Discover “The Explorers: The Door in the Alley” Book & #Giveaway

If you are looking for a great summer read for your 8-12 year old, check out this great book that arrived, hot off the presses, on April 25th! The Explorers: The Door In The Alley features a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat.

This book by Adrienne Kress is the first book in a new middle-grade series for fans of The Name of This Book Is Secret, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Series of Unfortunate Events. It doesn’t take more than a few pages to see why film rights have already been optioned by Disney!

The Explorers: The Door In The Alley is filled with adventure and danger. There are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, famous explorers, a risk-averse boy, and a girl on a mission. Not to mention secrets not meant for the faint of heart. But if you are feeling bold, or maybe even a little italic, and if you enjoy derring-dos (and doing dares), this just might be the story for you.

Adrienne Kress is a writer and an actress born and raised in Toronto. She is the daughter of two high school English teachers and credits them with her love of both writing and performing. She also has a cat named Atticus, who unfortunately despises teeny hats. Look for her online at AdrienneKress.com, and follow her on Twitter at @AdrienneKress.

This book is available on Amazon but you can enter to win a copy below.

Giveaway:

Penguin Random House Publishing  is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of The Explorers: A Door In The Alley ! Thank you to Penguin Random House for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Hurry, The Discount Code for the Perfect Hands-On Summer Camp Expires Monday!

Can you believe it is almost May? I am really excited for May but if you were thinking about saving $75 on each summer camp registrations at Digital Media Academy, you will need to hurry because the offer ends May 1st!

Discover your child’s passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and math) through fun and exciting  hands-on project-based courses at a location near you. So, Get ready to #createthenext best-selling app, original video game and much more at Digital Media Academy technology summer camps for kids and teens! Remember you still have a little time to save $25 on each summer camp registration with the code TECHFUN17 but don’t wait long, it ends on May 1st. 

Popular Courses Include:

  • Intro to Java Programming
  • VR and Game Design Academy
  • Music Production
  • Wearable Tech and Fashion Design
  • 3D Modeling + Design
  •  Robotics + Engineering
  • Filmmaking Academy


Online Learning Throughout the Year

With DMA Online courses, you can explore exciting STEM subjects all year-long from anywhere! DMA Online includes over 10 unique courses, each offering up to 10 hours of self-paced projects and lessons.With the DMA Online All-Access subscription, users can get complete access to all 12 courses, too!

DMA Has Summer Camps Just for Girls, Too! Many girls may shy away from subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math because they are often seen as male-dominated fields. DMA’s Made By Girls initiative aims to build tech confidence in young women, and was created exclusively to support early positive experiences with technology.

Made By Girls offers immersive STEM courses taught by role models and mentors dedicated to empowering at Digital Media Academy.
It’s their mission to foster a learning community of diversity and excellence through memorable and innovative educational experiences led by the highest-quality instructors; building skills and confidence to empower lifelong learners, creators, and makers to follow their dreams and make a lasting impact.

 

If you have any questions, you can call DMA at 866-656-3342 or send an email to info@digitalmediaacademy.org to speak with a Camp Advisor.

*$75 off all full-day tuition for our Adventures, Teen, Academy, and Pro Series courses. Jr. Adventures students can save $40 on each registration. Discount may not be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions may apply. Offer valid until Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.


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Humor, Heart, Loss, Triumph, Friendship, Family, and Love Come Together on the Pages of “LEMONS”– #Giveaway

I am sure you are probably familiar with the saying; “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” That is the something that 9-year old Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her. While Lem would like to do just that, it seems impossible that she could ever make lemonade out of moving to Willow Creek, California.

Willow Creek is a tiny town filled with tall pines instead of skyscrapers, and a Bigfoot lurking in the woods. Lem wanted to stay in San Francisco after her mama died with her friends, school and everything she loved. Instead, she was forced to go and live with the grandfather she never even met. 

Things seem pretty bad but then Lem meets 11-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, the two set out on an epic adventure to capture the elusive creature on film.

In the end, Lem and Tobin’s big discovery ends up being more earth-shattering than they ever dreamed. Best of all, Lem learns that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all. 

Humor, heart, loss, triumph, friendship, family, and love all come together to create the pages of LEMONS.

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This book is written by debut author Melissa Savage, a writer and a child and family therapist. This is a classic middle grade novel in the vein of Kate DiCamillo, Rebecca Stead, and Patricia Reilly Giff. Her desire to write purposeful, issue-driven books for young people, coupled with her interest in cryptozoology and the mystery of Bigfoot, inspired her to write LemonsSet during the summer of 1975 in California, this is one of those novels that you want to immediately read again after finishing. Savage wrote LEMONS partly to overcome her own grief after losing her son at the age of 9 months in 2012.

