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choosing a DODeciding to see a doctor of osteopathic medicine for an adult version of a well visit

I started seeing a DO — a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine — almost on accident.

I didn’t see the point of making an appointment. For years, I only went to the OB/GYN, once a year most years, and what felt like eleven million times during each of my pregnancies. With two young children at home, making a doctor’s appointment — when I wasn’t even sick — seemed ridiculous.

After he had a physical, my husband saw it differently. He encouraged me to schedule an annual physical, much in the same way I diligently scheduled the kids’ well visits. How to find a doctor when I wasn’t even sure I needed one kept falling to the bottom of my priority list. I dragged my feet, but after getting recommendations from several of my friends for the same doctor, I made an appointment.

I discovered the doctor was a DO when I did a quick Google search for the exact location of the office, which I found vaguely interesting. I’d read about the difference between MDs and DOs at some point when one of my friends was considering medical school, but I didn’t think I’d notice much of a difference during a routine physical.

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My appointment with my DO

After the typical medical visit routine — weight, height, blood pressure — I waited on the familiar doctor’s table. I’d never been in the office, but the table and the exam room seemed exactly like every other doctor’s office I’d visited. I wondered how different the appointment would really be.

My doctor knocked, walked into the room, sat down, and then gestured at me to do the same — and she didn’t mean perched on the edge of the table. I sat across from her, and she began going over my history, but she asked questions I hadn’t expected, like how much sleep I’d been getting, how tired I felt, and what I was doing to combat my fatigue.

Throughout my visit, and during subsequent visits, I felt very heard during my appointments. She listened to my concerns about not really feeling like I was making gains in my fitness, even with a steady amount of running, and she suggested dietary and lifestyle tweaks I could make — including more sleep. She chatted with me about balancing normal “I’m a mom with two small kids” tiredness with being overly stressed, letting me know I’d sleep again — one day — and never made me feel my concerns were invalid just because I was in good overall health.

About Doctors of Osteopathic medicine

I shouldn’t have been surprised that my doctor was interested in how my sleep, diet, and lifestyle were connected to how I was feeling and how frustrated I was with my running progress.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine believe there’s more to good health than just being free of pain or illness. DOs are fully licensed physicians trained to listen and partner with their patients, not only to heal sickness but to keep patients well.

I love seeing a woman doctor, and the number of women DOs under the age of 45 rose 62% between 2010 and 2015. DOs can be found in any medical specialty, but they always practice the same philosophy of considering the person within the patient.

Find a DO near you or learn more at DoctorsThatDo.org

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided for this blog via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of American Osteopathic Association or Momtrends.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we are gearing up for the day of hearts and love with a special treat. We love creating fun drinks for our kids that remind us of our own childhood. For a twist on a classic root beer float, combine vanilla ice cream and Cherry 7-UP to create these sweet cupid floats that will sweeten up your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Just like an old fashioned float, these cupid floats are made with only three ingredients and can be put together in just minutes.  They are perfect if you want to surprise your kids with a special Valentine’s Day treat and are also great for parties and playdates.  Pretty much anyone will enjoy these cool, creamy and fizzy Valentine’s Day drinks.

Valentine's Day Cupid Float

Cupid Float

Servings: As many as you want to make!
Prep time: Less than 5-minutes

Ingredients:

Vanilla ice cream
Cherry 7-UP
Whipped cream topping

Directions:

1. Fill a glass with 1-2 scoops of ice cream. Pull out some fun glasses, if you have them!
2. Pour Cherry 7-UP slowly over ice cream.
3. When carbonation has settled, add one last scoop of ice cream on the top of the float.
4. Top with whipped cream topping and add sprinkles.

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Sweet sipping

If you can’t wait long enough for the ice cream to start to melt you can dig right in with a spoon, but as the soda and ice cream begin to blend together the creamy concoction can be sipped through a straw. We served the cupid floats in milkshake glasses, but for class parties we’ve prepared these in clear plastic cups, too. No matter how you serve these cupid floats, everyone will be sipping sweetly.

Valentine's Day Cupid Float

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?
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Make a Valentine’s Day breakfast that really says “I love you”

Valentine's Day breakfasts

Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a weekend this year, which gives you the perfect opportunity to go all-out for breakfast for your favorite people. Whether you’re putting together something sweet for the whole family or something savory for your significant other, we know one of these 13 delicious breakfasts will work for you.

