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.
It has been really hard for me to find time to myself. I wake up early with my sweet girl, get her ready for the day, take her to school, work all day, pick her up, dinner, bath, evening to do list, bedtime and cleaning. Then do it all again the next day. I totally love this new normal but it can be stressful and hard. I have really let myself go to the side and rarely do anything for me.
I was so excited for Cycelbar McKinney to open up after quarantine that I found a way to try it out. They offered 3 free classes and I took advantage. (If you know me I don’t pass up anything free) My husband stayed with the babe after work so I could do the 45 minute class. The first time it was rough for us both but it was honestly a really good way for him to learn and become more confident as a dad. It allowed him to figure things out without relying on me.
After the 3 free classes I signed up for 4 classes a month so I could go once a week. We have made it a great routine for us. He gets his daddy daughter time and I get a little bit of time alone to do something for myself. It has really helped. I get to relieve some stress and get my body moving.
I am not the top of the class by any means but spin/cycle is my absolute favorite workout so getting back into it has been wonderful. If you are local check them out and come ride with me!
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 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! 🙂
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!
I tried out a local boxing gym, Title Boxing Club McKinney, and boy was it a blast! One of the hardest classes but also one of the most fun.
We started with a warm up and that alone really got your heart pumping and the sweat flowing. Next was 8 rounds with the bag including calisthenics in between, ending with abs and stretch. Does it sound easy? Well it wasn’t!
It was my first class with the gloves and my hands didn’t really enjoy being confined that long. I found myself wanting to take the gloves off and stretch my fingers. I didn’t but I really felt relief when we took them off for the abs. I believe over time my hands will adjust just like with anything else. It was also surprising to me how much it took to move the bag, that isn’t the goal, but realizing the force behind a punch to move a 100 lb bag is more than you think. FORM is much more important!
Anthony taught the class and he was wonderful. I really like that he noticed each person in the class and gave individual notes to each person to make sure the form and combination was correct. It is hard for me to fully understand just hearing over the microphone, especially with the music too. I really like to be able to see a demo first so I can make sure I am processing it correctly. I was positioned in a great place to be able to see him which really helped. They also taught me how to wrap my hands and assisted with everyone who had questions. The team was very concerned that each and every student in class had proper equipment, form and got a great workout for every different level. Each class is open to all levels and modifications are available to meet all needs. Don’t be shy and head on over.
Every person from the front desk, instructor and owner were welcoming, educational and personable. Don’t miss trying this great workout and your first class is free! I can’t wait to go back. Their website below has their class schedule and videos about what to expect.
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.