WIAW // 7.8.15

Happy Wednesday folks!  I am OFF work today which is amazing since I worked nightshift the last two nights.  You guys – I don’t know how people do it.  My shift was from 4PM-2AM and I typically get to crawl into bed by about 3AM.  What is scary is that I become dumber as the night goes on which is awesome when you’re in medicine.  HA.  Any-who … I made a point to snap pictures of my eats from Monday to share with you guys today!  I have been trying to figure out this whole eat during ER thing and I actually did a good job for once.  So I am linking up with my girl Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday …. Night Shift edition!





I made a point of getting in a good breakfast before going to the gym.  Scrambled eggs and nitrate free bacon always do it for me!  Of course there was some iced coffee on the side ;)  After breakfast I did a 20 minute run followed by 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill.  Ended with a great chest + triceps workout.



Morning Snack


This is a new-to-me Quest bar flavor and it’s my new favorite.  I love the s’mores and have finally figured out how to warm it appropriately in the microwave.  It’s embarrassing to admit how many failed attempts I’ve had.






Chris was home on Monday so we grilled steak for lunch.  It had been intended for our dinner Sunday but our grilling out rained out so we improvised.  I enjoyed mine on romaine lettuce with some balsamic vinaigrette.  The Chobani on the side completed the meal.





I headed to work around 3:15PM and stopped at Starbucks on the way.  I needed another dose of caffeine and somehow a chocolate croissant made it’s way into my hands.  #NotSorry.





Dinner was sautéed vegetables with quinoa and grilled chicken with added coconut aminos for taste.  Super quick and full of protein which is what I needed for a long shift!



Work Snacks


I made sure to pack some quick and easy-to-eat snacks for my shift.  I enjoyed the Starbucks iced coffee around 10PM and it took me all the way until when I left work around 2:30AM.  I also enjoyed the string cheese and chocolate pomegranate seeds.  The apple and popcorn were saved for another day.


I am off to catch up on some sleep and laundry while the girls are at school!  Have a great day!


What is ONE amazing thing you ate this week?

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How I Got Rid of Cystic Acne

This post has been a long-time coming.  Y’all … for YEARS I have been in a never-ending battle with cystic acne.  My skin has been problematic since high school and it was embarrassing to still be having issues in my late 20s.  Not only was it cosmetically unsettling for me, cystic acne is also incredibly painful.  The only time I can remember having somewhat clear skin was after doing a series of chemical peels before my wedding.  I have tried topical medications, oral antibiotics, natural regimens, etc. and nothing seemed to work.  That is until my friend Nikki introduced me to Rodan+Fields Unblemish.



I want to start right off the bat by saying I do not sell Rodan+Fields nor do I earn anything at all for this post.  I simply want to share my story about what has worked for me because it has been life-changing.  Life-changing in the fact that I:

  • No longer deal with large painful cysts
  • I can go out in public without ANY make-up and feel comfortable and confident


I started using R+F in November of last year right after Bryn weaned from nursing.  I had been on the fence for a number of months because quite frankly it is expensive.  However after product after product continued to fail me I sat down with Chris and we decided enough was enough and it was time to give something else a shot.  Since they have a complete empty-bottle money back guarantee I felt comfortable with taking the gamble.  And I have never looked back.  Within one month of using the products I noticed an amazing difference.  My skin was smoother, my tone was more even, and my acne disappeared.  NO JOKE.  Here is a bit of before/after.  Both are without make-up.


Before and After


I have been getting SO many compliments on my skin from friends who have known the struggle I have.  And it feels amazing.  Rodan+Fields is brought to you by the same dermatologists that created Proactiv however the R+F line is a step above.  For example, in the Unblemish regimen they include ingredients that are anti-bacterial.  Since most acne is caused by a bacteria this addition is vital for success.  I am a preferred customer to save a little $$ and honestly can say I don’t even always have to order the entire kit again.  Sometimes I get by with just a couple of products.  I also am OBSESSED with their sunless tanner ;)


If you are dealing with acne in your 20s (or later!) like I was an you’re looking for a solution I really encourage you to try this out.  You can contact Nikki at nikki.quaid@gmail.com or visit her website to determine which regimen is right for you!


Happy Monday friends ;)  Wish me luck on my 4PM-2AM shift.  GAH!

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Anthropologie Finds

Holy cow guys.  I have worked 40 hours in 3 days this week.  I am WIPED.  BUT I am seriously in LOVE with the Emergency Room and I can’t wait to share more about that with you guys!  Last week though I had the chance to head to our local Anthropologie with some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket and a 15% off my entire purchase coupon.  I got some super cute things and wanted to share!


Anthropologie jersey swing tunic

High Commission Jersey Swing Tunic


I love this top and it seriously one of the most comfortable things I own.  Something I love about it is that I can dress it up for work with black slacks or I can dress it down with jeans.  And again it is SO comfortable!


Sunday in Brooklyn Adria Top

Sunday in Brooklyn Adria Top (sale!!)


