Sunday, May 3, 2015

Just For Fun - Fifty Science Projects - Great Rainy Day Fun!

Spring has arrived here in Michigan and Summer is just around the corner! I have happy grandsons . . . and I'm pretty happy about this, too! Warm weather means the boys get to play outside and my yard is a pretty fun place for boys to play!

But, I do live in Michigan which means there will be days when it rains. This is why I was so happy to see a pin on Pinterest this morning filled with 50 science projects - many of which I think my grandsons will enjoy! They will be great fun for rainy days!

Mother's Day Gift Idea - Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar!

Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar makes a sweet gift!  Sugar is infused with orange essential oil, vanilla and real orange zest. SO good in hot or iced tea, sprinkled over buttered toast or used in baking recipes!If you are looking for an idea which you could help your grandchildren make for their mother for Mother's Day, take a look at this sweet idea I found on Pinterest last night for Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Harmonica Boy, Sprinklers & the "Relocater"

Image result for images of sprinklersImage result for images of harmonicas and sprinklersYou know, it is not necesarily the "big" things about being a grandma, which I remember and which make my heart happy. It is often the "small", everyday things! Such as . . . 

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away in Two Days!

Tea Guys | Gourmet Loose Leaf Tea Shop
I'm very happy to say Tina is the winner of the Tea Guys Salted Dark Chocolate and Toasted Coconut Chocolate Tea Cups - k-cups . (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Tina for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by May 9, 2015 so I can send it to you - and thank you Tea Guys for sending some for me to review and give away!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Grammar, Dandelions & Puppies . . . My Heart is Happy!

I am blessed with the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my grandsons, so I thought today would be a great time to share with you some of the things they have been saying which made my heart happy!

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

Hooray! May - grandma's cookie jar's Month of Special Birthday Give-Aways, is here! And what is a better way to begin than with a drawing for a fun give-away of a great book? I'm very happy to say Carla Aldrich is the winner of ABC Universe. (You'll find my full review at this link.) Thank you Carla for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address by May 8, 2015 so I can have it sent to you - and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review (my grandsons love it!) and for making another available for me to give away!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Birthday Month Give-Away - American Girl Doll!

In just a little over three weeks I'm giving away one 2015 Girl of the Year doll from American Girl Dolls! This doll is only available for 2015 and is a very lovely doll . . . as we would expect from American Girl. Whoever wins this doll can be sure the girl they give her to is sure to be thrilled, not only with the doll, but they will enjoy the story which comes with Grace (the name of the doll) as they learn she loves to bake! 

You have time to get in on the opportunity to win this doll - if you are over the age of 18 and live in the USA you are welcome to enter this give-away which will be on May 24, 2015! You can enter the drawing a number of ways . . . for each time I post about this doll/give-away, you may get up to ten entries. Today, you will receive one entry if you comment below and tell me who you will give the doll to if you win.

The Most Important Thing I Can Do as a Grandma

Image result for clip art for the most important thingFor the past month I've been busy posting reviews of a variety of things which I'm also giving away during grandma's cookie jar's month of special birthday give-aways (May). Starting tomorrow someone will win something at least every other day. (If you have not entered the give-aways yet, you still have time to do so! Just follow the links on the left side of grandma's cookie jar.)

However; while I'm looking forward to the fun of my birthday month of give-aways because it is a fun thing for grandma's cookie jar to do with all of you who take the time to read this blog, the reason I write grandma's cookie jar is to share ideas about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. 

The world we live in; the one our grandchildren are growing up in, is a confusing and difficult place. When I was a child - quite a number of years ago - nearly all the moms on my street were "stay-at-home-moms". Nearly all the families on my street went to church on Sunday morning. Nearly all the families on my street were two-parent families; I only knew one family where the parents were divorced. Yes, I pretty much grew up in a "Norman Rockwell" picture of a small town with tree-lined streets. (And, the streets actually were tree-lined in my small town!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ABC Universe - the First Birthday Month Give-away is in Two Days on May 1, 2015!

Yes, in two days we will begin our month of special birthday giveaways as we celebrate the fourth year of grandma's cookie jar! All through the month of May I will be giving things away - at least one every other day! The first give-away is for a really great board book - ABC Universe.

You'll find my full review and all the specifics for entering the drawing at this link - but the important thing is you still have time to enter this give-away! Who knows???!!! Maybe you will win!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

birthday month give-away - How Tiger Says Thank You!

For the past month I've been sharing reviews of products grandmas - and grandpas, moms and dads, might like - especially with Mother's Day and Children's Day coming up. I've also announced some fun give-aways for my, "Month of Birthday Give-Aways". Today I have one final review and give-away to share with you and then in three days, on Friday, May 1, 2015, the fun begins! First, my review . . . 

Yesterday I shared my review of How Penguin Says, "Please!"and announced a give-away as well. Today I'm happy to share with you another book in this series - How Tiger Says "Thank you!"

birthday month give-away - Glass Magnets from Shutterfly

Over the years I've had the wonderful opportunity to review items from Shutterfly. I am a huge fan of Shutterfly because not only do they give me the opportunity to "make" items for myself and gifts for others with photos of my family on them, but the quality is excellent for the finished items. And, on the rare occasion when something did not turn out, all I had to do was contact Shutterfly and they quickly corrected the problem and sent me another item - their customer service is excellent!

So, as I thought about the items I wanted to review - and give away - for my Birthday Month of special give-aways, I of course thought of Shutterfly! This year I am very happy to share with you three of their new items - and announce a give-away for one of them! First, my reviews . . . 

Monday, April 27, 2015

birthday month give-away - How Penguin Says, "Please!"

If you have been reading grandma's cookie jar for very long, you know I am often invited to review books - especially storybooks for children. I review - and give away - many wonderful children's books each year, but occasionally I receive a book which is just so cute, so fun and engages my grandsons right away; How Penguin Says, "Please!" is one such book and I am truly delighted to share it with you. 

birthday month give-away - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monopoly

My grandsons, especially Josiah, enjoy playing Monopoly - especially when we use, "grandma rules"! With "grandma rules", the boys get an extra roll of the dice if they are going to land somewhere they would rather not land. Plus, when they play with grandma, they know it is extremely unlikely (as in something which will never happen) they will land on a property with hotels . . . at least if it is one of grandma's properties!

So, I as I was looking at the games on the USAopoly web site, I noticed a monopoly game I was sure my grandsons would enjoy - MONOPOLY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles EditionAt this grandma's house, there are grandsons who enjoy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They also enjoy playing Monopoly, so combining the two meant happy boys! I asked USAopoly if it might be available for review and another for give-away and they said, "Yes!" First, my review and then the give-away info.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

birthday month give-away - Sleepy Puppy and Sleepy Kitten

I was recently invited to review a couple new books, which sounded like books I was sure my grandsons (especially little Shane) would enjoy . . . Sleepy Puppy and Sleepy Kitty. I'm very happy to say Sterling also said they would send additional books for me to give away, but first, my review!