Category Archives for Health and Fitness

Plano Balloon Festival Runs

It’s time to break out your running shoes and participate in Plano’s most memorable and talked about yearly races at this years Plano Balloon Festival Runs! This year there will be 4 races, something for everyone! This year will include a half marathon, relay, 5K or 1K. Come read more about the races and sign up today!

What: Plano Balloon Festival Runs for the Whole Family

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 5K and 1K

  • 7:30 AM 5K Run/Walk Start
  • 9:30 AM 1K Fun Run/Walk Start
  • 9:30 AM 5K Awards Ceremony


Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Half Marathon and Relay

  • 7:00 AM Half Marathon & Relay Start. Relay Exchange Point Opens
  • 9:30 AM Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

If you are really adventurous there is a Sky-High Challenge where you can run in BOTH days! (The half marathon and the 5K).  There is even a 3rd metal involved!!

As you run and walk you will have the best views of the balloons taking off for their morning departures. The balloons will be launching at 7 am on both race days. You will not want to miss this!!

All participants will receive a commemorative finisher medal featuring 7 hot air balloons.  Participants will also receive two tickets to the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival plus parking on race day! That will be worth the race itself! There are so many activities lasting all day and into the night so you will definitely want to come back and bring the whole family for this special day.

Registration fees depend on your age and races you enter. Please see the Plano Festival Runs page for more info on this as well as packet pick up and FAQ’s for the Race. Sign ups are happening right now so dust off those running shoes and get ready to have so much fun!

****GIVEAWAY*****Are you interested in running in the race? Comment below with why you want to run in this race as we are giving away one FREE race registration to someone that comments!!

6 Healthy Tips to Help Busy Moms Relax

Spavia Day Spa located in West Plano is a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day. Affordable, luxury day spa so you can frequently relax, escape and thrive – Voted Plano’s Best Day Spa and Massage! Here are their 6 Healthy Tips to Help Busy Moms Relax.

Enjoy a warm cup of your favorite Tea:   Taking a short time out for ‘yourself’.  Spavia offers a complimentary seasonal tea bar to enchant and relax before and after your treatments.  Spring and summer teas include strawberry hibiscus, blueberry, chamomile lemon, mint, ginger peach and more.

Lavender Linen Spray. The scent of lavender is known to help reduce stress and anxiety levels Spray pillow and bed sheets with a lavender linen spray at home.  Lavender can be found at Spavia throughout the guest experience including in our warm, neck wraps offered to each guest as well as in the treatment rooms to further enhance the relaxation experience. 

Exercise.   Great to relieve stress, improve mood, can be social.  Spavia Day Spa offers sports massages as well as deep tissue and hot stone therapeutic massages to relieve inflammation or tension in those overworked muscles. 

Lose Yourself in a Book.   Escape from the every day for a few minutes with a good book.  At Spavia, they have curated the most special, uplifting books offered in our retreat rooms to help lose yourself in the experience of mind, body and soul rejuvenation. 

Plan a Girls’ Day.   Uninterrupted adult conversation, much-needed laughs, and connection with friends. At Spavia, they offer Spalabrations to allow ladies to relax and escape together in our cozy, private retreat rooms.

Take a Hot Bath. Taking time for yourself…. Escaping..  proven to relieve stress.  Add some Epson salt and your favorite lotions and essential oils to further enhance relaxation and reduce stress.  Spavia offers handmade bath bombs that smell incredible and leave the skin soft and moisturized.  They also offer a tropical selection of organic lotions created from plant extracts that are used in the massage treatments as well.

Get Away. Take a Break. Immerse Yourself. Retreat to Spavia Day Spa.

Here’s a great offer just for Plano Moms;

 Plano moms always receive a complimentary Island Escape of their choice to any full priced 60 min or greater massage, facial or body wrap.  Must present coupon at checkout with each visit.  Island Escapes choices include:

 Island Bliss hand or foot treatment – A unique blend of exotic nut extracts rapidly hydrates skin and locks in the moisture to hydrate and nourish your skin. A nourishing, vitamin-rich body butter is applied to your hands with Fijian crushed shelled mitts, the warmth of hot stones and a hand massage to enhance the experience leaving your hands silky soft!

