Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I don't know why this is such an issue but I have recently found myself as a woman and mother being attacked for my actions,  my parenting, and my choices on my personal social media pages.

We live in a time where there is SO MUCH for women to be proud of as mothers, as employees, as entrepreneurs, everything!! We are awesome!!!! 

With that being said, it takes a lot of effort to make someone feel bad - why not try to to use that energy to think of why you're feeling negatively about that person, and what you can do to change the track your mind is on!!?  It will make you feel so much better and you can spare someone's feelings in the meantime. Being negative will not only hurt the person you are attacking but it does nothing to help your mood either.

Ever since I had my child, a light-switch clicked in my head. I realized I not only wanted, I NEEDED to be the best person I could be. I am my child's role model and his first teacher, the person he looks up to and the person who guides him through tough times and bad.
I realized I needed to control how I handled my anger, how I approach people and most importantly what I talk about at home. When I was younger I don't ever remember my mother speaking a bad word about someone and that's exactly how I want to be.  At first, not talking badly [And I don't only mean bad words, here ;)] was hard to control , but once I became at peace with myself and my faith it was much easier to deal with. Also, when I had Keegan, I realized I don't even have the time or the need to worry about anyone else. All that mattered (and still matters) is that little bundle of joy and that bundle of joy's happiness.

Which brings me to the main idea of this post. Women and especially mothers, should empower each other!! Why wouldn't we?! If we are not harming ourselves, our child or anyone else what does it matter how we parent or how we choose to spend our days?  If there seems be a supermom, instead of being jealous of her, applaud her for all that she does and use her as inspiration for yourself! If there is a mother who seems to be down or lost or needs a little boost, find a way to encourage or compliment her, that may be just what she needs.

Everybody’s situations are unique –everybody’s lives are different.  You don’t always know the struggles that others are going through. 

It’s okay to have your own opinions about someone, I’m not saying I’m perfect, sometimes I do, too.  But statuses on social media, ridiculing one’s life and choices is not the right thing to do.  I’ll admit, I was once that person.  In high school I posted something similar, a picture making fun of someone who had done me wrong, and it wasn’t the right choice.  Why would I stoop to that level just because they made me feel worthless?  It didn’t help me cope with my feelings, it didn’t make me hurt any “less”…. I regreted it then and I still regret it now, but I’ve learned from my mistake and I have certainly grown since then, and especially since I’ve become a mother. 

I pray for these people who have been doing this to me and also to others.  There must be something else going on, something deeper than the target that is provoking them to post.   

From here-on-out, I am going to continue do my best to set a great example for my son, and also for other women.  We must encourage and empower each-other!!!!!!!! I don't know how many more times I can say it, but I will and I hope you will try with me. 

With that said, I am proud of the person, mother, daughter, sister, fiancé, WOMAN, that I am.

And I hope you are too, whatever it is you may be.    :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patty's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!  Am I the only one who just started paying attention to this day ever since I had kids?  The more fun the merrier, right??! :)

I feel like I have been slacking with blogging.  I'm going to blame it on the fact that Keegan's naps are getting shorter, down to 30 minutes, shorter, and my sister was home all week for spring break which meant lots of visiting.  Excuses, excuses, I know..

But I am really happy I got to spend so much time with my family this past week.  Yesterday we all went out to eat and Keegan wore his Shamrock shirt I made for him along with his big boy 2 yr old pants that I had to adjust to the tightest waist, but they stayed up!! :)

The picture on the left is the latest chalkboard drawing I made.... simple yet festive.

Does your family have any St. Patrick's Day traditions? What activities do you do with your child to celebrate? I'd love some ideas for next year!
Maybe I'll have to get motivated to start pinning some stuff to plan. You can follow me here on Pinterest!

Also, here's a little Irish Blessing I saw .. on Pinterest.. ;) "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door!"
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

B. Stackadoos -Our Current Favorite Toy

Keegan received these bristle blocks as a gift this past Christmas and lately he can’t get enough.  You can find them, here!  He loves to bring visitors over to his play table to build the B. Stackadoos.  Grandpa likes to build cars and tall buildings, Daddy likes to build silly stuff like eyeglasses, Keegan just likes to stack, and Mommy tries to teach while playing (What else is new, mom?!?!)

