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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt

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    Find spring and savings at Gordmans

    Dear readers: I was compensated by Gordmans for this post; opinions and photos are my own.

    Though the calendar may say spring has arrived, Colorado weather has yet to confirm that. Or at least stick with that. Temps in my town can be (and often are) in the upper sixties one day, hovering around freezing the next. Add in the sudden snows, the wacky winds, flower and shrub shoots sprouting then shriveling as Mother Nature throws curve balls day after day and it's nothing short of maddening. And madness.

    Many of my friends in far reaches of the country similarly lament the fickle state of Spring 2016.

    spring at gordmans

    Unlike Mother Nature, Gordmans has committed to the season of buds, blooms, and bright happy colors. Throughout the everyday value-priced department store, shoppers can find spring goodies galore. All at...

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    EBWW! Plus, GRAND Social No. 201 link party for grandparents


    I left Colorado early Thursday morning to spend three full amazing and inspirational days with hundreds of amazing and inspirational women (and one or two handfuls of men) at the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in Dayton, Ohio, the majority of that time with this fabulous group of witty women whom I love and adore... and already miss:

    Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop 2016 

    As I'm writing this not long after I arrived home Sunday evening and am quite pooped — and not writing very well after flying the sometimes-not-so-friendly skies...

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    Muggin' it up

    My grandsons get plenty of goodies from the Easter Bunny at their house at Easter time, so I didn't dare attempt competing with Mr. EB when considering what to send Bubby, Mac, and Jak for the holiday. I had to send them something, though, as a simple token of love from Gramma and PawDad on special occasions is a must.

    So I sent them silly little mugs with straws in the handles from the dollar store, filled with enough sour worms, sour jelly beans, and other soury sweetness to last them a week or so.

    Or an afternoon. Depending.

    I thought the boys would appreciate the unusual mugs labeled with their names... and the sour candy. The pics Megan...

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    On the grill: Grilled Grandma Krista

    Dear readers: I'm back with another Grilled Grandma! A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions — and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Krista!

    grilled grandma 

    How many children do you have?
    I have two boys

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    I have two darling granddaughters, ages 3 and 1

    Any great grandchildren?
    Nope, but I hope to be around to see some.

    What do your grandchildren call you?
    The one year old doesn’t say much.  She just...

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    Grandparents: Tips to help you deter underage retail marijuana use

    good to know colorado 

    This post sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

    Back in the '80s and '90s, when I was a Colorado mom with three young and growing daughters, warning them to stay away from marijuana use was pretty simple. There were health reasons to why I wanted them to steer clear of smoking the stuff, of course, but the bottom line of my stern warnings was this: Marijuana was illegal. Don't do it. It's against the law. Case closed!

    Now that I'm a grandma and those three daughters have grown and gone — and added a few beloved grandchildren to our family tree — talking to the kiddos about marijuana use isn't so much the...

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    Snow monster! Plus, GRAND Social No. 200 link party for grandparents

    Snow monster!

    Like much of the country, I encountered snowy weather on Saturday. Unlike much of the country, though, I also encountered a snow monster on Saturday.


    When I woke Saturday morning and sauntered on into the living room, I found this peeking in my window:

    snow monster 

    A snow monster!

    Crazy, right!?

    The funky fella hung around much of the...

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    Easter greetings from Grandma's Briefs

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    Saturday movie review: Man Up

    We're taught that one shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I learned last week that the same should be said for movie titles — don't judge the film by its title.

    If I had given in to my initial reaction to this week's film, MAN UP, based on its title, I would have missed out on a sweet, silly-yet-smart romantic comedy. The only thing that saved me from scrolling on by MAN UP while searching through Netflix was Lake Bell, whose understated, self-deprecating sense of humor always makes me chuckle.

    man up movie poster

    In the screwball comedy with an ill-fitting title, Bell stars as 34-year-old Nancy, who's single and

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