Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Calming Technique

13th September 2013

The simplest, anytime, anywhere calming technique.
Prepared by Sharon Rekieta, PhD

Calming our body physiologically also calms our mind. 

This “Breath of 4 Series” is one proven method that calms the mind and body which subsequently relieves stress and anxiety.

1. Breathe in deeply through your nose to a slow count of four.

2. Hold your breath for a slow count of four.

3. Exhale completely to a slow count of four.

4. Think “relax” for a slow count of four while you breathe…

Fabulous Fall Gardens

13th September 2013

Finally, cooler weather is here and it is time to plant for fall. The fall garden season is one of the most rewarding for us. Cooler temperatures, more frequent rainfall and fewer insect pests make it easier for gardeners to be successful. The variety of plants that we can grow makes the fall garden very worthwhile.


Lettuce in all its shapes, forms and colors is one of the stars of the fall garden. Sweet Buttercrunch lettuce is always a favorite of our guests. Merlot, Red Sails and…

Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality, and longtime journalist. Formerly of The Washington Post, Kim has also written for USA Today, Real Simple, Country Gardens and Culinate.

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