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May 4, 2015


Jaanuu Scrubs



Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs


Jaanuu Scrubs











I’ve been an emergency room nurse for six and a half years. I love the variety of the emergency room: ages, cultures, medical problems, acuity levels. It’s all very fascinating! I also enjoy learning something new everyday, and seeing instant results in my patients: they come for a specific problem, and we help them fix the problem.  I frequently get asked if my job is anything like the TV shows and the answer is NO! There aren’t any McDreamy’s or McSteamy’s floating around saving a different trauma every hour…the ER isn’t quite as dramatic as in the shows, and luckily, I’ve got my own McDreamy at home 😉

My shifts in the ER are usually 12 hours long, I’m in my work clothes for a long time. I am excited to share the most fashionable, reasonable, and comfortable scrubs I have worn. I have a few important criteria I look for when I’m shopping for scrubs: pockets (for a few of my supplies), material (are they comfortable and not going to transport germs to my family), and are they cute (and in this case, can I fit my 7-month-pregnant belly in them AND still look cute?).

Jaanuu has done a wonderful job of exceeding my expectations of scrubs. I love that their Peplum and Dolman scrub tops both have pockets that can fit all of my essentials. The material has antimicrobial properties, feels soft, and doesn’t require ironing to look good (awesome for busy moms like me.) They have designed the scrubs to be fashionable and functional for the long shifts we work in the healthcare industry.

I am wearing their Dolman top in Hunter Green. You can check out their scrubs at

For $25 of your first order, send me your email address to and I will send you a discount code!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Nurses Week!


Changing Direction

April 27, 2015


I’m not sure if very many working and/or non-working moms feel like they have a lot of free time.  I have a good balance between being a stay-at-home mom, and being a working mom. I work twice a week in an emergency department, and my shifts are usually between 8-12 hours shifts.

At the end of a 12-hour-shift, I’m done. I don’t want to cook, clean, do laundry, or anything else that requires me to muster up energy. When I come home from work, I want to spend a few a minutes with my husband and son, put little man down for bedtime, eat some ice cream and call it a day. The interesting thing is that I feel this way many times when my husband is at work also. He works 48 hours at a time, so it’s usually little man and I by ourselves, all day, for 2 days in a row (my mom has been wonderful and usually comes by once a week to watch little man if I work while my husband is also working, or just to relieve me so I can run some errands without child in hand.)

At the end of a day when I’m watching O (little man) all by myself, I’m POOPED!!! At the end of these days, sometimes I will be able to finish my ice cream, and watch half of a movie before falling asleep (especially with being almost 7 months pregnant, baby girl is starting to further deplete my energy.)

I know that I’m not the only mom that feels like her time is valuable. The more time I spend cleaning, shopping and preparing food means the less time I have to spend with my family. Since I have 5 days off a week, I want to maximize that time. This has looked a lot like: meal planning, intentional grocery shopping once to twice a week (with a specific list), making meals that take me 30 minutes or less to prepare, and preparing O’s food in bulk and freezing it. I feel like the freezer, ice cube trays, the blender, pinterest, and the crockpot have become my best friends.

I am aspiring to blog at least once a week (although I might fail every now and then). I initially started this blog as a way to keep track of our mortgage payoff. Since we paid off the mortgage of our townhome, we sold the home, and used the proceedings towards a larger, single-family home. I am no longer debt-free, but do intend to become debt-free again.


My new topics will be:


*Toddler food ideas: I will try to focus on things I have made for O that have been wonderful to make in bulk and freeze for a quick and healthy lunch.

*Dinner ideas: Meals that I have made that take me 40 minutes or less to prepare from start to finish.

*Camping/dutch oven meals: One thing I would like to do is make an area in my backyard where I can use my dutch oven to pretend like I’m camping. I LOVE THE DUTCH OVEN!! Not sure how much camping I will be doing in the next few years with two little ones, but excited to keep trying new recipes.

*Nursing: Whether it’s reviewing different nursing products, to personal experiences, to helpful tips I have learned…..nursing is still the most interesting and challenging job I’ve ever had.

*Entertaining/Serving others:  I love getting ideas for easy and delicious meals/snacks to make for families once they have had a baby. I also love quick dessert/snack ideas for when we host our bible studies. For either of these, it’s fun to make great food, fast.

*Marriage/child-rearing: I’ve been married for almost 6 years now, and it’s wonderful and challenging at the same time. I think it’s wonderful to have a community of people to share the seasons of marriage and raising a child. Becoming a wife and a mother are the best things that have ever happened to me.

*Finances: I will be keeping track of our mortgage payoff. It will definitely not be at the speed of which we paid off our last home, but our goal is still as soon as possible.


*House projects/DIY: Any kinds of crafts and house projects that we are doing I will try to share. I’m lucky to have a super handy husband, we have been able to save lots of money on house renovations because of him.

*Misc: More things may come to mind, but the above stated are usually at the forefront of my brain.

