My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales DVD Review

MLP Spooktacular Pony TalesHalloween is sneaking up on us already, and all of Ponyville is getting into the spirit! My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales is perfect to bring some spooky fun home. New on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, Spooktacular Pony Tales features 6 fun episodes and a bonus sing-along music video, “Bats”. The DVD also comes with a full colour Halloween MLP poster and two pumpkin carving stencils featuring Nightmare Moon and Trixie.

“Join your favourite residents of Ponyville – Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike – as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria’s ever seen! Time to gather round and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp!”

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Preparing for Potty Training

Keira just turned two last month. That means it’s about that time to start preparing for potty training! Even though I’ve done it once before, I’m still looking forward to this with equal amounts of anticipation and dread. The idea of Keira being out of cloth diapers is exciting but kind of sad at the same time. My baby is growing up!

2 year old Keira

I’m looking forward to not having to deal with dirty diapers anymore, but the learning period means a lot of clean up and patience. And to be perfectly honest, I’m going to miss discovering new diapers, testing them, and blogging about them. Though I guess we’ll have some time with cloth trainers before it all goes away!

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Spence and Marie bumGenius AIO Freetime #ClothDiaper #Giveaway

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Welcome to the Spence & Marie Freetime Diaper Giveaway

Hosted by Conservamom

bumGenius has done it again and come out with another gorgeous set of limited edition diaper prints for your little one. Spence and Marie are gorgeous prints with a nautical theme sure to make your little one jump for joy.

One lucky winner will get their chance to win this gorgeous set of diapers in the AIO Freetime Style. All you have to do is enter below for your chance to win. One winner will get both prints. This giveaway is open to US &CA and ends on 9/29 at 11:59pm. Good luck!
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Win an Original Oil Painting of Your Pet #Giveaway

Win an original oil painting of your pet from NYC PetPortraits (US/CAN, 9/25)
 
Welcome to the NYC PetPortraits giveaway hosted by 
 

Do you have a furry pet in your family? Artist, Gillian Wainwright, who has exhibited in New York City, has a unique ability to capture the most beautiful moments (from your favorite photographs) of your pet. Gillian will take your photograph and create an original, custom oil painting that is sure to capture your heart!

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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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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Happy Teddy Bear Day!

Here’s a fun fact about me! Before my kids came along, I used to design, hand sew, and sell one of a kind artist bears. September 9 is Teddy Bear Day, so to celebrate I wanted to share with you some of the teddy bears I’ve made!

Do you still have your childhood teddy bear?

Happy Teddy Bear Day

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Creamy Dill and Garlic Salmon #Recipe

For most of my life, I thought I hated cooked salmon. (Sushi’s another story though – yum!) I could not understand why salmon was considered a “gourmet” fish and why people would pay so much for it. Every time I tried salmon I found it kind of dry and unpleasantly fishy tasting. No sauce could hide that.

About three years ago, we started going to the White Rock Farmers’ Market. Hubs convinced me to buy a salmon fillet from one of the vendors there, Fresh Off the Boat. This is a family-run operation where they catch wild fish off the coast of BC and flash freeze the fish right there on the boat immediately after it’s caught. Even though I knew I wouldn’t like it, I agreed to give salmon a try again because it’s an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Hubs baked the fish that night, and I remember taking a tiny bite expecting that same fishy taste. I was shocked to find it tasted fresh and moist and delicious! It tasted like a completely different fish! Ever since that day, I’ve been a salmon convert, but only when it’s fresh like this.

We visited the Farmers’ Market again this weekend, and saw that their salmon fillets were on sale. We snapped some up, and I made this deliciously simple creamy dill and garlic salmon fillet.

creamy dill & garlic salmon

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Celebrate the New Funky Fluff Print with a $100 GC #ClothDiapers #Giveaway!

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Funky Fluff’s new release is an exclusive print designed by Toronto-based artist, Glen Halsey. Glen created the Canadian forest creatures that populate this autumn-inspired print, and Tricia at Funky Fluff took care of placing the fauna on the final fabric design.

The new print, called Funk-eh Forest, is available on the Bamboo and Stay-Dry 2.0 diapers, as well as the new hanging pail and double pocket wet bag. The products will be available to purchase on the Funky Fluff website on September 7, or from your favourite retailer as soon as possible (some retailers may take pre-orders).

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$25 Pink Lemonade Shop GC #Giveaway

Welcome to the Fall in to Green Living Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy’s Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. This hop is focused on items that are green and natural! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner so after entering my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you!

My prize is a $25 gift card to Pink Lemonade Shop where you can buy cloth liners, pads, sets, and even nursing pads. Custom orders are welcome!

Win a $25 gift certificate to Pink Lemonade for cloth pads and liners (WW, 9/22)

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