Grand spinners from Krokotak! Plus GRAND Social No. 316 link party for grandparents

Grand spinners from Krokotak! Plus GRAND Social No. 316 link party for grandparents

Grand spinners from Krokotak!

I'm always on the lookout for cool and creative crafts for kids. My grandkids in particular. Because the majority of my grandkiddos live more than 800 miles away, I rarely execute said crafts with my grandsons, but I do love to collect ideas for "one day." (Much like I collect cookbooks and recipes... yet make the same standards again and again.)

Anyway, if you like Grandma's Briefs on Facebook, you may already know one of my favorite sources for clever activities for kids is Krokotak. I'm not sure what the name means or who's behind the magic, but I…

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When you really love ice cream! Plus GRAND Social No. 300 link party for grandparents

When you really love ice cream! Plus GRAND Social No. 300 link party for grandparents

When you really love ice cream!

At the start of last week's GRAND Social post, I shared with you my oh-so sad grandson Declan who oh-so-badly wanted to go to Disneyland.

Now, that video may misrepresent that particular grandkiddo a smidgen, as sad is oh-so far from Declan's typical disposition.

So today, at the start of this week's GRAND Social, I share with you a shot—four, actually—that better show the more common, more comedic side of my wacky youngest grandson.

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Sweet face! Plus, GRAND Social No. 296 link party for grandparents

Sweet face! Plus, GRAND Social No. 296 link party for grandparents

Sweet face!

Last Monday a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek was delivered to my door for me to test drive for a week. On Saturday, Jim and I took advantage of the colorful AWD (which you may have seen on Facebook or Instagram) and trekked up to Denver to visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge—a place we'd not yet seen but long wanted to.

I'll soon share full details of our visit to the refuge as well as my time with the Crosstrek, but I thought the following photo I snapped Saturday makes for a sweet way to start the week.

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Brains on music, plus GRAND Social No. 293 link party for grandparents

Brains on music, plus GRAND Social No. 293 link party for grandparents

Brains on music

Let's kick of the new week with music, as who doesn't love music?

More accurately — for the purpose of this post — who doesn't love what music does to the brain?

Exactly what is it that music does to the brain? Well, take a look at this intriguing video on such that I saw on social media yesterday:

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7 significant BEs of being a significant grandmother

7 significant BEs of being a significant grandmother

BE unconditional

Grandchildren come in assorted shapes, sizes, aptitudes, attitudes, with varied qualities and quirks. Love them because of those, regardless of those, in spite of those.

 

BE fair

Wherever two or more grandkids gather or grow, possibilities for playing favorites flourish. Avoid the all-too-human temptation to...

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Heating up the grill! Plus, GRAND Social No. 285 link party for grandparents

Heating up the grill! Plus, GRAND Social No. 285 link party for grandparents

The holidays have passed and we're already nearly a quarter of the way through the first month of the new year. Which means it's time to get back to the business of GRAND Social socializing. 

First, though, another bit of business: that of grilling! Grandma grilling.

Heating up the grill!

For far too many months to count now, I've been lax — okay, downright negligent — about publishing new Grilled Grandma features. Which isn't okay with me, as celebrating fellow grandmothers is one of my favorite things to do here on Grandma's Briefs.

So today I resolve to feature (meaning, grill) far more grandmothers in the months to come.

But... that means I need you!

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Topsy-turvy temps plus GRAND Social No. 274 link party for grandparents

Topsy-turvy temps plus GRAND Social No. 274 link party for grandparents

Topsy-turvy temps

In most places in the country — with the exception of the desert, where my grandsons live — most any weather conversation includes the common refrain of "wait five minutes and the weather will change."

Much of the time in Colorado the weather doesn't change that whiplash fast. But waiting one day certainly makes a difference.

To wit: Yesterday was the epitome of a fall day. Pleasant temperature, slight breeze, blue skies, no precipitation...

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Friday flashback: How to make a pillow chaise for children

My bonus grandson, Bud, turns 9 tomorrow and we'll be celebrating his birthday (along with his dad's, which was Wednesday) on Sunday. Brianna requested I make Bud a pillow chaise like the ones I made Bubby and Mac a few years ago — back before Bud was part of the family — so he's more comfy lounging on the floor on movie nights.

Bud's favorite color is red so I gathered the goods to create a red birthday chaise.

pillow chaise for children 

As I'll be spending a portion of today putting the present together, I figure it's a fine time to feature the post on doing so as today's Friday flashback. (Speaking of time, it's likely time I create a pillow chaise for Jak, too, as he wasn't around either when I made the original ones for his brothers.)

HOW TO MAKE A PILLOW CHAISE FOR CHILDREN
(Originally published January 10, 2013)

Every once in a great while, I surprise myself and do something that exceeds my expectations. Most recently, it was the making of the pillow chaise lounging thingees I gave my grandsons for Christmas. They turned out far better than I expected, and were received with far more appreciation than I thought might be the case, especially considering they weren't toys — which, as I learned here, are far preferable to practical presents.

What? You missed my post about giving Bubby and Mac their pillow chaises? Well take a look at their joy and ability to play slug in front of the television, thanks to a soft and comfy gift from Gramma.

pillow chaise for kids

At the time I posted that, many readers wondered...

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Monday (beagle) blues! Plus, GRAND Social No. 244 link party for grandparents

Monday (beagle) blues!

I've had an off-and-on relationship with my piano for several years now. Mostly off, due to time constraints — as well as budgetary issues that prevent me from continuing the weekly piano lessons I began way back in the day when I worked a regular job with regular paychecks.

For several months now, though, I've been quite diligent in practicing pretty much every weekday, ever since I came across a decent online video tutorial series just before Christmas. I'm proud to say I'm progressing quite nicely — in playing. Singing and playing at the same time is another story.

Over the weekend I found inspiration in that regard. I'm now determined to one day sing and play the blues as well as this talented fella:

Look at that tail wagging! Such joy at his...

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Sunrise season! Plus, GRAND Social No. 231 link party for grandparents

Sunrise season!

Fall is pretty much my very favorite season here in Colorado. There are many reasons, but one big one is that the autumn months offer the the most colorful, most memorable sunrises of all the seasons.

To prove my point, here's a sampling of sunrises I've shot just since fall's official arrival September 22:

Colorado sunrises 

And those aren't even all I've taken...

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Positive start, plus GRAND Social No. 224 link party for grandparents

Positive start

I've pretty much had it up to here with all the disrespect and hatefulness permeating our country, our world in so many ways, in so many distressing situations.

I'm no Pollyanna but I really could go for a little something uplifting, something positive to start my week.

You too?

How about this:

 

It's a start...

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When grandchildren move away: 10 things to send with them

Sometimes, regardless of how much we wish things could be different, grandchildren and their parents move away from Grandma and Grandpa. Perhaps there's a better financial situation for Mom or Dad farther away, or maybe it's a marital split that results in beloved grandbabies being relocated farther from grandparents than ever before.

I have always been a long-distance grandma—my grandsons have never lived near me. So I can only imagine how heartbreaking it must be to learn grandchildren who lived nearby will soon live miles and miles away. Such a transition is surely hurtful not only for the grandparents, but for the grandchildren, too.

when grandchildren move away

As a longtime long-distance grandma, though, I do know there...

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