The Legacy of Grandmothers

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I was very fortunate to know my great-grandmother up until I was twelve years old. The memories I have of her are scattered but everything I remember is consistent in that she was a strong and faithful woman. From her belief in our Lord, her work ethics, and the way she cared for those around her my memories attest to her character. As I became an adult I would continue to see the faithfulness and love of my Great-Grandma Susie from the stories that those that loved her would tell me.

I remember as a child going to her home once or twice a week with momma. We would spend a few hours there and while we were there it was as if we had taken a trip into the past. This was in fact in the sixties so when I talk about the past I mean the long past. She was born in eighteen hundred and eighty two. Her house smelled of cinnamon apples which she often cooked up for us when we came over. Her kitchen table was one of those aluminum legged, hard white top tables from perhaps the forties and the chairs were the shiny, plastic covered padded type that made little bare legs stick when you sat too long.


Her house was small and well kept. She had a bird in a cage on her small back porch which my oldest brother would torment. She was tall and always wore homemade aprons with huge pockets and always had a hankie peeking out. My height only came up to her waist and I recall so much more about her aprons and her hands than the etchings of her face. She was stern but you knew how much she loved you. She had a pump sewing machine which was used a great deal because she made most of what she wore, along with things for others including quilts. I also recall a large picture of Jesus on her wall and another of an angel watching over some children.

When we would visit I would carry my dolls with me. When I came into the house with a doll at some point during our visit she would take me to the sewing machine and pull out a swatch of some kind of pretty material. She would then sit down and make me a new dress for my dolly. I was always fascinated when she did this, I was young and it was amazing to watch. When I got much older it was even more amazing to me since I am anything but a seamstress. How someone could do this with just a glance and no pattern is outstanding. The dress always fit dolly perfectly.

She let megive her sewing machine a try but when my brothers began to play with the pump mechanism our sewing time was over. She had jars full of buttons and I loved looking at them and sometimes I would string them up for a necklace. I could play with the buttons and my dollies for many hours, but not the boys.

When my brothers would start to get bored and began to aggravate her bird she never said a word. She lovingly went to the kitchen and started to peel an apple or get out the bread and butter to make a piece of buttered bread with sugar. Sometimes it was a piece of lettuce with sugar or a raw potato with salt. She would make something for each of us and say, “Now, go out on the back porch and eat this.” We would willingly go and begin to play in the back yard.

Out in the yard was what I believe now to be a single car garage separate from the small house. But grandma had turned it into a small apartment to earn extra money. She was very resourceful and frugal; she had to be. She was alone when I knew her and taking care of herself. She was in her seventies when I met her. She had my grandmother later in life because she tried having children for a long time and was not able. They finally decided to adopt a boy and within a few months found out she was pregnant with my grandmother.

The first occupant of the little apartment behind the house I believe was a cousin of my grandma. She was a very unpleasant woman with a wart on her nose and a pointy chin and we truthfully thought she was a witch. Even though mom assured us she was not a witch her behavior told us different and we knew mom had been deceived by this woman! The second occupant was also a relative I believe but a much sweeter woman. She would invite me in and tell me stories and talk to me about my dolls. I loved spending time with my great-grandma and with this lady.

From the stories I have heard from my grandmother (my great-grandma Susie’s daughter) and my mom her life went something like this. Her mother died when she was fourteen and she had a younger sister by the name of ArizonaTerritory. From the stories passed down it seems they were passing through ArizonaTerritory on a covered wagon when she was born, thus the name. We called her Aunt Zoni and she told the most amazing stories. Anyway, Grandma Susie, at fourteen years old, was sent to live with another family and help them with work around the house because her dad could not take care of both of them after the death of her mother. Essentially she was earning her food and board by working for these people.

At one point she started working for Burlington which at the time made overalls and jeans. They had huge sewing machines and needles strong enough to go through thick denim. I can only imagine how strong you had to be in your upper arms to sew jeans eight plus hours a day. The stories go that she ran one of those needles through her finger at some point. *Shudder* As you can see she was accustomed to hard work. At some point she married and got some help but in her later years was again alone and depending on the Lord and His gift of resourcefulness.

