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Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Jak, Mac, and Bubby (bloggy nicknames for our grandsons)

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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt


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    Three's a charm: Egg ideas for Easter

    easter eggs

    Facebook used to be the go-to spot for socializing with friends and family near and far. It's still that a smidgen. More so, though, it's become a video library of sorts that rivals Pinterest in the aggregation of craft and cooking content.

    Video content to recently pass through my Facebook stream that appealed to my inner Easter craft-y gal — inner because I have yet to even set out a single bunny or egg around my house or devise the Easter meal menu — included these fun egg how-tos.

    As I have no doubt whatsoever I won't be doing any of these this year but don't want my appreciation for them to go to waste, I shall now share them with you. Perhaps...

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    Can I grill you? Plus, GRAND Social No. 199 link party for grandparents

    Can I grill you?

    Some of you may recall a feature I started here on Grandma's Briefs soon after I started up the site. It was (and still is) Grilled Grandmas, a Q&A with various grandmas of various ages and stages, many of whom are still active in the Grandma's Briefs community, linking here, commenting there. You can check out the numerous grillings I published of fabulous grandmas willing to share their wisdom and wit — and photos of their grandkiddos, too — by clicking right here or on the Grilled Grandmas tab at the top of this page.

    I put Grilled Grandmas on hiatus a while back, mostly because I ran out of grandmas to grill. But... there are so many relatively new grandmas in the online grandma community, I'd like to get back to publishing grillings of any grandmas who would like to be featured. Which is where YOU come in.

    If you're interested in being featured as a Grilled Grandma and having...

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    Saturday movie review: Mississippi Grind

    Road movies wherein a couple of characters hop in a car (or plane or train or other automobile) and go through life-changing experiences together can be a fun journey for movie lovers who join them for the ride. Road films of late, though, often have a distasteful potty humor bent to them, which — call me prude, if you must — I don't consider much fun.

    Yet road movies need not resort to toilet talk and trickery if the characters on the road to self-discovery are well-written, multidimensional folks doing their best to keep their dirty laundry sealed up in the heavy baggage they lug about. And if those characters have a reasonable — not raunchy — sense of humor regarding the secrets they're keeping from themselves as well as their travel buddies, all the better.

    mississippi grind movie

    The characters in MISSISSIPPI GRIND are all that and more. The independent film stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as...

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    That time my grandsons became pirates

    pirate boys

    When my two oldest grandsons, their mom, and I all visited Walt Disney World in January for our grand-as-can-be Disney Grand Adventure, one of the delights for Mac and Bubby was when they became pirates. Real pirates, with real pirate names.

    See, Walt Disney World has a special add-on experience called The Pirates League, in which boys and girls with a buccanneer spirit can be transformed into a pirate with their own pirate look and their own pirate name. All with the goal of becoming a new recruit to team up with Captain Jack and his...

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    Grandma salutes Shinedown

    shinedown in Colorado Springs

    One of my earliest articles published — in a newspaper, not on a blog — was in the early '90s and was titled Mosh-pit Mom. My husband and I used to go to a lot of concerts back then, most of them the rockin' kind with moshpits on the floor, all of them during the years I was a mom with three fairly young daughters.

    It's been a few decades since I've had to protect myself from flailing feet on a concert floor, quite a few years since I've marveled at the moxie of the moshers from afar. Due to lack of funds as well as lack of touring bands we were willing to shell out our pennies to see, my husband and I have...

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    Why, oh, why? Plus, GRAND Social No. 198 link party for grandparents

    Why, oh, why?

    Are you tired? Yeah, me, too.

    Why, oh, why do we switch over to Daylight Saving Time each spring, giving up an hour of precious sleep all in the name of... well... what?

    This won't ease your fatigue but it might explain the springing forward in a more humorous manner than we're used to.


    Then again, it may have just put...

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    Review: ZUS Smart Car Phone Charger

    How many times have you walked out of the mall or grocery store or airport terminal only to stop and ask yourself, Now where the heck did I park?

    Me? I've done that far too many times to count. Which is why I was quite intrigued when offered the opportunity to review (for free) the ZUS Smart Car Charger. Sure, it charges phones, but what I most wanted to check out was the ZUS' car-locating feature.

    zus smart car chargerThe ZUS Smart Car Charger by Nonda is a tiny little thing that's packed with power. The features include:

    • 2x charging speed (can charge two iPads at full speed!)

    • ElegantShine™ lighting

    • Military grade quality

    • Smart car locator (it automatically remembers where you parked!)

    • Auto device detection (meaning it...

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    5 products and pastimes that BABY boomers

    My husband recently turned old. Well, older. Old enough that since the birthday celebration, we've marveled in disbelief more than once that we've reached the age we have.

    "I'm still working on figuring out what I want to be when I grow up," I told him. To which he high-fived in agreement.

    baby boomers 

    My husband and I have raised a family, kept our wits about us our nest emptied, become grandparents, managed relatively successful careers (so far), successfully stayed together for more than 35 years (so far). We have a mortgage — and PLUS loans we'll pay on til death closes our account.

    Grownup responsibilities. Yet on the inside, my husband and I fail to feel like grownups, fail to...

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