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Monthly Archives: June 2015



Two nights ago, a bunch of us neighbors were hangin out in our cul-de-sac. It was the perfect summer night. All the kids were running around playing with squirt guns, the blazing heat was finally tapering off, and the sunset was picture perfect. Sounds lovely right? Well it was…. Up until the dang mosquitos showed

A Father’s Love

My dad set the bar high as far as dads go. He's the epitome of a family man. He's worked hard all his life to give us opportunities and a rich upbringing. He taught us the importance of hard work, an education and doing the right thing. He's been a devoted and loving partner to

Write Down Your Blood Type, Medications, Diagnoses, & Surgeries

This week’s blog is really just a reminder for you and your loved ones. It’s pretty simple; all I want you to do is make sure you write your blood type, your medications, your diagnoses, and your surgeries; and then keep it in a safe place. Then, shrink it down to fit in your purse

International Picnic Day

Today is International Picnic Day which celebrates gathering together with friends and family to enjoy a tasty meal. Picnics are a great opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, cold salads, and your favorite BBQ protein. With hot temperatures and lack of refrigeration, it is especially important to keep food safety in mind. Try these

“The Daily Challenges”

On days when one baby wakes up far ahead before the other and their schedules are not in sync, I get to have a little one on one time. The ease of it makes me think about the question every twin mom can't help but ponder: What would it be like to have just one

What To DO About Heat Exhaustion

Today my son played in two games at our city’s baseball tournament and midway through the second game, one of the players from the other team had to exit the game because he was overheating and began feeling very sick. Just from overhearing what the coach was saying to the umpire, it was clear the

National Dairy Month

Low fat and non fat dairy products are essential as a part of a healthy diet. Intake of dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese, cream cheese, and cottage cheese can be beneficial to bone health, heart health, and maintenance of a health weight. • Bone Health – Studies show that dairy food nutrients like calcium,

OAHHS Economic Impact

Overall Economic Impact of Willamette Valley Medical Center McMinnville, OR (June 9, 2015) – Oregon community hospitals accounted for $18.9 billion in economic output in Oregon in 2013, according to a new study by ECONorthwest released today by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS). Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) is proud to

We have hit the 8 month mark!

We're at eight months now and having a blast. Each month seems to become more and more fun. In the past month Lucy has matured a lot. She's beginning to understand the way the world works. She holds her arms up for me to pick her up, she cries when I'm done reading a book

Why We All Need an Advance Directive

This is not the most fun topic to discuss. In fact, many people refuse to even acknowledge the need for this type of conversation. However, if there is one thing I’ve learned since becoming a nurse, it’s that tomorrow is never promised and health challenges can hit us at any time. I’ve seen people come

Farmer’s Markets are BACK!

We have recently been seeing the sun more which means that nicer weather will be here soon to stay for a bit. I love to see the sun this time of year because it means more and more farmer markets will be popping up in your community. My favorite things to purchase at farmers markets

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

When I was pregnant I read a lot of books in the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" genre. I always had a stack four or six high on my nightstand. Since the babies have arrived, I've still managed to keep up on some reading but now it's more fiction and usually the latest book