Supercharge your memory #2


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Want an easy way to boost your smarts? It’s simple! Just take a break. Is there something you are trying to accomplish? Are you studying for an exam, trying to master a new task, trying to overcome something new? New brain-scan studies done at New York University show that taking a five-minute break every half hour helps make whatever you are learning stick. As a matter of fact, those who take frequent breaks actually absorb more fact as opposed to those who do not.

How does it work? Resting gives your brain a chance to catch up on encoding new information, explains coauthor Lila Davachi, Ph. D.

So, whenever possible. Take the five minutes and your brain will thank you!

30 Day Memoirs: The tale of a picture #12

My three little ones enjoying an Autumn day at the park.

Supercharge your memory #1

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Let’s face it, we all feel out of focus at some point in our life. Our memory gets a little fuzzy and we run at a slower rate than we used to. Well, there is good news! According to cutting-edge research, there are 5 ways to supercharge your memory and maximize brainpower.

Over the next few weeks, we will discover all 5 ways to do just this!

1. Want to sharpen your focus? Enjoy some green tea! A study shows that those who drank something with green tea’s active ingredients, caffeine and L-theanine, 10 minutes before taking a test to check their ability to pay attention outscored those who drank water. How does it work? Caffeine has the power to perk us up and L-theanine allows our brains to have more relaxed alpha brain waves. The result is both satisfying and revolting. You will feel alert and calm all at once! So go on… recharge and sharpen your focus by downing a cup of green tea, your brain will thank you.

Savory Sundays: Swiss Steak

Yummo! There is nothing better than meat and veggies! This evening I made a delicious dinner that was warm, hearty, and tasty. Not only that, it was inexpensive and easy to make. A total of 45 minutes! Not bad at all!

Tonight’s Menu: Swiss Steak, Carrots, and Dinner Rolls.

I picked up a Swiss Steak bag and seasoning packet at Hy-Vee about 2 weeks ago and stumbled upon it today. I decided to use my cube steak out of the freezer and added some cooked carrots and dinner rolls for a wonderful dinner.

What you will need:

4-6 Round or Cube Steaks

1 Packet Swiss Steak Bag and Season

1 8 oz can of tomato sauce

1 c. water

2 tbsp. flour

carrots (canned, frozen, or raw)

Dinner rolls (homemade or brown and serve)

How to make it: I simply used the bag and season mix. I sprinkled the seasoning over the cube steaks, poke them with a fork, and lined them evenly in a 9×13 baking dish inside the baking bag. I then mixed the water, tomato sauce, and flour together with a whisk and poured it into the baking bag. I cooked them at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

After the steak was in the over for 20 minutes, I starting cooking the carrots over medium heat on the stove top. After another 10 minutes I placed brown and serve dinner rolls into the oven at the same temperature to finish up with the steak. After a total of 45 minutes I had a warm, easy to make dish that the family (all 6) loved!

30 Day Memoirs: The Tale of a Picture #11

I love the times when I am able to just let go and take off with the kids and go out to eat or take a stroll at the park. I love fall and recently I took the kids to the Centerville park which has rolling hills. Due to the time of year, the leaves were all over the place. I was able to catch some great shots of the kids. This is my daughter Autumn after she threw herself into a leaf pile. Too cute.

On track again and more confused than ever!

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Welcome back to reality everyone! The holiday is over. Play time, feast time, and rest time are all done; but only for a month! And then it will be time to play again. If you noticed, the 30 Day Memoirs and other planned posts were postponed due to the holiday. Now I am back on track again. Tomorrow will be my second week back at school. I have enjoyed the few classes so far. Statistics isn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be, Composition 2 is going to be very interesting, and Psychology of Human Relations is, well, not going to be what I expected. But I love anything involved with Behavioral Sciences.

Last week I was told by my Comp 2 instructor that we would be handing in an eight page research paper right before Christmas break. Okay, so I have a month. That’s not too bad right? Well, I have to pick something in the category of Health and Medicine to research. Not so bad. I decided to go with something within Psychiatry and I am so confused. It would be easy if I could just write a paper on Psychiatry in general, but I am supposed to narrow a topic. Okay. So I have been fiddling over about 5 things and finally decided earlier today that I was going to write about Walter J. Freeman and Lobotomies. If you are unaware, Walter Freeman was a Psychiatrist that practiced lobotomies. Lobotomies were a procedure where a psychiatric patient was altered unconscious by electric shock therapy and then an ice pick was shoved behind the eye lid and back to the frontal lobe to remove portions of the brain. Pretty insane, right? Well after doing research I found that there are like 50 stories and getting the facts straight may just be impossible. And the entire point of my paper is to do a research paper from unbiased, legit information. Have you noticed how hard it is to get unbiased information anymore? Especially via the world-wide web. I probably looked like I was spinning in circles. Oh my!

But, yes I am back on track. Wow! Confused? Yes. Of course! But back on track. Look forward to my Memoirs and other fun posts coming soon!

30 Day Memoirs: The Tale of a Picture #10

As I have said, my new house needs a lot of love. The colors on the walls bother me and some new flooring and other this and that’s are in order. But this was just plain disturbing! Really? This is the inside of the bathroom. It literally looks like someone tried to scratch their way out! What kind of people lived here? I thought maybe a dog did it??? But the marks are too high on the door. Door replacement; necessary.