Throwback to my Elli marveling inside the tree tent in Brickell (how city people get real trees 😂). I want to know - are you guys real tree or artificial tree people? For the last 5 years we’ve done artificial trees (and if you caught my stories last night you may have an idea of why lol), I think it’s easier with kids, BUT I think I would really love the tradition of going out every year and picking a tree that feels right for us at that moment! Plus nothing beats the smell of a real tree (though I burn pine candles all season)! I want to hear how you do it!
Here’s your random Tuesday reminder to stop living for the weekend! It's so easy to push anything fun until the weekend, and feel like you just have to "survive" through the week - but the key is figuring out how to incorporate fun anytime! On the blog now I'm sharing a super fun (and easy) family trip to @chuckecheeses! With their All You Can Play option we played until they closed (also, parents, pizza for dinner is totally fine, and they serve beer and wine just in case - you're welcome 😉 )! Check out more photos and fun on the blog!
“I’m in the building and I’m feeling myself 💃🏽” (RIP Mac Dre - someone name that song!) If I ever wrote a book all the chapter titles would probably be Drake lyrics 🤷🏽♀️ Hey girls (and boys) - it’s ok to like what you see in the mirror, if you’re like me it doesn’t happen enough, but it doesn’t take away from your kindness or compassion or your brains or your abilities. Show that person in the mirror some love, she SO deserves it. As an aside, loving the convo @teawithmd started about comments from patients regarding how we look. I get it numerous times daily - “You can’t be old enough to be my doctor.” “Yet here we are (I say with a huge smile). How can I help you today?” Is one of my favorite ways to quickly nip it in the bud and move on. Other times I joke that “I follow my own advice”, or “you should see my mom!” and more. Sometimes I get mistaken for a nurse, or for a patient care tech, or translator (even wearing a white coat, but at the hospital system I currently work at everyone and their mother wears a white coat 🤣), and I always politely but purposefully correct them - no I’m the doctor 👩🏽⚕️My take on it all is this - be kind but not a pushover. Be confident while remaining humble. We’ve trained our asses off to work to help people and can’t let questions of how old we are or if we’re experienced enough get us down. Almost every patient who walked into the room with hesitation has always left feeling better than when they came in. We pick and choose our battles and this one we always win by just being the best and most kind physicians we can be. When I actually have my own office perhaps hanging all my degrees on the wall wouldn’t hurt either 🤣🤣 #imyourdoctor
Mission surprise parents and mother-in-law this weekend was a crazy success! This made three weekends in a row of flying, but so damn worth it. Will never forget the way my dad shot up from the couch when he heard the girls laughs at midnight (when we finally got in!) or my mom’s “oh my gooooooosssshhh” when Elli snuck into her bed, or all of the screams when we finally arrived at Aunt Shelly’s holiday party and family members (some we hadn’t seen in years) in tears. Or the girls’ excitement to see everyone, to simply play with the little lump of melted snow left 😂 and especially to catch up with Max and Teddy (the dogs in their life lol). So worth it. Shout out to @liliana.m.c for being the only one who knew (and for hooking us up at H&M 🤣) How were your weekends?
#ad My Elli Belly (aka care bear) was so excited to write her name on the @RMHC donation card at our local @McDonalds. There are so many things I want to teach my girls - how to be strong, how to think independently, how to get back up after defeat, but more than anything, how to be caring, giving and compassionate helpers who seek to do good. The kids hear stories daily about other little kids who are in the hospital and not feeling well, and their mommies and daddies have to come visit them. I share this not to scare them but to put everything into perspective and help them understand the world. When I told Elli that our donation could provide sick children with new coloring books, art supplies or a new board game, she was so excited to help them. I would love to hear how you are raising your kids to be caring humans or how you maybe ended up that way yourself! And don’t forget to stop into your local McDonald’s through December 9 to purchase a RMHC donation card for $1, $3 or $5.
