Lifestyle,  Self Care

The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide And Giveaway for Moms

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Ladies, the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway is here FOR YOU. Because November has flown by and, if you’re anything like me, you’re all, “Son of a nutcracker! How the actual mistletoe is Christmas only a month away?!”

Then, in true mom fashion, panic mode sets in as you realize Christmas pyjamas are all sold out, you missed the sale on butter, and those holiday cards you’ve been meaning to write should arrive at their destination just in time for Valentine’s Day. Awesome.

I’m gonna stop you right there. Now, breathe, girl. Breathe. Grab a coffee and put up your feet for a hot minute. While things may get chaotic with that holiday-prep-that-never-fails-to-sneak-up-on-you, I’ve got your back.

The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway was put together exclusively for you mamas that could use a bit of a treat. While you’re busy taking care of everybody else, this is a chance to treat yo’selves and win something you might want, definitely deserve, but may not necessarily buy yourself.

With my fellow moms in mind, I’ve put together a selection of few of my favourite things — in fact you may recognize a few of these items from previous gift guides. I like them that much. And I’m pretty sure you’ll like them, too. The best part: you can win one of the items on the list! Here’s what’s up for grabs (scroll wayyyyy down to enter the giveaway):

Peep These Awesome Prizes!

Salton Harley Pasternak blender in red.

Win one (1) Salton Harley Pasternak Blender (C$250)

Salton has been a trusted Canadian “gourmet appliance company” since 1945 and I am thrilled to be able to include the Harley Pasternak blender in my giveaway for you mamas.

Whip up smoothies, pancake batter, soups, Bulletproof coffee, margaritas, and more, quickly and with minimal clean-up. I figured any appliance that has the power to get you in and out of the kitchen faster is a win.

I bought my Salton blender over three years ago. At the time it was a bit of a luxury item, though it rivals some of the more expensive brands in price, quality, and durability. I use my blender almost daily so it was definitely worth the investment.

The Harley Pasternak blender is still a significant purchase if you’re on a budget and I’m so happy one of you will win your very own! Plus, you get to choose the colour that matches your style and decor!

Customer Care: If after-purchase care is important to you, you’ll be pleased to know the customer service from this reputable Canadian company is top notch.

*Available at,, and other major retailers.

Groove Life Apple Watch bands in black, and white/black rose design and three silicone rings in blue, pink, and stacked set in black and rose pattern.

Win one (1) Groove Life Apple Watch band and one (1) silicone ring (US$90)

*Apple Watch not included

Groove Life designs high quality, breathable silicone rings and watch bands for maximum comfort and performance.

Blending style and comfort since 2015, Groove Life has been inspiring adventure through their quality, breathable materials and unique patterns. With their recent launch of the Apple Watch bands, and a bevy of new ring designs, you can live your best life in style and comfort.

I’ve been proudly wearing Groove Life silicone rings over a year — they’re my go-to on weekends, during workouts, at the beach — and recently had the chance to test the Apple Watch band. The watch bands are very comfortable and breathable — my wrist doesn’t get sweaty from wearing it — and the patterns and colours are SO fun.

A couple of things to consider when selecting your band:
Texture: the Dimension collection of bands are much more flexible than the patterned ones of the Aspire collection.
Colour: the darker colours won’t show dirt or dye from clothing as much as lighter ones will. Like my regular Apple Watch band, which is white, I still haven’t found a way to remove staining.
Fit: I ordered the size S/M in the Rose Pink Dimension Arrows pattern for my 40mm Apple Watch. It fits snuggly on the face of the watch and while the length is slightly shorter than the Apple band but still a good fit on the second-to-last notch.
No BS Warranty: Your Groove product comes with a 94-Year Unlimited Warranty. No matter what happens, Groove’s got your back. And, let’s face it, busy mamas don’t have time for hassles.

*Available at

Packaging of Squish Vegan Good Vibes mix with sample of each gummy in the pack

Win one (1) Squish Candy Vegan Gift Pack (C$44)

The sugar-craving struggle is real over here, y’all, and when I need my fix I reach for the Squish. Have you tried these yet?? Ok, here’s the #realtalk: I am all about living and encouraging a healthy and fit lifestyle. But I’m also about balance. To me, balance includes eating well and exercising and also having that glass of wine, or slice of pie, or really yummy gummies when the mood strikes.

