The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com™ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:24:59 +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 5 Popular Holiday Traditions and Their Origins //wp.readers.com/blog/the-origins-of-5-popular-holiday-traditions/ //wp.readers.com/blog/the-origins-of-5-popular-holiday-traditions/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:24:40 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=15796 Fruitcake Fruitcake gets a bad rap for the holidays. This infamous gift traces back its origins to Egyptian history. It’s said that Egyptians left fruitcakes on in the tombs of their dead relatives. In England, people would place fruitcake under their pillow to dream about their sweet, eventual “someone”. Europe made fruitcakes illegal in the […]

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Fruitcake gets a bad rap for the holidays. This infamous gift traces back its origins to Egyptian history. It’s said that Egyptians left fruitcakes on in the tombs of their dead relatives. In England, people would place fruitcake under their pillow to dream about their sweet, eventual “someone”. Europe made fruitcakes illegal in the 18th Century describing them as “sinfully rich” treats. Europeans began fleeing to America to get from under Europe’s thumb, and shipment of fruitcakes to America began.

Quite the backstory for something people now use for cake-chucking contests! The rumor is that when they became mass-produced, fruitcakes became the gag gift of the season. Now, about 47% of people who receive them as gifts admit to eagerly throwing them away.

Kwanzaa Candles

Many people can recognize Kwanzaa candles, but did you know each of the colors of the candles have a specific meaning? Kwanzaa candles consist of red, black, and green candles. The candles are lit from left to right, beginning with three red candles, which represent the struggle for freedom for people of African heritage. This is followed by lighting one black candle which represents the color of the people. Finally, three green candles are lit which symbolize the rich and fertile land of Africa.

 

Wreaths

They’re a must-have amongst Christmas decorations, but where does the tradition stem from? Wreaths are believed to have found their early roots in Germanic culture, the evergreen symbolizing life year-round and the eventual return of warm weather. Essentially, hope for all who hibernate in the winter. This tradition was later adopted by Christianity and infused with the telling of Christ, his crown, and the symbol of everlasting and eternal life. 

 

Hanukkah Gelt

The giving of the Hanukkah gelt is a timeless tradition of the Jewish culture. Some of the earliest Jewish records express how important unique coinage was because its ability to be minted represented Jewish independence. The coinage was an early symbol of prosperity, and when their use began to wane, coinage was still given to Jewish teachers in support of children’s education and their learning the Torah. Gelts eventually were given to children as well, in support of their academics and studying Judaism.

Gelts are now popularly given as money and as chocolate gold coins to Jewish children during the season of Hanukkah.

 

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

The lion dance is popularly seen during the celebration of the Chinese New Year, but not exclusively so. It can also be found at many Chinese celebrations and festivals due to it being a symbol of fortune and good luck. The lion dance consists of two people under a lion suit, one in the head and one in the body, who dance and mimic the movements of the lion. Sometimes they spit out greens to spread good fortune as the head consumes red envelopes called “hong paos” that contain monetary donations.

This tradition dates back to the Three Kingdoms Period and the eventual rise of Buddhism and the Tang Dynasty. Lions were originally a Chinese myth, being that no lions lived in China at the time. Upon introduction by the Silk Road trade, however, the lion dance became a prayer for good luck.

 

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Readers.com™ Holiday Recipes Your Family Will Love //wp.readers.com/blog/holiday-recipes-your-family-will-love/ //wp.readers.com/blog/holiday-recipes-your-family-will-love/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:55:35 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=15779 ‘Tis the season to enjoy all our favorite foods. Because it’s also the season of giving, Readers.com™ wanted to share its favorite family recipes with its readers. Each recipe is a personal submission from a member of the Readers.com™ crew in hopes to help spread joy to the world. Feel free to print the recipes, […]

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‘Tis the season to enjoy all our favorite foods. Because it’s also the season of giving, Readers.com™ wanted to share its favorite family recipes with its readers. Each recipe is a personal submission from a member of the Readers.com™ crew in hopes to help spread joy to the world. Feel free to print the recipes, post them on your fridge, and share with all your loved ones. We hope you enjoy!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

This is a wonderful holiday appetizer that everyone goes nuts for! In just a little over an hour, you’ll have a snack that’ll be a house favorite. Be sure to hang onto the recipe too, your family will be requesting it every holiday season to come.

