The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:51:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 Popular Destinations for Snowbirds in Search of Warmer Winter Climates //wp.readers.com/blog/popular-destinations-snowbirds-search-warmer-winter-climates/ //wp.readers.com/blog/popular-destinations-snowbirds-search-warmer-winter-climates/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:25:03 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14620 Winter temperatures are rearing their ugly heads, and if you haven’t already migrated south for the winter (even for a quick vacation), you’re probably wishing you’d done so. Whether you’re planning ahead for next year or thinking about escaping the snow, sleet, and below-freezing temps that are upon us now, we recommend you follow the […]

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Winter temperatures are rearing their ugly heads, and if you haven’t already migrated south for the winter (even for a quick vacation), you’re probably wishing you’d done so. Whether you’re planning ahead for next year or thinking about escaping the snow, sleet, and below-freezing temps that are upon us now, we recommend you follow the snowbirds’* lead and find warmer temperatures!

*“Snowbirds” are baby boomers and retirees that head south to warmer climates during the winter season.

Austin, Texas

The warm sea climate and rolling hills of Austin make it one of the most scenic cities to visit in Texas during the winter months. With temperatures in the mid-60s, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, bird watching, kayaking, fishing, and hunting in this mild winter weather.

Featured reader: The Petty

 

Charleston, South Carolina

Winter visitors will only need to pack a light jacket when visiting Charleston in the winter months, but this historic city is known for more than its mild winter temps. Visit any of the eleven theatres, take a historic walking tour, reserve a tee time at any of the waterfront golf courses, or stroll down Museum Mile to experience the city first-hand. Plus, visiting during the winter months has its perks, since Charleston’s Wine and Food Festival takes place in late February and features the city’s best food and vino.

Featured reader: The Avenue Sun Reader

 

Gulf Shores, Alabama

White sandy beaches are as close as you’ll get to seeing snow in Gulf Shores! The mild temperatures may still be too cool for a swim, but the sunshine, greenery, and miles of sand will make you forget it’s winter. For all you oyster lovers, the winter is prime season for oysters, so bring your appetite and prepare to melt away those winter blues.   

Featured reader: The Key West Sun Reader

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

Trade your snow boots for sandals when you arrive in Honolulu! You’ll spend most of your time near the water, as the winter months bring big waves to Hawaii’s North Shore, and surfers will keep you entertained for hours as they ride large waves. Not a surfing fan? How about whale watching? Humpback whales will be frequenting the shores of Honolulu, as winter is peak mating season.

Featured reader: The Tropical

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville may not be a destination that comes to mind when you think of winter getaways, but with the endless entertainment options, it’s a must-visit city. With its generally mild winter temps, the perfect way to see the city is via an Old Town Trolley! Music City has endless museums, historic hotels, live entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and more!

Featured reader: The Silas Sun Reader

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Shake off those winter blues while smooth jazz fills the cobblestone streets! Exploring the rich culture of the French Quarter in temperatures averaging in the mid-60s certainly beats hunkering down for the next snowstorm. Famous for its cuisine – gumbo, po’ boys, jambalaya, beignets and more – your stay in New Orleans will not disappoint in any way!

Featured reader: The Versailles 

 

Orlando, Florida

Orlando’s pleasant winter temperatures make it a prime time to channel your inner kid and visit any of the city’s popular theme parks! If you prefer surrounding yourself with nature rather than roller coasters, a scenic boat tour through any of Orlando’s parks will reveal the local wildlife also reveling in the area’s warmer weather. This centrally located city is a short car ride away from any of the surrounding beaches and a fun day trip!

Featured readers: The Minnie Bifocal

 

San Diego, California

San Diego is the perfect California destination for snowbirds across the country. With mild weather year-round, winter will seem like any other season while you’re in San Diego! In this waterfront city, there is something for everyone – from museums to parks and gardens, to whale watching tours and more!

Featured reader: The Surf Sun Reader

 

Savannah, Georgia

Grab your sun readers and hit the town to experience the history and charm of Savannah! With mild winter temperatures, you’re free to spend your days fishing, on historic tours, attending food and music festivals, golfing, or relaxing on the shoreline.

