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Jim (long-time hubby) and Lisa (me)

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Preston (son-in-law) and Megan (middle daughter)

Matt (Andrea's boyfriend) and Andrea (youngest daughter)

Mac, Jak and Bubby — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)


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    Ideal holiday gift for wanna-be bike riders: Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike (review)

    Have a wanna-be bike rider on your holiday list? Click the image of my precious Mac to read our review of the Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike.


    Magical movies: Documentaries that make a difference

    Movies are magic. A well-done feature film can change your attitude, your day, your outlook.

    And a well-done documentary can change the world. Or, at the very least, an individual's world.

    The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

    Case in point: As part of the Starz Denver Film Festival, I had the opportunity to screen THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST. The documentary directed...

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    National Family Caregivers Month: Kudos and resources for those who care

     This sponsored public service announcement on National Family Caregivers Month is in partnership with Midlife Boulevard.

    National Family Caregivers Month

    The Grandma's Briefs community is filled with compassionate souls who regularly care for loved ones in need, above and beyond the care and love they provide their immediate family. Just off the top of my head...

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    Super simple DIY gift: Coffee Hand Scrub

    Grandmothers and others who regularly deal with those germ-filled critters we call children wash their hands a lot. Even folks who don't interact with kiddos often wash their hands a lot. Or so I hope, considering all the crud out there of late. Crud that the passing along of can be cut down on by washing one's hands. Often.

    coffee hand scrub

    With all that handwashing going on, we're a nation with dry hands. Mine certainly are. Which is why I love this easy-to-make and...

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    Quit together, win together: The Great American Smokeout (sponsored)

    Time for you or a loved one to quit smoking? Click the graphic below to read my sponsored post, Great American Smokeout: How my husband quit smoking for life.

     great american smokeout 2014


    A hawk, a squirrel, and GRAND Social No. 131 link party

    Hawk and squirrel

    This fella showed up in my yard yesterday. For about 20 minutes, he was content to sit atop the lattice above our fence and check out the view.


    Then Mr. Hawk flew to a nearby tree. Just as he landed, this...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Wild'

    Let me first say, I have not read Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, upon which the movie WILD is based. So you won't find here any comparisons of the book to the movie WILD

    Wild movie poster

    For those who, like me, somehow failed to read Strayed's best-selling book, WILD is the true story...

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    See the Northern Lights on a Hurtigruten Cruise (sponsored)

    So... here is what I want for Christmas. Anyone else? Click the (incredible) photo to read my sponsored post Northern lights to dog sledging: Bucket list made better with Hurtigruten Cruises.

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