8.25.2013

On a quest for a successful and organized year of 1st and 2nd grade!

Just a quick post to show you how I have organized my girls school supplies to make them more easy for them (and for me!) to access. First week of school went by and they already have projects due next week! I was searching on Pinterest on ways to organize their million pencils and markers WITHOUT spending any money. 

I decided to use a plastic utensil and napkin holder I had bought several months ago at our grocery store for less than $7. Luckily most of their markers and crayons fit! then I placed the container inside a basket. Now I needed a container for their million pencils. I placed a manson jar in the basket and that was going to be their pencil holder. It worked!!!


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Healthy Lunch and Healthy dinner ideas for kids (and Bento Box Review)

As you all know I have 2 daughters. Last week they started 1st and 2nd grade. My first grader can be a picky eater but loves her mustard and balsamic vinegar! uh?  I know.. anyway, this means I have to make 2 lunch boxes every single day, a job that can be so dreading, but I have made up my mind to make it rewarding and fun. Here are some images of their healthy lunches and dinners this week!
1- Annies crackers, cheese, fruit salad - fresh, chicken nuggets/ketchup, yogurt
2- Cantaloupe, Annies crackers, cheese and turkey, crackers, hummus and carrots.
3- Annies crackers, grapes, carrots, cheese and PB&J
4- Annies crackers, cheese and turkey, grapes, crackers, broccoli with ranch
5-honey crackers, broccoli with ranch, cantaloupe, yogurt, cheese crackers and turkey. (DO NOT PUT THE CRACKERS IN THE SAME SLOT AS THE TURKEY AND CHEESE, THEY WILL ET SOGGY)

BENTO BOX REVIEW: I was contemplating the idea of purchasing a laptop Box or something like that but I didn't want to have to search for lids in the morning, that when I found the Spencer Bento Box from Pottery Barn Kids. I love it because its a big container! no lids to search for and it is dishwasher safe! the cons, well, not 100% leak proof, also, it fits very tightly in the lunchbox also purchased at Pottery Barn Kids. My girls have a hard time opening the container and this is why:

The closure thingy it is a little hard to open (for kids) and since the Bento Box fits very snugly inside the lunchbox it makes it hard for my girls to open it.

So what I do is I leave the closure thingy up and that is how I place it inside the lunchbox making it easier for my girls to open it. 

DINNER PLATE REVIEW:  While searching for healthy meals on Pinterest I found this awesome dinner plates from Supper Healthy kids . The plates cost $7.95ea. I can tell you that dinner has NEVER been this easy!!! My girls are involved with dinner every night. In the process they are learning too! and they have had veggies and fruit for lunch and dinner every single day. I hope it continues to be this perfect! they only con is that they are not microwave safe... no big deal!!!

1- Spaghetti with pesto sauce (grain and veggie), cantaloupe, hb egg.
2-Rice, mahi burger, grapes, broccoli with potatoes.
3- hb egg, rice, cantaloupe, broccoli and potatoes.
4- Pasta cooked with olive oil, chicken nuggets (all natural - I hope), broccoli and carrots with ranch, and fruit
5-Rice and lentils (grain and protein), bananas, broccoli and ranch.
EASY!!!
I will try to share our lunch and dinner ideas more often! xoxo 
ENJOY!!!

About to start my new job as an RN!!!

I feel very blessed I get to start an amazing new RN grad program tomorrow Monday! I will be in training for 12 weeks. The first half will be in a classroom, simulation lab and computer work. The second half of training I will be precepting with a nurse at the hospital and hopefully by December I get to be on my own! 

To give you an idea this is what I had to go through in order to be where I am today...

08/2009 I started taking prereqs (27 courses! and being a Stay at home mom of a 2 ad 3 year old girls)
07/2011 Finsihs all prereqs, took TEAS exam and got accepted into Nursing School
7/3/13 I had a job interview
8/8/13 I accepted a job offer for a new grad program
8/26/13 First day of training as an RN! 

So, since I didnt have to study AT ALL  for like a month (very exciting!) I took the time to re organize my townhome! I cleaned every closet, threw away so much crap and have dedicated more time to my girls too. They have drive me coo coo all summer but that's what a 6 and 7 year old are supposed to do right? lol We went to outdoor movie nights, we had sleep overs, they tried snow cones for the first time, and watch lots of 80's movies at home (I think 80's movies are the best!). The Never Ending Story and The Goonies was a huge hit for my 7 year old. She loved both movies. Now I am trying to make them watch the Gremlins and E.T. but they refuse to watch them lol 
 
Anyway I went a little off topic but things are starting to feel more normal now. My husband and I (and my girls) have sacrificed a lot in the past 3-4 years. We can say that nothing has been handed to us. Our lives are about to change because of or hard work and dedication. It hasn't been perfect at all!!! we have made many mistakes along the way but we are grateful for those mistakes though. God has gave us the tools, we just had to put them to work. New blessings coming our way!!!


8.20.2013

How I passed NCLEX in less than 100 questions

How I passed NCLEX?
I don't know! because honestly when I walked out of the Pearson Vue testing center I completely thought I had failed. I have heard that's a good thing though. You want NCLEX to be hard! :/


How did I prepare?
Well, thankfully my school forced us to use ATI, and when I say forced us I mean they would not let us take NCLEX before getting the green light from our ATI tutor, an online tutoring program from ATI. We had to complete a series of nclex style exams, remediation and a predictor. Passing the predictor with a minimum of 67 will award you the green light.... well I scored 63! I felt horrible! I am an honor student! What happened??? well I took the exam at home - BIG MISTAKE and at 5am, I was tired, hungry and my girls woke up early that morning too.

At this point I had already scheduled my NCLEX for 7/31! I needed my green light!!! My tutor made me work even harder. She sent me so many practice exams that I lost count. I must have done 5000 practice questions!!!  Finally a few weeks later I got my green light! After that I deactivated facebook, pinterest, instagram, and candy crush for 12 days! I felt lonely lol.  I study my butt off. I also did Sounders and Kaplan questions, but just a few exams. Most of my preparation was from ATI, like 99%.

The day before my exam my husband rented a hotel room because the testing center was far away from our home. He took me to a nice dinner too. I was extremely nervous. The morning of I arrived at the testing center before it was opened lol ANYWAY, the people at Pearson Vue made me feel very comfortable and were super nice!

How  many questions did I get?
100!!! funny that once I reached 75 questions the screen shut off but not because I was done but BECAUSE I was at the 2 hour mark! lol so it asked me If I wanted a break. I quickly clicked NO and continued. Every single question from 75-100 was super stressful.

Was it hard?
For me YES IT WAS! There were a lot of prioritization questions, so as usual I always end up with 2 answers and of course I COULDN'T DECIDE which one was the correct one! apparently I picked the right ones!!!

NOW I CAN SAY I AM AN RN!!!!!! AND IN LESS THAN 1 WEEK AFTER PASSING NCLEX I ACCEPTED A JOB OFFER AS A TELEMETRY NURSE. IT IS A NEW GRAD PROGRAM AND I COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED AND THANKFUL FOR IT. MY GOAL IS TO BECOME AN ICU NURSE AND WORKING AS A TELEMETRY NURSE IS GOING TO GIVE ME A GREAT FOUNDATION NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN MY FUTURE GOAL AS AN ICU NURSE.... and by the way the Person Vue trick works ;)

If you have any questions I will update this post. Just comment below. Thank you!


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