Lately, I Have Stopped Reading The News

On Saturday night, if you asked me what todays post was going to be it would have been about our trip to Apple Hill to go Apple Picking on Sunday.

Sunday I woke up, went to clean Bennett’s bottle out and got a wiff of bad milk and was sick for the morning. So, we postponed our trip to Apple Hill. I decided since Bennett’s 1/2 birthday is on Tuesday, I will write about his birth story. Then around 11:30pm as we had just turned off our lights to go to bed. I got a twitter notification letting me know there had been a mass shooting in Las Vegas.

So, when I woke up this morning it didn’t feel right to write out a blog post about my sons birth story. After I got the twitter notification, I searched through twitter and Facebook for all of the information I could get about what was happening. I watched truly heart sinking videos of people dropping to the ground and I cried. At the time the count was 2 dead, 26 injured. I knew already from the footage and the weapon used (clearly audible as an automatic weapon) that when i woke up in the morning those numbers would be higher. I checked to see if anyone I knew was there. (so far, they are all safe) and then Andrew and I discussed what we saw. He asked why people were saying to get down, instead of running. I explained if the shooter is ground level, in a mass shooting he will most likely be shooting level and across. So, people want to get down to be out of the line of fire. We discussed that I thought the shooter, had shot from a room above and then we went to sleep; and sure enough when we woke up the tragedy was even worse than when we got the news. So, I took in the new details and thought about what I wanted to say.

I was 8 when Columbine happened, 10 for 9/11, 16 for Virginia Tech., 22 for Aurora, 23 for Sandy Hook. To just name a few of the horrific mass shootings. From 8 years of age, this fear had become a new normal. From 8 years of age,  I had done countless school drills for in case of shooter on campus and had do actively participate in several lockdowns for potential real case scenarios. My mother was a police officer, so it was normal to go over a just in case plan anywhere we went. I was taught to know where my exits are and to be aware of the people surrounding me.

At 26, I had my Son and I found out I could no longer read the news. I wanted to stay up to date and informed and what was going on around me in the world; but everything was so tragic and it made me so unbelievably sad. I was now a mom to a beautiful baby boy and all I wanted to do was protect him from danger. I was sad knowing that this is world him and my future children were  going to grow up in. So, for my sanity I stopped actively reading the news and I found I was no longer living this nightmare of anxiety. I got the bits and pieces I needed to know, but I no longer actively sought out the bad. I made a conscience choice to only allow the good into my daily life. At least the good that i could control. Cause realistically I cannot control all the bad in the world, I am aware of that and I am aware that bad will always be in our world, but I can do my part to not be the bad and to teach my kids to be good people.

I know this post is not the most eloquent, but I just kind of wanted to write I guess what is on my mind at the moment. Which is a lot. This is only a small part of it. I am terribly saddened by the tragedy of today, i am saddened that there are people out there that think this terrible violence solves whatever they are trying to solve. I am sad that innocent people, trying to enjoy some country music were killed. I am just sad at the state of our world.

Grandma’s Iowa “Chilly” Soup Recipe

It’s the first day of Fall! (or Autumn)

Before it was trendy, Fall has been my favorite season, for several reasons. I love the change in leaves, and weather. I love wearing sweaters & boots, getting cozy inside the house. The smells the surround fall, fresh and crisp, while being warm & welcoming. All the holidays so close together, spending time with family. Oh and My Birthday is at the end of October.

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BUT one of my most favorite things about Fall… is this soup! Although, I make this year round… my Grandma would make Iowa Chilly Soup once the weather started cooling down. It was (and still is in our home) a family favorite and could probably even be called my Great-Grandma’s Iowa Chilly Soup.. since she was the one who taught my Grandma how to make it.  I should warn you, although it is based off a Chili it is a SOUP and even though you can definitely add to this soup, the original recipe does not have any spice to it.

It’s a quick and simple recipe and takes anywhere from 40 minutes – 1 hour to make.

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– What You Will Need –

  • 1lb Ground beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 large can of red kidney beans
  • 1 large can of Tomato Soup
  • (optional) Noodles
  • (optional) corn
  • 1 Large Pot
  • 1 Med-Large Size Pan
  1. Start off by filling your the bottom of your pot with about 2 cups of water (enough so that your kidney beans and onions can just barely float above the water). Then place the pot on the stove and set the heat to high to get the water boiling.unnamed-4
  2. Then start cutting your Onions.  Once, your onions are diced, add them to the water.
  3. After your onions have been added to the water, drain your kidney beans and add them to the wait. Turn heat down to Med-High and wait until the onions are clear.
  4. While you are waiting for the onions to become clear. Get your pan and ground beef out and start browning the meat.
  5. Once the Onions are clear and the meat is still browning, add in the Tomato Soup and Stir.
  6. When the ground beef is cooked all the way through, drain the excess fat and add the ground beef to the pot. Stir in and reduce heat to Med. Stirring Occasionally for about 5 – 10 Minutes.
  7. From here the soup is ready to serve, if you have a pot that is nonstick. Turn heat down to simmer and place a lid on the pot, while the soup is being served.

