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    I tried Taco Bueno's Wholotta Box! Enter to win a gift card to try one, too

    I took advantage of the sunshine and warm temps on Wednesday — just before spring snow returned on Thursday — and spent several hours in my yard. The weed pulling and thinning of non-weed sorts of things left me a whole lotta hungry... and so nada wanting to make dinner.

    Fortunately I recently received a gift card from Taco Bueno so I could try out the Tex-Mex fast food chain's newest offering: the Wholotta Box.

    Taco Bueno Wholotta Box

    With my youngest daughter planning to join my husband and me for dinner, the Wholotta Box seemed the perfect solution for a satisfying meal without me having to...

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    Three more sleeps

    In three more sleeps, Jim and I head to the desert to spend the weekend with these shiny, happy (pint-sized) people. For two sleeps.

    grandsons and brothers 

    Though a short but sweet — and...

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    Moms: the long and short of it... plus GRAND Social No. 256 link party for grandparents

    Moms: the long and short of it

    I hope your Mother's Day was as grand as can be. Mine was especially sweet, for varied reasons.

    Considering the many mom-focused pictures and posts shared online in the past few weeks — and hitting a peak on Mother's Day — there were two that rose above all others for me, two that told, pretty much, the long and the short of what MOM means.

    Here, the long (which I shared on Facebook a few days ago):

    And the short, from Maria Shriver...

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    Happy Mother's Day to the leading ladies

    In celebration of the mothers who lead all the others...



    Saturday movie brief: Movie moms

    Moms come in myriad shapes, sizes, personalities, proclivities, each forever connected to dear ones by blood or other unbreakable bonds.

    Grab a tissue, go full screen, then sit back and enjoy this movie montage dedicated to all who answer to Mom, folks who fill mom-shaped spots...

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    Friday flashback: Coupon queen

    In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, for this week's Friday flashback feature I chose to share one of my favorite posts about cherished gifts from my girlies. I smile each time I recall my coupons from kids and hope my story on such makes you smile, too — even if you read it the first time around (and thank you if you did!).

    (Originally published June 6, 2011)

    coupon book for momCoupons are a hot commodity in my world. Sure, I use coupons for products when grocery shopping, but what I'm talking about here are coupons as gifts.

    Somewhere along the line of rearing three daughters, creating coupons to be redeemed for good deeds and great times became a recurring gift, either from me to them or from them to me. Of those, I especially remember...

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    Thoughts on my walk: Confirmation

     Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
    Jeremiah 33:3

    My dog Mickey and I have walked the same route most weekday mornings — barring snow, sickness, and super cold days — for the past nine-point-something years. First my collie-black lab Moses accompanied us, then my shepherd-black lab Lyla came along. Since early 2016, though, it's been just Mickey and me trekking along streets and turns and corners we've traversed countless times before.

    Last week as Mickey and I walked, I was deep in thought and prayer regarding a situation one of my daughters faces. A tough spot for her and her heart as well as the hearts of her parents who simply want the best for their girl.

    Mid-walk and mid-prayer I was astounded to see the following shadow on a corner. A corner I'd turned hundreds (thousands?) of times before without ever seeing the comforting image.

    shadow cross 

    Confirmation my...

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    Chicken Dance Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 255 link party for grandparents

    Chicken Dance Day!

    Many grandmothers and others are merrily looking forward to Mother's Day this coming Sunday. I eagerly await Sunday as well, but for a very different reason. My sites are set on, get this, Chicken Dance Day!

    Yes, friends and fellow grandparents, Sunday, May 14, 2017 is the annual celebration of that silly crowd-pleaser we all groan about doing yet do it anyway — and end up delighted we did — at wedding receptions and other family gatherings.

    Because Mother's Day typically involves a bit of gathering with family to some degree, why not celebrate Chicken Dance Day at the same time? Here's a bit of inspiration — and instruction — you can use to get everyone up and clucking and chuckling:

    As mothers of most sorts — those grand and otherwise — enjoy continually edifying...

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