Before You or Your Loved Ones Travel Outside the United States this Summer Or Anytime Take These Four STEPs First

Grandpa, our oldest grandson, and I were walking with our guide, Bertrand, down a main Paris thoroughfare toward the Rodin Museum when all three of our I phones beeped an alert from the U.S. government.  I was surprised that Bertrand’s phone did not also beep, but I only included his cell phone number in our […]

July Is Ice Cream Month and What is New to Celebrate With Grandchildren Of All Ages

If you had to choose a month of the year to be Ice Cream Month, July would be it.  National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July. The celebrations were signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984 with Presidential Proclamation, according to Wikipedia.  Wikipedia also tells us […]

Giving You Easy Ways to Use Certain Classical Music Which Listened to in the Background For Twenty Minutes A Day Focuses and Strengthens the Brain Of All Ages from Birth to Death

We Grandmas want to make things easy for our families and loved ones.  When I read that research suggests that the soundtrack to your child’s learning and homework should comprise a specific list of 21 musical compositions, proven to change the electromagnetic frequency of brain waves for optimal focus, I am on it.  I am […]

Fourth of July is Over, So Why Should We Care For July 4th 2019 What Was Wrought in 2018?

This Grandma, a naturalized citizen, is very patriotic.  Yes, the red, white and blue of July 4th are very important.  Only PopPop and I shared holiday dinner, but dessert was of the right colors, of course, blueberries, strawberries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Every year a neighbor puts on a fireworks show that is […]

It Is Worth Taking the Time To Opt Out For Privacy on Google, Email Accounts, Amazon, and Internet Advertising From This Grandma Who Did It By Herself

This Grandma watches the Today Show and Rossen Reports is a favorite segment.  With the European Union cracking down on Facebook, and strengthening on line privacy rules, we are bombarded with emails asking us for permission to continue to sell our information.  Rossen Reports does the opposite.  Jeff Rossen is a hero.  He gives us […]

Learning About Having #It All From Another Woman Who Has Had It All, But Not All At the Same Time

Justice of the United States Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said she believes women can have it all, but perhaps not all at the same time. She has attained the rank of American Female Superstar, and with her admission of what she has accomplished and what she has overcome, she thankfully has exposed what […]

Fourth Trimester and Optimal Age for Human Baby and Puppy Cuteness Optimization Are the Same

With two new baby grandsons, the difficulty of the new parent experience is relived.  This Grandma equates it to being a hamster on a treadmill that never ends.  The new baby requires care every two hours or so around the clock, with a breast fed baby eating more often than a bottle fed baby, my […]

Five Healthy Habits to Give Us Twelve to Fifteen Additional Years to Celebrate Milestones With Our Grandchildren and Only One Word To Remember

Since the birth of our first grandchild, Grandpa and I periodically converse about how old we are going to be when he graduates from high school, from college and how old we are going to be when he marries.  We wonder if we were going to be alive to be present at these milestones.  He […]

New Baby Clothing Made With Magnet Closures Make Middle of the Night Changes A Breeze

Onesie footies are always the key for newborn and baby dress, although this grandma does love the gowns.  Our daughter in law and son, with their first, discovered that the onesies with snap closures are a pain in the middle of the night, and anytime with a crying newborn.  They love the zipper onesie footies.  […]

Grateful for the Fathers In Our Lives This Father’s Day 2018 Seventy Years After the Holocaust

As I thought about this Father’s Day 2018, the year’s traumatic and potentially fatal health circumstances clearly highlighted thoughts of gratitude for the fathers in our lives. What came to mind are two related sayings: You don’t know what you have until it is gone.  Truth is, you knew what you had, you just thought […]

Award Winning Outdoor Toys For 2018 Spring and Summer Fun

Each year the Oppenheimer Toy Awards on Toy Portfolio give us guidance as to our toy purchases.  Each year, it seems, it is harder to pry our grandchildren from their electronics to play outside.  It is more important than ever to find outdoor toys that will grab attention away from electronics.  Here are some award […]

Why Boomers’ Lives May Depend On Paying attention To Oral Health and Periodontal Disease

Here is a short true-false quiz: (persistent is defined as two weeks or more) If you have persistent bad breath it may be a sign of cancer. If you have periodontal disease, it may contribute to onset of cancer. You may teach your grandchildren that if they are taking a true-false test and do not […]

Senior Discounts Are No Joke and For the Best Senior Discounts You May Be “Carded” As You Were At Age Twenty One

When all of our friends were turning 50, Grandpa and I gave two gifts.  The first was a three year membership to AARP (now $43) because it would shock our friends that they could be a member of the American Association of Retired Persons at age 50.  The second was a book, “Unbelievably Good Deals […]

Best 2018 Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers

Each year this Grandma has tried to think of new and different Mother’s Day gifts that we grandmas might actually want to receive.  Then I think back on the Mother’s Day gifts that continue to give me joy and they are already in previous posts!  What I discovered this year was that the gifts that […]

How To Get The Yuck Out of the Ducks, Other Bath Toys and Items and The Bathtub Itself

When this Grandma tries to get to the source of a series of articles, I find some really obscure on line journals.  The one for the source of learning that rubber ducks and other such bath toys and bath items that retain bath water grow very bad bacteria and fungus, a Swiss Federal Institute of […]

Six Ways To Celebrate 2018 Earth Day and Earth Month With Grandchildren

On April 22 each year since 1970, we celebrate Earth Day, a day to appreciate and be aware of our environment and the Earth.  Earth Day has now expanded to include the entire month of April as Earth Month. In honor of Earth Day in 2016, as set forth on Wikipedia, “the landmark Paris Agreement […]

Be Aware and Beware of Little Known Adverse Consequences of DNA and Genetic Testing Before You Do Such and Before You Gift It to Loved Ones

“23 and Me” ads are all over the television.  So many people gifted this ancestry and their health genetic testing or other companies’ genetic testing to family and friends over the holidays.  Be aware and beware of little known adverse consequences of genetic testing that go way beyond a “Dear Amy” column where a woman […]

The Truths and Myths About Flu and Cold Survival You Need To Know When About on Earth and in the Air

Grandpa and I are trying. We are trying to change habits to be safer in this cold and flu season. We are trying NOT to shake hands even when others greet us with outstretched hands, and bump fist instead. See previous post “Why We Should We Stop Teaching Our Children and Grandchildren to Hug, Kiss, […]

Preserving Family History Leads To Much Less than Six Degrees of Separation with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Future Connecting With the Significant Past

“Six Degrees of Separation” a play and movie of our Boomer generation, written by American playwright John Guare, opened on Broadway in 1990, and was then nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, according to Wikipedia. It just finished a run as a revival on Broadway […]

Who Would Believe “Good Old Days” Would Be So Perfectly Described By a Thirty Four Year Old in Collaboration With a Thirty One Year Old

Once our grandchildren began listening to pop music on the radio, and it was earlier than we realized, this Grandma convinced Grandpa that we too had to listen to pop.  Since our eldest grandson is fourteen, we have been listening to pop for nearly six years.  Occasionally, we go back to music of the sixties […]