Irritated Eyes Need Cliradex Light

Over the last 25 years, I have almost exclusively worn contacts. I’ve been lucky in that I can count on one hand how many eye infections I’ve had. It’s always impressed my eye doctor that I’ve had so few infections. However, the one thing that I have been noticing lately is how itchy and dry my eyes seem to be. Rubbing our irritated eyes is usually the first thing we do. Unfortunately, that leaves us with red eyes that seem to itch all the more. Adding Cliradex Light to your daily eye health routine can really help alleviate the irritated eyes you’re experiencing.

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What is Cliradex Light?

Cliradex Light is a 100 percent natural, 100 percent organic, 100 percent vegan foam that contains a 4-Terpineol (T40) formula that has been extracted from tea tree oil. This foam is alcohol, fragrance, and preservative free and contains no parabens or sulfates. So you get maximum benefits without any damage to your skin. This is particularly important, as our eyelids and the skin surrounding them can be rather sensitive. Using Cliradex Light daily is great preventative care for your ocular heath.

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Find Relief From These Irritated Eyes Issues

It is recommended that you use Cliradex Light twice a day. Applying the Cliradex Light foam to your eyelids and surrounding skin can help the following issues:

  • Swollen or red eyelids
  • Mild ocular pain or irritation
  • Occasional crusty eyelids
  • Dry or itchy eyes

The T40 found in Cliradex Light does not cause irritation and is a non-toxic/non-sensitizing component of tea tree oil.

My Thoughts on Cliradex Light

I was sent a bottle of Cliradex Light to try out. Initially I was a little skeptical. Like I said, I’ve worn contacts for over 25 years with very few issues. Aside from dealing with occasional dry or itchy eyes. I didn’t really see a need for something like this. Boy was I wrong!

After using the product for a week, I began noticing that my eyes weren’t as dry as they normally were by the end of the day. The biggest change I noticed was how my eyes were when i woke up in the morning. I didn’t know I was waking up with crusty eyes, but once I started using the Cliradex Light foam daily, I realized that I wasn’t waking up with crusty eyes! Adding this foam to my daily routine has been really easy. I simply take my shower as normal. With a clean face and hands, I put a very small amount of the foam on my fingers (trust me, you only need a tiny bit; the foam expands) and rub it on my closed eyelids until it is fully absorbed. It really doesn’t get easier than that!

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to eye health, I want the best products available. We only have one set of eyes! Adding this product to my daily routine has really helped me. Give it a try and see if it can help alleviate some of your irritated eyes symptoms.

How to Set Up the Our Pact Premium App

Do your kids have cell phones? When my kids were younger, I said that my kids wouldn’t get cell phones until they were driving. That changed! Getting them phones earlier has actually been a benefit. There are times I need to be in two places at once, which means one child gets dropped off somewhere earlier. Having that phone makes me feel better. Besides that, having a phone gives me something I can take away. It’s all about finding what’s meaningful with punishments, right?!? However, taking away the phone defeats the purpose of why I initially got it for them. That’s were the Our Pact Premium app comes in.

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What is Our Pact Premium?

A lot of parents joke that they give their kids electronics like phones or an iPad so they have something to take away. As parents, we know we have to discipline our kids and take things away. In order for it to be effective, it has to mean something to them. Taking away the phone leaves kids without the very reason you gave it to them. So they can contact you if need be. Our Pact Premium is an app for both iOS and Android that allows you to manage exactly what they do on their phone and when. It’s a parenting game changer. Goodbye are the days when you collect the phone and take it away for X amount of days. Just turn off what you don’t want them using (games, YouTube, etc) and hand the phone back to them.

 

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Installing the App

It is very important that you read this section. I do not want another person to have the trouble I had installing this app and setting it up. At 9 pm I started setting it up and at 3 am, I was still trying to set it up. Nothing was working right. The directions on their site are a little vague and the step by step directions tech support emailed me didn’t work either. I finally gave up and went to bed and figured I would try again in the morning. When I woke up this morning, I had an idea as to why it wasn’t working and decided to try a different way. It worked! Had two phones set up in less than 25 minutes.

First things first…if you are planning on going with the Premium plan, set that up FIRST. Trust me. Once you have the Premium plan paid for, you will be prompted to download the Our Pact Utility onto your computer. Once that is downloaded onto your computer, do the following:

  1. Plug your phone iPhone into your computer.
  2. Run the Our Pact Utility program and follow the directions on the screen.
  3. Follow the prompts on your iPhone. When it asks you about allowing configuration, click “skip configuration”.
  4. Pair your phone by going to pair.ourpact.com.
  5. Log into the parent app and start setting up the schedules and blocks.

So why didn’t it work before?

