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    Monday
    Dec192016

    Last-minute holiday helpers, plus GRAND Social No. 236 link party for grandparents

    Last-minute holiday helpers

    Wow! Is anyone else as flabbergasted as I am that it's less than a week until Christmas? How. Did. That. Happen?

    Are you ready? Or do you still need a few things?

    Here are a few holiday helpers to perhaps fill one of the needs remaining on your to-do list (click each graphic to access the full post).

    Need another cookie?

    spritz cookies 

     

    Need a holiday breakfast?...

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    Saturday
    Dec172016

    Saturday movie review: La La Land

    This movie review will be like no other. Because LA LA LAND is like no other movie — at least not any other movie released in the past several decades.

    LA LA LAND is, though, similar to the magical musicals of the '40s, '50s and early '60s, those spectacular song-and-dance spectacles that swept viewers away. Made them swoon, smile, sometimes sob a teensy bit. Those cinematic wonders moviegoers experienced not simply watched.

    Which makes LA LA LAND special, worthy of a special review.

    la la land movie

    So instead of telling you about LA LA LAND, I'm going to show you LA LA LAND. Or as much as I can find to share without...

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    Thursday
    Dec152016

    The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy (Book review)

    We've all heard of — possibly even experienced — the health and healing benefits of acupressure, the treatments wherein pressure points in the body (the ones used in acupuncture) are pressed and prodded with fingers to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Some folks swear by it.

    We've also all heard of the healing benefits of aromatherapy using essential oils, especially considering the recent popularity (and sales) of the bitsy bottles of extracts and chemical compounds in endless variety for use in equally endless ways.

    Combine the two, acupressure and aromatherapy, and you have a dynamic duo that just might trump the health and healing benefits of either alone.

    acupressure and aromatherapy

    In her new book, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy, — which I recently received free for review — Karin Parramore, LAc, CH provides detailed...

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    Thursday
    Dec152016

    5 reasons Parker is the place for festive holidays... and family everydays

    visit Parker Colorado

    I have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, more than thirty-five years. In all those years, I've driven to Denver — a smidgen over an hour or so to the north — a kazillion times. (Seriously... I've kept count.)

    On every one of those kazillion trips up Interstate 25, I drove past a directional sign just south of Denver proper noting the exit for RidgeGate Parkway. That exit, No. 125, leads within minutes to the town of Parker, becomes, in fact, Parker's Mainstreet (yes, one word).

    In 35 years, never did I take that exit. Never did I visit Parker. Never did I consider Parker a destination or go out of my way to get up close and personal with a place that seemed little more to me than a suburb of Denver.

    Sheesh... What a dummy I've been. I recently had reason to visit Parker, to drive down Mainstreet and personally partake of the surprisingly charming community's festive happenings, tasty culinary offerings and more. All courtesy the Town of Parker, which had invited my...

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    Monday
    Dec122016

    Funeral finery. Plus, GRAND Social No. 235 link party for grandparents

    Funeral finery

    My dad's funeral service was held last Friday. The Sangre de Cristo mountain range towering over Westcliffe and adjacent Silver Cliff — Dad's official town of residence — dressed in its most impressive best for the occasion.

    westcliffe peak 1

    sangre de cristo mountains

    I can't imagine a more...

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    Wednesday
    Dec072016

    7 things long-distance grandparents do that local grandparents don't

    My name is Lisa and I'm a long-distance grandparent.

    My grandsons live more than 800 miles away.

    Following are a smattering of things — seven, to be exact — that I and other long-distance grandparents do that grandparents who live near their grandkiddos likely don't.

    (Featuring photos from my grandsons' most recent visit in November.)

    long-distance grandparents

    SEVEN
    Stock up on Priority Mail Flat-Rate shipping boxes.

    The mailman delivers empty boxes to my house. Free...

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    Monday
    Dec052016

    'Tis the season to be busy: GRAND Social No. 234 link party for grandparents

    Busy, busy, busy!

    My weekend was busy, busy, busy. Today will be as well. And tomorrow? Well, I have jury duty!

    You're likely as busy as I am — minus the jury duty, I hope — considering it's once again the season to be busy. With that in mind, I'm just diving right into the main reason we're all here: the GRAND Social link party exclusively for grandparents!

    GRAND Social No. 234

    Thank you for joining me for the two-hundred-thirty-fourth (!) GRAND Social link party! I appreciate you making time in your busy schedule to share a few links, read the links of others.

    Cheers!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited...

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    Saturday
    Dec032016

    Saturday movie review: Coming Through The Rye

    I probably shouldn't admit this, but I never read Catcher in the Rye. At least I don't recall reading J.D. Salinger's classic.

    I kinda sorta remember thinking a few decades ago that I should read it, because, ya know, it's a classic that everyone has read. In my hazy recollection of that time, I think I may have started reading it but didn't finish because I didn't care for it. Or maybe I did finish it but it didn't resonate with me because I was a young mom with three kiddos under the age of five at the time, not a cynical male teen.

    Whatever the case may be, I don't know the story that resonated with millions.

    COMING THROUGH THE RYE is about one of those millions who did read the book, one of those millions for whom the tale not only resonated but changed their lives.

    Coming Through The Rye movie

    The endearing coming-of-age film is based on true experiences of filmmaker James Sadwith, who...

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