National #GorgeousGrandma Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 312 link party

National #GorgeousGrandma Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 312 link party

National #GorgeousGrandma Day!

Of all the offbeat holidays, celebrations, and recognitions out there, today’s is THE perfect one for Grandma's Briefs readers: National #GorgeousGrandma Day, celebrated every July 23. 

I'm unable to find details on its beginnings, but there seems to be plenty of information on suggestions for celebrating this special day, including some especially grand ones listed on the National Today website.

Considering National Today's graphic…

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July 4 food & fun faves! Plus, GRAND Social No. 309 link party for grandparents

July 4 food & fun faves! Plus, GRAND Social No. 309 link party for grandparents

July 4 food & fun faves!

Based on some flack I recently received on social media for sharing Fourth of July activities for kiddos, it seems some folks believe the current state of our nation renders us lacking reason to celebrate the good ol' USA.

I beg to differ. I say celebrate what is good and grand about it we must. Especially for the kids' sake. Our country does have honor, does have heart, and we definitely have much to appreciate and uphold and respect. Even if it sometimes requires digging deep to see it.

This holiday week I propose we do dig deep and put patriotism above partisanship! With that in mind, I once again share my…

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My Easter peeps! Plus, GRAND Social No. 297 link party for grandparents

My Easter peeps! Plus, GRAND Social No. 297 link party for grandparents

My Easter peeps!

I had the privilege of spending Easter Sunday with Jim, Andrea, Brianna, Patrick, and James.

Based on the photos I nabbed, I'm pretty sure James had a good time despite being the only child in the crowd.

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Throwback Thursday: Valentine's Day Marshmallow Pops

Throwback Thursday: Valentine's Day Marshmallow Pops

This #TBT piece by Lisa Carpenter originally published February 3, 2015 on Grandma's Briefs.

What you need:

20 large marshmallows

4 ounces or so vanilla candy coating, aka Almond Bark

festive decorative cookie sprinkles

20 lollipop sticks (popsicle sticks might work equally well)

What you do:

Have kiddos poke sticks into marshmallows, all the way...

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Throwback Thursday: How to tell grandkids 'I love you' in another language

Throwback Thursday: How to tell grandkids 'I love you' in another language

I tell my grandsons I love you a lot. Returning the sentiment to those who say it to them was one of the first phrases they learned, though it did sound a bit like a foreign language at first, one only family members understood. Phonetic translation of Camden’s first utterance of it: Wuh woo!

Such I love yous in a language foreign to all but family members can become a shared sweetness, carried on through the years. But have you ever said I love you in Finnish? Swahili? Russian? Or even Spanish, for those of you who — like me — have not even the most basic of foreign language skills?

While I love you sounds the very same in some languages — think Malaysian and Maltese — there’s a whole world of ways it can be pronounced in other languages.

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5 right moves I made (more often but not always) in 2017

5 right moves I made (more often but not always) in 2017

Like many people, in the waning days of 2017 and the first fresh few of 2018, I pondered the past twelve months in consideration of what I could do to improve the next twelve.

And, like most people, the negative events and actions that I personally experienced or had a hand in marking upon my days stood out most. My failures, foibles, moments of weakness, madness, self-interest, and paralyzing procrastination. Positive considerations were quickly, nearly completely, canceled out by the negative.

Now, being a Negative Nancy isn't my overall nature, yet it is human nature to recall...

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My festive flop

My festive flop

When it comes to holiday events in my family, the tables are typically topped with an abundance of delicious yet fat-, calorie-, and sugar-laden eats and treats. So on our Christmas Day buffet table, I decided one of my dishes would be a more healthy sort of something.

No veggie tray, mind you, as peppers, carrots, celery and such notoriously go untouched. Instead, I chose fresh, fruity fare with a festive flair to impress my guests with a healthy holiday option.

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Four fun, free apps for transforming seasonal snapshots

Four fun, free apps for transforming seasonal snapshots

The merry and bright holiday music makers are right: It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.

It's also, for many grandmothers and others, the time of year we take more photos than ever of friends and family who are near and dear and gathered together for holiday happenings. Hundreds and hundreds of photos in the case of some snap-happy family photographers. (Or so I hear. Ahem.)

What to do with all those festive faces and places often kept captive in computers and cameras of smart and sundry sorts once the holidays have come and gone? Here are four of my favorite free apps for transforming at least a few of the seasonal snapshots into delightful — or daffy, depending — remembrances to enjoy year 'round.

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