Reneu U

Reneu your mind. Reneu your body. Reneu your spirit. 

 

 

 Licensed Massage Therapist + Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

 

Serving Lewisville, Flower Mound, Argyle, Grapevine & surrounding areas.

 

Take the time to reneu your mind, reneu your body & reneu your spirit.

 

 

 

 

February News

Reneu U is moving!!

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This is really what I will look like on Saturday February 1. 

New Location as of February 1, 2014.

 Look for Reneu U at Yoga From The Heart in Coppell, Tx. 

Located upstairs towards the rear of building on South side. Elevator available.

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Same personalized massage treatment with attention to detail.

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Same therapeutic private yoga instruction for injuries and structural imbalances. 

New to yoga? Private yoga sessions can help you gain confidence in a class. 

Book online or stop by. 

848 S. Denton Tap Rd. #250

Coppell, Tx 75019

www.ReneuU.com

Tuesday Tips

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

Norman Vincent Peale

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Home alone with food

Oh My Gaaahhhhsssshhhh.  Ice Day Number 4.

Still.

I'm still home shopping and cooking. 

Welcome to a day in the life.....

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I seriously woke up and thought "What would I wear if I was 4..."

Moose socks! 

All the better to make fudge with...

Great recipe. One of those old faithfuls you make SO MANY times during the holidays you remember it by heart. 

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It occurred to me as I was playing with my phone and trying not to drop it in the boiling fudge lava that rarely do we see real life pictures on the web. Lots of beautifully appetizing food styling. I look around my kitchen & think...where?

Where are those food styler people?

Show me kitchen carnage anyday. 

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Countertop Carnage

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Fudge Carnage

Random. I linked the website to my fav cutting board pictured. I purchased a couple of those last summer on a trip to Salida. 

Chopped that fudge like a pro. 

More Shopping

Man Shopping

  1. The DUDE abides
  2. Uhhh, someone say HOMEBREWCheck out the write up on my man BFF over at the Knowles Brothers Craft Brewing. Uh-huh. Know him.  If you're in the DFW area head over to the Dallas Wine Toy Store.  Or visit the friendly guys at HomeBrew Headquarters. So much to brew...so little time. 
  3. The Gardener Guys will need some stuff under the tree.
  4. Tractor Supply. 'Nuf said. 
  5. Brookstone always has unique gift ideas. 

Tiny Tots Shopping

  1. Everything Lego. Everything.
  2. Unleash the creative genius in your house. 
  3. Techno kiddos
  4. The best gift of all may be the gift of your time. Maybe consider volunteering together at a local animal shelter or help serve hot meals together...
  5. If you don't really like the kids parents.. PERFECT
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and kids LOVE candy.

Just ask any 4 year old what they want for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Please get me out of this house. 

Naughty & Nice Christmas Playlist

Who wakes up and says "I SO hope I get more Christmas Muzac in my face today?" 

No one. No one says that. 

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You especially don't say that if Grandpa Amsberry made his annual Tom & Jerrys last night.  Those days are long gone but made for some wonderful memories. That one night a year when 6 year olds in our family could DRINK!

Oh, we didn't really driiiink - we were helpers. Grandpa needed tasters. 

{And I do jest for artistic liberties and the sake of intertaining reading material.} 

We HAD to be at least 10 I'm sure. 

Rosettes are another tasty Christmas tradition in my family.  An easy click on the pic takes you right to a great tutorial.

As a kid you don't really understand the benefits of standing over a boiling VAT of oil holding a wooden stick....

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....or why it's necessary to drop molten sugar LAVA into tea cups of water to discover soft ball stage.

Further reinforcing the idea that age appropriate activities in my house were to

BE LAUGHED AT.

Tip from Santa:

One of THE best parts of Christmas and being an adult is activating your own child labor force.

Make your holidays fun and easy -

and let me help you spend your money. 

Check out the following Christmas tunes and create your own Muzac. 

