Friday, October 31, 2014

Just for Fun - Caramel Apple Day & Knock-Knock Joke Day!

Today is the "day" for two things my grandsons will sure enjoy . . . Caramel Apple Day and Knock-Knock Joke Day! First, let's think about Caramel Apple Day! Of course a simple tub of caramel and sliced apples are an easy . . . and tasty way to enjoy and celebrate this day or the classic apple on a stick, dipped in caramel, but I found a couple additional fun ideas for apple tastiness which would not only be fun to eat and make, but would also make a great gift to give to others! Check these ideas . . . 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Heart is Happy!

The past month has been busy with announcing give-aways for this year's Christmas give-aways, so while I still have one more give-away to announce, today I want to pause and just share some of my joy in being a grandma . . . which is actually why I write grandma's cookie jar in the first place! (All the give-aways just "happened" as I started writing . . . and have become a fun part of this blog without a doubt!)

So, today I want to take a moment to write about my three grandsons - they are the ones who make me a grandma! The other day when Caleb was at my house he told me when Jesus was three years old (Caleb is three!) He had a black and white dog named, "Carl"! When he visited my church this past Sunday, his class was playing musical chairs. On one round, Caleb did not end up with a seat, but, rather than leave the game, he said; "I'll get my own chair!" and added a chair to the game and continued to play! He is a very determined and independent child . . . and so sweet! I love how Caleb prays; he says, "Thank You Jesus for always loving us!" I am so very glad he knows Jesus always loves him! He was looking at a picture I have of him and his two brothers yesterday, pointed at it, smiled at me and said; "These are your 'sweet boys'!" He is absolutely correct!

Two Days Until My 2014 Christmas Give-Aways Begin - Love Letters From God!

Yes, in just two days, on November 1, 2014, my Christmas Give-Aways begin for this year! I have announced 20 give-aways . . . and have one more really great give-away to announce yet, so nearly every day throughout the month of November, I'll be giving something away!

You still have time to get in all the drawings for these prizes, but just two days to enter the drawing for Love Letters from God! You'll find my full review for this book at the following link - please check it out and enter . . . this is a wonderful book for a child you love!

Join in the fun and let the give-aways begin!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - LeapBand!

A couple months ago I was invited to try the new LeapFrog LeapBand and give two away, so I happily said, "Yes!" LeapFrog sent me one of their new LeapBands for me to review for free - they asked me to try it out and write my own opinions of this new activity tracker for children . . . which I did - so I'm sharing it again today, because I have another one from them to give away!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Your Misuse of Literally T-Shirt

Clothes have long been favorite gifts to give and to receive . . . so today I'm very happy to announce a fun give-away of a T-shirt from Signals, but first I want to share with you a couple other gift ideas which Signals sent to me at no cost in exchange for my opinions in my review . . .

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Andie Under Pressure or How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots!

As I've mentioned a time or two . . . or three or more . . . as a child, I always received books for Christmas and my birthday. As a mom, I carried on this tradition and always gave my children a book or two on their birthdays and for Christmas. So, now as a grandma, one thing my grandsons can count on receiving on their birthdays and for Christmas are books!

So, when I was sent two chapter books from Zonderkidz I was very happy to see the titles . . . Andi Under Pressure and How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots! Happy because I have already read and reviewed the previous books in both series - and loved them! Also happy because I knew they would make wonderful additions to my 2014 Christmas Give-Aways!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LeapTV - a Huge "Hit" with My Grandchildren; and With This Grandma!

It is extremely common for our grandchildren (children) to enjoy playing video games; and to spend a fair amount of time doing so . . . or at least as much time as we allow them to spend doing so. My grandsons definitely enjoy playing video games, so when I heard about the new LeapTVI was very interested in learning more about it; and I was very happy to agree to review LeapTV and write my own opinions of it when LeapFrog invited me to participate in their review. 

A couple days ago a box arrived with a LeapTV system, pre-loaded with seven games for me to review and an extra controller; since my grandsons were coming over Saturday for a sleepover, I planned to let them check it out with me. And check it out they did! It did take us a little bit to get everything working . . . the controllers did not seem to want to do what we wanted them to do at first, but then they kicked in . . . or maybe we figured out what they did and how to get them to do what they did!
At any rate, the LeapFrog LeapTV Ultimate Spider-Man Game was a HUGE hit with Josiah and Caleb loved the LeapFrog LeapTV Disney Jake and The Never Land Pirates Game! They both danced with the LeapFrog LeapTV Dance and Learn Game and they LOVED LeapFrog LeapTV Kart Racing: Supercharged! Game! While the boys were more concerned with if the games were fun . . . and they both enthusiastically told me they are definitely fun, I am very happy to see these games are more than just games. They help children learn math and reading as well as get them moving! Yes, I said, "moving"!

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Scottish Fold Kitten Puppet

For a number of years I've been reviewing and giving away amazing puppets from Folkmanis; I'm happy to say, this year I have four more puppets to review which they sent me in exchange for my reviews . . . and I will be giving one of them away! 

Folkmanis Scottish Fold Kitten Hand Puppet

Folkmanis says; "A newly popular and distinctive breed of cat, the sweet-faced Scottish Fold Kitten puppet features unique folded ears and a rounded face with large, broad-set eyes which convey this kitty's need for affection. Play with the moveable mouth and front paws of this white and blue-grey beauty and you'll see she is a purr-fact companion. Easy to feed and care for, just add lots of love and snuggly fun. This puppet measures 12 x 6 x 10 Inch (LxWxH)."

I love the color, size and softness of this little "kitten"! If you have a person on your gift list who loves kittens, this little one would make a wonderful gift! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Christmas Books from Sterling Children's Books

I was recently sent four Christmas books from Sterling Children's Books in exchange for me writing my opinion of each of them . . . since they are Christmas books, they seem like a fun addition to this year's Christmas Give-Aways! I'm reviewing all four today, and if you are the winner, you may choose two of them . . . which will be no easy choice!

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - LeapTV!

As grandmas - and grandpas, moms and dads, we all know our grandchildren/children enjoy playing video games. When we are able to provide opportunities for them to do this with games which help them learn, it is clearly much better than them just playing games which have no educational value. 

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to review a number of items from LeapFrog; game systems which are engaging, fun, and educational and more recently the LeapBand system. Today I'm very happy to let you know I will be posting a review on Sunday about their new LeapFrog LeapTV . . . and I am giving one away as well!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

I've been very happy this year to review several books which are actually devotionals for children! I strongly believe if we can get children to believe and accept how much God loves them as children, and learn to turn to Him with their questions, troubles, and joys, then they will grow to be teens and then adults who do the same! So, books which help children do this are books I'm strongly in favor of!

I was recently sent another book which does exactly this! This lovely book was written by Sally Lloyd Jones and illustrated by Jago - yes, you may recognize them as the author and illustrator of, "The Jesus Storybook Bible", so, I'm delighted to share this new book from them with you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door!

One of the things I love about writing grandma's cookie jar is I get sent a lot of books for review and many of them are excellent! This is the case with Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door! This has to be one of the cutest books I've reviewed this year - and one of the books with a most solid message!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christmas Plans!

For the past week or so I've been posting my 2014 Christmas Give-Aways . . . and while I still have more give-aways to announce, I thought I'd pause today and talk about Christmas plans! It may seem too early to be thinking and talking about Christmas, but it actually is just two months and four days away! Just around the corner!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters

I was recently sent a book from the Desperate Diva Diaries series, in exchange for a review with my opinion . . . since I always received books for Christmas as a child, I thought it sounded like a fun title to include in my 2014 Christmas Gift Review/Give-Away.