Weekend Recap + PiYo Challenge

Happy Monday friends!  Hope you had a great weekend.  The family and I had a great one ourselves.  Friday night Chris and I headed out for a much needed date night.  We hadn’t had one since he came back from his month-long stint away from us so to say it was overdue is an understatement.  We hit up the Kayak Cafe down in Savannah and it did not disappoint!

Kayak Cafe


For an appetizer we shared the guacamole with toasted pita.  The guac was SO good!  For dinner Chris chowed down on the fish tacos and I got the shrimp quesadilla with locally caught shrimp.  Everything was just do dang good and we left happily stuffed.  Next, we headed across the street to Chive and got some drinks.  My drink was watermelon, mint, and some vodka ;)



Satuday and Sunday we hung around the house and got some stuff done.  I have my first test of the quarter this week in Clin Med and will be covering endocrine and hematology, as well as the disoders, diagnoses, and treatments.  So I spent some time hitting the books fueled by local GA peaches – SO SWEET.




Sunday night ended with a picnic held my the Emster.  Seriously this girl cracks me up and is SO my child.  All the plates had napkins, everything was in a  line, and she had to control exactly how we played.  It was a blast.




Finally I am excited to announce that I am officially a Beachbody coach!  I have mentioned T25 several times and how much I LOVE the workouts.  I also have been drinking Shakeology as a supplement for several months and love how it makes me feel.  My friend Tyah finally convinced me to take the plunge and I am stoked.  I am holding my first challenge group starting next week and would LOVE for you guys to participate.  What’s the challenge you ask?  PiYo




PiYo is a high intensity but low impact workout that combines the very best of yoga and pilates.  The workouts last no longer than 45 minutes so they are the perfect length for before work or during nap time.  Check out this awesome video to see more:

If you want to participate shoot me an email at foodfitnessandfamily @ gmail . com and take the first step to taking charge of your health.  You can also leave a comment here and I can send you more info.  You can also sign up directly HERE.  Either way I am excited for this journey and would love to have you along the way with me.  However – don’t worry – this will not turn into a Beachbody blog.  I am still going to be blogging about the things I love but will let you know when new challenges launch.


PS – If you’re a military spouse you have an awesome opportunity to be a discount coach.  By signing up for the challenge and as a coach you can get 25% off all your future BB purchase.  Think P90X, T25, etc.  Let me know!


Have a great Monday friends and start this week off strong.  I am wrapping up the Summer Shape UP with Gina this week :)


How was your weekend?

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Meal Plan: July 13-18

Trying to get back into the habit of sharing our meal plan for the week on the blog.  While I meal plan every week sometimes the meals themselves change nights etc.  I also currently grocery shop on Fridays after class to save time for our weekends :)


Weekly Meal Plan


Sunday: Crisp-Crust Chicken Potpie

Monday: Fettuccine Alfredo

Tuesday: Turkey Sante Fe Lettuce Wraps

Wednesday: Crockpot Lasagna

Thursday: Homemade Chipotle Bowls

Friday: Grilled pizza


Today my game plan is to study for my test next week and get all of our meals prepped as much as possible as well as get our lunches packed for the week.  Happy Sunday!


What’s your “go-to” easy meal on the weekdays?


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Fashion Friday: Pastels

I am not a fashion blogger you guys but I have gotten a lot of requests to do more fashion posts after sharing my outfits on Instagram. Since I love to put outfits together I thought heck, why not share them? I posted a picture earlier this week with my outfit of the day and got a lot of feedback so I thought I would share the details with you guys here since some of the items are on MAJOR sale right now! Please note: I am not a model and will never be a model. Excuse my terrible awkwardness ha.


Pastel fashion selfie


I am loving the color combination of this outfit and wish I had had it for Easter!  I sometimes find myself falling into a routine of wearing neutrals.  So much so that Chris has banned me from buying too many more black things.  I normally pair this skirt with a white top but felt adventurous and went for a ton of color.  SO happy I did.


J. Crew Plaid


How awesome is this necklace?  I am a big fan of statement necklaces but normally they are $$.  I found this one at Target for $16!  It’s a relatively recent buy so check to see if yours has it too.


