Holiday Fun

I was going to title this “Fun Valentines, Free Printables and More for the Grandkids” but stopped. I just sent out a boatload of Valentines to grandkids, friends, and neighbors. My senior mom has been sending Valentines and other holiday cards faithfully until just the past year or so (hence my boatload, as I step up to help her with that ūüôā ).

One of my elderly moms greeting cards for grandkids

Greeting Card Joys

Fun Valentines and other cards are sweet joys for all ages. Whether you send them via email, snail mail, or even create them on the computer but then send them in the mail, they are fun to prepare and even more fun to receive.

Fun Valentines and More

Thanks to Tiny Prints, I have a special surprise for you! Free printables and adorable Valentine ideas galore!

They have a post with a ton of Valentine coloring pages. You can use them at home for the grandkids to decorate and hang up. Or wouldn’t they be a cute way to send a letter to an elderly relative or two. They can color one side and write a short note on the other. For that matter, you could print out two – one for them to decorate and one to include for the recipient to have fun coloring. Hmmmm, my college beloveds would love something like that, I bet! ¬†They’ve commented coloring pages can be a good stress relief after the finals are done! ¬†ūüôā

Fun Valentines and Coloring Pages via Kaye Swain Roseville REALTOR and TinyPrints

Tiny Prints also has a fun post all about making Valentine boxes. But they don’t have to be JUST for Valentines. Wouldn’t this¬†cute Monster Valentine box be fun to some of the grandkids toys, cars, dinosaurs, etc. in? ¬†So fun to use and from the looks of it, very easy to make too!

Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent Grandmother Caregiver sharing adorable Monster Valentine Box

 

Be sure to take lots of photos – while you’re having fun creating, and once you’ve got the fun Valentines and the Valentine box done. And be sure to visit Tiny Prints’ post,¬†Free Valentine‚Äôs Day Printables For Kids, where you can download cute props for fun photos along with pencil top Valentines, coloring pages, bookmarks and more.

Fun Valentines and photo props for grandkids via Kaye Swain Roseville REALTOR

 

However you decide to use these fun and FREE printables from TinyPrints.com, you and your grandkids are bound to have fun. Bet you and your senior parents might as well. ūüôā ¬†And many thanks to TinyPrints for graciously sharing these with us. A sweet delight indeed!

Encouraging Love

Christian blogger Kaye Swain shares Encouraging Scripture pictures

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU

Spring is COMING via Kaye Swain Roseville REALTOR

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! And for those spring and autumn fans like me, take courage – SPRING IS COMING (as this coloring book reminded me) and so is the time change (on March 12). ¬† ūüôā

Kaye

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Can you believe it’s almost February! With that comes all the fun of the late winter and early spring events like Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day! Things grandparents and grandkids revel in!

Busy Bee valentines Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent Blogger Grandmother

 

Valentines Day Fun For Grandkids and Grandparents

I go¬†pretty simple¬†with my grandkids. Usually, I just do fun cards with cute sayings or riddles, like the one above (for you and your grandkids to enjoy. ūüôā ). But this year¬†I’m planning on photo cards to the families with pix of great-grandma and grandma (moi) with a Valentine’s Day and later, St Patricks Day, theme. Plus I’ve been having fun sharing holiday riddles with my riddle buddies (the ones who share my love for fun riddles).

My senior mom usually hates having her picture taken. But she really liked the holiday idea to put on a greeting card. Very cool.

In case you prefer to go the gift route for Valentines Day, have you see the various LEGO options? Like this adorable dog, and many more. Too cute! ūüôā

Cute Valentines Day LEGO Dog kids grandkids

How about you? Any grand plans.

Organized Grandparents

Did you know that January is Organization Month? I definitely need to update some of my organizational techniques. But between my real estate biz, helping my mom, and babysitting local grandkids, who’s got the time! ūüėČ ¬†But in case YOU do, here’s an interesting article from Grandparents.com with tips for organizing the sentimental grandkid joys we’ve collected. Personally, my three¬†favorite organizing tips are:

Grandkids craft organizer via Kaye Swain Roseville blogger

  1. Keep the craft items reasonably organized
  2. Take a photo of treasured memory items. Then I always have them available.
  3. Keep 1 -2 of my fave of each special memory treasure to enjoy seeing throughout the year. Box up anything I can share with future grandkids. Give away the rest to other kids to enjoy.