When I initially tried setting up the app, I didn’t purchase the premium plan at first. By not doing that, I set up the free account. With the free account you do not need to use the Our Pact Utility program. Should be easy to upgrade from the free to the paid accounts, right? Wrong. In order to set up the paid account, you have to fully remove the free account. That’s easy enough. However, you cannot use the same name for the paid account that you used on the free account. So be sure which account you want from the beginning. I will say, in my opinion, this app is not worth it unless you pay for the premium plan.

Our Pact Premium App Features

You will know you have your account set up with the premium features when you see “access granted” and you can start blocking apps.

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Next you will want to decide which apps you will always allow, which apps you would like to block for now and which apps you would like set up according to a schedule (more about that later). The nice thing is, if you decided to block an app, it disappears from your child’s screen. When you unblock it, it reappears.

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Once you’ve decided on what to do with the various apps, you will want to set the schedules. On my kids phones, I have all the apps that I do not want them having access to during the night set to disappear at 8:15 pm and stay gone until 6 am (Monday through Friday). Since I would like them to not wake up at the crack of dawn just to watch YouTube, I also set a schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

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Another really great feature is the ability to limit how much time your kids will be on their phone and iPad. You can set a daily allowance for them. When their time is up, they are done! I know when my kids were much younger, I was very strict about electronics during the school week. By setting daily allowances, your kids and their device self monitors and you don’t have to sit and watch the clock!

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As if this app was already great enough, this next feature allows you to completely block adult content. I don’t know exactly what constitutes as “adult content” (besides the obvious), but I like that there is that extra little feature to help keep that stuff away from the kids. We have the settings on their iPhone to block it too, but as you’re probably aware, things can slip through.

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Tonight we were at Sam’s Club picking up a few items and when we got in the car, Bella said “hey, where did all my apps go?”. So the bedtime schedule worked exactly the way it was supposed to! Besides the issues I had setting the app up with my sons phone, I am very happy with the Our Pact Premium app.

Have you used the Our Pact app?


Family Time – Importance of Slowing down

It feels like we are always on the go. Constantly going from one activity to the next. Whether it’s the kids sports practices, games, or a family event, we rarely have a moment of downtime. While I love that my kids play sports and I enjoy watching them play (well…except for when it’s freezing or raining…I don’t really like those days), I do sometimes wonder what life would be like if they didn’t play sports and we had more time to do other things. However, those are just little passing thoughts, the reality is, our kids are very involved in travel sports and that’s OK! With that said, when we have those days (or weekends…weekends are glorious) when we have nothing scheduled, but family time, I get very excited!

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Why Family Time is Important

In this day and age, where everyone is always on the run, it is so important to remember to take whatever time we have to slow down and enjoy family time. What you do with that time is solely up to you. In our house, when we have a free moment, we like to do the following:

  • Play board games and card games

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  • Watch movies
  • Watch HGTV (my daughter is literally obsessed with this channel…she’s 11!)
  • Play outside

This Weekend’s Family Time

This weekend was one of those rare weekends when we didn’t have much of anything going on. It was truly lovely! Sunday afternoon, we all piled up on the couches and watched Woody Woodpecker. Remember that show?!? I watched the cartoon all the time when I was a kid! The fun thing about this new Woody Woodpeckerfamily time movie is that it seamlessly blends live action and CGI animation.

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About Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son Tommy (Verchere), and fiancée, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpecker!

My kids, especially my daughter, really enjoyed this movie. She found it rather funny that I used to watch Woody Woodpecker when I was a kid. Interestingly enough, the legendary icon was created in 1940 and appeared in theaters until it debuted on television in 1957!


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Netflix – Best Shows to Watch

On January 5th of this year, I had gallbladder surgery. While I am feeling much better without my gallbladder, I am not bouncing back as easily. The level of exhaustion I am feeling is insane. My surgeon told me that while I had laparoscopic surgery, I have to remember that I still had major surgery. At any rate, while I work to rest and hopefully get back to normal, I have been watching a lot of Netflix!

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Why Binge Netflix?

I have been binge watching shows for YEARS! It first started when I was in high school. I was (and still am) addicted to Days of Our Lives. Back then, I would use the VCR in my parents room to record every episode while I was at school. Over the weekend, I would watch all five episodes, fast forward through the commercials (and the boring parts) and set the VCR for the following week. So I’ve been binge watching shows before Netflix was even a thing!

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Seriously though, we binge watch because we like to have it all now. When I am looking for a show to watch, I look to see how many seasons are out. The more the better. I just finished a show and am very frustrated that I have to wait a few months to be able to watch the fourth season. So I do what any other binger does…I find a new show to watch!

My Favorite Shows on Netflix

Below are my favorite shows I’ve watched on Netflix and would recommend to anyone looking for a new show to watch.

