Destin..My Favorite Place To Be

This weekend, I am visiting one of my favorite places–Destin, Florida. I’m so excited because it’s been years since I’ve been to Destin, and I’m here with my siblings. I love it because it’s quiet and the beach is clear, and warm. So lovely!

The weather has been beautiful. Yesterday, it was sunny, with a cool breeze. The forecast predicted rain, but we were so thankful that it turned out to be a gorgeous day.

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This morning, I went for a jog with my sister and brother along the scenic route. It was a great way to start the day. I never used to like exercising while I was on vacation, but now I make it a part of my day, and I enjoy it.

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We made a late breakfast at home, and hit the beach in the afternoon. After we soaked up the sun for a few hours, we lay by the pool for a little while.

Yesterday, we rode a pontoon for the first time, and it was tons of fun! My brother navigated for most of the time while the girls lounged around. We took it out in the early afternoon until the evening, and packed our lunch and snacks with us for the day. I even drove it myself for a while, but it wasn’t long before my sister pointed out that I was going in circles, so I gave the wheel back to my brother. They say I’m not the most skilled driver, but I beg to differ 🙂

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Yesterday evening, my sister Nina and my sister-in-law Areej cooked dinner for us. They made baked chicken breasts with onions and potatoes, quinoa, and avocado and tomato salad. It was yummy and healthy! Today is our last day before we head back to New Orleans tomorrow. I hope you’re having a great a Labor Day holiday, wherever you are!

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Seafood and What It Does For Your Health

I came across this on the Twitterverse today, and I thought it was neat. There is a website called SeafoodHealthFacts.org that provides the health benefits and risks of eating seafood. Since I currently live in New Orleans, the land of seafood, I thought it was pretty cool.

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I never used to think much about the food I consumed and its affect on our health, until after I got sick. That’s when I became really interested in learning about how foods can help us heal. Lots of different seafood offer proteins, vitamins and minerals. The website includes credible and detailed information on:

  • The nutritional benefits of various species of seafood
  • Seafood safety, sustainability, regulations
  • The risk vs. benefits of consuming seafood

I’m a New Orleans girl at heart, and I grew up cracking crawfish and crab legs. So, this is good news for me and my health. But how about a fried shrimp po’boy with all the trimmings? Mmmm! Does that count?

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa at Tampa Bay

This week, I am visiting my family in Tampa, Florida. It was a spontaneous, last-minute decision (unlike me), but I’m so glad I decided to come. My sister is an expert at convincing people to do these things! But I also want to take advantage of my time off to see family that I don’t often have a chance to see during the usual work-life grind. I am visiting my cousins and their four beautiful boys (photos to come). The girls booked a spa day as a treat. What mom of four boys doesn’t need a spa day, anyway?!

We visited the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa at Tampa Bay. I learned a little bit of history while I was there too, which I love. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the shores of what is now Tampa Bay, landing near mineral springs that were used by natives for nearly 10,000 years. He believed he had found the Fountain of Youth, and named the waters “Espiritu Santo Springs”–Springs of the Holy Spirit. The springs were said to cure certain ailments, drawing thousands of visitors to the city every year. The spa is now located there. I loved this story of healing, whether it is factual or theoretical. You can read the full story below.

We tried to do as much as we could before it was time to pick up the kids from school in the afternoon. I managed to make it to a Pilates class. It was my first time trying Pilates, and I really liked it. (Although I’m a yoga lover.) I’d like to try another class again. After Pilates, I had a twenty five minute, back and shoulder massage, followed by a facial. The massage was great, since I carry a lot of my stress in my neck and shoulders. I enjoyed the facial too. I had a pro peel, which contains four different acids that provides a deep exfoliation for your skin. I mentioned in a previous post, that my skin has been extremely irritated lately, most likely from the stress of my transition in moving back home. I told the esthetician that I needed all the help I could get! Overall, we thought the service was average, but we enjoyed the day together anyway.

Espiritu Santo Springs

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After our spa treatment, we had lunch at the resort. I ordered clam chowder to start and surf and turf for my entre. It was yummy. We finished off our meals with cappuccinos, which were delicious! After we picked up the troops, we headed home. I wanted to continue the day of relaxation, so I topped it off with poolside yoga and meditation. It’s been a very long time since I meditated, and it felt wonderful. I really hope to incorporate more meditation throughout my day. I’m grateful for the day, and I hope to visit more health and wellness spas.

Surf n Turf: Petite filet mignon and Gulf shrimp with rice pilaf and sauteed vegetables

Petite filet Mignon and Gulf shrimp with rice pilaf and sauteed vegetables

safety harbor cappuccino