Benefits of Eating a Hearty Breakfast

Starting your day right begins at the table where you eat a nice breakfast. It’s beneficial to know that a healthy morning meal is good for the brain and the body to function its full potential. So if you’re curious and want to be more encouraged to eat in the morning, here are the benefits of eating a hearty breakfast.

5 Reasons Why Eating Breakfast is Important

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Energy

If you sleep regularly, there are probably around 8 to 12 hours since your last meal which is dinner. So by the time you wake up and eat breakfast, you are already very hungry with little food to burn for energy. Your morning meal is a way for you to replenish your lost energy and to bring back your glucose levels since it’s your main energy source. The best foods to eat for breakfast are those with high fiber and carbohydrates which can help you feel energized from the start of the day. a study from the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition concluded that a high-carb breakfast gave people more energy than eating a high-carb breakfast.

Concentration

A breakfast with the right balance of all the nutrients and minerals can help keep you alert and productive throughout your day. A research done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information says that healthy breakfast eating habits influence attention span and concentration abilities. In their study, the test group that ate breakfast performed better and had higher scores in subjects such as Science and English compared to the test group that didn’t eat their morning meal.

Vitamins and Minerals

Eating breakfast is a great opportunity to start your day with healthy and nutritious food. These help your body absorb the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that it needs to meet daily. These are needed by your body for proper functioning and maintenance of a healthy system.

Weight Maintenance

Do not think that when you skip breakfast, it’ll help you lose weight. Skipping meals is not healthy and will give you an urge to binge. Breakfast enhances the body’s metabolism and if you eat healthy food at the start of your day, it helps keep your stomach feel a healthy kind of fullness.

Basis for a Healthy Overall Diet

Most breakfast foods are healthy and good for the body. Typical foods eaten in the morning are oatmeal, milk, fruits, eggs. If you consume those regularly, then you start a foundation for a healthy diet and you let your body get used to those.

What’s a Healthy Breakfast?

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You might ask what makes a breakfast healthy? There are so many foods to eat for breakfast that are beneficial for your body and it’s really up to you and your self-discipline if you’ll eat those. Since our daily lives are very busy and instant processed food may seem convenient, you should remember that these are full of sugar and preservatives. Avoid eating sugary cereals and fatty bacon for breakfast to avoid feeling bloated and lazy throughout the day (unless your o. You have to get used to preparing and eating healthy breakfast that consists of whole grains, dairy, and fruits. Adding a protein source can also help you feel full longer and these are peanut butter, eggs, fish or other lean meats.

Newest Home Design Trends to Watch Out For in 2018

2018 is drawing closer and there’s no better way than to start the year fresh with some new home decor. 2017 has been a year full of 80’s throwbacks, so now the trend is reconnecting with old designs and applying them to the modern day home. We looked into the forecasted 2018 home design trends and we found very eye-catching details.

Home Design Trends in 2018

Metal

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Metallic home pieces, especially brass and silver, are making a comeback. It’s said to be another trend that will continue to ramp up until the next year. These items do not have to be dominant in a room but can be used as accents or sparkle. Another ideal use would be a metallic table to accompany wooden tables or traditional upholstered sofa. Using metal items will add shine to your rooms and can break the dullness.

Art Walls

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People nowadays are appreciating art more, so having art-decorated walls are an upcoming trend as well. Art pieces are excellent to be displayed on plain-colored walls, especially white so that they would stand out.

Geometric Designs

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Another style that’s slowly gaining popularity is geometric patterns. With the chaos of everyday work and life, geometric patterns give a sense of organization and form. Although do not overdo this style as it can overwhelm your house or your room. Incorporate it in your home as an accent on pillowcases or as a wallpaper on one wall. This is best used to give life to plain colored furniture like black and white.

 

Jewel Tones

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Jewel tones or intense colors are also gaining more appreciation and will continue in the next year. These colors include fuschia, green, blue, and purple. But just like geometric patterns, these are not to be overly used for decorating your home. These colors are great for adding life or accents to simple pieces of furniture.

Black and White

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The black and white or monochrome theme is growing more popular in the next years and is a great variation of a minimalist home. Nowadays, people desire more space and organization in the home, therefore eliminating too many colors. Some people prefer this color tone for simplicity.

