Once Upon A Mommy

The Ups, Downs and All Arounds of Raising a Family

Mindfulness Meditation – I Feel Relaxed…Finally!

Over the last couple months, my mindfulness practice has been increasing as I discover more and more how meditation helps me chill out. Scientists are also paying attention and publishing research on the fabulous benefits of meditation beyond the obvious stress relief components.

I’ve been using meditation to calm my thoughts and anxiety. As a result, I find I’m more present in the moment and therefore I’m enjoying life more. I’m discovering that being present and content is the key to my happiness.

Lately, I’ve been exploring different types of mindfulness. I have recently settled on meditation that focuses on loving kindness and compassion. Consequently, my heart is experiencing freedom as I learn how to judge myself less and express kindness towards myself. As a result of my mini freedom, I wanted to share one of the guided meditation videos that I like to follow.

Through this guided mediation, I had a light bulb moment. At the end of Coach Kiomi’s audio, she talks about noticing any feelings of calm or peace. She talks about just noticing it and not trying to force feelings or activate certain emotions. I clued in that this was what I’ve been doing in my life. I’ve been trying to force emotions. Joy, happiness and peace are some of the emotions I want to feel. I seem to think something is wrong with me if I’m not feeling these positive emotions. On the other hand, when I feel too many negative emotions, I think I’m failing or losing the battle against depression.

Coach Kiomi’s short statement helped me take the pressure off trying to feel a certain way. It just is what it is – neither good or bad. As a result, I’ve been having more compassion towards my emotions – learning to embrace all my emotions and not labeling them as “good” or “bad”. This is huge for me and is generating a lot more peace and joy – ironically the emotions I have been looking for the whole time.

To learn more about mindfulness mediation, check out the book Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness & Anxiety Management for Overcoming Anxiety & Worry to Emotional Health, Inner Peace & Happiness by Jessica Minty

Juice Juice Baby – How Juicing Has Improved My Health

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In my quest for health, I’ve stumbled upon some Netflix videos that changed my morning routine. While there have been several several changes I have made, I’ll focus on juicing for this post.

The first documentary I started with was Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead by Joe Cross. This film tracked the journey of Joe Cross, and a man named Phil,  documenting how they were able to lose excess weight, quit their medications and heal their rare skin disease. From their experiences, I learned about the fabulous benefits of juicing and how it can drastically improve your health from the intense shot of concentrated nutrition.

Inspired, I decided to implement this health benefit into my own life. I started by finding a free juicer. I wanted to make sure I’d get into the habit of juicing and not invest in another appliance that would sit alongside my unused bread maker. Of course, this juicer wasn’t the most optimal of designs but it was adequate to meet the purpose I had in mind.

After at least 4 moths of juicing, I decided to invest in a more efficient juicer. I consulted Kris Carr’s blog post – The Ultimate Crazy Sexy Juicer Review – to help me decide. I found it took me a while to make the purchase because it felt so final. I knew I couldn’t get away with buying an expensive juicer and then not being happy with it. There is no way my husband would let me buy another one.

So far, I knew I wanted a masticating juicer because of the following benefits:

  • More yield from greens
  • Can juice wheat grass
  • Juice can last up to 72 hours
  • Less damage to nutrients
  • Drier pulp

My old juicer damaged the nutrients due to the heat generated from the shredding blade. It was also not efficient with extracting the juice – sometimes I put the pulp through a few times to get another 100 ml more. When you spend money on organic vegetables, you want to get every bit of juice you can.

In the end, I decided on the same juicer my brother purchased – Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer.

He did his research and I trusted his decision. He even created a video of how the juicer works – check it out.

After a couple months of juicing with my new juicer, I’m happy with my purchase. It is a lot slower than what I’m used to but I remind myself of the benefits and how it’s so much better. Instead of juicing every day, I juice every 4 days or so. Now my husband takes a mason jar of juice to work every morning, which is amazing (he rarely eats vegetables)!

For the longest time, I didn’t follow a recipe. I just added random veggies together. The result was not always the most pleasing flavor. Then I decided to focus on more greens and followed Kris Carr’s “Morning Glorious” recipe so I could get the most optimal greens and alkalize my body. Here’s another version of her green juice recipe:

Kris Carr’s Green Juice Recipe

By Kris Carr

Yield: 2 servings

It’s our motto and our morning beverage. Here’s what we serve in the Carr/Fassett home daily. This green juice recipe makes almost 32 ounces. When we have time, we make another juice at 4 pm.