Sorreeee for the marathon music list.

It's so hard to pick just a few.

Some are fun, some for grown-ups, some for fancy dinner soirees you'll be throwing...but it's a little smattering of my all time favorites. 

Smattering is one of those dead give-away words

when grandma has been in the egg nog. 

Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays to you and yours.

From me and mine.

Because I don't know when to stop.

Tuesday Tips

"What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day."

Phyllis Diller

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Holiday Detox

How's that home made whip cream working out for ya?

Maybe a little too much PUMPKIN PIE ?

Help is on the way.

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25 Detox Smoothies can get you back on track.

No rule says you can't swap out a meal (or a big cheeseburger) for one of these sippable meals from Dr. Oz. 

I don't even need another reason to LOVE Skinny Ms. but I'm digging the way she gives the benefits behind the ingredient choices for this detox juice recipe. 

I add a few drops of doTERRA cilantro oil to the finished product  for the added benefits of removing mercury and other harmful minerals from the body. 

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Fresh pressed, organic juice is my first choice when I'm going serious detox. Makes my blood do the happy dance. Oh my and what to do with the leftover pomegranate juice. Ok, maybe forget the detox part for just a quick second but I adore Izy and thought that was THE cutest idea. 

Green tea has great health benefits for your digestive system, too. I love web purchases with my health in mind that end up helping me out on the holiday shopping side of things as well. Score.

 

And my all time fail safe go to recipe for a detox is the cabbage soup recipe

Seriously.  I don't measure or count calories when I have this on my stove. {Tip: simmer onions in broth until desired doneness. Once you add the tomatoes to a recipe...your onions will stay in their current state of doneness.} Change it up. I add carrots, a squeeze of lemon, a splash of flavored balsamic, green beans, celery, red pepper flakes...common sense will tell you that as long as you keep the potatoes, corn, bread, and cheeses out of this recipe....really, it's vegetables. Yum. Good for you. 

Hope these ideas were helpful for what goes into your BODY. 

If you're looking for a stress free way to start your holiday season and watch what you are putting into your MIND....

then join us Friday night in Coppell. 

Restorative Yoga. Essential Oils. Friendly Faces.

What's not to love? 

SunDay FunDay

November, I am quitting you.

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Welcome to my world. Autumn lighting, wooden carved pumpkins and The Tree.

A lot of action up in here right now. 

 Great way to start the day.

Except if you order the healthy French toast breakfast and sub 2 over medium for the scrambled egg whites and "switch out that turkey sausage for some bacon while you're at it...."

You can do that if you have fall pumpkins in your living room next to your Christmas tree.

Let's get the party started. I'm a good time on a breakfast date.

The girl that gets syrup on your newspaper.  That would be ME. 

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And if it wasn't 68 degrees outside I could almost pretend I was with Mrs. Claus decorating the fence out by the reindeer barn. 

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Best colors ever....

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I got sucked into the bright lights and shatterproof balls. 

Obvi unsupervised at Home Depot while Somebody is getting concrete.  

and noooo concrete does NOT come in Christmas colors which I thought was a GENIUS marketing observation. 

Let's hear it for women in hardware stores. 

A WHOLE RACK of dining out. What the what? I'm all over that...

except that's how this day started and I guess there is some RULE that says one meal out a day (um, try week)  is sufficient. 

Tuesday Tips

 "So precious is a person's faith in God,
so precious;
never should we harm that.
Because
He gave birth 
to all
religions."
St. Francis of Assisi
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Thirstee Thursdee

"....Oh well, there's blackjack, poker

and a roulette wheel

A fortune won and lost on every deal

All you need is money and nerves of steel

Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas...."

Gotta love The King. And since I was just in Sin City visiting my parents, what a more fitting (and dee-lish) way to pay tribute to Elvis than with this week's smoothie. Uh-huh, you got that right - peanut butter and banana.

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If I could put bacon in this smoothie you betcher ass I would. 

