Cute (Affordable) Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses

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Blue light blocking reading glasses that are just as cute as they are affordable

Once you get to certain age, if you don’t already wear glasses full-time, chances are you’ll need to get reading glasses. That’s where I’m at. I’m almost 50, and about two years ago, I started to notice that the words on book pages and menus were a little blurry. In what seemed like just a few months, things went downhill. Flash forward about a year and I needed to wear reading glasses to see anything close up. Whether it was grading papers, looking at my phone, threading needles, or reading nutrition labels, I found myself reaching for reading glasses. I had an ugly pair from Walgreens, and I started having to carry them around with me. I was embarrassed to use them in public, and they weren’t blue light blocking reading glasses.

Well, if you already wear reading glasses, you know you want a pair for every room in the house, the car, your office, your purse, and anyplace else where you might need to use them. And as often as our eyes are on screens nowadays, it’s best for your reading glasses to have blue light blocking capabilities. Chances are, you can tell whether you need readers or not. But if you’re on the fence, see this WebMD article titled, “Do I Need Reading Glasses?” for more information. In case you are in the market, today I’m sharing my favorite place to get really cute, and also affordable, blue light blocking reading glasses: Peepers!

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Peepers Affordable Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses

My Peepers Picks

I have 5 pairs of Peepers! You can see them all in the photo above because I have duplicates of two of these three pairs. All three of these are just $25 each! Another thing I love about Peepers is the quality: the glasses are sturdy and never crooked (am I the only one who has had problems with crooked glasses?). The prices are great, they have every style from classic to modern and trendy. Add in the blue light blocking capability, and you have a winner. If you’re not sure what type of reading glasses or sunglasses would be best for you, you can take the Peepers “Perfect Pair Finder” Quiz to get started.

To The Max in Pink Horn

These are my current favorites! I love the color and shape. The To The Max style comes in SIX different frame colors, and you can even get them as sunglasses in three different frame colors! I wear these at school every day for grading, reading, and looking at my computer screen. Shop To The Max in Pink Horn.

Peepers To The Max in Pink Horn Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses
To The Max in Pink Horn

To The Max in Clear

Do these look similar to the ones above? Well they should: they’re the same frame style. I love the slightly larger size of these with the classic, almost Wayfarer-like shape. I have two pairs of these in clear: one for school, and one at home. Shop To The Max in Clear.

Peepers To The Max Reading Glasses in Clear with Blue Light Blocking
To The Max in Clear

Clark in Honey Tortoise

Okay, these were the very first Peepers I got. I ended up buying a second pair because I love the “honey tortoise” color so much as well as the shape. They’re a little smaller than the To The Max frames. The Clark frame is unisex and comes in 7 colors in the blue light blocking reading glasses, and 2 colors in sunglasses. Shop Clark in Honey Tortoise.

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Clark in Honey Tortoise

Oprah Wouldn’t Steer You Wrong

Peepers glasses have been selected in Oprah’s Favorite Things lists for the last four years in a row. That’s saying something! You can shop all of Oprah’s Peepers Picks here.

So, if you have to use readers like me, I recommend checking out Peepers by Peeperspecs for some really cute, affordable options. If you’re interested in prescription glasses or sunglasses, you may be interested in my Warby Parker try-ons (here’s one, here’s another, and here’s the most recent one.

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Ombre 5-Layer Shamrock Cake Recipe

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Easy Chocolate Mint Green Ombre 5-Layer Cake

My youngest son’s birthday is the week before St. Patrick’s day and he loves Shamrock Shakes, so this year we incorporated all of those ideas and flavors into one amazing cake. Then we added a little chocolate to kick things up a notch. I created this green ombre 5-layer cake in an afternoon, and it was a lot easier to do than I thought it would be. Today I’m sharing the recipe, plus a few tips to make your cake turn out even better than ours did. πŸ™‚

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Before You Make It…

The trick to getting the five stackable layers was this 5-layer cake pan set. You could try making it with regular sized cake pans, but it will require a lot more cake batter and the cake layers will be harder to handle. This is the exact set I used (under $12 for the set!).

I would also recommend baking the cake layers, letting them cool, and then putting them in the refrigerator for a few hours before assembling the cake. This way the layers will be a little more sturdy, and it will be easier to spread on the creamy filling layers. Even though these are nonstick cake pans, we sprayed them with a little oil/baking spray.

If you want it to really taste like a Shamrock Shake, you can skip the layers of chocolate fudge ice cream topping and let the vanilla-mint taste shine through. Adding some whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top will complete the effect.

If you do add chocolate, it’s helpful to leave about a half inch margin around the edge of the chocolate. This way it doesn’t show on the sides. If you look close, you can see a little chocolate peeking out of my cake.

Green Ombre 5-Layer Shamrock Cake Recipe

This beautiful cake is easy to make and tastes like a Shamrock Shake with a little chocolate touch.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Time to Cool and Assemble 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 43 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8 people


  • Set of 5 six-inch cake pans


  • box white cake mix, prepared as directed
  • green food coloring
  • 1 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 3.4 oz box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 jar Smucker's Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Topping
  • 3 tsp peppermint extract 2 tsp for cake, 1 tsp for cream layers


  • Preheat oven to temperature indicated on cake mix box directions.
  • Prepare cake mix as indicated on directions on the box.
  • Divide cake batter into 5 equal parts in small mixing bowls.
  • Add different amounts of green food coloring to each bowl of batter from lightest to darkest. One bowl can either be left completely white or just a hint of green. Then each of the other four bowls should be slightly darker than the one before to create 5 layers from lightest to darkest green.
  • Pour each bowl of batter into a separate cake pan.
  • Bake the five 6-inch cake pans at the temperature directed on the cake mix box for 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the center of cake pan comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely. *It's even better if you can cool the cake layers in the refrigerator for a while so they're more solid when working with them.
  • Combine vanilla pudding mix with 1 cup cold milk until blended, and then stir in 8 oz Cool Whip. Add a dash of green food coloring to slightly tint the pudding/cream mixture.
  • Place the darkest cake layer on cake plate. Spread on a layer of Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Topping, followed by a thick layer of the pudding/cream mixture. Carefully add the second-darkest cake layer, topping with first the chocolate ice cream topping and then the pudding/cream mixture. Continue until all 5 layers have been added and topped with chocolate and pudding/cream mixture.
  • If desired, top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry (to look even more like a Shamrock Shake!).
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When serving, you can give each guest a tall 5-layer slice (we got 8 tall slices out of ours!). Or, you can also cut the cake so each guest gets a shorter (2- or 3-layer) slice. Everyone raved about the flavor and loved the tall ombre look of the cake. It was so easy to make! You definitely don’t need the luck o’ the Irish to create this delicious dessert. You could easily change flavors with different extracts or cake mix flavors, and you could swap out the chocolate spread for caramel, jam, or just about anything else. I think it would be fun to make a 5-layer rainbow colored cake, too. So many possibilities with these fun 5-layer cake pans.

If you like chocolate mint, you’ll also want to check out my Grandma Boyle’s Grasshopper Creme de Menthe Cake recipe: it tastes just like Andes mints!

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