Are you a brand, retailer, PR representative, Etsy shop, or independent consultant looking to promote your gift ideas this Christmas? We are now accepting submissions for listings in This West Coast Mommy’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Our guide will run from the beginning of November through to Christmas and feature gift ideas for the whole family – babies, kids, moms, dads, and the home. Feel free to check out last year’s Holiday Gift Guide to see what you can expect.
Pets can be possessive sometimes, other times they could care less if there are other animals or humans in the immediate area. But bringing home a new bundle of joy to a household with an existing four-legged friend can be tricky sometimes. They’re used to being the center of attention, and suddenly, there’s a crying, laughing, strange little ball wrapped in a blanket that will probably smell peculiar to them.
Is it just me, or is the world rapidly becoming more environmentally and socially conscious? It seems like people are more aware than ever of the things they’re putting on and in their bodies—asking where their clothing came from and if the makers were paid a fair wage, demanding transparency in how their products are tested, seeking out lists of ingredients with fewer synthetic chemicals.
“Granola” is going mainstream it seems, and for the sake of our planet and my own family, I couldn’t be happier.
A few months ago I asked you to share the most important financial lesson you learned as a teenager or young adult just starting to manage your own money. I received dozens of insightful replies on the blog, Facebook, and on Twitter. Here are just a few of the wise answers you gave:
“Want and need, know the difference and you will save money.” – Marjorie
“So important to teach financial literacy at an early age. We never really discussed money with our kids and it was a big mistake. They grew up not really understanding financial responsibility.” – Monica
When my oldest, Brooks, was a baby and still on a predominantly liquid diet, I remember feeling sorry for all the poor souls who couldn’t find a good night time diaper for their heavy wetting youngsters. When doing research on which kinds of diapers to invest in, I’d scroll past a lot of the information about absorbency because we never seemed to have a problem with that.
Well, times have changed. And with my new little lady who loves to snack all night long, I had officially joined the club of parents who are fed up with leaky dipes.
When my babies became toddlers and then grew into preschoolers, I thought I’d be done with teething and chewing on everything. For Tee that was mostly true, but I’m still waiting for Kay to get the memo. Even at four years old, she’s still constantly chewing on things. Toys, her sleeves, fingers – it drives me nuts! I’m seriously can’t count how many times a day I have to remind her, “Take that out of your mouth, please!” Nagging doesn’t seem to work though, so I thought I’d try redirecting her urge to chew to something more acceptable instead of trying to get her to stop entirely, at least for now.
Kids should be going to school hungry for knowledge, not food. It breaks my heart to even think about it, but every day in Canada kids are going to school without enough food. In fact, one in five children regularly misses breakfast. That’s why I’ve partnered with Kellogg Canada to help raise awareness for the Breakfasts For Better Days program and help put an end to kids going hungry in class this fall.
Being a mom is tough work! I don’t have to tell you that. I can dream about a weekend getaway or a day to myself at the spa, but I know that’s just wishful thinking. That’s not to say there aren’t little things we can do for ourselves when we need a little bit of pampering and self-care though. This 24/7 mom thing is hard and we deserve a break every once in a while!
Where can you drop the kids off for some free child minding, eat all the Swedish meatballs you want, and shop for modern furniture and decor for your entire home, all at the same time? I think you all know where I’m talking about!
Ikea is the world’s largest furniture store, and while you probably know them for their stylish and affordable flat pack furniture, did you know that Ikea is also a world leader in corporate sustainability too? Ikea is committed to integrating a focus on sustainability – People and Planet Positive – throughout all their products and business practices.
Let’s talk turkey! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re already thinking about what to do for dinner. I know first-hand that roasting an entire turkey can seem intimidating though. What size turkey do you need? Fresh or frozen? If you buy frozen, how much time will it take to thaw? How long do you need to roast it? How do you carve the turkey?
Two weeks down, 37 to go! Tee is now in Year 1 of her Intermediate Montessori class (Grade One), and Kay started full-time preschool last week. I know we’re only a couple of weeks in to the school year, but I’m so excited by how much the girls are enjoying school.