Although, not required another thing my Grandma would add on the side for the soup was either Original Fish Crackers or a plain piece of bread lathered in butter. It may sound weird but dipping the bread in the soup, tastes divine and is a good way to start enjoying the soup while you are waiting for it to cool down.

I hope you enjoy this Recipe this Fall/Winter and let me know if you end up making it! You can always tag me in your homemade versions on Instagram @whatupKT_.

 

 

 

1st Trimester: 1st Pregnancy VS 2nd Pregnancy

So, I need to preface this with the fact that as far as 1st trimesters go, both of my first trimesters were relatively easy, BUT I can definitely notice differences between them.

With Bennett, I really only had a handful symptoms.

  • Increased Appetite – I was ALWAYS Hungry and I would go from not hungry, to extreme hunger in a matter of second)
  • Shortness of Breath – This one was super difficult for me, I was super active going on miles long hikes, I had just started working at a fitness studio and all of a sudden I couldn’t go on a hike, longer than 1/2 a mile or participate in classes w/o having to leave during the warm-up.
  • Fatigue – I was tired quite often and would struggle to keep my eyes open at the front desk sometimes. I just wanted to nap constantly.
  • Gluten Allergy – When I got pregnant, my allergy to gluten went away, which was nice cause I indulged in LOTS of sweets.

and that was pretty much it with my first pregnancy, the only time I would experience nausea was when I would go from zero to Hangry and than I would start to get nauseous until I ate.

With Pregnancy #2, my experience has been different.

  • Nausea & Morning Sickness – In the first few weeks, I experienced light nausea and some morning sickness. But it went away overall, by Week 8. I only get nauseous now when I am feeling hungry.
  • Tender Boobs – OH MAN, are my boobs sensitive! They just feel heavy and painful.
  • Increase Sense of Smell – That was one of my first clues that I might be pregnant, i was getting wifts of smells I would normally not pick up on.
  • Mental Exhaustion – I’m not so much tired, where I need a nap and could sleep for hours, but more so.. I just feel too tired to exert energy to do stuff. Like chores or work.
  • Lack of Appetite – I am only hungry if I am craving something specific & unfortunately… I am not usually craving anything. If I try to eat something I am not craving, my stomach tells me I am full. I have actually lost weight so far this pregnancy.
  • Emotional –  My emotions are a rollercoaster. One minute I am crying from happiness, than sadness and everything in between.
  • Gluten Allergy – I was hoping like last pregnancy that my allergy would go away, unfortunately…. It has stayed.

 

So yea, definitely different experiences so far, but still similar. The other thing I was expecting was to show earlier and feel the baby earlier, but so far no such luck. In my first pregnancy my bump didn’t really become noticeable to at least me and people who knew I was pregnant until 21 Weeks and it didn’t become noticeable to the rest of the world till around 26 weeks. I actually remember around 26 weeks I went into ER cause of a UTI and the doctor who checked me out felt my stomach and said ” oh! your abdomen is extended!” to which I said “yea, cause I’m pregnant” needless to say he felt a tad silly. But it really wasn’t THAT obvious I was pregnant. I only bought 1 pair of maternity leggings and that was at 32 weeks.  Which makes me curious if this pregnancy will follow the same path or if I will show at least a tad earlier..

Announcing Bolt In A Bottle Tees

Since the beginning of the year I have been running my own Etsy Shop, Bolt In A Bottle Designs. I mainly sold handmade burp cloths, baby leggings and digital print invitations. Since becoming pregnant the shop has been on hiatus; because it takes a lot of time to manage and this pregnancy mixed with a toddler took A LOT of energy away from me. Energy required to run & promote a successful shop.

However, before I knew I was pregnant… I was in the middle of getting ready to launch a tee shirt line on the shop. I was working on designs and overall, just super excited for the project. So now that I am out of the woods, with 1st trimester pregnancy woes. I am ready to start the project back up.  Yet, not ready to open my Etsy Shop back up. I decided to sell Bolt in a Bottle Tees on Teespring. That way they can handle production and inventory, and I can handle design and promotion. It’s a Win Win.

Currently, the shop only has a handful of designs available, but as the month goes on more and more designs will be added.