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Mrs. Leona Burnett’s Chip + Cherry Cake

This recipe by Mrs. Leona Burnett was passed onto her family and now to us.  

“Mrs. Burnett was a sweet and gracious woman, and was always very welcoming to all of us (seven kids in my family),” recalls a staff member at Readers.com™.

We’re happily keeping her legacy alive this holiday season. Try this recipe and you’ll discover one of many reasons Mrs. Burnett always had a full house.

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Cherry Cheesecake

One Readers.com™ team member contributed her mom’s recipe that instantly became a family requirement at every holiday gathering. Try this delicious recipe for a new rendition of a holiday dessert classic!

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Sugared Pecans

Our COO contributed this recipe that makes for the perfect quick snack while your family is anxiously anticipating the rest of the holiday feast finishing in the oven.

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Lime Pear Salad

This is a cool and refreshing treat that’ll keep your family cheering for more. We’re not sure how Jell-O became a holiday staple of so many of our favorite dishes, but we’re thrilled it did, and you will be too!

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Spinach Dip

A bread and dip combo in one (with fewer dishes to clean),  this easy recipe is one that is loved year-round!

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As you’re considering what’s on the menu this holiday season, we hope these recipes come in handy for you. If some of the recipes become blurry after a while, consider keeping a pair of reading glasses handy in the kitchen. If you’re in need of new readers, we’ve got you covered with a variety of affordable and stylish pairs.

However you spend your holidays, may your bellies be full and your hearts be light.

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HSA and FSA Accounts: What You Need to Know //wp.readers.com/blog/hsa-and-fsa //wp.readers.com/blog/hsa-and-fsa#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:33:51 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=15693 Medical expenses, both planned and unexpected, can take a toll on a family’s finances. Even with health insurance, the cost of insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses can weigh heavily on your pocketbook. One way to prepare for rising medical costs? Open a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account where a portion of your […]

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Medical expenses, both planned and unexpected, can take a toll on a family’s finances. Even with health insurance, the cost of insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses can weigh heavily on your pocketbook. One way to prepare for rising medical costs? Open a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account where a portion of your paycheck can be automatically deposited into this account. Interested? We’ve broken down the difference between each account type, who is eligible, and what costs are covered by these types of accounts.

Health Savings Account

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is just what it sounds like: a savings account that can be used to pay for eligible medical expenses. If you have a qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and meet other qualifications, you can open an HSA. By depositing money into an HSA account, you can save money designated for qualified medical expenses. To make it even easier, you can have money from your paycheck set up for direct deposit.

The purpose of an HSA is to help you plan ahead, budget, and save for any unexpected or planned medical expenses. Although you may be unsure if it is worth it to put money towards your HSA, it’s important to note that HSA funds roll over from year to year and have the potential to be used as a retirement savings tool. Any funds contributed to your HSA account are tax-free, and any eligible withdrawals from the account to pay for approved medical expenses are tax-free, too. If you switch jobs, your HSA account stays with you, so you can continue to use it for as long as you’d like.

You will want to be sure to check with your healthcare provider or plan manager to learn all of the qualifications, terms, and limits for HSA accounts.

Flex Spending Account

A Flexible Spending Account or Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) is an option when you do not have HDHP, but you would like to set aside funds into an account for medical-related expenses. Similar to the HSA, you can have money from your paycheck directly deposited into an FSA account. Any money deposited into this type of account is tax-free. While HSAs can be used as a savings account, FSA funds do not roll over, so all funds must be used before the end of the year.

You will want to be sure to check with your healthcare provider or plan manager to learn the qualifications, terms, and limits for FSA accounts.

Eligible Medical Expenses

The following are general categories that are deemed as an eligible medical expense, but we encourage you to check with your specific plan before using your HSA or FSA account funds.

