Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm in a giving mood...


It's official. I'm feeling festive. Despite the lack of snow and the unseasonably warm weather, I am so excited that the holidays are almost here. Seriously. Only one month left! It seems we went from trick-or-treating to deck-the-halls in no time at all. I start feeling a little festive the day I see the red cups at Starbucks. They make me so excited... and anxious!

The panic is slowly setting in. The calendar is filling up quickly with holiday parties and events, Christmas lists are being made, shopping is about to get started, baking will soon commence, (God help me) and presents will need to get wrapped. (My area of expertise!)

Well, I'm here to offer you some relief, at least in the shopping department. I'm like Santa's little helper, red hat and all.

Every week until mid-December, I'll be having a holiday giveaway with some of my favorite stores, just for you... just for your children!

Last year, I was fortunate enough to work with Tag Along Toys on a fantastic holiday giveaway, where I gave away a Corolle doll and a Playmobil set.

I'm excited to be working with Tag Along Toys again this holiday season!

This year, I brought my boys with me to help pick out some items for the giveaway.


Tag Along Toys is an amazing toy store in Ottawa's west end, owned by a mom who is also a registered early childhood educator. That came as no surprise to me, as Patti welcomed my boys in to her store with open arms, selecting items that were perfect for them. Kids in a candy store? This was even better! They did not want to leave, and were running around the store happily pointing out all the toys they thought would make great presents, for themselves, and for others.

Tag Along Toys has been around for over 10 years and is also known as "Aladdin's Cave for Kids." There is something here for all the children on your shopping list, from babies to teens. One stop shop? Indeed. Books, educational toys, Playmobil, play kitchens, and items by Djeco, Schleich, Plany Toys, Kiss Naturals and more fill the shelves. Thre is a huge selection of bath toys, puzzles and construction vehicles. Needless to say, my boys were in heaven! You can also place special orders, and get your purchases gift wrapped.

Tag Along Toys offers discounts to teachers and educators everyday, and they have Grandparents Day on the last Thursday of every month where all purchases are 20% off. Isn't that amazing?

This holiday season, I'm excited to be giving away a very awesome Pirates Mosaic Craft Set. My six year old has the Dragon Mosaic Set, and he loves it. It's a wonderful craft and it's not messy at all. You can create 4 different scenes and the end result is just awesome. If your children are crafty at all, this is perfect for them.
I also have a fabulous Kiss Naturals giveaway that will keep your little ones busy for hours on end. Kiss Naturals are fun all-natural do it yourself kits, and I have not one, not two, but three kits to give away: the lip balm kit, the soap kit, and the bath fizzies kit. These kits make great gifts for Christmas or birthday parties. Also? Kiss Naturals is a Canadian company.




To win these awesome gifts, just leave me comment below telling me what you love the most about the holidays.

Bonus entry number 1: Follow @TagAlongToys on Twitter.

Bonus entry number 2: Become a fan of
Loulou's Views on Facebook, and follow @MrsLoulou on Twitter.

I'll pick a winner randomly on November 27, 2011.

Good Luck!

Also, I'd love for you to follow my shopping blog over at Yummy Mummy Club! I'll be offering tips on holiday shopping and what the hottest items for the season are. I just had an awesome giveaway with Old Navy, too, and someone won a new winter coat!

The holidays are all about giving, right?

Stay tuned for more great giveaways with Balance Bikes, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles and MasterMind Toys!

40 comments:

SassyModernMom said...

I am in no way ready for Christmas!!!

Alison said...

These two toys look great. I like the creative elements in both.

wildflowers said...

my kids love crafts they have such an imagination.The toys would start my christmas shopping off right, seems like its creeping up on us quicker.

Caroline S said...

As much as I'm not a fan of snow, or the ongoing ads and commercialization of Christmas... I do like finding the perfect gift for dear friends and family. I love the getting together to break bread!

jemrah said...

My favourite thing about the holidays is listening to all the Christmas music ... and the food... and the decorations. Too hard to pick just one thing. P.S. I love Tag Along Toys!

April Stacey said...