  • Fijian perfecting hand or foot treatment – Discover the South Pacific secret to beautiful skin with this amazing two in one treatment. With naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy agents in raw sugar cane, and the deeply moisturizing and nourishing properties of cold- pressed virgin coconut and drift nut oils, this natural body polishing treatment enhances your skin’s own natural rejuvenation process for a glowingly beautiful skin. Add this hand treatment to any massage or facial to buff away dry, dead skin and leave your hands or feet feeling incredibly soft and smooth!
  •  Fijian warmed-oil scalp treatment – A traditional Fijian coconut bowl is used to slowly drizzle warmed exotic nut oils that are then massaged gently into the scalp and neck restoring balance and leaving hair shiny and healthy. A luxurious and relaxing enhancement!
  • flawless foundation match – A 10 min makeup application with our clean and pure mineral makeup. Includes a color match, foundation application, concealer and bronzer for a flawless finish to any skin care service.

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PowerKids Sports and Fitness

Do You Ever Think About How Much Money You Spend on Gourmet Coffee?

Think about this for a sec. In a two-parent household, if both parents grab a tall latte every morning, there’s $300 gone for the month. Let’s not even think about the 15,000 calories that go along with those few moments of decadence.

For FAR less than the short-term cost of those lattes, you can take charge of creating a new culture of fitness within your household, and you’ll no longer have to consider what those 15,000 calories are doing to your body, your immediate wallet, and the long-term wallet that’ll undoubtedly be affected when the medical costs of such consumption eventually catch up with you.

With their new Elite Family Membership, put $100 per month back in your wallet, watch that waistline shrink, and feel good about setting for your family an example of the importance of taking charge of having a healthy body.



  • Includes 4 classes per week
  • Includes 6 hours per month open gym
  • Discounts on camps & birthday parties
  • 3 free PowerParents group training sessions per month
  • 1 free week of camp per year
  • $198 per month – no registration fees
  • Register here


Offer for Plano Moms: The offer exclusive to Plano Moms is $25 off 1 week of camp AND get 1 free day to use anytime all summer.


PowerKids Sports and Fitness offers uniquely creative and fun fitness experiences for the entire family – babies through adults – in a small and personal boutique setting. Go check it out!


9Round Night Out

9Round in Plano is hosting a fun night out in June. Come out and SWEAT IT OUT!  Dj Shawn Lee will be there spinning the jams as well as booths set up with FREE Giveaways and Raffles and a chance to win 6 months FREE of unlimited workouts! Plus discounted memberships all night long!


9Round Night Out


Wednesday, June 7 at 4 PM – 8 PM


9Round Plano Preston/Plano Pkwy

5017 W Plano Pkwy #250, Plano, Texas 75093


Dj Shawn Lee – Dallas Spirits Baseball
Lyfe Kitchen
The Juice Shack
State Farm
Rhoan Hernandez Mortgage

This sounds like a great event so mark your calendars now! 

More about 9round:

9Round is a specialized fitness center for people who want a unique, fun, and proven workout that guarantees results. 9Round offers a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. The programs consist of a proprietary system of nine challenging workout stations developed by a World Champion Kickboxer.

9Round works because it includes everything you need: a full-body workout that’s fast, effective and fun… personal trainers to help you… and expert nutritional guidance. And it’s all based on the latest exercise and nutritional science.

Located in Plano, 9Round  is all about fun and fitness The Plano Parkway 9Round Fitness Gym is located at the intersection of Preston and Plano Pkwy next to Red Hot & Blue.

What you need to know about Sunburn

Well, it is that time of year again, summer.  With the warmer weather, most people will be enjoying an increase in outdoor activities such as baseball games, gardening, and swimming.  As we spend more time outside, we increase our exposure to ultraviolet radiation. If the proper precautions aren’t taken, this increased exposure to UV rays can lead to the unfortunate consequence of sunburn.  The CDC reported that over 43% of adults have had a sunburn in the past year.

So you may be asking yourself, “What is the big deal about a little sunburn?” A sunburn is the skin reddening caused by overexposure to the harmful ultraviolet radiation which can come from the sun or from artificial sources like a sun lamp.    There are three wavelengths of light given off by the sun UVA, UVB, and UVC.  The UVC never reaches the earth, but the UVA and UVB both reach the earth and are able to penetrate skin and cause skin damage.  The obvious sign of exposure is red skin, but under the surface of the skin the UV radiation can alter DNA, and prematurely ages the skin. Overtime DNA damage can lead to skin cancers.


