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Review: GlassesShop

Review: GlassesShop

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In exchange for my honest review, GlassesShop has compensated me with a pair of glasses. But you can benefit too! Purchase glasses online with GlassesShop and use the code GSHOT50 to receive 50% off on eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded)! Continue reading to learn more about my experience.

When this opportunity presented itself, it just so happened that I was overdue for an eye exam. I was also battling trigeminal neuralgia pain on a daily basis.

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition that typically causes intense pain on one side of the face, and it has triggers. My biggest trigger is squinting. Bright light is my enemy! As are computer and T.V. screens. That is, when I don’t have the correct eyeglass prescription. Thank you GlassesShop!


I have to say, initially I was a little weary about ordering glasses online. I mean, it’s hard enough to pick-out glasses in person. But GlassesShop has a nifty Try-On tool that allows you to upload photos of yourself and try-on glasses virtually. However, it appears that they’ve simplified this tool since I’ve used it.

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The virtual try-on tool allowed me to get a fairly good idea of what different glasses looked like on me. There was scale to consider. But since their website offers the dimensions of each pair of glasses, I simply got out my ruler and measured my previous pair of glasses to use as a comparison. There’s no way to be 100% sure, but this tool gave me a good idea of which style and fit of glasses looked the best on me. I suggest uploading a few different pictures of yourself to use with the GlassesShop virtual try-on tool.

This turned out to be a fun process. I involved my family. My daughter enjoyed helping me make my final selection.


Something else that made my shopping experience easier was the ability to add glasses to “Favorites.” As I scrolled through the pages, I’d simply click the little heart to save a pair of glasses for later. I collected like seven pair before going back and virtually trying them all on.


I was stunned by how fast my new glasses arrived! I prepared myself to wait a month but they arrived in less than two weeks! This may be due in part to my minimal prescription. According to their website, production and delivery times vary. 



GlassesShop does have a return policy. I hope they reconsider it regularly as they grow. GlassesShop offers a one time, no questions asked refund within 14 days of you receiving your glasses. However, they also require a 50% restocking fee and shipping and handling is not refunded. Their policy is quite detailed. Find the full GlassesShop refund policy here.


Overall, I’m happy with my glasses and can see myself using GlassesShop for my family’s eyeglass needs in the future. I’m pleased with their aesthetics, delivery time, and my overall shopping experience. I also like the eyeglass case they arrived in and the fact that they came with a microfiber cleansing cloth.

I recommend GlassesShop. They’re well-priced. I believe you get more than what you pay for.

Remember, purchase your glasses online with GlassesShop and use the code GSHOT50 to receive 50% off on eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded)!


Book Review & Excerpt: <em>12 Simple Steps to Loving Life -by Robert Radcliffe</em>

Book Review & Excerpt: 12 Simple Steps to Loving Life -by Robert Radcliffe

*Excerpt from Step 1 at bottom

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12 Simple Steps To Loving Life, published January 2016, is author Robert Radcliffe’s second book. In his first book, 180 Degrees, Robert chronicles his inspirational success story in which he goes from homeless teenager addicted to drugs, to self-made millionaire by the age of 30.

Currently, Robert is one of the nation’s leading real estate agents with Sotheby’s International Realty. He also appears with his wife Tara on the current season of Bravo’s “Newlyweds: The First Year.” But it’s Robert’s continued participation in the 12-Step community that’s so well-prepared him to write 12 Simple Steps to Loving Life.

“My intention is to provide everyone access to this simple method of enhancing life through a proven, world renowned, Twelve Step process. This is the perfect book for anyone interested in a healthier, more compassionate approach to life’s challenges. A joyous, peaceful life is yours for the reading. Namaste”  ~12 Simple Steps to Loving Life, Robert Radcliffe

12 Simple Steps To Loving Life is an adaptation of A.A.’s Twelve Steps. And while the book can absolutely stand on its own, as a recovering alcoholic who’s worked the 12-Steps and read most of the A.A. literature, I found it impossible not to make comparisons as I read it. Which isn’t necessarily good or bad, I just want to be clear about from what viewpoint this review is being written.