Featured reader: The January Bifocal Sun Reader

 

Scottsdale, Arizona

The sun shines nearly every day of the year in Scottsdale, making this an ideal winter destination. While you’re there, you can choose how to spend your time. Take in the desert and all of its natural beauty in the Desert Botanical Garden, practice your putting on any of the hundreds of golf courses, or hike the desert mountains – whatever the warm winter day inspires you to do!

Featured readers: The Calloway 

 

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Why We Love Working at Readers.com //wp.readers.com/blog/why-we-love-working-at-readers-com/ //wp.readers.com/blog/why-we-love-working-at-readers-com/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:30:59 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14605 To us, working at Readers.com is more than just selling reading glasses. Our mission is to help people see more clearly so they can live a happier life, and as a company, we work towards that goal every single day. But what you may not know is that our Indiana-based team truly loves working at […]

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To us, working at Readers.com is more than just selling reading glasses. Our mission is to help people see more clearly so they can live a happier life, and as a company, we work towards that goal every single day. But what you may not know is that our Indiana-based team truly loves working at Readers.com. You’ll see that no matter which department we call home, each team member has found they can truly make a difference.

We asked some of our team members why they love working at Readers.com – this is what they had to say:

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4 Things To Learn Online if You’re a Senior Looking for a Hobby //wp.readers.com/blog/4-things-to-learn-online-if-youre-a-senior-looking-for-a-hobby/ //wp.readers.com/blog/4-things-to-learn-online-if-youre-a-senior-looking-for-a-hobby/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:01:14 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14587 At Readers.com, we understand how important hobbies are for continuing personal growth, and have created a Hobbyist Collection to bring you quality readers for your favorite hobbies. As seniors have become comfortable using technology for everything from video chatting with long-distance friends and family to booking the cheapest flights and hotel stays for their next […]

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At Readers.com, we understand how important hobbies are for continuing personal growth, and have created a Hobbyist Collection to bring you quality readers for your favorite hobbies.

As seniors have become comfortable using technology for everything from video chatting with long-distance friends and family to booking the cheapest flights and hotel stays for their next getaway, it isn’t any wonder, then, that some seniors turn to the internet to learn even more new skills and turn them into hobbies.

We’ve collaborated with Karen Weeks from Elder Wellness to bring suggestions on how seniors can use the internet to learn fun, new skills that they can turn into hobbies.

1. How to Play an Instrument

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, there’s no better time than the present. There are several ways you can take music lessons online, including using services such as takelessons.com or lessonface.com. You will have convenient access to a music teacher, and all you’ll need is an internet connection, webcam, and microphone.

You may find that you prefer online music lessons because you can take them in the comfort of your own home any time you want. In many cases, online music lessons cost about the same as an average in-person music lesson, especially because you don’t have to worry about the transportation costs associated with taking private, in-person music lessons. Once you master an instrument, you can take your show on the road and play with friends or book gigs in local coffee houses and bars to make a little extra money.

2. How to Train a Dog

Many seniors are dog owners because they enjoy the company and companionship their four-legged friends offer. You also may have a dog to combat loneliness or to improve your health. Pets have the power to lower stress and blood pressure and help you combat cholesterol, depression, and heart conditions. In fact, when you pet a dog, your body has a positive chemical reaction that lowers the stress-inducing hormone cortisol and increases the feel-good hormone serotonin.

It is much easier to own a well-behaved dog when you are a senior, and that’s why you should learn techniques to train your dog. For example, “useful in so many situations, ‘sit’ is often the first command dogs learn. In fact, most dogs ‘sit’ on their own, so all you have to do is connect the command to the behavior.”

With a little patience, positivity, and dedication, you can learn to train your dog some of the most important skills he needs to be an ideal companion and to make your life easier. If you find that dog training is your calling, you can turn it into a part-time job and train other people’s dogs.

3. How to Cook

Whether you’ve never been the best cook, or you need to learn how to cook for yourself for one reason or another, learning how to cook is an ideal skill for seniors to learn online. Many sites offer recommendations from professional cooks, online cooking classes, videos, and other resources that you can use in your quest to become a better cook.

You also may want to learn how to cook online because our doctor is encouraging you to start eating healthier. Several organizations and institutions offer free courses in healthy cooking online, and seniors benefit from learning about choosing healthier cuts of meat to selecting the best vegetables to promote good health by participating in them. You’ll enjoy sharing your new cooking knowledge with friends at various get-togethers.

