Thursday, March 12, 2015

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket!

Hello Hello,

Guess what I just added to my Etsy Shop...  
Faux Chenille Baby Blankets!! 

Okay, so maybe it's just one blanket for now but don't worry because I've got enough fabric
to make two more!! Yay for a boy blankie! Don't you just love the chevron stripes?? 

The number one thing that I LOVE about these type of blankets are the BACK!! 
I just think it's amazing how these beautiful puffy lines start out as this...
And then turn into something so soft and puffy when machined washed! 
Plus the best part is that after every wash they just keep getting softer!!!

This blanket is roughly 42inX40in! It's the perfect size for any baby girl to play on!
And who doesn't love this top fabric and ribbon?! 

For more information please check my Etsy listing:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/225862780/faux-chenille-baby-blanket

And of course, look for Coupon Codes on my Facebook page! 

Till Next Time,
~Kate

Monday, June 18, 2012

NEW Job!

Hello!!
Yes I know.
I've been pretty MIA lately.
I am SUPER sorry but I've been busy!!
With what you may ask?
Working.
Yep, that's right.
 I got a job!!!

A few months ago my husband Kris took a job at Innovative Services!
The company is really great!
They provides assistance to Developmentally Disabled and Special Needs people.
So after a couple weeks of Kris loving his job at the crisis center, I applied for a direct care position where I get to:
Teach skill sets to increase independence such as: cooking, cleaning, grooming, etc.

I also am able to take the client out into the community which is allot of fun!
    So far this job has been an answer to prayers!!
    As soon as my training is finished, I'll basically be on a Casual/On-Call schedule.
    Which means I'll be able to pick up any extra shift that is available and works with my schedule or just come in when needed.
    But otherwise, I just get to be a stay at home mom to Jack but with a few more $$$$ in my pocket!

    Soooo, now that things are looking to slow down for me be sure to keep your eyes open for a few items added to the shop!
    (I'm about to start work on a few surprises)
    Plus I'm hoping to get back to blogging!!

    I hope your having a great day!!
    We have been blessed with a hot and muggy day.
    But I'm praying that the rain will come soon!

    Till Next Time,
    Kate

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cake Batter Balls

So here ya go!
My amazing recipe for Cake Batter Balls!
They are to die for & super easy!!
Where did I get the recipe you ask??
No idea, but I've had it for years!

Here is what you'll need:
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cup yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
Roughly 1/4 cup milk
sprinkles
8-9 squares of 1oz blocks of chocolate(Almond Bark or Baking)
 
Mix together butter and sugar with mixer until combined.
Then add cake mix, flour, salt, vanilla and mix thoroughly.
(Dough will be crumbly)
The add milk slowly
since you might need more or less to make a dough like consistency.
Mix in sprinkles by hand.
Then refrigerate dough for 10mins.
Once the dough is chilled, roll dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet.
(I was out of paper)
Then chill balls in the refrigerator to firm up while you melt the chocolate.
I wasn't able to find Almond Bark so I just used regular baking chocolate.
It still turned out great!

Now let's melt the chocolate!
If you have a double boiler, please use it!
I do not, so instead I...
Boil water...
Then place a bowl on top...
And over med-low heat start melting Chocolate!!
Then dip into chocolate
and shake of excess.
Then place on baking sheet.
Sprinkle with sprinkles!!!
Then repeat with the remaining balls!
Be sure to chill the Cake Batter Balls in the refrigerator until serving.
& it makes around 24-30.
For Jack's birthday
I did milk & white chocolate Balls!

I hope you enjoy!

Till Next Time,
Kate

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chart's for Jack-Jack!

Hello People,
So since we now have a 3 year old around I thought it would ba great time to put him to work!
Okay, okay not really.
But I did whip up a cute
Chore Chart
and a
Potty Chart!!
Jack is WAY into stickers right now, so I thought why not make him a way to use them!
And they were super easy and cheap to make!
Here's What you'll Need:
Poster Bored(0.68c)
Washable Markers($2.99 at Target)
Stickers(0.99c)
Ruler(had on hand)
Like I mentioned eariler, it's super easy!
Step 1. Decied what size you'd like your chart, and then measure and cut.
Step 2. Measure and add the colums.
Step 3. Fill in the spaces!
I choose to leave tthe colums bigger that way each time he goes we can just add a sticker to the slot.
For each "Uh-Oh!" I will draw in a sad face that way we can keep track of how many accidents there are a day.
Step 4. Hang Up!
I did the same with the Chore Chart.
I tried to add things that we all ready do with him.
Next time i'll add: Feeding the Fish and Picking Up the Patio to the list.
And this fall we will be adding: Practice Memory Verse 

Jack was very excited to see the chart!
(Yes I did make him a smaller chart for this week)
I hope he enjoys adding the stickers!!

