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  • Teaching Our Kids to Earn, Save and Spend with MyDoh

    This post is sponsored by Mydoh. It’s been a great year of learning about money management in our household! Ever since the boys were little, they always had a piggy bank in their rooms where they would save any gifted money or treasures found in the sofa. As the boys got older, a piggy bank didn’t cut it anymore. We were on the hunt for something better: an innovative way to teach them financial literacy skills. Luckily, we came across the perfect app for the job: Mydoh. Mydoh is a money management app and Smart Cash Card that helps kids navigate and learn about money; from earning, saving, and spending! It’s easy to sign up and get started. I downloaded the app to my phone and set up a parent account. I then sent an invite to my boys to join. The boys downloaded the app and we helped them set up their accounts. The process was quick and efficient. Soon after, the boys (Anthony and Stefano) received their Mydoh Smart Cash Card via snail mail, which they were super excited about! These cards act as their own debit cards, and the boys can tap and purchase items in store or online. Anthony loved being able to pay for his own lunch off campus every Friday, saving us from having to scramble for cash on those busy Friday mornings. With my parent account, I really liked having oversight over what he purchased and where; which allowed us to have some great discussions about spending and saving! How does Mydoh work? This is my favorite part, it’s so easy! Through the Mydoh app, I can transfer money to my parent account and then send funds to the boys’ virtual Mydoh wallet. Each Saturday is pay day and that’s when the boys receive their allowances for helping with everyday tasks around the house. In addition, parents can set up extra tasks or household chores which allows their kids to earn more money. In our case, if the boys want to take on extra work, like cutting the lawn, shoveling the driveway or cleaning out the garage, we transfer funds, or “payment” as the boys like to call it, to their Mydoh accounts based on the agreed amount for the work. The boys and I have been loving Mydoh and the financial learning and independence they get from it. They can see what they earn, think about their spending, and learn to save! Our favorite is the Mydoh Goal feature because the boys can set a savings goal for a specific item, visually track progress, and once achieved, we can all celebrate their success. Using Mydoh, Anthony and Stefano have set some lofty saving goals for this year, and they plan to use some of their savings to buy Christmas gifts for each family member. We always recommend Mydoh to friends and family. It’s the perfect app for tweens and teens. Want to check out Mydoh? Download the app, create an account, and invite your children to join. Parents who sign up for a new Mydoh account using code DINA10 from now until Dec. 31, 2022, will receive $10 in their Mydoh account. Till The Next Post, xoxo Move Play Mom

  • A mom’s night away at Hyatt Regency Calgary

    It’s rare that moms think about putting themselves first. Here on Move Play Mom, I often stress the importance of taking time to make time for yourself. Reminding you to make sure you are carving out time for little things like a coffee alone, a workout or booking a massage. Today I want you to imagine if you got to do all three of these and more! I strongly believe in connecting with yourself and your friends, finding time outside of your day-to-day routine and enjoying a much-needed getaway together. Sometimes getting away for a few days or hopping on a plane isn’t realistic or in the finances. But you know what is? A night away with your bestie in your own local city! Seems crazy, I know, but it’s so much fun! Splitting the cost of a room at an awesome hotel just twenty minutes from home can shockingly be just what the doctor ordered! Tristan, my business partner, and I were so excited to check out the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Calgary for a fabulous wellness getaway for a night! The morning of our big evening away I was still able to help pack kids’ lunches, get their teeth brushed, and get the boys to school. That's the nice thing about a getaway just down the road. After squeezing in a morning of work, Tristan picked me up at three in the afternoon and off we went for a much-needed besties, moms, business owners and girls’ night away. With easy parking on site, we rolled right into the Hyatt and headed up to the check-in area. We happen to be staying there right before the holidays and the hotel is beautifully decorated. We got our key cards and headed up to change for our spa appointment at four. The rooms didn’t disappoint! We had a room with a view, overlooking downtown Calgary. We quickly changed and headed down to the stunning Stillwater Spa on the second floor. We were invited to spend some time at the whirlpool, in the steam room and then had a much needed, incredible, therapeutic massage. This was the perfect way to kick off our girls' night away. After our fabulous time at the spa, we headed back up to our rooms to shower and change and then had a wonderful dinner and delicious cocktails at Thomsons Kitchen & Bar which is located on-site at Hyatt Regency Calgary. I think my favorite part of this entire getaway was being able to have the most amazing sleep in the most comfortable bed with no interruptions from a snoring husband or a child who needed me. I love them, but they do say…sometimes distance makes the heart grow fonder. After a quick run at the gym, I showered (amazing bathroom!) and Tristan and I had a business meeting over a lovely breakfast in the hotel’s private Regency Club lounge. We checked out at noon and left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated! Right now Hyatt Regency Calgary is offering a Wellness Retreat Package, a perfect getaway with a friend or partner. This package is similar to my night away. An overnight stay in a Regency Club Room, a bottle of sparkling wine as a welcome gift, a massage for both guests, a credit to Thomsons Kitchen & Bar, and more! I can't stress enough how important it is for us to reconnect with ourselves especially as moms. Sometimes we just need space. That room we create allows us to breathe and reconnect with our heart. It’s so vital to a healthy mind and soul. Special thanks to Hyatt Regency Calgary for hosting us and providing us with such exceptional service. I can’t wait to return! xoxo Move Play Mom

