Celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Today is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) to encourage women to take control of their health. Over 1,000 local community locations across the country including hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation departments, schools, retirement communities and more will host various events that promote physical activity and educate women how to make smarter health choices.

If you can’t find an event nearby, read on for a few ideas on how to celebrate:

Educate yourself
There are tons of magazines, websites and newspaper columns dedicated to heath and fitness that offer tips on nutrition, exercise and how to lower stress. Oxygen Magazine, for example, features video tutorials to teach you how to properly and effective complete certain workout moves. You could also sign up to receive daily emails containing the most current health news and fitness tips from your favorite online magazine so you never miss an important article.

Join a gym
If you have considered joining a health club, there’s no better time than today to do it! Shop around first though because you want to make sure to find the right gym with classes and instructors who suit your needs. Many facilities offer trial memberships like a free three-day pass or complimentary two-week trial, so call around to find out about the deals offered among health clubs in your area.

Try something new
If you are an avid runner or a regular gym rat, it is time to switch up your workout routine before it starts feeling stale. Explore speciality facilities that offer something you’ve never done before like Bikram Yoga, Spinning, Tai Chi or P90X. Switching up your exercise routine will keep you from getting bored, will guard you against injury and will keep you challenged. Check daily deal sites like LivingSocial for current fitness deals. You can score a deal like 3 yoga classes for just $16!

Encourage your gal pals
Today is a great time to get your friends together for an outdoor activity, and to encourage any ladies who have been lazy about being active. Invite a few gal pals to go on a walk or a hike and end the evening with a healthy meal at one of your favorite restaurants or cook something delicious together. You can find a ton of quick and healthy recipes at CookingLight.com.

Sweat in style
Women’s fitness gear is cuter and cuter each year. From brightly-colored sneakers to sleek, moisture-wicking tanks and slimming workout pants, there are so many exercise clothing and accessories options to keep you looking stylish even when you’re breaking a sweat. Check out this list of recommended women’s fitness gear to start working out in style. Look at these on Pinterest.

Download a fitness app
Whether it’s for the music or tracking calories, your mobile device is a popular and encouraging workout tool. Finding the right workout app that suites your needs can help you manage your exercise and health goals more effectively. For instance, Digifit’s iCardio is an all-in-one fitness-tracking app that measures and monitors exercise activities like walking, hiking, running, biking, and even kickboxing in real-time. The app features a built-in GPS that enables route mapping, and displays your speed, pace, distance, elapsed time, heart zone and approximated calorie burn in real time as well with voice feedback. The optional heart-rate monitor lets you tune your exercise practice even further and provides more accurate stats on the number of calories you burn during each workout.

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Natural Cold Remedies

Every year, people suffer from more than one billion colds in the United States and more than 200 different viruses are known to cause the signs and symptoms of the common cold.

We all know the conventional cold remedies: rest, drink fluids and wash your hands. But there are some other natural cold remedies that can ease your discomort and even relieve the symptoms of the common cold.

Here are some natural cold remedies, along with a roundup of products that have these natural remedies as primary ingredients – with direct links to online stores that stock these natural cold remedies (and coupon codes whenever possible).

Natural Cold Treatments

Vitamin C: The first thing I do when I feel that scratchy feeling in my throat is to down an Emergen-C packet. I swear by this, and I’m hardly ever sick…even with three kids. Emergen-C makes kids’ versions, too, and I fix up a kid’s Emergen-C packet whenever they feel a cold coming on.

Emergen-C packets are available online from Drugstore.com, in a variety of flavors. (Drugstore.com coupons are here.)

Emergen-C 1000 mg Vitamin C Fizzy Drink Mix, Tangerine, 30 packets
Emergen-C 1000 mg Vitamin C Fizzy Drink Mix, Tangerine, 30 packets
24 Nutrients with Antioxidants Electrolytes 7 B Vitamins Feel the Good®

Emergen-C Emergen C Kidz Fruit Punch, 30 ea
Emergen-C Emergen C Kidz Fruit Punch, 30 ea



Honey:
Aside from being a great sweetener, honey is also a time-tested remedy for coughs and loaded with antioxidants. Studies have shown that buckwheat honey may provide better relief of nighttime coughs than over-the-counter (OTC) cough syrups and can help sooth your throat.