  • 2 large cucumbers (peeled if not organic)
  • big fistful of kale
  • big fistful of sweet pea sprouts
  • 4 – 5 stalks celery
  • 1 – 2 big broccoli stems
  • 1 pear or green apple (optional)
  • 1-inch piece of ginger (or less)
  • other optional greens we love: romaine, parsley, spinach and dandelion.
  1. Wash and prep all ingredients.
  2. Juice all ingredients.

 

Recently, due to pregnancy, I’ve gotten lazy and I just make a random mix because I can’t be bothered to do a batch for me and a separate batch for my husband. He can’t tolerate as many greens as I can so I was making him a sweeter juice with more fruit. I tried to stay away from the fruit and focus more on vegetables. However, it was getting to be too much so I now I just make a bit batch for both of us. The compromise is that he gets more greens and I get more fruit.

My body has definitely benefited from juicing every day. I know I’m the healthiest now that I ever have been. So far, the best benefit for me is the reduced pain in my neck. I have chronic pain in my neck since 2006 and I’ve been seeing chiropractors biweekly. I believe that the alkalinity from the greens has reduced the inflammation in my body and therefore reducing my pain. As an added bonus, I was able to get pregnant super fast – only 1 month of trying! I like to believe the juicing set the stage for a fertile environment.

In conclusion, juicing is fabulous and does marvelous things to the body. I drink my juice in the morning and get my fiber the rest of the day. I feel good knowing I’m getting a huge jolt of nutrition everyday. It’s been a wonderful addition to my health regime.

Live Blood Analysis – My Miscarriage Revelation

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My mind has been opened up to the world of Live Blood Analysis. I think everyone should do it. It’s such a remarkable way to see what’s actually going on with the health of your body. The blood doesn’t lie.

I shared in another post a brief testimony of my first experience with a live blood analysis. I shared how I had a miscarriage last year, on Feb 1st, which lead me to get tested. I first heard about a live blood analysis from my brother who had it done several years before. It was then reinforced by Tony Robbins while I was listening to his Get the Edge audio series.

At the time, I was overcoming depression and just had the miscarriage. I was wondering if there were any environmental factors that were contributing to what was going on in my body. I figured I’d rule out any external factors in case it was a simple solution.

 

pH Balance Test

So I booked an appointment with my naturalpath to get my pH balance tested. The doctor tested my blood, urine and saliva to determine my pH level. You can also do a simple version of this by getting paper strips from the pharmacist. They cost me $6 or so. You pee on the thin strip and compare the color with a legend. I found it hard to get the exact reading cause all the variations of greeny yellow looked similar to me.

I wasn’t surprised to find out that I was acidic. Although I was surprised to find out I was 100% acidic. That doesn’t mean my body is made of battery acid. It just means I’m in the upper range of what’s allowable for the human body.

Our bodies are designed to be slightly alkaline on the pH scale. When our body is in an alkaline state, it functions the way it was intended to. Our body is very intelligent and will work hard to maintain this balance. What we eat, our environment and stress can affect the alkalinity of our body. Almost all of the food products that we consume, once digested and metabolized, release either an alkaline base or an acid base into our blood. Grains, meat, shellfish, milk, poultry, cheese and salt all produce acid, hence unbalancing the proper pH of our blood (which is slightly alkaline).

If the body’s pH level falls below 7 or above 7.45, severe health conditions can occur with death being the worst outcome. When the pH falls below or above what is normal, the body constantly balances and fine tunes in order to keep this delicate balance. As a result, it will take nutrients from other areas of the body (such as the bones) and do whatever it needs to do to maintain its alkaline state.

Consider it this way: when garbage is left out on the street, the rats come. In the same way, when our body is in an acidic state, our immunity is compromised. Wherever garbage is, diseases, cancers and abnormalities are sure to follow. I makes sense that 1 in 2 people developed cancer. Look at our lifestyles. We think we have good health because we eat the odd salad. But a majority of our diet is acidic. Our bodies can only hold out for so long in its fight to maintain order. Eventually, the unbalance will catch up with us and show itself in a variety of different ailments…if it hasn’t already.

