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January Wrap Up

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    How was your first month of 2018?      Did your family have a Weekend Winter Staycation?  What did you do?  So far this month:So far January 2018 has brought you the very first installment of the Adventures of Mug Man and Java Jo celebrating their 31-derful years!  And we shared our first Top 10 article, Top 10 Family Winter Staycation Ideas to help your family grow closer this winter season with little to no cash outlay.   Then, we shared some Family Fun to give your heart a giggle, an inspiring family quote, our newest MugXpressions coffee mugs that...

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Top 10: Family Staycacation Ideas

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

It's January and many of our families are hibernating for the winter because, Baby, it's cold outside!  So, with snow several inches (or several feet) high, what's a family to do when they can't get away to warmer climates?  Well, here are Grape Stuff's Top 10 Family Staycation Ideas:      1. Pitch a Tent...INside Little ones love playing house and older kids love camping, but it's far too cold to go camping in the winter for most of us. So, the next best thing is to pitch a tent INside the house.  You can use a few blankets over...

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Grape Stuff has some Grape Stuff Coming in 2018!

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

The Grape Stuff Family of Sites has grown this past year!  We now have a line of mugs for sale on Amazon called MugXpressions which has it's own website as well.  That's where our monthly Adventures of Mug Man and Java Jo will take place!    As is the tradition of Grape Stuff, we will be offering even more support and fun for families in 2018 as well.  To that end, we will be writing weekly blog posts full of information, tips, and support for your growing family.  In addition, our newsletter will be sharing those posts as well as...

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When his first day of school is as a senior high student

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

My little boy is growing up. I remember when he was just three years old and he taught himself to read by playing Jump Start Third Grade on the computer.  He was too little to reach it by sitting on the chair. He had to stand up and on his tipey toes.  Wasn't it just yesterday we played Drag Math?  That's where I would promise to drag him around the house by his feet if he answered an addition or subtraction question correctly.   Yes, my little boy was growing up alright and it was his first day of school...as...

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When Your Family Lives with WEIRD Stuff

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When I was a young girl, I got mercilessly teased by my school mates because I was the only one who didn't have a middle name.  They kept badgering me to disclose it believing it must be pretty bad if I wouldn't even admit I had one.   When I was a teen, I was the only one of my friends who moved around so much she couldn't quickly (and without extensive explanation) answer the question, "Where are you from?" When I began homeschooling my kids, I had to explain that English is weird and you could memorize the "rules,"...

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