I did cross a major hurdle that might not be so challenging to some but for me it was a very empowering experience.  Drumroll here - I worked out in foreign territory way out of my comfort zone AND managed to drop 3 pounds in Las Vegas! Good grief. Someone give that girl a cheeseburger already. 

On the slim chance (haha I got a million of 'em, hurry back)  that I haven't lost you yet...zzzzzzzz

here's how I did it:

I was in Vegas for about 10 days. First morning I woke up and laced my trusty sneakers and headed out for a walk. Nothing exciting but it was the habit I was creating and DISCIPLINE to tell my body this felt good. And seriously it did. Vegas has so many beautiful places but it's also easy to get swept up in the buffets and bright lights. 

First stop is usually TJ's or Sprouts for some healthy reserves to keep around the house. When I'm away from my BlendTec I rely on finding some green juice made with the least amount of sugar possible. Heck - no rule says you can't have a salad for breakfast. Toss a few pear slices, some raw nuts and call it good.

It's Vegas - anything goes. 

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I tried to get moving at least every other morning. My routine was pretty consistent and quite entertaining. I ended up being an undercover agent in my mom's neighborhood. I was debriefed the SECOND I returned.

"What's going on over at Crazy Mary's house? I saw cars."

Uh, the maids were there, Ma.  

"I saw Skinny Pete outside - I hope you didn't talk to him. Did you? You'll be trapped for hours."  

No, didn't stop to chat because I was SWEATING, Ma, not strolling and gathering intel. 

WORKOUT

A 2 mile run with some intervals along the way. I added walking lunges and picked strategic places to catch my breath. 

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Bench dips, jacknives (most effective yet hated), plank push ups 

(40 of each in 4 sets of 10)

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gave me a great view.

Yes, all in Vegas, y'all.

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entire workout only took about 45 minutes each morning

For some reason, the buffets have lost their siren effect on my brain. Helloooo, maybe it was the exercise and healthy intentions I set each morning. Aha, I'm starting to see a pattern here.  Needless to say, buffets are a BIG part of the daily routine when I visit. I stuck to eggs, steamed veggies, salads and clean protein (steamed shrimp, sliced turkey, baked chicken) and avoided saucy, creamy, gooey creations. I did have 2 cheats during the week: a bagel with lox & cream cheese and a half order of french toast with bacon.

My taste buds (and my butt) were not disappointed.

Self control feels fanFREAKINtastic

oh please, who am I kidding, someone needs to mention self control to the slot machines. I know I'm not supposed to have hate in my heart. (it takes up room where goodness cannot live, right?)

Bullshit.

I hated those one-armed bandits this trip.

I felt like I was in 4th grade and spent all my allowance on something shiny and plastic.

It breaks. I'm out. 

&*&^%$^!!

Good thing I have Elvis to remind me things will be ok. 

The King's Vegas Smoothie

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A frozen banana

2 T peanut butter

1 C Almond Milk

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

Maple Cream (uh-huh I did that) 

Add ice & water for consistency and toss a handful of greens in there to keep yourself honest.  

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Viva Las Vegas! 

Tuesday Tips

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Tuesday Tips

 "If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans."
James Herriot
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Tuesday Tips

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."  
Melody Beattie
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Friday Favs...

Hello, November. Long time, no see.

Ok, I think my vote is in. November is my favorite month.

Hello, Favorite Month. 

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1. It's my favorite month to smell.  

I am dying to get into the nearest Yankee Candle store. I love the interesting description of a cozy sweater.  

And I'm super glad that Workout Socks is not in the fall line.  

 

2. November is the month of the pumpkin. 

N.O.V.E.M.B.E.R. 

Caramel sauce makes everything better. Sooooo

pumpkin caramel sauce?  

My family & friends better be prepared. I'm putting this crack sauce on scrambled eggs if necessary.   

Christmas spoiler - this. This is what you're getting from me.  

