Happy Halloween Weekend!
Enjoy all of the yummy treats and tasty sweets that this fun holiday always provides!
Tune in Monday to see what has now become a family Halloween tradition :)
Caffeine has an affect on performance, both physical and mental. The underlying mechanism pertaining to the way caffeine works in the body involves the central nervous system. Caffeine has specific effects that occur shortly after consumption.
Caffeine is a substance that is easily absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. Then, it travels across the membrane of cells in the brain since it can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier. Because of this, the effects of caffeine are initiated within the central nervous system, according to an article in 2010 in the "Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition." Since the central nervous system is involved with behavior, caffeine can affect physical performance-related areas--bearing in mind that the effects are on the neuronal level and not directly the muscle.
In addition to psychomotor, or movement-related abilities, caffeine also affects cognitive abilities such as alertness, memory and vigilance, according to an article on a study published in 2008 in "Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise." The study found that men who consumed caffeine performed better on tests that involve complex information processing. One such test was the Stroop test, which assesses how fast participants can ignore distractions and name a color word when it is presented in a color different than which its name denotes. For, example, the word "green" would be printed in blue or red ink, but never green.
- Multiple beneficial effects of caffeine to normalize brain function and prevent its degeneration
- Caffeine's neuroprotective profile and its ability to reduce amyloid-beta production
- Caffeine as a candidate disease-modifying agent for Alzheimer's disease
- Positive impact of caffeine on cognition and memory performance
- Identification of adenosine A2A receptors as the main target for neuroprotection afforded by caffeine consumption
- Confirmation of data through valuable meta-analyses presented
- Epidemiological studies corroborated by meta-analysis suggesting that caffeine may be protective against Parkinson's disease
- Several methodological issues must be solved before advancing to decisive clinical trials
|yummy final product|
|Dry Ingredients |
|Peanut Butter/Honey Combo|
|Mixing It All Up|
|Using the Hands Method|
|Ready for Cooling|
|Our fantastic dinner|
|HOT wedding shoes|
|Not the most comfy, but they do the trick.|
|Super cute and super comfortable.|
|Love, love, love.|
I wrote a whole chapter in The Mommy Diet about what I call “shape-up weeks.” These are the times when I buckle down (as my dad would say), exercise pretty intensely every single day, and work myself even harder than I usually do. Even if you have a great and consistent workout routine, I suggest throwing in a more intense “shape-up week” several times a year!I LOVE this idea. Josh, are you ready? Shape-up week starts on Monday!
|View from our new dinning room into our living room. |
It's amazing how we were able to find matching pieces from 3 different stores.
|Our new table is awesome! It has a leaf for those big dinners and the detail is simple, yet elegant.|
|The chairs not only look great but are comfy too!|
|Home sweet home to our china! The sideboard, with its interior wine rack is our favorite part.|
|A 1987 original|
Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.
The mission of the St. Bernard Project is to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization carries out its mission through three primary programs: Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program.
lowernine.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization teaching home rebuilding to volunteers and community residents; facilitating access to social services; working with youth; and experimenting with models of sustainable economic development in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA.
lowernine.org's $250,000 grant proposal has been selected by the Pepsi Refresh program for this month's round. In order for us to receive the grant, people must log onto the website below and vote for our proposal. It only takes a minute and you can vote every day for the month of October. Please take the time to do this, and remind yourself to do it every day! Also, please share this with everyone you know. We have only been able to do the work we've done in the last three years thanks to the support of people just like you - volunteers, donors, neighborhood residents, our community partners - so please help us continue the work we've started by voting!
Thank you all,