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Sharing the Love

Recently, two “projects” have been brought to my attention today and I would like to spread/share the love with others out there. Obviously, my blog is new… so, I know it will not hit as many people as my intentions would like.. but as I continue to blog maybe I will make this a regular kind of post.

The 1st is something super close to my heart. About 5 or 6 years ago I registered to be a bone marrow donor. I don’t know what necessarily inspired me to do it, but I did. I have never been matched with anyone as of yet.. but I like knowing that if needed I could be someone’s chance at recovering. I think why I also, did it is because it is easy to do (at least the registering part). Today, while scrolling through my FB a “distant” cousin .. (my extended family has over 500 cousins, but we all live relatively close) announced that his 3-year-old sons Leukemia was not responding well to treatment and he would need a bone marrow transplant. Luckily, he has 12 other siblings who are all being tested to be donors and although, that does not guarantee he will receive a match from one of them, it increases his odds.

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With that being said, if you have ever thought of or are now interested in becoming a Bone Marrow Donor I strongly recommend going to BeTheMatch.org and registering. They will send you a little swab kit that you take and send back and although, that seems super simple.. before making the decision. Make sure to look into the requirements to be a donor and also, what the procedure would entail should you actually get picked.

The next little project I want to share with you is the Flying for Time project. Which was created by another blogger named Caitlin and her husband. I began following them on Instagram almost a year ago and have been really touched by their story. In October of 2016 they lost their son Carter at 39 weeks. Today they announced the project Flying for Time, which is to help raise money for a Cuddlecot at a hospital of their choosing. Click on the link to read more about their story and what a Cuddlecot is, but essentially they are selling these super sweet plane necklaces ( a symbol they use to represent Carter) and they also, have a Donation option. I plan on buying 3 of the necklaces ( my Aunt is a pilot & my Mom also flies planes and then 1 for me).

If you have any other projects, you would like to suggest and have me talk about on the blog, please leave a comment down below or e-mail me.

Baby Shower Buys: My Best Friends Baby Shower

If you are looking for Baby Shower gift ideas, or just like seeing what other people have bought.. this post might interest you. I also, have a few similar videos on our Youtube Channel.

Recently, I went to my best friends, baby shower. She is my first best friend that is having a baby & like a sister to me (I’m an only child). So, needless to say I am beyond ecstatic for her and may have gone a little overboard. She is having a boy, so naturally she has already gotten a plethora of hand me downs, and a bunch of burp cloths from my Etsy Shop. For her baby shower, I wanted to give her a wide variety of gifts, to make sure she had stuff she needed.

I started off with the essential baby shower gift items, I strongly feel these should always be included in a baby shower gift. Diapers & Wipes.

I got her a box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes & then I got Pampers Swaddlers Diapers in Size 2 & 3. I got the bigger sizes, since I think those are the most overlooked sizes (NB & 1) being what is usually bought & i bought the smaller bag versions, instead of the box. If you a looking to not spend a fortune of diapers at a baby shower, the bags are perfect at a little less than $10.

Next up, is the item I got for her in the bag. Which was an item on her registry, a Boppy.

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Not only was it on her registry, but I absolutely LOVED my Boppy. It is a great nursing pillow and for some reason I just found it super comforting to have with me while recovering in the hospital.  On top of the bag was also this cute little Elephant Carseat Toy from the Manhattan Toy Company (bought it at Target) but cannot find an image of it.  After that we move on to the box, which i filled with an array of items.

  • Dreft Stage 1 Laundry Detergent – Not a common gift, or commonly put on the registry, but definitely an item any new parents would need & can be an expense that adds up quickly. ($13-$20)
  • Bath and Body Works Poketbac Hand Santizers (not the ones pictured) – I was not a huge into sanitizing prior to baby, but once you are taking your small newborn out into the real world.. it is nice to have these on hand. Plus the smell nice too.
  • Lansinoh Nipple Cream – This was an item on her registry & something I now wish I had put on my registry for Baby #1. Cause Breastfeeding at first can HURT.
  • Mommy’s Bliss Nighttime Gripe Water – This was an item I told her to put on her registry and of course, ended up getting for her. I contribute nighttime gripe water to the reason our son slept through the night from 2 months onward.
  • Aden & Anais Swaddles (not the ones pictured)
  • Burt’s Bee’s Memory Keepsake Box – For $20 this gift is really a steal you get, Diaper Rash Cream (which personally, I think theirs is THE best), Shampoo, Lotion and Tiny Soap.
  • Burt’s Bee’s Blue Receiving Blanket
  • Giggle All Purpose Wonder Balm
  • Fisher-Price Coffee Cup Teether
  • If Animals Kissed Goodnight Board Book
  • Carter’s One Made for You Elephant 3 Piece Outfit

Most of these items I bought at Target, with the exception of it of a few.