I mention this later when I see the state of my blood, but again, I’m surprised to discover how acidic my body is. Especially since I don’t drink coffee or alcohol, or smoke and do drugs. I wonder how much worse it would be if I did any of those things.

There are at least 10 benefits to bringing your body into an alkaline state:

  1. Improves energy levels
  2. Improves immune function
  3. Slows aging
  4. Reduces pain and inflammation
  5. Decreases weight
  6. Promotes  teeth and gum health
  7. Neutralizes acid imbalance
  8. Eliminates risk factors for certain diseases
  9. Improves overall heart condition
  10.  Removes harmful toxins

You can learn more about the Alkaline diet from different books available on the market:

The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O Young

Alkaline Diet Guide: Lose Weight Quickly, Achieve Optimal Health & Feel Energized with the Alkaline Diet and Alkaline Recipes by Emma Rose

I also discovered that my biological age is 55 (25 years older than I actually was at the time of the test). I also had issues with my nutrient absorption, my energy production house and my antioxidant reserves. As a result, I was given a list of foods to stay away from based on a food sensitivity test. I was left in a daze as to what I was allowed to eat cause my food list was so restrictive. Oddly, she didn’t talk to me about specific foods to eat that were on the alkaline list. That was left to the next guy…

 

Live Blood Analysis

After my pH balance test, I crossed the hall and saw my acupuncturist/Chinese medicine doctor for my first blood analysis.

He pricked my finger and collected a drop of blood, which he placed on a glass plate. Then he examined the blood under his super fancy giant microscope.

Healthy blood is supposed to be perfect circles separated from each other.  This is a picture I took from his office:

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Although I can’t get my original visit’s video footage to work, this is a picture of my 2nd visit a few months after:

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My poor blood was all stuck together, misshapen (looked like bottle caps) and moving very slowly. Some of the cells were glowing due to energy mal-absorption. I also had some parasites (yuck…I saw their wiggling bodies), uric acid, clusters of fatty deposits and food sensitivities in my blood. I couldn’t believe the condition of my blood….from a person who doesn’t smoke or drink coffee or alcohol. How much worse would the mass population’s blood be if they did one of those things?

I felt emotional seeing the state of my blood. I felt sorry for myself and some of the damage I had caused due to my poor lifestyle choices. I soon realized that if I was pregnant right now and continued to carry the baby, my blood would only get worse. I was convicted to make some changes.

He gave me a slough of things to work on. I had to take a detox kit and fish oil, some supplement for parasites and Vitamin B. Then I had some foods to stay away from: wheat, corn, oats, dairy, cocoa aka chocolate (booo). What the heck was I supposed to eat? I was also given a list of foods to minimize due to parasites and an alkalizing/acidifying food list.

Here’s a list of some foods on the pH scale. It’s not the same one I received. To simplify: pretty much all food except fruits and vegetables are acidic! The only grains on my list that were alkalizing was millet (what the heck is that?). The only proteins were chicken and eggs.

The Aftermath

After both appointments, I was confused. I didn’t know what to do. I was trying to sort through all the food lists to come to a common denominator. I could have bananas because they were alkalizing but then I couldn’t because they were on the parasite list. I could have quinoa because it wasn’t wheat, oats or corn, but I couldn’t because it was acidifying. Yikes, it was frustrating.

So I worked at it and plugged away with it. I cut out sugar, wheat, corn, oats, dairy, etc for 2 months. It wasn’t easy and I definitely felt the withdrawal symptoms. Then Easter came and that is a whole other story! Lesson: don’t cut out too much at once…the body can’t handle it, nor can you stay sane.

I had 3 other tests done throughout the year and was happy to see progress. At one point, I discovered that I had way to much uric acid in my blood caused by diary. It seriously looked like someone dumped sparkles in my blood because everything was sparkly and shiny.  I also saw my blood so stuck together it looked like mass continents. It’s no wonder I’m so tired, my blood can’t get oxygen to it.

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About 9 months later 

Now, just over 9 months later (weird irony considering the miscarriage spurred this on), I have seen great improvement in my blood. Celebrate! It isn’t stuck together, it is a nice round shape and the cells move freely. It makes sense why I don’t have my chronic yawn anymore.

