National Coffee Day is fast approaching…it’s on September 29!
Here are the Best National Coffee Day Deals:
Dunkin’ Donuts – On September 29, anyone who purchases a hot coffee at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations will get a second hot coffee for free.
Krispy Kreme – In addition to offering two new products (the Coffee Glazed Doughnut and Original Glazed Coffee) starting Monday, September 24, Krispy Kreme is giving you a free coffee beverage. This is good for any size and any kind on September 29 which is National Coffee Day—no purchase necessary.
Cinnabon – Swing by a participating location and treat yourself to a free 12-oz. signature hot coffee, with no purchase necessary! Find your nearest Cinnabon here.
Holiday Stationstores – On National Coffee Day, text COFFEE to 44022 to get a free coffee of any size. In addition, Holiday will be running a Free Coffee Tuesday promotion this year from September 18 through October 9. Stop in on a Tuesday for a free cup of joe. Also, enjoy a variety of flavored syrups and fresh chilled creamers.
The chain will offer free coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich over $2 on September 29.
Did you know that research shows that coffee drinkers compared to nondrinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia?
Also, coffee drinkers have fewer cases of certain types of cancers, heart rhythm problems and strokes.
There is actually more good news than bad news when it comes to coffee and your health. That’s good to know, especially on National Coffee Day.
Since type 2 diabetes is common in our society, it is good to know that studies have shown a benefit of coffee on the prevention of diabetes. There is also evidence that decaf coffee may have the same benefits as regular coffee. You need to drink from 4 to 7 cups of coffee per day to reap the benefits.
So, drink up on National Coffee Day to not only treat yourself to a cup of coffee but also gain some health benefits!
Sources: Freebies and Discounts & Health Benefits of Coffee
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Autumn Leaves Changing Colors
As summer ends and autumn comes
Days get shorter, misty and cold
And in this spectacular season
Nature’s beauty graciously unfold
Trees get ready to slow down
And in autumn take some rest
And show amazing colors of love
That are all at their best
Green fades away quickly
And yellow and orange appear
To show off their vibrant hues
And warmup their surrounding dear
Sunlight and cool nights of autumn
Help leaves to turn orangish red
And combine all things smoothly
To add magic in season’s lovely bed
And all this shedding and replacement
Of leaves continue throughout the year
And trees only shed leaves in autumn
To prepare for another winter dear
This is God’s spectacular display
Of beautiful colors of the fall
During which many changes occur
Including yellow, orange and red of all.
***Inspired by the changing colors of autumn in Canada.
For a reading of the poem, Autumn Leaves Changing Colors, Click Here
Did you know? Jigsaw puzzles help you exercise both the right and left side of the brain. Working a jigsaw puzzle helps keep your brain young!
Your left brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the right brain is creative, intuitive and emotional. When working a jigsaw puzzle, you harness both sides of the brain.
Jigsaw puzzles engage the brain to retain information on shapes and colors in order to choose pieces that will fit together properly.This hunt for pieces requires your brain to memorize what each piece looks like or should look like and what kinds of pieces you are searching for in order to complete the picture. Doing this repeatedly reinforces short-term memory.
This engaging activity:
Here are two jigsaw puzzles for you to work and enjoy!
Click link under each photo…
Interesting facts about jigsaw puzzles!
They were first created by an English mapmaker by the name of John Spilsbury in the late 1760’s. He made a puzzle by gluing a map of the world on a piece of wood and cut out the countries. Children would put the pieces together to learn to identify individual countries and their relation to one another. This was much like our puzzles of the United States that we all worked on when we were growing up.
Thus, jigsaw puzzles were originally invented for education instead of entertainment. Jigsaw puzzles are now loved by people of all ages. Jigsaw puzzles became a form of daily amusement and activity for adults in the early 1900’s. However, they were quite expensive ($5 for a 500-piece puzzle in 1908). By the time of the Great Depression in the early 1930’s, they became more reasonable in price. In fact, 10 million puzzles were sold per week during this time in history. This was an escape from the troubles of the Depression years.
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Sometimes we underestimate the health benefits that are sitting in our own cupboards! Learn more here about the health benefits of honey and especially for the Over 50 crowd.
Honey is one of nature’s natural sweeteners, but it also has many health benefits you may not be aware of. Honey is loaded with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that have been used and appreciated since Ancient Egypt. Check out the many health benefits below, and start using more “liquid gold” in your daily routine to reap it’s benefits!
All Natural Energy Drink
Honey is comprised of 80% carbohydrates, so even one teaspoon is a big boost of energy for your body. It’s an all natural form of glucose and fructose, and it’s liquid form means it enters your bloodstream quickly when a much needed energy boost is required! Add it to tea or lemon water for a quick pick me up!
