In Our Backyard
Our backyard extends beyond the area behind our house, it includes the places we frequent, the places we visit, the places where we live life. This blog is all about the things we find in our backyard and beyond.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 27, 2011
"I find a person whose life is full of genuine dandelions and ditch weeds to be far more compelling than the person whose life is full of plastic roses, and I’m far from alone in that conclusion.
In other words, you’re better off being proud of being a ditchweed than trying to be a rose and merely being a plastic imitation of one. Stop caring what other people think. Be passionate and proud of who you are and what you enjoy and stop spending a dime of your money or an ounce of your energy trying to be something you’re not." ~ Plastic Flowers from The Simple Dollar
Friday, March 25, 2011
The seasons are just flying by! It will be spring again before you know it. At our house, spring is not just the time to spruce up the garden, it's also time to spruce ourselves up. Wake us up from the slow slumber of winter and get revved up for the brighter and warmer days ahead. So it's time for our annual physicals, check ups, and what have you.
Two of my three girls wear glasses and so does my husband. This year, it seems I will be joining them. My husband had to have his prescription refilled so I decided to go with him and have my eyes examined also. Well guess what? I need glasses now too!
So armed with our prescriptions, I decided to go to Zenni Optical again to have them filled. Yes, we've used them before for the girls' eyeglasses and saved a ton! The great thing about it is, our new optometrist does not mind including the pupil distance in the script. It used to be that the optometrist would not include that measurement in there, and only the techs who make your glasses could do it and this also forced you to use their services rather than just ordering stuff online. Well I guess enough of their customers asked for the pupil distance measurement that they just started doing it. I sure do appreciate it.
Zenni has great customer service and they really don't mind walking you through the steps of interpreting the numbers on your script and they used to coach you on how to take the pupillary distance measurement. Thank goodness I don't need to do that anymore! But it was a great service when our old opthalmologist wasn't so cooperative.
If you've ever had to pay for prescription glasses you know how expensive they can get. But try out Zenni Optical next time you need a prescription. They can accomodate pretty much all your needs from bifocals to progressives. The great thing is, their prices are discounted as such that you may only need to pay as little as $6.95 eyeglasses prescription eyeglasses!
Friday, February 04, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Everything in life is supposed to be inter-connected. Intertwined in a way that one small change in one can ultimately affect the bigger entity.
I suppose that is what we were kind of hoping for when talks about reforming health care was first bandied about. Here it is a couple of years later and it's time for me to renew our health insurance again and I have yet to feel a change. Nothing has changed with regards to our health insurance.
Now, it is time again to renew our health insurance at work that is never seems to be sufficient. We will be reviewing affordable health insurance quotes, hoping to get ample coverage for what we are able to pay for.
But, as most working people know, cheap health insurance that will cover all your needs is hard to come by. Those who can afford it supplement with additional private health insurance just to be sure not to end up owing doctors and hospitals in the end.
There are a couple ways to ensure this. One, as I mentioned is to buy private insurance. Another is to set up a health saving plan that you can pay for before taxes. That is what I'm doing. I have an account set aside that I pay on every month and every time my family and I go to the doctor or the hospital, I use a debit card from this account to pay for co-pays and other fees. And believe be, if you don't plan ahead those fees start adding up.
If you would like to learn more about your health insurance and what is offered and how you can supplement them, check out http://medicalhealthinsurancetoday.com/. They have several articles that may be helpful to you. I sure learned a thing or two just browsing through their website.