There were still some parasites and some concerns with my liver. But since that visit, as the doctor dealt with the parasites, I’ve noticed that my sugar cravings have reduced (parasites feed on sugar). Awesome!! I’m encouraged to see the turn around in my blood. I would say the greatest contributor to this change is a good quality fish oil that I take every day (liquid form – 1 tablespoon).

So there you have it, my live blood analysis experience. I highly recommend everyone do it. It is a great window into what’s going on with the body. Whenever I hear of people that are dealing with health conditions, like a family member with alopecia or neighbors with cancer, I always encourage them to check out their blood. The way I see it, you get straight to the root of the issue rather than managing the symptoms. It cost me $90 for the visit and then extra for the supplements. Find one in your area that does the testing and give it a try! You may think you’re pretty healthy but you’ll only know for sure by testing your blood.

Frozen Birthday Party – Ella’s 4!

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Ella is now 4! and it’s time to celebrate. We waited till after the Christmas/back to school season was over before we set the date. And, of course, the theme is FROZEN!

We had 3 parties all together, cause we’re crazy like that. Actually, my husband was too overwhelmed to have too many people at once. So we had one for little friends, one for family, and one for our adult friends from Abbotsford and their kids (it was really an excuse to see them and watch the hockey game). The family party actually happened to be on the anniversary of my first miscarriage. I share a brief story about my miscarriage revelation in another blog post.

As a result of 3 parties, I recycled a lot of the stuff I used and was able to experiment with some things a few times over. The quality also decreased as the parties went on…I was tired (why do I do this to myself?)

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I wanted to take this opportunity to share what I did. It’s a compilation of ideas from Pinterest and some of my own. It’s overwhelming how many different ideas there are! I also wanted to provide some of the printables that I used so that you can replicate any of these ideas as well. They are by no means perfect. I just whipped them together.

The GAMES:

While we were waiting for kids to arrive, I had some Frozen coloring sheets and markers available (in hindsight: not a good idea cause who knows where those markers will end up).

Snowball Toss:

After the kids arrived, we played a snow ball toss game. I had 3 buckets lined up. I gave each kid two styrofoam balls. They each took turns trying to get the balls into the buckets.

Pin the Nose on Olaf:

I found a printable off the Internet from Disney called “Build A Snowman.” I guess it was used to promote the movie before it came out in theaters.

Disney-Frozen-Build-a-Snowman-printable

I enlarged the image on the photocopier so that the head was the size of 8.5″ x 8″. I had to piece the papers together then trace out the images. This is what I came up with:

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Olaf Body for Pin the Nose on Olaf Game

I then colored the hands and hair with a brown crayon and the buttons with a black crayon. I cut out orange triangles for the noses. Each guest had their name written on the back of a paper nose with a piece of tape attached. Then we played the classic “pin the tail on the donkey” game with the kids trying to pin Olaf’s nose to his face. This game was a hit!

 

The FOOD:

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Melted Olaf

Body: Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Eyes: large chocolate chips (too lazy to go all out)

Buttons:  mini chocolate chips

Arms: pretzel sticks

Nose: Twizzlers orange candy nibs
(cut on a diagonal to create triangle shape)

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Ice Blocks

These were obnoxious to make and I went through 5 or 6 boxes of Jello. I didn’t even bother making them for the 3rd party. The first 2 boxes I discovered that you can’t follow the recipe on the outside of the box to get the shapes I wanted. The next 4 boxes were used to follow the Jello Jiggelers recipe on the inside. But I still wasn’t happy with the outcome. They didn’t seem as firm as I’d like. Perhaps the difference was not using the cooking spray on the mold. I also decided to put them in ice cube trays to make the shape easier (got the idea on the internet). However, they were ridiculous to take out. I don’t know if using the ice cube tray with cooking spray would have been the ultimate. Or if I should have just put into a square pan and cut by hand. Anyway, I didn’t care to try again cause they didn’t seem as popular and I didn’t want to waste the money.

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Reindeer’s Droppings

Chocolate covered Jube Jube’s

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Only True Love’s Kiss…

Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates

….Can Thaw a Frozen Heart

White chocolate covered strawberries

These were both a hit!

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Do You Want to Build A Snowman?

