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

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



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    GRAND guest post: 6 tips to keep grandchildren reading all summer

    Dear readers: This article originally appeared on the GRAND Magazine website, one of my partners in providing grandparents with quality information and inspiration. I publish it here with their permission.

    grandma and grandson reading together

    Parents and grandparents are the child’s first and foremost teachers. They play an important role in teaching children to read and—maybe just as importantly—to love reading. Now that summer...

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    Eclairs, anyone? Plus GRAND Social No. 160 link party for grandparents

    Eclairs, anyone?

    What is today? It's National Chocolate Eclair Day. Yes, there is such a day. And a sweet one it is.

    Have you ever made chocolate eclairs? Hankering to try your hand at the puffy, chocolate confections now? Here's how:


    Quite a chore, if you...

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    For the dads and GRAND dads

    Happy Father's Day!

    father's day greeting

    Graphic courtesy The Graphics Fairy


    Saturday movie review: Alive Inside

    I shared a video a few years ago here on Grandma's Briefs of an elderly nursing home resident who amazingly comes out of the fog of dementia when headphones connected to an iPod are placed on his head. ALIVE INSIDE is the full documentary of that magical moment as well as others experienced by several dementia and Alzheimer's patients when given the opportunity to once again hear beloved tunes from days long gone. Joyous moments that prove music is far more powerful than pharmaceuticals.

    Alive Inside documentary

    In ALIVE INSIDE—winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award (Documentary)—filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett follows social worker and founder of Music & Memory, Dan Cohen, as he brings music to nursing home residents, via iPods and headphones. The results...

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    Here and now: June 18, 2015

    Snippets and such from my week.

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Bubby! Today is his official birthday. Seven years ago today, this handsome young man's arrival into the world rocked my world and transformed...

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    A seventh birthday and the ages he's been

    "The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been."   ~Madeleine L'Engle

    June is a busy birthday month for my family.  June 1 was Mac's birthday. Yesterday was Jak's birthday. Tomorrow is Bubby's. PawDad and I had the pleasure of celebrating all three birthdays with the boys when we visited them in May.

    In recognition of his for-real special day, happy seventh birthday to dear Bubby, my grandson No. 1!

    seventh birthday 

    I'm so blessed to have seen all Bubby's...

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    Q-tips® Darts Knock Down

    Have some bored kids on your hands?

    Need a quick way to entertain them using materials you have on hand?

    Are the kids about seven years old or older?

    If you answered yes, yes, and yes, this is exactly what you were looking for: Q-tips® Darts Knock Down. It's simple carnival-style fun for everyone. Well, at least those old enough to not inhale the Q-tips® darts while blowing them through a straw.

    Q-tips® darts knock down game

    What you need...

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    A grand ONE! Plus GRAND Social No. 159 link party for grandparents

    A grand ONE!

    Seems not that long ago that I announced my third grandson had arrived. Yet it was long ago—a full year tomorrow, to be exact.

    Tomorrow, Baby Jak will be one year old! Not so much a baby anymore.

    first birthday 

    Happy first birthday to silly—and strong-headed—Jak! Gramma...

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