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3. Hello, my name is Pear Chai Butter and I'm fabulous. 

I made this earlier in the week.

I added chai spices (grated ginger, cardamom & a vanilla bean) but really based my fun project on the recipe here

More holiday spoiler alert: This is in the basket with the caramel sauce.  

Laundry was goin', pear butter was bubblin' , nobody had fallen off my massage table...

my week was coming together and life was good.  

And then Kalinda flipped me out!! You two faced little sneaky ... 

private detective, you.  

I didn't see that coming. Duhhh. Sad sad sad.   

 

4. Hello fellow Texas girl. These look fabulous not only because they aren't fried, but they also have no yeast. (My nemesis that I have vowed to overcome this year)

5. Can this really be happening? Is it legal here? 

When I say 'Pumpkin' !

You say 'Fudge'! 

Pumpkin! Fudge! Pumpkin! Fudge!  

Pinterest is your friend right about now.  

I am the Bubba to your Forrest Pumpkin.

We gotcher fried punkin, yer baked punkin, yer punkin muffins, yer punkin..... 

ok you get the idea.  

Have a wonderful November. Remember to move your legs because you can.

Smile and be polite whether you want to or not.  

I'll just be over here in my own private pumpkin patch freaking out. 


 

Thirstee Thursdee

"he did the mash...
he did the monster mash...
the monster mash...
it was a graveyard smash..."

Ohhh, soometimes I can be SO creative and original. I impress myself.

And then, sometimes not. 

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So now it's getting colder here.

And wetter. 

"Can I just have one or the other?" whined Goldilocks. 

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Too hot. Too cold. Too wet.  

Too dark to run. Too early. Too scary....wait! Excuses are for sissies.   

Calories take no prisoners. Donuts don't apologize when they rent space on your thighs... 

Drop and give me 20. 

So back to being all original, creative and uh, stuff. 

I came up with an apple pie smoothie concoction and looked to the internet for validation - duhhh, there's like a gatrillion apple pie smoothie recipes. 

Look at all those people that think just like me!  

Bless their apple pickin' hearts. 

I am one of those weird Americans that doesn't like apple pie.  

(oh how I am wishing for the teeny tiny font right now. ) 

I can't believe I said that out loud to my internet homegirls.  

PIE IS WET, SOGGY BREAD WITH GOOP ON IT.  

Sorrrreeee. Excommunicate me now and get it over with. 

I don't like cake to touch the ice cream. *gag emoji NOW* 

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But I love apple butter. Apple crumb cake. Apple spice donuts. Oh stop!

It's torture up in here.  

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So I'm thinking "No pumpkins yet."  

Last day of the APPLE worship.  

My big fat workout was a 2 mile run

50 high knees

50 jumping jacks

50 crunches

50 push ups (5 sets of 10 of those bitches)  

50 walking lunges

( I wish my driveway wasn't so loooong. More whining from Goldilocks) 

Who are we kidding here?

Goldi is so far past whining and is now blubbering like the new girl discovering an orange jumpsuit for the first time.

Holy COW that was a SweatFest!! 

Smoothie Reward and hell yes I added whipped cream. 

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DUTCH APPLE SMOOTHIE 

1 C almond milk

2 C ice cubes

1 apple

1 scoop vanilla protein

3 T oats

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp EACH nutmeg & cloves

1 T chopped walnuts for topping AFTER you glop the whip cream on it.  

Mix all ingredients except nuts & whipped cream. Pour it in a big festive glass jar and lovingly replenish your body's nutritional needs.

(now doesn't that sound sane, rational & well thought out?)  

It also sounds like more than 'drop and gimme 20'   Someone lied.

But in a good way.  

 

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Best birthday card ever from my Colorado Rocky Mountain High BFF.  

I heart her from the bottom of my gf knickers.  

Tuesday Tips

If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.
— Doug Copeland
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Birthday - isms

Howdy from Texas! I hope everyone is having a great morning.

