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Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Jak, Mac, and Bubby (bloggy nicknames for our grandsons)
 

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    Saturday
    Aug272016

    Saturday movie review: Special Correspondents

    Not long ago, my husband and I saw a Graham Norton Show (our favorite talk show) episode in which his guests included Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais. They were plugging the upcoming release of their Netflix original feature film, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS, written and directed by Ricky Gervais. From the giggles and guffaws their banter elicited from the host and other guests — as well as my husband and myself — I figured the comedy would be a fun diversion and quickly added it to my queue.

    We finally got around to watching it last week, and it was indeed a fun diversion. Far different from most everything else in my Netflix queue, but far more fun, for sure.

    special correspondents netflix film

    SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS stars Eric Bana as Frank Bonneville, a self-absorbed radio journalist who hasn't reached the career level he hoped for and believes he deserves. Problem being...

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    Friday
    Aug262016

    175 Best Air Fryer Recipes (Cookbook review)

    Do you have an air fryer? I reviewed one last year, and it quickly became one of my favorite appliances. I was quite pleased with the way french fries, chicken tenders, BBQ drumsticks and much, much more cooked up fast and oil free. And delicious.

    Thing is, I had trouble finding recipes that went beyond the basics, beyond those things mentioned above. So I don't use my air fryer as often as I would like, as often as I could and should.

    Enter 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury, freelance food writer and author of more than 20 cookbooks (including this one I previously reviewed). I received a copy of the glossy cover paperback for review and instantly fell in love with it.

    175 best air fryer recipes

    Inside the glossy cover of 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes the pages are primarily...

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    Wednesday
    Aug242016

    10 rituals and rules I read by

    Every avid reader has a favorite genre as well as a favorite reading spot for snuggling up with a book.

    Every avid reader likely also has a few personal (private, perhaps) rituals and rules by which they read. The following are mine — some of which I hope you won't hold against me.

     

    ONE
    Printed books beat digital.
    I get the attraction of books you can download and read anytime, anywhere. I actually own a...

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    Pool party! Plus, GRAND Social No. 219 link party for grandparents

    Pool party!

    Pool parties have long been a favorite way for kids to celebrate their birthdays, whether it be in their own backyard swimming pool or a paid party option at the local public swimming spot.

    My daughters never got to have a pool party for their birthdays when I was in charge of party planning. In part because I can't swim and the thought of being reponsible for little ones bobbing about in a body of water, large or small, scared the bejeezus out of me.

    My oldest daughter turned 34 last week. This weekend she had a birthday party. A pool party! Because she was in charge of the planning. And because she has a pool in her backyard.

    pool party 

    I'm still not a swimmer but I did get in the pool for a bit. Because the...

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    Saturday
    Aug202016

    Saturday movie review: Recent stinkers

    I've recently had a bad run of films in my quest for under-the-radar-but-awesome movies to review for you. It's fairly common to come across a stinker or two between several movies I'm happy to watch and pontificate upon here on Grandma's Briefs. Rarely does it happen, though, to have three in a row — on DVD, not streaming — that just plain stink.

    Such a trio made an appearance on my big screen this past week. Each one I had added to my Netflix queue, requested be mailed to me ASAP upon seeing their trailers. Because each one had a trailer that made me think This will make a great review!

    Each one stunk. Big time. Leaving me feeling overwhelmingly obliged to tell you to avoid it. Regardless of how good...

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    Thursday
    Aug182016

    Grandma's love is SO big!

    From the time my first baby girl was born, I had a penchant for grabbing the arms of beloved little ones — especially teensy tiny ones — holding them above the babe's head and professing the sing-song sentiment of how big she or he is.

    Brianna Lee is SO big! I'd trill.

    Then, Megan Rae is SO big!

    Andrea Lynn is SO big!

    Followed by Bubby, then Mac, then Jak being oh SO big, too, as each tiny one grew into being not so tiny at all.

    I haven't sing-songed the SO Big song in quite some time. Yet, when I saw on Facebook the photo Megan posted last week of Bubby and Mac's first day of school — Bubby entering third grade, Mac full-week morning prekindergarten* — my first thought was, "Bubby and Mac are SO big!"

    brothers back to school 

    Oh, how I would have loved to...

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    Wednesday
    Aug172016

    Toy review: Shape Mags Stick N' Stack Magnetic Tiles

    Before I delve into my review of Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack playsets, I must first apologize.

    I must apologize for using the "C" word here. That "C" word being, well, Christmas.

    See, if you're anything like me, you abhor the idea of considering Christmas before summer has even come to a close. But, as these nifty playsets are ideal, imagination-stretching gifts for girls and boys of all ages (well, age 3+ is the recommendation), I simply must note that Shape Mags are absolutely perfect for giving — and getting... for Grandma's playroom — for Christmas.

    There. I said it. Forgive me and let's move on... to the review.

    shape mags

    I received free for review the Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack Tiles Starter Set...

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    Monday
    Aug152016

    Support back-to-school grandkids! Plus, GRAND Social No. 218 link party

    Support back-to-school grandkids!

    Last week was the first week of the school year for Bubby and Mac, and school starts this week for Bud. Your school age grandkiddos have likely already hit the books, too, or will soon.

    Which makes this the perfect time to once again urge you to get involved in their schooling, urge you to once again read my post on the topic.

    support grandchildren in school 

    Click on the graphic above and it'll take you right to the article — in a new window so...

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