omg THE j.crew herringbone puffer vest!

GUESS WHAT! THE J.CREW HERRINGBONE PUFFER VEST IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW!

j.crew herringbone vest

Last fall, this J.Crew Herringbone Puffer Vest was the “it” thing to get and I know many of y’all were very disappointed when they weren’t being sold anymore. I know I was worried that it wouldn’t even be back for this fall season! But alas, J.Crew has listened to its avid and addicted shoppers and brought us back the herringbone puffer!

I don’t know about you, but if I had a budget to do any shopping, this vest would be on its way to me right this very moment. Oh, J.Crew, I love you, and my bank account hates you.

As of right now, I know this vest is available at J.Crew Factory. So go get it and share all your vest wearing adventures on Instagram! Be sure to tag me [@SweetSthrnSass]!

What J.Crew items are your closet staples?

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hashtag blogger problems.

blogger problems

So here’s how I know I’ve become kinda obsessed with being a blogger: I was scheduled to meet with a lovely new nursing school friend at 10am at the library, when I looked at the clock on my MacBook Pro only to realize that it was 9am, I was still in my pajamas, hadn’t eaten breakfast, and needed to leave in 30 minutes.

<< does this count as a blogger problem? #bloggerproblems >>

Pretty sure it does. Cause a part of me still wanted to do blogging things even through my panic about being late. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I kinda like it. A lot.

Thankfully, I wasn’t late. And even better! Found out new friend has actually read my blog. I guess posting to Facebook was a good idea after all! I can’t deny I wasn’t a little nervous about doing that, but I guess it worked out for the best. 

Oh the joys and turmoils of the blogger life.

Does anyone else experience these kinds of blogger problems?

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get 20% off WorkFlow by Landau scrubs

As a future nurse and current nursing student, I can attest to this: scrubs are kinda expensive [too bad I didn't get the option of buying some WorkFlow scrubs]. I recently bought four tops and two pants and spent just under $300. Yeah, I know. I was surprised too. And the craziest thing was that I had to pay extra to get the longer pants. Sorry that people are short, but I shouldn’t have to pay extra because I’m tall.

<< Isn’t that discrimination? Sorry, rant over. >>

workflow by landauAlas, allheart saves the day once more! When you order from allheart, use the coupon code 50014 you will get 20% off your next WorkFlow by Landau purchase from September 15-30, 2014. It’s a petty small time frame, but wow 20% off! That saves you enough money to stop by Starbucks for that venti vanilla latte with an extra shot and a yummy blueberry muffin [at least when you buy the number of scrubs I do].

And I have to say, these WorkFlow scrubs are pretty darn comfy, sturdy, and cute to boot! Two things that are necessary when you’re constantly on the move. The fabric is made of 53% Cotton, 44% Polyester, and 3% Spandex [just enough stretch for those mid-shift power naps, if you ask me].

P.S. What is your favorite brand and style of scrubs?

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first clinical skills check off = passed.

If you remember back to not so long ago we I started nursing school, I was super freaking nervous about my abilities and whether I would completely fail and all. Remember that? Well guess what!

I passed my first clinical skills check off!

There are literally no words to describe how completely relieved I am. I was extremely nervous. I somehow got matched up with one of the professors that I didn’t really know that well, but who definitely gave off an intimidating vibe. Not even kidding you. I could not feel my arms. 

Clinical skills are really that important. If I had screwed up this early on.. Well, I probably would have started questioning my choice in careers. I don’t expect to be naturally perfect at nursing, but I did want some sign from God that it was at least meant to be. 

Thank you, Jesus, for looking out for me. Air-five! As soon as the clinical skills check was over, this huge weight was lifted off of me. School is definitely going to get a lot harder, but it doesn’t seem so impossible. 

Now, summer session is ending and fall semester is looming. I was told this is the worst semester of nursing school. I can’t imagine the terror all of us will feel during those clinical skills check offs… Yikes. All I can ask is for good thoughts and prayers. Lots of prayers. I’m gonna need them.

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allheart to the rescue!

As a nursing student, I can tell you… There are so many purchases that have to be made as you’re starting out. It’s a little intimidating! Thankfully, I made the right choice in where I ordered my nursing school supplies from: allheart: America’s Medical Superstore. They’re definitely a superstore, emphasis on the super!

     nursing student stethoscope     nursing student penlightnursing student bandage scissors

Let me tell you what happened. I ordered a Littmann stethoscope, fluoride coated bandage scissors, and a penlight. [Typical nursing student, am I right?]

