Monday, February 18, 2013

The Most Stolen Cars of 2012

This post brought to you by Insurance Hunter. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you own a car, then you need auto insurance, right? We all hope that we don't need to use it, but it's there just in case. No one plans on making a claim. No one deliberately puts their vehicle in a situation to be stolen, right? Well, we can always be a little more careful. There is always one time we forget........

The Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a list of the most stolen cars of 2012, and I was surprised by some of the cars on there. Many of the vehicles are the same model, just different years. I always assumed it would be the small little cars stolen. Or the really high end ones.I have never personally had my vehicle stolen, but I have had some one try. It was the first night we parked behind our building. We thought it would be fine. We lived upstairs, and it was a parking lot. Lots of people had parked there before. We were wrong.

We were fortunate that they couldn't get the door open. We were left with a giant hole where they had taken a screw driver to the lock. After that, we couldn't unlock the door with our key though. Sometimes we can take it for granted that our vehicles are vulnerable. It's easy to make common mistakes like not looking a door when your hands are full of groceries, or it's cold, and we are rushing to get the kids inside. 


Just because we think we know better doesn't mean we actually do it. Admit it, you have forgotten to roll up your windows before. Or left the car parked out in the open because you were too tired to move it for the night (guilty!) How about parking a little further away at night to save money rather than paying at a paid lot.... We have all fallen short a time or two.

Visit Insurance Hunter for lots of tips and information, on more than just protecting your investment. The safety tips are a great refresher too. Living in Winnipeg, I appreciated the blog post on getting your car back on the road. I think all winter drivers should give that a read!

You can never be too careful. 

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Helping Build Fine Motor Skills

We have a variety of delays in my home. Little C is delayed in most areas, but the boys are not without their own delays. Little S for example had speech delays, and struggles with his fine motor skills. Thankfully, he has successfully completed speech therapy, and is speaking with in the normal range for his age, however his fine motor skills are still behind.
Since we home school, he is not receiving therapy from the schools, so I have done some research into different activities to build up his skills my self.

Drawing On A Easel
Working on a vertical  surface builds the had muscles making it easier to do small tasks. We got an easel for Little S when he tuned 3. At first, he really disliked working  with it, but now it is something he gravitates to.

Working With Tweezers Or Clothes Pins
It can be as simple as picking up small objects to sort them, or playing the classic game Operation. This is something for all age levels. When working with a young child, use a ice cube tray, and ask them to place each colour in a different tray.

Threading Beads
 My boys consider this one a bit too "girlie" but it is a great activity to build up those muscles!

Sticker Books
This is a easy one to get your child interested in. You can by stickers at any dollar store. Find something that your child likes, and have them place the stickers to make a picture.

String Books
We have all seen those books where you lace shoe laces, or other stings through pictures. Help your child design their own. Use a piece of cardboard and decorate it. Punch holes with a hole punch, or even just with a pen. Use any yarn, string, or shoe laces you have around. Just wrap the ends tightly with some tape. It doesn't have to last forever, but it's a great activity you can do with your child.

Cutting With Scissors
Little S will not cooperate with this one, but it is a great muscle strengthener. The task can be as simple as cutting up newspaper, making  paper snowflakes, or cutting out shapes. Find something that your child would be interested in, like snipping around the edge of a green paper to make grass for a jungle or farm. If your child is really struggling with this one, start with pre-scissor skills to build up the muscles. Some can include using a hole punch, tongs, and tweezers and clothes pins. 

Play Doh And Clay
What child has not played with Play Doh? I found my children would use the Play Doh scissors even when they protested using scissors on paper. Use a garlic press to make spaghetti, the options are endless!

Colouring Pictures
This is really a natural one for most kids. If your child struggles with fine motor skills, they may protest because it is more challenging for them. Don't give up! Try to get in there with them, take turns, what ever you can do to engage them.

Buttons And Zippers
Play dress up with Mommy or Daddy's clothes and encourage your child to do up buttons. Dress up is a great way to take an ordinary job like dressing and make it fun!

