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Gigi Connection Grandparenting

With decades of friendship between us, we aim to empower and encourage women of all ages as we share, from our hearts, topics relating to health, beauty, Fashion, reading, cooking, faith in God, travel and the joys of aging gracefully as we live life with our friends, family and adoring grandchildren.

Our greatest hope is that with almost 200 collective years of marriage wisdom, 20 grandchildren between us (newborn-12 years of age) and friendships lasting since 1989, our blog encourages you in some way in your friendships, your relationships, your faith, your self and in this wonderful journey called grandparenting.

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Gigi'S December Gems &Raquo; File 1
Gigi’s December Gems

With Christmas being 17 days away, we wanted to share some of our favorite last minute gift ideas, some recipes and a couple ideas for stuffing stockings with you all. Gigi Susie Every year as far…

With Christmas being…

With Christmas being 17 days away, we wanted to share some of our favorite last minute gift ideas, some recipes and a couple ideas for stuffing stockings with you all. Gigi Susie Every year as far back as I could remember, my mom would make this delectable fudge called Fantasy Fudge. It always came out perfect and everyone loved it. Since my mom is longer with us, last year I decided to google Fantasy Fudge and make it. It was an absolute hit once again with my family and I am thrilled to have found the recipe again. Super easy and super yummy to make. I will also be making Lala Malan…

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Gigi'S November Gems &Raquo; File
Gigi’s November Gems

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year. It is the beginning of so many fun things to come: Fall festivals, changing leaves, crisp mornings, cozy sweaters and everything pumpkin and cinnamon. …

Fall is one of our f…

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year. It is the beginning of so many fun things to come: Fall festivals, changing leaves, crisp mornings, cozy sweaters and everything pumpkin and cinnamon. We are already anticipating the fragrance of turkey, all the trimmings and the day of celebrating all that we are thankful for. Gigi Susie Christmas is literally right around the corner and for the budding artist in your family, this sketcher is a must! The smART sketcher® 2.0 Projector puts the fun of drawing and writing into the hands of kids. ⭐️ Right out of the box, ch…

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Gigi'S October Gems &Raquo; File 2
Gigi’s October Gems

We hope you all had a great summer enjoying time with your loved ones. The ladies at Gigi Connection enjoyed our break relaxing and spending time with each of our grandkids. They are all growing up …

We hope you all had …

We hope you all had a great summer enjoying time with your loved ones. The ladies at Gigi Connection enjoyed our break relaxing and spending time with each of our grandkids. They are all growing up way too fast and we know the time we have with them all is limited. We've also missed sharing our grandparenting journey with all of you over the past few months; however, we're confident you'd agree that making all those precious memories are priceless! Going forward, we have decided to structure our blog a little different as we know how very busy life can get - for you and for us. We are wri…

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The Best Father'S Day Gift Guide &Raquo; File
The Best Father’s Day Gift Guide

We understand that sometimes dads can be hard to shop for. They don't put together wish lists the way us moms do and some don't even seem to want anything or will claim they already have everything. H…

We understand that s…

We understand that sometimes dads can be hard to shop for. They don't put together wish lists the way us moms do and some don't even seem to want anything or will claim they already have everything. However, we have put together a gift guide to help you not just cover all your bases but to also find meaningful and useful gifts. Dads deserve a lot of credit for everything they do for their families! And don't forget the other dads or father figures in your life, like your grandfather, brother, uncle or even the new dad out there. An easy gift idea could be a new cooler for the beach that he ca…

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Mama Sing My Song-The Best Gift &Raquo; File 25
Mama Sing My Song-The Best Gift

Have you been wanting to give your grandchild a special gift that they will never forget? We have the answer. Why not give them a song written especially for them and about them? Recently, my firs…

Have you been wantin…

Have you been wanting to give your grandchild a special gift that they will never forget? We have the answer. Why not give them a song written especially for them and about them? Recently, my first grandchild, Reagan, turned four and I learned about this amazing company called Mama Sing My Song! They write personalized songs just for children, but it’s so much more than a song with the child’s name. They actually have you answer some questions about the child’s personality traits, their nickname, their favorite things to do, and so on. Next, you pick a song style and then…

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5 Easy Ways To Teach Your Children/Grandchildren About Memorial Day &Raquo; File 24
5 Easy Ways To Teach Your Children/Grandchildren About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on Monday, May 29, 2023 and is considered a federal holiday in the United States. On this day, we honor and mourn members of the military who have passed away while serving…

Memorial Day is cele…

Memorial Day is celebrated on Monday, May 29, 2023 and is considered a federal holiday in the United States. On this day, we honor and mourn members of the military who have passed away while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Like many of you, I have had many people in my family: great uncles, grandfathers, my dad , my sister in law, friends and nephews that have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. I truly am grateful for their service for our country. Here are 5 Easy ways to teach your children about Memorial Day and to connect them to generations past. Crea…

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A Guide To Planning The Perfect Birthday Party For Your Grandchild: Easy 8 Step Checklist. &Raquo; File 22
A Guide to Planning The Perfect Birthday Party For Your Grandchild: Easy 8 step Checklist.