Common medical expenses include:

How do I use my HSA or FSA funds to buy reading glasses?

You should receive checks or a debit card when you set up an HSA or FSA account, allowing you to make withdrawals from your account.  When checking out on Readers.com™, simply enter in the card information just as you would for any other debit or credit card. Be sure to keep your receipt in case you should be audited.

 

Read more about HSA and FSA plans from the IRS here, and check to see if reading glasses are covered by your specific account here.

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Reading Glasses Perfect for the Entertainer //wp.readers.com/blog/the-entertainer/ //wp.readers.com/blog/the-entertainer/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:50:44 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=15320 Is your house the meeting spot for friends and family to watch the latest hit series? Do you host annual award show parties? Or do you just love to entertain? If this sounds remotely like you, we think you’ll love this!  We’ve created a collection of reading glasses perfect for The Entertainer. Here you’ll find […]

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Is your house the meeting spot for friends and family to watch the latest hit series? Do you host annual award show parties? Or do you just love to entertain? If this sounds remotely like you, we think you’ll love this! 

We’ve created a collection of reading glasses perfect for The Entertainer. Here you’ll find styles inspired in shape and name by some of our favorite actors, musicians, movies, and shows.

How charming! A half frame reader like The Charm has a high bridge and is commonly worn further down your nose to keep your distance vision unobstructed while providing you with the magnification you need for reading. 

Don’t miss the action!  Looking for a pair of readers that you can keep on while reading and watching a show? We recommend a pair of bifocal readers like The Actor Bifocal. Not to mention — a classic round frame never goes out of style! 

Bifocal readers have unmagnified lenses which also contain inserts with the magnification of your choice in the lower portion of the lenses.

If retro is your style, we recommend a style like The Draper with fully magnified lenses and a retro square frame.

Heading to the drive-in or projecting a movie outside? Choose a pair of reading sunglasses like The Geller Reading Sunglasses with the magnification of your choice throughout the lens.

Shop the entire Entertainer Collection to find the perfect pair for your entertaining needs!


Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.

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The Biggest State Fairs in the United States //wp.readers.com/blog/biggest-state-fairs/ Sun, 05 Aug 2018 18:51:38 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=13529 As you look back on the summers of your childhood, you’ve likely attended a fair or two. Fairs often signal the end of summer and the impending new school year. While there are thousands of fairs across the United States every year, these 10 states continue to have the largest attendance numbers. From mind-blowing food […]

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As you look back on the summers of your childhood, you’ve likely attended a fair or two. Fairs often signal the end of summer and the impending new school year. While there are thousands of fairs across the United States every year, these 10 states continue to have the largest attendance numbers. From mind-blowing food to livestock education, here’s a quick breakdown of the top ten biggest state fairs* in America.

1. State Fair of Texas (2.25 million visitors)

The old saying “everything is bigger in Texas” is especially true of its fairs. The State Fair of Texas runs for an impressive 24-day span, and welcomes more than 2 million visitors annually. Big Tex, the official icon of the State Fair of Texas, greets visitors as the enter the gates and begin their adventure at the largest state fair in America.

Held in Dallas at Fair Park, a registered National Historic Landmark, this fair is more than just food and rides. Attendees can expect to learn about the Lone Star State’s rich history and traditions through educational exhibits on agriculture and livestock, as well as art, culture, and science museums.

As with any state fair, you’ll find loads of midway rides, attractions, live music, events, and all the fried food you could ever want. Throughout the duration of the fair, you can also attend the Texas Auto Show, and football fans can attend several collegiate football games at Cotton Bowl Stadium, located inside Fair Park.

2. Minnesota State Fair (2 million visitors)

Commonly referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” The Minnesota State Fair is the second largest fair in America. Since the first official fair in 1859, Minnesotans and other Midwesterners visit the Minnesota State Fairgrounds each year to celebrate the history of the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Most famous for Sweet Martha’s Cookies, Tom Thumb’s mini donuts, deep fried cheese curds, The Pronto Pup corn dog, and turkey legs, the Minnesota State Fair has 300+ concession booths offering 500+ food options. Keep an eye out for the official mascot of the fair: Fairchild the gopher.

