Taking Better Care Of Your Eyes In 5 Easy Steps

Taking Better Care Of Your Eyes In 5 Easy Steps

Looking after your eyes is one of the most important features of promoting improved general health. Not least because we use them from the moment we wake to the moment we sleep. Moreover, impaired sight can impact everything from social activities to your public safety.

Everyone should give their eyes the TLC they deserve. But it is especially important if you’ve already been diagnosed with melanoma. Or any condition impacting your general eye health. Here are five top tips that can lead you to success. 

1- Get an accurate prescription

If you have anything less than 20-20 vision, it’s vital that you visit the optician or eye doctor on an annual basis. This ensures that you gain eyeglasses or contact lenses that are actively matched to your requirements. It is also the opportune moment to screen for other health issues. You will simultaneously be able to track any regression since your last examination.

Wearing outdated eyeglasses that do not reflect your current needs won’t only limit their impact. It can also lead to the development of further problems.

2- Find suitable home treatments

Protecting your eyes should be an ongoing daily occurrence. There are many different conditions and symptoms that you could experience. This is why finding something that is matched to your needs will be vital. A dry eye treatment, for example, can go a long way to adding comfort in your daily life. Otherwise, your eyes will regularly feel irritated.

It may take a little trial and error to find the perfect daily care treatments for you. When you get it right, though, the benefits can be felt everyday.

3- Wear protective eyewear in various scenarios

The eyes need protection from both sunlight and computer screens. Wearing blue glasses or reflective sunglasses can work well in those situations. You can find prescription eyewear if you need it, or find plain options if you do not. The right protection will reduce the strain caused on your eyes, as well as potential headaches and more.

It is particularly important to consider blue light eyewear if you work on computers or look at screens all day. The immediate and future benefits will be telling.

4- Take regular breaks

When your eyes are under a lot of strain, it’s vital that you give them a chance to relax. While a healthy sleep pattern will give you a solid platform to build upon, there are many other factors to consider. Taking regular screen breaks at work is vital. Likewise, finding balance in your life with ideas like outside exercise can have a very positive impact.

You can also look to introduce a range of eye exercises, including eye yoga. As well as keeping your eyes well conditioned, it’s a chance to avoid damaging activities.

5- Eat well

When dealing with your eyes, there are many different ingredients in the recipe for success. A balanced diet with the right nutrients is one of the central features. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E have all been linked to preventing eye problems. Finding foods that include those nutrients can work wonders.

Like many of the other aspects above, calculated decisions will improve your general wellness as well as your eyes.

4th of July Clothespin Wreath

4th of July Clothespin Wreath

I can already hear fireworks at night going off through the neighborhood, the colors red, white and blue are showing up everywhere and the planning of BBQ’s is in the air; this going to show that the 4th of July is right around the corner! Take if from me, it’s not too late or very hard to get festive.
It seems like the last few days I have either been preparing for Sara and her family to come stay with us (cleaning, shopping, etc.) or working on up coming things for this blog. This has left the 4th of July as a major after thought! However, after seeing this clothespin wreath floating around Pinterest I knew I wanted to at least do that.
I scoured Pinterest for the original link to the clothespin wreath and never found it so I decided to go ahead and make my own and share the exact “what ya need” and “how to” with all of you.
The supplies for this project are pretty basic and cheap; all of which I was able to get a the one-stop-shop of Walmart.
– 12 in wreath frame
– 2 packs of clothespins (This wreath takes 60 clothespins to make but there are only packs of 50 at Walmart which are $1 each.)
– Glitter Stars foam stickers
– red, white and blue paint (acrylic or spray)
– paint brush
Start by dividing out your 60 clothespins. For mine I painted 15 blue, 22 white and 23 red. Next step is to paint them. I did it the hard way and painted each one by hand using acrylic paint. Surprisingly and a little bit to my embarrassment I didn’t even think about spray painting them until afterwards. It would have been MUCH easier.
But if you are going to paint them by hand I’ll let you know what I did. I used the foam brush and painted everything but the back and part of the sides. Then I took a smaller brush to get the inside of the clothespin where it would show. In the picture above you can see kind of how I went about the “lazy” way of painting them.
Once all the clothespins are dry stagger them on the wreath frame doing all the blue clothespins together then 4 reds followed by 4 whites. Lastly, at the foam stars to the blue clothespins and hang!
To add a little more to my 4th of July decor I spray painted some stars on our front lawn using some white field spray paint and hung up our flag.
See! Three very simple and easy ways to get in the patriotic spirit; all which can be done in an afternoon for under $20!
Sara and I hope you all enjoy your 4th of July! We know we will be and are SO excited that we get to be spending it together!
American Flag Paint Stick Project

American Flag Paint Stick Project

Looking for a summer craft for the 4th of July?  Head to your local craft store and pick up supplies to make a paint stick American flag.  Designer Dawn is on our blog to show you how.

