Love My Easy To Use Digital Camera, Special Effects, And $1 Costumes With Grandkids

Love those easy to use Canon Powershot cameras via Kaye SwainDon’t you love clearance sales? They are such a blessing! Especially for those of us in the Sandwich Generation juggling the issues of caring for elderly parents and grandkids. This often means extra duties, extra needs, and extra expenses! So when great sales come along – I jump on them! And, of course, when they are extra good, it can often mean a fun opportunity for cute photos via my easy to use digital camera! πŸ™‚

Thus, I was so thrilled when I was out shopping at Walmart with my senior mom and we heard an announcement that the Halloween costumes in all the shopping carts at the front of the store had been marked down to ONE DOLLAR EACH!Β 

Walmart is definitely a good friend to the Sandwich Generation juggling the issues of caring for elderly parents helping with grandkids and balancing the budget

My senior mom and I joined several other busy shoppers going through the piles, helping each other as well as helping other shoppers find the right size, disguise, and fun outfits for various children and grandchildren. We ended up with one set of costumes for each grandchild for next year AND one set of costumes for each for dress-up fun throughout the year – all at a very affordable price. I love it when God enables us to be a blessing to others AND blesses us in the process, don’t you?

Fun costume activities for grandparents and their grandchildren are just as great after Halloween and a lot cheaper

They had so much fun trying them on, staging mock battles between aliens and dragons, and then enjoyed taking them home for their dress up box.

Fun effects with Picnik add to the fun family memories of costume activities for Sandwich Generation grandparents and their grandchildren

I, on the other hand, had a delightful time snapping fun photos of them with my easy to use Canon Powershot digital camera to savor and share sweet family memories. I also enjoyed trying out more of Picnik’s special effects, like the infrared in the photo above, Β the heat map in the photo below,

Combine my easy to use Canon Powershot digital camera - cute grandkids - and heat map effects from Picnik and you have a Sweet Shot for Tuesday

and the digital in this photo. Sadly, Picnik is no longer available so I now use PicMonkey which does a great job as well. Woo-wee, my grandkids are going to LOVE me! πŸ™‚ Between myΒ digital camera and PicMonkeyΒ – both so easy to use – I definitely got some Sweet Shots for this Tuesday! πŸ™‚Β 

With my easy to use Canon Powershot Digital Camera and the Salonpas giveaway of pain relief patches and a wireless digital photo frame this neon effect will look very cool

The last time I had this much fun is when my granddaughter spotted Valentines on clearance that were all craft and activity ones. We are still enjoying those. So keep your eyes open because this is the season for clearance sales – after Halloween, after Thanksgiving, after Christmas, after New Years, and then it’s back to Valentine’s Day. And all great opportunities for finding fun activities for Sandwich Generation grandparents and their grandchildren at prices that really help our budget!

P.S. Shopping for an easy to use digital camera? My favorite is one of the easy to use Canon Powershot digital cameras! For more information on them, just click here. πŸ™‚



  1. You are so right about God blessings! It’s seeing them that’s the key sometimes πŸ™‚ Love this post! Love the fact you got all those things for $1 each. So great! I’m a couponer and a bargain shopper!

    I too LOVE Picnik! I could play with it for hours!

    I also want to thank you too for your comment on my blog and putting the Lung Cancer information out there. I wrote the post yesterday but today I thought I would link up to another blog to get this very important information out there. I don’t know but it seems the key is chest x -rays something my father had way to late. Sad thing is He was under a doctors care for a non threating tumor at the same time he saw another dr for something else that was mild…..the Doctor asked him how long he had smoked? My father’s answer was “Oh! I have never smoked” the dr. ordered a chest x-ray immediately and things happened. Now we know a simple chest x-ray early in the game would have caught this thing in time to save his life. This is one thing the Lung Cancer alliance is trying to do to pass an act in congress for Free chest X-rays.

    Thank you so much for the prayers and the time your giving to spread the word.

    One more thing: Having you come to my blog today and tell me you were putting this information on your twitter and face book is a blessing to me and all who read it. Thank you!

    xoxox, Lisa

    PS ~ Love your blog!

  2. Hi Brenda, Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I had so much fun doing them! I can’t wait to print them out and show them to my grandkids. And thanks for such a great product. I have genius kids who are great with Photoshop but I just don’t have the time to learn it. When I started using Picnik I was in 7th heaven – overall, it’s so easy and useful. I REALLY appreciate it and Y’ALL! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. Wow! Lisa, You’re very welcome AND thank you – can you see the HUGE smile on my face! And what important information to get out there. My parents both smoked for over 25 years – then quit! My senior mom has been smoke-free for another 25+ years! But I grew up with it, then had other relatives and friends who smokes. So we’ve always tried to get the info out about not smoking. But you really caught my eye with your statistics about how many NON-SMOKERS are impacted by lung cancer!!!

    So please, everyone, check out Lisa’s post, Lungs4Life….Standing United, and talk to your doctors and your aging parents’ doctors. It could be a matter of life or death AND IT’S HORRIBLE TO HAVE IT! I have a dear friend in heaven who had it.

    Thank you again Lisa! What a great job AND a great legacy for your dad!!!!

  4. Brenda

    Hi! I’m Brenda and I work on the Picnik team. I just love how you’ve used Picnik to “scarify” those costume photos. I bet your grandkids love it!

    Thanks for posting about Picnik. We here on the Picnik team love to see how folks are using our product!

  5. Hi Kay, Glad you got to visit a view of The Give Thanks party post. They were all wonderful and some brought tears to my eyes. $1.00 for the costumes….what a deal! I find great costumes at yard sales that had originally been for dance recitals. The owners sell them for just a few dollars and they make fantastic dress up fun. xo Lynn@thevintagenest

  6. How fun are those costumes and yep – the pictures are even more fun! I love playing around with photo editing. Your granddog? The border collie? They are the geniuses of the dog world. You can bet a border collie would be herding and then he could show you a few tricks on taking pictures, too. haha Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Lynn. I do have my “gratitude” post up now. xoxo Nancy

  7. Hi Lynn, Ohhh, that’s a great idea for supplies for fun dress-up activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. Thank you! And thank you for all your hard work on the Give Thanks blog party. I did, indeed, enjoy it! πŸ™‚ Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  8. Hi Nancy, Thank you πŸ™‚ They are smart, aren’t they! And oh so sweet. And rambunctious. And good for getting you up and getting your exercise! Very fun! πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Reach Beyond Limits – They are a blessing, aren’t they!!! πŸ™‚ I love the clearance online also. The selection isn’t always the best but the deals can more than make up for it and you’re right, they really help stretch the budget. Thanksgiving blessings to you as well πŸ™‚

  10. I just love bargains, Kaye! I keep saying it, but your grandkids are so lucky!! You’re an awesome grandma.

    Thank you so much for your sweet prayers … God is doing good work in my family’s life, but sometimes it is a painful process! ;0)

    Tweeting this!

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