Health · Products · Review · Texas Life

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

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!

Places to go · Texas Life

Vacation

We just got back from a vacation. It is rare for us to take a week together, we get short periods of time but with our jobs it’s hard to coordinate. Plus you know….life. A lot of other things are going on in our lives but we still mad it happen. It was great too, we got to spend time away and for 4 days I had no service and it was THE BEST! I totally recommend it. I missed nothing.

We went to Hot Springs, AR, Nashville, TN and Byrdstown, TN/Dale Hallow Lake. My family has been going to the lake since before I was born. My dad went with his family, then took my mom, then us and now we continued the tradition and now shared it with my niece. Being on the lake are some of the best memories from growing up, it is my favorite place. We spend our days on the water and evenings eating and talking but mostly laughing about something.

I stayed active with water sports, chasing my niece, walking and so much more. I used to love to just lay around on vacations but now I enjoy getting up early having coffee and getting things going. I know not everyone is like that! I love to see all the sights and being a “tourist” so yes in Nashville I was just that. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and walked all over down town. It was so fun.

Hot Springs was beautiful, it was just a one night stop but it was gorgeous and I would definitely go back. We had a great dinner at a cute little brewery on the hill and a morning on the golf course.

Where are you favorite places to go?

Boerne · Fitness · Food · Health · Recipe · San Antonio · Texas Life

Protein Balls Recipe

I LOVE these Protein Balls, they are my go to breakfast. I make them on Sunday and have them all week. They store easily and are packed with great nutrients and protein to keep you fuller longer. Try them out!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dry Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix it all together and put in the fridge for 45 minutes. (If it’s in longer no big deal) Now roll into ball shapes and store in the fridge. **Tip before you roll the balls spray your hands with non stick spray to keep from sticking to your hands**

 

Boerne · Food · Places to go · San Antonio · Texas Life

House Happenings

I feel like I am still catching up on here with what has been going on the past couple of months so here are some random things happening in my house.

I had my dad here for a few days and he was able to share his handy skills and put up a new ceiling fan for me in our living room. I have been wanting this since we moved in. Oddly enough I have maybe used it twice since, but hey this weather has been crazy here in Texas. I mean we even had snow! Which I love, love, love, yes I love snow. It is one of the things I miss most about moving south. He also taught me about our sprinkler system, yes I am just now learning about this. He showed me how to set it and change everything, all of my zones and we checked all the sprinkler heads. I still have a long list of other things for him to do so he can come back anytime.

I have noticed I have a serious addiction to coffee. Oh it’s real! I follow so many coffee shops on instagram it’s like all I see. I could drink it all day long, hot or cold, latte, black, with cream, it really doesn’t matter. Just give me all the coffee! This morning I didn’t have to get up early but my husband got up early and went to the gym and woke me up saying he had Starbucks but I didn’t have to get up yet, um no worries I wake up for Starbucks!

Fresh flowers in our house are a new thing I love as well, I can blame my husband for this. No complaints here though. Now I just need to grab a bundle every time I am at the grocery store. I just like to look at them, it brightens my day and makes me forget every other plant in my house is dead. 🙂

One of my favorite past times is walking our dogs. Lately the weather has been hindering this activity so when I get a chance I take them out. They love it and it exhausts them, if only they would stop pulling on the leash, any tips? They also take any chance they can to be mischievous but it keeps me on my toes.

The hubs loves a cigar now and then, since we aren’t stocked up at home we tried out a cigar bar around here. It was something different, also just holding the cigar for the pic, never had one. The one we went to had poker games going on as well and a great bar. It was fun to try something new. Do you like cigars?

I will post every now and then a quick overview of our house happenings. What do you want to know?

Boerne · Fitness · Food · Health · Products · San Antonio · Texas Life

Treats

How do you treat yourself? I am a firm believer that everyone once in a while we have to focus on ourselves and do something just for you. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, although I am not against that, but even small things can just bring you back to focus and change the day.

Some of the things I love to do is, you guess it, get a coffee, make my favorite food, get organized and make to do lists (not for everyone) and just spend time with my dogs watching TV or reading a magazine.

 

None of these are crazy or out of the ordinary but they are for me. They make me smile, they make me feel better, they can turn my day around if it’s going badly. It is truly the little things in life that are worth it all. Focus on you.

What are you favorite go to treats for yourself?