Today’s article is a guest post from Carla Pennington Kirby, a longtime reader of SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation, with the story of how she created her TidyTop – an adult bib that looks stylish and works well:

i love this TidyTop pattern for elderly parents grandkids and others-including the comforting Bible verses

Adult Bibs and Bible Verses

Necessity is the Mother of Invention! So when my mother, in her 80’s with MS, requested a bib that didn’t “look” like a bib, it was time to use that necessity to help us do some creative inventing. She wanted something stylish and long enough to cover her lap, where most spills occurred.  Finding a dignified bib was not the simple task I’d envisioned. A Google search and walk through our quaint town of Sandpoint, Idaho produced only short terry cloth or cotton bibs. Mom was hoping for something more unique. So I noodled the idea and sewed one!

It was not your ordinary adult bib. It was longer, using a stain-proof, reversible, light-weight special fabric, with a pocket and a small tote to carry in her purse or wheel chair. I made them in 4 different patterns (roses, hearts, leopard, plaid). She was thrilled and so were her male and female friends in her assisted living community. I sewed for them, too, until I just couldn’t keep up anymore and then decided to manufacture them.

TidyTops come in four patterns and are online as well as in stores around country including seattle washington and roseville california

My creation, ultimately named TidyTop, was catching the eye of crafters (great as an art smock), cookers and children, alike.

TidyTop bibs-smocks are great for multigenerational families-can use for art projects-meals-more

It was multigenerational! My wonderful techy husband was invaluable in creating a website so others could learn about and benefit from this attractive bib, too.

We entered TidyTop in Medtrade, the largest Medical Supply show in the U.S. this spring and, by the Grace of God, it won “Innovative Product Award of the Year”! It became evident most people, if given the choice, would like a bib with more functionality and one that looked good.

TidyTop Bibs-smocks are great for boomers and seniors and look cute too

While in church one Sunday, our pastor was preaching about “Knowing Jesus and making Him known.” He encouraged us to think about how we could bring the Bible into others’ lives outside of the church. That’s when God planted the seed in my head to put a Proverb in every TidyTop pocket. That’s one of the best parts, tucking a comforting Proverb in each pocket and spreading the Word… one TidyTop at a time!

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Proverbs 17:12

“Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:241

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2:2

And the list goes on, giving us a delightful way to help, encourage and uplift our senior parents and friends.


Can you tell I like the heart TidyTop bib for aging seniors-messy boomers-grandkids-art-more

WOW! Isn’t that a great story! A stylish blessing for our elderly parents to wear along with comforting encouragement tucked away in the pockets! Not to mention all its terrific multigenerational uses – like bibs for visiting grandkids, art smocks for those easy yet messy crafts for kids and seniors, a big help for this slightly messy baby boomer…  :)  A sweet gift, indeed. Want to know more? Just click here - www.TidyTop.com

P.S. I used her heart pattern for my heart pix above but added my own goodies as well. To see all four of the cute options for these TidyTop Bibs / Smocks for our multigenerational families – from aging seniors on down to young grandkids,  just click here.

 

Kaye Swain Writer and Realtor loves to visit Anything Blue Friday at the Dedicated House

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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Happy Sunday before the 4th of July. It’s a season of patriotic fun and frolic but there’s plenty of serious sides to it as well. Fireworks safety with our grandkids, keeping an eye out on elderly parents and granddogs during the fireworks fun, and making sure everyone gets plenty of water and sun lotion during the outside fun times. And most important, a good week to remember to pray extra for our nation! As we celebrate our annual national birthday party, of this beautiful country of America, One nation Under GOD…

My prayer for the United States - leaders and all - to follow Jesus - the LIGHT of the world - on this patriotic holiday and beyond

…let’s keep our leaders – those we agree with AND those we disagree with – and our military – and our loved ones and their loved ones and their loved ones… – and our whole country in our prayers. :)

Happy Birthday 

to 

the

United States of America

In God We Trust

:)

 

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Spiritual Sundays are full of devotionals with encouraging Bible verses to bless the Sandwich Generation boomers and seniors busy caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren

P.S. I had a lot of fun, and shed more than a couple of tears, reviewing patriotic music at YouTube – focusing on America the Beautiful, My Country Tis of Thee, and the one I picked – God bless America, featuring Vestal Goodman and the Gaithers. Then I discovered I could save them in a playlist I called Patriotic Holiday Music.  I can’t believe it took me this long to learn THAT. :) If you’d like to hear more lovely patriotic music including that from some of our great military bands, not to mention the wonderful Judy Garland, just click here. :) And have a blessed and beautiful and safe patriotic holiday week!