How do you prevent a sunburn?  Stay out of the sun from 10 am to 4 pm this is when the sun is the strongest.  Wear wide brim hats to protect your face, and sunglasses with UV protection to prevent eye damage.  Wear clothing made with sun protective fabric, most of these garments will have a special label that indicates the level of UV protection.  And last but not least, the American Dermatology association recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater.  Apply sunscreen generously and frequently, at least every two hours.  

Although prevention is the best method to prevent skin damage, as the CDC reported, at least 43% of adults suffered from a sunburn in the last year.  So what should you do to treat your sunburn?  Take frequent cool baths to help cool the skin, then use a moisturizer after to help trap water in your skin.  You can use a lotion with aloe vera or soy to help soothe the skin.  Drink plenty of water and take ibuprofen or aspirin to help decrease inflammation. You should protect any sunburned skin from additional sun exposure while it heals.

Enjoy your time outside while the weather is nice, but be mindful of protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.  Take precautions to prevent sunburn and skin damage.  

Credit: Amy Buford is a native of Louisiana.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from  LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans.  She graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, and did her training in Emergency Medicine at UT Houston at Hermann Memorial Hospital in the Medical Center.  She is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She currently lives in the Houston area and is active in the community.

If you have any Symptoms or are worried about Sunburn and it’s effects, Elite Care is the new standard in Emergency Room Medical Care.  They practice serious ER medicine, just like a hospital ER, but with these important differences:

  • VIP treatment for all patients
  • Special pediatric room
  • Comfortable NO Wait waiting room
  • High-end amenities and conveniences
  • Board certified ER physicians
  • ER physicians experienced in pediatric emergencies
  • Dedicated, friendly and professional staff
  • Fast lab results
  • Radiology Department and laboratory ON-SITE
  • Pharmacy services with immediate Rx access

This is a sponsored message with useful tips and info for Plano Moms, provided by our friends at

Elite Care Plano, 2000 N. Dallas Parkway, Ste 100 (at the corner of Park & The Tollway)

Plano, TX 75093


Swimming Lessons for Kids

As summer is fast approaching make sure you have swimming lessons checked off your to-do list! It’s so important for little kids to learn how to swim! It’s a life skill and especially important with the upcoming swimming months. Here are some great places to look to when planning out swimming lessons for your kids.

Places to Go

Elmer Swim School Several locations around the area


Safe Splash Swim School

AquaFit in Plano

Swim Baby Swim Swim/Float/Swim Method, works great for babies!

The Texas Pool 

The Plano Parks and Rec have several places where you can take kids for a very affordable price. These will be group lessons. I’ve always had great luck with the lessons offered at the Aquatic Center. They seem to be smaller group sizes and really good teachers. Just a Mom tip!

In-Home Swim Teachers

The following are swim teachers that some of our own Plano Moms have used with their kids.

Ms. Patty at Swim All Your Life

Jennifer LeMay I have personally used her with my own kids. She will come to your house if you have a pool! I highly recommend her!

Ms. Jill at Sea Pines Swim You go to her house for lessons.

Swim with Prim You go to her house for lessons.

Ann at Ann’s Swim Classes You go to her house to swim


Do you have a great swimming place not on our list? Tell us about it and we will add it here!

How to avoid the Mosquitos this season!

As we spend more time outside in the season, we are exposed to mosquitos and therefore mosquito bites. These bites are not only itchy and uncomfortable but mosquito bites can also be a vector for infectious diseases They transmits viruses such as West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis virus, and Zika virus, to name a few.

These viruses are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Adult female mosquitos feed on blood of hosts such as bird, humans or horses. When mosquitoes feed on blood, they salivate prior to and during feeding. If the mosquito feeds on a host that is infected with a virus, she may become infected with the virus. She then feeds on a new host and transmits the virus through her saliva while she is feeding. Once the virus is transmitted, the new host may become ill and develop symptoms of encephalitis. More commonly, the new host is only slightly ill or experiences no symptoms of the virus. This is because the host has developed antibodies to fight the virus.

Avoiding mosquito bites is the best strategy to prevent acquiring mosquito borne viruses. Controlling the mosquito population inside and outside of your home is instrumental to preventing the spread of infectious diseases caused by mosquitos. To control mosquitos outside of your home, empty any containers that hold water, like buckets, flower pot saucers, or trash containers. Use an outdoor flying insect spray where mosquitoes rest.

