Tuesday, September 26, 2023

How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding

A few years ago I received a delivery of a book as my husband and I were headed out to pick up my grandsons from school. When my then eight-year old grandson got in the car, I held up the book for him to see. His eyes got very big, he smiled an enormous smile as he said; “Coding!!!” He happily accepted the book and spent the rest of the ride to our house (and most of the evening – until I told him it was time to put the book down and go to sleep at 10:39) reading this new book on coding.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Make it Easy & Fun to Learn about Surprising Animals with Aardvarks, Coelacanths, Colugos & More!


Have you ever heard of a Coelacanth? They were thought to be extinct - the oldest fossils of these fish date back 410 million years! But, imagine how surprised fishermen were when a live Coelacanth was discovered off the coast of South Africa in 1938! From time to time they are found, but not often as they live in deep waters.  Aside from still being alive, two more surprising things about Coelacanths are they typically live 100 years and mom Coelacanths are pregnant for five years! Yes, five years! I'm SO glad I'm not a Coelacanth.

"There are a LOT of 'Fives' in How Old You are, Grandma."

Nine years ago, on this day, my then six year old grandson told me . . . "There are a LOT of 'fives' in how old you are, grandma. Not that I'm saying you are old!!!" Apparently they were working on counting by fives at school. 😃  Remembering this put a huge smile on my face today, so I had to share it with you!

the Kala Learn To Play Color Chord Ukulele

Over the years I have reviewed a number of items as gift ideas and with Christmas lists about to take our attention, I thought I'd go back and pull a few of my past reviews to recommend again this year. If you are looking for gift ideas, consider this . . . 

Christmas is not far away and if you are looking for a fun, unique gift, a ukulele might be just the thing. I contacted Kala and they sent me their wonderful Kala Learn To Play Color Chord Ukulele to review; today I am very happy to let you know about this wonderful ukulele.

Today is National Cooking Day!

On Nationaltoday (dot) com they say; "It can be easy to get in a rut of constantly ordering takeout, heating-up frozen meals, or settling for a dinner of apples and cheese. But if you want to feel truly nourished, nothing beats a home-cooked meal. It’s nice to slow down and enjoy the process of preparing your own food — and the joy of eating it! This is why we’re celebrating National Cooking Day on September 25. National Cooking Day encourages and inspires each of us to discover something new and enjoyable in the kitchen. It’s a time to learn a knew skill by preparing something delicious for loved ones — and ourselves. So put on your aprons and let’s get cooking!"

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Teach the "Whys" with Jaguars, Lilac-Breasted Rollers, Nautiluses & More!


We parents and grandparents tend to do a decent job when it comes to teaching the "whats" - what the Bible says and therefore "what" we believe. But, we do not teach the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real, the Bible is true, God and science DO go together, and God is good. When we do not teach the "whys" we open the door for someone to question what we believe and for the ones we love to turn away from their faith when they do not know the answers. We must teach the "whys" so they know the answers and are able to have a confident faith.

grandma's favorites - the Dremel Multi-Max

If you want to get a jump on your Christmas shopping and are looking for a gift for the guys - older, teen grandchildren, grown sons, and husbands - or handy people in your lives, consider the following. Dremel is known for making quality tools which have been well designed with attention given to the details. They have a multi-tasking tool which will give you what you need to repair, remodel or restore . . . the Multi-Max!

Jambo Books - I Highly Recommend These Books

I was invited to review a few books from Jambo Books, which I shared with you last week. Today I want to tell you about Jambo Books - it was started by Runako and Mijha, parents of two young girls. They "believe the stories we tell our kids matter, and from their youngest years, children learn who and what we value. We continually reinforce this conception with the stories we tell them and the characters in those stories.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Do What Really Matters with Polar Bears, Purple Gallinules, Numbats & More!


As parents and grandparents we certainly are able to be inspired and motivated to hand down confident faith to the children we love - yes, it absolutely matters today what we do with them to hand down confident faith - and the Life on the Goldilocks Planet books will help you do exactly this!

Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cooker!


Over the years I have reviewed a number of items as gift ideas or for things to add to your own kitchen, so I thought I'd go back and pull a few of my past reviews to recommend again this year. If you are looking for gift ideas, consider this . . . 

Cuisinart sent me one of their 3-In-1 Cook Centrals so I could try it out and then write about it. So, today I want to tell you about the Cuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central -

grandma's chuckles - Out of the Mouths of Babes . . .

Don't you just love it when your sweet grandchildren say something profound?  Something which gets your attention and makes you wonder how they ever came up with what they said? Something which you, of course, had to share on facebook?!!! Something which makes you laugh each time it shows up in your "memories" and you think about it all over again?

Friday, September 22, 2023

Interesting & Surprising Animals, Fun Activities in Cheetahs, Mimic Octopuses, Hoatzins & More!


Each book in the Life on the Goldilocks Planet series is filled with at least twelve interesting and surprising animals - many of which you may never have heard of before! For example, in  Cheetahs, Mimic Octopuses, Hoatzins & More! you will find Cheetahs, Eels, Philippine Eagles, Chameleons, Gerenuks, Mimic Octopuses & Immortal Jellyfish, Hoatzins, Moose, Boxfish, Iberian Wolves, Olms & Mombachos, and Bactrian Camels - which of these have you never heard of before? Did you know there is an octopus which is able to change how it looks to scare away predators by looking like creatures which eat those predators? Did you know there is a jellyfish which doesn't really "die"? Did you know there is an eagle which has blue eyes?

Today is World Rhino Day!

As they write on daysoftheyear (dot) com, "Almost every child in the world should be able to immediately recognize this magnificent beast, with its heavy grey skin and prominent horn (or horns!) upon its snout. The rhinoceros is a much-loved critter!

Shenanigan Knife from CRKT - Absolutely a Great Gift Idea

CRKT sent me a knife which I am very happy to let you know about. If you are looking for a special gift for someone on your gift list who enjoys knives, then the Shenanigan is absolutely a great choice!