P.P.S. Want some fun holiday ideas for the whole family, in OR out of the Sandwich Generation –  from grandkids to elderly parents? Check out my Pinterest boards, starting with Holiday Fun. And keep a close eye on my Facebook pages this week – especially SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation. I’ll be sharing them as I find them – like this and this.  :)

Kaye

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Encouraging-and-comforting-Bible-verses-for-the-Sandwich-Generation-in-Pierce-County-Washington-Placer-County-California-and-beyondWe’re on the fifth part of my series of encouraging Scripture photos from Ephesians 1 and 2 and I have a new one for you. This also seems like an excellent time for a recap as you might want to to  read the preceding verse along with today’s.  So here’s one of my mini-videos with the preceding verses…

Here’s today’s, against the backdrop of the lovely Puget Sound in Pierce County Washington…

Part 5 in the Christian words of encouragement series at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation by Kaye Swain writer and REALTOR

And here are  the links to the past posts and pictures. And YES,  I’ll add future post links here as well, giving us one place to come to find all the Scriptures and photos from this series.  :)

  • Sharing Heavenly Encouragement With Our Grandkids and Senior Parents – Part 1 – Click Here
  • Staying Healthy and Sharing Heavenly Encouragement With Our Sandwich Generation Family – Part 2 – Click Here
  • Good News for Our Multigenerational Families  – Click Here
  • Wordless Wednesday Full of Sweet Encouragement for Sandwich Generation Multigenerational Caregivers – Click Here

I have used these various pictures on my cell phone to have them handy to share with my grandkids – with my senior mom – and to encourage myself as well. It’s been a challenging month for me while helping an elderly senior long distance and these verses have been such a joy to have handy. I pray they will be a sweet blessing for you as well as together we walk this Sandwich Generation path – full of challenges but often also full of lovely rewards. Have a blessed week.

Kaye Swain Writer and Realtor loves to visit Anything Blue Friday at the Dedicated House

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

 

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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Comforting and encouraging Bible verses combined with pretty pink Pierce County Washington flowers for a lovely Wordless Wednesday for the Sandwich Generation multigenerational caregivers

 

 

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

 

 

 

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I had a lot of fun working on this third verse in my Scripture memory verse series using the passage from Ephesians 1-2:10 that I’m sharing with y’all along with my grandkids, and even my senior mom. What do you think?

Comforting and encouraging Bible verses using Tiny Planet and other mobile apps

For this particular version, I used several iPhone mobile appsTiny Planet which turned a flat map into a cool rounded one, Snapseed to crop, MocaDeco to add the heart and the words, and Photo Slice Pro to turn one photo into three.

These apps are also quite useful for a wide variety of other uses such as grandkid photos, business needs (I’ll enjoy making good use of it for my real estate marketing and client home marketing needs), and more.

This worked well for my iPhone as wallpaper also as the main words fit easily with no adjustment needed. The background is too light and busy to use inside, but it’s lovely on the outside lockscreen and makes it handy to share with the grandchildren. :)

 

Kaye Swain REALTOR loves having encouraging Scripture on my iPhone as I am constantly on the run with real estate caregiving grandkids and more

Have a blessed and beautiful week. And if you have any handy dandy smartphone mobile photo apps you love for grandkid or business or Scripture photos, do share! :)

Spiritual Sundays are full of devotionals with encouraging Bible verses to bless the Sandwich Generation boomers and seniors busy caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

I love to help fellow boomers and seniors and other multigenerational caregivers

P.S. Speaking of my real estate biz, if you, or anyone you know, are wanting to buy or sell real estate in Pierce County, I’d love to help you! Just give me a call at 657-229-5293 or email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com  :)

