Self Care Series: Sunshine

It’s time for another segment of our Self Care Series: yay! Ok, y’all… First, I have to show you just the awesomeness (yes, it’s a word… in my book! 😉 ) of the timing of this series: 

1. May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Hello?!? Self Care = Self Love.

2. I am currently listening to Tiffany Peterson’s Mindset Makeover Series, which focuses on mindset and self care… you guys.

Ok, now that I got THAT out of the way, let’s continue. Last time, I chatted with y’all about sleep, and today I am going to talk about something that may seem totally opposite of that, but it’s equally important: SUNSHINE. Yep, sunshine!

Now, I’m not going to tell you that you need to spend hours a day soaking up the rays, because, hello: skin cancer. BUT I do think it’s really good for your body to get sunshine every single day. So, I’m going to share my routine with you, and you can cater it to your liking and schedule.

My husband and I have been beginning our day together outside. It’s beautiful, y’all… not my backyard, my backyard is just typical, the beautiful aspect is starting the day together outside. We have no rigid routine set for ourselves, we just sit out there after getting our oldest to the bus stop and the younger three kiddos play outside and eat dirt and whatnot. We’ll drink our coffee, read whatever book we happen to be working on (I am currently reading Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst), and just hang out for a bit before he has to leave for work.

What I also started doing was literally laying out in the sun. Not for the sake of tanning, because anyone who knows me knows I don’t tan (despite the fact that my mom is Hispanic, therefore making me half Hispanic… still no tan for me). However, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the feeling of the sun on my skin. I don’t know why, I can’t explain it, but I do. 

I remember laying out with my friend Amanda from college on random big rocks the campus had placed throughout the college. There we were laying out on these big rocks right outside of the UCC (I don’t even remember what UCC stands for anymore… I am so old!). The feeling of the sun on my skin is addicting.

I have been laying out for 15 minutes a day for the past couple of months. During nap time when the sun is shining the most, I’ll throw on a tank top and shorts I would never wear in public, and lay out on our outdoor couch. I set my timer so I won’t fall asleep out there, because the heat in South Texas is no joke y’all. This 15 minutes is bliss.

Here are some health benefits from getting sunshine:

– Can help to lower your cholesterol 

– Can help to lower your blood pressure

– Supports your immune system

– Elevate your mood

– Creates Vitamin D in your body

– Improves the appearance of your skin

**Note: We all know that prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer, so keep these times brief. If you’re going to be in the sunshine for more than 15 minutes, then you’ll want to protect your skin. Preferably with a natural sun screen!**

I wanna hear from you! Do you enjoy being out in the sun?

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New Braunfels Camping

This past weekend we went camping again! Well “glamping,” as my friend Angie calls it. I’ll admit, it’s not quite “roughing it” like camping in tents, but when you’re taking along your 4 year old, 2 year old, and 1 year old, camping in your dad’s travel trailer is pretty close!

So, I got us lost again driving there (my husband really should fire me from being the navigator), but it was worth the confusion and extra time getting there. We actually got to Huaco RV Park when it was dark outside, so I was in for an amazing surprise in the morning. See?

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Noah led me down to the river in the morning to go throw rocks while Timmy slept. My soul was already being filled with goodness and sunshine. Once all the boys woke up we all went to Landa Park. Best. Park. Ever. Seriously, I want to move to New Braunfels just for this park (and the scenery, and the river, and the hiking trail).

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We went to the playground and I was already razzled and dazzled. Geese, squirrels and deer were surrounding the park while we played. There were multiple playgrounds arranged by age. A little free library was nestled in between playgrounds, and creative monkey bars were made in to a fire truck. My boys could have stayed here for hours, but we had a potty training 2 year old.

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Since we worked up an appetite at Landa Park my dad took us to Naegelin’s Bakery, the oldest bakery in Texas. Yummm. It was delicious and the service was great. Even though we came in with 3 hungry and excited little boys, the workers were so sweet and helpful. They have a variety of options from decorated cookies, donuts, breads, and pastries. I apologize in advance for not taking a picture of my donut, but if you ever go you need to get this donut. Here is what it is: a glazed donut BUT the donut hole hasn’t been taken out and they filled it with a chocolate cream that you’ll want to swim in. Y’all, seriously it’s delicious!

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After that we headed back to Huaco RV Park to eat some lunch and take a nap. Little Isaac decided to take a nap next to me, and I didn’t mind at all. I got a good one hour snooze in. It was a rare occurrence. Once we all woke up we went down to the river. Now, lucky for us, it was Friday so we had the river pretty much to ourselves. We did what young boys do best: explore and throw rocks. Note to self: when planning on playing in the river, bring better shoes than Old Navy flip flops. I almost lost one! Before we knew it, it was dinner time. We spent the rest of the day relaxing outside, playing cars and killing ants.

On Saturday we had a mission: ride the train at Landa Park! After breakfast we headed for the park. We arrived a little early so we got some wiggles out on the playground before going riding on the train. Noah and Tim wanted to ride the caboose so we rode on the back. It was well worth the wait. The tracks take you all around Landa Park: the playgrounds, the river and past the swimming pool. The conductor was very friendly too, and dressed the part!

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The rest of our time was spent at the RV Park. We explored the river, and enjoyed the natural springs swim area that was in the park as well. If we didn’t have our kiddos with us, we would have tubed down the river, but we settled for splashing around the shallow areas and throwing rocks. We all had a blast. We will be going back for sure next summer!

I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures, now go outside and make some of your own! Go feed your soul and get some sunshine! What do you love about the outdoors?