3. The Big E (1.5 million visitors)

Also known as the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E includes all 6 New England States: Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The fair is held in Massachusetts and hosts “state days” that allow each state to showcase their individual history and traditions. The Big E has fried just about any food imaginable, and has all the traditional fair food staples. Don’t forget to end your meal with a Big E Cream Puff, the fair’s signature dessert!

4. The Great New York State Fair (1.2 million visitors)

In 1841, the United States held its first state fair in Syracuse, and that fair evolved into the Great New York State Fair in 1967. Multiple music stages make for some of the best summer lineups with performances by both new and seasoned artists!

Visitors will be happy to know that the Taste NY Marketplace will once again be back! Attendees will sample food and beverage products made right in New York State. The fair kicks off in late August and will conclude in early September.

5. Tulsa State Fair (1.15 million visitors)

You may be thinking that Tulsa isn’t a state…and you’d be right. Oklahoma has two state fairs each year, the Tulsa State Fair and its smaller rival, the Oklahoma State Fair. What began as the Tulsa County Free Fair has evolved into Oklahoma’s biggest family event of the year! The Tulsa State Fair runs for eleven days and hosts educational experiences, along with good ol’ fashioned family fun! To kick off the fair, Disney on Ice will perform in the Pavillion! 

6. Arizona State Fair (1.14 million visitors)

The Arizona State Fair was established in 1905 with the intent of being a gathering place for the community. Growing to over one million attendees annually, people from all corners of the state come together during this three-week fair.  With numerous concerts, live entertainment, festival rides, fair food, and educational exhibitions, this southwest state fair takes place in Phoenix at the beginning of October.

7. Iowa State Fair (1.13 million visitors)

The Iowa State Fair is the largest event in the entire state and celebrates Iowa’s agriculture,  industry, entertainment, and achievement. This fair is even claimed to be the inspiration for a novel and three movies! Rated as one of the best state fairs in the nation, the Iowa State Fairgrounds gates welcome more than a million local, regional, and international visitors annually.

On top of free entertainment and attractions, the Iowa State Fair offers a wide variety good eats, including their 50+ “mobile food on a stick” options!

Fun fact: Iowa’s State Fair is home to the world-famous Butter Cow, weighing about 600 pounds and standing 5.5 feet tall, a tradition started in 1911 that has been carried on by only five sculptors over the years.

8. Wisconsin State Fair (1.03 million visitors)

The Wisconsin State Fair occurs for eleven days each year at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Take a ride on the Wonderfair Wheel (North America’s largest traveling Ferris Wheel), browse art exhibits, wander through Exploratory Park, or visit the House of Moo to learn more about Wisconsin’s dairy industry.

If you find yourself heading to the fair this August, be sure to try their famous cream puffs! According to their website, the puffs have been sold since 1924, and an average of 350,000 are consumed annually. The Sporkies, the Wisconsin State Fair annual food competition, tests out some of the newest foods featured at the fair. Looking to try something new? The Crazy Grazin’ days allow you to sample smaller portions of food at 50+ vendors.

9. North Carolina State Fair (1.01 million visitors)

Hosted in Raleigh, North Carolina, The North Carolina State Fair highlights the state’s agriculture through both educational and interactive exhibits. The fair features rides, numerous competitions ranging from graphic design to horse shows, and flaunts entertainment events, including their Folk Festival. There’s 100+ free things to do at the fair, as well as new food options, and is a perfect fall activity for the whole family!

10. Washington State Fair (1 million visitors)

The Washington State Fair has just over one million attendees annually, and has grown significantly since the very first fair in 1900. Originally the Valley Fair, later the Puyallup Fair, and eventually the Washington State Fair, this fair may have held several names, but its mission has not changed: providing an experience centered on animals, agriculture, and education.

As fair-goers “do the Puyallup” they can participate in farming simulations; watch rodeos, parades, and stunt shows; listen to free music and a knockout concert series; and view firework shows on Friday nights! If you’re lucky enough, you might get to meet Big Washington, the fair’s elusive bigfoot mascot!

