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    Sunday
    Nov112012

    An exclusive Grandma's Briefs Memory Match game from Cranium Crunches

    Exercise your noggin' with this wonderful game made exclusively for Grandma's Briefs readers by Ruth Curran of Cranium Crunches. It's a fun challenge to enjoy with your loved ones — featuring plenty of photos of my loved ones — while providing a particularly good brain workout for us, um, folks of a certain age.

    Ruth, the gracious game creator, explains the importance of such brain workouts:
    Memory Match is a great short term/working memory exercise. It helps you work on your ability to overcome distractions, sort out similarities and differences, place items in space, and, in the case of these albums, work out your smile muscles! Racing the clock adds another couple elements — impulse control, thinking under pressure, and visual processing speed.  
     
    What I like most about Memory Match is that, as the difficulty increases, you are required to think just a bit differently. You have to change your strategy when the photos get more similar in both subject matter and content. Good memory is about developing good strategies and I love a game that requires you to change (or at least vary) your strategy to get better. Another way to mix it up just a bit!

    How to play

    Choose a level, then click on the photo album and get clicking to make matches. It's that simple!

    Please note: If, like me, your vision needs a workout, too, and the images are a little too small for visual comfort, PC users can increase the size by hitting CTRL and the + key to make the images as large as you like.

    If after the first round the cards won't turn, simply refresh your browser to get things going again.

    Enjoy! And do boast about your scores in the comments. (My best so far on Level 1 is 42 clicks.) Feel free to come back again and again to work out your memory muscles while having fun, either alone or with your grandkiddos.

    Monday
    Nov052012

    TummyTicklers + TummyTickler Tots = Fun and healthy juices (Review & giveaway)

    I like to pack fun into my Grandma Bag to share with my grandsons each time I visit them. Packed in my bag for my most recent trip was more than just movies and makings for holiday crafts, though. This last time I packed juice. And not just any juice, but fun juice.

    How can juice be fun? Well, how can juice be anything but fun when it's TummyTicklers and TummyTickler Tots from In Zone Brands.

    You see, the juice itself is good—100% juice, with no sugar added, in fact. Healthy. Tasty. Good. Just what moms and grandmoms look for in a juice. That's what pleases the grown-ups about TummyTicklers and TummyTickler Tots.

    What pleases kids, though, the primary consumers of the juice, are the ever-so-awesome, collectible, spill-proof tops designed as characters kids of all ages love. There's Woody and others from Toy Story, Spider Man, Batman, Pooh and his buddies, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, and so many more. The six-ounce TummyTickler bottles for preschoolers have fun tops little kids will love to drink out of and collect. The four-ounce TummyTickler Tots bottles for the very youngest of juice drinkers have fun tops, too.

    The tagline for TummyTicklers and TummyTickler Tots is 100% Healthy. 100% Fun. As far as Bubby, Mac and Gramma were concerned with the free samples received for this review, the juices 100% lived up to that claim.

    What we loved most: Bubby and Mac, of course, were thrilled with the bottles. Bubby's favorite (no surprise) was Batman, followed closely by Spider Man. Mac got a kick out of his Bob the Builder bottle as well as those with construction vehicle tops. Gramma (and Mommy) appreciated that the spill-proof lids really were spill proof. Also especially nice was that the TummyTickler Tots is juice that's already cut with purified water, saving the hassle of watering down Mac's juice for him, as is typically done when serving juice to toddlers.

    Other things we all loved: The boys enjoyed the flavor of the juice. Gramma and Mommy enjoyed that once the juice was gone, the labels could be removed, the bottles and tops washed, and the boys happily sipped away on water from their character-topped bottles all day long. (A definite plus for desert-living boys who need to stay hydrated.)

    TummyTicklers come in packages of three six-ounce bottles (MSRP $5.97) and TummyTickler Tots come in packages of three four-ounce bottles (MSRP $5.47). Find out more about the juices and where to find them at www.tummytickler.com and www.tummyticklertots.com and on Facebook.

    GIVEAWAY:

    Enter to win a prize of one package of TummyTicklers and one package of TummyTickler Tots. Here are the details:

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    Disclosure: I received this product free to review, as well as the offer to give away packages to readers. Anecdotes and opinions are my own.

