Friday, May 31, 2013

crafting with grandma - Father's Day Photo of Love!

If you are looking for ideas, other than a tie :-), which you could help your grandchild give to their dad for Father's Day, check this wonderful idea I found on Pinterest for more than just a photo . . . a Photo of Love!!!

I Have a Winner

Peaberry Players Club CoffeeI am happy to announce Teresa Young is the winner in my Boca Java coffee give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Teresa for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by June 6th so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Boca Java for sending coffee for me to review and for making additional coffee available for me to give away!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

crafting with grandma - Father's Day Dad Blocks!

Father's Day is just two weeks away and so I am very happy to share this craft idea with you which I found on Pinterest! I really love this craft . . . not only is it one which you can easily help even your youngest grandchildren make for their dad - and grandpa, too - but it is one which whoever receives it will love to display in their home or office! One extra thing you might do with it is to add a few "finger prints" from your sweet grandchildren - just get an ink pad and add a very personal "touch" from each of your grandchildren for their dad!

Boca Java Coffee Give-Away Tomorrow!!!

Pure Peruvian Organic CoffeeIt has been such a fun month with special give-aways and interacting with so many of you here on grandma's cookie jar! I am so tremendously thankful for all of you who read my blog - thank you, thank you for making it part of your day! I am honored and delighted to  "meet" you all!

There is one more give-away in my special month of birthday give-aways . . . two bags of Boca Java coffee!!! There is still time to get in the drawing for this tasty give-away, just check the review and details at this link!


I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Paula Michele Hafner is the winner in my Cuisinart Green Gourmet 8-Inch Pan give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Paula for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Cuisinart for sending a pan for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just for Fun!! Sea Anemones, Hermit Crabs, Watermelon, Corn & More!

When I look at the world around me I see a creation which is too amazing, too intentional for it to have just "happened". I am not able to ascribe an intelligence and incredible ability to creatures which allows them to determine they need legs, or opposable thumbs, or wings, or whatever to survive and then just "evolve" to have those things. I'd love to be able to have wings so I can just fly quickly to wherever I need to be, but no matter how much I want wings, I'm never going to "evolve" and be able to grow them!

Another Birthday Month Give-Away - Cuisinart Green Gourmet 8-Inch Pan

It has been a busy month of birthday give-aways on grandma's cookie jar! I've given away a lot of books, an American Girl doll, Rudy Project Sunglasses, MOGOband and charms, a Bible and so much more! There are still two days to go and two more give-aways to wrap up this month of birthday give-aways . . . and still time to get in on the give-away fun!

Tomorrow I'm giving away one Cuisinart Green Gourmet 8-Inch Pan! I love the pan Cuisinart sent me to review - I use it at least once each day as I cook breakfast in it every morning! I love how easy it is to clean and how it does such a great job of cooking . . . plus, nothing seems to stick to it!!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Mike Dalton is the winner in my Rudy Project GOZEN Sunglasses give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Mike for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address so I can send them to you) and thank you Rudy Project for sending these for me to give away!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Just for Fun!!! The Air We Breathe!

I tend not to wonder or think about things like the air we breathe and the percentages of the "ingredients" such as nitrogen, oxygen, in it. But, when I read the following information about the air, I was amazed! Did you know . . .

Rudy Project Gozen Sunglasses Give-Away is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, May 29, 2013 I'm giving away one pair of Rudy Project GOZEN Sunglasses! If you are familiar with Rudy Project then you know these are excellent sunglasses - if you are not, they have a value of anywhere from $174 to $312 - depending on where you buy them . . . so this is definitely a fun give-away for an excellent pair of sunglasses someone is sure to enjoy! :-)

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Debbie Ketcham is the winner in my Photo Cube give-away! (You'll find the full review at this link) Thank you Debbie for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me - lyndafreemanatcd@gmail.com so I can connect you with Shutterfly so they can get your order credits to you) and thank you Shutterfly for allowing me to make and review one and for making an additional one available for give-away!

Monday, May 27, 2013

101 FREE Photos Today and Tomorrow!!!!

101 FREE PRINTS* 2 DAYS ONLY. GIVE YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOS THEIR DAY IN THE SUNHappy Memorial Day! What are you doing to celebrate today? Will you be getting together with family? Going to a parade? Watching fireworks? Enjoying a cookout? Whatever you do, it is likely there will be a camera taking pictures . . . if this is the case for you, I'm so very happy to let you know about an amazing offer from Shutterfly for today and tomorrow ONLY . . . 101 FREE photos!!! What could be better? Photos and FREE!!!

One Photo Cube from Shutterfly is the Give-Away for Tomorrow!!!

I've said it a number of times, but I absolutely LOVE photo gifts! So when Shutterfly gave me the opportunity to make a photo cube, I was so happy to do so!!! I LOVE the photo cube!!! You'll find my full review of Shutterfly at this link, but today I also want to let you know tomorrow, May 28th is the day for the drawing of the name of one person who will win their own photo cube!!!

