Archives for June 2011

Bring on Black Friday Madness

I thought this was a nice article for budgeting and planning for the busiest shopping day of the year. Good points! Thank you Andrea 🙂

We’ve all heard crazy stories about people getting trampled and going crazy on Black Friday. But are the shopping deals even worth waking before the sun? That really depends on what exactly you’re looking for and how organized you can be. Black Friday is a day designed for the sole purpose of consumerism. The name itself refers to the fact that historically on this single day retailers would go from spending more than they earn (red) to making profits (black). But the most ridiculous day for consumerism can score you some unheard of deals if only you know what to look for and how to go about shopping. If you wake up with a plan things will not seem remotely as stressful as they would otherwise.

Before even thinking about looking at Black Friday ads, make a budget. Discuss with your spouse (if applicable) and agree on a reasonable and practical budget. And no matter what you may find while out and about shopping, stick to your predetermined budget. Do not pick up something just because you can. There’s no sense in getting a ‘great deal’ if you have to go into debt to purchase it. And just because you have a specific number doesn’t mean you have to spend that much money. It is simply a number to keep in mind, a railing to keep you where you should be financially.

Make a list of gifts or items you are looking to buy. If you have specific products you need, it will make shopping much easier. Retailers often post their Black Friday ads online beforehand, and those that don’t post one often end up with a leaked version somewhere anyway. Or you can wait until a local paper comes out with the ads in it. Browse each ad and write down the items you are looking for and their prices. Different stores may have the same, or very similar, items. So be sure to look closely to find the best deal possible. Keep in mind the long wait standing in line while you are planning, and try to get the most shopping you can get done at the fewest number of stores.

Once you know what items you are after, it’s time to make a game plan. Start with the store that opens the earliest and work your way through the stores that way. If several retailers open at the same time, choose the one that has items most important to you. Also take into consideration the popularity of various stores and products. Big name stores are going to be crawling with people, meaning they will run out of hot items faster. Make sure you bring your written list of items and keep a copy of the advertisement with you if you can. You may have trouble finding a specific item and need to ask for help. You’ll make the lives of busy customer service reps, and your own, much easier.

When it comes to Black Friday, bring a friend with you if you can. The lines will be long and there’s no use in being grouchy about having to wait. Have someone with you to chat and make the experience fun, instead of one that’s dreaded. After all, you chose to wake up ridiculously early and go shopping. So create a new tradition with a good friend and go shopping together, scoring Black Friday deals each year. And follow up your shopping trip with a cup of coffee or big breakfast shared together. The lack of sleep will be worth it for the time shared and memories created with one another.

About The Author

Andrea Boley is a writer and blogger with She has been writing articles and blogging for over 10 years and is always happy to share her passion for life and experiences through her work. Her educational backgrounds in psychology and journalism have given her a solid foundation from which to draw experience and expertise in an array of topics.

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

It’s your first birthday…WOW!! How time flies. 🙂

Seems like just a few months ago we were all still at the hospital waiting for your arrival!

You are 1 today and you have learned sooo much, and you are so very smart…OFF THE CHARTS smart. Way Too Smart For Me (sometimes) lol

Tons of Love, Hugs, and Kisses…Your Grandma

Grandma’s not proud is she??!

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!!

June 28th 2010

Let us Relish life as we live it….

“Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows.”
Thomas S. Monson

I received a card last week from one of my subscribers with the above quote on the front of it, and I took so much from it that I had to share it with everyone.

There are very few guarantees in life, but each of us can be guaranteed one thing, one day we shall all run out of tomorrow’s, the only part we can’t be guaranteed of is when that day will come.

It’s up to us to ensure that each and every day we make the most we can of this gift we’ve been given called life, that we unleash our spirit onto the world and we become the biggest version of ourselves we possibly can, never for a second putting off living for some time and place in the future which may never come, instead living in the moment every chance we get.

Ask yourself today, ‘Do I truly relish life and make the very most I can from each and every moment I’m blessed with on this earth?’

Have an Outstanding Day!
Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit

Midnight Lullaby By Jane Roman Pitt (Album Review)

As a new Grandmother, I was delighted when I opened my email to an invitation to do a review on a beautiful baby lullaby CD,Midnight Lullaby by Jane Roman Pitt. Kathryn Musilek from “Beautiful Day Media” was kind enough to send me a copy of it and I have to be honest here and tell you that I immediately fell in love with it. The music is so incredibly soothing and comforting.

Midnight Lullaby is a beautiful, consolatory collection of bedtime lullabies for babies and young children. The album was made out of love from the composer – Jane Roman Pitt for her grandchildren. A few of the writers of this album are Josh Ritter, Dixie Chicks, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Lennon/McCartney, and Jane Roman Pitt herself. My two favorites are “Baby That’s Not All” and “My Darling.”

In Jane’s Words…

*** “It’s very fulfilling to know that something as simple as listening to a soothing lullaby before bed can have such a profound and far-reaching effect on the life of a child.”

“The album is a way for a parent to lovingly tell a child, I love you very much, I’m here, and please go to sleep now because I’m really tired! And the collection says just that.” ***

There is an balsamic clarity in Jane’s voice on this record. Crystal clear vocals. The first time I listened to it, tears welled up while thinking of my own grandson. 😉 It is indeed an extraordinarily beautiful CD to have if you have very young children or grandchildren.