Greenery

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As our lives become more dependent on technology, people grow a longing to connect with nature and greenery. Aside from being Pantone color of the year in 2017, people yearn for more greens with natural and organic materials nowadays. And in connection with increasing concern for the environment, people try to build a connection with the earth. It is a symbol of new beginnings, according to Pantone, and having some green accents at home can refresh, restore, and revitalize the mind and the body.

Wood

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In connection with a desire for more greenery, people are also appreciating wood even more. With the growth of rustic themes in the past years, wood is gaining more attention and is a growing popular choice. Earth tones and dark wood are making a comeback and will gain momentum in 2018, which will replace the previous light wood choice. The darker color gives a more natural yet powerful feel.

These are just some of the many trends to expect in 2018 but we hope we were able to give you some ideas on how to revamp your home. Combining some of these styles can result in wonderful and very modern ideas that can give your home a more updated look.

12 Best Relationship Advice for Military Couples

As you may or may not know, Kacey and I are a military couple. We have experience living apart while I was deployed and, I admit, it was very challenging. But when you do the right things as a long-distance military couple, things can go smoothly until you see each other again. With this, we’d like to share our 10 best relationship advice to keep a healthy relationship in long distance deployments.

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Get educated

If you truly love your husband or wife, ask questions prior to deployment. It can be anything about his or her job. This is a good way to help you understand and connect with what they do. With this, you can create discussions while not getting lost. This can help you build a foundation and plan out how you will keep your long-distance relationship.

Build the foundation

Before your husband leaves, you should set the foundation for how you want your relationship to work while you are apart. Agree on how you would like to communicate with each other and how often. It’s best to set clear expectations early so that both of you can cope easier with the distance.

Communicate constantly

One very obvious tip is to communicate constantly. It may seem pretty simple but getting by with a schedule isn’t very easy. You won’t be able to have a video call all the time and you may even go months without talking, but leaving messages and reaching out keeps the communication alive. Other than that you can get creative with your messages and send open-when letters.

Do things together

Being apart doesn’t have to mean you stop doing things together. You can both enjoy the same book or TV series at the same time so that you keep the connection between each other. Doing this will not make the other person feel disconnected or out of place.

Express your emotions

Do not keep your emotions bottled up. Of course, you don’t want to bombard your partner with negative feelings. But sharing your emotions genuinely can help you both get moving and understand the necessary things to make the relationship work. Being transparent can help you have an even deeper relationship with each other despite being apart.

Enjoy independence

While you are apart, live your own independence and also learn to enjoy life alone. You don’t have to spend all your time waiting for each other’s message or call. Learn new things on your own. Get a new hobby. This can help make time seem faster and keep you preoccupied while living the life you have right in front of you.

Do not compete with each other

Do not compete with your partner. This can create a gap between you and make big problems that shouldn’t even be there. Avoid talking about who is having a rougher time, or who has the better job, etc. Your partner can feel resentment when you become competitive. Both of you are working together to keep the relationship and for sure both of you are giving it your best.

Avoid noticing the flaws

Sometimes, one of you may miss a scheduled call but do not dwell on small things like this. You both have your own lives so this may be unavoidable at times. Just move on and resolve the matter. Try to agree on how to be better next time to avoid that flaw.

Be honest

When you are apart, it can be hard to fully trust a person. But to gain trust and to keep it, you should always be honest and fully transparent to your partner. Never keep things hidden and wait until your partner finds it out from another person. Always be the one to tell your partner first. Remain honest and be open to maintain a healthy relationship.

Never give up

Keeping a long-distance relationship together is a choice you have to make each day that you are apart. To survive, you should never give up. Things can be up and down along the way you have to stay strong and determined to be in that relationship.

Introspection

Meditate and take this time to examine not only yourself but your relationship.  What do you want out of your relationship?  What do you expect of your partner?  What are some of your flaws?  You have only time to examine yourself and make yourself better.  This is not only for your spouse but mainly for you.  This is a huge luxury that not many couples get, capitalize on it.

