#TaffordStyle: Summer BBQ

Bring the summer BBQ indoors with today’s #taffordstyle outfit featuring this adorable top from Healing Hands. Even better, all Healing Hands scrubs are 20% off, but just like the lazy days of summer, this deal won’t last. Sale ends July 29th.

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Summer Binge-Watching

We all know that TV is hit or miss in the summer.  Most network shows go on hiatus, figuring that between vacations and school being out, most of us aren’t sitting in front of our TV as religiously as we are the rest of the year.  But, with the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, and the advent of digital recorders, we aren’t as chained to the TV schedule as we used to be.  This makes summer the perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite shows we didn’t get to see as well as fall in love with new ones.  We’ve put together a list of 5 of our favorite shows we think you should add to your summer binge-watching list.

 

Leverage:  A ragtag bunch of “bad guys” including a hacker (Aldis Hodge), a hitter (Christian Kane), a thief (Beth Riesgraf), and a grifter (Gina Bellman), rally around a former “good guy” (Timothy Hutton) to provide leverage for those who’s wrongs cannot be righted through the conventional channels.  Originally airing on TNT from 2008-2012 this series is addictive, thrilling and heart warming.  All 5 seasons are available on Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Leverage TV show

Revenge: Set in the magnificent backdrop of the fairy tale Hamptons, this show centers a round newcomer Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) who it turns out is not a newcomer after all.  The twists and turns of this show will leave you breathless, as will the extravagance of life in the Hamptons.  Originally debuting on ABC in 2011, Hulu Plus has all 3 seasons.  Netflix currently has seasons 1 and 2.

Revenge TV show

MacGyver: Looking for a bit of nostalgia this summer?  Check out the adventures MacGyver, an ex-special ops agent trying to find a calmer life, but constantly being called in for just one more mission only he can accomplish. Usually with nothing more than some chewing gum, a match and some duct tape.  Originally airing from 1985-1991 on ABC it has a hint of campiness but isn’t that what we always loved about MacGyver?  Well that and who could pull off a mullet quite like Richard Dean Anderson?  Netflix currently has all 7 seasons and Amazon Prime has seasons 1-5.

MacGyver TV show

Say Yes to the Dress:  Looking for the summer equivalent of the beach read?  Say Yes to the Dress is that guilty pleasure you love, hate, love to hate and hate to admit you love.  Drool over some of the most beautiful dresses in the world, secretly plan your dream wedding, pass judgment on the bridezillas/momzillas/friendzillas and try not to choke on the price tags, all from the comfort of your own couch.  Originally debuting on TLC (which used to stand for The Learning Channel, who remembers that??) in 2007, Netflix currently has seasons 1-8.

Say Yes to the Dress TV show

That ‘70s Show:  Obsessed with Ashton and Mila and their soon-to-be little one?  Head back to where it all began!  Originally airing on Fox from 1998-2006, That ‘70s Show focuses on the lives of a group of friends (Topher GraceMila KunisAshton KutcherDanny MastersonLaura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama) navigating the teenage years in the 70’s.  Fun and funny, this series is the ultimate summer show.  Grab a Tab, an Orange Crush, Grape Nehi or whip up some Tang and enjoy the summer.  All 8 seasons are currently on Netflix.

That 70's Show

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#TaffordStyle: Christmas in July

We don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but this heat and humidity has us longing for the Holidays! Curling up in front of a warm fire with a cup of steaming hot chocolate and a good book. To get you in the mood, we are celebrating Christmas in July with today’s #taffordstyle board!  Are you one of those folks who already have half their holiday gift list checked off?  Well, you’re in luck!  We just added some new holiday prints to the website! Check them out here! Buy early and save during our introductory pricing through the end of the month!

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July is National Blueberry Month

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July is National Blueberry Month, and what better way to celebrate that to look at the great health benefits of this delicious fruit. Blueberry consumption has increased over the past two decades as studies have shown time and time again that these little berries are power packs of nutrition. Since July is their peak harvesting season, there is no better time to enjoy some. Here are five great health benefits of eating blueberries.

