It’ll be FUN they said …

Long time no chat friends!  I could begin by telling you how the entire family has been sick with the fall crud for the last week but I won’t.  I could also tell you all about finishing my surgery rotation but I’ll save that for another day.  Instead I want to tell you a story about my sweet little B …


Bryn is a girl who is constantly on an adventure.  She climbs rock walls, dances on the edge of danger, and gleefully laughs from one area of destruction to the next.   So it shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did when she figured out how to climb out of her crib last week.  In fact, I caught her heading downstairs to play at about 11:30 at night one night.  Like a ninja should would escape silently which gave me heartburn.  So we decided to cut our losses and get her a big girl bed.

B's Big Girl Bed


We spent all day Saturday getting her room re-organized and bed put up.  We said a silent prayer that the night would be uneventful, and you know what?  It WAS!  It was great!  She quietly played in her room until we got her in the morning and all was right in the world.  That is, until we approached nap time.


Before Nap


We knew that nap time would be dicey because Bryn is inherently strong-willed.  I sat in her room for awhile but then decided to sneak out and lock the door as was the plan.  She cried for a second but then all was silent.  I thought we had won.  Little did I know what was coming.  About an hour after she had quieted down I walked by her room and hear the beeping of her nightlight.  I figured she just needed to be put back into bed.  Nothing could have prepared me for the sight I would see upon entering her room.



You guys … I am pretty sure my carpet will never be the same.  She emptied an ENTIRE tub of Triple Paste on herself and every reachable surface of her room.  Everywhere I looked I found more.  If you have any tips for getting that stuff out of things I am all ears!  In the meantime all I can do is laugh and chalk it up as 10,128 points for her otherwise I might be in the fetal position in the corner crying.  And nobody has time for that.


Instead I will embrace this is one of those life’s memories we are going to look back upon with laughter and tears in our eyes.  And hopefully it brought you some joy as we start this fresh new week!


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Weekend Recap // 10.26.15

Happy Monday friends! Another weekend gone by too fast but I am excited because this is my LAST week of surgery! Somehow I am down to only THREE more rotations before graduation. AHHHH!!! This weekend was pretty laid back for us and truth be told I didn’t take many pictures. So you’ll have to settle for a wordy recap instead 😉
Saturday morning Emmie and I headed out for some one-on-one time with errands. Our first stop was Target for some mailing supplies and PlayDoh. But in true Target fashion we left with a cart full of stuff. I swear that place gets me every time! Next up was grocery shopping which took 2.5 times longer than normal but my tiny helper enjoyed putting things in the cart so it was worth it. The rest of the day we hung out and played before making Jenn’s pesto chicken stuffed spaghetti squash for dinner. YUM!

Weekend 2


Sunday morning we were up bright and early to head out the door to church.  Mass was great and as always left me with a filled heart.  After mass I quickly ran into my favorite local coffee shop for the essentials …. caffeine.  Their vanilla chai latte is what dreams are made of.

Weekend 1

The rest of the day was filled with chores.  I meal prepped like a boss, we tackled laundry, cleaned up the playroom, and wrestled with our kids.  Our lives also changed forever because Bryn learned how to climb out of her crib!  NOOO!!!  Emmie never did that and I thought FOR SURE I had awhile longer since B isn’t even two yet but nope, she figured it out.  She is an expert climber and did it without even making a sound.  She just pranced out of her room after nap time like it was no big deal.  Now taking ideas for how to prevent her from doing this!


AND in reward of you reading this far I’d love to offer THREE people the chance to try one of our Rodan+Fields mini facials!  Simply comment below with “yes me!” and I will get one in the mail to you.  It comes with a sample of our Micro-dermabrasion paste, night renewing serum, and lip renewing serum and is a great way to see how amazing these products are!  This is open to new users only please :)



Have a great day friends!

How was your weekend?

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Healthy Contact Lens Habits

If you’re a friend of mine you know that I have TERRIBLE vision.  I mean seriously awful.  I pretty much win the “my vision is worse that yours” game frequently and rock giant coke-bottle glasses.  For me my nearsightedness is hereditary and I was cursed from conception.  I have been the proud sporter of contact lenses since 6th grade.  YIKES.  While I am sure I learned it at some point I can honestly say that up until PA school I probably neglected to have health contact lens habits.   I really learned my lesson when I was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer in March! Let’s just say I take my contact lens habits very seriously now.


I am excited to partner with the American Optometric Association to bring YOU some tips for healthy contact lens habits just in case you are like me and just maybe haven’t been practicing them 😉

Healthy Contact Lens Habits

1.  Always wash your hands before handling your lenses – Think about where your contacts go and then think about what could possibly be on your hands.  Do you really want that stuff in your eye?


2.  Only wear your contact lenses for the prescribed amount of time – a huge percentage of people (59%) admit to wearing their disposable lenses longer than they are supposed to.  This can lead to permanent damage due to bacterial infection or hypoxia (lack of oxygen).


3.  Don’t ever soak your lenses in tap water – this is one that really hit home during school.  If you soak your lenses in tap water your can expose your eyes to all sorts of bacteria.  This can lead to very scary infections so always use a good multi-purpose cleansing solution.  You should also make sure to always use fresh solution, and never re-use any from the night before.

