We Love Our Moms!

mothersday

As you (hopefully) know by now, this Sunday is Mother’s Day!  Even though we think every day should be Mother’s Day, this is the official day that mom has to kick her feet up and be appreciated.   Do you know how the holiday originated?

West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day in 1912, thanks to the persistent petitioning done by Anna Jarvis, who led a state-wide women’s group.  President Woodrow Wilson then approved it for national observance in 1914, designating its celebration on the second Sunday in May.   In the 1920’s and 30’s the holiday started gaining momentum and was most popularized by florists pushing white carnations as the best way to honor mom.  Anna Jarvis was furious at the commercialization of Mother’s Day and spent the rest of her life petitioning and protesting against the growing trend.

I heart mom

We asked a few of our UA team members something special they learned from their mom or a favorite  memory, here are a few of the highlights:

  •  “My mom & I have this thing that we always say to each other when hanging up the phone or when we sends texts or cards: She says “IGTBYM” (It’s Good To Be Your Mother) and I always say “IGTBYD” (It’s Good To Be Your Daughter)  ~it’s our little thing! She is truly my best friend & I thank God for her every day.”
  • “I learned from my mom that it’s not the material things that matter but the experiences and times you have with the people around you that count the most.”
  • “When I used to hold my mom’s hand as a little kid in a crowded public place or crossing the street, she used to squeeze mine 3 times in a row to say “I love you” it was our own special code!”
  • “One of my favorite things about Mother’s Day is not just honoring my own mother and grandmother, but honoring those women who act as surrogate mothers to me.  The act of mothering isn’t simply confined to one’s own mother; nor does it always involve a parent-child relationship.”
  • “May 2003, was my first Mother’s Day… and being able to be in a photo with my daughter, my mom, and my grandmother (who was 95 at the time) was just mind-blowing to me.  I didn’t believe I would ever become a mom, so it was a true blessing and extremely special that I was finally ‘in the club’”

 Tell us!  What is your favorite way to spend Mother’s Day?  A fun family outing? Helping her out around the house? Breakfast in bed?  If she’s a “medical mom” offer to wash and iron her scrubs for her!

Time to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco De Mayo

Today is May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, celebrating a Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862.  It is a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence, but that is actually in September.  This victory resulted in immense national pride and unity in Mexico since about 4,500 ill-equipped Mexican soldiers were able to defeat up to 8,000 French soldiers!

Cinco de Mayo celebrations are becoming very popular in the United States as well, with families learning about Mexican culture and traditions through food, music, dancing, and art.  This site has some Cinco de Mayo recipes that look fantastic! If any of you try and recreate them, let us know how it went.  Here’s our favorite one—nacho cupcakes:

nachocupcakes

For those of you in your scrubs working today, are you celebrating at work with any Mexican inspired foods? Or maybe you decided to wear a combination of green, white, or red uniforms to look like the Mexican flag!

UA Exclusive Earth Day Savings from LiveESP.com!

ESP Earth Day Promo

This Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth Day with this year’s theme being “Mobilize the Earth”.  The theme’s intent is to bring power to the people, as there has been public backlash at the shortcomings from governments taking steps toward protecting and preserving our environment.  “Mobilize the Earth” encourages people to use what they have to demand action, their voice!

So we’ll take our own advice and use our voice to tell all of our UA fans about one of our favorite companies, Essential Safe Products (LiveESP.com).  ESP is a website committed to healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment.  On their site you can find tips and tricks on how to avoid exposure to toxins in food and drink and purchase kitchen and on-the-go products that are non-toxic and food safe.  Our favorite items around the halls of UA are the reusable glass water bottles and stainless steel straws.   They make Earth Day a YEAR ROUND mission (and were featured at this year’s Grammy’s and in the Oscar’s gift bags so we think they’re pretty cool for that too!).  The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - GRAMMY Gift Lounge - Day 3

They’re generously giving our UA Facebook fans and blog followers 10% off of their entire order from now until 4/30/12; just enter UAEARTH at checkout for your exclusive savings.

Below is a “Cliff’s Notes” rundown on some of their most popular items and how these little lifestyle changes can have a BIG impact on your family’s life and our planet’s :)

Reusable snack bags ~ Because only about 1-3% of plastic bags end up getting recycled and since plastic is not biodegradable, using a reusable snack bag is a great eco-friendly alternative to help reduce the amount of waste you produce. Take a look at the type of reusable bag you use and check to make sure it is free from harmful chemicals like phthalates.

Reusable straws ~ Many people like to use straws to help keep their teeth clean but with plastic straws being thrown away, we end up getting the environment “dirty” at the expense of “clean” teeth. Instead of using a new straw every time you sip on a colored drink, try using reusable straws made from glass or stainless steel.

Reusable bamboo utensils ~ Plastic utensils are everywhere: when you order food to-go, at the office, and in schools. They often end up in the trash, so to help avoid this, use reusable utensils made from certified organic bamboo, a sustainable resource that does not jeopardize the environment when it’s grown.

Reusable food containers ~ Ever thought about bringing your own container for leftovers when you go out to eat? Instead of packing leftovers in containers provided by restaurants, try packing them in a glass or stainless steel food container—an eco-friendly and safe way to store your food.

