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    Monday (beagle) blues! Plus, GRAND Social No. 244 link party for grandparents

    Monday (beagle) blues!

    I've had an off-and-on relationship with my piano for several years now. Mostly off, due to time constraints — as well as budgetary issues that prevent me from continuing the weekly piano lessons I began way back in the day when I worked a regular job with regular paychecks.

    For several months now, though, I've been quite diligent in practicing pretty much every weekday, ever since I came across a decent online video tutorial series just before Christmas. I'm proud to say I'm progressing quite nicely — in playing. Singing and playing at the same time is another story.

    Over the weekend I found inspiration in that regard. I'm now determined to one day sing and play the blues as well as this talented fella:

    Look at that tail wagging! Such joy at his...

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    Saturday movie brief: Catching up on contenders

    oscar nominated films

    Next Sunday, February 26, the 89th Academy Awards will be televised.

    And, oh, I'm so woefully unprepared.

    The Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. I look forward to them every year. I don't host a party for the annual awarding of the Oscars, but my movie-loving husband and I do spend the evening in front of the television cheering on our favorites of the films and their makers — actors, directors, and otherwise — of the nominated pictures we've seen.

    Which is where the "woefully unprepared" part comes in. We...

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    7 benefits of being a long-distance grandparent

    I am a long-distance grandma. Have been from the beginning of my grandma gig.

    The first few years I moaned and groaned ceaselessly about the miles separating me and my sweeties.

    I'm now nearly nine years into grandmahood. In that time I've thankfully learned there is indeed — unbelievable as I first thought it might be — a bright side to my grandbabies living so far from me.

    Following are a few such perks on which fellow long-distance grandparents just might agree.

    long-distance grandparent 


    Bathroom breaks at my house are a breeze.
    I never need straddle a step stool when using the toilet. Nor do I have to question who left the seat up as only two...

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    Kids' thoughts on love, plus GRAND Social No. 243 link party for grandparents

    Kids' thoughts on love

    Sheer sweetness in celebration of Valentine's Day:


    "It's pretty simple."

    I love that!...

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    Saturday movie briefs: Romantic mish mash

    movies for valentine's day 

    Today it's all about love.

    And how could it not be, with Valentine's Day mere days away?

    To start our hearts swooning and singing in celebration of love, love, love, I'm here to share a mushy...

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    Denver-area fans of musicals: Enter to win two free passes to Newsies on the big screen

    newsies the broadway musical

    Denver-area fans of musicals: Seize the day one last time! Disney Theatrical Productions presents Newsies: The Broadway Musical coming to Denver area theatres for an exclusive three-day event (2/16, 2/18 & 2/22)! The worldwide cinema debut of the Tony Award-winning musical will also showcase behind the scenes extra content plus cast and crew interviews. Don’t miss your chance to see it!
    Enter to win TWO FREE PASSES! Just email with your name and mailing address, and please include “Newsies – Grandmas Briefs” in the subject line for your entry to be valid.

    Act now as this is a very short entry period. Entry deadline is...

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    Get wet and wild with the grands at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs

    A wet and wild weekend designed for grandparents and grandkids? I recently experienced exactly that — without my grandkids.

    The story: I was invited to the grand opening celebration of Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs and encouraged to bring along my grandsons and husband. But my grandsons couldn't make the 800+ mile trip to spend the weekend with me. My stepgrandson — my only local grandkiddo — couldn't come either. My husband did get to attend with me, though. And even without our favorite boys in tow, our free weekend adventure left no question that the expansive indoor water park resort offers a great, nay, grand getaway destination for grandparents and grandchildren.

    Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs — the fourteenth location of the family-friendly indoor water park resort — has all the first-class entertainment and accomodation amenities of its sister spots across the U.S., plus a few goodies only guests of the brand-new resort on the north end of Colorado Springs get to enjoy.

    The incredible view of Pikes Peak to the west is a perfect example of what sets the Colorado Springs location apart from other Great Wolf Lodge locations. This early morning shot was taken from the balcony of my room for the weekend:

    pikes peak 

    Breathtaking, right?

    The majority of what my husband and I experienced at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs, though, was similar to signature features, fun, food and such found...

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    Kite Flying Day? Plus GRAND Social No. 242 link party for grandparents

    Kite Flying Day?

    Now, I don't know about you but I certainly don't consider early February prime time for kite flying. Not in Colorado, anyway. It's too darn cold for flying fun, and any breeze blows in more hurricane like than gentle enough to lift colorful kites to wondrous heights.

    Nevertheless, February 8 — this Wednesday — is National Kite Flying Day, special celebration of getting outdoors and letting your freak flag, err, kite fly. Up to the highest heights.

    So grab the kids, a couple of kites, and go for it!

    Weather not in your favor? Then grab the kids and the makings for a few, and create a kite or two. For when the weather's just right.

    Here's a simple tutorial for making kites (that will fly) using materials most grandmas have readily on hand.


    Whether fashioning kites or flying them...

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