Kaye

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Encouraging and comforting Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation in Pierce County Washington - Placer County California - and beyond - wallpaperIt’s not the first of the year! It’s the middle of spring! But here I am, working on a healthier diet – a combination of the South Beach Diet and just plain watching calories, working hard to walk more each day, and making good use of some fun mobile apps for my iPhone to help me with these and other projects. As members of the Sandwich Generation, don’t you find it hard to eat healthy many times – due to all the interruptions? Me too! But the time has come and I have a goal to lose 20-30 pounds. So I re-downloaded an old fave app, Lose It, which helps me track the calorie count of what I eat, as well as checking how many footsteps I take. I am only using it for the calories though, as I have another app for the footsteps that I like better – Pedometer++. It’s very handy, reportedly uses little power on my iPhone and, of the three I’ve tried, it’s the only one that consistently shows me the number as a badge AND shows me footsteps OR miles.

One of my grandkids was over yesterday and he “test-drove” another app I’d tried, Walk Log. That was HIS favorite because it lets you start and stop it AND it shows a map of where you are walking. He had a blast with it and enjoyed leading us around several blocks on our walk using that app. Very handy as well.

Staying busy with grandkids, my senior mom, and real estate means it’s doubly important for me to stay healthy – just as it’s vital you also stay proactive with your health – so we can keep on doing what we’re doing! And not just physical health. We need to watch out for our spiritual health as well. Both of these can work together to give us a more positive outlook on life or a more negative outlook, if we let these vital details “fall through the cracks.”

Which brings me to a couple of other mobile apps that are helping me in that arena. Snapseed to edit photos in my phone, MocaDeco to add Bible verses and other words to photos, and ImageChef when I really want to get fancy (like the photos below). Also a brand new one – Instasize - which helps me resize the photo at the top to use it for wallpaper for my iPhone. Here are three versions of this week’s Bible verse for y’all. I made two cute flower photos for my granddaughters and one that I bet my grandsons might prefer.

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Encouraging and comforting Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation in Pierce County Washington - Placer County California - and beyond - flower letters

Encouraging and comforting Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation in Pierce County Washington - Placer County California - and beyond - block verse

What are you doing to stay healthy – physically, spiritually, or otherwise as we walk through this Sandwich Generation, caregiving, season of life? We’d love to hear.

P.S. To find part 1, click here.

P.P.S. Another thing that perks me up is enjoying all the gorgeous spring flowers here in Pierce County, Washington. If you enjoy flowers as well, click here to see some of the purty ones blooming right now. :)

Kaye

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Over the years, I’ve enjoyed sharing various memory verse projects and pictures I created for my grandkids like the Fruit of the Spirit, the Love verses from 1 Corinthians, the 10 Commandments for kids and the Lord’s Prayer, . This Scripture passage (Ephesians 1-2:10)  is a bit more ambitious but so full of gold nuggets of God’s love. I really want to encourage you, along with my grandkids AND my senior mom with verses and photos over the next few weeks (months). Here’s our first one.

Grace to you from Ephesians Part 1 for Kaye Swain grandkids and senior parents and readers I took this photograph along one of my favorite routes in Pierce County, Washington – full of tall trees, green leaves, and with an awesome view of the Puget Sound at the end. When I thought about peace, this photo immediately came to my mind.

I’m really “hunkering” down on Ephesians, as I am reading and rereading it AND listening to the sermon series on it by one of my fave pastors, Pastor Joe Focht of Calvary Chapel Philadelphia. It’s such a sweet blessing to read of all the spiritual blessings we’ve been blessed with in Christ Jesus! :)

Have a blessed and beautiful week and be blessed by the Grace and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

 

 

Kaye

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A big help to a busy REALTOR and caregiver are the stamps available at Walgreens and grocery stores in Washington and CaliforniaThose of us in the Sandwich Generation – caring for elderly parents while raising kids or helping with grandkids – know well we need to make the most of every moment as we can so often be over busy. I love the various ways the post office works hard to help us when they are not open (or open but even busier than us :) ). I have often made good use of their automated postal machine. And I just picked up stamps at my local Walgreens. Many grocery stores carry them as well. And check these out. Aren’t they purty!

