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Take a ‘Brain Break’ with Nintendo DS and Yo-kai Watch + Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

With our recent move and so much change going on – Lennox has had a tough transition into a new school, new friends, new house and about 10 other things, plus she’s 5! That’s a lot of change for a little 5-year-old.  Lennox spends almost all of her days at school, learning and working hard. Most of it is technology free as well. So when she gets home or on the weekend, she wants downtime just like we all do. In theory I’d love to work on extra things with her, do something educational or even get outside more – but really, she just needs a ‘brain break’ – and lets be honest – so do mom and dad! So usually that means she is free to watch some tv, play on the computer or play video games.

yokai-watch3 She recently got a “hand me down” Nintendo 3DS, so we have started looking for games that are age appropriate for her to play. Some of the games are easy to play but there are too many on-screen directions that she can’t follow. However, when we received Yo-kai Watch, it seemed like a great fit for her. There was not too much story for her to figure out and read and she could jump right into the game. She eagerly sat down and played it, with a a little help from Dad! I could hear them in the other room talking about what the Yo-Kai were doing and her character, which she created, Eleanor. Where she picked the same Eleanor, I have no idea!

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If you are unfamiliar with Yo-Kai Watch, here is a little more information: Yo-kai Watch is a Japanese video game that is just now starting in the US. Yo-kai are mischievous little creatures that inhabit the world. The player must find and befriend them to create teams and battles versus other Yo-kai. Yo-kai Watch is made exclusively for Nintendo 2DS, 3DS and 3DSXL for $39.99 wherever video games are sold. yokai-watch

** Yo-Kai Watch Giveaway **

Nintendo is giving away the game to one of my readers. All you have to do is use the rafflecopter widget below to enter by April 4, 2016.

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Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as a part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States

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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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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.