What’s It Like To Go Time Traveling With a Hamster?

I love reading aloud with my kids. This summer we had the chance to check out Time Traveling With A Hamster by Ross Welford.

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This book is packed with adventure and time travel. 12-year-old Al Chaudhury’s dad died when he was just 8 years old. On Al’s 12th birthday he received  a pet hamster, a letter from his dad. The letter directs Al to their old house where he will find a time machine. The time machine is an ancient Apple laptop and a metal wash basin.

His father’s letter contains a mission that will require Al to travel back to 1984 and save his father’s life. You see there was a go-kart accident when he was 12 that is the cause for his death at age 39. If Al can go back in time and prevent that accident, he can change the outcome of events that happened after. Al is given a choice of accepting the mission or not and you can bet Al accepts. Time travel is not easy and Al finds out that going back in time 30 years requires more than courage and imagination. It requires lying to his mom, stealing a moped, setting his school on fire and keeping his pet hamster safe through it all.

This book makes a great read aloud book you can read a chapter at a time with your kids or one that older kids can read on their own. It is a really fun book to read together and leads to lots of great conversations afterward.

Ross Welford worked as a business journalist before becoming a freelance writer and television producer. He has worked on shows such asThe Big Breakfast, The Morning, and Bridezillas. This is his first novel. Follow Ross on Twitter.

So are you excited about this new book? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

 


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Peace of Mind Thanks To #BayAlarmMedical

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After my mom died, my 87-year-old dad was living alone and I worried about him. Even though I lived only a few houses away, I wondered, what if he fell or had a medical emergency? That was when I got him a medical alert system that he wore on his wrist to call for help.  It gave me great peace of mind to know he would be able to immediately call for help if he fell or had a health issue.

My dad has since passed away but I was thinking about how medical alert systems are not just for the elderly but could be a life saver for anyone. They are especially helpful for individuals living alone especially in remote areas.

I remember the day a friend’s dad fell shoveling snow off his walk. He could not get up, the temperature was frigid and there were no close neighbors. My brother found him thankfully or he would have frozen to death.

I have a very close relative who is in his early 60’s, not elderly but a very active and vivacious man who lives in a remote location. I thought a Bay Alarm Medical Alert unit would be perfect for him. He is always doing work on his property out in the country. He chops wood, loves home improvement projects, mows with his tractor and maintains numerous bird feeders all over his yard.

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I wanted to help eliminate the stigma that a medical alert system is only for the elderly. I hoped he would be open to testing it out and indeed he was. The system we received included a main console, a secondary help button, which we mounted in the bathroom, a pendant, wrist unit, vial of life and a pair of Boomba socks.

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It was a very easy process to set it up and literally took about one minute. All we had to do was hook the main console unit up to the phone line. It is advised to test the unit after installation by pressing one of the help buttons.

We pressed the button on the pendant and a Bay Alarm Medical operator promptly answered through the main console and asked if we needed help. We knew quickly everything was ready to use in an emergency.

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Bay Alarm Medical sends a form that you can list the people you want called in an emergency in addition to 911 if necessary. Another helpful thing that comes with the system is a magnetic Vial of Life which can be filled in with any medications taken. It can be placed on the refrigerator using the magnet on the back. This will assist paramedics in an emergency situation.

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Inside the package was a pair of Boomba Socks, they come with every subscription as a Bay Alarm Medical partner. For each pair of socks they give away, they’ll donate an additional pair to the Socks in the City Program at the St. Anthony’s Foundation.

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The In-Home System like we installed for our loved one is Bay Alarm’s most popular unti and trained operators can respond through the main console 24/7. It does require a landline but there is an In-Home Cellular unit that gives 24/7 medical alert protection without a wired phone connection. That unit is powered by AT&T’s 3G Network.

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The Automatic Fall Detection unit works with both landline and cellular in-home alert systems and can automatically call for help if the individual cannot. They also have a GPS Help Button which literally can go anywhere because it has the speaker and button together in a compact mobile unit!

