Work Wonders Shoes with Dansko

August 22, 2016

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Working 12-hour shifts is really tough. I would say that I’m on my feet at last 80-90% of the time: starting IV’s, running around to find pumps/wheelchairs/etc, walking people to and from their rooms, doing bedside procedures. The list goes on, and on, and on. The other day I was in a patient’s room doing a nasogastric lavage for almost an hour!!!

I have a problem with my left foot. I have this painful callous that has developed, and according to the podiatrist, I will always have this problem unless I do a few things differently.  I was given an opportunity to try the new “Work Wonders” shoes by Dansko. These shoes have eased the pain of my left foot so much! Dansko has made the “Work Wonders” shoes to be both stylish and incredibly comfortable.

There are many different features that I love about these shoes. First, they are slip-resistant. This is important because nurses are prone to slip, and fall on a number of things that end up on the floor. These shoes are easy to clean.  I regularly have at least one bodily fluid end up on my shoes. It’s so nice to wipe the shoes down at the end of my shift, and know that the shoes will be clean when I come home.  The “Work Wonders” shoes have a removable footbed! According to the podiatrist, orthotics will be in my future. I can easily remove the footbed of these shoes, replace them with my orthotics, and be compliant, and comfortable. They have odor control, because let’s be honest: my feet do not smell like plumeria’s at the end of a 12-hour-shift. At the end of the day, I don’t have to worry about the stench of removing my shoes when someone else is around. I had my last pair of Dansko’s for almost 5 years; they are made with great quality. I would highly recommend these shoes to anyone in the healthcare industry that is looking for shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and durable.

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Mother’s Day

May 27, 2016

I know Mother’s Day was awhile ago, but I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for awhile. We had a mellow morning, and we had our mom’s over in the afternoon. We catered food, had lots of desserts, sunflowers, and iced chai latte’s. It was glorious!  It is so fun watching our kids play with their cousin; she’s only 7 months older than O. They kids went to sleep right away that night, and they even slept in the next morning 😉

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Academy Wife Meal planning 101

April 21, 2016

My husband has been in a fire academy for the past 13.5 weeks.  The most challenging part has been preparing meals for everyone, all the time. During the academy, my job is to have Kyle’s breakfasts, and lunches packed, and ready to go for his 4am wake up call the next morning. I’m also responsible for having dinner ready for him when he gets home at 7pm. He’s burning tons of calories every day because of the constant physical fitness and hands-on training. I’m posting for those that asked about my instagram pictures. Here is how I prepare for the week:

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  1. Plan: I usually do this on Thursday or Friday, the week before during naptime. I try to keep it to one hour at the MOST! The first 10 minutes, I browse new recipes, trying to get inspired. I also am mindful of things I have in my pantry and fridge that need to be eaten. I stick with quick, simple recipes. My recipes come from a combo of pinterest, cookbooks, and food magazines. I don’t have time for anything fancy, it has to take 30 minutes or less to prepare, because that’s all the time I have. Here’s the deal: with two little ones, I don’t have time to cook a brand new, fresh meal every day.  Shocker, right? I’m stoked that my family LOVES leftovers. If your family doesn’t, I am so so sorry…..I can’t help you ;(  As I pick out the recipes, I make a specific shopping list of what I’ll need, and divide the list among the stores where they have the best deals, per product. This is the gist of my plan: IMG_8557

Dinner: I plan three, large, home-cooked dinners for the week that can be eaten for two nights. I intentionally make extra, or have big sides so they can each last two nights. I also plan on one frozen, fairly healthy meal at the end of the week (I try my best, it can be hard with frozen food sometimes.) An example of this would be: frozen, wild-caught fish, quinoa, and a frozen veggie like broccoli, or green beans. Another example would be organic veggie potstickers (from costco), brown rice, and frozen asian veggies (another costco staple.)

Lunch: I always plan on having a combo of two different main dishes for lunches. My go-to lunches are quinoa bowls with veggies and fresh herbs from my garden, fresh green salads, veggie burgers, and veggie packed quesadillas. I always plan on having one or two veggies/fruits that I can have on the side.  I make sure these veggies/fruits are cut, and prepared during my prep day.

Breakfast: are always very simple as well. It’s usually a combination of oatmeal, and some kind of egg casserole. I make big breakfast casseroles to last a few days, or if it’s too much, I throw it in a tortilla, and freeze it for breakfast burritos that we can eat in week or two.