Happy Weekend!!!! My blog post with all of our New Orleans itinerary is up! I'm so glad I partnered with @VisitNewOrleans to take the chance to visit with my family, NOLA has proven itself an incredible city not just for adults but for families as well! Here's one of my favorite family photos inside a shark mouth ;) Link in bio! #onetimeinnola
#ad Working on our consult service over the holidays, I see pediatric patients daily who are essentially living at the hospital - transplant kiddos, preemie warriors, kids with chronic disease, and more. I'm so glad that by donating to Ronald McDonald House Charities, I can help these warriors have family close so they don't have to fight alone. Today, the families of children being cared for at 90% of the top children’s hospitals around the WORLD have access to @RMHC programs. Let’s continue with the most important part of the holidays - loving, sharing, giving. An easy way to give is by picking up a RMHC donation card for $1, $3 or $5 at your local participating @McDonalds through December 9!
Taking a quick minute mid-day breather and trying to fill up my own cup before I see more consults. It’s been a really hard day on derm consults with some terminally-ill babies and kiddos and lots of fighting back tears. Here’s my girls this morning before their holiday picture day. Every single day I’m grateful that they wake up, that they can run and play, that they can see and eat and ask questions about this beautiful though sometimes unfair world. Stay tuned later today, I’ll be sharing an easy way to help families of some of our sick kids who spend more time in the hospital than at home ❤️
Practicing a little self-care during this crazy holiday season and enjoying this winter’s incredible @fabfitfun box! This #fabfitfunpartner is obsessed with the @bitebeauty lipstick and the @thrivecausemetics eye brightener highlighting stick, plus all of the other goodies! And keeping up with the most important theme of giving this holiday season, I’m especially obsessed with the fact that their winter box is supporting The Kindness Factory, a group that promotes and encourages acts of kindness in the community! Check out my stories for a full review, and make sure to use code LAURASCOTT for $10 off your box! Tag a friend who could use this box 😍 #fabfitfun#ad
Team gingerbread fo’ life! Guys, I’m obsessed with gingerbread house making. Except I’m a fake and always buy them out of the box. Love the convenience, but would also love to try making my own! Anyone have any good recipes or tips for making your own gingerbread (that’s both delicious and functional for house building lol)? Or should I just stick to the box kits 😂
Missing Nola so much!!! Have been working on a detailed blog post with our itinerary for those who have sent messages! Let me know if there are any other questions you have that I can add in! Also, our mask is pretty much just feathers now (Ro got really good at plucking the masks, even in this pic she’s got a death grip on one of the blue feathers from Elli’s mask, napping next to her in this pic 😂🤦🏽♀️)
I have been so obsessed and inspired by the stories I’ve read on the #speedbumpsnotstopsigns tag (thanks @reneeparo for starting)! It’s so easy to look at these tiny squares, or look at where someone is in their life at this point, and think that their path there was somehow easy, or that they had it all planned that way from the jump. The truth is many of our paths to medicine (and family, blogging, whatever else we may be doing) were riddled with twists and turns and plenty of hiccups along the way. I’ve shared many of my stories here and on the blog before, don’t even know where to start! How about that time I almost failed freshman year high school, too busy caught up in a gang to bother with any of my schoolwork? How about that time my guidance counselor told me I shouldn’t aim too high? How about that time my paper got rejected (those many times haha)? How about that time I didn’t get into that college summer program at Harvard? How about that time I found out my boyfriend of 7 years was cheating on me (right before my Harvard Med School interview no less)? How about that time I got pregnant with Liv during med school (waaay sooner than we wanted)? How about that time I didn’t match into residency? I think you get the idea. There may be people out there whose paths were easy, but I’ll tell you what, for the people in MY circle, the path was never easy. Life pushed us down too many times to count, but we got back up each time and found a way to make it work, many times the “just making it work” ended up better than the original plan. Just rambling again, but hopefully you’ll be inspired to keep pushin’ on. Life is full of beauty and opportunity even down on the ground, you just have to open your eyes, wipe off your backside after falling, roll up those sleeves and put in the WORK.