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

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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    11 last-minute gift ideas for grandmothers and others to give and get

    Time's ticking and if you still have a few stockings to fill or a few gifts to give, here are some simple gift ideas to consider. I tested out each — free for review — and give an honest thumbs-up to all.

    A few are ideal for grandmas to give, a few more ideal for grandmas to get. Bonus: All can be ordered online, so no need to be out and about in the snow. (Note: There are NO affiliate links in this post.)

    RING IT GAME ($14.99,

    ring it game

    Oh my goodness! My four-year-old grandson loves this game, even though it's designed for...

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    Enter to win hum by Verizon (review and giveaway)

    I go out of town without my husband on a fairly regular basis for press trips, conferences, and various visits with my grandkiddos at times my husband can't take off work to join me. I've been concerned about how I might be contacted in the case of my husband having a serious car accident ever since he did have one while I was out of town a year or so ago. He thankfully wasn't hurt then, and it wasn't serious. Yet it was enough to total the car and scare the <cuss> out of me when he left me a voicemail saying, "Call me! I've had an accident!" And it was enough that I'm now anxious each time I leave town.

    My anxiety has been eased a bit by hum by Verizon.

    hum by verizon

    I received the nifty gadget designed to make driving feel safer and...

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    Desert bloom, plus GRAND Social No. 185 link party for grandparents

    Desert bloom

    It's been quite cold in Colorado since I returned from my visit to the desert last week. Perhaps it's the fact I came home from the desert that makes Colorado seem a wee bit chillier than usual. It's been icy and snowy and cold the past few days, which makes it even more incredible to think that just one week ago, I was shooting photos of the sun-loving flowers blooming on the bushes in my grandsons' back yard.

    Flowers such as this... of which I have no idea the name (does anyone?):


    Just looking at that magnificent desert...

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    Saturday movie review: Creed

    I loved the original ROCKY. The first sequel not so much. All the following sequels? I refused to watch them, as the magic was gone.

    The ROCKY magic is back, only it now goes by the name of CREED.

     CREED movie

    I must say I was a bit hesitant to pay good money to see CREED, but it won the...

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    A holiday sight to see: America's tallest Christmas tree

    A holiday trivia question for you: Where is the nation's tallest decorated Christmas tree?

    Did you guess Rockefeller Center? Perhaps the White House?

    Nope. Believe it or not, the tallest decorated Christmas tree in America stands 115-feet tall in an outlet mall. In Arizona. Yes, it's so! Certified so!

    Megan and I set out to see the holiday wonder this week, with Mac and Jak in tow. (Bubby was in school that day, just as he was this day.)

    Whoo-eee! What a festive site to see!

    nation's tallest christmas tree

    The certification and...

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    Grand desert hike

    I'm not typically up for going on hikes with my grandsons when I visit their place, though hiking is one of the family's favorite activities. It's usually so stinkin' hot in the desert that heading out for supposed fun in the sun among cactuses is far from my idea of a grand time.

    The other day, though, the desert weather was uncharacteristically mild and suited to Gramma's liking, thus perfect for hitting the trails with Mac, Jak, and their mommy.

    hiking with grandsons

    The hike was rather short due to...

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    Pool pals, plus GRAND Social No. 184 link party for grandparents

    Pool pals

    I had the good fortune of being at my grandsons' house the day they finally — after months that felt like a bazillion years to three rambunctious boys — got to put on their swimsuits and get into their new swimming pool for the very first time.

    The words "wet" and "wild" pretty much sum up our Sunday. The word "happy," too.

    grandma and grandsons swimming

    Just two days remain in this pre-Christmas...

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    The hero of the holidays: 4 ways to bring family together

    Dear readers: I've flown to the desert to be with my grandsons for a few days! As I play hooky, I'd like to share with you this helpful holiday-themed guest post from author and speaker Margery Leveen Sher.

    heart ornament

    The hero of the holidays: 4 ways to bring family together

    Ah, the holidays are upon us. What does it bring to your mind? Catching up with relatives you haven’t seen for a while? Gorging on turkey and treasured, old family recipes? Enjoying...

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