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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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    I tested AARP's RealPad tablet and here's my review

    I did a video review of the $189 tablet made for the 50+ crowd. Click here to see AARP RealPad: Inexpensive tablet a simple solution for going digital (video review).

    aarp realpad review


    Santa's triple treat

    “Kids believe in Santa; adults believe in childhood.” 
    ― Cate KennedyDark Roots: Stories

    three brothers and santa

    Perhaps the post title "Santa's...

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    Denver Zoo's ZooLights 2014

    Last Friday I had the good fortune to attend the opening night of the Denver Zoo's ZooLights 2014, courtesy Toyota.

    ZooLights by Toyota

    Toyota — presenters of ZooLights as well as a lifetime sponsor of the Denver Zoo — invited various...

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    Empty nest perks, plus GRAND Social No. 134 link party

    Empty nest perks

    One of the great things about the empty nest during the holidays is witnessing the enthusiasm with which my daughters feather their own nests for Christmas.

    Ever since Thanksgiving, I've received various photo texts and Facebook updates from Brianna, Megan and Andrea showing me the progress of their decorating. Here, just one from each of my crafty, creative, Christmas-loving daughters:

    holiday decorating

    It warms my heart to see my daughters...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Nativity!' (redux)

    Dear readers: About this time last year I reviewed the comedic Christmas film NATIVITY!, which upon my first viewing of it in 2011, it became a fast favorite of mine. I think it's truly a must-see holiday family film, so I'm sharing a second serving of my review from last year, which I then titled Saturday movie review: Obscure, must-see Christmas film edition. Enjoy!

    So you've gone through the classic (and not so classic) Christmas movies. You've watched it all, from White Christmas to Polar Express, A Christmas Carol from various years to A Christmas Story for sure, on to The Grinch, Love, Actually, While You Were Sleeping and possibly even Joyeux Noel, too (those last three being faves of mine). Yet you're still craving more festive film fun.

    Well, my friends, have you seen NATIVITY!?


    No, not that nativity. This NATIVITY! — which, if you've followed Grandma's Briefs...

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    Mom's magazines

    Before I was a grandmother of three grandsons, before I was a mother to three daughters, I was a daughter of one single mother. My mom had custody of four or more of her seven kids — myself and my four sisters and two brothers — at various times, depending on who might be staying with Dad, from my twelfth year up until I left home at 17.

    family circle magazineFrom Pinterest: so many kids to care for, the rare treats Mom allowed herself were the Family Circle and Woman's Day magazines she'd pick up when stretching thin as can be the dollars at the grocery store. Back then, the...

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    Semi-homemade holiday pies (Sponsored)

    Who can resist pies? Or posts about pies? Click to read Holiday pies without the hassle: Semi-homemade courtesy Marie Callender's. (Prepare for your mouth to water, your tummy to grumble.)

    marie callender's pie


    29 holiday jokes for kids

    'Tis the season of joy, and there's no more joyful sound than that of children's laughter. Share these jokes with your favorite kiddos to elicit some of that joyful noise this merry time of year.

     holiday jokes for kids

    Where do snowmen keep their money?
    In a snow bank.

    What do you call a...

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