Bargains · Fashion

valentine’s day gift guide. 2017.

Here’s a list of my last minute valentine’s day gift guide!!

I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day, but if I did… I wouldn’t mind receiving the following (wink wink):

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perfume.

You can never go wrong with Chanel! I love all the perfume from the Chanel Chance line. I have, tried and LOVE the EAU TENDRE, EAU FRAICHE and the original CHANCE. I have yet tried the new one in the line, EAU VIVE. Which I will probably be getting sometime in the near future…  (Here’s a tip: Wait for Sephora’s VIB sale to pick some Chanel perfume! Best. Deal. Ever.)

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lipstick(s).

I love a pretty lip color! Who doesn’t?! Especially a red lip! I tend to keep my lipsticks in my Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease Mug and it sits pretty along with my makeup. You can find any cute mug (or a mason jar!) from Target and put some lipsticks in there! (i.e lipstick in a mug)

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sugarfina

I’ve been eyeing those champagne gummy bears from sugarfina! They look so adorable and my question is, ‘will I even eat them?!’

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lush bath bombs.

I tried a bath bomb from lush for the first time and instantly became obsessed! Inexpensive at home spa. and I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this! it’s a way to distress at the end of the day! (or after the MCAT!!)

 

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or skip valentine’s day! & save some money for travelling.

The boy and I tend to skip this Hallmark holiday since we don’t need a day devoted to showing each other how we ‘feel’ about one another. We have all 365 days to! 🙂 Instead, we’ve been saving money for our next destination. (We’re thinking Iceland!! Have you been?)

hope your valentine’s day (and every day) is filled with love 🙂

xoxo,

nhung

 

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Dear me…

 

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Over the weekend, I had an urge to write a letter. A letter to my future self. I wanted to remind myself of what my goals were at this moment in time and the type of person I am trying to become. It is still in the works and taking some time (like all good things should). I hope to have it done and read it in about 10 years. Maybe pass it on to my kids one day if I choose to have any.

Have you written yourself a letter?

xoxo,

Nhung

 

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#MotivationMcatMonday 2

Happy Tuesday!!

I have been swamped with work and studying that I have not been posting regularly. Trying to get into the swing of blogging! Forgive me, for I am new. 🙂

For this week’s motivation, I’m going to dedicate it to myself. Selfish, I know. But you know what, it’s okay to be selfish sometimes. Put yourself first, once in awhile. (Buy the shoes! Get that mani! Eat that candy bar! Treat yourself! etc etc)

I am studying the MCAT for myself (even though MCAT studying isn’t always fun! Who’s with me?!). For my path and for my future. I am doing this for me. Short and simple. #me

xoxo,

Nhung

 

Review · Uncategorized

Review: Badger Balm stress soother

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Badger Balm stress soother (To calm and soothe the mind)

First and foremost, I am a sucker for packaging. Anything that is cute and simple has my name written all over it and I’m running to the cashier to demand them to take my money! “Take my money, cashier!” (Maybe not that aggressive, but you get what I mean…)

So, I stumbled upon the Badger Balm stress soother at Cracker Barrel (I sure do like them butter biscuits!) as I was wandering around the store waiting for my table to be called. I am after all studying for the MCAT which is synonymous with stress, I obviously needed this balm. (needs and wants, is there a difference?)

I have been applying the balm to my temples, forehead, philtrum,neck  and wrists for about a month or two now. I don’t know what the maximum application is, but I apply excessively. The scent; tangerine and rosemary. I like to describe the scent as ‘organic’ — sometimes I don’t even know what I am actually describing when I say organic! If you don’t like tangerines (or rosemary!), this isn’t for you!

Whether or not the product actually calms my mind is still in question. My stress remains a 10/10 before and after the application of the product. Other people have been swearing by the brand, so maybe I bought a defective one? Maybe not. Or maybe I’m applying it on wrong? Until I run out, I’ll keep using the product in hope that it’ll ease my mind (and because I love the scent). However, I don’t think I will be buying a second Badger Balm stress soother (Sorry Badger Balm, if you’re reading this!). Maybe I’ll try out another product from the brand!

Let me know if you have any questions!

xoxo,

Nhung

All my opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

Medical School

#MCATmotivationMonday

What motivates you?

I think I am going to do a blog post every Monday until my MCAT about motivation. It’ll be a friendly reminder to myself of why I am doing the things I’m doing. Maybe my motivation will encourage others? I hope so!

What motivates me?

