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Fun Filled Fireworks

As a kid I loved summertime – picnics, fireworks, parades and more! As a mother I tended to dread the forth of July. I had a son that didn’t like fireworks and I was determined to change that. My hubby and I took the boys to the lake to watch...
by Nana Poppins on Jul 3, 2014

Fun at the Beach

The kids really enjoy time at the beach, and to be honest I do too. The sand between the toes aside, most of it is fun. We keep buckets in our car and whenever the mood strikes we head to the beach. We go there more than the park. Each time has a dif...
by Nana Poppins on Jun 25, 2014

Festivals & Fun

I just love summertime! It’s the season of festivals once again. On the weekends we head down to the port for music, ice cream and fun. I keep buckets and towels in my car, you just never know when you may want to stop and build a sandcastle. I thi...
by Nana Poppins on Jun 21, 2014

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved i...
by Nana Poppins on May 5, 2014

Congratulations Christopher!

I just cant get over how fast my grandchildren are growing. I think back and it still seems like my sons couldn’t possibly be the ages they are now. I don’t feel that much different. Sure its morning and I always feel invincible in the AM. I thin...
by Nana Poppins on May 2, 2014

Children at Play – Slow Down!

I see these caution signs all over the place. I think they are a great idea to alert others that children are playing. What really annoys me is when adults don’t heed the warning. My son lives on a U shaped street north of town with only 10 houses.
by Nana Poppins on Apr 29, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone!   Last night Kristen had posted this image of an egg her daughter colored.. here is Karkey’s Watermelon Egg. I’m off to the grand-kids house shortly to get as tired as old Peter Cottontail is today. I wouldn...
by Nana Poppins on Apr 20, 2014

Springtime Fun!

I love taking the grandkids to the park. It encourages exercise, movement and just plain tires them (and me) out! Each child is different about how they react to the swings, slides and other toys. Anthony was nervous about the slide for quite sometim...
by Nana Poppins on Apr 17, 2014


My Dad and I went out for dinner years ago, instead of a salad they brought us Calcumento with our meal. I thought this is a fancy amazing salad! It was really cucumbers, tomatoes and Italian dressing. I make this all the time now, but Ill always rem...
by Nana Poppins on Dec 30, 2013

Christmas Savings

What a great idea! We could even get gift cards from certain places to give out specifically. What are some of the ideas you use to save up for the holidays?
by Nana Poppins on Dec 12, 2013

52 Week Savings Plan

This time of year we all wish we had some extra money. If you save money each week for 52 weeks at the end you will have accumulated $1,378 dollars. That sure would come in handy for all the holiday shopping I have to accomplish this time of year. I...
by Nana Poppins on Dec 4, 2013

Chicken Stuffing Casserole

Ingredients: 1 box Orzo pasta 3.5 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized cubes 1 package frozen broccoli 1 can chicken broth low sodium 1 box stuffing mix, prepared 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: 1. Prepare Orzo pasta as directed on...
by Nana Poppins on Nov 22, 2013

50 Calorie Brownies

50  Calorie Brownies 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 1/4 cup skim milk 1/2 cup Cocoa powder 1/2 cup Old fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup Stevia (or any natural/stevia based sweetener that pours like sugar) 1 egg 1/3 cup applesauce (no sugar added) 1 teaspo...
by Nana Poppins on Nov 3, 2013

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Since today is the first day of spring, I thought I would share a few secrets I have learned for spring cleaning. Its amazing what you can do with Blue Dawn! Here is a chart of things you can mix together to clean up your act! Have you started to spr...
by Nana Poppins on Mar 21, 2013

Irish Colcannon

One of my favorite dishes is colcannon. We make a variation of it for random meal nights using canned corned beef, but there is nothing like authentic colcannon. Buttery potatoes and salty bacon just melt in your mouth. Hope you try this with your fa...
by Nana Poppins on Mar 17, 2013

Rich Collins

Two years ago we got to meet the Imagination Movers with our grandson Anthony. We had VIP passes and got the full experience. After the show we went to a private area with other families, the kids got snacks and the guys played songs for us that were...
by Nana Poppins on Mar 12, 2013

Happy Birthday to a Great Sport!

My sister can take a joke with the best of them and today was no exception. We made her a cake for her birthday and invited her over to celebrate. Well let me back up a second and explain why we were so amused. I saw a cake on Pinterest and I told th...
by Nana Poppins on Mar 8, 2013

I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.

This evening was really fun. I did some baking with the grand-kids. Friday is my sister’s birthday and we are planning something special (and funny!!) for her. Anthony is super excited to share this with her so we must keep him away until its time.
by Nana Poppins on Mar 7, 2013

On The Go..

I recently read somewhere when you write a blog post, you should write it like you are talking to your sister. I thought about that for a moment and decided that is how I started to post here, but things changed over the course of time. I worried I w...
by Nana Poppins on Mar 3, 2013


Usually my week is full of school with the children. Last Tuesday I stayed home since Ken and Kristen were off work. I decided to work on my blog and tweak what I could with a few of my Squidoo pages. Basically chill was the plan for the day. As earl...
by Nana Poppins on Feb 17, 2013

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