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Friday, 15 June 2012 12:42

My Sightseeing Summer

Sswimmingchool is officially out for the summer!   I am excited to have a few months of a less structured family schedule and instead enjoy more leisure time with my family.  We will still keep busy over the summer months, but with low key activities on our own timeframe.

My running list of “things to do and places to see” as a family seems to be growing at a fast pace, and this summer it’s my goal to cross some items off the list.  So, what are we doing?  First, my 3 older kids are taking swimming lessons through our park district.  It's time to really focus on getting all of them pool safe, especially after a scary near drowning incident with one of the kids last summer.  They will also be participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  We are fortunate to have a wonderful library less than a mile from our house.  It's a great way to keep them reading and the program is free!

We also renewed our annual family membership to the Santa Barbara Zoo, we love it there!  So much else to do – Griffith Park Observatory, the botanical gardens and perhaps a theme park. We plan on being at the beach a lot too.  We  are lucky - we live only about 20 minutes from many beautiful beaches and I'm hoping that we don't take this for granted this summer.  I was looking through pictures from my sister's trip to visit us last summer and remembered how much fun we had exploring the many awesome sights in Southern California - I would love to do more of the same this summer.  My kids look pretty happy with her, they had a blast!

LA la visitla trip malibu

However, as much as I want my family to see many of the the local sights, I also want to spend a lot of time in our backyard. This will be our 1st summer with one!  This is probably what I am most looking forward to - BBQs with friends, relaxed evenings on the patio, the kids just being kids and all of us enjoying the lazy summer days.  The kids have already begun to enjoy the backyard!

Summer fun summer fun

Of course, we will be out in the sun a lot, so I have finally found a trick for keeping my kids protected from the sun.  I keep sunscreen in the car at all times and in my purse, and its also right buy the entrance to the house. While I have always been good about making sure my kids are practically drenched in suncreen all summer long, my attention to protecting their eyes (and mine) will be a bigger focus this summer.

Aside from encouraging my kids to wear hats when outdoors, I am going to make sure that they all have sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. I am sure that at first I will encounter some reluctance to my new "sunglasses rule," so I will use my husband as an example!  He has been wearing his Transitions Lenses glasses for 2 months and is really enjoying how fast they transition from light to dark, adjusting to the light, indoors and outdoors.   His eccentric frames always receive compliments too!  Most importantly, his glasses block 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays – helping to protect his eyes.   I can simply tell the kids "well, see, daddy protects his eyes" when I encounter resistance from the troops!

It's great that Transitions Optical is committed to helping consumers establish healthy eye habits - that's an important lesson that I'm hoping to teach my children. As the Official Sponsor of "Sightseeing campaign" this summer they are working with their optical industry partners to create a national outreach effort to raise awareness around taking care of our eyes with proper eyecare and eyewear.   The campaign is in full swing, traveling to really cool cities.  With the help of local travel bloggers and other travel gurus they develop a list of sights to see in each city, then they ask consumers to vote for the top sights.  My family is on board - to "see the sights" this summer in Southern California, while protecting our eyes today and for the future.

The "Sightseeing Campaign” will be coming to the following cities.

  • Seattle, Washington – this week
  • Chicago, Illinois – July 11 to 15
  • New Orleans, Louisiana – September 20 to 22


For additional information on Transitions Lenses,visit: (in English) or (in Spanish).  You can find them on Facebook and you can also follow on Twitter.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. I was provided with a complimentary eye exam and pair of eyeglasses to test for the purpose of this campaign. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Published in Healthy & Green Living
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:56

Eye Didn’t Know That #TransitionsLens

I have always considered myself pretty lucky that I have 20/20 vision.   My husband, however, has horrible vision.  It’s been because of his vision problems that I take my children’s vision health seriously.  I am sure that had his vision problems been diagnosed at an earlier age he would have better vision now and he would have done better in school as a child  (he couldn’t see the blackboard until 5th grade!).  According to Transitions Optical, one in four children have an undiagnosed vision problem that can interfere with the ability to read and learn.  Wow!  There is no doubt that healthy sight is a must for children to make the most of their education.

The good news is that there are some easy tips that we can follow to take good care of our children’s ojitos. Transitions developed the “Eye Didn’t Know That” (“Yo No Sabia Eso”) website for kids in both English and Spanish.  It’s a fun and interactive site that you can explore with your children – the games, downloads and other resources are a great way to teach children (and adults too!) about the importance of taking care of our eyes.

My kids and I had a great time exploring it!  First, we played the Memory Match game.  My kids loved that we could pick the game diificulty level.

Screen shot _ Eye Didn't know that


Next, we explored the Optical Illusions page - they really liked this one!


And we printed these coloring pages too! They each had a fun fact about healthy sight.


My kids obviously loved exploring the site, but so did I. The “Parents” section had practical and easy to implement tips for helping your children maintain healthy vision.   Some things that I learned from the site are:

1. Eat for your eyes! Did you know that our diets impact our vision?  We should all drink eight to ten glasses of water a day to hydrate your body and eyes.  Also, there are tasty and good for you foods that have the excellent health benefits for your eyes. These foods contain vitamins A, C, and E; fatty acids; omega-3 and beta-carotene. Examples of these types of foods include:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Grapes (Here's my son enjoying a good "eye" snack!
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Soy
  • Nuts

2. Near vision is not tested in the simple eye screenings offered in schools.  I didn't know this!   It’s near vision that’s especially important for reading books and seeing the computer screen clearly – things that our children do on a daily basis at school!  Therefore, a full eye exam is needed for your children.