*Please note that we only included state fairs, and did not include county fairs, etc.

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What Type of Reading Glasses Do I Need? //wp.readers.com/blog/type-reading-glasses-need/ //wp.readers.com/blog/type-reading-glasses-need/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:10:21 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=15287 Curious as to which of the many types of reading glasses you need? Try our simple flowchart to discover which lens type suits your needs!   Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses. […]

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Curious as to which of the many types of reading glasses you need? Try our simple flowchart to discover which lens type suits your needs!

 

Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.


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How Did My Reading Glasses Get So Dirty? //wp.readers.com/blog/how-did-my-readers-get-so-dirty/ //wp.readers.com/blog/how-did-my-readers-get-so-dirty/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:58:57 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14918 Whether you’ve worn glasses for years, or you’re new to the reading glasses game, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how quickly your lenses become dirty even though you don’t ever remember touching your lenses. Many of us make a conscious effort to not touch our faces for many health and hygiene reasons – but try as we […]

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Whether you’ve worn glasses for years, or you’re new to the reading glasses game, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how quickly your lenses become dirty even though you don’t ever remember touching your lenses. Many of us make a conscious effort to not touch our faces for many health and hygiene reasons – but try as we might, our lenses still end up with unknown spots and smudges. What you may not realize is that on average, we touch our faces 15 times an hour*. In addition, we are exposed to all kinds of elements throughout the day, causing debris to stick to the lenses of our readers.

We decided to investigate the most common ways the lenses of your readers can become dirty while going through your normal daily routine…and the end result surprised us.

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It’s easy to see that you don’t have to actually touch your lenses for them to become dirty. Are there other ways that are a common nuisance for you? Comment below!

 

*Sources: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene A Study Quantifying the Hand-to-Face Contact Rate and Its Potential Application to Predicting Respiratory Tract Infection

 

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6 Simple Ways to Help Our Planet //wp.readers.com/blog/6-simple-ways-to-help-our-planet/ //wp.readers.com/blog/6-simple-ways-to-help-our-planet/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:51:22 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14750 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ♻️ We’ve heard this mantra for years, but it’s always a good reminder that recycling is one of the largest and easiest arenas where we can make a conscious effort to do our part. Plastic pollution is a widespread issue that stems from small decisions we make each day. Single-use items like plastic […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ♻️

We’ve heard this mantra for years, but it’s always a good reminder that recycling is one of the largest and easiest arenas where we can make a conscious effort to do our part. Plastic pollution is a widespread issue that stems from small decisions we make each day. Single-use items like plastic bottles, silverware, bags, straws, packaging, and diapers all end up in the same place – one of the 3,091 landfills in the United States.

It’s approximated that off all plastic waste generated between 1950 and 2015, only 12% has been incinerated, 9% has been recycled. Somewhere around 60% of all plastics created are now sitting in landfills. And when one million plastic bottles are purchased by Americans every minute but only 23% of them are recycled, it’s easy to see how the problem can quickly compound unless we make an effort to reduce our single-use plastic consumption.

The easiest way to recycle is with weekly residential recycling pickup. However, some more remote areas may not offer these types of curbside services, and it may require you to visit a recycling center. You can quickly find the closest recycling center that will accept the items you’re looking to recycle.

Questions on how to recycle certain items? Check out these guidelines on common household items.

E-Receipts  

If you have the option of receiving your receipt via email, commonly called a digital or e-receipt, do it! By having your receipt emailed to you instead of printing it, you’re helping to reduce the waste associated with creating the receipt (trees, oil, and water) and also reduces the amount of paper that ends up in landfills or on the side of the road. And it will help keep your purse or office stack of receipts to a minimum, which is an added bonus!

Plastic, Paper, or Reusable Bags?  

