Banana Ice Cream with Honey Cinnamon Almonds

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds

Hope your Friday is going well and you’re ready for the weekend!  It’s been getting pretty warm out here and I am finding myself wanting something cool and sweet later in the day.  Since I am trying hard to limit sweets I needed to come up with a healthy way to curb my craving.  This 4 ingredient treat does just the trick!  Since I always have banana pieces frozen in the freezer this sweet treat comes together in just moments.


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  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa
  • Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds (crushed)
  • Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk (splash)



Place bananas and cocoa in a food processor (I just my Nutri Ninja!) and pulse until smooth.  Use as much almond milk as you need to reach your desired consistency.  Top with crushed almonds and enjoy!
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The entire family loved their banana ice cream.  Emmie thought it was “nummy in her tummy” and Bryn licked the spoon clean :)  I felt good knowing that the “ice cream” they were eating was really just bananas!  This is a trick I have been wanting to try for awhile and I have to say it was a huge success :)


I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.  I will actually be on call tomorrow and working but I have plans with my BFF to hit Target for the new Lily Pulitzer collection on Sunday ;)


How do you enjoy banana ice cream?


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Five Things Friday

5 Things Friday



1.  I am drowning in evidenced based medicine.


My attending is SUPER focused on evidence based medicine and assigns several research papers a day to read.  I am all about EBM but the papers are a bit overwhelming.  I am still working on figuring out how to manage preparing for clinic the next day with having to prepare for end of rotation and formative exams.  Sigh.


2.  I need to workout.  Bad.

I think I have worked out once since starting rotations and I feel it!  I think the only way I am going to fit them in this rotation is to get up at 4:45AM and workout.  WOOF.  I don’t know what 30 minutes makes such a difference to me but it does.  Keep me accountable to try harder this next week?


3.  I walk.  A lot.


While I may not be working out, I am FOR SURE walking.  My iPhone has the Health app and tracks my steps.  Since my iPhone is always in my white coat at work it definitely keeps up with my steps in the hospital.  I average 4-5 miles during a shift.  I have to say though that my body has rebelled.  Standing/walking all day is a huge adjustment and one I am still getting used to.


4.  I love my little black dress.

White Coat

I scored this perfect Kate Spade dress at my trip to the outlets a few weeks ago.  It fits perfectly and is crazy comfortable.  The best part is that I got it for $55 …. marked down from $300.  Every girl needs a perfect black dress and this is it!


5.  I really like salad bars.


The hospital cafeteria has a pretty great salad bar and I am loving it for lunch.  However, my wallet is not so I need to make a point to pack salads next week for sure.

DIY IKEA Kitchen Hack

Since I shared my updated playroom with you guys last week I wanted to share with you our DIY IKEA kitchen hack today!  We bought this IKEA play kitchen when we initially put together a playroom for Emmalyne.  As our family grew and the new playroom took shape I knew I wanted to spruce up the kitchen.  After scouring Pinterest I finally came up with a look that I LOVED.  But first, here is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like before.



I loved this kitchen from the beginning because of its modern design.  And while it looked great before I knew we could take it to another level.  All it took was some paint and wood stain to transform it into this beauty.


IKEA Kitchen Hack


I love the mahogany counter and the gold finishes!  I kind of wish my own kitchen looked like this ;)  For the gold I simply used spray paint.  I removed the finishes and sprayed them with two coats in the garage.  The white paint I used was just plain old semi-gloss bright white.  For the counter tops I put on three coats of a red mahogany stain!


DIY IKEA Kitchen Hack


When I showed the kitchen to Emmalyne her response was the sweetest …. “for me?  you made this for me?”  Be still my heart!  She then told me how pretty it was and headed straight in to try it out.  Bryn loves playing in the kitchen too although I doubt she noticed the update ;)


The whole project took me about 2 hours one afternoon and that’s it!  I love the custom feel to it and really like how it fits in with the entire room.


Hope you have a happy Wednesday!  

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IGNITE Your Life

Happy Monday friends! I hope you had a great weekend :) I lucked out and had the weekend off which was exactly what I needed in order to recover from my first week of clinicals. I was TIRED by the end of Friday! Fortunately this weekend I had the chance to be a little active which always puts me in a better mood!

Since it’s a brand new week I wanted to share a brand new product with you guys today. I had the chance to try out the PUMA Ignite shoes as part of my partnership with FitFluential and I am LOVING them!

A little bit about the PUMA Ignite features:

ENERGY RETURN: Full length IGNITED foam midsole’s PU blend offers high rebound cushioning
STEP IN COMFORT: IGNITE foam provides instant comfort where you need it most
LONG-LASTING PERFORMANCE: Foreverfoam is used in the heel to disperse impact and provide extra durability

I have had the Ignites now for about a month and I have to say I am SUPER impressed! So far I have done a variety of training in them – everything from sprints, to CrossFit style workouts, to being on my feet all day at the hospital. They haven’t failed me yet! As someone who tends to pronate I have been pleasantly surprised by how good these fee. The PUMA Ignites are incredibly lightweight and the Foreverfoam makes me feel like I am walking on clouds! I wasn’t sure how I would like an all black shoe but I am even totally digging the color :)

So if you’re in the market for a versatile and lightweight running shoe I highly recommend checking these out! I mean if they’re good enough for Usain Bolt they should probably be good for us too ;)

Do you have a favorite kind of runnign shoe? Have you tried a lightweight one?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of PUMA.

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Thoughts on Week One: Internal Medicine


Who said 14 hour shifts can’t be fun?!
Wall Sit



Today marks the end of my first week of my Internal Medicine rotation (and of my first rotation ever) and I am just blown away by how amazing clinicals are.  Like whoa.  I have already worked nearly 40 hours and have one more shift to round out the week but it has literally FLOWN by.  I wanted to capture some of my thoughts on my first week and share them with you guys since many of you I know are thinking about careers in medicine and are particularly looking at PA school!


I am really tired.

I was on call Wednesday so I got to the hospital at 6:30AM to round on my patients.  I didn’t end up leaving until nearly 8AM and then yesterday was back at the hospital by 6AM.  I barely got through an assigned paper Wednesday night before crashing into my bed.  I basically only sit for lunch and walked nearly 5 miles at work Wednesday.  It’s a huge change from sitting behind a computer all day in didactic and I am slowly adjusting.


Admitted patients are REALLY sick.

We haven’t had a single patient yet who hasn’t had multiple problems.  Dealing with so many comorbidities on my first rotation is very challenging.  I am trying to interpret multiple laboratory tests, take into account the entire patient picture, and try to figure out how to get them home.


A good team matters.

I have been extremely blessed and have lucked into the most amazing team possible.  I am on a team with an attending physician, a resident, an intern, and two medical students.  We round as a team and really work together in managing the patients.  My attending is AMAZING and never misses a teachable moment.  My resident and intern are SO nice and are REALLY good at their job.  The med students took me under their wing since they are finishing up their rotation and knew the ropes.  I have had an incredible experience so far!


Clinicals are everything and more.

Every hour spent toiling in didactic?  WORTH IT.


I have more things to share specifically about internal medicine but I am just excited to have 1 week under my belt.  4 more to go!  Happy Friday friends :)

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