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A few fun links…

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On Fridays over at NanaHood.com, I usually post a “Friday Fun Links” post.  This week’s theme over at NanaHood is 4th of July, but I thought I’d do something a little different around here, just for… well, fun!

I was browsing the blog links in our sidebar (over there—–>) and came across several great posts from different bloggers that I thought you might like to read.

What posts have YOU read (or written) lately that we should all know about?

Categories : Fun Links
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Re-post – Write for theNanaBlogs

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We are looking for bloggers! Are you interested in writing for theNanaBlogs?

We actually offer two places where your blog posts can be featured - www.NanaHood.com and here at www.theNanaBlogs.com.  If you think you have an article or post that others NEED to read,  send an email with your blog link to submissions@nanahood.com

Topic ideas:

  • Fun (and affordable) activities to do with (your) grandchildren
  • Anything hobby related
  • Challenges facing grandparents today (special needs grandchildren, raising your grandchildren, etc)
  • Legacy – what do you want your grandchildren to know and value
  • Bring on the funny – humorous stories about the grandkiddos
  • Reviews – music, movies, art, tv, books – we want to hear your opinion

Please don’t feel limited to our list of topic ideas – if you have an idea, we hope you will share!

Again, the email address is submissions@nanahood.com What are you waiting for??

We reserve the right to NOT publish anything that we deem inappropriate for our website and goals.

Categories : Writers Wanted
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Social Networking 101

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Facebook, Twitter, MySpace… you may have heard of them, but you won’t be alone if you confess you don’t know what to DO with them!

In a nutshell, these are “social networking websites”.  They are all about relationship, about community, and connecting people together in one form or another.

For today, I’d like to share briefly about two of the more popular social networking websites – Facebook and Twitter.

If you go to facebook.com, you’ll reach a simple landing page that states, “Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life.”  The folks there at facebook obviously want to keep it short and sweet (and maybe confusing?), because you really won’t find out much more without joining up.


Once you do join up, you’ll need to start gathering and finding what facebook calls “friends”.  Chances are you already know a few people on facebook, so you can do searches for their names and/or email addresses.  You have to make a “friend request” and have it approved in order to add someone to your list, or be added to someone’s list.

When using facebook, there are a few key things to understand.

  • If you post something on Facebook, don’t assume it will be private.  It won’t be!  One of the key features of facebook is “networking”, which means everyone is connected – even people you aren’t friends with.For instance, if I post a status update on my Wall, Friend A can come along and write a comment.   Now, Friend A might have a Friend B who is NOT one of my friends.  BUT, Friend B can see what Friend A wrote, because THEY are friends.  How’s that for convaluted?
  • So… I repeat – don’t ever write or post anything you wouldn’t want the whole world to know about.

And then there’s Twitter.com.  Twitter has been called “micro-blogging”, because just like “regular” blogging, you can write little updates about your day, your kids, your business.

BUT, with twitter, you are limited to 140 characters (that’s letters and spaces) for each little “update” or post.  And when you post, twitter displays your updates to all your followers.  So it’s more like “one-sentence-maybe-two-live-blogging”.

I mentioned followers.  With Twitter, if you don’t have anyone “following” you, no one (but you) will ever read your tweets.  (Yes, that’s what they are called).  The quickest way to get followers is to follow others.

Here are a couple of informative (and slightly entertaining) articles about Twitter:

You can follow us on Twitter by clicking HERE

And become a fan of our Facebook Fan page, by clicking HERE

Happy Social Networking!

Categories : How-To Posts
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What to do when grandma leaves?!

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For the last three weeks, my mother has been visiting.  We get to see her usually 2-3 times a year, since she and my dad live about 10 hours away.  Dad came along for the visit, but he could only stay the first week.  Because Mom doesn’t work full-time, she has more flexibility with her time, and she has begun making her normal visit around 3 weeks long.

As usual, we tried to cram too many things into the three week time-frame, and we managed to do most, but not all of those “things”.

One of the BEST “things” we did was spend hours (literally) filming and photographing the kids doing various projects for a new “Crafts With Mema” blog series.  (You’ll be able to see these videos and photo tutorials over at NanaHood.com every Monday for the next several months!)

Of course the kids loved EVERY minute of their crafting with Mema… as did she.  In fact, I’m not sure WHO loved it more – them or her.  They made everything from Sock Puppets to Homemade Flour Dough to Homemade Paint to Stained Glass (paper tissue) butterflies.  I counted up the projects last night, and I think there are FORTY projects for me to post once a week over the next…almost year!

Mixed in between craft projects, the kids also enjoyed almost daily trips to Walmart and the park…. a few trips to our local museum… a movie at the theater… and lots and lots and LOTS of yummy goodies baked and cooked by Mema.

And then she went home.

The kids are adjusting fairly well.  Well, if asking for her 30 times in about 45 minutes is “fairly well”.  All three kids have asked when we were going to do a project.  And all three have asked if we could go to Walmart.  (“Not now”, and “No” were my replies… no wonder they miss Mema!)