The objective of 12 Simple Steps to Loving Life is to guide everyone, not only alcoholics and addicts, toward an improved quality of life. To do this, Robert states that we may simply remove the word “alcohol” from The Steps, or replace it with “vice that may hinder our success, or any of the seven deadly sins.”

At 116 pages, it’s an easy read. Similar to the book Alcoholics Anonymous, it includes a chapter {its preface} titled How It Works. Robert translates and summarizes each step in his own words, making the book feel both honest and relatable. In keeping with the A.A. program and literature, 12 Simple Steps to Loving Life has a sturdy spiritual foundation. This won’t come as a surprise to those in recovery. But seeing as how this aspect of A.A. is a common roadblock for many people, Robert appropriately took careful consideration when addressing this topic. As he shares his spiritual journey with us, he comes across as open-mind and human, which is refreshing considering that’s exactly what he’s encouraging us to be.

Robert opens up about deeply personal experiences and generously offers them to us as examples. Particularly in Step Four, when he shares three instances of which would trigger anger and resentment in pretty much everyone. Yet Robert’s forgiven and even found compassion for the people who’ve treated him so wrong. Sharing that, “Anger is futile. It’s forgiveness that sets us free. Anger and resentment cannot simultaneously coexist with peace and happiness.” I especially love his take on resentment here…

“We harbor resentment because we feel threatened. We are either afraid of having something taken from us or afraid of not getting something we think we deserve.” ~12 Simple Steps To Loving Life, by Robert Radcliffe


Overall, I feel this book fulfilled its intention. That is, “to provide everyone access to this simple method of enhancing life through a proven, world renowned, Twelve Step process.” It’s the type of book that will continue to help you for as long as you allow it. You can pick it up five years from now, and so on, and apply The Steps to your life circumstances. I think the non-addict will read this book from cover-to-cover and no doubt be incredibly inspired and motivated.

But I also feel that, to reap the full benefits of 12 Simple Steps to Loving Life, one should take time to carefully consider and work each step. Ideally with the assistance of a mentor or therapist, as Robert encourages us to do. A workbook would make a great addition to 12 Simple Steps of Loving Life, or at least links to downloadable worksheets. The 12-Steps are steps of action, and though Robert states this in the book, I’m afraid the non-addict is not likely to take action from reading this book alone. I suggest partnering up with someone you trust, ideally a mentor or therapist, and working through it together.

Simply put, I love this book and its motives. It left me feeling lighter, more serene and inspired. 12 Simple Steps To Loving Life has the potential to change many lives, and I hope it certainly does. Similar to the A.A. program, it will work if you work it; and you’re worth it.

Excerpt from Step 1

12 Simple Steps To Loving Life, by Robert Radcliffe

Step 1 is about admitting what is wreaking havoc on our lives. For me, it was drugs; and while I wasn’t ready to admit powerlessness, I was willing to concede that my life was unmanageable. I couldn’t deny my life was a mess, a nightmare, in fact. I’ve since learned this is often the case with the first step. People will admit one part or the other, but seldom do we grasp it entirely until we’re in a great deal of pain. Pain is the trigger for most change.

We don’t have to wait until our situations are unbearable to take the first Step toward a better life. Anyone can take this Step at any time regarding any matter. This Step is appropriate for the ordinary, primarily healthy people who allow traits and behaviors to interfere with their well-being. Often, we know things could be better but we are accustomed to things as they are. We aren’t uncomfortable enough to do anything about our impediments to true happiness. We may be powerless over feelings of anger, fear, resentment, insecurity, anxiety or depression. We may be powerless over bad habits like over-eating, gambling, procrastinating, or worrying. We may be addicted to sugar, caffeine, tobacco or sex. Possibly we’re strapped with irreconcilable differences in relationships or at work; maybe we suffer from an inability to commit, or to complete tasks or goals. We’re stuck in a proverbial rut. Let’s insert any one of these obstacles or Life Liabilities into the first step and make a start toward overcoming it.

These bad habits and negative feelings are handicaps, hindrances to the life we are meant to live. They can get out of control and cause stress, conflict and related health problems. They prevent us from reaching our potential and deter us from our rightful purpose. “Life Liabilities” as I like to call them, pull us off course like a flat tire does a car. The flat has to be changed before we can successfully continue our journey.

