Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I live in Florida, it's mandatory that you wear sunglasses outside.
Trust me on this one.
And since I'm a Mommy, I really push the sunglasses on my children when they are outside. Yes, they are kids and sometimes they listen to me... and yes, sometimes they don't.
Recently, I was a part of a session panel with the Motherhood and the Vision Council about sunglasses and their importance.
What is the Vision Council, you ask? The Vision Council is a "nonprofit trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry. Their member companies manufacture and/or distribute everything from eyeglass lenses and frames to sunglasses to eyeglass cases and accessories. An important part of their work is educating adults and children about vision health and eye safety."
The panel had two eye experts, Dr. Dora Adamopoulos, an optometrist in Alexandria, Va., and Jamie Shyer, a chairman to The Vision Council.
During the panel we learned tons of great facts including:
"- In a recent survey of 10,000 U.S. adults, 73 percent of parents wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from ultraviolet radiation, while only 58 percent have their children wear sunglasses. That means that nearly half of parents aren’t protecting their children’s eyes from harmful UV radiation.
- UVA and UVB rays are constantly penetrating the Earth’s surface, leaving unprotected eyes exposed to harmful radiation. Although it’s commonly misperceived that UV rays are only out during sunny days, they are actually present throughout the day – no matter the season or weather.
- Even a small amount of unprotected exposure is dangerous. UV exposure adds up over time and can lead to serious health problems as you and your children age. That’s why it’s increasingly important to have sunglasses handy at all times.
- Children receive three times the annual sun exposure of adults, and they have an immature lens, which makes them especially susceptible to UV-related damage. UV exposure at any age can cause both short and long term vision problems – many of which can’t be reversed."
Getting your kids to wear safe UV-protected sunglasses is really important. A few tips on how to actually get your kids to wear them (and not toss them off after you slip them on):
"- The Vision Council suggests taking the following "crucial considerations" into account when choosing a pair of sunglasses: 1) Comfort (so you'll actually wear them), 2) Reliability (buy from a reputable retailer - not street vendors or popular auction sites), 3) Active Lifestyle (consider your daily activities in your choice of sunglasses), 4) Design and fit that works best for you/your children.
- To determine if your sunglasses are reliable, look for a little sticker or tag on the lens that shows compliance with criteria set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The label "UV 380" covers all UVA and UVB rays.
- For the beach or pool friendly family, consider polarized lenses. They work exceptionally well at filtering out reflected glare from shiny surfaces like water and pavement. Polarized lenses also improve contrast and visibility so you don’t feel like you need to squint.
- For the sports players and enthusiasts, you should look into impact-resistant lenses. These lenses are designed to handle high-impact, like baseballs, lacrosse balls, Frisbees, or any other projectile. Most of these lenses are made from high performance materials like polycarbonate, polyurethane or Trivex.
- For parents always on the go, consider anti-reflective lenses that provide extra protection in difficult lighting situations. These can be especially helpful on the road and during sunrise and sunset."
You can learn more about getting your babes to wear sunglasses and more about why it's super important to do so by visiting the The Vision Council’s website
I participated in a panel with the Vision Council and the Motherhood and received compensation for my time. All information in quotes came directly from a press release. If you want more information check out my full disclosure statement.
Posted by SuZ at 7:44 PM
Monday, July 16, 2012
I allowed myself a week of "self-pity" to recoup and get over it all and last night when I went to bed, I exclaimed that this week I would get back on track.
Meaning that I wouldn't rely on Netflix to entertain my children, I would do more than lay around in bed and read romance novels and that I would actually plan a weekly menu of meals that did not revolve around the microwave.
This morning, I bounced out of bed and was able to get through the morning feeling fine.
Then the afternoon rolled around and hit me like a ton of bricks, all the while mocking me for falling apart.
Since when did I trade my body in for a 74 year old ladies body?
I feel like shit.
Plain and simple.
AND I DO NOT KNOW WHY!
The doctors gave me a diagnosis and I'm hesitant to believe their words because it all sounds like bullshit to me. But I'm not the one that went through 8+ years of medical school and training even years beyond that, so part of me is screaming that I must believe their words.
I'm weak and tired due to low blood pressure, I'm nauseous from lack of food and lack of an appetite, I'm cranky because of doctors that won't return phone calls and I'm guilty of being a bad Mom that relies on the television to entertain her children.
If I pile one more thing on top of this random heap, I'll collapses, I promise you.
For now, I must deal and parent from my couch while forcing Ritz crackers down my throat and keep my faith that this all will work out and eventually my 31 year old body will make an appearance and my children will see the light of day again.
Until then, it's Diego reruns and Pinterest to entertain the masses.
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Posted by SuZ at 9:02 PM
All tied up nicely.
And snuggled inside.
Posted by SuZ at 8:49 PM
Friday, July 6, 2012
This means that it is hot hot hot (seriously, HOT) and there are bugs everywhere.
I've lived in Florida my entire 31 years, so you would think I'd be cool with it.
But I'm not... well, okay maybe I am. But the thing is I can take the heat (you just dress cooly and stay near a body of water at all times), but the bugs.
Oh, the damn bugs.
We have mosquitoes from hell, gnats and biting flies.
Yes, biting flies.
They are the worse.
They look like normal flies that buzz around and drive you crazy, but they bite. Their bite is a specific kind of pain too. More annoying than a mosquito bite (but not as painful as a horse fly) and as surprising as a bee sting.
They always catch you off guard and leave you cursing like a sailor.
And bug spray doesn't really keep them away, it is like sweet nectar to them.
So of course, I spend the entire day swatting them away and end up missing half the fun my kids (who seem oblivious to any type of bug bite) are having.
Oh, summer... sometimes you suck.
Posted by SuZ at 8:23 PM
It's official, I'm helping out with a Twitter party!
I'm joining @SeaworldMommy, Ruckus Media and Sea World on July 11th at 9pm (EST) to talk about travel and the new Ruckus Reader.
The new Ruckus Reader is a new ireader app that works for iPad where you can read books and watch videos of some of your favorite shows and it's just launched the SeaWorld iReader.
The SeaWorld iReader allows your kids to learn while having fun with three great new books.
The twitter party is going to be rocking and we'll be giving away TWENTY SeaWorld theme park single-day tickets as well as six-month subscriptions to the SeaWorld iReader!
Sounds great, doesn't it?
I, for one, cannot wait!
You can RSVP for the party here!
Check it out and join us on July 11th at 9pm (EST) for some fun and prizes.
The fine print about the prizes are: "The tickets are valid thru Dec 31st, 2012. One courtesy visit. Present this ticket at the park entrance for admission to one of the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment locations during regulary scheduled operating hours. Not valid for complimentary admission to Discovery Cove. Call 1-888-800-5447 for rates & reservations. Not for resale. Not valid for special events.
Posted by SuZ at 8:08 PM