Lindsay Gill

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easier eye patching for children with Kinderoptics

Disclaimer: Suzy at Kinderoptics gave me a discount on our patches order in exchange for this review, but all opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with Suzy or any patching companies.

As an Orthoptist, I follow patients with amblyopia and often prescribe patching as part of their treatment. We tell the patients that they can find basic adhesive eye patches at their local pharmacy.

Sometimes they have difficulty finding these bandage-like patches, but finding them is only the first step.  The next step is getting the child to wear the patch.  The children are usually too young to understand that wearing the patch is helping their vision and that they only have a small "critical period" in which their eyes and brain can basically learn how to see before it becomes too late.

When we were told that Luke should start patching, I was able to see patching from this perspective. Luke doesn't have glasses, so we attempted the sticky patch, but it was too sticky. We attempted the black "pirate patch" but it was too tight. We attempted the felt patch with a soccer ball on it but it was too boring.

I started searching the internet and was excited to find KinderPatches at Kinderoptics! Suzy is a mom and licensed optician who took matters into her own hands and created very fun and comfortable patches. I purchased some plano glasses for Luke (meaning there is no prescription in them), and let him pick out some patches! He picked out BB8, Luke Skywalker, Spiderman, Ninja Turtles, Darth Vader, and Batman.








So far, so good! Luke is only allowed to watch his television show in the morning while wearing his patch, and he is compliant with it so far! He is comfortable and loves choosing which character he wears.  Thank you to Suzy for her creativity and ingenuity, Luke is a compliant "patcher" and I'll be excited to report that to his Ophthalmologist at his next appointment!



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

10 Nut Free snacks when you're on-the-go featuring Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks

This post was sponsored by Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

From our usual 6 am or earlier wake up call from Luke ("Moooooooooooom, Daaaaaaaaaaaad, Mooooooooooooom, Daaaaaaaaaaaaaad, Mooooooooooom, Daaaaaaaaaaaaaad," in a monotone repetitive alarm-like noise) to the start of our bedtime routine 12 hours later, we are on-the-go. Whether it is to work, to preschool, to visiting family and friends, to swim lessons, to music class, or to the grocery store, we seem to be in constant motion.  

The key to healthy eating while on-the-go is preparation. We try to get our grocery shopping done before Monday begins and have an idea of what we will eat each day.  With Sophie's new peanut allergy diagnosis, meal and snack preparation has been especially important. 

I have learned that having snacks in the stroller when on a walk, in the diaper bag when grocery shopping or at lessons, and in the car on trips, is necessary in keeping our balance between the simple and healthy lifestyle we want with the things that we want and need to do. Having a nut free snack ready for Sophie on the car trip to Buffalo, for example, would have been such a victory compared to the hectic search for something at the crowded rest stop. 

Here are some nut free snacks that are kid-approved in our house (check the particular brand to ensure that they are peanut free):

1.  Cucumbers cut into "sticks."

2. Chips made from vegetables. There are some in stick form, some in character form. 

3.  Clementines. These are such a hit. 

4. Cheese stick or wrapped cheese slices.

5. Raisins.

6. Yogurt. 

7. Popcorn for older kids.

8. Dried fruit sticks. 

9. Pretzels.

10.  All Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks. 

Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks were introduced to us in perfect timing since the brand is 100% nut free. It is so nice to know that we can trust the brand, have four different flavor options (Sea Salt, Salt & Pepper, Cinnamon, and Dutch Cocoa), and still give the kids a snack that is a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, and healthy fats. 



The main ingredient is sunflower seeds which are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The company is non-GMO verified which isn't as common as we'd like to think nowadays. These snacks are certified vegan (though not gluten-free, paleo, or organic). John Paul and I both pack them for snacks or lunches on workdays, too. The snack size option helps us with portioning, too.  Per serving, Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks contain 150 calories, 5-6 grams of natural plan-based protein, and less than 3 grams of sugar! There are two sizes: 6 oz. and 1 oz.. 



Luke and Sophie each have multiple friends with multiple allergies, so I like having Somersaults Crunchy Bites as a safe and school friendly snack on hand. I have had to decline play date invitations when the kids are hungry but I'm not prepared with a nut free snack for them to bring. Having extra Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks in the car is a huge convenience for us!