My grandma and her three children went to live in great-grandma’s small home for many years when they found themselves homeless because my granddad’s alcoholism had taken over his life. Mom said that great-grandma made it all work in her small home and they always felt safe and were well fed. My mom tells me how great-grandma would heat up bricks, wrap them, and put them at their feet for warmth in the winter because they depended on one wood stove for heating.

In the summer there was one large fan in the window for cooling the house. Mom and I were just talking about this yesterday because it was so hot. I was wondering how they used to do it. Of course she lived in Kansas and not Texas but it was still hot in the summers. I asked Mom how they slept in that heat. She said they would go to bed and lay there until about eleven or eleven thirty before they could sleep; by then it had gotten a little cooler. I can not even imagine.

My own grandma was born in nineteen hundred and fifteen and she was a hard working woman just like great-grandma. Sometime during WWII grandma began working in a factory. It was the Sunshine Biscuit Factory and she was on the cracker assembly lines. They did not have a car so the bus was taken everywhere. Even my own mother, before they went to live with great-grandma, was boarding the bus with bags of laundry to get the clothes washed while grandma was off at the factory.

There are three generations of very strong women in my life that have passed down their strengths and their love for God to me. I am so thankful for these women in my life and the stories from the past that make us who we are. I am doing my best to pass these beliefs, strengths, and stories on to my children. My own daughter was blessed to have known her great-grandma Naomi until she was twelve, my son was only five but he remembers so many things about her. And now they are blessed to have their grandma Darlene, my mother, living with us. My daughter is twenty-eight and my son is twenty-one and she is a huge part of their lives at seventy-seven years old. What a blessing to have this legacy of love passed down through all these years!

About The Author

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.

Six Tips to Create a “Grandma Camp”

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A “Grandma Camp” allows you to give parents a break and spend special time with your favorite grandkids — which is to say, all your grandkids! While it’s easier to plan a grandma camp with grandchildren who live closer to you, you can still do it with those living far away. Follow these tips to bond with your grandkids and create a new family tradition that everyone will love.


1.Plan ahead on the date

Kids these days are overscheduled for everything. So the first rule of grandma camp is to pick a date months in advance. Not only does advance notice give you time to prepare everything for a successful camp, but it ensures that everyone can meet on a day or time that’s convenient to them. Other reasons to plan in advance? If parents want to take a weekend getaway or plan an extended vacation, they have time to research and request vacation days from work. If grandchildren need to fly across country to see you, parents can shop around for inexpensive tickets.

2. Ask parents for input

It’s always a good idea to check in with parents on what types of activities are and are not recommended during grandma camp. If four of your five grandkids know how to swim, do they want you taking a trip to the lake and trying to teach Little Timmy how to swim or would they prefer he learn at home? The expectations can go both ways, too. For example, you might want to host a three-day grandma camp while parents would prefer a week-long camp.

3. Plan fun activities activities

Check in with interests, activities and hobbies your grandchildren practice to plan fun activities for camp. Is Little Timmy learning his ABC’s? Stock up on reading toys and books. Is Big Sis Janet taking violin lessons? Perhaps there is a music school or camp nearby she can attend while doing grandma camp.

If the idea of planning a week’s worth of activities exhausts you, look for community resources. You may be able to send the grandkids to day camp for part of the day to take some of the pressure off you. Or you might succeed in introducing kids to other grandchildren visiting their Nanas.

4. Allow them to call mom and dad throughout the camp

It’s natural for kids and parents alike to miss one another. Allow kids to call their parents and check in. Parents can find out how things are going, offer tips for fussy eaters and troublemakers and benefit from feeling like everything is going well.

5 Take photos

You’ll definitely want photos of precious moments with grandkids, especially if you don’t live close to them and don’t get to see them often. Take plenty of photos to email parents throughout the camp to have as mementos. You may even want to create a scrapbook or photo group as a holiday gift for grandkids or their parents.

6 Make t-shirts

As one of your activities, make fun t-shirts with the grandkids that say “Grandma Camp.” These can be as simple as Sharpies and plain tee shirts or as elaborate as fabric paint and stencils. Have kids wear then on your outings together, and don’t’ forget to make one for yourself too!

