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De-Stress Muscle Gel

I have to share this product with you guys, I am loving it! Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel / Focusing & Soothing. I am so sore almost all the time from working out and being active so a couple people recommended trying a product like this.

First off the smell is amazing! I love the lavender for a calming/soothing scent, which is so good for you after a work out. The texture is gel like but easier to rub in like a lotion, so it cools your muscle when you apply it to your skin. I use it all over; legs, arms, neck – you name it. I use it after the shower and the scents really do provide a calming effect. My muscles feel great after using as well, I am not pain free but the cooling really helps them to calm down and the more I use it the better I feel.

This is a great product to use after your workout and stretching to help with your muscle repair and healing. It will also allow you to feel calm and by being less sore you can push your self more in your next workout.

I also have chronic neck pain and I use it when it flares up. I can really tell a difference and it gives that icing feeling without needing to sit and wait 20 minutes to ice it.

I have added this to my daily routine and you need to try it for yourself!

Check out their website for many more products they offer. (I don’t sell any of this or make any money off any sales, I just really like to share products I love!)

https://www.aromatherapyassociates.com

Fitness · Health · McKinney · Places to go · Review · Texas Life

Bonnie Wenk Nature Trail

I love to hike and explore the parks and trails near us. We have been wanting to try some since we moved and finally found the time over the weekend. We took the dogs and went to Bonnie Wenk Nature Trail. It was close by and had great rating/reviews.

It is still under some construction but the main path is open as well as the restrooms, playground and dog park. The trail is great because it is wide, paved and clean. This allows plenty of room for people to pass by without disturbing each other. The full trail is 4.5 miles but it is not a loop. We did about 2 miles total with the dogs. When I walk on my own I go much faster and farther but the dogs are little slow and their short legs get tired. They need their exercise too so it was a great time to all be together outdoors and get some exercise.

There is great scenery and large open spaces. The dog park looked well maintained but very busy when we were there. All the facilities were new and still well kept, the playground looked like great fun. (Even for me)

I would definitely recommend this area for families, runners, bikers and walkers/joggers. The path is great for strollers, wheelchairs, young children, dogs and beginners. We will go back for sure.

 

Food · McKinney · Places to go · Texas Life

Exploring Downtown McKinney

Before we relocated to McKinney I heard about the adorable down town area. So I looked it up on Instagram and began following to learn about the shops, restaurants and happenings. The photos looked so inviting and I couldn’t want to get out and walk around. What a perfect time too? The holiday season makes everything better. We went one evening and got coffee and walked around looking at the lights.

They really did a great job decorating for the holidays and all the shops had window displays. They do a contest to vote for the best and I couldn’t choose, I think I voted for like 7 of them! They all were so beautiful and creative. We read some of the menus and took note of some restaurants we want to try.

About a week later I was able to meet a friend and try one of the cute places. We went to Layered. I loved the decor and wall coverings, the textures and calm vibe was really welcoming. I had a almond milk latte and my friend and I chatted for awhile. I had to get back to work so I didn’t eat but I can’t wait to go back. The service was great and it would be a quick place to run in a grab a coffee or tea on the way to work or meeting as well.

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I can’t wait to try more places!

Health · McKinney · Products · Review · Texas Life

Skin Care/Beautycounter

Recently a friend introduced me to some new skin care products, make up and hair care. I have really enjoyed the products I have tried so of course I am going to share. 🙂

I try to be knowledgeable about what goes into the products I put in and on my body. It can be very difficult to get a lot of information about beauty products or personal care products because they are not monitored or required to leave out harmful chemicals. Recently there has been a large surge in people bringing awareness to this issue, including my girl Kourtney Kardashian. (As you know I love my reality TV)

I would really love to be able to go to the store and know that the products on the shelf are safe. We just aren’t there yet. Other countries are far ahead of us in this area.

Anyway! BeautyCounter, these products never use 15000+ ingredients that are harmful (including the 14000 banned from being used in European countries). 80% are naturally sourced or plan derived. The most important part to me is the transparency! They share everything that they are using, no guessing games. They also keep up on all the research being done to continue to grow and develop only the best safe products for your use.