  1. Anti-aging. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of any fresh fruit. Natural antioxidant vitamins and minerals give your immune system a boost and slow down the signs of aging.
  2. Visual Health.Anthocyanosides are vital for healthy eyes and are found in abundance in blueberries. These compounds help preserve vision and reduce the degeneration of eyesight that is often a part of the aging process.
  3. Metabolism. Polyphenols found in blueberries have been shown to help eliminate belly fat and increase metabolism. Since blueberries are also low in calories, they are a great snack for those who are watching their weight.
  4. Strong Bones. Blueberries also contain manganese, which promotes healthy bone structure and growth.
  5. Fiber. One serving of blueberries contains 15% of the recommended daily allowance of fiber. This means improved digestive health without constipation or intestinal pain.

Bonus Benefit. They just taste great! The advantages to our health from blueberries are significant, but we would enjoy them anyway. The sharp, sweet taste of these tiny, dark berries is like no other fruit and is wonderful fresh or in recipes. Here is a delicious recipe for you to try for Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Source)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
3/4 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries

PREPARATION

Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg in a small bowl. Whisk ricotta, egg, egg white, buttermilk, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl until smooth. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.

Brush a large nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon oil and place over medium heat until hot. Using a generous 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, pour the batter for 2 pancakes into the pan, sprinkle blueberries on each pancake and cook until the edges are dry and bubbles begin to form, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining oil, batter and berries, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning.

NUTRITION
Per serving:
 238 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 68 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 3 g fiber; 334 mg sodium; 128 mg potassium.

(source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/blueberry_ricotta_pancakes.html)

Disaster Education and Awareness Month

Working in the medical community, life often feels like one disaster after another.  But what if a true disaster were to occur?  Of course your workplace has a disaster plan in place to deal with everything from fires to tornados to bomb threats.  What about your home, though?  Have you taken the same precautions?  Do you know what you would do in the event of a disaster?  In honor of Disaster Education and Awareness Month, we have put together some tips for keeping yourself and your family safe.

The Red Cross has an easy to remember phrase, “get a kit, make a plan, stay informed”.  We figured that was the best place to start.

Get a kit:  You probably have a fire extinguisher in your house.  You probably know exactly where it is and how to use it, but what about a disaster kit?  A disaster kit is one of the most important things you can have in your house.  There are plenty of places to purchase a kit such as the Red Cross website, but you can always put one together yourself.  The most important thing to think about when putting together your kit is that you may be on your own for a few hours to a few days/weeks after a disaster.  You’ll need water, food, some basic household items and any personal documents or medications you can’t be without.  Ready.gov, the Red Cross and the CDC all have great lists for assembling your own kit.

Make a plan:  Disasters don’t always strike at convenient times.  Does your family know where to meet if you are separated during a disaster?  What about your roommates and friends?  Did you know that it’s sometimes easier to get a phone call out to an unaffected area?  Have a friend or relative in another city designated as the official check-in person.  That way if your friends and family are having a hard time making calls in the disaster area, you can get messages to each other.  For some great articles on making a plan, click here, here, and here.  Having a plan is just as important as having a kit.

Finally, stay informed:  You may not live in “Tornado Alley” or on the San Andreas Fault, but you still need to be prepared in the event of a disaster.  House fires can happen to anyone.  Dangerous storms can develop suddenly, and as we’ve all seen, terrorism can happen just about anywhere.  This doesn’t mean we should live in constant fear.  It just means that we need to know how to stay informed.  The most important thing is to know how to get official alerts.  With many of us using online streaming instead of watching live TV, or listening to satellite radio, we need to think about ways to keep ourselves informed.  Yes, the alerts on our phones are annoying and we’ve considered shutting them off before. (Do we really need to know about a wind advisory for the lake an hour away???)  But the truth is, it could save our life or the lives of our friends or family.  Consider investing in a NOAA Weather Radio as another way to stay informed.  It may be old school but sometimes old school is the best school.  For more information on staying informed including a description of the difference between a “Watch” and a “Warning” check out this article from the CDC, or this one from the Red Cross that recommends creating Emergency Contact Cards for all family members.