Take the time to examine the past arguments you’ve had with your spouse to see if there was something you could have done differently.  Were you simply being stubborn?   Focus on the things you miss about your spouse and why, exactly, do you miss them.

Expectation Management

There will be a lot of expectations generated throughout the time away.  One spouse may be expecting many nights of mind-blowing passion in to the early hours of the morning, while the other might just want a break from the kids and some quiet time.  This lack of understanding coupled with high expectation creates a ridiculous amount of tension.  This tension, can be devastating to a relationship.  It can certainly cause one spouse to shut down or the other to feel as if no support is being given.

Recognize the early signs of high expectation with Introspection.  During a long deployment, emotions can run high.  Abnormally high.  These won’t be normal feelings, they will amplified, and with these feelings come amplified expectations.  Don’t get caught in the cycle of thought that leads to unreasonably high expectations.

We hope our 10 tips will help you and your partner live through the long distance military relationship. It may be difficult, but remember that the important thing is to understand each other along the way.

Home Security Tips Against Thieves this Halloween

It’s almost Halloween and before we participate in any trick-or-treat activities, it is important to secure your house. Many kids and adults will be knocking on your door soon for candies and treats, but remember to keep your house safe with our home security tips against thieves this Halloween.

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5 Home Security Tips Against Thieves this Halloween

Turn lights on

According to Crime Prevention Security Systems, burglars thrive in the dark. Halloween is a night that encourages you to keep your lights out for a more spooky experience, but keeping it on will keep you and your home safe. Importantly keep your porch’s light on so that you can see trick-or-treaters who will ring your doorbell.

Keep company

Celebrate Halloween at home with friends or family. Just in case an intruder is eyeing your home, they’ll get discouraged because you are not home alone. Most thieves target houses that are empty, so having companions at with you will put your house off their list.

Be prepared for pranksters

Halloween is a night full of treats and tricks, so prepare yourself for any pranks that people might pull off which can lead to theft.  Some people like setting up surprises so put yourself on guard by anticipating them. Watch out for the most common pranks like egging, spray painting, throwing toilet papers, spraying shaving cream, and smashing pumpkins. Some like leaving pranks inside the mailboxes so it is ideal to remove opportunities on Halloween to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Light up dark areas, so pranksters have no place to hide.  If you have a security system, ensure the security company’s logo is clearly visible.  Most Security companies have a yard sign that you can put in your yard to inform intruders and pranksters alike what they are getting into.  Even if you don’t have a security system, you can borrow a sign and put it in your yard.  Most people will not take a chance if they can be caught in the act.

Keep windows and doors locked

While your home should welcome trick-or-treaters, it is important to keep your windows, doors, and other entryways locked. This is the most basic security home measure that you can start with. Lock doors which you will not use during this time like your back door. In keeping your door secured, remember to use the peephole before giving out your candies. Also, store your garden tools inside your house. These are some items that thieves look for when breaking into your home.

Park your car in the garage

Some tricksters like targeting cars for pranks, vandalism, and theft. At this event where a lot of people are out on the streets, park your car in the garage to keep it safe. If your garage is used for storage, clean it out and keep your car in. Another reason stated by Safewise is because kids are more likely to get hit by a motor vehicle at this time compared to any regular day.

You can definitely enjoy Halloween this year while keeping your home safe with our security tips against thieves. Celebrate it with friends and family at home for a more fun experience. If you are planning on going out, don’t forget to secure your home by locking all your doors.  Have happy Halloween and safe trick-or-treating!

Is Your Candy Safe? – Trick or Treat Guidelines

Halloween is fast approaching and naturally, our kids get excited with the thought of trick-or-treating because of all the goodies they can get. Of course, as parents, we want them to enjoy while making sure that what they get as treats are safe. So we did some research and came up with some trick-or-treat candy safety guidelines that you can follow for your child’s protection before consuming their loot.

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Trick or Treat Candy Safety Guidelines

Meals before treats

Before sending out your child to trick-or-treat, give them a meal or a snack to avoid eating and binging on their treats as they go. This can avoid other potential candy risks before being inspected and sorted out. You can also prepare snacks like crackers, sandwiches or bananas which they can easily bring along.

