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Happy New Year and Losing a Dear Mother-In-Law

happy new year

Happy New Year everyone!!! Wow! This blog post has been a long time coming…

While I had planned on doing a plethora of writing (for both blogs) this year; I’d also planned on doing lots of videos for my Beauty YouTube Channel. I STILL am planning to do all that, and more…Like being a better grandma!! 💜

I want to bring to your attention though, that I’ve stepped away from Avon and being a representative (for Avon). I just thought it was time to do some things differently. And, with the new year, I thought it was the perfect timing.

happy new year

I’ve started out 2021 with doing many videos, which ALWAYS bring me “immediate stress-free” benefits!! 🙂 Filming videos brings me quite the dose of accomplishment and confidence. If you knew me in my younger years, you would most assuredly know where I’m coming from. I was very shy and unsure of myself. I still am somewhat, however, not quite as severe.

With that said, I do realize that I haven’t started writing blog posts with a bang (with 2021 in mind) or, I should say, like I had planned as of yet. I promise you, they are coming, with everything grandparenting tips, parenting, healthy lifestyle, some new recipes here and there and, just everyday living.

happy new year

So, this brings me to the later part of January 2021 with settling down to the holidays being over and reality. We all had very enjoyable holidays, especially with the grandkids. On a more melancholy note; January is always sad for me. I’ve always dreaded taking down all the Christmas decor. In fact, my tree is STILL up. Although, we’ve taken down everything .

My Grandchildren

happy new year

My husband and I started out the new year with something very sad and unexpected. Although, it really WAS NOT un-expected…It was not in the time frame that WAS EXPECTED!

We lost my husband’s mother on January 21st. I believe it to be a mix of old age and kidney failure. While kidney failure with someone the age of 82 is always a concern, she had many illnesses with her kidneys in general throughout her stay at the nursing facility.

My Mother-In-Law’s health was surely failing and she was sick a few months (back) with memory and mobility being a significant issue. Thinking back on everything, I really should have realized (not eating nor taking medication for 3/5 days) that yes, we were going to lose her SOON!!

Maybe it was complete denial and the fact that we just didn’t want to accept it; as it was a real shock to us both.

 

 

I think…

 

 

One of the reasons why we were in such denial is due to the fact that we hadn’t seen her since March; before The Corona Virus transpired.

happy new year
happy new year

Personally and During my Mother-In-Law’s passing and her services, that is the (one thing) that was ever-present in my mind and the one thing I just couldn’t get past…not seeing her for that stretch of time. I still can’t.

One of the points I wanted to convey is take time out of your schedule to spend time with your parents AND grandparents if they are still alive. Call them often. I don’t care how busy you are, take the time to show them that you care while they are still alive.

The Points Below…I’m talking to (myself) as well as the (reader), YOU. <3

The Second Point I wanted to bring across — Even though 2021 may not seem to be a better year for you going forward, (for whatever reason), try to look at your future positively. If you’ve set goals for the new year, do everything in your strength and power to meet those goals.

The most important thing to remember is wake up every morning and TRY.

This is something I always inspire my grandchildren with!! <3 <3

The Third Point — Remember, EVERYTHING happens for a (planned) reason. God has everything planned out (at specific times) for things to happen in our lives. Why these things happen, we don’t know. However, when we get to heaven (if you/I/we have prayed the sinner’s prayer and accepted Jesus into our hearts), we will all realize what all those reasons were and WHY they had to strategically happen.

Happy and Safe New Year to each and everyone of you!

Thank you so much for reading!! <3

XOXOXO Tammy

happy new year
happy new year

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season





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There are many wonderful things about the holiday season, but the effect it has on our budgets isn’t one of them.

More often than not, we wind up spending much more than we plan to buy gifts for our children, grandchildren, and loved ones. It’s hard not to! After all, showering our family members with gifts and affection is our right as grandmothers.

Here at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place, we know you’re probably hoping to go the extra mile this holiday season in an effort to make up for the crummy year we’ve all had. At the same time, however, money is tight for many right now, and spending wisely is absolutely necessary.

Here are some tips for how you can keep spending low while giving your family the holiday they deserve.

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

Do Your Research

Your first step when it comes to planning for this holiday should be research. Every year, there’s a list of hot toys that will only get harder and harder to find – and often, more expensive – as the season goes on. Get a sense of what the hottest holiday toys are and figure out whether or not they’re a good fit for any of your grandkids ASAP.

If you do decide to pick up any of these hot items, let your child know right away that you’ve bought it. Not only will this stop them from accidentally getting the same gift, but it will also knock a tricky item off their shopping list – something they’re sure to appreciate.

Get Wishlists

On that note, make sure to get wishlists from all of your kids and grandkids as early in the season as possible. Wishlists can feel like they take some of the fun or surprise out of holiday gifting, but they offer a ton of convenience and security as a trade.

You’ll know for sure and certain that you’re getting something your loved ones really want.

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

Plus, you might be surprised at how affordable many of the items they want actually are. There’s a decent chance your kids and grandkids would be perfectly happy with low-cost, practical gifts. And if you don’t have to go hunting for rare or expensive toys and presents, why would you want to?

Look For Sales

No matter what kind of gifts you’re giving, it’s wise to hunt for sales and deals throughout the holiday season. Retailers know that people are looking for a good price on quality items, and they offer opportunities to meet that need. For example, Cyber Monday is an excellent day to check items off your list without spending a ton.

However, check before you make any sales plans, especially when it comes to Black Friday. With the pandemic still going, many stores are spreading Black Friday deals across several days in order to mitigate crowds. Avoid the big, busy shopping days – especially if you’re in an area where cases are rising – and shop online when possible.

