Conversations with the future doctor, part 6

(back story - we have no idea what we are going to name our little bambino, and neither of us feels particularly strongly about certain names, nor do we feel any sense of urgency - I mean, come on, we still have 14-16 weeks!  I think if we would have found out the sex, we'd be more eager to pick a name, so we could refer to the babe as said name.  But no gender = no sense of urgency for us).

Me: Husband, what do you think of H----- for a name?

Husband: That sounds like a really good name...

...for a really big dog.

I think we still have a ways to go.  


TOMS Shoes Sale at Zulily!

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 I adore TOMS shoes - the way they look, the way they fit, and - of course - the way they give back to the world.  

Through Feb 23, Zulily (a daily deal site) has TOMS shoes for up to 35% off!  You do have to sign up for an account with Zulily.  

There are kids shoes starting at $18.99 (normal price $29) and adult shoes starting at $34.99 (normal price $54).

(Look at those Tiny TOMS!  Swoon!)

Head on over to Zulily to check out the sale!  Shipping starts at $5.95. If you spend $75+, use coupon code SAVINGZU08 or RETMEZU426 to get $5 off your $75 purchase.

Have you ever tried/worn/loved TOMS shoes? 


Happy Birthday, Swagbucks!

(If you've been around this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I have a deep love for Swag Bucks.  If you've never heard of Swag Bucks, click through to see my post on the details about Swag Bucks and how the Hubby and I have earned $225 in Amazon gift cards in the past 27 months!).  

Guess what?  It's Swagbucks 5th birthday on February 25th, and you can - and should! - join in the fun. 

Not a member of Swagbucks?  From now until March 1, new members of Swagbucks can sign up for an account and use the promo code 5THBIRTHDAY to get 90 bonus Swagbucks.  The normal amount for starting is 30 - you'll start with 120!  That's over a quarter of the way to your first $5 Amazon giftcard (or other prize of your choice). 


After you sign up for an account, make sure that you register for Swagbucks' 5th Birthday Blowout for a chance to win one of five $1000 prizes, given away on Monday, February 25!

All opinions stated here are my own.  While I do blog for Swag Bucks occasionally, Swag Bucks did not provide compensation to me for writing this post.  Links in this post are referral links; thank you for using them!  


(Healthy) Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I know, I know, it's not exactly prime pumpkin season.  But if you're anything like me, you bought several cans of pumpkin puree this past fall with great intentions of making pumpkin pies and pumpkin-filled ravioli and other pumpkiny goodness, and you failed - resulting in cans of pumpkin in your cupboards just waiting to be used.  

While we could just wait for the pumpkin-appropriate season of fall, I decided to do some searching and landed on a pumpkin cookie recipe that I decided to make.  With some tweaking from the inspiration recipe at Eating Well, these ended up being fairly healthy.  (I should market them as "breakfast cookies" so this post will go haywire on Pinterest.  But I won't).  The thing that drives me nuts about most "healthy" cookies is the fact that they still have cups and cups of sugar in them.  There's more to health than low fat! You'll be happy to see that there's only a half a cup of brown sugar in these cookies. 

The ingredient list looks long and has some not-so-normal cookies ingredients.  If you don't have wheat germ in your pantry, just increase your all purpose flour to 1/3 cup.   If you don't have flax seed, then omit the "flax seed egg" and use a regular egg in its place (so 2 eggs total).  

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
1/4 cup AP flour
1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbsp wheat germ
2/3 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 egg
1 Tbsp flax seed meal + 3 Tbsp warm water
1/2 cup brown sugar
¾ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
2 Tbsp maple syrup
½ cup dark chocolate chips or raisins (I always go chocolate!)
½ cup walnuts (optional - will lower fat if you omit but I love the crunch!)


  1. Make your "flax seed egg" by combining the 1 Tbsp flax seed meal and 3 Tbsp warm water in a bowl and let stand 10 minutes until thick.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with olive oil spray.
  3. Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat germ, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Whisk egg, flax seed egg, brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce and maple syrup in a second bowl until well combined. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.  Fold in chocolate chips/raisins and walnuts.
  4. Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies 1 1/2 inches apart.  Flatten out cookies slightly with a fork (as you would a peanut butter cookie).
  5. Bake the cookies until firm to the touch and lightly golden on top, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.  3 g fat/86 calories/2g protein/4 g sugar per cookie (including chocolate chips and walnuts).  2 WW+ points

These little guys will not get crisp - they stay fluffy and light, like a muffin top (the good kind of muffin top!).  Due to the pumpkin in the recipe, they will increase in moisture the longer they sit on your counter, so I recommend eating many cookies quickly! ;)  Or I'm sure they'd freeze nicely.

I'll be sharing these healthy pumpkin cookies with these great blog parties this week!


Nineteen Day Stretch

Today was day 15 of 19 consecutive days for my husband of being at the hospital.  That's every day from January 21st to February 8th.  I realize that perhaps you or your husband has potentially worked more days in a straight stretch than that, but this is a first for us.  

It hasn't been terrible, but I wouldn't call it pleasant.  Primarily the sleeping aspect of it.  It's one thing to wake up when his alarm goes off obnoxiously early in the morning on weekdays, but it's totally another when it happens on the weekend.  More specifically, two weekends in a row. And when your body lacks the ability to ever fall back asleep after being awoken?  Awesome. 

The reason for this long stretch?  For the IM Rotation, there is the requirement of night float, which my husband did the first two weeks of his rotation, and the requirement of four weekend shifts.  Instead of drawing it out towards the end of his rotation, he decided to get it all done and complete.  So it's technically his own fault that his schedule is as such, but I understand the logic behind it.  Now he'll have the last three weekends of IM to study for his shelf exam. 

Thank you, Internal Medicine, for making us sleep deprived.  Sleeping in until 6:15am sounds heavenly.   

[An aside: yesterday afternoon after getting home from his shift, my husband was paged by the nurse of one of his patients.  Last time I checked, med students don't have much authority for administering orders when a patient is in distress.  They wouldn't have authority if the patient stubbed their toe!  The nurse's reason for paging him?  His was the only handwriting she could read in the file (obvious med student mistake!).  He told her to page the resident on call.  A few minutes later, she paged him again and said she couldn't find who was on call.  So my husband looked up the contact info for the resident and let the nurse interrupt her Sunday afternoon instead of his ;) ]

What's the longest consecutive stretch of days that your husband has had to show up at the hospital/to work?  

Linking up to Medical Mondays blog hop...join in the fun!  



DIY Fort Kit

Confession: What I'm about to show you I have been meaning to do for about a month.  We've got three little boys in our life - two are nephews and one is the son of a dear friend.  In case you haven't noticed, boys of that age aren't the easiest to please in the gift department.  I'm a big fan of homemade gifts, but what in the world can one make for a seven year old boy that isn't super lame in the eyes of said boy? 

Their very own fort kits!  What little (or big) boy (or girl) doesn't love to build forts?  Inspiration comes from Saltwater Kids.

Their kits included a flat sheet with loops and ties, clips, clamps, rope and a flashlight.  Aside from the sheet, the other items came from Dollar Tree.  The sheets were on mega clearance (thanks, Target!), and I made super simple drawstring bags to keep all of the parts of the kit together.  So not only were they awesome, they also didn't break the budget! 

We gifted two fort kits at Christmas, and one at a birthday.  Let me tell you, if we had any other youngins in our life that would enjoy these, I'd be making them!  

I'll be sharing this DIY Fort Kit with these fun link parties this week!