Sort goodies

Before your kid dives into the bucket, spread the candies out on a table to inspect and sort them visually. Watch out for any broken wrappers or candies that look tampered.  According to HowStuffWorks, there have actually been documented cases of non-food items found in chocolates or candies. Nothing is scarier than food that surprises you! So it’s better to be safe! Get rid of any treats with broken wrappers including those that are out from their packaging. Even treats that aren’t commercially wrapped must be disposed.

Home-cooked treats

There are some who will give out homemade treats. While consuming these may be safe, you still don’t know what could be in them. It is best if you personally know who baked the goods or at least know where they came from. Otherwise, do not let your child consume them.

Check for choking hazards

Avoid a trip to the hospital and check for choking hazards in your child’s treats. Age-appropriateness also applies to candies and some may be too hard or difficult to chew for a small kid. This includes gummy and hard candies, gums, peanuts, and other that could get stuck in their throat. Some candies even have small toys in their packaging so look out for those too.

Watch out for allergens

Another thing that should be considered with treats is allergens. If your child is sensitive and often gets allergies, then you should check the labels to know the ingredients. This is also an advantage of commercially packed treats as they have disclosed product specifications on their wrappers.

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Halloween Trick or Treat

Trick-or-treat is a fun tradition that we want our kids to enjoy and it can be even more fun if we can ensure the safety of our children. Often missed out, candy safety is important and inspection of treats our kids get will make sure they are safe for consumption. Our candy safety guidelines is a good and short basic recommendation that will allow your kids to appreciate trick-or-treating even more. Happy Halloween!

Top Realtor Tips From the Pro: Congratulations Kacey Peace!

Hi everyone! This is Gerald. Last May, I proudly posted about my amazing wife, Kacey, for being a top seller.

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This month, I want to congratulate her again for making it to the top 100 realtors in Century 21 within the Southern Texas and Southern Louisiana region (out of approximately 2500).  To add to that, she is also one of the top 10 realtors within her own brokerage (out of approximately 150). We are super proud of her! And as a bonus, she’d like to share some tips on how to be a top seller.

 

Top Realtor Tips From the Pro

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Shadow a mentor

A good way to learn and practice is by having a good and reputable mentor to guide you on your path to becoming a professional. Learn from someone experienced enough to know the ins and outs of real estate.

Build a good network

Create your sphere of influences and write down your list of contacts. These are your buyers, sellers, prospects, investors, appraisers, loan officers, and others that have to do with your real estate transactions. You will communicate with them regularly so it’s good to build a good relationship with them.

Leverage on the use of technology and internet

People are always on their mobile phones and the best way of reaching out to them is through that. Stay updated with the latest technology and social media to market your real estate services effectively to your target clients.

Client Testimonials

Kacey takes pride in her achievements and here are some testimonials on Real Satisfied from her clients:

“She’s the best on what she does. I’m very thankful that I got to know her. She has being a blessing. I hope to get her help again when needed because I’m sure “we can do it again “. Gracias amiga…!”

– Robertina/San Antonio (Seller)

“Kacey Peace is a pleasure to work with as she is friendly, easy to talk to, and knowledgeable. She made the selling process easy and sold our property for much more than we had hoped for.

I would recommend Kacey Peace.”

– Megan Haigood Spring Branch, TX (Seller)

“I have worked with a few different reactors over the years, and Kasey was absolutely fabulous. We had to deal with several delays… and she was so helpful and patient through the entire process. Thank you Kasey for all you did.”

– Tamara Wisniewski San Antonio tx (Buyer)

Working to the Top

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While Century 21 Northside believes that real estate agents need training, marketing, support, and leads, the top realtor tips from Kacey are also necessary to become a successful realtor. We are very happy for Kacey’s achievements and we hope to gain more in the coming months!

If you have any questions, contact us right away. We’d love to help you with your real estate needs.

Ketogenic Diet 101: Benefits and How to Start

Hi everyone! Gerald and Kacey here. We’ve recently started the Ketogenic Diet and we’d like to share with you what we know and how it benefits our body. There are also certain suggested foods to eat. Read along and find out so you can start the diet too!

