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    Last of the last-minute gift ideas, plus GRAND Social No. 136 link party

    Last of the last-minute gift ideas

    With Christmas just days away, I bet a few of us still have a couple gifts left to get. In recognition of that, I managed to get in two more full reviews of last-minute gift ideas you may want to consider.

    First, there's Just Dance 2015. I love this game/workout fun. Perhaps you have someone who would love it as much as I do. Perhaps that's you that would love it is much as I do.

    just dance 2015

    Click here to read my review of Just Dance 2015.

    Next up is one I mentioned last...

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    Saturday movie review: 'The Sapphires'

    My husband and I scanned Netflix streaming the other night, in search of something uplifting and fun yet unrelated to the holidays. We happened upon THE SAPPHIRES, a 2012 film I had heard great things about but that we never had the opportunity to see in theaters here in Colorado, where the mountains are high, the skies are blue... and the independent film scene is dismal. 

    Thank heavens for streaming movies, for THE SAPPHIRES turned out to be one serendipitous and soulful find.

    The Sapphires

    The film is an Australian musical dramedy loosely...

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    Sisters and brothers with Santa

    Three sisters, their very last time together with Santa:

    three big girls with santa

    Three brothers, their very...

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    One brother's loss, one brother's gain

    Teeth have been a top topic for my grandsons this past week.

    First there was this — the loss of Bubby's first top tooth:

    lost tooth

    Then there was...

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    Gift ideas for grandmas to give and get

    Time is ticking! If you're still on the lookout for the perfect gift to give — or hope to get — here are some ideas straight from Grandma's Back Room, plus two scheduled to appear there soon. I've reviewed them all (including the two reviews yet to be published), and you can get the details by clicking on the photo of each product.

    gift ideas for grandmas


    Starrytime Blanket Full of...

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    Time flies, plus GRAND Social No. 135 link party for grandparents

    Time flies

    Hard to wrap my head around this, but Jak will be six months old tomorrow.

     six month old

    Yes! That cutie. Right there. Six months...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks'

    Movies with starring roles for older women are few and far between, even for actors of legendary proportion. So it's especially exciting that SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS features three fantastic senior stars of stage and screen: two-time Academy Award-nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Gena Rowlands in the lead plus Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy-award winner Rita Moreno and two-time Academy-Award-nominee Jacki Weaver in supporting roles.

    six dance lessons in six weeks poster

    Of course there are male stars, too — namely, one...

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    Check out the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy (sponsored post)

    I highlight the best-selling camera as well as $150 savings at Best Buy in Consider Canon when seeking super gifts at Best Buy (click link to read). 

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