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Thank you for visiting Grandma's Briefs, where I write on the good, bad, humorous and heartwarming of being a baby boomer, grandparent, parent to adult children, wife and writer. Peruse the place, leave a comment or two, and feel free to email me any time at Lisa@GrandmasBriefs.com.

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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

 Preston and Megan
Preston (son-in-law) and Megan (middle daughter)


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

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

 

 

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    Monday
    Jul062015

    I did it! Plus GRAND Social No. 162 link party for grandparents

    I did it!

    Welcome back from the long weekend. I hope your Fourth of July holiday was stupendous!

    If you read what I looked forward to in last Thursday's post, you understand why I'm so pleased that I did it. "It" being completing a bike ride over the weekend. And did it I did.

    baby boomer bike ride 

    Now I just need to...

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    Saturday
    Jul042015

    Wee ones and fireworks: Happy Fourth of July!

    Precious patriotism!

    Wishing you and yours a most spectacular holiday!

    Happy Fourth of July!

    Thursday
    Jul022015

    The Great AmericInn Adventure: Post a selfie to enter to win a free night

    This is a sponsored post. All content provided by AmericInn Hotels in promotion of its Great AmericInn Adventure contest.

    AmericInn Hotels

    Wild, Wacky and Wonderful. That’s what AmericInn Hotels is looking for this summer—in your travel photos. And they are giving away prizes! 

    AmericInn—the largest midscale hotel brand in the upper Midwest—is inviting adventurous travelers to enter a selfie or other photo of their wildest, wackiest, most wonderful travel moments.

    shark selfie

    If they pick your pic, you’ll win a free night at any AmericInn location ($200 value). Even better: up to two...

    Click to read how to enter for this prize—and for a prize reserved for Grandma's Briefs readers...

    Thursday
    Jul022015

    Here and now: July 2, 2015

    The "I can't believe it's already July!" issue...

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Fireworks. And my concerns that they're legal where my grandkids live. My daughter...

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    Wednesday
    Jul012015

    8 reasons grandparents should not resist a rest

    Once you're old enough to be a grandparent, a good night's sleep is hard to come by. Chalk it up to hormones, hot flashes, medications, and more. Considering the causes can be exhausting in itself.

    Despite our continual quest to quench our desire for downtime, we grandparents often flat-out refuse to rest our weary heads when we're with our grandchildren. Whether it's because we feel guilty or we simply want to "get stuff done," resisting a rest can be detrimental to our health and happiness. Detrimental to the health and happiness of our grandchildren, too—especially when they're in our care.

    Here's why:

    sleeping woman and dog 

    NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP...

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    Tuesday
    Jun302015

    Fourth of July fun: Jokes plus a breakfast goodie

    I've not added new Fourth of July content for this year, but my old standbys still stand up when it comes to Fourth of July fun.

    First, some giggles for Independence Day and leading up to it (originally posted here):

    fourth of july jokes

    Why did the duck say bang?
    Because he was...

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    Monday
    Jun292015

    GRAND greeting! Plus GRAND Social No. 161 link party for grandparents

    GRAND greeting

    Saturday was my birthday, and I received many kind and happy greetings from family, friends and loved ones. (You Facebook friends? Sheesh...! You guys are awesome! And appreciated!)

    I must say, though, that of all the birthday greetings I received, this was the most grand of all:

     

    Megan told me that video was the...

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    Saturday
    Jun272015

    Saturday movie review: Runoff

    What might a loving wife and mother do in hopes of pulling her family from the brink of financial disaster? It's that question that creates the intrigue and suspense in the beautifully filmed, understatedly acted RUNOFF, an independent film written and directed by Kimberly Levin in her narrative film directorial debut.

    runoff movie 

    Betty (Joanne Kelly) loves her husband, her two sons, her farmland community...

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