Reusable water bottles ~ Buying a new plastic water bottle every day is neither cost effective nor good for the environment, since bottles are often tossed into trash bins.  Switch to reusable water bottles made from BPA free glass or stainless steel as a safe, eco-friendly and non-toxic way to enjoy water and stay hydrated.

100% certified organic lunch bags ~ Replace brown paper bags and plastic bags with a reusable lunch bag made from 100% certified organic cotton.  Methods used to grow organic cotton do not use toxic pesticides or fertilizers and have a lower environmental impact than conventional growing methods.

A Laughing Matter…

April Fool's Day

This Sunday is April Fool’s Day, so get your pranks ready!  There’s some debate as to the origin of this “holiday”, but many believe that it started in France in 1582 when the country adopted the Gregorian Calendar.  Under this new system, New Year’s Day changed from the end of March to January 1st.  Some people out of jest and stubborness, continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st.   These people quickly became victims of pranks and jokes, as the majority of society thought their actions were foolish.

In modern society, elaborate advertising hoaxes for major brands are commonplace, as are pranks pulled by media outlets.  Here are few of our favorite pranks from recent years, tell us some funny ones you’ve pulled on your friends, family, or co-workers!

  • In 2010, Google announced it had released an android app called “Google Translate for Animals”.  Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I24bSteJpw&feature=player_embedded
  • In 2009, Internet travel company Expedia offered flights to Mars.  The site, which featured an ad for the flights, includes details on hotels and activities on Mars as well as explanation about life and weather on Mars. You can even choose your spaceship. Expedia
  • In 2009, The Guardian newspaper in England announced that it would be the first newspaper in the world to be published exclusively via Twitter.  Their reasoning?  To “consolidate their position at the cutting edge of new media technology”
  • In 2011, Irish airline Ryanair, annouced that they would offer “child-free flights” beginning in October.  The Head of Communications, Stephen McNamara, released this statement, “When it comes to children we all love our own but would clearly prefer to avoid other people’s little monsters when travelling. While half our passengers would like us to divide our cabins up into ‘adult’ and ‘family’ areas it is not operationally possible due to our free seating policy, with optional priority boarding”
  • In 2011, Kodak added the feature of “Relationshifffft”, where you can remove your exes from your photos.

Kodak

Happy (Early) St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patty's Day

March 17th, also known as St. Patrick’s Day is when everyone gets to be Irish for a day!  Tomorrow is the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick during the 5th century.  Saint Patrick was the most commonly recognized patron saint in Ireland and as a bishop would use a shamrock to explain the Christian Holy Trinity to his followers. Since it fell during Lent for Christians, it was the one day that activities prohibited during Lent like eating meat, feasting, drinking, and dancing were allowed.  On that note, here are some fun treat ideas to help you festively celebrate with friends, family, or co-workers (hopefully in your green scrubs!)

Shamrock Pizza

Shamrock Pizza

Pot o'Gold Cupcakes

Pot o'Gold Cupcakes

Lucky Charms and Green Milk

Lucky Charms and Green Milk

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Green M&M's

Do you have a favorite St. Patty’s Day treat you’re going to make this year?

The Many Ways to Say “Fat Tuesday”!

Koi Mardi GrasCheck out this nursing scrubs  top from Koi Scrubs named…Mardi Gras! We think with it’s bright colors and bold statement it’s a great way to continue the fun, long after the parade has ended. 

Even though celebrations started this past weekend all across the country, today is offiically “Fat Tuesday”, which is the last day of Carnival season.  Fat Tuesday historically falls the day before Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent.  This is a time to join in festitivies before many Christians make food or habit sacrifices for the 46 days of Lent.

Most everyone knows about the big Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, but look at the ways that different cultures but their own unique “spin” on this holiday:

  • In the UK and Ireland Fat Tuesday is known as Pancake Tuesday because pancakes use ingredients like eggs, milk, and sugar which were considered too “rich” for consumption during Lent so they were used up in a final feast before they were traded for “plainer” meals.
  • German-Americans know Fat Tuesday as Fastnacht Day which is a doghnut pastry which was created with similar intentions of “Pancake Tuesday”, to rid people’s cupboards of luxurious ingredients like butter and lard before Lent.
  • Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian speaking countries know Fat Tuesday as Carnival which is celebrated with parades, costumes, and often masquerades before Lenten fasting.
  • In Denmark Fat Tuesday is commonly known as Fastelavn, where children dress up in costume and families gather to play games and take part in a “Fastelavn feast”.

Do you have any unique Fat Tuesday traditions? Leave us a comment below!

Groundhog Day

Even though many days this winter have felt more like June-uary than January, today is Groundhog Day the day in which our seasonal fate is placed in the hands of a woodchuck!

Groundhog Day

Did you know: the tradition of Groundhog’s Day dates back to the mid 17th century? A German shopkeeper in Pennsylvania noted that on this day, if it’s sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow he will return to hibernation for 6 more weeks of winter.  If the day is cloudy and he cannot see his shadow, he ends his hibernation and spring is expected right around the corner.  Famous weatherman woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil’s “Inner Circle” swears that he’s never been wrong!

Well this morning Phil did in fact see his shadow!  This means 6 more weeks of winter…but with the “winter” most of the country has seen this year, spring nursing scrubs may just be appropriate!