I Have Two Winners!

Crystal Pillar 2-Wick Small Citrus and Sage
DayLight Colored Royal CherriesI'm happy to announce Tracy Stevens Taylor is the winner of the Citrus & Sage Crystal Pillar Two-Wick Candle and Patricia Wojnar Crowley is the winner of two Daylight candles - one Royal Cherries and one Cherry Blossoms! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Tracy and Patricia for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your addresses so I can get them sent to you) and thank you Kringle Candles for sending candles for me to review and give away!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Just for Fun!!! Did You Know . . . Bees Knees!

Did you know . . . every bee has a special brush located on its knees which it uses to clean the pollen out of its breathing apparatus when it comes out of a flower. Without the brush, the bee will suffocate. God designed the bee to have this brush from the start because He knew what each part of His creation needed to survive!

Another Birthday Give-Away Tomorrow - Kringle Candles!

DayLight Colored Royal CherriesCrystal Pillar 2-Wick Small Citrus and SageIt has been such a fun month of birthday give-aways  . . . and the fun and give-aways are not done yet! Tomorrow is the drawing for some Kringle Candles! I'm giving away one Citrus & Sage Crystal Pillar Two-Wick Candle and two Daylight candles - one Royal Cherries and one Cherry Blossoms and yes, there is still time to get in the drawings for these candles. One person will win the and the other will win the , so if you are 18+ and live in the USA just check this link for the details about how to enter this give-away and join in the fun!


I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Darcy Stevens Foland is the winner of the RumbaTime Perry Silicone Big Royal Watch!  (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Darcy for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you rumbatime for sending it for me to review and give away!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

crafting with grandma - Clothespin Flag Wreath

Memorial Day is just a couple days away, so if you are looking for a fun craft you could get your grandchildren to work on together, check this idea I found on Pinterest for a Clothespin Flag Wreath! I love how it is a craft even your younger grandchildren could help with - just have them paint - or use sharpie pens to color - the red stripes part!

Another Birthday Month Give-Away Tomorrow - RumbaTime Watch!

I don't know about you, but I am having a tremendously fun time giving away things in my birthday month of give-aways!!! Tomorrow is another give-away . . . this time for the  RumbaTime Perry Silicone Big Royal Watch! (You'll find the review and all the details for the give-away at this link)

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Rochel S is the winner in my Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Rochel for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by June 1, 2013 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Nosy Crow for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite . . . Drawing for this Book is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, May 25, 2013, is the day for another drawing in grandma's cookie jar month of special birthday give-aways! This time it is for the incredibly creative and enjoyable book; Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite! You'll find the review at this link along with all the details for entering this drawing! 

grandma's movie review - The Confession - I'm Giving On Away!

If you are a fan of Beverly Lewis, then you are sure to be familiar with her series, "The Heritage of Lancaster County". Almost two years ago I reviewed, "The Shunning" when it was released on DVD, so today I'm happy to review the second story in this trilogy, "the Confession" - and announce a give-away as well!  First, the review . . . 

In this story, Katie Lapp, who was adopted as a baby and raised by Amish parents, goes in search of her birth-mother - an Englisher. When she finally finds her birth-mother, she discovers there is an impostor posing as her. Katie takes a job as a maid - her birth-mother is wealthy, but dying - and tries to figure out what she should do.

I Have Two Winners!

I'm happy to announce Mary Calvello Anderson and Heather W are the winners in my Monopoly: Phineas and Ferb Collector's Edition and Monopoly: Sonic The Hedgehog Collector's Edition games give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Mary and Heather for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your addresses by May 31, 2013 and let me know which game you would like - the first to contact me gets their pick - but both are great fun!) and thank you USAopoly for sending games for me to review and for making additional games available for me to give away!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day Fun . . . Stars, Stars and More Stars - and Stripes, Too!

If you are celebrating Memorial Day with your family and are looking for some fun things you can do with your grandchildren to involve them in celebrating, look at these great ideas I found on Pinterest . . . 

Sneak Peek . . . MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle from VeggieTales!

This new Veggie story begins with, "A long time ago in a land ruled by practical jokers a very silly battle had gone on for years. Stuck in the middle is a misfit inventor, better at making gadgets than being in battle!" From there a very silly story about Barberbarians (they give each other really bad haircuts!) goes on to delight children and amuse parents all while teaching us all "just because you are different doesn't make you any less important" and helps us learn how to get along with others!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

grandma's cookbook - Cinnamon Chicken

One of my favorite tv shows when I was a child was Little House on the Prairie.  It was on this show I first heard about Cinnamon Chicken when Laura fixed it for Nellie, but instead of using cinnamon, she used chili powder! Ah the memories of Little House on the Prairie!

