Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Moonjar Partner, AT WORK

Moonjar is a tiny company in Seattle that makes great impact around the world!  Our impact is enhanced everyday by the people we work with.  Our partnership with ATWORK in Issaquah WA has been solid for 8 years. We work with the clients at ATWORK to help create our customized band projects and to store all our products. Please take a look at all they do!! Please click on the link below and see all that these amazing people do!!

AtWork!'s Mission

AtWork!'s mission is to help people with disabilities be productive, integrated and contributing members of their communities.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cyber Week Free Stuff

Amazingly it is almost Holiday Time again!!

The frenzy of all the free-shipping and certain percentages-off keep me feeling like I HAVE to buy things.  I am afraid I might be sharing that frenzy with my children as well.  So instead, we are going to sit down and figure it all out. We are taking a page from the Moonjar ABCs book and really mapping out the next steps.

Already I have noticed that giving is higher on the list this year than receiving which is new in our house.  We are targeting organizations to donate to as well deciding our budgets for giving.

All that said, we are offering free shipping at MOONJAR for a bit longer but we hope we can be part of your calm instead of adding to the frenzy.

Have a great Holiday Season!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NEW International Moonjar!


Your child’s allowance has a brand new home, and Saving, Spending, and Sharing has never looked better. Moonjar—the creator of award-winning savings banks, toys, and books for children and families—will soon release the latest version of its critically acclaimed Moonjar Moneybox.

The Moonjar Moneybox is a patented bank specially designed to allow children to learn the habits of budgeting for the things they want, saving for the things they need, and giving to the less fortunate. Your future tycoon can deposit their dollars and cents in three slots designated for “Save,” “Spend,” and “Share.”

The latest —International Moonjar—has a brand new look, inspired by every child’s most copious currency: coins. Metallic bronze, silver, and gold are the latest colors to adorn the award-winning Moneybox, wrapped in the words “Save,” “Spend,” and “Share” in languages from around the world.

The brand new International Moonjar Moneybox will be available for purchase this fall 2012.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top Down , Bottom Up!

At Moonjar we talk about the fact that learning is never a one-way street. We love it when we hear about kids coming home and teaching their parents about money and how they want to make a difference by Saving, Spending and Sharing.

I just wanted to share this story that came across my desk:

I bought a family set for my grandson for his 10th birthday, and he has become the "teacher" for his Dad, and his older and younger brothers. He is fully engaged in the "share" piece asking lots of questions about who, why or how  to share, and I offered an example from my community saying that a neighbor had a fire in their home and lots of people in town either brought them into their homes or gave money, clothes or food until we could have a "house raising" party to rebuild, to which his brothers and Dad reminded him about someone in their school that had suffered a similar experience. I told him I felt it was important to keep your sharing close to home so you know and can see the benefits of helping others, and then you can take time to do research about other causes that matter to you. I asked him to think about ways he might be able to share his stories at school or in Cub Scouts, and as he got more comfortable, that he might consider doing a presentation for the local Rotary or Lions Club, or even a local bank, to see if he might interest them in sponsoring him to run a program with their help to purchase the kits for his group, which he is thinking about now...

I am so glad for this program and  want to thank you for such a simple, yet wonderful idea. Kids get it, and want to learn and become independent in money matters. Jack's older brother immediately drew up a "contract" complete with terms and conditions for actually "earning" his allowance, and says he will email his progress to me. He was already on track about saving and bought himself a guitar with the money he had been saving since last February, but now he can incorporate saving (and NOT spending) and sharing to his skills. I am grateful for this wonderful program.

The clarity of the message is sgreat. It does not matter what the method is as long as the conversation is started and carried forward! Summer seems to be a great time to break open these ideas on car trips, at campfires, or where ever you find a moment.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Our friend Leslie Linfield has good things to say reminding us about Financial Literacy and how it starts at home. Please read!

April is National Financial Literacy Month. For more than 10 years now, groups such as Moonjar and  the Institute for Financial Literacy and JumpStart have celebrated April as a time to promote the importance of financial literacy education and teach Americans how to become better managers of their money.

This year, one of the topics that is gaining attention is teaching financial literacy in our schools. Many are advocating that states should make a class in personal finance a High School graduation requirement, and in fact several states have actually done so. However, for our children to truly achieve an acceptable level of financial literacy, they have to learn about money from their parents. That means financial literacy education has to start at home.

It’s unrealistic to expect K-12 teachers to take on financial literacy education when they’re already working to raise the standardized test scores of their students in core subjects. Math, English and science take precedence. When financial education is added on as a stand-alone additional requirement, it just becomes another burden for teachers.

So what can parents do? Plenty! Teaching financial literacy education doesn’t take an advance degree in economics, only a commitment to share important information and life lessons with your child. The first thing you need to know: children begin to understand the concepts of money as young as five so you can begin the conversations when they start going to school.

Next, no money topic should be off limit. Ever time you spend, earn, save or share is an opportunity to teach your child. Don’t be afraid to talk about money (just like you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about other topics, but that’s for another blogger!) When you buy food, explain what you’re doing and the decisions you’re making. Why did you buy this box of cereal and not that box? Why did you buy the more expensive loaf of bread but the less expensive cut of meat?

When it comes time for your family to pay the bills, let your child sit with you and explain the process. This is always hard the first time around, but it is very educational for the child to understand the financial cycle: Mom and Dad have jobs; they earn money; they use that money to pay rent, insurance, utilities, etc. It’s okay for them to know what you earn because they’ll also see what you spend to care for them. Allow them to ask questions. Don’t get frustrated or defensive. This is a chance for them to see how things connect and learn how to manage money. You might even find you start changing some of your spending habits once “the committee” is looking over your shoulder come bill paying time.

By letting your child see how you manage your money, pay the bills and save for your future, you’re giving your child the best financial education possible. Show them a good example and let them learn it first hand. The gift of financial education is a gift your child will use all their life. That is the gift that keeps on giving, and it needs to start at home.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Taking it to the Streets!

Moonjar is taking our thoughts about Saving, Spending and Sharing to the streets of Seattle! We are speakers for  a series of speaking engagements designed to break open topics parents want to hear about. We will be talking alongside experts speaking on, Talking to Kids about Sex, Getting Organized and Keeping Kids Safe and several other great topics!

Last week we were at the Lake WA Girls School and next week we are at Seattle Girls School. We also have evenings planned at the EEU and Montlake Elementary. Our larger event will be "UnFrazzled" an evening of information at Evergreen Hospital with the BIG EVENT http://mamacon.net/  a convention for Mamas!!!

We are so happy to share some tips about allowance and saving, and just getting the conversation going.

If you would like to sign up for any of these events please click here: http://sgsunfrazzle.eventbrite.com/