Sunday, August 2, 2015

grandma's bookshelf - This Old Van - I'm Giving One Away!

Which of us as grandparents would not do all we could to attend a concert, race, play, sporting event or other such thing if our grandchildren were participating? Of course we would if it were at all possible for us to do so!

Well, this is the idea behind a new and unique counting book I was recently invited to review - and give one away as well! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The 1st Color Run 2015

My grandsons spent the night last night and this morning their parents ran in a
5k where you get color thrown at you . . . the "after" photos show they have a fair amount of color on them!

So, the boys thought it would be fun to hold our own color run . . . they made medals, we filled squirt guns with water and food coloring, then took turns running in my yard while we squirted color at them! 

After the race, colorful boys received their medals . . . just like dad and mom!

I Have Three Winners!

I'm happy to say Tina & Heather W both won a complete first year of Science, the Bible & Fun (you'll find the review at this link) and Leela King won an e-book of It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren (you'll find the review at this link).

Thank you Tina, Heather W and Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me at by August 5, 2015, so I can get them to you).

Friday, July 31, 2015

Back-to-School Fun with Galaxy Buck!

I am delighted for the opportunity to share with you some fun promotions to help kick off the release of Galaxy Buck . . . you have the opportunity to win a $100 Target Gift Card and may download a free Galaxy Buck Back-to-School Printable Pack! Definitely fun!

Save $100 on What's in the Bible & Why Do We Call it Christmas?

The Complete Bible and Why Do We Call It Christmas?If you have been wanting to pick up the What's in the Bible series to use with your grandchildren/children, but have not done so yet, now is the time to do so, because for the month of August, you will be able to save $100 - yes, $100 on the full What's in the Bible series and the DVD on Christmas! Like I said, now is the time to do so!!!

Please follow the link by clicking on the box on the right side of the page - just scroll down a bit - or use this link, and then use the code SAVENOW and you will be able to get the entire Bible DVD set including the Christmas DVD for just $109 - a savings of $100! You'll receive . . . 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dr. Seuss Inspired Science Projects!

Dr. Seuss Inspired Science ActivitiesThis morning as I browsed on Pinterest I found a pin for 30 Dr. Seuss Inspired Science Projects and just had to check it out! My grandsons love Dr. Seuss and they love science projects, so a combination of the two has to be great fun!

You'll find all 30 projects at this link, but my favorites are . . . 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

crafting with grandma - Nebula in a Bottle

How To Make Bottled Nebula. Sound pretty easy and looks absolutely delightful! Definitely gonna try this!
Christmas is less than five months away, so if you like to help your grandchildren make gifts for family members which they can give to them at Christmas, take a look at this fun idea I found on Pinterest this morning!

crafting with grandma - Paper Egg Carton Helicopters!!!

Egg Carton Helicopter #STEM
My grandsons do enjoy crafts . . . but, being boys, finding crafts which capture their imagination and keep their interest can be a challenge! So, this morning when I browsed on Pinterest and saw a craft which uses paper, paper clips and egg cartons to make a helicopter . . . well, I knew it would be a craft my grandsons will enjoy and I had to share it with you!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Thank You God, For My Birthday!" & "I Have Only Practiced For Having Fun!"

This past Saturday we celebrated my sweet rascal Caleb's birthday! This little boy is now four years old and I have to tell you, he is as cute a four-year-old as they come! As he received each of his gifts and opened them, he said, "This is exactly what I wanted!!!" Then he said, "Thank you!" and played with each of his new toys. The delight, thankfulness and joy he showed made all of us who gave him a gift experience his joy, too!

I personally enjoyed hearing him laugh as he played with his toys - a laugh just filled with pure joy! My heart feels happy each time I think about it!

In my family it is our "tradition" to pray for the birthday person when we have our birthday dinner, but Caleb wanted to be the one who prayed for our meal. He prayed; "Thank You God for my birthday!" I could not agree more . . . "Thank You God for my sweet rascal Caleb's birthday!!!"

Monday, July 27, 2015

Five Days & Two Giveaways - You Have Time to Enter!

Yes, in five days I'm giving away two resources which will help you pass on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren . . . and have fun doing it . . . and laugh, too!

A Statue & Why It Matters What We Do

Image result for images of a targetI live in Michigan and our news has been covering the presentation of a one-ton statue of Satan at a Satanist temple in Detroit. It may not have made the news where you live, but it has received a fair amount of coverage where I live. This statue is rather large and while, to me, it is disturbing to think anyone would want to make a statue of Satan, the most disturbing feature of this statue is how it has two young children on either side of "Satan" looking at him lovingly. More than disturbing. This is just evil and vile.

Regardless of the message the makers of this statue are trying to communicate (and they actually had long lines of people who traveled specifically to see this statue at its opening), they have sadly identified (perhaps without even realizing it) how children are truly a main "target" of Satan. If he can get children to turn away from God, not even necessarily turn specifically to him, but just away from God, then he has a higher chance of keeping them.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

crafting with grandma - Sand Bowl!

DIY: Sand Bowls- just sand mixed with glue and dripped over a bowl until it hardens. Perfect for holding your summer seashell collection
I was browsing Pinterest last night and found an interesting, unique and simple craft I thought I'd share with you all. It looks like something my grandsons might like to make - I hope it actually turns out, because if it does, it would actually be pretty cool!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Birthday Party & Love!

Today is going to be a busy day. I'm sitting here for a few minutes in a quiet house as my grandsons are still sleeping. (I'm surprised as they are usually awake before 6:30 in the morning!)

We are celebrating Caleb's birthday today - pizza, cupcakes, cake and orange juice are on the menu - all his choices! We will also have fun with water balloons and squirt guns after his birthday dinner . . . it is hot out, so getting soaked will be an idea the boys will embrace with enthusiasm!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Birthday My Sweet Rascal Grandson - I'm So Thankful For You!

Today is my sweet grandchild Caleb's fourth birthday! I have had my life made ever so much better by the arrival of this amazing gift from the hand of God four years ago and I am so thankful for him! This little boy is my sweet grandson; my sweet, rascal grandson! Oh, yes; he absolutely is a rascal, but a very, very sweet rascal!

I love his sweet rascally smile! I love the way he snuggles in my lap! I love how he smiles at me and says; "Kisses are weird!" just to hear me say; "Kisses are NOT weird - kisses are wonderful!!!" I love watching him grow up and learn new things and I love holding him when he is sleeping.

I know how very fast these years will fly by; it won't be long and he won't climb into my lap any more. In just a few short years he will be a teen and then an adult. It matters so much what I do when I am around this sweet, rascal! It matters what I say. It matters what I do. It matters.