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    Monday
    Jan022017

    Wondrous and amazing, plus GRAND Social No. 237 link party for grandparents

    Wondrous and amazing

    Happy New Year!

    Though the flip of the calendar to 2017 can't fully eliminate continued entanglements of some of my personally more challenging portions of 2016, I'm determined to approach the new year with my attention focused firmly on the wondrous and amazing aspects of life — not the negative and nasty though unfortunately often unavoidable. Those on a grand scale as well as small and more personal.

    To kick off my "appreciate the awesome" intentions, I share the following, which I found pretty darn amazing when stumbling across it on social media in the early hours of 2017:

     

    Wondrous and amazing, right? On a grand scale.

    Today I'll be...

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    Friday
    Dec232016

    Season's greetings... and Christmas break!

    Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and an abundantly blessed beginning to 2017!

    Merry Christmas card

    In hopes of fully savoring the season, Grandma's Briefs is officially on break for Christmas and the New Year holiday. I'll be back Monday, January 2 with the very first GRAND Social link party of 2017! I hope you'll join me then.

    In the meantime, I'll surely post now and then on social media and look forward to crossing virtual paths with you on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    Cheers! See ya next year!

    Wednesday
    Dec212016

    What moms want from grandparents (guest post)

    Dear readers: Tis the season of giving, and one of the best gifts you can give — all year long — is understanding. Here, my friend and fellow GRANDparent Network member Donne Davis of GaGa Sisterhood offers insight to help us grandparents better understand the mothers of our beloved grandkiddos and what they most want from us in our grand role.

    What Moms Want from Grandparents

    grandmothers, mother, daughter

    As I was writing my book, When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand: 4 Keys to L.O.V.E. Your Grandchild’s Parents, I realized that in order to help us grandmas improve our relationship with our grandchild’s parents — especially their mothers — we need to hear what moms have to say about the grandparent relationship.

    I surveyed over 50 moms and asked them what they want from the grandparents. Many moms...

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    Monday
    Dec192016

    Last-minute holiday helpers, plus GRAND Social No. 236 link party for grandparents

    Last-minute holiday helpers

    Wow! Is anyone else as flabbergasted as I am that it's less than a week until Christmas? How. Did. That. Happen?

    Are you ready? Or do you still need a few things?

    Here are a few holiday helpers to perhaps fill one of the needs remaining on your to-do list (click each graphic to access the full post).

    Need another cookie?

    spritz cookies 

     

    Need a holiday breakfast?...

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    Saturday
    Dec172016

    Saturday movie review: La La Land

    This movie review will be like no other. Because LA LA LAND is like no other movie — at least not any other movie released in the past several decades.

    LA LA LAND is, though, similar to the magical musicals of the '40s, '50s and early '60s, those spectacular song-and-dance spectacles that swept viewers away. Made them swoon, smile, sometimes sob a teensy bit. Those cinematic wonders moviegoers experienced not simply watched.

    Which makes LA LA LAND special, worthy of a special review.

    la la land movie

    So instead of telling you about LA LA LAND, I'm going to show you LA LA LAND. Or as much as I can find to share without...

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    Thursday
    Dec152016

    The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy (Book review)

    We've all heard of — possibly even experienced — the health and healing benefits of acupressure, the treatments wherein pressure points in the body (the ones used in acupuncture) are pressed and prodded with fingers to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Some folks swear by it.

    We've also all heard of the healing benefits of aromatherapy using essential oils, especially considering the recent popularity (and sales) of the bitsy bottles of extracts and chemical compounds in endless variety for use in equally endless ways.

    Combine the two, acupressure and aromatherapy, and you have a dynamic duo that just might trump the health and healing benefits of either alone.

    acupressure and aromatherapy

    In her new book, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy, — which I recently received free for review — Karin Parramore, LAc, CH provides detailed...

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    Thursday
    Dec152016

    5 reasons Parker is the place for festive holidays... and family everydays

    visit Parker Colorado

    I have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, more than thirty-five years. In all those years, I've driven to Denver — a smidgen over an hour or so to the north — a kazillion times. (Seriously... I've kept count.)

    On every one of those kazillion trips up Interstate 25, I drove past a directional sign just south of Denver proper noting the exit for RidgeGate Parkway. That exit, No. 125, leads within minutes to the town of Parker, becomes, in fact, Parker's Mainstreet (yes, one word).

    In 35 years, never did I take that exit. Never did I visit Parker. Never did I consider Parker a destination or go out of my way to get up close and personal with a place that seemed little more to me than a suburb of Denver.

    Sheesh... What a dummy I've been. I recently had reason to visit Parker, to drive down Mainstreet and personally partake of the surprisingly charming community's festive happenings, tasty culinary offerings and more. All courtesy the Town of Parker, which had invited my...

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    Monday
    Dec122016

    Funeral finery. Plus, GRAND Social No. 235 link party for grandparents

    Funeral finery

    My dad's funeral service was held last Friday. The Sangre de Cristo mountain range towering over Westcliffe and adjacent Silver Cliff — Dad's official town of residence — dressed in its most impressive best for the occasion.

    westcliffe peak 1

    sangre de cristo mountains

    I can't imagine a more...

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