Lindsay Gill: 2017

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