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#SparkAMind with Curious Moments with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

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I recently learned about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a program designed to capture moments that spark the curiosity in children (and all of us) and expand on them. All those moments can add up to something much bigger, they can add up to a lifetime of learning and curiosity. Recently releasing their #SparkAMind program, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt strives to capture all these curious moments and they have built a space where people can share ideas and ways to help encourage even more similar moments. 

Lennox has always been curious – but at the end of last year, we moved from a house that had almost no backyard, to a house that is on close to an acre of land. With the new home and yard, grew a huge curiosity for Lennox. She wanted to go exploring every inch of the yard, inspecting the plants, the trees, the bugs/animals and the flowers.

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It was such a great change for her, even if it was emotionally stressing and difficult on the whole family, her curiosity and chance to learn outside expended so much overnight.

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I love to let Lennox go outside and explore on her own now. I can watch from inside or on the deck and she seems so little in such a big space. I can hear her singing and talking to herself, examining flowers, cutting flowers to bring in – or just running around and having fun like a little kid should! 

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If your child has a curious moment and you decide to capture it through a though, a photo, a video; just tag it with #SparkAMind for others to see. On the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt website, all of those captured #SparkAMind moments will be put together to view. They then use all of those views and shares as a way to help low-income communities. For each share, they will donate a children’s book to an early learning organization to help bridge the gap between multi-income groups and help give today’s children the resources for a successful education and life.

Another great way to help allow your children to be curious is through the Curious World app available through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The Curious World app is an early learning app for children ages 3-7. It has education games, books, videos and much more. If you are interested in checking it out, visit this site and receive the following discount:

sparkamindIf you are looking for any additional information, visit Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #SparkAMind website or any of their social pages.

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Snowman Pudding Cups, Snowman Pudding

Snowman Pudding Cups

This post is sponsored by Snack Pack®. All opinions are 100% my own.

At back-to-school time, I shared some cute back-to-school pudding cups and then zombie pudding cups, at Halloween. Now that we are past the holidays and into the winter, I’m sharing how you can make some cute snowmen. If you have a winter birthday party coming up or just want a fun surprise for your little one, these are easy to make and they’re sure to make everyone smile.

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Snowman Pudding Cups

What you will need:

  • Vanilla Snack Pack® Pudding
  • Red felt
  • Orange felt
  • Black buttons (medium and small)
  • Hot glue gun

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How to make:

STEP ONE: Cut out strips of red felt to become the snowman’s scarf.

STEP TWO: Turn the pudding cup upside down, and wrap the felt around the bottom of the pudding cup. Hot glue it in place.

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STEP THREE: Using the orange felt, cut out a triangle carrot nose. Hot glue the nose onto the middle of the pudding cup’s front.

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STEP FOUR: Hot glue four small, black buttons onto the cup to make a mouth.

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STEP FIVE: Finally, glue on two large, black buttons for the eyes.

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Let it dry and the snowman is complete! Repeat all the steps for as many snowmen as you want to make.

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This winter, take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest and Facebook.

*All Snack Pack products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack® Gels.

Sparkling Christmas Cocktail, Mocktail, Lemon Berry Punch

Kid Friendly Christmas Mocktail

Oh my gosh its Christmas Eve! When did that happen? The Christmas season has gone by so far with everything we’ve had going on – but I look forward to a weekend full of fun and family!



We all know the holidays are a time for get togethers with friends, families and kids. Everyone always has festive drinks to serve and the kids are left out, but there are so many drink ideas for “mocktails” that are great for kids or anyone who doesn’t drink alcoholic beverages. This Christmas I made Lemon Berry Christmas Mocktails!

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Sparkling Lemon Berry Punch Recipe

Ingredients:

  • DASANI Sparkling Water – Lemon Flavor
  • Simply Fruit Punch
  • Sugar
  • Food Coloring
  • Ice

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To make this drink, I used DASANI Sparkling Water in the Lemon flavor. They are available at Walmart in 12 packs and a great alternative to have in the fridge year round.

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Just pour your favorite flavor (I used Lemon) of Dasani Sparkling Water over ice. Add a few splashes of Simply Fruit Punch.

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To add something more to the drink, garnish with a candy cane or even dip the glass in Red and Green Pixie Stix powder!

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DASANI Sparkling Water comes in 4 different flavors, Lemon, Lime, Berry and Black Cherry. DASANI Sparkling Water is also the perfect mixer for all your holiday drinks. It is zero calories, unsweetened, zero artificial colors, and it’s caffeine-free!

For additional drink inspiration, make sure to check our this pinterest board.