Time to Declutter, Repurpose and Make Better Choices

New year new you, right? Now that we have settled into January, I am ready to tackle some of my 2018 goals starting with decluttering my wardrobe! Here are some of my tips on how to decide what to keep, toss, donate and even purchase!

Tip one: Choose favorites and organize

Don’t feel guilty about keeping your favorite items. Your clothes aren’t your kids, so you’re allowed and encouraged to pick faves. If you wear them often and they are in good condition, keep them!

But this is also the perfect opportunity to organize them properly. Personally, I like to organize my clothes by season first (sweaters, blouses, tees, tanks, dresses, etc.). Then I like to try and color coordinate. When I get dressed in the morning, I usually know what color I’d like to wear so this makes my search much easier!

Tip two: Toss, donate or repurpose?

Donating your clothes can be a great option. You get to declutter, and it gives you the satisfaction of giving back to the community. But first, it’s important that you take a look at the quality of the clothing; if items have holes in them or massive stains, it may be best to toss or up-cycle these items.

I came across some fun and crafty ways to repurpose your old or damaged clothing at Good Housekeeping. You can take that old t-shirt and make a produce bag or take that old stretched out sweater and make a pillow. There are so many different ways to reuse items you already have! Not only is this practical and will help save you money, but it’s also making better choices for the environment.

Tip three: Make ethical and sustainable clothing choices

In the past, I never really paid attention to where my clothes came from and what they were made out of. One of my goals in 2018 is to take a more mindful approach when purchasing new items. Cotton actually leaves an environmental footprint if it is manufactured conventionally. Organic cotton however, is much better for the environment.

When purchasing clothing, look for certifications like the Organic Exchange. A couple of my favorite companies with organic certifications are:
1. Pact - a popular organic clothing company for men, women and children. Many of their items are perfect for creating a capsule wardrobe.
2. Fair Indigo- another organic and sustainable clothing option. They too pride themselves in fashion being done right.

Part of decluttering your wardrobe is finding ways to create a more sustainable lifestyle. By making better choices not only will our closets benefit, but so will our environment.  


Stay youthful longer

We all want to stay youthful for as long as possible. As soon as we see that first little wrinkle come through, preventing more is all we can think about. But are we actually doing all we can to stay youthful? Chances are we probably aren't. It isn’t just our looks that need to stay youthful, our mentality needs to change too. If we want to live a full and proper life, it is important to stay youthful and have a little fun from time to time. So, if you’re worried you’re getting a bit old in more ways than one, we’ve got some really helpful tips that will ensure you stay youthful for longer.


Our mentality can often reflect our age. The more serious you are, the older people are going to think you are. It is so important to stay mentally youthful, probably more than it is in any other way. If we feel you, we’re going to look young. But what can you do? Well, keeping your mind young isn’t hard. All you have to do is find that love for life that might be tucked away slightly, and let it thrive. Make sure you aren’t just going to work, coming home, making dinner, and sitting in front of the TV all night. Find a passion for something and let it give you life. It might be a new health class, painting, anything that helps you to feel young and alive. But arguably one of the best ways of doing this is by getting out and about with your friends and having a good time. Have a couple of drinks and let your hair loose from time to time. You might feel a bit rough the next day, but you’ll feel so much more alive for doing it. Having a more positive outlook on life is also going to help. Try not to be always searching for the negative things in life.


This is probably the main thing people are concerned with, because it is the main thing people are going to notice first about you. Keeping yourself looking youthful isn’t as hard as you might think. First things first, stay hydrated. Water has so many good properties, but one of them is helping to keep our skin looking hydrated and youthul. The recommended amount to drink a day is 8 glasses of water. Any more than that is just a bonus. Then you want to focus on your morning and night routine. It is all well and good putting some makeup on each day, but not taking it off each morning, or not having a proper skincare routine is going to have a big affect on how your skin looks. Each morning, start with a wash with a facial cleanser to remove any dirt. Always put a light layer of moisturiser on to protect your skin. Then less is more with makeup, so try not to cake it on. Each week you want to be doing a face mask, or a facial scrub night routine. Wash your face every evening with a cleaners. Then two or three times a week, add in a scrub to remove all the dead skin and dirt build up. Finish with a facemask and your skin really will look so much more youthful.

