Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Free e-Books!

Rakefang (Galleries of Stone Book 3)Aboard the Train: A Ewan Johns Adventure (Byways Series Book 2)Christa Kinde is a storyteller extraordinaire! If anyone knows how to tell a story with characters which will capture your imagination and a story which unfolds in the most delightfully unexpected ways, it is Christa!

And she has written many, many wonderful stories! And, for the next three days, you have been given a gift . . . each day you may download a Kindle eBook in her Byways series!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Jamaisa Wilson is the winner of Goodnight Songs - A Celebration of the Seasons book! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Jamaisa for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address bu September 9, 2015 at, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More "Buzz" & Hooray! Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Is Available!

One of the most powerful things we can do for the children we love is to pray. It is for this reason I recently wrote a book of Scripture prayers for grandparents and parents to pray for the children they love. But, it is more than just a book of prayers. Look what a few people who took a look at it have to say . . . 

Christmas Month of Giveaways - American Girl BeForever Doll - Maryellen!

I'm very happy today to announce I'm giving away another American Girl Doll in my Christmas Gift Review again this year! Maryellen arrived at my home yesterday . . . she is a lovely strawberry blond girl from the 50's . . . the new American Girl BeForever Doll! Maryellen has a ponytail and is wearing a cute dress and sweater shrug with her monogram "M" on the left shoulder . . . such a classics '50's look! A book which introduces girls to Maryellen is included - girls are sure to enjoy learning all about their new friend!

I'm Giving a Book Away Tomorrow - You Have Time to Enter the Drawing1

I have so much to write about today!!! I'm starting with a quick reminder about tomorrow - September 2, 2015 . . . it is the day I'm giving away one Goodnight Songs - A Celebration of the Seasons book! You'll find all the details about the book and how to enter the drawing at this link . . . you still have time to do so! Who knows??? Maybe you will win!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Remember; They Are Watching!

I've been blessed to enjoy a busy and wonderful summer with sweet, rascal boys . . . they have spent most Tuesday nights and Friday nights this summer at our house on sleepover! We have had so much fun!
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Mixed in with all this fun, I've noticed something which has reminded me of something important. First, what I have noticed . . . 

More "buzz" about Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too!

Yesterday I shared with you some of the fun things people - who just happened to be three readers of grandma's cookie jar! - are saying about my new book. So, today I thought it would be fun to share a few more comments from people who read grandma's cookie jar; including some of my family, too!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The "Buzz" About Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too!

Over the years, from time-to-time, I've shared Scripture prayers with you which you can pray for yourself and for your grandchildren. I'm about finished on a book which provides a year of Scripture prayers for you to do this with - Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Old Testament Edition.

It will be available in about a week, but I thought today I'd share with you some of the fun things people are saying about this book . . . 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Know What Is Really Important

My sweet rascal boys are at my house today and since it looks like the day - or a good portion of it - will be rainy, we are going to paint flower pots, plant seeds (for a project I'm reviewing and will share with you next week), bake cookies and just enjoy spending time together!

We are also going to read more of, I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids: 52 Devotions and Scriptures for Kids; this book is a great tool to help grandparents (and parents) pass on a heritage of faith, but helping the children they love better understand the Bible and what it means.

Friday, August 28, 2015

LeapTV - Blaze and the Monster Machines Game

Recently LeapFrog sent me a box of items for my grandsons to try and for me to review - I've already posted several reviews and today I'm going to share another with you . . . this time for the new LeapTV game, Blaze and the Monster Machines.

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Upside-Down Doll!

Cenicienta2_mediumWhen I was a child, my family often vacationed in the Smokey Mountains. One year on our trip, I was browsing in a "souvenir" store with my mom and saw an Upside-Down doll. It was something I had not seen before and my mom said I could have one. The doll became one of my favorites; what's not to love about two dolls in one???!!!

When my daughter was little, I made an upside-down bunny doll for her . . . one side was the awake doll and the other was the sleeping doll. I was pretty happy with how it turned out and Tiffany liked it, too!

So, the other day I was browsing on Pinterest and saw a link for a free crochet pattern for an upside-down Cinderella doll! one side she is dressed to work and the other side she is dressed to dance at the ball! If I had granddaughters, I'd definitely be making them for Christmas!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

crafting with grandma - Kindness Stones

We love doing acts of kindness! I think small, simple, everyday acts can make a big difference and get kids into the habit of being kind. Last week we got a little crafty and made kindness stones to leave as an act of kindness for others in our community!I was browsing on Pinterest today and found a great, simple and fun idea for encouraging our grandchildren to think about being kind to others and have a very doable activity which gives them an opportunity to do so! And, you only need a few simple supplies!

Help Needed!

I recently wrote a book about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren/children - It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren; and Other Important Facts for Grandparents and Parents, Too! and I'm about to release my second book;  Deeper in 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Old Testament Edition.

I am looking for parents and grandparents who would be willing to take a look at the book and write a brief endorsement for me to include in the book. The thing is, I have to have your endorsement back to me by Saturday afternoon - the 29th. Yes, in just two days.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tomorrow is Thoughtful Day - Let's Be Thoughtful!

Yes, tomorrow, Thursday, is Thoughtful Day! A day to be focused on being thoughtful to those around you. Of course, every day should be, Thoughtful Day, but since there is a special day to focus on being thoughtful, I thought it would be fun today to think about ways you can engage your grandchildren in being thoughtful on purpose!