Now Accepting 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

Are you a brand, retailer, PR representative, Etsy shop, or independent consultant looking to promote your products or service? I am now accepting submissions for listings in This West Coast Mommy’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. This guide will feature gift ideas perfect 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.

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A Special Snack Pack Treat for Back to School! #SnackPackEZO

Next week this time, both my girls will be in school. You know what that means? It’s time to celebrate! Time to celebrate cooler weather and the crunch of fallen leaves under our feet.Time to celebrate a return to routines and early bedtimes. Time to celebrate making new friends over a fresh box of crayons. (And maybe celebrate some me time too – shh!)

September also means a return to school lunches and snacks too. In our house, snacks are usually fruit or maybe some cheese and crackers, but every once in a while I like to pick up a special treat for my girls. This time I have a little stash of Snack Pack puddings to send to school with them. They’re gluten-free, made with skim milk, have 0 trans fat and no preservatives, and come in lots of different flavours.

Snack pack puddings come in all your favourite flavours.

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Protect Your Child’s Skin with UV Skinz {Plus a Giveaway}

We were first introduced to UV Skinz sun protective clothing a few years ago (by a blog review, actually!) when Tee was just a toddler. I won a swim shirt and shorts set in a giveaway, and I loved the set so much that ever since I’ve been buying the next size up each year. My youngest is currently wearing that first set handed down from her big sister.

First UV Skinz

So why are we such big fans of UV Skinz? Because it’s an easy, safe, and convenient way to protect my kids’ skin! The microfiber material blocks out 98% of all UV rays making it the equivalent of UPF 50. (UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and measures both UVA and UVB radiation blocked.) Of course I want to protect my kids from painful sunburns, but I also know how serious early sun damage can be for my children’s future health. Did you know that experiencing five or more sunburns doubles your child’s lifetime melanoma risk? That’s unacceptable to me.

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Why Natural Pain Relief?

Pain is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes it’s good pain, like when you’re getting a massage or the soreness you feel after a good workout, but often it’s a signal that something is wrong. For many years I’ve had back pain and stiffness which only got worse while carrying two pregnancies to term. I also get pain in my wrists and arms from the amount of time I spend on my computer. It’s a signal I need to take a break and rest. Listen to your body!

Not only does pain impact your level of physical activity, but pain also affects your mood and ability to enjoy life too. We all want to feel better! As we strive to live healthier lifestyles by eating better, exercising more, and taking care of ourselves, we also tend to look for pain relief made with natural ingredients that we can trust to safely care for our aches and pains.


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Things People Say on Social Media #BCStorm

This weekend was pretty windy around here! A major windstorm hit the south coast of BC and down into Washington state on Saturday, resulting in downed trees everywhere and almost half a million customers in BC without electricity at some point. Many people, us included, lost power for two days and some change. Even now as of early morning Tuesday, there are still some homes waiting for power.

But have you ever noticed that whenever something goes wrong, like the power outages during and after this storm, there are always people who take to social media to express their displeasure? Sometimes it’s warranted, and sometimes it just comes off as a little out of touch with the realities of the situation.

It’s all a conspiracy, man…
conspiracy theorist

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Owlkids Books 2015 Fall Catalogue Sneak Peek {Plus a #KidLit Giveaway}

Owlkids Books has been publishing children’s magazines and a complete line of children’s books for over 35 years now. Their new fall catalogue was just released, and our friends at Owlkids kindly sent us a handful of these new releases to share with you. Take this opportunity to check out this season’s newest children’s books aimed at ages 3-7 and scroll all the way down to enter to win this same collection!

The Little Book of Big Fears by Monica Arnaldo

The Little Book of Big Fears

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Introducing the Funky Fluff LUX Line! {And the Grand Prize LUX Giveaway}

After a fabulous two-week long party, the entire Funky Fluff LUX line is now here! I didn’t think it was possible, but Funky Fluff has somehow made their diapers even better!

Funky Fluff LUX Diaper Shells

Funky Fluff one size diapers can be used as an AIO (all-in-one), AI2 (all-in-two), or a pocket diaper. The new LUX diaper shells have been refined with some small updates, but there are no major changes to report. Check out my Funky Fluff 2.0 Bamboo and Funky Fluff 2.0 Stay Dry reviews to get the basics. Here’s how the 2.0 and the LUX diaper shells compare, inside and out.

Funky Fluff 2.0 vs. Funky Fluff LUX

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Safari Tales Mobile App: Learning Through Creative Play

I think my five-year-old is similar to most other kids her age. She loves playing on my iPad, and she’s better at using it than most adults I know. If I let her, she’d spend all day playing games and watching those annoying unboxing videos and cake making tutorials. (Seriously, what five-year-old is into cake decorating how-to videos?)

But I do think there is a time and place for limited electronic entertainment. When we’re waiting in a long line somewhere, or I need a break (hey, I’m human!), or just because she wants to play a game. I much prefer having her actively engaged, learning, and interacting with an educational game than passively watching TV, so I’m always on the lookout for well-conceived and well-designed games that meet these criteria. One of these is Kuato Studios’ Safari Tales, an interactive 3D app aimed at kids ages 4-10 and designed to enhance literacy skills.

Safari Tales mobile app: learning through creative play

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