House · McKinney · Texas Life

House Happenings

We have been needing a new HVAC system for the upstairs of our house for some time. We knew the unit we had was too small and that meant our master bedroom got very little air. It also would run more than necessary because it was too small for the space.

Finally we decided to bite the bullet and get it done before the crazy hot summer of Texas. We have been using One Hour Air to do our semi annual services and we went with them for our new system as well.

I was able to get a great price and they started putting the new system in the next day. The speed was great! The professionals who came to do the install were so respectful of our home and belongings. They took great care to do the job carefully and correctly. They took out all the old and our new system is so big and shiny lol. The immediate improvement of air flow was amazing. We actually feel air in our master bedroom now and my husband isn’t complaining daily (about that) haha.

They also did a duct cleaning that got out so much nasty stuff ewwwww. The prior owners of our home really thought they could DIY a lot of things and they didn’t care for the prior system properly. Never used filters and let the coil get caked in dirt. I mean ewwwwww why? So now that we have the new system upstairs and all the clean ducts we can really tell a difference in the amount of dust in the bedrooms and the unit runs less and works better.

So happy but I still hate that kind of investment because of the money. I am cheap and home projects like that are just so vital but costly. Definitely maintain your homes properly and if you don’t know what you are doing I do not recommend DIYing. haha

Fitness · Health · McKinney

Being Active

Getting back to a real structure of working out has been difficult. I really can’t find the time. It’s not an excuse but work has been overwhelmingly busy, sleep is hard to come by, early mornings are a daily thing but with the babe. SO when I find 10 minutes I take it.

There are so many workout videos online you can watch for FREE, tons on Instagram, lots of workouts on Pinterest, and so much more. So I will never let finances be a reason not to work out. I know I am so cheap.

When I find my window the past month I have been really good about taking it to do a quick video or workout. I try to walk when the weather allows (The Babe loves to be outside) You can also find me randomly doing squats, lunges, pushups, and planks throughout the day. I am telling you just do what you can when you can.

I have seen a difference, not that I am going to lose a ton of weight and that is NOT my goal. I feel fine with any number but I feel flabby so I just want to tone my muscles again. I also am working to retrain my ab muscles since my c-section. It has been very difficult to regain those core muscles and I do have a little pudge there. It’s no longer flat. I am ok with that as long as I feel strong. I am focusing on pulling those muscles in as much as I can throughout the day.

I will be sharing my favorite free workouts soon so be on the look out!

Health · McKinney · Organization · Products · Review

Cleaning Products

I am so excited to tell you about the new cleaning product we recently changed to. BUT first let me tell you why we changed. I was so tired of having a film left all over the counter tops after cleaning. I am just over always re buying and re buying and then having all these bottles of stuff. The strong smells, dry hands, and money. I could go on but these are the main reasons.

I did a ton of research and there are so many options out there. I compared ingredients, price, reviews and word of mouth. I mean this took forever lol. I ended up deciding on Branch Basics. It is a safe product and the concentrate makes all the cleaning products you need including laundry! It is fragrance free and has lots of buying options. You can get an entire kit or just the concentrate.

I got just the concentrate and then purchased glass bottles on Amazon because they were much less cost wise. As you know I am all about the bottom dollar! (aka cheap) I got the concentrate last week and immediately started cleaning. It was very easy to mix and cleans amazingly. There was no residue left behind, no crazy smell, my hands were dry and this bottle is going to last forever!

I have cleaned glass, counter tops, floors, bathtubs, toilets, windows, stainless steel and so much more. All came out perfect! It’s safe to use around my sweet girl and eliminates all the clutter of cleaning supplies.

I had previously switched to microfiber for dusting and floors so now we have eliminated even more waste.

I highly recommend you giving this a try! You will love it.

House · McKinney · Products · Review · Texas Life

Master Bedroom

I shared on Instagram the other day that we finally got a new bed in our Master Bedroom. This was 2 years in the making, because if you don’t know I am the cheapest person. We have moved 4 times with the previous bed and loved it, but they aren’t made to move that much. Each time it got a little worse until we moved to our current home just over two years ago.

We were asleep one night and all of a sudden we hear a huge cracking noise and our heads fall about a foot below our feet. It was hilarious but in the middle of the night not so much. One of the base pieces had cracked in half. That really should have been the moment we got a new bed, but instead I felt I could fix it. I went to Home Depot and made my own slats. It was actually really easy. That would work for a bit but every couple months we would have to take the mattress and box spring off and reset them and fix them because they weren’t actually made for the bed.

During this 2 year period I finally also gave in and got a new mattress and box spring. Our mattress was 10 years old and was the cheapest thing I could find when we bought it new so it wasn’t the greatest quality but it was never meant to last 10 years. I made it last though lol During all these moves the box spring also broke somewhere inside and was so noisy if you even took a deep breath. Looking back this is all just so funny to me.