There are so many ways to help your child develop those muscles. The key is to stay positive, encourage, and don't let your child give up! Pushing can cause them to push back, encouragement helps them to succeed. After all, don't we all want our children to succeed?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Swagbucks 5th Birthday Bash


 Have you RSVP'd for Swagbucks' 5th Birthday Blowout yet? It's easy to do, and when you RSVP you're automatically entering yourself to win one of five $1000 CASH prizes. The whole birthday celebration will be a big one - they're giving out 135 Swag Bucks worth of codes, and they're giving away four more $1000 cash prizes on the 25th when they celebrate. You can find the RSVP link on the Swagbucks homepage - just look for the birthday image and click on it to be taken to the RSVP page.

If you're not a member of Swagbucks yet, join me and use the code 5THBIRTHDAY during registration - you'll start with 120 Swag Bucks, that's a great start already!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mission Giveaway: Krill Oil

Eating right should be enough, right? Well, I used to think so, but now I am a big believer in the right supplements.The right suppliment can make all the difference.

About Our Sponsor

Viva Labs is a manufacturer and a retailer of high quality krill oil.Viva Lab's Krill Oil is extracted from Krill living deep within the waters surrounding the Antarctic. Krill are very small, shrimp like crustaceans found in open seas throughout the world. Research from the scientific and medical communities confirms the incredible effects this oil can have in promoting heart and joint health, lowered cholesterol, improved moods and comfort during menstruation.

The Prizes

A month supply of krill oil (60 capsules), containing 300mg Omega-3 fatty acids, 165mg EPA, 95mg DHA, 500mg phospholipids, 1.6 grams of Astaxanthin. Extracted from the fresh waters of Antarctic, krill oil is more than 50 times more potent than regular fish oil. Winner Keeps: 2 bottles of Krill Oil ($60 retail value) Winner Shares: 2 bottles of Krill Oil ($60 retail value)

How to Enter

The Giveaway will open up on 2/12 12:01 am EST and Close on 2/15 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only.

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Pintastic Pinning Party

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Hello, I am a Pintrest addict! I love pinning, and checking out what my friends have pinned. I love trying new recipes, and dreaming about home improvements I want to try! 

Welcome to our Weekly Pintastic Pinning Party!!

Each week we'll be hosting a Pinning Party for you to link up your favourite pins, find new pins to re-pin and to find some new pinners to follow.

Sounds like a Pintastic Good Time right!!

Each week the Pintastic Pinning Party will start on Sunday evening. You may link up on Blogging Mom of 4 or any of our weekly hosts. Each week we will be changing hosts to give you all fresh new Pintastic Pinning content for your viewing pleasure!

We'd love it if you followed our Pintastic Hosts for the week:

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 There are no official rules for our Pinning Party but here are some suggestions:
  • Link up your pins directly from your Pinterest Account and add the name of the PIN (not your name or your blog name)
  • Hop around and visit some of the pins of others who have linked up. I'm sure you'll find lots of great Pintastic Pins.
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  • Comment below with your Pinterest user name if you would like a follow back from the Blog Owner.
  • Share our Pintastic Pinning Party...wouldn't be much of a party without friends!
  • Come back throughout the week and visit often. You may be featured in next week's Pinning Party!
That's it! Add a link or a few below if you have them or just browse and click! Have a Pintastic Good Time!!
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Soda Stream Giveaway

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We are thrilled to be working with Jenn's Blah Blah Blog, and Pink Ninja Blogger, to bring you another amazing giveaway! Are you ready? This time we are giving away a Soda Stream!  

I am a soda addict. It's terrible, I know. The sugar, the waste, not a good part of my life. All of that changed when I got my own Soda Stream. In 30 seconds, you can transform tap water into your favourite soda with no mess! No waste! The added bonus, Soda Stream syrups have fewer calories than your store bought sodas! That is something to get excited about! We are able to get all of our families favourite flavours at a fraction of the price too!