I also hope you all have cake for breakfast.

Whoever invented a cup of cake is my hero.

I like a cup of cake for breakfast about as much as I like a bathtub full of chocolate. 

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Birthday festivities commenced yesterday watching football with friends at THE RUSTY BEAGLE. What's not to love when you kick off your birthday weekend with fried pickles and a wing sampler?

ugh I haaate this part....the internet can be a place of fantasy where everything looks so colorful and prittee so I feel I must confess something you may not know about me...

according to mi familia my birthday celebration lasts for the whole month of October.  

Okayyyy, confession over. Now back to me... 

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I've never done anything like this so I thought it would be fun to set some goals. No, not that I've never set goals on my birthday...but that I've never deliberately set goals. *gasp* you say?

Yes, really, I say.

With that being said, I figured it's probably a good idea (according to all the goal setting experts I checked with) to establish goals for some personal & professional growth, financial AND health improvements in order to be a more well rounded (oh, yes please), productive and happy member of society.

Here goes. Welcome to my year.  

BIRTHDAY GOALS 

  1. Adopt a rescue animal. My 3 dogs, 2 horses and barn kitty might be getting lonely. I've heard Russian Blue cats are most excellent and don't shed. That would probably be the best inside cat to sneak past my husband. He travels; he'll never notice. 
  2. Crochet a whole afghan. I say it that way because of the projects with half of the fringe, the new popcorn stitch I invented on one end of a scarf, the pot holders still looking for a kitchen to call home...Come to find out - actually finishing what you start is good for self esteem. New Mantra "I am not a quitter" 
  3. As a part of being more financially responsible and taking an interest in my retirement plan I resolve to: Give up using credit cards. Even for the "save 15% MORE TODAY RIGHT NOWWWW"  Good Bye impulse shopping - I must quit you.  
  4. MLD training In Houston in May. Happy Mother's Day to me.  
  5. Paint the hallway bath a 'refreshingly light shade of sea spray green invoking the freedom and mysteries of the sea'. Sounds true in my head. If you find that color beam it on over.   In the meantime any color described as fresh, airy & innocent belongs in the bathroom. Like nothin else....
  6. Vote responsibly. I'll start by learning the names & positions of "prominent politicians". Good politics begin at home...so I suggest no whining or complaining on a national level if we haven't even made an attempt to be effective down the street. Guilty. 
  7. Overcome my fear of yeast. I will triumph  with these cinnamon rolls to start.
  8. Run a 5K. Without stopping. That may sound laughable to some, but....can I just sayyyyy...a manageable goal to me is the fact that since I can't even run .75 miles without stopping (or hurling) I am imagining it will feel great to go outside and run for 30 minutes simply because it FEELS GOOD. I lost one of the best friends I've ever had last year to pancreatic cancer and my dad lives with kidney failure and chemotherapy for lung cancer....Not to mention the fact that we all are touched somehow by &^%^$# cancer.  What better way to honor our loved ones than by living a healthy life & using our bodies as God intended. Boo on you, cancer, I say.
  9. Do 15 boy push-ups. Without crying. 
  10. Count my blessings everyday. 

 

 

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As cliche as this may sound, I truly believe in the magical benefits of gratitude. Every single thing every single day has value and goodness. If you are reading this post then believe me there are millions of people that would trade places with you in a heartbeat. For a hot shower - for indoor plumbing - for a safe street where kids can play - for religious freedom - for choices.

Share the wealth AND the love. Smile at strangers. Eat cupcakes for breakfast. Be a thoughtful driver. And never ever miss the opportunity to make the world a better place. You are loved and have value beyond belief. 

Share your birthday goals with me! I'd love to cheer you on!  

Friday Favs...

Hello from the barnyard.  

Little Marty loves helping me feed the horses in the morning! 

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It's because he usually gets a dog bone as big as his head.  