The health kick you need

We all need a little health kick from time to time, because it is often to become a little bit lazy and lethargic from time to time. All this is down to how you live your life, and what you’re putting into your body. Bad foods have off bad results, so it is only right that you’re going to feel a little run down from time to time. So when you get to this point, you should know exactly what your body needs, a health kick. It will give you that burst of life you’ve been looking for, and will often leave you having a better outlook on life itself. Bad foods don’t only have a negative effect on our body, but our mental health too. It will clog your mind much more than you realise. So top stop all of these negative effects, here’s how you can give yourself a health kick.

Your Diet

Your diet plays a big part in your health kick, it is the main part in your health kick in fact. There really is no point in going to the gym, or doing some exercise if you’re going to fill your body with rubbish afterwards. You’re only going to be reversing the effects. But binge eating is something we’re all too good at. But eating healthier is just so much better for you in every way, and it’s not that hard to do if you stick with it for a few weeks. Following the 80% clean, and 20% treat method is probably the best way to ease yourself into a healthy diet routine. So for five days of the week you will have to eat clean, and completely clean. Cut out all the fizzy drinks, little snacks that you’ll be telling yourself don’t count, and all the fatty foods. Research some healthy diet recipes and stick to it for five days of the week. Try and break it up by having one cheat day in the middle of the week, and one on the weekend. It’ll break the week up and give you something to work towards. After a few weeks of doing this, the health benefits are going to be amazing. You’ll be more motivated in life, have more energy, and will often notice that niggling little health issues you used to have will disappear.

Some Exercise

Once you’ve got the diet nailed, it is time to move onto your exercise routine. Possibly one of the hardest parts to master. Actually finding the motivation to get up and go to the gym, or to go for a run etc. is so hard when you’re not used to doing it. Experts say it can take up to six weeks of continuously going to the gym to build up a routine and actually feel motivated to go. Within those six weeks you will have already started working wonders on your body. You strength will improve, as will your cardiovascular and muscular systems. It might take a bit of time to notice changes, but they will come, and you’ll feel amazing when they do.


How we keep our daughter safe on line.

I will never forget the day when my daughter who is now 14 wanted to go on facebook for the first time, I was terrified, there were so many dangers lurking and I wasn’t sure if I should allow her, she was 10.
My husband is a computer programmer so he did some thinking, we put some rules in place for her and to this day she is still following them.  I think as parents it is important to have rules in place for kids when it comes to technology.

Some of those rules were:
1) we are to know the password at all times.
2) we are to access it anytime we want to ( this means her phone, computer or ipad)
3) Do not accept any friend request or follow request of anyone you do not know
4) Do not send any pictures of yourself to anyone you do not know
5) You can have family and anyone ask you need permission for
6) Parental Controls! need I say more
7. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent about people suggesting you do
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9.) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10)   If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Maybe we were to hard with the rules, but I want my baby girl to be safe as I have had some real strange follow requests, we wanted her to make the best of her time online not be scared of it

Computer is a tool not an escape. Do not go on the computer and vent your frustrations as that is a sure way to start some heated debates.


Just be Patient. Coping with family member in hospital

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Nobody likes to spend time in a hospital. When you are there because you're not feeling well, it can feel like a little bit of a prison. At least when you're pregnant you know the outcome, it means that there is an end in sight. When you have a family member or a loved one in hospital, and they've been in for some time, it can be quite a difficult thing to deal with, not just in a personal and emotional sense, but the demands on your time can contribute to an overall feeling of stress and anxiety. So how can you deal with these burdens?

Being Proactive
Ultimately, it depends on the circumstances, but if you've got a loved one in hospital and it's because of a very serious accident, the complexities of the situation can take a long time to wade through. There could be a personal injury attorney on the case for you, which means endless consultations, reports, and bills to go through. But when you have these issues to deal with, as well as the stress of seeing your loved one in physical and emotional pain, the best thing to do is to feel that you are accomplishing something, however little, to help them cope with their stay. Being proactive, at least, helps everybody strive towards a solution to the problem.

