Monday, June 18, 2018

Going Green on Father's Day

Father's Day 2018. As I reflect back on the day, I cannot help but offer up praise to God for gifting me with so much.


Deb and me October 2003

It's been a rough couple of weeks. I lost a dear friend of 43 years, thanks in part to wrong diagnoses starting in January. Deb and I were best friends in college and later shared an apartment together here in Pittsburgh. She had a vibrant smile that lit up a room whenever she entered it. She was so.full.of.life. How can she be gone? It's a question that runs through my mind daily.

In addition to that devastating loss, I had my own potential health crisis. A breast cancer scare that had me at the Cancer Institute at Allegheny General Hospital this past Friday. The tests were painful, but the news was good, with the radiologist telling me that he was 90% sure I had nothing to worry about. I'll take it. It was good to focus on other things this weekend.

Which brings us to today. After church, I came home and tended to brunch. I made a French Toast Casserole in the crock pot, which I turned on early this morning. I threw two hash brown casseroles in the oven (one with onions, one without for the grandkids), and I prepared my mixture for a big batch of scrambled eggs. I had prepared almost everything last night, including cutting chives from my garden to sprinkle over the eggs. It was a lot of work, but it was done in love and gratitude.


Father's Day 2018
Watching my husband as he was surrounded by his kids and grandkids for Father's Day was... I don't know how to express it. It was a bit overwhelming in some ways because we almost lost him back in October. Seeing the love poured out toward him is something I don't ever want to take for granted. So many grandparents rarely see their grandchildren, due to distance of location or distance of heart. Broken or strained relationships cause chasms hard to cross. The fact that we get to see our grandchildren for every holiday and often in between means the world to me.

As I was getting ready for church this morning, I thought of our new-ish neighbor across the street who was going to be alone today. Her mother died two weeks ago and I know how hard that is. So I decided to invite her to join us today and she did. That, too, was a blessing.

Now on to the green stuff. We had eight adults and five children here for brunch and did not use any single-use products. Not a one. I've gathered enough metal plates through the years to serve 24, so there is never a need for paper plates for picnics. We have at least 100 cloth napkins, some of which my mom made many years ago. She's the one who taught me that paper napkins were unnecessary. We certainly have enough flatware to skip the plastic, and we have plenty of mugs for coffee, glasses for water and iced tea, and champagne flutes for mimosas (after all, we had a lot to celebrate today).

Clean up was more work without the paper and plastic products that could easily be pitched into the trash and recycling, but I'll sleep well tonight knowing I did not only serve my family well today, but I served the earth well, too. And that, my friends, is what being a green grandma is all about!

I encourage you to find your own ways to cut down on waste.

Keeping it green with a heart full of gratitude,



Saturday, June 9, 2018

Dads Who Rock CD Collection Giveaway!

Remember the Moms Who Rock giveaway? Well, Dads rock, too. So here's a giveaway just for them!


Sponsored By: Sugar Mountain PR

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner Will Receive: 

A collection of wonderful "Dads Who Rock" CDs! 

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6/9 9:00 AM EST through 7/7 11:59PM EST



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Thursday, June 7, 2018

prAna Review -- It doesn't get better than this!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for my honest opinion.



I have a confession. I hate my body. I know, I know... I shouldn't feel that way. We're supposed to embrace the unique bodies we have, blah, blah, blah. It's just not happening with me. And as I get older, it doesn't seem to be getting any better. 

Of course, I could diet and exercise and that would help. Yeah, I know that. I keep meaning to do so. 

Here's the problem with my body. Well, one of the problems. Maybe you'll see yourself in this one. I have relatively small hips and next to no butt. And when I do lose weight, that's where I lose it first!

Wait... do I hear her complaining about small hips??

If, and I mean if, I had a small waist, those narrow hips would be dandy. Therein lies the problem. I don't have a small waist. It measures the same, if not bigger, than my hip measurement. What am I -- a guy?

So... in order to get pants that fit nicely on my butt and thighs (which are admittedly thin), I have to find the perfect pants. I fit into junior's low-to-mid-rise jeans in a size 11. But if I have to wear pants that close comfortably at the waist, I'm up to a 14-16 and my butt and thighs swim laps. 

Leggings used to be the answer, but now I struggle with most of them because, here it comes, they roll when I sit. Yep, the waistband curls up and works its way across my flabby belly. NOT comfortable. Not at all.

However, I found the answer in these wonderful leggings from prAna. Not only do they fit perfectly (size L), but they don't roll! I'm so in love with these pants! 


Green Grandma wearing Leda Pant in Coal
Recently, I traveled across the state with my husband and I wore a pair of prAna leggings. Talk about comfortable... the entire day and night. I didn't want to take them off. And, don't tell anyone... but they made me almost want to exercise! I know one thing, I'll be wearing and packing them whenever I travel. They're great with sandals or athletic shoes, and they'll be equally fantastic with short and long boots this fall. 

I love the fit and comfort, obviously, but I also love the philosophy of the company: 

We strive to minimize our impact on the environment and what it means for future generations. We go the extra mile to design everything we make with the best possible materials and practices.

How many other clothing manufacturers can say that?

Leda Pant in Forest Green
I checked out the tag when the pants first arrived and this is what I read:

  • Recycled
  • Organic (100% Organic Cotton)
  • Bluesign
  • Fair Trade Certified (YES!)
  • Hemp 
  • Fluorine Free
  • PFOA Free
Wow. It doesn't get much better than that! And did I mention they're super comfortable? And they don't roll? 

