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Miracle Wart Cure!?! We shall See?

TGIF!  

Sully, the oldest of my twins was badly burnt by scalding hot coffee when he was 2 and a half; he is now 4. 

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ImageIt healed up nicely and we skimmed having to have a skin graph!  

ImageThen last September I began noticing small dots on his forearm – odd flat looking warts.  Within months they spread clear up to the bicep!  I took him to the Dr. once and we decided not to burn them until he is a little older; being that the area has been damaged we could only imagine burning the warts may be extremely painful.  He actually complains that the warts themselves are painful but I think it is more because of the skin they sit on.  But still no one wants to hear they child complain of pain….

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So yesterday I picked up some CitraSolv at the health food store here in town.  My friend had been using it to rid herself of a wart that had been burnt multiple times and still would not die.  Within no time her wart was completely gone!

Since my friend had such great results, Sully wanted to give it a try.  We have applied it twice and he hasn’t complained of any discomfort bonus it smells like oranges!  I will continue to take pictures of the process!  For $2.65 a bottle it is worth a try 🙂


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A New Motto Goes a Looong way!!

The past few weeks I haven’t felt like I have been working out at all, but in actuality I have burning the calories UP!

We have been rock climbing on the weekends, (which is SO much fun & an item on my 2013 bucket list I can check off!) and spending a lot of days cooling off at the lake. My kiddos are learning to swim so I spend pretty much the whole time in the water treading or racing to different underwater landmarks. I have also been spending a lot of my time doing my new favorite activity: making electricity – but that will be another post emoticon

This all got me thinking. Weeks ago one of my 4 year olds and I went for an early morning jog – oh it was such a great jog. He made it a mile and we walked back hand in hand! I am not a natural jogger by any means so “good” jogs are seriously far and in between (maybe 1 out of 30 jogs). Later that week I went for a jog and it was a mess. I made it a 1/2 mile and turned around for home – struggling the whole way, and I have not been jogging since. Since then my workouts have been nothing but fun things incorporated into my day… leaving me with the new motto “If it feels like a workout- I’m not doing it!”

Jogging has always been a struggle for me, yet it is always the first thing I grasp too when I start a “new” workout regiment – knowing full well, I hate it, I’m not good at it, I get discouraged, and I quit working out because of it. So no more jogging!!!! It feels like a workout EVERY time I go out to do it…. and since I declared this as my new motto, I feel so much lighter and happier knowing I am not going to be torturing myself any longer!

Will I give it up forever? Who know! But for now – It feels like a workout so I’m not doing it!


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Happy Belated Mother’s day!

My mom showed up Saturday afternoon just to turn around and leave at 6 AM Sunday so she could go break someone <— She said she was breaker I just read between the lines OR just make up what I think sounds cool.

Needless to say the house was hopping at 6 AM and after watching the end of Cabin In The Woods (really? I’m not sure why I even started it) I thought it was going to be a low-key day. Either that or I was pouting because no one said Happy Mother’s Day to me – that is to be expected in a house of boys.   Apparently though, a quick trip to Home Depot was in order to buy more plants for our flower beds- we were back and done planting by 9:45. Then I nonchalantly suggested we go for a drive in the woods for Mother’s Day…… then it was 5 minutes of:  “Happy Mother’s Day – I love you mommy” all around.   SERIOUSLY!!!!

Our trip to the woods started by stopping at the store to grab sandwich making supplies.  I bought strawberries too….  The sign said {2/$2.89} to me I read two for the price of $2.89  but I guess I was supposed to know that meant 2 lbs for $2.89…..  and when I told the girl that they should change the sign she acted as if it meant perfect sense!  I’m going to guess she made the idiotic sign.  The strawberries tasted like fertilizer!  Damn my body for craving strawberries before mine are ready!

The trip was great except for the kids – shoot me I’m aware it was mother’s day, but you can only handle “your grandma baconheimer”… “no you are”  for so FREAKING long!  We got them out and made them hike as much as possible.  The water was really high and furiously fast at places so I of course was a nut case!  KIDS+WATER=NUT CASE MOM!!!!

Getting to the good part:

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Baklava for desert!  ……I won’t lie I was tempted to drizzle chocolate sauce on top.  How good would that be!?!?  But in all honesty letting this little gem melt in my mouth with no screaming kids was the BEST part of my Mother’s Day!!!!!

 

 


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Scales…

I tend to be a scale freak… I may have said that before.  Now I know scales are the worst thing to go by, because it only tells you one thing.  But when you whole life you have been judged by that damn scale (for me it was the drs and health class)  I seem to have a vendetta with it!   As of lately though I have been staying clear and focusing on weight training and jogging, knowing that weight training will put muscle on and the scale fluctuate -which will flustrate me and throw me off track. This week I had a little preview of what staying off the scale and going by “clothes fitting right” feels like….