The Tobin character in the book is named after her own son because she wanted him to remain a part of this world. The character Tobin is what she imagined her son would grow up to be. Stoic and brave, as he was, but also scientific like his dad and as big a fan of Bigfoot and cryptozoology as his mommy! Melissa knows that losing someone you love is an extremely tough lemon, as Lem experiences in the story and she struggles with how to make lemonade again.  For Melissa sharing her son’s name and spirit with children all over the world is one of the ways she has learned to make her own lemonade. You can read an excerpt HERE.

When asked what she hopes readers take away with them after reading Lemons, Melissa answered, “Hope, first and foremost.” She wants them to know that there is hope and healing in the world, even after dealing with tough lemons, if you choose it and surround yourself with gratitude and people who love you. She also hopes that readers will take away a renewed acceptance of those who are different from them. Lastly, she adds, ” A newfound interest in cryptozoology!” You can learn more about Melissa HERE.

Great Summer Read

With summer coming this is a perfect read for kids, their parents, teachers and more! We are having a giveaway below where you can enter for your chance to win a copy of this middle-grade novel.

Giveaway:

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Meet Julia, “Sesame Street’s” First Character With Autism

Meet Julia, she has dazzling, red hair and loves her stuffed toy rabbit. Julia is the newest character on Sesame Street ,and while she has been part of the Sesame Street family in their books, she has just been added to the show.

Adding Julia to the cast is being hailed as a great decision that will spur conversation about autism. It is also helping kids understand and interact with peers with autism. Beyond that, it is inspiring for kids with autism to see a character represent the way they may act or feel.

 
I think Sesame Street has been around so long, almost 50 years, because they adapt and include real issues, situations and difficult subjects into their show. Keeping things real is what they have always done.

On Julia’s first episode, they will show what autism can look like. Big Bird thought Julia did not like him because she ignored him. In helping Big Bird understand that it was not that Julia did not like him, but that she has autism, and it sometimes takes her a bit longer to do things.

I think it will be good for kids to see how they may misinterpret actions of their peers with autism and teach them tolerance and acceptance. What do you think?


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6 Fun Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Your Family

Earth Day is Saturday! Do you have any special plans to celebrate our planet with your family? If you don’t, I have some great ideas to share. Earth Day is a special day to stress the importance of giving back to the planet we live on. Teach your children to respect and nurture the Earth and you will be making a difference not only in the next generation but our planet as well.

Go on a Litter Walk

Grab some trash bags and gloves and set off around your neighborhood cleaning up the trash that is around. Explain to your kids how littering like this is dangerous to wildlife. As you pass your neighbors encourage them to join in. Before you know it, you will have a parade of trash pickers and as they say; many hands makes the load lighter.

Plant a Garden

Nothing shows your kids where their food comes from better than planting a garden. From seeds or seedlings, they will see the entire process. Let them help with tending and caring for the garden all season. By the time of your last harvest, you will have some very experienced gardeners.

If if is too cold yet to plant by you, plan out your garden with your kids. You can start getting your garden ready by cleaning up last years plant remains, leaves, sticks and other debris. Then break up the soil. You should pick a soil test kit up and test your soil to see what nutrients it is lacking. The better your soil, the better your garden.

If you don’t have land to plant a garden, plant some container gardens or vertical gardens. There are some great ideas for maximizing your space on sites like Pinterest, so check it out.

Plant a Tree

This is a lot of fun, take a ride down to your local nursery and pick out a tree or shrub. Then go home and plant it together. Again, enlist your children to take part in the planting and care of the tree. Explain how the plants and trees give us something we need to live…oxygen.

Start a Habitat Garden

Did you know that our population of pollinators is dwindling? It is, and our food supply depends on bees and butterflies to thrive. Do your part by researching the types of plants you need to create a habitat garden.

The Monarchs main food source in the Milkweed plant but along with that you can plant native grasses, butterfly bushes, bee balm and so much more. There are also butterfly houses and feeders as well as bee houses you can add to help our pollinators. We visited a butterfly house last year with our kids and learned so much.

Start Composting

Do you compost? If not you should. It will not only cut down on your organic household garbage, it will enrich the soil in your garden. It is not hard and you have a lot of options.

There are countertop compost bins you can use to collect your daily vegetable peels, banana skins, egg shells, coffee grounds etc. Then you can take them out to a compost bin or drum. They have nice units you can buy that make it super easy or your can put up some wire fencing and make a bin of your own. You can read more about the process HERE.

Go For a Family Hike:

See the beauty of our planet by taking a family hike. It is good exercise for the body, mind and soul. Pack along a picnic lunch and make a day of it. There are resources for your state where you can find recommendations for great trails. Go somewhere new, you might be surprised at the beauty you find and did not know existed in your state.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?


