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!

Things We Love – Free Cardstore App


Download the FREE Cardstore iPhone App Today!

The bus stop. The doctor’s office. The DMV. The Cardstore Mobile app has turned them into the perfect places to send a real life greeting card straight from your heart, by way of your iPhone, to someone’s mailbox.

Just choose your favorite card, personalize it with a message and pics from your phone, and finish with your own finger-written signature. When you’re finished, Cardstore.com will stamp it, address it, and mail it for you. Easy as pie. The selection of cards will make it fun and simple to find a card for any and every occasion. You can even connect to Facebook reminders and never miss another birthday.

Free Fitness App for Women – 6-Week Slim Down Program from iTRAIN

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Here’s a free women’s fitness tool I think you’ll love: The Slim Down For Women App – The 1st Live App from iTRAIN. 

Slim Down For Women is an effective, no-brainer 6-week program designed to help you to lose weight.

iTRAIN takes you on a journey where every day you do one workout at a time. Each workout provides you top celebrity trainer guidance remixed with the best music.

This App includes:

* Cardio audio workouts
* Videos
* Photos and text descriptions
* “Did You Know” Series
* Full nutrition program to complete the workout component
* Live access to our trainers if you have any question

For this type of workout, you will need access to a treadmill, a yoga mat, & 2 light weights.

This App is available for free at the App Store here.

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Things We Love – Free App Adds Hollywood Flair to Your Videos

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We love this new free app, Vibop 2.0, which makes it a cinch for you add “Hollywood flair” to videos.

Vibop 2.0 offers a variety of nine (and counting) themes to help enhance homemade videos.

We love:

* Vibop’s Hollywood-like themes: With just a few touches, you can add any number of different themes to your movies, complete with an intro, title, font, video effect, soundtrack, and outro. Available themes include Silent Film, Super 8, Comic Book, Love Note, Tech Talk, Beatz, Postcard, and a theme to create videos with the look of your Twitter profile.

* Create your own: Shoot with Vibop or use video from your camera roll. Vibop’s “Customize It” option allows you to mix and match effects and create your own theme.

* Easy saving and sharing: You can save your videos to the NewBlue Video Cloud, or your camera roll. Sharing via email, YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter can be done quickly right from the app.

Vibop 2.0 is a free app and is available in the App Store here. Upgrades will be available as in-app purchases.

Free Things to Make Your Life Better #2

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Here’s another roundup of Good, Free Things to Make Your Life a Little Better. Just a few things we’ve come across recently:

Mozart for Munchkins
Here you can download a variety of free songs your little ones are bound to love, including an entire album of Mozart favorites that have been arranged by renowned neurobiologist Dr. Norman Weinberger and Grammy winner Jimmie Haskell

Free Classical Music Downloads
Here’s a treasure trove of free classical music downloads for you parents, too, courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. View all composers by clicking here. You can also filter the available downloads by period and genre.

Free Subscription to Working Mother Magazine
Mercury Magazines is currently offering a free subscription to Working Mother Magazine. Quantities are limited, so fill out this form today.

DIY Recipe for Brown Sugar Scrub from the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountains
I love sugar scrubs but they cost a fortune. Now you can make some for yourself. Better yet, make a couple of batches, package it in some pretty jars and give it to your friends.

Free book download – Get Social, by entertaining expert Allana Baroni
Here is a a wonderful free book download on the O magazine site. Here, entertaining expert and author Allana Baroni makes available her book Get Social in a series of PDF downloads. You’ll find party themes, special gift ideas, hostessing tips, social etiquette advice, even new ways to celebrate the big holidays that are right around the corner.

Free Fun Cutouts for Kids – Paper City
The site MadebyJoel.com has some cool Paper City toy templates/printables. Click on the link in this post to access all of the Paper City posts. Then print the templates, then let your kids color, build and play with their own paper cities. Very cool (and free)! So far, there’s a Paper City, Paper Vehicles, even a Paper Paris and Paper Sydney.

Free Binaural Beats mp3 download to help you sleep
Do you ever have a hard time drifting off to sleep at night? Or maybe, like me, you wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time getting back to sleep. The folks at sleepphones.com have created a series of mp3 tracks (6 at last count) to help you fall asleep faster. These tracks use binaural beats technology, which is supposed to lull you and those brainwaves of yours into a deep, deep sleep. They are carefully engineered binaural beats overlaid with a variety of soundscapes. Give it a try the next time you’re tossing and turning.

Free Healthy Living eCookbook from Better Homes & Gardens (plus, for every book downloaded, Better Homes & Gardens will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the cure – up to $20,000)

Free issue of Better Homes & Gardens plus a free copy of the Best Loved Cookies recipe book

 

Free Set of Art Postcards ($37.50 value)
David Leaser is an L.A. based photographer who creates unbelievable flower images. Lucky for us, he’s giving away a free pack of 25 postcards, each showing a different flower. This free pack of postcards has a retail value of $37.50. Plus, you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing for one of David Leaser’s books.

 

New Search Engine for Kids
Zui.com is a new Internet search and exploration engine for kids. This is a browser-based search engine designed to encourage exploration by giving kids a constant stream of content results and related searches for anything kids are curious about. Brought to you by the genius minds at KidZui.

 

Don’t forget – we post lots more freebies on our Coupons blog each day!

 

Free Things to Make Your Life a Little Better

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Here’s a roundup of Good, Free Things to Make Your Life a Little Better. Just a few things we’ve come across recently:

New Uses for Old Things
Leave it to Real Simple Magazine to create this inspiring list of things you can make out of things you already have. Love the citrus peels as bowls and the kazoo bubble machine. This is one to bookmark, stumble and share.

One Liners Word Art Free Digital Scrapbooking Download
From Scrapbooking.about.com – This collection is a free download of phrases. Beautiful (and free).

