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

4 Summer Hazards for Your Eyes

  Summer is a time to enjoy warm weather, have fun and be carefree. However, dangers abound especially those to our eyes. There are 4 main culprits: the sun, smoke, chemicals and balls.   Dangerous UV rays from the sun above and reflected from the sand, water and other flat surfaces damage your eyes and may contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and more. Eyes can be sunburned by the sun. Photokeratitis –burned corneas – is serious and can cause temporary blindness and permanent damage to vision. Always wear sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection, polarized to block reflected sunlight and a wide brimmed hat. 2.  Smoke from bon fires, Citronella candles, fireworks and of course barbecues! If you are the cook at a BBQ chances are you‘ve exposed your eyes to smoke. Smoke is full of tiny particles and gasses … Read More

Summer can be Dangerous for Adults over 60!

Most of us look forward to summer but hot weather can be dangerous, particularly to adults over 60. A University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65. There are several reasons why boomers and seniors are more vulnerable to heat stroke and heat exhaustion and even heat-related deaths. As we age, we lose the ability to notice changes in our body temperature. Health conditions that may come with age can also make it more difficult for older adults to adapt to heat. Some medications can contribute to dehydration. Keeping cool in summer is essential. Follow these tips: Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. Avoid coffee and alcoholic beverages contribute to dehydration. Wear Appropriate Clothes like light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat. Stay … Read More

Thinking About a Cruise Vacation? The Best Cruise Companies / Cruise Essentials

   Some of the best and most affordable cruise lines include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess and Holland America Cruise Lines.  These companies have fabulous crews, tremendous ships that can accommodate thousands of guests and most importantly:  low rates. Prices start as low as $150 per guest and include room, meals and onboard activities which can consist of swimming, exercising at the gym, enjoying  fully stocked libraries, catching the latest releases or classics at movie theaters, bowling, dancing in the ship’s own night club, shopping at a variety of retailers and experiencing Broadway-style performances. For additional fees, you can take advantage of the many off-ship excursions or on-board classes like gourmet cooking, dance and photography, or you can enjoy the casino, a manicure or a Swedish massage.    Before you pick a cruise line, ask yourself whether your ideal cruise … Read More

Yoga for your Eyes – Exercises to Improve Your Vision

Exercising your body makes it stronger. So can exercising your eyes make your vision stronger, too? The need for glasses is based on the shape of the eye, the size of the pupil, and the ability to shift focus, which declines as we age. However, there are those who swear eye conditions are related to faulty ocular muscles caused by chronic mental and emotional tension. Yoga-like exercises can help improve the condition of eye muscles and even help  improve disorders such as myopia and hypermetropia. Practicing these eye exercises regularly for a few months could help improve functioning of our eyes. Tip: Keep the head and spine straight throughout the exercises. Palming  – relaxes and soothes Close your eyes Take several deep breaths Rub your palms vigorously until warm Place your palms on your eyes Repeat 5 times Blinking – … Read More

Is Smoking Making you Blind?

Is it possible smokers delay quitting because the damage to their arteries, lungs and heart is not readily visible? Perhaps seeing (or more accurately, not seeing) the detrimental effects of smoking would make more people quit smoking sooner. If you need visible (or rather not visible…as in blinding) proof smoking has appalling effects on your health, you don’t need to go further than your eyes. As with the rest of your body, smoking has an appalling effect on your vision. If you smoke and need a few more reasons still to quit smoking, here are 5 reasons: Smokers have double the chances of getting cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens, and have triple the chances of developing macular degeneration, a blind spot in the center of our vision. The more you smoke, the greater your chances of forming cataracts … Read More

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun!

We’ve been hearing it loud and clear – Protect Your Eyes from the Sun! Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection or a UV400 rating, protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays!  UV light damage has been linked to eye cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, eye-blindness and other eye-health issues. Also, sunglasses help reduce the onset of some fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.  Your eye-health and wrinkle-prevention alone should be enough reasons to compel you to wear sunglasses every time you go outdoors. But if you need more reasons, read on. Wearing sunglasses is not just good for your eye health it is a fun and fabulous fashion and personality statement. Sunglasses, particularly fits overs and clip-ons, have been the unsung fashion heroes until recently.  Sunglasses, including many of the new fit overs and clip ons, add pop to your personality … Read More

Can sunglasses reverse a bad mood and make you feel better?

Darwin believed our facial expressions could directly affect our mood.  He proposed that facial expressions are not just the visible sign of an emotion, but that they actually contribute to the feeling itself.  New studies support the theory that facial expression can influence mood, but there is still debate over what physiological mechanisms cause this and how important it is in emotional life. Our face reflects our internal emotions, but it also works in reverse. Our facial expressions can affect our emotions.  We can change our emotions by varying our facial expression! Smiling, even if you are faking it, can improve your mood and reduce stress. Psychologists at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that people who couldn’t frown due to cosmetic Botox injections were happier, on average, than people who could frown.  Conversely, if you frown, due to … Read More

Living the RV life! Tips for a successful trip

The U.S. is a diverse and exciting country and one of the best ways to experience it is RVing.  Traveling in a Recreational Vehicle combines all three of Americans’ top love affairs: cars, freedom and excitement. But before you leave on your first or next RV adventure, plan! #1)  Do a complete mechanical checkup of your RV and outfit it with all the necessities: flashlights, camping food, first aid kit, games, tools, kitchen utensils, fuel, insect repellent, books, maps, batteries, matches, bedding, trash bags, toiletries, medications, water, etc. #2) Be prepared with easy and RV-friendly recipes like Chicken in foil pouch. Oven Temp: 400 Ingredients 1 plump chicken breast 1 large potato, chunked 1/2 onion, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste Ranch dressing Directions: Place chicken on aluminum foil, layer next with potatoes, onion, salt and pepper. Drizzle ranch dressing over all. … Read More

Need to up your game? Being the best at a sport has gotten easier!

Are you at your physical peak and not getting any better at your favorite sport?  Have you’ve reached a plateau in your athletic performance? Perhaps it is time to take your gear to the next level. Excelling at sports has gotten easier thanks to equipment upgrades. To reign supreme at your sport you need superior equipment. New materials, technologies and manufacturing techniques are catapulting athletes clothing, gear and ‘toys’ to new heights. Shoes Athletic shoes are more lightweight than ever preventing feet from feeling weighed-down, while still offer the comfort and support needed to perform. The Saucony Triumph ISO is called their “pinnacle neutral trainer” and Runner’s World gave this shoe their Editor’s Choice award for 2015. The brand’s signature PWRGRID+ technology provides an extra cushioned feel, added stability and maximum impact protection.   Bikes Connor from California rates the Specialized Tarmac … Read More