Maty's Quiet Relief Cough Syrup, Buckwheat Honey, 4 fl oz
Maty’s Quiet Relief Cough Syrup, Buckwheat Honey, 4 fl oz

Honey Don't Cough Children's Buckwheat Honey Supplement 20 Liqui-paks, 20 ea
Honey Don’t Cough Children’s Buckwheat Honey Supplement 20 Liqui-paks, 20 ea

 

Fenugreek: Fenugreek tea helps to clear out mucus, reduce respiratory inflammation, and ease your urge to cough. Recent research suggests that fenugreek may also have powerful antiviral properties

Alvita Fenugreek Seed (Caffeine Free) - 30 Bag - Herbal Teas
Alvita Fenugreek Seed (Caffeine Free) – 30 Bag – Herbal Teas
Available online from Vitamin Shoppe. (Vitamin Shoppe Coupons are here.)

Garlic: Garlic has potent antiviral and antibacterial properties to help fight infection. Mix freshly chopped garlic with food, take it with a teaspoon of honey, or brew some into a tea.

Nature's Bounty Odorless Garlic 1000 Mg Dietary Supplement Softgels
Nature’s Bounty Odorless Garlic 1000 Mg Dietary Supplement Softgels
(Available online from Walgreens.com)

 

Pomegranate: Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and zinc, pomegranate juice boosts your immune system and helps your body defend itself.

Vitamin Shoppe Pomegranate Concentrate (Unsweetened) – 16 Fluid Ounces Liquid – Acai / Super Juices

 

Cayenne Pepper: A small bit of dried cayenne pepper powder, made into a tea with lemon or mixed into a broth, will help clear up congested sinuses as well as aiding circulation to fend off chills.

Simply Organic Organic Cayenne Pepper ( 1x2.89 OZ)
Simply Organic Organic Cayenne Pepper ( 1×2.89 OZ)

This Year’s Popular Halloween Costumes (+10% off Coupon)

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CostumeKingdom.com has just released a graphic of this year’s popular Halloween costumes, plus a coupon code to help you save on any costume you choose.

Costume Kingdom fun costumes for kids, adults, babies, plus-size, and even dogs all in the same place! Today through October 31, you’ll get an extra 10% off anything in the store by entering code CK10 at checkout

Save 10% off any purchase at CostumeKingdom.com with code CK10 through October 31

 

Cool Things: Jozie II Boots from The North Face

I live high in the Colorado Rockies, where it gets cold and snowy for many, many months. I am a big fan of The North Face and Patagonia, because their clothes and shoes just tend to last and last. And they keep me warm, too.

Brand new on my wish list for wintertime are these boots from The North Face: The Jozie II, shown here in black but available in a variety of colors from Altrec.

The North Face Women's Jozie II Boots
The North Face Women’s Jozie II Boots

Stylishly crafted with rollover faux fur collars and detailing, the Women’s Jozie Boots from The North Face feature a waterproof suede upper that’s ideal for cold, damp evenings.

Along the side of the boot is a medial zipper that helps you get your foot in and out. Like other cold weather boots from The North Face, the Jozie Boots for women have innovative TNF Winter Grip outsoles with special temperature-sensitive Ice Pick rubber lugs that harden for improved traction when it gets really cold out.

Inside the Jozie Boot is a plush brushed tricot lining with a fit and soft feel not unlike bedroom slippers. The North Face insulated this functional and fashionable footwear with 200g PrimaLoft Eco insulation, so you can enjoy thermal warmth throughout the coldest days of winter.

Hooray. I want some!

Available in a variety of colors from Altrec Outdoors. (Get the latest Altrec coupons before you buy)

Cool Baby Things: Nap Nanny Chill + Coupon

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Does your baby seem to sleep best in her car seat?

She’s not alone. Many babies sleep better when inclined, and now there’s a comfortable and safe little infant recliner designed just for them.

Created by a mother of two, the Nap Nanny Chill is much like a car seat in design – featuring a 30 degree angle for incline and support –  but it’s soft like a blanket, and stable like a mattress. Plus, there’s a safety harness to keep your baby right where she’s supposed to be.

The Nap Nanny Chill is lightweight and portable, and can be used when your baby is sleeping as well as when she’s eating. playing or just checking out her world.

(Note that you’ll want to stop using the Nap Nanny Chill for overnight use once your infant starts to sit up and becomes more active, usually at around 4 months. As with any baby product, you’ll want to make sure to observe all of the safety guidelines for your Nap Nanny Chill to keep your baby safe.)