Time: About 1 hour (without dry time)
Level: Intermediate


Here’s what you need:

  • Glue Dots® Advanced Strength Dispenser or All Purpose Glue Dots®
  • 10 old paint sticks (or 1/4″ board stock cut to size)
  • Wood stars
  • Acrylic paint (red/white/blue)
  • Twine
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Sponge brushes (one for each color)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic fixative if hanging outside


Here’s what you do:

Cut the handle end off of 3 paint sticks so that they measure 8″. Note: If you purchase the 1/4″ board stock from your local hardware store, most will cut your pieces to size for you.

On another paint stick, drill two holes at 3″ and 9″ using a small drill bit. Arrange 7 paint sticks into rows, making sure the top one has the two holes drilled in it. Lightly sketch a pencil line at 4.75″ for the top 4 sticks. Use a sponge brush to paint this section blue. Let dry before adding another coat of paint.


Using a sponge brush, paint the first stick red, then use a new brush to paint the next stick white. Allow each stick to dry before adding another coat of paint. Remember to paint along the edges, but do not paint the back. Continue painting the sticks until they are all painted with the appropriate colors.

Use a new sponge brush to paint the stars white. Again, do not paint the back.

When all of your pieces are dry, line up your flag and flip each stick over, as if you were turning a page in a book. Spread the sticks slightly apart.

Three 8″ sticks will lay across the long sticks. Once everything is in place, use Glue Dots Advanced Strength Dispenser (or All Purpose Glue Dots) to adhere the sticks together, pressing everything firmly into place.


Then, flip the entire flag back to the front. Use more Advanced Strength adhesive to adhere the stars onto the blue field in the upper left.


Thread twine or sisal through the drilled holes and tie off to hang.


*Note: If you are going to hang this flag outside, spray it with an acrylic fixative to protect it.

Display with American Pride and have a happy 4th of July!

Taking Care of Your Family Holistically

Taking Care of Your Family Holistically

The role of parents is not an easy one, but it is a rewarding one too. Parents are often faced with the responsibility of taking care of their children, as well as taking care of themselves. It is important for parents to take care of themselves because they are the ones who set a good example for their children and show them how to live a healthy lifestyle. We want our kids to grow up with healthy habits, so we need to model those behaviors for them by living healthy lives ourselves. This is why we need to do things from a holistic perspective.

Child Development & Making the Right Choices

Children are like sponges, they soak up everything that they see and hear. This is why it is important to provide them with an environment that will allow them to grow and flourish. A lot of research has gone into what type of parenting style has the best effect on children. The three most common parenting styles are authoritarian, permissive, and authoritative. But what matters is doing what’s right for you. But also, asking for help when it’s needed. If this looks like adhd counseling or support from family, it is always the right thing to do,

The Benefits of Choosing a Holistic Lifestyle

A holistic lifestyle is a way of living that’s focused on the whole person. It includes what you eat, how you sleep, and how you feel. It is all about taking care of your body and your mind, in the form of eating healthy food, getting enough sleep, and trying to reduce stress.

A holistic lifestyle is about living a healthy, balanced and sustainable life. It is about looking at the big picture and understanding that we are not just our physical bodies. We are also emotional, spiritual, mental and environmental beings. In order to live more holistically we need to take care of ourselves on all levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. That means getting enough sleep, eating well, exercise and practicing mindfulness.

Families and the Holistic Lifestyle

The family’s eating habits are not just limited to the parents’ own dietary choices; they also have an effect on the dietary choices of their children and other family members. Families that follow vegan diets need to make sure they are providing a balanced diet for themselves and their children.

The vegan diet can be difficult to maintain as it excludes many popular food items such as eggs and dairy products. This can make it difficult for vegan children to find adequate nutrition in their diet. As a result, many vegan families rely on supplements or fortified foods to ensure that their children get enough protein and calcium. So it’s important to work out if this is right for you.

The Importance of Sleep for Children and Adults

Sleep is as important to children as it is to adults. In fact, children need even more sleep than adults because their bodies are still growing. A lack of sleep in children can lead to behavioral problems, learning difficulties, obesity, and other health issues. It may mean that working on sleep is a huge bonus for your family.

How To Welcome A Newborn Into Your Home

How To Welcome A Newborn Into Your Home

Welcoming a baby into your family is an incredibly exciting time, but it’s also a scary one. After all, you are suddenly responsible for a whole new life, and babies have very complex needs. Unlike their older siblings or adults, they also cannot tell you what they need directly, meaning you have to become something of a mind reader along the way.