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

According to Healthline, the Ketogenic Diet focuses on high-fat, low-carb, and just enough protein for the liver to produce ketones which shifts the body to burning fat instead of carbohydrates. When the carbs in your body are reduced and fat is used for energy, this puts you in a natural metabolic state called ketosis.  Because of this, your body becomes more efficient in turning fat into energy and reduces the risk of some diseases. Eventually, less glucose is produced from the minimal carb intake.

Different types of Ketogenic Diet

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Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic Diet has many health benefits and here are some:

  1. Effective weight loss

    The body works more when turning fat into energy compared to making carbs into energy, thus helping speed up weight loss. Additionally, because it is high-protein, it takes a longer time to feel hungry.

  2. Lessens acne

    There are times when acne is caused by high blood sugar and an unhealthy diet from having a lot of processed and refined carbohydrates. So when you do the keto diet which is lessened carb intake, it could make the skin’s health better.

  3. Can help treat cancer

    There’s research that says the keto diet can help treat cancer. The lack of glucose from carbohydrates causes oxidative stress in cancer cells which feed off carbs in order to multiply. So if you lessen its “food”, it eventually starves to death.

  4. Lowers risk of heart disease

    It is important to note that despite being a high-fat diet, the type of fat should be considered. HDL (good) cholesterol levels increase significantly in people who follow the ketogenic diet as long as it’s the good fat being eaten. Make sure to read our previous blog post to know more about the different types of fat.

  5. Assists in brain functioning

    There are some studies that say the keto diet has significant benefits to the brain also. It can help prevent neuro diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, or can even lessen the symptoms.

How to start doing the Ketogenic Diet?

To begin doing the ketogenic diet, it is important to plan out your meals and have a diet plan ready. If you want to enter the ketogenic state faster, you should have more control over your intake of refined carbs. Stay away from foods that have a high glycemic index.

Foods to avoid

  1. Sugar

    Sugar can be found in regular food or drinks which is why natural and fresh ingredients are the best. Avoid sugary drinks and food like ice cream, cake, soda, and juice.

  2. Fruits

    Avoid fruits that are high in sugar like bananas, mangoes, apples, oranges. There are some berries are acceptable to consume but in moderation.

  3. Grains

    Limit intake of wheat and whole-grain products like bread, pasta, cereals, rice, and corn.

  4. Low-fat foods

    There are some low-fat foods that are higher in carb and sugar. A perfect example is low-fat milk.

  5. Starch

    Avoid starchy root vegetables like potatoes and yams as these can be high in carbohydrates.

  6. Trans-fats

    Most trans-fats are hydrogenated which can be bad for the body. Avoid margarine or other butter replacements.

What your diet should look like

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Top 10 Foods That Will Help You Sleep Better

We have been experiencing difficulty in sleeping lately because of our very busy schedule and because we are constantly on-the-go. So, we wanted to naturally solve our problem and we came up with a list of the top 10 foods that will help you sleep better. These foods contain natural substances that help induce sleep. Some of the items included here will seem familiar as you’ve probably read it from our previous posts because we are all for keeping our body healthy and fit with the best foods.

Kale

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Kale is one well-known superfood and has many uses which include being a sleep-inducer. What’s in it? It is high in calcium which aids the brain in using tryptophan to produce more melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. Other green options would be spinach or mustard leaves which are also high in calcium.

 

Banana

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Bananas are packed with potassium, magnesium, tryptophan, and melatonin. Potassium and magnesium act as muscle relaxants which help the body be ready to sleep. Furthermore, the tryptophan is an important amino acid in converting serotonin which is a sleep-inducing signal to the brain and the melatonin also acts as a sleep hormone. According to Livestrong, a study suggests that as these increase in your body, the drowsy feeling will kick in and help you fall asleep.

Almonds

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Almond is another food that is rich in magnesium, amino acids, and other vitamins that help in achieving quality sleep. Magnesium is also known as a headache remedy and people who are deficient in this mineral can experience sleep difficulties. Consuming almonds with honey and milk is a great bedtime snack and you’ll doze off in no time.

Cherry juice

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Researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester have concluded from their study that a glass of cherry juice helped their subjects sleep faster and showed improvements in their sleep pattern. In another study conducted, increased melatonin production was significant in those who took the juice. This can help troubled sleepers improve their sleep quality and have longer rest.