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Rugrats: Season 1 & Season 2 are Arriving on DVD!!! #Giveaway

Do your remember the Rugrats? I do, and I am so excited because Seasons 1 & 2 will be available on DVD May 2, 2017!

I just received these DVDs and cannot wait to experience this series with my youngest kids. They have never seen the Rugrats.

A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do in the all-new DVD releases of Rugrats: Season 1 Rugrats: Season 2.  Told from the perspective of a group of adventurous and imaginative toddlers, Rugrats transformed the most mundane activities into unforgettable adventures. Led by fearless leader Tommy Pickles, the gang can turn an ordinary trip to the park into a journey across the Sahara in search of water, a visit to the plant nursery into a jungle trek to find a cure for “jungle beaver,” or a search for cookies into a prehistoric fantasy. Together, there’s no adventure too big and no problem they can’t solve… or at least nothing that a good nap won’t help.

Rugrats premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991 and is beloved by millennials as one of their favorite childhood TV shows.  With heartfelt and adventurous stories, Rugrats: Season 1 & Rugrats: Season 2 are sure to fill the nostalgic hearts of fans who grew up with the show as well as bring new joy and excitement to a younger generation. Episodes of Rugrats currently air on Nickelodeon’s daily ’90s programming TV block, “The Splat,” from 10pm-6am (ET/PT) on TeenNick.

Rugrats: Season 1 Rugrats: Season 2 will be available individually on May 2 from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Rugrats: Season 1 contains 25 episodes on two discs and Rugrats: Season 2 contains 51 episodes – over ten hours – on four discs. At the price of $14.99 and $19.99 respectively, Rugrats: Season 1 & Rugrats: Season 2 will be a welcome addition to any family looking for a little throwback fun and adventure.

Rugrats: Season 1 includes the following episodes: 

DISC 1:

  • Tommy’s First Birthday
  • Barbeque Story
  • Waiter, There’s A Baby In My Soup
  • At The Movies
  • Slumber Party
  • Baby Commercial
  • Little Dude
  • Beauty Contest
  • Baseball
  • Ruthless Tommy
  • Moose Country
  • Grandpa’s Teeth
  • Momma Trauma

DISC 2:

  • Real Or Robots?
  • Special Delivery
  • Candy Bar Creep Show
  • Monster In The Garage
  • Weaning Tommy
  • Incident In Aisle Seven
  • Touch-Down Tommy
  • The Trial
  • Fluffy vs. Spike
  • Reptar’s Revenge
  • Graham Canyon
  • Stu-Maker’s Elves

Rugrats: Season 2 includes the following episodes:

DISC 1:

  • Toy Palace
  • Sand Ho!
  • Chuckie Versus The Potty
  • Together At Last
  • The Big House
  • The Shot
  • Showdown At Teeter-Totter Gulch
  • Mirrorland
  • Angelica’s In Love
  • Ice Cream Mountain
  • Regarding Stuie
  • Garage Sale
  • Let There Be Light
  • The Bank Trick

DISC 2:

  • Family Reunion
  • Grandpa’s Date
  • No Bones About It
  • Beach Blanket Babies
  • Reptar On Ice
  • Family Feud
  • Superhero Chuckie
  • The Dog Broomer
  • Aunt Miriam
  • The Inside Story
  • A Visit From Lipschitz
  • What The Big People Do
  • The Santa Experience

DISC 3:

  • Visitors From Outer Space
  • The Case Of The Missing Rugrat
  • Chuckie Loses His Glasses
  • Chuckie Gets Skunked
  • Rebel Without A Teddy Bear
  • Angelica The Magnificent
  • Meet The Carmichaels
  • The Box
  • Down The Drain
  • Let Them Eat Cake
  • The Seven Voyages Of Cynthia
  • My Friend Barney

DISC 4:

  • Feeding Hubert
  • Spike The Wonder Dog
  • The Slide
  • The Big Flush
  • King Ten Pin
  • Runaway Angelica
  • Game Show Didi
  • Toys In The Attic
  • Driving Miss Angelica
  • Susie vs. Angelica
  • Tooth Or Dare
  • Party Animals

Would you like a chance to win both of these DVDs? If so, enter below.

Giveaway:

Nickelodeon Home Entertainment is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win Rugrats Season 1 & 2 on DVD! Thank you to Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the review DVD and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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You Can Save $75 on Digital Media Academy Summer Camps if You Hurry!

Can you believe it is almost summer? I am so happy about the warmer weather, but it has really lit that fire under me to get our summer plans in place. If you are looking for summer camps for your kids and teens and want one that will allow them to discover their passion for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) through fun and exciting hands-on courses and collaboration, Digital Media Academy technology camp may be what you are looking for. Now for the bad news, you will need to hurry because their summer camps are filling up fast! I do have some good news, you can save $75 on each summer camp registration when you use the promo code TECHFUN17.