I seriously couldn’t sleep most night because if you moved it was like a concert of noises lol

So we did it, we gave in and got a new bed. We looked at several stores but ended up back at Nebraska Furniture Mart. They have a huge selection at all price points, plus you can pick up the same day you purchase. (They do have delivery) We got ours on a close out deal and absolutely love it. It really brightened up our room by eliminating such a large piece of dark wood.

We have gotten our last several pieces at Nebraska Furniture Mart and each time has been a great experience. We recommend.

Baby · House · McKinney · Texas Life

Schedule Changes

Recently we have had some big changes around here. Our work schedules are a little different now that my husbands work location has changed. His commute is longer so that cuts into even more time. It’s leaving me a little stressed out, I feel like now so much more is on my shoulders that he was doing to help us.

I am so much more exhausted by the end of the day now, I have no clue how single parents to it. I give them so much applause. We also don’t have family near by to help out either. Don’t get me wrong I love every second of being a mom and I still tear up looking at her and remembering all the work that went into creating this little miracle. But back to topic….There is so much that happens in a day, so here is my current run down. Keep in mind this in only day 3 so we are still working it out.

5am-6am Baby and Mama wake up

6am-7am Getting baby ready, Mama and Dada also getting ready, packing lunches, playing trying to keep her happy while multi tasking

7am-7:45am Taking Babe to school and getting back home

7:45am-4:30pm Work (yes I have a full time job, I work from home but it’s a full day just like in an office) When I get a moment for a break I try to do laundry, vacuum, empty the dish washer, take care of the dogs, find a moment to eat, and attempt to pick anything up.

4:30pm-5:30pm Pick up Babe and get back home to start dinner

5:30pm-7:00pm Cook dinner, play, eat dinner, play, Dada comes home, play, eat, play, and get ready for bedtime.

7:00pm-9:00pm Put babe to bed, dishes, clean up kitchen, laundry, put things away, take care of dogs, try to take a moment for myself/sit, maybe have an adult conversation and the pass out to do it all again.

REPEAT. I am tired just typing that lol I am thankful for our lives and support our decisions but sometimes I feel very judged and like I haven’t done enough. There is always so much left to do and so much I feel like I should have done. I feel like no matter what I do I have failed at something. I am hoping as time goes on I adjust a little better and can get a moment to feel ok.

We all need to have a little grace with each other and not put this crazy pressure. I look at others and think man how did they do that, they make it look easy. I have no clue what they really go through so I shouldn’t compare. We all have our struggles and right now this is one of mine. Fingers Crossed I rest up tonight!

Fitness · Frisco · Health · House · Indiana · McKinney · Organization · Texas Life

New Year New Goals

So many people start setting New Year Resolutions at this time. I don’t call mine resolutions but I do set goals. I will share mine with you soon but in order to help with your goal setting lets go over a few quick ways to set goals that are actually helpful!

Set SMART Goals

  • Specific.
  • Measurable.
  • Attainable.
  • Relevant.
  • Time Bound.

Setting SMART Goals allows you to set things in place that can help you achieve your goals. Make it Specific, for example don’t say I want to lose weight or be healthy in the new year. Set a number, I want to lose 10 lbs, I want to eat better portioned meals. Things that are specific so that you can Measure them. This helps you to stay motivated and ensure you are getting closer to that goal.

Let’s not be unrealistic! Set a goal that has the ability to be Attainable and Relevant to your overall life goals and place you are in life. Having a Time Bound setting on the goals helps to keep you motivated and on track. It allows you to measure on timelines where you are and what you need to do to get back on track or push forward.

Put these SMART goals into place when you are working on your goals or resolutions for the new year! We will share our goals soon. 🙂

Frisco · McKinney · Places to go

Holiday Fun

Happy Friday! here are some for holiday fun events in the area. If you are not local check your Facebook Events and search locally for similar things. A lot of churches, stores, kids play places, and more are doing free, socially distanced or virtual events!

Here are my top recommendations for the weekend along with the previous post!

  1. Santa’s Village on Parade – Virtual! Supporting Network of Community Ministries, this is put on my the City of Richardson Parks & Recreation along with Network of Community Ministries. The virtual parade will debut on December 12 at 9:00am on the website. Link below for event

2. Photos with Santa at Dino Kidz, I absolutely love Dino Kidz! this is a great place for kids to play and they do fun free events regularly. Visit the link below to sign up in advance Saturday December 12 9:30am-11:30am, located in Allen.

