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This might come as a surprise, but I did more at BlogHer 2013 than get false eyelashes and straight hair. I actually did a little bit of work, too.
Of course, that’s if your definition of “work” includes going to parties, hanging out with super nice brand reps, and going home with a suitcase full of the much-lauded swag.
One of the highlights of my trip was attending The Vision Council’s “Eye on Summer Safety” special event. Only 50 bloggers received an invitation to this private party, and somehow I was lucky enough to be one of them. The event was casual and fun, and it felt like an oasis in the middle of a very hustle and bustle kind of day. Seriously. I took off my shoes. (My feet hurt and the room was decorated like a beach. Seemed fitting.)
The event included several UV safety stations. One offered tips to help adults remember their sunglasses. Another had a DermaScan, which is a box that uses UV light to show sun damage that is invisible to the naked eye (yikes). We had our pictures taken in a photo booth and were fitted for UV-protective sunglasses. I love mine and wear them every day!
And it gets better. A couple of weeks after the event, I received this amazing package in the mail, courtesy of The Vision Council. It included a branded tote bag, an awesome fold-up beach blanket (we’ve already used this several times), lots of educational materials, and a box full of sun-safe beauty products. I haven’t gotten to try them all yet, but I’m completely in love with Avon’s Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream. They also sent UV-protective sunglasses for both of my girls!
Eye health & wellness is very important to me – I’ve been wearing glasses for 30+ years and contact lenses for 20+ years. Almost everyone on both sides of my family wears corrective lenses. But frankly, I haven’t paid nearly enough attention to protecting my eyes and my kids’ eyes from harmful UV rays, especially given the amount of time that we all spend outdoors. After I received the box full of goodies, I got to talking with the amazing folks at The Vision Council, and we decided that this blog would be a great way to educate people, particularly my fellow moms and/or runners, about UV-protection and eye health.
So…I’m excited to tell you that in the coming weeks and months, I will be partnering with The Vision Council to bring you some great information about UV safety. Keep your eyes out! (See what I did there?)