Enjoy Blog Party Fun and Goodies With SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation At The Ultimate Blog Party 2013

by Kaye Swain

Join the Sandwich Generation granny nanny at the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 - and enjoy a cup of sparkling apple cider while you are at it Woohoo! It's that time again! Time for the annual ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY hosted each year by 5 Minutes for Mom. For fellow twitter users – it's known as the #UBP13. I started attending a few months after I began SandwichINK (WOW! Can you believe that was almost FIVE YEARS AGO – this August is SandwichINK's FIFTH BIRTHDAY!). So that makes this my fourth time at the par-tay! :) Each year, I've met fun new-to-me grandparents and caregivers and even some fellow Sandwich Generation-ers, as well as many other great bloggers and writers with wonderful resources and ideas to help us in this Sandwich Generation journey! And I'm sure this year holds even more fun so join us, won't you.

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren m

A bit of an introduction to those from the Ultimate Blog Party who are new to SandwichINK. I am a "Sandwich Generation granny nanny." I love to visit my long distance grandkids one-three times during the year as well as frequently babysitting my local grandchildren, helping them with various homeschooling projects, enjoying many fun physical activities inside and out – from tennis to swimming to roller skating, along with plenty of grand inside games and projects including checkers (boy, can they BEAT ME BIG TIME), Carcassonne (I'm better at that :) ), computer games like Minecraft and Webkinz, and lots and lots and LOTS of reading out loud.

Caring for elderly parents is best with teamwork - as this shot from my easy to use digital camera reminds us

My senior mom lives with me. She enjoys spending brief but delightful quality time with these great-grandkids – especially when she can include them in her beloved gardening activities,  as well as keeping in touch with all of her great-grandchildren, writing them and sending them cute greeting cards throughout the year. She has been experiencing some health challenges over the past three years and we work together to help her with those as well as caring for the grandkids. As we love to say, we make a great team.

Combining caregiving my senior mom and other aging relatives long distance with such up-close-and-personal babysitting of grandkids puts me squarely in the Sandwich Generation – which was the term coined by Carol Abaya to describe the various types of multigenerational caregiving that so many of us do throughout our lives (this is my third season of being in the Sandwich Generation).

I love to share resources and ideas to help all of us grandparents and caregivers – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation – as we walk this fun, exhausting, challenging, rewarding journey of life together. Nowadays, I generally write three articles per week – one focusing on caring for aging parents and relatives, one centered around kids and grandkids - usually with a focus on fun and educational ideas,  and one full of encouraging Bible verses or praise and worship music – to lift our spirits, encourage our seniors, and be proactive as we work towards leaving a sweet spiritual legacy of God's love in the hearts and minds of our loved ones, including those sweet grandkids! 

We'd love to have you join us each week. You can subscribe to the free weekly update of newsletters by clicking here as well as join in the fun at Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter (be sure to join us twice a month on Wednesdays for #ElderCareChat).  

Since this is a PARTY, I wanted to share some "party favors" with y'all – some of the fun and new iPhone apps (most are probably available for the Android as well) that my senior mom has on her iPad or that my grandkids and I are currently enjoying on my two iPhones (the second one is an old one that is now full of grandkid games.). Many are free, and all are useful, like:

