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Valentines Day Cards, Getting Organized and Sweet Encouragement for Grandparents

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Can you believe it’s almost February! With that comes all the fun of the late winter and early spring events like Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day! Things grandparents and grandkids revel in!

Busy Bee valentines Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent Blogger Grandmother


Valentines Day Fun For Grandkids and Grandparents

I go pretty simple with my grandkids. Usually, I just do fun cards with cute sayings or riddles, like the one above (for you and your grandkids to enjoy. 🙂 ). But this year I’m planning on photo cards to the families with pix of great-grandma and grandma (moi) with a Valentine’s Day and later, St Patricks Day, theme. Plus I’ve been having fun sharing holiday riddles with my riddle buddies (the ones who share my love for fun riddles).

My senior mom usually hates having her picture taken. But she really liked the holiday idea to put on a greeting card. Very cool.

In case you prefer to go the gift route for Valentines Day, have you see the various LEGO options? Like this adorable dog, and many more. Too cute! 🙂

Cute Valentines Day LEGO Dog kids grandkids

How about you? Any grand plans.

Organized Grandparents

Did you know that January is Organization Month? I definitely need to update some of my organizational techniques. But between my real estate biz, helping my mom, and babysitting local grandkids, who’s got the time! 😉  But in case YOU do, here’s an interesting article from with tips for organizing the sentimental grandkid joys we’ve collected. Personally, my three favorite organizing tips are:

Grandkids craft organizer via Kaye Swain Roseville blogger

  1. Keep the craft items reasonably organized
  2. Take a photo of treasured memory items. Then I always have them available.
  3. Keep 1 -2 of my fave of each special memory treasure to enjoy seeing throughout the year. Box up anything I can share with future grandkids. Give away the rest to other kids to enjoy.

Thermostat Joys

Thermostat cover options via Kaye Swain Roseville senior parent caregiver

We LOVE our new thermostat. It works great and keeps our house at a comfortable temperature all the time now. It’s also much easier for me to use. However, my senior mom continues to have a hard time with any thermostat nowadays. When she tries to adjust it, she often turns on the fan or turns off the heater. When I’m home, it’s an easy fix. But if I’m out for the day, she could end up getting too chilly or too hot. So we’re trying a new plan. I created an inexpensive thermostat cover. I taped one of my lovely new blank greeting cards over it with a note reminding her to ask me to help her with it.

Thermostat options for senior mom Kaye Swain Roseville Real Estate Agent

So far so good. And it’s so pretty! You could easily use a pretty postcard as well. Because of the weight, it hangs down nicely and I just used two tiny pieces of scotch tape on the plastic top so it won’t damage the wall or anything else.  Much easier to install than a traditional thermostat cover and cuter too! 🙂

Sweet Encouragement

Our church has an annual tradition I love! Each year they give us a card with the year’s Bible verse on the front and our annual goal to fully surrender all to God on the back. Isn’t our 2017 one pretty? 🙂

Christian blogger Kaye Swain sharing encouraging Bible verses


This year I’m reading through the Bible with the help of an audio Bible app that, sadly, is no longer available to download. It reads an 11-12 minute portion to me daily. Then I pick one of the chapters it read to me and study that in depth. It’s been a blessing. While that one is no longer available, there are others including the YouVersion which also includes a through-the-Bible-in-a-year option. Such a great thing to do this year! Join me, won’t you?

Sweet Blessings

Have a great week, a fun Valentines month and a blessed 2017!


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