Try Not To Feel Guilty
This is easier said than done.  But it's impossible to think that you can take on the pressures of your working life, home life, and make time to see your loved one in the hospital on a near constant basis. This means that you are never getting a break. And then if you start to make more time for yourself, and try to balance your life out far more efficiently, guilt does creep in. It's important to do your best not to feel this guilt because life does go on. Unfortunately, visiting hours are at specific times, so if you can structure your life around the visiting hours, and lean on friends and other family members to see them when you're unable to go, then this helps to share the burden. Hopefully, that feeling of guilt will not be as apparent.

Trust That The Professionals Are Doing Their Job
We all want to know that our loved ones are doing okay, but when we see that the doctors and nurses are running around looking after everybody else, it's natural that frustration and annoyance can creep in. You need to trust that they are doing their job because this helps you feel less anxious. If you really have concerns, it's always important to speak to the nurse. It's the nurse that is on shift for the majority of the day, the physicians are very likely going between different departments. So if you want a more complete opinion of how your loved one is doing, then it's better to ask them.

It is very difficult to deal with, and there can be a feeling of helplessness, but also frustration, anger and lots of guilt. But when someone you care about is in hospital, there is a very delicate balancing act to get right. You have to keep on top of things in your daily life, but you want to make sure that you are there for them. And if your heart is in the right place, then you are there for them, although you aren't there physically.

A new bedroom setup for baby and you

During the first months of your baby’s life, you can guarantee there’ll be a lot to learn. Everything you thought you knew about parenting will go out of the window. Don’t panic; it happens to the best of us. You can read all the books you want, but nothing can prepare you for the real deal.

In an ideal world, we all want to be 100% ready by the time baby arrives. Hence, you’ve likely already set up your nursery and incorporated a temporary cot in your bedroom. With parenthood being so different from what many us expect, you shouldn’t be afraid to change the plan.

Sure, you have enough on your plate right now. But, by reconsidering your setup, you stand to make your life much easier. And, one area which often needs more attention is the sleeping arrangements. There’s no getting around the fact that new parents are going to get less sleep. Feeding schedules and a crying baby make sure of that. But, you may find that even the time you do get your head down isn’t put to best use right now.

If that’s the case, it’s important to reconsider your bedroom setup. It’s the only way to ensure you get the rest you need when you have time for it. Here are a few suggestions which may make your life a little easier.

Focus on your comfort

There’s a distinct chance that everything you’re doing right now is with baby’s comfort in mind. That’s entirely natural. But, at this stage, you should also focus on your comfort. After all, your baby relies on you right now, and if you’re not good, your bundle of joy won’t be either. So, by caring for yourself, you’re making sure of the best for baby. Take this excuse to treat yourself. Head to a mattress outlet and stock up on a new mattress for yourself. Get new pillows, and a new duvet if you need one. Do the things you haven’t gotten around to yet. That way, you can ensure you fall asleep the moment your head hits the pillow. In case you hadn’t realized by now, getting to sleep fast is all part and parcel of parenthood.

Divide your bedroom

You may have dreamt of baby’s crib being right by your bed, but this can be bad for business. Not only will baby suffer from not having their own space, but you’ll go a little crazy, too. Everyone needs a break now and again, after all. If the crib is right by your bed, you may get into the habit of watching your beautiful bundle instead of sleeping. As such, it’s worth dividing a nursery space in your bedroom. How you do this is up to you. Dividers can work well, or you could create a physical divide using shelving units. Your baby will be close enough that you can reach them in a few strides, but not so close that they impact your sleep when they shouldn’t.


These are the things that matter most in your family life

When was the last time you actually stopped to think about the quality of your family life? It’s one of those things that affects each and every person in your family unit, meaning it’s something that’s most definitely worth giving thought to if you haven’t done so already. There are only so many times you can make mistakes before your family life is hit and diminished. So here are the things that matter most in your family life; be sure to focus on them.

