Check Out the Cool Grandkid Baby Equipment

Grandchildren are such sweet joys, aren’t they! Whether they are teeny tiny babies, like two of my delightful younger ones.


Or whether they are almost out of their teens and working hard in college.


And everywhere in between.

Over the years, I’ve had tons of baby and kid equipment that I’ve bought to keep at my house. I’ve learned, whether I babysit a lot or just occasionally, that it can really come in handy to have some extra clothes for an unexpected spill, or a Pack N Play port-crib for nap times.

Even when I don’t necessarily need something, it’s still fun to walk through Babies R Us with a friend, as I enjoyed recently. It’s AMAZING what they have for moms and dads nowadays! Things I WISH we’d had when my own kids were little! Then again, there were some decided advantages back in the day, before they discovered that certain things could be dangerous, at least in rare occasions. Nowadays, you can work up some good muscles heaving and toting baby car seats and infant carriers, can’t you?


I had to smile big at the infant carriers I noticed. One was called a MaiTai. THAT was the name of my carrier when my kids were little! Back then, it was a hand-sewn item that was basically a square piece of material with ties and you tied the baby on your front. Seeing the one in the store did bring back fun memories. Upon closer inspection, I realized even IT had undergone some upgrades and I have to say, I definitely approve. It looks like it would be much more comfy!


My kids have had some very nice and very expensive baby carriers over the years. They were ergonomic and better for the backs and healthier for the kids and all the important stuff you need. There was just one problem. My KIDS were experts at getting them on. I tried a few times and had to give up. I just could never get it figured out. I loved this particular Mei Tai carrier – I COULD figure it out! Always nice to have some low-tech tools in the midst of all our high-tech ones!

So if any of you grandparents have a delightful grandbaby who needs a bit of extra cuddling and carrying, you might want to take a walk through a baby store like Babies R Us or along the baby aisles at Walmart. You’ll have fun remembering how it USED to be and I bet you’ll be pleased with many of the updated changes as well.



P.S. Have you seen these adorable balls – they are labeled for infants and up. They’re very lightweight and skinny so I would think a teeny grandbaby might be able to hold on to it. How about you?

Healthy Living Tips for Seniors and Boomers

Healthy Living Tips

Happy September with some healthy living tips for seniors, boomers and grandkids.

Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing healthy aging tips for seniors boomers

Time for a healthy eating diet update. Hooray!  It’s going fabulous! I have lost 38 pounds.  Only 10 pounds left to go on this diet. Pretty soon I am going to break down and buy some smaller size pants. Sadly, I got rid of my old jeans that were a smaller size a couple of years ago while ruthlessly decluttering. (Yet another reason not to be too extreme with weeding out too small (or large) clothes). Happily I won’t be needing my after-surgery all-elastic waist pants any more. At least, not until I have another surgery. So I’m not planning on decluttering them ever. They’ll also be practical for winter pjs or pants for sick days! In the meantime, I’ll continue enjoying Lee’s Side Elastic Jeans

Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent loves black side elastic jeans

…in a SMALLER size. Always a silver lining!

It’s also great having less weight to tote around through a busy day that starts with a two mile walk, then helping real estate clients, and my senior mom. Soon it will be time for a new project, door-to-door work with my real estate business sharing community news and updates with neighbors. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and getting my exercise at the same time – talk about a win-win! What’s your fave way to exercise as part of healthy living? Are you also a multi-tasker while you do it?

Healthy Eating Tips Dessert Kaye Swain Roseville REALTOR

By the by. When out to dinner at Macaroni Grill with a great group of friends, we were talking diets, calories and healthy eating tips. I realized I hadn’t shared a favorite sweet treat with you! When calories don’t go over a 1400 max by the end of the day or when in need of something sweet, a favorite treat are fruit popsicles by Outshine. Fave flavors include pomegranate in the large bars (about 70-80 calories) and black cherry/strawberry kiwi/ mixed berry in the small bars (about 25 calories). No sugar or additives just real fruit / fruit juice frozen and definitely delish! A great way to enjoy a sweet treat and stay on a healthy eating diet. Delicious AND healthy living! 🙂

Grandkids and Hugs

All my grandkids are back in school now. How about yours? So far things are going fairly smoothly with a couple of bumps along the way so I’ve been doing lots of praying, phone calling, sending lots of virtual smiles and love, and even an occasional card. After all, healthy living definitely includes emotional and spiritual health! It’s definitely more challenging when your long distance grandkids are going through some struggles. You want so bad to be there and give them a big hug but you can’t. I’m grateful there are many ways to hug them virtually thanks to Instagram, Facebook, email and text messaging. All work well for us. But I’m always looking for new ideas. If you have any suggestions, do let us know in the comments or on the Facebook Page – SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation.

Words of Encouragement

Here’s this week’s Scripture picture – another virtual hug for beloved grandkids as well as a sweet encouragement for all of us as we patiently carry on with caring for our beloved seniors helping them and us with healthy aging.

Christian blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain sharing encouraging Bible verses grandkids 1200

Elderly Eye Healthy Living Tips

I have an important reminder – don’t forget to take your elderly parent AND yourself to the eye doctor every 1-2 years depending on your doctor’s recommendations. Even if neither of you are having any vision problems, it’s vital to check on some of the many eye diseases that are common to senior citizens including macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, etc.

Kaye Swain Roseville caregiving blogger shares size 3 larger reading glasses

On a bright note I must say how much I appreciate the reading glasses my senior mom wears. We buy inexpensive pairs from Dollar Store, Walmart, and Amazon. I love that Amazon carries larger sizes including 3 and 3.5 that she uses. In fact, they go all the way up to 11.0 (the higher the number, though, the higher the cost). She has several pairs. That way, if she can’t remember where she left them, no worries! We always have plenty more. One less stressor in our lives, that’s for sure!

