June Favorites: What I’m Loving Now

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Hey Friends! I thought it would be a fun idea to do a monthly favorites at the end of each month on the blog! So this series will be posted at the end of each month and it will include items I loved using that month. It will include anything from beauty, home, fitness, skin care and well just anything I loved that month! So let’s jump right in!

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I love this bath brush and picked it up at Walmart. I need a pouf because I love to wash with lots of lather and this brush is perfect. The handle is great for those hard to reach places and get cleansed all over. Plus the price point is great.

 

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My husband and I are obsessed with Method products. We use all their cleaning products, hand soaps and body wash. I love that their products are naturally derived and the scents are amazing. This stuff leaves my skin soft and smelling great. It is my go to body wash! A little goes a long way and the bottle last me such a long time! The extra money is worth it for this product.

 

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This is a classic that everybody should have in their home. I recently just started using  Ponds Cold Cream again. I was trying different eye creams and they dried my under eye area so bad! So I picked this up and started using it again and within a few days my skin was soft and supple again! This stuff is great to remove makeup and it moisturizes so well! I will always keep a jar of this in my home.

 

isadoraThis is the first liquid eyeliner I have ever used and I am obsessed! This IsaDora eyeliner goes on smoothly, applies easily and dries nicely. It really makes my eyes pop and I could not believe how easy it was to use! The great thing about this is it is waterproof but comes off easily with makeup remover.

7b65d1b7-3b06-4f98-ae05-4b3309e8a038._CR0,0,2000,2000_PT0_SX300__.jpgI love to diffuse oils in my house and now I can in my car! You just hook this little guy to the USB in your car and it lasts for hours. Such a great way to get my car smelling nice and enjoy a relaxing drive before heading to work and it fits right in the cup holder. My favorite oils to use are lemon or lavender. If you are driving at night you can have the diffuser light up with different colors. This was a great purchase that I will get lots of use out of.

kcupMy husband and I are behind the times and a few months ago we purchased a Keurig. We also purchased some cheap reusable cups so that we could save money on Kcups because they are pricey. We quickly learned the ones we purchased were junk. So we decided to pick up two Keurig My K-Cups since they are made for the machine. They are amazing! No more watered down coffee and they fit in the machine perfectly. They were a little pricey but they are worth it because you are using it so many times. In the end it will save you money on that coffee.

99868_bluehazeBeing a nurse, I am on my feet a lot and I need to wear compression socks. I get all my compression’s from NurseMates and I love their selection! They have so many cute pairs. I currently own five of them! They help increase circulation and prevent swelling. They are great for so many occasions and not only nurses! You can even save 15% off any purchase with code REBEKAHxNM and this code is good or all of 2019! So go get yourself a pair!

Until next month! Let me know in the comments below some of your favorites from June! I am always looking for great finds and products to try out.  FYI: Each paragraph contains a link to the product but just in case, below are the individual links.

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My Favorite Crochet Washcloth- Easy DIY

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I am so excited to share this DIY project with you today! I am branching out and sharing more of myself on the blog. If you did not know I love to crochet and I have made everything from baby blankets, hats, scarves, pillow covers and I even sell my mug cozies on Etsy.  They are super cute so go check them out >>HERE<<

Today I thought I would share with you my favorite crochet washcloths. They are perfect for any beginner and they whip up nice and fast. I have been using these for years to wash my face and they last forever! The great thing about these is the hook size and gauge do not matter and you can also use any kind of yarn you like! I know most people would probably prefer cotton or a soft yarn. I have always used Caron Simply Soft yarn and have never had a problem with it on my skin.

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Here is what you will need to make a washcloth (This is what I used but you can use anything):

  • Size E (3.50mm)  crochet hook
  • Skein of Simply Soft Caron yarn (I used the color Bone)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

Measurements:
Again, this does not matter and it will be different depending on the size hook you use. If you use a 3.50mm hook then the washcloth will measure about 8″ x 7″

Pattern:
Chain 40
Row 1: *Double crochet in second chain from hook and in each remaining chain, chain 2 and turn (39)*
Repeat row one until you have 20 rows.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and if so please share on social media so that others can try it out as well!