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My family. I wish there were words to explain how much my family motivates me to study hard and do well on the MCAT, but there isn’t. I am so thankful to have such an amazing support system who motivates me daily! They are my best friends. My family not only encourages me to go down the path of being unselfish and helping others but also motivates me to become a better person.

Sending everyone good vibes this Monday morning!!

xoxo,

Nhung

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Medical School

Gap year.

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What are you doing for your gap year? (just in case you don’t know…gap year is when a student takes a break in between undergraduate and professional school.)

People usually take a gap year (or years) to take a break from school, travel the world, study for the MCAT, apply to professional school, work to make some moolah…etc.

I have had a couple of different medical positions that I’d thought I share:

Scribe

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I started scribing during my fourth year of college and a bit after. A scribe basically ‘shadows’ a physician during a patient’s visit (emergency room or clinic visit) and documents the patient’s history of present illness, review of system, procedure notes, patient exam and progress notes into the electronic medical record. This position gives you an actual representation of what the physician’s day of work looks like. As a scribe, you have no patient contact! There are scribe volunteer positions as well as paid positions.

(picture: patient leaves a note before being seen by a physician!)

 

Rescue squad

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During my second year of college, I was adamant about getting my emergency medical technician-basic (EMT-B) certification which qualified me to get onto a rescue squad. As an EMT-B, you can either lead calls for basic calls (talking to the patient/figuring out the plan of action best for the patient) or assist paramedics during advanced calls by taking vitals and documenting. I was on the rescue squad for a couple of years, committing to volunteering weekly, until school and having a full-time job didn’t allow me to have extra time to volunteer. I hope to return to a rescue squad one day! I loved every minute with my EMS family. You learn a lot from each call and from your EMS family (esp those with years of experience!).

Cartiographic tech

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I am currently a cartiographic tech and love it (can you tell I love all the positions I have had?! hehe). As a cartiographic tech, I set up patients for their stress test (putting on leads, connecting patients to the monitor, read baseline EKGs, take blood pressures..etc.) I love how each patient comes in with a different story on why they’re at the heart station for a stress test. I have met so many kind patients (there are difficult ones too 🙂 ) and so glad to be a part of their journey to better health. I wish them all the best!

I know my list only contains medical related positions, but one thing I wish I’ve learned earlier was to have a non-medical position. We have the rest of our lives taking care of patients, so why not do something out of the medical field before starting school?

Random note: I have always wanted to live abroad for a bit and hope that when I get an *acceptance* to medical school, I would spend a month (or two!) living abroad (I’m thinking Spain, Ecuador, Italy, Vietnam or Thailand?) and learn a new language! Life goals.

If you have any questions, just ask me!

xoxo,

Nhung

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Bargains · Uncategorized

Money saving tips.

In no particular order:

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1. Cut the cable!

Seriously. Get a divorce with cable. Tell them it’s them and not you. That you have better ways to spend your time (i.e. read a book, spend time outside, learn a new recipe, learn a new language, study for MCAT, start a blog…etc). And if you do the math, it calculates to $80/month (Verizon Bundle)  x 12 months = $960+. That’s a ticket to travel and then some!

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2. Eat out less.

Guilty. I used to eat out a lot and probably should eat out much less. BUT I like how convenient it is, how there’s not much thinking involved ever since I started working full time. After working for a couple of months and eating mostly hospital food, I was tired of how much unhealthy, expensive food I was putting in my mouth. (Why does hospitals have fast food chains?!) I became aware of what I was consuming and decided to bring my own lunches (hello meal prepping!).  Your bank account thanks you and you see your waist line getting smaller! Winning. (this section includes daily Starbucks!!)

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3. Trendy clothes.

I wear scrubs M-F from 0800-1630. So there’s no reason for me to have closets full of clothes that’ll probably sit there for years. I used to buy clothes that were trending that said season and usually wear it 1.5 times before putting it in the corner — (the .5 is usually when I try it on and decides not to wear it.) I have learned to invest in staple items that I gravitate to more frequently and know it’ll last me for a long time. I can do a blog post on that if you’d like…

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4. Don’t buy clutter!

This is a blanket statement. Just think about the purchases from Target dollar section, post holiday sale items (wrapping paper, holiday decor..etc), crafty items you bought where you haven’t used, candles you know you’re not going to burn and the list goes on.  My [new] motto is that ‘If I don’t use it within a week, I better return it!’ or else it sits collecting dust along with other things. This all adds up.

These are just a few things I have been and still am working on. I’d love to hear any tips you all may have!

xoxo,

Nhung

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