Three Things Thursday #1

Who is READY for the weekend?!  Please tell me I am not along in my 36 hour countdown.  We are heading out of town for a couple of days and I am PUMPED.  This week has been pretty busy in the clinic as I have been slowly increasing my patient volume.  I am officially seeing my minimum amount of patients and still surviving so I am pretty pumped.  I have so many random things that I have been wanting to share with you and haven’t had the chance so I am starting a new series called “Three Things Thursday” so I can update you on my randomness!


1 / Grey’s Anatomy rocks my socks

Greys Anatomy


My Netflix subscription has been getting a lot of use since I graduated PA school and officially have a life again.  After the kids go to bed and my work is done for the night I wind down by watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  It’s no shocker that I am fascinated by medical shows I am sure!  The best part is that Netflix just released episodes through season 12 so I can watch all the way through!  The girls have been LOVING the new episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge.  Bryn loves her dragons (although her increase in biting MIGHT be related to her passion for the TV show).  Other great shows to catch are Orange is the New Black or Grace and Frankie.


2 / Backpacks as big as my child

Bryn Bryn


First can we discuss how BIG Bryn looks here?  I need someone to hold me.  My baby is growing up too fast and time needs to slow down.  She is really big into “I do it!” and likes to buckle herself into her carseat and insists on carrying her massive backpack into school.  Her independence is both amazing and frightening because the girl doesn’t have an ounce of fear in her (unless there’s a bug involved).


3 // Homegrown Tomatoes



My mother-in-law helped me plant a container garden (more on that another day) when she was here after we moved.  I am not known to have a green thumb.  In fact I am pretty much a death sentence to most plants.  However, I have managed to keep some of my plants alive and I got to pick my first tomato yesterday!  Emmalyne LOVES helping with our garden and has been in awe of the little produce we have grown.  It’s been a great learning opportunity for her!  Not to mention nothing tastes better than produce you grey yourself.


That’s all I have for you today!  I would love to hear one of your things for Thursday!


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Easy Ways for a Healthier Lifestyle

As a healthcare provider I find myself trying to help my patients achieve a healthier lifestyle every single day.  It’s amazing what a little education to can do on the matter for a patient.  How I approach it is to encourage my patients to make small steps towards bigger success.  It’s something I have to apply to myself as well.  As a busy working mom of two my own health can often can pushed to the wayside as I spend my day taking care of others.  When I need to re-focus on my own healthier lifestyle I take it one step at a time.  It can be overwhelming to tackle everything in a “right this very second or else” manner.  So I thought I would share some simple changes you can make to live a healthier lifestyle.


Get Adequate Sleep

Pinkie Pie Sleep Mask


The average adult needs 7-8 quality hours of sleep a night.  Your brain needs sleep to function properly.  In fact, while you are sleeping your brain is processing information, forming new pathways, and helps you remember things.  Sleep also helps maintain the balance of your hunger hormones.  The less sleep you have the hungrier you often feel (which I can attest to personally haha).  


Exercise Regularly



Exercise is a fabulous way to stay healthy.  Making time for it can be the challenge.  Aiming for 30 minutes a day most days of the week is a pretty solid recommendation.  Even if it’s just walking the dog or doing a workout video finding time to move is important.  Exercise helps to improve mood (hello endorphins), decrease stress, and sleep better.


Drink More Water

Water Bottles


I can’t tell you how many times I ask how much water someone is drinking and I get “I drink a lot!  I drink at least 4 glasses a day!”  Water intake is something that most people can improve upon.  Our body is composed of about 60% water.  Take that in for a second.  Water helps you function better and flushes toxins out of your body.  Aiming for half your body weight in water a day is a great goal!


Take a Multivitamin



One of my friend’s introduced me to New Chapter vitamins awhile back and I am so glad she did!  When I had the chance to partner with them for this post I jumped.  They ferment the individual vitamins and minerals with beneficial probiotics and whole foods to transform the multivitamins into whole-food fermented nutrients.  Even better?  They are sustainable, vegetarian, and non-GMO.  I’ve been loving the New Chapter Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin for a number of reasons.  First, it contains nutrients for stress, energy, and immune and bone support*.  Goodness knows I need help in ALL those areas!  One thing I appreciate too is that the vitamins are gentle enough to take on an empty stomach.