DIY Decor

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

Finally, save some money on wrapping and decor by unleashing your creative side. Instead of buying a ton of brand-new wrapping paper, consider picking up a big roll of plain craft paper. Decorate them freehand or use stencils or festive stamps to give the paper that holiday spirit.

You can also save a ton by making your own ribbons. They’re not too tricky to do on your own, and you can make dozens more decorative ribbons with a spool of ribbon than you would buy pre-made for the same price. This gives you a way to save money and indulge your crafty side all at once.

It’s been a tough year, and it makes sense that you’d want to make the holidays as special for your children and grandchildren as possible. However, make sure you don’t inadvertently put yourself in a bad spot in the process. Go into this holiday season with a plan, and you’ll be surprised at how easily you can fill out your wishlist without breaking the budget.

For more grandparenting tips, visit Grandma’s Home Blogger Place regularly.

Granny’s Laundry Room Clean-Up and Redecorating Project

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So, I decided to get in and really deep clean my laundry room…AND, redecorate it. Getting caught up on my laundry was an important part of this project too. 😉

Well, this granny had better hightail it to the dollar stores and grab a few things to decorate with that would look super cute!

Sure, I thought about going to Hobby Lobby and Target…however, we need to keep expenses down. Dollar Tree and Dollar General would work just fine! =)

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I found myself getting excited about the whole process! It got me thinking and I even did a video haul for this project. It will be included below.

So, this grandma had to think about the cleaning tips she had researched and learned and still had sprinkled through her (not so good) memory. 🙂 My hungry kitty jolted me back to reality!

I needed to get started!

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

I took down the curtains that had like, two layers of dust on them! They washed up rather pretty. 🙂

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

I was lucky I found quite a few cute things. And, what was it I said about NOT going to Hobby Lobby and Target!?? Those dollar stores work great when you’re in the mood to decorate!! I spent the whole morning sipping my ehem! (flavored coffee) and shopping. Was such fun!!! 🙂

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Whinnie’s Cat Food <3
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

Moving right along and my laundry room was looking awesome!!

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

My kitty had to get in the middle of things!!! LOL 🙂

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

I was definitely using muscles I hadn’t used in awhile and I knew I was going to be sore the next day!! 😮

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
My FAV!
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

This clean-up and decorating project was a lot of fun as well as therapeutic for me. It took my mind off quite a few things for awhile!!! 🙂

I sure hope ya’ll enjoyed my photos. And thank YOU so much for reading!

 

 

My Video Haul…;)

 

 

 

 

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

Female Pattern Baldness: Ultimate Guide for Grandmothers

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Has your hair started thinning at an abnormal rate? Has your part started widening, causing your scalp to show more than normal?

 

 

If your answer is yes, then female pattern baldness might be the issue. Androgenic alopecia is a life altering condition that not only affects you physically, but also emotionally and mentally.Unfortunately, for many women, this is just part of the aging process. Hair loss in women is quite common and losing one’s hair can be life altering. Not only does it cause those precious strands to thin rapidly but can affect a person’s happiness and self-worth.

In the life of a grandmother, this can take away time spent with grandchildren if it is left untreated.

Keep reading to unveil the ultimate guide of female pattern baldness and how you, as a grandmother, can slow down this process.

 

Why Does it Happen?

 

FPHL (female pattern hair loss) can happen due to many reasons. The biggest amongst women is genetics and hormones. Genetics play a huge role in whether you carry the specific genes for androgenetic alopecia.

It was once believed that only the maternal side carried the genes, but in recent years, it has been brought to light that both the mother and father’s side can be responsible.

 

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As previously mentioned, hair loss can be a part of the aging process. As grandmas get older, the hair growth on the scalp slows down. Also, follicles can stop producing new strands of hair in the hair growth cycle.

What I mean is that as hair grows and sheds, new ones are not growing in its place. Scientists have come a long way in studying the causes of alopecia, but much is still to be discovered.

While there is no known cure for female pattern baldness, there are products on the market that can help slow down, reverse, or stop those follicles from being lost forever.

The best products for grandmothers with thinning hair out there are listed below.

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Hair Loss Treatment Options:

Vitamins

Vitamins are a great source to help the promotion of hair growth, but make sure to get the right kind. Multivitamins are a good start because they provide all the essential nutrients and minerals that both your hair and body need to survive. You can be assured that you will get the appropriate levels of all the nutrients that your hair needs to maintain its good health and strength.

You can also get specialized vitamins if you prefer or are familiar with the kind you need specifically to treat your hair loss. If you know that your scalp produces an excess amount of the DHT hormone, then you may want to steer in that direction

Low Level Light Therapy

Low Level Light Therapy can be used in the treatment of many conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. But, where this kind of therapy stands out amongst the rest is in its ability to help promote hair growth and putting an end to alopecia.

In recent research, it was found that low level light therapy absorbs into the cells, triggering enhanced cellular activity. It energizes aging cells by increasing blood flow to the scalp and stimulating the production of hair

It is a non-invasive procedure which allows you the ease of knowing you don’t have to go through expensive surgeries. It also alleviates the option of complete baldness or having to wear a wig.

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Conclusion

If you are suffering from female baldness, do not hesitate to reach out for help. You can do research on your own to help get yourself the treatment that you need. Or you can consult with a doctor on the best way to combat this hair loss issue.

Do not let female alopecia get in the way of your happiness and everyday life activities with your grandchildren. Take advantage of the treatment options available on the market to get ahead of your hair loss in the early stages.

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