Call your grandparents and tell them you love them today.

Also, take a bath with lavender bath salt. Eat a too-large chocolate cookie (is there such a thing?). Rub your puppy’s belly. Put fresh sheets on your bed and spray them with rose scented linen spray. Get engrossed in a new book. Help in the kitchen. Turn off the computer. Take a long walk outside. Tell a perfect stranger you like their sweater. Write a letter- a real letter. Buy yourself chocolates. Pay for someone else’s coffee.

But please…don’t forget to call your grandparents.


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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    November 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I get reminded all the time to call my grandmothers. 🙂

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste
    November 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Will do! 🙂
    Random acts of kindness always make my day a little better. I try to do them all the time. It truly is “the little things” that make a difference.

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek
    November 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve been thinking about a hot bath for most of the day, can’t wait to soak tonight.

    Yes, I do need to call my grandparents

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    November 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    funny enough, after dinner tonight my grandma and i are writing out some of her favourite recipes for me to take home. that, and going to garage sales & flea markets, is one of our favourite things to do together.

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    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    November 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I have been meaning to call my grandparents! Thanks for the reminder! Hope your day is going well!

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    November 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    For my Tuesday, I just searched for your cranberry walnut orange bread recipe, which I made when you first posted the recipe, so that I can make it for my in-laws! Thanks again for sharing it.

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    November 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    This was a perfect read for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. 🙂

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    Caitlin C.
    November 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    My grandfather is going through a tough time right now too – he had two mini strokes in the last couple of weeks. Thankfully he is home from the hospital today but once he went in there I immediately sent him an email and regretted not having done so for no reason. I wanted to be able to send it just to say hi, not to wish him well. Thoughts & prayers are with you!

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      Caitlin @ Cake with Love
      November 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      I am sorry for you Caitlin, my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer one month ago, and he lives in Eastern Europe, first thing I did was visit him, he means the world to me and he he is such a good person, I pray every day for him and my family, an dI really hope your grandfather will get better, just remember every moment counts and lets bring them happiness and joy since they deserve it so much!

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    Katy M
    November 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Are you in Savannah? If so, I am glad to see you went to one of my favorite places – Back in the Day. Did you hit up Green Truck?

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    Lisa @ Life in Green
    November 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Mission accomplished …talked to my Grandpa just a little while ago to find out what they’d like me to bring for Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂

    And not a too-large chocolate cookies…but half a brownie, half a snickerdoodle cookie…and half a pumpkin bar.


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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    November 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Love this Jenna…I was just missing my grandpa yesterday night (he passed away this past spring) and your post brought a smile to my face! xo

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    November 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I saw your tweet earlier today. I hope everything turns out okay!

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    Emmy (Wine and Butter)
    November 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    What a lovely post. Thoughts and prayers with your grandparents. x

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb
    November 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    thinking about you and your family, jenna. hugs.

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    November 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I would if I had grandparents! They are all gone! 🙁

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    Cait's Plate
    November 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    To answer your question…definitely no such thing as a too-large-chocolate cookie. 🙂

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    Caitlin @ Cake with Love
    November 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    thinking and praying about you and your family!

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    Emily G
    November 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I would love to call them… but they are all passed.

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    Molly @RDExposed
    November 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Just did so on Saturday! 🙂

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    Rachael @ FreshlyMinted
    November 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Perfect sentiments – thanks for the reminder!

    I haven’t thought about it much before, but having a stranger complement my outfit really makes my day. Hmmm… need to remember to be “the stranger” 🙂

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    Bev Weidner
    November 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I was seriously about to call them. I’m so freaked out right now.

    Are you a ghost?

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    November 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I’m baking with my grandma (and mom, sister and aunt) tomorrow! : )

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      November 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Oh, I didn’t realize what had inspired your post. Now my comment sounds really annoying and braggy … sending positive thoughts your way.

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    November 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    I hope your grandfather is doing okay (I saw your tweet earlier). Sending your family positive thoughts.

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    November 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    All of my Grandparents have past 🙁 I miss them so much…lost my last Grandpa when I was 17 and we were so close :'(

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    Brooke @ Tales of A Bride-To-Be
    November 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    You’re in my city! This is epic crazy/joyous. I call my grandparents, both sets and very fortunate to have all 4 still around. I talk to each one every Sunday. Never miss a call!

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    Brooke @ sweats & sweets
    November 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Wrong blog site! Oh no! But head to Savannah Bee Company, they have the best local honey around!

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    November 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    They are dead. But I’m drinking wine out of glasses from one of them, while watering a jade plant in a planter from another one, and polishing a silver bowl from yet another to serve her cranberry sauce in. Their art work is hung in my house, and little treasures from them are everywhere.

    And I called one of my clients (I’m a lawyer who works with old people) who will be in a nursing home this holiday to chat with him.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the reminders on the simple things in life. I wish my grandparents were living; how I miss them so much, especially at the holidays.

    And enjoy your time away!! 🙂

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    November 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Funny you should say that – I took some extra (unexpected) vacation time today so I could drive to Indiana and spend and extra evening with my grandmother before the rest of the family arrives for Thanksgiving. So blessed to have her.

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    Mel @ Post Grad Mel
    November 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I absolutely love your collage! And I’m guessing you are in Savannah for Thanksgiving! Gosh, I love it there. So much history and beauty…enjoy every minute of it! Last summer my sister and I drove down from Washington, D.C. (AKA, I drove cause my sister had worked the night shift the night before), it was my first time since I was a kid. I was trying to figure out some way that I could go to the Savannah College of Art and Design, till I realized I’m not artsy enough. It was fun to pretend though!

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    November 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    i’m reading the book now! i wish i could call my grandparents : (.

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    November 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I love your photo collage. Which widget do you use for that? Very cool…prettiest cookie I have ever seen. 🙂

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    November 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Since I don’t have any grandparents I can call, I will send up thoughts and prayers to your Grandpa. (((hugs)))

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    November 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    cute 🙂

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    November 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    All my grandparents are dead.

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    November 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Hope your grandfather is ok!

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    Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking
    November 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    This is a great post, Jenna.

    Your photo collage is beautiful, and your words are so true!

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    November 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    All of my grandparents have long ago left our world, but I hope those of you who do still have grandparents give them a call! I miss all of mine so much…they’re such a wonderful link to our past and they take such pride in us!

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    Baking Serendipity
    November 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I rubbed my puppy’s belly today and said a prayer for my great-grandma. She fell and broke her hip last night and wasn’t found until this morning…Surgery tomorrow we hope for this 97 year old! Wishing you a great Thanksgiving.

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    November 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I wish I had my Grandparents to call 🙁 I think of them often and try to live the way they did…

    My son is in the Marine Corps and I love the way he calls his Grandparents often. He loves and adores them.

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    November 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Love the idea of a good book. Driving to nyc and just started Hunger Games.

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    Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    November 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Short, sweet and to the point.. yet so so important.

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    Heidi (Balance Project)
    November 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the reminder, thoughts and prayers with you.

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