Best Products and Tips New And Wonderful From the Mother of Her Third Child, Our Youngest Grandchild

This Grandma forgot the overwhelming joy a baby can bring to a family. After all, our youngest baby boy grandchild has brothers seven and eleven years older. I wonder if all third babies are as easy as our younger daughter’s third. I do know that some of the best contraptions and products did not exist […]

All Grandmas Have A Magic Recipe That Even Children Not Their Own Grandchildren Love and Here is a Favorite For Magic Cookie Bars

Our oldest grandchildren were excited to visit us in Florida for spring break, and were even more excited that our younger grandchildren’s grandmother was going to be with all of us too.  They wanted to know most of all if she would have time to bake.  I was curious.  I know that my specialty is […]

As a Child of Holocaust Survivors, I Have Experienced My Parents’ Extreme Trauma and Severe Shock

When you are a child of Holocaust survivors, when Holocaust Remembrance Day comes around again, you can remember vividly the year before that and the year before that.  You read articles about the Holocaust again or you try not to read them.  You read again about the myths of anti-Semitism and the rise of anti-Semitism. […]

Petting Zoo Animals Can Transmit Highly Virulent Drug Resistant Bacteria to Children and Best Tips if You Decide to Go Anyway

That petting zoo animals can transmit highly virulent drug resistant bacteria to children is not what this Grandma wanted to read on Science Daily April 14, 2019. Here is the headline: “New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April) shows that petting zoos […]

One Day University is Just Enough Of Lifelong Learning To Keep Our Boomer Brains Blossoming

Once Grandpa and I finally settled into semi-retirement mode, we started paying attention to our friends who had preceded us into leisure time, and had been taking lifelong university classes.  One of the keys to a retirement location in which to settle is whether there are universities offering adult continuing education and enrichment.  When we […]

The Hidden Danger of High School Reunions and Why You Should Beware

The hidden danger of high school reunions is not what you would initially think. When I served on the family court bench, I was surprised to find that one going to one’s high school reunion and rekindling an old romance or finding new romance in a former high school friend was a recurring theme in […]

Happy Caterpillar’s 50th Birthday Happiness and Eric Carle’s Talent and Creativity To Share With Our Grandchildren

This Grandma remembers some books from our children’s childhoods, some even by heart nearly fifty years later.  Mostly, those are Dr. Seuss rhymes.  March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday which has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.  See post, […]

Curated List of 309 Best Mother’s Day Gifts To Choose From or Craft For Every Kind of Mother and Grandmother At Every Price Point for Mother’s Day 2019

This Grandma is hooked on the apps that give you options to select a topic and read dozens and dozens of articles from any source, and even from different countries.  For Mother’s Day 2019, I decided to try the apps to research this post for Mother’s Day gifts, and have actually gone through many hundreds […]

Layered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Double Stuffed Oreos, and Triple Fudge Brownie Mix is An Overload of Sweetness To Bake With Grandchildren

It took a radio host to advise listeners that March 6, 1912 was when Oreo cookies were introduced to the world.  The original Oreo creator would be surprised at the Oreo options that exist today.  It reminded me of a recent visit with our older grandchildren, where our preteen granddaughter wanted to experiment with a […]

The Water is Back on in Cape Town and You Should Add This City of Wonders to Your Travel to South Africa Again With This Best Itinerary for Cape Town

It seems that the fact that Cape Town, South Africa, was rationing water and near “day zero” was causing tourists to stay away from this wonderful city. It is no longer a problem. The Cape Town and South African governments have confirmed that “day zero” for water has been avoided for 2018 and 2019! Due […]

It Does Not Take Very Much to Trigger Holocaust Memories When You Are A Child of Holocaust Survivors

The day was the ordinary. I ran errands. I went to Whole Foods for a dozen items that came to $44. I took my car in for service and went to pick it up. There were two more things I did. I watched the Today show as I do as many mornings as I can […]

Best Four Tips We Boomer Women Should Share About Menopause and Beyond

This Grandma has written about how we should have friends that are at least ten years older than us so we can learn what faces us in life and friends that are at least ten years younger than us so we can pay it forward.  There is no substitute for life experience and the wisdom […]

How the 2019 Color of the Year and A Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate Are Connected

Each year, this Grandma looks forward to some annually repeated news releases that some might think are trivial.  I love the information annually on the most popular baby names.  I love the information about the color of the year.  These are not connected, but this year, the 2019 color of the year and dark chocolate […]

Baby Teeth to Adult Molars Information By Chart For Grandparents

With two baby grandchildren approaching a year old, we love the toothy smile of one and the incoming sharp little stubs of another.  Yes, we remember our children and older grandchildren and baby teeth, but we grandparents never had a chart to refer to that explains kinds of teeth and when we might expect them […]

How Preteen and Teenage Grandchildren Are Like Cats

Grandparenting preteens and teenagers is different than any other grandparenting stage. Grandparenting babies, whether a long distance or local, is intense. We have to follow the parents’ rules, whether strict or lax, or anything in between.  We must be very concerned about safety and do not want anything to go wrong on our watch.  Baby […]

How We Grandparents Can Share What Our Grandchildren Will Never Know Otherwise Part 1: Reading and Writing Cursive Is No Longer Taught to Our Grandchildren

When this Grandma was a child, I remember hearing about how some would mark their signature with an X because they could not read or write.  Having a unique cursive signature was important when I was a child, and even in my adulthood.  I went to my go to source, Wikipedia, for more information about […]

Five New Important Facts About Breast Milk That May Make Everyone A Believer Who Were Not Convinced Before That Breastfeeding is Preferable and Raises Some Questions That May Not Have Previously Been Considered

This Grandma has written several posts about breastfeeding over the years, most saying that it should be a choice, nor guilting or forcing new mothers to do something too difficult for them or if they were unable to breastfeed. * My Mother breastfed me and my brother at a time when it was the only […]

The Best New Teethers and Pacifiers and New Study That Parents SHOULD Suck on Them To Clean Them

One of the worst parts of the baby using teethers or pacifiers is when they land on the floor and there is nothing handy but one’s mouth to clean it.  Every parent I know sucks on the teether and pacifier and sticks it back in the baby’s mouth, while looking around to see that no […]

I am one of the Boomer Women Who Personally Experienced Discrimination “On The Basis of Sex”

I just saw the movie,“On the Basis of Sex,” and cannot share the “wow” moment in the movie for me without spoiling the movie for you. I am one of the Boomer women who personally experienced discrimination “on the basis of sex.” I know in my heart there are millions of us, with as many […]

Goal Setting & Pursuing Your Passionate Purpose In The New Year! From An Expert Health & Wellness Coach

Just too few years ago, our younger daughter re-introduced us to a high school friend with whom she reconnected.  As we of long years know, intervening years melt away when we reconnect with an old friend from our “prior lives.”  It is so fortunate that she is now part of our family’s life for more […]