I'm a strange one! I love eerythin about the holidays! Including the hutle and bustle, constant merry music playing everywhere and I especially love shovelling snow! I love the excitement of my hildren as we put up the tree and I love spending time with them in the kitchen baking cookies, even if the finished product is far from magazine worthy! This isn't a surprise though-in our house every holiday is celebrated like our favorite!

Michelle B said...

I love taking the children to the santa claus parade and seeing their eyes light up priceless
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Michelle B said...

Following @TagAlongToys on Twitter.
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Anne said...

Christmas Eve is my favourite part of the holiday. It also happens to be my husband's birthday, and I have everyone over for dinner and the kids are in fabulous moods, excited for Santa coming, and the grownups are pretty much ready for Christmas, so they are relaxed and happy. Everyone gets dressed up and we all have a great night.

Unknown said...

I love Christmas morning when everyone is relaxed and the kids are excited.

Sarah Wilson said...

My husband is crazy for Christmas and we always put up an enormous 12 foot Christmas tree in our great room. We bring home pinecones from the cottage and then our 3 kids paint and "bedazzle" them, then we use them to decorate the giant tree. It's a wonderful tradition!

Tara said...

My favourite thing about Christmas is reliving my childhood memories through my children. It's such an exciting and happy time of year.

Shelley said...

Love getting together to celebrate family

Rebecca said...

I love the way the holidays make me feel - the music, the food,the decor, the family get togethers - it just feels happy and fun!

Helene said...

My favorite part of the Holidays is just spending time together as a family.

cath said...

I love having my whole family together. And increasingly,I love the traditions we are creating as a family. A great season!

soccermom1 said...

My favorite part is family being together
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Cari said...

The thing I like most about Christmas is defining new traditions with my kids. I can take the best of my childhood Christmases, the best of my hubby's and combine it with new stuff to make it all ours. And the songs ... definitely love the songs.

Helene said...

Following @TagAlongToys on Twitter.
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Helene said...

Become a fan of Loulou's Views on Facebook and following @MrsLoulou on Twitter.

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Domestic Diva said...

I love family gatherings. Thanks for the chance!

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edmontonjb said...

I love the anticipation and excitement in the air. Kids make Christmas so much fun!

edmontonjb said...

I follow you on both facebook (Jb Hartling) and twitter (edmontonjb)

Karma Bryan-Ingle said...

I love everything about the holidays but one of my favourite things is when I sit down with my little guy to write his letter to Santa. We get out the special paper and he writes it all by himself. Then we bundle up and walk down the street to put it in the mailbox. So fun and each year it gets better and better. This year we're surprising him with a trip to Disney! I'm so excited about how he will react I feel like crying every time I think about it!!!

missbobloblaw said...

I love all of the yummy baking!
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Julia said...

I love the time with family and the carols!

ryanac32 said...

I love the smell of baking cooies, the time with family and the lights
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KanataNewf said...

it might sound sappy but I love buying presents for kids. We have eleven nieces and nephews plus we pick up prezzies for our friends kids. I've already hit Tagalong once for some of the prezzies and going again would be great! Thanks for the chance to win! Plus - did both twitter follows and facebook!

Cheryl said...

What I love most about the holidays are the Christmas lights! I just love seeing them everywhere.

Cheryl said...

I follow @TagAlongToys on Twitter.
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Cheryl said...

I am a fan of Loulou's Views on Facebook, and I follow @MrsLoulou on Twitter. (@loucheryl) (Cheryl Andrews-Morreale)

Cheryl said...

I am a fan of Loulou's Views on Facebook, and I follow @MrsLoulou on Twitter. (@loucheryl) (Cheryl Andrews-Morreale)

tmc480 said...

I love spending time with family and watching children open gifts
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SassyModernMom said...

Squee! So excited! Thank you my girls will love to see these on Christmas morning:)

Margheret said...

Being Italian, Christmas is all about getting together with family and enjoying a traditional seafood dinner on Christmas Eve, going to midnight mass, opening gifts after mass and indulging in another big, delicious, dinner on Christmas. Love keeping the family Christmas traditions, the food , and spending time with family.

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