  • Fast Camera – this has been a hit with ALL ages. My grandkids think it's a hoot that they can take a zillion pictures in just a few seconds. My kids and I love that we can take a bunch of pictures at once of a moving object – meaning we are now more likely to get a good smile on the face of a child/grandchild – or a cuter picture of one of my granddogs.
  • NewsFlash – being a bit of a news junkie, and with all the crazy things going on in the world, this has been a great addition to my other news apps (Drudge Report, Newser, and Hourly News (a 10 minute verbal news update from NPR – great when driving). I'm going to add these to my senior mom's iPad this week as I get my love of news shows from her. 
  • AppsGoneFree - I have a TON of grand apps and keep looking for more – enough so, that I've had to put myself on a bit of an app-spending diet. Thanks to this great app, I can now check daily for FREE APPS – have fun, check out the newest offerings and NOT spend a PENNY! I LOVE THAT – as do my kids and grandkids when I give them a heads up on a freeby that is right up their alley. (Yup, I have grand-teens and tweens with their own iTouches!)
  • Tic Tac Toe Phonics – two of my local grandkids and I LOVE this app. We have fun playing tic tac toe AND they get good practice in reading, sounding out words, and spelling. 
  • Sushi Monster – This is a fun and educational Scholastic math app – that even my grand-teen enjoyed one day, though it's probably geared primarily for 1st-5th graders. Another fun math one that my younger grandkids love is Marble Math!
  • South Surfers – With mega water and beach lovers, it's not too surprising that my grandsons love this surfing game app!
  • IKEA – My senior mom was thrilled when she discovered that IKEA has a catalog app for her iPad. She would love to visit one of the stores but it's several hours away and once there, I doubt she could see much of their HUGE stores. But with this handy little app, she can let her fingers do the walking for her!
  • Rail Maze – Got kids or grandkids who love mazes? My grandkids enjoy this app and I bet yours might as well! (I just have the basic version.)
  • GoBible – I think this is the most expensive apps I have – but it's well worth it! It's the NIV Bible in audio. I pick where I want to go, and it reads the Bible to me from that point. It's a great addition to my Bible app collection that includes Laridian PocketBible to read and Calvary Chapel Philadelphia's app with the excellent verse by verse Bible studies I love to listen to. With free time a rarity in this Sandwich Generation season of life, I now do most of my Bible studies in the car, listening – learning – growing as I drive to and from grandkids and senior mom. These apps are a huge blessing to me and definitely keep me going, in Him!                                                                                                                                                           
  • Carcassonne and Words With Friends – Oldies AND goldies for my family and me. They're fun, brain-exercising, and both have message options that help me keep in close and fun contact with some special people in my life, in spite of how busy most of us are! I wish I'd had these a few decades ago when my parents and I were several states away!

Well, those are just SOME of the zillion apps I have and appreciate. How about you? Got any favorites to share with us? We'd love to hear. Enjoy your party favors, have a lovely Ultimate Blog Party 2013, including their Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter linkys, and thank you so much for visiting SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation!

Have a lovely day - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation

Be sure to leave a comment below to say howdy! :) 

Join Kaye Swain of the Sandwich Generation at the biggest blog party around - the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 at 5 Minutes For Mom -dates

 

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

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Hip Homeschool Hop has great resources for grandparents and grandchildren - especially if you help with their homeschooling

The Sandwich Generation can find sweet words of encouragement in the Women helping Women linkup

P.S. Don't forget… 

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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1 Glenda Childers

I am popping over from UBP13. I enjoyed my visit.

Fondly,
Glenda
(link #59)

ps. Congrats on 5 years of blogging.
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2 Damon

Nice to meet you, Kaye!

My ears perk up whenever someone even whispers the word Carcassonne. :)

3 Amy Patton

Hello. What a wonderful place. Just yesterday I posted on my blog that I thought we needed more “non-traditional” bloggers- older moms and women who can show the way to the younger generations. I am so glad you are here and reaching the needs of “sandwichers.” God bless. Amy
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4 Jen

God bless you for doing what needs to be done for your family. :) You sound like a very fun grandmother – my kids and mom enjoy doing things together, too, and I love when they tell me all about it! I found your blog through the UBP – enjoy the week!
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5 Retha Groenewald

I enjoyed visiting from UBP. I love iPad apps! You reminded me of the great sandwiches my mom use to make for us for school.
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6 Tereasa

So nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m following via twitter now.
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7 Pamela

You are a sweet busy grandmomma! Love all your phone aps. I know 3 kids who will, too!
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8 Lisa

What a great party post! I’m so happy you’ve joined the Ultimate Blog Party. I considered it, but because I have a hard enough time getting around to comment on link parties, I figured it wouldn’t be fair to link and not go visit others in the UBP. Have fun! You’re a super representative for the grandma faction! :-D
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9 debra

That is one super post…and actually I read the one prior as well while I was over here and am commenting on that too, lol…DAIRY QUEEN ! Oh my I miss Dairy Queens! There are none around here anymore and thanks alot…you now have me craving a Dairy Queen cone. I will suffer all evening because of you, ha ha :)

When I was 16 years old I worked at a Dairy Queen. One day after school my grandfather drove me to work there and it was on fire! My parents had recently divorced / my mom was broke..I needed money. I had him take me across the street to the Eat-n-Park to apply for a job there. They were quite impressed with me applying then, as the Dairy Queen was still on fire so I got the job on the spot! :)
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10 Gracie

The best years of my life were getting to know my father in an adult to adult relationship. We ended up buying a house together after I ended a bad relationship. He became best friends with my future husband and we all lived together until he passed away a few years ago. Now, we’re trying to get my MIL to move in with us! ;)
It can be challenging, but the rewards outweight the challenges.

