Once Upon A Mommy

The Ups, Downs and All Arounds of Raising a Family

Month: November 2014

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.




Image courtesy of mrsiraphol at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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.

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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

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

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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.

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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
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Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Skye
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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
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Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Action Pack Pup & Badge – Rocky
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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
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Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Zuma’s Hovercraft
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Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Rubble’s Digg’n Bulldozer, Vehicle and Figure
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Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Marshall’s Fire Fightin’ Truck
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Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Ryder’s Rescue ATV, Vehicle and Figure
paw patrol toys Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol – Rocky’s Recycling Truck
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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.

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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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