Tory Burch Trudy Flats


I normally buy all of my flats from Target because they are cute and affordable but have wanted a pair of “big girl” shoes that would be great for clinic etc.  I have been eyeing Tory Burch for months.  SO when there was a major sale at my birthday and these beauties were nearly 50% off I used my birthday money from my family to splurge.  I am so glad I did because these shoes are super comfortable, fit my personality, and are classic.


Here are the details:

Pastel Fashion

Plaid Shirt – J. Crew Factory http://popsu.gr/ulaY (currently $25.50)
Skirt – J. Crew Factory http://popsu.gr/ulaU (currently 50% off! $37.50)
Necklace – Target http://popsu.gr/ulco (similar)
Shoes – Tory Burch http://popsu.gr/ulbh (currently $150)

Cheers to Friday!  I hope you have some fun things planned for the weekend.  Next week is our first test of the quarter so you all know what I will be doing ;)

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Favorite Books for PA School

I can’t believe I am about to say this but as of 21 days from now I am going to be halfway done with the didactic portion of PA school experience.  I know.  I’m shocked too.  It seems like I was just accepted but really that was a year ago.  Then if feels like we just started the program but really that was 7 months ago.  Time flies when you’re living in chaos having fun right?


While I know this information won’t apply to all of you, I also know that some of my readers are in PA school, just started, or are about to start a program.  As a “seasoned” PA student I thought I would share my favorite books for PA school.  These are books that aren’t assigned textbooks for my program.  Instead, they are supplemental material that I have collected along my journey and have found incredibly helpful.  Hopefully you do too.


favorite books for PA school
Antibiotics Simplified – This book saved me when we were learning infectious disease in clinical medicine last quarter. There are a LOT of antibiotics and it can be hard to keep them all straight. This is a great pocket resource that would also find in your white coat.

Bates’ Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking – Bates is pretty much the started when it comes to physical assessment. While the main text is essential, I love this “baby bates” for my white coat and clinical bag. It has all the main pictures and tests in it so it’s a perfect on-the-go reference.

A Comprehensive Review For the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants – LOVE this book. When you’re in clinical medicine it’s often broken down by system. For example, this quarter we are doing endocrine, dermatology, hematology, and more. This book is broken down the same way. So while you’re studying for your test you also are prepping for the PANCE.

Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series)3rd EDITION – Like the above book this is broken down by section and is a great study guide. I love that there are clinical pearls and ways to remember things. GREAT book and was recommended to me by friends in med school.

Clinical Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple – Another great resource for pharmacology. What is awesome about this book is that the drugs are already broken down into charts for you. When learning pharm making charts is pretty essential. Having them organized is awesome! I have other books in the ridiculously simple line including Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple and Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (Ed. 6)
There you have it!  My favorite books (so far) that have helped me tremendously these last couple of quarters and already helping me this quarter.


If you’re in the medical field what are your favorite supplemental books?

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Oh hey there Wednesday … excited that you’re here!  Thanks for all your love on yesterday’s post on pumping at work.  I am glad it helped so many of you!  We have another round of interviews today for the next class at my PA school.  As an ambassador for the program I will be on hand to give tours and answer questions from the applicants.  It’s a super fun “job” and I can’t wait to get up there!  Since it’s Wednesday though I thought it would be fun to link up with Jenn for a “What I ate Wednesday” post since it’s been AGES since I played along.




I’ve been doing really well lately and have been getting up early enough to make myself breakfast.  This was eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms, nitrate free bacon, and fresh fruit.  Plenty of iced coffee on the side.



Another planning win for the week. Chris and I grilled a bunch of Greek marinated chicken on the weekend and roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes. I instantly had lunches packed for the week.


Chocolate Fix

Long days of class definitely call for some bite-size chocolate. My small group leader has a constant supply in her office and she is fueling my sweet tooth.



I snack a lot throughout the day so this is just some of my snacks. I ate the apple after lunch and the pita crackers with hummus while cooking dinner. Oh look … more chocolate. This was my dessert after dinner … dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. NOM.




Dinner was an old favorite … oven-baked chicken tacos.  I shredded the chicken over the weekend so all I had to do was mix it up on the stove and pop it in the over.  From fridge to table in less than 15 minutes.


There you have!  My eats from yesterday.  I am trying hard to clean them up a bit and I am feeling pretty good about how this week is going.  Fingers crossed I can keep it up!  Have a happy Wednesday friends :)


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