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8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall With Your Family

8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall With Your Family

The Autumn season has begun. Leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter and the sun goes down a lot faster. School has started and most children are caught up in the anticipation of the coming holidays.

There are so many wonderful ways for a family to spend time together in the fall. The weather is getting a little bit cooler, but it is still warm enough to spend time outside together in the backyard or on the patio.

Here are 8 fun ways to spend family time:

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1. Backyard barbecue

It’s still nice enough in most areas to spend time in the yard. Whether you are scraping the remaining weeds out of the garden, or just hanging out on the porch, there are still plenty of evenings where you can gather as a family in the backyard. Having a barbecue is one way to celebrate fall. Throwing some meat on the grill, and a few veggies too, sounds good. Corn on the cob tastes incredible when it is wrapped in tin foil and grilled. Many homes have a patio that is already set up for parties and barbecues for family and friends to gather around the firepit, for a bit of food and fun, which can include roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

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    2. Movie night

    As the evenings get colder, it’s a great idea to create a movie night for your family. You can plan dinners around the night, such as making it a pizza night or grabbing a meal at a restaurant. Popcorn and special treats can be included, and you can ask the kids what kind of movie they want. Just spending time together enjoying a movie is one of my favorite memories of my own family. Watching a movie together as a family helps to promote a sense of security in children and shows them they can enjoy being at home and don’t always have to be on the go to have fun. They can relax and feel safe in a loving home environment.

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    3. Leaf gathering

    You could plan a leaf raking day, or you could go on a walk with your children in the neighborhood for a leaf gathering excursion. Small preschool children and those in grade school would enjoy this kind of activity. After you have gathered many different types of leaves, you can sit down and look at them together and then paste them into a homemade book, or put them into frames. Using thrift store frames is an inexpensive way for children to cherish the leaves they have gathered with you. Another idea is to use the leaves for leaf rubbing pictures. You simply place the leaves beneath the paper and rub sideways with a pencil or crayon, to create a beautiful picture. You could also press the leaves in a book or leaf-presser, to be viewed in a week or so.

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      4. Tidy up the yard

      One of the best ways to celebrate Fall is to work on cleaning up the yard as a family. If you decorated your yard for Halloween, now is a good time to take it down, and you can clean up the yard by raking leaves. With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, you can also think of ways to dress up the yard for that. There are so many interesting ways to decorate your yard. You can use solar lights along the walkways to make your yard more visible in the evening or string lights in the trees for the Christmas holiday. The best time to put up lights is before the weather turns cold, so now is a good time to plan your decor. Children love to be a part of creating yard displays or yard art. Just shop around for ready to hang decor, or make your own. The important part is just doing it as a family and letting your children help make decisions and letting them put it together.

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      5. Family bike ride

      Everyone is familiar with bike riding, but it can be extra fun when the whole family participates. This can be a very relaxing thing to do, which helps build confidence in youngsters and to helps to create a bond between parents and kids when they go on rides together. This is one of the easiest things to do as a family and it usually doesn’t cost any money. You can bike ride around your neighborhood, or find some paved trails near a park in your city. Your children can enjoy the outdoors and also learn about things like how to wear helmets and how to ride safely. The whole family will be getting exercise too.

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        6. Go on a hike

        Another idea is for the whole family to load up in the car and drive somewhere to hiking trails. This can be an exciting thing for the children because they are exploring new areas and building confidence, along with their muscles. Even very small children can go hiking. If necessary, you can carry your kids in a carrier on your back, if they are too small to keep up. Family bonding time is so very important, and it’s a good idea to do it as often as you can. There are many things to teach children out in nature, and it’s important to take time to let them enjoy it, and not push them too hard. If your children are very young, even a stroll at the park can be enough of an outing to make them happy. Being outdoors, especially in the fall, is a great way for all of you to enjoy the beauty of nature.

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        7. Bake cookies

        Baking cookies is a simple project to undertake, and it can get really interesting when you let your children do it with you. Walking them through the process and teaching them how to bake cookies, step by step, is something that nearly every child enjoys. Not only are they learning how to do something, but they can be having fun and then they get the reward of tasting them afterward. When the weather begins cooling down, baking cookies is a great thing to do with your kids. Or, if they like some other type of baked goods, you can do that too. Before you know it, they will be offering to do it themselves and you can supervise. They can make the treats, while you just watch.

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          8. Do a craft project

          The fall is a time best suited to craft projects for children, especially because they are back in school. You can use crafts to explore their interests and see what kind of projects they enjoy the most. Whether it is drawing, painting or putting pieces together with glue, crafting is one of the funnest things to do as a family. Children can learn to express themselves and enjoy creating something special, which can gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. There are even garden art projects your kids can make.

          The coming of the holidays is a perfect opportunity to do craft projects with your kids. There are dozens of ideas available from many sources on the internet, or even at your local craft store that will inspire you to try doing new things with your children. They can make something special to hang on the walls, or on the door. Or, for Thanksgiving, they can work on table or window decorations, and for Christmas, they can start making ornaments for the tree.

          Family activities are something you should always make time for in today’s busy world. It may seem hard for families to come together in the fall, because of busy school and work schedules, but you should take the time to do them. When you make creative use of everyday activities, you are bonding with your children and building memories of family fun that your kids will remember for years to come.

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          12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

          12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

          1. Nuts

          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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          2. Blueberries

          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

          3. Tomatoes

          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

          4. Broccoli

          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

          6. Soy

          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

          7. Dark chocolate

          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

          15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

          10. Gingko biloba

          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

          11. Green and black tea

          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

          Find out more about green tea here:

          11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

          12. Sage and Rosemary

          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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