Month: April 2013

Protect Your Eyes from the Summer Sun

Protect Your Eyes from the Summer Sun

Solar Shield Sunglasses fit over top of existing eyewearAs a member of Vibrant Nation’s Vibrant Influencer Network, I recently was invited to try a pair of Dioptics Solar Shield Sunglasses and offer my feedback.  It was an easy invite to accept! My sensitive eyes and southern environs require sunglasses year round, especially since I’m an outdoor kinda gal and recently succumbed to the midlife woman have-to-have, “a convertible”.

When the Solar Shield Sunglasses arrived in my mailbox, I had to admit I was a bit concerned that I would not like them and I really hate to give bad reviews.  Designed to fit over top of prescription eye-wear,  I was pretty sure I was going to look in the mirror and see my mother looking back at me. After she developed cataracts  she used to wear humongous throw-away black sunglasses that the eye doctor gave her to wear  over her existing glasses.  In fact, every old person I knew who had had cataract surgery plunked such awful things on their faces. I was in for a pleasant surprise!

Solar Shield Sunglasses slipped over top of my existing eyeglasses with easy, but they look like regular sunglasses. The sleek, sturdy design is anything but throwaway and they provide top of the line UV sun protection for eyeglass wearers.The polarized lenses of Solar Shield sunglasses block horizontal light waves and significantly reduce glare and are made of exceptionally clear, high quality plastic.

GOOD HEALTH TIP: The older we get the more important it is to

wear protective eye wear when we are in bright sunlight.

Doing so can significantly reduce one’s risk of developing

or worsening existing cataracts. More Info from WebMd here.

I chose the “classic design” glasses, but they are also available in Fashion, Panorama, and Sport styles frames to suit every taste. Using the same advanced technology, Solar Shields also makes a clip-on version. The good news is that they can be purchased locally in the locations listed below or directly from the Solar Shield website. I have been wearing my Solar Shield Classics for a couple of weeks now and I absolutely love them!

You can also follow Solar Shield on Facebook and you may be eligible to win a free pair! It’s also a great way to keep up-to-date with the company’s activities.

In the United States:

Fred Meyer
Army & Air Force Exchange
Giant Food
Discount Drug Mart
Gelson’s Market
Hannaford Supermarket
Sweetbay Supermarket

In Canada

London Drugs
Shoppers Drug Mart
Jean Coutu

International Locations

Army & Air Force


Rediscovering Your Gifts

Rediscovering Your Gifts

personal growthWe each carry within us a treasure. Living deep inside, it is a quiet place where we can go to find our untarnished heart and a soul that is still pure. We once knew this place, our place where there is peace and understanding, wisdom and strength, though it may have slipped from our memory.

The hours, days and years that we have struggled and pushed, yearned and stretched toward something more has powered us through our lives. It is “life yearning for itself”. Our desire for something more and incessant discontent led us down many a winding path and along the way we collected bits and pieces of life’s debris.  Instead of tossing the debris aside, we often instead as packaging material to insulate us from the world.

Sometimes we build a wall of anger, of fear, or of resentment, so thick and so profound that we forget our treasure ever existed. When we feel the sting of hurt and rejection we recoil inside of ourselves and do not remember the gifts of understanding and forgiveness we once knew so keenly. The longer we live the more likely we are to have lost our connection to our treasured self, as life’s rubble piles up upon us despite our best intentions.

We may begin to feel as though we might smother, or die without meaning or purpose for having lived. We fear we may wither away into nothingness. We might feel emptiness, an overwhelming sense of loss, or confusion or an aimless uncertainty.  It is precisely these uncomfortable stirrings that are our reminders. They are prompting us to return to the treasure that was born in us so many years ago, to dig down deep inside and uncover that precious someone who still lives and holds a pure and loving heart; who knows the value of trust and forgiveness. She understands the meaning of life and the purpose of her living.

The unearthing process can be approached alone or with the assistance of a friend, a mentor, a spiritual guide, a life coach, a therapist or any of a number of other guides.  There are as many methods of personal and spiritual growth as there are individuals. Here are some of the methods I have used and found helpful:

  1. Guided imagery meditation – A guided meditation by a trained practitioner using imagery and imagination to bypass thought and ego
  2. Solitary meditation – I recommend reading Full Catastrophe Living or any of a number of Wayne Dyer’s books and audios for more information on common meditation practices.
  3. Contemplation and mindfulness
  4. Journaling
  5. Reading or listening to the writings of spiritual teachers
  6. Work with a therapist or life coach to gather some movement if you are stuck
  7. Body work – massage therapy, chiropractic treatment, deep tissue massage, exercise
  8. Self-care – Learn listen to and follow the directives of your body, mind and spirit. If you feel tired, sleep. If you feel restless, go for a walk. If you feel stressed, meditate or make an appointment for a massage. Say no to demands that are being placed on you that cause your body to constrict.

Rediscover the treasure of your heart. It is waiting.