A MILLION DOLLAR INSURANCE POLICY?

What is your dog worth?

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MISS CUTIE

I am sitting next to a lovely lady on the airplane who has her dog in a seat next to her. We start to talk about the role her pet plays in her life. She said, “I always buy a first class seat for my dog.” She then tells me the worth of her pet, I almost choked.

After returning home, preparing to write my next book in the Lady Bird series, I assembled a focus group to get an idea of what a pet meant to each person. I  want to share some of their comments with you. It was a lively discussion. Some of the answers I can’t print on my blog.

THE RESULTS! A FEW EXAMPLES…..

♥ A companion that do not leave the toilet seat up ( A middle aged married female)

♥ My pet is a good listener that do not talk back with an attitude (A mom with a teenager in the home) Continue reading

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5 “Must Do” Tips For Traveling With Middle School Kids

Life can be dramatic and funny all in the same day… Jennifer Aniston #quote

Technology has taken control of your vacation. You think you are in control. Think again. Prepare to get stressed out or embrace the changes with a little laughter.

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Hello. The school is out for most kids. Summer and vacation time are upon you. Every time school is out you make a promise to prepare early for the family vacation. But, are you ever really prepared? Whether taking a road trip or by train or by bus or by air, these basic tips apply in any situation. Of course, when you decide to take the family pet with you, depending upon the kind of pet, prepare to expect the unexpected. These adorable pets love to travel and want to thank you.

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Too Cute!

 

When my two kids were growing up, we would spend a whole week packing to prepare for the big day mentally. Inevitably, we would forget something. My little girl was the menace of the family. You probably have one in yours. She would pack and unpack so many times until she took all the fun out of getting ready. My son, on the other hand, packed in one hour and rarely changed what he packed in the first place. I recall one vacation when my daughter taped her cat’s mouth shut, stuffed him inside her coat, and made it all the way through customs without being discovered.

“Girls will be girls and boys will be boys.”

Vacation Checklist for Middle School Kids

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Gracie Bradford, M.S.-MBA        June 30, 2017    

Tip Number 1: Take the iPad loaded with a minimum of a dozen games and songs. You may not know how to operate the iPad, but trust me, the Middle School Kid does. Invest in a pair of earphones or “Beats” to avoid the noise. Download at least three long chapter books – they act as a sedative.

Tip Number 2: Pack the kid’s cell phone. Limit the number of snap chats, facetime, and texts even if you have an unlimited plan. The purpose of a vacation is to talk to each other face-to-face.

Tip Number 3: Be prepared for a snack attack. Most kids do not like generic food as most adults don’t either. Make sure the meals are their favorite nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and beverage (pick up after clearing security if in the airport).

Tip Number 4: Never, never leave home without insect repellant.

Tip Number 5: Pack the backpack as if it is a survivor bag. Include an empty thermal cup, straws, napkins, individually wrapped wipes, a roll of traveling toilet tissue, bandage, a whistle, a small flashlight, single package of Kleenex tissue, their favorite spoon for taking meds, and chewing gum if riding on the airplane. Always insert a card inside the backpack with pertinent information about the child. I’m a senior citizen, and I do the same with my backpack with a few modifications.

My Name is:                                                                  I am ___years old.
My parents are:
My parent telephone numbers are:

My sister or brother name is:

I am allergic to:
I live in:
I take the following prescribed medications daily:
  • Writing this information on a colorful index card is ideal

Safety Alert: Find the child’s favorite wristband, turn it inside out, using a permanent marker, write the child’s name, your name, your telephone number, and destination for when they disappear without telling you. It’s normal for kids to get so excited that they do not pay close attention to where they are and may wonder off. It only takes a split second. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

 

COFFEE AND TEA LOVERS – LET’S CHAT

GOOD MONDAY MORNING – IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP! GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA.

YOUR EARLY MORNING BRAIN TEASER……………

QUERY QUESTION.

If your dog could talk to you, what celebrity voice would you give her/him? Why?

 

 

Reply in the comment section.

 

WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG by GRACIE BRADFORD

While drinking my hot tea laced with a little something that I won’t discuss around young people, my college age grandson decided to give me a lesson in social media. The conversation went like this:

Grandson: “G-Mom, you need to set up a blog so that people get to know you as an author.”

Grandma: “That’s cool. Everybody knows me. By the way, what is a blog?”

Grandson: “You were a senior executive, and don’t know how to blog? That’s crazy… if you know how to write books, you know how to blog.”

Grandma: “Although I hired experts to take care of my media department, if you give me instructions I can do just about anything. But, since you just finished a course on Information Technology, you should set up a blog for your technology challenged grandmother.”

Grandson: “G-Mom, I would not want to deny you the privilege of learning a new skill. You taught me to dig deep and never let anything get in the way of progress. You taught me that I could do anything that anybody else can do. You taught me to explore new challenges. You taught me to (G-Mom gives him THE LOOK) shut up when I am about to put my foot in my mouth. But, I must say one last thing – I love you G-Mom!

MY BLOG PAGE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT – NO THANKS TO MY GRANDSON. COME BACK OFTEN FOR A VISIT TO READ MY SASSY AND OUTSPOKEN BOOK REVIEWS, QUOTES, AND ARTICLES THAT NO ONE ELSE DARE TO SHARE. KIDS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SLEEP AT MIDNIGHT.