Ellen Day 18/365

I had the opportunity to photograph one of my close friends. We graduate this April from nursing school, so obviously capturing this moment of her life is important and special. I am getting more and more comfortable with Lightroom, and I feel like my edits are getting a whole lot better!

 

If you would like your senior pictures taken, please contact me! Bebe21495@gmail.com

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Day 13/365 Kaelyn

This session was so much fun. Not going to lie, I was a little nervous. This was my first time going to a location I had never been to, so I had no idea what to expect. The weather wasn’t the best, it was overcast and so I was freaking out that my lighting would be horrible.

Kaelyn and I go to the same college, so we’ve known each other for maybe 2 years just from seeing each other at parties and what not. We spent a solid hour shooting, and it was really fun making these random spots at North Mountain into my backdrop for my pictures. After 2 hours of editing a ton of pictures, the end result is incredible.

I have been getting a lot more practice with Adobe Lightroom, and I finally made a preset as well. I feel super comfortable with all the different editing tools, but I know I still have a ways to go.

 

day 5/365 – Jordan

I have been doing a lot of research lately on how to get the best photos out of my camera. I have just recently, over the last day or so, started to mess around with the manual setting. Learning how to adjust the shutter speed depending on how much light there is was confusing at first, but I think I am starting to get the hang of it. I also have watched quite a few videos on Youtube about tips and tricks while taking pictures. Right at about 5 pm, I figured it was time to go outside and try out what I had learned.

These were the pictures that resulted. Jordan is my little brother. Yes he has red hair, no he is not adopted. Yes the jacket is from the 1990s.  And these are all unedited.

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Here are the edited pictures (The quality is a little low – I think because I downloaded these from my facebook.. i dont have them saved on my computer yet..)

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This was my first time really directing someone too. I like the naturality of these pictures. I told him to just try different poses, and to just be relaxed, and it emanated perfectly in these pictures.

Why waking up early is beneficial

It’s 7:56 am, and I’ve already completed two online assignments that are due Wednesday and Friday and got in touch with my professor to meet with her today. I’ve only been up since about 6:30. I did not set an alarm to wake me up that early, but my body decided it was awake and ready for the day. I have noticed that when my body decides it wants to wake up that I can’t normally fall back asleep anyways. If I decide to try and rebel against my natural body clock, I end up laying in my bed, with my eyes shut, but not mentally asleep.

〉 Increase in productivity

I don’t know why, but for some reason I am always so much more productive in the morning! I feel like I want to accomplish everything all at once! And no, I haven’t had a coffee. (I’ve actually decided to stop drinking coffee, but I will write about that some other time). Try getting up around 6:30, make a list of everything you have to do for the week, and pick out the stuff you can get out of the way! I just got two assignments done that I would of had to worry about later this week… and since I have my first exam this week as well as no school on Friday, I really did not want to waste my time doing stupid online assignments when I could be studying and relaxing. 

〉 Better test scores

According to a study done by Texas University, students who woke up early, consistently, actually had higher test scores and overall grade points compared to those who slept in and slept a LOT. 

〉 Healthier YOU

If you sleep in, you’re probably sleeping through breakfast, meaning that you are screwing with your metabolism. If you eat a late lunch, that most likely means you’re going to have a late dinner. Eating 3-4 hours before you go to bed isn’t the best if you’re trying to lost weight… all that food just ends up sitting in your stomach since you’re body isn’t using it for energy as it does when you eat breakfast and your brain uses that food as it’s energy source. 

〉 Time to workout!

I love getting my workouts done in the morning! It seriously makes me feel so much better throughout the day! Your body releases natural endorphins when you workout, and those endorphins help to make you to feel not only happy, but relaxed. As a college student, workout out helps me to keep my stress levels low, so when I start out my morning with a workout, I notice myself being less stressed throughout the rest of my day. 

 

Resources:

Sanders, H. (2015). Top 7 benefits of waking up early. Retrieved from https://www.healthambition.com/benefits-of-waking-up-early/

My first OB clinical!

[I have advice for my fellow nursing students down below for getting started in clinicals!]

Yesterday was a LONG day. I had my first OB clinical and I spent my 12 hours in postpartum. It was a long day, and we started off by assessing our moms and their new babies. My favorite part by far was being able to hold the little ones. I also loved seeing new mommies and daddies soaking up all the cuteness regarding their new baby. It was so cute to watch dad’s hold their baby and talk to them. I only gave two meds – an IV push and an IM in the booty. I have never done an IM before, and I felt really bad for the patient recieving that needle cause they’re not tiny. 

