Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Legacy Grandparenting Summit - It Is For You & You Could Save on Registration!

The Legacy Grandparenting Summit is a national conference for today’s Christian grandparents who want to be inspired and equipped to pass their faith on to their grandchildren.

Grandparents play a unique and profoundly influential role in the lives of grandchildren—second only to parents—yet they are one of the most underserved groups in the church. Today’s grandparents don’t consider themselves to be “seniors” in the traditional sense. They are generally healthier and more vital than any other generation of grandparents in history. Twenty-first Century grandparents are just as likely to be rocking to their favorite tunes as they are to be rocking in their favorite chairs.

Now in its second year, the Legacy Grandparenting Summit has been designed to equip and encourage this generation of active grandparents to stay connected and involved with their grandchildren in positive and powerful ways. Through nationally known speakers, breakout workshops and an extensive resource center you’ll find encouragement, teaching, and inspiration.

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Virginia is the winner of one Do Your Ears Hang Low? - I LOVE this book!- you'll find my full review at this link.  Thank you Virginia for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by June 7, 2017, 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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Grandparents Do Matter!

Typically a couple times a week (but nearly always at least once a week) a wonderful person who is part of the Legacy Coalition makes and posts a photo gif to the blog. I personally have several which are my favorites, but I especially love the one he posted today - so I have to share it with you!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Stephanie Phelps is the winner of one absolutely wonderful Shutterfly Fleece Photo Blanket - you'll find my full review at this link.  Thank you Stephanie for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by June 6, 2017, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Shutterfly for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Monday, May 29, 2017

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Karen is the winner of one very cool EclipSmart Deluxe Solar Observing & Imaging Kit from Celeston - you'll find my full review at this link.  Thank you Karen for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by June 5, 2017, so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Celestron for sending a telescope for me to review and for making this kit available for me to give away.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Do Not Be Afraid!

What are you afraid of? Well, if you are like me the first thing you think of is spiders! I do not like those hideous creatures at all! In fact, I firmly believe the only good spider is a completely dead spider; so one of my rules when my children were growing up was, "Kill all spiders until they are dead and then kill them again!

One time when my now eight-year old grandson was three, he was at my house on a sleep-over. I saw a spider on the ceiling and, of course I screamed - "Aaaaahhhh!" Josiah looked up and said, "There's a spider on the ceiling, Poppa!" Poppa - and Josiah - killed the spider - Josiah said they were both brave - and of course I completely agree!

A few weeks ago I was in my kitchen working when my grandsons were over; I saw a spider and again, screamed. They all three ran for the kitchen saying; "Where is it? I want to see it!!!" They didn't even have to ask what was happening or why I screamed. They knew. And just so you know, there is no such thing as a "small" spider! 

I Have Two Winners & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Jennifer McLeod is the winner of the very funny book; Caring for Your Lion - you'll find my full review at this link and Nicole Lancaster is the winner of  <3 Origami  - you'll find my full review at this link. Thank you Jennifer and Nicole for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by June 4, 2017, so I can have them sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending them for me to review and give away.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Graduation . . . A Special Time to Pass Your Faith

No automatic alt text available.Graduation is upon us - teens graduating from high school and young adults graduating from college - this makes a wonderful opportunity for you to pass your faith to your graduating grandchildren. How might you do this, you ask? Consider the following ideas . . .

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Paula Michele Hafner is the winner of one Folkmanis Plush Loon Puppet - you'll find my full review at this link. Thank you Paula for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by June 2, 2017, so I can send it to you) and thank you Folkmanis for sending one for me to review and give away.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Heather W is the winner of The Gadget Inventor Handbook - you'll find my full review at this link. Thank you Heather for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by June 1, 2017, 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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Your Words are Powerful - Use Them to Pass on a Heritage of Faith

A year ago I was invited to speak at a grandparenting conference in Minnesota - check this link to see what I had to say about how the way we see our grandchildren has a huge impact on the way they see themselves.

As grandparents we have the opportunity to impact our grandchildren in powerful ways - by the words we speak and the things we do. What do you do to pass on a heritage of faith to the children you love? Consider using Generations Quest to do exactly this - pass on a heritage of faith to the children you love! (Check it out at this link.)

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Priscilla Pursell is the winner of one Gabriela, the 2017 American Girl Doll Girl of the Year™ - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Priscilla for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 31, 2017, so I can have it sent to you. Thank you also to American Girl Dolls for sending one for me to review and give away.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

grandma's chuckles - "I'm Allergic to Magic Beans"

My three year old grandson was at my house yesterday and told me something very important. He said; "I am allergic to magic beans."

