Month: December 2013

Up It Goes! w/linky #WW

We finally were motivated to put the tree up! It was so much fun as our youngest helped out as much as he could putting the decorations on the tree. His big brother was right there helping him out the whole time. I thought this would be the perfect #WW link up this week! Do you celebrate Christmas and if so is your tree up?
Link up below so I can visit your #WW posts too!
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Mia Mariu Holiday Shopping Spree!

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The Mía Mariú product philosophy is that beauty and health go hand in hand. Everything you want. All you need. Beauty and health in harmony.
With Mía you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get high quality botanical skin care, mineral cosmetics and nature’s nutritionals that you want and deserve. That is what they are all about. Mía Mariú offers real health, beauty, balance and harmony for real women.
Mía‘s natural health and beauty products are available exclusively through an Mía Mariú Independent Adviser or online here:

One lucky winner will receive a $400 Mía Mariú Shopping Spree.

Event hosted by Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends December 23rd at 11:59pm, open to US residents only, ages 18+. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. To enter please use the giveaway form below. Good luck.

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Dora the Explorer Live!! Hamilton Place: December 11th at 3:30

Calling all Dora fans (and their parents of course)! Get ready for an incredible, singing, dancing and fun event with Dora.

 Dora is crossing the country in the much anticipated Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys.  Dora loses her teddy bear and must go on the search for him. Dora will need the help of her friends Boots, the Map, Backpack, Diego, you and many more friends! Join Dora as she passes through the Number Pyramid, through the mixed up Jungle and to the City of Lost Toys (were you singing along with it too?!).
Dora puts on an incredible live theatrical production that draws the audience in through singing, movement and playing along. Dora has been a family favourite for the longest time and our youngest is in awe of Dora!

Are you ready to win a family pack of tickets to see Dora the Explorer Live!?
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, 18 years of age and older who will be able to attend the show on December 11th at 3:30pm at Hamilton Place.
Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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And Just Like That…. #WW

The weather this week has been up and down. We went from this:

And then this:
Was not ready for that weather leap! Link up your Wordless Wednesday posts below!
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Oink: Teaching Financial Literacy and Independence #review #giveaway

Teaching our children financial literacy skills is incredibly important. It gives them the strength, knowledge and independence to help them grow as stronger young adults. But how do we teach our children these skills? Money can be such a sensitive topic for people and others may not feel comfortable discussing bills, savings, etc. The tricky part can be in how to get these conversations rolling.
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Oink (previously Virtual Piggy) is an online piggy bank where children and teens can safely (and securely!) spend, save their allowances, create wishlists, donate and more. Most importantly, Oink opens up the door of communication so we can have these important financial chats with our children (that do not always happen when we give them their allowance in cash and they disappear quickly and I speak from experience there – never seen a nine year old run to his room so quickly before!).
Oink has set up quite a few safeguards for children when it comes to spending. A parent must first set up their own account linking it to their child’s account. Parents can then set a number of parameters depending on the age of their child, the amount of independence they feel is right, etc. Parent’s can set up funding goals, choose how much a child can spend in a single transaction, how they are alerted for these transactions and if approval needs to be given before these transactions can go through. Oink works with kid friendly retailers online and when your child goes to make a purchase they simply click on the “Virtual Piggy” at checkout. This video by Oink really helped walk me through the whole concept and understand our accounts better.

I love how Oink not only allows my son and I to have important financial conversations but also how it empowers him to make good financial decisions on his own. I was quite proud to hear him say that he did not want to spend all of his money on one toy because then he would have nothing left! He wanted to save a portion of his allowance and the other part he would save until there was something he really wanted. Oink gives him the tools to independently save his allowance, create a wishlist that we can go through together (you know all those “wants”) while still allowing me to monitor from a distance to make sure he is safe. It allowed me to feel confident in his choices and help us to speak more freely about money and budgeting for our wants and needs.
The best part of Oink? It is 100% free to use! Yes you heard that right! Both the child and parent account are completely free to use, save and spend online!
Oink is also a Parent Tested Parent Approved Winner. They have met the high standards of other parents just like you in order to earn that designation which is well deserved!
You can also check out their website which has a wealth of financial knowledge and tips. They have great tips on starting money conversations when paying bills or shopping along with helpful resources for families. You can also keep up to date with them on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Oink is giving one reader a chance to win a $100 in gift card credit at
This giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18 years of age and older. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. The only compensation from this post is the giveaway for you my readers.

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