Best Five Tips for Experiencing Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland

In this past first year of retirement, Grandpa and I traveled several continents and finished those Wonders of the World Lists that are safe to visit, and some not so safe.  We left out only two, which are too dangerous for even us. Having completed our “travel bucket list,” we started on experiencing those places […]

If I Knew I Were Dying, What Would I Want To Talk About Now

Last year, I wrote a blog post titled, “If I Knew I Were Dying, What Would I Want To Talk About Now.”  I had then recently watched, The PBS NewsHour, which presented Hospice Chaplain Carrie Egan, in an “In My Humble Opinion” segment called “Don’t Wait Till Your Dying Words to Say What’s Most Important.”  […]

Best Easy Make Ahead Baked French Toast For Holiday Brunches And Five More Special French Toast Recipes For Grandchildren Visits

One of the most requested breakfasts from our grandchildren is for this Grandma to make french toast, especially on a school day, where Grandma has the time and inclination to make a “fancy” breakfast while parents are too harried.  I learned several years ago to add a small amount of milk to the beaten eggs […]

2018 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy

For New Years 2017, this Grandma wrote “2017 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy.”  When I sat down to write this year’s message, the draft mirrored 2017.  I realized that sharing the 2017 feelings was a most overwhelming task for me, and opened up on memories that […]

The One Best Website for Finding the Best Children’s Books For Our Grandchildren of All Ages

From a new baby registry to holiday presents to visit presents to school required reading at all ages, books connect us with our grandchildren and we want our grandchildren to connect us with books.  We have reached to era where we grandparents tend to read books on our electronic devices, so we have to tell […]

Have Fidget Spinners Quickly Gone the Way of Hula Hoops and Pet Rocks And Should They?

If you have a grandchild old enough to say the word, he or she has a fidget spinner in their hand.  My son-in-law credits me with being the first to introduce spinners to our grandchildren.  However, it was our oldest who first showed a fidget spinner to me, so he was able to explain the […]

Most Popular Baby Names For 2017 Include Surprises

Each year, this Grandma loves learning the most popular baby names.  It is that time again for 2017. This year, I have a greater interest in the newest most popular baby names than the last six years.  We are expecting to welcome two baby boys into the family.  So, you must excuse my desire to […]

Holiday Gifts for Grandparents Should Include All Kinds of Balls Which Will Contribute to Our Health, Wellness, and Youthfulness

In 2014, this Grandma wrote a blog post about “Two New Easy Ways for Boomers To Measure Our Youth for Our Age and Good Health and How to Maintain These.” Included in the post was a report on a study about measures for upper body strength and lower body strength and aging.  The post gives […]

Finally An Excellent Holiday Movie That Appeals To All Generations

Our grandchildren, ages 7, 10 and 11 went to see the movie, Wonder, during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our oldest grandson, age 14, had read the book and decided to see another super heroes movie, Justice League, which got terrible reviews, but was the number two grossing movie.  Wonder came in at number three, while CoCo, […]

Six Tips To Remember for The Best Bargains For “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” 2018 and For Shopping All Year Long

This Grandma has the life experience of remembering when “brick and mortar” stores controlled and is living through the change to electronic shopping in control.  I drive past the mammoth number of strip malls in South Florida and wonder what the landscape will look like when they are no more, lost because of the ease […]

What Should Be In Our Grandchildren’s Future After the Sexual Harassment “Empowerment Revolution” and What Can We Grandparents Do To Help

As Megyn Kelly stated November 29, 2017 on her NBC morning show immediately after Matt Lauer was fired without notice due to charges of sexual harassment, we are “in a sea of change in this country, an empowerment revolution.”  We all feel tremendous empathy for the career opportunities lost during the decades where sexual harassment […]

Safely Making Homemade Cookie Dough and Adding It to Safe Homemade Ice Cream

Making homemade slime was the activity of choice among grandchildren recently.  It was messy and disgusting, but that goes in grandma’s house.  Take a look at this previous post, “Being Cool Slime . . . ing with Grandchildren Might Not Be Without Its Messes But is As Simple As You Want To Make It.” Now, […]

How to Make Shopping in the Mall with Grandchildren of All Ages and Sexes a Pleasurable Experience

When our daughters were small, they hated going shopping with me.  It was a chore for them to accompany me, even if it was for clothing for them.  Even toy shopping was met with groans and complaints that I did not need them with me when I had a list.  I was surprised, as I […]

Are Toys and Board Games Dead and Should We Grandparents Keep Them Alive This Holiday Season

Each year it seems that toys and games make up less and less of grandchildren’s birthday and holiday lists and electronics and apps make up more and more. Fortunately, the parents of our grandchildren try to have a weekly game night so our grandchildren are introduced to classic board games. I think it is the […]

Using Williams Sonoma Products to Cook With Grandchildren For Thanksgiving and Discovering Some Gluten Free Gems Too

Thanksgiving is the time for old favorite recipes, this Grandma has found.  Everyone seems to crave the annual favorites.  However, sometimes it is fun to experiment a bit, and this Grandma has found that Williams Sonoma has some short cuts for us with easy recipes for grandchildren to help make. Williams Sonoma Butternut Squash Bisque […]

How to Celebrate the Month of November’s National Sandwich Day With Grandchildren

November 3 each year is National Sandwich Day.  There seems to be a day for everything celebrated in our country, and we can use each special day in a special way with grandchildren.  National Sandwich Day can be a favorite to be celebrated more than just one day, the entire month of November, as it […]

The Joys of Walking With Grandchildren Of Every Age and Activities and Memories of Sharing Along the Way

We grandparents know that walking is good for our health. See WebMD. Walking is also wonderful as an activity with the youngest of grandchildren to the oldest of grandchildren.  With the newborns, it is clearly exercise for us and fresh air for them.  They were too young to complain about my singing to them along […]

Top Four Tips For Grandparents To Conquer Sibling Rivalry

A dear grandma friend complained that her two grandsons, ages nine and seven, constantly fight. Their parents separate them by sending them to their rooms when this happens.  She said when they are with her they each want her attention and each wants to be the one to win or be the best.  She cannot […]

Interesting and Important Smelly Facts Regarding the Differences Between Men and Women

This Grandma remembers a story about a fire and a dear friend who was pregnant.  She was sitting on the front porch with her husband and Grandpa and smelled smoke.  Her husband and Grandpa smelled nothing and said it must be her ‘pregnant nose,’ which was so sensitive. imagining things.  Fairly soon thereafter, smoke bellowed […]

Making the Most of Halloween 2017 and Best Tips of Halloweens Past

As I receive the pictures of our grandchildren’s 2017 Halloween costumes, I smile.  I remember each year.  I am waiting for Godiva’s 2017 sale and free shipping of Halloween candy to send them an annual treat.  When I looked at the costumes and items for this Halloween, very little is new, so I decided to […]