You can find this new cool baby thing at specialty retailers across the United States, as well as at Babies R Us, buybuyBaby, RightStart and at www.napnanny.com

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The Nap Nanny Chill in Safari

All you have to do is choose the color and fabric for your washable cover:  blue minky dot, camel minky flat, giraffe, lavender minky flat, pink minky dot, sage minky dot, oatmeal minky flat and platinum minky flat.  (Additional covers sold are separately for $49.99)

Nap Nanny Chill Coupon

Now here’s the exciting part:

The folks at NapNanny.com have generously offered to give Momscapers a discount: for the next three days, use code MSJJ913 at NapNanny.com to save 15%!

 

Tips for a Dementia Free Diet + Free Book Download “Happy to 102″

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In observance of World Alzheimer’s Month, Lily Sarafan, expert and author on aging and care, shares her tips for a dementia-free diet. Chances are, the suggestions below are already a part of your healthy diet, but, if not, now is a great time to start!

Tips for a Dementia Free Diet

1. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are extremely rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that improves how blood vessels function and skin health. Additionally, a recent study revealed that vitamin C helps to dissolve plaque build-up in the brain which can be caused by the onset of Alzheimer’s.

2. Almonds
Vitamin E, a naturally occurring antioxidant found in nuts, has also been linked with lowering an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E promotes healthy blood vessels that produce oxygen rich blood, a crucial component to a healthy mind.

3. Fish
Over the past several decades, scientists have closely studied the beneficial effects linked to omega-3 fatty acids that can be found in oily cold-water fish such as salmon and herring. A balanced diet that includes omega-3 fatty acids decreases inflammation in the body and enhances heart function.

4. Coffee
For all you coffee lovers, a 2009 study from the University of South Florida revealed that there are, in fact, benefits to consuming a daily cup-of-joe. The study demonstrated that caffeinated coffee reduced blood levels of plaque forming protein and cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, decaffeinated coffee fails to have the same effect.

Free Book Download: Happy to 102

Author Lily Sarafan is COO of Home Care Assistance and author on aging and care. She is offering Momscape readers a free download of her book Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life. Click here to download the book, in PDF format. The print list price of this book is $24.98, but you can get it for free!

Healthy Habits: Introducing Your Family to BLUE Foods

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Guest Post by Cheryl Tallman,  FreshBaby.com

Blue foods are a great source of cancer preventing anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. The main phytonutrient, anthocyanidin, helps to decrease inflammation in the body’s cells and may protect against heart disease. Blue foods also contain minerals including copper and iron, vitamins C, K, B-6, B-12, and fiber. Purple and black fruits and vegetables are also members of the blue food group.

Healthy blue fruit & vegetable choices include:

Blueberries: Considered one of nature’s best “super foods”, blueberries give your body and brain a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Be sure to include these delicious berries in your breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Blueberries freeze well and are great added to smoothies, baked goods and jams.

Purple Potatoes: Purple potatoes provide carotenoids and flavonoids anti-oxidants, which can prevent cancer. Add color to your potato and vegetable dishes by using purple potatoes instead of white ones in recipes.

Blackberries: A tasty way to add fiber and vitamin C to your diet, blackberries are delicious in salads, sauces and backed goods. Pick blackberries in season and freeze for an off-season treat.

Eggplant: Purple skinned eggplant adds fiber and flavor to meals. Cut eggplant in circles, brush olive oil, sprinkle with salt, then grill the circles. Grilled eggplant makes a nice side dish that is loaded with fiber and anti-oxidants.

Purple Cabbage: Purple cabbage supplies the body with fiber, potassium and Vitamin C. Toss shredded cabbage into green salads or make crunchy coleslaw for your summer picnic table.

Plums & Prunes: Plums and prunes (dried plums) are loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins that help keep eyes, skin and organs healthy. Plums and prunes make a nutritious, low calorie snack on their own, or combine them with yogurt and cereal for a nutritious meal.

About the Author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

Learn more about Cheryl’s work:

So Easy Baby Food (Spiral)
So Easy Baby Food (Spiral)
Price: $18.29
Presented in an innovative format that is a combination of cookbook, workbook, and instructional guide, this reference helps parents provide dietary essentials for their babies through all-natural, homemade baby food. With more than 40 recipes for fruit, vegetable, and protein purees, hundreds of suggestions for creating meals, and tips for enhancing flavor with herbs, parents will learn to easily prepare food in only 30 minutes per week that looks, smells, and tastes better than any mass-produced variety. In addition to the recipes, the guide provides information on the benefits of homemade baby food, introducing solid foods, and developing healthy eating habits, while the workbook format makes it easy to record allergies and other reactions.

