Now Accepting 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

Are you a brand, retailer, PR representative, Etsy shop, or independent consultant looking to promote your gift ideas this Christmas? We are now accepting submissions for listings in This West Coast Mommy’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Our guide will run from the beginning of November through to Christmas and feature gift ideas 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 you can expect.

Now accepting submissions for This West Coast Mommy's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

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How to Prepare Your Pet Before the New Baby Arrives

Pets can be possessive sometimes, other times they could care less if there are other animals or humans in the immediate area. But bringing home a new bundle of joy to a household with an existing four-legged friend can be tricky sometimes. They’re used to being the center of attention, and suddenly, there’s a crying, laughing, strange little ball wrapped in a blanket that will probably smell peculiar to them.

With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can ensure your pets will embrace your new, little bundle of joy and grow into lifelong best friends.

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Foster Naturals’ Organic, Non-Toxic, and Ethical Baby Care Line

Is it just me, or is the world rapidly becoming more environmentally and socially conscious? It seems like people are more aware than ever of the things they’re putting on and in their bodies—asking where their clothing came from and if the makers were paid a fair wage, demanding transparency in how their products are tested, seeking out lists of ingredients with fewer synthetic chemicals.

“Granola” is going mainstream it seems, and for the sake of our planet and my own family, I couldn’t be happier.

Foster Naturals' baby care line is cruelty-free, toxin-free, locally sourced, and sustainable. From their holistic business practices to their earth-conscious packaging, their love for people and planet is a clear priority in every aspect of their company.

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Bridging the Financial Literacy Gap

A few months ago I asked you to share the most important financial lesson you learned as a teenager or young adult just starting to manage your own money. I received dozens of insightful replies on the blog, Facebook, and on Twitter. Here are just a few of the wise answers you gave:

“Want and need, know the difference and you will save money.” – Marjorie

“So important to teach financial literacy at an early age. We never really discussed money with our kids and it was a big mistake. They grew up not really understanding financial responsibility.” – Monica

Financial literacy is a critical skill we all need to be successful in our lives. Capital One Enactus programs are helping to bridge the gap!
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Our Overnight Diapering Solution: Bummis’ Dimple Diaper Review {Plus Giveaway}

When my oldest, Brooks, was a baby and still on a predominantly liquid diet, I remember feeling sorry for all the poor souls who couldn’t find a good night time diaper for their heavy wetting youngsters. When doing research on which kinds of diapers to invest in, I’d scroll past a lot of the information about absorbency because we never seemed to have a problem with that.

Well, times have changed. And with my new little lady who loves to snack all night long, I had officially joined the club of parents who are fed up with leaky dipes.

The Dimple Diaper from Bummis is the best of both worlds when it comes to absorbency and simplicity.

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Munchables Kids’ Chewelry Review {Plus Giveaway}

When my babies became toddlers and then grew into preschoolers, I thought I’d be done with teething and chewing on everything. For Tee that was mostly true, but I’m still waiting for Kay to get the memo. Even at four years old, she’s still constantly chewing on things. Toys, her sleeves, fingers – it drives me nuts! I’m seriously can’t count how many times a day I have to remind her, “Take that out of your mouth, please!” Nagging doesn’t seem to work though, so I thought I’d try redirecting her urge to chew to something more acceptable instead of trying to get her to stop entirely, at least for now.

Munchables sensory "chewelry" is more than just a fun fashion accessory. It's also a safe, non-toxic alternative for older kids who like to chew!

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Breakfasts for Better Days #FeedingBetterDays

Kids should be going to school hungry for knowledge, not food. It breaks my heart to even think about it, but every day in Canada kids are going to school without enough food. In fact, one in five children regularly misses breakfast. That’s why I’ve partnered with Kellogg Canada to help raise awareness for the Breakfasts For Better Days program and help put an end to kids going hungry in class this fall.

Kids should be going to school hungry for knowledge, not food.

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DIY Lavender Vanilla Bath Salts

Being a mom is tough work! I don’t have to tell you that. I can dream about a weekend getaway or a day to myself at the spa, but I know that’s just wishful thinking. That’s not to say there aren’t little things we can do for ourselves when we need a little bit of pampering and self-care though. This 24/7 mom thing is hard and we deserve a break every once in a while!

These DIY bath salts will pamper you with the aromatherapeutic benefits of calming lavender essential oil and the warmth of vanilla.

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I’m an Ikea Ambassador: Inspired by Sustainable Living

Where can you drop the kids off for some free child minding, eat all the Swedish meatballs you want, and shop for modern furniture and decor for your entire home, all at the same time? I think you all know where I’m talking about!

Ikea is the world’s largest furniture store, and while you probably know them for their stylish and affordable flat pack furniture, did you know that Ikea is also a world leader in corporate sustainability too? Ikea is committed to integrating a focus on sustainability – People and Planet Positive – throughout all their products and business practices.

Sustainable Living Project

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How to Roast Half a Turkey for Thanksgiving {Plus a $75 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway}

Let’s talk turkey! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re already thinking about what to do for dinner. I know first-hand that roasting an entire turkey can seem intimidating though. What size turkey do you need? Fresh or frozen? If you buy frozen, how much time will it take to thaw? How long do you need to roast it? How do you carve the turkey?

Whether you're serving dinner to the entire extended family or enjoying a quiet dinner for two, Canadian turkey is the star of any Thanksgiving table.

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