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Hi! And welcome to the 2009 Blog Party at SandwichINK. I am so excited to get to meet you and introduce you to my site. SandwichINK is written for the Sandwich Generation dealing with the family issues of caring for elderly parents and taking care of their children or grandchildren, as well as other multi-generational caregivers. If you are helping to take care of an elderly parent or other relative plus taking care of your own children, you are in the Sandwich Generation. It really doesn’t matter if they are in your home or not or even in AND out, it’s still a challenge to juggle all the varying needs of each of the different ages. If you have grandchildren you help with, a little or a lot, you have even MORE challenges to contend with. SandwichINK’s goal is to provide you with good information, useful resources, and plenty of words of encouragement to help you every day.
Some of the things I’ve found and blogged about over the last several months included how to fold paper airplanes with your grandchildren, cutting edge news on Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia symptoms, inspiring Bible verses to lift your spirits, and creative yet frugal ideas to celebrate the holidays with all your beloveds. I've put links below for you to check them out easily. But first, I have a special SmileBox eCard for you. Their eCards are one of my favorite ways to send holiday greetings, encourage an elderly shut-in, or lift the spirits of a sick grandchild. I love how easy they make it to 🙂 Please enjoy this little card complete with one of my favorite praise and worship songs, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well.
Now, on to some samples of past articles:
Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren:
- Grand Fun and Grand Excercise Playing with Grandkids
- Song Memories for Grandkids – Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
- Long Distance and Up Close Grandparenting
- Twitter Updates – This has a link to one of my favorite paper airplane directions
Useful Info to Assist You In Caring for Elderly Parents:
- Hospital Preparation
- Items to Keep in a Bag for a Sudden Trip to the Hospital
- 9 Tips for Caregivers Selling a House from a Distance
- Grief Help
Words of Encouragement and Care for the Caregiver:
I hope you enjoyed this “flavor” of what SandwichINK is all about. If you’d like to know more about me, here's my About SandwichINK page . Please come back and visit often.
The list of prizes for this year’s Ultimate Blog Party are so awesome! My top three picks are:
- Lifetime Membership to Mom Masterminds from Mom Masterminds – INTL 27
- Children’s “I’m An Author” Story Writing Kit from Tara Brown – 66
- $40 gift certificate to Carrabba’s Italian Grill from The Divine Miss Mommy 88
If those are already chosen, I’d also love any of the following:
- 15, USC 57, INTL 20, INTL 19, INTL 17, INTL 19, INTL 20, INTL 26
Thank you again, so much, to Janice & Susan of 5 Minutes For Mom , and all the people there who have worked so hard to put this together, including their wonderfully patient prize coordinator, Pamela from Happy Panda Baby . P.S. Don't forget to sign up for the prizes – and while you're perusing them, watch for the two prizes from SandwichINK – 99 & 100 – a gift certificate from Shutterfly.com AND a gift certificate for Two Coaching Sessions with Denise M. Brown from Caregiving.com
For regular updates and words of encouragement for the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and helping with their grandchildren…
Just popped by to say hi and thank you for visiting my blog as part of the Ultimate Blog Party. 🙂 This is my first time and I’m already having a lot of fun and meeting new people. Glad you like my header image – I fell in love with it too. 🙂
Lightening’s last blog post..First Netball & Football Training
You have some great links here. I will find myself in that ‘sandwich’ situation in a few years, so I will be back to check things out here at your blog.
Mum-me’s last blog post..Party Food – Caramel Slice Recipe
your blog sounds very informative and a helpful resource to people who need much support.
I hope your UBP is a lot of fun and you meet lot os lovely new friends.
Trish@my little drummer boys’s last blog post..Cupcakes
Hi Lightening, Thanks for visiting! As you can see, I too love big beautiful flowers 🙂 Have fun with that netball AND with the Blog Party 🙂
Hi Mum-me, Thanks for visiting – all the way from Australia, how fun! That Caramel Slice Recipe sounds great for a party or potluck! 🙂
Hi Trish, Thanks for visiting. Those cupcakes look scrumptious and your little boys at the top are absolutely adorable! 🙂 Have fun with the blog party!
Thanks for stopping by my site and for inviting me to yours. Ideas for the sandwich generation will be helpful indeed. And thanks for the heads up about smilebox! That sounds like fun. Enjoy the party!
Janet’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party 2009
Hi Janet, Welcome 🙂 As you can see, I had fun with smilebox for this post 🙂 Check back later as I’m planning on changing it around in the next few days. Should be fun 🙂
You’ve got a lot of Great Info here on your blog! I’m glad I found you 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Frugal Plus and Have a Nice Day!
Jill’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party 2009
Hi Jill, Welcome. Thanks for visiting back here. I enjoyed my visit at your site, Frugal Plus 🙂
So nice to meet you. Love your prize picks! Party On!