Finding this interesting, surprising and quite funny, I asked him why he thought he was allergic to them. He said; "They make me grow, grow, grow all the way to space and I hate them!:- 

Apparently he has been listening to the story, Jack and the Beanstalk! This is good for me to know! I guess magic beans will not be on this grandma's menu any time soon ;-)pix

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Terri Conner is the winner of the cute story - Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Terri for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 30, 2017, so I can have it sent to you. Thank you also to Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pass on Your Faith with Generations Quest!

In just ten days it will be June 1st - and the perfect time to begin using Generations Quest with the children you love! You still have time to order and begin on June 1st . . . so why not order today?

Generations Quest will help you pass on a heritage of faith to the children you love - check it out and order it at this link!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow!

I'm happy to say Gala is the winner of one Monopoly Game: Pok√©mon Johto Edition - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Gala for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 28, 2017, so I can have it sent to you. Thank you also to USAopoly for sending one for me to review and for making aother available for me to give away.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May is Photo Month!

The month of May is Photo Month . . . although, as a grandma, I firmly believe any and all months are "photo months" since all times are excellent times for photos!

So, along with being sure to get photos of your grandchildren, encourage them to take photos of themselves (or have their parents help with this) and then send them to you!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow

I'm happy to say Jan Harpe is the winner of one of the adorable book, Big Little Hippo - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Jan for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 28, 2017, so I can have it sent to you. Thank you also to Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow

I'm happy to say Leela is the winner of one of the five Cross Pens I reviewed - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 27, 2017, so I can send it to you - and let me know which pen you would like. Thank you also to Cross Pens for sending them for me to review and for making one available for me to give away.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mandisa - Out of the Dark CD Review & Giveaway on June 1, 2017

I was recently invited it review the new Mandisa CD - Out Of The Dark. I have always enjoyed Mandisa's music - her voice is amazing and her songs are always solid, so I was very happy to participate in this opportunity to review her new CD. When I read the background for Out Of The Dark, I was convinced it is a CD which will be used to impact - and even save - lives.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Passing Faith with Simple, Intentional Words

What do you do to pass faith to you grandchildren? Passing faith can be simple, everyday things as well as specific, organized opportunities you plan out in advance. At the Legacy Grandparenting Summit last November, Josh McDowell said with his children, and now his grandchildren, he was/is intentional about telling them; "You are created in the image of God with infinite value, dignity and worth."

I love this saying! I tell it to my grandsons and add; "I love you forever and for always and God loves you even more than I do!"

Simple, yet intentional words, which communicate important truth - try them with the children you love!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Three Days!

I'm happy to say Latanya is the winner of one Elly and the Smelly Sneaker - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Latanya for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 22, 2017, so I can have it sent to you. Thank you also to Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Free For You . . . One Illustrate My Own Bible Heroes Book!

As you have likely noticed, I LOVE books for children! I really LOVE Bible books which introduce children to people from the Bible, so when those people are some of the "unknown" heroes . . . well, I especially LOVE those books! 

While there are many books about Noah, Daniel and David, there are not many about lesser known Bible people, so, a few years ago, I sat down and wrote several Unknown Bible Hero books; but since I'm not really an illustrator, I thought it would be fun to write the books where children could illustrate their own books! This could be a fun project for you and your grandchildren/children to work on together over the summer - great rainy day project!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

grandma's cookbook - Ice Cream Pie for My Birthday!

This weekend we are celebrating my birthday - my grandsons will be making the dessert - ice cream pie - with just a little help! So, since this is such a tasty and simple pie, and summer is just around the corner, I thought I'd share this recipe with you today.

Monday, May 15, 2017

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Carmen is the winner of one How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Carmen for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 21, 2017, so I can have it sent to you. Thank you also to Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Best Mother's Day Gift & Why I'm An Intentional Christian Grandma

Today is Mother's Day and so I'm sharing with you a conversation I had with my five-year old grandson yesterday. He and his brothers spent Friday night here having their weekly sleep-over, but he woke up with a fever and headache. I told him I was praying for him and asking God to help him feel better. 

After a bit, he started to feel better. As I snuggled him, he, his brother and I talked about the Bible verses on our Generations Quest schedule for the day - Proverbs 3:5, 6 - which also happen to be our Scripture blessing verses. We talked about what it means to trust in God and I told the boys I prayed every day for them to love God with their all now and to grow to be men who will do the same through all their lives.

Caleb (five years old) told me; "Thank you grandma, for praying for me! I love God with my all and want to always love Him!"

This is the best Mother's Day gift ever - to have my grandsons love God and want to continue to love Him with their all! This is why I am intentional in my interactions with them and am focused upon passing on a heritage of faith to them. It is what matters the most!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Why Should I Invest in Generations Quest for My Family? One Final Answer . . .

For the past five days I've been writing about the reasons why investing in

Generations Quest makes sense - today I'm sharing one more reason . . . because it is something simple you can do to be intentional about passing on your faith with any of your grandchildren, preschool through elementary no matter where they live.