Balance Between Home and Work

No family can be truly happy together if there is no balance between the time you spend at work and the time you spend at home with the family. Some people only see the family over breakfast before they head out and come back later when everyone else is always in bed. Sooner or later, that kind of routine is going to take its toll on your family body and happiness, so beware.

Mutual Support

Each person in your family should be there for each other person when they’re most in need of some kind of support. Whether it’s your daughter who needs a shoulder to cry on or your partner who’s struggling with career problems, you need to be there to lend an ear and a helping hand. And the same applies to your whole family. Try to secure that mutual support.

Everyone’s Health and Well Being

Health is a major issue for families, and it affects just about everyone. If you as a parent and partner have a pain issue, head to your doctor and get medication from somewhere like Supurb.com. If you don’t find the right solution to your problems, your entire family dynamic will suffer, not just you personally. And you also need to be on top of your kids’ health if they’re not old enough or willing enough to do it themselves.

Time Spend Together to Cherish

Quality time is of course one of the most important things for any family to secure. If you don’t have proper time with your family in which to create memories that will be cherished and remembered forever, there’ll be nothing for you all to look back on collectively later in your lives. And frankly, that’s just sad, so start spending more quality time together.

Open Communication

Communication is a vital part of any happy family. If you’re not able to be open and honest with one another at all times, problems will arise, and that’s clearly not what you want. Go to lifescript.com/tips_for_better_family_communication if you want to learn how your family can get better at this going forward.

Nothing is more important to you than your family, and that’s the way it should be. If you want everyone in your family to get the most out of your collective family life, these are the issues and factors that you should certainly be focusing on right about now. Doing so will help you be happier together.

How to be Content

Take The Focus of yourself
Live free of debt
Spend time alone
Do something special for old people
Keep young children in your life
Get involved in a worthwhile cause
Avoid negative people
Discipline yourself
Understand other people’s point of view
Treat yourself
Be thankful for what you have
Ask for advice
Avoid known temptation
Karen Willoughby 

How to teach your kids to build healthy relationships

As a single mom how do you build a healthy relationship with your child

What if when you went home tonight, the police came to your door and said your husband was under arrest?  What if your husband went to prison?
 What would you tell your kids?

I think it is important that we be honest with our kids and tell them the exact reasoning without hurting them. We can help them understand in a way so that kids will understand.  We can help our kids during this difficult time if we remember the following:

1.       Start with trust, the foundation of every good relationship 
Your child trusts you to be honest with her. If there is an absence in the family due to incarceration, it is better to be up front with your child than to "protect them" from the truth. Your child will have her own process to go through as she adjusts to this new way of life. She needs you to be constant and open with her during this time.
Trust does not mean blindly believing what your teenager tells you. Trust means not giving up on your child, no matter what she does. Trust means never walking away from the relationship in frustration, because you trust that she needs you and that you will find a way to work things out.

2.       Respect/  Teach by example
There is a common adage that says, "respect must be earned." But how can a child earn respect if they do not understand what it is? Respect is not an innate characteristic of a small child. As a parent, you play the most important role in teaching children what respect means.
Respect your kids. Don’t ask too many questions. Instead of asking,
“How was school today?”
“Was the science test hard?”
“What did you have for lunch?”
Try, “Welcome home. I’m so glad to see you!”
Let your children open up to you.

  Teach by example
Your children are learning from your example. They will learn how to respond to confrontation, stress, and fear by how you respond.
If you tell your child it's disrespectful to interrupt when an adult is speaking, but then interrupt when your child is talking, what example are giving? Your words about being respectful don't make a difference if you aren't teaching by example.

4.       Prioritize time with your child
As a single parent, you will feel pressured to be both father and mother, parent and breadwinner. Your child needs to spend time with you, but if you are stretched thin between responsibilities and obligations, you can't give your child quality time. Gather around you a strong support group upon whom you can rely.
In relationships, without quantity, there’s no quality. You can’t expect a good relationship with your daughter if you spend all your time at work and she spends all her time with her friends. So as hard as it is with the pressures of job and daily life, if we want a better relationship with our kids, we have to free up the time to make that happen.

