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    Brief book reviews: Two picture books based on hot popular songs

    Everything old is made new again. Sometimes such creations stink (nearly every remade movie), sometimes they soar.

    The following two fantastic new picture books for kiddos based on popular songs for grownups belong firmly and forever in the latter category. (They make great holiday gifts, too.)

    FOOTLOOSE by Kenny Loggins, illustrated by Tim Bowers (Music & Lyrics by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford)

    footloose picture book

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    5 BEs from a grandma on composing meaningful gift cards and inscriptions

    The gift-giving season is upon us, and many grandparents like to include a meaningful, memorable message with the gifts they give their loved ones.

    Whether you plan on crafting quips for gift cards or unforgettable inscriptions in gift books, here are my top five tips for meaningful and memorable — as well as short and sweet — sentiments for your sweeties.

    tips for writing to grandchildren 


    Be yourself. Use words and phrases you...

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    Review: Hot Wheels® PlayTape® Roads & Curves a super stocking stuffer

    My grandsons have hundreds of Hot Wheels® vehicles. Race cars, trucks, emergency vehicles, and more. Literally hundreds filling buckets and boxes.

    I used to carry a new one for their collection to give them each time I arrived at their door. No more. They have plenty, I think.

    What they don't have, though, are roads on which to roll those nifty mini machines. And though Hot Wheels® are plenty of fun to roll and race sans tracks, the new PlayTape® Track and accompanying PlayTape® Track Curves will be a fabulous and fun addition to their collection.

    playtape track and curves

    InRoad Toys rolled out the nifty Hot Wheels® PlayTape® goodies...

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    Gifts for grands: What your grandchildren really want this holiday season

    This post sponsored by Cricket Media

    Here's a gift your grandchildren will treasure all year long!

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    As the holidays creep up on us, the question of what to get for the grandkids for holiday gifts becomes less of an activity in speculation and more of a nagging feeling. Many kids have so many toys that their parents actively campaign against receiving more of them. And giving gift cards or money just doesn’t seem very festive.

    What's a grandparent to do? ...

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    The Halloween Edition: GRAND Social No. 229 link party for grandparents

    Happy Halloween!

    Time for some goblins and ghouls. And skeletons — Silly Symphonies style:


    Does anyone else remember being delightfully spooked by such shiver-inducing shenanigans? Those were the days, right? Far more fun than freaky clowns terrifying towns and...

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    Simple skeletons! Plus, GRAND Social No. 228 link party for grandparents

    Simple skeletons!

    We're officially one week away from Halloween, and I haven't put up or out or on one single holiday decoration. With all the truly scary stuff going on in our country and beyond right now, it seems rather silly to add some faux frights to the mix. And especially silly — well, especially a waste of time, to be honest — when the chances of grandkids of mine arriving at my door for a quick trick-or-treat or visit of any sort during Halloween season are zilch, nada, zero.

    Call me a Halloween Grinch, if you must. I'm okay with that.

    That said, I do have a quick Halloween craft to offer up for those of you who will have grandkiddos around for spooky fun of any degree. It's super simple, super quick, and super inexpensive.

    (And it's one you may have seen before considering it's from my archives.)

    Click the image below to see not only detailed instructions, but my adorable Bubby and Mac making their ghoulish guys, too!

    Halloween skeleton craft

    See! So simple!

    Are you as Grinchy as me when it...

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    Saturday movie review: The Edge of Seventeen

    Nearly everyone reading this movie review is likely a grandparent. Or at least far beyond the high school years.

    Despite the decades since those tumultuous years kids are continually told to appreciate because they're "the best years of your life," we all easily recall our school days... and how very not the best years they were for many of us.

    the edge of seventeen movie

    THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a film for teens. Older teens. And older folks (i.e., adults). It perfectly captures the angst, insecurity, and absurdity of...

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    Here and now: October 21, 2016

    What's up in my world:

    old time clock and book 

    ON MY MIND...
    Mail-in ballots. Voting used to be an event for my husband and me. Although we nearly always canceled out one another's vote on national elections (we did agree for the most part on local issues and amendments), we always — always — went to the polls together. Even if that meant rearranging lunch hours or heading to the polls early as can be, depending on our schedules when we both had full-time jobs. Going to the polling place was a big deal. We were proud to exercise our right and responsibility together, we delighted in sporting our I VOTED stickers afterward.

    Now most of our elections are done via mail-in ballot. We both thoroughly


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