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The Magic of Music

TRAVEL TIME Defy Ordinary

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Pet Tech-tastic!

ver hear a song on the radio and feel your mood change almost instantly? Maybe you’re stuck in traffic and worried about being late for a big meeting. Stressful! But then a favorite tune comes on and before you know it, you’re feeling better. Ever listen to the sounds of the ocean when you’re trying to fall asleep? Setting the scene with music for whatever it is you’re doing—meditative music for yoga, upbeat music for a tough workout, or classical music for a stress-relieving soak in the tub— can be the key to helping you achieve your goal.

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mericans are crazy for their pets … and we sure have a lot of them. According to a 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, the U.S. is home to 84.6 million pet owners. That’s 68 percent of the population! Today’s pampered pets are now a central part of the family, more often than not sleeping right in mom and dad’s bedroom (if not the bed itself). No surprise, as our pets have become more “fur kids” and less outdoor pets, we’ve become increasingly concerned about their wellbeing and safety. And with the latest technology, we can keep them safer and happier then ever before.

Welcome to 7,908 feet above ordinary. Aspen is a world-class destination with outdoor adventures from skiing to biking, with a flair for arts and culture, but still maintains enough smalltown charm for year-round residents to call it home. It’s truly a unique diamond nestled in the Rocky Mountains that has a knack for bringing big city features to you in a way that defies ordinary. The best time to visit Aspen is from December to February. The town sparkles when it’s buried under fresh powder, and the world-famous slopes are ready to be taken by storm! Source: AspenChamber.org

Today, many pet owners have their pooch or cat micro-chipped. With a quick injection, a chip the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the skin. If the dog is lost, a scanner at a shelter reads the chip and helps reconnect the pup with its owner. For those who want to know their dog’s exact location if they get lost, there’s Whistle, a GPS monitor and exercise tracker in one. Owners sign up for a monthly service via a cell phone to track the device via an app. Mostly concerned about exercise? FitBark, a FitBit for dogs, will track their activity each day to see if you need to increase walk time. Both devices strap onto the collar. Want to keep an eye on Fluffy while you’re at work? Monitors allow you to see and talk to your pup via Wi-Fi in case they are lonely. For city dwellers that want to take their pup out with them on errands, a new service called the Dog Parker allows you to leave your dog in an air-conditioned doghouse on the sidewalk, safe and secure. You can find a Dog Parker location via the app (currently only in New York City). For those just looking to connect with other dogs in your area, download the Bark Happy app, which maps local dogs, pet stores, and vets near you. And for the pooch that stays home alone a lot, there’s DogTV, special television programming for dogs to help them deal with boredom and stress. The company provides scientific evidence supporting the idea that dogs can benefit from the programming to help battle loneliness and separation anxiety. Our final doggy tech find? You can now check the DNA of your pet with a simple swab of their cheek to learn your dog’s breed and what diseases your pooch might be prone to. Now that’s something to bark about!

LIFEWISE

Music is so effective in making us feel good in everyday life, the medical community has realized the benefits and caregivers have incorporated music therapy into patient care. You can now find music being used in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospice care to help patients feel uplifted. And real-world applications of music therapy abound … with scientific research to back it up. First off, studies have shown that brain function actually changes when listening to music. For example, music is played for moms-to-be during labor to help decrease pain and stress. (A favorite tune is “Comfortably Numb,” by Pink Floyd!). Indeed, a 2000 study showed that listening to music during childbirth has a significant effect on the mother’s perception of pain. And unlike

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medications, there’s no downside to mom or baby. Can music help us stay healthy, even during cold and flu season? Perhaps. A study at Michigan State University showed that listening to music for 15 minutes actually helped increase immunity. So next time you’re worried about catching a cold, take the time to relax with some soothing music. What about boosting brain power with music? Music may help improve concentration, especially beneficial for students with ADD. So if your kids need to focus on homework, put on some classical music (especially during math time). Several studies have suggested that listening to Mozart, in particular his piano sonata K448, can improve spatial skills for a short period thereafter. This phenomenon is known as “the Mozart Effect.” Whether scientifically proven or not, who doesn’t agree that music is beneficial in our lives? So next time you’re struggling to finish a project, fall asleep, or endure an ache or pain, tell Alexa to play something appropriate. We guarantee the tunes will at the very least put you in a better mood!

Easy No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream INGREDIENTS 1 can (14 ounces) Sweetened condensed milk 1 1/2 c Finely chopped fresh strawberries 1/2 c Sweet cream flavored coffee creamer 1 1/2 c Heavy whipping cream DIRECTIONS Combine sweetened condensed milk, strawberries and coffee creamer in large bowl; stir to combine. Whip cream in large mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold 1 cup whipped cream into strawberry mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whipped cream until blended. Pour mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; freeze for several hours or until firm. Cook’s tip: A food processor or blender on low speed works well to finely chop strawberries. 14, ½ cup servings

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The Magic of Music

TRAVEL TIME Defy Ordinary

E

Pet Tech-tastic!

ver hear a song on the radio and feel your mood change almost instantly? Maybe you’re stuck in traffic and worried about being late for a big meeting. Stressful! But then a favorite tune comes on and before you know it, you’re feeling better. Ever listen to the sounds of the ocean when you’re trying to fall asleep? Setting the scene with music for whatever it is you’re doing—meditative music for yoga, upbeat music for a tough workout, or classical music for a stress-relieving soak in the tub— can be the key to helping you achieve your goal.