These tips will help get you started on a successful grandma camp. Begin planning well in advance to dedicate time to logistics such as food, sleeping arrangements and outdoor excursions. Planning can help the camp go smoothly and create so many positive memories your grandchildren will treasure!

About The Author

Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area and she writes on behalf of Sears and other deserving brands. She writes about hosting a fun grandma camp with all the best activities and toys. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

Fun, Low-Impact Exercises Perfect for Healthy Hearts and Grandmas – Guest Post

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Having an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to stay healthy and maintain the level of energy and fitness you need to keep up with your grandkids. However, problems like arthritis and recurring injuries make it difficult to jog, play sports, or participate in other activities that have a repetitive, pounding action on your joints. Instead, turn to low-impact exercises that get you moving without putting too much stress on your body.


Cycling: Find a friend and a cruising cycle and head out on your local bike trails for some wonderful time outside getting low-impact exercise. You’ll work mostly your thighs, plus your heart and lungs of course! If you have trouble sitting on a traditional bike seat, try a recumbent stationary bike at your local gym. These have a wide, flat seat with a back to help provide support as you pedal with your legs extended toward the front of the bike.

Trampoline Workouts: Running on a treadmill or on other hard surfaces can put a lot of stress on your hips, knees, ankles, and feet as they have to absorb the shock of every stride you take. If you want to get an effective cardio workout, look into trampolines as your personal shock absorbers. Jogging in place on a trampoline is much lower impact because the springs absorb the impact of each step you take. Other types of activities that are perfect for trampolines include bouncing up and down, which strengthens all of your leg muscles, and bouncing from side to side, which works your core.

Water Aerobics: Exercises in the water are perfect for grandmas because the water holds a lot of your body weight, taking the stress off of your feet and joints. Plus, water provides the perfect resistance for a wide range of cardiovascular and toning exercises. If swimming laps isn’t your thing, try a water aerobics class instead. An instructor will lead you through a long series of activities to build strength and endurance, and classes are the perfect place to chat with other grandmas while you exercise. Many gyms even have classes designed specifically for people with arthritis or other joint issues.

Yoga and Pilates: Maintaining your flexibility is important for being able to participate in a wide range of activities, so you should incorporate some stretching into your exercise routine. Pilates classes are the perfect way to participate in active, gentle stretching that also works to strengthen your core muscles. Yoga is also an option, although you’ll need to have good balance to get the most out of it. Start with a beginner class and work your way up as you build balance and strength.

Rowing and Kayaking: If you’re lucky enough to live near the water, you can actually head out in a canoe or kayak to get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air. Canoes are also perfect for heading out with your honey for a romantic ride on the lake. Alternately, just use an indoor rowing machine, which includes not only the pulling motion to strengthen your arms and back, but also a leg component.

In addition to being low impact and keeping your joints in good condition, these exercises also have many other health benefits. Any type of cardiovascular exercise can help ward off heart disease, losing a bit of weight may help fight diabetes, and developing strength can help you stay active for many years to come. Try something new today, but be careful to take it easy at first and make sure your body and joints are responding well.

About the Author:

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. Trampolines are her favorite type of exercise equipment, followed closely by treadmills.
Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com

6 Must-Have Baby Supplies for Grandma’s House – Guest Post

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You’re a Grandma, and your grandbaby makes you smile every day. You can’t wait to feel her smooth skin next to yours as you pat her to sleep. Your experience caring for your grandbaby becomes even sweeter for you and her when you stock six must-have baby supplies in your home.


Crib

Naptime is an important ritual for most babies, and you’ll probably appreciate her downtime for a nap of your own. Simplify naptime with a crib.

When shopping for cribs, choose one that’s constructed with JPMA certified materials. It should include a comfortable mattress. Provide a sheet and blanket to help your grandbaby nap comfortably, but limit stuffed animals and oversized blankets that pose suffocation risks. Assemble the crib in a quiet room, and give your grandbaby a place where she can sleep peacefully.

Portable Play Yard

You could sit and hold your grandbaby all day, but you sometimes need a safe place to lay her down. Especially when you need a bathroom break or must walk into another room, a portable play yard protects your grandbaby.

This essential piece of furniture includes mesh sides, sturdy legs and a mattress. It won’t collapse or tip over. Whenever you need to take a quick break, confidently place your bundle of joy into this safe enclosure that protects her until you return.