Baba’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party Is Here
Hi Baba, welcome. I enjoyed looking at your site. Noticed you have lots of contests so I bookmarked it to check back. 🙂
How great to get to go to a real one. I’m hoping to do something like that one of these days. Maybe a blog conference or ?? I think they’d be fun! 🙂
Thanks for visiting my blog.
I am loving the picture of the yellow flower.
I also like smilebox, I was so excited when I found it. I need to use it more 🙂
have a great weekend
april’s last blog post..Lets Get This Party Started!
Happy Party Day !!
What an interesting Blog !!
HappyHermit’s last blog post..Pizza Pasta (from my Husband)
I love the UBP, as a matter of fact, I’m going to one of the “in real life” ones on Monday!
Thanks for all the great resources here, youre articles look great, I’m going to dive in.
Elizabeth from Seniors for Living’s last blog post..Are Senior Playgrounds Embarrassing?
I don’t have a blog, just bloghopping via the UBP list of links. enjoyed visiting your site =
What an amazing blog! I love it! I have you bookmarked and in my reader so I can come back and enjoy some more. 🙂 Thanks for popping in and visiting my site!
jen’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party!!
I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!
Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. 🙂
The Divine Miss Mommy
Hi Stacie, You have a great site. I did some exploring there earlier and discovered some wonderful goodies to check out further for my grandkids! 🙂 I have you bookmarked now and wrote my daughter about them 🙂
Hi Jen, Thanks for the visit and the sweet comments. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your site as well! It’s terrific that you are having your own contest for an iPod Shuffle! I know I LOVE my iPod! 🙂
Hi Betty & welcome. I’m so glad you came to visit. Have a wonderful time with all the Blog Party fun! 🙂
Hi Allie, Welcome to the Blog Party! I enjoyed looking at your site. The egg craft you have there is so cute I’m thinking I may try that one with my grandkids! 🙂
Hi Shera, I enjoyed visiting your site and seeing all your handsome young sons! What a blessing! Thanks so much for stopping by for the Blog Party.
Thanks for dropping by my blog! I enjoyed meeting you and reading all the info you shared about your blog!
A Frog In My Soupa’s last blog post..Friends Forever Girls
Hi April, Thanks for stopping by for the Blog Party. I hope you enjoy SmileBox as much as me. One of my daughters is a mega Scrapbooker who does everything absolutely by the book perfect, so I wasn’t sure she would like it but she does too, so that tells me it’s REALLY good 🙂 Let me know how you like it.
Hello there to the Happy Hermit. Pizza Pasta! You have made my mom very happy. She loves pizza, she loves pasta and she LOVES new recipes! So I went to your site and printed it out and she is excited about giving it a try 🙂 Thank you for the recipe and the visit 🙂
Hi, it’s SO great to meet you! You know, immediately after I got everyone back to bed and posted on Lynette’s blog, the party post came up ha! Wow – your blog must be SUCH a blessing to so many, what a wonderful resource.
Vera’s last blog post..TGIF For Sure
Welcome to the party!
Allie’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party !
Hi Vera, Thank you for the visit and the sweet comment 🙂 I’m so glad you were able to get on AND get a little sleep last night. Looking forward to spending more time on this fun Blog Party over the weekend! 🙂
Thanks for having me! Please stop by for a visit when time allows.
Stephanie’s last blog post..Bummas – Free Shipping Offer
Hi Stephanie, Thanks for visiting for the Blog Party. I’m looking forward to visiting at your site 🙂
Thank you for all of the information on your blog! I live quite far from my own mother, but I have found myself involved in her life more and more as her health declines. I have forwarded your blog to my siblings that live near her.
How fun that you are participating in the blog party!
You are a wonderful hostess! Thank you for the card and all the great resources. I hope you win one of the wonderful prizes… 🙂
Hi! Found you via the Blog Party 🙂 I love your ideas about caring for Grandparents! My kids have 16 living grandparents and we love each and every one of them, it’s a HUGE family. I love how they all hold so much history in their stories. We’re hoping to get the video camera out and “interview” them with our oldest this year – memories she’ll never forget!
jodimichelle’s last blog post..baby.joy designs Giveaway UBP09! (0)
Hi Tracy, thanks for sending on my info. I’m glad you have sibling near her because long distance caregiving can be so much harder. It’s great that you are being so supportive to them as well. I am enjoying this blog party as well and thank you for joining us at it!
Hi Denise! How are you doing? Thank you again for your wonderful contribution to the SandwichINK prizes, namely the 2 coaching sessions for caregivers! What an awesome gift, particularly for someone who is new to caregiving or knows someone who is! Have fun at the blog party!