Cereals

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A bowl of cereal before bed is a great way to end the day and help you catch some zzz’s. Make sure though that these are low-sugar, whole-grain cereals to make it a healthy snack that won’t give you a sugar rush. Food with complex carbohydrates helps keep tryptophan stay longer in the bloodstream, thus, prolonging the sleep-inducing feeling as well. Top this off with some bananas, yogurt, and cherries for better effects.

Walnuts

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Walnuts contain a lot of tryptophan which is also called the “body clock” hormone according to Reader’s Digest because it helps set your sleep-wake cycles. They even contain a good amount of melatonin that helps people sleep better because it makes them drowsy at night.

Salmon

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Another very healthy food is salmon, which is also considered to be a great sleep-inducing food because of the vitamin B6 it contains that produces sleep hormones. Other fishes that are also sleep-stimulants are cod, halibut, tuna, and snapper. These contain enough protein to keep you full throughout the night but are light enough to not make you feel bloated.

Yogurt

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Yogurt is a good bedtime snack but watch out for those that contain high amounts of sugar as these can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels and keep you awake. It is best to consume plain or greek yogurt and combine it with naturally sweetened fruits that are also sleep-inducing like cherries, bananas, walnuts, almonds or cereals.

Chamomile tea

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Drinking a cup of warm chamomile tea 30 minutes before sleeping can help alleviate stress and make the drinker have better sleep. According to National Center for Biotechnology Information, chamomile is famous as a sleep inducer because of its substances that are sedative and have relaxing effects on the brain.

Chickpeas

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Chickpeas, like salmon, contain significant amounts of vitamin B6 that is essential for the body’s production of serotonin, a hormone the helps you rest well. Chickpeas are usually made into hummus but you can also use it in salads or as a siding to your favorite viand. You can even use it as a substitute to mashed potato!

Conclusion on the Top 10 Foods That Will Help You Sleep Better

Staying fit is a top priority and eating foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals are very important. The top 10 foods that will help you sleep better are not only healthy but also naturally contain the substances that you need to achieve enough sleep and rest that your body needs.

Top Things to Do in San Antonio

Hi everyone! It’s Gerald and Kacey here. We’ve had the time to go around and look for things to do in San Antonio this weekend. So we came up with a list of sights and tours that we think you will enjoy when you visit San Antonio.

Top 8 Things to Do in San Antonio

San Antonio Riverwalk Cruise

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Experience one of the most famous sights in San Antonio with the San Antonio Riverwalk Cruise. You can learn everything you need to know about San Antonio River in this 35-minute comprehensive riverboat tour and covers 1.5 miles of the River Walk. What we loved about this quick tour is the very informative and entertaining captain that gave us lots of historical facts. The river is a great start to get introduced to the city because of its very serene and welcoming atmosphere.

The Alamo

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Another popular sight in San Antonio is The Alamo that says a lot about the early history of Texas. You can walk and take a tour of its grounds and learn to appreciate San Antonio. This is a prime spot in our area and you shouldn’t miss this place when visiting the town.

San Antonio Mission Tours

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The Mission Tour visits four historic sites in San Antonio. It gives visitors an idea of how life was like during the 18th century. These sites have earned UNESCO World Heritage status because they are great a great example of history. The mission we enjoyed the most was San Jose because it has the National Park visitor center and a movie theater that shows the history of the missions.

Botanical Garden

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The botanical garden is another beautiful place to go to if you want to relax. It is near downtown so it’s easily accessible. It’s a 33-acre property that houses different plants from all over the world. The garden and plants are really lovely and you know they take care of them very well. There are even different landscape styles like the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory, and the different Texas landscape areas. We would really like to come back here and explore it more.

Sea World

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Sea World is a great place to visit for a fun family day. There are a lot of attractions to see here. Just make sure you are aware of the schedules so that you can catch them all. There are also park rides to enjoy. You’ll need a whole day to experience everything in Sea World. It is a bit pricey, but it’s definitely worth the money!