Booster Seat

As soon as your grandbaby eats solid foods, she’s ready for a booster seat. It straps securely onto your kitchen chairs and folds for easy storage. It includes a 3-point safety harness, machine washable chair pad and dishwasher safe tray.

As your grandbaby grows, she can pick up small pieces of food you place on the tray and feed herself. The chair also serves as an activity center where she can safely sit and play with toys while you prepare lunch.

Toys

Most babies love brightly colored toys that make noise. Set aside a few toys your grandbaby can easily hold in her hand. Make sure the toys include baby-safe materials and no sharp edges.

You may also consider storing a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Spare favorite toys provide your grandbaby with the comforts of home as she spends quality time with grandma. 🙂

Bathtub

Every grandma knows that mealtime can be messy time. Give baby a bath, and clean her up before play or nap time. Just remember to buy the same brand of baby soap and shampoo that your grandbaby uses at home, and prevent painful and itchy rashes on her sensitive skin.

Baths are also great for calming fussy babies, as part of a bedtime routine or after a diaper mess. You’ll both be grateful for the bathtub that freshens your grandbaby any time of day.

First Aid Kit

Sick babies long for their moms, and you may occasionally be caring for your grandbaby when she’s not feeling well. Stock a supply of infant first aid products. It will include items that provide physical comfort when baby doesn’t feel her best.

thermometer

infant pain reliever and fever reducer

gripe water

teething cream

diaper rash ointment

The joy of being a grandma is almost incomparable to any other experience. When your grandbaby visits, enjoy your time and keep her safe and comfortable with six must-have baby supplies. With these items, you will both enjoy your precious time together.

About The Author

Danielle writes on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. Her sister keeps a full size crib at her mom’s house, but Danielle is considering getting them a fold-away crib that takes up less space for Christmas.

What to get Grandma for Christmas – Guest Post

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It can be difficult to find a really great gift for Grandma because she already has a lifetime of trinkets and gadgets and “World’s Best Nana” coffee cups. The last thing she needs is more stuff. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Grandmothers are more than “moms with lots of frosting” as the saying goes. They are people with hobbies and goals just like everyone else. If you concentrate on her as an interesting individual your hunt for a gift as grand as she is will be much easier.

A New Camera

Grandmothers love to take photos of their grandkids and their dogs and their gardens – it’s true. But some are also artistic souls who’ve always longed to learn more about photography. If she’s the “dogs and grandkids” kind, buy her an easy share style of camera so she can send her favorite pics to all her friends. If your grandma has been waiting her whole life to explore her artistic side, spring for a beginner friendly DSLR.


Something-of-the-Month Club

Does she love exotic teas or fresh fruit or would she cry happy tears at the thought of not having to cook herself dinner every once in a while? Then sign her up for a monthly delivery club like fruit of the month, or dinner of the month. Gifts that are consumable are especially nice because they don’t sit around collecting dust, and being enrolled in a club means she gets a nice little surprise to look forward to each month. Most “of-the-month” clubs offer 3-, 6- or 12-month membership so you can control the costs.

Scrabble Wine Charms

These are an easy DIY gift that any wine-drinking, board game playing Granny would love. Made from a Scrabble tile, an eye-hook and a bit of ball chain they’ll be the perfect thing for her next game night. For a special gift you could include a certificate for some game time with you because your company really is the best gift of all.

A Warm Snuggle

Alright, it’s true, older women do chill more easily than they used to. A beautiful pashmina, a handmade scarf or cozy button-down sweaters are gifts she’d love. But remember just because the calendar says she’s an old lady that doesn’t mean she wants to dress like one. Skip the fleece sweatshirts with pictures of cats or characters on them; she may buy those herself but we all know she shouldn’t. Opt for something stylish and feminine that keeps her warm without hiding the fact that she’s still a vital and attractive woman.