While there are various challenges associated with parenting, there are also plenty of joys, and ensuring that you are well-prepared ahead of time will help you navigate parenting sanely

With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to welcome a newborn into your home! 

  • Do your research. As mentioned above, babies have very complex needs, so doing a little research ahead of time on all things parenting can help you to put your best foot forward. For example, you could attend antenatal classes, read parenting books, or simply ask other parents for advice, tips, and tricks. For example, they may be able to provide you with some sleeping hacks that ensure you and your little one get a good night’s sleep!   
  •  Baby proof your home. The next step towards welcoming a child into your home is ensuring that you baby-proof the space. This way, you’re creating a safe environment in which they can thrive, especially when they start learning to walk. There are various ways in which you can babyproof your home, such as installing childproof locks on cupboards or gates by your stairs.  
  • Put together a shopping list. While you’ll have nine months to prepare for your baby’s arrival, it’s important that you don’t leave your shopping trip until the last minute. This only increases the chance of you forgetting something important. Instead, put together a list ahead of time of everything you need. This can be particularly useful if you’re working within a tight budget or want to ask for specific gifts or products at your baby shower. If you don’t feel like hitting the busy shops in person, there are plenty of online baby stores where you can buy everything you need before having your items delivered directly to your door.   
  • Decorate their nursery. Decorating your baby’s nursery can be a lot of fun, especially as you get to experiment with a range of colors, patterns, and textures. Remember, the space should be both relaxing and stimulating. For example, you should ensure that they are comfortable, but also surrounded by items such as crib mobiles which provide visual stimulation for your child when lying in their crib, while also helping them to develop fine motor skills. 
  • Take care of yourself too. As a parent, your natural instinct, even during pregnancy, will be to put your child’s needs before your own. While this is completely understandable, it’s important that you don’t forget about self-care either. While there are plenty of pregnancy hacks out there that you can utilize to feel your best during this time, try to focus on doing things that make you feel good. Don’t feel guilty turning down plans if you want to rest and relax!



The Best Dog Breeds For Families With Kids

The Best Dog Breeds For Families With Kids

Got young kids and thinking of getting a dog? Almost any dog can be trained to get along with kids, however some breeds definitely have a much better suited temperament. Below are some of the dog breeds that make the best family pets. 


Labradors are renowned for getting along well with kids. They’re social animals that love to play. At the same time, they’re one of the least aggressive larger breeds of dogs and are very gentle around kids. While lab puppies are known for being quite a handful, they are one of the easiest dogs to train. This guide at Smoky Mtn Labradors explains everything you need to know about adopting a lab puppy. 


Poodles are very similar in temperament to labradors in that they are social and love to play, making them also great family pets. They are one of the most diverse breeds in terms of size, shape and appearance – standard poodles are quite large, while toy poodles are very small, and they come in all different colors from white to brown. You can also adopt a labradoodle, which is a cross between a labrador and poodle.


Beagles are much smaller than labradors and regular poodles, but have a similarly playful and placid temperament. This makes them a very popular breed for households with kids. Like a lot of small dogs, beagles do like to bark, but they tend to do it more for attention than in an aggressive way. As with most playful breeds, make time to play with them, and they will be happy. 

Cavalier King Charles spaniels

Of all the spaniel breeds, King Charles spaniels are known for being some of the most social and friendly. This makes them great pets for families. They aren’t as energetic as breeds listed above – for those that don’t have the time for long walks and constant playtime, they can sometimes be better suited family pets. 

Border collies

Border collies are the most traditional ‘sheepdog’ breed. They are very similar in temperament to labradors in that they are very energetic and playful. Their overexcitement and ‘herding’ instinct means that they can sometimes knock over young kids. However, with older kids they are generally very friendly and display low aggression, making them ideal family dogs. This post at The Puppy Mag explains more about getting a border collie with kids.

French bulldogs

If you’re looking for a small breed of dog that gets on well with kids, a french bulldog could be a good option. Unlike a lot of other small breed, they don’t bark often and enjoy being cuddled. They may get defensive towards strangers, but are placid towards their owners. French bulldogs are not an energetic breed and are generally happy with short daily walks. 


Newfoundlands are gentle giants that are sometimes referred to as the ‘nanny dog’. They enjoy being petted and will rarely show aggression unless they are being protective of kids. They are very big dogs and can be clumsy, so you do need to monitor them around young kids as they may accidentally knock them over. Compared to many breeds, they have low energy levels and do not need long walks.