Till Next Time,
Kate

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jack's Birth Story

Three years ago today my husband Kris and I arrived in L&D to have our son!
1 Week old
Boy, has time flown by!
1st Birthday
But it was sure worth it!
2nd Birthday
On Saturday May 23, 2009 we arrived at the hospital at 7am!
Immediately they got me settled into my room and placed a IV into my arm (more like my elbow).
(Kris doesn't like blood so he wouldn't watch)
Then they began me on a medication called Cervidil since I was only dilated about 1cm(if I was lucky) and Jack was sitting very low.
With this type of drug I had to be in bed for 1 hour after it was inserted and then I could get up and move around for 2 hours before the next dose was administered.
It normally takes about 3 does before your body is ready to move onto the next stage.
So it would be about 9 hours before we would see any progress at all.
My family and I had a lot of fun while we waited for things to get stated!
  My mom arrived at about 7:30.
 
Then my Dad arrived with breakfast around 9am
Drew arrived after he finished work (he had fun playing the DS)!
We also had a few surprise visits from church members through out the day!
By 2pm my doctor decided to stop by and give me the 3rd dose of meds.
 But when he checked me I was already dilated to 2cm and was able to go ahead and break my water!
 Since I was  having very small contractions they waited about an hour before administrating Piticon.
By 6pm I had dilated to 3-3 ½ cm and the baby was beginning to drop farther down into my pelvis.
At about 9pm I was already 4cm and I decided to go ahead and get the epidural.
 They started me off on a “walking epidural”.
So after 20mins of sitting in bed I stood up and felt absolutely NO PAIN!
The only issue I had with the "walking epidural" is that it made me a bit “loopy” in the head!
 Lol, apparently I had a lot of energy and was saying alot of crazy things!
But I really don’t remember anything at all!
 Well, maybe a couple of small moments!
 I do remember that my husband was never more then and arm length away from me!

He was wonderful!
At 10:30ish they went ahead and gave me the full epidural.
So now I had to stay completely in bed for the rest of my labor and delivery.
 My doctor also said that with my lack of improvement if by the next check (midnight) I was not dilated to 6cm then he would suggest that we go ahead and do a C-Sec.
After he left, my wonderful nurse encouraged me to wait a little bit longer since there was no improvement.
The baby and I were doing great and other then things going a bit slow there was no real reason for a C-Sec. 
So we decied to wait while my brother continued to play the DS!
 Two hours later at midnight I was only dilated to about 5cm.
 I asked my doctor if we could go ahead and wait another two hours, and he said that was fine.  
(I wish I had a picture, but just imagine my that my family is now playing FARKLE)
But at about 12:30 I was in the worse pain of my life!
I could now feel every contraction, and I was feeling a lot of pressure.
They immediately thought that something was wrong with my epidural (I shouldn’t be feeling pain), but when it was looked at it was confirmed that everything was fine.
My nurse had me sitting straight up with my legs in “Indian style” trying to see if that would help with the pressure and pain since she thought that I must be in a transition stage and things were just going to quick for the epidural to work.
I tried lying on each of my sides.
But through everything my pain was getting worse.
  Finally at about 1:45ish I was finally checked.
 I was a bit past 6cm and the baby was at 0 Station but he was turned face up.
 So with each of my contractions, he was being shoved into my pelvic bones but he just couldn’t fit through!
The pain that I was feeling was the baby being pushed into me.
It hurt worse then any of my contractions ever did.
The only choice at this time was to go ahead and do a C-Sec.
And to be honest, I was in so much pain that I just wanted it to stop!
So they immediately turned off the piticon so my contractions were much smaller, but it didn’t help the baby or I much!!!
 My doctor soon arrived to explain to us what was going to happen.
We then had the right amount of time alone to all pray together.
  I was soon being wheeled down the hall to be prepped and was given a spinal drug, while Kris was sent to wait in the hall until it was time for him to meet up with me.
 As soon as I saw him I was very relaxed.
   Kris kept talking to me and holding my hand and after a few min’s we were told to look as they dropped the curtain and we were able to see our son Jack for the first time!
I don’t remember crying.
 By this point I was just so thankful to just have Jack out safe and sound!

Soon Kris and Jack were headed down the hall to do whatever it was they did!
And of course...
Gram..
Uncle Drew..And
Mrs. Gorton all got to see the baby while I was in recovery for an hour.
Oh,
and my Dad had a cold so he wasn't aloud near the baby.
 
 
 
His poor head!
He really did try to get out but he just wouldn't fit.
   After what seemed like a lifetime my nurse(FINALLY) headed to find my family and My new baby to let them know that they could come in and see me!
So they packed things up!
 I think that was the longest 15 min’s of everything!
I of course was very drugged and like everyone else there very very tired!
But everyone loved meeting him!
 
 
Jackson Henry Radomski
 was born on Sunday May 24, 2009 at 2:25 AM
Weighing 8lbs 15oz  and 22 in long!
Through out the day we had plenty of vistors!
Including some of Kris's family from Stevens Point(2 hours away).
Another look at his head.
Grandma Marie
Aunt Lacey
Grandpa Mark
Aunt Melissa
I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane!
Till Next Time,
 Kate