4. How to Make Home Repairs

Do-it-yourself skills are all the rage today, and seniors can save a great deal of money by learning how to build or repair things around their own homes. There are more than enough online sites with tutorials, webinars, videos, and other resources that will help you build your knowledge about making home repairs.

One of the most important things you will learn is when it is safe for you to make the repairs yourself and when to call in a professional. For instance, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to complex electrical and plumbing projects. You’ll save a lot more time and money by calling a licensed electrician or plumber than attempting to DIY through the more advanced tasks on your to-do list.

Seniors can learn a number of fun, useful skills online. If you want to learn new skills that you can turn into a hobby or part-time job, don’t be afraid to enlist the internet as your personal learning guide.

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Readers.com Introduces The Hobbyist Collection //wp.readers.com/blog/readers-com-introduces-the-hobbyist-collection/ //wp.readers.com/blog/readers-com-introduces-the-hobbyist-collection/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:33:06 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14576 A great practice to ensure continued personal growth is to learn a new hobby, or rekindle a hobby that you have enjoyed in the past but haven’t made time for in awhile. Having a hobby is a great outlet for creativity and fulfillment. At Readers.com, we understand that when it comes to your favorite hobby […]

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A great practice to ensure continued personal growth is to learn a new hobby, or rekindle a hobby that you have enjoyed in the past but haven’t made time for in awhile. Having a hobby is a great outlet for creativity and fulfillment. At Readers.com, we understand that when it comes to your favorite hobby the right pair of readers is critical for those finite details. This is the motivation behind our new Hobbyist Collection. We are bringing you some of our favorite styles from the collection and are excited to see how they accompany you with your hobbies this year.

The Cooper Safety Reader  and The Clove Safety Reader

For the tool-wielding craftsman, we know how important the right pair of safety glasses is to completing your project. The Cooper Bifocal Safety Reader includes clear, OSHA approved ANSI Z87.1 polycarbonate safety lenses with a small section of magnification at the bottom of each lens. These readers will not only protect your eyes, but because they are bifocal readers, you don’t have to keep taking your safety glasses or reading glasses on and off!

The Petty

If this is the year that you decide to dust off your old piano and begin to play again, The Petty is the perfect pair of readers for deciphering those small little music notes. These fully magnified round readers feature a sleek plastic and metal combination frame.

The Lorelai Bifocal

If sewing is your hobby of choice, The Lorelai Bifocal will be the perfect accessory to help you focus on those details that really make your work standout. These retro square readers have a colorful floral printed frame and bifocal lenses that will help your creativity blossom.

The Melody

If you enjoy journaling and seek to take your writing style up a notch, consider a pair of The Melody. This reader’s bold two-toned pattern and fun cat eye shape are sure to have you in an innovative state of mind.

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6 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes To Try This Winter //wp.readers.com/blog/6-slow-cooker-soup-recipes-to-try-this-winter/ //wp.readers.com/blog/6-slow-cooker-soup-recipes-to-try-this-winter/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:48:04 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14569   The cold weather is here to stay for awhile which means it’s officially “soup season”!  When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better than warming up with your favorite soup. Slow cooker meals are easy yet so tasty and perfect for chilly nights in. Here are some hearty slow cooker soup recipes from a […]

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The cold weather is here to stay for awhile which means it’s officially “soup season”!  When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better than warming up with your favorite soup. Slow cooker meals are easy yet so tasty and perfect for chilly nights in. Here are some hearty slow cooker soup recipes from a few of our favorite food blogs that you should try this season.

Slow-Cooked Loaded Potato Soup

A bowl of potato soup is perfect on a cold day. This loaded potato soup from Taste of Home is a great slow cooker recipe to add to your line up. A grilled cheese pairs well with this soup.

 

Crockpot Beef Stew

Looking for a comfort food that is perfect during the winter months? This Crockpot beef stew recipe is an easy and yummy way to enjoy a night in. With only 10 minutes of prep time, let the crockpot do the work while you spend time with loved ones.

 

Slow Cooker Chili

Sometimes nothing beats a classic! Try this traditional family favorite slow cooker chili. Adding pasta to your chili is also very tasty.