Homemade Scrubs

Grandma may have trouble finding really great products for her changing skin, so why not make her some? A coffee body scrub is inexpensive and easy – so easy even the youngest grandkids can help. The combination of natural ingredients will help smooth away rough spots, fade varicose veins and help tighten her skin. Grandma will be thrilled that you made a spa-quality gift just for her, but if you’re feeling especially generous you could also throw in a gift certificate for a pedicure; she may be having a little trouble bending over to paint her own toes these days.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to choosing a gift for your grandmother. Grandmas living on a tight fixed income might appreciate a gift card for the grocery store more than a charm bracelet, and those who spend their weekends Salsa dancing may not be too thrilled with a new pair of knitting needles.

And, if you don’t know your grandmother well enough to choose a great gift for her then you may just want to start inviting her over for dinner a little more often.

About The Author

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. This year, she’s getting her grandmother sweaters for under the tree and putting wine charms in her stocking.

4 Quick Tips on Being a Better Grandparent

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting Tips…You can follow the best tips out there about being a good grandparent, however, are those the right ones for you? Every child and grandparent is different. We are all unique individuals =)

Always follow your gut instincts. Of course this is true for general parenting as well. However, for grandparents, they have a little more experience, (especially if they’ve raised a big family). A grandparent’s instincts are usually good ones. For me personally with raising just one child, I’ve learned a world of knowledge through my experience. Would I have done things differently? You bet, for a lot of things, I would and some others, I would not.


So Grandmas, lean on your experience and always trust your own gut instincts. For the most part, they usually end up being the right choices.

Listen to your grandchildren. I mean, REALLY listen to them. Spend quality time with your grandkids and take extra special time and listen to their opinions and feelings about life, their self esteem and also how they react to you and what you have to say. And most importantly, respect THEIR feelings.

Respect your children’s wishes regarding discipline. Hey, this is a huge one! I don’t care how much you have to bite your tongue and swallow everything that wants to come out of your mouth when it comes to disciplining your grandchildren.

Have a talk with your kids and always, always respect their wishes about various discipline issues. And spanking happens to be one of those things. Times have sure changed since I’ve raised my child. For most of the new parenting generation, spanking is not a disciplinary choice. There are various alternatives to spanking. You really need to have a heart to heart conversation with your kids, and follow their wishes.

Reach out to other grandparents. This can benefit both you and your grandkids. Joining a grandparent’s group is one way of reaching out to other grandparents that have been through it all. Participate in conversations and take notes. You also may come away from some of the meetings with a new friend or two.

A grandparent’s job is sometimes challenging, just as normal parenting is. There is a learning curve to both parenting and grandparenting. Above are just 4 general grandparenting tips. I’m sure you can find more by following them, and also doing a search on Google.com.

Tammy is a passionate blogger. You can find more grandparenting tips and articles by Tammy Here

Half a Dozen Important Things I’ve Learned As A New Grandma

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting duties are a blessing to me. I know there is a little handsome and smart boy who needs my help with raising, disciplining, and YES, loving him!! It’s an honor having the title of Grandparent. However, I’ve learned so very much from being one. I would love to share them with you all 🙂

 

However, first I want to say that all Grandmothers deserve a medal of honor! 😉 lol

 

Below are 6 things I’ve learned about being a Grandmother

1. Bite that tongue – I’ve been doing a lot of this! As I’m sure a large portion of Grandparents do this. It’s only nature that most Grandparents would like to continue with what they knew per se, 25 to 30 years in the past.

You will find out rather quickly that you want to blurt out various things to your grandchildren and your kids while enjoying and disciplining your Grands. And I’m not talking about bad things; I’m talking about all those old fashioned rules and ideas that us Grandmas still hold dear to our hearts! Times sure have changed! 😉

2. Certain expectations fall by the wayside – You are in for many, many surprises being a Grandma. What you expect to happen doesn’t AND what you don’t expect DOES happen! lol And everything in between. Boy was I wrong with what I had in mind after my first grandbaby arrived. All children start to develop their little personalities in the womb. While some challenging behavior can be corrected once your grandchild is 1 1/2 years old to 2 years. However, remember that most of their personality is forming before they are born.

I also expected to be able to do my online work while watching my grandson full time. Didn’t happen! I even had the cradle that my Dad made for my son in my office. Didn’t happen! My little guy constantly wanted to be entertained. I ended up watching him for approximately 6 months and then Mom gave up her job and talked my son into letting her stay home full time. My Daughter-In-Law wanted to stay home with him from day one!

