Friday, February 2, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. I'm back to being sick with something. I'm just a snot bucket, with a sore throat. I really could use some energy to get things done. 

  2. Mica's been selected for many things at school lately. That's positive.

    At home he just sits in his room and listens to music. He doesn't even read as much as he used to.

    I went to his room and said, "Can you be my water boy by filling up glasses of water for dinner?" He said, "Ok. I'll do that." 5 minutes went Mica. I finally started to yell at him. When he came into the kitchen I said, "Listen! Kids and husbands say that Moms yell and nag too much. If you don't want me to yell or nag, than do what I say the first time." After that I gave him jobs to do. It usually takes him 3 times to get the dishes washed right. He's learning.

  3. It usually takes Travis 2 times to get a load of laundry done right, so maybe Mica gets this having to do chores over and over again from his Dad. ;) Travis left 1/2 the pile of laundry on the floor, and wondered why the load was so small. Maybe I'll give him the chore of making laundry soap the next time that needs to be done. ;)

  4. Isaak has in his mind that he wants to make a really cool coffee pot Valentine box. I've never made crazy cool Valentine boxes with my kids. I've done cool Valentines. I aways feel like the box is just going to go in the trash. At least with Halloween costumes they are worn more than once. Isaak says he wants to use it for a few years. Travis is helping him make a coffee pot Valentine box. What's the coolest Valentine's or Valentine Box that you've made?

  5. My first year students are so with it that I've had to come up with more material for them for lectures. I don't find myself repeating as much as previous years. They just get things. :)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

WW: Science Fair {Linky}

Mica worked really hard on his Science Fair Project: Stacking Vegetarianism Against Fast Food. 

He kept a food journal for 4 weeks. 

2 weeks he had doughnuts for breakfast, a sugary smoothie, and a Whopper meal from Burger King for dinner. We couldn't control lunch as much. He gained 10 pounds, felt awful, was moody, was gassy, and sluggish. He even had to apologize to a girl in his math class because he kept tooting her way. This is unlike Mica. 

2 weeks following he ate a vegetarian diet, with low carbs. Lots of salads with homemade dressing. He lost 12 pounds, felt "on top of the world" his words - not mine, was not moody, and more alert. We really couldn't believe the difference just 2 weeks made!

It's been awhile, and the school finally announced the winners! This is with all 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Mica won! It's a pretty big honor considering that it's a Science Magnet school. 

He got a special breakfast that Travis (Dad) attended. I wish I could have gone, but I taught that day.

Monday, January 29, 2018

What to Expect in Your First Year as a Nurse

One thing I haven't talked about on my blog very much is how many nurses we have had in our family! We have more nurses than we do artists! They are all on my mom's side of the family: my grandma, my mom, 3 aunts, my sister Terra, a cousin, and a cousin's wife.

My Mom, My Sister Terra when she graduated nursing school, and my Grandma - All Nurses

My Mom (bottom right), Aunts, and Grandma

Growing up the artists were the odd ones out of the family. The nurses still rule!

Studying for a nursing degree at top names such as Rutgers University Online is the first step into an exciting career in this field. Nursing is a highly dynamic field with plenty of opportunities to grow and a lot of challenges to overcome. After finishing school, the next big hurdle to overcome is your first year as a nurse.

What should you expect in your first year as a nurse? To help you prepare for a career in this field, here are some of the challenges you will face – and how to overcome them effectively.

Packed Schedules

Nurses are used to busy schedules and packed working hours. Working long hours and providing patients with the best care are part of the job. That said, there are standards that healthcare institutions must maintain to ensure high quality treatments are delivered; these standards include allowing nurses to have enough break between shifts.

Nevertheless, the packed schedules may be surprising for those in their first year as a nurse, even with the training and preparation universities like Rutgers Online provide as part of their nursing courses. It’s okay, you just need to get used to the tight schedule.

There is one thing that will help you survive your busy days, and that is the ability to rely on those around you. Nurses and doctors are a team and they will cover for each other to maintain the smooth operations of that team. You know you have great people you can count on working alongside you.

Communication Matters

Another big challenge that often catches new nurses off guard is communication. Nurses are required to communicate well, not just with each other, but also with patients and their families. Your first time dealing with the delivery of bad news will be a tough one to handle for sure.

Once again, count on those around you for support. As soon as you start your first day, you have a new family supporting you every step of the way. Build relationships with members of the team, maintain good communication with them, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

It doesn’t take long for you to master how to communicate (on the job) as a nurse. Combine experience with theories you study at Rutgers or any other university to become the best at what you do.

It’s Rewarding

Being a nurse is challenging, but at the end of the day, you have plenty to drive you forward. The smile of patients, the laughter you share with coworkers, and that look of gratitude in the eye of families you help are priceless.

The challenges are there for you to solve, and the first year is when you need to solve them. You’ll get used to the long hours, packed schedules, the communication challenges, complex workflows, and even the security measures. All of this learning and adapting to the new work environment is worth going through when you consider the rewards – and experience – you get in return.

Discloser: This is a guest post.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

#NovaNutsPoppySeeds Taste Great in Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Nova Nuts Poppy Seeds tasted great in our Lemon Blueberry Muffins this morning. 

About Nova Nuts Poppy Seeds:

  • They are imported from Spain.
  • They are unwashed. That's both good and bad. Good because they are more fresh, full of flavor, and more crunchy compared to other seeds. Bad because you have to wash them before using them. 

Nova Nuts Poppy Seeds are Packed With Nutrients:

  • Just 3 Tablespoons of Nova Nuts Poppy Seeds provide about 1/2 your daily mineral needs! 
  • Calcium (65%)
  • Iron (34%)
  • Magnesium (45%)
  • Manganese (49%)
  • Phosphorus (55%) 
  • Zinc (34%)
  • Rich in Fiber
Lemon Blueberry Muffins - Recipe:

You Can Switch a Few Things Out if Needed: 

  • Coconut Oil instead of Butter
  • Sour Cream or Low Fat Plain Yogurt instead of Greek Yogurt
  • Brown or White Sugar instead of Coconut Sugar
  • Bread Flour or Costco's Gluten Free All Purpose Flour instead of All Purpose Flour
  • Chia Seeds instead of Poppy Seeds - The review was for Poppy Seeds, so of course I used Poppy Seeds instead of Chia Seeds. 

What's your favorite kind of muffin?

Disclaimer: We got this product in exchange for our opinion on them. The company in no way told me what to write, or influenced me in any way.


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