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 grandpa and grandma)
Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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

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

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



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    A giveaway celebrating new Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries

    This giveaway sponsored by Kellogg Company.

    Raisin Bran with Cranberries

    Kellogg's Raisin Bran has been given a new twist: cranberries! Added right along with the raisins. It's no longer "two scoops of raisins in every box," it's one scoop of raisins and one scoop of cranberries that make up new Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries.

    I tried it and loved it. I've always enjoyed Raisin Bran, but the addition of dried cranberries (a favorite snack of mine) makes it truly delicious! I munched and munched...

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    Wow for the week, plus GRAND Social No. 148 link party for grandparents

    Wow for the week

    Welcome to the new week. I hope yours will be as amazing as the recent solving of this puzzle on Wheel of Fortune turned out to be:


    Wow! One letter! I fancy myself a...

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    Saturday movie review: Wild Canaries (update!)

    Last fall I published a movie review on a screwball comedy called WILD CANARIES. I screened it as part of the 2015 Starz Denver Film Festival and at the time, there was no trailer for the film, no rating for the film, no release date for the film. Still, I was compelled to share with you then the wildly entertaining film.

    Well, good things come to those who wait!

    Wild Canaries film poster

    I'm now compelled to tell you there is not only a...

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    Got wrinkles? Smooth them out with Facial Smoothies (Review)

    Last time I visited my grandsons, my six-year-old grandson and I were working on a craft project when he stopped cold, looked me in the eye, and said, "Why do you have an A on your face, Gramma?" Confused, I asked what he meant. He then used his index finger to outline the A made by intersecting wrinkles between my eyes.

    My grandson's honesty and observational skills made me realize I'd been lax in my use of duct tape—not for taping the kid's mouth shut but for eliminating my wrinkles. See, strategically placed pieces of duct tape had been my go-to wrinkle remover for years. I'd wear it to bed, peel it off in the morning then be wrinkle free much of the day. But, I'd gotten lazy and hadn't taped myself up in a while.

    I was considering returning to the regimen just when I was approached to try out Facial Smoothies Wrinkle Removal Strips.

    facial smoothies 

    The press kit claimed this: Facial Smoothies® adhesive strips physically take control of your skin...

    Click to read my review of Facial Smoothies Wrinkle Removal Strips...


    Here and Now: March 12, 2015

    Today. Here. Now.

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Does anyone else ever "save" articles and posts on Facebook (via the little "save" option in the upper right corner of each post) planning to read it later only to realize your saved articles list has reached an overwhelming length? You, too?

    I won't "archive" the articles, though, for I just know...

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    Last resort for a long-distance grandma


    I can usually go about two months without seeing my grandsons before the loneliness takes hold.

    I didn't make it two months this time.

    I last saw my grandsons...

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    6 grandmother myths debunked

    Despite the endless amounts of knowledge available online and off, it seems many folks still have an astoundingly incorrect idea of what it means to be a grandmother. The stereotype of an overweight granny with gray hair pulled up in a bun, glasses firmly propped upon her nose and an apron forever tied around her waist is so very NOT what today's grandmothers are. Yet that stereotype persists.

    My The Grandma in a box made a smidgen of difference in my mission to dispel the incorrect stereotypes of grandmothers. There's still a long way to go, though, so here's yet another effort.

    grandmother myths 

    Grandmothers are old.

    Debunked: One quick perusal...

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    Adult slumber parties, plus GRAND Social No. 147 link party for grandparents

    Adult slumber parties

    I hope your weekend was fabulous! Mine was, thanks to a slumber party I attended Saturday night. A slumber party at a mountain lodge with lovely women with whom I've been friends for more than 35 years yet I hadn't seen all but one of them in more than a decade.

    We started with lunch at a yummy Mexican food spot then headed on over to the lodge. We talked and laughed and cried and reminisced and drank lots of wine until late, late, late. Then we got up Sunday morning and started all over again—with coffee instead of wine, of course.

    high school friends 

    It was a truly...

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