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At the beginning of April I went to a soap making class in Spokane. My friend and I hit up the thrift stores and I scored a Hurley brand dress!!!  It was only $2.99 and in great condition.  The only problem was that it was WAY to snug around my fupa** I bought it anyway because hell it was a Hurley dress for $2.99 and I knew I would get into someday!!
Thursday was 101 degrees here (hey ma nature I would have liked to see spring) and the thought of wearing jeans sickened me so on a long shot I put on the dress….  It FIT!!!  I had to wear legging underneath it as I work with little kids and bend a lot, but I didn’t care!!! 

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Speaking of Vendettas:
I said our cat got attacked by something with tallons last week, well his wound it healing up all nice, but he feels he must eradicate poor flying birds now!!! Sunday night he killed a mama bird that had a nest outside our front door,  Monday I pulled the nest down to find 5 little babies in there….  now just so you know, it is illegal in the state of Washington to rehab or care for a migrating bird SO luckily for the birdies (and me) I found a licensed person to raise them, then she will bring them back to our house to set free!!!

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** If your offended by the term fupa I apologize, but it is what it is and that’s what it is!  If you don’t know what that is —> urbandictionary.com it. My apologizes again!!


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Motivatedly-unMotivated….

Does that sound right? Sounds right in my head…  So I have been so unmotivated and I’m not even going to step on the scale to see the damage, but I need a kick in the pants for motivation.  The night before last I stumbled across a marathon training sight.  It happen to have a 5k training program too so I stewed overnight in my head about training.  I am not a runner, it is not my favorite thing in the world, but damn it feels good when it is done!  Also, I suck at reaching my goals, so I thought instead of making my 8 wk training plan my goal to complete, making the 5k (which I will register and pay for) be more of the goal.  See my thought is if I pay for the 5K I will be more apt to train (Evil Laugh- MAHHAHA).  So I set up my own training program – busted out Word and made it all official with a printed sheet hooked to my fridge – see the motivation!  Yet I am so unmotivated to start…. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!?!?!  It’s extremely frustrating when I feel this way.  I’m excited to get started, but the motivation slacks.  The 5K I chose is  The Zombie Run in Seattle August 17th – that is a ways away, and there is another one in June shortly after I finish my 8 wks training; I may sign up for that one but it is 7.5 hrs away from my house – I mapquested it 🙂  But it is by Mount St. Helens so that could be a fun educational stop for my 3 little monkeys!

Sadly while looking for 5k’s to sign up for, I bumped into the news about the Boston Marathon bombing.  How Heartbreaking ~My heart goes out to EVERYONE!  A big thank you to all the loving people and volunteers who stepped up and helped everyone in need!   Such a sad day for such a joyous occasion….

 

~Amber

 


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Starting over…. AGAIN!

So after starting over again in December, and doing oh so well.  I fell off the wagon these past 5 days.  Well, I shouldn’t say fell off… I was hanging on.  For the last 2 and a half weeks I have went dairy and gluten free.  I have felt amazing!!!  For the first time in a LONG time, I felt good going to bed and waking up, which I hadn’t been the last 1/2 year or so.  All was going well until Wednesday when that sneaky monthly aunt flow showed up 12 days early (ya I should  probably get that checked).  I was caught so off guard, that I started slipping; Friday was when the gluten went bye-bye.  With all my kids and hubby being lactose and intolerant, dairy-free is pretty much an easy lifestyle to keep.  

Last night was pure misery!!!  Before bed I ate a piece of my mother-in-laws birthday cake (my second piece of the day) with almond dream ice cream.  Oh how my stomach hurt soooo bad.  I have no one to blame but myself and I kept saying this to myself all night.  This morning I woke up and swore to myself that I am going to keep up my gluten-free lifestyle since obviously it is the source of my problems.  I plan on keeping this blog going to keep myself accountable for my actions.

My workout plan for this week:

Monday- Zumba

Tuesday- Jog 1 mile/ weights

Wednesday- Zumba (if I can get to class) or Jog 1 mile/ weights 

Thursday- Yoga

Friday- Zumba

Saturday- Jog 1 mile/ weights

Sunday- Rest

My goals this year are to run a 5k and win the zumba challenge I signed up for that ends at the end of March.  

oh my poor boys!


