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Wisdom Teeth Removal – Post Surgery Recovery Plan


So about 2 weeks ago the Hubs had his wisdom teeth removed, something he has been needing to do for years……but kept putting off…..till I went ahead and scheduled it for him.

The surgery went fairly well but he had some “tough teeth to remove.”  Essentially the doctors said that on a difficulty level of 1-5 he was a 6.  Yikes!  The Hubs has visions of the Doc just hammering away in his mouth to remove the tough embedded bone.  He was pretty swollen and sore for a good week after.  *Note to all remove your wisdom teeth when you are young.  Don’t put it off and let the teeth get comfortable and strong.

So I went into full take care of Hubs mode and may have been excited to whip up lot’s of juices, smoothies, and soups.  I’ve decided to share my recipe’s here in case anyone else needs some help with a body repairing and fueling liquid diet.




Let’s start with the juices….I decide to make pure juices vs. veggie smoothies for a couple of reasons.  The veggie smoothies have too many small particles from the spinach and fruit that would get caught in the wisdom pockets.  I also wanted the Hubs to get the ultimate vitamin benefits from the pure juices to help his body heal.  Since juicing extracts all the pulp and bulk from the food your body is able to quickly absorb all the great nutrients from the pure juice.  You can read more on my FIERCE JUICING PAGE.  I decided to switch off between 3 different juices to create a nice combo of different nutrients.

My favorite was the BEET JUICE!  Top benefits…

  1. Beets are high in iron which is great for blood building and recovery.
  2. Beets detoxify and cleanse the body.  Post surgery it is great to remove the anesthesia hangover in the body.
  3. Ginger is great for inflammation.


Next up was the GREEN JUICE.  Top benefits…

  1. Leafy greens are high in Vitamin K which is great for blood clotting.  We wanted those holes in his mouth to clot not bleed!
  2. Kale is also an excellent anti-inflammatory.
  3. Kale is high in Calcium.


And then we have the ORANGE CARROT JUICE.  Top benefit is the healing power of Vitamin C!



Every morning I would make him this scrumptious BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE.  I added RAW FUSION chocolate protein powder to help get some protein in his diet.  The avocado was also a good way to add some healthy fats.  (I promise, you won’t taste it)  Normally when I make this smoothie I’ll add some berries, spinach, and chia seeds.  But in this case none of those were allowed for fear of getting stuck in the toothless holes!


The Hubs absolute favorite smoothie was and still is WATERMELON BANANA.  He still asks me to make this everyday.  It’s so simple with the cold watermelon + banana (frozen preferably) and some crushed ice.  Very refreshing!



Okay so now for the soups.  I actually thought I’b be making a lot more soups, but it just didn’t happen as he started to move on to softer food after the first few days.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP – this is one I love to make in fall.

  1. I cook my butternut squash in slow cooker on low for 4 hours
  2. cook 1/2 a yellow onion and 1/2 a bell pepper on the stove – season with pepper and cayenne pepper
  3. blend cooked butternut squash, onion and pepper with some chicken or vegetable broth till liquified.
  4. place back in slow cooker to warm back up.  Season with more salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to your liking.
  5. The hubs did then have me fry an egg for the soup as well and add some sriracha sauce.


CHILLED AVOCADO AND ZUCCHINI SOUP – A pinterest find!  Full recipe from Dr. Axe Food is Medicine found here


After the first couple days the Hubs was able to start adding some soft food to his diet.  Other go to food became eggs, pancakes, greek yogurt, pb&j sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, noodle soups, and pho!  A few other suggestions would be hummus with some soft pita bread and mashed sweet potatoes.




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Puppy Diaries – first week home


So we brought the home the adorable 11 week old Louis Francois last week on June 29th, 2014.  (my birthday)  His name is French and pronounced like Louie, Louis Vuitton, Louis the 14th.  He is a “Frenchton” which is a French bulldog mixed with a Boston Terrier. Louis announcement How Louis Francois came to be…….

