Boomer and Senior News for the Sandwich Generation: Plenty of Valentine Blog Party Fun for Busy Caregivers

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The big Boomer and Senior news this week (at least, in our neck of the woods πŸ˜‰ ), 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?  

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine Proverbs 17 22 is one of those very encouraging Bible verses I love to remind myself about

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! πŸ™‚ 

Grandparents clipart - like this cute grandpa clip art - is a sweet reminder of one of the many joys of the Sandwich Generation - grandchildren

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! 

My senior mom has set aside her gardening for feeding her sweet Kentucky birds - dont you love the cute pink snowflakes and bird house clipart

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." πŸ™‚

 

The Colors of Love Valentine Party at The Little Round Table with fun delights for the busy Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

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. 

Valentine Fun for the Sandwich Generation at a Party at Bargain Hunting With Laurie

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! πŸ™‚ )

Valentine party fun for the Sandwich Generation at the Holiday Haven

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. πŸ™‚ 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!  πŸ™‚

They may not be pink but these kitchen accessories utensils and stuff are favorites in my Sandwich Generation family kitchen

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? πŸ™‚

Heres a cute pink pig whisk and other accessories and cute stuff to put a smile on the face of grandparents and grandchildren everywhere

 

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!

Holiday ideas for the Sandwich Generation from Seasonal Sundays at the Tablescaper

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 πŸ™‚ ), but I do get delightful and fun activities ideas for grandparents and grandchildren every time I visit her site. πŸ™‚

Cindy Atkins Whimsical Musings has a lovely giveaway to cheer the hearts of all of us caring for the elderly parents in our families

5MinutesForMom also has an inviting giveaway. A RedEnvelope Valentine $100 gift card . Don't tarry, though. The deadline to enter is February 11 and the winner will be announced on February 12.  I love 5MinutesForMom's annual blog parties and am watching for the announcement of the next one. Soon as I hear, you will too!)
 
Beverly, at Pink Saturday, is hosting a terrific Valentine's Day Par-Tay for us starting on FRIDAY  at 5. It's sure to please all with lots of cute pink things for Valentines Day!
 
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
 
Spiritual Sunday is always such a blessing.  I know I'm going to have some special words of encouragement for you for Valentine's Day and I'm sure many others will as well – we all love Christian encouragement for the holidays – don't we?
 
Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship hymn songs and music
 
5 Minutes Just for Me is featuring encouraging songs all about love in honor of Valentine's Day.
 
Listening to Praise and worship hymn songs and music full of the love God has for us along with our love for Him is a great way to celebrate Valentines Day with 5 Minutes Just For Me
 
Here's a song I love, Forever Love, by one of my teen grandchild's favorite Christian singers, Francesca Battistelli. (Music CDs make such great gifts for tweens and teens, don't they?) 
 
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 
Now here's a beary sweet post from Cuisine Kathleen that is not exactly a Valentine's Day party post – but there's plenty of red, along with another favorite of mine – TEDDY BEARS. It's so cute, I know it'll put a big smile on your face – and while you're there, you may notice a sweet invite for a St. Patrick's Day Party – sounds like fun!!
 
Here at SandwichINK, we've already had so much Valentine fun, with more to come! My grandkids and I enjoyed making Valentine's Day handmade greetings cards earlier this week to take to Chick-fil-A. They are going to pass them to those caring for the elderly at a local assisted living home to pass out to residents who might not get any otherwise. What a wonderful impact Chick-fil-A has on so many lives, including many of us in the Sandwich Generation. I can't tell you how many times my grandkids have had a blast on their playground, while I have enjoyed their yummy garden salad! πŸ™‚
 
Click here to get one of the free cooking ebooks from Dining on a Dime Cookbook author Tawra Kellam
 
Monday had all the great Happy Valentine’s Day Ideas, Easy Crafts for Grand kids and Seniors, and Free Cooking Ebooks from Tawra Kellam. We love her Dining on a Dime cookbook! And if you would like one of her free Valentine and cooking ebooks  – just click here. πŸ™‚
 
Also, did you see the Valentine's Day cards I made using encouraging Bible verses and cute country clipart to help our grandkids visualize God's love for us as a Valentine as well as giving ourselves to the Lord as a gift – and not JUST on Valentine's Day. Be sure to check back each day for more Valentine fun, tips, and ideas for the Sandwich Generation, including, of course another cute VALENTINE'S DAY CARD full of encouraging praise and worship music for the Sandwich Generation on the big day itself! Be sure to check  for it next Monday! In the meantime, for more blog Valentine party fun, don't forget to click on each of the above links and enjoy. Also, if you know of other fun Valentine blog parties this week or next, we'd love to hear about them. It's never to late to add them to our list. πŸ™‚

Pink flowers and warm tea to warm this Sandwich Generation granny nanny heart on a snow flurry chilly willy day

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 

Our senior parents will love to see some of these lovely old collectibles for French Country decorating ideas at Vintage Inspiration Friday Valentine Party - especially if the snow is keeping them from gardening

The Charm of Home has lovely pictures of sweet vintage family memories. Such a delight for the week before Valentine's Day.