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Old-Fashioned Donut Strawberry Shortcake from The Baker Mama is the perfect way to blend everyone’s favorite treat — an old-fashioned donut — with strawberries, the ideal Valentine’s Day fruit. It’s a surprising way to say good morning.

Brown Sugar Mama brings us Smoked Salmon and Avocado Eggs Benedict, a twist on the breakfast classic. The flavor of the smoked salmon and the splurge-worthy Hollandaise sauce make this an indulgent breakfast for your favorite Valentine.

Pink Greek Yoghurt Pancakes from A Million Miles don’t depend on artificial flavoring for their gorgeous pink color, and the fluffy pancakes are simply delicious, proving you don’t need an abundance of artificial ingredients for a sweet treat.

Sunday Public offers Brown Butter Doughnuts with Cinnamon Dolce Glaze, a delectable treat that will leave your entire house smelling amazing. The rich flavors are a perfectly sweet combination, and your Valentine will be requesting these for weekends on end.

Mini Raspberry White Chocolate Scones from Stew or a Story  are both scrumptious and adorable, and we can’t get enough of the tea party presentation. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day brunch or even a simple brunch with your girlfriends, these scones are sure to be a hit.

Caramelized Banana Crepes from At the Corner of Happy and Harried are a simple and flavorful breakfast. Both the caramelized bananas and the crepes can be made the night before and assembled in the morning, which makes your holiday breakfast a cinch.

Spache the Spatula brings us Raspberry Red Velvet Protein Shakes, a breakfast shake that delivers a combination of chocolate and raspberry flavors with the filling punch of added protein. You’ll have energy for days with this shake!

My Ginger Garlic Kitchen offers a Romantic Choco-Berry Valentine’s Smoothie, and this sweet smoothie will go straight to your heart. Filled with rich and scrumptious flavor, this treat will work for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

Strawberry Waffles from Tara’s Multicultural Table use strawberry puree for their color, and you can top with anything your heart desires. The variety of toppings makes waffles a fabulous option for picky kids.

The Decorated Cookie gives us Mini Cinnamon Roll Pops, the cutest Valentine’s Day treat on the table. Be sure to make a big batch of these — you won’t be able to stop at just one. Kids will love helping with these, so you can enlist their help to surprise Daddy in the morning.

Bisquick Donuts from Something Swanky might more delicious than anything at your local bakery — plus you can make them in your pajamas! Her tips for frying these beauties will help even a donut novice make perfect donuts each time.

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen proves gluten-free doesn’t have to mean flavor-free with her Gluten Free Pancakes Smothered in Strawberry Cream Cheese Sauce. Baked goods can be some of the toughest substitutes for gluten-sensitive eaters, but coconut flour makes these a truly special treat.

Strawberries and Cream Crepes with Orange Liqueur from Cafe Delights are absolutely a special treat for someone you love. Crepes aren’t tough to make, but they look so fancy on a plate — and the orange liqueur gives these an unexpected burst of flavor.

What do you plan on making for breakfast this Valentine’s Day?
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Pantone Picks: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue

We knew that 2016 was going to be a good year for style when we hear that Pantone announced that they would have two gorgeous colors this year! Rose Quartz and Serenity are exactly what we were hoping for after a couple years of questionable picks and we can’t wait to add this soft color palette to our home and wardrobe in 2016.

1. Kate Spade Mini Nora Crossbody Bag, $198
2. Kate Spade Klaudia Cat Glasses, $190
3. Birkenstock Shiny Snake Rose, $95
4. Pleasant Dreams Tiered Top, $50
5. Essie Lapiz of Luxury Nail Polish, $9
6. Lula Trench Coat, $63
7. Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings, $60
8. Steve Madden Caarson Sandal, $90
9. Wild Flower Infinity Scarf, $18
10. Split Neck Woven Top, $44

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The struggle is real — you need warm boots to keep your feet cozy and dry when you’re out and about this winter, but the majority of them are (to be brutally honest) so ugly. Is it too much for a girl to ask for some boots that are cute and functional? It seems like you have to sacrifice one to get the other. Instead of pulling the classic “fashion before comfort” move, check out these boots that hit the marks for both style and warmth.