    Monday
    Oct152012

    Wrinkles fade with Elite Serum

    I by no means run with a Hollywood or high-income crowd, yet I do have a few acquaintances who regularly indulge in Botox injections to reduce their facial wrinkles. They're pleased with the results, so I say more power to them.

    For me, though, when it comes to Botox and similar treatments, all I can think is Needles to the face? Botulism injected in my face? Thousands of dollars invested in poking poison into my face? No way you'll catch me indulging in such treatments.

    That doesn't mean I don't have lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and under-eye circles I wish would go away, so when I was offered the opportunity to review and give away (yes, a giveaway—see below!) a needle-free anti-aging serum to reduce all of the above, I signed right up.

    The seemingly magical potion is called Elite Serum. Pages of technical details, research and information on the ingredients can be perused at your leisure by visiting www.eliteserum.com, but the bottom line is that Elite Serum is a highly concentrated blend of pharmaceutical-grade peptides and natural moisturizers that claims to reverse the signs of aging. Specific ingredients, in laymen's terms, include seaweed, glycerin, purified water, hyaluronic acid, and more.

    From the Elite Serum website, the "advanced features and benefits" of the serum include:

    Formulated with the highest concentration of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.
    Rich seaweed extract base as used by the world's most expensive serums.
    Contains scientifically advanced peptides proven to cause DNA rejuvenation.
    Delivers a youthful and vibrant appearance around the eyes.
    Rapidly brings oxygen and nutrients to the eye area.
    Reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
    Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    Feel the difference directly under and around the eye area within minutes.
    Ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing application.
    No injection needed. It works on areas where the botulinum toxin solution can not.
    A Cooling, hyper toning sensation indicates that the serum is working.
    Scientifically designed as hypoallergenic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating.
    Can be used safely and beneficially in conjunction with other skin care products.
    Ability to work alone as needed as a powerful eye serum.
    Manufactured in the USA in an advanced FDA licensed pharmaceutical laboratory.

     

    I was intrigued and excited to see how well such claims stood up.

    I've been using the serum morning and night for about a month now, and I can honestly say I see improvement in the lines on my face, especially one deep line in the center of my brows, courtesy too much furrowed concentration. That line is nearly gone. I had hoped to eliminate my crow's feet completely, but it didn't happen. At least not yet. There is, though, a definite decrease in the deepness of those wrinkles at the edge of my eyes.

    My age spots and dark circles are still there, and because I look at myself daily and didn't take before and after photos, I don't know for sure whether those have or have not lightened. Overall, though, I'm pleased with the results in just one month.

    What I love about the Elite Serum: When I first received my .47-ounce airless syringe for the review, I thought the syringe container was a hokey poke at the non-needle treatment. Turned out, though, that the syringe was the ideal method for dispensing exactly the amount needed and only that amount. At $89.95 per syringe (which should last 45-60 days, depending on use), it's great to know the serum won't be wasted by using too much in one application. I also appreciated the fact the serum could be used with other facial products, especially as it does indeed tighten the skin and make it feel as if a moisturizer must be applied afterward.

    What I didn't love so much: As is the case with nearly all anti-aging treatments, it's not a permanent fix. Packaging notes that "The maximum benefits to your skin will be seen following 6 months of regular application." Of course, Elite Serum never claims to be a miracle cure, so it's only fair to assume one would need to keep on using it. I was just really wishing for a truly magical potion for my wrinkles. (Aren't we all?)

    Elite Serum can be purchased two different ways at www.eliteserum.com. There's the "Replenishment and Savings Program" in which you pay $59.95 for your first unit then every 45 days you will be automatically shipped a new order and billed $59.95 per unit plus shipping, and you can cancel at anytime. The second option is a one-time purchase of one syringe for $89.95 plus shipping.

    GIVEAWAY:

    The makers of Elite Serum have generously offered to give away one Elite Serum syringe to a lucky Grandma's Briefs reader. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below through October 19. The winner will be drawn via random.org and notified by email October 20.

    Good luck! And happy wrinkle erasing, my friends!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway  

    Disclosure: I received the product free for review, plus the offer of product for a giveaway, to be shipped by the maker to the winner. Opinions and anecdotes are my own.

