Autumn and Fall Fun

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

Pumpkin Smiles with Grandkids


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! 🙂
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!



Baby Boomer and Senior Citizen News is an important part of SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation sIt's time for another roundup of great news items and resources to help those of us in the Sandwich Generation, juggling the multigenerational caregiving issues in our family:

The Sandwich Generation Issues

  • Sandwich generation turns to technology to help take care of aging parents
  • Caught in the middle: The Sandwich Generation


Grandparents and Grandkids

SandwichINK at Pinterest - with fun and easy crafts ideas pinned at Pinterest for the Sandwich Generation

So many fun Thanksgiving projects for our grandkids:

Speaking of Squidoo – for those who have started thinking about Christmas gifts (or whose grandkids have 🙂 ), here's my latest at Squidoo – all about a Happy Hobbit Christmas. 🙂 


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More great resources and news for all of us boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation! These link roundups are a regular part of SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation, along with the tips and info I share at PinterestTwitter, Facebook, and G+, so be sure to follow me there and…

The grandkids difficult set came out greatWoohoo! My senior mom and I had the most delightful visit last week with our long-distance grandchildren (her great-grandchildren). It was truly a joy-filled occasion. It was also downright exhausting and we are both still catching up on sleep and jet-lagginess, although the nearby grandkids are doing an excellent job of helping me get back to our schedules and time-zone with a running start. They even joined me for a rousing game of ball tag today!

No ball tag last week though. No time and it was too wet and chilly. Instead, we stayed inside and work on more foamie gingerbread houses. These, too, had a mixed reaction from all of us. The two older grandkids did the same houses my local grandkids did and they went together fairly well. The rest of the grandkids all picked a smaller house and ooooo-weeeee, it was a PICKLE to put together. We ended up having to put the basic house together one day with a LOT of help and even MORE glue! A royal pain, to be honest.

The bigger foamie gingerbread house my grandkids made came out grand as well

The following day, we got out the glitter and doo-dads, and they had a great time gusseying up the houses. They did come out quite nice, I must say. And, while I will LONG remember how difficult and uncooperative they were, all the grandkids thought about was how much fun it was and how great they looked. I am so grateful they enjoyed them thoroughly. And we shall all enjoy the photos, and them the houses, for a long time to come. A lot of craft projects do turn out that way, I've learned. As long as the kids enjoy them, I consider them a definite success. And usually, these foam sets are much easier. I think this particular batch was just a bit wonky. I did want to warn you so if you try one yourself, you might plan ahead – and maybe have a glue gun handy, which dries faster. But even if yours is a wonky as ours, I think you'll love the sweet family memories y'all will create with them. My grandkids and I surely will. 🙂 

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social