  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Scandal
  • Mindhunter
  • Stranger Things
  • Parenthood
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Bates Motel
  • Switched at Birth
  • Hart of Dixie
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Friends from College

Out of the list above, the top five shows I think you HAVE to watch now are Hart of Dixie, Parenthood, Bates Motel, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy. Each one of those shows, I could watch again and again and never get sick of them. I won’t tell you how many times I’ve seen each episode of Grey’s Anatomy!

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Recommended Shows

I keep a list of shows on my phone that people recommend to me. Some I will watch eventually, others I am waiting until my husband is home on the weekends to start watching with him. Those recommended Netflix shows are:

  • Persons of Interest
  • Riverdale
  • The End of the Fxxxing World
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Bloodline
  • Narcos
  • Shameless
  • Black Mirror
  • Glitch

Have you seen any of those shows? My husband and I watched the first 15 minutes of Persons of Interest (we thought we were watching a preview…long story) and we were hooked! We want to finish Stranger Things before we start another show.


When Your Gallbladder Fails You

Back in October, I started getting the worst pain I’ve ever felt. It started in my upper right abdomen and radiated to my back and into my shoulder. Of course I Googled and once I talked myself out of it being a heart attack, I realized it was my gallbladder. So, as you can imagine, I began Googling everything possible about when your gallbladder fails! And lets be really honest here, I was freaking out that I would’t be able to do the Keto diet any longer.

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What to Do if You Suspect a Gallbladder Attack

First of all, I can tell you what not to do…don’t go to Urgent Care. They can’t really help you there. If you are having a gallbladder attack, you need to go to the ER. I sat at Urgent Care for hours only to have an x-ray done that didn’t really tell them anything. Unfortunately, I continued to have pain off and on and worst of all, I was nauseous every single day. I woke up with a bitter, metallic taste in my mouth every morning and getting out of bed took a lot of effort.

How Did I Finally Get Help?

My primary care doctor ordered an ultrasound for me. The ultrasound came back clear. According to the ultrasound, there was nothing wrong with my gallbladder. However, after a lot of research on my part, I found that it’s not abnormal for the ultrasound to come back like that. There could be things that the ultrasound is not able to pick up that is actually there. My primary care doctor suspected I was dealing with an ulcer or acid reflux. I argued because, again, after all my research, it did not seem like an ulcer or acid reflux at all. In the end, I was referred to a GI doctor. That ended up being a HUGE blessing!

Within a few minutes of meeting with the GI doctor, I knew I was going to get results. He listened to exactly what I was telling him and started making a plan. The first thing he recommended I do was have an endoscopy done to definitely rule out an ulcer or acid reflux. The second thing he recommended was a HIDA scan. The HIDA scan will show any problems with gallbladder, liver, or bile ducts.

When the Gallbladder Fails

My endoscopy came back fine. No ulcers and no acid reflux. But I already knew that! The HIDA scan came back with low gallbladder ejection fraction (less than 20%…normal is over 35%). My GI doctor called me the next day and immediately referred me to a surgeon. I met with the surgeon and she told me that she felt comfortable, based on my different tests, that removing my gallbladder would be the right thing for me. Of course, I agreed. It had been over 3.5 months at this point and I was about to lose my mind.

Surgery to Remove the Gallbladder

My surgery was on January 5, 2018. Strangely enough, I was not nervous at all. That is not like me at all. I was oddly calm. The goal was to have the surgery done laparoscopic, unless an issue pops up and they have to switch to general surgery (I think that’s what they called it). Thankfully, my surgeon was able to do it laparoscopic! Apparently I caused a little hiccup in the OR when my blood pressure suddenly dropped WAY too low during surgery. They had to give me a shot of epinephrine to speed it back up. The only problem with that was, when I woke up, I ended up spending more time in recovery because they couldn’t get my heart rate to calm back down. After several bags of fluids and lots of trips to the bathroom, it finally calmed down enough for me to go home.

 

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Did Surgery Work?

When your gallbladder fails like this and you have surgery to remove it, there is always that chance that it doesn’t help your symptoms. While I was terrified of that happening, the idea of living another day with the nausea and pain was just too much. The very next day after my surgery, I woke up with ZERO nausea! I haven’t been nauseous yet. Yes it’s not been a full two weeks yet, but I’ve been able to eat fine and I don’t feel sick anymore. So I am cautiously optimistic that it worked! One of the things the surgeon (and friends that have had their gallbladder removed) told me was that I could end up with diarrhea for a few months after I eat. Thankfully that has not happened either! I feel like a new person!

I know doctors don’t necessarily like when patients Google everything, but if there is one thing I learned, it’s that if you don’t agree with a diagnosis or your treatment, stand up for yourself. Push for tests that you want done. Speak up to be heard. I went in to my appointment with my GI doc with an outline on my phone of everything I had been through. When it came time to give him my history, I pulled out my phone and read the outline.

Oh and my worries about the Keto diet…I have been eating according to the Keto diet for the last week and no issues at all!

Have you had your gallbladder removed?