• As a Mommy

    Baby & Mommy Product Review

    I am a gadget person…more specifically, I am a baby gadgets mom.  One of my favorite things to do when we were making out our baby registry last year was checking out all the new and cool devices/toys/technology that are on the baby market. As an OT, I’m always using adaptive equipment to either help a patient regain independence or to make it easier for them to do their daily tasks. So naturally, I like anything that makes mom-ing easier too. When I was deciding which baby products to get, I did my research…which included a very meticulous spreadsheet, complete with product reviews from retail websites, price comparisons (did I…

  • As an OT

    Safe Sitting at Work

    Is your job giving you a pain in the neck…literally?  Time to look at your workstation ergonomics!! Ergo-who? {Ergo-The term “ergonomics” is derived from two Greek words: “ergon,” meaning work, and “nomoi,” meaning natural laws.} In other words, ergonomics is the study of fitting a person to a job. Here’s more info about an occupational therapist’s role with ergonomics in the workplace. When we look specifically at workstation ergonomics, it’s referring to the positioning and alignment of the worker’s body in relation to the desk, chair, computer, lighting etc.  About 86% of Americans are sitting for the majority of their work day, which on average is 40+ hours of sitting…

  • As A Creative

    Baked French Toast

    On Easter Sunday we had a group of friends and their kids over for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. For the main breakfast dishes I decided to go with an old favorite: mini frittatas, and a new favorite: baked french toast. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looked different than the traditional french toast, so I figured I’d give it a go. It turned out to be a crowd pleaser and some actually thought it was bread pudding+ maple syrup. It is a dish that has two parts, an overnight refrigeration and the actual bake.  Although having two parts one recipe requires proper planning, it makes it easier the day of…

  • As a Mommy

    Baby #2 on the way!

    So we have some exciting news that we announced to friends and family this week: we are expecting our second little munchkin!  Our family will be expanding by one in early/mid October of this year.  I’ll admit that going through it the second time is already MUCH different than the first. The pro: I already know what to expect from week to week…not checking my “what to expect” app every week to see what size fruit it is this time. The con: I thought I was tired the first go-around with Chase, but at least I got to take naps after work.  This time, I get home from a full day of work,…

  • As A DC Local

    An Afternoon at the Races

    We were invited by my husband’s coworker to attend the Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races on Saturday afternoon. From DC it’s about an hour and half drive out to Ben Venue Farm, in Washington County, Virginia. I definitely had to do my research to find out what exactly we were about to see. In my head, I envisioned this fox being released, a pack of hounds chasing after it, and people on horses riding behind them…like I had seen in Downton Abbey. In fact, this particular event was just the horses racing around a grass track over hurdles and timber. Steeplechases and point-to-point races have been around since the 1700’s originating from…

  • As A DC Local

    A Sunday afternoon in Old Town

    When the weather is nice, we love spending an afternoon in historic Old Town, Alexandria VA. Our first stop in the morning is to attend worship service at our church home, Alfred Street Baptist Church on the corner of Alfred and Duke street.  As one of the oldest African-American baptist churches in the nation (est. 1803) with less than 200 members at its inception, the congregation has now grown into the thousands. Pastor Howard-John Wesley has an incredible ability to reach and impact people of all ages through preaching and teaching the Word. Even the Obama family has stopped by two years in a row at Easter service! Bottom, it’s a great place to worship.  …

  • As A DC Local

    Cherry Blossoms, Minus the Crowd

    I moved to DC at the beginning of March in 2011, just in time to witness my first Cherry Blossoms season.  I lived in the heart of downtown DC, just blocks from the national mall, which made it a walkable distance to the Tidal Basin. The sight of hundreds of these blush-pink trees lining the water was breath-taking. Then you also have the MLK, Jefferson memorial and Washington monument perfectly positioned in the background, practically begging tourists to take a photo. And that’s the only thing I wasn’t crazy about…the massive amount of tourists infiltrating this small area detracted from the natural beauty of this seasonal event. Nature is best appreciated with…