My new eyeglasses from the Glasses Shop

My new eyeglasses from the Glasses Shop

It has arrived – my brand new pair of eyeglasses from the kind folks over at the Glasses Shop. The timing couldn’t have been better. You see, I’ve been carelessly throwing my glasses into my handbag and allowing it to bounce around until it finally snapped in two! Bah humbug!

But guess what, I found a great selection of trendy glasses frames at the Glasses Shop. There are so many trendy frames to choose from that deciding on one took me longer than I expected. I would spot a frame I fancied, then use the website’s virtual ‘try them on’ feature to see how they would look on me. I was like, oh this one looks cute, I like it but I like those 5 other ones too, so what do I do?

After going back and forth, this was the frame I finally chose. When my glasses finally arrived and I popped them on, I just went wow! I love how sturdy but light the frame is and I love how cute the glasses look on me. Definitely worth the hours I spent picking it out.

The handy plastic case my glasses arrived in is just the thing to prevent my glasses from bouncing around in my giant handbag. Now I won’t have to worry about breaking them (like I did with my last pair).

Am I happy with my new glasses? The answer is: Very. They fit me perfectly and the frame is exactly what I wanted. I’m wearing them now as I’m typing this post. Don’t want to take them off. When I was out this morning, I got some compliments too from my friends saying the frames make me look cute AND smart. Smart?! Wow! *rolls on the floor laughing*

Here are my glasses again on my bedside table. Even in the dark, they look super cute. Yup, they totally go everywhere with me now, day and night.

And guess what? I notice the Glasses Shop also has prescription sunglasses which is exactly what I need. Now I have to swap my glasses for my sunglasses when I go out in this blazing sun! With prescription sunglasses, I’ll have the best of both worlds. Hmm, definitely going to get myself a pair.

You too can get a new pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses now because I’ve got an exciting offer especially for you, my loyal readers, courtesy of the Glasses Shop. Use the special coupon code – GSHOT50 – to enjoy 50% off all eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses online at Go ahead, you know you want to!

I was not compensated in any way for this review. These glasses were sent to me for free by All opinions are entirely my own.

Hip2bMom’s professional hair cutting shears

Hip2bMom's professional hair cutting shears

Just as I was congratulating myself on having successfully palmed off my hair cutting duties to Nick the Pro, he absconded on us. I’m really disappointed in you, Nick! I hope your hair turns algae green when you bleach it blond 😉.

Well, as I recall, there’s a piece of sweet wisdom that says – when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. So off I went and hohoho, what did I find?

My first pair of, dare I say, professional hair cutting shears! And just like that, I’m back at my old job as the family’s official hairdresser!

Hip2bMom's professional hair cutting shears

I figured if I can’t claim to be a pro, I can at least pretend to be one with these professional hair cutting shears lol! My old stainless steel pair has served me well through my kids’ growing years. But now that I have to deal with way more hair and length, I need a bigger pair that takes off more hair at one go and won’t slow me down.

My Utopia Care professional hair cutting shears arrived in a neat portable case that’s great for storage and even better for travel. The shears are just the right size, very sharp and with finger inserts for a better grip. I don’t use the inserts as I like to be able to slip the shears on and off quickly. The blades are 100% stainless steel so no worries about rusting or tarnishing.

Hip2bMom's professional hair cutting shears

So far, we’ve used these shears for 2 rounds of haircuts and we’re lovin’ every snip. I say we because Hip2bDaughter1 is now my trusted hairdresser. Yup, you heard me. My baby now styles and cuts MY hair and she does an amazing job.

Somewhere along the line, you guys are probably wondering, so why don’t you just go to another hairdresser? Well, yes, that would be the logical next step for many people. Not for me. I’m a very hands-on mom who enjoys doing stuff for/with my kids. It’s what I call seamless bonding.

Personal experience also tells me that dream haircuts don’t always turn out the way you envision them, even after forking out those big bucks. So I’d rather steer clear of any potential hairy situations and take matters into my own hands.

Thankfully my amateur haircuts are turning out okay. This week alone, the girls have had 3 random people complimenting them on their cute haircuts at school. I heard that these 3 people when told they are Mom’s home haircuts, and not pro cuts, were impressed and gave the thumbs up.