Once we identify which aspect of our lives is creating a problem for us, we simply acknowledge it. If we determine it is within our power to fix it, great; but the chances are we would have done so already if we could. We embark on the 12 Simple Steps because it is beyond our capacity to overcome this difficulty on our own. So, we take Step 1. We admit we are powerless over our problem, that it is making our lives unmanageable.

We got honest with ourselves; this is the crux of Step 1. Leading us to the next step we concede to our innermost selves that we need help with this issue whatever it may be because it is too much for us to handle on our own. We are powerless to change it and our lives on our own. We enjoy immediate relief from this quiet act of admitting our powerlessness and surrender, from relinquishing control. We free ourselves from the struggle.

Our dilemma is that we are powerless without help. The solution is to find a Power greater than ourselves who will help.

Meet the Author: Robert Radcliffe

Author Robert Radcliffe | 12 Simple Steps to Loving Life | Book Review -via theSUNNYshadow.comAfter seven years of considerable struggle, at the age of twenty-two (March 11, 1991), Robert made the choice to be sober from drugs and alcohol by applying the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, enabling him to turn his life around 180 Degrees and as a result of his commitment to living the twelve steps in his life, his recovery and self-improvement has led to his massive success spiritually and financially; once being a homeless drug addict to a self-made millionaire by the age of thirty.

“I went from being a daily-using drug addict, eventually, a home-less addict living on the streets to today, a completely sober, self-reliant, self-employed husband and father. I was able to miraculously transform my life before I turned thirty. The Twelve Steps presented in this book are credited to mine and millions of others success.”

Eternally grateful to everyone who helped him become and remain sober, Robert felt compelled to reach out to others with both of his books; 180 Degrees, and 12 Simple Steps,, in hopes that his story would inspire others to find their own success.

Robert continues to be of service as a philanthropist and active community member. He has shared his fascinating story on panels, in high schools, juvenile detention centers and throughout his community. He continues to be an active participant in the twelve-step community.

Robert resides happily with his wife Tara in Malibu, California. They are one of the couples on season 3 of Bravo’s hit series “Newlyweds: The First Year.” To learn more, go to:

Connect with Robert on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Interview with Rebecca Lombardo + A Chapter from <em>It’s Not Your Journey</em>

Interview with Rebecca Lombardo + A Chapter from It’s Not Your Journey

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I’m thrilled to welcome Rebecca Lombardo, author of It’s Not Your Journey, to The Sunny Shadow. Rebecca is an author, mental health advocate, and survivor. Her debut memoir, It’s Not Your Journey, was published on August 23, 2015 by PubKick.

In her book, Rebecca gives us an unfiltered look at her daily battle with bipolar disorder, along with other co-occurring illnesses. In reading It’s Not Your Journey, I gained a deeper understanding of my own disorder. Rebecca somehow conveys the intricacies of bipolar disorder in such a way that everyone can understand. I suggest it to loved ones of those suffering from bipolar disorder as well. In fact, I had my husband read a couple of chapters too {23 & 24}.

Rebecca considers herself not only a “Survivor” but a “Warrior.” I suspect this is, in part, due to the tremendous strength that’s allowed her to prevail despite the many losses and obstacles in her life. It’s Not Your Journey is authentic, inspiring, and hope-filled. I admire the fact that she tries to find the silver-lining in every situation.

Today, Rebecca lives in Michigan with her supportive husband of 14 years, Joe, and their five cats that they rescued. Rebecca enjoys writing, decorating and photography.

And, lucky us! Rebecca has generously agreed to answer a few interview questions and share a chapter of her book with us!

Interview with Rebecca Lombardo

Interview with Rebecca Lombardo, It's Not Your Journey

  • What inspired you to write this memoir and what did you learn from the experience?

Originally, I didn’t know that what I was writing would ever become a memoir. It started as a way to clear my head and get past some issues. Once I made my blog public, I was inspired to keep going by the people who came forward to tell me that my words were helping them.

  • Is there a specific message carried throughout your book that you want your readers to grasp?