Thermostat Joys

Thermostat cover options via Kaye Swain Roseville senior parent caregiver

We LOVE our new thermostat. It works great and keeps our house at a comfortable temperature all the time now. It’s also much easier for me to use. However, my senior mom continues to have a¬†hard time with¬†any thermostat¬†nowadays. When she tries to adjust it, she often turns on the fan or turns off the heater. When I’m home, it’s an easy fix. But if I’m out for the day, she could end up getting too chilly or too hot. So we’re trying a new plan. I created an inexpensive thermostat cover. I taped one of my lovely new blank greeting cards over it with a note reminding her to ask me to help her with it.

Thermostat options for senior mom Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent

So far so good. And it’s so pretty! You could easily use a pretty postcard as well. Because of the weight, it hangs down nicely and I just used two tiny pieces of scotch tape on the plastic top so it won’t damage the wall or anything else. ¬†Much easier to install than a traditional thermostat cover and cuter too! ūüôā

Sweet Encouragement

Our church has an annual tradition I love! Each year they give us a card with the year’s Bible verse on the front and our annual goal to fully surrender all to God on the back. Isn’t our 2017 one pretty? ūüôā

Christian blogger Kaye Swain sharing encouraging Bible verses

 

This year I’m reading through the Bible with the help of an audio Bible app that, sadly, is no longer available to download. It reads an 11-12 minute portion to me daily. Then I pick one of the chapters it read to me and study that in depth. It’s been a blessing. While that one is no longer available, there are others including the YouVersion which also includes a through-the-Bible-in-a-year option. Such a great thing to do this year! Join me, won’t you?

Sweet Blessings

Have a great week, a fun Valentines month and a blessed 2017!

Kaye

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Christmas Tree Grove Fun in Roseville

Oh me! Oh my! Oh Happy Christmas Tree¬†Fun! Roseville Real Estate Agent Kaye Swain sharing Roseville Christmas Tree Downtown Square Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Tree Grove my sweet city of Roseville CA hosts every year as part of their multi-day holiday celebration fun that also includes the lighting of our majestic Downtown Square Christmas Tree. ¬†I decided then that I wanted to do a Christmas tree for 2016 to celebrate the many grand joys of Roseville (can you tell I love¬†my city! ūüôā ).

Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing Roseville California Joys Christmas Grove Tree

Christmas Tree Ornament Fun

While visiting one set of grandkids who had come to see me a few months earlier, I asked if they would like to help me and they gleefully said “YES!” Thanks to Michaels Craft Store, I was able to find a ton of adorable wooden ornaments. Some reflected the many things we love about Roseville – birds, children and grandchildren, dogs and granddogs, cats and grandcats, homes and keys to homes, and more. Others were chalkboard tags that let us write even more fun things like the great parks we have here – TONS – over 70!!!!! Walking trails! Cute critters like egrets, turkeys, coyotes, skunks, cows, horses…. So many fun things to love.

Christian Blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain West Roseville CA

We had a blast coloring, painting, talking, thinking, and more. It was a two or three day project while their parents were away enjoying time alone (a great gift we grandparents can share with our families and a great investment in the health and well-being of our kids marriages and our grandkids families! ūüėČ )

When we were done, I carefully packed everything up and brought it home and put it in my bookcase. I got the biggest smile every time I’d see those packages.

November finally arrived and it was time to get cracking at finishing the project. I spent several nights tying fish line hangers and gluing cute clothespins to the backs of ornaments to help attach them all. My youngest granddaughter there had finished a delightful red crocheted garland for me and it arrived safely.

