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Month: September 2018

Seeing Clearly

I’ve worn glasses on and off for a couple of years…and by on and off I mean that I go through seasons of straining my eyes, getting headaches and frustration when I don’t wear my glasses.

A couple months back I decided to make an appointment to have my prescription checked with Iris. Along with updating my prescription, I learned that I have a stigmatism which causes my eyes to strain when trying to read things like road signs, as well as causes tension headaches after trying to do things like read, work on my laptop, or concentrate on anything for long periods of time. After figuring out the important details like which style of glasses to get (obviously), Iris helped me navigate which lenses to get as well as recommended a blue light filter for my glasses due to the hours I spend looking at screen for work. This specific coating helps to prevent strain, improves sleep patterns, and prevents long term eye damage.

 

If you currently wear prescription eye glasses or are interested in a blue light filter for your glasses, you need to go check out the solutions that Iris has!

Making Space To Dream~~*

As much as I loved our slow summer mornings complete with sleeping in, no schedules, and PJ’s for hours…fall has arrived and with it comes schedules, alarm clocks and clothes on before 8:30 am.

Scheduling is not one of my greatest strengths, but I’ve learned that a little pre-planning really helps me stay on top of my Mom-game and relieves a lot of my daily parenting stresses.

One of my greatest successes so far this fall has been planning out our family’s weekly meal schedule and preparing parts of it the day before. Having the yams cooked ahead of time, muffins baked for snacks, and breakfast prepped in advance, gives me just the right amount of breathing room to get myself together for the day. It also gives me a chance to sit down and really connect with the kids after school or even just enjoy the silence during quite time instead of running around trying to figure what we are going to eat. Easier said than done, right? I agree. This has taken me years to start putting into practice.

The truth is that I have many times allowed Motherhood stress, daily distractions, and social media water down the goals and dreams I have for myself as a mother and woman. Being a Mother, wife and business owner can often times leave me with this feeling of “THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO” that I end up doing nothing at all. I let dreams fade, opportunities pass me by and find myself saying “When life is less crazy I will be more organized, get back to my goals, and dream again.” But reality is life is not slowing down for us Moms, and chaos will continue unless you take control of your life and start scheduling your freedom while leaving space to breath, dream and work on your goals.

Where to start? Start small.

This week just work on writing all your appointments, to do’s and free time down. Try cutting your social media time down. I’m so guilty of not doing this! Because when the babies nap it’s the perfect time to scroll, but you are also throwing away valuable time for your personal development and missing an opportunity to focus on some of your goals. Don’t go cold turkey on Insta 😉 Just schedule your social media time for the day and when your time is up, get back to YOU!

Make a vision board.

Often times we can even forget what we really want or what we are working towards, so keeping visuals in front of you to remind yourself of where you are going and what is at of the end of the rainbow. This is also a great project to do with your kids to get them involved with your goals, but also encourages them in their dreams.

I’m so excited for you to get started! Dream big dreams and find more breathing room for yourself!

Here’s a delicious over-night oats recipe that I love because it helps get some solid nutrition into the kids before school.

Enjoy~~*

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Rolled oats
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Earths Own Almond Milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Fresh fruit, nuts and seeds to top your oatmeal

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together  (except items to top)
  • Separate mixture into 3 small mason jars (for kids) or into one large one if it’s just for you.
  • Place a lid on your jars and store in fridge overnight.
  • Add a little extra milk in the morning to loosen up the oats and top with your favourite fruit or nuts.

 

 

Don’t Miss A Moment

It comes as no surprise to anyone that I love to be active. Outdoor activities have always been a big part of my life, starting way back while growing up on a farm in Mesopotamia, Ohio. I loved fishing and hunting with my brothers, I showed cattle professionally (yup!), and spent most of my growing up life outside.  As I started to venture out and try different sports, one thing that held me back was my eyesight. My eyes weren’t horrible, but when it came to more precision sports like tennis for instance, not having good eyesight kept me from playing more often. Glasses were a pain, and I wore them when I had to, but having them bounce around on my face was annoying and the ended up on my bathroom counter more than on my face.

I turned 34 this past June, and I finally followed through and did what I’ve wanted to do for years…I got contact lenses! Goodbye to blurry trees flying at my face while snowboarding and goodbye to not seeing moments clearly while I play with my kids. One major factor that pushed me over the edge and got me prioritizing my eyes was the realization that my health is no longer just my own.

Since brining these 3 amazing babies into this world, I’ve been stretched to look beyond myself and follow through on decisions that are best for my family as well. Squinting while I played seemed fine while I was single, or even when it was just Troy and I, but while teaching and protecting the most important little people in my life, this had to change. I made an appointment with an IRIS Optometrist to get an updated prescription, get my eyes measured for contacts, and for the first time in my life, I can see clearly without my glasses! I’ve now hiked, played baseball and swam with my kids no longer worrying about what I’m missing!

I’m so thankful for the IRIS team who has surrounded me through this process and helped me understand the “WHY” behind my eye health, and helped me change the way I see my life (literally!)

 

“Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose!”

– Friday Night Lights

Photography By: Megan Bustard