Grandparents As Parents-Grandparents Getting Custody of a Grandchild

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Grandparents as parents, again. Grandparents are being recycled as parents, becoming a second time around parent to one or more grandchildren. Millions of grandparents have returned to the role of parent, including us. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, over the last 25 years, the number of children being raised by someone other than a parent has increased dramatically, with the vast majority of these children being raised by their grandparents.

The numbers of grandparents raising grandchildren, actually raising their grandchild(ren) as parents typically would, versus grandchildren and parents simply living in the grandparents home, continues to increase. Between 1990 and 1998, the number of families in grandparent-headed households without either parent present increased by 53 percent, and the 2000 Census Report placed the total number of children living in a grandparent- or other relative-headed household at 6 million.
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Closet Purge to Fashionable Working Wardrobe Upgrade

Closet Purge The thought of spending an entire day cleaning out the closet and getting rid of more stuff in a massive closet purging session seemed overwhelming and somewhat depressing. I had the urge to purge nearly 90% of the clothes, shoes and fashionable accessories in my closet that I had accumulated over the last several (many) years.

Having scheduled a few career-changing interviews in my ongoing effort of leaving dentistry completely and beginning a brand new career path, standing in my closet and looking for interview-worthy business casual wardrobe attire that would work, fit well and look amazing on me, my shoulders began to droop as the realization hit me that I have nothing to wear. Sure, those lined wool black dress slacks hanging in the closet would be great for business interviews, but temperatures outside were well into the 90’s and simply not going to work.
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My Willow Tree Grandparents With Grandchildren Figurines Collection

Willow Tree Grandparents As a grandparent with several grandchildren, and surely more to come in years ahead, I was instantly drawn to the Willow Tree figurine collection, Susan Lordi’s line of carved, figurative sculptures.

I was introduced to Willow Tree figurines a few years ago when I received the “Together” Willow Tree figurine from my husband as a Christmas gift. I was hooked on Willow Tree ever since, and have regularly searched for any and all newly added items to the Willow Tree family of products.

I’m especially drawn to the Willow Tree Grandparents figurine collection, and have gradually been building my personal collection of these figurines from the grandparents family groupings and individual children/grandchildren figures, pictured here.
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Preparing for the Holidays

holiday preparations The Holidays are Coming! The Holidays are Coming! The holiday season is upon us, with Halloween due in a couple of weeks, followed by Thanksgiving shortly thereafter, and then Christmas and New Years. Where has the year gone?!

The stores are stocking up on all of the holiday goods, and we’re in full holiday mode in our home, making necessary preparations for family gatherings and fun times for all. I think my favorite holiday of all is Thanksgiving. Family and friends gathering together to enjoy each others company and joyful conversation, making memories, and enjoying good tasting food.

Christmas this year will be a bit thinner as far as gift-giving is concerned, having trimmed down our list of gift recipients to just our grandchildren. With an ever-growing family, new marriages bringing in additional in-laws, and with more and more grandkids coming along, the holiday-spending budget is feeling much happier now.
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Win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Now is your chance to Win a $50.00 Amazon gift card, in celebration of the new Fall season, cooler temperatures, beautiful Autumn colors with the seasonal changing of the leaves on the trees, and the holidays right around the corner.

I love Autumn almost as much as I love Amazon! For a long time now, Amazon has been my primary go-to spot for buying virtually everything we need or want. Being an Amazon Prime Member has been a god-send, so to speak, since nearly everything I buy on Amazon arrives at my doorstep in just two days.

When I order a gift for someone on Amazon, where the gift recipient lives out of state or I won’t be seeing them in person for their special occasion, holiday gathering or birthday, I love knowing that their gift will arrive not only on time but usually a little early.
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LunchBots Stainless Steel Food Containers and Bento Boxes

LunchBots Stainless Steel Food Containers Jacqueline Linder, Founder and CEO of LunchBots, the family-owned business providing consumers healthy and safe stainless steel lunch and snack food containers, is an entrepreneur and company I greatly respect. With the growing awareness and concern about the abundance of harmful plastic products used in many homes, more people are making the necessary changes to get rid of their plastic storage containers and are searching for healthier options.

