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Frisco’s “The Star”

If any of y’all are in the DFW area or are ever visiting – I have the PERFECT spot for you! Be sure to head on up to Frisco and check out “The Star.”

It’s the new Cowboys practice facility/HQ.. but even more than that, it’s a hot spot for great brunches, happy hours, and photo ops (for all of you basic people like me).

You can take a stop at Tupelo Honey for some BOMB biscuits and honey, or have a late night out at Concrete Cowboy. There’s also a ton of shopping and events that go on there. Parking is super easy, too.. which is a huge plus in the Dallas area!

And don’t forget.. take some pictures on the green!

Have you ever been to The Star? What are your favorite DFW stops?

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Great Natural Anti-Inflammatory

Chamomile tea is definitely one of my favorite teas to drink, especially at night time to help me sleep and when I have a stomach ache or sore throat due to its antibacterial properties. What many don’t know is that chamomile tea is super useful for many other things, including skin care. Chamomile tea is a great natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant that can help treat skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and acne. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles scars, dark circles and tightens pores.  

Here are a few ways you can use chamomile for the above benefits:

  • Boil 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile or 1 bag of chamomile tea in a cup of water. Let it cool down and using a cotton ball, dip it in the tea and apply on your face with gentle taps after your face wash. Do not rinse your face, let your skin absorb the tea. If you have areas with a skin condition, you can place the soaked cotton balls or squares on them and leave them there for a good 10 minutes while the tea is still a bit warm.
  • A nice face mask can be made with ¼ cup of chamomile tea, ¼ cup of rosewater and 2-4 tablespoons of honey (just enough to make the mix a bit thick). Cover your clean face with the mix and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off.
  • To reduce eye puffiness and dark circles, boil 2 chamomile tea bags in one cup of water. Let them cool down a bit, but while still warm, squeeze the excess tea out of the tea bags and place them on your eyes (make sure you cover the dark circles). Leave them on for 10 minutes and let your skin absorb the tea.

Give chamomile a try and let me know what you think!

Stay true – Chantal

Be Fashionable

Turquoise for Summer

If you’re searching for your new Summer color.. here you go!! Turquoise is where it’s AT!

I absolutely love a good turquoise dress – or even a turquoise pump (any pop of color is my fave, let’s be real). Here I have a casual button up dress that’s perfect for the hot weather. Wearing a breezy dress is key for 100 degree heat, and a color that matches the ocean just feels right!

I personally love to browse the shelves at Tj Maxx or Ross and wait for a color to pop. I stop whenever something stands out! And that’s my number one tip for shopping at bargain places.. to wait until something pops out at you, THEN start looking. It can be overwhelming to browse so many aisles, and then you end up with nothing!

So next time you go shopping, look for some ocean turquoise.. I promise it’ll be your new power color!

XOXO, Kim

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Wine Country… Sounds Like Paradise to Me!

While visiting some friends in Cali, we took a road trip to Napa Valley, and let me tell you, if you are a wine lover… this place is a must! We went to this beautiful castle called Castello di Amorosa, we toured the place, enjoyed the scenery, tasted some delicious wine and chocolate, purchased some adorable souvenirs, and admired some very appealing bartenders (can I get some water please? getting thirsty over here, ha!). This place was so magical, I felt like we had a little piece of Italy here in the US with the medieval style castle and the picturesque vineyards. No joke, my ultimate dream would be to retire, move to a nice property in Italy with a small vineyard, and have a cute stone house with a terrace overlooking the entire thing… just chilling and living the life, ahhhhhhhhh 😊

Their wines are very good too and the owner is a 4th generation winemaker. You can definitely see and feel the passion and hard work that go into producing these delicious wines and keeping up with the place. Not only that, but looking at their website, it looks like they are also quite involved in charitable work within their local community, which is really cool to see. I was bummed to learn you can’t purchase their wines (specially the La Fantasia sweet wine, my fave!) at any store, but thankfully you can taste their deliciousness during your visit, join their wine club subscription or purchase them online at www.castellodiamorosa.com. This place also hosts themed events during the year including a Halloween party and a New Year’s Masquerade Ball, how cool is that?! I just can’t wait to go back to this place and hopefully attend one of their events. I encourage you to check this place out next time you are planning a visit to Napa, and if you are not yet planning to visit… it is time for you to start!

