Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Rochel S is the winner of the Children's Activity Atlas! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Rochel for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by October 6, 2014 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!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say, Carmen Van Derusen is the winner in the LeapFrog LeapBand give-away! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Carmen for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by October 6, 2014 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you LeapFrog for sending one to me for free for me to review with my own opinions and for making another available for me to give away!

Monday, September 29, 2014

just for fun - It's Coffee Day - Enjoy FREE Coffee!

Today is International Coffee Day! I enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning - my favorites are Costa Rican from Magnum Coffee and I just tried a new coffee - Peruvian from Premier Gourmet which I am enjoying very much!

On this day to celebrate coffee, there are a number of locations where you can enjoy their coffee for free! Check the following . . . 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Some, "grandma bragging" . . .

My grandson Josiah just turned six - he is a really fun six year old! One thing he likes to do
is to read. Yes, I said he likes to read! Not only does he like to read, but he is actually shocking his aunt with how good of a reader he is! Yesterday we were celebrating because his daddy has earned his Master Mechanic Certification and my parents gave Dave a card. On the card was the word, "Congratulations!" Josiah picked the card up and read the word - on his own with no help.

This - aside from making me feel very proud and happy with him - caused me to think about how often do we think children are too young to try something or do something. How often do we "dumb" things down for them? Josiah has always had a large vocabulary - filled with words with lots of letters! He not only used these big words, but understood what they meant so he used them correctly. This is due in part because his parents - and we - spoke to him as an intelligent person. We did not use, "baby language" with him. Plus, they and we have always read lots of books to him as he grew up. I guess it should not be a huge surprise for him to take to reading so quickly!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

grandma's cookbook - Fall Cookies!

Today is a beautiful day! The sun is shining, it is in the 60's and headed for the 70's - a beautiful Fall day! So, when I found a recipe on Pinterest for Pumpkin Sugar Cookies, it sounded like the perfect recipe to share with you today!

Just follow this link and you'll find the recipe - I'd leave the cream cheese frosting off because I'm guessing the cookie has enough great flavor without it!

I also found a recipe for Caramel Apple cookies on the page with the Pumpkin Sugar Cookie, so since it sounded very Fallish, I decided to share it with you, too! You'll find it at this link! Enjoy!

Friday, September 26, 2014

crafting wtih grandma - FREE Infinity Scarf Pattern!

As I've mentioned a time or two, Christmas is really just around the corner, so if you would like to make a few gifts for people on your list, check this pattern I found on Pinterest this morning for a crocheted Infinity Scarf! It would be a quick pattern, plus it takes just one skein of yarn to make it . . . and it is FREE! I can just see this made from some soft, lovely yarn I have.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

crafting with grandma - Free Pattern for Crocheted Mittens!

While today - and the coming week - are all supposed to be in the upper 70's here in West Michigan where I live (maybe Summer has finally arrived???), winter and cold weather are really just around the corner. So, this morning when I was browsing on Pinterest and found a FREE pattern for crocheted mittens, I knew I had to share it with you!

Follow this link and you will find the pattern, then grab some soft, warm yarn in bright colors and make some mittens to keep the hands of your sweet grandchildren warm this winter! (They might make fun stocking stuffers!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

grandma's chuckles - "NO!!! NOT Dear Jesus!!!"

The other day the boys spent the night at our house. When it was bedtime, Caleb was
having a serious case of the, "wiggles", so, I started to pray; "Dear Jesus," When Caleb heard me, he said, "NO!!! NOT Dear Jesus!!!" I continued and said, "Please help Caleb go to sleep." Caleb said, "NO! Do NOT help me go to sleep!" I said, "Please help Caleb's wiggly toes rest and go to sleep." Caleb said, "No! Do NOT help my wiggly toes rest and go to sleep!" At this point it was all I could do to not bust up laughing!!!

I continued and said, "Please help Caleb's wiggly feet rest and go to sleep." Caleb said, "Please do not help my wiggly foots rest and go to sleep." I said, "Dear Jesus," and Caleb said, "Thank You for loving us". I said, "Please help Caleb's wiggly legs . . ." and Caleb said, "rest and go to sleep." I said, "Please help Caleb's wiggly fingers . . . " and Caleb said, "rest and go to sleep." I said, "Please help Caleb's wiggly hands relax and go to sleep. Caleb said, "Please help my wiggly hands relax and go to sleep." I said, "Please help Caleb's eyes rest and go to sleep." Caleb said, "Please help my eyes rest and go to sleep."

We continued praying for all of Caleb to rest and relax and go to sleep, then Caleb wanted to do it all again! It was not too long after this when all of Caleb was sleeping! I will remember this unusual time of prayer for a very long time!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LeapBand . . . I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to try the new LeapFrog LeapBand and give one away, I knew my grandsons would love it, 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 . . . so, here is what I think of it!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Sarah Yurga is the winner of the LeapFrog LeapBand! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Sarah for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by September 30, 2014 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you LeapFrog for providing the opportunity for me to interview Mia Hamm and give a LeapBand away!

Monday, September 22, 2014

LeapFrog LeapBand Give-Away Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I'm giving away one of the new LeapFrog LeapBands! This unique "gadget" is one
which will not only have children playing and learning, but also have them moving at the same time! LeapFrog invited me to interview Mia Hamm and then write about the Fit Made Fun Day which they sponsored and she hosted (you'll find this post at the following link). And, for doing this, they made a LeapBand available for me to give away!!!

The drawing for the LeapBand is tomorrow - September 23, 2014, and you still have time to enter! Check the link above for the details and join in the fun!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Madonna is the winner in my The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen book give-away (you'll find the review at this link). Thank you Madonna for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by September 29, 2014 so I can have it sent to you.) Thank you also, Howard Publishing for sending one copy for me to write my own opinions of and for making another available for me to give away!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

grandma's bookshelf -faiThGirLz! Big Book of Quizzes & Best Party Book ever! I'm Giving them Away!

I have grandsons; no granddaughters, so while I tend to review things boys will like, I know many of you have granddaughters, so I try to include things which girls will enjoy as well. The books I'm writing about today are definitely for girls!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Connie Mulder is the winner in my give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Connie for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by September 27, 2014 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!