Plastic

While high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bags commonly used at retail stores are the most inexpensive option to create, it depends on what you do with it when you get home that matters the most. Reusing plastic bags does help reduce the carbon footprint, but at a minimal level. Throwing it away after first use is the same as repurposing the bag a second time. How? While many have started reusing plastic bags as lunch sacks, small trash can liners, or a bag for disposing of animal waste, these plastic bags still end up in the same place at the end of the day – the landfill.

Since many recycling services don’t accept plastic bags, it’s harder to recycle plastic bags than the other bagging options. The good news? Many large retailers have started collecting used plastic bags in the store, and you can easily find the closest recycling center to you.

Paper

Paper bags are harder to obtain at a grocery store, and often times you have to ask for paper instead of plastic. Because paper bags cost more to create relative to plastic bags, they have to be reused at least four times to offset their impact to the environment as compared to plastic bags, according to a study conducted by the UK Environment Agency. Paper bags have many uses and can easily be recycled or composted, but we have to keep in mind the process of making the paper bags and the tree farming involved.

Reusable

The last five years have seen an increase in stores offering reusable shopping bags as a “green” alternative to plastic bags. Overall, these bags are made of materials that are more expensive to manufacture than paper or plastic. The same UK Environment Agency study found that in order to make the reusable bag a truly environmentally friendly option, polypropylene plastic totes would require 26 uses and cotton tote bags would require 327 uses. While many have a collection of tote bags to use at the grocery store or elsewhere, how many times do we forget these bags in the car or at home? And what are the chances that your bag will last for 327 uses?

While we can’t tell you what the best option is for you – we want to provide you with some basic information to help you make an informed decision.

Use LED Light Bulbs 💡

Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have become a popular energy-efficient alternative to traditional light bulbs for several reasons.

These LED bulbs use 85% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, which helps to keep your electricity bill down and more money in your pocket. The lifespan of LED bulbs is much longer, meaning you don’t have to keep replacing bulbs after 1,000 hours of use, which is the average burn time for traditional bulbs. Because LED bulbs light in a specific direction the light doesn’t have to be reflected or diffused inside the bulb as it does with incandescent bulbs, these bulbs have a brighter output to light the room. LED lights are also significantly cooler while in use than the traditional bulbs that release about 90% of their energy as heat.

If you’re not convinced yet, this list of things you didn’t know about LED should help.

Ditch the Paper Towels

One simple way to set your kitchen on the path to sustainability (or at least make a small step towards it) is to replace your paper towels with reusable cloth ones. If you’re anything like us, we use both paper towels and paper napkins at home, doubling the impact to the environment and the amount of money spent each trip to the store. In order to save some money and help our planet, we suggest swapping out your paper products for reusable ones.

The most popular alternatives to paper towels and napkins include microfiber, cotton, beeswax, linen — and this collection of fun and functional options should get you started.

Cleaning with a rag just somehow gets the job done better than with a paper towel. When the paper towel crumbles into little bits or rips off on a sharp edge, we toss them to the side and get a new one. But a good cleaning rag can last you years! Newspaper is also a great cleaning material for windows or absorbing smaller spills.

Some of you may be thinking that by using reusable napkins and towels will lead to more laundry and energy usage. But the truth is that if you run a full load of napkins, rags, and towels together, it’s not creating that much more laundry. Especially if you throw them in with bathroom towels that you are already washing. And here’s our shameless plug to help out Mother Earth by using natural cleaning products and laundry detergent.

Plant a Tree on Earth Day, Arbor Day, or Any Day! 🌳

While trees aren’t something that most of us immediately think of when we think of helping to make our world a better place to live, the following facts about trees might change your mind!

  • Did you know that in Chicago alone, trees remove more than 18,000 tons of air pollution each year?
  • A single tree can provide 24 hours worth of oxygen for up to four people.
  • Trees help reduce surface temperatures, which benefit plants, animals, and humans.
  • Trees increase property values. The value of having trees along the street is the same as adding 129 square feet of space to a home.

At Readers.com, we celebrate Earth by serving as a free sapling distribution point for our community on Arbor Day. All saplings are native to our home state of Indiana, and anyone can stop by pick the tree of their choice. We encourage you to do the same this spring and add a new tree to our planet!  