They're 30 lb biscuits for our Pyrenees but Marty knows he is a big dog trapped in a little dog's body so we all go along with his reality. 

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Dash the Wonder Horse

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Misty the Vegetarian Barn Kitty

(the mouse is her frienddddduh) 

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Morning runs where I get to wear all the colors in the world on my body at one time is 

Favorite Thing #1

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Favorite Thing #2

Chili Weather

Friday Favorite #3

Online Shopping has been sooo fun & colorful lately. I double dog DARE you to click on the picture and not even buy a pair of socks. 

Plus I can pretend to be Swedish even though it's still

75 DEGREES DURING THE LIGHT OF DAY. 

Sometimes I pretend to be a woman Lumberjack, too.  

Lumberjacks live where it's cold, right? Marty isn't the only one with a dream.  

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 Date Night is another Friday Favorite thing.

Especially when we go places that have matching little mommy & baby tea sets. 

Although with the tiny Barbie cups it just felt a lot like jasmine tea shots.   

Date night is different when you are not 20.   Errr, I mean 21, mom.  

Cutest explanations EVER on being in LOVE.  

I SO would have ordered a dessert on fire.  

But it's still too HOT HERE. 

a little side note:   

'Somebody' had a root canal and 2 crowns put on today. Soooo... 

I planned on Somebody being a big baby and I would be making eggs & pancakes for dinner and skittering around the house like an indentured servant.

Then I could make fun of him on the WORLD WIDE WEB because I am a compassionate wife that way. But nooooo - he felt great and wanted to go out.

Ruined my night.  

Thirstee Thursdee

"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood
a beautiful day for a neighbor
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?"

Totally had a Mr. Rogers kind of day.  

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Called a friend and we met to explore a new hiking trail. It's that last little gravel parking lot on the right heading north on 2499 before the big bridge into Corinth/Denton. We parked and then walked back under the road and found an amazing trail. 3.75 miles ONE WAY. Pack some flares, take a lunch, toss out breadcrumbs, and tell your family where you are in case they have to send in search and rescue. 

One of the greatest things about today is that it was vanilla. Halloween parties, travel coming up, the holidays...busy, busy getting ready to hit.

I needed a nice walk in nature with a favorite friend and no drama (read - I didn't fall down because she's hilarious and we laughed ourselves blind). The only drama is I'm still after her peanut butter brownie recipe. Stay tuned, my friends. 

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We saw a vanilla horse.

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I guess a sneaky way to add some excitement to a vanilla smoothie is with....

EGG NOG! 

Everyone is all about THE GREAT PUMPKIN. No, not me. I skip pumpkins and go straight for the hard stuff. I almost hung my stocking up by the chimney with care this was soooo good.  Slightly calorie DENSE so a little goes a long way. I had 6 ounces for breakfast and 2 Cups left over. Afternoon snack after the (ahem- 300 calorie burn in the forest - hold your applause) trail hike AND enough for breakfast tomorrow.  DOOMSDAY PREPPERS wants me on the show. Speaking of which...have you seen that? One word -  "crazy". As in a couple kerosene cans from a full generator. (I can't use one word to describe anything.) You should know that by now. I'm an Eskimo. I have a million words for snow.

And crazy people. 

 

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Welcome back to the light.  

Vanogga Smoothie (like what I did there?) 

1/2 C Egg Nog of your choice

1 C water

1 banana

1 C frozen pineapple chunks

10-12 walnuts & almonds tossed in

1 big scoop vanilla  PROTEIN POWDER  I get mine at Sprouts

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp ea. cardamom & cinnamon  

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Don't pass the vanilla moments in your life. They're priceless. Those are the moments that make life feel like a hug. 

I love this MUNDANE LIST

And...

Make sure not to miss the classic Charlie Brown show on TV this year.

Watch it with a friend.  

Tuesday Tips

I believe the world is one big family, and we need to help each other.
— Jet Li
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