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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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 grandpa and grandma)
Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

brianna and patrick
Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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


Matt (Andrea's boyfriend) 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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    Sunday
    Apr192015

    Grandma's Briefs wins 2015 'Best of the Springs' designation

    Hooray! Grandma's Briefs was named BLOG THAT MAKES GRANDMAS SMILE in The Gazette newspaper's 2015 Best of the Springs survey!

    2015 Best of the Springs winner

    blog that makes grandmas smile

    Gazette reporter and City Life expert Linda Navarro honored my little ol' blog with...

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    Saturday
    Apr182015

    Saturday movie review: Black or White

    Considering the racially charged tensions and horrific acts of violence that have recently occurred in our country between whites and blacks, I expected the movie BLACK OR WHITE to be far more powerful than it turned out to be. Instead, the film landed itself a firm spot on my list of Mostly Meh Movies.

    black or white film 

    BLACK OR WHITE starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer is billed as...

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    Thursday
    Apr162015

    Here and now: April 16, 2015

    Right here, right now, in my world.

    here and now 

    On my mind...

    My grandma bag and what to put in it. Why? Because in exactly one month, Jim and I will be in the desert soaking up the sun and sweet, squishy hugs from Bubby, Mac, and Jak! Hooray, hooray!

    I'm on the lookout for some pretty awesome activities, crafts, and...

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    Wednesday
    Apr152015

    6 best bits: Pikes Peak, Ute Pass, and my week driving a 2015 Chrysler 200C AWD

    Any time I have an opportunity to review a new vehicle, a photo with Pikes Peak in the background is a must. So when a 2015 Chrysler 200C AWD sedan was delivered to my door (free for review), the first place I drove it was to a nearby parking lot where Pikes Peak towers in all its glory.

    And why not, when Pikes Peak provides the best backdrop ever?

    chrysler 200C

    A parking lot wasn't the only spot I drove the sleek and shiny 2015 Chrysler 200C AWD. No, my husband and I decided to drive the elegant sedan up Ute Pass to get...

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    Tuesday
    Apr142015

    Sponge bombs for summer fun

    Super simple, sloppy, summer (and spring!) fun!

    sponge bombs for summer fun 

    WHAT YOU NEED

    • Basic rectangular household sponges in various colors (two per sponge bomb)

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    Monday
    Apr132015

    Enter to win a customized smartphone case from The Case Studio

    December may be the height of the holiday gift-giving season, but summer features a fair share of gifting occasions of its own. To wit: Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, weddings, and more.

    Wouldn't it be great if there were one gift that would be appropriately pleasing for each of those occasions? I recently had the opportunity to try for free a product that's exactly that—the perfect gift for summer gifting of nearly any sort.

    The Case Studio offered me the chance to try out for free a fully customized iPhone case, and this thing is awesome! It's truly a super gift for smartphone-carrying grandmothers and others for Mother's Day, as well as grads and dads, even wedding attendants who deserve tokens of gratitude for their participation in a couple's big day.

    The Case Studio makes it easy, fast, and fun to personalize iPhone cases—ipods, androids, and tablets, too—with memorable photos...

    Enter to win (and see my awesome case) in the Back Room...

    Monday
    Apr132015

    Puddles o' fun, plus GRAND Social No. 151 link party for grandparents

    Welcome back!

    My spring break didn't go quite as I'd expected thanks to an unexpected bout with a bug that's just now beginning to loosen its grip. Still, it was a break, and we all need one of those now and then.

    I'm glad to be back, though, and I'm doubly glad you're here with me!

    Puddles o' fun

    Racking your brain for something fun to do with the grandkiddos during the oft-rainy days of spring? Make the most of that moisture by grabbing some boots (or not!) and pouncing in some puddles.

    These kids demonstrate just exactly how it's done:

     

    There's nothing like...

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    Monday
    Apr062015

    Spring break for grandma

    spring break from blogging