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Meet the family

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

Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

 mom and dad
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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    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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    Saturday movie review: 'Wild'

    Let me first say, I have not read Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, upon which the movie WILD is based. So you won't find here any comparisons of the book to the movie WILD

    Wild movie poster

    For those who, like me, somehow failed to read Strayed's best-selling book, WILD is the true story...

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    See the Northern Lights on a Hurtigruten Cruise (sponsored)

    So... here is what I want for Christmas. Anyone else? Click the (incredible) photo to read my sponsored post Northern lights to dog sledging: Bucket list made better with Hurtigruten Cruises.

     northern lights


    Giveaway: Birdfeeder subscription from Mr. Canary Direct®

    A great giveaway in the Back Room! Backyard beauty all winter long: Mr. Canary Direct® subscription giveaway. Click the graphic below for details and to enter.


    Three-fer Thursday: Thanksgiving food & fun

    With Thanksgiving now a mere two weeks away, I'd like to offer up a second serving of some seasonal treats you may have missed the first time around.

    thanksgiving tips

    Click the images below for the original posts. First up, the...

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    A new face, courtesy L'Oreal (sponsored)

    Looking for a fantastic face cream? Read this sponsored post in the Back Room: L'Oreal Age Perfect renews, replumps, refreshes.

    L'Oreal Age Perfect


    Baby talk

    A sign hung in a prominent spot in my home during the full-nest years. It looked like this:

    thou shalt not whine 

    It was that sign, in fact, which now hangs in a...

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