Do You Take Your Vision for Granted?

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I take my vision for granted.


Admit it, you do to.


From the time we open our eyes in the morning until we close our eyes at night, we don’t even think about what an amazing gift our vision is. We take it for granted that we will always be able to see. Looking at ourselves in the mirror in the morning. Driving our cars. Seeing how yummy our food looks. Watching tv or a sports game. Looking at the stars in the sky at night.


I have been blessed to be able to watch my tiny newborn babies grow into awesome adults. And the many, many memory making moments in between. My daughter is expecting my first grandchild this summer. I can hardly wait to lay my eyes on that sweet little bundle of joy!


We take the ability to see all those marvelous sights for granted.   Until something happens to our vision.


Do You Take Your Vision for Granted?


Do You Take Your Vision for Granted?


Think about it for a moment. What if you lost your sight? What if you couldn’t see your spouse, your kids, or your grandkids? I know I would be heartbroken to lose my vision and not be able to see my grandbaby.

Every year nearly 10 million Americans go blind due to Age-related Macular Degeneration. Age-related Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that causes the loss of central vision. AMD causes degeneration of light sensitive cells in the central portion of the retina which enables us to perceive fine visual detail.


There’s a man in my town that has been legally blind (not from AMD) for over 50 years. Thanks to new technology, he was recently able to see his wife, kids, and grandkids for the first time ever. What a miraculous gift!


If you, or someone you love, have Age-related Macular Degeneration, there is help for you, too!


Ending Blindness



The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non-profit organization, has been funding research on cures for blindness, specifically AMD, since 1971. Thanks to their research, there are new treatments to stop, and in some cases even reverse, retinal disease.  Medical technology is repairing vision and helping people to see again! This is great news for people over 55 and their families.



Want more information about AMD, symptoms, causes, treatments? How about an invaluable list of 14 questions to ask your eye doctor? I have never seen a list like this for the eye doctor before! For all that, an at home test to see if you have AMD, and more, download this Guide to Age-related Macular Degeneration PDF packet.


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Please Don’t Do This To Your Child!


The other day I was visiting someone at their house. They had other company as well. I saw one of these women pick up their child by one arm. I was surprised. I have very rarely seen someone pick up their child by one arm. I can’t even remember the last time I saw someone do this.


Picking a child up by one arm is painful for the child. It can lead to bruising, dislocation of the wrist, elbow or shoulder.


Please don't do this to your child


Even if the child doesn’t experience a dislocated joint, they could suffer pulled muscles, tendons, and ligaments. All of which are painful for the child.


Did I say something to this woman? No, I did not. Because I didn’t know her. If I saw someone I know pick up a child like this, I would tell them. I do not recommend telling a complete stranger how to take care of their child. In this day and age, telling a parent what to do with their child does not always end well. You will have to judge your situation for yourself.


This child that I saw was 3-4 years old. Except age doesn’t matter. Size doesn’t matter. A child should always be picked up using two hands.


Never by one arm.  Please don’t do this to your child. 



March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month

March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. My mother was diagnosed several years ago with Multiple Myeloma. She is in remission now, but many people are unable to reach remission.

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma can affect anyone. Keep reading for more information about this rare blood cancer.

Getting Kids to Take Medicine

I have 6 children, ranging in age from 24 down to 10, so I’ve given my share of medicines to kids. Factor in my son having leukemia, and being on treatments for 3 years and 3 months, with a LOT of oral medicines, I’ve gone over the top on the medicine giving experience chart. Sad, but true.

Getting Kids to Take Medicine

Here are a few tips that I’ve used to get the meds into the kids.

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Homemade Ice Pack

Anyone who has wrapped ice cubes in a washcloth for little kids to hold, knows how convenient it is to have an ice bag. I used to have an ice bag, it somehow got a little hole in it, and would leak water everywhere as the ice melted. Little kids who are already wounded don’t appreciate getting wet, too. Yeah, I know from experience.

I’ve tried the “bag of frozen vegetables” ice pack. It does work, but it doesn’t stay cold very long.

I searched online and found out how to make your own ice pack. Here’s a picture of the one I made:

Homemade Ice Pack

Here’s what I used:

1 cup rubbing alcohol
2 cups water
Quart sized freezer bag

It’s really simple to put together. Just pour the alcohol and water into the freezer bag, seal, and freeze. Clearly label the bag, so no one thinks it’s available to eat. lol

Here’s a close-up of the bag:

This mixture doesn’t freeze solid, so the bag conforms to the body.
If you have a vacuum sealer, this would be excellent sealed in one of those bags.
I love my new ice pack. It’s so much cheaper than a store bought ice pack.



Tea Tree Oil

I’ve used Tea Tree Oil for a couple of years for skin problems such as poison ivy. We’ve also used it to make our acne soap for several years. This soap works really well on my daughters skin. They can tell a difference when they stop using it.

I’ve been battling sinus problems for several months now. So I’ve been researching tea tree oil. Here are a few links that I found helpful:

Melaleuca and Tea Tree Oil are the same thing

– Information, they also sell it, but it is easy to find locally. My Walmart even sells it. And of course, your local health food store will carry it, but it’s cheaper at Walmart.

Information from Wikipedia

More information

An overview of tea tree oil by WebMD

The benefits of tea tree oil

How you can be sure to get a quality oil

Tells how to use for a sinus infection

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Free Herbal eBook

I love learning more about herbs. It is amazing all the healing properties that God filled herbs with. I have even started growing my own herbs. Next on my list is to get an elderberry busy so I can make my own elderberry syrup.

More Than Alive is giving away an eBook, Herbal Alternatives – Part 1.

Home made herbal remedies are so easy to make. This is definitely a must have eBook, if you interested in herbal remedies.

Download your own copy here