#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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consignment sales are not just for baby stuff

Hey Parents! Consignment sales are not just for baby stuff! [+ Giveaway!]

Now that my daughter, who is 5 years old, is no longer a baby – sometimes consignment sale shopping can seem a little outgrown, but then I go back every sale and remember how amazing it really is! There are a number of items I always find at each sale I go to, that save me so much money over retail pricing.

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Consignment Sales for Big Kids

Here are a few of my favorite items to look for:

Clothing: Clothes, clothes and more clothes. This is the number one item I get at consignment sales now. I am able to get Lennox’s full summer wardrobe for $150 or so. During the spring sales I love to find lots of sundresses, bathing suits and play clothes for summer camp. Another great clothing item to find are school uniforms – especially during the fall sale. They are usually about 90% off retail prices – you can’t beat that!

 

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Shoes: Shoes, especially those for summer camp or playdates are great to find at consignment sales. Kids are tough on shoes and can out grown them so quickly, I hate to spend $30-40 a pair – $3-6 each is much better! Since usually your kids aren’t with you at the sale, try this tip to find does that fit without them there!

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Books: There are endless boxes of books at Just Between Friends Fort Worth. Books are a great thing to find, especially on the half-price days. A book for 50cents to $2 is great, especially for hardcover books! 

Games: Board games are abundant at Just Between Friends Fort Worth and a great addition to your playroom or family game night. Usually I can find board games in great condition for $2 or $3. I try to get 2 or 3 new ones each sale. 

Toys: A lot of the toys that are at Just Between Friends are actually for younger children, but there are still some great Melissa & Doug craft sets, Barbie’s and other dolls and whatever the current trendy toy is! Finding a few new toys each sale as a “gift” right away is always fun too.

So, as you can see – there are plenty of items to shop for even when your kids outgrow all of the baby equipment and baby toys. 

Just Between Friends Fort Worth, is by far my most favorite consignment sale. It has so many great deals and I look forward to it every Spring and Fall. The Spring 2016 sale is coming up within the next few weeks. If you aren’t familiar with Just Between Friends Fort Worth by now, it is Texas’ Largest children and maternity consignment sale. It is located at the Will Rogers Memorial Center Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall in 75,000 sure feet. It will be open to the public March 3-6th (full schedule can be found here).

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If you are a first time parent or even a grandparent, you won’t want to forget to sign up for an early shopping time. Registration is open until March 1. You can also shop early by volunteering and/or consigning! 

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Lucky for you – I’m giving away a $15 JBF Fort Worth Gift Card. All you have to do is enter by using the rafflecopter widget below. One winner will be selected on February 21st. The winner must pick up the gift card at the spring sale. Other JBF bloggers are not eligible to win. 

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Daddy Daughter Dance 2016

This past weekend, Lennox had a very special date – Daddy! It was the weekend of their second annual Daddy / Daughter Dance. This years theme was under the sea treasure and she was so excited. She woke up early and was ready for a full day of fun. She got her hair done, had a brand new dress and a handsome date!

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Lennox had plans before the evening even started. A few of her old friends from Montessori school and their dads all met for dinner. Dinner and a date!

daddy-daughter-2016After dinner, they headed to the dance to party the night away with her friends, daddy and a few glow sticks! I’m not even sure what is happening in this picture – but that is a lot of happy girls, having a lot of fun!!

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It’s always so fun to see how excited she is and I hope she remembers her fun evenings with Daddy forever!

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This is a look back at 2015, her first daddy/daughter dance. She has grown a lot in just a year – she is getting so tall and was just as excited as this year!

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