Saturday, May 28, 2016

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Debbie Ketcham is the winner of one 15oz Ceramic Photo Mug from Shutterfly! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Debbie for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com so I can have it sent to you - and thank you Shutterfly for makimg one available for me to review and another for me to give away!

Friday, May 27, 2016

#MyFavePix - Record Your Special Times with FavePix!

A few weeks ago I shared with you about a new app from Shutterfly which let you turn your favorite Instagram photos into photo books, today I'm very happy to share with you about my experience making a FavePix photo book!

First of all I have to say, Shutterfly invited me to review their new FavePix app and book and gave me a free book to do so. They also made another available for me to giveaway (we already held this giveaway). 

Having said this, I also need to say I do not have an iphone and the app - at this point - is just for iphones; but my husband has one, so we used his phone to download the app. We also have not taken many photos which we uploaded to Instagram, so we had to start doing it to make our book. Once we had photos in Instagram, it was very easy to make our FavePix book!

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Jan Harpe is the winner of one Illustrate My Own Unknown Bible Hero - Jehoshaphat! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Jan for reading grandma's cookie jar - I'll bring it with me Sunday!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pass On Your Faith & Illustrate a Book Together!

Passing faith to our grandchildren/children is the most important thing we can do - will anything else we do matter if the children we love grow up and forget God? 

There are many ways we can do this; when it comes to passing faith to my grandsons I tend to write resources I can use with them. One such resource I've written is a series of books about unknown Bible heroes which they can illustrate. I am in the process of publishing several of these, but the first one which is ready to go is about Jehoshaphat. Who was Jehoshaphat, you ask? He was the great, great, great grandson of King David - and since most people have not heard about him, he definitely qualifies as an "unknown Bible hero"!

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Amy C is the winner of one Cross Botanica Purple Orchid Selectip Rolling Ball Pen! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Amy for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by June 2, 2016 so I can send it to you - and thank you Cross for sending one for me to review and to give away!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

grandma's cookbook - No-Bake Cookies

Did you know 86% of grandmas bake cookies? Are you part of the 86%? If so, what are your grandchildren's favorite cookie?

My grandsons love a simple butter-sugar cookie . . . and I typically make them each weekend when the boys are here . . . they also love sampling the cookie dough!

But, with summer and warmer weather arriving, my cookie baking tends to, "take a break". So, I'm very interested in discovering no-bake cookie recipes. I do have one no-bake recipe . . . which I'm sharing with you today . . . 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Terri C is the winner of one LeapBand from LeapFrog! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Terri for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by May 31, 2016 so I can send it to you - and thank you LeapFrog for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Monday, May 23, 2016

crafting with grandma - Blowing Kisses Photos!

I am a very blessed grandma in how I live close to my grandsons and see them at least a couple times a week. However; not all grandparents are so blessed. This morning when I browsed Pinterest I saw a craft idea which would make a wonderful gift for grandparents/parents . . . especially in instances where the grandparent lives far enough away where they do not see their grandchildren often. What is this craft, you ask? A Blowing Kisses Photo!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Reading + Imagination = Writing!

My grandsons love books. They love a good story. They love making up their own stories because they each have quite the imagination. Over the years we have read many books. Over the years we have made up our own stories. Now Josiah (seven years old) is writing and illustrating his own comic books!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Leela is the winner of the book, Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by May 29, 2016 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!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Prayer and Passing on Faith

It doesn't take reading very many of my posts here on grandma's cookie jar to know I am focused and intentional about passing on a heritage of faith to my grandchildren. This truly matters. I make time and take time to talk with my grandsons about how much God loves them, how He knew what He was doing when He created them to be boys, and how they can know and love Him back.

One thing I do with my grandsons is help them learn to pray the Psalms back to God. We use my book - Deeper in - and I have them draw or write prayer requests for me to pray about for them. I wrote about this yesterday on the Legacy Coalition facebook page - you'll find the full post at this link.

What do you do to pass faith to your grandchildren?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Seeing the Blessings and Being Thankful

As my day began this morning, I was thinking about blessings . . . big and small, and I most certainly have many! I have an amazing husband (we met on a volcano!!!), two grown children I love and am proud of and a lovely daughter-in-law. Three sweet, rascal grandsons who fill my heart with joy! Yes, my blessings are many and I am ever so thankful!

I have also been blessed to have wonderful parents, to have been able to grow up knowing and spending time with my grandparents and to have an incredible sister and three brothers - and memories which come with two older sisters tormenting their three younger brothers!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Fiddlin' Dandi is the winner of Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Dandi for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by May 27, 2016 so I can have this game sent to you - and thank you USAopoly for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The News Today and the Truth of God's Word

Each morning as I listen to the news I am reminded of 2 Timothy 3 where it says in the last days people will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to their parents. They will also be ungrateful and hateful. Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or pity. They will hate everything which is good and will be puffed up with pride. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure - they are evil people who pretend to be what they are not and will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves. (CEV)

Does this not describe the world in which we - and our grandchildren live? We could easily become discouraged, and even afraid, but then Paul goes on to tell Timothy some important things we need to keep in mind . . . and teach our grandchildren.


Check this link for the full post . . . I wrote about this a couple days ago for the Legacy Coalition.