Body: Jumbo white marshmallows

Eyes: large chocolate chips

Buttons:  mini chocolate chips

Arms: pretzel sticks

Nose: Twizzlers orange candy nibs
(cut on a diagonal to create triangle shape)

Glue: white icing

I included a sample on a plate (that’s the teacher side of me). I just had all the parts out. I also considered using it as a craft but people just did their own thing.

Click Here for the Food Labels – I folded some of them so they would stand on the table. With Olaf’s body parts, I added sticks to the back of the label so I could stick them into a bowl.

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Melted Snow Water Bottles

I had Ella and my husband help me take all the labels off the water bottles. Then Ella and Byron raced to put the new labels on. I was impressed that she was able to figure it out.

One thing I learned….DO NOT take the original labels off if you plan on collecting the deposit at the recycle depot. I didn’t attach the water bottle labels because I didn’t make them myself. I found them off the Internet.

The CAKE(s):

All the cakes are made from a no name brand cake mix box: devil’s food. I was too lazy to bother from scratch.  The trick: sift the cake mix first! However, I did make my classic Wilton’s butter cream icing recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Wilton Flavor (vanilla, almond or butter)
  • 7-8 teaspoons milk or water
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar (approx. 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon Meringue Powder
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Makes

About 2 1/2 cups icing.

From www.wilton.com

Here’s the first cake. It took 3 cake mix boxes. It’s a combo of a 13″ x 9″ rectangular cake two 6″ round cakes and two small oval cakes. I just flew by the seat of my pants with this one. I decided to go the extra step and experiment with making sugar glass for the sheets of ice. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe because it was simply sugar and water (I didn’t have corn syrup and didn’t want to bother buying it). I bought a Wilton candy thermometer to get the sugar to the Hard Crack temperature (300 degrees). I tweaked Martha’s recipe sugar glass recipe – instead of making the caramel, I made hard candy because her recipe didn’t give a temperature for the caramel. I also had leftover white chocolate from the strawberries that I used to make sheets of ice.

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This is after Ella got her hands on it and added the other Frozen characters.

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This is the cake I made for the family. The bottom layer had ice cream in it!

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I made the cake a couple days before.I cut a hole in the bottom layer and filled it with softened ice cream. I then wrapped it up and put in the freezer. I decorated the top and stored it in the fridge. About 20 minutes before serving, I took the cake out of the freezer and put the top layer on top. Then I finished the cake but putting on the chocolate fingers. They were sliding down…so I creative problem solved. I cut marshmallows in half and put then at the bottom. They were the perfect height to fill the gap and keep the fingers in place.

The last cake was weak. I made cupcakes and bought icing in a spray can. I took the extra printable food signs that I had and cut out the faces of the characters. I then taped the faces to toothpicks. I shoved each toothpick into the top of a cupcake.  Voila! super easy. I could have gone lazier and just bought mini cupcakes instead. I don’t know why I didn’t. I don’t remember my logic at the time.

So there you have it, our Frozen Party! The icing on the cake would been for Ella to have worn her Elsa Halloween costume…but no, she wouldn’t have it. Oh well, I’ve gotten several uses out of it already.

They were fun days. However, my conclusion is that preschoolers can’t handle parties. There is too much emotion involved. Ella was overwhelmed by the guests, she clung to my side, she didn’t want to share the snowballs or play the games and she cried when I cut the cake. Of course the presents are always challenging: the other kids are upset that they don’t get to open them and Ella doesn’t want to share the presents that were opened. Fortunately, I had a full dose of theory on how to understand preschoolers from a lesson series I took at my parenting program. From Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s teaching on attachment theory, I understood the inner workings of what was going on. As a result, I was able to be patient and compassionate with her.

Overall, a success. People were impressed. I was happy to do all this for Ella. She enjoyed herself. I’m curious to see what the theme will be next year.

Something to leave you with: my husband told me he met a family that only celebrates special birthdays at age 5, 10, 13 and 16 due to financial costs. Can you imagine? This birthday wouldn’t have even existed in their world.  What are your thoughts? I think there are few things to celebrate in this life. Let’s celebrate all we can!

Tapping Away Cravings with EFT Tapping

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I took a continuing education course last year introducing EFT Tapping – Emotional Freedom Therapy Tapping. I’ve used the technique a lot over the last year and have enjoyed the benefits. I particularly find it very helpful in releasing stuck emotions. Other people have used Tapping for weight loss and food cravings.

