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Bubby, Jak, and Mac — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)



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    Here and Now: February 19, 2015

    My friend Lois, blogger extraordinaire at Midlife At The Oasis, recently started a new feature on her site, called currently. Because I think it's a nifty idea for a feature—and because I'm a copycat—I'm going to do something similar every Thursday here on Grandma's Briefs. 

    With that in mind, welcome to my first "Here and Now" feature in which I share with you what's happening in my life right here and now. I hope in the comments you'll share a bit of what's happening in yours.

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    On my mind...

    Like everyone else...

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    Feels like the first time: The joy of snow

    Many Grandma's Briefs readers are experiencing snow fatigue like never before. This one's for you, my frozen friends.

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    Though I can't make the snow disappear, my hope is that this...

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    How to be a GRAND babysitter

    grandfather and grandsons
    PawDad masters being the most GRAND babysitter ever.

    Kids just want to have fun, especially when spending time with a babysitter. Parents primarily want their kids to be safe. And therein lies the challenge for grandparents who have secured the babysitting gig: finding the perfect balance between delighting grandchildren while pleasing their parents.

    Master the challenge—and be the best babysitter ever—by considering the following tips from seasoned babysitting grandmas.

    1. Pack your bag of tricks
    Every grandparent needs a Grandma (or Grandpa) Bag, a tote filled with goodies that comes out at special times for play, creativity, and entertainment. For long-distance grandparents like myself, that means when I’m visiting the kiddos. (It's the favored piece of luggage each of my grandsons can't wait to open.) For local parents, that may be when on regular babysitting duty.

    Grandma or Grandpa Bags include...

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    Color me surprised, plus GRAND Social No. 144 link party for grandparents

    Color me surprised

    I hope your Valentine's weekend was pleasant—if not perfect—and included a hug from a grandkiddo or two.

    If you follow Grandma's Briefs on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, you may have already seen this sight I shared Saturday morning. It's so so colorful and happy (and surprising!), though, I'm compelled to now share it here, too.

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    THAT appeared on my street Saturday morning. Jim and I were just sitting around enjoying our...

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    Saturday movie review: Chef

    My advice to you regarding the subject of this week's movie review: Eat before watching!

    Heck, it won't really matter, I suppose, for even if you watch this film on a full stomach, the culinary delights in CHEF will have your tummy growling in no time.

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    Food is the star of the comedy CHEF, written and directed by Jon Favreau, but there's a...

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    Picture books to share with pint-size valentines

    Share your love this Valentine's Day by snuggling with your favorite pint-size valentine to share these these sweet (and sometimes silly) picture books. No nearby kiddo to snuggle? These fun and colorful books are short and engaging, making them ideal for sharing over a Skype or FaceTime session, as well.

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    Kinskii: A new way to connect with long-distance grandchildren

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kinskii. The opinions and text are all mine.

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    Like most grandparents, one of my favorite things to do with my grandsons is play. Engaging with them through their favorite toys and games uses FUN to strengthen our bond—in addition to encouraging sportsmanship and conversational skills.

    As a long-distance grandparent, though, connecting with my favorite kiddos through play takes place only a few times a year. I want more fun time with them! Most long-distance grandparents (and local grandparents, too) surely want more fun time with their grandchildren.

    Kinskii can do that! Kinskii—a combination...

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    From sad to happy with Pennzoil and Walmart Automotive Care Centers #DropShopAndOil

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

    If you're anything like me, you regularly have a daily to-do list with more on it than you can manage in one day. Tackling a list featuring an oil change and shopping has gotten easier thanks to Pennzoil and Walmart Automotive Care Centers. You can multitask like I recently did by dropping off your car for a Pennzoil oil change at the Automotive Care Center then shopping while the automotive work is done.

    I went from this...

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