Giving the gift of sight

This post was sponsored by VSP Direct

I love giving gifts, but I can also get a little stuck with trying to choose the right thing for each person in my family. I want my gifts to be thoughtful but also practical. I want it to be something that delights, but also something that will be used. And I also want it to be something that lets the receiver know I’ve given thought to who they are and what they need.

I never would have thought of giving someone insurance, until I heard of VSP Direct‘s program. It allows you to give a gift of vision coverage for a year. VSP is the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company, offering affordable individual vision plans that start as low as $17 a month. You can give a loved one coverage that includes a comprehensive eye exam, glasses and/or contacts, and low out-of- pocket costs. It’s definitely a gift that keeps giving all year long.

I knew my nephew’s boyfriend Andre was struggling with dealing with his own vision needs. His glasses are ancient and his contacts are wearing out. He’s fresh out of college and hustling to make it as an actor, and I knew that this would make a big impact on him. I decided to tell him early, because he was already pushing his contacts past their limits. Here’s our conversation when I revealed his gift:


Individual Vision Plans from VSP are available in every state, and make an affordable gift that will truly make a positive impact on someone’s life. To learn more, visit www.GiveVSPDirect.com.


Source Link: Giving the gift of sight


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

The case for taking your kids to a sex-ed class to supplement their learning

After nearly a decade of sitting in the therapist office as a marriage and family counselor, I’m pretty comfortable talking about sex. And I’m pretty comfortable talking to my kids about sex as well. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are comfortable talking about it, too. We have frank and open conversations in our house about all things human sexuality, from puberty to consent. But the kids are still very squirmy about it . . . and often try to cut the conversation short.

There is an organization in Orange County called Birds and Bees Connection that exists to help parents in having these conversations with their kids. hey have classes for all ages and genders, including a series on sex.

My daughter and I are took a puberty class with Birds and Bees Connection on Saturday morning. She was initially NOT THRILLED but Leslie Dixon, the teacher and founder, was so dynamic that she ended up having a lot of fun with the other girls.

The format was brilliant – it was set up as a mother-daughter tea and the girls were invited to read and participate. I found that India knew a lot of the information, but it was hugely valuable to hear it from someone else and to be in a group of peers where these topics were normalized. Her anxiety about puberty went way down after this class.



Mark and the boys also did a class together. It was the next age level up . . . a four session class on all things sex. They covered puberty, hygiene, peer pressure, sex, and respect. 


These classes are such a great way to download all the information tweens need to walk into adolescence with confidence. If you are local to Orange County I can’t recommend them enough.


Source Link: The case for taking your kids to a sex-ed class to supplement their learning


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Give Better with Cuyana

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oversized carryall tote in navy

Cuyana’s philosophy of fewer, better things has always resonated with me, and is the primary reason I’ve been a customer for years. A secondary reason? I LOVE ALL OF THE THINGS.

When anyone asks my opinion on a great shop for gift-giving, Cuyana is tops on my list. They have a wide range of gifts from totes to tops to keychains (all dreamt up by the design team in San Francisco and made by their family-run partners in Italy, Argentina, Peru, Turkey, and beyond), with all types of price points.

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Here are a few of my favorite things. Enjoy!

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Thank you to Cuyana for gifting me the above navy tote. It is so lovely!

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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

My daughter and I are taking a puberty class with Birds & Bees Connection this morning.

My daughter and I are taking a puberty class with Birds & Bees Connection this morning. Such a great way to download all the information girls need to walk into adolescents with confidence. If you are local to Orange County I can’t recommend them enough. They have classes for all ages and genders, including a series on sex.


Source Link: My daughter and I are taking a puberty class with Birds & Bees Connection this morning.


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

That’s What SHE Said

Here are some of things I read this week that made me think. (These are just snippets – click on the title to read the whole thing).


“Winter was on its way. The Standing Rock community’s tents and summer tipis would not work in 20-below weather. A call went out from the Red Warrior Women’s Media Collective for donations of winter housing, something the rural Oregon forest community knew it could provide.”

What It’s Like To Go Without Complaining For A Month from Jessica at FastCompany

“Griping comes naturally for us. During an average conversation, we lob complaints at each other about once a minute, according to research. There’s a social reason for that. ‘Nothing unites people more strongly than a common dislike,’ says Trevor Blake, author of Three Simple Steps. ‘The easiest way to build friendship and communicate is through something negative.’”
“Many assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally savvy about what they find there,” the researchers wrote. “Our work shows the opposite.”
“In the middle of an Ikea store in Norway, between displays of comfortable, modern furnishings stood a strikingly small, almost empty room with naked cement walls. The display, only 25 square meters, was meant to transport customers thousands of kilometers away, to Damascus – to the world of Rana, a Syrian mother raising four children, as war rages around her.”

‘McCabe used mathematical models to examine the friendship structures of 67 students on a Midwestern college campus, aiming to figure out how those structures influenced success in the classroom. In doing so, she also drew out three distinct models of friendship—unlikely to be limited to college students alone. According to McCabe, people tend to be one of the following three types of friendship-makers….”

An Honest Museum Audio Tour from River at The New Yorker

“Here it is, the “Mona Lisa.” You woke up early for this. You waited in line for almost an hour. You’re now surrounded by seventy people, all trying to catch a glimpse of it. One of them just elbowed you while taking a photograph of it. It’s behind a lot of glass. It’s not very big. What I’m trying to say is: it’s O.K. to feel disappointed.”

My Credit Card Debt Isn’t a Secret, I Just Don’t Discuss It from Haley at Man Repeller

“Once I was at a Thanksgiving party and everyone was complaining about their hired help and how much it costs. Someone asked me how much I paid and I was like, “I don’t have a housekeeper.” I felt so much rage. I remember thinking, “You guys are so insanely clueless that you would assume everyone in this room could afford help.” They aren’t bad people – they’re good people! But they have no concept. No knowledge of what my financial situation would even be like.”


Source Link: That’s What SHE Said


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Friday Finds

1. Alba Credenza | CB2 
2. Nelson™ Thin Edge Buffet | Design Within Reach 
3. Mid-Century Buffet | West Elm 
4. Cross Credenza | Design Within Reach 
5. STOCKHOLM Sideboard | IKEA
6. Mid-Century Danish Teak Credenza Storage Cabinet by MIXVintage | Etsy 
7. Trent Austin Design Atayurt Buffet | Wayfair 
8. American Retrospective Server Brown – Jofran Inc | Target 
9. Amalfi Credenza | All Modern 


Source Link: Friday Finds


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Instagram Roundup

What’s been going down on the Instagram page this week:

A photo posted by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) on Dec 2, 2016 at 10:57am PST

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A photo posted by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) on Nov 28, 2016 at 6:04pm PST

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A video posted by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) on Nov 27, 2016 at 9:45pm PST

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A video posted by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) on Nov 25, 2016 at 11:59pm PST

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Source Link: Instagram Roundup


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com