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

Matt (Andrea's boyfriend) 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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    Introducing Rosabella, plus GRAND Social No. 150 link party for grandparents

    Introducing Rosabella

    I recently received a charming book, Rosabella written and illustrated by Gabriele Rose de Ginant, and I've been endlessly intrigued by the beautifully illustrated fairytale.


    Thankfully there's a trailer for Rosabella as my words fail to...

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    Saturday movie review: The Lunchbox

    One of the many great things about movies is that they introduce viewers to cultures and lifestyles they would never experience, possibly never even know about, otherwise. That's the case with THE LUNCHBOX.

    The Lunchbox movie

    I had no idea there was an entire industry in Mumbai, India based on delivering lunch to workers. Five thousand lunchbox delivery men (dabbawallahs) pick up thousands of filled lunchboxes (dabbas) from the homes of workers each day and...

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    Picture books for spring and Easter baskets

    Have Easter baskets to fill for little ones? How about little hands to fill with colorful books celebrating spring and all its glories?

    If so—on either count—consider these bright and cheery picture books from Candlewick Press.

    books for spring and easter


    Cutie Pie Looks for the Easter Bunny written and...

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    Here and now: March 26, 2015

    Right here, right now, in my world.

    here and now 

    On my mind... this quote—a daily reminder: "When nothing is sure, everything is...

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    Jabbering Jak

    Megan wants Jak, now nine months old, to say Mama.

    nine-month-old boy

    Jak, though, has different ideas for...

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    Grandma's playlist: Unconventional songs for my sweeties

    songs for grandsons

    When my husband and I planned our wedding thirty-three years ago, settling on our wedding song was a no-brainer: “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin it simply had to be.

    The pastor who would conduct our coming together as one didn’t agree. At all. In fact, he flat out told us, “I will puke if you play that for your wedding.” I kid you not.

    As my hubby-to-be and I still hoped the potentially puking pastor might still preside over our marriage ceremony, we agreed...

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    Best dance mashup ever, plus GRAND Social No. 149 link party for grandparents

    Best dance mashup ever

    It's not often that folks feel like dancing on Mondays (it's more of a Friday sort of thing). How can you not feel like dancing when watching this, though?

    You feel like dancing, don't you? Even if you've...

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    Saturday movie review: Cake

    Five minutes into CAKE, I asked my husband, who was watching along with me, if watching it was going to give him nightmares. Jim chuckled and said, "I was wondering the same thing." 

    We had the exchange not because CAKE is a scary movie and my husband is a chicken, but because CAKE is about chronic pain and my husband has suffered from such for more than a decade. He managed to watch it all the way through, though, with nary a nightmare that night.

    Cake movie

    CAKE, starring Jennifer Aniston in a dark, powerful role, is about...

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