Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Check out VSP Vision Care for tips and tricks for creating Halloween costumes that keep your kids eyes healthy!

Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Eyes on Halloween

Make-up, face-paint, colored contacts, false eyelashes – Halloween can be pretty scary when it comes to eye health. This October, VSP Vision Center wants to offer you tips on how to ensure that your families’ costumes not only look great, but also support healthy vision.

VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest not-for-profit vision care company, put together a list of tips and tricks for creating costumes that keep your eyes healthy. For example:

·         Don’t dye eyebrows or eyelashes
·         Don’t use non-FDA approved makeup
·         Don’t wear decorative or “costume” contact lenses (which are illegal to sell)

Here are 3 Top Tips below  VSP Vision Care wants you to be aware of so everyone will have a Safe and Happy Halloween!  Please read more tips at VSP Vision Care

1.. Beware of decorative or “costume” lenses. Decorative lenses might include cheap plastic materials or toxic dyes. Also, individuals unfamiliar with wearing contacts may not insert or remove them correctly. You could scratch your cornea, have an allergic reaction, get an eye infection, or even go blind. However, if you insist on wearing contacts for Halloween get a proper examination and prescription from your eye doctor. Visit an eye care professional immediately if you experience eye redness, vision blurriness, or eye discomfort.

2. Don’t use non-FDA approved makeup. Even hypoallergenic makeup products can cause a negative skin reaction. Watch out for signs of irritation, a skin rash, itching, or minor swelling. You should test a small amount of makeup on your arm a few days before you wear it to make sure it is safe.
3. Don’t sleep in your makeup. Remove all of your makeup before you go to bed to prevent skin irritation by following the directions explicitly stated on your makeup product. For example, the directions may tell you to use a cold cream, or just soap and water.

You can find a complete guide to Halloween eye health by visiting in the “Learn about Your Eyes” section. Check out VSP Vision Care for all your vision needs!

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Are you looking for a car in the southern Florida area? Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep is a great place to start looking for that dream car!

How often do most Mom's these days find the extra time to go looking for the comfortable family car? She knows she will need enough room for all the sports and dance gear, plus a place for groceries, dry cleaning and some days she may have to make a quick trip to the Vet for the family fur babies, but where will she find the time to go look for her dream car?  Now she can check out  this great new web site: in the comfort of her own home for all her automotive needs!

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how to have fresh, homegrown herbs all year!

I LOVE my herb garden almost as much as I love this fabulous idea! 
Simply get an ice cube tray and fill it with various chopped herbs! Then drizzle some olive oil until almost full on top of the herbs, then freeze! 
I like to use my seal-a-meal and freeze them separately. Makes life easier, and more delicious! 
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homemade chewy granola bars

I was craving some homemade granola bars, and found this delicious recipe!! Thanks to!

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons Sticky Bun Sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, optional (see "tips" at right)
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup quick oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • 2 to 3 cups dried fruits and nuts*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • *We like 1/2 cup each dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, chopped pecans, sunflower seeds, and coconut. Walnuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries or apples, or even chocolate chips would all be delicious as well.


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.
1) Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter or oil, syrup or honey, and water.

3) Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly.
4) Spread in the prepared pan, shaking the pan to evenly cover the bottom and patting down gently
5) Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes, until they're golden brown around the edges.
6) Remove them from the oven, loosen the edges, and cool for 5 minutes.
7) Use a knife (or bench knife) to cut the bars while they're still warm in the pan. Carefully remove warm bars from the pan, and cool on a rack. Alternatively, remove from the pan before cutting into bars; it helps to cut in half first, then loosen the bottom of each half with a turner/spatula before turning out onto a sheet of parchment to cut into bars.
8) Wrap bars individually to store; or place in a single layer on a plate, and cover with plastic; or store in layers with parchment in between. In humid weather, it's best to store bars in the refrigerator. They also freeze well.
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