Eat a Balanced Diet

Fresh Fruits and Veggies


I think eating a well-rounded diet kind is kind of a  no-brainer but it is still challenging for a lot of people.  I spend a lot of time educating my patients on proper nutrition and won’t hesitate to refer them to our dietitians if they need further help.  This is advice I could stand to take myself a little bit more often than I have been.


There you go!  Those are my 5 easiest tips for living a healthier lifestyle.  I’d love to hear yours in the comments!


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PA School Graduation

The other weekend I celebrated one of the biggest achievements and moments of my life … my graduation from Physician Assistant school.  While we technically finished our program back in March and I have been actively working for a month and a half it was still a HUGE thing for me.  My university only does graduation ceremonies once a year so Chris and I flew back to Savannah for it over my birthday weekend.




The girls stayed in Missouri with my amazing mother-in-law so we enjoyed an amazing kid free weekend.  My mom, step-dad, and dad met us in Savannah to join in on the fun.  I can’t quite describe how I felt that whole weekend.  While it had started to set in that PA school is over and my life and career as a Physician Assistant had begun I feel like it was “official” once I was hooded.  I am now a Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies along with my PA-C.  And it feels amazing.

PA Madeline


At hooding I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was chosen to be in inducted into Pi Alpha … the honor society for PAs.  I also graduated with high honors which was super exciting!  Our hooding ceremony was pretty emotional for everyone.  The president of our university spoke and said how he always thought it was amazing that our hooding was the smallest of the graduate programs but took the longest because everyone had to hug everyone on stage.  And it’s true.  I have been so blessed to be part of this PA program with my particular classmates and our truly outstanding faculty.  God truly knew what He was doing when He brought us all together because I can’t imagine having been on this journey with anyone else.


SUPA Grads


I was particularly excited for this weekend because I was also reunited with my very best friend Jessica.  You might recognize her from periodic appearances on the blog but this woman is truly one of a kind.  She is more family now than friend and I know that we will be wrinkly old women one day and still as close as ever.  We are still adjusting to living in different states though and I have to admit it blows.


Best Friends


Having all my parents there (minus my step-mom who couldn’t make it) was so special too.  I got my love of medicine from my dad going on rounds with him in the hospital as a child.  I got my tenacity from my mom because she showed me that you can do anything you set your mind to even when you have children.  My step-dad always had an encouraging word for me when I needed it.

SAV Family

SAV Family 2


Most importantly I am glad that Chris was by my side for the whole thing.  It was as much as a celebration for him as it was for me.  I absolutely couldn’t have done it without his unwavering support, love, and encouragement.  It took a village but luckily I have the best village around.

Chris and Madeline


So there you have it!  Hooding is over and I can add some additional letters to my name … MSPA, PA-C.

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Weekend Snapshots 3

Happy Monday friends! I hope your weekend was fabulous. Ours was pretty sweet because Chris and I got to celebrate SEVEN years of marriage!  Without getting too sappy I am SO thankful to have him as my partner in this crazy life.  We have crammed SO MUCH LIFE into the last 7 years and I couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone else.


Saturday we hired a babysitter so we could spend some quality time together up at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We headed up mid-morning to do some shopping and grab some lunch.  Our first stop was the outlet mall where I scored some cute things for summer that I can’t wait to share with you all.  We also went to Target which made my heart SO happy since it’s the closest one to us and is still almost an hour away.  Before heading back to the girls we stopped for lunch at Baxter’s an were not disappointed.  I mean HELLO … check out the view.

Weekend - Lunch

We both started off with a nice cold beer which was perfect for the warm day and the breeze off the lake.  For starters we had the spinach and artichoke dip and it was pretty good.  My main course was a chicken BLT that was just ok.


Weekend - Beer

Weekend -Appetizer


It was just nice spending time together enjoying a summer day.  When we got home we packed the girls up into the car and headed straight for post to hit the park.  I wish you guys could see Bryn at parks because she is bound and determined to give me a heart attack.  I love her sense of adventure but I foresee many ER visits for us ha.

Weekend - Playground


Sunday was our actual anniversary and Chris had my presents on the kitchen table.  He was pretty thoughtful this year and got me an Arizona scarf for football season, new sandals, prosecco, and a gift card.  My favorite thing though is the “card” he had pulled up on my iPad.




The rest of the day was spent getting chores done around the house.  Chris tackled the yard and I tackled a workout before we did laundry and food prep.  We did however go soak up some sun at the local pool with the girls.  They are serious water babies which tells me they are Arizona girls at heart.


