Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentines Day week. Happy Presidents Month and MLK Month and more. February definitely has a lot going on in it. I thought I’d share some cute Valentines ideas and pictures you can print and enjoy with your grandkids.

Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento real estate agent cute valentines ideas

And over the next month or so, I’ll be sharing a special project my grandkids and I will be enjoying – with plenty of fun in an educational sort of way.  My fave. 🙂

Cute Valentines Ideas for the Grandkids

I do enjoy Valentine smiles with my grandkids, whether we live nearby or are long distance. Here are some cute cut-out and coloring pages for fun or for Valentines for y’all to enjoy together this week and beyond.

Kaye Swain shares you are a dino mite friend coloring page



Kaye Swain shares You are a berry sweet friend




Kaye Swain shares you are a dino mite friend coloring page



Kaye Swain shares You are a berry sweet friend coloring page

Also, be sure to check out my Pinterest Boards for grandkids and grandparents as well as for Valentine Joys. 🙂

Ey Disease, Braille, and More Cute Valentines Ideas

While chatting with one of my beloved senior relatives, she told me how she was doing. Overall she is doing well, but she is definitely working through tough challenges. One of those is macular degeneration, which my sweet dad also developed. Her eyesight has reached a point where if she stood close to me, she might not recognize me. Til I talked. 🙂  For years, my senior mom and I have enjoyed picking out fun musical greeting cards for her to enjoy for just that reason. If she couldn’t see them, she could enjoy hearing them. This year, we sent her a Valentine card that said, “Here’s a Pizza My Heart” and it played the traditional song that always makes you think of pizza. 😉

Later, I was sharing fun and cheesy Valentine riddles with one of my grandkids. Then I told her a bit what this beloved senior was going through and how glad I was she was getting Braille books to enjoy. I also shared how proud I am of her for learning Braille in her 80s! I was surprised when my sweet grandchild asked me what Braille was.

You know me. I immediately ordered some books for them about blindness, Braille, and guide dogs and am looking forward to reading them together. I also discovered there are a couple of cute apps for kids to help them learn Braille. Even if they don’t need to know it, it’s a fun way to learn about it. And if they did learn it, all the better. Especially with many of the leading causes of blindness diseases that usually occur in seniors such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Speaking of glaucoma, here is one of 4 infographics I shared for Glaucoma Month this year. It is full of great reminders for us to take good care of our eyes on a regular basis.

Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent and boomer senior blogger shares GlaucomaAwarenessMonth infographic

I’ll share the list of books and apps in the next few weeks and let you know if they were hits or misses. 🙂 In the meantime, have a great Valentines Day and do be sure to visit your eye doctor regularly.

Sweet Encouragement

If you are reading this on your computer, you may have noticed a slight tweak to the column pictures with a new Scripture verse picture. For those using smart phones, you might not be able to see it so I thought I’d share it here as well. Technically we are still in winter and some of you may be getting new snow weather forecasts. However, here in the Sacramento area of California, we are having spring-like weather with the sun shining, birds singing, and daffodils popping up all over. Even if winter resumes, I think this Scripture picture will still be a sweet encouragement for all of us that spring will spring eventually. 🙂

Christian blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain shares encouragement in Roseville Sacramento and beyond 1200

Sweet Spring blessings to us all who are staying busy working, caring for elderly parents, raising kids or helping with the grandkids for cute Valentines Day ideas and more!   🙂











A valentine bookmark for young and old -Have a blessed Valentines DayWOW! Can you believe it’s FEBRUARY!!!! This year has jet skis on! I know, I say that every year! What can I say – time flies when you’re having fun and I am, indeed, having fun. Including with my sweet grandkids, one of whom got to spend the night last night. We had a fun time with Gin Rummy and Crazy Eights, along with talking about the story of Adam and Eve and God’s redeeming love for the whole world. It was AWESOME! He’s pretty much outgrown a lot of the cute Valentine-y cards and bookmarks I made for them to give a few years ago, but if you have grandkids who still enjoy them, click here and enjoy printing and downloading a bigger copy of the cute bookmark pix at top. You’ll find it in my article,  Sunday Smiles: Valentine’s Day Fun To Help With Bible Memory Verses. 🙂