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I hope he never needs to use it but knowing he is only one button away from getting the help he needs gives me great peace of  mind.
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If you would like to learn more you can check out all the Bay Alarm Medical products on their website. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop with them.
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So did you ever think about getting a unit like this for a loved one? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment and let me know.

 


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Get Great Looking Sunglasses That Are Kid Tough! #Giveaway

If you are a regular reader of Mommy Ramblings you will recall that I have posted previously about how much I like and recommend Real Kids Shades (RKS) sunglasses for kids. They are the only sunglasses my kids wear because they provide superior eye protection and can take the abuse kids dish out.

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I can tell you that we have several pairs and even the first pairs that are close to 5 years old are still going strong. Not one pair has ever broken even when sat on, stepped on or twisted!

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I have big news! RKS, the leader in UV Protective Sunglasses for kids 0-12 now makes sunglasses for adults with the same great features. You might think that young adults and adults would not need a frame that can withstand twisting and squashing. As a mom, I will tell you they are the greatest and they are my go to sunglasses.

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Not only are they tough but every time I wear them, I get tons of compliments. They also led to a rift between my husband and I since he wanted them because they are “purple” even though technically called blue and he is a huge Jimi Hendrix fan.

This may not sound like much but imagine a man who has Ray Bans and Oakley sunglasses arguing that he should have these. Needless to say he did not win and I just love them. I think I will have to get him a pair because the other day our little guy accidentally broke a pair of his sunglasses and that never would have happened with RKS.

I have the RKS Waverunner and they have been on several vacations with me, survived a summer in the lake, climbed Whiteface Mountain and so much more.

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RKS has such great padded cases that come with their sunglasses and my boys also received new Surf style sunglasses. My boys wear sunglasses all the time and they love theirs just as much.

I have even better news, you can enter the giveaway below to win a pair of your choice.

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Enjoy Outdoor Colorful Plants, Shrubs & Flowering Trees All Winter

I cannot believe that I have been turning the heat on and walking around in sweatshirts this last week. While it is still warm during  the day, it is turning very cool in the evenings. Seeing as we just hit mid September and it is still officially summer, it is far too early for my taste. I love my plants and I hate knowing it is only a matter of weeks and the first frost will mean the end of the perennials in my flower beds until next spring.

I also dislike having to carry my house plants and trees in and out when they were loving their time on the deck this summer. I am not a winter person. The thing that I dislike the most is the drab grayness that happens right after all the beautiful, fall leaves fall to the ground. There is such a harshness in winter and even when the first snowfall comes the beauty does not last long. Before long, the drabness of the long cold winter leaves me longing for color.

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While I do not have the power to change the weather in New York, I can do something to add color to my home during the winter season. I recently found a company called Permaleaf that has a collection of artificial plants, trees, and flowers that are lifelike and can withstand the elements.

They look great outside, on a patio, by the front door, in planters and more all around my home. I like that they are a nice way to add color during the gray winter months. I ordered a lavender plant in a nice black ornate planter and love it! It is easy to see how the elements will not affect it and I know it will make me smile to see those pops of color over the long winter.

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Check it out and let me know what you think.

 


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#TheBiggestStory Now on DVD & Available as an Audio Book-#Giveaway #FlyBy

Kevin DeYoung’s book, The Biggest Story shares an exciting journey through the Bible. Starting in the Garden of Eden and ending with Christ’s resurrection and what that means for all of us. Now that book and the beautiful illustrations have been adapted into an animated short film available on DVD.

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I was amazed the other night as I watched this with my kids, who sat there with their eyes glued to the screen, how quickly this film took us through the Bible. I think it is great because kids are captivated and do not grow tired as they watch it. It reinforces and connects the stories in the Bible and presents them in a way that kids can understand. It is also an excellent springboard that parents can use to elaborate on particular stories to get kids talking and thinking about our faith. Would be great to show in Sunday School as well.

There is also an audio book on CD that is narrated by Kevin DeYoung who is not only the author but the senior pastor of the University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI. Kevin and his wife Trisha are the parents of seven children.

