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

2014 HGG banner 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

disney-frozen-sing-along“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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Dairy-Free Cashew Milk Hot Chocolate Made With New #SilkCreamyCashew

Cashew Milk Hot Chocolate

If you’ve been hanging around this blog for any amount of time, you may have noticed I do a lot of cooking with coconut milk. With two in my family allergic to cow dairy, coconut milk is our go-to milk alternative. But there are other non-dairy milk alternatives, like rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, and cashew milk. And for those of us who aren’t up to making their own (me! me!), Silk Creamy Cashew is now available in Canada!

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Win a New AppleCheeks Delishmas #ClothDiaper for #FluffMas! #TWCMgifts

Welcome to the FluffMas Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! Each blogger in this hop has a fabulously festive and fluffy prize for you, so be sure to hop around to them all!

My prize is this brand new AppleCheeks Christmas release: meet Delishmas! This gorgeous limited edition print features AppleCheeks apples in holiday red and green, perfect for festive fluffy bums and holiday pictures!

Win an AppleCheeks Delishmas cloth diaper for FluffMas! Open US & Can, ends 12/1.

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Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite

This week we took the girls out for an early Christmas treat. We attended Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite at the Surrey Bell Performing Arts Centre. The show opened with Christmas elves doing a song and dance routine and setting up  the stage. We had fantastic seats for this show, thanks to Rock.It Boy Entertainment, and oh how I wish I could show you Keira’s face when she saw Max and Ruby, larger than life right in front of her, but it was just too dark to take a picture.

Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite

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Hey, Universe. No More, Okay? Thanks.

You know that saying about bad things happening in threes? Well, I really hope not. Life has been pretty stressful around here the past week, which is why things have been a little quieter than usual on the blog front. I guess I’m hunkered down a bit waiting for things to get better and hoping that’s all for now.

First, our kitty Zephyr got sick. She’d been picky about her food the last couple of weeks, then last week she stopped eating entirely. We brought her to the vet, and he did an expensive (as if there’s any other kind) battery of blood tests. The next day he called to let us know that Zef had fatty liver disease. She’s been on a regimen of medication, prescription food, and “assisted feeding” ever since. That’s a nice way of saying I have to basically force feed her with a syringe. (Side note: most cats don’t like this very much.)

Last weekend hubs emailed while I was at work to let me know that the cat’s skin was looking kind of yellow so he was taking her back to the vet. Our vet recommended keeping her for a couple of days in the animal hospital on an IV in the hopes that would turn things around and she’d start eating again. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, so we brought her home on Tuesday to spend her last few days with her family in the comfort of her own home. So far she doesn’t seem to be in any pain, though she still won’t eat on her own. I don’t imagine it’ll be much longer though. I’ve had this cat for 14 years, and obviously the kids are really attached too. Losing our Zephyr is going to be hard for all of us.

the girls and zephyr

And then…

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