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What I should be doing…

Is a laundry list of stuff – oh that reminds me add fold laundry to my list.  But I can’t seem to find the motivation. This is typical ME!  I wait to last minute, freak out, get a headache/migraine, doing it and end up realizing it was too simple to not have just done it in the first place.  See I can see my own pattern and hear I sit still procrastinating… but we will get back to that later. Pretty much so I can put it off a bit longer 🙂

Today’s workout:

was sweating in my own juices while my kids had swimming lessons, getting them in and out of the car a dozen times, and outside taking care of the animals.  That counts today because it was too damn HOT!  Okay, well it has cooled off and I feel like some yoga so probably after I’m done here.

Food:

Maybe it was the heat, but I just wasn’t feeling hungry today.  I drank coffee and water this morning. After the swimming lessons we had a picnic.  I ate half a turkey sandwich on a thin wheat bread with mustard and onions, munched on some pretzels and peeled and orange but only ate a slice thanks to the kiddos.  On my way home I stopped and got a Starbucks venti americano with a sweetener and a splash of fat free milk… I drank half!  What a waste!

For dinner I BBQed (I refuse to turn the oven on in this heat!) sweet italian turkey brats, yams, and from the garden (ah-thank-you) brocolli and green onions tossed in oil and basalmic vinegar {insert picture here because I can’t}.  After it was done cooking I just wasn’t feeling it.  I decided to dish up the boys and get a head start on the animals…. when I came back THE MONKEY’S HAD EATEN IT ALL!!!!!  Oh well I still wasn’t feeling it, but it still left me shocked!

I mossied out to the garden and munched on some sugar snaps while picking canning peas.  I found a decent sized carrot and ate it, and then found a beet that was ready and ate that too.  Dinner!  Desert was a handful of strawberries I picked from my strawberry mound.  Oh so sweet!

So the things I should be doing, but I am putting off you ask:

  1. shelling and canning peas
  2. dehydrating peas
  3. making and jarring up cherry pie filling
  4. getting my cabbage ferminting – as in making sourkraut
  5. folding laundry
  6. cleaning my toilet

My husband is bringing home cherries from our friends on Thursday, but I just couldn’t wait and bought some from an organic orchard here in town.  I assumed they were all the same, but apparently only 1 out of the 4 that I bought was a sweet cherry, the rest are tart….. duh Amber!  But I need get rid of them before I am overwhelmed with more cherries.  Can we say procrastinator!??!

Funny Cry For Help Ecard: Yep, I'm essentially just repeating the same destructive patterns.

There is books out there…. maybe I’ll get one.

 

 

 


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What I should be doing….

Is a laundry list of stuff – oh that reminds me add fold laundry to my list.  But I can’t seem to find the motivation. This is typical ME!  I wait to last minute, freak out, get a headache/migraine, doing it and end up realizing it was too simple to not have just done it in the first place.  See I can see my own pattern and hear I sit still procrastinating… but we will get back to that later. Pretty much so I can put it off a bit longer 🙂

Today’s workout:

was sweating in my own juices while my kids had swimming lessons, getting them in and out of the car a dozen times, and outside taking care of the animals.  That counts today because it was too damn HOT!  Okay, well it has cooled off and I feel like some yoga so probably after I’m done here. 

Food:

Maybe it was the heat, but I just wasn’t feeling hungry today.  I drank coffee and water this morning. After the swimming lessons we had a picnic.  I ate half a turkey sandwich on a thin wheat bread with mustard and onions, munched on some pretzels and peeled and orange but only ate a slice thanks to the kiddos.  On my way home I stopped and got a Starbucks venti americano with a sweetener and a splash of fat free milk… I drank half!  What a waste!

For dinner I BBQed (I refuse to turn the oven on in this heat!) sweet italian turkey brats, yams, and from the garden (ah-thank-you) brocolli and green onions tossed in oil and basalmic vinegar {insert picture here because I can’t}.  After it was done cooking I just wasn’t feeling it.  I decided to dish up the boys and get a head start on the animals…. when I came back THE MONKEY’S HAD EATEN IT ALL!!!!!  Oh well I still wasn’t feeling it, but it still left me shocked!

I mossied out to the garden and munched on some sugar snaps while picking canning peas.  I found a decent sized carrot and ate it, and then found a beet that was ready and ate that too.  Dinner!  Desert was a handful of strawberries I picked from my strawberry mound.  Oh so sweet!

So the things I should be doing, but I am putting off you ask:

  1. shelling and canning peas
  2. dehydrating peas
  3. making and jarring up cherry pie filling
  4. getting my cabbage ferminting – as in making sourkraut
  5. folding laundry
  6. cleaning my toilet

My husband is bringing home cherries from our friends on Thursday, but I just couldn’t wait and bought some from an organic orchard here in town.  I assumed they were all the same, but apparently only 1 out of the 4 that I bought was a sweet cherry, the rest are tart….. duh Amber!  But I need get rid of them before I am overwhelmed with more cherries.  Can we say procrastinator!??!