(stopping by from #UBP13)
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11 Grandma Kc

Dear Santa, Could I please have an IPhone for Christmas this year so that Amara and I can try out all of Kaye’s app suggestions. I promise to be very good. Thank you, Grandma Kc
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12 A Little R & R

Oh my what a fun, fun blog!!! I love it that you have a grandparents blog and I love the idea of a “sandwich” generation. I am your newest follower. I hope you’ll have time to stop by my place, too, during the party. Have a wonderful weekend!!! Blessings from Croatia: Rosilind @ A Little R & R: http://www.littlerandr.org

13 Kaye Swain

Hi Rosalind, It’s fun to meet you here. I’ve visited your site before and really enjoyed it and just popped over again for the UBP13. Thanks for the sweet words of encouragement. :)

14 Kaye Swain

:) Hi Grandma Kc – I don’t know if this will help – but my kids have had great success in buying older used iPhones at quite a discount from friends – they still work but the friends upgraded. Another good resource – not as cheap but you can get a 2 year warranty, which is nice, is GameStop! I love that store AND their warranties. If my grandkid phone ever dies and my current phone isn’t ready to be upgraded, that’s where I’d head for. :) :) :)

15 Kaye Swain

How true Gracie!!! And what a sweet and encouraging story! Thank you so much for sharing it. :)

16 Kaye Swain

Wow Debra! Talk about great initiative! That’s awesome! And you totally have my sympathy for those cravings – could I introduce you to another favorite ice cream of ours that we keep at home – Edie’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie – TO DIE FOR and fewer calories right from the freezer :) :) :) Have a blessed and beautiful and ice-cream-filled week!

17 Kaye Swain

:) Thank you so much Lisa! I wish I could say I’d make it to everyone’s but not even close. Even so, I’ve found some fellow grandparents and caregivers who I’ll be introducing in a few days. It’s definitely a ton of fun and you can visit just a bit, plus enter for prizes even without a post, I think. :) Have a lovely and not-too-busy week and if you get to visit Connie this month – have GRAND time! :) :) :)

18 Kaye Swain

Hi Pamela – you betcha! They all know I’ve got grand apps and they’re all good about taking turns for the iPhone – it’s a blessing always and especially in the car and even more ESPECIALLY when great-grandma goes with us!!! :) :) :)

19 Kaye Swain

Hi Tereasa, Thanks! I should have added you as well – tho I did a blog update last night, thought I added all my plugins back, and found out different when I found 150 spam in my comment box – oyyyyy. So if I forgot – do give me a shout out :) Happy party-ing :)

20 Kaye Swain

:) Thanks Retha! And thanks for the lovely visit. Have a great time at the Ultimate Blog Party!

21 Kaye Swain

Hi Jen, Thank you! I appreciate your lovely words of encouragement. Have a grand time at the Ultimate Blog Party :)

22 Kaye Swain

Very cool, Amy! Thank you so much! :) Have a blessed and beautiful and SPRING-FILLED week :)

23 Kaye Swain

Hi Glenda, It’s always fun to run into you on the internet. And thank you so much! :)

24 Kaye Swain

Thanks Damon, It’s definite fun to run into other Carcassonne fans! :)

25 Glenda Cates

What a fun and interesting blog I can not wait to come back and look around some more. Have a nice week.
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26 Carrie

Thanks for visiting our blog. It sounds like you have a very full and amazing life! Thanks for sharing the links. Looking forward to checking out a few with our kids.
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27 Cherry

Thank you, Kaye, for visiting me at Pursuing Heart! Yes, it is always fun to find other grandmas – it is a full life, isn’t it? Four of our six (grown) children live nearby, and also six of our ten grandkids are nearby. We are also in full-time ministry to high school students, so life is full – and blessed! My 91 year-old father lives nearby, too, so we are involved with his care, as well.
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28 Vicki Valenta

Stopping in from the GRAND Social. I’ll be back to check out all those party favors when I have time. I’m on my way to spend a day substitute teaching a kindergarten class.
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29 Loy

Hey Kaye, Wow! I can certainly see why you are so busy. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Have a great week!
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30 Teresa

I am your newest follower!!! I hope that you follow me back at http://www.simplyheavenlyfood.com/ Have a wonderful day!!!

31 Shari Lynne

Hi Kaye! What a fantastic Blog Post you have written regarding UBP! It has something for everyone! This is my first year attending! I have a hard time keeping up..since I still have kids at home..even though I’m the Sandwich Generation! LOL

Love all of the Apps for Grandkids..my Grandson is just getting into all of these!

Have a blessed week!
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32 Julie Arduini

Waving hello, Kaye! I appreciate your caregiving resources.

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