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!
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!
So as promised we are doing our holiday season budget friendly! Here are my first recommendations.
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
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.
Masks are now a huge part of our daily lives. I had been wearing the medical masks until I found my new go tos. They fit great, feel soft, stay in place, and are pretty. How can you beat that? I keep them in my car, purse, and by the door to make sure I always have one whenever I leave the house.
I wear these daily as I take my sweet girl to and from school and anytime I have to go into a store. My husband even gave them a try and they worked great for him too. I mean you know the fabric is going to be amazing when a lingerie company is making the mask!
Head over to their site to get your handmade face mask to shop and get yours today. They are always adding new patterns and such an affordable price you don’t want to miss out!
The other weekend I stumbled upon the prettiest little park in McKinney, TX. The park is 7.2 acres and located at 6452 Collin McKinney Pkwy. There is a small parking lot and a gorgeous entry sign to the paved trails that take you through many different varieties of Crape Myrtles.
It isn’t exactly peek season for the blooms but even with that it was beautiful. There are great signs that explain what you are looking at and more about the plants/trees. There are picnic tables and benches for families and people to take a seat and enjoy the view.
To me this is a hidden gem of McKinney that everyone needs to see, not to mention the photo opportunities that are available here! Enjoy some time just enjoying nature and learning more about these wonderful trees.
There is also a Crape Myrtle Trails Foundations that has partnered with the City of McKinney to plant thousands of Crape Myrtles in the median and more. I get to enjoy these year round because I live just off Eldorado Parkway and that is where a majority are planted.
I don’t know why it took us so long to go check out Town Lake Recreation Area, it’s just down the road and we have driven by so many times saying we need to check it out. So finally, we made it. It is just across from the high school and easily accessible off of 75.
The lake is large with fountains, fishing pier, countless ducks, pavilions, restrooms, water fountains, grills, lighted trails, 18 hole frisbee golf course, volley ball courts, horse shoe pitching courts and playgrounds. I mean what more could you want! Its a great family park with something to do for everyone.
We walked over 3 miles enjoying all of the scenery and wildlife. I definitely recommend planning a trip to check it out. The pavilions can be reserved ahead of time for parties.
I will absolutely be adding this to my list of places to walk and recommend to others! Check it out.
I was so excited to go see the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. From McKinney the drive was pretty easy and we went on a Sunday. The parking can be tricky so just pay attention as you get closer. I also recommend buying your tickets and parking pass prior to arrival. It made it so easy. You can go to the website and purchase everything you need and doing this gives you a parking discount. You have a large window of time to use the tickets as well if plans change last minute.
It was a gorgeous day and we walked the entire property. There is so much to see and as the seasons change so do the gardens. There are great spaces for picnics, photos along with restaurants and food stands for a lunch or evening date. We saw many families playing with kids and relaxing in the open grass fields. Very family friendly.
They also have events that go on year round with live music, food tastings, holiday celebrations and more. We were there on Mother’s Day and they had a band and gave out roses to the first so many moms who entered.
We have continued to explore the area around us and try new places. We love to walk and hike at new parks so we went to Addison Circle to see what it was all about. It is a beautiful park but really not for walking. It is small, maybe a city block, but would be a great place for events. They have a calendar posted and put on events all through the year including concerts, food tastings and more.
It is very clean with lots of seating available, perfect for the people who work near by to have a nice lunch break.
Just off the park itself are cute streets that have businesses and we had lunch at a small little bistro. It was a nice afternoon. Again not many shops and limited restaurants so if you head to this area I would recommend making sure an event is going on of your have a plan of where to eat prior to.
It’s a gorgeous area and I think in the future will offer many more restaurants and shops.
I love to try new workouts and gyms well, R&G Fitness was really outside of my comfort zone. It is group fitness that focuses on weights and dynamic movements with cardio mixed it. The focus of form and pushing your limits is amazing. I enjoy what the coach’s give me form critiques or edits because I can’t always see what I am doing and form only enhances the benefits of working out.
I don’t always push myself on my own as hard as I should with the amount of weight I use but R&G sure does and I love it. It gave me that boost of confidence that I can lift that 25lb weight. Maybe not for many reps but I can do it.
The class has a warm up and then breaks into groups to rotate though different stations and then you come back together at the end for a stretch. I love that it is different every time focusing on all muscle groups and pushing you forward. Every person I met was welcoming, kind and supportive of each other weather it was a first time or a seasoned vet at the gym. Everyone cheers for each other and really helps to motivate you to do more.
You can download their app and get a free trial but trust me you are going to want to stay a member! I can’t wait to go back for more, even if I can’t feel my arms! 🙂
February is a month of celebrating for us; Valentine’s Day, Anniversary and my Birthday. I love it but I am not sure what my husband thinks lol. I enjoy taking time to celebrate the relationships in my life and ours is one I treasure.
For Valentine’s Day we went to Randy’s Steakhouse. It is located in Historic Downtown Frisco is a historic home built in 1869. There are private dining rooms for parties and a lounge perfect for any happy hour. Our service was great and the food delicious, it is a great spot for any celebration or date night. Make your Reservation at https://randyssteakhouse.com/
Celebrating our Anniversary we went to Perry’s Steakhouse also located in Frisco near Stonebriar Mall. We love Perry’s their food is amazing and the service is always outstanding. For our Anniversary they made us feel extra special with rose petals on the table and a sweet desert. Another great place to celebrate any occasion or just a night out. Make your reservation at a location near you https://perryssteakhouse.com/
My Birthday dinner was another amazing treat planned by my sweet husband. We headed over to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, located in Plano, and the food was so good I really can’t explain. We had a bacon appetizer that was mouthwatering, literally a large piece of bacon in a glaze sauce that I would eat everyday if I could. The service is unmatched with personal touch from the birthday card they gave me, signed by the staff, to each person introducing themselves and ensuring your experience is perfect from beginning to end. This is a must for anyone so make your reservation today https://delfriscos.com/
I do NOT need all these fancy dinners by any means but once in a while it is fun to celebrate us and enjoy some delicious food. Which is your favorite?
SunStone Fit is a great place for anyone looking for a workout studio. They offer a variety of classes and are open to all fitness levels. The welcoming team and pristine atmosphere offer an inclusive place for everyone.
Their Eldorado location is perfect for me, basically across the street from my neighborhood. BUT if that isn’t good for you they have so many options:
McKinney (location I mentioned)
I mean really there is no excuse not to try them, there is a location near you!
I tried the hot yoga and it was amazing. The stretch, heat, strength and so much more are a perfect fit for any workout routine. I do not sweat much and these classes really get it going which I love. I highly recommend them and your first class is FREE!