WOW! 16 is awesome! We were blessed with lots of “adopted” grandmas and grandpas and loved each of them too. I think it is such a great idea to do those video interviews. Your family will appreciate them for decades to come! Thanks for joining us at the blog party.
Hi Thrifty Mom. Thank you so much for stopping by. Isn’t this Blog Party a blast! And all those great prizes! Be sure to check out SandwichINK’s prizes – 2 free caregiver coaching sessions by Denise – http://www.caregiving.com/articles/askdenise/ AND $25 gift certificate for Shutterfly – great for making good use of all those wonderful photos of kids and grandkids! 🙂
Wow your website has a lot of useful information on it, Thank you!!
I am a Sandwich Generation for sure. I am very busy working, I share a home with my mom who is battling Cancer. She needs some care but it quite independent at this time. I gave up a job that I worked at for 19 years, and now work at home. What a wonderful blessing that has been. The job I worked was 2nd shift and I loved it, but I am finally adapting to this new life of working during the day, and not working half the night. I love it. This way I am home to meet the needs that my mom needs also, which is a plus, plus situation.
I will be back to check out your site in the future. Thanks for the information. By the way, my day job. I run a Home Daycare and have 6 little kiddos keeping me busy all day.. It is FUN!!!
Maureen’s last blog post..Blog Party 2009
Great website!!! Making the UBP rounds!!
ThriftyMom’s last blog post..Invent Your Own Casserole
Hi Maureen, Welcome to this part of the Blog Party 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting back. I really enjoyed reading some of the fun adventures you’ve had with your family and your day care 🙂
Hi Pam, Thanks for the visit. I’m also loving this Ultimate Blog Party 2009. It’s great fun! 🙂
Hi! Thanks for stopping by my party and I’m so happy to have made it to yours. Congrats on being a grandmother of twins! Definitely keep in touch and we can discuss twin things. Happy UBP09!
Janine (@twincident)’s last blog post..My Trip to Lotte Korean Market – leave the neuroses at home
love your blog I subscribed and I am following you on twitter now, I am having so much fun just blog hopping around its interesting to see al the great bloggers out there. Happy UBP
pamela’s last blog post..WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Hi Carole, Thanks for visiting. I am so glad you liked that rose picture. It’s one of my favorites as well. I’m looking forward to Boomer talk with you later 🙂
Hi Janine, Thanks for visiting back. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit at your site. Discussing the twins sounds like a lot of fun. It’s intriguing how little difference it makes and yet how much! 🙂
I absolutely love your blog! The Yellow Rose is beautiful and makes this Texas girl in Illinois homesick. I have two blogs – http://plus-size-blog.com and http://babyboomersway.com and I would love to have you write a guest blog about the sandwich generation on BabyBoomersWay! Let’s talk after we Party!:)
Carole’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party
Hi! I am hopping over from the UBP!! Nice to meet you!
Kati’s last blog post..Product Review: Betty Crocker Warm Delights Minis
Hi Kati. Thanks for popping by to my Blog Party. I enjoyed visiting your site as well. You have such cute little kiddos 🙂
Hi Jenny Beth. Thanks for visiting 🙂 What a great lovely story you told on your site about all of you working together to help your grandmother and your mom. And what a lovely heritage you all are passing on to your family!http://www.sandwichink.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.
Thanks for hosting a blog party! What an awesome audience you are targeting. My mom had to take care of my brother who was still in high school while she was nursing my grandmother in her final days of life. In fact, I just this past week blogged about the little bit I did to help my mother during that time. I am sure those were the most difficult days of my mom’s life. I am glad you are doing something so wonderful to help others in that challenging position. I look forward to coming back to your blog to learn more about you!
Jenny Beth @ JenuineJen’s last blog post..Menu Plan Monday
here for the party – good to know your blog – love your giveaway
Hi Tiaras and Tantrums, Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the Blog Party visit. Had a good time visiting at your site as well. Very cute blog name 🙂
You have a really cool blog. I am not a blogger but love to read blog. thanks for lovely and useful giveaway. I sure have tons of picture of my son that are just waiting to be printed.
Hi Syeda. Thanks for visiting. We LOVE blog readers 🙂 🙂 You’re welcome for the Shutterfly prize waiting for the lucky winner. Sounds like you would definitely put it to good use. 🙂 Have fun with more blog party fun!
Love your blog. Fantastic information.
Please come check out Lipstick Wisdom (www.lipstickwisdom.com) — I am just getting started and would love your feedback!!
Enjoy the party.
Karen Griffith Gryg’s last blog post..Playing Positive Office Politics (Office Politics, Expert Advice)
Hi Karen, Thanks for visiting SandwichINK for the Blog Party. I’m enjoyed my visit over to your neck of the internet woods as well 🙂
Thanks for sharing