Many people here cut their own hair or for their families and are proud of it. Others applaud and encourage them. That’s the spirit. Many of us have never been to hair school but have simply learned the techniques from watching videos. All you need is a good pair of shears like my new professional hair cutting shears which gives me the precision I need to do a better job. Who would’ve thought some of the best haircuts in the world are free?

(I wasn’t paid or compensated in any way for writing this post (though it’d be nice if Utopia would send me a free pair of these amazing shears, hint hint) but it does contain affiliate links. Opinions are entirely mine. Thanks for clicking on these links.)

New eyeglasses from Firmoo

New eyeglasses from Firmoo

Okay, so I’ve been long overdue for a new pair of eyeglasses but between the hectic days and the usual dose of procrastination, this whole idea never quite got off the ground. Along comes offering to send me a pair of glasses for review, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

So I set off on my mission. Yup, I could literally spend hours browsing through Firmoo’s amazing collection of fashionable eyeglasses and sunglasses for men and women, and I did! I do this every time! If you’re guessing that this isn’t my first time ordering from them, you’re right. The fun part is you can upload your photo to try on your frames, and actually see how each one looks on you.

And each frame comes with detailed measurements of the lens width, length height, bridge distance and even the temple size so you can easily compare frame sizes. I usually shortlist like a ton of frames and then spend the next few days “trying them on”. It’s hard to decide when you like almost everything, you know!! I think it’s a girrrl thing? *wink*

Well, my package finally arrived in the mail over the weekend – ta-daa! – and inside was a hard case and a drawstring pouch. Love the storage options especially when I travel. But if I were to be completely honest, I would’ve preferred the hard case to be a more funky color like magenta or neon green maybe? Brown is so not my color but…


I’m really loving my hipster frame though! It’s the perfect size for my face and it makes me look every bit the hip mom that I am too (lol)!


Inside the black pouch, I found a little surprise – a mini screwdriver on a key ring. Just what I need! The one I used to have in my bag went missing on one of my travels and I’ve been wanting a replacement ever since. The best part is this came free with my order.


So am I happy with my new glasses? You betcha. They are so lightweight sometimes I forget I’m even wearing them. The frame is super cute, and the lenses come with anti-reflection and anti-UV coatings. Love!!

Okay, so enough about my glasses. Let’s talk about getting you a new pair. is offering new customers 15% off all frames on their entire site. You can grab the coupon code from their 15% off page and remember, new arrivals are updated every day.

I received a pair of free eyeglasses from to facilitate my review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.

My Pyrex mixing bowl set

My Pyrex mixing bowl set

I’ve become quite the expert at tossing salads in a flat glass baking tray. If you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know it’s hysterical – veggies and dressing flying everywhere like confetti 😆 . I need a salad bowl. bad! But it’s a big decision, that one, sleepless nights and all (just kidding). When I buy something, I want the most practical choice so I do spend time looking around.

Finally I ended up with more than a salad bowl. Well, I needed some extra storage containers as well so this is perfect. This Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-piece Mixing Bowl Set comes with colored lids so it’s easy to distinguish them from each other. Lids make life a whole easier. I can easily store leftovers without having to bother with cling wrap.

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-piece Mixing Bowl Set

Ta-daa, our first salad tossed quite effortlessly, I must say. No colorful veggie and shrimp ribbons in our hair!

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-piece Mixing Bowl Set

And those extras I prepared ahead for dinner, it’s as easy as snapping on a lid and putting in the fridge. This salad bowl is big and handy for washing and soaking all the veggies I want to cook for a meal. The ribbed glass bowl is pretty and not very heavy yet it feels solid.

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-piece Mixing Bowl Set

With 4 different sized bowls, I have easy storage for whatever sized servings. What can I say? I officially love Pyrex mixing bowl set.

Note: I’m not being compensated nor did I receive this item for this review. I bought this item out of pocket. The opinions I’m sharing here are mine and I hope you find them useful. This post contains affiliate links.

My Cuisinart SmartPower blender

My Cuisinart SmartPower blender

Now that I’m almost done setting up my new kitchen, I’m finally finding time to blog about what I’ve bought. First off, my new blender which I’ve been keeping pretty busy. When I was living in Vancouver, I thought I had the best blender, the one with the jug. I liked it but that was because I didn’t know better. So now, obviously I was shopping for a similar one.

As it turned out, not all blenders are created equal and we did stumble upon an even better one, this Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 15-Piece Compact Portable Blending/Chopping SystemCuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 15-Piece Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System right here. Well, Hip2bDaughter1’s eagle eyes spotted it first, and I haven’t looked back since.