It’s such a huge blessing to my children (and to me) that my mother is able (and willing) to come and spend so much concentrated time with us.  I watch her with them – her easy and fun and relaxed way with them – and then I remind myself that I need to be more relaxed as a Mom… to take more time for FUN… to let them BE them.

I know I still need to “be the mom” and teach and discipline and “raise my kids up right”.  But I can also let a bit of Mema-fun creep in, even when she isn’t here.  I can say “Yes” more often to the requests for cookie making or brownies for breakfast.  It definitely won’t hurt for me to hug and love on them more, and tell them how special they are to me, just like she does when she visits.  It won’t even kill me to take ALL THREE kids to Walmart more often (gasp).

Yes, I can learn from my mother, and how she “grand-mothers” my kids.  As Martha Stewart says, it’s a good thing…

Ok, who wants to do a project???

Categories : Love Thursday
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What is this “blogging” thing anyway?

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If you are brand new to the world of blogging, this post is for you.  We want you to be caught up and “in the know” after all!

According to wikipedia.com, “a blog (a contraction of the term “web log“) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

Wow, was that clear as mud?

How about this?  A blog is a personal website… an online journal… your own space on the world wide web.

You can use your blog to write journal entries, articles, devotionals, fashion tips, and brag about your kids and grandkids.

You can post pictures.

You can share with the world all your deepest thoughts… or you can keep it simple.

It’s YOUR choice, because it’s YOUR blog.

(Do you want one?  You can have one… HERE)

In the “old” days of website design, you had to pay someone (like me) money to design an entire website, page by page, for you.  You had to then pay that same someone (or a different someone, in some cases) to update and change your page content.

But no more… in that last five-six years, the blog world has virtually (pun intended) exploded, making it possible for anyone with Internet access to have a personal or even business website.  Now changing the design on your site is fairly easy and inexpensive (often free)… and you can have total control over the content of the pages on your website.

Here at theNanaBlogs.com, we make it as easy as possible.  We use WORDPRESS, a blogging “software” program that is web-based.  (That means you can log in to your site wherever you have internet access).

We provide a variety of different design/themes for the free blogs, so you can have a pretty look with one click (or two) of a button.

And we are here to answer questions as they come up.  To help you get started.  And to encourage you as you go!

So, if you haven’t yet joined the NanaHood Neighborhood… won’t you click on over and do it now?

Categories : How-To Posts
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Welcome to theNanaBlogs.com

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theNanaBlogs.com is a new site dedicated to nanas, grandmas, memas (and moms).  Our “sister site” is NanaHood.com, started by Teresa Bell Kindred.   Teresa is a wife, mom, author, and now a proud Nana Blogger. 


A few links to get you started:

You can get your own FREE blog by signing up HERE.

Get answers to all your questions HERE.

Read a tutorial or two, HERE.

Send us an email, HERE.

Want to “prettify” your new blog?  Check out our upgrade customization options, HERE.

Already have a blog and want to be added to our blog roll?  Send us a note, HERE.

Have you written a blog post you’d like to share on NanaHood or theNanaBlogs?  Send us another note with a link to your post, HERE.


And the post by Teresa that started it all…

NanaHood (originally posted at nanahood.com)

When I found out that my husband and I were going to have our first child 28 years ago, I started keeping a journal. I wrote to my unborn child and dreamed the somewhat naïve and inexperienced dreams of a young mother. I thought for sure the baby was a girl (it was a boy). I thought that labor and delivery were the hard part of parenting (wrong again). I thought I couldn’t possibly love another child as much as I loved the first (definitely not true).

I was wrong about parenting so many times that I couldn’t even list all my misconceptions, but I got one thing right. There is no love like the love of a parent for a child, and while I made more than my share of mistakes, I made them out of ignorance, not because I wasn’t trying.

Now I am into the second phase of the motherhood journey. My granddaughter will be 4 years old this month and I’m doing my best to get this “nanna” thing right. I spoil her, love her, and hand her over to her father when she gets fussy. I make sure I have plenty of corn as well as mac and cheese when she comes to visit. We watch Hannah Montana, Disney movies, and sometimes we sing karaoke into a pink and purple microphone. (I can also sing the SpongeBob SquarePants song if you’d like to hear it).

I learned about being a mom from my mother and about being a nanna from my grandmother. If ever there was a perfect nanna, it was Grandma Layne. My twin boys were recalling just this week how they loved Jell-O when they were little (they called it jelly). Grandma Layne had tiny, little white bowls and she made them their favorite treat every day. She lived just down the hill from us, so I’d watch as my boys ran over the hill to her house to gobble up a bowl of Jell-O.

All Grandma Layne’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren have special memories of her. I hope someday my granddaughter has wonderful memories of the moments we share. I already do.

Being a nanna is a wonderful thing!

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