If Only I Lived Closer

 If only I lived closer to my grand kids, I would see them as often as I could because let’s face it, when you are a grandparent, these little people light up your life.  When I hear their voices or I see their cute faces on my computer screen my world stops – immediately!  I want to soak up every moment that I am privileged to spend with them and just stay in that moment for as long as possible....more

40 Easter Basket Ideas for Preschoolers

Being an Easter baby, Easter baskets are one of my most favorite traditions!  I had a lot of fun coming up with this list of Easter basket ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.This list is as much for me as it is for you, my readers, because I want the “Easter Bunny” to remember to fill my toddler and preschool age daughters’ baskets with fun, useful, healthy (and affordable!) goodies each year....more

I'm Nothing Like My Grandmas

Bonnie CapraraThe Best Times of My Life ... or Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies, for that matter.</strong>...more

Science Fair projects teach entrepreneurship

Science Fairs are a great opportunity to to model the skills necessary for our children to become the  entrepeneurs of the future Click here to read this post...more

Ten Reasons I Love Being a Grandparent

I have been a grandparent for three years now. When I left from a visit with my grandchildren and driving home, I was thinking about how they make me feel whenever I am with them. 1. I smile more. 2. They bring out the child in me. 3. I get to bring "presents" that make them smile. 4. They listen and everything I say is important. 5. When I'm around and they feel sad, I'm the super-helping hero. 6. It's always playtime. I get to forget about everything else. 7. There is always time for a good book. 8. I win a grammy for best song. 9....more

Dealing with that stubborn parent

My parents are relatively young. They had my brother and me in their early 20s, and I am fortunate that they are both in good health and should be with me for many more years. Some of my friends, however, are later-in-life children. I hear the guilt/sorrow/frustration in their voices as they discuss their parents. One of the topics that comes up the most often is when they have a parent that doesn't want to change their routines. ...more

Welcome to the Grandparent-hood: It's Good Here

I was talking to a colleague the other day at work about becoming a grandparent and how it changes your life in so many wonderful ways. Just when you think your days of parenting are beginning to wind down and you are wondering what you are going to do with the rest of your life, you get to start your parenting experience all over again in a different way. It will be one of the most important and enjoyable things you will ever do. ...more
Love this! One of my favorite things about becoming a "Gma" has been seeing my son and his wife ...more

The Visit| Five Minute Friday Challenge

Several months ago I joined a group of bloggers who for the last four years have a writing flash mob every Friday. This is the brilliant idea of sister blogger Lisa-Jo Baker which she titled Five Minute Friday. Every Friday Lisa-Jo gives a word prompt and bloggers have five minutes to write “unedited, unscripted, real” blog post based on the prompt. So here it is for this week's word--VISIT...more

Why You Should be a Swinger

Do you want to do something easy and fun that will make you weightless? Do you want to feel the breeze in your hair as you float through the air while laughing out loud? Go swing. You can do it alone or with a group of people of all ages. And, it’s legal!...more

I'm a Grandmother But...

A while ago my son told me, "Mom, you have to be the worst grandmother in the history of the world!"  He's probably right. Most grannies love to babysit and hang out with kiddies who drool, but I want no part of it. With an only child who is 30, I don't want to get up in the middle of the night unless I want to read a good book, or watch a rerun of Chopped on the Food Network; and I have absolutely no interest in having food thrown at me in the kitchen for grins and giggles. (lol)...more