And not only are we celebrating Valentine’s Day in the next couple of weeks. The OLYMPICS is back! And I have a fun guest post from Leslie Petersen about one of the contestants who has been homeschooling for years. I thought you and your grandkids might enjoy it just for fun – and especially any of you who are also homeschoolers. 🙂


Sage Kotsenburg Makes 2014 U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team and Heads to Russia

Rock Rapids, Iowa (February 3, 2014) – Alpha Omega Academy (AOA) congratulates alumnus Sage Kotsenburg on being selected to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sage, who graduated from AOA in 2011, will represent the U.S.A. on the snowboarding team and compete in slopestyle events at the Olympic Games.

An accredited online academy offering more than 150 Christian courses for students in grades K-12, AOA has been a big part of the Kotsenburg family’s life. Living in Park City, UT with three children who competitively snowboard, AOA offered the flexibility the family needed to help their children accomplish their dreams.

The slopestyle event that Sage will be participating in features a course in which the goal of the competitors is to execute a variety of difficult tricks with style and amplitude. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the debut of slopestyle in both skiing and snowboarding. Kotsenburg made his U.S. Open debut at the age of 12 and has been placed in a number of prestigious events around the world throughout his career.

“My husband and I are both thankful and thrilled that Sage will be able to share his passion and talent for snowboard slopestyle to the world,” said Carol Ann Kotsenburg. “It has been a wild and wonderful ride that our children have taken us on through snowboarding. We are truly blessed.”

Sage is just one of many alumni who have received a solid Christian education through AOA that fulfilled his academic needs while allowing him the schedule flexibility to follow his professional dreams, including his snowboarding siblings, Blaze (who graduated from AOA in 2009) and Kirra (currently a senior at AOA), who were able to enjoy a Bible-based curriculum that met their educational requirements and aligned with their spiritual beliefs.


UPDATE 2/8/14

Just wanted to let you know that Sage won the very first Gold medal for America on this Snowboard Slopestyle run. HOORAY. 🙂 Here’s a fun video I found of him snowboarding at the age of 14 (he’s now 20). Enjoy!


As I told Leslie, I remember what a grand reputation Alpha and Omega had back when I first started homeschooling and that continues to this day. I have to say, this post brought back such fun memories from when my kids were young. And now I’m looking forward to sharing this with my own grandkids today. Yup, I’m definitely having plenty of fun with grandkids – young and old. And looking forward to the snowboarding and ice skating events in particular. What Olympic sports are you and your grandchildren looking forward to?

P.S. If you’d like more fun Valentine’s Day ideas for young and old, click here, and enjoy many past posts on just that topic, including some with free printables.  Also, I am linking up with the All Things Valentines at Apron Strings as well as Lisa’s Grand Social for Grandparents – both are full of fun Valentine’s Day ideas as well. 🙂

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social


Happy February, y'all. This year is zooming by even faster than last year, isn't it? Last month, my grandkids and I worked on the Fruit of the Spirit, PEACE. We're going to keep working on that one, even as we move on to February's fruit – LOVE (seems totally appropriate for February, don't you think?).

It's been quite a while since we had fun with the verses in the LOVE chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 and winter wigglies have led to the need to review some of those sections – A LOT. 🙂  So I made a wall poster to hang in my bathroom and carry around with me to read to them for bed times, nap times and any other times. I even added it to my cell phone. 

Words of encouragement for grandparents and grandchildren in AND out of the Sandwich Generation

I added a hint of "secret messages" to it with the verses all around the border. We've been staying so busy with their geography and history projects, we haven't had time to do a search for it. But my plan was sit them down and have them circle the "hiding words." What do you think?

Here's a fun coloring page too, specially nice for our younger grandkids!

Words of encouragement for grandparents and grandchildren in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - coloring page and cute country clipart

Have a blessed and beautiful month full of God's joy and peace as you go about your days, juggling the Sandwich Generation issues.

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

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

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

Tis definitely the season for Valentine Fun. I just came home from Walmart.

