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Survival Kit

Tuesday, Dec, 24 2013

SURVIVAL KIT                                                                                   

A STICK OF GUM….To remind you to stick with it.

A CANDLE….To remind you to burn brightly.

A CHOCOLATE KISS…To remind you that you are loved.

A MATCH….To light your fire when you feel burned out.

A TOOTSIE ROLL….To remind you not to bit off more than you can chew.

A PIN….To remind you to stay sharp.

SMARTIES CANDY….To help you on those days that you don’t feel too smart.

A STARBURST...To give you a burst of energy on those days when you don’t have any.

A SNICKERS BAR….To remind you to take time to laugh.

A BAG….To help you keep it all together and to give you food for thought.


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Santa's Breakfast

Monday, Dec, 23 2013

   

Santa’s Breakfast  
                                                                      
1 lb. bag M&M’s
2 cups dry roasted peanuts, salted or unsalted
2 cups miniature pretzels
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Cheerios
2 cups Fruit Loops
3 lb. slab white almond bark or Alabaster confectionary coating
2 (14 oz.) bag white chocolate chips
4 T. canola oil

Melt white chocolate, white chocolate chips and the oil in microwave, 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds.  Combine all remaining ingredients in large bowl; pour the melted chocolate mix over and gently toss to coat.   Place on waxed paper to set.  Break into small pieces.  Store in airtight containers.

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Outrageous Markups

Monday, Dec, 23 2013

OUTRAGEOUS MARKUPS YOU PAY EVERY DAY

Learn smart ways to avoid the hidden costs of convenience.

4000% Bottled water
A $2 bottle of water costs only about 5 cents to produce.

1275% Movie theater popcorn
Theaters know that viewers will pay more for movie snacks, so they hike up the prices: A bag of popcorn that costs 37 cents to make can easily sell for $5.

300% Wine at a restaurant
Restaurants routinely charge as much as $30 for bottles of wine that retail online for $7 or $8. Check in advance whether the restaurant allows BYOB, or opt for a nonalcoholic beverage.

40% Precut produce
Precut fruits and vegetables may save you time, but they definitely won't save you money: Grocery stores charge almost 1.5 times more for precut than for uncut produce. (readersdigest.com)

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Boost Your Brain Power

Friday, Dec, 20 2013

BOOST YOUR BRAINPOWER

Good news. You can boost your brainpower and make "senior brain-drain" nothing but a bad memory just by doing mental exercises and adopting the right diet and lifestyle. Keep your mind youthfully resilient with techniques outlined by Dr. Molly Wagster of the National Institute on aging in Bethesda, MD.

Eat berries
Blueberries can rejuvenate the brain. Cranberries and strawberries also have a beneficial effect on brainpower.

Exercise
Aerobic exercise can help improve brain function. Exercise also prompts the release of endorphins thought to fend off depression.

Reduce stress
Stress releases cortisol, a hormone that can damage the brain's memory center. Meditation, relaxation and keeping a positive mental outlook will help you reduce stress.

Eat foods rich with vitamin E
Vitamin E, found in oils, green leafy vegetables and whole grains, is a vital brain protector. It promotes mental alertness.

Use your opposite hand
Most of us rely on our dominant hand to do simple tasks. Using your opposite hand for brushing your teeth, eating or working a computer mouse will engage both lobes of the brain and improve hand-brain co-ordination.

Challenge your brain
Discard the calculator and do the math in your head.

Get plenty of sleep
Sleep-deprived subjects score 30 percent lower on memory tests. Most people need 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep each night.

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To Snooze or Not to Snooze

Thursday, Dec, 19 2013

(Men's Health) A midday doze does not make you old. It makes you smart. A City University of New York study found that people who nap have sharper memories. But not just any nap will do: Use this guide to find your sweet spot:
• 10 minutes -- A quick fix. napping for 10 minutes immediately wards off fatigue and boosts brain power for at least 2 and a half hours, an Australian study found. A 5 minute nap is no help.
• 20 minutes -- Delayed benefits. Doubling down will improve your reaction time and performance on alphanumeric task. But not right away it takes at least 35 minutes to shake off the postnap mental fog from "taking 20."
• 30 minutes -- A healthy boost. You will feel drowsy for about 5 minutes afterward, but then more mentally fit for 90 minutes. Still, a 10 minute nap is better; you avoid the hangover effect of a deeper sleep.
• 45 to 90 minutes -- No help. During a 45 minute to 90 minute nap, you drift into deep sleep without completing a full sleep cycle. "You will often feel worse after you wake up than before," says sleep expert W. Christopher Winter, M.D.
• 90 to 110 minutes -- Sings of trouble. The average person's sleep cycle last 90 minutes, the ideal duration for a longer snooze. But habitual long napping may be a sign of a sleep disorder, Dr. Winter says.

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