5.       Build them up
So many things can affect a child's self-esteem. The way you treat your child should not tear them down. Encouraging words can influence how their day goes despite how their friends and others treat them. Children need to know that you have their back and that they have a safe refuge from the world. Pray with and for them before sending your kids out the door with a smile. Children who feel good about themselves are more likely to give respect to others.

 6) Encourage, Encourage, Encourage
Think of your child as a plant who is programmed to grow and grow. Your kid is like that they are given to us to nurture and grow. Encourage them to keep going, tell them they are doing a great job, tell them you are proud of them, when you show them they are doing a great job and When kids learn to do things for themselves and feel proud of what they can do, they feel capable. I feel this is very important if a parent is incarcerated because as a child they may feel like they are losing out on things, they may blame themselves and act out but if we show them we are proud of them, it makes a world of difference. 


The best ways to take care of your body during pregnancy

Pregnancy takes a toll on your body, and that means you have to treat it properly throughout the duration of your pregnancy. Caring for your body is perhaps the most important thing that you can do for yourself during the nine months of your pregnancy, so it’s not a good idea to take shortcuts. If you want to learn more about how you can treat your pregnant body better, we’re here to help you. So keep reading if you want to find out what you should.

Live Clean and Ditch Harmful Things You Previously You Put Into Your Body

There are plenty of little things that you will have to stop doing. You probably know the obvious ones; for example, you can’t smoke or drink any alcohol when you’re pregnant. You should also avoid any undercooked meat, and you should be very careful about the medication you take.

Know at What Time Certain Changes to Your Body Are Expected

There are certain changes that every woman experiences throughout their pregnancy. It’s for you to learn about those and remember them so that you can know what to expect and how to prepare for changes. You will experience less stress if you know what those 16 weeks pregnant symptoms are. And you can then stay healthier and calmer.

Take Folic Acid Every Day

Folic acid is used by many expectant mothers, and that’s because it not only helps your body while you’re pregnant a little, but it also helps the child as it develops inside you. In particular, it helps to improve the brain and spinal health of the child, and anything you can do to help the health of your baby has to be a good thing.

Don’t Leave Work Too Late

At some point, you’re going to have to leave work and begin maternity leave. It’s something that you need to think carefully about because you don’t want to leave it too late. You won’t help yourself if you stay at work longer than you need to, but that’s a mistake that many women make. It doesn’t have to be the case though. Get the timing right and give yourself time to relax.

Take a Nap When You Feel the Need

Finally, you should listen to your body and try to take a nap when you notice that you are start to feel a little tired. Don’t feel a need to carry on as normal because when you’re pregnant, the situation is far from normal. There is nothing wrong with taking a nap at some point during the day. And make sure that you’re getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night as well.

Your body has to be in great shape during your pregnancy if you want to avoid problems and have your pregnancy go as smoothly as you want it to. So make the most of the health and self care tips that we’ve discussed here because they might make all the difference for you.


The Different Kinds of Glaucoma You Need to Know About

Glaucoma is often thought to be a particular eye disease. However, when most people talk about glaucoma, they usually refer to open-angle glaucoma which is the most common type, affecting about 80-90% of individuals. This is one of two main forms of the disease the other being angle-closure glaucoma. Additionally, there are other lesser known forms of the condition.

Knowing all these other types of glaucoma is vital because they have different causes and different people are susceptible to these various forms. Thus, understanding what causes these glaucomas will help you know whether you are vulnerable to a particular type.

This article aims to help you know and understand the different forms of glaucoma, what causes them, and whether you are at risk of getting a particular kind(s).

Glaucoma is a term used to define the group of eye diseases which cause the gradual loss of vision by damaging the optic nerve permanently. The optic nerve is that nerve which transmits images to the brain.  Currently, glaucoma is the 2nd leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world.

Types of Glaucoma

• Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG)

It is the most prevalent form of glaucoma in the U.S with at least one percent of all Americans having this kind of glaucoma.   It is common for people over 50 years of age.