Honey has anti-inflammatory properties and many say it helps to soothe coughs and reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies. There are no clinical studies proving its efficacy, but Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Center in Fort Collins, Colo. says “A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine.” It contains small amounts of pollen, which if the body is exposed to small amounts of it, it can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen. “After repeated exposure, you should build up these antibodies and the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in a lesser allergic response.”
Honey is full of antioxidants that may help brain cells. A 2011 study published in Menopause found that a daily spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost postmenopausal women’s memory. After four months of taking 20 grams of honey a day, the women were more likely to have better short-term memory than their counterparts who took hormone pills.
The brain also needs calcium in order to process thoughts and make decisions, and honey helps with the absorption of calcium!
Honey’s thick consistency helps to coat the throat and suppresses the trigger to cough. Two tablespoons are said to do the trick! One of the great health benefits of honey!
That’s right! Honey contains many amino acids, including tryptophan which is often associated with turkey – this explains why we get so sleepy after a big Thanksgiving dinner! Honey also helps to release serotonin which is then converted to melatonin, which also helps with a good night’s sleep!
Mix honey with a little warm water and apply to problem areas on the scalp. Leave it on for three hours before rinsing and it is said to help with itching and scaling associated with dandruff.
Treats Wounds and Burns
Honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties help heal wounds quickly and naturally when applied topically. A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Surgery found all but one patient who suffered from wounds and leg ulcers showed remarkable improvement after applying a topical application of honey.
Aren’t these amazing health benefits of honey?
This delicious Rainbow Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing is a great honey dressing recipe! And, the fruit mixture is scrumptious! You might call this salad Nature’s Skittles!
Cool weather is around the corner, and nothing beats sitting down to a hot bowl of soup on a Fall day! We’ve gathered some delicious hearty fall soup recipes that will tickle your taste buds and warm your soul.
According to Fiona Kirk, in her bestseller “Soup Can Make You Thin”,
“The wealth of ingredients in a bowl of soup provides a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats as well as the vitamins and minerals required to create energy and keep us firing on all cylinders.”
Just click on the links for the full recipes! Enjoy!
1. Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup
3. Beef Barley Soup
What are the top reasons that you should eat soup? Well, here we go:
Soup is delicious.
It can be a comfort food and is easy to make. With only a few ingredients, you can make a bowl of hearty soup for a cool evening.
Soup is good for your health.
Soup is an easy way to add vegetables to your daily meals. Healthy veggie soups are highly recommended.
Soup can help you lose weight.
Soups can be slimming. Depending on the type of soup, it can contain minimal, nutritious calories.
Soup makes you feel full.
Since soup fills you up, it’s ideal to eat at the beginning of every meal.
Soup is affordable to make.
Making soup doesn’t require a lot of money. Buy vegetables, fruits, and broth. For a small cost, you can make a lot of people feel full and healthy.
Soup can make you feel better.
Ever wondered by chicken soup is always given to the sick? It is because soup is great for people who are sick. It is easily digested and is filled with health benefits.
These delicious fall soup recipes are sure to please!
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Did you know there are changes being made to Medicare cards?
Did you ever wonder why your Social Security number is on your Medicare card? This certainly raises the potential for identity theft and is of great concern for older Americans.
Did you know that nearly 10,000 people apply for Medicare every day?
Identity protection changes which include the removal of the Social Security number are coming to Medicare cards. A new Federal law was signed by President Obama in 2015 making this change. However, the changes will happen gradually.
Congress provided $320 million — over the course of four years — to cover the changes, with the money coming from Medicare trust funds that are funded by payroll and other taxes, as well as beneficiary premiums.
So meanwhile, Medicare beneficiaries will continue to be at risk until the changes are rolled out. About 80 million Americans are expected to be Medicare-eligible by 2035.
Here’s what the changes in Medicare cards mean for you and when you can expect to see them implemented:
1) Medicare has up to four years to issue Medicare cards without the Social Security numbers for people applying for Medicare for the first time.
2) Medicare has four more years (after the new issues) to issue new cards with new identifying numbers to people that currently have Medicare cards.
3) Medicare has eight years for everyone to have new identifying numbers.
Update: Medicare Cards without Social Security Numbers
Have you received your new Medicare card?
In the meantime, how can a person protect themselves from identify theft?
An easy and effective way to protect yourself from identify theft is to not carry your Medicare card on your person unless you are going to a new doctor for the first time or to a hospital. (A hospital cannot refuse care if you don’t have a Medicare card.)
Don’t carry any other card that has your Social Security number on it.
Changes in Medicare Cards – Be Informed!
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