minute clinic to the rescue

School is back in session for the fall and I think I have the sniffles just thinking about it. I’m not sure if it’s the change to cooler weather that’s the cause of our drippy noses this week or if we have the luxury of just blaming allergies, but something is definitely up! I’m just crossing my fingers that Miss L’s classroom (aka. germ factory) stays free and clear of any massive sickness for a bit and that we can at least make it to picture day before the first cold of the year sets in!

But… if Miss L does happen to come down with something, I’m happy to know that in our area we have an additional option for a sneezy check-up: the CVS Minute Clinic.

If you’ve ever tried to make a same-day appointment after 9:00am for your “sick but nothing to warrant hysterics” child at the pediatrician’s office, you know that your chances are slim of seeing anyone that day. Because when your child has the crazy coughing and sneezing cold, chances are everyone else in the city does too. I’ve totally been that mom who needs the second-opinion that all is ok and she just whatever is floating around. But I’ve also been the mom who sits around on 48-hour awake duty starting on Saturday mornings as I wait for Monday to arrive because I DO need that second-opinion and there’s no one around to help me verify that all will be well.. That’s why I’m excited to see something like the Minute Clinic pop up as an additional option.


On a recent visit to the CVS Minute Clinic, I was happy to see a super clean, modern & private patient room tucked in the back of the store. All of the prices of the services were clearly listed, and the sign-in to wait for an appointment was a simple touch screen computer. When I spoke to the nurse practitioner, I got to find out just how proud she was of the service that they were offering the community. In fact, all day she’d been seeing school-age kids for their sports physicals, an appointment that had an average wait time of 4-6 weeks in regular offices. They’ll also forward all the information about your visits to your regular doctor for your files. She also asked if I’d gotten my flu shot yet and offered it there on the spot if I’d like. This is the type of community medicine that’s nice to see!

Now obviously this isn’t a replacement for the emergency room or your regular doctor’s office! But instead, it’s spot where you can get your “not so crazy critical” medical needs met during hours and with availability that works for you.

So go ahead a check and see if you have a CVS Minute Clinic in your neighborhood, and see if they accept your insurance.

Oh… which reminds me… “Kim… it’s almost October… get a flu shot now!”

p.s. when CVS told me about their new clinic opening, they extended me the opportunity to give my readers a $50 CVS pharmacy gift card! Use the Rafflecopter app below to share your favorite fall cold remedy for a chance to win!

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learning to draw Disney characters


Have you ever stopped in at the Animation Academy at a Disney Park to learn how to draw Disney characters?

Mr. M and I used to do it quite often (in fact, this is his Minnie Mouse from Disney Hollywood Studios) before Miss L accompanied us on trips as a little break from the non-stop action of the rides and shows outside!

2009 - February - Walt Disney World

Well now you can have the fun of that experience “on demand” thanks to Disney Parks and their YouTube videos! Click any of the videos below and learn to draw Disney characters such as Minnie Mouse, Olaf, Anna, Grumpy, Oswald, Ray the Firefly and Donald Duck!


Learn to draw Minnie Mouse:

Learn to draw Anna:

Learn to draw Olaf:

Learn to draw Donald Duck:

Learn to draw Grumpy:

Learn to draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit:

Learn to draw Ray the Firefly:

the science behind happy


If you’ve ever been in interested in taking a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), but have been turned away by the intensity of some of the subjects and coursework, I may have found one you might be interested.

EdX is offering a course this fall semester on “The Science of Happiness” from professors at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. The course promises “to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life.” Pretty heavy stuff there… especially if all the secrets are held in just a simple (& free) online course for the masses!

I’ve dabbled in a bit of the scientific happy stuff online via Happify and have been pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of how small activities can refocus your thoughts and attitudes. So diving in a bit deeper into the background of it all seems like it would be fun (and useful) to do. I mean, it’s probably a better use of my time than mining great happy quotes on Pinterest?

So… I’m signed up and ready to go on September 9th and will be posing as a student reading out in the quad on my lunch breaks. After five years of working on a college campus, I figure it’s the least I can do to blend in with my surroundings.

Right now, there are 85,000 people signed up and ready to participate in the class… maybe you’ll join us?

serious geeky loot

Have you heard of #Lootcrate? It’s advertised as a monthly subscription box of geek and gamer gear… and judging from their hashtag popularity, they deliver month after month on that promise.


So, being a family of “gamers & geeks,” I gifted Mr. M a 3-month subscription to LootCrate for his August birthday. And what arrived on our doorstep at the end of August was silly fun for the whole family! There was an exclusive Pop Vinyl Groot collectble (which mandated that we go out and find all his Guardian friends), Shwings to add wings to your favorite lace-ups, and TMNT sunglasses and an action figure!

Needless to say, Mr. M was pretty happy and Miss L is sporting those sunglasses as often as possible.

I’m always pretty skeptical of the monthly subscription boxes, mainly because I’ve been jaded by one too many fragrance samples I’ll never use for $10/month. I mean, does anyone ever run out perfume in those little sample vials? But LootCrate this month was definitely worth the $18.37 price tag! Mr. M actually asked, “Um… so I get more of these right?”  Yes dear, yes you do.

Next month’s theme: GALACTIC!  So, items from Firefly, Star Wars and Star Trek… yeah, I think it’s a safe bet that he’ll love that one too!

[p.s. if you use the code SAVE10 you’ll get a 10% discount on your subscription]

Anyone out there an avid looter too?

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