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One very lucky reader will receive a SodaStream Fountain Jet valued at $99.95, which includes:
  • 1 carbonating bottle
  • Carbonator fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of winners choice.
If you want to learn more about the SodaStream Fountain Jet you can visit Jenn's SodaStream Review. So go ahead, treat yourself to a chance to win a Soda Stream. Just enter using the Rafflecopter below, and GOOD LUCK! This giveaway will begin on February 10, 2012 at 11:59pm EST and end on March 11th at 12:am EST. Open to the US, must be 18 +, and use the Rafflecopter form below. To be entered into the giveaway you need to complete the mandatory entries. The rest are additional entries, the more entries you gain throughout the giveaway the better chance you will have in winning. Good Luck Everyone!
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Swagbucks 5th Birthday


Are you a part of Swagbucks yet? I have been for a while, and am loving it! Well, Swagbucks has some big things in store for their 5th Birthday. They're giving out five $1000 cash prizes and holding a HUGE Swag Code Extravaganza where you can earn 135 Swag Bucks worth of codes! There are also some huge games planned, and while the party doesn't happen until February 25th, on Monday the 11th you'll get more info, including how you can win one of those $1000 prizes! Haven't joined Swagbucks yet? Join and use the Swag Code 5THBIRTHDAY during registration - you'll start with 120 Swag Bucks instead of the usual 30. I've earned $50 in Pay Pal  so far from using Swagbucks and you can too!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

$15 Baby Sampler Giveaway

Sweet and easy and ready to go! A $15 baby sampler for one lucky reader!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

FlipSize Party :) Giveaway

Here I am again talking about FlipSize! Did I mention I love the site? Been apart of it for quite a while.  I think it is great how they are expanding and now they are in Canada too! Isn't that awesome?

So want to win a Gold membership and a $50 FlipSize gift card? I know I would!!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Kate Spade Melinda Tote Giveaway

Madame Deals Media has teamed up with Blue Kangaroo to bring you this amazing giveaway! 5 Designer Purses 5 Winners 5 Weeks (1 given away each week)


Kate Spade Melinda Green Tote

(Retail Value: $348)

Don't you just love this purse? It could be yours!

How To Enter

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Blue Kangaroo is a personal search engine for deals. Tell it what brands and products you’re looking for, and the Roo will start scouring the deal universe for the best offers to match. Through Web and mobile applications, Blue Kangaroo’s mission in life is to make sure you always get the right offer at the right time. Blue Kangaroo also offers the option of filtering your deal/sale emails so you never miss a thing. Using this option simply means a new email folder is added and all your deal emails can be found there. Super easy and SO convenient! This is totally optional and not required if you don’t want it.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Cook n’ Grow Giveaway Event


Welcome to the Cook n’ Grow Event

I love it when a toy can grow with your child, and this one really does! 

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8. With special co-hosts: Kelly's Thoughts on Things, Capri's Coupons, Homeschooling Mom 4, Coupon Queen of Texas, Giveaway Bandit and Iowa Sweets.
You will have an inspiring little chef with this realistic Cook N' Grow Kitchen playset that grows with your child. When this Little Tikes kitchen is opened it is the perfect height for toddlers. When the kitchen is compacted it is now the perfect size for your preschooler to cook your dinner. There are 50+ accessories included! Browse our full Play Kitchen collection for more fun toys.


• Kitchen has 2 age grade configurations
1) Kitchen is expanded and the height is just right for toddlers
2) Compacting the kitchen makes it just right for preschoolers
• Electronic cooking sounds
• Hooks for hanging cups
• Molded in slots to hold plates
• Oven, refrigerator and microwave doors all open and close
• Shape-sorting lid for pot helps develop fine motor skills
• 50+ accessories included
Little Tikes Cook n Grow Kitchen

One lucky winner will receive the Little Tikes Cook N' Grow Kitchen + $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Giveaway ends February 15th, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Life: Full Of Unexpected Happiness is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!