 

Creamy Chicken Dumpling Soup

Chicken and dumplings make for the perfect nostalgic comfort food. With this simple Chicken Dumpling Soup recipe from The Taylor House , you can have them anytime.

 

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Put a little twist on a classic! Try this Crockpot Lasagna Soup from Family Fresh Meals for a tasty, savory dinner the whole family will enjoy. It is also easy to make this a vegetarian option as well.

 

Crockpot Taco Soup

Spice up your ‘Taco Tuesday’ with this Taco Soup recipe from Life in the Lofthouse. This delicious and unique dinner will be loved by all.

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5 Gifts You Can Thrift //wp.readers.com/blog/5-gifts-you-can-thrift/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-gifts-you-can-thrift/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:10:15 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14557 When setting out to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this season, you might be surprised to find that you don’t have to spend time fighting crowds at malls and mainstream stores. If you’re looking for that unique gift with plenty of character, try visiting a local antique or thrift store. These stores […]

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When setting out to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this season, you might be surprised to find that you don’t have to spend time fighting crowds at malls and mainstream stores. If you’re looking for that unique gift with plenty of character, try visiting a local antique or thrift store. These stores tend to have lots of unexpected treasures that can become cherished gifts for the loved ones on your list.

With all of the treasures to wade through at antique stores, it can be difficult to pinpoint what exactly to look for. To help you get on track to finding that special gift, we’ve created a list of items that can be found at antique and thrift stores, that not only make quality gifts, but also tell a story that can become an heirloom handed down for generations.

 

Candlesticks

A set or pair of antique candlesticks makes for a wonderful gift as they can be used in many different ways. These pieces also have their own ornate markings that make for an intriguing design to add to any home. Candlesticks can be used as table decor, bookends, or brought out for special occasions.  

 

Vintage Decor

Antique clocks, crates, tables, and even luggage are all pieces that can be used as decor by the person in your life who embraces a rustic style. The vintage lover on your list will appreciate the authenticity that the pieces bring.

 

Antique Books

Antique books not only make great reading material, but once read they can be repurposed as decor pieces.

 

Pottery

Antique pottery makes a great gift for anyone on your list. You can personalize an antique bowl by filling it with little things the person you’re buying for enjoys, they can use their pottery as a vase or planter, or they can put their pottery on display in other creative ways.

 

Record Player and/or Vinyl Records

A great gift for the music lover on your list is a vintage record player. If the music lover you’re shopping for already has a record player, you can’t go wrong with purchasing a few vinyl records. Most antique stores have crates full of records just waiting to be picked and played.

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Snow & Tell: Welcome Winter With These Chilly Facts //wp.readers.com/blog/snowtell-welcome-winter-with-these-chilly-facts //wp.readers.com/blog/snowtell-welcome-winter-with-these-chilly-facts#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:39:51 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14542 Winter is upon us, and brilliant white snowflakes have begun to fall. Maybe you are excitedly anticipating the first (and subsequent) snowfall(s) of the year, or maybe you are already making plans for your winter escape. If you are the latter, we suggest avoiding New Hampshire as it has the most snowy days per year. […]

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Winter is upon us, and brilliant white snowflakes have begun to fall. Maybe you are excitedly anticipating the first (and subsequent) snowfall(s) of the year, or maybe you are already making plans for your winter escape. If you are the latter, we suggest avoiding New Hampshire as it has the most snowy days per year. However, if you are in favor of snowy weather we highly suggest paying a visit to Alta, Utah, as it is the snowiest U.S. town with an average of 583 inches of snow per year.

Read on for even more snowy trivia to help you prepare for the winter season ahead:

Snow & Tell: Welcome Winter With These Chilly Facts

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5 Stress Free Recipes For This Holiday Season //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:21:39 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14526 Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of […]

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Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of stress. This holiday season we want you to be able to deck the halls with jolly and not stress about what you are going to bring to your sister’s white elephant gift exchange.

 

To help you start planning those festive dishes, here are five simple recipes that will dazzle dinner guests while saving you precious time.

 

Gingerbread Brownie Cutouts

These gingerbread brownie cutouts will become your go-to party dessert. Everyone loves brownies, and when they are in the form of a cute gingerbread man, no one will be able to resist. Simply make your favorite brownie box mix and use a gingerbread cutout to get the gingerbread shape, and finish by using icing and m&m’s for garnish.

