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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Deal Alert! Get a PeekaPak Subscription Box for $5 Until November 2

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Have you heard of Peekapak yet? These monthly subscription boxes are designed by early childhood educators to help foster literacy and creativity among children aged 4-8 years. Each Peekapak box includes an original storybook, all the supplies you need to build two or three play props, and a parent’s guide.

I’ll be posting a review in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide, but I wanted to let you know about this time-limited opportunity to pick up a Peekapak subscription at a steep discount for holiday gift giving. For this week only until Sunday, November 2, Peekapak is running their biggest sale yet. Get your first Peekapak for just $5 and FREE shipping to Canada and the US! That’s 80% off the regular price! Choose a one month subscription (just $5!), or select three months, six months, or a year long subscription.

Find out more and pick up your own activity box at Peekapak.

Fine print: Billing renews automatically. Email to cancel at any time after your Peekapak ships.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a commission if you purchase through my link, at no additional cost to you.

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Custom Halloween Cloth Diapers from Hip Huggers

I have many reasons for choosing cloth diapers. Sure, cloth diapering saves money and keeps garbage out of the landfill, but it’s also lot of fun coordinating my little one’s diaper with her outfit (or the other way around!) and finding the perfect diaper for a special occasion. I wanted to find a spooky Halloween diaper for Keira, but I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg either (’cause that would be too slasher flick for me, even at Halloween!).

Angela is the hip mama behind Hip Huggers Cloth Diapers. She sells diapers out of her home in Victoria, BC, just across the Strait of Georgia from me. Not only does she sell economical pocket diapers, she also hand paints custom designs on her diapers. She made this awesome Jack Skellington inspired diaper – perfect for Halloween!

Halloween Diapers from Hip Huggers
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Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! is Coming to Town {Plus Ticket #Giveaway}

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Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang are back this holiday season with a new live show! Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! is playing December 10 and 11, 2014, at UBC Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, and at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre on December 13 and 14, 2014.

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Halloween Craft: Spooky Paper Spiders

These paper spiders are a very simple last minute Halloween craft suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. Make a whole bunch of them and hang them on the wall or in doorways to add some extra Halloween spirit! All you need is some black construction paper, glue or tape, thread for hanging, and googly eyes if you have them, a white crayon or white paper if you don’t.

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Hasbro for Halloween

Halloween is on a Friday this year, which means late night shenanigans all around. With no school or work the next day, the kids can eat candy, stay up late, and celebrate Halloween in style.

After an evening of trick or treating, nothing caps off a great night like a lightsaber duel with your dad. (Well, Luke might not agree…) We love our Hasbro Ultimate FX lightsabers with motion sensor controlled sound and light effects. They really light up and hum and zoom like real lightsabers. And when they smash together, they clash and crackle, just like in the movies!

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SoftBums Omni Midnight Cloth Diaper #Giveaway

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The Twitter party is now over.
Scroll down to enter the giveaway for an Omni Midnight diaper
open until November 12, 2014.

I’m so excited to join SoftBums in celebrating the release of their newest color combination – midnight blue with black snaps! You’re invited to celebrate with us at the #SBMidnightRelease Twitter Party on October 29th, beginning at 8 pm CST/9 pm EST! This is an awesome opportunity to meet up with other cloth diaper enthusiasts, learn about what makes SoftBums products unique, and enter to win some great prizes!

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5 Free Android Games for Busy Moms

5 Free Android Games for Busy Moms

I’ve had this post kicking around for a while in draft form, but I decided it was finally time to finish it up and publish it. Now that the kids are back in school and the weather is turning cold and wet, I’m starting to have more time to play games once in a while.

I used to play video games a lot, but not so much now that I have kids. I still like to play games, but now it’s on my 3DS or on my tablet instead. The days of playing the latest Zelda game or Civilization for hours at a time are over. The games I play now need to be the kind I can play a few minutes here, a few minutes there, while I’m sitting in the car with my napping kids, or nursing a squirmy toddler, or lying in bed trying to unwind after a busy day.

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Planning for Your Child’s Future in Education

When I was three or four, I desperately wanted to be a school bus driver. At various points in elementary school, I also wanted to be a child psychologist, a teacher, a paleontologist, and for a very brief time an astronaut (until I realized I got motion sickness on the tire swing).

Fast forward 25 years, and this is Teagan on her first day back to school this September. Last year she wanted to be a soccer player and a teacher, and this year her career plans have changed to becoming a dentist (but still stuck on that soccer thing, despite never having played a game). Of course, her dream job changes all the time. Yesterday she told me she wanted to own a zoo so she could ride the giraffes (really?).

First day of preschool 2014

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9 Common Cloth Diapering Mistakes

When I was a new mama, I spent so much time researching cloth diapers, what to do, what not to do, and that still didn’t save me from a lot of trial and error. Two babies and four and a half years of cloth diapering later, I think I can safely say I’ve learned a thing or two. In the interest of saving other mamas some of the same growing pains, here are nine of the most common cloth diapering mistakes and what to do instead.

9 common cloth diapering mistakes
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