9 Warm Winter Boots That Aren't Ugly

9 Pairs of cute warm winter boots

 

One.
We know that Uggs are a staple in most closets now, which is why we’re grateful that they keep coming up with fresh new styles that will help keep our feet warm in winter. Loving this sweet new laser cut design! (Ugg Australia Classic Short Flora Suede Boots, Nordstrom, $175)

Two.
For days that you need to look chic for the office, but it’s a full-blown El Nino outside, this cute, simple pair of boots will do the trick. They’re easy to pull on and off and the navy is a nice twist. (Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boots, Urban Outfitters, $55)

Three.
If you love a good pattern, these are the perfect winter boots for you. They have that just-got-off-the-slopes feel, but can easily be worn for everyday winter adventures, too. And, we can’t resist that pop of orange in the laces and on the sole! (KEEN Else WP Winter Boots for Women, REI, $130)

Four.
These boots aren’t going to keep you dry this winter, but they’ll certainly keep you warm… and stylish. The fringe around the top of the boots is completely on-trend and the rubber sole will keep you slip-free when the temperatures really start to drop. (Woolrich Poncho Creek Boot, Nordstrom, $100)

Five.
It’s funny how a touch of pink and a hint of chevron can turn a super rugged boot into one that is also pretty stylish! This particular Sorel boot is known for being hardcore and the added pop of the patterned removable liner makes them fun, too. (Sorel Joan of Arctic Knit II Waterproof Boots, Nordstrom, $170)

Six.
Those of us who already sing the praises of Hunter rain boots are jumping with joy over the addition of a short wedged boot to their collection. (Hunter Original Short Wedge Rain Boots, Nordstrom, $150)

Seven.
It’s harder to find just a plain black winter boot than you would think, but the creators of some of our favorite summer shoes, Native, have a great selection of simple, chic winter boots that are perfect for staying warm. (Native Shoes Jimmy Winter Boots, Zappos, $100)

Eight.
Hello there, pretty lady. We’ve fallen head over heels for these winter boots, which combine everything that we love about our Sorels with a fashionable hidden wedge. (Sorel 1964 Premium Canvas Waterproof Wedge Bootie, Nordstrom, $220)

Nine.
At the end of a long day on the slopes, there’s nothing better than slipping into a pair of uber-comfy boots to give your feet a break and these look perfect to us. Styled with the edginess of a snowboard boot but with comfort of slippers, they’re even waterproof. (The North Face ThermoBall Apres Booties, Nordstrom, $95)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking for a dessert that will feed a crowd and really impress them, too? Look no further than this Mississippi mud pie bar recipe! While sometimes it is great to make things from scratch, other times you just need to save a little time… especially now that we have the holidays behind us. These Mississippi Mud Pie Bars use boxed brownie mix as the base, adding in a few extra ingredients that will help you create that yummy homemade feeling in fraction of the time.

Easy Mississippi Mud Pie Bars

Mississippi mud pie bars

Servings: 15 bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45-55 minutes, depending on the boxed brownie mixed used

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of your favorite brownie mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows

Easy Mississippi Mud Pie Bars

Directions

1. Prepare brownie mixes, together in one bowl, according to directions on the box.
2. Mix in 1 cup of chopped pecans.
3. Bake according to directions on box. Note that since you doubled the recipe, you’ll need to add extra cooking time.
4. While brownies are baking, prepare chocolate frosting (see below).
5. When brownies are cooked to your liking, remove from oven and top with mini-marshmallows.
6. Return to oven and bake an additional 5-minutes to melt marshmallows. make sure they don’t burn!
7. Remove from oven and drizzle with frosting immediately.
8. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Frosting ingredients

  • 1 package (16 oz.) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

The Best and Easiest Chocolate Frosting

Frosting directions 

1. Beat all ingredients at medium speed with electric mixer until smooth.
2. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir.
3. Drizzle chocolate frosting over warm brownies and mini-marshmallows.
4. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Warm them up for extra yumminess

These Mississippi Mud Pie Bars are delicious to eat as-is, but they also taste great warmed up. In our opinion, there is nothing better than a warm dessert on a chilly night! Heat a piece in the microwave for 10-15 seconds for a sizzling sweet treat. Dare we say you could even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you’re feeling wild?