A

mericans are crazy for their pets … and we sure have a lot of them. According to a 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, the U.S. is home to 84.6 million pet owners. That’s 68 percent of the population! Today’s pampered pets are now a central part of the family, more often than not sleeping right in mom and dad’s bedroom (if not the bed itself). No surprise, as our pets have become more “fur kids” and less outdoor pets, we’ve become increasingly concerned about their wellbeing and safety. And with the latest technology, we can keep them safer and happier then ever before.

Welcome to 7,908 feet above ordinary. Aspen is a world-class destination with outdoor adventures from skiing to biking, with a flair for arts and culture, but still maintains enough smalltown charm for year-round residents to call it home. It’s truly a unique diamond nestled in the Rocky Mountains that has a knack for bringing big city features to you in a way that defies ordinary. The best time to visit Aspen is from December to February. The town sparkles when it’s buried under fresh powder, and the world-famous slopes are ready to be taken by storm! Source: AspenChamber.org

Today, many pet owners have their pooch or cat micro-chipped. With a quick injection, a chip the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the skin. If the dog is lost, a scanner at a shelter reads the chip and helps reconnect the pup with its owner. For those who want to know their dog’s exact location if they get lost, there’s Whistle, a GPS monitor and exercise tracker in one. Owners sign up for a monthly service via a cell phone to track the device via an app. Mostly concerned about exercise? FitBark, a FitBit for dogs, will track their activity each day to see if you need to increase walk time. Both devices strap onto the collar. Want to keep an eye on Fluffy while you’re at work? Monitors allow you to see and talk to your pup via Wi-Fi in case they are lonely. For city dwellers that want to take their pup out with them on errands, a new service called the Dog Parker allows you to leave your dog in an air-conditioned doghouse on the sidewalk, safe and secure. You can find a Dog Parker location via the app (currently only in New York City). For those just looking to connect with other dogs in your area, download the Bark Happy app, which maps local dogs, pet stores, and vets near you. And for the pooch that stays home alone a lot, there’s DogTV, special television programming for dogs to help them deal with boredom and stress. The company provides scientific evidence supporting the idea that dogs can benefit from the programming to help battle loneliness and separation anxiety. Our final doggy tech find? You can now check the DNA of your pet with a simple swab of their cheek to learn your dog’s breed and what diseases your pooch might be prone to. Now that’s something to bark about!

LIFEWISE

Music is so effective in making us feel good in everyday life, the medical community has realized the benefits and caregivers have incorporated music therapy into patient care. You can now find music being used in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospice care to help patients feel uplifted. And real-world applications of music therapy abound … with scientific research to back it up. First off, studies have shown that brain function actually changes when listening to music. For example, music is played for moms-to-be during labor to help decrease pain and stress. (A favorite tune is “Comfortably Numb,” by Pink Floyd!). Indeed, a 2000 study showed that listening to music during childbirth has a significant effect on the mother’s perception of pain. And unlike

FLAVORFUL

Aspen, Colorado

medications, there’s no downside to mom or baby. Can music help us stay healthy, even during cold and flu season? Perhaps. A study at Michigan State University showed that listening to music for 15 minutes actually helped increase immunity. So next time you’re worried about catching a cold, take the time to relax with some soothing music. What about boosting brain power with music? Music may help improve concentration, especially beneficial for students with ADD. So if your kids need to focus on homework, put on some classical music (especially during math time). Several studies have suggested that listening to Mozart, in particular his piano sonata K448, can improve spatial skills for a short period thereafter. This phenomenon is known as “the Mozart Effect.” Whether scientifically proven or not, who doesn’t agree that music is beneficial in our lives? So next time you’re struggling to finish a project, fall asleep, or endure an ache or pain, tell Alexa to play something appropriate. We guarantee the tunes will at the very least put you in a better mood!

Easy No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream INGREDIENTS 1 can (14 ounces) Sweetened condensed milk 1 1/2 c Finely chopped fresh strawberries 1/2 c Sweet cream flavored coffee creamer 1 1/2 c Heavy whipping cream DIRECTIONS Combine sweetened condensed milk, strawberries and coffee creamer in large bowl; stir to combine. Whip cream in large mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold 1 cup whipped cream into strawberry mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whipped cream until blended. Pour mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; freeze for several hours or until firm. Cook’s tip: A food processor or blender on low speed works well to finely chop strawberries. 14, ½ cup servings

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