Just a warning, if you’re reading this article, and you are in the same boat I was in, be prepared.


3. It’s much easier to babysit your grandchildren at their homes – Wow this is for sure 100% true! Well, think about it; your grandkids have all their toys, bed, favorite foods etc at their home. To disrupt that, it may rock the boat somewhat when it comes to their behavior. They also sleep much better when at home. I have learned this many times over! Some kids just don’t sleep good when away from home. However, some do. Every child is different.

4. Patience is still a definite virtue – My mother was the most patient person I’ve ever known. She always spent time with me when I needed her. Practicing patience is something that should be on all parent’s wanna-be list. It should be your number one priority. Children didn’t come with convenient and simple instructions. Life is not that simple. As new parents; you will need to spend time with your kids and bond with them. Spend quality time with them and teach the same things that were taught to you…only give your kids a lot more indepth teachings along with long-suffering patience. Your children will appreciate and remember this!

Well, you know that all that holds true for grandmothers. When your Grands are screaming “Mamma and Dadda!” You need to be patient with them; as with any other behavior.

5. Never forget that your grandchildren ARE NOT actually your children – That may be challenging for some grandparents to read or hear. Well, in a way they are. However, us Grandparents don’t have the final say about various rules, discipline, religion, and so many other things. We need to sit back and let Mom and Dad do their own thing. Although whatever the situation; some grandparents create their own recipes for disaster and step in too far. I DON’T want to be that type of Grandma! My kids are quite intelligent adults, and our grandkids will be nothing short of smart, compassionate and responsible adults.

6. Being Grandma isn’t always easy – Grandma, you’re in for a wild ride with your new role! You will get your feelings hurt more times that you can count. This is especially true when they get to the age where they know that Mom and Dad is indeed their Mom and Dad. And they know it when they leave. Grandma, are you able to calm your little one and soothe the hurt? Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. This is what I’ve learned myself. I sure wish I had a dollar everytime I’ve heard, (through real crocodile tears) “Where Mamma and Dadda at??” 🙁

When I first became a grandmother, I daydreamed about my little guy sleeping peacefully in his crib that we have in our home. Well, that sure didn’t happen. Maybe a couple of times. However, most of the time, he ended up sleeping with both Amma and Pappa. Don’t you just love the “Amma?” =) lol

Another thing that I was looking forward to was taking my grandson to various places…out to eat, or to the grocery store. Guess what!? That has yet to happen. Us Grandparents have NOT taken him anywhere by ourselves yet.

Through all the crying and sleepless nights, I’m proud to say that becoming Grandma is still the best experience I’ve had throughout my life. 🙂

You can see more articles about Grandparenting duties Here 🙂

Grandma’s Holiday Wishlist – Guest Post

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you will buy your loved ones. Kids and siblings are relatively easy to buy for, as are parents, but what about grandparents? If your grandmother is anything like mine, then you know that it isn’t necessarily always easy to shop for her. She knows what she wants, and is less likely to be pleased with trivial gifts. Read on for three great gift ideas for granny.

Vacuum Cleaner
This is one of those gifts with which you can’t go wrong. Everyone needs a clean house, making this gift a universal pleaser. Dyson vacuums are top-quality and reasonably priced. The Dyson multi-floor vacuum is lightweight and versatile, and features Root Cyclone™ technology and a quick-draw Telescope Reach™ wand; alternately, the Dyson DC25 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner is great for pet owners, as it has a mini turbine head with a brushbar that spins 90 times per second, along with the aforementioned Root Cyclone™ technology. Both models come with Ball™ technology, ensuring easy maneuverability.

Coffee Maker
One of my favorite memories growing up was the smell of coffee brewing in my grandma’s kitchen as I awoke in the morning and headed to the dining room for breakfast. Rather than buying a cheap coffee maker that doesn’t stand out from the crowd, why not look into a French press coffee maker? This will ensure a fresh-tasting cup of coffee each and every time. The Bodum Chambord Coffee Press is inexpensive and comes in a variety of sizes (12, 17, 34, or 51 ounces), making it ideal for the casual to serious coffee drinker, and everyone in-between. I recommend that you buy one with a glass carafe, as opposed to plastic, as glass is more durable. Also take the time to look into Bodum Canteens, which are double wall and transparent, and come in 3, 6, or 13.5 ounces.