Oh So Gooey Mississippi Mud Pie Bars

Mississippi Mud Pie Bars

What is one of your favorite dessert shortcuts?
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Another year, another stack of Christmas cards that you just hate throwing in the garbage. But, what exactly are you suppose to do with all of these old Christmas cards? Instead of ditching them, use some of these fun ideas to re-purpose them, reuse them and even turn them into new holiday memories that you’ll continue to cherish.

10 Ways to Use Old Christmas Cards

10 Ways to use old Christmas cards
1. Get started on your cards for next year

There’s no better way to up-cycle the Christmas cards that came in the mail than to turn them into Christmas cards for next year! And, with this tutorial from Easy Crafts for Kids, your kids can get in on the fun, too!

2. Tag, you’re it, Christmas cards!

It seems like we’re always running out of gift tags at Christmas time, but if you turn your cards into tags, like Little Things + Big Stuff did, you’ll always have one handy. Stacy Makes Cents used cookie cutters to outline the tags before she cut them.

3. Wine tags… need we say more?

This idea on the blog of Better Homes and Gardens gave us a major ah-ha moment. Of course you should turn your old Christmas cards into holiday wine tags! Just add a bottle of your favorite wine and you’re all set for holiday hostess gifts next year.

4. DIY Holiday magnets

In an idea that is much easier than it looks, using holiday cards to make cute magnets is a great way to get ahead on your stocking stuffers for next year. There are more great ideas in this post from The Gloss, too.

5. Making memories for holidays to come

Can’t stand to turn your cards into craft projects? Keep them instead! We love the way I Heart Naptime turns her Christmas cards into memory books at the end of each season and she even has a free printable you can use for a cover!

6. For families who have a lot of cards to spare

This project will certainly take some time, patience and dedication, but if you have a lot of Christmas cards to spare, you’ll love the result of the DIY Christmas placemats using these instructions from Junk Mail Gems.

7. Keeping it simple

If you want to save your cards to look through for years to come, but aren’t up for making a book, take this tip from The Shopping Mama and simply add them to a metal ring. She has some other fun ideas in her post, too!

8. Send them to school

Most classrooms are always looking for extra craft supplies and Christmas cards are gems for letting kids practice using scissors or for free-art time. Check with your child’s teacher and be sure to cut off any personal info before you send them to school with your kiddos.

9. Take a snapshot

We’ve seen this idea in the past and it’s one that we’ve actually put to use! Before you toss your Christmas cards this year, take a quick snapshot with your phone and sync it to your contacts list. Not only is it just plain fun to have current pictures to go along with names, but it can come in handy as you’re trying to match-up moms with their kids on the school playground!

10. Turn them into a sweet baby gift

The Custom Memory Game from Pinhole Press is one of our favorite baby gifts and birthday gifts for kids ever and if you can add a few family members and loved ones to your collection of pictures, straight from the Christmas cards you’ve gotten in the mail, you can make the gift even more special.

Tell us, what are you doing with your old Christmas cards?

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With the holidays upon us, it seems like everywhere you turn there are sweets galore. Whether it’s goodies from a neighbor, a dessert spread at a party, or just your own holiday baking, most of us might as well put any ideas of a diet on-hold during this time of year. If you are up for indulging a little this season, then this easy microwave fudge is the perfect sweet treat to add to your holiday baking. It takes very little time to make and it’s nice because you can fully satisfy your sweet tooth after just a small taste. That’s a win-win in our dessert book!Tips for Letting Kids Help in the Kitchen

Our kids love helping in the kitchen and baking with them can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a really big mess.  This easy microwave fudge recipe is the perfect thing for them to assist with since it doesn’t involve the stove or oven.

To make the process run smoothly with kids we often go ahead and measure out ingredients, making it easy for little hands to pour into mixing bowls and help with stirring. 

