The big Boomer and Senior news this week (at least, in our neck of the woods 😉 ), continues to be Valentine's Day – in our homes, with our grandkids, and on the "blogosphere." And since one of my favorite and very encouraging Bible verses is "A merry heart does good, like medicine," it seems tailor-made for us today, don't you think?
While a lot of us in the Sandwich Generation are able to get out and about to enjoy fun Valentine Day parties, others of us are too busy dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family while babysitting grandchildren. For many, it's a team effort – grandpa babysits while grandma runs errands for great-grandma, or vice versa. My parents set a great example of that for me over 40 years ago. My husband and I did that together with one set of parents. Now he's safely in heaven, and my senior mom and I are making a different kind of good team! 🙂
Oh yes, we mustn't forget that SNOW continues to be another big new news item around the country! Yup – another snow day for one grandchild this week!
Thanks to cute pink snowflake clip art from Picnik.com and an adorable bird house clipart from Trina and Friends, it doesn't seem quite as cold or does it?!?!?! And even if the real snow IS too cold to allow for getting out as much as we'd like, that's OK, coz there is plenty of VALENTINE party blog fun for all of us to enjoy, right in our very own homes! In fact, you can join SandwichINK as we enjoy several:
The Little Round Table has a delicious looking Valentine Party, The Colors of Love, featuring pastel basket dinnerware is sure to delight the eyes and tastebuds of the Sandwich Generation family, from our beloved seniors right down to those cute grandkids. Of course, the colors my Sandwich Generation family is sporting is always my favorite colors of love, whether it's a bright red t-shirt or the muted green of a hospital gown. Life changes ebb and flow but, as the song put it, "our love is here to stay." 🙂
Bargain Hunting With Laurie has a delightful Valentine Party with the cutest pictures that will put a huge smile on your face, as well as other fun Valentine surprises and ideas, including some sweet treats I know the grandkids will enjoy, so check out both links for all things hearts, love, and Valentine's Day.
A Holiday Haven has different holiday parties throughout the year – how fun! Her Valentine Party started on the 1st and runs to the 14th – so we're right on time. And this particular post has a free Printable Valentines Heart Banner (free is always the most practical of the ways to save money! 🙂 )
My senior mom misses her gardening but loves her cooking – so the I ♥ My Favorite Kitchen Gadget Party! at Happier Than A Pig In Mud will be right up her alley.
And for those who like good jokes like my grandkids and me, click here for some hilarious Valentine and Pig jokes – perfect for grandparents and grandchildren near and far. 🙂 And as for our favorite kitchen gadget, here tis – mine is the whisk – great for whisking up my hot chocolate. My senior mom, on the other hand, can't live without her cheese grater! 🙂
And if you noticed the whisk is a bit bent – GOOD EYES! I'm eyeing some of the cute pink kitchen accessories and other fun stuff like this – bet Happier Than A Pig In Mud would love it, too. Perfect for Valentine's Day – don't you think? 🙂
The Tablescaper features Seasonal Sundays with great ideas if we're wanting to do some rearranging or redecorating. When we are caring for elderly parents and they move in with us, that definitely requires some rearranging! But when time permits, it's always nice to gather a few ideas to make the changes fun and interesting. This Be My Valentine post has gorgeous Valentine Holiday Tablescapes views with lots of delightful ideas for decorating including a lovely pink and red centerpiece and white and red plates silverware and more – perfect holiday dinnerware for Valentine's Day – especially good if the grandkids are coming – or perhaps your sweet senior parents. And oh my! You should see this delightful Valentine birthday party tablescape for her daughter's birthday. Absolutely beautiful and wonderful for grandparents and grandchildren as well!
What's a Valentine's Day Party without a giveaway? And Cindy Atkins Whimsical Musings has a lovely surprise. Just leave her a comment and add yourself as a follower and you'll be entered. The drawing will be held on Valentine's Day. Not only that – she has another Valentine post up with the cutest Valentine projects – adorable Valentine purses made from matchbooks and, for all of us who love french country style kitchen and home decor, some very cute miniature French Market buckets. I love seeing all her great designs. She is so talented. My creations never look as good as hers (my skills are more computer-related 🙂 ), but I do get delightful and fun activities ideas for grandparents and grandchildren every time I visit her site. 🙂
I've got this cute pink floral vintage tea cup all ready for our Valentine Party visiting, plus I'm headed to visit at ColoradoLady's weekly Vintage Thingie Thursday – a very intriguing new blog party for us at SandwichINK and full of Valentine Reds. So grab your favorite Valentine-y tea cups, as well, and let's enjoy a lovely, HEART-FULL of fun blog party with lots of lovely Valentines to send us off to another Sandwich Generation week full of smiles. 🙂
P.S. More fun Valentine Parties I've collected as I've been visiting today, starting with:
Common Ground and her Vintage Inspiration Friday Valentine Party. You'll find lots of lovely and very romantic French country decorating collectibles. I especially loved the intricately tiny little roses on some of the cute pieces. 🙂
The Charm of Home has lovely pictures of sweet vintage family memories. Such a delight for the week before Valentine's Day.
P.S. Red Holiday Dinnerware plates work great for Patriotic Holidays as well as Valentines Day and Christmas. One set for several holidays makes it easier for those of us in the busy Sandwich Generation, don't you think? 🙂