It may seem like a pain in the behind, but the truth is that a little planning could save your life, or the lives of your loved ones.  What about you?  What disaster preparedness steps have you taken?  Do you have a story of a time you were thankful you’d taken the time to get prepared?  We wanna hear about it!  Post to our Facebook page, our Twitter (@tafford) or Instagram (@taffordscurbs).

#TaffordStyle: Little Black Scrubs

Are you classy and sophisticated? Ever thought about pairing your scrubs with pearls? This outfit is for you! Anchored by a simply beautiful mock wrap, collared top from WonderWink, this outfit will have you believing that scrubs are the new black.  Think it can’t get any better?  Think again!  All WonderWink scrubs are 20% off through July 21st.  Like something you see?  Click on it for more information, or click here to see our entire #taffordstyle Pinterest Board.

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Koi Sapphire…What a gem!

This new collection from Koi gives you the luxury of soft and silky 4-way stretch fabric combined with all of the details you love.  Koi has elevated the look of nursing uniforms and is giving you something truly special in these scrubs.  Stylish and sophisticated, these scrubs are going to make you look and feel great.  Inspired by some of your Koi favorites, the ever popular Katelyn scrub top, Olivia scrub jacket and Lindsey scrub pants have all been re-imagined in this super soft and wrinkle resistant luxury stretch fabric.  Cute nail head trims and metal tag logos are part of the special details you will only find on the Sapphire collection.  For those looking for even more style, prints are available to coordinate back to this look.  Skins and florals are hot this season so shop Tafford.com now to see what is new!  While you are there, take a peek at what we just marked down.  There are plenty of great styles at dramatically reduced prices just for you.

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CELEBRAT10N July

Cherokee Workwear is proudly celebrating 10 years of delivering reliable, durable, comfortable scrubs to countless healthcare heroes around the world. From day one, the goal has been to design professional uniforms that are as original and versatile as the people who wear them.

To demonstrate that unique versatility, 10 nurses form Children’s Hospital Los Angeles volunteered to model Cherokee Workwear for the spring 2014 catalog. At the same time, they shared their insights, inspiration and stories—unique to them, but universal to nurses and medical professionals everywhere—filled with humor, wisdom, advice and heartfelt emotion.

 Graham Valley, an ER nurse, shares his love of pediatrics, his passion for the spontaneous nature of the Emergency Department as well as key advice for men who are considering careers in nursing. Graham also relates a personal anecdote about his first day on the job and the anticipation and satisfaction he felt from knowing that he was going to be helping children for the rest of his life.

#TaffordStyle: Pretty in Pink

Who says you have to grow up?  Today’s #taffordstyle combines femininity, style and just a bit of childhood fun.  This Mickey Mouse top from Cherokee is great way to bond with patients of all ages without compromising your style.

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Who Wears Scrubs?

We talk a lot about nurses around here and specifically nurses who work in hospitals, but life in scrubs is diverse and broad.  Today we are going to take a few minutes to celebrate all the different folks who wear scrubs.

Approximately 62% of nurses work in hospitals so that’s a lot of scrubs, but they aren’t the only hospital staff who work in scrubs.  Doctors, surgeons, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nursing assistants, as well as orderlies, medical admins such as unit secretaries, cafeteria workers, and janitorial staff often wear scrubs.

Then there are the 38% of nurses who work outside of hospitals…Places like medical offices, rehabilitation facilities, elder care facilities, schools, camps, and even in-home services have plenty of scrub wearing nurses. Plus their administrative staff, assistants, and janitorial staff who often wear scrubs too.

Don’t forget about the approximately 200,000 dental hygienists who scold us, errrr… care for our teeth.  (We kid!) Then there are those who care for the furry, scaly and feathery members of society.  Veterinarians and their technicians and office staff often wear scrubs too.

But what about you?  We want to celebrate you!  Share on our Facebook page and tell us where you work or what kind of work you do, Tweet us (@tafford), or Instagram (@tafford) a pic of you in your scrubs at work.  Unless you work for the government and you’d have to kill us.  We’ll just take your word for it then!

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