Here’s a brief exert from the book, EFT Tapping Gudie for Beginners by Jessica Minty

“EFT is relatively new but it is fast becoming to be a sought after treatment in the field of Energy Psychology. Psychologists often refer to it as “psychological acupressure”, a technique used to work on releasing the blockages within the energy system, said to be the source of most of an individual’s emotional discomfort. These blockages in the energy system are said to lead people to acquire limited beliefs and behaviors, in addition to challenging an individual emotionally.

However, unlike acupuncture or acupressure, EFT treatments use the fingertips to tap on the end points of energy meridians that are strategically positioned beneath the skin’s surface. EFT has provided relief for a lot of emotional problems and medical conditions, such as, trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions, and physical illnesses.

EFT uses very simple techniques that it can be used as effectively as most self-help tools. It actually helps empower people to be able to actively contribute to their healing process. This fast tracks the healing and relief process.”

A personal testimony….

I had a miscarriage last year on Feb 1st, one day after I started my new school. A few weeks after, I was at a Zumba class and I noticed a woman in front of me that looked pregnant. I was triggered by this and started feeling sorry for myself.

I decided to head to the bathroom and do some tapping. As I was tapping, I had this revelation that it was actually God’s goodness that I had the miscarriage. I trusted that there was something in my future that I could not see that I was being spared from. I soon had peace about the miscarriage.

At the end of February, I did a live blood analysis, which I recommend everyone does. I saw the condition of my blood live on the TV screen and I was shocked. My poor blood was all stuck together, misshapen and moving very slowly. I also had some parasites (yuck…I saw their wiggling bodies), uric acid and food sensitivities in my blood. I couldn’t believe the condition of my blood….from a person who doesn’t smoke or drink coffee or alcohol. How much worse would the mass population’s blood be if they did one of those things?

I saw the physical evidence of my tapping realization from a couple weeks prior. I understood that if I was pregnant right now and continued to carry the baby, my blood would only get worse. I was convicted to make some changes.

Now, a year later, I have seen great improvement in my blood. It isn’t stuck together, it is a nice round shape and they move freely. It makes sense why I don’t have my chronic yawn anymore. As the doctor dealt with the parasites, I’ve noticed that my sugar cravings have reduced (parasites feed on sugar). Awesome!! I’m encouraged to see the turn around in my blood. I would say the greatest contributor to this change is a good quality fish oil that I take every day (liquid form – 1 tablespoon).

So back to Tapping….I wanted to share a tapping video I found on helping with sugar cravings. I’ve tried it myself with a delicious chocolate chip cookie. I quite enjoy the lady and she has several other videos on Youtube.

Check out Brittany Watkin’s Skinny Genes Video

If you want to know more about EFT Tapping, check out  EFT Tapping Gudie for Beginners by Jessica Minty

Share your stories and ask your questions!

 

Till next time.

 

 

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What is your SABOTEUR?

I just came across this Positive Intelligence Assessment from my wellness coach. We wanted to identify my saboteurs to see why I keep repeating the same behaviors. I think this will be a big eye opener for you!

So what are your SABOTEURS? Take the FREE test.

My top 3 are restless, victim and high-achiever.

It brought some insight into what’s going on with me. It was helpful separate these saboteurs from me. So often I hear these messages and beat myself up…feeling worthless and bogged down. But if I treat these saboteurs as separate from me, almost like the little angel and devil on my shoulder,
I can keep my self worth in tact. It’s not me that’s so terrible, it’s them. I can now start recognizing them and working towards minimizing them in my life.

Find solutions in Shirzad Chamine’s book, Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS

I’d be curious to see what your saboteurs are  too.

Feel free to share.

 

 

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Mom’s First Birthday

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Have you heard of this before? I haven’t but I think it’s a brilliant idea.  We know our children have a first birthday. But what about the moms (and dads). It’s really their first birthday of being a parent. They need the honor and recognition as well.

Watch this beautiful video filmed in Japan from Pamper’s. I so long for the same appreciation for all the hard work that went into the first year of my daughter’s life. I still get choked up thinking about it as I write this. I love how other women from the other side of the world feel the same way that I do.

