|April 3, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Travel|
Hello from Jacksonville! We woke up yesterday morning, loaded up the car, and hit the road singing songs from Frozen all the way We got down to Jacksonville around 11AM and headed straight to Chris heaven …. Chipotle.
After a quick lunch it was time to do some SHOPPING. As I mentioned yesterday, my MacBook mouse trackpad has had a mind of its own for the last few weeks. It’s given be tons of anxiety since I NEED my computer not only for everything that is PA school but also for the little bit of work I still do freelancing. The closest Apple store to us is in Jacksonville so I was anxiously waiting for this trip to get it fixed. In addition to that, apparently I killed my iPhone battery with over-use. OOPS. So Apple made a pretty penny off of me yesterday between buying a new trackpad, installing it, and upgrading my phone.
I drowned my sorrows at one of MY happy places …. Lululemon.
We stayed the night at the Residence Inn by Marriott by Jacksonville Town Center and I have nothing but good things to say about our room and stay. First, we had a one bedroom suite so the bedroom was separate from the living area. This is a key feature for us to be able to put the girls down and still stay up past 7PM. The room was really nice and had a full kitchen.
Since Emmalyne missed her nap this afternoon Chris and I decided to just pick up dinner and eat at the hotel room. After chowing down I headed to the hotel gym for a quick workout. Again, I was really impressed. There were a couple treadmills, and elliptical, a bike, dumbbells, bench, and medicine balls. The nice touches were fresh towels on all the machines, cold filtered water, and complimentary headphones.
Probably one of the nicest surprise features? They do FREE dinner with FREE wine and beer! WINNING. I definitely could go for a nice cold beer after a fun day of shopping
This morning we are heading straight to the Jacksonville Zoo before making the trek home. Have a great day
–> Just in case you were wondering, I wasn’t compensated by Marriott in any way. Chris and I are just HUGE fans of the Marriott chain. Our room in Jacksonville was free due to Marriott reward points and we will definitely be staying at Residence Inn again.
|April 2, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Misc|
Hey there friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going smashingly so far … mine is! I officially finished my first quarter of PA school last Thursday and have spent the last 5 days soaking up my FREEDOM! What have I been doing with myself you ask?
I’ve been soaking up these sweet smiles.
Cheered on my Wildcats even though they lost
Organized ALL the closets in my house.
And ordered my favorite local crab cake sandwich.
So far it’s been an amazing few days … and I still have 5 more! Today we are heading down to Jacksonville for a mini-vacay. We have to hit the Apple store today because my MacBook is on the fritz which is not good for blogging (hence part of my absence) or for students. The trackpad essentially has a mind of its own! Crazy! Then tomorrow we are taking the girls to the zoo.
I also sat down last night and brainstormed all the things I have to share with you guys! Expect more out of me soon because I know I have been slack-a-lacking lately and I miss you!
Fill me in – what’s one of the highlights of your last couple of weeks??
|March 24, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under PA School|
Oh hey there guys – I had to take last week off blogging because my real life got CRAZY! Last week I had my physical assessment final where we had to perform a physical exam on our lab partner while our small group leader observed and critiqued. I got randomly assigned the cardiac exam which is in depth but probably my FAVORITE of all the ones we have learned so far. Then, Friday I had my A&P lab final which was …. special. No other words to describe that one. Luckily the whole class felt the same way and we have all moved on.
Today though marks my first official finals week in PA school. I can’t quite wrap my head around that at this moment. Didn’t I start just YESTERDAY?! To say that PA school is going to be a blur is an understatement. I have learned SO much these last 10 weeks and have honestly loved every minute of it. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t seriously looking forward to my 10 day break.
This weekend I was lucky enough that my mom was still here so she and Chris took over completely with the girls. I got to sneak in for some fun but most of my weekend was spent at the coffee shop trying to cram as much information into my head as possible.