While I’m hardly in a position to be splurging on gourmet candy, I’ll be honest: next to pie, nothing quite satisfies my sweet tooth like Squish. These are definitely a treat and one of you is going to receive a Vegan Good Vibes Mix, a Vegan Sake Blossom bottle, and a Vegan Grateful box. Whoop, whoop!

Delicious flavours, fun shapes, and colours. They’ve even finessed their reduced sugar options which is awesome; PLUS they have a whole vegan collection, which I love (as you can tell from the giveaway). Psst…the vegan prosecco bears are the best. So, go ahead and treat yo’self!

Squish Gives: Love a company that gives back? Each season, Squish, which was founded in Montreal in 2014, selects a “Candy of the Season” where they donate a percentage of profits to a chosen charity. 

*Available at

Shot of woman's torso wearing Five Faves limited edition Fighter tee and black vest set against a rustic wooden counter with candle

Win one (1) Five Faves Limited Edition ‘Fighter’ tee (C$40)

Five Faves, a Canadian company founded by two women in 2017 is awesome AF. It launched the F-WORD-TEE line with the clear idea to promote positivity and self-expression in a way that is both edgy and fun with premium quality basics…one F-Word at a time.

I discovered Five Faves last year at a Christmas market for local vendors and makers. I snapped up a ‘Fearless’ sweatshirt for myself and one for a friend. It immediately became one of my favourite casual tops; in fact, since being off work post-surgery, I’ve practically lived in this cozy sweatshirt. It wears really well, fits great (size up for extra comfort), and looks cool.

You deserve to be stylishly comfy, too, and I know you will quickly become a fan of this brand.

Paying it Forward: Five Faves donates 10% of net proceeds from the sale of each limited edition FIGHTER F-Word-Tee™ directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. As someone who has lost several family members to cancer, I value this a great deal.

*Available at

Gemlet bracelet made of semi-precioius stones.

Win one (1) Gemlet bracelet (C$25)

Founded in Toronto in 2017 by young entrepreneur, Michelle, Gemlet bracelets are designed with intention, using natural semi-precious gemstones from Taiwan.

My daughter and I discovered Gemlet at the Toronto Harbourfront Market this past summer and we were not only drawn to the beautiful pieces, but to Michelle’s energy.

Discover your inner zen with hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind Gemlet pieces which are as unique as the individual who wears them. We took our time selecting our bracelets and I hope you will love whichever piece you choose.

*Available at

Two bottles of Live Clean foaming hand wash in Frosted Apple and Fresh Snow scents

Win a set of two (2) Live Clean holiday foaming hand washes (C$10)

Live Clean, is a trusted, family-focused, Canadian company that has been focusing on personal care for families since 2006. Using plant-based, natural, biodegradable ingredients, and free of harmful chemicals, Live Clean products are cruelty-free, vegan, and vegetarian and use recyclable packaging.

Just in time for the holidays, Live Clean has launched two new foaming hand washes in holiday scents that will have you Fa-la-la-la-la-ing all the way to the bathroom sink. Moms: it’ll be a pleasure to conduct the “sniff” test on kids’ hands; when they wash with with Live Clean you’ll know their little fingers are clean.

Frosted Apple smells like warm mulled cider, right out of the oven and Fresh Snow has a light and airy fragrance. Not that it matters because one of you will win both!

*Check out the entire product line at To purchase, visit or

Mom, wearing Christmas socks, putting up her feet on the coffee table while sitting on the couch sipping from a mug.

How to Enter to Win

This collection of prizes has a total value of almost $500!! There will be one winner drawn for each item. Note: To qualify for a prize, the winner must be following the Instagram page of the company for which the item their name has been drawn. Additional contest details can be found below.

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway for Moms – total value almost $500!

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Open to Canadian residents age 18 and over. (Sorry, US friends.)

Contest opens November 24, 2019, 12:01am ET and closes December 14, 2019, 11:59pm ET.

Six (6) winners will be drawn, at random, for each prize beginning from lowest retail value and ending with prize with highest retail value.

Winners will be contacted via email by December 15, 2019, 12pm ET and will have 24 hours to reply with confirmation after which time a new replacement winner will be drawn at random.

This contest is in no way administered by or affiliated with Instagram or Facebook.

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Be sure to share this giveaway with your friends. Good luck and happy Christmas shopping!

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Erica writes with humour and heart about family, #fit40s and living life in the carpool lane. Part-time banker by day and Netflix-addicted-cake-decorator by night, Erica's in-between time is spent dreaming up ways to ruin her kids' lives. Obviously.


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