 

If you find yourself as the host of the Christmas party, save yourself the time of decorating and plan for everyone to decorate their own gingerbread man. This can be a fun decorating competition or simply an easy way to keep the kiddos entertained.

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How cute are these grinch Santa snacks? All you need for these festive treats are green grapes, bananas, strawberries, mini marshmallows, and a toothpick to place your ingredients on. These snacks will not only be a crowd pleaser, but will take you no time at all to whip up.

 

Pigs In A Blanket Wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to an ugly Christmas sweater party? Add to the fun with this pigs in a blanket wreath. All you need to do is wrap a small smoked sausage link or hot dog in a crescent roll and bake it in the oven. Then place the pigs in a blanket in a circle on a tray and garnish with a ribbon to give it the festive feel you’re looking for.

 

Charcuterie Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare the perfect Christmas appetizer by arranging your meat, veggies, crackers, and cheese in the form of a Christmas tree. Charcuterie is always a guest favorite and guests will love seeing the unique arrangement.

 

White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn

This white chocolate reindeer popcorn is super quick to whip up and will be a tasty treat to munch on throughout your party. All you need is one bag of white popcorn, red and green m&m’s, pretzels, and Christmas sprinkles.

 

Now that you have your Christmas party dishes planned, you can focus on finding the perfect Christmas gifts. We might be biased, but we think eyewear makes for a pretty great gift.

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Introducing Our Readers.com Signature Collection //wp.readers.com/blog/introducing-our-readers-com-signature-collection/ //wp.readers.com/blog/introducing-our-readers-com-signature-collection/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:47:04 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14484   At Readers.com we strive to bring you high-quality readers that not only keep your eyes and wallet happy, but also bring you the most popular styles. This season we are bringing you the best in optical quality with our new Readers.com Signature Collection. In this collection you will find an assortment of handmade reading […]

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At Readers.com we strive to bring you high-quality readers that not only keep your eyes and wallet happy, but also bring you the most popular styles. This season we are bringing you the best in optical quality with our new Readers.com Signature Collection. In this collection you will find an assortment of handmade reading glasses in high-quality acetate, polished to a perfect shine. Not only do our reading glasses come with anti-scratch frames, making them durable for everyday use, but they also are in a wide range of rich tortoise and solid colors for when you need to accessorize without sacrificing functionality. All signature readers come with a protective case and cleaning cloth and are available in powers +1.25 to +3.00.

All of our signature readers come at a $59.95 price point, allowing you to treat your eyes without making a major investment. We have a feeling you’re going to love our Readers.com Signature Collection as much as we do, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.

 

Signature Round Frames

The Getty – The Getty is a narrow round acetate frame that comes in brown tortoise, blue tortoise, and violet tortoise. You will likely want all three of these punchy colors. This pair of round readers has an acetate frame, spring hinges, and aspheric lenses that keep you comfortable and looking sharp all day long.

 

The Chateau – This round acetate reader has wire temples and a metal bridge, and comes in tortoise/gold and olive tortoise/silver. You really can’t go wrong in this classic lightweight pair of readers.

 

The Carlisle – These narrow round readers have an acetate frame and come with metal temples in black/gold and clear/silver. The Carlisle boasts an element of grooviness that can’t be touched.

 

The Pontiac – Inspired by the nostalgia of Route 66, The Pontiac features a retro round shape, keyhole bridge, and metal accents. Made from polished acetate, this full frame, optical quality reader comes complete with spring hinges.

 

Signature Cat Eye Frames

The Astor – Embrace the always trendy cat eye look you love with this medium cat eye frame, with premium acetate material in brown tortoise, black, and wine. These readers feature spring hinges and thin, aspheric lenses for an exceptional look and feel.

The Eden – Keep your eyewear stylish and sleek with the ever so smooth Eden. These premium acetate, cat eye readers from the Signature Collection feature bright tortoise hues and spring hinges for added comfort. The thin, aspheric lenses will keep your look on point and your eyes happy.