If you’ve made your way to the wine country already, I would love to hear your story! What place did you visit? What were the highlights of your trip?

Stay true – Chantal

Be Healthy

Healthy Meal Services

The days are longer during the summer.. but ain’t nobody got time for spending the whole day cooking! Healthy meal delivery is the WAY. TO. GO!

There are a lot of different services that make it easy to make healthy meals at home. There’s blue apron, green chef, home chef, and more. For this post, I’m talking about Hello Fresh!

I get the meals for two since it’s just my husband and I, but I always get at least 3 servings out of it. It comes pre-portioned and ready to cut and cook! And life hack.. the recipes are all online. You don’t even have to buy the boxes 😉

The meal pictured below is beef bulgogi – but they also have vegetarian boxes. I’ve also added an example of the recipe card! I also LOVE using kits like these to meal prep for the week. They advertise as taking about 30 minutes a meal, but it’s normally more. I’d plan on an hour of cooking.

So if you ever find yourself not feeling like cooking (story of my life).. try ordering a healthy meal kit service!

XOXO, Kim

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Your Journey is as Unique as You Are

Have you ever found yourself comparing your life with the life of others around you? You are not alone! We’ve all seen the bigger house than, the better car than, the skinnier than, the better life than, the easier path than… you get the idea. No matter how well others may think we are doing, we always see what we are yet to accomplish and what we are missing, never fully enjoying our now and preventing us from being happy. Many people think that once they obtain what they don’t currently have, they’ll finally be happy. The reality is, once we reach what we see at that next level to accomplish, we immediately start seeking for the next thing we are missing… it never ends! Here are some things to keep in mind in order to look at our lives in a different way and BE HAPPY NOW.

Tomorrow is not for granted

We are fully aware of this, yet we treat people like they’ll be around forever.  In the span of four years I lost my uncle, my grandfather, my niece (a 12-year-old beautiful girl), my dad, and my grandmother. I was left feeling like I didn’t enjoy them enough, didn’t love them enough, and like I could have done more to have a better relationship with them. Those loses taught me that I need to enjoy my loved ones now, tell them I love them today, spend quality time with them on a day to day basis and not on a holiday basis, to appreciate them every single day and to love fully and intensely today.

Everyone struggles in different ways

That some struggles are not out for everyone to see, doesn’t mean that they are not happening. For instance, while some people are overwhelmed and financially tight raising a family, some others may be struggling with fertility issues and not being able to start a family. Some people struggle trying

to get a big promotion while others can’t find a job to sustain their family. Everyone goes through challenging times and every struggle is important. Therefore, it is important to not compare our lives with the lives of others; we don’t know what they are going through behind closed doors.

Have realistic goals and acknowledge your successes

It is great to have goals, want to improve and grow; however, make sure to set realistic goals. You can’t just say “I want to be a millionaire and set that as a goal”; that’s to broad and farfetched depending on where you are in life. It is better to set smaller short-term goals that keep updating as we achieve milestones and that go in line with a long-term goal. This way we can celebrate those smaller successes, measure our improvement and stay on track.

Make time to smell the roses

No matter how crazy life gets, make some time to have fun, take a breather, have me time, enjoy time with friends and family, or find a hobby. The point is to do something for pleasure, be fully present and enjoy it to the maximum.

This is your journey, make the best of it!

Stay true – Chantal

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Summer Skincare

Summer is in full force.. which means a ton of time in the sun and by the pool! But sun damage is REAL and chlorine can be super drying to your skin. Here are a few easy and natural tips to ease summer skin damage and keep yourself glowy all season long.

  • Aloe vera is amazing for any sunburns, dry patches, and to drink! In addition to being super soothing on your skin, it also has a lot of antioxidant properties. Buy some fresh aloe vera to put on, or some aloe vera juice with pulp to digest!
  • Coconut oil is great to put in your hair before AND after swimming. The oil before hand will keep your hair from getting too tangled and dried out. It can also act as a hair mask to add some extra moisture after you’re done swimming! You can even leave it in overnight for some extra love.
  • Add some vaseline to your skin care routine! If your cuticles get dry from swimming, rub some vaseline on it. Put some on rough patches on your feet. You can even add it around your eyes to prevent crows feet from squinting in the sun!

What are your favorite summer skincare hacks? Let us know in the comments!

XOXO, Kim