Frenchie in Paris

The Hubs greeting a Frenchie in Paris

The Hubs and I have been interested in a bulldog for a couple of years now.  We’ve owned a dog in the past, Zeus the Doberman, who passed away 3 years ago.  And though it was nice to have a doggy break and focus on our growing cat family, we always knew there would be a time when we would we want a dog again.  After our trip last fall to Paris we absolutely fell in love with the French Bulldog.  We would look a bit but they are very expensive, have a short lifespan, and well the timing was just never right.  Well two weeks ago I saw a girl walking the most adorable little 9 week old puppy that I thought was a Frenchie.  I approached her and asked about the dog, she told me about the Frenchton and the town he came from.   She mentioned that because the Frenchie is mixed with the Boston Terrier it has a bit better breathing canal, longer life span, and overall less health issues.  Later after telling the Hubs about this adorable dog I could not remember the name of the town, nor find anything on a google search.  Well, what do you know a few days later the Hubs runs into the same girl with the dog!  He remembers the town info and we are able to find the breeder info online.  Was it meant to be?  So he called her up and made an appointment to visit.  On the long 2 hour drive to meet the puppies I was still in a bit of disbelief thinking are we really going to do this?  Well yes we did….. Louis is full of bursts of wild energy followed by sound naps.  He is loving, adorable and so silly with a bit of a stubborn streak.  We are absolutely in love with him!

Louis and his football

This toy is a winner! I love to chase it, run with it in my mouth, and chew on it!

Louis has also completely taken over my life.   We are in full house training mode and working on some basic commands.  Though he still has a long way to go in his training it’s amazing to see how much he learns each and everyday.  I am also learning more each and everyday on what I can teach him, what his cry’s mean, and signs of needing to potty.  (though I’ve gotten a few of those wrong)  It’s hard for me to believe we’ve only had him a week!  I also have to remind myself he is only an 11 week old puppy and is just a baby.  My mantra is “calm, patience, love” which I say to myself in some of his more trying times.  And in his more stubborn moments I work on channeling my more calm yet assertive aura like Cesar Milan suggests.

Okay so here is how how puppy training and living went week 1….

CRATE TRAINING:  I’d say this is going very very well for us.  I think the best thing we did was bring the crate when we picked Louis up.  He did have some whines in the car on the good 2 hour drive home, but relaxed pretty quickly and would only start up when we made some stops.  He was pretty exhausted that night so went right to sleep in the crate when we got him home.  The only time I really have trouble is in the morning.  I think he’s a bit over it after his long night sleep that he doesn’t want to go back in.  And well sometimes I’m trying to get a few things done before we go for play time.  But we are working through it.  We also use the crate for all car transportation.  It’s super tempting to just have him sit on our lap, but nice to have the crate to know he won’t get into anything if we have to leave him in the car for a short bit.  All this continues to reassure him that his crate is a safe and secure place.

HOUSE TRAINING:  This is going pretty well but not yet where it needs to be.  We still have about 1 accident a day.  I’m shooting to make it to the 2 day mark!  Mostly pee accidents and only 3 poop accidents since we’ve been home.  Currently he does not get to roam the house.  He is pretty much in his crate whenever in the house.  We also, have a fenced off area with rubber mats that his crate sits in.  We call this the crated area though we haven’t been able to give him much free range in this area because it is the root of most of his accidents.  When talking with the vet she suggested that he first needs to master the crate then, crated area, then one room of the house, and so on.   I also think we need to get on a more consistent bathroom schedule.  As of now he is in a range of 30 min-2 hours.  He has made it to 3 hours on occasion when I am not home.  He also does great at night with 1 walk in the middle of the night.  We go with the motto no punishments when there is an accident and praise when he does his business outside.  When we are outside I try and give him a treat and command whenever he “goes pee pee” or “poo poo.”  But you have to be careful to not startle him and distract him from the act.   I’ve read that puppies should be able to hold it for the amount of hours in correlation to how old they are.  So at 2 months = 2 hours and 3 months = 3 hours.  Well he is coming up on his 3 month birthday at the end of this week.  So this upcoming week I am going to work on consistency of 2 hour intervals with hopes to grow that to 3 hours soon after.  Again, I have to remind myself he is just a puppy and he just learned about holding his pee and poop last week!

Louis and his elephant

Hanging in my crated area. Love to chew on my soft elephant. Not so interested in the puppy chew ring, I think my crate tastes better.