 

My senior mom and I are thoroughly enjoying the warm sunny weather we currently have in Pierce County, Washington. She was out in the yard gardening, cleaning, and blissfully enjoying herself. The Rhododendrons continue to burst out with beauty everywhere including in our yard. And the forsythia has taken off all over Pierce County as well!


Purple rhododendrons put smiles on the face of Kaye Swain REALTOR in Washington and California native as it does on my senior moms face

Forsythia flowers are blooming everywhere and Kaye Swain REALTOR and my senior mom are loving them

And oh my! Such a sweet thrill. More deer in my neck of the woods – these two were just a block away from our home. I just wish I could have enticed them down to visit my senior mom as she wasn’t feeling too perky then. But maybe next time. :)

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Here is the second deer near our home in Pierce County Washington - a sweet delight.jpg

Spring has been a sweet joy for my senior mom and myself. I hope you and your Sandwich Generation family are enjoying spring in your neck of the woods as well.

 

 

 

Kaye

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY – whether you are a mom or have a mom or are caring for an elderly mom, I hope and pray it’s a day full of smiles, joy, and sweet family memories.  This card uses the flowers my senior mom and I are thoroughly enjoying in Pierce County, Washington. Enjoy!

Happy Mothers Day 2014 from Kaye Swain REALTOR and blogger at SandwichINK in Pierce County Washington

And in case you are staying close to home due to caregiving needs, here are some fun music videos to put smiles on your face and on the faces of your loved ones. A fun chance for some armchair travel AND music.

And one more…

To all of us in AND out of the Sandwich Generation, as we’re caring for elderly parents, babysitting grandkids, and staying busy in a myriad of other ways, have a blessed and beautiful Mother’s Day AND spring-filled week to come.

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

 

Kaye

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My iphone grandkids apps definitely came in handy

Easter! How was yours? Mine was grandkid-ilicious! I actually got to enjoy most of two sets of my grandkids. Since we are all fairly spread out, that was really a special treat! And full of fun crafts, great games, delightful activities, and handy dandy iPhone apps to help a busy grandma!

I kid you not, at one point I was playing two different games with four different grandkids AT THE SAME TIME! Trouble was the hot ticket on the right with two, while Hangman was the left-sided game with two more. I’m pretty good at multi-tasking but have to admit, that was a BIT much! :) Then again, I have fun memories of both games and got to have more time with each grandkid. Since it was a whirlwind and busy weekend, I’m definitely not complaining.

In between games, we had fun with craft projects including the grandkids making their own handmade greetings cards to send to great-grandma since she didn’t feel up to joining in.

My grandkids enjoyed making handmade greetings cards at Easter

You should have seen the look on her face when I got home and delivered all the fun surprises. Plus I made sure to make videos this time of all the grandkids saying “I love you,” and “I miss you” to her. Something she can enjoy over and over.

I also brought a bunch of Color Blanks. These are a white or black solid-colored plastic thing for kids to color with the markers that come with the sets. I’ve found them in a variety of places including Target and Michael’s Crafts and all of my grandkids LOVE these things.

My grandkids had a great time with ColorBlanks at Easter

They each got to do one. But as the day progressed, they started swapping them around. At one point, big sis had four which she was embellishing with more coloring. Then they swapped around again. By the time I left, I think each had totally different ones but all seemed happy.

All my grandkids - both the grandboys and grandgirls enjoyed these cool Color Blanks

Because it was Easter weekend, we went to church on Saturday night for Easter vigil and Sunday morning for Easter. We went early so their mom could help with a project and I spent the time hanging with the grandkids. I decided that was the perfect time for an “easy out” for this grandma and went armed with all my iPhones and a couple of theirs. Both times, we ended up in the corner with iPhone games going, their closest friends clustered around, and the sounds of spelling going on as Hangman continued to be the most popular choice with half the grandkids to play with me. Even my youngest grandkid got in on the grand-kid app fun with the car puzzle pictured above.

