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How To Look After Your Eyesight

10.16.20

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Do you ever stop and think about the health of your eyes? Your eyesight is an important sense and it is one that you should not be taking for granted. If you damage your eyesight it could have a profound impact on your life. 

What would you miss out on the most if you started to lose your eyesight?

There are several ways that your eyes could start to develop issues. Your eyes may change shape and this may cause your eyesight to become blurry. You may also develop black spots in your eyes, or you may get glaucoma or cataracts. 

Even a small change in your eyesight might cause you to start getting headaches. These changes might also cause your eyesight to become so poor that it will affect your ability to drive safely. 

So, how can you take better care of your eyesight? 

In this blog post, we’ll be talking about some of the many ways that you can look after your eyes to ensure that you’re doing everything that you can to stop any type of loss of eyesight. 

1. Eat A Healthy Diet

Diet may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you talk about your eyesight, however, the right diet will help you to protect your eyes. 

By eating foods that are rich in vitamin A and beta carotenes including things like squashes, sweet potatoes, and carrots you will be able to take care of your eyesight better. 

Vitamin A plays a cruciall role in your ability to see by making sure that you have a clear cornea. The cornea is the outside covering of your eye. Vitamin A is also a component part of rhodopsin. This is a protein which is found in your eyes that lets you see in dim lighting conditions. 

2. Avoid Spending Too Long Working at a Computer 

Be aware of how much time you spend in front of computer screens. If you are spending a considerable amount of time in front of a computer or phone screen, then you should ensure hat you take a break as often as possible to protect your eyes. 

Staring at computer screens will cause you to strain your eyes. Over a prolonged period, this can cause your eyes to become damaged.  

Plan in a break away from the screen every twenty minutes; even if it is just for a few minutes. . 

3. Have Your Eyes Tested 

You should have your eyes tested by an optician every two years. This is to ensure that there has been no changes to your eyes and your ability to see in the meantime. 

When you have an eye exam, there will be a variety of different tests that you will need to complete. The most common test looks at whether or not you are short or long sighted. You may also have tests that look for blind spots or for glaucoma. 

Following on from your eye test, if you need glasses or contact lenses, then your optician will be able to prescribe them for you. 

4. Wear Any Prescription Glasses Prescribed To You

If you have been given prescription glasses to wear then you must wear them as directed by your optician. If you opt not to wear them, it could cause you to strain your eyes and it may bring on headaches. 

If you are in need of new glasses, this website sells a broad selection of different frames in a wide range of styles. Use the prescription provided by your optician to get your glasses made up.   

5. Take Care of Your Eyes When You Are in The Sun

If you spend any length time looking at the sun, this could cause you serious damage to your eyes. It is essential that you don’t ever look directly into the sun. Even if there are clouds covering it and you have sunglasses on. You may still burn your eyes. 

Whenever you go out on a sunny day, be sure that you take measures to protect your eyes. Always wear sunglasses. If possible, also wear a brimmed or peaked hat that will keep the sun from your eyes. 

You need to also be aware that the sunglasses that you choose should be suitable for wearing in bright lights. Not all sunglasses are suitable for wearing in sunlight. Check that the glasses have a UV rating of at least 400. 

6. Wear Protective Eyewear 

If you are someone that works in a dangerous job such as on a construction site or in manufacturing, then your eyes could get damaged if an accident happens. To prevent this, make sure that you wear protective eyewear. 

If you play certain sports or have a hobby where your eyes may be at risk, you should also wear protective eyewear. 

7. Avoid Smoking

Smoking dramatically increases the risks of developing an age-related eye disease. Examples of these conditions might include macular degeneration and cataracts. If you are a smoke then you should think about giving up smoking.

8. Know Your Family Medical History 

There are certain eye diseases that are inherited. It is important that you know the medical history of your family. If someone in your family has had one of these inherited eye diseases, there is a stronger chance that you might also get it. Knowing this will help your optician or doctor know what to look out for and you may be able to get early treatment. 

9. Know Your Risk Factors 

As you age, there are greater risks of you developing age-related eye diseases, It is vital that you know what your risk factors are because it may help you to lower the risk by changing certain behaviors. Speak to your optician about the risk factors you may face. 

10. Avoid Eye Infections If You Wear Contact Lenses 

If you wear contact lenses, it is essential that you take steps to stop yourself from developing eye infections. Wash your hands thoroughly before you take your contact lenses out or put them in. 

You should also make sure you clean your contact lenses as you have beeninstructed and replace them as often as is recommended. 

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How To Keep Unwanted Pests Out Of Your Garden

10.14.20

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Our gardens are essentially extensions of our home and so just as we don’t want pests inside our house, we often don’t want them right outside either. Trash, animal feed and the prospect of a dry space to live, can attract a variety of pests to your premises, including squirrels, rats, raccoons, wasps and skunks, none of which we particularly want making their home outside ours. Although there’s always the option to have a pest removal service remove pests from your home and garden, it’s often just best to deter them from moving in in the first place. So here are four ways to keep unwanted garden visitors at bay. 