Happy Valentines Day to the Sandwich Generation from Kaye Swain and SandwichINKValentine Fun

I just came home from Walmart. The decorations I spyed there are huge and the goodies in some of the carts were too. For my Sandwich Generation family, it’s going to be a bit smaller than the norm due to so much going on, but we’re still enjoying bits and pieces of fun, including prepping those cute Valentines and hiding away little goodies for the big day. And here at SandwichINK we’re going to enjoy some Valentine blog party fun in the blogosphere. It’s a terrific way to enjoy some Happy Holiday cheer and give some sweet caring for the caregivers, even if caregiving needs are keeping us right at home! So let your fingers “do the walking” with the help of a friendly mouse or trackpad, and enjoy some sweet cheer and enjoyable site-seeing at a variety of great places, some familiar ones from last year and some new ones especially focused on eldercare givers! Enjoy!

Valentine Blog Parties for Caregivers

Life Between the Buns where fellow Sandwich Generation-er, Jacquelynshared the cutest Valentine project with us, along with plenty of empathy for the busy-ness that comes with the caregiving territory!

Happy Holiday clip art fun for the Sandwich Generation with this cute country clipartMichelle Seitzer, from Seniors For Living, came up with some great ideas for New Ways to Show Love on Valentine’s Day. And what a sweet treat for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny when I read #3! I’m still smiling big, Michelle, thank you! 🙂

A great resource for those caring for the elderly parents with Alzheimers Disease or other dementia symptoms, Alzheimers Reading Room, has a Valentine for us, as well!

Denise Brown has a fun winter idea at – We Break For Winter.  It’s not a Valentine party, but it’s still plenty of fun and hitting at the perfect time to put a sweet smile on our faces. Visit and share something in the comments section for a chance to win a Movie Madness gift pack, plus be entered into a chance to win one of their grand prizes. Today’s the last day so hurry to visit. As a past prize winner, I can tell you, they are always sure to make your caregiving day much brighter when you are opening those special goodies! 🙂 And guess what, I won one of her many prizes again this year! Hooray. And THANK YOU Denise!

Valentine Home Decor Blog Parties

Oh my, wait til you see the lovely Valentine tablescape at The Little Round Table. It’s gorgeous – and guaranteed not to add a single pound to our waists!

If you can never get enough of Christmas, Debbie-Dabble has FIVE of her SEVENTEEN Christmas trees still up and beautifully decorated for Valentine’s Day. They are gorgeous!

My senior mom AND my granddog voted for the inclusion of Susan and Bentley’s cute Valentine post, Women Bring Love Into A Home. From the cute valentine pix, to the sweet tribute to Susan’s mom, to the always adorable Bentley, it’s a surefire pleasure!

EVERYONE seems to be extra busy this Valentine season, including The Thrifty Groove. But she, too, made some time to decorate beautifully AND share some fun, creative and practical ways to save money in the process. A Valentine for us all.

If you’re still looking for fun and easy crafts and Valentine ideas for the kids (not to mention all us seniors), be sure to pop over to 5 Minutes for Mom. They’ve got such fun craft ideas, delightful stories, and adorable movies to share with your grandkids!

For more fun vintage, enjoy The Vintage Valentine Party at Common Ground as well as the fun post at A Sentimental Life.

And Sue Loves Cherries is all about the RED, so you’ll find lots of red lovelies there today, as well as checking back on Valentine’s Day, itself, for Rednesday.

Happy Valentines Day Holidays snowman clip art for the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of babysitting grandchildren while caring for the elderly parents.jpgMore Valentine Fun

Also, don’t forget yesterday’s post, Easy, Creative and Free Valentine Ideas for the Sandwich Generation, which has some fun Valentine ideas and resources for you, along with links to two more great Valentine blog party posts. AND if that’s still not enough, check out last year’s article, Boomer and Senior News for the Sandwich Generation: Plenty of Valentine Blog Party Fun for Busy Caregivers. It has lots more great links to fun blog party posts for 2011. If you’re wanting even more Valentine fun, have fun perusing. Isn’t this a delightful way to ease some of that caregiver stress, and “caring for the caregivers?” Happy Valentine’s Day weekend to caregivers everywhere! 😉