Digital Media’s mission is to foster a learning community of diversity and excellence through memorable and innovative educational experiences led by the highest-quality instructors; building skills and confidence to empower lifelong learners to follow their dreams and make a lasting impact. They understand that, girls may shy away from subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math because they are often seen as male-dominated fields.

To change that, Digital Media Academy is committed to increasing girls’ confidence in coding and STEM subjects through immersive courses taught by role models and mentors dedicated to empowering all learners, creators, and makers. DMA’s Made By Girls initiative aims to build tech confidence in young women, and was created exclusively to support early positive experiences with technology.

Your kids can learn the skills of tomorrow this summer at a location near you! When they attend one of Digital Media Academy’s hands-on summer camps for kids and teens ages 6-17, there is no limit to what they can create this summer!

Popular courses include Intro to Java Programming, VR & Game Design, Academy Wearable Tech & Fashion Design, the Filmmaking Academy and much more!

Save BIG on summer camps for a limited time! Use discount code TECHFUN17 for $75 off each summer camp registration. The savings is $35 off DMA’s Jr. Adventures courses or $75 off all full-day tuition for our Adventures, Teen, Academy, and Pro Series courses. Don’t wait – with limited seats available, summer camps are filling fast! Discount may not be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions may apply. Offer valid until Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

 


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Disney Tangled Before Ever After is on DVD Now! #Giveaway

If you have kids that are fans of Disney’s Tangled, they will love this brand new adventure, Tangled Before Ever After  that arrived on DVD this week!  In this new tale,  Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) yearns to make up for lost time, with the help of her true love Eugene (Zachary Levi), pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona’s walls. Sparkling with fun, adventure and music from the legendary Alan Menken, TANGLED BEFORE EVER AFTER is a magical movie event!!

Includes the TV Movie, Plus Four Animated Shorts and a FREE Exclusive Rapunzel Replica Journal

 

Bonus: 4 Tangled Short Cuts

  • Checkmate
  • Prison Bake
  • Make Me Smile
  • Hare Peace

 Run Time:                    Approximately 65 minutes (including bonus)

Enter our giveaway below for your chance to win your own copy of this new Disney DVD!

Giveaway:

Click Communications is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win Disney Tangled: Before Ever After on DVD! Thank you to Click Communications for the review DVD and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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“Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” DVD-Available Tuesday!!! #Giveaway

C’est Magnifique! The action-packed CGI animated TV series Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug! will be available on DVD April 11, 2017, from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with ZAG. This release includes six amazing episodes on DVD and a Ladybug paper doll, while supplies last.

 

The most Miraculous Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir continue! Paris’ favorite crime-fighting duo return in a new volume of the action-adventure, romantic comedy that will have you on the edge of your seat.

When Paris is threatened by super villains, two amazing heroes are our only hope: Ladybug and Cat Noir! With the help of their magical kwamis, this incredible duo team up to outwit the forces of evil… but their biggest challenge might be getting through school. In their normal lives, Marinette and Adrien are just a pair of young students, but in reality, this terrific twosome must juggle schoolwork, friends, family and growing up in a world where every day is a high-flying adventure!

A top TV show, Miraculous™ is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. It’s Ladybug! is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com and Shout Kids.

 Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug! episodes include:

  • Princess Fragrance
  • Gamer
  • Reflekta
  • The Puppeteer
  • Antibug
  • Volpina

Giveaway:

Shout! Kids is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug DVD! Thank you to Shout! Kids for the review DVD and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Discover The “Once Upon A Time Bible” and “Storybook Bible” Today #OnceUponATimeBible, #FlyBy

It seems everyone is talking about how they loved Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast live action movie. Fairy tales and Disney Animation are more popular than ever and Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full-text Bible that would resonate with families and children who love this type of media.

Teaching our kids about the stories in the Bible is easier when the stories are in a format that they are used to, using language they understand. Unlike fairy tales, the stories in these books are the real deal! What a great way to teach my children about real heroes and stories of faith straight from God’s word.

The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible features captivating illustrations along with a beautiful narrative that draws children in as you read aloud the major stories of the Bible. Stories include: Ruth, Abigail, Esther, The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son, Mary Magdalene and many more. The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is available at Sam’s Club and where books are sold.

The Once Upon a Time Holy Bible starts the way every great story does, with once upon a time. However this hardcover Bible is not full of fairy tales. This New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) translation highlights 6 stories we all know from the Bible and presents them in a way children can relate to and understand.

Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor. Stories include: God Makes Man and Woman, Isaac and Rebekah, Ruth Find Happiness, Queen Esther, Mary and Joseph and an Angel and He Lives! The Once Upon a Time Holy Bible is available in hardcover and pink leathersoft cover where books are sold.

Let me know what you think of these versions of the greatest story ever told!

 

 

 

 


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