All in all, it was a lovely weekend and now I’m back to work hard on real estate clients’ projects, helping my senior mom, babysitting the local grandkids, and sorting through all the fun photos and videos from the weekend. One grand thing about this season of life – I’m never bored! How about you? What were some of the highlights from your Easter weekend? We’d love to hear.

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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The messiness of these Resurrection Easter Eggs is a reflection of the fun my grandkids and I had with themHappy Easter Week! I had really thought my grandboys had outgrown our fave Easter tradition – the Easter Resurrection Eggs. But when I asked them about that, I was thrilled to hear them all say, “NO! We LOVE those! We want to do them again.” And do them again, we did. Or is that Did them again. :)  Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful Easter treat. I hid the eggs – 24 (since I have two sets). They found them. Then they helped me retell this wonderful and true story of Jesus’ last week on earth, from the ride on the donkey into Jerusalem to the Last Supper to the Prayer at Golgatha to the Resurrection to the last egg – which is empty…because HE’S ALIVE – shouted quite loud by all of us. And we finished just in the nick of time – right as mom and dad walked in from their date. So I bundled all into the egg crates and brought them home.

And now, speaking of “thinking outside the box,” I’ll ask big sis to put them all back properly for me. It’s the kind of thing she is really good at and enjoys. And, hopefully, she will also enjoy fun memories of her younger years when we did this together regularly as well. AND THEN, she can share them with her cousins when they get together. Talk about “the gift goes on!”

The eggs, along with listening to the dramatized version of the Easter story from both their Action Bible and the dramatized version of the book of John in the GoBible, coupled with reading the story together a couple of times this past two weeks were our main Easter preparation this year. Between them AND me being extra busy AND them staying busy playing with friends, our craft project times are rare. But in case y’all are still having fun with them, here’s some grand ideas we ALWAYS enjoyed thoroughly.

  1. Looking for Ways of Leaving a Sweet Spiritual Legacy in Your Grandkids Hearts This Easter?
  2. The Year We Used LEGOs to Make Our Own Easter Resurrection Eggs
  3. Easter Activities Ideas
  4. More Easter Activities Ideas

Have a blessed and beautiful Easter week with your Sandwich Generation family and friends! And Happy 100 to the Grand Social!

P.S. If any of your grandkids like Francesca Battistelli (Several of grandkids love her music – and so do I. She sets a great example and is a terrific musician!), she is releasing her latest album – the first in quite a while – next Tuesday. A wonderful Easter gift !  Click here for details – and be sure to check out the cd/free mp3 “rip” option BUT notice – you can’t order it as a gift to get that. You have to order it regular which means the price will show on the receipt. If you are ok with that (I was) they will get the CD and the mp3 version – a sweet treat for parents, grandparents AND grandkids.   :)

Kaye

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Learning to think outside the box whether house hunting or caring for elderly parents - its different for each person but vital for all.jpgYesterday I wrote at SandwichINK Real Estate Info for Boomers and Seniors about thinking outside the box when house hunting. I thought of that today when making a flower bouquet for my senior mom. She loves gardening but so far this year, it hasn’t been an option for her. So I “thought outside the box” and started picking up flower bouquets and little pots of plants at the store when I went grocery shopping. The smile on her face each week has been a huge reward. And oh my, she watches over those pots and vases so carefully.

Most of the flowers have been a delight. I was disappointed with this batch. I think they were gladiolus that were SUPPOSED to bloom but never did.

These sad looking gladiolus let my elderly senior mom down

But that’s OK. The camellias in our back yard (that we hadn’t even realized were there) came to the rescue. She’s been enjoying seeing them from her windows each day. And today, I clipped several and popped them into the vase as I tossed the glads.

These lovely pink camellias picked my elderly mom back up and put a smile on this baby boomers face.jpg

Whether we are near or far, there are always ways we can “think outside the box” to lift the spirits of our beloveds. Cute animal cartoons and comforting BIble verses shared with a long distance loved one. Lovely flowers in vases and grandkid photos on their iPad for our nearby parents. These are all simple things that can mean a lot to our loved ones.