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

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Although it seems pricey to go to, the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is worth it to spend a whole day in, especially if you have children. The animals are treated very well and the 450-acre ranch premises are kept neat and tidy. You can feed the animals with the food that they give you. This is one of the things to do in San Antonio with kids.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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Experience a day of extreme fun in one of the most interesting Six Flags locations! Many people say that this is the best one and we definitely agree. The rides and attractions will fill up a whole day’s schedule and will keep you busy until the night. There are also relaxing water rides for those who do not like extreme ones. It’s best to start the day early to be able to ride all the attractions you want. Also, check the park schedule before you go so you can plan your day ahead and join the events.

San Antonio Walking Food Tour

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What’s the best thing to do after a full-packed day? EAT! San Antonio is gaining fame among the foodies and this tour is perfect to experience traditional Tex-Mex food or those that are found at this location only. Another great way to get familiar with a place is to know its food. This tour is around 3 hours with 5 restaurant stops, and will definitely take you to the roots of San Antonio.

Other Top Things to Do in San Antonio

San Antonio Market Square

The San Antonio Market Square is a city attraction that you have to visit. It has a great Mexican that will take you to Mexico. There are a lot of things to see in the market square which are mostly stalls, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Enjoy over 3 blocks of apparels, handicrafts, and food.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Going to the San Antonio Museum of Art is one of the things to do in San Antonio for free. There are certain days when they offer free admission so watch out for those! This museum displays many different styles of art and different eras as well. So if you are an art lover, you can spend hours in this museum. Both the modern and ancient collections are beautiful and will surely keep you coming back. Free admission on Tuesday from 4pm until 9pm, and also on Sundays from 10am until 12 noon.

Briscoe Western Museum

Another museum that offers free admission is the Briscoe Western Museum that is located near the Riverwalk. It is made up of 3 floors with wonderful displays of western history and it is best to start from the top floor going down to the bottom. Their exhibits have audio and video too for better viewing experience. It is free to go on Tuesdays from 4 in the afternoon until 9 in the evening.

La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita or Little Village is the first village in San Antonio. For us, this is an interesting place because it is the start of real estate in the area. It is popular for the locally made artisan and specialty boutiques of arts and crafts in the old houses there. Going here is easy because it is located along the Riverwalk too.

Bonus

If you want to experience country music, you can head over to Power Plant in Seguin, which is just a few minutes drive from San Antonio. You can watch Buddy Boy Vargas who is a very talented musician.

Experience Country Music in San Antonio with Buddy Vargas

Hi Everyone! It’s Gerald here. Kacey and I had a property showing recently and after that, we proceeded to the Power Plant in Seguin, Texas just right outside San Antonio. We were pleasantly surprised by live music from the budding artist ‘Buddy Boy Vargas.’

He is a well-known country singer from Gruene, TX that has opened for many very famous musicians like Johnny Lee, Ronnie Milsap, Blackhawk, Little Texas, Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, Kevin Fowler and even Mark Wills.  He has also had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Randy Rogers and Brady Black of the Randy Rogers Band.   He has a very promising career ahead of him.  He was fantastic and we definitely enjoyed his music. It was such a great way to end our day.

He is able to weave rock and roll songs and ‘hair metal’ songs into country songs seamlessly while maintaining the integrity and spirit of the original song.  A great skill that not every musician can do. It was pretty incredible and he is an immensely talented musician which turned us into instant fans.

He has been performing as a solo act since 2010 and most recently performing as a 1-man 3-piece band playing the guitar, bass, and drums while singing simultaneously all LIVE with NO looping or NO backing tracks. This is what even impressed us more.

He gets a lot of work with well over 200 shows per year because of his George Strait covers, but he does have music out on the radio, Internet radio, and on digital download sites such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon music, etc.

Accomplishments as an artist

2012 Latin Grammy-nominated songwriter/musician
2015 Country Blast Radio Modern Country Male Artist of The Year  Nashville, Tn
2016 multi nominee Country Blast Radio Music Awards Nashville, Tn
2017 Multi nominee Country Blast Radio Music Awards Nashville, Tn

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You can catch him live on Thursdays at the Power Plant and experience country music in San Antonio by Buddy Vargas.
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