Four Things I Learned When I Became a Grandparent

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Here are four things I learned after having grandchildren. My Aunt and Uncle used to take each of their grandchildren on a trip when they reached the ripe old age of 8. When the grandchildren are at your house, it can get a bit trickier. You obviously have the right and responsibility to keep your grandchildren safe and must set up the house rules to do so. You don’t, however, have to let your grandchildren have free reign to destroy your house or things.

10 FREE (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas

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I realize not everyone has family heirlooms to give away, but my grandmother has been downsizing and gifting her grandchildren pieces from her Fostoria Glass collection that were my grandparents wedding gifts back in 1945. Maybe you are a crafter/knitter/crocheter with a stash of supplies? Gifts must be expensive and store bought—-SAID NO ONE, EVER!

Our {Artificial} Christmas Tree

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She crocheted one for each of her great-grandchildren back in 1980. I hesitated to put the word, artificial, in the title of the post. It seems that word when associated with Christmas trees provokes much debate. Part of me was embarrassed to admit it, but here goes: We have an artificial pre-lit Christmas tree. I feel so much better now that that is off my chest. Here's another secret. Our tree doesn't have a theme.