Snacks: I also like to have lots of healthy, pantry snacks on hand. Trail mix, dried figs, craisins, raisins, and protein bars are great things to have on hand. Every week I also strive to make a pot of fresh beans. I make a big batch of beans, and freeze the rest into baggies, so I can bust them out during the weeks to come for different recipes.

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2. Shop: With my husband in the academy, I usually go shopping on Saturdays. When he’s done with the academy, I’ll probably go back to Mondays, when no one is out and about. I stick to my list when I go shopping. I can usually hit my stores in 2 hours or less (without children.)  The only exception when I don’t stick to my list is when something is on sale for a great deal, I almost always buy extra; especially If it can last in the freezer, or in the pantry for an extended time. I love Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Stater Bros. These stores are within a 5 mile radius, so it’s easy, and efficient to hit these stores. I try to only go to Costco, and traders every other week, on a rotating schedule. I’m very frugal, so I try to be a good steward of our money, and shop where I’ll get the best prices. I’m also mindful of sales, and try to reflect my recipes based on what’s on sale. There are so many things involved with shopping that I might devote another post to this topic.

3. Prep: this is one of the most important parts of my plan. On Sundays, you will mainly find me in the kitchen, chopping, organizing, prepping the weeks meals, and dancing to Juanes. I make all of my husbands breakfasts, and lunches on this day. I also cut/prep, one or two fruits and veggies for the week. I have found that if I have them cut up, they get eaten. If I don’t, they wither away and go to veggie heaven. I also prepare my dinner for Sunday/Monday. The last thing I do is chop any other significant ingredients for the rest of the weeks meals. This allows minimal preparing throughout the week, more time to watch “Parenthood,” and drink my iced lattes.

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IMG_84494. Execute: Stick to the plan! Having gone through the planning, shopping, and prepping, I’m highly motivated to stick to my written plan. If I’m ever at a loss of what to eat, I consult my written plan and get inspired/excited again. I’ve also noticed that the more I stick with my plans, the healthier I am. I’m less likely to grab a Big Mac in a state of hangry starvation, those of you who have/are nursing a small babe, can relate.

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I really hope this helps. When I get time, I will try to post specific ideas/recipes that I’ve made so far for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while in this academy 😉

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Valentine’s Day Craft for Little Ones

February 9, 2016

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I’ve been wanting to do a Valentine’s Day craft with my little people. I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest, and I figured I could adapt it to get both of my kids involved. I liked this simple idea, because it worked nicely as a time capsule for my toddler son and baby girl. I used his handprint for the “O”, and her foot (I only ended up using her right foot….it was getting out of hand) as the “V”. I gave my son one of my old shirts to wear over his clothing. I used Melissa and Doug paintbrushes to paint their hands, and feet; and I used crayola washable tempura paint.  I would highly recommend doing this outside, and one at a time. I didn’t realize how much my almost-7-month-old, was going to be moving around.  My son loved it!  I had him decorate envelopes with heart stickers. We had some leftover paint, so I had him go to down on a white sheet of paper and stuck the finished product on the fridge.

Have a great day!

Family Video

January 14, 2016

Excited to share this fun video we made with my friend, Clair Chang. I wanted a video to capture this special season in our life. I know these days are fleeting. It’s going to be fun to look back at this video when the kids are older.   I need to remember that every day is a precious gift.

 

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Fox Hill Baby Blanket Giveaway and 4-month-old Baby Girl Update

December 2, 2015

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We just had our baby girl’s 4-month-old well child appointment, and she is 16 pounds!  She doesn’t miss a meal, and this is apparent by the size of her cheeks, and her thighs. I’m afraid her cheeks are going to engulf the rest of her face one of these days. She is very alert…I think she is finally waking up from her newborn coma. She reaches for things,  people, or fingers….whatever it is, she tries to migrate the object to her mouth.  She is making fun baby noises, and smiles at anyone who makes eye contact with her! She also cut her first tooth the other day, she’s not to stoked on that.

I teamed up with Mindy, the owner and designer of Fox Hill Baby, to give away one of her beautiful minky blankets. “Hand made items for tiny moments”, is the motto of Fox Hill Baby. Mindy specializes in making custom, and modern, handmade items for the Modern baby. Mindy makes everything from bibs, to changing pad covers, to beautiful blankets and nursing pillow covers! Emma is pictured with the “Flight” minky blanket, and she is wearing one of their adorable bibs. The blankets are adorable, warm, and very comfortable. Mindy understands that these items are so much more than just baby items. They can mean comfort, joy, and love.

