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TELL A GRAM – Three Things Your Grand Kids Should Know About You

September 30, 2016

What do your grand kids know about you?   I have been thinking about this lately because my two older grandsons that are 4 and 3 years old are getting big enough for me to start having some great conversations with them and I am excited about it.  I want to tell them about some of the things I think they should know about me – like what is important to me and what I have learned during my life that I think might help them.

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Pumpkin Cake

September 26, 2016

I would eat Pumpkin all year long if I didn’t feel like I was doing something seriously wrong. Why is there a tabu about certain foods that we are told we should only eat certain times of the year?  Like stuffing, people don’t typically eat Pumpkin any other time of the year and heaven forbid if you use it in a recipe any time before the 3rd week  of November or after December 26th.  It’s just not right.

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TELL A GRAM – You Know You Need A Break So Take One

September 23, 2016

When I was a young mom with 4 kids under the age of 9, my mother used to tell me on a regular basis that if I was feeling overwhelmed or stressed that I should take a break from mothering.  Of all the advice she gave me over the years, this piece I didn’t appreciate and I frankly didn’t agree with.  Honestly.  She knew how much I had longed to be a mother my whole life.  Motherhood was the most important thing to me but if I was making a habit of taking a break every time I felt like I needed one, how good of a mother was I going to be?

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Peace Comes In Beautiful Ways

September 21, 2016

One of the hardest things I have ever experienced in my life is to grieve the loss of a loved one.  When will I feel peace again?  When will I start to feel better?  I don’t wish this on anyone but no matter who you are or how much money you have, at some point you are going to be faced with this life event and it is going to be difficult.  How can you begin to heal and move on after this happens to someone you love?  How do you go on?

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Grandma’s Lemon Pound Cake

September 19, 2016

Gwama, G G,  Nana, Me Me, Gaga, MeMaw or Grandma.  Whatever the kids call her, one of the things they probably love most about Grandma  is all that great food she cooks.  Grandmas have this thing about feeding people and making them feel comfortable – it’s just what they do.  On top of that, pretty much everything she makes tastes delicious.  Many people have wonderful memories of standing in their Grannie’s kitchen helping her mix up a batch of cookies or watch as she quickly and easily peels and slices potatoes for dinner.   And her desserts really are divine  –  like this Grandma’s Lemon Pound Cake.

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TELL A GRAM – Reading With Your Kids Is As Important As Feeding Them

September 16, 2016

If you are a parent you know that you have certain responsibilities that you have to do every day to care of your kids.  For example, you have to make sure that your kids get the proper nutrition to grow physically and mentally so you feed them 3 times a day.  You also have to clothe them, bathe them, keep them safe, provide a home for them and much much more.  Along with all of these important jobs you have there is one other task you must do that is as vital to your child’s physical and mental development as food is but we don’t necessarily think it is something we should need to do every day.  Reading, my friends.  Are you reading with your kids?  I don’t mean telling them to read, I mean actually sitting down with them and reading a book.

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5 Daily Chores Your Kids Should Be Helping With

September 12, 2016

I HATE stress and I really don’t like a dirty house but isn’t it funny how sometimes the two go together?  This time of year can be so stressful and moms can feel overwhelmed with all the things that are going on every day.  Did you know that there are 5 chores your kids can help with that will make things easier on you and make home-time more enjoyable for everyone?  It doesn’t matter how big your family is or how old each family member is – every person can do things during the day that will help maintain a stress-free home.   Why should you be doing all the work?

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Boy Time

September 9, 2016

Since my husband and I have had such a fun summer visiting all of our grandkids, I decided to write a few posts on ideas of things you can do with your boy or your girl to get to know them a little better and give them the opportunity to  know you too on a more personal level.   This is so important to their development and whether you know it or not, they WANT to know you.  You might be that old person they see and hear from every once in a while but you matter to them!

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Moms Got Your Back

September 6, 2016

They told me my child would never make it through 1st grade.  Can you believe it?  The kindergarten teacher, the principal and the Chapter One teacher at my children’s elementary school sat down with me and tried to convince me that my 5 year old that could read words but could not read complete sentences near the end of his kindergarten year, would struggle for the rest of his days and never amount to much.  Yes, they did say that very phrase and it was horrible.  He was doomed unless of  course, I signed the papers and let them test him for the Federally Funded Chapter One Program.   Ha!  That was NEVER going to happen because this mom knew what was up.  Why?  Because Moms got his back.

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It’s Not Really Your Birthday – But Happy Birthday Anyway!

September 2, 2016

This summer my husband and I were planning a trip to visit one of our sons and his family in the mid-west and we knew that we had to make the most of our time with the kids so the first thing we did was to start thinking of some fun things that we could do with them.  Let’s face it, when your kids are 3 and 1 year olds, their attention spans are out of control!  What better way to keep their engaged and build some great memories with them than to celebrate their birthday’s – even if their birthday has already passed.  We are grandparents so we can do whatever we want!

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Baby Bottles That Have Stood the Test of Time

August 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #MomsHelper #CollectiveBias

What do you REALLY need for a new baby?  Let’s be honest.  A new baby does 3 things –  eat, sleep and produce messy diapers and for each of those things you have tools at your disposal to help take care of your little one.  There are lists all over the internet that tell you what you will need before you bring baby home but they are sometimes very lengthy and in order to fulfill those lists it usually requires a lot of money and time to get it all together.  Let me show you what you REALLY need!

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AD – Cobb Salad, Your Way

August 29, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBias

I am guessing that the hot weather here in Pennsylvania where I live is probably going to continue on for at least the next six weeks or so. I love summer so that doesn’t bother me but what does become difficult as August turns into September is the ability to prepare food without heating up the house. A hot house in the Summer, I cannot stand. One way to keep the heat to a minimum is to prepare meals that I can make larger batches of and then just tweak the ingredients so that I have a few different ways to serve them. Storing each recipe in a different container for the week also helps. Let me show ya how with my Cobb Salad!

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