Cuisinart SmartPower blender

The blender I had before came with only a jug the size of an aquarium, and nothing else. This one comes with 4 full-sized blending cups complete with lids, a chopping cup and a jug which is just the right size for everyday use. And the entire set cost less than what I paid for that other one. Score!

Cuisinart SmartPower blender

And you know what I love most about my Cuisinart blenderCuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 15-Piece Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System? The fact that I can make all my fruit juices and smoothies right in this cup and drink directly from it. No need to transfer from the jug to a drinking glass. Let me tell ya, I would do anything to avoid washing an extra item 😆 .

The cup comes with a lid that I can slap on and rush out the door when I’m in a hurry. In fact, the whole set is so compact I can even make smoothies in my car if I wanted to, heh! How convenient is that!

Cuisinart SmartPower blender

The motor’s slim design saves me precious counter space, and it’s powerful enough to even crush ice. I don’t have hold down the button the whole time which is nice. Whir it for a few seconds, just look at that silky smooth blend …

Smoothie made by Cuisinart SmartPower blender

As for the chopping cup, it’s perfect for chopping onions, garlic, chilli peppers, and what have you. I use it to make my special chilli blend which we eat with practically everything. Gotta have some spice in your life, y’know!!

So if you’re looking to wash one less item when you blend, or for a new blender, or plan on giving one as a gift, consider the Cuisinart SmartPower blenderCuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 15-Piece Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System. It’s a tool no kitchen should be without. Seriously. I mean, if I received one of these for Christmas, I’d be laughing 😀 .

Note: I’m not being compensated nor did I receive this item for this review. I bought this item out of pocket. The opinions I’m sharing here are mine and I hope you find them useful. This post contains affiliate links.

The perks of renting college textbooks

The spring semester starts right after the holidays. If you’re a college-goer, or a mom with college kids, you know that aside from college fees, textbooks can really burn a hole in your pocket.

Here’s the good news. By renting at, you save yourself 40-90% off of bookstore prices and you get free shipping both ways. The thing with textbooks is that you use them for a semester and then you’re pretty much done with them.

So it really makes much more sense to rent your textbooks than to buy them. The renting periods are flexible too just in case you need to keep those books for longer. If you’re someone who loves to highlight your textbooks in the colors of the rainbow, you don’t have to hold back. You can go right ahead and highlight in these rental textbooks as if you own them.

For each book that you rent, Campus Book Rentals will donate to Operation Smile which is an international charity that provides reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. This is such a great cause anyone would be proud to be a part of it.

And finally, here’s a quick heads up about Rent Back, Campus Book Rentals’ new program that lets you rent your textbooks (yes, the ones that you own) to other students. As you probably know, you can’t get back very much from bookstore buybacks but you can make 2-4 times more here. I’m liking the sound of that already.

So go check out now and bookmark it so you can save yourself some money, or make some money when the new semester starts. Good luck with college!

Farm Rich Mozarella Bites review and #giveaway

Farm Rich Mozarella Bites review and #giveaway

With hungry teens constantly raiding the fridge asking “what’s there to eat, Mom?”, I’m glad I found these Mozzarella Bites from Farm Rich. You can eat them as an appetizer, a snack or a side to whatever you happen to be serving. They’re so cute and round that no one would be able to resist them.

I popped these into the microwave for 1 minute and they’re done. Can you see that cheese oozing out? Mmm yums!

I had these on the table and they were gone in the blink of an eye. All that gooey cheesiness snapped up by my kids. Good thing I managed to snag a piece as I was popping it out of the microwave 😆 . Definitely going to keep an eye out for these on my next grocery trip.

Wait, there’s Mozzarella Sticks, Mini Pizza Slices, Queso Cheese Bites, Philly Cheese Steaks, Jalapeno Peppers and lots more. Go visit Farm Rich to check out the tons of other delicious snacks they offer , including nutritional information and recipe ideas.

A big thank you to Farm Rich for offering 2 lucky Hip to be Mom readers one free coupon each to try a Farm Rich product for free.

Enter for your chance at winning a free Farm Rich product coupon using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US residents aged 18+. It will close at 12:00am EST on October 26, 2012 and winners will be announced 1 week from the closing date. Good luck!

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I received a coupon for a free Farm Rich product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

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