March 31, 2009

Where were Ficklets in 1981? **Giveaway**

It was the summer of 1981 when my family moved to Colorado from Michigan. I had spent the last 6 years doing everything with my friends and neighbors in Barnswood Lane and now I was living on East Long Avenue and getting ready to attend a new school, new kids, new teachers new everything.

This might shock the pants off some of you (ok most of you) but I was considered pretty smart back then, tested into the GT program with no problems. To go right along with that I had me a rockin’ pair of these


Oh yeah, in my mind I was Geek with a capital G on the outside! I so did not want to be Geek. My friends back home knew me when I got my glasses (age 5) they were just part of who I was on Barnswood Lane. I couldn’t see much of anything without them and they were a permanent fixture on my face.

Here, in Colorado I did not want to be that Girl – the Geek. I mean seriously, third grade – I was ready to be COOL – Because I so knew what that meant and being able to see definitely was not part of the definition.

I went to great lengths to not wear my coke bottles glasses at school. I left them in backpack, hid them in my cubby, put them in coat pockets even stuffed them in my pencil box once. It was so bad my parents had many discussions with the teachers about how I could not see without them and I simply must wear them in class.

As you can imagine that was FANTASTICALLY COOL – because now my teachers would ask me constantly “Terra, where are your glasses”, “Terra go get your glasses” thus drawing even more attention to the capital G on my face!

It got so bad that I was finally summoned to visit the school counselor (how “cool” was that?) can you say HUMILIATING? Well, it didn’t help much, I think I wore my glasses more after that but I was still so not cool! It was me, sporting my coke bottles glasses, walking down the hall to the GT classroom being the super geek that was I until I got contacts in middle school and got to ditch those glasses for a few hours of face saving grace during school!

Fast Forward to the new millennium…

A few months ago I saw an ad for these things called Ficklets.
I was so enamored by the concept of Ficklets that I mentioned them to a total stranger at Baskin Robbins that day. Yes I did. Then I put them out of my mind for several months.

Last week, however, my neighbor let me know that her youngest daughter just got glasses, her oldest already has them. We were emailing each other and this is how it went…

Paige: “Heather just got her new glasses”
Terra: “Ficklets, get some Ficklets
A couple hours later
Paige: “I just ordered Ficklets

Again, I was totally impressed by this product and decided to send the company an email and tell them so. I didn’t really expect to ever hear from them I just wanted them to know how much I liked their product concept.

I told them they were not just a fashion accessory but quite possibly a “self esteem saver” as well and that I was planning on telling "my story" on my blog...Knowing quite well that even Ficklets may not have been able to save my glasses!

The next day I had a wonderful email in my inbox and a new follower on Twitter. It was Ros – the founder of Ficklets! We have tossed a few emails back and forth and I am even more impressed with this company than I was before!

Ros offered me TWO sets of Ficklets to give away on my blog and sent me some samples! I am quite honestly bubbling over with excitement! To get to share these with another family makes me really happy! And of course I am secretly hoping they brighten the outlook of some sweet little kids with coke bottles glasses!

I will run the contest till Friday at Midnight and I hope you enter! All you need to do is leave a comment. Extra entry if you Tweet it and come back to leave a second comment telling me so!

Help me spread the word for this founder and what I consider to be a wonderful product for kids.

Even if you don’t have a child in glasses – you might someday or I am sure you know someone that does! Put a smile on their face – get them some Ficklets! They have hundreds to chose from these are a couple of my favorites:


PS - if your still with me - I think these would be great in an Easter Basket!!!

**And the winners are: - Random.org gave me numbers 21 and 7 after eliminating the 3 comments that didn't count or didn't want to be counted the winners are The Fritz Facts and Billie! Way to go ladies! Now send me an email with your address so I can pass it on to Ficklets and you get your goodies!**

27 comments:

Lindsay said...

ooo my goodness those are to stinking cute.. so would it be cool if I put a pair on my glasses ;-) I love them!

Allison said...