I am obsessed with the color of this blouse and can’t wait to wear it to work when I am back in business casual!  I think it’s really fun and the print on the fabric is unique.


Little Yellow Button Tank

Little Yellow Button Tank Cutout Henley


Another great tank that will be fun to dress down a little later this fall.  Bonus because right now all sale is an extra 20% off online and in stores and this tank is on sale!


Moulinette Soeurs Split-Print Dress

Moulinette Soeurs Split-Print Dress


This was my biggest splurge of the day but I really just couldn’t leave this dress behind.  I actually don’t even have an event to wear it to but I know I will.  I love the mixed print and the fit is a little better in person.  Obsessed.


There you have it!  Some of my favorite Anthro finds.  Happy FASHION Friday friends!  Hope you have some fun plans in place for the fourth!


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Safe Fun in the Sun

Iparticipated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I have been a sunshine girl my entire life.  Growing up in Arizona summers were spent in the water.  That trend continued through high school and college when I worked as a lifeguard for the summers. I have grown up knowing and appreciating what hours in the sun can do and I have gone to a dermatologist religiously every year for an annual skin check.  Now that I am raising some water babies myself I am even more hyper-focused on trying to protect them while allowing them to enjoy the pool and beach as much as I need.

Water Babies


Skin cancer is a very real threat to every single person.  In fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  It is also one of most easily cured cancers if caught early.  Some things to do to protect yourself this summer include:

  • Go to a dermatologist yearly for a head-to-toe skin inspection.  That means letting them check every inch of your skin.
  • Document abnormal moles with pictures.  This gives you an idea whether or not they are changing over time.
  • Wear sunscreen.  Every single day.  Not just when you are going to the beach or pool.  Think about the areas of your body exposed throughout the day and lather up.
  • Reapply sunscreen frequently.  Especially when outside.  Most bottles of sunscreen tell you how often you should be reapplying.  Only 20% of adults actually use SPF regularly!  Additionally, sunburns as a child increase your risk of skin cancer later in life.
  • Know your ABCDEs.  Knowing this acronym can help you know whether or not a mole is concerning for melanoma.




In our family we deal with some super sensitive skin and have been devoted Neutrogena fans for years now.  When they offered to send me some of their new products I was stoked.  Did you know that people with eczema have to protect their skin from the sun even MORE than people that don’t?  It’s true!  Many other sunscreens cause Emmie to break out into a rash and this is one of the only products that works for us!


Nutrogena Sunscreen


NEUTROGENA® was awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance and you can find the products are your local Walmart.  What’s great about these products is that the ingredients are naturally sourced.  The products that were awarded the seal are:

  • NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45+
  • NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 60
  • NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
  • NEUTROGENA® Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
  • NEUTROGENA® Pure &Free Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50


I am super excited for some fun in the sun this weekend, sunscreen in tow, but now I am off to the ER for a Noon-Midnight shift!  Happy Thursday :)


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Movies for the Fourth

This post is brought to you as part of my partnership with Netflix.

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays for a number of reasons.  Being a military spouse I am particularly patriotic this time of year and truly spend time appreciating what the fourth means.  It just screams FREEDOM.  I love the cook-outs, the fireworks, and I really really love the movies.  There are some AMAZING movies out there that make me proud to be an American.  And while many of them are fiction there are real people that lived that were just as amazing.  I thought I would share some of my favorite patriotic movies with you guys.


movies for the fourth 2


1.  Independence Day

This is a blast to the past and my childhood but Independence Day just doesn’t get old.  I hear they are making a sequel which makes me more excited than I would like to admit.


2.  We Were Soldiers

This movie is based on a true story and the book of the same name.  It is one of the most amazing books I have read and the film did not disappoint.  My father is a Vietnam veteran and this movie is just incredible.


3.  The Patriot

Who doesn’t love Mel Gibson in his prime?  The Patriot is just another epic movie taking us back to the founding of our nation.


4.  Lone Survivor

Another book to movie adaptation.  Lone Survivor is another incredible book and I couldn’t put it down when I read it.  Even though it was difficult for both of us, Chris and I saw this movie in theaters.  I don’t know if I will ever watch it again because it was so powerful but it is definitely a movie worth seeing.  It truly represents the brotherhood of the military.


5.  Saving Private Ryan

While the movie itself was a work of fiction there is a reason why those that served in WWII are called The Greatest Generation and this movie is an example of why.


6.  Band of Brothers

While not a movie this mini-series is one of my absolute favorites.  My nephews also love it and they had the opportunity to tour some of the battle sites when they were in Normandy.  Dick Winters is a legend.


And a movie I have yet to see … American Sniper

I haven’t had the chance yet to watch American Sniper.  I know I need to be in a particular mood for it and I haven’t been there yet.  Chris promised to sit down with me an watch it because I know I am going to be a hot mess.


There you have it!  Some of my favorite movies for the holiday :)  Happy Tuesday.  I am off to my first 12-hour ER shift. EEK.


What is your favorite patriotic movie?

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