I’m currently looking to self-host my blog, but I’m not quite sure where to start. Any suggestions?  What companies are easy and good for hosting. Are there shortcuts to transferring old posts to a new host?

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be back later this week with a scrubs review and discount code.

Baby Girl

April 13, 2015

We are excited to be welcoming a baby girl in July!  My children will be 17 months apart.  The idea seems overwhelming just thinking about it. We are praying for a mellow, easy-going baby that will love her brother. The good thing about having kids close together is that the infant stage still seems recent. I can remember things we went through with Owen, so I’m hoping that the adjustment of going from 1 to 2 kids won’t be as big of a life change as going from 0 to 1 child. I always wanted one boy and one girl so I think the baby shop is closed for business after this one. Here are some pictures that were taken about 7 weeks ago by Taylor Mosby. She is building up her portfolio and is offering photo sessions for a very reasonable price!  Message her at if you are ever in the South Orange County area.




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Freezable Lactation Cookies

April 6, 2015

Freezable lactation cookies

These are my favorite cookies whether I’m lactating or not. I’m not sure if there is evidence-based data to support the idea that these cookies will produce more milk. What I do know is that there are some different galactagogues (substance that produces lactation) in these cookies that include oats and brewer’s yeast.  I also know that if you aren’t lactating and you want to eat/make these delicious cookies, you won’t instantaneously be able to breastfeed 4 children.  My husband has had a few and nothing ever happened to him 😉  When I first made these cookies, I was about 2 months postpartum. I baked the whole batch and the cookies were gone in about 3 days. Maybe 2. I thought “There has got to be a way for me to have some self-control with these cookies,” so I decided to freeze the dough.  It’s nice to be able to make myself 1 or 2 cookies at a time instead of 48, it considerably decreases the temptation.   Do they really work?  Who knows, but they are amazing! I make a batch about once every other month and I’m still breastfeeding my son who is now 12.5 months old.


Freezable Lactation Cookies

Freezable Lactation Cookies


  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons brewers yeast


Freezable Lactation Cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
  4. Add eggs and mix well.
  5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
  6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
  7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
  8. Stir in oats, nuts, and chips.
  9. ***Scoop onto baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 9-12 minutes.
  11. Transfer cookies to cooling rack and let sit for a few minutes.

**To freeze:

  1. Scoop tablespoon size of uncooked dough onto tupperware. Layer entire bottom of tupperware.
  2. Top with wax paper
  3. Repeat layering process until you have filled tupperware.
  4. To bake, start from step #9 of above directions.



Lactation Cookies

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Tanaka Farms

October 20, 2014

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Visiting the pumpkin patch was a super fun and frugal activity for the family.  The pumpkin patch at Tanaka Farms was $2 admission per adult. We didn’t pay for any extras: riding the train, horses, etc. Having a 7-month-old, we figured that he would be stoked if he could just sit and chew on the pumpkin stems all day. Turns out our little one is particularly fond of leaves and dirt;  we caught him shoveling them into his mouth a few times during our visit.  I can’t believe 7 months have gone by so fast!!


Day at the Mission

October 9, 2014
















I have gotten my money’s worth out of our annual pass to the local mission. Since he has been born, I’ve gone at least 40 times.  In the beginning that’s how I would get him to sleep: by walking him to the mission in his stroller. Every time I go it feels like I’m in Mexico, and it’s right around the corner from my house. We have been enjoying more awake time during the day while Baby O has been going through a nap transition.  He’s decided he’s not going to take a third nap anymore. What does this mean?  FREEDOM!!!!!!! Or at least 3.5 hours in the evening that we can be out and about, go to the beach, have dinners with friends, whatever we want. Yesterday we enjoyed a nice picnic with friends.  It’s so funny how different life looks like now.  Instead of taking our time eating our food, having uninterrupted conversations with each other, picnics now look like: making sure our children aren’t eating dirt, aren’t putting each other in choke-holds, and are keeping their bodily fluids to themselves.  Sounds crazy, but it’s actually amazing. I love it.

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Sunset Beach Gathering

August 29, 2014

With Labor Day around the corner I wanted to share a fun idea for a beach gathering. For a friend’s birthday she wanted to recreate a picture she had seen online of an amazing dinner at the beach.  The picture had a low table, pillow floor seats and beautiful decor.  Several of us worked together to make this happen.  The table was made by her husband which consisted of two 4 x 8 sheets of plywood that was cut to make it easier for transport and drilled together at the beach.  He stacked the plywood on top of 3 stacks of cinder blocks (2 each stack,) one on each end and one in the middle.  One of her friend’s was in charge of decor which included beautiful white table cloths, towels and pillows to sit on, candle holders, and place settings. She even made a banner of torn extra fabric and strung it in the bamboo.  Another friend strung lights in the same bamboo that was right besides our table.  Myself and another friend were in charge of food, I made the tortellini bake that I posted yesterday and coordinated a potluck of other dishes.  It was so much fun!  We had at least 6 people stop us and ask what we were doing.  As I posted yesterday, the sunset was beautiful!  It was such a special night!

























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