Sweet family memories and vintage pictures at Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home

 

 

Happy Holidays Valentine hearts and flower clip art borders to say Happy Valentines Day to the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

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?  πŸ™‚ 

Red Valentine dinnerware plates and sets like these make lovely holiday tablescapes for Valentines Day - Christmas - and partriotic holidays

Comments 54

  • What a fun post. Thank you for joining us for The Colours of Love party.

    Becky

  • Thanks Becky, I appreciate your visit. And what a great week of Valentine fun it is, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  • What a fun way to “get out and about” with obligations keeping you close to home. Isn’t the internet great?

    Thanks so much for joining my first linky party on The Little Round Table and I hope that you will be able to visit again soon.

    Candy

  • Hi Kaye…

    My friend, you have a delightful blog and I just loved reading this post! It’s so chock full of really great information! I appreciated your perspective as well…as one of the “sandwich generation” myself…it is so true..finding ourselves often juggling between taking care of elderly parents and grandchildren! I must admit, I have never heard this term…but do love it! Thank you for this sweet and inspirational post, my friend! The scripture in Proverbs is one of my favorite. We have a chorus that we sing about this sweet verse!

    I also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my Valentine’s place setting! I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend! It’s so very nice to meet you!

    Warmet Valentine wishes…
    Chari @Happy To Design

  • Thanks, Chari, What sweet comments. And yes, we get to be in the Sandwich Generation – right in the middle and loving it all! πŸ™‚ And thank you for your lovely Valentine post. Made for a very fun visit. Have a blessed week. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Candy, It is, indeed, very fun – and much easier on the waistline, which is good since it definitely needs some whittling – more on that coming up in a few days. πŸ™‚

  • Hello Kaye! I simply had no idea that there were so many parties going on right now. I guess I don’t get out much in blogland! I love that graphic that you made with the birdhouse and the pink snowflakes. I wish I knew how to use Photo Shop, so that I didn’t have to bug my daughter to make blog headers for me!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Carol

  • I love your blog…Thanks for all the parties tips ..Hugs and smiles Glβ™₯ria

  • Kaye, I think you have done a fabulous job of getting everyone to go to some kind of party for Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for listing my party in this great group! Your clip art is so cute. I’m off to look at the link to the V’tine cards. Thank you for linking this post to the Valentine’s Party. laurie

  • Oh, your blog is wonderful! Love all of the parties. I actually took notes, there are a few I missed. I am so happy you mentioned my new party. Thank you very much! Always happy to have people come by!
    Sherry

  • Hi Sherry, I’m so glad to hear that. I had a lot of fun working on this. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  • Hi Laurie, Thanks for having the party. It was so much fun to visit and put a big smile on my face. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Carol. Actually, I used cute winter and bird house clipart from Trina (her pictures are always wonderfully priced), along with http://www.Picnik.com which is pretty simple to use (I haven’t figured out Photo shop either! πŸ™‚ ). I pay for Picnik’s annual membership – about $30 I think, so I do get a few extra goodies, but they have a free option that I used for over a year. It’s a great site and makes me look WAY better than I really am – always fun! πŸ™‚ This article, Granny Nanny’s Easy To Use Digital Camera + Picnik Special Effects + Walmart $1 Costumes = Fun Times With Grandkids, shows some of the fun effects you can get with it.

  • Hi Kaye,

    Thank you for sharing words which frame my thoughts on things which are uplifting. Valentine’s Day is about romance and love, but it’s so much more as you’ve shared. It’s running errands, babysitting, and for some, being a caregiver.

    Love is about giving of myself to another. I find joy in achieving that goal.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

  • What a great way to put it, MTJ! Goes along so well with what I once heard a pastor say,

    Joy can be found this way:
    J = Jesus first
    O = others 2nd
    Y = yourself last

    Thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Great post as always and with such great information. Happy Pink Saturday.

  • Hi Kaye,
    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for posting my giveaway–and now you are entered 2x!!! Thank you for this amazing post and I also want to say “Happy Pink Saturday!”
    XO

  • Thanks so much for stopping by and the fun shout out! It’s very nice of you to run down the parties, the more the merrier! Lovin’ the cute little porky whisk! Happy Valentine’s Weekend:@)

  • Isn’t it cute! Loved your cute jokes too! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks so much, Cindy! Happy Pink Saturday to you as well AND Happy Valentine’s Day! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you for the sweet encouragement, Donnie. πŸ™‚

  • Happy Pink Saturday!

    What a fun post, great jokes!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  • Wow, Kaye! This post is loaded! Just look at all the fun links!!!
    Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays.
    At work, I had an art class where seniors could make cards to send to loved ones. Then I mailed them for them. Monday we are having a party. For fun (and to bring back memories), I am making Shirley Temples! Now that would be great to serve the grandkids, huh? Very easy… just diet 7-up or gingerale over ice. A splash of grenadine syrup, and a marchino cherry. Yum! This week for Spiritual Sunday I have posts on both of my blogs about God’s valentines. Have a great weekend, and very special Valentine’s Day!