I have been using one of their holiday bundles (which was a great deal) it includes the cleansing balm, balancing facial mask, moisturizer and brightening oil. I have loved each one. The cleansing balm is different than any cleanser I have used, it is thick and tacky but after using for about 2 weeks now it really works great. My skin feels soft and clean with a brightness. TIP: use a washcloth to rinse off to ensure you remove all the balm. After cleansing I use the mask twice a week, as it dries you can really see it getting into all of your pores and tightening your skin. I love to really get in deep to my pores so this is great for that.

The brightening oil I use twice a week as well and it just gives my skin a little kick and adds to the softness. Especially during the winter this is great to counter act the dry air. The Adaptive Moisture Lotion is by far my favorite! The texture rubs on so smooth and a little goes a long way making it last. The smell in AMAZING and the way it balances out my skin all day long really makes it look and feel great.

Take a look at the link below for so many more products and what options are out there for you to get safer personal care products you don’t have to worry about! Tina Herbert has introduced me to these and is a great source of information. Don’t hesitate to ask her questions.

https://www.beautycounter.com/tinaherbert  

Fitness · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Mixing It Up

Getting back into a consistent workout routine has been wonderful, even it I really didn’t take any time off. The stress relief, sweat and over all feeling after a great workout really makes me feel amazing as part of my over all mental health.

I have been doing virtual spin classes, TRX, weights, cardio and yoga. I really like to mix things up and not do the same thing everyday. It is also better for your body to keep it guessing and keep the changes coming. Your body will get used to the same thing over and over; making the results much less apparent if at all. This is where a lot of people plateau, get discouraged and quit.

DON’T QUIT, try something new. Is there a class you have always wanted to try? Do it. If your gym doesn’t have classes or you workout at home use the internet. Google free workout videos, search for different combos online there are so many things to choose from. You can try one of the combos under the Home Workouts section of my blog. If you normally hike or run try mixing in some weight training. Cardio is great but you need to build that muscle to keep changing and burning.

Whatever it is don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know what you will fall in love with or really give you a great workout.

Products · Review · Texas Life

Kate Somerville Mask

I have tried a lot of Kate Somerville products and normally love them. This Exfoliate mask is a great texture, color, smell and always love the packaging. However I didn’t have the best experience with this mask.

When I put the mask on the consistency was great, it was just the right thickness and went on easy and lathered well. After the instructed 30 seconds of rubbing in you let it sit for 2 minutes. Well, that is when the burn set in and boy did it burn. I could barely stand it but I thought maybe it was just the first time so I did the 2 minutes and rinsed off. My face wasn’t red or anything like that, the results were great. My skin was smooth and radiant.

It was recommended to do 2-3 times per week so the second time I followed the instructions and I couldn’t make it through the 2 minutes because the sting/burn was just too much for me to handle. Again no red skin I felt like they were good results again.

Over all this just doesn’t work well for me. I don’t want burning from a face mask even if I get good results. It may work for your skin type but not for me.

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House Happenings/Thanksgiving

We are officially enjoying our new house in McKinney, TX. Just after settling in we were able to celebrate our first Thanksgiving in this house. Since we just moved and scheduling with other family was too difficult, we spent the day just the two of us. It was a gorgeous day so we went on a family walk around the neighborhood before I cooked a full traditional Thanksgiving meal for us. I am big on tradition so we have turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn pudding, green bean casserole and stuffing. (Minimum I should say, when more family is involved always more!)

Our new kitchen is so nice to cook in. Everything is newly remodeled so all of the little touches make is an ease to cook and clean. The kitchen has granite counter tops, under counter soft close drawers instead of cabinets with above cabinets all the way to the ceiling, eliminating the wasted space and added storage. Some of the cabinets are glass front adding a touch of brightness, double oven, cook top, stainless steel farm sink, large island and butcher block. I could go on but instead you will have to visit.

It was nice to have the day just the two of us. The rest of the weekend was spent completing some home projects, hanging things and trying some new restaurants.