What we are working on for week 2

*Consistent Potty Training – no accidents and holding it for 2 hours throughout the day

*Commands Sit and Come– we’ve already started the sit a little bit before food etc.  He seemed to know this command already.  We just now need to work on more consistency and the same with come, especially when he is in the yard eating a rock or something.

*Walking on leash – we usually walk him off leash in our yard and have discovered when taking him in public that he does not walk.  He just lays there and bites his leash.  So going to start using the harness and truly walking him a couple times a day.

*Socialization – They say 3-4 months is prime time for building socialization skills.  Funny because he doesn’t get final shots till 4 months so cannot associate with dogs till then.  So we just need to keep taking him to public places where he interacts with people and also practice his leash walking.

Our week 11 moments:

*Survived our first vet visit – They absolutely love him at the vet!  He did fairly well, was a bit scared and was shaking at first and then calmed down.  We did discover his ears are a bit dirty so she showed us a cleaning and instructed us to get some ear cleaner.  He’ll be back in 4 weeks for his last round of shots.

*First bath – He did so great on his first bath.  I thought he might go a little crazy in the bathroom since it was his first room to be free in a room in the house.  But not so much, though he attacked the shower curtain.  He didn’t love the bath and tried to escape a few times, but settled down and let me bathe him.  After I wrapped him in his towel and he just sat in my lap to dry off.  We cleaned his ears and pretend to clip his nails and brush his teeth so he gets used to the routine and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.

*Survived 4th of July – This was a big one!  The 2 neighbors across the street set off fireworks for over and hour.  Louis slept soundly snoring through it all!  He finally needed his end of night walk and the Hubs took him to the backyard.  He was a bit scared but did his business and back to bed he went. Below our a few more pics from our first week at home.  Though I will say getting pictures is not that easy.  He either doesn’t sit still or I’m too busy pulling rocks, bark, and grass out of his mouth to capture a photo!

Louis with his tongue out

Hanging with momma in the early morning sun.

Louis watching the boats at SLU

Checking out the boats in the water

Louis hanging at Starbucks

Just chill in with my Daddy at Starbucks. I LOVE my Daddy.

Well here is to a fierce and fabulous week 2 with Louis!

Fiercely Wendy


So you know I drink a juice or blended juice at least once a day and most days twice a day.  It all started on a whim, which is not like me, I like to research and plan….But there the Hubs and I were at Target in Jan of 2013 and we saw a deal on a NINJA BLENDER.  I had been thinking about  juicing after hearing about so much about it.  I had also recently read Kris Carr’s CRAZY SEXY DIET where she discussing the benefits of eating veggies and juicing.  The Hubs must have liked the power of the motor and he was in.  So we bought it!

I got home and posted my new purchase to Facebook and Instagram.  I received lot’s of great recipes from friends and did some research on my own and started pinning to Pinterest.  And blending up some juices I began….I’ll be honest I was a little nervous as to how my digestive track would react, so I think I tried my first juice on the weekend.  But it was totally fine, it did make things a little easier, but there were no emergencies.

So drinking a juice every day I went, and I started to feel amazing.  My energy increased, my stomach(prone to aches) was feeling good, and afternoon sugary or coffee cravings disappeared.  I still have my morning cup of coffee, then usually a juice, followed by breakfast.  Then for a mid afternoon snack I’ll sometimes have another juice.  I do not do any cleanses or meal replacements with my juicing, I just like it as a supplement to my diet to help increase fruit and veggie intake.

Over the past 18 months of juicing I’ve discovered what I personally like in my juices and blended smoothies.  (6 months after buying the NINJA the Hubs bought me an OMEGA VERT JUICER for my birthday)  My favorite blended juice is the FIERCELY GREEN SMOOTHIE full of Spinach/Kale and is so alkalinizing for the body which calms my stomach.  My favorite juice is the FIERCELY RED PINEAPPLE BEET JUICE which is so iron rich.  A few tips I’ve discovered…

-I usually reserve leafy greens like Kale and Spinach for blending vs. juicing as they do not output much juice.

-As much as I love Kale I tend to use Spinach more because Kale can get a bit frothy in my drinks.

-I love to juice Ginger but it’s a bit too strong in a blended juice.

-My favorite veggies to juice are Beets and Sweet Potatoes as they have the best juice output and so nutritious!

I’d love to hear any of your questions in regards to juicing along with your favorite tips!



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