Oh, and they have deep back pockets, which is a bonus!

I just wish you could feel them. They're great for this grandma's bottom... and I think they'd be perfect for postpartum bottoms as well! After all, all you new mamas deserve a bit of comfort, don't you think?

While they are a bit pricey ($79), they are worth every penny. I expect they will wear well for quite some time. And maybe, just maybe, they'll start me on the path to actually liking my body... at least when I'm clothed!

prAna isn't just about leggings, though. They have a fantastic selection of yoga pants, jeans (can't wait to order a pair!), bathing suits, tops, outerwear, accessories, and more. They even sell men's clothing. You really have to check out their website... and order something, of course!

I love when I review products that I can totally approve of and recommend. prAna pants are definitely one of those products. And based on their sustainability and the quality of their clothing, prAna is a company I can confidently award two green thumbs up!

But wait... there's more! To celebrate spring and travel and outdoor activities, prAna is offering the Green Grandma community 15% off purchases. Just enter the code TRHHS18 at check out! Click here to start shopping.

Reviewing it for you,



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mama's Jewelry -- a review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.



I love jewelry. Of course, if it's fair trade, I love it even more. But that doesn't mean I won't buy or appreciate other jewelry. So when I was chosen to review a piece of jewelry from Mama's Jewelry, I was quite happy. 

After reviewing their site, I opted for a ring. First I checked out the rings for grandmas, but, quite honestly, I didn't like the stone combination for my 5 grandchildren (2 October, August, April, and February). It just wasn't a good look. So I decided to go with the NANA Princess Mother's Ring. It comes with up to 6 stones, but I chose only 3 -- a sapphire framed by two alexandrites for my September and June babies. The image shown on the website was beautiful. I thought the stones would look best in sterling silver. This is what I expected:


Pretty, isn't it? I loved the extra silver bands at the sides of the stones. 

But here is what I received:



Maybe it's me, but those two side stones, which are pictured above as a light purple, look green to me (and they're not even matching greens!). What do you think? This is not the ring I wanted. Plus, it's smaller than I expected. Notice the single silver bands beside the stones. Here it is on my finger:



It's a thin band with small stones. While it is pretty and seems to be well-crafted, it is not what I wanted. 

I wrote to the company to express my dissatisfaction. Here is their response:

The alexandrite stone is a gorgeous gem that is hard to replicate. The true stone has color-shifting properties which result in a color shift. It shows as blue or bluish green in daylight and purplish red in incandesent (misspelling is theirs) light. The Swarovski Zirconia that most closely matches this is the one that we have selected for our rings, and can vary from blue-green to purple as does the natural stone.

This effect can be influenced by the color of the stones set with it, next to your sapphire the june stones will appear darker than if they were placed next to a march stone, for example.

Umm... okay, but then why picture the ring with light purple stones? Why not accurately depict the ring? To be fair, they offered to replace the stones with something closer to the photo, but I had to pay shipping. They do boast a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, but since I didn't have to pay for the ring, I'm not sending it back. Especially not at my expense.

Needless to say, I am not entirely happy and since I promise to post honest reviews, you can count on me to do so.

Like I said, the ring is pretty and, so far, at only $79, seems to be a quality ring. It's simply not what I bargained for.

If you choose to order from the Mama's Jewelry site, just be aware that your jewelry might not arrive looking like the piece you thought you ordered.

Reviewing it for you,



When I grow old


Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day. Before you say thanks...

The following was originally posted by me on the Dignity Home Care Professionals blog.



For years, I went out of my way to thank veterans on Memorial Day. "Thank you for your service," I'd say with genuine gratitude.

Some would nod and thank me. Others would gently smile and say nothing. I noticed faraway looks in the eyes of others. Until finally, someone close to me pointed out that he didn't want to be thanked on Memorial Day. 

I was confused.

"Memorial Day isn't about veterans who are still with us. It's about the ones who died," he explained. "Save your thanks for Veteran's Day."

I felt foolish. Of course. While the holiday has become little more than summer kickoffs, three-day weekends, and barbecues to many, the real reason for Memorial Day has been pushed aside. It's intended to be a day to remember

Smiling children line the streets and wave flags as parades pass by. But I can't help wondering how many are being taught the reason for the day. Unlike the celebration of Independence Day, which truly is a celebration, Memorial Day should reflect a somber tone of sorts. Surely it does for surviving veterans who lost comrades during any of the wars and conflicts. They remember.

And we should, too. 

Just glimpse at the people in Arlington Cemetery on this last Monday of the month. Memories surface and tears are shed. There is no laughter, no waving of flags, no celebration. There is loss. Survivor's guilt. Longing. Respect.

Memorial Day reflects the price we paid as a country. The price of human lives. It is sobering. Should we pause in silent reflection and remember? Should we spend time in prayer, thanking God for those who paid the ultimate price? Should we offer our support to surviving family members who cling only to a folded flag? I think we should.

But should we thank a living veteran? I think not. I, for one, do not want to trigger traumatic memories or survivor's guilt and I'm sorry for not knowing any better in times past.

What we do on Memorial Day is up to each of us. Picnics, parades, gatherings of family and friends... they're all fine. Just skip the thanks for now and silently appreciate the ones who made it home.



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