Comforting BIble verses against the beautiful Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington near Ruston

This season of life – full of caregiving, elderly aging issues, and special needs – is definitely challenging. But it’s also full of sweet rewards. We just need to keep watching for them to encourage ourselves and to lift the spirits of our beloved seniors who may be facing an uncertain future with some fear. Hopefully, knowing that we are there to love them, and help them as we are able to, will make that future a little brighter each day.

 

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Kaye

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Kaye Swain REALTOR® in University Place Wa located in Pierce County WashingtonWoohoo – it’s an extra-special day here at SandwichINK! It’s time for the big grand-daddy blog party of them all – the Ultimate Blog Party 2014. This will be the FIFTH year I’ve joined in and I’m quite excited about it. Not only that, I’m bringing my mulitgenerational BLOG family along with my multigenerational blog, SandwichINK. For the past several years, I’ve been combining caring for my elderly parents with helping big-time with my grandkids and writing all about it here at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation (defined as those caring for elderly parents while raising children and/or caring for grandkids), along with  SandwichINK Real Estate Info.

This past year, my grandkids have gotten older and – while I am still blessed to spend a lot of time with them, it’s less than past years. Thus, I took the next step I started with an AA in Real Estate and got my State of Washington Real Estate License along with becoming an official REALTOR®. I’m taking all my years of experience with caregiving and real estate investing along with an excellent education and putting it to good work for my real estate clients - near and far.

I’ve always loved real estate which was handy since I was helping my senior parents with their real estate needs, giving advice to my kids, and buying-selling-and renting my own homes. It’s even more fun now that I’m working with Keller Williams Realty Tacoma. And I am thoroughly enjoying continuing my two boomer and senior blogs as well as adding two more. The first is KayeSwain.com where I focus on Pierce County Washington Real Estate including sharing fun ideas for home decor, frugal home staging tips, finding plenty of pink and blue goodies and more. On top of that, I am always on the lookout for grand homes for aging in place options and multigenerational possibilities which I share at both SandwichINK Real Estate AND at KayeSwain.com The second new blog is Old Historic Homes. I started that one to help dear ones sell their 100-year-old Victorian Farmhouse. Now I share all the delightful old and often historic homes here in Pierce County - and trust me, there are a ton.

But don’t worry, I’m also still sharing plenty of other resources and ideas of interest to boomers and seniors like great games for grandkids, practical ideas to help our elderly seniors, and Scripture pictures and verses to encourage all of us from our grandkids on up to their great-grandparents.

SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation is again nominated for best boomers resource AND social media rockstar at SeniorHomes

Not only that, I’m even more active online in social media. You can see my tweets in the column on the right and find all my sites by clicking here. And I’m thrilled to announce that I have again been nominated for SeniorHomes.com Best Senior Living Awards 2014 .  SandwichINK has been nominated for Best Boomer Resources and I’ve been nominated for the category of Social Media Rockstars – Individuals – WOOHOO! That’s truly music to my ears and eyes. Wait tell I tell my grandkids. Course, they’ll probably pat me on the back, say, “Good job, grandma. Can we play Trouble now!!!!”  :)  And that’s actually music to my ears too!

Here are some samples of my articles here at SandwichINK:

And what’s a party without some fun gifts?

One of my favorite things are MOBILE APPS! I love them and so do my grandkids. Even my mom has a couple of favorites for her iPad. I pretty much have to help her with them, but she thoroughly enjoys seeing updated photos of her great-grandkids or listening to a favorite book on it. I love to find useful mobile apps to share here and at my other sites.

My best gift to you is a FREE mobile app called AppsGoneFree - every day it tells me about 4-7 FREE apps – but you have to hurry, they might ONLY be free for THAT DAY. It’s a grand resource and it’s how I have found more than a couple of hundred excellent tools and resources including grand games for the grandkids, fun photo apps, and even apps to help me with my real estate business. CLICK HERE to download it, then ENJOY! (It doesn’t appear that Android has the same app but I did find Droid of the Day – with one free app per day and good reviews. :) )

More free gifts! Coloring pages for the grandkids – always a hit with my long-distance grandkids!