I have 5 tests over the next 4 days and 4 of them are cumulative. I feel fairly confident going into them and lucky I have set myself up with good grades so there isn’t AS much pressure on me. Still on the verge of a freak out though
I have so much to share with all of you and I can’t wait to get to all the posts I have lined up. I know that things have been sporadic and like always thank you so much for still reading. :)
|March 13, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Fashion|
One of my favorite things is new clothes. One of the fun things about going to PA school is the need for SHOPPING. I am slowly building up my professional wardrobe and have been on the hunt for quality but fun pieces. Last week I got my second Stitch Fix delivery and my stylist NAILED it. I really liked my first one but this last one spot on for my size and style.
I really liked this color and fabric of this top. It was super soft and really comfortable on. I just wasn’t a hug fan of the neckline so back it went.
I LOVED this sweater. Again the fabric was extremely soft and it felt like wearing a hug. The crochet detail on the shoulder was fun and a cute way to bring it up a little bit. However, I am not needing any more sweaters with the Savannah summer heat knocking on the door so reluctantly I sent this back too.
This was the first shirt that I kept form this fix. It’s a lightweight and sheer material which will be perfect in the sticky summer. I love the versatility of this shirt. I can dress it up as a blouse with a suit or dress it down with jeans. Outfits that serve dual purpose go a long way for me right now.
These two items were my absolute favorite in the box. The blazer is a thick, soft cotton material. I love the stripes on the side that had a bit of texture when you roll the sleeves. I’ve already worn it to class and got several compliments on it. Again, it’s nice enough to wear to school/clinic but is really cute with jeans and flats. The scarf had me at the pattern and fun colors. I don’t wear a ton of scarves but when I saw this one I knew it was staying.
I am really enjoying getting my Stitch Fix in the mail. I love that you leave feedback on all the items after receiving the box so that your stylist knows why you sent some things back. You rate the size, fit, color, cost, and more.
Another thing I appreciate is that you can choose your own price point. I know some of the pieces in Stitch Fix can be a little pricey (IE: the blazer was $78) but my perspective is this. If you are trying to build your wardrobe slowly Stitch Fix is a good option. You can tell the quality of the product when it’s in your hands. Personally, since I am trying to find items that will last well into my medical career I would rather shell out a little bit more per item then buy more at a lower price point that loses it’s quality before I am even practicing. Since I am not out spending a lot of money on clothes every month one fix doesn’t break the bank.
I also love that you get pushed outside of your comfort zone a little bit. Again, I would probably not have picked out a scarf like that on my own. I am so glad I have it now and am a little bit obsessed. Lastly, it’s just fun. Don’t get me wrong … I LOVE the act of shopping. Like LOVE it. But there is something fun about having someone else pick out some clothes for you and then getting to try them on at home. Often times when I am at the store I try to imagine what in my closet would go with an item. With Stitch Fix I don’t have to imagine … I get to try them on together!
If you have’t signed up but want to you can do so HERE. Thanks to all of you that have used my referral code. Chris appreciates the lessened impact on his wallet I have had a few classmates and friends from home sign up too and they are all RAVING about their boxes! Remember that the $20 styling fee gets applied to whatever you keep from the box.
|March 12, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under WIAW|
Thanks for all the love on Bryn’s update! I seriously can’t believe that she is three months old. Sometimes I am thankful that time is going but most of the time I want to curl up in a fetal position snuggling my sweet baby and hold on to every second
It’s been awhile but I am linking up with Jenn today at Peas and Crayons for a What I Ate Wednesday. I actually remembered to photograph my eats. Trust me … right now that it was quite the feat. HA.
I honestly pretty much live on my baked apple cinnamon oatmeal throughout the weak. I fill it with goodies like ground flax, chia seeds, and brewer’s yeast. Not only is it healthy and ready in a flash, it is also a good way to boost milk production
Lunch was leftovers … chicken, sweet potatoes, and leeks. It’s a recipe I found awhile ago in Clean Eating magazine and it’s one of my favorite one skillet dishes. Leftovers are even better.
Since I head to campus about 2 hours after eating breakfast I always pack a “snack” or second breakfast if you will I stick with a smoothie with fruit, protein powder, and spinach. Throughout the day I had a Stonyfield organic Greek yogurt and Larabar. Ended my night with a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich.
Did you link up for WIAW?