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Would you like a chance to win The Biggest Story on DVD and Audio Book?  One lucky blog reader will win both versions.  Open to US and Canadian residents.

The Biggest Story DVD & Audio Book Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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How To Top The Perfect Ice Cream Sundae

We love our ice cream in this house and more than that, we love our ice cream sundaes! We make fresh whipped cream, top gourmet ice cream with real caramel sauce and decadent hot fudge. Then we pile on the freshly whipped cream, add chopped nuts and of course a cherry on top. Some don’t give much thought to that cherry on top but we do. We recently heard about Dell’s Maraschino Cherries and had to try them.dells-cherries

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries are crunchy, tasty and sweet unlike the other brands we have tried that were limp, tasteless and not even appetizing to look at.

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Located in Brooklyn, New York, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries come with or without stems and are the perfect “cherries” for your cocktails, soft drinks, ice cream or desserts. Dell’s Maraschino Cherries has a complete line of the best quality, best tasting, medium, large or jumbo sized maraschino cherries for consumers, retailers, schools, colleges, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and airlines. When you choose Dell’s Maraschino Cherries, you can be rest assured you’re choosing the best!

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Check out the delicious Maraschino Cherry recipes on their website. Let me know how you top your favorite sundae and if you ever tried Dell’s Maraschino Cherries.

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An Easy Way To Add A Pop of Color To Any Room

I love growing things, I have been growing mango trees from seed all summer. I have germinated 10 or 11 trees now that are doing wonderful! I am growing pineapples too from the pineapple top and it is so much fun and so rewarding. I love to garden and also plant and maintain many perennial gardens on my property. I have a vegetable garden too and one of the things I hate about winter is the drabness that seems to take over. Sure the white snow on evergreens is pretty but the long winters can leave me longing for color.

That is where silk flowers come in. They can give me those pops of colors that really cheer me up and make me smile. I also like to use them in areas where it would be hard to maintain real flowering plants. I recently picked out a gorgeous Dancing Orchid. It is 32″ tall and comes in a beautiful ceramic pot.

 

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I am really happy with it and plan to put it around my whirlpool tub in my master bathroom. I like to take a lot of warm baths in the winter and having that colorful orchid there will just help me to feel that spring is not too far away.

Do you decorate with silk plants? Would love to hear your thoughts.

I received the dancing orchid to facilitate my review. As always my words and views are 100% my own.


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Stinky & Dirty Can Help Teach Kids Problem Solving Skills! #StinkyAndDirty

This post has been sponsored by Amazon Studios.

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I don’t know if you have any little boys in your house but my little guys love trucks, playing outside and best of all getting dirty. Playing with their trucks in the sand, dirt or best of all mud is just the greatest thing. What’s a mom to do besides directing them to the shower and remembering that someone said dirt is good for them? Did someone say dirt is good for them? I hope so because I could swear I heard that and that is what I am going to continue thinking.

You can imagine their delight when they watched the new Amazon Original Series, The Stinky & Dirty Show. Stinky is a garbage truck and well, the name certainly fits. Dirty is a backhoe loader that is constantly working with dirt and so his name fits equally well. The two are the best of friends and this strange duo are even what you might call heroes. They are quite creative and love challenges. They constantly ask themselves “What If” when trying to tackle issues or when obstacles are in their way. The series is based on the books by Jim and Kate McMullan and was written and developed by Guy Toube. You can stream the episodes free on Amazon if you have Prime. If you don’t you can still watch 1 episode for free.

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My kids loved the series from the get go and I enjoyed it as well because it teaches kids good problem solving skills. Problem solving skills are something everyone needs because things rarely go as planned and obstacles, challenges and road blocks are something we all face. In order to achieve our goals we must find ways to tackle those obstacles, overcome the challenges and remove the road blocks. Stinky & Dirty show kids that when things get tough the tough find solutions.

