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Matt (Andrea's fiancé) and Andrea (youngest daughter)

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Bubby, Jak, and Mac — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)



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    Sole model, plus GRAND Social No. 170 link party for grandparents

    Sole model

    My daughter Megan has a great resource for buying and selling used goods. It's a Facebook community group called Swip Swap, and all those buying and selling are located in her community. You post something for sale or something that you want, and in no time there's a swap going on between folks mere minutes apart.

    Megan has bought and sold quite a bit through Swip Swap. Saturday evening she texted me a photo of some great running shoes she wondered if I'd want that were just $10. I said, "Sure!" She said, "Sold!"

    Soon after, she had the goods in hand and sent me this photo of Jak modeling Gramma's new K-Swiss size 7.5 running shoes:

    toddler in running shoes 

    I'm not sure which is better: having a daughter who...

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    Saturday movie review: The Cobbler

    A mish-mash of themes, unexpected elements, and a surprisingly diverse cast are cobbled together to create an entertaining and engaging fable of sorts called THE COBBLER, released in March of this year.

    The Cobbler movie

    In THE COBBLER you'll find:

    • opening scenes featuring subtitles translating Yiddish conversation between craftsmen of a long-gone generation
    • a Jewish urban legend
    • New York gangsters and...

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    Here and now: August 27, 2015

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Wondering how people without decent health insurance survive.


    Finished up The Mapmaker's Children last night. Starting Circling The Sun by Paula McLain tonight.


    Brianna's new puppy, Max, each day at lunch. The nine-week-old can't get through...

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    Women's Equality Day: Wear the colors, plan to see #Suffragette

    Disclosure: I am participating in an unpaid campaign to raise awareness of Women's Equality Day and the film, SUFFRAGETTE. The following information was provided by representatives for Focus Features.

    suffragette film poster

    Women's Equality Day

    Today, August 26, 2015, marks the 95th anniversary of the admission of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the victory the Woman Suffrage Movement had worked so hard for. After 72 years...

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    Kids and cameras: 9 tips for beginner photogs, from National Geographic Kids

    kids and cameras

    As long as my grandsons have known me, I've had a camera in my hand more often than not. I may not be a pro, but taking photos is one of my favorite activities.

    I like to think it's my penchant for taking pictures that encouraged my grandsons to enjoy using various cameras—from their kid camera to smartphones to my DSLR—for shooting shots around their place now and then. 

    I'm pretty good about explaining to my grandsons the basics of using a camera, but as a true and untrained amateur photographer myself, I'm not the greatest at sharing with them sure-shot techniques for composition and more, in easy-to-understand snippets they'll understand and remember.

    Enter National Geographic Kids book Guide To Photography by Nancy Honovich and National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths (which I...

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    Birthday gals, plus GRAND Social No. 169 link party for grandparents

    Birthday gals

    Welcome back! I hope your weekend was great!

    My weekend was spent celebrating birthdays. Saturday's birthday gal was my oldest daughter, Brianna, who turned 33 last Tuesday:

    mother and daughter 

    Sunday's celebration was for my mom, who turns...

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    Saturday movie review: Alex of Venice

    Watching blockbuster movies as they premiere at the theater can be the ultimate movie experience for movie lovers. That manner of watching movies isn't the norm for most folks nowadays, though. No, most folks are more like me—enjoying movies at home as soon as they premiere on DVD. Or later yet, on streaming services.

    The relatively extensive lag between a blockbuster movie showing at the theater to appearing in my Netflix streaming queue means I spend a far amount of time searching streaming options for gems to watch between must-see movies I'm waiting on. I found a gem the other night: ALEX OF VENICE.

    alex of venice movie

    ALEX OF VENICE is the directorial debut of Chris Messina, whom many may know from TV's...

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    It's National Lemonade Day! A citrusy recipe and sweet giveaway from Equal

    This is a sponsored post and giveaway, courtesy Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener. Opinions are my own.

    Equal sweetener

    Hooray, hooray, for National Lemonade Day, August 20! As a true lover of all things lemon, and lemonade in particular, National Lemonade Day nears the top of my list of summer days worth celebrating.

    Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener celebrates the lemon-flavored day, too! With me and with you, by...

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