My grandson will LOVE this cute truck coloring page - how about your grandkids

 

And all my grandkids will love this dinosaur coloring page - fun for baby boomer grandparents AND grandkids

 

A cute frame for grandkids to decorate for a gift

Stationery for grandkids and elderly parents and the boomers and seniors in between

 

Thank you again for joining in the Ultimate Blog Party 2014. I look forward to chatting with you this week. :)

SandwichINK and SandwichINK Real Estate Info are joining in the fun at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 at 5 Minutes for Mom which is also open to grandparents boomers and seniors

P.S. And YES, I’d love your votes at SeniorHomes.com - just click here and click here. Then click the like button on each page. And THANK YOU so much! :)

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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My grandkids and I LOVED the new version of Trouble - but you can easily play the simpler version tooIt’s no TROUBLE to find a fun board game to play with your grandkids if you buy the game TROUBLE (Yes, I love silly puns and word games! However did you guess?)

Trouble has been a fave game of my grandkids and me for some time. So much so, that we’ve gone through THREE sets of it over the years. They are made a BIT on the cheap side – then again, they are GRAND for the pocket book. :) . And the last set, while wearing out a bit, also got lost when we moved from Kentucky to Pierce County Washington. But what seemed like a royal pain turned into a royal GAIN.

I ordered the new set from Amazon for a whopping $9.97 and I’m so glad I did. It arrived and sat there…and sat there…and sat there. One of the joys of being an up-close and often babysitter of grandkids is that they start to grow up! Which is a good thing! BUT they start to outgrow some of their past loves…which can be a bit of a bittersweet thing. And lately, between computer game fun and neighbor friends mega fun, our board game time has been dwindling. But finally, this past weekend, my oldest grandson came to spend the night and have some one on one on one with great grandma and me.

He had fun re-discovering Scarecrow, enjoyed making a mini-fort of pillows, and suggested a board game. WOOHOO – I gave him a list of 5, he picked Trouble and we had a lot of fun playing on the new board. As I waited for him to set up the game for a second go round after he beat me handily, I was looking at the fancy new pictures on the board and trying to figure out what they were there for. I finally got smart, picked up the directions, and discovered THEY HAD AMPED THE GAME UP!

My grandkids and I LOVE this new version of Trouble here in Pierce County Washington.jpg

Now, if you land on a spot with two X – you get a second turn. If you land on a spot with those lines – like my grandson is pointing to, you “Slide” to the opposite side of the board where they end up. Which means, you can go from close to the end to back to the beginning OR vice versa.

 

You no longer need to get into the ending base with an exact count AND instead of having to roll a 1 or a 6 to get out to play, you have to roll a 6 BUT the opponent(s) has to roll a 1. It doesn’t seem like much but it made for a very fun, frenzied and fast game that we both enjoyed – SIX times (he beat me 4 – 2 :) ).

And don’t worry. If you like the original rules, you can easily play those. AND if you have a younger grandchild who can’t handle having to wait several times to get out to play, which can sometimes happen, you could follow our trick and say you only need to roll a 1, 2, 5, 6 to get out. It definitely can help.

There’s a lot of creative options for this game and my grandson and I LOVE these new ones. So much so, he was raving about it to his brothers and it’s now packed in the car for the next time I go over to babysit. Or at least, the next rainy day I go to babysit. I’m pretty sure this will trump the computer games (once anyway). But the friends – probably not. And that’s OK, because I love all their friends and have a blast watching them play together.

Pink Hearts for Pink Saturday from Kaye Swain Grandmother and REALTOR in University Place Washington 250.png

P.S. Just in case not all the versions of Trouble have these updated rules, here’s the link to the game I bought – CLICK HERE. Enjoy!

 SandwichINK and SandwichINK Real Estate Info are joining in the fun at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 at 5 Minutes for Mom which is also open to grandparents boomers and seniors

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

 

University Place Washington REALTOR Kaye Swain loves to visit The Dedicated House for Anything Blue FridayBeverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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