The time has finally come - and you’re planning a birthday party for your grandchild! What FUN! I LOVE party planning and I’m happy to host a party for just about any occasion. The whole i…

The time has finally…

The time has finally come - and you’re planning a birthday party for your grandchild! What FUN! I LOVE party planning and I’m happy to host a party for just about any occasion. The whole idea of planning the party is a lot of fun and also exciting, while at the same time it can be a little overwhelming. If that’s the case, follow along as I share some ideas to guide you in planning the perfect birthday party while keeping the process as smooth as possible for you. Select a birthday party theme and style - It’s not a bad idea to sit down and spend some time with your gr…

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Our Five Favorite Things &Raquo; File
Our Five Favorite Things

May, 2023 We just love this traditional card game, Go Fish, for ages 3+ but the thing that stands out about this one are the unique and beautiful fish colors - hot pink, turquoise, eggplant, etc. T…

May, 2023 We just …

May, 2023 We just love this traditional card game, Go Fish, for ages 3+ but the thing that stands out about this one are the unique and beautiful fish colors - hot pink, turquoise, eggplant, etc. This card game is made by Eeboo and you can purchase the item here. School will be out soon and you know what that means: more outdoor time for the kiddos we hope. So lather them up with this sunscreen. We just love this dermatologist recommended sunscreen. It is a broad spectrum UVA & UBV baby sunblock suitable for daily use on infant's sensitive skin. You can purchase it here or we'v…

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Mother’s Day Heart Magnets

As moms, our job never ends. We are on call 24/7 365 days a year and there is one day a year dedicated to show our appreciation to those who go above and beyond: Mother's Day! Here's an adorable a…

As moms, our job nev…

As moms, our job never ends. We are on call 24/7 365 days a year and there is one day a year dedicated to show our appreciation to those who go above and beyond: Mother's Day! Here's an adorable and easy do-it-yourself gift idea to give mom or grandma for Mother's Day from the kiddos. I know it will be meaningful and melt her heart, like it did mine when I made these with my grandkids and I proudly have them on my refrigerator. Grandparents your grandkids might need your help in making these for their mom for Mother's Day or dad for Father's Day. Heart Magnets To make these, you'll ne…

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May – Healthy Challenge

For this month's challenge, we are suggesting that you, every day, find ways to show gratitude. What is the meaning of gratitude? GRATITUDE the state of being grateful: Thankfulness Let's fa…

For this month's cha…

For this month's challenge, we are suggesting that you, every day, find ways to show gratitude. What is the meaning of gratitude? GRATITUDE the state of being grateful: Thankfulness Let's face it, we all go through ups and downs and some days are harder than others to practice gratitude. First, we're going to list some benefits to showing gratitude and then ways to practice it. According to conehealth.com, here are seven benefits to practicing an "attitude of gratitude": Better sleep Better physical health Better mental health Better willpower Improved self-este…

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Our Favorite Mother’s Day Gift Ideas &Raquo; File 31
Our Favorite Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a little over two weeks away! Can you believe how fast this year is just FLYING by? If you’re currently in need of a special gift for your mom, mother-in-law, sister, best …

Mother’s Day i…

Mother’s Day is a little over two weeks away! Can you believe how fast this year is just FLYING by? If you’re currently in need of a special gift for your mom, mother-in-law, sister, best friend or even your own wishlist we’re sharing our top five favorite gift ideas today. Also, be sure to follow along on our InstaGram stories for additional ideas and links for shopping. Some of the ideas we’re sharing are items we personally own and love, items that are on our own wishlist or items we’ve purchased as gifts. Mama Necklace - This sweet and meaningful necklace wa…

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Should Grandparents Provide Child Care At No Cost

I recently heard a radio interview on K-LOVE that a mom was taken back by the grandma charging to watch her child. While the daughter in law acknowledged that she was grateful to have such a great su…

I recently heard a r…

I recently heard a radio interview on K-LOVE that a mom was taken back by the grandma charging to watch her child. While the daughter in law acknowledged that she was grateful to have such a great support system for her child, she wasn't expecting to pay her mother in law for child care and this caused hurt feelings. This got me thinking and made me sad for both parties that something so joyous as watching your grandkids could cause so much hurt as well. There are many reasons nowadays that grandparents watch their grandchildren full-time: child care shortages, cost of child care, being a …

