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!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Sid Ogg is the winner in my Jester's Court Prize Package give-away!
(You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Sid for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address so I can mail them to you) and thank you Jester's Court for allowing my family to try Jester's Court so I could write about it and for making a prize package available for me to give away!

Friday, September 19, 2014

just for fun - It is, "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!

Today is, "Talk Like a Pirate Day" and not only can you have fun talking like a pirate, if
you dress like one, too, and visit your local Krispy Kreme store, you will receive free donuts!!!! Sounds like a winning combination forrrrrrrrr sure! (Notice my, "pirate 'rrrrrrrrr'!!!")

Last year my grandson Josiah dressed and talked like a pirate at our local Krispy Kreme and "earned" a "bounty" of delicious donuts! Not only was it a fun thing to do, but today is also his birthday (he is six today - happy birthday my sweet, sweet Josiah!!!), so dressing up in a fun costume and getting donuts is even morrrrrrre fun on your birthday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm Having Two Fun Give-Aways in Two Days! Join in the Fun!

Yes, in just two days, on September 20th I'm giving away a Jester's Court Prize Package with two free passes and two buy one-get one passes and a beautiful book; Twelve Dancing Unicorns! You'll find all the specifics for these give-aways at the following links - Jester's Court at this link and Twelve Dancing Unicorns at this link. You have time to get in the drawings for these fun prizes, so please join in the fun!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Sarah Yurga is the winner in the Dolphin Tale 2 Prize Package Give-Away (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Sarah for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by September 25, 2014 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you to the promoters for sending a prize package for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

crafting with grandma - Christmas Hats for 2014!

Well, I've been debating which hats I want to make for the sweet boys this year - I thought
about making Dr. Who hats, but the show is too scary for the boys, so I do not want to make them a Dr. Who hat.

Which brings me back to funny monsters and shark hats! I think these will be fun hats for the boys this year and have started working on the monster hats! I found a great pattern on Esty (it cost me $4.99, but the pattern has sizes for everyone; baby through adult!) I love the bumps and the silly look on the face of this little monster hat - I'll be adding earflaps because we live in Michigan and winters are cold here!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Dolls!

I LOVE having three grandsons - they make my heart happy and I absolutely would not
trade them for anything or anyone in the world! I love making up "boy" stories about monsters, aliens, and yes, even giant robot spiders! I know there will be no stories about flowers, butterflies and sweet, cute things . . . unless the monsters are stomp, stomp, stomping on them! Grandsons are great fun and a true delight! 

If I had a granddaughter, along with "sweet" stories, I definitely would make these crocheted dolls for her which I found on Pinterest. So, if you have a granddaughter, check this link for a wealth of free crochet patterns and have fun making adorable, cute dolls . . . they would make wonderful Christmas gifts and you have lots of time to make them for Christmas!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Three Give-Aways This Week! You Have Time to Enter Them!

Yes, this week will be a busy one as far as give-aways are concerned as I have three  - all
of which you still have time to enter! The first one is in just three days, on the 18th . . . a Dolphin Tale 2 Prize Package! This is a fun prize as it is has two things in the package - a nice t-shirt and fun sunglasses! You will find all the specifics at this link - please enter and share the link with people you know!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Should I Ask Bethany Hamilton?

Tomorrow (the 15th) I'm participating in a live chat with Bethany Hamilton. Bethany will
be discussing her new book, Body & Soul and will talk about spiritual and physical health. In case you do not know, Bethany Hamilton is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to – and was victorious in – professional surfing. She will answer questions, so what should I ask her? Do any of your grandchildren/children have questions I could ask her? (She welcomes questions from kids)

grandma's chuckles - "Don't Look!", the "Cooperating" Refrigerator & Super Josiah!

I am a very blessed grandma! My grandsons "look out" for me! Last night when the boys
were over, they were watching a movie which had a big spider in it. Every time the spider showed up, Josiah (who was sitting in my lap) put his hand over my eyes and said, "Don't look, grandma!" Caleb also told me not to look! The boys know I am not a fan at all of spiders, so they warned and protected me from having to see a spider - even an animated one! I feel so loved!

Caleb is working on being potty-trained - sometimes he is not real willing to use the potty, but if I say I'm going to race and beat him to the bathroom - he takes off. He is always standing by the bathroom door with a big smile on his face while he says; "I'm first! I beat you, grandma!" After he uses the potty and washes his hands, he gets to go get a chocolate candy from the refrigerator. The other day he went to open it, but couldn't get the door open, so he said, "Grandma, I need help! The refrigerator isn't cooperating!" Later, when he went to open the door again, it opened right up for him, so he said, "Grandma! The refrigerator door is cooperating now!" He makes me smile!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Denim Purse!

I was browsing on Pinterest this morning and saw a pin for a great crocheted purse - using
old denim jeans! It would make a wonderful gift and with Christmas just a touch over three months away, you would have time to make one for someone on your gift list!

I really like it and if I can find enough denim to make one, I just might do so - although I'd add a lining because I wouldn't want to lose anything through the stitches . . . which may not be an issue as it may crochet tightly enough, but just in case, a lining could be a great addition!

Friday, September 12, 2014

grandma's bookshelf - Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper - I'm Giving One Away!

A little over a year ago I had the opportunity to share a wonderful, fun and delightful book with you; Bash and the Pirate Pig! (You'll find my review at this link.) So, when I was invited to share another "Bash book" with you, I was very happy to do so!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dolphin Tale 2 - Movie Releases and a Fun Give-Away!

And the fun just continues! I've had several companies invite me to participate in reviews/give-aways lately - which translates into a lot of fun and opportunities for you to win some great things! 

As you likely know, tomorrow - September 12, 2014, is the release to theaters of Dolphin Tale 2! "Inspired by true events, Dolphin Tale 2  continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.” This film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick Jr., Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who has been an example of courage, also appears in the film.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium."

Sounds like a movie the entire family can - and will - enjoy! I have several links for you which you may find helpful - 

Mia Hamm Interview and LeapFrog LeapBand - I'm Giving One Away

"Televisions, computers, tablets and so much more.  The list of technology available to children on a daily basis is long and ever changing.  While technology makes life easier on today’s families, it also means fewer children are spending time playing than ever before.  It’s important for parents and grandparents to get involved and encourage their children to get up, get active and get the CDC-recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity. 

Former pro soccer phenom Mia Hamm has been an athlete her entire life – and her love of physical activity is something she and her husband have worked hard to instill in their children."  This past Monday I had the opportunity to interview Mia about how we can get our children up and moving - check the interview out here!