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    Saturday movie review: A Family Affair

    The documentary A FAMILY AFFAIR is one of those films I'm glad I watched but certainly wouldn't say I enjoyed it. Or liked it. In fact, I didn't like the subject — a grandmother, no less — one single bit.

    A Family Affair movie

    Yet I couldn't stop watching this film by Danish documentarian Tom Fassaert, who filmed a fascinating attempt to figure out his grandmother, a famous model in the '50s. Primarily, Fassaert hoped to...

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    Now in the Recipe Box: Easy Apple Turnovers

    apple turnovers

    Apple season has arrived and so did recently a bag of sweet, crunchy, yummy organic honeycrisp apples from Wacky Apple Organic orchards in Hotchkiss, Colorado.

    I shared a few with my apple-loving daughter and her hubby, munched...

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    Review: KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test

    Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way from the start. You likely may ask: "Uh, why are you, a grandmother, testing an ovulation kit of any sort, Lisa?"

    Well, I'm not. Like most grandmothers, whether I'm ovulating or not is simply not something I worry about.

    My oldest daughter, though, does worry about — or, at the very least, consider — her peak ovulation days because she and her hubby are hoping to get pregnant sometime in the near future.

    KNOWHEN Ovulation Test

    So I personally did not review the KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test I received...

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    Fall break fun

    My grandsons in the desert are on fall break from school.

    What better way to kick off the holiday week than with a Monday movie with Mom?

    brothers in theater

    Once again, I can't adequately express...

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    Going bananas! Plus GRAND Social No. 225 link party for grandparents

    Going bananas!

    Hooray for October!

    Time to go bananas.... in flash mob fashion:


    I love flash mobs — was witness to one live once — and figured it was high...

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    Saturday movie review: Miss You Already

    MISS YOU ALREADY is about girlfriends. Life-long girlfriends. True BFFs.

    Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore play Milly and Jess, who became quick chums as school girls and shared milestones major and minor ever since.

    Now, as adults, adventurous and outrageous Milly has a gorgeous husband, a lovely family, and a high-power position. More grounded and even-tempered Jess has an adoring yet less glamorous hubby, a more earthy career, and struggles endlessly with fertility issues.

    Miss You Already film

    Milly and Jess balance one another. Milly encourages

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    Middle-grade series: One for girls, one for boys and girls

    Award-winning children's author Rachel Renee Russell — along with daughters, co-writer Erin and illustrator Nikki — offers an update to her bestselling Dork Diaries series and a brand-new series boys will love, too.

    Meet Max and the "Super Squee Edition" starring Nikki:


    max crumbly

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    From the archives: Four for fall

    Having blogged for more than seven years, I have oodles of goodies stored away in the Grandma's Briefs archive, goodies that rarely see the light of day because they go way, way back. At least seven years or so.

    Today seems a perfect day to pull out some of those well-seasoned posts, a few of my favorite fall-themed features you just might have missed.

    fall recipes and fun



    My shortlisted October loves... in no particular order:

    1. The sun has shifted south. Whereas summer...

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