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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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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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    Here and Now: March 19, 2015

    Today. Here. Now.


    On my mind...

    Sick kiddos, young and old. Brianna can't get over...

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    Stories that complete me

    I firmly believe that I didn't need anyone but me
    I sincerely thought I was so complete
    Look how wrong you can be.

    —Rod Stewart, "Every Picture Tells A Story"

    Every picture indeed tells a story. These are some of the stories sent to me from Megan—my daughter and mom to my grandsons—over the past couple weeks.


    These stories fill...

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    St. Patrick's Day FYI: Shamrocks, leprechauns, and why green

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    vintage postcard St. Patrick's Day

    Impress your grandkiddos—friends and family, too!—with your knowledge of all...

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    A giveaway celebrating new Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries

    This giveaway sponsored by Kellogg Company.

    Raisin Bran with Cranberries

    Kellogg's Raisin Bran has been given a new twist: cranberries! Added right along with the raisins. It's no longer "two scoops of raisins in every box," it's one scoop of raisins and one scoop of cranberries that make up new Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries.

    I tried it and loved it. I've always enjoyed Raisin Bran, but the addition of dried cranberries (a favorite snack of mine) makes it truly delicious! I munched and munched...

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    Wow for the week, plus GRAND Social No. 148 link party for grandparents

    Wow for the week

    Welcome to the new week. I hope yours will be as amazing as the recent solving of this puzzle on Wheel of Fortune turned out to be:


    Wow! One letter! I fancy myself a...

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    Saturday movie review: Wild Canaries (update!)

    Last fall I published a movie review on a screwball comedy called WILD CANARIES. I screened it as part of the 2015 Starz Denver Film Festival and at the time, there was no trailer for the film, no rating for the film, no release date for the film. Still, I was compelled to share with you then the wildly entertaining film.

    Well, good things come to those who wait!

    Wild Canaries film poster

    I'm now compelled to tell you there is not only a...

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    Got wrinkles? Smooth them out with Facial Smoothies (Review)

    Last time I visited my grandsons, my six-year-old grandson and I were working on a craft project when he stopped cold, looked me in the eye, and said, "Why do you have an A on your face, Gramma?" Confused, I asked what he meant. He then used his index finger to outline the A made by intersecting wrinkles between my eyes.

    My grandson's honesty and observational skills made me realize I'd been lax in my use of duct tape—not for taping the kid's mouth shut but for eliminating my wrinkles. See, strategically placed pieces of duct tape had been my go-to wrinkle remover for years. I'd wear it to bed, peel it off in the morning then be wrinkle free much of the day. But, I'd gotten lazy and hadn't taped myself up in a while.

    I was considering returning to the regimen just when I was approached to try out Facial Smoothies Wrinkle Removal Strips.

    facial smoothies 

    The press kit claimed this: Facial Smoothies® adhesive strips physically take control of your skin...

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    Here and Now: March 12, 2015

    Today. Here. Now.

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Does anyone else ever "save" articles and posts on Facebook (via the little "save" option in the upper right corner of each post) planning to read it later only to realize your saved articles list has reached an overwhelming length? You, too?

    I won't "archive" the articles, though, for I just know...

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