Easy Microwave Fudge

Easy microwave fudge

Servings: At least 12, depending on the size of baking dish you use
Prep time: 10 minutes to prep ingredients so your kids can help
Cook time: Less than five minutes, plus 20-minutes to cool before eating

Ingredients for Making Fudge

Ingredients

  • 3-3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (we used pecans)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring

How to Make Microwave Fudge

Instructions

1. In a large microwaveable bowl, combine powdered sugar and cocoa.
2. Stir in melted butter and milk.
3. Microwave on high for 2-1/2 minutes.
4. Stir in chopped nuts and vanilla flavoring.
5. Pour into greased pan or casserole dish.
6. Let harden (approximately 20 minutes) and cut into squares to serve.

Easy Microwave Fudge Recipe

 

Share your sweets

This easy microwave fudge is so sweet and savory that you might want to keep it all for yourself, but it also makes the perfect treat to share. Spread some cheer around your neighborhood or workplace by packaging fudge squares in holiday tins or little mason jars and tie them with festive ribbon for a perfect gift.

Sweet Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers and Neighbors

What is your favorite thing to bake during the holidays?
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Christmas is, literally, right around the corner. I feel like I’ve been saying that for weeks, but things are getting serious now. With less than 10 days to go until the big day — and even fewer days to shop! — I have the end of my to-do list in sight… and I hope you do, too.

But husbands. Ten whole days is plenty of time to shop… right? Oh yeah. And, by the way. What do you even want for Christmas? While I do have to give my own husband a lot of credit for his thoughtful gift-giving and planning, I know it usually comes down to these last few days before the holiday before anything actually gets done. And this, friends, is why I always have a last minute holiday wish list in mind!

Holiday Wish List- Sparkle and Shine

A bit of bling on my last-minute holiday wishlist

While you’re adding a few more things to your holiday wish list, considering a touch of bling and sparkle to make your holidays extra bright this year. The Endless Brilliance Collection from Zales is the perfect let-me-add-just-one-more-thing choice for your holiday wish list — and it’s probably my favorite. With pieces that are classic with a modern edge and filled with so many diamonds and sparkles that even Mrs. Claus would swoon, I know I wouldn’t mind seeing a few of these tucked in the bottom of my stocking on Christmas morning!

Pictured above from the Zales Endless Brilliance Collection:

1/2 CT. Weight T.W. Diamond Double Frame Stud Earrings in 10K White Gold
1/2 CT T.W. Diamond Double Frame Pendant in 10K White Gold
1 CT T.W. Diamond Cluster Frame Ring in 10K Two-Tone Gold

Win a $50 Zales gift card

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Compensation was provided by Zales via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Zales or Momtrends.

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Now that cold weather is just around the corner, being warm and cozy is on our minds. Nothing is better during this time of year than snuggling up with cozy sweaters, soft blankets, warm fires and having free-license to drink hot chocolate every single day.

Whether battling the frigid temperatures of a winter snow storm or coming back inside from a day of hitting the slopes on your family vacation, nothing will warm your insides faster — or taste yummier — than a nice cup of hot chocolate. We’ve already shared a fun hot chocolate bar set up for kids, but now it’s time to spice things up a bit with a twist on this classically delicious beverage for the adults.

Hot Chocolate Recipes for Grown-Ups

Kahlua Cocoa: Hot chocolate cocktails for grown-ups

Servings: Makes one cocktail, double — or triple! — as necessary
Prep time: 20 minutes, which includes making the hot cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces hot cocoa, prepped your favorite way
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Toppings of your choice: We preferred whipped cream and chocolate chips with a peppermint candy cane for an additional hint of minty flavor.

Hot Chocolate Cocktails

Instructions:

1. Combine warm cocoa and Kahlua in mug.
2. Add sugar and whipping cream. Sweeten to preferred taste.
3. Top with whipped cream and toppings of your choice.
4. Serve and enjoy.
Kahlua Cocoa: Adult Hot Chocolate Recipe

Sharing is caring

The gift giving season is upon us, and who wouldn’t love a warm chocolatey surprise to brighten their chilly day? This adult hot chocolate also makes for a fun gift to surprise your loved one, share with your favorite hostess or include as a favor for your upcoming holiday party.

Simply place pre-made hot chocolate mix in a cute Mason jar and layer with mini-marshmallows. Grab your favorite festive ribbon, include our fun plaid printable (free download available here) and a mini bottle of Kahlua and you have a perfect to-go gift!

Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift with Printable Tag

Do you have a yummy way to spice up your hot chocolate this winter?
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