Personally, I am loving the cinnamon flavor. They go really well with my morning coffee on the way to drop Luke at school! (The Dutch Cocoa is a close runner up!)



Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks are available online and in-store at select Target and Whole Foods Market retailers. Here's the store locator to find them near you.  Learn more about Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks on their website, Facebook page, and Instagram


Monday, December 5, 2016

Guest post by Erin: Work-at-home Mom with LuLaRoe and a GIVEAWAY!

I asked Erin to do a guest post because I'm so interested to hear how life is as a work-at-home mom! I met Erin years ago when we worked at the same dental practice. We crossed paths again when we each started a blog around the same time. We have crossed paths again now that she is my LuLaRoe consultant! I now have two pairs of leggings, a Sarah cardigan, and a Mae dress for Sophie! Without further ado, here's Erin!
Have you heard of the LuLaRoe craze? Those buttery soft leggings? The comfy Carly dress that women are swooning over? The Cassie, aka, the perfectly fitting AND comfortable pencil skirt? (Did you know there was such a thing)?! If you have tried on or own any LuLaRoe items, you know exactly what I mean about how amazing the clothing line is…if you haven’t, you have no idea what you are missing!  
I fell in love so hard that amongst a busy life with two toddlers, a part time marketing/management position, a home to take care of and dabbling in some other #momlife things like blogging, working out, play dates and kids activities to name a few, I decided to take a chance and jump aboard the LuLa train and start my own business….at the SAME time as having my third baby. Ok, it was two weeks after she was born, but still! Crazy I know but it’s been an amazing experience! With a three week old strapped to my body, UPS dropped off a delivery of 400+ clothing items!  I spent 8 hours photographing and getting ready to launch my business and now I’m full blown in it! Four months later I now am a Mom of three and work 100% from home running my own business (helping women feel confident and beautiful - it's actually my job - pinch me!) and helping other women with the same desires to work at home launch their businesses and it’s nothing short of AMAZING! I can’t even believe this is real life.


Here are some things about LuLaRoe and why I love it.  It's more than just the amazing clothes!  The mission is “where through fashion we create freedom, serve others and strengthen families. A place where lives are being blessed and dreams achieved through love, confidence, purpose and growth.”  This mission totally struck a cord with me because I have been searching for an opportunity where I can work from home making an actual income (not just extra cash) to help support my family while being with my children and work on MY time but also be able to do something positive and spread positivity! It’s been amazing because LuLaRoe has met all those goals!  One of their missions is to bless others and this business has allowed me to give back to multiple charities already and give away free clothes to bless others which makes my heart happy! :)
Another thing I love is that women feel so comfortable in the clothing. As a woman and having gone through 3 pregnancies, I know first hand the insecurities that women have and how amazing it is to find clothing lines and styles that flatter every body type and this line achieves that. There is something for everyone and sizes range from XXS – 3XL! The company is also very fashion forward!  At New York Fashion Week this year, women were seen wearing a pleated knee length skirt (specifically Victoria Beckham) which is identical to our Jill skirt and has been in production for over a year now!  LuLaRoe is staying ahead of trends!
The items are also “one of a kind” or known as “unicorns.” This is because LuLaRoe makes only 2,500-5,000 of each print, spreads it across all styles, is shipped to consultants across the United States and then never creates an item with that print again.  So, if you see something you love, you better claim it because the chance you will see it ("your unicorn") again in your size are slim to none!  This almost guarantees that you will not have the same item as someone else you know!

This has been a great business for my family and a way to teach my 4 and 5 year old basic work skills.  Specifically my daughter loves being my “business partner” in this. (She is asking me if she can do a live sale with the kids clothes soon! Stay tuned for that)!  I will give them tasks and give them $1 to save.  Believe it or not, it’s actually very helpful. Everything from sorting new inventory and counting the piles to compare to the original order, opening items, folding items, hanging items, handing me hangers. All these tasks are ways that my kids can be involved in my work day and they actually enjoy being my little helpers and I can be WITH them! Win Win!  And of course, being a Mom of three I also have to mention that the kids clothes are adorable! ;) My daughter who only wears leggings calls her LuLaRoe leggings her "comfy leggings."

