3 Ways to Exercise at Home

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Staying fit is an important aspect of living a healthy life. Many people think that they need to visit a gym multiple times a week, however, it is not necessary to attend a gym to stay fit. I want to share three ways that you can exercise in the comfort of your own home.These exercises can be done in small spaces and with minimal equipment.

Walk at home

One of the most accessible exercises to do at home is to walk at home. This exercise does not require any equipment and is very easy to follow. I highly recommend this video to get a 15 minute walk into your day.

Jump rope at home

Jump ropes are very affordable and you probably already have one at home. This is another fun way to keep your body moving at home. Here is a video that you can follow along with and get to jumping.

Pilates at home

This will help to strengthen your core. I have learned a lot from this video below. This is very easy to follow and you will feel it the next day. 

Some extra thoughts

It only takes 15 minutes a day to get some exercise in your day. I also like the 7-Minute Workout. I hope that these suggestions will encourage you to start exercising at home.

My Winter Favorites: Skin Care to Home Decor

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Living on the East coast of the United States gives me the opportunity to experience the winter season. Yes, snow and ice and those frigid days and nights are part of my life this time of year. I would like to share some of my winter favorites from skin care to home decor. This post is not sponsored by any of the products mentioned below.

Hair care products for the winter season

I am a very simple person when it comes to hair care. I prefer to use natural products as much as possible. I have very curly hair and the one product i would recommend to use is coconut oil. I believe that it helps my hair from getting too dry in the winter season. 

Skin care products for the winter season

I tend to get dry skin during the winter so I use products to keep my skin moisturized. I love Burt’s Bees products because they are 99% natural. The products I really like are;

  • Burt’s Bees original lip balm
  • Bur’s Bees Milk and Honey body lotion
  • Bur’s Bees Daily Facial moisturizer

I also use cocoa butter and coconut oil as a body moisturizer.

Foods and drinks i enjoy during the winter

This winter i have not had much oatmeal but this is one of my favorite foods to have during winter. I especially like oatmeal I get from a spanish bakery. My dad gets it for me once in a while and i eat it along with a wonderful fresh baked bread that they make. 

My favorite winter beverage is hot chocolate. I do not drink it all the time but i love it very much. I also enjoy ginger tea as well. 

Winter home decor

I am not sure if wax warmers would count as home decor but I think they double as interesting decorations around the home as well as providing wonderful scents to each room.

I enjoy using my wax warmers because they somehow make my room seem warmer with the wonderful scents. I also like electric heaters as i am always colder than everyone else. I do not use mine that often but it does make a difference on those extra cold days.

Some extra thoughts

I hope that you are enjoying your winter if you get to experience this season. What are some of your winter favorites? Share them in the comments below.

How to Make Household Items Accessible to Those that are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Picture this, you are about to heat up your lunch in the microwave but you realize that you are not able to see the buttons. Well this is what a person who is blind or has low vision (is visually impaired) deals with when they use a microwave with a touch screen interface. The lack of tactile feedback makes it impossible to know what button is being pressed. There are many other instances where adaptations must be made to be able to interact with the norms of a sighted world. There are solutions to these problems and it is possible for a person who is blind or visually impaired to be very independent at home and around the community. Today, i want to share some helpful tips to make appliances and other household items accessible to those who are blind or have low vision. I am visually impaired myself and can fully relate to the frustrations that come with dealing with inaccessible items.

How to Make Appliances Accessible

The majority of appliances that are made now from microwaves to washing machines are made with a touch screen interface. I appreciate the technological advances that have been made but the accessibility is far behind. The good thing is that there are practical solutions for this problem that make these appliances fully accessible. Below is a photo of a microwave with bump dots on the buttons.

a black microwave with bump dots on numbers 1, 3 and 0 and the start and stop buttons. The dots are clear

Bump dots come in different sizes and colors including clear dots. These dots resemble buttons and are safe to put on appliances and can be removed with no damage at any time. These dots provide tactile markings to help someone identify buttons on a touch screen interface. Bump dots can be used to mark buttons on a microwave, heat levels on a stove and to mark buttons on a washing machine. I have put bump dots on my microwave putting clear dots to mark the numbers 1,3 and 0 as well as the start and stop buttons. This allows me to use the microwave independently.

How to Make Food Items Accessible

Locating food in the refrigerator or cans in a pantry can become a hard task when you can not see. A lot of things can be identified by touch but when it comes to cans and boxes it becomes more complicated. There are apps available that are able to read text on items to help identify them. Apps such as Supersense which is available for Android and Apple users is very helpful for this task. Those that are not fans of technology can use braille labels or large print labels to label these items.

How to Make Bathroom Items Accessible

Sharing a bathroom with a number of others can become complicated when it comes to storing and possibly sharing items. I live with my family and a tip i can give here is to keep your toothbrush in a different place so you don’t accidentally use someone else’s. When you share shampoo and conditioner it is hard to keep these bottles in the same place as they may be often moved by others. One tip is to put a rubber band on one of the bottles so you know what is what.

Some Extra Thoughts

I hope that these tips can help you be more independent if you are visually impaired or if you know someone who is you can pass these tips along. Here is one extra laundry tip; save yourself the trouble of having to match socks by pinning them together before you wash them, fold your socks together before throwing them in the hamper.

Share how you make your home more accessible in the comments below.

* This post is not sponsored by any of the products mentioned above. All views are my own.

Fitness Goals for 2021: It is Time to Walk

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Staying fit is one of the most important aspects of living a healthy life. I have not been exercising as much as I would want to. I am ready to make a change.

A lot of people think that meaningful exercise is a 1 hour workout, however, this is not true. 15 minutes of exercise a day can make a difference.

I believe that walking 1 mile a day truly improves all aspects of life. I enjoy walking at home with the Walk at Home program by Leslie Sansone.

This program is very easy to follow and it is fun as well.

My goal is to start off by walking 1 mile a day starting next month then increase to two miles in May.

What are your fitness goals for this year? I will give an update in June on how things are going for me. Take care and stay healthy.

Tools that Help Me as a Visually Impaired Person

October is Blindness Awareness Month and today I want to share some of the tools that make my life easier as a visually impaired person. I hope that this will be helpful. These tools work in the workplace as well.

1. Sharpy Marker

I can no longer see the ink from regular pens or pencils. I need a lot of contrast to be able to see things so a black bold marker stands out and I can see what I am writing. These days I only ever write on paper when I am making a greeting card.

2. Glasses

I need to use a very high prescription when it comes to my glasses so they make my eyes look very big. My glasses help me see objects and people but I cannot see small details.

3. A White Cane

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I use a white cane even though I have some usable vision. The white cane helps me detect curves and steps and objects that may be in my path. The cane also alerts others that I cannot see them so well. I use it when I am out on my own for safety reasons and it is a very helpful tool for me.

4. A Smart Phone

I use the screen reader and magnification accessibility options on my phone. I use TalkBack on Android. I am thankful for these accessibility options because they allow me to access my phone independently. I access my computer in the same way.

Share Your Tools

Feel free to share the tools that help you each day whether you have a disability or not. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.