  • The Move Play Mom Christmas Wish List

    Over the last several years our family has taken a different approach to list making. I have seen this come up on several minimalist blogs and it’s a cute way to manage gifts for the younger children and teens in your life! I even get my husband to fill one out! Something you WANT Something you NEED Something to WEAR Something to READ I've created a template here for you to print When it comes to receiving gifts from friends and family, I know it can be difficult to speak up about not wanting more toys, clothes, toys, toys, clothes…TOYS! Here’s the thing….you get to decide what comes into your house and what doesn’t. Communicate to your loved ones that you don’t want more stuff, instead, you can ask for experiences! (swimming lessons, Skis lessons, dinner gifts certificate) season passes to things like the zoo, the science center, the museum movie tickets, show tickets food (cookies, chocolates) consumables they will enjoy donation to a charity of your choice in your name These can add huge value to our lives without bringing in more stuff to our home, STUFF that we don’t really need. If you can’t have this conversation with certain family members or friends (I get it!) and you know you are going to get swamped with toys and clothing (Grandma). Well, you get to be in control of what to do with the gifts once they are in your hands. You can have your child decide to keep the new item and let go of something old. You can donate new toys to a local charity or hospital. You can take the clothing down to your local goodwill for a family in need. However, I highly recommend that if you feel strongly about not bringing more stuff into your lives, I would just be honest with the people around you and consider having a conversation and suggest purchasing ideas like those listed in tip number three. In 2015, when we had slowly just started on our minimalist journey, we decided to start a new tradition of getting away and providing the kids with an experience during the holidays rather than a bunch of gifts. Year one we took the boys to Banff where we went on a horse-drawn carriage through the Rocky Mountains and cross-country skiing. It was so magical and the boys still talk about our first holiday getaway to Canmore, Alberta. My parents and my little brother and his wife joined us a few days later. My parents used that opportunity to provide the boys with more fun in and around Canmore! It was the best! This year we are meeting my family in Mexico! Tag me over on instagram when you use the template to write out your Christmas lists xxoo Move Play Mom

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  • Parenting and Simple living | Parenting, Motherhood and Simple Living MY BLOG A mom’s night away at Hyatt Regency Calgary The Move Play Mom Christmas Wish List Collaborations and Reviews Trico Homes Shine In Coach Ridge! Food Healthy Yummy Blueberry Muffins THIS IS MY STORY MovePlayMom was first created to document my family’s journey towards simpler living. In 2017 we decided to take our minimalist living to another level. We sold everything we owned and downsized our life. On MovePlayMom we shared our incredible home renovation and took readers on our complete home transformation that we did in under 65 days! ​ MovePlayMom has evolved in so many ways. Readers became very interested in home design, lifestyle tips, our minimalist living, travel, parenting and more. ​ What makes me qualified to share? My education and experiences; I graduated from college with a double major in Liberal Arts and Women Studies in 1999. I also completed my BA in Child Studies and Development in 2002 and went on to complete some graduate courses in Educational Studies in 2007. ​ In addition to blogging, I am also an entrepreneur & teacher! I founded and co-own AKIDEMY Preschool in 2014 and currently we have two locations in Calgary. ​ If you are interested in advertising or working together I can send over our Media Kit or you can email Follow Me #MISSDINA ON INSTA

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