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Benefits of Drinking Coffee

I wanted to share this article with interesting information about coffee with you all.


I’m no barista, and my area of expertise is not coffee. However, I am a hardworking and well-trusted realtor. Let me know if you are looking to make your real estate ideas a reality in Robson Ranch.

Water Yoga Ideas from YOU DO YOU YOGA

Have you ever caught yourself trying too hard to hold a pose? Have you ever wondered if it would ever be possible to just float into a position with grace and ease, instead of sweat and jittering muscles?

Well there is – and one to alleviate all of the physical and mental anguish that comes with some of the more advanced poses – it’s water.

Water is not only helpful with buoyancy, it is also helpful for relieving joint and bone stress. Numerous physical therapists use water as a method for assisting patients with arthritis and recovery for operations – so why not use it to help with yoga?

Weightless Wonder

Most of the weight-bearing issues are relieved when trying yoga in the water – as it serves as a natural prop for helping the body to balance and stay upright.

By trying these poses in the water (preferably no more than chest height), you can more easily prepare your muscles and joints for when you stand on your mat on dry land.

5 Poses To Try In The Pool

1. Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)

5-Poses-For-The-Water3Start out by using one or two foam noodles, or the side of the pool. Standing with a straight spine and one arm extended holding a noodle or the wall to your left or right, bend the outer leg and bring the knee towards the chest.

Grab the big toe or outer edge of the foot, and straighten the leg as much as possible without losing the straightness of your back. Slowly take the leg to the side, keeping both hips forward, and the back straight. Feel the water support your balance. When you’re ready, let go of the noodle or wall. Stand tall and balance. Repeat on the other side.


2. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)

5-Poses-For-The-WaterUsing one or two foam noodles, place both hands on the noodle/s. Stand with a straight spine, rolling the shoulders away from the ears. Slowly push the noodle/s away, and simultaneously arch the back and roll over to the top of the toes. Use the core to stay in place while holding the noodle/s.


3. Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

5-Poses-For-The-Water1Start out by using one or two foam noodles, or the side of the pool. Standing with a straight spine and your left arm fully extended holding a noodle or the wall so it is directly in front of you. Take the right hand and place it on your right hip.

Slowly hinge forward at the hips while raising the right leg behind you. Keep both legs straight. As the right leg rises, keep the foot flexed. When your right leg is parallel to the ground, or your face is too close to the water, open the hips towards the right and raise the right arm towards the sky. Feel how the water supports your leg and your torso. Repeat on the other side.


4. Navasana (Boat Pose)

5-Poses-For-The-Water2Using 2 noodles, place each lengthwise on your left and right side. Grab each noodle with your hands and press down gently into the water. As the noodles go down, engage your uddiyana bandha, or core muscles, to let your legs float in front of you. Hold and breathe. Feel the water support your legs, but use your core to enable you to stay.


5. Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)

You may have tried this many times – and probably see a number of kids doing handstand in the pool, but simply forgot how fun it is – or not realized that it’s a good way to practice this pose. The only prop you’ll need here is water. You may need to venture into water that is slightly deeper to start, then work your way to the shallower water as you increase your balance. Also, it’s recommended that you be very comfortable underwater and holding your breath for a short time. To get there, simply dive down, place your hands on the bottom and let your feet go in the air – and, of course, hold your breath.

There are numerous poses that can easily be adapted for the water, however a few that seem to be difficult on land can be easily adapted with a couple of noodles. As you try more balance poses, try moving away from the wall or using noodles. Eventually, you will find yourself “literally” floating into a pose with grace and ease, instead of sweat and jittering muscles.

Photo credit: Mary Irby/White Crow Yoga

Texas trusted charities for students in need

As we start seeing the school supplies pop up in Walmart the thoughts of our own children experiencing BACK to SCHOOL in years past may surface. Even if your kids are well out of school you may have a heart for helping all Texan children get their education. This site lists many TEXAS charities that will help kids do their best to get their education, with your support.

Education improves our communities and makes living in North Texas better in may ways. Click HERE to go to the Communities Foundation of Texas’s Education page.

Thanks, Carolyn Thomas Robson Resales Realtor

5 organizations that you can trust to grant students access to Higher Education

SOURCE: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-legitimate-charities-that-help-low-income-students-get-into-college-2019-03-14

“Here are 5 organizations that grant low-income students access to higher education:

Bright Prospect

This Pomona-Calif.-based non-profit provides free services that help low-income students prepare for college while they’re still in high school. Once they get in, they offer counseling services to help ensure students graduate.

Students can apply online and be paired up with a mentor who will help them with the college application process such as essay writing, and provide scholarship opportunities and information.

Bright Prospect evaluates each student’s financial aid and their family contribution based on parents’ income. Scholarships recipients are selected on a needs basis and can receive anywhere between $500 to $5,000 from Bright Prospect. Representatives will also help students apply for outside scholarships.

“We really want to help students not have to worry about taking out extra loans or working another job,” says Kevin Lumowah, manager of mission advancement and institutional funding at Bright Prospect, who says the non-profit has helped kids get into elite colleges such as Princeton, Stanford, Harvard and UCLA.

Low-income students from around the country can apply. Applications go out in April and eligible students will receive funding in October. Bright Prospect is privately funded, and has raised more than $50,000 through partnerships and individual donations between 2016 and 2017. Donations can be made online or by mail.

Bright Prospect scored a 92.47 rating from Charity Navigator, a website that measures accountability and transparency for non-profit organizations.

