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    Thursday
    Oct062016

    Review: KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test

    Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way from the start. You likely may ask: "Uh, why are you, a grandmother, testing an ovulation kit of any sort, Lisa?"

    Well, I'm not. Like most grandmothers, whether I'm ovulating or not is simply not something I worry about.

    My oldest daughter, though, does worry about — or, at the very least, consider — her peak ovulation days because she and her hubby are hoping to get pregnant sometime in the near future.

    KNOWHEN Ovulation Test

    So I personally did not review the KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test I received...

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    Wednesday
    Oct052016

    Fall break fun

    My grandsons in the desert are on fall break from school.

    What better way to kick off the holiday week than with a Monday movie with Mom?

    brothers in theater

    Once again, I can't adequately express...

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    Monday
    Oct032016

    Going bananas! Plus GRAND Social No. 225 link party for grandparents

    Going bananas!

    Hooray for October!

    Time to go bananas.... in flash mob fashion:

     

    I love flash mobs — was witness to one live once — and figured it was high...

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    Saturday
    Oct012016

    Saturday movie review: Miss You Already

    MISS YOU ALREADY is about girlfriends. Life-long girlfriends. True BFFs.

    Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore play Milly and Jess, who became quick chums as school girls and shared milestones major and minor ever since.

    Now, as adults, adventurous and outrageous Milly has a gorgeous husband, a lovely family, and a high-power position. More grounded and even-tempered Jess has an adoring yet less glamorous hubby, a more earthy career, and struggles endlessly with fertility issues.

    Miss You Already film

    Milly and Jess balance one another. Milly encourages

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    Friday
    Sep302016

    Middle-grade series: One for girls, one for boys and girls

    Award-winning children's author Rachel Renee Russell — along with daughters, co-writer Erin and illustrator Nikki — offers an update to her bestselling Dork Diaries series and a brand-new series boys will love, too.

    Meet Max and the "Super Squee Edition" starring Nikki:

    THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY: LOCKER HERO by Rachel Renee Russell

    max crumbly

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    Wednesday
    Sep282016

    From the archives: Four for fall

    Having blogged for more than seven years, I have oodles of goodies stored away in the Grandma's Briefs archive, goodies that rarely see the light of day because they go way, way back. At least seven years or so.

    Today seems a perfect day to pull out some of those well-seasoned posts, a few of my favorite fall-themed features you just might have missed.

    fall recipes and fun

     

    14 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT OCTOBER

    My shortlisted October loves... in no particular order:

    1. The sun has shifted south. Whereas summer...

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    Monday
    Sep262016

    Positive start, plus GRAND Social No. 224 link party for grandparents

    Positive start

    I've pretty much had it up to here with all the disrespect and hatefulness permeating our country, our world in so many ways, in so many distressing situations.

    I'm no Pollyanna but I really could go for a little something uplifting, something positive to start my week.

    You too?

    How about this:

     

    It's a start...

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    Saturday
    Sep242016

    Saturday movie review: Queen of Katwe

    I don't know how to play chess. Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE is about chess. Despite my lack of knowledge of the game, I found the film intriguing — even suspenseful at times — but most of all inspiring. Because QUEEN OF KATWE is about much more than excelling at a board game.

    Queen of Katwe

    QUEEN OF KATWE tells the true tale of a 10-year-old girl living in Katwe (pronounced CAT wee or CAT way), a slum in Kampala, Uganda. Phiona Mutesi (newcomer Madina Nalwanga) and ...

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