 

The Rothschild – If you describe your style as a little bit edgy, we think you should take the Rothschild for a spin. With its bamboo like temples and medium cat eye frames, these readers are an accessory that can’t be ignored. This fashionable cat eye reader is made of premium acetate and has both spring hinges and aspheric lenses to give you a comfortable fit no matter what.

The Versailles – Adorn your eyes with the lovely Versailles. Our signature Versailles are an  oversized women’s acetate browline style with cat eye frames, and come in black/tortoise as well as blush/tortoise.

 

The Galena – If you like to add a touch of flare to your wardrobe, look no further than The Galena. This trendy cat eye has a unique, color layered frame in polished acetate. Metal diamond detail and spring hinges create premium style and comfort.

 

Signature Rectangle/Retro Square Frames

The Vanderbilt – Bring a retro meets bold element to your look with these retro frames. Made from premium acetate with thin aspheric lenses, these readers will keep your look sharp and your vision sharper. Spring hinges help to make these a great fit.

The Ludlow – Snag a pair of readers that are always in style. Our signature Ludlow have retro square frames with polished acetate material and come in brown tortoise and navy blue stripe.

 

The Nottingham – Sleek and cool, our signature Nottingham are sure to draw “oohs and ahs” wherever you go. The Nottingham have retro square acetate frames with metal temples and bridge, and come in grey tortoise with gunmetal as well as brown tortoise with gold.

The Warwick – Being square has never been so cool with our signature Warwick. These readers have retro square metal frames with acetate temples, and you can choose from matte dark blue metal with brown tortoise temples as well as matte gunmetal with red tortoise temples. Prepare to be mesmerized.

The Baxter – The Baxter is the perfect combination of premium style and design. This style has a polished acetate frame complete with spring hinges and fully magnified lenses.

 

The Chandler – The Chandler’s bold, retro shape and metal rivet detailing make this style a staple in your reading glasses collection. This fully magnified reader uses premium polished acetate in colorful combinations so you are always satisfied with your look.

 

The Claremore – The Claremore is here to serve your reading needs with premium quality. This polished acetate plastic frame comes in a retro shape, while extra long temples help with the fit (they can be adjusted, too)!

 

The Rialto – The Rialto provides the retro look you love, but with a significant upgrade. As a part of our signature collection, this style features a polished, premium acetate frame that is heat adjustable and has fully magnified reading lenses.

 

 

Now that you have the inside scoop on our signature readers, you are ready to shop the collection.

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Readers.com Serves In Guatemala //wp.readers.com/blog/readers-com-serves-in-guatemala/ //wp.readers.com/blog/readers-com-serves-in-guatemala/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:15:32 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14457   You may know that at Readers.com we are passionate about spreading happiness beyond our four walls. One of the ways we do this is by partnering with Timmy Global Health to expand access to healthcare across the world. Our partnership with Timmy Global Health involves us donating our reading glasses to underserved communities in […]

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You may know that at Readers.com we are passionate about spreading happiness beyond our four walls. One of the ways we do this is by partnering with Timmy Global Health to expand access to healthcare across the world. Our partnership with Timmy Global Health involves us donating our reading glasses to underserved communities in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Ecuador. However, last month we had the opportunity to send two of our very own team members, Kari Daffron and Julie Schieferstein, to join Timmy Global Health on their medical service trip to Xela, Guatemala.

We were so excited to hear about Julie and Kari’s experiences while serving the communities in Guatemala that we wanted to share their story with you too.

 

Welcome back from Guatemala! Can you tell us a little about yourselves, and what you do for Readers.com?

J: I am the Merchandising Manager and work to purchase our products for Readers.com.

K: Hi, I am Kari and I am the Content & PR Manager in our Marketing Department at Readers.com. My team oversees social media, graphic design, content writing, PR, and more.

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You just got back from a service trip in Guatemala with Timmy Global Health. Can you tell us about what made you decide to work alongside Timmy for this trip?

J: Being in Merchandising, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Timmy when organizing our product donations. I have always been fascinated by the trips Timmy takes and wanted to see the difference they make in other’s lives first hand. They offer a young professionals trip to Xela, Guatemala each year so it was an opportunity to work alongside the medical professionals to help these communities with medical care and see our glasses given to people who need them.

