Fitting in Fitness While Knowing Your Child is Safe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.


It’s no secret at this point that Bryn gives us a run for our money.  I shared what happened at nap time as proof.  Needless to say we are always on our toes with our youngest!  One of the biggest dilemmas we have had since Bryn switched to a big girl bed is her newfound freedom.  You see, we have to put a child lock on her door for her safety.  If we didn’t contain her in her room she would be wandering downstairs in middle of the night.  But the problem with that is is that if we don’t get her RIGHT when she wakes up in the morning chaos ensues.  She frequently strips naked or dumps every article of clothing into her hamper.


Unfortunately right before switching Bryn to her big girl bed our video monitor kicked the bucket.  It had a long life between the girls and it’s time was up.  I had hoped I could rely on my supermom powers of hearing to notify me when Bryn was stirring but my powers were nothing next to her ninja skills of being silently destructive.  What was a mom to do?  I need to be able to work out early in the morning AND know that Bryn is safely tucked into her bed.  It was quite the conundrum. That is, until Levana offered to send me their Ovia video monitor to review.  Problem solved!

Levana Ovia Monitor


The Levana Ovia Camera Video Monitor is FABULOUS.  The 4.3″ LCD has fantastic and intuitive touch panel controls, 270 degree horizontal rotation capacity, and awesome night vision.  One of the most amusing features for me is the Talk to Baby™ 2-way communications capability … because we have been known to tell Bryn to “get back into bed!” on more than one occasion 😉  Also fun is that you can record videos and pictures to an SD card so you can capture those adorable moments forever!


Levana Ovia Monitor 3



I’ve been putting mine to the test during naps and early in the morning before work by taking the monitor with me to the garage to fit in a workout.  I can’t express enough how good it feels knowing that my little monster is in bed and not destroying her room for the 1000th time.  The second she starts to stir I know it and am able to get her up for the day.  So far I have loved everything about this monitor from its sleek design to the amazing features.  It makes fitting in fitness as a busy mom a LITTLE bit easier 😉

Levana Ovia Monitor 2


In fact, this is the workout that I did while Bryn peacefully slept JUST in case you need some inspiration for your workout today!


500 Rep CrossFit Workout


Because Levana is SUCH an awesome company they are also giving away three monitors with a giveaway!  Make sure you enter below 😉

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

Oatmeal with Superberries

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Superberries. The opinions and text are all mine.
I touched briefly on my January meal plan how I am trying to get back in the swing of healthy eating in 2016 and I have to admit that for the most part I am staying on track.  I have been working hard to keep my eats healthy and my meal prep on point.  I can’t say that it has been super easy though – my schedule is crazy and I have to carefully plan meals and snacks.  One of my favorite meals is oatmeal due to the fact that it has lots of fiber, keeps me full, and provides me with great energy.  But I have to admit that plain oatmeal gets boring so I have tried to spice it up.  Enter the Superberries Aroniaberry.


Superberries Aroniaberry 3


The aroniaberry is a berry that is native to North America and is FULL of antioxidants and polyphenols.  Scientists have found that Polyphenols, Flavonoids and Anthocyanins can suppress or neutralize free radicals and may prevent oxidative events in the body, a key factor in healthy aging, and boost our immune system.  A berry to enhance my immune system?  YES PLEASE!  I am currently suffering from the pediatrics plague so any boost in immunity is greatly appreciated 😉


Research has also shown that consuming aroniaberries after your workouts can help muscle recovery and oxidative stress that occurs during exercise.  Since many of us are committing to a more active 2016 this is a perfect complement to an increase in activity.  Banish the sore muscles and enhance your capabilities along the way.


I made my oatmeal super simple but full of flavor – I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 2 packets of stevia, and a handful of frozen aroionaberries.  Delicious!

Superberries Aroniaberry


I have to admit the aroniaberries were a little earthier than other berries I love and not quite as sweet.  But adding in a little stevia to my oatmeal did the trick.  I am sure that these berries would be a great addition to smoothies for an added boost of superberry goodness.


Superberries Aroniaberry 2


Superberries is offering 25% off all six packs thru January 24, 2016 so if you want to boost your immunity, minimize oxidative stress, and start 2016 off on a healthy foot you should check them out 😉 You can use the codes BERRIES25in, CONCENTRATE25in, or Chews25in!


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Rotation Wrap Up: Primary Care

I can’t believe I am just now getting to post this rotation wrap up but it is what it is. I actually finished my Primary Care rotation at the beginning of December! Yikes! Overall I have to say I really enjoyed the rotation and learned a lot. I love sharing these posts with all of you because I know it’s information I wish I had had before each rotation. For reference, my primary care rotation was in an outpatient Internal Medicine office. 95% of my patients were adults with a smattering of adolescents.  PS – you can see ALL my rotation wrap ups HERE.

Primary Care Rotation


What I Liked

My preceptor really pushed me hard on this rotation and I am so glad he did. He had very high expectations and I worked hard to meet them. Most of his patients were medically underserved and I found a lot of joy providing quality healthcare to them. Many of his patients were also very SICK so I got better at handling complex patients with multiple comorbidities. He taught me a lot about patient adherence and tricks of the trade. Overall it was a fantastic rotation.


What I Didn’t Like

I really didn’t like the lack of procedures. I have found that I really enjoy using my hands. I didn’t do a single procedure on this rotation and that made my heart sad. I also found it very challenging to provide good care to many of his patients because of their non-adherence. Due to where my location was there was also a lot of drug-seeking behavior and while I know that it is common in medicine it seemed like it was even MORE so there. It got exhausting.