 

 

 

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Paw Patrol – Toy Review

My daughter absolutely and completely loves Paw Patrol…and I do too! What a fun children’s show based on 6 rescue pups. lead by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder, that zoom around town working together to protect the community. The show is mixed with child friendly lessons, humor and action.

 

Paw Patrol

When the show came out, the toys were not yet available in the store until a few months down the road. One day, I happened to be at the toy store looking and as I walked around the corner, you wouldn’t believe what I saw! PAW PATROL! I completely freaked out. I was so stoked to find it earlier than planned. Of course, I had to brace myself because I was tempted to buy it all. Well, they actually didn’t have much because A). It was new and B). It was in such high demand that a lot of stuff had been bought up. I decided to start with Chase, Ella’s favorite dog, first. Here’s what I bought:

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Plush Pup Pals- Chase

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Chase

I love the Chase action figure because when you push the button on his chest and out pops his megaphone. Oh, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I don’t know who would be more excited…me or Ella.

Of course, this meant that I had to get the other 5 pups (good marketing on their behalf). This turned out to be quite a journey. I could only find Rubble within my area.

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Rubble

I was happening to go to San Jose to Tony Robbin’s Unleash the Power Within Conference. I made a pit stop at Toys R Us to see what I could find. Fortunately, I found Marshall and Skye.

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Marshall

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Skye

4 down, 2 to go. I had to resort to the Internet for the last two because they were no where to be found. I think companies control where you can buy products so that you have to get them from different sources. They sure had me hooked!

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Zuma

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Rocky

By this point, I purchased the Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Look-out Playset. It’s pretty sweet. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the slide easily falls apart and I constantly have to put it back together. It does make sounds when you push the button in the middle and it comes with Chase and his car.
Now that I had Chase’s car, I had to get the other pups’ cars. As I write this, I can see my lunacy in getting all these toys. I couldn’t help myself. Below are the other toys we have. I didn’t bother buying the other Chase car since I figured that the one with the Look Out Tower was adequate enough. I had to purchase Skye’s Helicopter through the Internet.

I did use some of the toys for Halloween as gifts from the Switch Witch (or as Ella and I say, “Switchy Witchy”). I’ll share about the Switch Witch in another post.

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Chase’s Cruiser

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Zuma’s Hovercraft

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Rubble’s Digg’n Bulldozer, Vehicle and Figure

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Marshall’s Fire Fightin’ Truck

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Ryder’s Rescue ATV, Vehicle and Figure

Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Rocky’s Recycling Truck

Switch On Your Brain – Wiring Out Negative Thoughts

I just read a great book called Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health by Dr Caroline Leaf.

Her book is rich with amazing scientific research on how brilliant the brain is and how it is capable of healing itself. Through her 21 day Brain Detox, she shows you how to rewire your brain…actually wiring out the negative thoughts.

Reading this book gave me so much more respect and awe for my brain. It is truly amazing how God created such a marvelous thing. The brain is designed to heal, change and adapt. I am more aware now of the power of my thoughts and how they are actually affecting my health.

Here are some remarkable truths found in the book:

  • “We can change the physical nature of our brain through our thinking and choosing”
  • “The mind is designed to control the body, which our brain is apart of.” Our brain does not control us, we control it. That brings us so much hope and power that I’m the boss.
  • “Choices are real. You are free to make choices about how you focus your attention, and this affects how the chemicals, proteins, and wiring of your brain change and function. Research shows that 75 – 98 percent of mental, physical, an behavioral illness comes from one’s thought life.”This is completely and totally amazing.  “This staggering and eye-opening statistic means only 2 to 25 percent of mental and physical illness comes from the environment and genes.”
  • “Research shows that DNA actually changes shape in response to our thoughts.” Did you read that? It actually changes! Absolutely mind boggling
  • “Thinking activates genes. We may have a fixed set of genes in our chromosomes, but which of those genes are active and how they are active has a great deal to do with how we think and process our experiences.”

Wow! There is a lot more at stake when we understand the profound effect the brain and our thinking has on our body. It has the ability not only to change our happiness, but also our genes and DNA, which will ultimately impact the next generation!

World’s Toughest Job – Thank You Mom!

This video radically blew my mind! I saw it today in my Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Class.

For everyone that has a mom and/or is a mom….must see!

 

Furthermore, check out a ball park figure of what a stay-at-home mom is worth!

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