3. Photos with the Grinch! Located at Blakc Gold Harley-Davidson in Allen. Saturday December 12 11ma-4pm. Head to the link below to schedule your appointment

4. Christmas on the Patios at the Rail in Frisco, Music, vendors, photo booth, games, food, carolers, and more! Free Admission – items for purchase. December 12 12pm-6pm

5. Drive in Movie at Celebration Park (Elf) December 12 at 6:00pm in Allen

6. Family Christmas Concert, Fairview Town Center in Fairview. December 12 at 7:00pm. Free event! Holiday music, prizes, and snow!

There are so many more but these are a few of my favorites and Free is always my favorite!

McKinney · Places to go · Texas Life

Free Holiday Fun

So as promised we are doing our holiday season budget friendly! Here are my first recommendations.

  1. Deerfield Holiday & Christmas Lights Display. This is a large neighborhood in Plano that does it big for holiday decorating. You can drive through the neighborhood to see all the fun, there are even dancing Santa’s! Weekend evenings are more crowded so plan to do a slow casual drive. I also recommend not entering the main entrance off Legacy to the area or you will be in a long line. There are a ton of other side street entrances that also allow you to see many homes that could be missed, and believe me they are great. It’s totally free, if you are feeling a little extra you can schedule a carriage ride. For more info here is their Facebook link

2. McKinney also has a great local map that you can submit your home to and people can drive around and see lights all through the area. This takes a little more planning but a lot of homes are close together, you also see all the homes with lights that didn’t submit to be on the map, we are doing different areas at a time and making a fun evening out of it. Grab your hot chocolate and enjoy the ride. The map is at the link below

https://mck.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=92e11c91d46e4a88acbf7cc386bb9628

3. Christmas Fest (Event was a one day thing) I saw this on Facebook as well and it was put on by Genesis Church off Virginia. I had no idea what to expect but it was so well done. There was a snow patch for kids to play in, crafts, cookies with Santa, a train ride, story time, live music, and hot chocolate. They did a wonderful job and did it safely with social distancing, masks, and sanitizing stations.

Check your local churches for events like these! Many do them and some are coming up.

House · McKinney · Texas Life

Friday

Happy Friday! I honestly don’t know how it is Friday already, I feel like it’s Tuesday haha. This week has been super busy with work, appointments, following up on insurance issues from the accident, decorating for Christmas, moming, and so much more. BUT hey it’s been productive.

I am ready to celebrate the holidays budget friendly with experiences instead of things. I have been looking locally for fun events and things to do so stay tuned as I let you know what we are doing. Our girl turned 1 and I want to make the holiday special for her now that she is moving, grooving, and exploring. If you have free or budget friendly activities you do for the holiday comment below and I will share a full list with all of you!

I got our outside decorations up the other day and just started on the tree last night. I hope to have the tree done today. I actually love the simple look out front with just greenery and white lights. I am hoping to add to the lights next year and get some new lights after Christmas but we will see. We also need a new Christmas Tree, ours is ten years old, losing a lot of greenery, some lights are out, and a branch has to be re attached. I will however still make it beautiful because I am not going to buy a tree right now. 🙂 Again budget friendly this year. We have a tree and are thankful for that and like I said we will make it beautiful and I will share that once it’s finished.

Let me know your Christmas/holiday traditions and your thoughts on our front porch!

Baby · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Car Accident

If you follow along on Instagram you know that a month ago I was in a car accident. I had just dropped my daughter off at school and 4 minutes later I was hit at an intersection by a gentleman who ran the stop sign. He was looking down the entire time and made no attempt or effort to stop. If my child had been in the car things would be very different. He hit directly where her car seat was and spun me around 180 degrees into on coming traffic. Thankfully the other vehicles were paying attention and no further damage occured.

My car was totaled, and you know that it took me years to give in and buy a new car! I left in the ambulance, but I will discuss that in a later post. I know that things can be replaced and people cannot. I am truly thankful that I am here and not further hurt. I am thankful my daughter was not in the car and that I was alone. I am thankful no other people were involved in the accident and that my vehicle was truly as safe as all the rating say.

I do however still have a lot of emotions caught up in the car itself. I worked so hard to finally say ok I will buy a new car, not just any care a brand new one the one I actually wanted! This took about 4 years of convincing. I was proud and elated to have done something for myself. It was fun to get in and drive. It was all taken away in a second because someone decided to not drive safely and be selfish. Yes you not paying full attention to driving is selfish! You take away the safety of every single person around you!

I also just kept saying “what if she was in the car” “what if I died she wouldn’t remember me” These are thoughts I now have daily and really effect some of the things I do. I am very scared in the car at all times now when I ride with someone else I flinch at everything and seriously freak out. I know in time it will get better but I just want people to be aware and safe.

I know many tragedies happen behind the wheel everyday. It’s not just our own life in our hands when we get behind the wheel!