Tip: Be sure you plant the best kind of tree in the right place in your yard by following these simple steps.

 

At Readers.com, we applaud those of you who have taken steps, no matter how small, to help our planet. Whether you’re actively recycling, using environmentally-friendly cleaners, reusing plastic bags, composting, or taking more drastic steps, every conscious decision is important. One of our collections of reading glasses, The Environmentalist, houses three styles of reading glasses that feature recycled wood or bamboo temples. So if you’re interested in readers that leave less of a footprint, check them out.

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Have It All with 2-in-1 Reading Glasses! //wp.readers.com/blog/2-in-1-reading-glasses/ //wp.readers.com/blog/2-in-1-reading-glasses/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:10:03 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14731  If you’re anything like us, keeping track of your reading glasses tends to be a never-ending task. When you need them upstairs, they’re always downstairs. Sitting on the couch? You left them in the kitchen. And then you throw in a pair sunglasses to the equation and you have to keep track of two pairs […]

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 If you’re anything like us, keeping track of your reading glasses tends to be a never-ending task. When you need them upstairs, they’re always downstairs. Sitting on the couch? You left them in the kitchen. And then you throw in a pair sunglasses to the equation and you have to keep track of two pairs of glasses? Forget it. 

We’re here to make reading glasses shopping easier, but if we can also make your everyday life easier, we’re even more excited. That’s why we’re happy to show you two new styles of 2-in-1 reading glasses, made with you in mind. 

Magnetic Reading Glasses

These styles are just like a regular pair of readers, but with a twist! In a snap, you can go from regular reader to reading sunglasses thanks to the magnetic frame front, which allows the separate front piece with tinted lenses to attach to the frame. You can choose from several styles including fully magnified or bifocal, polarized, mirrored, or standard reading sunglasses lenses.

 

Photochromic Readers

If you need readers to drive or enjoy the outdoors, we recommend a pair of our photochromic readers! When indoors, the fully magnified lenses on these styles are clear. Once you step outside and expose them to UV light, they gradually darken to tinted lenses. Readers → Reading Sunglasses, it’s just that easy!

 

Want to see all of our reading sunglass options? 


Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.

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The Jet Setter Collection //wp.readers.com/blog/jet-setter-collection/ //wp.readers.com/blog/jet-setter-collection/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:50:06 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14703 Whether you’re boarding the flight for work or leisure, it’s important to have all the essentials at-hand. That’s why we’ve compiled a collection of reading glasses and accessories that are perfect for any jet setter or for those of you who are always on the go. Learn more about a few of our favorite styles, […]

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Whether you’re boarding the flight for work or leisure, it’s important to have all the essentials at-hand. That’s why we’ve compiled a collection of reading glasses and accessories that are perfect for any jet setter or for those of you who are always on the go. Learn more about a few of our favorite styles, inspired by frequent travelers like you.
The Brayton Folding Reading Sunglasses

The newest style in The Jet Setter Collection, The Brayton Folding Reading Sunglasses are perfect for vacation or everyday use! Fully magnified tinted lenses will protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. Our favorite part? This trendy round pair of reading sunglasses folds up to fit perfectly in its matching case and is available in bold or traditional colors. 

The Vancouver Bifocal

This bifocal reader is a classic shape with spring hinges for a comfortable fit, which is why it’s one of our most popular styles to date. Bifocal readers have unmagnified lenses which also contain inserts with the magnification of your choice in the lower portion of the lenses.

The Edinburgh Folding Reader

This non-bifocal reader can fit just about anywhere! With a folding temple and bridge, The Edinburgh Folding Reader fits into a small, zip-around case to be easily transported to your destination.

The Atlas

You’ll never lose your way with The Atlas! This semi-rimless frame allows you to see over the top of the frame without obstruction, and the fully magnified lenses keep your vision sharp.

The Jet Setter

The namesake of our collection, The Jet Setter is a browline frame with larger, fully magnified lenses available in a wide range of powers!

 

Shop The Jet Setter Collection ›


Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.

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