Saturday, June 30, 2018

Beat the Heat with Water Fun

Where I live in Michigan it is supposed to be 95 degrees today. Depending on where you live this may or may not seem very hot, but when you add in the humidity which will accompany the high temperatures, our heat index (or humisery index) is expected to top 110 degrees. An uncomfortable day ahead for sure.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Free Cards to Download & Snail Mail

Many of you downloaded the card I shared with you last week which you are able to mail to your grandchildren with a note from you. (If you did not, you will find it at this link.) So, I thought it might be a good idea to share the first card, from this series, with you again, in case you did not see it to download and use it with your grandchildren. You will find it at the following link.

I have two more cards in this series (so far) and will share them in the next couple months. All grandchildren tend to enjoy receiving real mail, so sending them notes from time to time is a great way to connect whether they live near or far and no matter the age. It is also a great way to hand down the faith as you are able to include a personal note with the cards!

Feel free to share these cards with your grandchildren and tell other grandparents you know, so they are able to do the same.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Baked Donuts

Baked Doughnuts Recipe - ZipList
Okay, today is not "Donuts Day", but I think every day should be! I really do LOVE donuts . . . but, since they are not particularly good for me, I rarely eat them. However; with this new recipe I found on Pinterest, I may start eating them more often - still not a lot, but more often! After all, baked donuts can't be that terribly bad for me . . . can they? :-)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Show Real Love - Forgive

What is love, really? It is more than a "feeling", it is an "action". "God so loved the world that He gave"! (John 3:16) This is what love is, really. It is grace in action. God loved us enough to give us grace . . . He forgave us! He is our Example. we need to remember grace when our grandchildren do something wrong - as all children, no matter how sweet and adorable and wonderful they are - will do. So what does this look like? Well . . .

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Make a Crocheted Granny Square Purse

I like purses. I have several, but nearly all are purses I made. I have been working on a granny square blanket, so since I had some granny squares on hand, I thought I'd take them and make a new purse . . . 

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Free Download for You & Snail Mail for the Children You Love

A few days ago on the Grandmas with Heart blog I shared a link for where you could download a free card to send to the children you love - through snail mail! Today I thought I'd share the link with you.

These cards are free - just download and print, cut apart, write a note on the back and mail to the children you love. All children love getting real mail - these are real mail and they are fun!

So, follow this link and download the cards to use with the children you love.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Make Your Own Sprinkler

If you are looking for a fun project you could use with your grandchildren on a hot Summer day, check this idea I found on Pinterest for making your own sprinkler.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I Will Activity List

I so appreciate the devotion from the Grandmother's Bible for today! It was written by Bobbie Wolgemuth and is entitled, I Will . .  I Will . . .

Friday, June 22, 2018

grandma's cookbook - Lemonade Ice Cream Pie

Each year I try to be sure to share this simple, yet oh-so-tasty recipe for Lemonade Ice Cream Pie. If you have read this recipe in previous years, but not yet tried it, please do - you, and those who enjoy it with you, will be so glad you did. If you are new to grandma's cookie jar - enjoy - this pie is super easy to make, extremely tasty and enjoyable!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

It is Selfie Day, So . . .

Today is Selfie Day and since my three wonderful grandsons are at my house, I did what I rarely do . . . I took a selfie with them!

Do you take selfies often? Feel free to share a selfie of you . . . and your grands if you like . . . in the comments below.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Merry Sunshine is the winner of one Personalized Palm Tree Vacation Frame. (You will find all the details at this link.) 

Thank you Merry for reading grandma's cookie jar, please email me by June 27, 2018 at lyndagcj@gmail.com  so I am able to have it sent to you. Thank you also to GiftsForYouNow for making it available for me to review and give away.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Terra Cotta Luminaries

If your grandchildren are a bit older - elementary and high school age - I have a fun project you could do with them . . . one which they could use as gifts for parents, school teachers, Sunday school teachers or even something they could use as a thank-you/hostess gift for a friend's mom when they are invited over for dinner or some special event. Terra Cotta Luminaries are pretty straight-forward to make, but give your grandchildren an opportunity to express their own creativity - they could design it to match a season, holiday or just decorate it however they like!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cooking = Times to Remember

What do you remember from when you were a child? Which family memories stand out to you when you remember being young? For me, I remember times when my family got together . . . there were always amazing things to eat as my family had excellent cooks in it! My grandmas and my mom could all cook! There are few things in life as wonderful as time spent with family . . . when you can add in tasty things to eat . . . well, it is the "cherry on top"!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fun to Make Unique Craft/Gift

Do you like to make unique, special gifts for the people on your gift list? Do you enjoy helping your grandchildren learn to make unique special gifts for the people on their gift list? There are only six months until Christmas, so if you'd like a great idea for a truly unique gift, try this one! You could help your grandchildren make this gift for their parents!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Creamy Mocha Coffee Caramels

If you are looking for a recipe you could use to make homemade sweets for the sweet ones in your life, take a look at this recipe I found on  Pinterest  for Creamy Mocha Coffee Caramels . . . it sounds simply delicious!

