• Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Today's topic is an interesting one (and controversial)! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

    Have you ever heard of The Mozart Effect? Most simply, this is a claim that listening to Mozart's music increases your IQ. It has been written about and studied and in the end, people hold varying opinions about its accuracy. There are a whole host of changes that the brain may undergo when listening to Mozart which some say result in increased spatial reasoning and intelligence. You may be wondering why Mozart? To quote the book that started it all, The Mozart Effect, "the rhythms, melodies, and high frequencies of Mozart's music stimulate and charge the creative and motivational regions of the brain."

    Besides increasing intelligence, Mozart's music has been proven to help in healing, therapy, and rehabilitation. The book claims, "We suspect that complex music facilitates certain complex neuronal patterns involved in high brain activities like math and chess. By contrast, simple and repetitive music could have the opposite effect." The Mozart Effect presents story after story of the effects of Mozart's music. From babies in-utero, to newborns, to the sick and the elderly, this music seems to affect them all in a positive way.

    I have read this book and found it fascinating. If you are at all into music or have some curiosity about the topic, you should check out The Mozart Effect

  • The Mozart Effect

  • I'll leave you with a quote from the book...
    "If you are one of these people seeking healthful alternatives, you don't have very far to look. Your own inner sound system - your ears, voice, and choice of music or self-generated sounds is the most powerful healing medium available. It costs nothing, is not controlled by some expert or guru, and you can't leave home without it. The Mozart Effect is your manual to this superb natural audio works."

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photo courtesy of www.goodreads.com




  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • A week ago I met up with Darleen and David for some maternity photos. For those of you who remember, we photographed Darleen and David's wedding back in 2010.

    We started in the baby's room.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • They have gone with a Lion's King theme in the room. SO CUTE!!!

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • They are having a boy...and his name is going to be Dominic. They already have a piggy bank ready to go for him and Darleen added the "french" look.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • David bought this shirt for Dominic already. Darleen and David love sushi.

    And they already have a bunch of baby hats ready to go for a newborn session.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • Notice anything a bit different in this photo? David has supplied some of his favorite toys for Dominic.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • One of the things I love most about Darleen is how beautiful she is....her eyes are fascinating.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • The blinds were causing criss-cross streaks across the bed and I loved it!

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • David and Darleen's relationship is built on a lot of laughter. And they didn't let me down the day I visited. David is a super funny guy.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • After spending some time indoors, we went outside to take a few maternity photos.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • I think this is my favorite of the day.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • Gotta love RED shoes!

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • Darleen had a chalk board ready when I arrived and we made good use of it.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • The real reason for the outdoor portion of our shoot was to make sure and bring the rest of the family. BACON is the old guy on the left, he's a Brindle Pitbull mix. David got him at the SPCA in September 2002. PRADA (far right) is the one with patches on her tongue; she's a Brindle Pitbull terrier mix. David also got her at the SPCA in July 2003 because Bacon was lonely and needed a friend. TWIX (in the middle) is a Basenji Pitbull mix. They got her in September 2010 from a friend that saved her from the American River. They got her when she's about 2 weeks old.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography

  • They wanted to be sure and have a whole family photo and somehow we managed to get everyone looking all at the same time! What a wonderful day.

  • Sacramento Maternity Photography



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • A week ago I was able to spend a Friday afternoon with Sandra and Perry and Gidgette. Originally, Sandee and I were planning this photo shoot with just her and Gidgette as surprise gift to Perry but I was happy to see him join us so that we could get some family photos taken.

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • As luck would have it the blanket I brought turned out to be the perfect color to match their blues.

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • I just love this photo of Sandee hugging Gidgette while she was peering at me and the camera.

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • If I had let her, Gidgette would have for sure licked the front of the camera lens as I lay on the ground.

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  • Isn't she the cutest thing ever!!!! I love her little bows.

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • Perry wanted to take this photo, with his glasses on and looking all serious. But Gidgette just wouldn't have it. She had him laughing in no time. :-)

  • Sacramento Family Photography



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • The recipe of the week is a twist on French Dip Sandwiches made with turkey meat instead. The recipe was found in Clean Eating's Classic Comfort Foods magazine.

    With only 8 ingredients, this was another easy hands-on recipe that took about 20 minutes prep time.

    Ingredients:
    3/4 C chopped onion
    1 shallot, chopped
    2 C low-sodium chicken broth
    8 oz deli-sliced turkey meat
    4 whole wheat sandwich rolls (toasted)
    1 Tbsp extra-virgin oil
    1 Tbsp whole-wheat flour
    Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

    Steps:
    1. In a large, shallow skillet, heat oil on medium. Add onion and shallot and saute, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour over top and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
    2. Gradually whisk in broth in a steady stream. Bring sauce to a gentle boil; reduce to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, until sauce thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
    3. In a medium bowl, toss turkey with salt and pepper. Using tongs, dip turkey into warm onion sauce and place between each roll, dividing evenly. Serve with remaining onion on the side for dipping.

    Dipping the turkey into the sauce already makes for a messy sandwich, as the sauce tends to drip out as you eat. No need for additional dipping sauce. I also added a 1/2 slice of Swiss cheese, which I put onto the toasted rolls so that the cheese melts a bit.

  • Turkey French Dip Sandwiches



  • Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Here is something that we must do EVERY SINGLE DAY! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

    Every person needs the right amount of vitamins and minerals to function properly. Even though we do our best to maintain a healthy diet, it isn't always enough. We are bound to slip up some days. Plus, even when we do our best, we still may be lacking in a certain area. This is where vitamins come in. If we wait until our body shows symptoms of a deficiency, usually that means we have been lacking proper nutrition for some time and have quite a deficit. Vitamins help us to fill the gaps and ensure that we are getting what we need. At the same time, we should not excessively load up on vitamins. An overdose is just as bad, inundating the body with far more than it should have.

  • importance of vitamins

  • Typically, taking a daily multi-vitamin will do the trick. From www.healthguidance.org, the most important vitamins are B6, B12, D, E and folic acid. These have been known to help prevent cancer and certain heart conditions. Of course we shouldn't rely on vitamins alone for our good health. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean meats, and dairy is the ideal way to get your vitamins and minerals. Multi-vitamins are just an easy way to offer another level of protection.

  • importance of vitamins

  • One other note - Pregnant women (and those of childbearing age) especially need an adequate amount of folic acid. Prenatal vitamins provide this. Older women must ensure they get an adequate amount of calcium. An additional supplement may be needed to achieve this.

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photos courtesy of Amazon.com and thehealthmagic.com


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