K: From the first time Timmy Global Health came to visit Readers.com to inform our team members about their health brigades, I had a desire to work alongside them. Not only does their mission align with my personal and professional goals, but their execution was truly admirable.

 

Can you give us a little background information on who Timmy Global Health is and what their mission is?

J: Timmy Global Health’s mission is to expand access to healthcare and empower students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. They work with a local organization in Guatemala to offer clinics 4 x per year in 5 different communities. That way, people with chronic conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, or any other illnesses or ailments, can see a doctor and get the medical help they need and maybe don’t have regular access to in their village.

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You both work for Readers.com, where eyewear is a part of your everyday work. What was it like to be in a place where eyewear is not accessible for the people who need it?

J: Many of the women who needed reading glasses could not read and needed them in order to weave or work. Giving them access to reading glasses helps them continue to contribute to their family’s income. It was pretty powerful. These glasses aren’t just for hobbies. They can vastly improve someone’s life.

K: You only realize how truly fortunate we are and what we take for granted most days when you are in an environment which things are not as easily accessible, or accessible at all. Most of the patients we worked with during our time in Guatemala could not even explain the need or want for reading glasses, but instead would describe the impact of their everyday lives by not being able to see their detailed work. Most of the community members depend on detailed work for their everyday living. It was a remarkable task to be able to provide such a simple tool to help assist them, and know that will truly impact them and their families.

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Was this your first international service trip?

J: It was! I have always been interested in traveling on a service trip, but besides our partnership with them, what really drew me to the Timmy trip was their emphasis on continuous care.

K: This was my first international service trip! It was my first official service trip all together. My husband and I are avid travelers, but being fortunate enough to go on this specific international service trip has been a trip of a lifetime. I plan to continue these trips and spread even more happiness beyond our four walls here at Readers.com.

 

How did this trip compare to your expectations of what a service trip would be like?

J: The logistics of a weeklong trip that takes us to 5 different communities are a huge task that Timmy takes on with ease. I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of environment or my usefulness as a non-medical professional, but Timmy always found a place for me in the group. From getting to scribe for doctors, to taking patient vitals, I felt like I was still helping to run a smooth clinic. The experience was so eye opening!

K: Timmy Global Health did a remarkable job of helping all of the volunteers prepare mentally and physically for what this service trip would need/entail. I felt I was the most prepared I could be, but nothing can truly prepare you for the feeling you will experience when seeing the patients and working with them one on one. It has been one of the most joyful experiences throughout my life.

 

What was your role while serving with Timmy?

J: My role within the brigade was switched up almost daily, which I loved because I got to see almost every side of the operation. From running the patient flow, to scribing a doctor’s prescriptions, counting out those prescription medicines to taking patient vitals.  I also helped administer reading and sunglasses which I felt right at home doing! It was so fun to be apart of the process start to finish!

K: Each day my role on the brigade changed slightly. Everyone was in charge of helping prepare for clinic each day by getting bags packed before we left in the morning and then setting up once we arrived on site. Some days I worked as a scribe for a volunteer doctor on the brigade. I would type in notes as they examined the patient, the pain points the patient was having, and would enter the prescriptions for the pharmacy to fill at the next station. Other days I was in the pharmacy filling prescription and counting out vitamins for the adults and children that would be visiting the clinic that day. An additional role of mine was to take vitals after patients were checked in. This included blood pressure, heart rate, height, and weight.

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What did you learn about the people you were serving?

J: Their sense of community spanned across generations. Many of the older patients spoke indigenous languages like Mam and C’iche, and their children or grandchildren would attend to translate to Spanish. You could see family and community bonds in each village we visited. Though these communities maybe didn’t have much from a westerner’s point of view, they were grateful for what they did have and grateful for organizations like Timmy who come to help.

K: The patients that we served while we were in Guatemala were astonishing. I truly feel we could learn so much from other cultures and should take bits and pieces back home with you as you travel the world (if you are fortunate enough to be able to do so). I hope the kindness I learned from them sticks with me during my lifetime.

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What did you find challenging about this trip?

J: You know, I really didn’t know what to expect! I think not being able to 100% understand the patient’s via language was a challenge, and with double translation, was even more challenging. You used a lot of body language, especially when interacting with patients to take their vitals. Sometimes I wanted to be able to look at a patient and tell them everything was going to be okay, but that language barrier made that hard.