So Easy Baby Food Basics - Cheryl Tallman - Paperback
So Easy Baby Food Basics – Cheryl Tallman – Paperback
Price: $8.95
Buy So Easy Baby Food Basics by Cheryl Tallman in Paperback for the low price of 8.95. Find this product in Cooking > Baby Food.

Cool Things – SpaFinder Wellness Gift Cards

For more than 25 years, SpaFinder has been helping people find just-right spa experiences. Now, they are helping people journey further down the path to a wellness with a redesigned mission: You can now redeem your SpaFinder Gift Cards at not just spas, but at yoga and Pilates studios, as well as personal training locations across the country.

Love it!

At the new SpaFinder Wellness site, you’ll be able to navigate through (and give as gifts) thousands of new ways to enhance the body and mind. You can find, book online, and buy gift cards for thousands of yoga and Pilates studios, fitness clubs, spas, weight loss programs, wellness providers, and more.

Whether it’s a barre class, a boot camp or a spa service, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. You can print the gift certificate instantly, have  a gift card mailed, or email a spafinder wellness gift certificate – so it’s a great last minute gift, too!

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Give the Gift of Wellness!

Redeem your SpaFinder Wellness Gift Card at thousands of spas, yoga and Pilates studies, and personal training locations across the country.

And here’s a coupon code to get you going!

Buy One SpaFinder Wellness Gift Card, Get One 20% Off ENJOY20
Shop through link above and use code ENJOY20 at checkout!
This is an ongoing coupon, but you can always get more SpaFinder Wellness Coupons here.

Cool Things – Wittlebee Kids Clothing Club + Wittlebee Coupon

Wittlebee Kids Clothing Club

Here’s something that can help you save money on kids’ clothes, and keep you out of the mall: Wittlebee Kids’ Clothing Club.

For $39.99, Wittlebee will ship you a box of new kids’ clothing items. Each box has a retail value of right around $100, so it’s a great way to add to your child’s existing clothing supply with some fun new items. (And who doesn’t love to get a box of goodies each month in the mail?)

Naturally, as your child grows, so can the sizes of the clothes you receive in your monthly box.

To get started, all you need to do is fill out a style profile, then you can talk with one of Wittlebee’s stylists so you can be sure your boxes will be properly customized (based on your personal preferences in terms of gender, sizes, color, and geographic location.) Each month, you’ll get 6 brand new items, which focus on the essentials: onesies or t-shirts, dresses, leggings and solid color items.

Wittlebee ships your boxes for free, you can cancel (or pause) your service at anytime, and the clothes are yours to keep. And here’s something else we know you’ll like: One for Onesie is Wittlebee’s social good program. For every box shipped, they donate a onesie to a child in need.

Learn more – or sign up here.

Wittlebee Coupon

We always like to have a coupon code or special offer to go along with the Things We Love, so….

Click this link to get $10 off your first month with Wittlebee! (Ends 12/31/12)

 

Cool Baby Things – gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller

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I just saw this on the pages of Budget Travel magazine and immediately wished I’d had this when my kids were wee.

Available online from BabyEarth.com, the gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller is a convenient and safe attachment for your car seat. Instead of carrying your car seat and child through the airport, you can wheel them!

Check out this toddler and mama just cruising through baggage claim…

Clever!

gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller
gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller
This thing is a must-have for parents traveling with toddlers. Because the FAA strongly recommends children under 40 lbs. be seated in a child car seat on an airplane, parents have had to haul their car seats through the airport, straining their backs, arms and patience. The gogo Kidz significantly lightens the load of parents on the go with toddlers and all their gear. Plus it eliminates the need to rent or borrow a car seat at your destination. It’s easy to mount and lays flat in the trunk or backseat of the car when not in use.

You might also want the carrying case, also available from BabyEarth.com:

gogo Kidz Travelmate Storage Bag
gogo Kidz Travelmate Storage Bag
The black, non-woven, drawstring bag folds up small when not in use.

And here are BabyEarth Coupons, when available.