Great endorsement! I wore glasses from 4th grade on and I think we might have had the same glasses!

becky @ misspriss said...

are you kidding? i'm 35, had glasses since i was 2, and i think *I* want some. LOL!

Krape Family said...

Those are SOOOO COOL!!!! I wish I had my glasses again. Those would have really helped me be okay with wearing mine also.

Krape Family said...

Oh. I was so swept away by the Ficklets that I totally forgot to tell you, that is an awesome picture of you..love the pigtails!!!!

JanMary said...

I too had glasses from the age of 5 - mine were blue plastic, with springy metal ear pieces!

I got contact lenses when I was 18, but went back to glasses age 25 (after I had been a bride!).

My eldest daughter has glasses and she would LOVE these.

Musings of a Housewife said...

I'm not entering, but I had to say that Ficklets are so cool! I "met" Ros when I was putting together my holiday gift guide and I think the ficklets are a brilliant invention. :-)

Laura said...

I think you look adorable in that picture....and if I had favorites?
You would have been one of them in my classroom.
Great idea.

The Fritz Facts said...

Would it be wrong if I wanted these for me...no I am not kidding. lol

Boo will need glasses in the next couple years, and I think these my save her sanity!

Thanks

Hairline Fracture said...

Those are adorable...and guess what, my Miss Pink wears glasses. She doesn't mind hers but these are like jewelry for glasses--and she loves bling!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Those are VERY cute!

Chica said...

Those are too awesome! I love me some glitter on glasses!

the mama bird diaries said...

how super cute!

jenjen said...

Oh my goodness, how did I not know about those?? Three of my kids wear glasses!

I am going to get me some of those!

XOXO
'Jen

PS - I moved away from Michigan in 1981 too. How weird!

whoopsadasie said...

How cute are those!! I too have been wearing glasses since the 4th grade and can TOTALL understand your story! Vanity is a hard thing when you are a kid! I want SOME!

Becky said...

That is the cutest picture ever!

Paige said...

Love the Ficklets! As it states in the blog, I did order some for my girls and they arrived a few days ago. I've hidden them because they will appear in an Easter Basket (thanks Terra) but I know my girls will love them. Heck, I even got a bonus pair in my order, I'm sure that was due to my connection with Terra. Thanks Ficklets family, I know they will be a huge hit for my girls.
(Terra, do not put me in the drawing, I already got my winnings.)

Bonnie said...

That is the best idea I've heard of in years. What a great way to make some little persons day!

I am so glad to finally see a picture of you when you were little. That must have been tough.being smart and having to wear glasses :)

I see the resemblence to your girls. At first glance I thought of Lauren but I think the shape of your face reminded me of Hailey.

jen@odbt said...

I feel your pain. I wore big plastic round glasses in grade school all the way through 10th grade. Talk about geek!

Those are cute - will have to check out if they make anything for boys. It's like jibbitz for glasses. What will they think of next?

Kristin said...

Wow, what a great idea. My 8 yr old daughter has had glasses for a few years, and she does all the same things you did - hides them, "loses" them, forgets them, etc. I think she'd love these. Thanks so much for this post!

Alicia said...

I saw a little girl at Lamar's yesterday with glasses and I thought of your post ~ I wanted to tap her mom on the shoulder and tell her about Ficklets!! But, Ben was with me and screaming for donuts...so I didn't get a chance to tell her!!! Dang!

Megan said...

I love this concept. I wear glasses and have since the 4th grade so I am anticipating at least one of my children to be in glasses by that age...unless of course they got their dad's 20/20 vision.

Thanks for the giveaway.

The Fritz Facts said...

I twittered!

~Billie~ said...

OMG!! Those are awesome! My 3 yr old has glasses. Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep glasses on a 3yr old? It's been 2 months and we have been through 3 pairs! Crazy.

~Billie~ said...

I can't believe I won! How exciting! My hubby had to come in and see what was wrong - guess I was celebrating a little too loud. LOL! My son is going to LOVE these!

The Fritz Facts said...

I am so excited! Thank you so much!

~Billie~ said...

Did you get my address okay? I never received these. =(