• Health/Wellness

    Sixty Days of Just Thrive Probiotics

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I have struggled with poor gut health for the past 10+ years since having my gallbladder removed at age 19. Over the years this has looked like lots of stomach cramps, diarrhea, and periods of constipation. All of which left me constantly feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and anxious about eating when I was away from home (& away from a bathroom). I was originally told that since my gallbladder had been removed, it was likely higher fat containing foods that was triggering…

  • Mom life

    Newborn Must Haves

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. A couple weeks ago I was shopping for a friend’s baby shower. I’m the type of person that loves to give a practical gift…..I’m not the friend that buys your kiddos a toy (because I know they already have a roomful of them that they don’t play with), I’m…

  • Health/Wellness

    Help…I Can’t Lose Weight

    Losing weight can be a frustrating task; you think you’re doing all the right things, but the scale just won’t budge. Why? Using the wrong approach Eating like a bird all day will do you NO favors. Consistently eating in a calorie deficit causes your body to go into protector mode. Your body doesn’t understand the difference in ‘there’s not enough food for us to eat’ and ‘I’m not eating as much because I want to lost weight’. Your body thinks you are literally starving to death, therefor it will SLOW DOWN your metabolism and hang on tight to stored fat as an attempt to save your life. Doing the…

  • Health/Wellness

    Women’s health #podcastpick

    From The Balanced Bites Podcast Episode 31 Women’s Wellness Part 1 & Episode 32 Women’s Wellness Part 2. You can listen here. These two episodes were a Q&A with the hosts, below were my key takeaways: Bone broth– use any way you like to get benefits. Drink it alone, cook with it, use it in soups/stews. PoopDo you struggle with irregular bowel movements and want to know what to do? Engage your parasympathetic nervous system before meals: take 3 deep breaths when you sit down for your meal. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, breathe out for 8 seconds. Take deep breaths randomly throughout the day. Get…

  • Health/Wellness

    Adrenal Fatigue

    Today’s #podcastpick is from The Balanced Bites Podcast, Episode #15 Adrenal Fatigue, Part 1. You can listen here. Your adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys, they are responsible for producing & releasing cortisol (the stress hormone). Prolonged elevated cortisol levels (high stress levels) can lead to adrenal fatigue. Symptoms Fatigue, headache, weakened immune system, afternoon slump, feeling full/bloated, blurred vision, dizziness, hemorrhoids or varicose veins. Hitting the snooze button several times or feel like you can’t get out of bed. Feeling like you need to drink coffee/caffeine all day long because can’t stay awake. Not feeling recovered 20-30mins after a workout. Causes/Effects Unstable blood sugar levels: if…

  • Foster Care

    How To Become A Foster Parent (In Kentucky)

    The approval process to become a foster parent is not difficult, but it can be lengthy & time consuming. The following are the steps Blake & I took to become an approved & open foster home (there may be new steps/requirements that I’m unaware of). I found it difficult to find information online on how to become a foster parent in our area, what was required, who to contact, and when trainings were offered. I recommend locating & calling your local DCBS office for direction/information. OR if you know someone that is a social worker or works for a foster care agency, they can be a wonderful resource. Attend an…

  • Health/Wellness

    Cortisol/Thyroid/Interpreting Labs

    I love to listen to & learn from podcasts. We live in a time where there is an endless amount of free information at our fingertips, and I like to take full advantage. I’ll be doing some #podcastpick posts and writing a summary for you all. I’ll include my biggest take aways/action items from the episode as well as a link to where you can listen to the episode for yourself if you wish. For today’s #podcastpick I’m listening to What the Func? Season 1 Episode 30 HORMONES, featuring Dr. Kyrin Dunston, MD which you can find here Biggest topics of the conversation: Cortisol, thyroid dysfunction, and interpreting lab results.…

  • Mom life

    What You Actually Need For Pumping At Work

    1.       A medium to large bag for all your supplies I personally preferred a backpack. There was plenty of storage space and it was easy to carry—some days I had my purse, my pumping bag, a lunch bag, a drink, and my breakfast to carry into work. 2.       Milk storage bags or containers I used tommee tippee bottles like these for Kenely when she was at the sitter, but I also had 6 large bottles like this. I used these bottles to store my fresh milk and send to the sitter the following day instead of sending frozen milk. I ordered these lids to use for storage. The number of bottles you…

  • Nursing

    Things I Wish I Knew Before Nursing School

    1.       Memorize normal lab values This is a major component of any foundational nursing course, which is typically taught as your first nursing class. I recommend memorizing the following lab values: WBC, Hgb, Hct, platelet count, Na, K, Ca, Mg, Phosphorus, pH, pCO2, HCO3, BUN, Creatinine, PT, PTT, INR, Glucose, and HgbA1C. If you have these already memorized it will make your first semester much easier, as well as future courses because you will always use this information (yes, even after graduation). Keep in mind that each nursing school/hospital may vary in their normal ranges by a slight amount. 2.       Start taking practice NCLEX question quizzes Finding practice NCLEX questions online was…

  • Mom life

    How To Help Your Baby Sleep

    After a few weeks of inconsistent sleep, I was desperate for help & advice on how to help my baby sleep because I needed to sleep! This led to a lot of middle-of-the-night amazon purchases for anything that I thought might help her, as well as scouring Pinterest for hours at a time for any tip we could try. In hindsight, I found the following things to be most impactful: 1.       Consistent wake up time When I went back to work, Kenley started going to a private sitter each day. Since my husband & I both leave the house at 6am each morning, this means she consistently is woken up at…