Tuesday, December 31, 2019

My Grandma Promise

For 2020 and for all time, this grandma promise is absolutely my promise . . . 

Monday, December 30, 2019

Connect with Your Grandchildren & Have Fun Each Month Doing So

Part of handing down the faith - a big part of it - is taking the time to build a close relationship with your grandchildren/children. There are certainly many ways to do this, but one way is by planning opportunities together to just have fun. These fun times together help you build a strong and close relationship as you make memories which will last beyond your own years - and give you natural opportunities to have important faith conversations while you are having fun as well.

In 2020 I am going to plan special monthly fun days with my grandsons to help build these close, strong relationships with them. Each month one of my grandsons will go through the silly holidays for the month with me and they will pick a couple of their favorites and then all of us will celebrate those silly days together on a special Saturday. For example, my youngest grandson is starting with the month of January. There are many possibilities for a "fun day" in January - for example . . .

Friday, December 27, 2019

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Leela is the winner of Penguin & Moose! (You will find my review at this link.) Thank you Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar (Please email me your address by January 1, 2020 - lyndagcj@gmail.com) 

Thank you also to Worthy Kids for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Hand Down the Faith for Free with Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith!

Handing down the faith tends to be something which we look forward to doing and enjoy, or something which leaves us feeling confused and unable to do effectively. Well, no matter which of these describes you, I am very happy today to let you know about a resource which gives you 52 lessons, complete with science projects, crafts and cooking activities to engage the children you love while also helping them learn about real people from the Bible, how those Bible people chose to walk with God and how they are able to do the same. This resource is called Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith! and today through Friday the kindle version is free at this link!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Icy Sun Catchers

It is currently not cold enough where I live to try this - and the weather people say it is unlikely to become cold before next year - but if where you live at least has the potential to become cold enough to try this, gather the supplies for the perfect activity for your grands when it is cold enough . . . make Icy Sun Catchers!

Christmas Fun - Candy Cane Hunt

I shared this idea with you the last couple years - it was a lot of fun, so if you did not try it yet, consider doing so this year; and if you are new to grandma's cookie jar - this is an idea which is "tradition worthy"! What is this great idea? It is for having a candy cane hunt with the children you love - you will find at this link!

What is a candy cane hunt you ask? Well, think Easter Egg hunt and substitute candy canes and you are on the right track! I'm going to wrap eight candy canes for each grandson and put them under the tree. When the boys are at my house next Saturday, they will be able to open their candy canes, then when their parents come for supper, we will have them hide the candy canes outside - I have lots of trees with branches at the right heights for the boys and since they are candy canes, they will easily hang on the branches. The boys will get to go outside and each will be able to search my yard for eight candy canes.


Then, I will have them each take two of their candy canes to put in a bag with directions for how to have a candy cane hunt and they will be able to give it to their neighbor, so he can have a candy cane hunt, too!


We will also talk about how the candy cane reminds us of the real meaning of Christmas - 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Fun - Homemade Dog Cookies!

My grandsons have two dogs - Gimli and Roxie and their Aunt has Rosie, the basset hound. Plus, my neighbors have three dogs, so tomorrow when the boys are here, we are making cookies for all six dogs for Christmas (and people Christmas cookies for the people who love them as well!) My grandsons love dogs and they are happy to make a tasty treat for the dogs they "know" the best.

Christmas in a "Nutshell"

With Christmas just a few days away, I thought I'd share with you some Christmas thoughts . . . 

Corrie Ten Boom knew the joy of life with family and the incredible loss of her loved family in the concentration camps of Nazi  Germany. Yet, through it all, she held tightly to her faith in God, His love and His goodness. I love this quote from her . . . 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas 2019 - Penguin & Moose . . . & a Giveaway on December 25, 2019

When I was a child my mom always gave me at least one book for Christmas and birthdays, so when my children were young I did the same; and now with my grandsons, I continue to do so. If you are a "book-giver", but are still looking for a book for a grandchild ages four to eight, take a good look at a new book - Penguin & Moose - it is wonderful! The publisher Worthy Kids sent it to me for review an I am delighted to let you know about it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas 2019 - Pilar Pocket Knife from CRKT

If you are still looking for a great gift for a teen or adult grandchild/ son/daughter, take a look at this wonderful new pocket knife from CRKT.

Make 2020 a Year of Handing Down the Faith Intentionally with Your FREE Kindle Copy of Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith!