Funny Cry For Help Ecard: Yep, I'm essentially just repeating the same destructive patterns.

There is books out there…. maybe I’ll get one.

 

 

 


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What I should be doing….

Is a laundry list of stuff – oh that reminds me add fold laundry to my list.  But I can’t seem to find the motivation. This is typical ME!  I wait to last minute, freak out, get a headache/migraine, doing it and end up realizing it was too simple to not have just done it in the first place.  See I can see my own pattern and hear I sit still procrastinating… but we will get back to that later. Pretty much so I can put it off a bit longer 🙂

Today’s workout:

was sweating in my own juices while my kids had swimming lessons, getting them in and out of the car a dozen times, and outside taking care of the animals.  That counts today because it was too damn HOT!  Okay, well it has cooled off and I feel like some yoga so probably after I’m done here. 

Food:

Maybe it was the heat, but I just wasn’t feeling hungry today.  I drank coffee and water this morning. After the swimming lessons we had a picnic.  I ate half a turkey sandwich on a thin wheat bread with mustard and onions, munched on some pretzels and peeled and orange but only ate a slice thanks to the kiddos.  On my way home I stopped and got a Starbucks venti americano with a sweetener and a splash of fat free milk… I drank half!  What a waste!

For dinner I BBQed (I refuse to turn the oven on in this heat!) sweet italian turkey brats, yams, and from the garden (ah-thank-you) brocolli and green onions tossed in oil and basalmic vinegar {insert picture here because I can’t}.  After it was done cooking I just wasn’t feeling it.  I decided to dish up the boys and get a head start on the animals…. when I came back THE MONKEY’S HAD EATEN IT ALL!!!!!  Oh well I still wasn’t feeling it, but it still left me shocked!

I mossied out to the garden and munched on some sugar snaps while picking canning peas.  I found a decent sized carrot and ate it, and then found a beet that was ready and ate that too.  Dinner!  Desert was a handful of strawberries I picked from my strawberry mound.  Oh so sweet!

So the things I should be doing, but I am putting off you ask:

  1. shelling and canning peas
  2. dehydrating peas
  3. making and jarring up cherry pie filling
  4. getting my cabbage ferminting – as in making sourkraut
  5. folding laundry
  6. cleaning my toilet

My husband is bringing home cherries from our friends on Thursday, but I just couldn’t wait and bought some from an organic orchard here in town.  I assumed they were all the same, but apparently only 1 out of the 4 that I bought was a sweet cherry, the rest are tart….. duh Amber!  But I need get rid of them before I am overwhelmed with more cherries.  Can we say procrastinator!??!

Funny Cry For Help Ecard: Yep, I'm essentially just repeating the same destructive patterns.

There is books out there…. maybe I’ll get one.

 

 

 


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No Phone, No Camera, No Problem?

As of right now the only form of communication I have is email.  Well that and AIM if I could get my friends and family to go that old school with me.

They suck & I am awesome!

Well my stupidphone wasn’t “smart” enough to play music and take an incoming call.  It died and very quick and painless death.

So I have no phone which is alright except I realize how much I love having Google Search at my fingertips.  I like to look up odd things that pop into my head.  Now I have to try to remember them all for when I sit down at the computer… which god knows is tough when you have dementia pregnancy brain ( I can still use that if I haven’t been pregnant in 3 years right!?!?)  Oh well I am using it.

Moving on…

I was super stoked because I took the camera on our backpacking trip; I was even more stoked because I REMEMBERED to take pictures on our backpacking trip.  I had some kick ass pictures of the mountains, the kiddos fishing, chopping down a hazardous tree, blah, blah, blah… but when we went to dismantle the boys’ tent, my husband found the camera itself dismantled and stashed in a sleeping bag.  Sneaky twins.  The camera turned on, but it wouldn’t read the memory card.

Fast forward to today.  My husband emailed (texting is overrated and email is how cool couples stay in touch) me and informed me that he took the camera into Office Depot.  Where they laughed at him and told him that our camera and memory card are so old that they don’t even make them anymore.

Time to update? Damn, we just bought that camera in 2006!!  I don’t know if the pictures from our trip are on our ancient memory card, but if they are, I will put it in our equally ancient printer and get them on the computer!!!

Well the thunder and lightning they promised is moving in rather quickly.  My spaztastic lab is frantically running around the house wanting me to let her in so she can attempt to cram her fat ass under the twins’ mini bunk beds.  Will do, because it makes me laugh… and because I luvs her 🙂