Kids can get frustrated when something does not go as they hoped. This series can help them see they need to think and talk about other ways to figure out the solution. They will learn the importance of negotiation and brainstorming with others. In the end they will see that when they keep going instead of giving up, they can reach their goals.  As a mom, I feel this is such an important life lesson. I come across many adults who do not have problem solving skills. If a hurdle comes across their path, they fall instead of learning what they need to do to jump that hurdle. The earlier kids are introduced and learn problem solving skills, the better off they will be.

In the Jump at the Dump episode Stinky & Dirty face many challenges creating a stunt course for Jumpy the stunt cycle who needs a new venue to perform her show. They have to figure out how to make mud that has just the right amount of “sploosh” for Jumpy. Their first challenge is to find a way to direct the water from a spigot to the dirt. When their first idea does not work, they come up with another and when that does not work, they brainstorm another way until they find the perfect solution. The way Jumpy and Stinky talk to each other and ask each other “What If” helps them find the solutions they need to complete their tasks.

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In an episode titled  The Art of Trash, Stinky & Dirty clean up a vacant lot full of trash to make a park, but when they can’t remove some large items, they turn the items into a trash sculpture instead! This is similar to turning trash into treasure or finding ways to recycle and re-purpose things that might normally end up in a landfill. My kids and I just made some Frankenstein Monsters for Halloween decorating using some old scrap cut off boards that were in our basement.

With some green craft paint, we painted the boards and then added some foam embellishments to create hair, eyebrows and a tooth. We used a permanent black marker to draw the mouth and a paint marker for the nose. Then to really make it authentic we screwed two bolts into either side.

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You can have a lot of fun with this and there are other monsters and Halloween critters you can create in this fashion. You can create a mummy if you wrap the board in gauze and add two googly eyes. Make a Jack O’ Lantern by painting the wood orange and using black paint or foam to create eyes and a mouth, add a green bow or green block to the top to serve as the stem.

Whatever you make, your kids will have a great time and learn all about re-purposing and recycling, another great life skill that will improve their world. Let me know if you have watched The Stinky & Dirty Show and what you think. I would love to see your thoughts in the comments.

 


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How To Keep The People & Things You Love Most Close To You

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What are the meaningful things in your life. Maybe you are thinking about your family, your husband, your kids, your pets, your hobbies or your career. Would you like to showcase those things in a way where you could have them with you and be able to share them with others? If you think that sounds nice, a charm bracelet may just be something you would like. Did you know you can make personalized photo charms using photos of your family and pets? Some can be engraved with names and dates to make them even more special.

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Charm bracelets make beautiful gifts to celebrate anniversaries, graduations, holidays and more. Right now you can save big on charms at Soufeel. They have a sale going on where you can get up to 60% off personalized charms. Plus they have $5 off $60, $10 off $100 and $20 off $150!

I love Soufeel charms because they have such a great selection of charms and whether you want family charms, inspirational charms, charms that represent your hobby or career, you are probably going to find it on their site.

Their charms are very high quality and so detailed. All of their products are made of 100% 925 Sterling Silver. I love Soufeel charms and recently orders some personalized photo charms and others. Check out the great charms I choose.

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I was provided with charms and a bracelet to facilitate my review. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

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Go Back To School With PJ Masks

Almost time for back to school for my kids. I am super excited to share some PJ Mask’s Back To School gear. As PJ Mask Blog Ambassadors we were sent a sampling of goodies. My son loves the feel of the back pack and lunch box. The have an almost memory foam type feel and the shirt with attached cape really lets him play out the part of the little super hero.

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The 14″ PJ Masks Time To Be A Hero backpack features Owlette, Gekko and Catboy. This backpack is nice and roomy with a padded back and straps. There are side mesh pockets to hold a water bottle and a double zipper for convenience.

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This coordinating lunch box features a double zipper for easy access, the padded handle means it is comfortable to carry and your child’s lunch and snack will stay nice and fresh because it is insulated.

Back packs and lunch boxes are available at Toys “R” Us and you can find so many cute clothing options featuring these great little super heroes at Kohl’s. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

 

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