It actually lulled ME to sleep the night before I had some extremely dreaded dental work done. I was absolutely sure I would NOT sleep that night! I have a habit of listening to music at bedtime (with earphones of course, not to disturb my husband). I wanted to listen to the music one more time in preparation for writing this review. Lo and behold, I popped the CD in and before it was over, I fell asleep and slept the entire night straight through.

Just goes to show that it benefits adults as well!

This album would be an excellent gift for a baby shower, or for anytime after baby is born.

Have a listen to a few lyrics of the songs Here!

To Purchase This Album, Visit This Page

Please Note: – A portion of the proceeds from this CD will be donated to The Mary Benson House, a shelter for pregnant women and their babies in Asheville, North Carolina.

Below is Jane’s official website including her Biography. It also showcases other music she has composed and recorded.

Jane recently became Grandma to her second grandchild, a baby boy!

Copyright © Tammy Embrich :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

“Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.”

“Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.”
Dr. Robert Anthony
It’s often easy to make the assumption that those who act boldly and achieve great things did so due to a lack of fear, but the reality is that every single one of us has fears, the thing that separates those who do from those who merely dream is a willingness to act in spite of whatever we fear.

The terrible thing about fear is that it doesn’t steal our dreams from us in one giant swoop, but insidiously creeps in moment by moment and day by day stealing them away from us as the thing we fear grows unless acted on.

Your life and your dreams are worth more than giving up on them due to something which may or may not happen, but as with everything in life, the choice rests with you and you alone whether you’ll decide to join the winners in the arena chasing down their dreams and beating down their fears one day at a time, or whether you’ll forever sit on the sidelines and watch others live a life you know you deserve to be living.

Ask yourself today, ‘What could I do today to take action towards overcoming what’s been holding me back from giving my dream and my life everything I’ve got?’

Have an Outstanding Day!
Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit

Baby Showers By Mail Review ~~ (15% Off Coupon Code)

Baby Showers By Mail

I enjoyed looking through the website at all the wonderful products! I saw a few things that my Grandson would be delighted with. I especially like how they have a few items sorted by age. 😉

If you’re planning a baby shower, this is the site you want to be spending lots of time at! Baby Showers By Mail certainly thought of everything! Enjoy browsing. 🙂

In business since 2003! As per their signature statement so perfect for the site; Offering products babies need and parents appreciate!

Are you going to be Grandma for the first time? If so, you will of course want to make that 1st great impression with all the extra special services that Baby Showers By Mail can offer for your precious grandbaby.

Do you know what’s so special and unique about this particular Baby Shower Service?

Baby Showers By Mail is the ONLY online baby gift service that works with both the gift giver and the new parents to create a gift that meets each person’s needs! ~~ As stated on the website 😉

Offering everything…From gift ideas for a “green” baby shower, Fun Baby Shower Game Ideas, Year’s Supply of Diapers, Year’s supply of books, a variety of baby gift packages in the $20 – $100 price range, To… Organic Crib/Stroller Toys.

What’s Not To Love With This Kind Of Service and Type Of Products??!

And that’s not all…

Also showcasing — an excellent large selection of books published by Peter Pauper Press. Offers superb information and a wealth of knowledge to children and parents…especially for new parents! These are all keepsake books that include an impressive little charm, all affordably priced!

They even have a variety of affordable Gifts for Older Siblingssometimes (depending on age) they feel sort of like the black sheep and left out. These affordable gems come conveniently gift wrapped as well! 🙂

You will also want to check out Some Useful Birth Announcements Links, there Parenting Resources, and Pregnancy Resources 🙂

Come on by and see what’s hot right now! Their best selling and new items, remember those Trumpette Socks? – Well, they have them! These along with their inexpensive miYim organic plush toys will sure to accommodate any gift items or any ideas that you have for that special infant boy or girl.

Visit Baby Showers By Mail Now!

Too good to let go by the way-side, and as also stated on the website…

“To all of you baby shower invitees, know that a gift from Baby Showers By Mail will be greatly appreciated and used!”

Did I mention they offer the time saving service of FREE Gift Wrapping?!!

Don’t Fight The Crowds At The Malls!

To All Readers Here… INCLUDE COUPON CODE *grandmablogsathome* for 15% off these wonderful products for all your baby shower needs!

* Like Baby Showers By Mail On Facebook *!!

Copyright © Tammy Embrich :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

A Bit Of Humor: Grandparents’ Answering Machine

A family member sent this to me…(Author Unknown)

For the grandparents-to-be and those who already are…

Enjoy! 😉

Good morning. . . . At present we are not at home but, please Leave your
message after you hear the beep.. beeeeeppp …

If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to
5 in order of “arrival” so we know who it is. 😉

If you need us to stay with the children, press 2

If you want to borrow the car, press 3

If you want us to wash your clothes and ironing, press 4

If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5

If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6

If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your
home, press 7

If you want to come to eat here, press 8

If you need money, dial 9

“If you are going to invite us to dinner, or, taking us to the theatre start talking we are listening !!!!!!!!!!!”

Have a great week! 🙂