Obsessed with my stethoscope and scissors, but was extremely underwhelmed by my penlight: it didn’t work! My initial reaction, after reading the return/exchange policy was that I would have to purchase a new penlight (in all honesty, it isn’t an expensive purchase, but little things do add up when you’re on a nursing student budget). After a few moments of wishing ill-will on my penlight, I emailed the allheart customer service department. After a few days, I got a response! They would be sending me a new penlight at no charge and I could keep the defective penlight (yay!). What really made my day is that they are organized enough to have all of my information in one place. I didn’t have to scramble for weeks to get them all my information then hope and pray that everything would go through. They sent one email apologizing, offering me a new penlight, and told me it would arrive in a few days. It arrived! And arrived quickly! Allheart to the rescue!

As a lady blogger and nursing student, I would love to get to work with an amazing company like this to help out my fellow nursing school classmates and future colleagues. I highly recommend allheart to everyone in need of medical supplies!

Many thanks to allheart, from a grateful nursing student! I just got back a few years of my life.

What are your favorite nursing supplies?

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I’m kinda obsessed with books.

I’m one of those people who can get completely absorbed in a good book, and any chance of pulling me out of my reverie will be almost impossible. If I’m being honest, and I am, I’m also one of those people who can become distraught with separation anxiety after I finish an extremely good book. I get that involved in the lives of the characters. And I’m absolutely, 100% okay with this part of me.

I also do not take book reviews lightly. So here is a collection of books in no particular order that I deem to be completely worth your time and even more worth the emotions that are to follow the books’ endings. This collection will constantly be a work in progress. And as I find a new one I really enjoyed, I will post about it on my main page to let y’all know!

  • HARRY POTTER – [no explanation required. because duh.]
  • Any book by Robin Cook or Jodi Picoult – Yes, I know this is a very broad group of books, but I love their collections and I just cannot pick one or two that I enjoy the most
    • I would recommend these books for someone who enjoys their reads to be based off of factual information and/or events that could actually occur
  • Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray – Now, I read these books many years ago, probably far earlier than I should have. They’re definitely interesting… And different. If you’re interested in a book that is not like something you have read before, these just might be for you!
    • A Great and Terrible Beauty
    • Rebel Angels
    • The Sweet and Far Thing
  • Overachievement by Dr. John Eliot – I have personally met Dr. Eliot and his lectures are so inspirational. I have blog posts that have blossomed from the way he makes me think about events and life. It isn’t a typical “reading” book, but still worth it.

Do you have a favorite book? I would love to hear about it! Comment below with title and author, and I might just read it [okay, I probably will]!

God is the only constant in this life.

My grandmother recently passed away after a long, painful struggle to fight off cancer that had invaded most of her body. I’m torn between feelings of sadness because she’s gone and this is really the first death close to me, but also of feelings of relief because she’s finally at peace, no longer in pain, but most importantly, with God in Heaven. On the day of her memorial service, my beautiful Godmother gave me a book called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. If you haven’t heard of it (which I hadn’t), it’s devotions for every day of the year. There is also a free iPhone app and an iPhone app for $9.99! They’re all beautiful, but yesterday’s devotion really spoke to me, so I decided to share it with y’all.

Come to me continually. I am meant to be the Center of your consciousness, the Anchor of your soul. Your mind will wander from Me, but the question is how far you allow it to wander. An anchor on a short rope lets a boat drift only slightly before the taut line tugs the boat back toward the center. Similarly, as you drift away from Me, My Spirit within you gives a tug, prompting you to return to Me. As you become increasingly attuned to My Presence, the length of rope on your soul’s Anchor is shortened. You wander only a short distance before feeling that inner tug — telling you to return to your true Center in Me.
Hebrews 6:19; 1 John 2:28; Matthew 22:37

It’s easy to get caught up in the distractions of every day life as things change around you and life moves forward. But one thing will never change: the love God has for you. God is the only constant in this life. Everyone is going to have their own various daily activities to focus on, but the key is to always come back to your faith; come back to God. Some times it is easier than others. For myself, my faith is what keeps me centered. There are times that my faith unfortunately takes a backseat, but I can always find my way back. For every time I do venture away, my life becomes unbalanced and seems impossible, and I feel that tug to come back to my center, to my faith. Suddenly, everything seems that much easier. Anything is possible with just a little faith.

I am proudly Catholic. At one point in my life, however, I felt I couldn’t share this information about myself with anyone, simply because of the preconceived notions people seem to have about Catholics and the Catholic faith. There were times that I was even shamed for being Catholic or not the right kind of Catholic, which sadly resulted in my leaving the Church for some time. That has really changed for me. I realized that my whole life, values, beliefs, everything seemed to be based off of the Catholic faith. It took leaving to recognize this about myself. I understand some things we do are confusing, and different, but there is a reason! Every day, I become more and more comfortable sharing my faith with people, and I’m hoping to share with y’all as well.

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