When I first heard about LunchBots awhile back, it was important to me to take the time needed to check out the quality of their product line, the company’s history and mission, rather than just jumping on the bandwagon full steam ahead simply based on a few online reviews.
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Telling It Like It Is on Facebook

Telling It Like It Is on Facebook Telling It Like It Is is now on Facebook, with our own Facebook fan page. I have been asked more times than I can count to create a Facebook fan page for this blog, Telling It Like It Is, so this past weekend I created a fan page and I’d like to invite all of you to come and enjoy the page with me.

When I’ve been asked, Why don’t you have a fan page on Facebook for this site, I really didn’t have a good answer for them. I’ve had a personal Facebook for quite a long time, and since I’ve been writing on this site for several years, I really should have made a fan page for subscribed readers and followers to “Like” and actively engage with outside of the comments section here a long time ago.
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60th Birthday Gift Ideas vs Birthday Gag Gifts for Men Turning 60

60th Birthday Party Gift Ideas The 60th birthday party that I’m hosting in a couple of months is well along in the planning stages. The custom birthday party invitations have been received, the very unique and uncommon birthday cake has been ordered, the party decorations have been chosen, the birthday menu is completed, so now my thoughts have shifted to what do you get as a birthday gift for a man turning 60 years old?

Every birthday is special of course, but milestone birthdays like the 50th, 60th, 70th and 80th birthdays should be treated as extra special, and a lot of thought put into the selection of a good birthday gift for someone entering a milestone year. I mean, it’s the Big 6.0.! Thoughts of retirement, getting older, enjoying time spent with grandchildren, hobbies, etc are typically on their minds. The 60th birthday is a big deal and should be treated as such.

Since I’m hosting this very special birthday party, coming up with my own ideas of what I will give this guy as a gift has had me scratching my head for unique gift ideas, but I’m also the go-to person for everyone on the invitation list to ask what they could get him as a birthday gift too. More head scratching and raking my brain for things a man about to be sixty years old would want or need that someone could give him as a birthday gift.
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The Cards Against Humanity Card Game is Among Amazon’s Most Popular Products

Cards Against Humanity If you haven’t yet heard about the card game called Cards Against Humanity, surely you will soon. As I’ve been going through the various Amazon wish lists in my early Christmas shopping efforts, this very popular card game is listed on at least three people’s lists of things they want for Christmas this year, and sits at the top of Amazon’s best sellers in the toys/games category.

Although I haven’t ever played Cards Against Humanity, I’ve been hearing about how popular it is, and how graphic and disturbingly hilarious it seems to be for those who choose to play it. Marketed as an adult card game for those 18+ years of age and up, and now in its third expansion, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to find people we know wanting to buy it, or hoping someone will buy it for them as a gift.
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Throwing Successful Adult Surprise Birthday Parties to Perfection

Surprise! Have you ever thrown a surprise party for someone you love and care about? Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you, where you were the unsuspecting “victim” of the secret planning for your birthday or other special occasion?

Having hosted quite a few adult surprise parties over the years, I can tell you emphatically that knowing how to throw surprise parties for adults is a lot of fun, whether it’s a surprise birthday party for an adult, surprise bridal showers, anniversary parties, etc. Surprise parties are a blast when perfectly planned and executed, and the guest-of-honor has no clue about the special party being arranged in their honor.

Hosting surprise birthday parties for kids or teens is a lot of fun and exciting too of course, milestone birthday parties for “kids” turning 18 years old or 21 are loads of fun, but for me there is something extra special and exhilarating about planning the perfect surprise party for adults. I’m also hosting a 60th birthday party soon, although this party is not a surprise, but I hope to one day at least participate in some way hosting or co-hosting a milestone surprise birthday party for a 50th or even a 70th or 80th birthday.
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