    Friday
    Oct122012

    Win a Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Combo Pack

    From the incredible mind of Tim Burton comes the hit film Dark Shadows, based on the classic television series and released on DVD and Blu-Ray Oct. 2 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

    Have you seen it yet? Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover. Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his families business! With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more, Dark Shadows will be sure to whet your appetite for fun.

    Check out the trailer and the dark fun below. Be sure to take the Are You Creepy Enough quiz and enter via the Rafflecopter widget to win a Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Combo Pack ($35.99 value). But hurry—contest ends 12:01am EST Oct. 17.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway  

    Thursday
    Oct112012

    Proper pet care

    Photo credit - http://www.sxc.hu/photo/538075When it comes to animals, my husband and I have an ongoing debate on which make better pets—cats or dogs. My husband says dogs; I have to go with cats as being the better pets.

    One big reason I say cats is because they're just so much easier to care for. Dogs—at least our dogs—gobble anything and everything in sight, so feeding them is no problem. But proper pet care for them requires brushing, washing, licensing, training, exercising and, especially, the dog sitting consideration for when we're away. When it comes to proper pet care for cats, sure, there's keeping them safe, sound, cuddled, cared for and licensed (if required, which it is where I live), with no need to get a caretaker for short outings. Fairly simple.

    The not-so-simple part of caring for felines, I must admit, is feeding them. Specifically, feeding them what they consider the best cat food. Which isn't an easy task, as all cat owners can attest. Perhaps it's dry food. Perhaps it's wet food. Perhaps it's snacks or, heaven forbid, table scraps. And as soon as the cat owner figures out exactly what the cat considers the best cat food ever, the cat changes its mind.

    Finding what one cat considers irresistible selections is one thing, but when owning two cats, as I do, the quest for the best cat food becomes an even greater challenge. The best cat food to one cat may not be considered irresistable—or even palatable—by the other. A never-ending quest, to be sure.

    Despite the challenge of finding the best cat food that pleases one and all of my persnickety kitties, though, I still say cats are the easier pet. My husband still says dogs—despite having the scooping duty associated with canines. (I get litter box duty.)

    It's those final considerations that lead us to one thing about animals on which my husband and I heartily agree: The very best pet of all would be one who could cover associated scooping duties all by itself.

    Now that would be proper pet care.

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Links were provided. Anecdotes and opinions are my own.

    Wednesday
    Oct102012

    On AARPdiscounts.com, find travel discounts and more for the holidays

    We Americans like to get up and go. Especially around the holidays, and never more so than around those holidays awaiting us with just a flip of the calendar.

    Over Thanksgiving, approximately 40 million Americans will travel by plane, train or automobile to feast, shop and visit with friends and family. The week between Christmas and New Year's will see 90 million folks traveling far and wide for similar seasonal merry making.

    Are visions of holiday travel dancing in your head? If so—and if you're a member of AARP—you may want to think of using your  AARP member discounts for making those dreams of traveling during the upcoming holiday season a reality. AARP members are in luck when it comes to travel—they have access to  a plethora of perks, valuable discounts and offers. Automatically. With membership.

    Here's how: AARP works with select companies to provide AARP members access to discounts on everything from travel to shopping to groceries that are tailored to the meet their members' specific wants and needs.  These companies offer their discounts on AARPdiscounts.com.

    With their AARP membership card, AARP members can get access to hundreds of discounts online through www.AARPdiscounts.com or offline in-store or on the phone.

    A recent addition to the list of AARP member offers is Hilton Hotels. Members can receive up to 10% off their visit at hotels worldwide. Think Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Hotels. Chances are there's one at or near where you're planning to go. For more information or to book an AARP member rate for your holiday stay, click here.

    Also available to members are exclusive discounts at the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia, including 10% off AARP preferred hotel providers and 25% off AARP preferred car rental providers.

    But wait, there's more. There's always more with an AARP membership as new providers are frequently added. To stay on top of the latest and greatest discounts, offers, and information, "bookmark," "favorite" or "pin" the AARPdiscounts.com for easy access to updates.

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Links were provided. Opinions and anecdotes are my own.