  1. Remove attractive food sources

Food sources such as an outdoor pantry, animal feed, birdseed and trash are all extremely attractive to pests who will see them as an easy meal. Although you may not be able to remove these sources altogether, you can make them less attractive to visitors by keeping them under lock and key and inside airtight containers. If you keep animals that are fed outside, then try to clear up any uneaten food so that pests don’t see their meal as an easy snack and you don’t end up with a pest infestation. 

  1. Put up a fence 

Fencing off your garden may not deter all pests, but they can be used to keep larger pests such as raccoons and deer away from your flowers and vegetable garden. Raccoons, in particular, are adept climbers, and so fences need to be climb proof and also ideally electrified to give them a sharp shock and to deter them from making a break-in attempt. 

  1. Keep their numbers down 

Rats, rabbits, raccoons and skunks breed exceptionally quickly, turning a small problem into a much larger one in a matter of months. The best way to ensure that you don’t end up with an infestation is to keep the number of pests around your premises down by taking preemptive measures. If you notice a family of raccoons or skunks has moved into your premises, then these can be safely removed from your property by a skunk or raccoon removal service, who will then work with you to put preventative measures in place to stop them from returning. 

  1. Block off attractive nest sites or sleeping spaces

Outhouses and sheds are attractive sleeping spaces for a number of animals and will bring pests seeking shelter into your garden. To stop pests from seeing your shed, decking or outhouse as their new home, try to block off any attractive nest sites or holes and make sure that the walls, windows and doors are all intact. You may need to install a preventative screening to stop animals from digging back under the foundations of your property. 

So there you have it – four simple ways to keep unwanted pests out of your garden and away from your property. If you do end up with an uninvited guest, there are plenty of experts out there who are trained to help you put preventative measures in place and to regain control of your boundaries. 

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The Complete List of Minimalist Baby Essentials for The First 6 Months and Beyond

06.19.20

Although babies do need a lot of things, I think you can still be smart about what you buy and absolutely need. I’m not a minimalist myself, but I hate having too many things. I want everything in my home to serve a function and spark joy and the same goes for baby essentials. So, today I’m sharing my minimalist baby essentials. Most of these items I either got as hand me downs or I received as gifts from my baby registry. These items will set you up for the first 6 months and beyond. I highly recommend getting things you are unsure about as the baby grows older since you never know what they need until the time comes.

I am going to divide my minimalist baby essentials in different categories to make it super easy for you all. Hope you all enjoy!

Minimalist Baby Essentials

Clothing:

For clothing, I highly recommend getting less than what you think you need because you will easily end up with way more than you need. Start with just 3 swaddles, a pack of wash cloths (that can easily serve many functions), 2 blankets and a weeks worth of clothing for every size. For example, for 0-3 month, get 7 onesies and 7 diaper shirts plus a couple extra. Do the same for 3-6 months, 6-9 months, etc., but for those sizes, just get diaper shirts and pants. For baby hats, I highly recommend the ones by Copper Pearl. They were the only ones that fit PS’s head perfectly from when he was a newborn to now (he’s 6 months) and they’re super adorable. I also recommend getting gender neutral clothes so they can be passed down to subsequent babies.

Feeding

If you are planning on breastfeeding, then you don’t need much. A nursing pillow with one extra cover, some nursing bras and pads and D drops are all you absolutely need. Don’t buy bottles or a breast pump until you absolutely need to. Amazon can bring you these things the next day so don’t bother buying because you never know what you will and wont need.

Sleep:

The same goes for sleeping. I set up a beautiful nursery for PS thinking he will need his room right away. But you really don’t know how things will go with your baby. We started off with a bassinet in our room and then moved PS to his crib after a month, but at the two month mark, we started co-sleeping. So, I suggest just buying a bassinet to start and then see how life goes. Maybe you’ll need a crib, maybe you won’t.

For the baby monitor, we got the WyzM camera that is super affordable on Amazon and has great night vision. I didn’t want to spend a lot on the camera and this one is great and can be used as a camera later as well. Even for the sound machine I recommend getting an Amazon Alexa since it can play all types of white noise and do other things as well and can be used once your baby is older too.

Hygiene:

Start with just 1 box of newborn swaddlers and 1 box of size 1 diapers. Again, you never know how big your baby is going to be. With PS we didn’t even need many newborn diapers. Also, I highly recommend getting a diaper pail that uses regular garbage bags since that will save you money over the long run. And just buy one changing pad with one cover but get a few of the wipeable diaper liners instead.

With regards to skin care, get one type of body wash/shampoo/moisturizer first and then see if your baby likes it. If they do, that’s great, stick with it. If not, then try a new product. I love K’pure Naturals products for my own skin care, and have been loving them for PS’s too.

Transportation:

minimalist baby essentials

This can be the most expensive category and the items you purchase here will last a long while. So, get good quality items. You will be able to use these items for subsequent babies and you’ll also be able to sell most of these items at a good price when you are done as well. So, try out a few brands of car seats, strollers and carriers and get something that is made of quality materials.

And, that’s all. Another essential for babies are toys, but you won’t be needing many in the first couple of months when all the baby does is sleep. But if you are looking for toy ideas for your little one, check out my Panda Crate review post. I have been loving all the toys the crate comes with and it’s basically all I’m purchasing for PS for now (other than all the gifts he received).

I hope you all found this minimalist baby essentials post helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you think I’m missing anything. For me, personally, these essentials are key 🙂