How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns When Flying

Pre-Flight Instructions for Traveling with Littles (aka Granny Geek’s Guide to Traveling with Toddlers) If you have children going along when you fly, your preparation should include more than packing your suitcases. This applies to long car trips as well. Little people often struggle with change—and I don’t blame them. Routines make them feel secure, and when they don’t feel secure, they will likely experience meltdowns. First of all, make sure they understand (at an age-appropriate level, of course), that…

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You’ll Swoon for these New Historical Inspirational Titles!

More Than Meets the Eye (A Patchwork Family Novel) Bethany House, 354 pages, June 5, 2018. Karen Witemeyer Karen Witemeyer’s latest release has everything swoon-worthy tucked between its covers. Logan Fowler arrives in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Gap in the 1880s with carefully laid plans to wreak revenge on the gambler who stole his family’s ranch. Determined to hunt down Zach Hamilton and bring him to justice, Logan starts to question his quest when he finds no evidence…

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How to Reap the Best Mental Health Benefits of Vacation

This month’s Self-Care Sunday series will focus on vacation. Come back next week for tips on balancing learning with vacation. The Mental Health Benefits of Vacation Vacation can cut down on your stress levels, boost your creativity, and help you bond with your family. It can also cause extra stress, drain you, and cause family arguments. How can you avoid the later and obtain the former? Planning ahead! If you’re single—your imagination is the only thing that limits you. Don’t…

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Granny Geek’s Guide to Manual Pinning on Pinterest

How to Leverage Pinterest without Paying Money In case you missed the other posts in this series, I’ll give a brief recap. You can learn how Pinterest works and why you need good graphics. You’ll also learn where to put your copy on the graphics in your media library and why you need to tidy up your Pinterest boards. Last week we talked about creating a pinning strategy and the purpose of community boards. This week, we’ll talk about manual…

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A Graduation or a Victory Dance?

Return for Graduation “Hey, Mom,” Sarah asked me, “did you get the email from the university telling you that graduation starts at 8:30 and not 8:00?” “Not yet,” I told her, “but I haven’t checked my email lately.” I thumbed through the schedule of graduation weekend events, marveling at the differences between my graduation and my daughter’s graduation. My class had the distinction of holding the first outdoor graduation. Her class will graduate on the Centennial Green—a special outdoor amphitheater…

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The One Book You Must Read This Summer

The Book You Need to Read This Summer The Solace of Water—Thomas Nelson Publishers By Elizabeth Byler Younts Sometimes a book sets me back on my heels and makes me really think. The Solace of Water did just that. I read it months ago through NetGalley’s advanced reader program, and I can’t get it out of my mind. And sometimes I get all bossy and tell people that they need to read a books, but not often. The story starts…

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How to Handle a Mental Illness Disclosure

In this week’s edition of Self-Care Sunday, I’ll address the Christian’s response to mental Illness. Mental Illness is NOT a Spiritual Problem Depression. Anxiety. Schizophrenia. Bipolar Disorder. Alzheimer’s. Anorexia. Binge Eating. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The list goes on. Physicians and mental health experts have classified over 200 forms of mental illness. It stands to reason that someone you know has a mental illness. That illness may or may not be diagnosed. If you suffer from a mental illness, and feel…

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Granny Geek’s Guide to Pinning Strategy

Have a Pinning Strategy First, you learned how to make Pinterest-worthy graphics. Next, you learned where to write the copy so that Pinterest would notice it and to make your pins something that others want to read. Third, we talked about cleaning up your Pinterest boards (aka, cleaning your file cabinet). Now we’ll talk pinning strategy. For an old gal like me, ‘pinning strategy’ sounds like something you do when you get ready to finish a quilt. It takes a…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: Clean Books for Teenage Girls

Books for the Pre-teen and Teenage Girls in Your Life My first foray into reading involved animal stories by Jean Craighead George and Marguerite Henry. And then I discovered the myriad volumes of horse-and-girl stories. I devoured every one I could find in our library via the good old card catalog system. Somewhere between 8th and 9th grade, I graduated to Harlequin Romances. Yeah. Quite the switch. I didn’t discover Grace Livingston Hill for another twenty years, and the line-up…

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How to Achieve Balance When You Suffer From a Mood Disorder

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, this week’s episode of Self-Care Sunday will focus on some of the physical aspects of dealing with a mood disorder. You DON’T need to have a mood disorder to appreciate the advice that Sarah shares about self-care! If you have a family member or friend who suffers from a mood disorder (depression, bipolar, anxiety, etc.), read this to find out what it feels like to suffer from the sufferer’s perspective. Maintaining Balance When…

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