Printable School Lunch Notes with Jokes
These printable school lunch notes with silly jokes are adorable. A love and a giggle from you. So perfect to help with those first few weeks of back to school.

Birthday Cake Gallery, from Family Fun Magazine
These are some of the coolest birthday cakes I’ve ever seen. Alas, my poor kids will still have to settle for my lame attempts, but these are inspiring… The sweet little crown, the amazing sand castle cake. Okay, maybe I could do the rainbow…

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you’re a fan of the Starbucks variety, save yourself a dollar (or four) and try this at home. Sure to warm even the most crisp of autumn days, from Momadvice.com

Printable Christmas Planner Sheets
You can download and print each of these planning sheets for free – everything from baking planner sheets to printable gift tags to decor inventory to shopping lists to thank you note checklists. I think she’s thought of everything!

And a couple of freebies for you (from our Susies-Coupons Daily Deals blog):

Free travel size Aveda Hand Relief (Print and present to your local Aveda boutique.)

Free customizable journal from PaperCoterie ($15 value. You pay shipping)

10 Free downloadable workbooks from Scholastic Teacher Express. Use code 10THANKS.

Free Printable Christmas Planner – Download and print a variety of useful christmas planning pages.

If you like these freebies, make sure you’re subscribed to Susies-Coupons.com Daily Deals Email. (We give a $50 gift card to a subscriber every month.)

Momscape is now featured on Alltop!

Featured in AlltopYay! Momscape is now featured on Alltop.com!

We think that’s a pretty big deal, so we wanted you to know.

Do you use Alltop?
Alltop has long been one of my favorite sites for finding information on particular topics. It’s different from a search engine in that it collects the latest headlines from the best blogs and sites that cover particular topics, including that ever-so-fantastic topic of “Moms.” These collections are then grouped into individual web pages. It’s a fun and smart way to stay updated on your favorite topics, ie. http://moms.alltop.com

Alltop also has widgets that provide you with a steady stream of new content about your topic of choice.The Widget for the Mom Topic, for example, looks like the following and is  available here: http://alltop.com/widget/

Browse the mom topic at Alltop for all kinds of good information, from product picks to recipes.

Free Vitamin Advisor Questionnaire from Dr. Andrew Weil

Do you ever get confused about which vitamins and mineral supplements you should be taking? Do you ever wonder if you’re missing something important?

Dr. Andrew Weil has developed an easy 4-step online questionnaire, which will give you a personalized recommendation for the kinds of supplements you need, based on your diet, lifestyle, medications, and health concerns.

After you get your recommendation, you can choose to order supplements in the proper doses to match the recommendations of the Vitamin Advisor, but – of course – there’s no obligation to order.

Another thing we like: Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from the sale of Vitamin Advisor products to the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through training, education and research.

Click this link or the button below to get started on your questionnaire.

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Supercook: A free and useful site that makes life easier

I’m not an inspired cook. I do it each night only because, otherwise, I find that my kids get hungry.

The other night, it was almost dinnertime and yet there I was, sitting in front of my computer, messing around and wasting time. I knew I needed to get up and cook something but I was feeling sort of unmotivated. This happens sometimes. I feel as though I’m getting less “domestic” as I get older.

Then sun is starting to set and there’s an eerie blue glow on my face from the screen. I’m imagining what I look like to my poor hungry children. They are finished with their homework and are starting to swarm the computer table.

“What’s for dinner?” They keep wanting to know. Each of them. I don’t look up. I can’t face their poor little faces, their downcast eyes, their bowing bellies.

So I keep clicking and that’s when I somehow stumble, in a way that only the internet can make possible, this ridiculously useful website: Supercook.com. This site is my new very best friend.

This is the site that I’ve always wished existed: You type in the ingredients you have. I type chicken breast because that’s really just about all I have. The site presents me with a list of other ingredients. I click on them: garlic, rosemary (which, oddly enough, I do have in fresh, organic form because I bought it recently to make a recipe that was too long and involved and the expensive little sticks of rosemary ended up getting pushed to the back of the fridge.) So let’s see what else? Lemon. Yes. I have some dried-out looking lemons sitting right in front of me. They looked ever so pretty when I bought them to put in a bright blue glass bowl on the center of my table but now, they are just looking puckered and sad.

So then this site gives me links to 44 different recipes that I can make with those ingredients. I choose something called Grilled Tuscan Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon and when I click on the link it takes me to a Martha Stewart recipe website. Thirty minutes later we are grubbing on serious yumminess, and I feel triumphant.

This is so fun that I get a little cocky. I try something a little more obscure. Okay, supercook. I type in sweet potato. then I say I have brown sugar, orange juice and vanilla extract. What comes up? A Creamsicle Screwdriver. Woo hoo! Dessert! (Interestingly, I didn’t have a sweet potato. I was just testing. But I do have vodka so we’re all set.)

Note: momscape is not affiliated with Supercook.com We just like it.

Here are some recipe collections at momscape that you might like:
http://www.momscape.com/recipes

Free Yoga classes every day of the week

The girls were upstairs writing in their journals on Sunday, so I sat sort of nearby in case they got stuck on something, and I enjoyed a little quiet time. I picked up an old issue of Body + Soul (from December 2006 – I guess I’m a little behind.) This issue featured a notice about a free online yoga class, offered each morning. I checked it out and it’s still being offered. Yay! It’s here: YogaToday.com

The class takes place in a beautiful setting in Jackson Hole, and each has a specific theme. New classes are delivered every day, seven days a week, right to your computer. Submit your email address on the Class Lineup page and you’ll get the weekly schedule emailed to you.
Ty and I have been cross-country skiing so much lately, and my goal is to build strength and stamina through yoga on our off days.

Check it out and tell me what you think!