Final Eight Give-Aways for the Birthday Month of Give-Aways!

In two days, on May 24th, I'll be giving away something every day through the end of May to finish my birthday month of special give-aways on a "high" and fun note! Have I ever mentioned I LOVE give-aways???!!! :-)

I'll "kick off" these final eight days of give-aways with giving away two USAopoly Monopoly games on the 24th! One is a Monopoly: Phineas and Ferb Collector's Edition and for the Monopoly: Sonic The Hedgehog Collector's Edition game - both add a really fun "twist" to the traditional, classic monopoly game so if you have a fan of Phineas and Ferb or Sonic, these games are sure to be a big "hit"! 

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Lori Layne is the winner in the The Hobbit: Pocket Edition give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Lori for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sending this book for me to review and give away!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fun Father's Day Photo Gift Idea!

I love photos of my grandsons . . . after all, I'm grandma!!! When I think about gifts for their dad for Father's Day, of course I think photo gifts rank right up there at the top of the "best gifts for dad" list!!! So, when I was browsing on Pinterest and saw an adorable photo idea which would make a fantastic Father's Day gift, I had to share it with you!

Tomorrow is Another Birthday Give-Away - The Hobbit: Pocket Edition!

Yes, tomorrow is the day I'm giving away one  The Hobbit: Pocket Edition book! You'll find the full review and all the details at this link, but basically, if you are 18 years old or older and live in the USA you can enter this give-away!

Please Pray for the People in Oklahoma

Oklahoma-tornado-5-19The sad news from Oklahoma reminds us all of what really matters; not things, not money, not disagreements with others . . . this list could go on and on. What really matters is people: family, friends, neighbors - both near and far, because people matter far more than things.

Monday, May 20, 2013

crafting with grandma - Tie Key Chain for Father's Day!

If you are looking for a cute and fun Father's Day gift project you could work on with yourgrandchildren for their dad, take a look at this one I found on Pinterest for a Tie Key Chain!

Just follow this link and you'll find a supply list - you just need an old tie, scissors, glue and a key ring - and a photo tutorial for making your little ties! Simple, fun and an item a dad could actually use!

Just for Fun!!! Elephant Design!

When I look at the world around me I see detail, wonder and design. It is impossible for me to believe it all "just happened" or one creature had the intelligence to determine it needed legs or wings or whatever to survive and the ability to just grow those things. I believe God designed and created our world with all the wondrous creatures and beautiful features we can see today!

Having said this, did you know . . . 

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Alicia C is the winner of the MOGO Golden Yellow Charmband and tin of Spring Fling charms! (you'll find the review at this link) Thank you Alicia for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by May 27th so I can send it to you) and thank you MOGO for sending these for me to review and give away!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

grandma's chuckles - Watching Out for Little Brother

My grandsons usually spend Thursday night at my house and all day Friday . . . I look forward to these days all week long! Not only are hugs, kisses, laps-full-of-love (when I'm holding both of them) and smiles a definite part of these days each week, but the boys say things which leave me laughing for the entire week!

Just for Fun!!! A Joke!

With Spring in full "fling", I thought I'd share an old, but fun joke with you today!


What was the first sport mentioned in the Bible? 

Another Birthday Give-Away Tomorrow - MOGO Charmband & Charms

Tomorrow, May 20, I'll be drawing the name of someone who will win one MOGO Golden Yellow Charmband and tin of Spring Fling charms! Please keep in mind I have the drawing around 8 or 9 am and will post about this time. There is still time to get in this give-away if you are over 18 and live in the USA - you will find the info on this give-away at this link.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

DIY Toys for Children's Day & Summer Fun!

DIY Toys - great for the kids to make their friends for Christmas.Summer is almost here with warm days and lots of fun in and around water. So I thought I'd share with you some DIY toy ideas for sponge balls and light sabers I found on Pinterest which you could either make with your grandchildren or for them for children's day! 

Just for Fun!!! What Am I???

I thought it would be fun to share a riddle with you today which you can teach your grandchildren . . . 

I am the beginning of the end, the end of time and space;
I am essential to creation and I surround everyplace.
What am I?

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Merry Sunshine is the winner in my Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe give-away! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Merry Sunshine for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by May 25th 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!

Friday, May 17, 2013

crafting with grandma - DIY Lanyard Knot Holder for Father's Day!

Father's Day is just a month away, so I thought I'd share a fun gift idea which I found on Pinterest - a DIY Lanyard Knot Holder! This is something you can help your grandchildren make which their dad is actually likely to use!

Another Birthday Month Give-Away Tomorrow - Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe!

Tomorrow is the day for the drawing for a cute book young grandchildren who find dinosaurs interesting are sure to love - Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe! Just follow this link for all the details - there is still time to get in on this give-away!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Janet Watson is the winner of That's What Grandmas Do! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Janet for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know (please message me by May 24, 2013 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Hallmark for sending one book for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!