I have met so many amazing women and grown relationships with other consultants and customers which has been so fun! I even met a 2nd cousin who happened to be added to my online shopping group by her friend! How ironic is that?! I am loving this business and the opportunity it brings to my family and is absolutely perfect for me at this phase of life!

My suggestion to you is if you have a goal, a dream or a desire, to jump in without doubting yourself.  Take a chance because it may be the best decision of your life!  If it doesn't work out, a lesson will be learned and you will be a more knowledgeable person.  If I had doubted myself too much, second guessed my decision, quit when things felt crazy (remember, I did have a 3 week old when that shipment came!!) or I didn't think outside of the box, I would be in a much different place right now.  But now, Monday mornings I can wake up and make my kids pancakes because I have the time, I can be at the bus stop before AND after school...every single day.  My husband and I get more time together because I'm home and can decide when I work.  I am so very thankful that I took a chance and I encourage you to take a chance on something too! It might just best the best decision of your life! ~Erin Leigh
If you would like to join my shopping group to see what this is really all about, you can join my Facebook group, follow on Instagram, or contact me via email at lularoeerinrosario@gmail.com.
And now for your chance to win $25 to spend during one of Erin's pop-up shopping on her Facebook page! See @lindsaykgill on Instagram for details! Be sure to "like" Erin's LuLaRoe page as she will often has free shipping, sales, and giveaways, too! Giveaway will run until 12:00 am EST Sunday December 11, 2016. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

(Easy) Gift Guide for Men and Women

Need a gift for someone who a man or woman in your life who is tough to buy for? Here are some ideas! This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.

1. An Audible subscription: Perfect for the friend with a long commute.

2. Beer of the Month Subscription: A great way to try new drinks, and great for someone who doesn't need any more things.

3. Stitch Fix gift certificate: Now offering men's clothes as well! Let Stitchfix pick out the perfect present for your special someone! I've kept a unique blouse and some great jeans from Stitch Fix so far.

4. Present Over Perfect: I am loving this book! We are in a time when racing to the next activity and being busy is so glamorized. This book is about slowing down and saying "no" to busy.

5. Name Ring: The artist is a friend, and I wear mine every single day. If you don't have their ring size, she offers a gift card to her store!

6. Stanley coffee thermos: This has been one of John Paul's favorite gifts! He loves hot coffee and this thermos keeps it that way!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A gift guide for children 3-5 years old

I find that once my children pass a certain age, I can't remember anything about that age. Their likes, their toys, their milestones... Here's to hoping that is normal "mommy brain." But I wanted to document all of the items that have been great for Luke especially at this age. He is almost 4. Here are ten things that I would recommend getting as a gift for children age 3-5. There are affiliate links in this post, thank you for your support. 




1.  Growums: I got the Fruit Cup Garden for our niece and I just love the concept! This is a gift that can be enjoyed even after the thrill of the holidays has passed! There are such cute options like grow your own pizza or stir fry. This is also available as a school fundraiser!

2.  Mix and Match Vehicles: This is one of Luke's favorites. You can interchange the parts to create different vehicles, and there are multiple sets. It can entertain him for a while!

3.  Plasma Car: This was recommended by lots of mom friends as one of the coolest toys and seems to stay "cool" and appropriate even as they get older (and bigger.)

4. National Geographic Kids Subscription: There are so many "why" questions at this age, these are filled with such interesting topics.

5.  MagnetiBook: A portable and fun activity that also helps with fine motor skills.

6.  Water Wow! Activity Books: These are perfect for church or the doctor's office. Keeps the kids busy, reusable, and educational. There are many themes to choose from!

7.  Magna-Tiles: These are all the rage at home and at school. Kids of all ages love these. Though there are other cheaper brands, these seem to have the strongest magnets, and are said to be worth the price!

8.  Little People Play House: Santa is bringing this for Sophie this year! Can't wait to see what she thinks.

9.  Tegu Blocks: Pricey but supposedly worth it. Just look at the reviews! Santa is bringing these for Luke this year.

10.  ALEX color changing markers Luke is so interested in colors and mixing colors right now (and selfishly, I have wonderful memories of these types of markers from childhood!)