3.  Shields away!  When you protect the skin around your eyes—and everywhere else—during the first 18 years of your life, the risk of cancer is likely to be reduced by 50%!  I am going to be better about encouraging my children to wear sunglasses when they are outside to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, BUT I am also going to buy them wide-brimmed hats and treat suncreen like a "never leave at home" item.

I encourage you to explore the site, so much information is available!  One of the aspects that I was most impressed with was learning about the commitment that Transitions has to educating the community about the importance of healthy vision. First, you can show your support for healthy by simply clicking on this “Submit Your Promise” link and filling out the form.  The best part is that for each new promise submitted in 2012, Transitions will donate a brand new book to mobile literacy initiative Bess the Book Bus!  VidaCoco made their promise, see?


I was pleased to learn that Transitions Optical has joined the American Diabetes Association to help educate consumers nationwide about the link between diabetes and visions health. Hispanic/Latino Americans are at Greater Risk for Being Diagnosed with Diabetes - “This group is 1.7 times more likely to develop diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.”

According to Transitions,  while Diabetes "is mainly diagnosed by a primary healthcare provider like an internist, pediatrician or endocrinologist, an eyecare professional can also detect the ocular signs of the disease.  Diabetic patients may develop certain vision conditions because the eye is one of the principal organs affected by diabetes.  Educating patients about the importance of proper eyecare, like regular comprehensive eye exams and proper protective eyewear, can help prevent the development of vision-threatening complications"

If you are in the NYC area, through its partnership with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Transitions Optical is offering Free Vision Screenings during the ADA Expo on November 3, 2012 to help educate consumers about proper eyecare and its connection to Diabetes.

- For more information about the company and the Transitions family of adaptive eyewear, visit

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Published in Healthy & Green Living
Friday, 06 April 2012 19:36

Transitions Lenses - Seeing Clearly

I recall my mom yelling from the kitchen “no se sienten tan cerca a la tele, se van hacer ciegos!” (don’t sit so close to the TV, you are going to go blind!). I know it was dramatic, but she was simply concerned about our eyes and the damage that we may be causing to our vision. I am not sure if it’s genetics or my mom’s advice, but overall I have great vision. Throughout my teen years and early adulthood, however, I took my 20/20 vision for granted. I had some poor habits – I didn’t wear sunglasses with UV protection to protect my eyes from the sun’s harmful rays and I only had an eye exam once in a blue moon.

Then, I met my husband, Dan, who has serious vision issues.  I began to think about my vision. I was a little concerned that I had waited too long, but since eye damage is cumulative, it’s never to early or late to start getting regular eye exams and taking care of your “ojitos.”  According to a study supported by Transitions Optical in January 2012, less than half of Hispanic adults living in the United States have had an eye exam within the past year. I get it – I was one of them. Now, however, not only does my husband get regular eye exams, but so do I and our kids.

I jokingly told Dan that he “was blind as a bat” when we first started dating. But on a serious note, he remembers when he first got glasses in the 5th grade and he could FINALLY read the chalkboard in school. Prior to getting glasses he missed many assignments and couldn’t even take class notes because he couldn’t see the chalkboard. I asked him why he didn’t just walk up to the chalkboard to write things down. He would have gotten in trouble if he got out of his seat and walked up to the chalkboard so he could read the materials!  Imagine how many children in the country are not learning or are thought to not be good students simply because they need glasses? That is why I was honored to team up with  Transitions® Lenses to promote eye health - as a result of what my husband went through as a child.

LogoSince I still have (luckily!) great vision, my husband got a new pair of Transitions lenses. He had Transitions lenses 12 years ago and said that he would not get them again because they didn’t transition as fast as he wanted. Good news! That problem is now solved! He has been wearing his new transition lenses for a few weeks and he is happy to report that the technology has greatly improved. His new lenses transition from light to dark within seconds. He is so happy with them! In addition to quickly transitioning and blocking 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays, his new lenses are helping with his eye fatigue and strain.

His Transitions lenses also solve another problem for him – he only needs ONE pair of glasses. He didn’t like having a pair of regular glasses and a separate pair of sunglasses because he would normally end up loosing the sunglasses! Since prescription sunglasses are expensive to replace he would go for long periods of time without sunglasses (he can be cheap!). Then I had to listen to him complain about how bright the sun was and how he needed to get new sunglasses but how he could only wear prescription sunglasses otherwise he cannot see.  Problem solved!

Red Transition Glasses But we have to talk about the frames Dan choose for his new pair of transition lenses - a bright red thick frame. Seriously? They are pictured to the left. Well, my husband isn’t one to shy away from attention, so I suppose these "loud" frames fit his outgoing personality. His regular prescription glasses are thick rimmed “Buddy Holly” style glasses, which I think look very nice on him, but these were a little unusual.  He swears that they are a conversation starter and he's right - I have witnessed it first hand. Thank you Transitions lenses for solving my husband's sunglasses problems, but Ray Ban why did you need to make bright red frames that my husband would love so much? JK!  On the bright side, we get to tell many people the story behind the red frames and about Transition lenses.  While the frames are a hit or miss with people, everyone likes the Transition lenses!

For more information on how you can "see your best" check out the brochure below, it's a great resource.

Vision brochure

Transitions brochure page


This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. I was provided with a complimentary eye exam and pair of eyeglasses to test for the purpose of this campaign. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Published in Healthy & Green Living