Healthy Contact Lens Habits 2

4.  Properly store your lenses and replace the case every 3 months – this also will help prevent bacterial infections.


5.  See your optometrist regularly – optometrists are the first line defense when it comes to good eye care.  They preform comprehensive eye exams, diagnose and treat ocular disease, and can fine-tune your prescription among other things.  Seeing them regularly will help keep you seeing better!

AOA Infographic

My hope is that if you didn’t know how to take care of your lenses properly that now you do!  Trust me … you do not want a preventable eye infection.  I can speak from personal experience that they are terrible!


Do you wear contacts?  Are you guilty of bad lens hygiene?

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A Day in the Life: Surgery Rotation

It’s been awhile since I shared a day in the life post with you guys and since my daily life is different every rotation I thought I would share one while I am on surgery!  First off, I am on a really relaxed surgery rotation in terms of hours.  I am very grateful for this.  While the environment is intense and the expectations are sky high at least I know I will be off by 4PM every day.  This is not the case for many surgery rotations so if you’re a student I just want that out there 😉  Here we go!


5:00 AM – alarm goes off.  Today is an OR day so I have to leave the house by 6AM to get to work well before our first case.  I make a protein-packed breakfast so I know I can get through until a quick break between cases.  Counting my lucky stars I have no rounding to do.


6:45 – 8:30AM – get to work and check in with the circulating nurse and scrub tech to let them know I am there for the day.  First case starts at 7:15 and goes smoothly.  It’s a laparoscopic cholecystectomy so I get to first assist, help drive the camera, and help close with suturing.  Curse my cup of coffee for my shaky hands which makes it more challenging to suture.


8:30AM – Break between cases.  Go to the staff lounge and pound some water and grab a snack.  I mixed up a chocolate vegan Shakeology with almond milk, spinach, and pumpkin before leaving the house and it hits the spot!

Snack - Shakeology

9:00 – 10:30AM – case #2!  It’s like deja-vu because it’s another lap chole.  Basically do the exact same thing on repeat … this time my hands don’t shake as I suture so I count that as a win!  Finish the case and head back to the staff lounge for another quick break with some green tea and a banana.  We have one more case before lunch and it’s scheduled to take a tad longer.

Snack 2

11:00AM – 12:45PM – Last case of the morning, a bilateral mastectomy.  This is a pretty neat case to scrub in on.  I first assist again so imagine lots of retracting.  Thankful I didn’t work out the day before because my shoulders are killing me from constant contraction.  Side note, a study was done and surgeons/PAs burn ~3 calories a minute while just standing in surgery.  Any type of retracting increases that!  So basically now I know why I am tired at the end of the day 😉


1:00PM – 2:30 PM – head down to the clinic and eat lunch.  Read up on patients for the next day, chat with my preceptor, and chart my cases.  It’s a light day in clinic with no new patients in the afternoon so I am cut loose early!


2:45 – 4:00PM – Hit the gym!  Trying hard to actually complete an entire workout program and fit in fitness while on rotations.  I run 1.5 miles and then complete a whole body weight workout.  Feeling pretty strong and seeing some definition that wasn’t there before!


4:00 – 4:45PM – commute home!  Catch up with my mom since she had been on vacation and refuel with a pumpkin pie Quest bar which is DELICIOUS.  However, not one to leave in the car and let the sun warm up.  I typically do that with my other Quest bars but this one the outer coating melts.  Lesson learned.

Post-Workout Snack

5:00 – 7:00PM – Get home and jump in the shower.  Start prepping dinner while Chris picks the kids up from school.  He gives in and gets them McDonalds which is a once-a-month treat for them.  #SorryNotSorry.  They get home and play while Chris and I eat Jenn’s Shortcut Taco Soup (yum!) for dinner.  After dinner it’s dishes, clean up, and getting Bryn ready for bed.  She’s down by 7PM and Emmie gets some extra time to play.



7:00 – 9:00PM – Catch up on studying for my boards, answering emails, and getting things ready for the next day.  Put Emmie to bed at 8:00 and snuggle/scratch her back until she’s asleep.


9:00 – 10:00PM – Have a Facebook party for my Rodan+Fields business and enjoy sharing my love for these amazing products with others!  If you’re interested in a FB party and earning FREE product shoot me an email 😉


10:00PM – Do my nightly routine with washing my face with REDEFINE and hop into bed.  Lights out by 10:30PM and get ready to do it again tomorrow!


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Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Happy Tuesday!  I am getting a bit of a late start to the week … the weekend went by way too fast and I had a to-do list that seemed never ending.  However, we did manage to fit in some family fun so that is always a good thing.  This past weekend was the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival here in Richmond Hill, GA.  It happens every October and is a huge event for the Savannah area.  The last time Chris and I went though was when I was 8 months pregnant with Bryn!


Saturday afternoon we decided spontaneously to brave the crowds and take the girls up there.  I am SO glad we did because the whole family had a blast.  We started the afternoon off with some rides and I was pleasantly surprised how many the girls could go on.  They rode a choo-choo train, a mini ferris wheel, and the merry-go-round.  Poor Bryn never wanted to leave the train though!  Seeing my girls laughing away fills my heart enough to last me until the next weekend :)  We also chowed down on seafood, beer, and fried oreos.  And it was entirely worth it.
We ended the day with ice cream and running around in the grass.  Overall it was the perfect afternoon!  If you’re a local make sure to check it out next year :)


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Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival 3
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Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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