What Was in My White Coat

  • Stethoscope
  • Pens
  • Pad of paper
  • Cell Phone

Yup … literally that’s all I carried. We saw 40-50 patients a day and there simply wasn’t time to look things up between patients etc. If I needed to I used Medscape or UptoDate on my phone.


Resources I Liked

  • American Academy of Family Physicians – there are some great algorithms on how to approach a chief complaint on their website. I reference the website a lot.
  • UptoDate – because it’s like the Bible for healthcare providers and if it’s something you need to know it will be there.



Disease Processes to Know

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive Lung Disease – asthma and COPD
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis

There are obviously a bazillion other things to know but I encountered the above every day all day and often times multiple of the above at the same time. The more comfortable you are with how to diagnose and manage these common chronic conditions the better off you’ll be.


I hope this wrap up helps you out! If you have specific questions about the rotation please let me know!

Starting Fresh

Welcome to the first Monday of 2016! I posted my goals for the year but I wanted to dedicate a whole post to some reflection and goal setting in regards to my health and wellness.  Y’all … I try not to be negative here on the blog, writing positive things helps improve my own mood, but there’s no denying that PA school is incredibly stressful.  Start with working 50+ hours a week, add in studying at night, throw in a family for good measure and it’s easy to get stretched thing.  I ended 2015 feeling pretty burned out.


Fortunately I have had two weeks off of my clinical rotations to refocus, reevaluate, and plan for the next few months.  One of the areas that was fairly sporadic the last quarter of the year was my fitness and healthy eating.  When you work a 12-hour day it’s easy to not want to cook dinner when you get home and resort to picking up food.  It’s also hard to get up early in the morning to fit in a workout.  But once my healthy habits started slipping I actually realized I felt WORSE.  When I am not consistently active or eating healthy I feel lethargic and ambivalent in many ways.  So I knew deep down that I had to change things up for the remaining 2.5 months of PA school and solidify habits that can continue into my career.




I have my healthy eating plan well underway.  I posted about my January meal plan and I am excited to see how it impacts not only our eating habits but our overall health.  I used a printable from the Day Designer to plan out my meals and snacks for the week.  I have realized that if I don’t take the time to plan it out I run out of time to actually think about it.  I did my meal prep yesterday which took less than an hour thanks to a stocked freezer.


In terms of fitness, I planned my workouts there too.  I am hoping to do a combination of my Becoming Extraordinary and Pipehitter workout plans from Ashley Horner.  I also have Hammer & Chisel by Beachbody available for days I KNOW I can’t make it to the gym.  I am shooting for 4-5 quality workouts a week.  I took some before photos today and instead of being disappointed in my starting physique I am EXCITED to see what I can do!  But I won’t be sharing them here because you know, I have to get a job here soon haha.


I’d love for you to join me on this journey!  So if you’re in the same boat and just needing a reset leave a comment below.  I’d love to help support you!  I am off to start my 1st day of pediatrics today.  Bring on the germs 😉


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Cheers to 2016!

family 2016


Happy New Year!  As we ring in 2016 I can’t help but spend some time reflecting on 2015 and what it has meant for our little family.  It has truly been an exceptional year!  The girls are growing to be such amazing little people … girls with big hearts, loud laughs, and so much spunk.  Chris is continuing to flourish in his military career and I began (and have nearly finished) my clinical rotations.  Overall, life has been good.


Now it’s the dawn of a new year … a year full of adventure, hope, and so much possibility.  I am sitting here with nervous excitement to see what God has in store for us!  We know we will be moving (where?  to be determined) and in less than 100 days I will (hopefully) be a board-certified Physician Assistant.  It’s surreal to me to be sitting here mere months away from achieving one of my life’s greatest ambitions.  When I look at all the blessings I have in my life I feel like pinching myself and constantly ask, “is this real life”?  Because friends … I am truly happy and content.


Every New Year I sit down and dream about what I hope to accomplish in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  I am a firm believer in goal-setting and like to put my hopes and dreams to paper so I actively have motivation to strive towards achieving them.  This year is no different and I am excited to share my goals with you!  I always like to break them down into categories so here we go.


Family Goals

1.  MOVE!  Get established in our new home and find a school/church that suits our family upon arrival.

2.  Take one big family vacation.  Looking at ARIZONA in April!

3.  Save $xx,xxx of dollars.  Work towards being debt free.

4.  Find new ways to get outside and active as a family.  I am thinking BIKES.

5.  Regularly attend church and enroll Emmie into Sunday school.

6.  Find a volunteering opportunity that would be age-appropriate for Emmie that we can do together.


Marriage Goals

1.  Go on at least one date night every single month.

2.  Go on one trip without the kids.  Planning on HAWAII this fall.

3.  Spend more time together without technology.


Professional Goals

1.  Graduate PA school!  And subsequently pass my PANCE.

2.  Get my first PA job and begin my career.

3.  Advance to Level II in my Rodan+Fields business.

4.  Do more personal development.

5.  Blog consistently 3 times a week.


Personal Goals

1.  Get 4-5 quality workouts in every week.

2.  Continue to fuel my body with clean foods a majority of the time.

3.  Spend more time with Scripture and reading the word of God.

4.  Journal more.

5.  Organize the family photos into photo books.


There you have it!  I am keeping my goals short, sweet, and attainable.  I wrote these goals into my 2016 planner so I can keep track of them and check in on my progress!  I hope your New Year was FABULOUS and that you are as excited for 2016 as I am!


What is one of your goals for 2016?  Have any suggestions for preschool-freindly volunteer opportunities?

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