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‚Äôs 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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Bear Bums Halloween AppleCheeks #ClothDiaper Giveaway

Bear Bums Halloween Hunt

Halloween is almost here, and online cloth diaper retailer Bear Bums wants to have some fun! To celebrate the spooky holiday, they’re having a different kind of giveaway – a Halloween treasure hunt!

Every day from October 20-31, there will be a new letter hidden somewhere on the Bear Bums website. Visit Bear Bums’ Facebook page every day to get your clue for where to find that day’s letter. By the end of the hunt, you’ll be able to unscramble all 12 letters to find the secret phrase for bonus points! Starting late? No worries! All the clues will stay up on Facebook so you can still find the letters and the secret phrase!

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Let’s Imagine Elmo Toy Review {Plus #Giveaway!} #ImagineWithElmo

Have you met Elmo? He’s a good friend of ours. My girls and him go way back. He came to Teagan’s second birthday party and helped decorate her cake. He plays with my kids and keeps them amused while I’m making dinner or doing the dishes. My girls visit him on Sesame Street, and they make music and dance together.

So we were all really excited to find out that Elmo was coming to stay with us, along with his three friends Prince Elmo, Cowboy Elmo, and Captain Elmo. When he finally arrived, my kids impatiently circled me like hungry lions around an antelope as I worked to get Elmo out of his box.

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Up Close and Personal with Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games

Last weekend, I got to take my girls out to see their favourite mouse and cat friends in their newest live theatre production, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games. We were especially excited because we were also invited to the VIP (Very Important Preschooler?) pre-show party. We arrived about 45 minutes before the show and joined some other lucky children in the party area. Every child received a Toopy and Binoo drawstring book bag containing a jumbo sized Toopy and Binoo activity book and Fun and Games poster.

But the highlight of the whole day was their personal meeting with Toopy and Binoo. We were able to take lots of pictures, with the girls and then with the whole family. The actors were wonderfully patient with the shy kids, and we never felt rushed. Both my girls were excited, but Keira in particular was absolutely enchanted by the experience.

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Snack on the Go with Summer Fresh Hummus {Plus #Giveaway!} #FreshSnacks

With two busy kids always on the go, I’m always on the go too! But that doesn’t mean I’m okay with junk food or unhealthy snacks for my kids. I usually grab a piece of fruit or cheese when they want a snack, but I’m always looking for other healthy options. I was recently sent some Summer Fresh Snack’n Go kits and Hummus Minis to see if they measured up.

We often eat hummus with veggie sticks for dinner, but I’d never really thought of sending some to school for snack. I’ll be honest, mornings are really not my best time, but these Snack’n Go kits make it easy for me, especially when I’m already frazzled and running late. Each Snack’n Go kit includes a serving of hummus paired with seven crisp flatbread crackers perfect for dipping (and sharing!), all in an easy to grab package. I can just throw it into Teagan’s backpack and snack is taken care of!

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Thunder and the House of Magic DVD Review

Thunder and the House of MagicThunder and the House of Magic is a whimsical family adventure, bringing to life a unique story with a great sense of humor, positive values, and universal appeal. Brimming with spectacular animation and endearing characters, this internationally acclaimed motion picture delivers a fun and captivating movie experience for the entire family.

“The film tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don’t all welcome the new house guest. But when the magician lands in the hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, our young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home.”

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Buttons Diapers Cover and Inserts #Giveaway

2014-10-17 Buttons Diapers Cover and Hemp Cotton Inserts Giveaway
Welcome to the Buttons Diapers Cover and Hemp/Cotton Inserts Giveaway sponsored by Buttons Diapers and hosted by The Parenting Patch.

Buttons Diapers recently unveiled a new line of hemp/cotton inserts. Heather of The Parenting Patch reviewed the hemp/cotton daytime inserts and hemp/cotton nighttime doublers. Made from 55% hemp and 45% cotton, the new natural fiber inserts are super soft and super absorbent. For more information, check out the full Buttons Diapers Hemp/Cotton Inserts Review from The Parenting Patch.

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AMP One Size Duo Pocket #ClothDiaper Giveaway #CDLocal2Me

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Welcome to the #CDLocal2Me Giveaway Hop Event,
hosted by Mama Loup’s Den and Our Piece of Earth.

We’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers who love supporting local businesses and are excited to share these products and companies that we love with you. Each participating blogger will be showcasing a cloth diaper or natural living product made in their province/state or a cloth diaper store local to them. This is a great way for you to learn where your favorite products are made and discover some that you may not have heard of. Be sure to hop around to all of these fantastic blogs and enter to win.

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AMP One Size Duo Pocket #ClothDiaper Review

I’ve mentioned before how much I love discovering and introducing you to Canadian businesses. I’m especially thrilled when they happen to be local to me too! Bottoms Up Cloth Diapers Boutique is an online cloth diaper shop based out of Abbotsford, BC. Bottoms Up carries AMP, Easy Peasies, Funky Fluff, Lil Helper, and Mother-ease brand diapers. Owner Reanna is the mama of three boys and started cloth diapering with her second son in 2008. She loves how easy cloth diapering is and how environmentally-friendly it is, so there’s nothing she enjoys more than helping other mamas find the best cloth diapering option for their babies.

Reanna sent me an AMP One Size Duo pocket diaper in this gorgeous sugar plum colour with a two layer bamboo insert and two layer hemp booster for review.

AMP OS Sugarplum

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8 Reasons to Eat Local Food

GMN-Carnival-ButtonWelcome to the October 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Advocating for Our Food Supply.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. Since October is Non-GMO Month, National Farm to School Month, and Fair Trade Month, we are naturally talking about our food supply. Be sure to read all of the other posts listed at the bottom of mine! You may find stories about why it’s important to eat organic, support non-GMO awareness (and labeling), grow your own food, and eat a real food diet. You may also find some new recipes or learn what real foods or gadgets are staples in our members’ kitchens. This month it’s all about food!

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On my brother’s first visit to our new house in 2008, he teased me about the “Entering Farm Country” road sign he drove past on his way over. I wasn’t that excited about living all the way out here, away from the convenience and bustle of city living. But like most families just starting out, we could not afford a house in Vancouver so we headed out to the suburbs.

That’s where I discovered numerous small family farms nearby supplying local meat, produce, honey, and even cheeses. Up until this point I’d always bought my food at the grocery store. You know, like normal people. It had never occurred to me that people could grow food in my own neighbourhood. But once I’d had this epiphany, it got me thinking about how ridiculous it was to buy and eat food transported hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles when that same food could be found growing locally.

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Summer Infant Bentwood Booster Seat #Giveaway

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Looking for a stylish seating solution for your child? Summer Infant has you covered with their Bentwood Booster Seat, and we’re giving one away to one lucky winner!

Here is a little more information about the Summer Infant Bentwood Booster Seat from Amazon.com:

The Bentwood Booster Seat is a stylish, lightweight wood seat that is a great feeding booster seat.

  • 3-position recline and high seat back for child’s comfort
  • Included chair straps secure booster to chair
  • Removable, dishwasher safe, 3-position tray
  • 3-point harness for safety
  • Folding design for storage and portability

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