If you don’t like boobs or vaginas and feel awkward about them, then OB is probably not a good place for you. I saw a LOT, of both. You’ll also see a lot of blood in postpartum just because nurses do fundal checks to make sure that the uterus is contracting back it’s normal size, and when they press down blood may come out. You’ll never know when a patient may start hemorrhaging, and at that point you will be seeing waves of blood coming out of the vagina. I also got to watch my nurse in action and help mom’s with breastfeeding. It is interesting how much goes into breastfeeding as far as making sure that the baby has a good latch, how to get it to suck, making sure you’re keeping the baby awake while feeding, and also teaching moms how to properly hold their baby to breastfeed. I feel like I gained a lot of information, and I feel like I will be super prepared now for when I have my first baby (which won’t be for a while lol but still).

I loved everything about yesterday – besides the fact that I had a lot of downtime and was just sitting around. I am really excited to go into labor and delivery though! 

If you have clinical, get to know your nurse and ask them questions! My nurse taught me so much yesterday. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up! Sometimes they forget that you’re there and they will just go about their tasks, but don’t be afraid to speak up if you want to pass a med through an IV, listen to a babies heart beat, or even do a fundal check on mom! When I spoke up, my nurse loved explaining how she assessed baby and everything she listens for. They also want to know that you’re interested, and speaking up to do things shows them that! Make sure you go to clinical prepared! Bring lots of paper, lots of snacks, and get your instructor’s phone number incase anything happens or you have any questions! You will probably have to be writing down information for your concept map or SBAR, so write down as much information as you can – and never leave your papers with a patient’s info out in the open, because that technically is a HIPAA violation. You will get hungry since it’s a long shift, and most units have a break room for you to put food, so brings yogurt, an apple, and even a soda with some caffeine for later!

A Student’s Guide to a Healthy Grocery Trip

After almost 2 1/2 weeks of having zero food in my fridge, I finally made the trip today! I got everything I needed to hold me over the next couple of weeks – proteins, veggies, lots of fruit, yogurt, and some yummy bars for a quick snack! If you want to be more aware of the foods you are buying, start looking at the nutrition labels! The yogurt I buy? low carb. Almond milk? I buy the one with the least amount of sugar. The carbs will add up quickly and will completely impede your weight loss. Have I cut carbs completely from my diet? No. I eat complex carbs – unflavored oatmeal, whole wheat toast, rice cakes, brown rice, and whole grain pasta … those are honestly the only sources of carbs in my kitchen. The 21 Day Fix focuses more on getting in more protein and vegetables into your diet. The carbs in my daily diet serve as sources of energy rather than to fill me up. FullSizeRender-2.jpg

Let’s start with the tip shelf! (Keep in mind too that some of this stuff is my roommates!):

CarbMaster yogurt. This stuff is magical. One, its flavored BUT low in sugar and they have only 5 grams of carbs (compared to other flavored yogurt that can have close to 20). I like vanilla and the black forest cake! 

Second Shelf: Eggs (I eat these for breakfast about every other day), Jenny O turkey bacon, humus (which goes really great with carrots), thin sliced chicken breast fillets (they were on sale for buy 1 get 2 free), blueberries, and blackberries (which were on sale for 87 cents!)

Third shelf: Nature’s Own 100% whole wheat bread, pepper crusted chicken breast from the deli, a giant bag of broccoli and a giant bag of spinach (my roommate and I share these bags since they’re so huge!)

In the drawers I have my Italian blend salad mix, packets of baby carrots, zucchini, apples, and grapes! I also bought some frozen strawberries so I can throw them into my smoothies! I also bought a Cashew Cookie Lara bar. I love this brand of bars because their ingredients are all natural and they’re pretty filling too! Plus the flavors are sweet, so they help with my sweet tooth 🙂 

Also, since I have an obsession with chai’s, I bought a sugar-free blend and then some half and half! I can’t wait to try it out and see how it tastes over some ice! The regular chai blend had 20 grams of carbs.. and with trying to watch my weight carbs are not my friends.. and I would rather eat real food than waste my carbs for the day on a chai. All of these came to only 50 bucks : ) If the prices are too high – do not buy! You will waste so much money on expensive items and it will add up very quickly!

I hope this gives you an idea of what to get when doing your shopping! : ) If you have any questions just comment down below and I’ll get back to you!

