Traveling with a Five Year Old {who also has CP}

You may have noticed that we took a vacation to Italy in the beginning of April. It was really amazing. It was our first family vacation that only involved the three of us and our first ‘real’ vacation in about 4 years. So yea–we were pretty pumped while we planned it.

The Week So Far–Snow Day Edition

This is what is going on outside–on the second day of spring. It’s ridiculous, I know, but also kind of expected. Also New York City, despite it’s overall awesomeness is really unable to manage snow. The predictions are so far off and it feels like they’re never able to figure out if the city should completely shut down or just go on as usual. Who knows?

My Skincare Regimen

I was pretty lucky as a teen to have great skin. Then I ended up being that mid-twenties person who’s skin acted up and it was all downhill from there. For years, I was convinced that I had acne prone skin. Well turns out, I have sensitive skin that breaks out usually when I’m stressed {which obviously never happens…}. Once I started treating it like that, my skin really cleared up and looked great! So…here are the products I’m using right now. I think mostly all of these I’ve been using for a at least a couple of months, so I feel pretty good about them.

1. Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleanser : This cleanser works great–it takes off most of my daily makeup, which is helpful and it foams a little bit, which I do like. I’ve been switching back and forth between this and the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. Both are great and work similarly.

2. Clarisonic Mia Fit Facial Cleanser: I had a Clarisonic a while ago and my skin went bananas so I ended up giving it away. I decided to give it another try and am really glad I did. I have the Radiance brush head, which is not very aggressive, but definitely helps brighten up my face. After I bought it, I realized I was never using it because it took so long at bedtime and I just wanted to GO TO SLEEP. So I moved it to the morning and it’s made all the difference.

3. Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Cream: Now that I’m solidly in my 30s, I finally got onto the eye cream bandwagon. I’ve tried a couple of different ones, but I’ve really enjoyed this one. It’s very light and I feel like my eyes are a lot brighter and seem less tired–which is impressive given that I work nights and never sleep.

4. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisturizer: I love this moisturizer. It feels so nice on the skin, but is not heavy and greasy. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have SPF in it, but luckily I use a tinted moisturizer that has SPF.

5. First Aid Beauty Retinol Serum: I love First Aid Beauty All their products are specifically for sensitive skin and it really doesn’t irritate the skin at all.

6. Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask: Two awesome things about this mask: it’s blue and it smells so earthy. I think the smell may be a love or hate thing, but I personally like it. This also has the advantage of not being harsh on the skin either–but has definitely helped minimize my old acne scars.

Weekend Recap: Winter Break Edition

Yes it’s the middle of the week and I’m not even talking about one weekend, but with the holidays it’s been a little nuts. Also, my beloved laptop that withstood all my crumbs and dirty hands finally died on me. It was  a slow death and something called the logic board likely had some type of crud on it that caused it to constantly be in a state of reboot. It was really weird. Anyway, these feelings of loss ended up being pretty short lived as I have this brand new fancy thing that is smaller and cooler. Sorry old computer.

Weekend Recap: Nutcracker Edition


I realized that I haven’t done one of these in a while….and then I realized that my last weekend recap was basically my last weekend off. How sad. But such is the life of a doctor I suppose. While I enjoy my weekdays off, it was definitely fun to actually have a weekend with all three of us. The weekend started off with Crazy Hair Day at school. I was little sad that his hair wasn’t longer and I couldn’t  make a proper man bun. 

Homemade Pizza Dough

I’m kind of torn about homemade pizza dough. On the one hand, pizza is that comfort dinner that is not only delicious, but is super easy because you have it delivered to your door. When you start making your own dough and subsequently your own pizza, you’ve really taken the easiness factor out of pizza–suddenly you’re waiting for dough to rise and stretching it out and shoving it in the oven.

Weekend Recap: All Kid Edition

Another weekend, another recap–posted a couple of days late. Oh well. better late than ever? Also hopefully one day I will get back to posting other things besides our weekends. Though who doesn’t love creeping on someone else’s weekends?

We had a very Rishi-centric weekend {unlike all the other weekends where we just ignore him}. This involved both a birthday party AND a playdate. In between I had an overnight shift. Good times.

Weekend Recap: Long Weekend Edition

Welcome to another weekend recap. I know..I’m including Monday, which is a holiday for many people, though one of the fake minor ones. Plus it celebrates a person that essentially opened the door for invasion of North America, but hey, at least the three of us got to hang out. If it makes you feel better, I had to work 10 hours on Saturday and almost got punched in the face, but that’s a story for another day.

Sunday was much better. We started off the day with pancakes {i.e. weekend essential}. I attended a marathon study session for my upcoming Peds Boards {only 8 days away…no YOU’RE stressed out} and then we had pizza. So yea, some days aren’t complicated, but we enjoy them for the simplicity.

Weekend Recap: Killing the $@%! Out of Fall Edition

I had this vision of my post-Residency life where I had all the time in the world and would get back to elaborate cooking and blogging. Ha! I apparently have 3 years of stuff to catch up on, plus the ever-looming boards to study for and take {and hopefully pass!}.

Well despite that, we have been still squeezed in some fun over the weekend. This was a rare weekend when I was off the entire time and Rabi only had a moonlighting shift. We went out for lunch on Saturday and then pretty much did nothing else. It was awesome.

Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce

You guys–summer is done. It’s Labor Day Weekend and today it was legit cold to the point where I actually needed the new fleece I just bought. I barely broke a sweat while I wore it this morning. While Fall isn’t so bad, I’m really sad to see the summer go for a bunch of reasons. One of those is the produce. I’ve actually been able to frequent the Greenmarket this summer and it’s been such a delight getting fresh in season fruits and vegetables.