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Jim (long-time hubby) and Lisa (me)

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

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

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



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    Iron Man ocarina: Gift idea for budding musicians and collectors (Review)

    I never knew there was such a thing, but now I think it's a pretty nifty gift for kids and collectors. Click the photo below to read Iron Man ocarina: Easy-to-play, collectible instrument for budding musicians.

    iron man ocarina


    Saturday movie review: Wild Canaries

    Unfortunately I cannot tell you when this movie will be released theatrically. I can tell you, though, that the minute you get the chance to see WILD CANARIES, you absolutely must. This funky, romantic, comedic, screwball murder mystery is in a class of its own and not to be missed.

    WILD CANARIES directed by Lawrence Michael Levine stars Levine as Noah and his...

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    Ideal holiday gift for wanna-be bike riders: Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike (review)

    Have a wanna-be bike rider on your holiday list? Click the image of my precious Mac to read our review of the Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike.


    Magical movies: Documentaries that make a difference

    Movies are magic. A well-done feature film can change your attitude, your day, your outlook.

    And a well-done documentary can change the world. Or, at the very least, an individual's world.

    The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

    Case in point: As part of the Starz Denver Film Festival, I had the opportunity to screen THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST. The documentary directed...

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    National Family Caregivers Month: Kudos and resources for those who care

     This sponsored public service announcement on National Family Caregivers Month is in partnership with Midlife Boulevard.

    National Family Caregivers Month

    The Grandma's Briefs community is filled with compassionate souls who regularly care for loved ones in need, above and beyond the care and love they provide their immediate family. Just off the top of my head...

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    Super simple DIY gift: Coffee Hand Scrub

    Grandmothers and others who regularly deal with those germ-filled critters we call children wash their hands a lot. Even folks who don't interact with kiddos often wash their hands a lot. Or so I hope, considering all the crud out there of late. Crud that the passing along of can be cut down on by washing one's hands. Often.

    coffee hand scrub

    With all that handwashing going on, we're a nation with dry hands. Mine certainly are. Which is why I love this easy-to-make and...

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    Quit together, win together: The Great American Smokeout (sponsored)

    Time for you or a loved one to quit smoking? Click the graphic below to read my sponsored post, Great American Smokeout: How my husband quit smoking for life.

     great american smokeout 2014


    A hawk, a squirrel, and GRAND Social No. 131 link party

    Hawk and squirrel

    This fella showed up in my yard yesterday. For about 20 minutes, he was content to sit atop the lattice above our fence and check out the view.


    Then Mr. Hawk flew to a nearby tree. Just as he landed, this...

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