Christmas tree ornaments my grandchildren made

Christmas Tree Decorating Fun

Finally December arrived and it was the day to decorate. And what fun. I got to meet new friends and see old friends from Roseville. I had a great time in crisp, chill, sunny weather decorating the tree. Later, it was time to head back for the fun, festivities, judging and awards ceremony. So many cute little and big kids were there. Good friends from our neighborhood to greet. My local beloved family came! I even got to meet fun folks like Mr Grinch, Cindy Lou, and Santa Claus. Too fun!

Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent meeting the Grinch with Cindy Lou

Christmas Tree Grove Award

And oh my! There were so many lovely trees this year – all were a true delight. So you can imagine my shock, surprise, and joy when they called my name. My grandkids and my tree had won Most Spirited! HOW AWESOME! And how COOL to share the excitement with my sweet grandkids (THANK YOU AGAIN KIDDOS!).

Kaye Swain Roseville REALTOR shares Christmas Tree winners

Christmas Tree Future Fun

One of the many sweet memories I shall treasure this year, that’s for sure! Of course, I made sure there were¬†plenty of photos to share with my senior mom on her iPad! And yes! I’m already looking forward to next year – for both the Christmas Tree fun AND for more creative and gaming activities with sweet grandchildren, near and far! Sweet joys, indeed! And I’m so grateful to God for all these sweet gifts! ¬†ūüôā

Sweet Gifts From God!

Roseville REALTOR Kaye Swain praises God great week great prize

 

Kaye

 

 

 

Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing cool pumpkins squash Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing cool pumpkins squash

Pumpkin Smiles with Grandkids

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I saw the cutest idea while out delivering a neighborhood¬†newsletter today. A neighborhood mom bought¬†tiny pumpkins and gave them to her son along with some stickers. You could tell they had a great time decorating the pumpkin! Talk about senior friendly AND toddler friendly! I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture so at Safeway I bought my pumpkin pie AND a small pumpkin along with other cute autumnal squash. We had fun decorating it with my rose stickers (I use them for my business) along with some fun smilie stickers from the Dollar Store.

Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing cool pumpkins squash

One word of warning, though. I looked all over the fruit and vegetable section and settled on this cute pumpkin. I actually prefer little ones usually, although for this project big would have been even nicer AND made a great decoration for the front door. But these were all I saw and I did look around a bit. As I was walking out the door, however, I realized I totally missed a big display of ginormous Halloween pumpkins on sale. I could have bought a big one for $5. I looked at my receipt for my cute little one and realized it had cost me $6. I decided to keep it since it was so cute. But wanted to warn you so that you check better than I did and, perhaps, save some money.

Senior Friendly Toilet Talk

Kaye Swain caring for elderly parents discovered lysol toilet cleaner not senior friendly

Doing a little toilet talking here, again. ¬†I have used Lysol toilet cleaner for years and I love it. It does a great job and I really appreciate it. However, that being said, I will no longer be buying this particular product. They have¬†a lid with a¬†child-proof lock on it, which is good. But they’ve apparently¬†gotten much sturdier locks.

Lysol toilet bowel cleaner cap hard to open

I’m¬†pretty strong but I could not get it open without trying about¬†10 times, re-reading the small print, and trying again! These are definitely NOT senior-friendly containers. For now, I’m going back to my¬†other favorite.

clorox toilet wands senior friendly easy open easy use

Clorox ToiletWand disposable toilet cleaning system with the soap already permeated into it. They are easy to open, easy to use, and there’s¬†no mess. The only reason¬†I had switched back to Lysol was that¬†the toilets only¬†seem to stay clean for a week or so. While with Lysol, they stay clean much longer. However it certainly¬†won’t kill me to¬†clean my toilets¬†once a week! ¬†Whereas, trying to open those Lysol containers wasn’t going to kill me but sure was going to frustrate me to death! Thank you to Clorox for a definitely senior-friendly product!

Clorox toilet wand refills senior friendly easy to use easy to open

Election Smiles

More good Words to remind us that no matter how you stand on the election this autumn and what the results are, we can keep our eyes fixed on God! ūüôā
pumpkin smiles election encouragement toilet cleanser talk via Kaye Swain

senior friendly encouraging coloring page for kids adults

Have a great week full of senior friendly projects, pumpkin smiles, and sweet encouragement!

Kaye