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    What made me smile, er, cry this week

    Happy Friday!things that make me smile

    Other than seeing via FaceTime Bubby's pride and joy at losing his first tooth and learning from the editor (in another phone call with her!) that my picture book manuscript is still under serious consideration for publication at a fabulous publishing house, the video below is what most made me smile this week. After those first two things, of course.

    More accurately, the following video made me...

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    Awww-worthy BEARS entertains and inspires (review and activity freebies)

    I usually save movie reviews for Saturdays, but this one I simply must share with you now as Easter weekend is prime time for enjoying a movie with family. BEARS from Disneynature opens tomorrow, so if you're looking for a film both young and old will enjoy for the holiday (or any day), BEARS just might be the ticket.

    Bears movie poster

    I had the opportunity to...

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    Losin' it

    Gah! Bubby is growing up...

    Thrilled about his first lost tooth and likely Tooth Fairy visit.
    April 14, 2014

    Today's question:

    What milestone most indicates a bittersweet "growing up" to you?


    Fine lines... worn and walked

    As I scan shelf after shelf of beauty aids at the drugstore in search of the perfect product to combat my age spots and wrinkles, I consider the plethora of inescapable fine lines I encounter in this phase of life. Despite the endless number of serums and creams and BB this and AHA that created to (sort of) soothe away the skin issues, I’ve yet to find a solution to the fine lines that matter most: those encountered in my role as a parent to adult children.

    tightrope walker

    Most concerning are the fine lines I...

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    Hey there, hi there, hoya there: Celebrating GRAND Social No. ONE HUNDRED!

    Hooray, hooray! Today is GRAND Social No. 100. That's ONE HUNDRED link parties just for grandparent bloggers, hosted right here on Grandma's Briefs.

    Last week I mentioned I'd find a special way to commemorate the milestone. I believe I've found something befitting the occasion — as well as my affection for alliteration. I'm calling it...

    One hoya for one hundred!

    hoya collage 2014

    See, my lovely heirloom hoya recently...

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    Saturday movie review: 'The Book Thief'

    I'm always a little leery of movies made from books I love. So when I saw that one of my favorite books of the last several years, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, was being filmed, I vacillated between being thrilled thrilled filmmakers loved it as much as I did and being reluctant to watch it when it came out just in case those filmmakers screwed it up.

    I'm happy to report screenwriter Michael Petroni...

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    Ending on a positive note

    birds of musical notes

    Let's end the week on a positive note, shall we?

    I can't think of any more positive, upbeat, soulful...

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    Siblings: Three sets and counting

    I come from a family of seven siblings...

    seven siblings 

    My daughters are...

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