Far too often we do not do anything to pass on our faith . . . or we do things in a hap-hazard way, but with Generations Quest you will be provided the tools you need to be intentional and focused about passing on your faith to the children you love! You will find it is so much easier to stay in touch and to connect in truly meaningful ways with Generation Quest and you will find your grandchildren's love for God's Word and their own walk with God will grow deeper and deeper as you all read God's Word each day!

So, why wouldn't you spend the $15 it costs to connect your entire family by reading God's Word each day? (Grandparents who invest with Generations Quest are welcome and encouraged to share it with their children and grandchildren and Parents are welcome to share it with their children - making it an amazing buy and savings when grandparents invest in Generations Quest!) You will find the information you need to invest today at this link - get it today and get ready to begin on June 1st as your family learns together about Josiah and God's Word!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Three Days!

I'm happy to say Mary Beth Dawson is the winner of one Toward a Secret Sky - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Mary Beth for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 19, 2017, so I can have it sent to you. Thank you also to Zonderkidz/Blink for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why Should I Invest in Generations Quest for My Family? Answer #5

I've been writing this week about why investing in Generations Quest for your family makes sense - today I'm sharing another reason to do this . . . because since God's Word changes lives and helps us walk with God, why wouldn't we want to invest in a tool which gives us a simple way to do this?

No long reason. No big explanation. Just the simple truth - God's Word makes a real and important difference in the lives of our family, so at less than $1.50 a month, why wouldn't we want to invest in Generations Quest, and do so today?

You will find all the information you need and the link to get Generations Quest for your family at this link - subscribe and please share this link with the people you know.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Why Should I Invest in Generations Quest for My Family? Answer #4

For the past few days I've been sharing reasons to invest in Generations Quest for your family . . . because it will allow your family to all be on the same page when it comes to reading God's Word together, because helping the children we love become grounded in God's Word will help keep them from becoming derailed in a world which is running farther from God every day and because with Generations Quest being "too busy" is not an excuse for not reading God's Word, as it is designed to involve just reading a verse or two a day!

Today I want to share another reason to invest in Generations Quest . . . because it will help you to stay in touch with the children you love! I am using Generations Quest with my grandsons. I print out the monthly reading calendar for them to use at home, but they also wanted me to email them the daily passage and question, so each morning - first thing - I take a few minutes to email a simple note to my grandsons. This is the email I sent them this morning . . . 

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Nicole Lancaster is the winner of one  - you'll find my full review at the following link. Thank you Nicole for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me (lyndagcj@gmail.com) by May 17, 2017, so I will be able to send it to you. Thank you also to MasterPiece Puzzles for sending this for me to give away.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Why Should I Invest in Generations Quest for My Family? Answer #3

Our lives, and the lives of our family members, tend to be busy. We have so much to do each day, which means, far too often we do not make time for what really matters; because we are busy. Generations Quest was created to help busy people make time for what really matters - reading God's Word together as a family!

With Generations Quest you, and your children and grandchildren, read just a verse or a few verses a day. You all read the same verses whether you live near or far, then a couple times a month - or whatever works well for your family - you will connect . . . in person, over the phone, through facetime, on-line - or whatever works best for you.

No longer will being, "too busy" be an excuse to not take the time to pass on a heritage of faith to the children you love by helping them learn to read, understand and live God's Word! Please check Generations Quest out at generationsquest.com - and invest today . . . start reading God's Word together with your family on June 1st!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Why Should I Invest in Generations Quest for My Family? Answer #2

As intentional Christian grandparents, we are serious about passing our faith to our grandchildren. But when we look at the world in which our grandchildren are growing up, we may fear there are too many things around them which will derail and side-track their faith. However; there are three very important things for us to remember . . . 

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Karen Leela is the winner of one Code Your Own Games! - you'll find my full review at this link. Than you Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me -lyndagcj@gmail.com - your address by May 14, 2017, 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.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Why Should I Invest in Generations Quest for My Family? Answer #1

Last week Generations Quest released and more than 1000 people checked it out on the day it released! Thank you for taking a look at Generations Quest and for sharing it with the people you know!

This week I want to share with you some excellent reasons for you to move beyond checking Generations Quest out, to actually investing in it for your family . . . today I'm sharing with you my answer #1 . . . because it will allow your family to all be on the same page, reading the same Bible verses, the same day no matter the age or location of your family members!

Think about it . . . 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Blog Tour for The Explorers: The Door in the Alley - and I'm Giving One Away

I was recently invited to participate in a blog tour for the release of a new book. Since it sounded like a book my oldest grandson might be interested in, I said, "yes". Today I'm sharing with you my thoughts about this book.

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days!

I'm happy to say Karen is the winner of one Thousand Star Hotel - you'll find my full review at this link. Than you Karen for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me -lyndagcj@gmail.com - your address by May 12, 2017, 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.