  • Happy Valentines Weekend! love the clipart.

  • Goodness you are one busy lady ! Happy Pink Saturday and remember to take time for tea (())

  • Kaye…stopping by via Pink Saturday
    this is a fun and informative post…
    hubby and I were once the middle of
    the Sandwich but now, as the old folks,
    we are the bread =) never thought of
    it that way until now…LOL
    Happy Pink Saturday and Valentines Day
    ~victoria~

  • Talk about “bang for your buck” this post is full to the brim! Most of the time I don’t finish reading posts this long but you got me hooked and I wanted to see if I could do it. I did! Thanks for an interesting few minutes.

  • You touched on a variety of topics today. Each one was great in its own right. Loved them and what your are doing for others.

  • Very informative!
    I used to make Valentine’s with my class and bring them to the Veteran’s home. So easy to share a little love!
    Happy β™₯ Day!

  • What a wonderful post! Thanks so much for helping us all to connect, I am honored to be part of it. πŸ™‚

  • You know what? This was such a fun post! It really made my heart smile.

    Have a grace filled week.

  • This was such a fun post! I think you covered it all. Hope you have a great Valentines Day and I will be back to visit again!
    Blessings,
    Annette

  • Thanks for stopping back and linking up to the Gadget Party, I use my grater quite often too! Happy Valentine’s Day:@)

  • Thanks for all the cool links :)! It’s so wonderful that you put God’s love into action by taking care of your parents and grandchildren. May your heart always be merry and filled with God’s love!

    http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/2011/02/dvd-review-and-giveaway-most-deluxe.html

  • We haven’t met…I’m bj from Sweet Nothings. So glad to know you.
    We ar the OLDEN members in our family…and thru God’s grace, I am in good health, as is my hubby, Mr. Sweet. πŸ™‚ Our parents have been gone a long time.

    This has been an awesome week of Valentine love and fun.
    come see me when you can…:)
    I’m linking up to follow you..come follow me and maybe we’ll meet in the middle someday. :)))
    xo bj

  • oops…where’s your FOLLOW ME???
    Did I miss it?

  • Lots of fun going on! Some great parties! Fun post!

  • Happy Valentine’s day. I will be checking out many of these parties but have to come back and visit with you more.
    If you’d like, I also have a post listing some parties on my blog. Coming up in the next couple weeks are a soup party and some crafting parties.

    I have a grater among my gadgets as well. Anything having to do with CHEESE…

  • The computer became my window to much of the world when my mom came to stay with us. Technology helps to keep you in touch, and you have really found a lot that is going on out there.
    The card is really cute – young people also help!

  • This is a very sweet post – so filled with love and cheer – so many wonderful parties!
    Hope you have a fantastic Valentines,
    Kathy

  • Hi Kathy, Thank you and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to you as well πŸ™‚

  • Amen, Mya, AMEN. My grandkids are such a joy and a delight, even on days they aren’t feeling so perky! πŸ™‚ And what a blessing technology can be, that is FOR SURE! πŸ™‚ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! πŸ™‚

  • Hi DogsMom, Thanks for stopping by and the sweet invite. I’ll definitely have to check them out – senior mom and grandkid-health permitting. And what a cute post for the gadget party, complete with Andy Rooney and Sesame Street. So cute! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Carol, Thank you πŸ™‚ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! πŸ™‚

  • Hi BJ – so nice to “meet” you online. I have enjoyed visiting your site before and look forward to popping over there again! And what great news that y’all are doing great in health. Such a blessing. πŸ™‚ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! πŸ™‚

  • PS BJ – This blog is a WordPress.org blog – so you can sign up to get the posts daily in your email, using the link on the right column. My blogger blogs, which include http://www.SandwichINK.blogspot.com , is where you could follow me if you prefer. All these articles do get linked over there so I think it would work OK plus I have a few other goodies over there that aren’t here. πŸ™‚ Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much Living for God! That’s a wonderful blessing and prayer and my heart’s desire as well. πŸ™‚ Valentine Blessings to you as well! πŸ™‚

  • I use my whisk all the time too – great gadget! I use mine mostly for making salad dressings.

  • Hi Happier than a pig in mud! It was quite a fun and interesting Gadget Party. Thanks so much for throwing it. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Annette, Thank you πŸ™‚ I really had fun writing it and visiting all the sites several times. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Marsha, Thank you. It was a lot of fun to research and put together. I got so many fun ideas for activities for grandparents and grandchildren, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚

  • Kaye I am so sorry it has taken so long to visit. If you swing by my blog you will see why…

    Thanks so much for this great post and of course for sharing the info and link to my Sunday Song post and my blog. I really appreciate it!

    I hope to see you again soon!

    Best wishes for a fabulous week,
    Natasha.

  • Hi Natasha, Trust me, I totally understand! I tutor one of my grandkids regularly – we were working on history today! I really think school work is much more advanced much sooner nowadays! Which is find for some kids, but definitely not all. Ah well, it’s fun relearning subjects. We’re studying the French Revolution this week. πŸ™‚

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