Happy Autumn

Have a lovely week and enjoy healthy living during the upcoming fall fun and foliage! 🙂


Tips and Encouragement for Grandkids and Senior Parents

Healthy Eating Tools To Help Busy Caregivers

Healthy Eating AND Thinking Tips With the Grandkids

Egg is infamous for sticking, right?  Apparently the protein in it makes it stick. When my grandkids and I make scrambled eggs with little butter we have to soak it in water with dishwashing detergent to clean it relatively easy. So when I started my healthy eating program including a poached egg daily on healthy AND only 60-calorie toast,

Kaye Swain multigenerational blogger Roseville Real Estate Agent shares healthy eating tips 2

I noticed the egg pan always had a skin around it. I would empty he pan, pop it in sink with water and a squirt of Cascade and let it sit for a while. Then it wiped out easily.

The other day I was rushing and just wiped the pan without thinking, along without soaking. Lo and behold it came off same as always. What LOOKED hard was really easy. And what looked like a dumb mistake (not squirting the cascade) will actually end up saving me the cost of a few bucks over the next 20 or so years!

A tiny thing I know. But I’ve seen God do that many times in my life. He may say No or Wait and I would think it was dreadful news. Then it would turn out that waiting, or not getting a yes at all was really more of a blessing than a yes would have been!

That’s something I have worked hard to teach my grandkids, which then reminds and encourages me. Sometimes my senior mom too!

Gotta love the little things in life, right? 😉

Encouragement for Loved Ones Away From Home

Speaking of grandkids and aging parents, I thought this Bible verse would be encouraging for both, and particularly for grandkids away at college and/or elderly parents in the hospital or care facility.

Christian Blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain shares encouraging Bible verses grandkids elderly parents


Cool Word Search Book For Grandkids AND Senior Parents

Check out The Everything Large-Print Bible Word Search Book I got my senior mom. I thought it was just a regular word search puzzle book, but using Bible Words. And the first few searches are just that. It has your normal Word Search – Bible words in columns on the left and the word search puzzle on the right.

After a few dozen pages, though, it turns into Bible verse passages with the word search words bolded!

Kaye Swain Sandwich Generation specialist shares great gift ideas for seniors grandkids

What a cool idea. A fun way to encourage daily Bible reading. Great for our grandkids as well as our senior parents! Adding that to my Christmas gift possibles. 🙂

Have a GREAT Week

Well, I’m off to help at church then work hard to enable some sweet real estate clients get their dream home. 🙂 Have a terrific week.


P.S. Speaking of real estate (I know, I’m doing a LOT of “speaking of” today 😉 )… No matter where you live, if you know someone who is looking to buy or sell a home, I’d be glad to help. I know great REALTORS all across the country and would be happy to help them find a terrific person who could patiently help you or your loved ones with their real estate needs including downsizing, aging in place options, and more. Just email me at or give me a buzz at 657-229-KAYE  🙂

Smiles for Caregivers

Scripture Prayers For Kids and Grandkids

Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent shares birdbath for elderly parents

The radio announcers may be calling this the “Dog Days of Summer” but here in the Roseville Sacramento area we are actually enjoying better temperatures and delightful “Delta Breezes” making morning walks delightful and even late afternoon walks relatively nice. As a busy baby boomer in the Sandwich Generation, I really appreciate that. Turns out my goal of 2 miles a day for walking is paying off in a variety of ways. After years of D+ cholesterol tests, I am now straight As on all my scores. HOORAY. And that was BEFORE I started in on my healthy eating program! DOUBLE hooray.

It’s now 3 months of my own little diet of eating healthy, no sodas, and no chocolate and I’m happy to say I’ve lost 30 pounds and am quite excited to be dropping into the 130s any second. 🙂

My senior mom has not been feeling up to walking too much. Either it’s too hot for her to walk or her traveling arthritis is giving her grief by attacking a knee here, an ankle there, etc. But she does do her best to walk around inside the house when she can. And she LOVES to vacuum. (I kid you not!) So `that, along with her regular chores and her fun bird-watching activities keep her happy and somewhat active.

She has sadly given up her bird feeding but is quite excited about the bird baths we have ordered for her. (See above. 😉 ).

Speaking of my senior mom – we came up with a handy tip for helping our beloved elderly with memory issues. If you have to be gone but want to be sure they do eat, stock up on easy cook TV dinners. And, when possible, go for those that only need one step cooking. In other words, instead of “cook for 3 minutes, lift plastic and stir, then cook another 1.5 minutes” look for ones like “cook for 5 minutes,” then serve.

Amie’s (a fave of both my mom and myself) has a macaroni dish with vegetables that has that type of direction. Much easier for my senior mom to prepare than her fave Chile’s Macaroni with Bacon. She can still enjoy that easily when I’m around. But she loved the Amie’s dish as well and that will be so much easier for her when I’m out and about.

Anyone else have grandkids starting school – be it Kindergarten, junior high/middle school, high school, and/or college? ME TOO! So many cute photos of grandkids, not to mention friends all across the country! I’m doing a ton of praying for all. Several of mine are starting new schools so extra prayers needed that’s for sure! It’s such a blessing to be close to all, even the ones who are far away in distance – but in prayer we’re all right close by – right? 🙂

Here is a lovely prayer to pray for them all, don’t you think? These Scriptures keep their priorities on God first, fellow students and teachers second. And I always add the last phrase to it to remind us how to deal with everyone, even our enemies!

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength..Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Large print study Bibles for kids grandkids

And check out this awesome quote from Corrie Ten Boom that goes so well with this…

apologetics study Bible for teens and grandkids

That’s it for now in my neck of the woods. How about you and yours? We’d love to hear – either here or at Facebook.

Blessings to y’all!