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4 Fun and Simple Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with your Grandchildren

Earth Day is a week from Saturday! Earth Day serves as a reminder of the responsibility we have to protect the planet for future generations. The Earth Day Theme for 2023 is ‘Invest in Our Planet…

Earth Day is a week …

Earth Day is a week from Saturday! Earth Day serves as a reminder of the responsibility we have to protect the planet for future generations. The Earth Day Theme for 2023 is ‘Invest in Our Planet’ and just as we invest in our grandchildren, we also believe, they are never too young to appreciate nature and care for their homes and neighborhoods by tending to the environment. Celebrating Earth Day together is a fun way to get outside with each other and make the world not only a happier but also a healthier place to live for all of us. Here are several fun activities you may want to try a…

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Festive & Fun Recipes To Make For Easter &Raquo; File 21
Festive & Fun Recipes To Make For Easter

Easter is this Sunday, April 9th. So many of us will be celebrating Easter at church, with Easter egg hunts & the Easter baskets. We hope many of you will also be enjoying some quality time with…

Easter is this Sunda…

Easter is this Sunday, April 9th. So many of us will be celebrating Easter at church, with Easter egg hunts & the Easter baskets. We hope many of you will also be enjoying some quality time with family and friends surrounding your tables with great food and conversation to be had. Last year, we shared some of our favorite Easter brunch recipes with you all and this year, we have added to that collection. We hope you enjoy them! Deviled Eggs (taken from Magnolia Cookbook) Our family loves deviled eggs and I first used this delicious recipe about 5 years ago and have not gone back to…

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April - Healthy Challenge &Raquo; File 28
April – Healthy Challenge

Our April Healthy Challenge - Stretching We are 1/4 of the way through the year now and we hope you are enjoying these healthy challenges we began at the start of the year: January - drinking more w…

Our April Healthy Ch…

Our April Healthy Challenge - Stretching We are 1/4 of the way through the year now and we hope you are enjoying these healthy challenges we began at the start of the year: January - drinking more water February - eating a heart healthy diet March - working on our balance For a lot of older adults, maintaining mobility can be difficult. Muscles and joints weaken and our range of motion can deteriorate as we age. Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in our joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become …

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Create A Simple Egg Carton Easter Gift The Grandkids Will Love! &Raquo; File 59
Create a Simple Egg Carton Easter Gift the Grandkids will LOVE!

We’re always looking for a fun and simple Easter gift idea that we can customize for a grandchild, friend, a neighbor or teacher and this little idea is perfect for that! We found these adorable…

We’re always l…

We’re always looking for a fun and simple Easter gift idea that we can customize for a grandchild, friend, a neighbor or teacher and this little idea is perfect for that! We found these adorable egg cartons, linked HERE on Amazon and we love the spring colors they come in. To create these you’ll just need the five supplies listed below: Egg Carton Easter Gift Supplies: Egg cartons (linked above on Amazon OR Hobby Lobby) White shredded paper (for a pop of extra color) Variety of candy Small accessories like lip balm, play dough, small succulent, tea light, bracelet…

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Our Favorite Home Finds For The Spring &Raquo; File 61
Our Favorite Home Finds For The Spring

Well, Spring has officially begun Monday, March 20th! For many of us, we are still in the cold weather and others, spring is definitely here. Wherever you live and whatever the weather is like, her…

Well, Spring has off…

Well, Spring has officially begun Monday, March 20th! For many of us, we are still in the cold weather and others, spring is definitely here. Wherever you live and whatever the weather is like, here are some of our favorites this season to make it look and feel like spring has sprung in your home. This beautiful farmhouse tiered tray that comes with 18 inspirational and seasonal rustic wooden frames will make your kitchen, guest room, living room feel like spring or any other season for that matter. Just add a few artificial or real flowers with some odds and ends and your space will fe…

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How To Catch A Leprechaun &Raquo; File 64
How To Catch A Leprechaun

St. Patrick's Day is this Friday, March 17, 2023. St. Patrick's Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in gener…

St. Patrick's Day is…

St. Patrick's Day is this Friday, March 17, 2023. St. Patrick's Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Many of you wear green on St. Patrick's Day and cook corned beef and cabbage, which I've done for many years as well. Last. year, I found this #1 New York Times & USA Today best seller book perfect for kids age 3-6 years of age. Start a St. Patrick's Day tradition with this lively children's picture book and the kids will get inspired to build leprechaun traps of their own at home o…

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