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Dear Nursing Grad: It Is Okay To Not Want A Hospital Job

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When I finished nursing school it was sketched in my brain that I had to get a job in a hospital. While in nursing school most of your clinical is done in a hospital and you always hear people saying start in Medical Surgical. You are told to get your one year of experience before you move onto something else. So naturally with clinical, everything you learn and with what other people say it is no surprise that most of us new nurses think we need a hospital job. When I first started nursing school I remember never having the desire to work in a hospital. I actually was interested in nursing homes. Then once I was finishing school I felt I needed to get into a hospital so I would be marketable. So when I graduated I got the hospital job but six months later I quit. Since then people have said to me “Why would you quit a hospital job?”….well…because I was not happy. During my six months and post quitting I would hear “You did not give it enough time” “It takes a year to become comfortable” which is great and all but again I do not want to be unhappy for a year. One year will not change patient ratios or the stress levels of working in acute care. I searched high and low and all I found was people saying “you will lose your skills” “you are not marketable without the experience”. Well let me tell you this…whether you are a nursing student, a new nurse or at any stage in your career. It is okay to not want to work in a hospital! You are marketable and you are worthy. You are just as much as nurse as anyone else. You do not have to be working in an Emergency Room with someone having a heart attack to actually make a change in someones life. Nursing is not all action and saving lives.

Companies can and do hire new grads for community based jobs. Do your research and apply to whatever makes your heart happy. You may not be placing IVs everyday but you will learn new skills. Skills are relative and can be thought but holding someones hand while dying or providing a shoulder to cry on can not. And the other great thing about nursing is the opportunities. You do not need to stay in one position or one field. Your opportunities are endless. You do not need to work in Medical Surgical to get the position of your dreams. The only thing you need to prove that you are a nurse is your completion of nursing school and your licence. If you are not interested in hospital nursing your career path may include:

  • Dialysis
  • Ambulatory surgery
  • Home health
  • Public health
  • Corporate health
  • Correctional nursing
  • Hospice
  • Private physician practices
  • Community health centers
  • Rural clinics
  • School nursing
  • Women’s health
  • Outpatient cancer care
  • Infusion nursing
  • Case management
  • Insurance nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing

Find what makes you happy and this may take some time but just remember that you do not have to work in a hospital. You may even find that non-hospital jobs provide more flexibility and better compensation.

– Rebekah

Why I Quit My First Nursing Job

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Nine months ago, I was in Aruba with my husband on vacation when I got my first nursing job offer. I will never forget the day because I cried from the excitement. I finally did it! I was finished nursing school and was scheduled to take my NCLEX-RN and had a job on the table pending passing the exam. Thankfully, it all fell into place and I passed and started working as a Medical Surgical nurse on a high acuity floor…. Six months later I quit my job.

So what changed? I knew going into this job that it was going to be hard. I was enrolled in a nurse residency program on top of that. There is research that shows when new graduates are enrolled in these types of programs that the retention rate for the hospital is higher then average…. but it was not for me.

I know I was good at my job and I started to get down my time management and thrive in my skills. I was handling six patients with round the clock antibiotics hanging, heparin drips, fresh tracheotomies, colostomies, insulin drips, wound care, turning every two hours, rapid responses and the list goes on. I absolutely love doing skills and being a nurse…but I was not happy.  If you are a new nurse or nursing student you will hear this time and time again. “It takes at least a year or more to feel competent and comfortable in your first job” and “You should do at least a year of MedSurg before branching out into a specialty”. I have to agree with the first statement but the second one…not so much. Yes Medical Surgical will provide you a great foundation to build upon.

So why did I quit? First off, I was not happy. I worked at a great hospital that was a teaching facility and had Level 1 trauma. I worked side by side with some amazing nurses and staff and had support. The problem was I hated everyday not know what I was walking into and it gave me too much stress and anxiety. It did not fit my personality. I did not like the pressure of just getting tasks completed by a certain time and always being behind. I always felt rushed and I do not like to learn under those circumstances. And as much as I love doing skills I just did not enjoy working in the hospital. I had some great patients but the rude and demanding patients seemed to get the best of me. Yes, I know that no matter where you go as a nurse you need to expect the unexpected but I never felt like this was the place for me. To top it off for me was the drive. A 40 minute drive and falling asleep on my way home. That might be nothing for some people but I hated it. It was the farthest I have ever traveled for a job and it was too much. I was an accident waiting to happen. Everything added up and I decided to pursue something new…. So now I will be working with a population I never considered. Medically fragile children and adolescents in a home setting.

That is the great thing about being a nurse is the opportunities. There are so many different populations and jobs available that you can try out a little bit of everything. Six months gave me a great foundation and showed me what I did not want as a nurse so now I can pursue something new. Some people may worry that six months is not enough time for a new grad or it may hinder new job opportunities. I did not have a hard time at all finding a new job and nobody questioned why I was leaving in a short time frame. I honestly believe I now have a great foundation to build upon.  To top it off my new job is closer to home, pays better and is less stressful (every job will have some type of stress). If you feel frustrated in your new career hang in there. There is something out there for you and you will find it.