For prevention of mosquitoes in your home, keep the windows and doors closed and use air conditioning when possible. To prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in your home, once a week empty containers that hold water such as vases and flower pot saucers. Kill mosquitoes in your home by using an indoor fogger.
When outside wearing long pants and sleeves, this decreases area of skin exposed for mosquitoes to feed. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. When used as directed, an EPA-registered product ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for safety and effectiveness. EPA-registered insect repellents are even safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Did you know?

When using these products:
-Always follow the product label instructions
-Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing
-if you are using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying the insect repellent.

This is a sponsored message with useful tips and info for Plano Moms, provided by our friends at

Elite Care Plano, 2000 N. Dallas Parkway, Ste 100 (at the corner of Park & The Tollway)

Plano, TX 75093

For more information on this or any other medical issue for you and your family, go and visit them!


Why High Intensity Interval Training Workouts Work

Gone are the days of spending hours on cardio machines, lining the floors of big-box gyms you dedicate your afternoon, or early mornings too. Self-proclaimed ‘cardio queens’ work-out at their max capacity, to reach a certain calorie burn before allowing themselves to be finished with their daily workout. Would you still commit all this time if you knew you could achieve the same results, if not more, with short intervals of the same workout?

High-intensity interval training made its way onto the fitness scene as a hype word in 2014. Per the American College of Sports Medicine, it was one of the top two fitness trends in 2014 and has been gaining momentum ever since, due to its measurable results. High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a technique where you go all-out for short sets, exerting your max effort, to quickly be followed by an active recovery segment, or a full recovery.

The advantage HIIT provides the body is an afterburn effect called “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption” (EPOC). This simply means, your workout creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to continuously burn during your recovery segments. As a result, your body will burn more fat and calories, than your steady state workout counterparts.

Some other great advantages high-intensity interval training carries is increased metabolism, for longer stints of time. Quick and easy workouts to throw together, especially if you are away from your home gym/studio. Minimal equipment needed normally. HIIT workouts lend themselves to body weight exercising and heart-rate focus. Get up, get moving, and start burning!

“Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout.”

Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind group personal training interval fitness concept that is sweeping the nation. It’s a 60-minute workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Participants can burn up to 500 calories per 1-hour training session! You will also keep burning calories from 24-36 hours after each session getting the ‘after burn’ effect! Orange invokes energy, youthfulness, vitality, and health. This is the concept behind Orangetheory Fitness.

There are 2 locations in Plano, one off Dallas Parkway and one off of Preston Road.  Are you ready to get your heart pumping and try out a class? Orangetheory of Plano is offering a great deal for Plano Moms! You can try your first class for FREE!

**Plano Moms save $120 a year on an OTF membership when they give the code, “Plano Moms Rock” at the studio when signing up for an Elite or Premier Membership. Must be redeemed at a DFW studio only. Your first class is always FREE! Call the studio to set up.



Questions to Ask a Pediatrician

Are you on the hunt for a new pediatrician? Maybe you are pregnant and you are looking for one to care for your child after you give birth. Here are some good things to consider and questions to ask a pediatrician.

Things to Consider:

  • Distance: You will want an office close to your house. When you have a sick child the last thing you want to have to do is drive far away just to get to the office. Make sure it’s reasonably close by.
  • Parking/Getting Inside: There’s nothing worse than not being able to actually park at a doctor’s office. Do a drive by and see if there is adequate parking or how far the office is in the building. When you’re carrying a newborn or even a toddler, you want an easy in and out place!

When you’ve narrowed your search down go to some visits and schedule a tour and a meeting with the potential doctor. They should allow a meeting after hours! Here are some things to ask about.

Things to Ask a Pediatrician:

  • Ask their credentials. Don’t be afraid to do this. A board certified doctor will be certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
  • Office Hours?
  • Ask about after hours and what happens when you have a sick child when the office is closed.
  • How long have they been in practice?
  • Ask about their philosophies on things like breastfeeding, circumcision, sleep training, medicines
  • What hospital are the affiliated with?

Check the office and waiting room area. Do they have a sick area and a well area? You do not want to be sitting by sickies when you are there for a well check!! Watch how the office staff handles other patients. Don’t be afraid to ask other patrons in the waiting room why they like that doctor.

Hopefully after taking these things into consideration and these questions you’ve asked you will find the right doctor for your family’s needs.