 

DIY Toddler Train and Freshly Picked Giveaway

November 16, 2015

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I love frugal activities for my son. The other day I had a few hours with my little man, a few empty boxes, and got an idea that kept him busy for hours. I attached two empty boxes together (with the top portions cut off,) with some ribbon. I did this by poking holes in the middle of the boxes, stringing the ribbon through, and tying it to a cut piece of plastic straw (to avoid coming out of the hole.)  I made a handle by tying the ribbon to a cardboard toilet paper roll. I gave the handle to my son, and let him take it everywhere. We walked to, and from, the park with the DIY train. He filled up the boxes with sand, bark, sticks, leaves, toys, and whatever he could get his hands on. His favorite was running as fast as he could while dragging the train behind him. This activity cost me all of 5 minutes, and I used supplies that I already had in my house.

These moccasins made by Freshly Picked offer style and comfort for my busy little man. I love that they are easy to take on and off, yet they stay on O’s little feet!  He does quite the trot nowadays, and the shoes keep up with him very well. I love that Freshly Picked offers an assortment of sizes, and styles. They have everything from ruby red to camouflage!  The other thing I love about Freshly Picked is their wonderful customer service. If you ever need to exchange or return  a pair of moccasins, or if you just have a question, the staff at Freshly Picked does an outstanding job of taking care of their customers. The customer service people are friendly, and very prompt. These moccasins retail for $60. Be sure to follow myself, Freshly Picked on Instagram for a chance to win a pair. Look at my Instagram posts a few back, the giveaway ends tonight.

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Zucchini, Onion and Goat Cheese Quiche

November 6, 2015

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Quiche

Quiche is one of my favorite things to make. It’s relatively easy, and pretty hard to mess up. I love making quiche as a potluck dish, or as a meal to take for a family, because I double the recipe so we can have some also! In this case, I made 2 quiche for a baby shower, and made 2 to keep for us 😉  I took a shortcut for this recipe and bought the frozen, deep dish crusts; they are so easy to work with. I woke up a little early and made this recipe before the kiddos woke up. Each quiche feeds about 6 people.

Zucchini, Onion and Goat Cheese Quiche

This recipe makes 1 quiche, if you want to make more, just multiply by however many you want to make, and be sure to keep the mixing bowls separate per quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 deep dish frozen crust
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 thinly sliced zucchini
  • 1/4 large onion chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a pan, add onions and cook until starting to be translucent. Add Zucchini, salt, and pepper to pan, and cook about 10-15 more minutes, or until zucchini starts to be tender.
  3. Mix eggs, goat cheese, zucchini and onion mixture, and dill. Add quiche mixture to deep dish crust. If desired, could set aside some zucchini and goat cheese to sprinkle on top.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of quiche.

Enjoy!

Excited to be back to work, with Naturalizer

November 4, 2015

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A few months ago I was approached by Naturalizer to try a pair of their shoes from their new, unique collection called Naturalizer@work. As a nurse, and a mother, I spend lots of time on my feet. According to an article on active.com the average nurse takes 986 steps…..PER HOUR! My nursing shifts are usually 8-12 hours long (which equals 7,888-11,832 steps a day), and my mommy shifts are usually 13-14 hours long (Which means I hardly ever sit.)

As a working woman in the healthcare industry, my two characteristics of a good shoe are: comfort and style. As an emergency room nurse, most of my day is spent on my feet providing care to patients. These shoes provide both comfort, and support without leaving my feet sore, or tired at the end of the day. After my first 12-hour shift back on the unit, my toes, and feet felt great!  For all the nurses out there, I would HIGHLY recommend these shoes!!! They are the most comfortable pair of nursing shoes I have owned. I have received many compliments from my coworkers about how stylish these shoes are. The shoes are so versatile, and comfy, that I started wearing them outside of work. I throw on a pair of skinny jeans, and an oversized sweater with these shoes, and I can be out of the house in a pinch.

I tried the Fanfare style shoes in animal print.

Some features of the shoe:
Leather or faux leather upper in a casual tailored style with a round toe
Slip-on entry
Ruched details at the vamp
Padded collar for long-lasting comfort
Removable Ortholite comfort foam insole
Lux sueded sock with Agion antimicrobial technology
N5 Comfort technology for a flexible sole, lightweight materials, extra cushioning, heel-to-toe balance, and a breathable lining
Oil-resistant and slip-resistant outsole, 2 inch heel

I recommend any shoes from the new collection: Naturalizer@work to anyone in the healthcare field that is looking for versatile, comfortable, and stylish shoes!

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