Now Accepting 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

Are you a brand, PR rep, crafter, Etsy shop, or independent consultant looking to promote your product or service? I am now accepting submissions for listings in This West Coast Mommy’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. This guide will feature gifts 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 I offer.

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Make Learning Fun with DK Books!

I love illustrated children’s reference books. Done well, they feed your child’s curiosity, spark new interests, and get conversations going. We had the opportunity recently to check out two reference books from DK Books, and this is exactly what I mean when I say done well!

Did You Know?

Smithsonian Did You KnowDid You Know? asks important questions like:

  • How many stars are there?
  • What are Saturn’s rings made of?
  • How deep is the ocean?
  • Why are leaves green?
  • What’s the biggest spider?
  • Who were the Vikings?
  • What was it like to live in a castle?
  • Where does electricity come from?
  • What is a rainbow?
  • How do my eyes work?
  • Why do I sneeze?

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Tiny Teethers Fashion Teething Necklaces {Plus #BlackFriday Sale and #Giveaway!} #TWCMgifts

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It’s been a little while now, but I very clearly remember how awful I felt when my babies were crying and fussing from teething pain. I struggled to find something that would take away the pain and discomfort. I tried frozen bananas (oh the mess!), frozen wash cloths, and all sorts of teething rings and teething toys. Some worked well, some less so, and some worked only once or twice before Keira randomly decided NEVER to touch them again.

But of course the teethers that didn’t help at all were the ones that I forgot at home, dropped on the floor, or left behind at the grocery store. That’s what makes teething necklaces such a great idea. They’re a fantastic way to keep track of your teether and keep it off that nasty who-knows-when-it-was-last-washed shopping mall concourse.

I’ve seen plenty of teething necklaces, usually one large silicone piece on the end of a cord. But why should teething jewelry be plain and utilitarian? I like pretty accessories just as much as the next mama, which is why I’m loving these Tiny Teethers necklaces made by a local Port Moody mama, Tara. Initially designed for her adorable baby boy, Andreas, no one will know these are teethers unless you tell them! With one of these chic necklaces, you’ll never drop or leave your teether behind again.

Tiny Teethers silicone necklaces

Photos adapted from Tiny Teethers

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Paleo Chocolate Mocha Pudding Dairy-Free #Recipe

The other night, a miracle happened. I had my kitchen cleaned from top to bottom, dinner was somehow ready ahead of schedule, and I had about 20 minutes to spare. Seriously, I can’t tell you the last time that happened. Maybe sometime when I was pregnant with my first baby? Let’s just say it’s been a long time.

We recently lost our kitty to liver failure so I wanted to do something special for my family, especially the girls. Instead of jumping back on my computer and time wasting on Facebook, I decided to whip up some chocolate mocha pudding for dessert.

Paleo Chocolate Mocha Pudding

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy’s Smart Stages Train {Plus #Giveaway} #TWCMgifts

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When it comes to babies, I often struggle to find just the right present. I have a one-year-old nephew to shop for this year, and I don’t want to get him a toy he’ll only play with a few times then outgrow, or something that won’t hold his interest. I want to find a toy that he’ll love and play with for a long time (which incidentally gets me huge auntie cred!). So I was really interested when I saw Fisher-Price’s new line of Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Toys. These engaging and colourful toys feature an innovative learning technology that grows with your child for up to three years. Each toy boasts three levels of programmable content that can easily be adjusted to match your child’s development.

We recently had the chance to check out the Puppy’s Smart Stages Train from Fisher-Price, part of that new line. The first thing I noticed was the size of the train. At 18 inches long, it was larger than I had expected and nicely sized for baby and toddlers. Like every other Fisher-Price toy we own, it’s very sturdy and you don’t need to worry about dropping it (which happens a lot in my house!).Puppy's Smart Stages Train

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Disney Face Off: Frozen Sing-Along or Star Wars Clone Wars {Plus a Frozen #Giveaway} #TWCMgifts

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Disney has two new home entertainment releases out this month, both perfect for holiday gift-giving. Which one would your kids love to find under the tree? We pick both!

Frozen: Sing-Along Edition

Win a copy of Disney Frozen Sing-Along DVD (US/CAN, 12/7)“Experience Frozen, the hit musical comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, like never before in an all-new, full-length Sing-Along Edition! Follow the lyrics and join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and a snowman named Olaf – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. It’s pure enchantment – and full of fun for the whole family!”

This movie went in the player as soon as it came in the door. Even though we’ve seen Frozen at least a dozen times, we’re always up for one more! To be honest though, it’s not like we didn’t know all the words already! Note this is not just a collection of songs like some other Sing-Along DVDs. This is the full movie with the lyrics on the screen during the songs and a bouncing snowflake to help you follow along karaoke-style. You do have the option in the Bonus Features to only play the songs if you prefer.

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Goodnight Little Me Personalized Storybook from I See Me! {Plus #Giveaway} #TWCMgifts

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I firmly believe children should always find at least one book under the tree. I especially love giving personalized books because they’re fantastic at engaging and encouraging kids to read. I’ve shared before about how much we love I See Me! personalized books (take a look at my Who Loves Me? and Royal Birthday Adventure reviews), so it’s no wonder they’re part of this year’s gift guide too. I See Me! has personalized books for every child, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

Our friends at I See Me! sent us a copy of Goodnight Little Me specially personalized for Keira. As always, the quality of I See Me! books is outstanding. The illustrator, Mary GrandPré, is best known for her work in the Harry Potter series, and I love the soft, restful pictures and colour palette used throughout this book.

Win a personalized copy of "Goodnight Little Me" from #ISeeMeBooks (US/CAN, 12/6)

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I’m Invited! The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique is Back at Coquitlam Centre

RBC Avion BoutiqeWoo hoo! I’ve just been invited to check out the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique at Coquitlam Centre this holiday season! We have plenty of Christmas shopping to do, and this year we’ll be doing it in Avion VIP style. I’m looking forward to being able to take a break from the crowds and chaos of holiday shopping with these exclusive and complimentary services:

  • Valet parking
  • Coat and parcel check
  • VIP lounge and café
  • Concierge services
  • Gift wrapping service

These are the kind of perks that help make holiday shopping a more enjoyable experience! I’ll let you all know how it goes next week.

Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Bear Bums is Celebrating 3000 Fans with an AppleCheeks Get Real #ClothDiaper Giveaway!

Win an AppleCheeks Get Real FIFA-inspired cloth diaper! Open to CAN/US, 12/08

Welcome to the Bear Bums Get Real for the Holidays Giveaway hosted by This West Coast Mommy and Maman Loup’s Den!

AppleCheeks’ Get Real diaper was a very limited release to celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A very limited quantity was produced, and we all know what that means: UNICORN!

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Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser Giveaway

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Welcome to the Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser Giveaway,
hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro and sponsored by Step2!

It’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping and if you have a child in the 4-8 age range, we have an AWESOME new toy from Step2 to introduce to you: the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser!

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