Leaving the NICU for the PICU

Leaving the NICU for the PICU

Tonight is my second to last night in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah. Wow. This is something I have been hoping for and dreading the last 6 months. I’ve been paralyzed by indecision. Should I stay? Should I leave? What will be best for my career? What will be best…

Starting in the NICU

Starting in the NICU

I wrote this post nearly a year ago and never published it. Now that I’m coming back to write about my experience in the NICU I figured it was an appropriate time to share it: March 26th, 2018 “The time has come. I finally have a job, and after this week of night shifts, I…

Adult Decisions

Adult Decisions

Now that Derek and I are both out of school, working, and have become self sustaining individuals, it feels like we’ve “made it” so to speak. This is what I was waiting to happen for what seems like forever! All of our hard work and dedication is paying off. I love my little NICU baby…

A Year in Retail

A Year in Retail

Considering I’m a licensed dental hygienist, I didn’t expect to find myself working in retail when my husband got stationed here, but due to bureaucracy and the uncertain duration of my husband’s job here, I decided to work at one of my favorite places to shop. Now, I find it absolutely crazy to say that I have spent nearly…

Makeup Free October

Makeup Free October

I love makeup. I love wearing makeup. I love buying new makeup. I love wandering the aisles at Sephora and MAC, trying out new lipsticks or finding a new mascara. I love watching tutorials on new techniques to apply makeup. I follow quite a few makeup artists on Instagram. You get the picture. But I…

Maternity Essentials

Maternity Essentials

Whether you asked for it or not, here it is! My list of maternity style must-haves. A pregnant body is tricky to dress because it’s different every week! I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with my second baby and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what works for my pregnant body and what doesn’t….

Suck it up, buttercup

Suck it up, buttercup

Crying. It’s the worst and the best. While it’s super cathartic it also gets me so wound up, to the point where I am literally laughing and crying at the same time. By now Derek has gotten used to it but when we first started dating and he came to realize this weird thing that…

Running Taught Me: Hard Times

Running Taught Me: Hard Times

Last year, in the beginning of training for my half marathon (which I successfully finished in October!), I went for the longest run I had done in about 3 years. 5 whole miles. Despite my determination and upbeat mental attitude, the first 2 or so miles felt sluggish. (They often do.) But then, suddenly, it…

Many Thanks

Many Thanks

I’m sitting in an airport terminal in Seattle, four hour layover for me, and I am wayyyyyyy too lazy to get any actual exercise and walk around the airport to kill time so this is what I have chosen instead. Just so you are forewarned, this is going to be a sappy post so if…

Mobile Dreams

Mobile Dreams

My husband and I have pretty different opinions about what is “good style.” And we both think that the other one’s opinions are ridiculous. Spice of life, right? I would consider myself a lover of everything fancy. My husband is a surf bum in his heart. I love expensive handbags and designer dresses, my husband…

Please, Just Floss.

Please, Just Floss.

As many people know, I am a dental hygienist. I clean teeth day in and day out. It, quite literally, is my life. So I am leaving a simple message here. Please, just floss. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, hates to floss. It is like one in a million when I have a patient…

The A-frame House on Frog Hollow Road

The A-frame House on Frog Hollow Road

When I was between the ages of 5 and 11, my family and I lived on a farm on Frog Hollow Road. Almost all my childhood memories can be traced back to life on the farm; I had the best childhood you could ever ask for. There was always a new place to explore and…