21 Day FIX: day 1 of 21

Today was the first day of my November fitness challenge, and I am not going to lie, I struggled to finish my workout today. It was so intense and I honestly felt like puking… but I still got it done. My meals today were really good, and I actually did pretty good except for the overload of carbs. I sadly do not have the opportunity to pack my lunch for my community clinicals since there is no fridge, so they provide lunch. Today was Cordon Blu with rice and chili… it was really good but I definitely should not have eaten all that rice or chili (I try to stay away from ground beef since it’s super fatty and I’m pretty sure there was a lot in the chili). Here is what I had today for my meals:

Breakfast:

1 egg, 1 piece of whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter

Lunch:

Cordon Blu, rice pilaf, side salad, chili

Sugar free vanilla iced coffee with light cream (grande) (note: i am never drinking coffee again. I got so jittery after this coffee and I honestly felt like I was going to pass out… not to mention I blew up like a balloon and felt sick to my stomach.. I think I’ll stick with chais).

Dinner:

chicken breast topped with marina with a side of sliced tomato topped with balsamic vinaigrette and mozzarella cheese

Snack:

grapes

 

I am still currently working on my clean eating guide, and it’s turning out pretty good so far! Scott and I were not able to see each other today, so I am very happy that we were able to spend practically all day together yesterday. For Halloween we dressed up like nerds. It was pretty hilarious. I’ll write more about it in another post. If you need any healthy eating tips let me know!

 

How to Afford Disneyland As A College Student

Spring break 2016.

Scott and I’s first big adventure together.

Now as you all know, Disneyland is by no means cheap. But, with a lot of planning, we were able to make it quite affordable.

First things first, buying the tickets. If you know that you are going to Disneyland, save up. Stop spending your money on stupid things that you don’t need! For me, I really tried not buying any clothes or going off campus and buying food. I had a meal plan that allowed me plenty of money to eat on campus, so I just made sure to not be using any of my real money. I also stopped getting the extras: pedicures, any random shiz at Target, makeup that I truly didn’t need, etc. By saving up I was able to set aside money for my ticket within about 4 weeks. Oh, that’s another thing. Pick up more hours if you can! If I wasn’t a nursing student I probably would have picked up more hours, but with Med-Surg I felt very overwhelmed and I honestly couldn’t stand going to work. (My job on campus sucked. The people sucked. The environment sucked. It just… sucked. And I hated working there but I needed some sort of income) Scott was able to save in about 2 weeks.

Picking a place to stay – cheap + free breakfast?!
This is where you will either really save or  spend a LOT of money.
Now I am not the type of girl who is like, “OMG. I am NOT staying in a hotel that doesn’t have 4 stars like ew, no, they need to have good beds and room service and blah blah blah”… I am the type of girl who  is like “Im a college student. I don’t want to spend a lot of money. So the best deal wins!”
Guys, for one night at a hotel that was right down the street from downtown disney, we spent a total of 70 bucks. We split that cost down the middle. One night at some of the other hotels would of cost well over 100 bucks. This hotel was honestly totally fine, right on Katella Ave by the main parking garage.  This saved us a ton and allowed us to have more spending money.
Find a hotel that has free breakfast! Our hotel offered free breakfast, and although it wasn’t anything special (muffins and orange juice), we had a couple muffins which held us over until lunch time. Guys, a banana at the park will cost you 3 bucks. If you want an actual meal for breakfast? Yeah that’ll cost you close to 10. So this saved us a little bit of cash.

Get a HYDROFLASK

When in the park, the need for water is constant. You are walking around, if you go in the summer it’s hot, and it’s important to stay hydrated so you don’t pass out. We were able to bring in my hydroflask. Don’t know what a hydroflask is? It’s basically the best thing EVER. It keeps your water cold for up to 12 hours. No joke if you put ice into it before you go to bed there is still ice in it when you wake up in the morning. We refilled them constantly! I don’t even want to guess how much money we saved. (Water bottle cost in the park: Im going to say maybe 6 bucks? and if we got water as often as we refilled the hydro flask I would say we probably would have spent close to 50 on freaking water.) So if you don’t have one, amazon sells them. I have a 21 ounce one, but they can go upwards of 36 ounces I believe or smaller at like 16 ounces. Dicks Sporting Goods sells them as well.

Stick to the cheaper items on the menu, and USE. CASH. 

Just being cautious of the prices will save you money in the end. I stuck to the cheaper items on menus and I managed to save a couple bucks by the end of the trip. Plus I only brought cash. This will help you stay aware of what you’re spending and how much you have left. Using your card is DANGEROUS when in the park. You will lose track very, very quickly. So just bring cash and keep it somewhere safe 🙂