POAG often has no symptoms. Pressure inside the eye builds up gradually thus causing the cornea to adapt hence resulting in no swelling. The significance of a swollen cornea is that it indicates something is not right plus the following symptoms. However, as this is not the case with POAG, the disease often goes unnoticed. This makes the condition painless, and the victim rarely realizes that they are slowly vision until the final stages of the disease. By this time, however, the damage is usually irreversible. 

Because POAG does not show abnormalities in the trabecular meshwork, it is believed that the root of the condition lies in the inability of cells in the trabecular meshwork to perform their normal functions. Additionally, it could be as a result of the presence of fewer cells due to the natural process of aging. Another theory postulates that the problem is caused by structural defects in the eye’s drainage system. Another suggests that enzymatic issues are the cause. All of these arguments are currently under study.

In glaucoma, the problem is usually directly related to the increase in intraocular pressure (IOP). 16mmHg (millimeters of mercury) is considered to be the average IOP in a normal population. An IOP of 20mmHg is still considered to be within the normal range. However, an IOP of 22mmHg is deemed to be abnormal and therefore suspicious. It is vital to note that not all elevated IOPs result in glaucoma.

As earlier mentioned, a pressure increase in the eye can destroy optic nerve cells. Once a substantial number of these cells are damaged, blind spots will begin appearing in your field of vision. Typically, these blind spots will first start forming in the outer sides of the field of vision. The central view is affected during the later stages of glaucoma. Once vision loss occurs, the damage is irreversible because the nerve cells are dead.

POAG is classified as a chronic disease and is considered to be hereditary. At the moment, there is isn’t a cure yet but the condition can be slowed down by treatment.

• Normal Tension Glaucoma
low-tension glaucoma, this glaucoma type is characterized by the progressive damage to the optic nerve at a statistically normal IOP. Normal tension glaucoma accounts for 33% of all open-angle glaucoma cases.

Low-tension glaucoma is thought to be partly related to the reduced flow of blood to the optic nerve. This causes the death of cells that transmit impulses from the retina to the brain. Additionally, people with normal-tension glaucoma often need to have IOPs lower than normal to prevent further sight loss.

• Angle Closure Glaucoma

Angle-closure affects nearly 500000 individuals in the U.S. Additionally; this disease has a tendency to be inherited and can afflict several people of the same family. It is statistically more common among Asians and far-sighted people.

People with angle-closure glaucoma tend to have a smaller than average anterior chamber. The angle formed where the iris and cornea meet is where the trabecular meshwork is located. For most individuals, this angle is around 45 degrees. The smaller this angle gets, the closer the trabecular meshwork is to the iris. As we get older, our eye lenses tend to grow which causes the aqueous humor to pass between the lens and iris with a lot of difficulties. This creates a fluid pressure build-up, and when this pressure becomes sufficiently high, an angle-closure glaucoma attack occurs.

• Acute Glaucoma

This is an angle-closure glaucoma type that occurs suddenly as opposed to POAG whose conditions are manifested gradually. The sudden rise in IOP can happen in just a matter of hours and is very painful. The eye will turn red as the cornea swells and the victim might begin seeing haloes around lights and have blurred vision.

Acute glaucoma is an emergency, and if treatment is delayed, loss of sight could happen. A lot of these sudden attacks tend to occur in darkened environments where pupils dilate an increase in size. When this happens, the contact between the iris and eye lens is at a maximum which further narrows the angle thus triggering an attack. Additionally, a pupil may dilate during a panic attack or when one is excited. This is why a lot of acute glaucoma attacks happen when an individual is stressed. Some medication such as antihistamines and antidepressants may also lead to an attack because they cause the pupil to dilate.

Being examined routinely is the best method for predicting one’s chances of having an acute attack. The examination checks typically for the width of the angle. An individual with narrow angles is advised immediately on their condition and given treatment.