When we hand down the faith, we watch for those unplanned opportunities to connect life with God, His Word and how we are able to know and walk with Him. But, we also need to plan opportunities to do these things in a very intentional and purposeful way as well. 

This is where Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith! comes in. This book provides you with 52 intentional, purposeful lessons complete with science projects, crafts, cooking along with Bible lessons, time to work with a prayer journal and teach your grandchildren/children why they are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence. I wrote this book to have something I would be able to use to engage my active grandsons in learning how to know, love and walk with God and I am so happy to let you know next week - December 23-27, 2019 you are able to download the Kindle copy of it for FREE!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Christmas 2019 - Scrabble World of Harry Potter Board Game

Christmas is just ten days away, but if you are still looking for a gift for someone on your list, consider this special twist to an old classic game - Scrabble World of Harry Potter Board Game. USAopoly sent me one to review and if you have a family member who is a fan of Harry Potter, this is a game they will enjoy for sure.

Create-your-own Chicken-add-in Soup

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Classic, comforting, and tastes just like grandma made but way easier and faster!! This soup is AMAZING and it'll be your new favorite recipe!!My grandsons were at my house today and I decided to make chicken noodle soup, but after thinking how different grandsons enjoyed their soup in different ways, I thought of a way to add a touch of fun - Create-your-own Chicken-add-in Soup! It is very simple - just used broth and noodles - with some herb de provence - to make a basic noodle soup. Then I made some chicken, cooked mushrooms, onion, carrot, set out more spices and let everyone create their own chicken noodle soup!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sometimes Handing Down the Faith is Simple - & Fun

When it comes to handing down the faith to my grandsons, I of course talk with them about why they are able to know God is real and trust His Word with confidence. I help them learn to talk with God and model what it looks like to love, know and walk with God. All important, essential parts of handing down the faith. But, there are also times where I plan something simple and fun to help them learn to show their faith by showing love and appreciation to others.

This past weekend we worked on making 60 simple, fun snowman ornaments and last night they gave them to the Wednesday night Children's Ministry volunteers at our church. I want my grandsons to be quick to appreciate those who help them - especially those who volunteer their time to do so. Making these ornaments was a simple and fun way for them to do this.


If you would like to help your grandchildren make these ornaments for the volunteers at your church or neighbors, teachers at school, local firefighters or police or shut ins, you will need the following . . . 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Give a Gift Which Makes a Real & Lasting Impact

Christmas is just around the corner, if giving books is part of your gift-giving tradition, or if you would like to give your grandchildren a gift which truly makes a difference and will help them learn to walk with God, consider this book  . . .

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Christmas 2019 - Fun Diaries from Fine Print Publishing & a Giveaway

My eight-year old grandson told me about some interesting books a few weeks back, so I contacted the publisher to see if they might be available for review - last week I received a box with five of the books in it, so today I'm very happy to let you know about the books - and announce a giveaway for some of them.

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Leela is the winner of Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar 2020 (you will find my review at this link.)

Thank you Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar; please email me by December 10, 2019 at lyndagcj@gmail.com, so I am able to forward your address to the publisher as they will send it to you.

Thank you also to Workman Calendars for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas 2019 - Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar - I'm Giving One Away

I'm very happy to share with you a lovely page-a-day calendar which makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift for the person on your gift list who enjoys watching birds - the Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar from Workman.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Karin Wilde Berry is the winner of Paper Airplane Fold-a-Day 2020 Calendar (you will find my review at this link.)

Thank you Karin for reading grandma's cookie jar; please email me by December 6, 2019 at lyndagcj@gmail.com, so I am able to forward your address to the publisher as they will send it to you.

Thank you also to Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Clothespin Snowman Ornament

We were surprised yesterday morning to discover 3.6 inches of snow fell while we were sleeping Saturday night, so, since my grandsons spent the night, Sunday afternoon they had to go out and build snowmen - lots of them!

This reminded me of a fun craft we did a few years ago - and I thought I'd share it with you. If you are looking for a fun idea to do with your grandchildren for  Christmas which even your youngest grandchildren will be able to do, check out this fun clothespin snowman.

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Teresa Maddox is the winner of Dog Shaming 2020 Day-to-Day Calendar (you will find my review at this link.)

Thank you Teresa for reading grandma's cookie jar; please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com, so I am able to forward your address to the publisher as they will send it to you.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

I Have a Winner

I'm happy to say Tammy Jewell Greer is the winner of one Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children - you will find my review at this link. Thank you Tammy for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me your address at lyndagcj@gmail.com by December 4, 2019 so I am able to send it to you.