Gates Millennium Scholars

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, based in Seattle, Wash. aims to reduce financial hardship for minority families and low-income families by providing a full financial ride to those gearing up for college. To date, the nonprofit has awarded more than $900 million in funding, with an average award of $12,785 per student.

There are 1000 scholarships given out annually, and candidates must be legal residents of the U.S. with a cumulative high-school GPA of at least 3.3. A teacher or administrator must nominate a student. To be considered, students must show proof of economic hardship for consideration, and show that they are active in extracurricular activities. A total of $1,000 students are chosen each year.

iMentor

iMentor pairs students in high school with a college-educated mentor to help guide them on the college application process for at least three years. The New York City-based organization partners with high schools in low-income communities where a majority of students will often be first-generation college graduates. Mentors will help prospective college students apply for scholarships and give advice and feedback on the college application process.

The program is funded through individual contributions and corporations. A donation of $100 will allow a mentee to get access to monthly career events where they can hone in on learning skills for college.

The charity scored a 90 out of 100 on Charity Navigator.

Unmet Need Scholarship Program

The Delaware-based Unmet Need Scholarship Program provides low income families with cash for college. Families with a combined annual income of less than $30,000 are eligible to apply. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 each, and are meant to supplement scholarships that fulfill unmet financial aid needs of $1,000 or more.

Students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled as full-time undergraduates at accredited universities or colleges and have a grade point average of at least 2.5 or GED average test scores between 42 and 52 may apply.

Equal Opportunity Schools

Advanced Placement courses can increase a candidate’s chance of acceptance to college. Students from low-income backgrounds are wildly under-represented in the category, however. This Seattle-based non profit organization has helped more than 40,000 low income students and students of color get into Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses since it launched 10 years ago.

The organization works with schools, teachers, advisers and students to ensure that qualified low-income students are getting placed into AP and IB classes.”

Summer Grilling Hacks

https://youtu.be/ZhF8o3tweDY

Alright! Who doesn’t love some summer grilling? Here are some hacks that will make living in Robson Ranch or anywhere else in the North Texas area better in many ways.

Let me know how I can help with your Real Estate goals.

Thanks, Carolyn Thomas

Robson Resales Real Estate Statistics June 2019

Summer Time Facts

Bet you didn’t know that ice pops were created by an 11 year old boy! Read more…

1. The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

2. The first day of summer is between June 20th and June 22nd every year. The first day of summer is called the summer solstice, and the day varies due to the Earth’s rotation not exactly reflecting our calendar year.

3. The last day of summer is September 20th.

4. Watermelon is one of summer’s best summer treats. Did you know that watermelons are not a fruit, but a vegetable instead? They belong to the cucumber family of vegetables.

5. The Eiffel tower actually grows in the heat of the summer. Due to the iron expanding, the tower grows about 6 inches every summer.

6. If you love ice cream, the summer season should be your favorite. July is national ice cream month.

7. Another interesting fact about summer is that television shows used to only be reruns during the summer months. The idea being that everyone was outside enjoying the weather.

8. A June fun fact is that the month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno.

9. The first women’s bathing suit was created in the 1800’s. It came with a pair of bloomers.

10. The “dog days of summer” refer to the dates from July 3rd to August 11th. They are named so after the Sirius the Dog Star. This star is located in the constellation of Canis Major.

11. Frisbees, invented in the 1870’s as a pie plate, but in the 1940’s, college students began throwing them around. They have since stopped being used for pie plates and are now a summertime staple.

12. For a July fun fact, Roman general Marc Antony named the month of July after Julius Caesar.

13. July is national blueberry month.

14. The longest day of the year is on the summer solstice.

15. Mosquitos are most prevalent during summer months. Mosquitos have been on earth for more than 30 million years.

16. Most theme and water parks are on a summer seasonal schedule. Most amusement parks have a full-time season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

17. August was named after Julius Caesar’s nephew. He had received the title of “Augustus” which means “reverend”.

18. The first National Spelling Bee was held on June 17th, 1825.

19. More thunderstorms occur during summer than any other time of year. They are also taking place more commonly in the south east of England.

20. Ice pops were invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old boy.

Home Hacks

This home hack video has many cool ideas including…

  • How to fill a hole
  • How to smooth dents in wood
  • How to hang something with holes in the back
  • How to manage cords
  • How to make a faux brick pattern on your wall
  • How to loosen a tight screw

And many more! Let me know what your favorite hack is in the comments 🙂

 

What is ASMR?

What exactly is ASMR? The term itself was coined by Jennifer Allen, a nonscientist looking to create an official sounding name for a sensory phenomenon that was beginning to appear in online videos and discussions, but which at the end of the last decade still had no name. There are different ways of defining and understanding it. The letters stand for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it “describes the experience of tingling sensations in the crown of the head, in response to a range of audio-visual triggers such as whispering, tapping, and hand movements” (Poerio, Blakey, Hostler, & Veltri, 2018). The Wikipedia entry on ASMR defines it as a “…term used for an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine.” The entry gives quite a lot of information about its history and background. Fredborg, Clark, & Smith (2017) describe it as “a perceptual condition in which the presence of particular audio-visual stimuli triggers intense, pleasurable tingling sensations in the head and neck regions, which may spread to the periphery of the body”. Barratt & Davis (2015), in one of the first studies to begin a scientific investigation of ASMR defined it as “a … sensory phenomenon, in which individuals experience a tingling, static-like sensation across the scalp, back of the neck, and at times further areas in response to specific triggering audio and visual stimuli. This sensation is widely reported to be accompanied by feelings of relaxation and well-being.”  (This paragraph is from an Article in Psychology Today written by John Cline Ph.D. Read More)

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