• Pigmentary Glaucoma

This is another type inherited open-angle glaucoma that tends to occur more commonly in men. It typically starts during the 20s and 30s which makes the condition lethal because it could mean a lifetime of permanent blindness if not detected and treated early. It is more typical in individuals that are nearsighted. 

• Exfoliation Syndrome

Exfoliation is one of the most common causes of glaucoma and afflicts people around the globe. However, it statistically occurs more frequently among persons of European descent.

About 10% of people above 50 experience the deposition of whitish material that looks like dandruff on the lenses of their eyes. This exfoliation material may at times clog the trabecular meshwork thus causing an elevation in the intraocular pressure.

This syndrome may lead to both angle-closure and open-angle glaucoma; at times resulting in both types of glaucoma in the same person. Not all individuals with this condition develop glaucoma; however, they are six times more likely to develop glaucoma than someone without the exfoliation syndrome.

• Trauma-Related Glaucoma

An injury to the eye resulting from either a chemical burn, blow to the eye, or a penetrative injury could lead to the development of either acute or chronic glaucoma. This might be attributed to the mechanical disruption of the eye’s drainage system. Anyone who has suffered eye trauma is therefore advised to have eye examinations at regular intervals.

• Childhood Glaucoma

It is a rare form of glaucoma that occurs in 1 out of 10000 infants during birth. Its causes are related to diseases that cause abnormal increases in the IOP. This type of glaucoma is identified by the underdevelopment of the eye’s drainage area at birth. Its early symptoms include poor vision, light sensitivity, blinking, and tearing.

Treatment of pediatric glaucoma is done differently than adult glaucoma; infants will often require surgery. This invasive procedure aims to decrease fluid production within the eye or increase the discharge of fluid from the eye thereby reducing IOP.

Up to 90% of babies that receive surgical treatment promptly will have normal vision throughout their lifetime. 

Getting to know and understand the different forms of glaucoma is essential. It enables you to find out if at all you are at risk of getting this disease. As earlier mentioned, glaucoma often shows no signs until it is too late. It is, therefore, critical to not only know whether you are susceptible to glaucoma but to also have your eyes regularly checked. Get tested!


Make your bedroom the most important part of the house

The bedroom is often put last in the pecking order or making things nice and new. Afterall, it is only really you and your partner that will see the room, so the rest of the house has to take priority. But the bedroom is your one place in the house that’s a bit more personal to you. It is the room you can escape to for some privacy, especially if you have a family. It is the room you’re going to feel more comfortable in, and the room you find hardest to say goodbye to when you’ve had to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. So we’ve put together a few ways in which you can make your bedroom the most important room of the house again with a little bit of TLC.

Focus On Your Sleep

Sleep is the most important part of the day for a lot of people. But getting a good amount of sleep doesn’t always happen for one reason or another. The mattress is the first thing you need to focus on. Going to companies such as sterlingsleep.com is going to mean the difference between a good night's sleep and a bad one for a lot of people. Some people prefer memory foam, some people prefer springs. The best thing you can do beforehand is go to your local store to try different levels of firmness out. Then you want to focus on the bedding you’re putting on it. You don’t want to have something too thick that you’re too hot in the night, this is only going to disturb your sleep. Yet you don’t want something that’s thin and cheap, you’re only going to wake up freezing! But you do want to make sure it is soft and comfortable to give you the perfect amount of sleep.


Creating a room that is zen and peaceful to you isn’t that hard, all you need to do is make it as relaxing as possible. The first step is definitely blackout blinds. The light coming in at night really can disturb your sleep. The to add the effect or relaxation, the lamps with adjustable levels of light are going to be perfect for winding down at the end of a night. Couple those with some nice scented candles and it really will be a relaxing room to come into. Some rooms are too bright and open which just doesn’t promote sleep.


There’s so many different things that you can put into your room to make it amazing. Small things such as a pretty bowl of potpourri will look really cute in your room. The bowel will add a little bit of character as well. A rug is always something good to have in the room. A nice fluffy one will feel so good under your feet, and help to fill some empty floor space a little. To finish it off, furnish your bed with a mixture of normal and fluffy pillows for you to dive into at the end of the day.

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