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    Saturday movie brief: Recent stinkers to avoid

    During intervals between must-see movies making it to my mailbox from Netflix or streaming services finally showing a film my husband and I have long waited to see, we opt to watch movies we just kinda-sorta thought might be fun or interesting. Movies that might rise above our relatively mediocre expectations.

    The following movies we recently watched on DVD were in that category. Each offered something or another that caught our eye, that we thought might capture our attention to while away 90 minutes or so in front of the TV screen.

    They all pretty much stunk. We wasted our time and I'm here to warn you not to waste yours.

    movies that stink


    The trailer made it seem this film might resonate, elicit a chuckle

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    Friday flashback: Tie-dye for tots... and older kids, too

    I've been publishing Grandma's Briefs for eight years. Which means I have an archive jam-packed with activities and other grandparenting goodies I posted long ago that deserve to be shared again for those grandmothers and others who may have missed them the first time around.

    The following is one of my favorite — most simple and most colorful — crafts I've done with my grandsons. Which is why I've chosen it for my first Friday flashback feature.


    Originally published April 23, 2013

    My youngest grandson, Mac, doesn't have the penchant for craft-making that his older brother does. Bubby's attention span can handle a craft that has, say, six or eight steps, knowing there's a grand payoff at the end. Mac, on the other hand — because he's younger and always on the go, go, go — can handle a craft with one quarter that number of steps, and instant payoff of some sort is key.

    Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), finding a craft that pleases both can be a challenge. This one, though — a tie-dye project of sorts — was a success. Mac created one or two and was done; Bubby made one after another until the food coloring bottles were nearly empty. Yes, success!


    What you need:

    • Coffee filters

    • Food coloring...

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    Easter peeps

    These peeps spent Easter Sunday with me. They make my heart sing.

    youngest and oldest sistersANDREA and BRIANNAadult sisters...

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    Divin' right in: GRAND Social No. 252 link party for grandparents

    Welcome back! I hope you and yours had a lovely Easter! My family and I certainly did.

    Because of the lovely — and long — Easter Sunday, and because I write my Monday posts on Sunday evenings (meaning this was written soon after Easter celebrations ended and cleaning was completed), I'm too pooped to pontificate on much beyond simply diving right into this week's GRAND Social. So off we dive, my socializing friends...

    Thank you for joining me for GRAND Social No. 252 link party exclusively for grandparents! I appreciate you sharing your links and reading the links of others.

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who...

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    Easter wishes

    Happy Easter, my friends!

    Easter greeting


    Saturday movie brief: Easter bonnets

    Easter Parade movie

    Easter parades and Easter bonnets were unfortunately never part of my holiday celebrations, not as a child nor as an adult. It seems overall, though, that even for those who did once celebrate Easter with such fun and finery, parades and bonnets have become mostly a thing of the past.

    Thank heavens for films, where we can still...

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    A cautionary tale: Look before they leap

    Poor Bud — and Brianna — learned a painful lesson the hard way not too long ago. A lesson in something I never really considered, as a parent or as a grandparent.

    See, on a recent sunny day, Bud and Brianna headed to the local skatepark. Bud, a budding skateboarder, was excited to spend a couple hours trying out a park he'd not yet frequented. (Truth be told, I think he had frequented very few skate parks — if any — since his passion for boarding began.)

    I had babysat Bud that morning, and he mentioned several times the fun he looked forward to that afternoon.

    To say the kid was pumped is an understatement.

    After lunch that day, Brianna and Bud headed to the skate park. As soon as they arrived, Bud could contain himself no longer. He quickly donned his helmet, grabbed his board, and raced to his first obstacle: an awesome, amazing, yet seemingly (relatively) safe jump.

    It looked like this:

    skatepark obstacle 

    Bud figured he'd go up the angled ramp on the front side and down...

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    Easter goodies! Plus GRAND Social No. 251 link party for grandparents

    Easter goodies!

    I have at least a few of my family's traditional recipes for nearly every holiday posted in my Grandma's Briefs Recipe Box. Not for Easter, though. I suppose it's because our traditional breakfast is the Easter eggs we colored a few days before along with blueberry muffins and sausage or bacon. Easter dinner has always been, like most folks, ham and the typical ham accompaniments. No recipes needed.

    That said, I do have a couple non-edible Easter goodies on my blog. Goodies I've shared in the past, but the time is right to do so again. That would be these:

    50 Eggs-tra Silly Easter Jokes

    easter jokes for kids...

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