K: As I mentioned before, it is impossible to be 100% prepared for a service trip like this. What I thought would be one of my biggest barriers, the language barrier was actually less challenging than believed. The communication and emotions exchanged through no words, but often time laughter and expressions, are so much stronger than I could have ever anticipated. I was fortunate enough to be in the room when a mother was able to hear her baby’s heart rate for the first time, and in that moment, the differences of languages was not relevant at all.

Instead, one thing I found challenging was the diet change we had to make for an international trip. It seems so silly, but the affects the food and water can have on our bodies when we are not accustomed to it can really make or break a trip — especially one where the goal is to help others. Preparation is key!

 

What did you find rewarding?

J: Rewards came in many forms from this trip. First, being able to see and be the helping hand at a Timmy Clinic. It just made me feel good knowing that one woman could now see her weavings with her new reading glasses or another patient finally got some relief from back pain she was having with the stretches and Advil administered via the pharmacy. Another reward was meeting some amazing people on our brigade. Spanning our early twenties onto our 60s, I will always share a special bond with the volunteers we met. Everyone was positive and uplifting, but kept it real, which I loved. Even in the tougher moments, we all banded together, shared encouragement and laughs, and worked toward the common goal. I am so inspired by the people I met during my week in Guatemala.

K: The entirety of the trip I would describe as rewarding. I could not have imagined the experiences I would have gained and I only have a desire to go back, to Xela and other communities, to continue giving back. It is truly contagious.

 

How important is it to maintain a flexible attitude when going on a trip like this?

J: You HAVE to be flexible! You are traveling for hours each day to hillside villages and have a set amount of time to accomplish your clinic goals. A can-do attitude and a little laughter can go a long way! Haha I was just remembering the struggle of remembering to brush your teeth with water from a water bottle. That was a (pretty small but important) challenge! But your attitude is key.

K: Flexibility is key. Timmy Global Health has perfected the organization of each brigade, but each still is so different than the next. Especially when having to travel each day, new things are always arising. It is best to be flexible and willing to ensure that accomplishing the mission of providing care for those in need is the main priority.

 

How did your time in Guatemala affect your perspective on the challenges facing developing countries?

J: I had never visited a developing country before and I feel like what really stuck out to me on this trip to Guatemala was that you can have so much while having so little. It is all about your perspective. In the end, the people and relationships you meet and cultivate throughout your life are what’s going to drive you to success and happiness. I admire the people of Guatemala so much for their resilience and positivity, even when their situations haven’t always been easy.

K: The kindness and appreciation of the Guatemalan people were beyond what I could have ever expected. The closeness of the communities and the bonds formed, both with the Timmy Global staff and general volunteers, was amazing. Although they may not be as fortunate to have access to the things that we seem so accustom to in the United States, you realize they aren’t missing these materialistic things either. A different perspective truly opens your eyes when realizing what is important in life.

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What is your favorite memory from your trip?

J: Hmmm, I think one of my favorite memories from the trip was when I was running the patient flow at clinic one day and needed to help an elderly lady to a seat in the waiting area. She was almost totally blind and her husband (her guide) was being seen by the doctor. She grabbed ahold of my hand so tightly, me, a complete stranger from a different country. That kind of trust really moved me. We were in it together for those few minutes and I felt honored to be entrusted with guiding her to her seat. It seems like such a small gesture now, but I think it represents the bigger purpose of the Timmy clinics and the trust and kindness we saw from everyone, all week in Guatemala.

K: There are so many memories from my trip, it is honestly hard to pick just one. I would say my top three memories were interacting with the patients one on one and truly getting to know them and understand their needs, getting to work with such amazing volunteers and the Timmy Global staff, and experiencing communities that were so rich in culture.

 

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What advice would you give someone wanting to be a part of a service trip, but has never been on one?

J: Go for it! Have a flexible attitude and willingness to learn and help. Not only will you be helping others, you will get so much back in return.

K: Go! Do not let worries or concerns hold you back. It was a trip of a lifetime that will have everlasting effects that I could not be more thankful for. Until you have been on a service trip, the unexpected can be scary, but once you are able to experience it, all doubts disappear and you realize why you are there and what drew you in from the beginning.

 

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