Spa Package
Your grandma has lived a long, full life, and has raised a family of her own. Why not treat her to a spa package to show her your appreciation? A visit to the spa has undeniable benefits, and will leave her feeling pampered and loved. In addition to the psychological benefits to being queen for a day, a visit to the spa reduces stress, and soothes sore joints and muscles. The human touch has been shown to be beneficial, and your granny will glow when it’s all said and done. If you are itching for a good massage and beauty treatment, why not book a package for two, and spend the day with your grandma? She’ll love every minute of it!

As you can see, with a little thought and creativity, you can find the perfect gift for everyone in your family, especially the ones who you may have always thought of as difficult to buy for. By taking the individual needs of your grandma into account, you can be sure of finding the perfect gift at the perfect price, and wowing her this year.

Danielle Rhodes, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys spending her time keeping up with the latest innovations in home appliances, such as Dyson vacuums.

Danielle also writes for http://www.eatbreatheblog.com

Instructions On Being A Fun Grandma

I worry about that word “fun” A LOT, am I doing it right? lol 😉

Why do I worry about this?? Well, my grandchild gets bored very easy! I mean VERY easy. :/ He’s inquisitive, too intelligent for us grandparents, (I guess that’s how they come these days), and he takes pride in letting us know that he’s in charge. LOL! So, keeping our little guy occupied is quite challenging.

The toys we have here at Grandma’s house are yesterday’s news, that is most of the time. He’d much rather play with a box, an old magazine, a tag on a piece of clothing, or Grandma’s already folded laundry. I guess we need to update and get some new toys. 😉 LOL

He giggles to himself as he takes my folded laundry and tosses it back into the basket, piece by piece. I just mumble to myself, “You little s***.” And you know what he does with that comment? He laughs, and not quietly! He hasn’t mastered that comment, (or I should say word) yet, but it won’t be long. 😉

Instructions on being a fun grandma? I do have a few…

There really isn’t those specific instructions in a book per se, at least I haven’t found them yet. lol However below I’ve included a few tips. Perhaps you other Grandmothers out there share the same with your grandchildren. And IF you have additional tips, PLEASE send them my way!! 🙂

* Dance around and act silly – I do a lot of this lately. This would be something that my grandchild would watch on video and snicker at when he gets older. Did I say “snicker?” Hmm, I meant ROTFLMAO!!

* Play the pick up game – This is where he tests me. He plays the pick up game mostly while in his high chair eating a snack or lunch. See, I have to bribe him with a ton of toys on the tray just so he don’t freak out when I put him in the chair. So, what does he do with these toys Grandma bribes him with? You guessed it, he drops those yesterday’s news toys on the floor and fusses (just a little, not loud fussing) to see if I’ll pick them up. Of course Grandma hesitantly picks the toys up after specifically telling him “I’m NOT picking those up!” As long as I play the pick up game with him, he’s having fun, and of course I’m being a fun grandma, maybe not a smart one, however a fun one. LOL

* Play Peek-a-boo – All babies love peek-a-boo! I have lots of fun with this one, as I get him giggling loud. I use cloth diapers that I place over my head and face. And he just loves it. 🙂 These are the same diapers I used for spit up rags.

* Sing Christmas songs – Who would have thunk it? Singing Christmas songs is being a “fun” grandma. Especially Jingle Bells. You know the lyrics…”Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, or the fields we go, laughing all the way.” (And I HAVE to LOL hard after that last line) This gets him smiling and laughing. When I start out with that first line;” Dashing through the snow,” he knows what’s coming and he grins real big. Again, FUN Grandma! lol

* Getting down on the floor – All kids love it when you get on the floor with them. And guess what?? Dada has taught my grandchild to hit and to pull hair. So, being the fun Grandmother that I am gets down on the floor and lets him hit me and pull my hair. What us Grandmothers won’t do for our grandchildren?! * snicker..snicker *

These 5 activities I guess is being a “fun” Grandmother, at least it’s working so far. But you know what? All kidding aside…I can’t wait until my little guy can say, “You are the best grandma ever!” 🙂

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.

Janeromanpitt.com

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