Friday, November 24, 2017

I'm Thankful For Today and Every day of My Life

Life is not always as perfect as we wish for, but we can make our life meaningful and worthwhile every day no matter what circumstances we have. As we give thanks in general and to honor Thanksgiving Day, I made my own list. 


-I am thankful for my family, I don't have the perfect one but I still have the sense of belongingness when things get tough. 

-I am thankful for my kids, two different personalities, traits, and attitudes. I know the stage of being a teenager is tough and when your kids stepped out of the house, the struggle of peer pressure they need to face...all part of life.


-I am thankful for the relationship I have right now, less disagreement, less disappointment and spending each day easy. 

-I am thankful for friends who I can turn to and willing to share a hand, laughter, and tears. Life wouldn't be complete without friends in your life. People can come and go, friends will stick with you as a magnet.



-I am thankful for opportunities that come along the way. It helped and continuously help me to strive and learn more. It opens a door for me to share my own experiences in life and for that, I am being rewarded at the same time.

-I am thankful for wonderful, outpouring blessings I got this year, things I did not expect came in different forms and different degrees of happiness. Things that made life a little exciting and easy.

-I am thankful for each morning, I get to witness the sun peeking out everytime it rises each morning and capturing the majestic nature's wonder.

Thank you for reading and enjoy the #sunrise #timelapses I made. <3

#HappyThanksgiving
#Thanksgiving2017




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Simple, Easy Baked Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!

The feeling when you smell something nice from the kitchen is when the aroma of what is in the oven baking. 

Last night, I was in the mood to bake some goodies also because I have all the ingredients available to make a couple of dozens of muffins. This is a very typical flavor of muffins which everybody loves, banana chocolate chip muffins!



I know everybody can whip up a batter of banana bread as long as you have ripe bananas in the kitchen you are good to go. For my recipe, it is simple, easy and will just need you less than an hour to prepare, mix and bake. You can have my recipe below.

Ingredients:

Dry
  • 3-cups flour
  • 1-cup brown sugar
  • 1-tsp salt
  • 1-tsp baking powder
  • 1-tsp baking soda
  • 1-tsp cinnamon powder
Wet
  • Ripe bananas, mashed. I like to have chunks of bananas especially when it's overripe, it has this natural sweetener. 
  • 3- large eggs
  • 1-cup vegetable oil
  • 1-cup fresh milk
  • 1-tbsp vanilla
Procedure:
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. 
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 180c.
  4. Combine the mixed dry to wet ingredients gradually. Mix thoroughly and noticing some lumps from the chunks of the banana. 
  5. Add some chocolate chips to the mixture. 
  6. Grease the muffin pan.
  7. Scoop the batter mixture using an ice cream scooper it is easy and creates less mess.
  8. Mixture can fill-up a couple dozen muffins. 
  9. Topped with choco chip. Used the Hershey's Kitchen Milk Chocolate Chips.
  10. Pop in the oven for about 25 minutes.
  11. Cool down before removing muffins from the tray.



I hope you find my recipe easy, you can use it and let me know your version of it. I am having a muffin right now as I am writing along with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. :)

Enjoy your day! x

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Announcement of New Classification of Blood Pressure Levels 2017

Article posted November 15, 2017, regarding the new classification of blood pressure (BP) levels, through American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) along with their partners- 2017 ACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
The update was from 2013 developed guidelines which decided to discontinue the mentioned. 

Hypertension is the leading risk factor when it comes to cardiovascular diseases, that can lead to death and disability. Factors like genetics, lifestyle, and age are some of the reasons why a person's blood pressure can be considered alarming. With these factors, I am much concerned with the younger generation that for me I get to have the initial statistics. As a nurse and practicing in a College school, one of my implementing assessment for students is to have their blood pressure monitored. From this, I was able to get the numbers and surprisingly identifying some of them with elevated BP. Health teachings, informing the parent's and guardians and completing the 3-5-day BP monitoring before I refer them to the specialist or doctor of their choice. Immediate identification of possible hypertensive patients can help alleviate their numbers. 

Kindly refer below (Table 1) for the categories being implemented in assessing Hypertension in Adults.

http://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2017/11/14/14/42/the-2017-high-blood-pressure-guideline-risk-reduction-through-better-management

The diagnosis of hypertension should be based on an average of ≥2 carefully recorded readings obtained on ≥2 occasions. Out-of-office and self-monitoring of BP measurements are recommended to confirm the diagnosis of hypertension and for titration of BP-lowering medication, in conjunction with clinical interventions and telehealth counseling.

AHA 2017 | Video: Interview on the New High Blood Pressure Guidelines