Spring Trivia!!!!

·         Folklore has it that during the Vernal Equinox you can stand an uncooked egg on its end and it won’t fall over. Perhaps Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall at the wrong time of year! ·         For many of us, spring cleaning is an annual occurrence. Did you know that pagan tradition believed that spring cleaning brought good energy into their homes? The catch is that the scrubbing had to be done in a clockwise direction. That means “wax on” but no “wax off”! ·         Ancient civilizations created markers, such as Stonehenge, to measure the changing seasons. Imagine changing that calendar every year! ·         Native Americans referred to March’s full moon as the “Full Worm Moon”. It is around this time that worms can be observed surfacing from below the soil (and birds circling overhead). ·         If you were … Read More

Pay for it with Your Smart Sunglasses

Cash or credit? None, I’ll use my sunglasses thank you! That’s right, Visa, the credit card company unveiled a prototype of smart sunglasses that can be used in place of an ordinary credit card. As if paying with plastic was not easy enough. The smart sunglasses by Visa look just like regular sunglasses but have hidden technology that makes a huge difference. How would they work? A chip would be embedded in the sunglasses temple (a.k.a. arm). You would walk up to the register or iPad, remove your sunglasses and tap them on a Visa near field communication (NFC) enabled terminal.  No need to swipe a card. This would be great news for people who like to travel light. While you wait for wearable technology to catch on big, always wear sunglasses whether it is sunny or overcast. Protecting your … Read More

Smart Specs Glasses Could Help the Blind See

Smart Specs were developed by scientists in the UK to capture real-time images and enhance the contrast for legally blind individuals. There are many levels of blindness and about 90% of people labeled as ‘blind’ have some degree of sight. Smart Specs look like binoculars or ViewFinders with a strap that keeps them secured to your head. The idea for Smart Specs originated from 3D cameras originally developed for the Xbox to capture real-time images. The images are contrast-enhanced and displayed on a screen in front of the user’s eyes. Dark things become black, while bright things become white. Far away objects are simply erased to reduce visual clutter. Objects that would normally blend into each other like a sofa, carpet, and dog of the same color, would be more clearly identifiable as 3 distinct objects. Hannah Thompson, a legally … Read More

The 5 Best Road trips in America

America is vast and has a varied and beautiful landscape which makes it an ideal country for road travel. Which are the best road trip ideas? There are many fantastic roads and limiting to the top 5 was not easy.  Before you go on any road trip, check weather and vehicle conditions. Plan for rest and food stops and enjoy the drive safely. You’ll find there is no cell phone reception in some parts of some of the more remote roads, so be sure to plan for the unexpected. And always, wear polarized sunglasses to protect you from glare. Pacific Coast Highway, San Luis Obispo to Monterey, California. – 166 miles Highway 1, or PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), crosses one of America’s most stunning sceneries.  From San Luis Obispo to Big Sur, Highway 1 twists and turns along the Pacific. … Read More

Do People Really Use the Internet to Buy Sunglasses?

It is an undisputed fact that sunglasses are an important eye health necessity and fashion accessory. Now, more than ever, people around the world are shopping for sunglasses everywhere, all time. Why? Because sunglasses are easy to misplace, damage and forget. And because sometimes, we just want to have one more style. 25% of U.S. adults use the internet to help them shop for sunglasses. 1 out of 4 people go online to shop for the perfect pair of shades!  They go on the internet to look at the collections, to read reviews, to find retailers near them, to compare prices and of course, to purchase in comfort.  The type of sites used to purchase sunglasses vary from drug store chain sites to e-tailer sites like Amazon, to celebrity focus blogs and articles. Not surprisingly, the least expensive sunglasses were … Read More

6 Great Gadgets for Seniors

No one said getting older was easy but thanks to these amazing gadgets, our lives can be simpler! By the time we reach 55, our bodies and five senses are not in prime shape which means we sometimes need help with regular tasks and activities.  This is where a little creativity and innovation come in. Sight Aids Sight Connection is a website loaded with  tech products that are easy to see and use such as the large print black on yellow computer key boards and large button phones.  http://www.sightconnection.com/ TV Ears for Seniors For baby boomers  whose hearing isn’t what it used to be, the TV Ears portable listening system can help. This wireless headset system enhances the sounds and voices from TV (it works with the latest plasma and LCD flat screens), and it can be used as a … Read More

5 Must- Do Back Back Yard Landscape Ideas

If you are thinking of updating or refreshing your back yard, here are 5 back yard landscaping trends you should be aware of before starting. Even if you don’t think your back yard needs a makeover, by the time you read this, we guarantee you’ll have some ideas on how to make it better. Easy and Smart – People are opting for landscape designs that require little time, energy and water. Drought tolerant plants like succulents, Firecracker Penstemon, Sulphur Buckwheat, Sheep Fescue, Mexican Sage and California Fuschia are all great plants to consider for arid regions since they require little water and are very attractive. Consider adding a rock creek or a patio made with pavers to cut down on yard maintenance.   Productive – Edible gardens are very popular because of the gratification that comes from planting something, watching … Read More