Weekend - Pool


Here’s to another great week!  I am starting to get my groove as a provider and am feeling a teensy bit less overwhelmed at my job.  I am learning more stuff everyday and hopefully am making a positive impact on my patients too.  Hope your day is great!


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A Day in the Life as a Family Medicine PA

Happy Wednesday folks!  One of the best things about a long weekend is that the next week is short.  Super pumped that we are already halfway to Friday.  It’s been awhile since I shared a What I Ate Wednesday post with y’all and I figured it was also a great opportunity to give you a glimpse into what a day in my life is like.  I have shared a few of these in the past that you can check out at the end of the post to see how things have changed over the years.  I am officially into my 2nd week on my own practicing in Family Medicine and it’s been amazing so far!  Let’s get to it.


5:45AM  Alarm goes off.  I get to “sleep in” because I have a dentist appointment first thing in the morning.  It makes me laugh that this is sleeping in these days.  I feel a tiny person in bed next to me and see that Emmie came in at some point in the night.   She wakes up and I get her situated to watch a show while I make breakfast.  Breakfast tends to be my biggest meal of the day because I can’t guarantee a snack break before lunch.  My breakfast is an egg, egg whites, nitrite free bacon, 2 slices of raisin toast, and some blueberries.  A ton of coffee on the side.

WIAW - Breakfast

7:15AM  We are loaded into the car and are off.  I drop the girls off at school before heading to my dentist’s office.  I had a filling placed in March and have had some intermittent tooth sensitivity for the last week.  After Googling “root canals” (I know …. bad healthcare provider) I decided I should probably get it looked at.  Fortunately I don’t need one and instead he thinks it’s my sinuses cause pressure and tooth pain.  Go figure.


9:00AM  Arrive at work.  My work is letting me ease into my life as a provider and I only have 12 scheduled for today.  I spent some time last night looking up my patients so I already know what’s up.  Do a variety of annual wellness exams, sick visits, and follow-ups.  It’s a day where I am able to get snack in too which makes it a success!

WIAW - Snack


12:00PM  Wrap up my morning patients and finish charting.  Seriously – the electronic medical records take so. much. time.  I am still navigating our EMR so I am a tad slower.  Close out all my charts (#winning) and hit the break room for some lunch.  I planned ahead and had grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.

WIAW - Lunch


1:00PM  Back at it!  My afternoon is a lot heavier than the morning due to my missing my first hour of clinic.  More sick visits than chronic care this afternoon which keeps me busy.  I am still figuring out how to get my time with patients down and still get my charting done.  I get super busy in the afternoon and don’t have a chance to sit down.


5:15PM  Somehow I finish my charting only 15 minutes after the office closes.  I have a 30 minute drive home so I snack on a bag of Annie’s organic popcorn and call my sister for her birthday.  We chat for a bit and get caught up on each other’s lives.  I am very fortunate that even though my sister is 17 years older than I am that we are as close as we are.  I also chat with a good friend from PA school and get caught up with him.


5:45PM  Roll into the house and find the family in the basement watching “dragons”.  Spend some time with them and check on our container garden (more on that soon!) before heading back upstairs to finish dinner.  I had Skinnytaste’s Bolognese in the crockpot all day so all I have to do is make some noodles.  And yes – this is where my photos ended for the day.


7:00PM  Bathtime for the munchkins!  Chris and I switch off who puts who down each night and I have Bryn.  One of my favorite parts of the day is saying our nightly prayers with her.  Somehow I am always after “God bless book” and “God bless light” … THEN it’s “God bless mommy”.  She cracks me up.


7:30PM  Bryn is in bed and Chris and Emmie are reading so I clean up the kitchen and take a quick shower before sitting down to write this post.  Feeling pretty lame because I am already dreaming about getting into my bed.  Spend some time jotting down the things I need to do tomorrow and check on my patient list for the morning.  I feel pretty grateful that I can access our EMR from home so I can wrap some stuff up here and not stay at work late.


There you have it!  A pretty basic day in my life now.  Everyday is a little bit different in how it plays out but it’s fairly similar.  Normally I try to sneak a workout in at night but coming off the holiday weekend and 3 days of intense workouts I needed a day off.  Just means I have to break a sweat today.  Hope your Wednesday is off to a great start!


Previous “A Day in the Life” Posts:

A Day in the Life of a Student Mom

A Day in the Life: Surgery Rotation

A Day in the Life: Internal Medicine

A Day in the Life: 21 Months

A Day in the Life With a Newborn


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