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4 Realistic Hairstyles for Nurses

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As a nurse or nursing student, you have plenty of things to worry about and your hair should not be one of them. As a new nurse I am always tired so I need quick styles that I can throw together so I can look great and get as much sleep as possible! I know you feel me! These 4 hairstyles are my go to and some more than others. I have seen nurses wear their hair down but I personally do not recommend this. It gets in the way plus think about all those germs and you do not want some one to grab your hair! Do not allow your hair to be a weapon against you that can cause you harm.

  1. A Simple Braid
    Most people now how to make a braid. This is my #1 go to hairstyles because of simplicity and it looks nice. Plus when you take your hair out you have nice waves! I like to keep my braids loose and not tight against my head. You can always add a cute clip or hair tie at the end.

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  2. The High Bun
    Another classic that you can add your own personal touch to. This style is functional and versatile and guaranteed to keep your hair out of the way.

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    First, brush your hair to remove any tangles. Then pull your hair up and back to the where you would like the bun centered on your head. Then half wrap a hair tie around the hair.

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    I use one hand to twist my hair and use the same hair tie to wrap and hold my hair down.
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    Add some bobby pins and hair spray if needed to hold the bun down. I purchased some bow scrunchies from Primark and add these to the bun.

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  3. The High Bun II
    I like to use the same hairstyles but add some different variations through accessories. This is the same styles as above but with a sporty headband. I like to keep styles simple but by changing a few minor details you have can have a whole different look.

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  4. Twisted Ponytail
    This is another style that I love to wear. You can add variation by keeping it with a simple ponytail or adding a braid.

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    Start by parting a front section of you hair and pull the rest of you hair back and out of the way.  Next, start at the top and take two pieces of hair and start making a twist. I then start grabbing a new small section of hair and start incorporating it into the twist and work my way down.

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    Keep working the twist until you run out of hair. I then grab all my hair and put it in a low ponytail. Use bobby pins to hold the twist in place.

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    There you have it! These are my hairstyles that I use to keep my hair out of my face while taking care of my patients. Do you have any styles you recommend! Comment below! I would love to hear them. If you have any questions about any of these styles feel free to comment below as well.

    -Rebekah

Building Confidence in Your Smile While Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

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All my life I have been told that I have a beautiful smile. Just last week a patients wife told me she can not remember the nurses names but she remembers me because I have a beautiful smile! What a sweet compliment! I always try to smile for my patients because they are going through so much and maybe my smile can bring them some joy.

Growing up I had braces twice and I have always been insecure about my teeth. To top it off, a dentist once told me that since I had damage to my teeth from braces that whitening my teeth would never work because it would make certain spots whiter than others. I had a break down of calcium that has left marks on my teeth. I now have a different dentist and was told that I could try whitening. The only other product I tried was a teeth whitening pen and I did not see much difference and did not like the process. So when Smile Brilliant reached out to me and informed me of their process I could not say no! An at-home teeth whitening kit that provides professional teeth whitening, at a fraction of the cost! I decided to give this teeth whitening process another try.

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I have been using the T3 Sensitive kit and it contains everything you need.  Did I mention they make you custom teeth whitening trays! They make the process convenient and easy with instruction cards to follow. You mix the catalyst and base and send off your impressions! The fact that you can complete the entire process from home gives this product bonus points! As a nurse I work 12 hour shifts and on my days off I do not want to spend them in a dentist office.  The process felt like they were bringing the dentist office to me and for a fraction of the price.

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Once your impression come back it is time to whiten! If you have sensitive teeth like me then they will send you a desensitizing gel. You use this after you use the whitening gel. This stuff works wonders because I have sensitive teeth and had no issues. The process is simple, you brush your teeth with water, clean and dry your custom trays then apply a thin layer of whitening gel. I started off keeping my trays in for 45 minutes and worked my way up to three hours. I would whiten before bed so that way I would not eat or drink anything.

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I have been using the kit for about 12 days and even skipped some days and I will continue to use this product! Since my teeth have decalcification I could see certain spots were whiter then others but it has quickly evened out and looks amazing. So if you have this same problem it is possible to whiten your teeth!

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Thanks to Smile Brillant for building my confidence and allowing me to show my pearly whites off. Hopefully, I can continue to bring more smiles and happiness to my patients.

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GIVEAWAY!!!
I can not keep this amazing product all to myself! Smile Brillant was awesome enough to allow me to do a giveaway! One person will receive their own T3 Sensitive Kit ($149 value)!!! Click on the link to enter>>www.smilebrilliant.com/g/rebekahtaylora
Or if you want to try out another product or make a purchase you can use my code to get 15% off store wide code: rebekahtaylora15

-Rebekah

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