I feel like there’s a message with every chapter. However, the most important one for me is that we are not all on the same path. Our paths may cross, and we may have similarities, like depression. The important thing is to try to respect everyone’s journey. I may not deal with a situation the same way you would, but I am entitled to make my choices, as are you. All I ask is that you show anyone that you know that is suffering courage and respect. We’re not asking you to fix us, we’re just asking that you understand our journey.

  • What coping tools help you most when in the midst of depression, mania, and/or anxiety?

Rebecca Lombardo & her supportive husband, JoeCoping skills are hard for me, because if I find one that works, chances are pretty good that it might not work next week. So, I’m always searching for something new. Obviously, writing can do wonders for me. I highly recommend it. Even if it’s just a bunch of words on a page that don’t make up a paragraph, you’ve given your feelings a voice. I love photography, my pets, movies, and playing really loud music. Lately, I’ve discovered adult coloring books. Lord I wish I had started doing that sooner! It does an amazing amount of good, especially if you’re feeling anxious. Most of all, I communicate with my husband. He helps me work through my feelings so that I can find the cause of the problem. Or sometimes, he’s just a shoulder to cry on. Either way, it helps tremendously.

  • What’s your favorite quote or saying? Or do you have a motto?

I have a LOT of quotes that I used daily from T.V. or movies. Too many to list here, but my favorite motto is “Rise Above.” It says so very much with so few words.

  • Are you planning another book? Can you give us any hints?

At this point, I am not planning another book, however I wasn’t really planning this one either! So, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. As rewarding as this has been, it has also been exhausting, and for the time being, I’m taking a break.

It’s Not Your Journey, by Rebecca Lombardo

Chapter 23: The Darkness

It's Not Your Journey by Rebecca Lombardo

March 6, 2014,

Depression is a very deceptive disease. You could be having the time of your life on Tuesday, but come Wednesday morning, “the darkness” comes over you. Whom do you tell? What do you do? You were the life of the party last night, who is going to believe you that there is anything wrong with you today? Two weeks ago I began to experience “the darkness.” I have come to a point in my life where I can actually feel my mood changing. It’s just a certain feeling that comes over me, and I think to myself, “Here it comes. I’m about to crash.” First thing I do is warn my husband. He needs to know that any mood swings or possibly confusing behavior is not due to something he has done.

So, it’s here. What’s next? Get out of bed? No. Take a shower? No. Get something done? No. Feel guilty about every single wrong thing you have ever done in your life? Check. Realize the house needs to be cleaned, and the dishes need to be done, so you are worthless? Check. The guilt hovers over me and takes control of my thoughts. I try very hard to tell myself that until this passes, the “to do” lists will have to be much smaller. Today, I will somehow take a shower. I have all day, right?

It’s too much; I can’t do that today. I just need to stay in this bed right now. I promise, I’ll do it tomorrow. I am bargaining with my guilt. As a person who has gone through this for more than twenty years, I find it more and more difficult to reach out and say, today is a bad day, please help. I ought to be a pro, but I find that people begin to develop their own opinions and stereotypes as to why I am acting this way. “She is so selfish.” “She is just trying to get attention.” Or my favorite, “She’s just lazy.” Yes, please direct all of your attention this way. Let’s tell everyone I haven’t left the house in weeks, and I can barely take a shower every four days. That’s not humiliating at all.

We’ve all been taught coping mechanisms for situations such as this, but do they actually work? In my experience, there is a 50/50 shot that the coping mechanisms that we’ve been taught will help. I’ve heard it all before, but people just need to understand that there will be days in a depressed person’s life that they cannot just snap out of it, or lighten up.

When the darkness does find its way into your life, brace yourself for what is to come, but try something new. Try to be optimistic. Don’t obsess over how bad you are feeling. Whatever you do, don’t try to make yourself an eight page to do list hoping that accomplishing it will make you feel better.

Just one task. That is all. As your mood starts to lift, make it two, and so on. Take a moment to stop and consider. Live in the moment and tell yourself, out loud if you have to, “I feel OK right now” or “I am so sad.” These feelings are OK for you to experience.

If I leave you with nothing else this time around, let me leave you with this. It’s going to be OK. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, or what anyone has to say about you. It will be OK. One step at a time.

Rebecca Lombardo - Author | Mental Health Advocate | SurvivorREBECCA LOMBARDO ↓


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