Grandmas See With Their Heart

Don't you just love this saying! It matters for us to see our grandchildren with our heart and for them to know we always see them through eyes of love.

After all, this is how God sees us - through "eyes" of love. So, make time today to see your grandchildren through eyes of love and show your love - whether they live near or far. It matters and makes a real difference.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

Thursday, June 14, 2018

"No Cows Have Licked My Head!"

There are many wonderful, "perks" to being grandma . . . hugs, kisses, snuggles . . . all wonderful "perks". But another is enjoying the funny things the grandchildren say. I want to share with you something funny my youngest grandson, Shane, said a couple years ago.

I was talking with my oldest grandson, Josiah, about cowlicks and I told him he and his youngest brother each had two cowlicks on their heads. Shane looked at me with surprise and said; "I do not! No cows have licked my head!"

Like I said, "perks"! What funny things have your grandchildren said which left you laughing?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Personalized Palm Tree Vacation Frame from GiftsForYouNow

I was recently invited to review a lovely, fun summer vacation photo frame from GiftsForYouNow - and given the opportunity to give one away as well, so today I am happy to let you know about this frame.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Inspire Cartwheels in Their Hearts

My almost-seven-year-old grandson recently learned to do cartwheels - he has such joy when he is "cartwheeling" across the yard! Joy, absolute joy! 

So, when I read this quote from Mr. Rogers about inspiring cartwheels in my grandson's hearts, I have a very definite picture of what this looks like!

I want to inspire joyful cartwheels in my grandsons' hearts and believe I am able to do so by praying for and with them, encouraging them, laughing with them, playing with them - by loving them with my all. 

On Children's Day we had dinner at my house and my grandsons were able to sit and listen as their parents and grandparents took turns sharing what they love so much about each of them. Their eyes twinkled, they had the biggest smiles on their faces as they listened to the four adults who most influence them tell why they loved them. They had "cartwheels in their hearts".

As the Summer begins and you spend time with your grandchildren in the coming months, or connect on-line if they live far, be sure to take advantage of opportunities to inspire those "cartwheels" in their hearts with those which just come along as well as times you plan. This is part of what it looks like to hand down the faith and it matters!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

Monday, June 11, 2018

It is German Chocolate Cake Day & a Recipe for Chocolate Cake

Today is German Chocolate Cake Day - I, of course have to let you know this important information and share my favorite chocolate cake recipe with you . . . even though it is not German Chocolate Cake. But first, some information about German Chocolate Cake I found on-line . . . 

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Tina is the winner of But the Bear Came Back . (You will find all the details at this link.) 

Thank you Tina for reading grandma's cookie jar, please email me by June 18, 2018 at lyndagcj@gmail.com  so I am able to have it sent to you. Thank you also to Sterling Children's Books for making it available for me to review and give away.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Be Kind. Be Kind. Be Kind.

Simple to say, simple to remember, and actually simple to do, as being kind is not difficult once you make the choice to do so. Encourage your grandchildren to be people who are kind, because when they do this, they truly will be successful in what matters the most - in the type of person they are.

Whenever you "catch" them being kind, notice what they did or said and tell them how happy you are to see them make the choice to be kind. Think of things you are able to do with them which will provide an opportunity for them to be kind - then go do them!

And of course, be certain you model what it looks and sounds like to be a person who is kind - it matters!

"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

Happy Children's Day

Friday, June 8, 2018

just for fun - Root Beer Float Fun Facts

Sunday, June 10, 2018, is Children's Day; yes, it is a real holiday started in the 1800's. We are celebrating it tomorrow at our house with our grandchildren and part of what we are doing is to make and enjoy root beer floats! So, I thought it would be fun to share with you some fun root beer float fun facts which I found on-line. Did you know . . .

"Often When You Think You're at the End of Something, You're at the Beginning of Something Else."

As you likely know, along with writing this blog, I also write another blog for grandmas - Grandmas with Heart. I try not to duplicate too many posts on these two blogs, but I have noticed from my daily "stats" you all seem to be enjoying the posts I've been putting up with the memes of sayings from Mr. Rogers, so this morning I'm sharing part of another one - feel free to follow this link to read all of it.

