises are not intended to test or measure a vision problem, but instead to teach kids about the significance of receiving regular eye exams through fun and interactive games. Birdie and Sailor loved playing along with “Penny the Pirate” as she walked the plank and searched for buried treasure, all the while learning about the importance of healthy and strong vision. The site also features vision healthcare information for parents and provides recommendations for comprehensive eye exams for kids and adults alike.
We get to pick up our new glasses any day now. Can’t wait! Thank you, LensCrafters!
I am a wannabe morning person. As much as I enjoy starting my day early, while everyone else is still asleep, I would much prefer to stay up late—while everyone else sleeps. I tend to think better late at night, and I think I am more productive and work faster, too.
I do, however, admire those friends of mine that are up before dawn, who have already completed their twilight run (yes, they do that!), morning cup of coffee and avocado toast, shower, and are ready to roll by the time my alarm is buzzing. I have never been a morning person, even as a child. I think it may be because my mother was not a morning person. We are always running late—always—and always in a rush. I also recall my grandparents going to bed at a very early hour—I lived with them in Arizona off and on as a kid. They would go to bed right after Jeopardy at 7 pm, and then would wake up at 4:30 every morning. I’ve always wondered why they chose this sleep schedule, but I know there’s something magical about early mornings. I’ve done it, and can appreciate the calm and solitude.
Making the switch seems so appealing, but I think I would have a hard time giving up my late night lifestyle. It’s my “me time” and with four kids and a non-stop work schedule, I am pretty set in my ways. That being said, I would love to start going to sleep a little earlier and waking up with the sun to meditate, workout, read, make breakfast, etc.
Are you an earlier riser? Any tips on how to restructure your sleep cycle? Please share with me below!