Family Holiday Gift Ideas & $100 Giveaway!

Stuck for holiday gift ideas for your partner or kids? I’ve come across three products/services lately that I think would be great for under the Christmas tree this holiday season….and we’re giving away a $100 gift pack including all three! Enter to win through the Rafflecopter form at the end of the this post, contest runs until midnight on Tues, December 16th, winner announced Dec 17th.


4Cats Arts Studio (Edgemont Village location)


2014-07-20 16.41.06First up is our local 4Cats Arts Studio in Edgemont Village! My first experience at 4Cats was our 4 year old daughter’s recent splatter birthday party, and I can’t rave enough. All 10 kids aged 2-5 enjoyed a crazy hour of paint-throwing, rule-free, mess-making bliss….and I even got into the spirit of things and got covered in paint! The kids each got to create small individual canvasses to take home, joined in together to make one huge canvas for the birthday girl, and then dug into birthday cake & snacks brought from home. Parents of our guests were thrilled to drop their kids off for the party – easier for the kids to focus on the fun and parents had a nice afternoon break! The team at 4Cats clearly knows how to encourage kids to be creative and let loose, and then we didn’t have to deal with a mess to clean up at home. Certainly works for me 🙂

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4Cats Arts Studio offers classes, birthday parties and special events for all ages. And with 3 locations on the North Shore, there’s bound to be one close to your home! The lucky mama who wins our giveaway will receive a certificate for a $30 workshop for your little one (perfect for a stocking stuffer this Christmas!).



Soggy Tot Seat Cover for Mom or Dad’s Car


soggy tot imageUp next is an extremely practical gift for mom or dad with kids in their car on a regular basis. We all know life would be easier (and car much cleaner) if we stopped letting our little ones eat or drink in the car, but sometimes it’s just impractical! On the go between school, daycare, work, and activities…our kids always end up snacking in the car at least a few times a week.

A few weeks ago just after I’d cleaned out fishy cracker crumbs from our carseats and tried (unsuccessfully) to get some juice stains off the actual “car” seats, I happened to come across Soggy Tot Car Seat Covers to save my sanity and keep my Toyota Matrix clean! The back seat covers come in three different sizes to fit almost any compact or midsize car, SUV or wide body truck, and bucket seat options for the front, and they take seconds to install and remove. As a busy mom, it’s very important for me that this cover is durable and machine washable, and crumbs & dirt don’t grind through to the upholstery underneath! The fabric even pulls up on the sides to create “Super Pockets” that stop fluid and debris from falling down the sides of the seat. At the end of the day, I’d much rather have the Soggy Tot Seat Cover on each seat in our cars to simplify clean-ups while we own the car, and protect it for when we might want to re-sell the car down the road.

Click HERE to see a list of retailers on the North Shore and across the Lower Mainland who carry Soggy Tot Car Seat Covers!

The lucky mama who wins our giveaway will take home a Soggy Tot back seat cover in whatever size best fits her (or her partner’s) family vehicle!


Travel Chalkboard Mats from Mommy Loves Maddy

At a recent family-focused tradeshow I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley, the mom & entrepreneur behind Mommy Loves Maddy, and I fell in love with her travel chalkboard mats! They are practical, fun and great for the environment (no paper waste!). It’s an especially portable kit to keep in the car and bring into restaurants for on-to-go entertainment.  My 2 & 4 year olds are hooked!

The winner of our $100 holiday giveaway will be taking home a set of 2 adorable Mommy Loves Maddy travel chalkboard mats.

Here is a great YouTube Video demonstrating this adorable & functional gift!


Enter to win our $100 holiday prize pack through Rafflecopter below. Contest runs until midnight on Tues, December 16th, winner announced Dec 17th.


Happy Holidays!

Angela Signature


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    The 4 Catz studio giveaway as my daughter is turning 2 on January 1st and would love to do this for her birthday!

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