This morning when I got around I turned my computer on, as I do pretty much each morning. But this morning I had a message which said it was updating and it would take awhile - which it did; almost two hours. So, I spent the two hours reading in Luke and praying for family - a wonderful two hours for sure!

I love this saying; "Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." Life often does not end up the way we think it will - whether it is the activities of the morning, or a major turn in our lives. This is true for us and it is true for our grandchildren as well. Part of handing down the faith involves sharing with our grandchildren how God has shown His good plans for our lives and helping them understand and believe He has good plans for their lives as well - when things go as they think they will and when they do not . . .

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose  

Thursday, June 7, 2018

just for fun - It is Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

Now, talk about a tasty holiday worthy of celebrating . . . what could be better than Chocolate Ice Cream Day! I know my grandsons would approve for sure!

I thought once again a few ice cream fun facts might be interesting, so . . . 

Celebrate Your Grandchildren & Be Sure They Know You Love Them

This coming Sunday June 10th, is Children's Day! (If you look it up on Google, it says the USA celebrates Children's Day on the second Sunday in June - this has been the official date since the 1800's - I really did not make this holiday up!!!)  

My grandsons look forward to it each year; typically they chose the menu and usually a water gun fight finds its way into the activities somewhere! We will have fun for sure!   (Like I really need an excuse to celebrate my grandsons, but Children's Day is a fun day to do so!)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

just for fun - It is Iced Tea Month

June is a month of wonderful things - the start of summer vacation (my grandsons like this, a lot!), warm, sunny weather (typically) and it is iced tea month! I have an iced tea machine and make blueberry green tea or raspberry/blackberry/blueberry green tea by filling the basket with fruit, adding five green tea bags and setting it to brew. Simple and delicious!

So, since it is Iced Tea Month I thought it might be fun to share some fun tea facts I found online . . . 

Get Your Free e-Book of It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren

If you have not yet downloaded your free Kindle e-Book of, It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren, you have until 11:59pm on Friday, June 8, 2018 to do so. Just go to this link and get your copy - for free!

Please tell your friends and family, so they are able to get their free e-Book, too. Anyone who is a grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle or someone who works with children will enjoy It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren as it is filled with stories and ideas for handing down the faith.

And, if you would, please go to Amazon - at this same link, and write what you think of It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren - even just a sentence or two would help greatly in getting the word out about my new book and I would most sincerely appreciate it! Thank you!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Help Your Grandchildren Experience Joy - Encourage Their Play

With Summer Break upon us, what better time is there than this to encourage children to play, imagine and enjoy being a child! God created children to do all these things, so encourage their play and creative spirit and make time to play with them, because in so doing, you will make a great difference in their lives!

I love this saying: "When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we help them feel the joy which is found in the creative spirit. It's the things we play with and the people who help us play which makes a great difference in our lives." Remember this throughout the summer as you build your relationship with your grandchildren and hand down the faith!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

Monday, June 4, 2018

It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren is FREE This Week Only - June 4, 2018 - June 8, 2018

Yes! The day has arrived and it is downloading the complete book now . . . so, you are able to download your free Kindle e-Book of It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren! If you have been thinking about the books you would like to read this summer, this is a great book to add to your list . . . especially since you are able to get a FREE Kindle e-Book today!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Get Your Own Free e-Book of It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren, Tomorrow

Tomorrow on Monday, June 4, 2018, you will be able to download your free Kindle e-Book of my new book; It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren! This book is filled with my own stories about my grandsons as well as with Scripture and ideas to use with your grandchildren as well as you hand down the faith; such as this one from Chapter Four - We All Want to Be Found . . .

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Get Your Own Free e-Book of It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren in Just Two Days

Two days to go until you are able to get your own digital copy of It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren! The Kindle e-Book is able to be read on your Kindle reader, a tablet or computer, so if you are able to read this, you will be able to read it!

Look what people who have read It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren are saying about it . . .

Friday, June 1, 2018

Children's Day & the Kala Learn To Play Color Chord Ukulele

Children's Day is just over a week away as it is always the second Sunday in June; and yes, Children's Day is a real holiday! Now, I do believe every day should be Children's Day, but just like we celebrate Mothers, Fathers and Grandparents on their special day, we are able to celebrate children on their special day - the second Sunday in June.

So, as I thought about Children's Day it occurred to me a ukulele might be a fun item to give a child on Children's Day. 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.

It Is Donut Day!

Today is National Donut Day! While I rarely eat these wonderful treats, I do think every day should be a donut day! And, what is a better way to celebrate than with a free donut!!! Visit your local Krispy Kreme and you will receive a free donut - worth celebrating for sure!

If you live near your grandchildren, grab them and go get a donut! After all, National Donut Day is technically only one day a year!

Enjoy!