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A Look at What Started it All

I think I was just out of high school when I was asked by Dr. Becker to help her get some things ready for a dog she was finishing up an appointment with. “Don’t touch them with your fingers, because that can alter the potency,” she said as she handed me the homeopathic remedy. “Whaaaaa?” I thought. 😀 And the rest is history really.

Homeopathic remedy

But I won’t keep you hanging like that. Ha! I never stopped asking her questions from that point on and when she opened her own practice I was sure to ask if she needed any help. I moved on from receptionist to veterinary technician (trained on the job by one of my favorite co-workers of all time, Kristy. Long live Jean Luc!) and I really loved it!

She saw EVERYTHING, even Bubba the alligator (who got me an 8 second spot on Animal Planet!). Dogs cats, exotics and wildlife. So many crazy, fun, interesting things happened at that clinic. I was there the summer that the West Nile Virus almost wiped out all of the crows. There were so many red tailed hawks and barred owls that we almost ran out of room. We had someone bring in a cardboard box with an injured fox. I brought it to the back and we opened it and couldn’t get that box closed fast enough because it was actually a COYOTE. I also remember a very sick Dalmatian that started to crash and then she stuck an acupuncture needle on his nose to help bring him back. And my first ever chiropractic adjustment was performed there by the chiropractor who came in to adjust the animals….fitting that that was my first adjustment, really. 😀

Now that I made a right turn off of Memory Lane though, we can have a peek at the newspaper article mostly about Dr. Becker and a tiny bit about yours truly.

Taking a Holistic Approach by Denise Unland



A look back at what I have learned over the past few years (read: since having kids).

1) It’s worth it. As in, the pain and hard times….no matter what the issue is that’s brought it on. It took 4 months to have no pain nursing my first….I was planning on like 4 weeks. I just took it day by day and we made it 19 months. This is example 833586 of what happens when you don’t. give. up.

2) It turns out I’m not a huge pushover. It sure would have been easier to stop nursing when everyone else thought I should, or to start weaning him when everyone else thought I should… just let him have juice because some of our parents think he should have some, to just give him formula so our parents could watch him, to just do the “recommended” vaccines, to just use disposable diapers…. I don’t choose the harder, sometimes less understood, route because I like a challenge or to be different, I chose routes that happened to be more difficult in some cases but my soul knew it was the right thing for him and for us. Sticking to your guns and being happy with your choices is empowering and peaceful.

3) I have regrets after all. What a bummer. I always liked to say, “No regrets” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes we just make some really stupid choices that have some really awful consequences. Pre-parent? Yea, there’s too many to list. Since becoming a parent? Pfff! Probably just to the point where I could list them but by next year there will be too many. I think if we didn’t have regrets we wouldn’t be human. I have learned a really hard lesson over the past few years but from that has come the most wonderful moments of my life.

4) The dog hair will always be there, even if I literally just vacuumed.

(But it’s ok because how cute is he?)

5) I could have been a wife in the ’50s…just like I always thought. I’m very blessed to be able to stay home with the boys. I dig cooking and baking and making things from scratch that we grew up just buying. The cleaning, well, here’s a secret I never really shared with anyone, I do actually enjoy cleaning! Clean and organized is one of my things. Now some of you that know me might be saying, “Surely you jest” or “liar, liar, pants on fire” BUT it’s true! It’s just that some of my other things are more important to me right now. And also, I have a two year old. 😀

6) I can be a mom and still be a huge goofball, sometimes separately sometimes not. It’s nice to know that I still don’t have to be serious all the time….because if Serious were a class in school, I would get an F. Okay, okay, a D.

7) I don’t need much in the way of stuff. I can’t remember the last time I bought anything just for me….and all those things I had my eye on…meh. My favorites things aren’t things at all but times when my three guys are all home and all around me.

8) I can meet goals. I guess I didn’t realize I really do meet the ones that are truly important to me. Natural birth, CHECK! Nursing past 1 year, CHECK! Cloth diapers, CHECK! Organize the pantry, CHECK! Accept the Nobel Peace Prize, CHE-oh wait, no check, no check….yet! My current goal has been filled with way more obstacles than I anticipated but I will not give up.
20120921-164102.jpg (I’d like to thank the Academy.)

9) It’s hard to stay on top of things, but if you do it enough most things become habit and then it’s not as hard.

10) God is great….and He puts up with all of my crap. He truly is the best Dad ever.

11) I apparently traded something for my awesome spelling and grammar skills. I’m not sure what I got in return yet, but I am definitely thankful for autocorrect these days.

12) There IS such thing as magic, especially invisible magic elves who take some of my things into their little elven satchels for a few months then just put it right out for me to step on when they are done.
(in my head this is him…)

13) I still don’t have a clue! The amount of knowledge I have yet to gain is ridiculous, but I’m ready and staying open-minded!

14) You can share important, life-changing things you have learned with people in hopes of helping them but after that, there’s nothing else you can do. This was a particularly hard lesson.

15) I forget at the moment. I know I have learned more than 14 things over the past couple years. 😀

Anyway, that’s me WINNING! Well except for number number 15….

Best EVER Mug Cake

Here is the first side of mush on Mostly Crunch. Well unless you count the Gentle Cesarean story, because that was a different kind of mush. This is in no way crunchy, natural, healthy or good for anything but your taste buds.

I confess that I am in love with sweets. Chocolate, dark chocolate particularly. Add in peanut butter and I’m done for. Done. For.

So a few weeks ago my friend told me she made this mug cake.  I immediately knew this was something I should not have ever been told. But what’s done is done. 😀  I made the recipe she had, it was tasty! But of course I had to go searching for all kinds of mug cake recipes to try. I tried a few and they were all good but none of them caused tastebudgasms…UNTIL… I was looking everywhere in the kitchen for something to eat literally last night and I saw some Dove Baking Mix. I thought, “Oh crap” but kept on looking for what I wanted to eat. I found something and ate it and then went right to work.

Dove Mug Cake

  1. 7 TBLSP Dove Baking Mix
  2. 2 TBLSP + 1 TSP Coconut Milk
  3. 1 TBLSP Coconut Oil

Mix that all together in a mug (or if you’re feeling fancy pants, a ramekin). Microwave for 1 minute. **This time will vary!!! In a mug I did 1 min 11 sec, in the ramekin I did 1 min** Try to let it cool a little before eating.

The goods:

Ok so it has coconut oil, that’s really good for you! (I’m suddenly hearing a little Bill Cosby Himself in my head….”Eggs! Eggs are in chocolate cake. And milk! Oh, goodie! And wheat! That’s nutrition!”)

Put 7 tablespoons of baking mix in the ramekin (or mug):

Add coconut milk:

Add magical coconut oil (it is magical! Have you read The Coconut Oil Miracle?? Do eet.):

Now, I was a little excited about having this cake again and I just kind of went as fast as I could while getting pics. Adding coconut oil on top of cold coconut milk might not be the best way to go since coconut oil solidifies as it cools. But the chunks would be fine!

Mix it all up right nice:

In case any inquiring minds want to know, that is a little glop of coconut oil on the right from my out of best order mixing. It’s fine just like that. Coconut oil is your friend.

Microwave it for about a minute, then try to let it cool before devouring. It is a dark, fluffy, luscious, moist- UH MAH GAH so moist, piece of heaven just waving and blowing kisses at you.

It fits PERFECTLY in a ramekin. We were meant to be this Dove Mug Cake and I.

I will be adding a dollop of peanut butter in the middle next time…and then passing out from the NOM NOM NOM! Maybe some dark chocolate chips too. Oh my.