Somebody was thinking when they made these!! They are completely different from traditional blocks, but still give that sense of constructing and building.  It’s something different and something that everyone can enjoy, young and old.  I believe it really builds creativity and lets the imagination soar!  Keegan will see us building something and he'll mimic what we are doing or what we are using it for, for example, a pair of eyeglasses, and NERD ALERT, I make a wand and say a spell from Harry Potter.  Keegan gets a total kick out of it, and tries to say the spell with the wand he made himself (if he's not laughing too hard in the process!) Too precious!

Lately, we’ve been using our imaginations with them:  
 (An mini basketball hoop that is identical to Keegans)

(A train.... kind of.. Choo Choo!)

..And the Very Hungry Caterpillar!! One of our favorite books! I made this during nap time as a surprise for Keegan when he got up. 

There's really so much more you could do with these, or they could just be your go-to building blocks.  Any way you are looking to use them, I would recommend! They come in neat colors and the cutest container! 

Do any of you have B. Bristle Block Stackadoos floating around your house?  What was the craziest thing you've built with them? Let me know!!

Have a great Wednesday! :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

My Reality of Baby Fever

I know what you’re thinking and don’t worry, I already gave myself a face-palm but I have major baby fever!!!!! AHHH! Oh, come on… you have it, too…… :)

But here’s the reality of the situation…
No judgement, please...... but when you have just turned 21 and are about to enter your third year of college, getting pregnant is a very, very big eye opener. Life is no longer about you. Life has gone from beer to bed rest in a matter of a few short months. If you aren’t planning, the thought of a baby is "so cute" before you get pregnant but no one can prepare you for the rocks pregnancy and parenthood have to throw. It is a blessing but it can also be scary. My life was all about ME but I knew I had to make choices to have my life be all about BABY.
There are many sacrifices we make as parents, sacrifices that occur every day!
There are some things I miss, like, sleep and the ability to NOT WORRY ABOUT EVERY LITTLE THING!!  There are some things I don't miss, like, going out every weekend and oh, I don’t know, mostly everything that just seems so mediocre now...

I'm sure with each child brings new sacrifices and that's why I want to prepare myself better for the next one.

I know we may not always plan these things (example A: Keegan) but I want to make sure I do my best as a mother to make the life I want my children to have before an addition happens!
I think that being a parent makes you re-arrange your priorities and also gives you clearer meaning to life and what is most important, which to me is family.

Starting off my list of preparation is marriage. No judgement, remember? ;) Mike and I are not yet married, but it is happening May 2015… Just two and a half years after getting engaged. Lol anyway….
Pre-baby I wanted a huge wedding, huge dress, huge bridal party, glam-glam-glam and there is nothing wrong with that, but my priorities shifted after having a child.  Now I just want to keep it simple and have an intimate ceremony with not only Mike but Keegan, too... and have just close family and friends watching because that, right now, to me, is what's most important.

I want us to he more financially stable.  Oh gosh, no need to elaborate on that.

I want to find a house that I am ready to call a home, forever.  We are lucky enough to have a house, but I can’t wait until we are able to sell and live in an area where I dream :) I know how I felt about my family moving when I was a child and I wouldn’t want to put more children through that if I can help it.

Lastly, I would like to prepare myself to be a better mother.  I’m still working on things with Keegan, two years after he was born.  I know nobody is perfect and I know I will never be, but I would love to be more confident in myself as a mother before number two!!! Will it ever happen?? Let’s hope!!!

Baby fever, you can go away now…. But I know you wont!!!!!
I'll have to settle for these rare cuddles....
Have a great day. :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Colors and Rainbows

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and learning colors I decided we’d do a simple and quick craft today.  This got Keegan’s artistic and learning gears going for a little bit.. enough to distract us from The Lorax for fifteen minutes.  He loves the songs and only watches the first five minutes of the movie, but begs to have it put in the DVD player.  I have been singing the songs for the past 5 days… Last thing I think of before I go to bed and first thing that pops into my head in the morning is those songs.  Does anyone know how many times I have to replay this movie before I go insane?  Can it be summer yet?

…On to the craft! 

Last night I cut out some half circle shapes in the order of the rainbow-  red being the biggest, purple the smallest…… you know….

I first grabbed some puzzles and books that showed rainbows and showed them to Keegan, explained how they are made up of all these different colors and how they show up in the sky sometimes after it rains (just to introduce them)

The craft is pretty self-explanatory, but  I'll share, regardless :)
(I left out the color, indigo for now, just trying to keep it simple for a 23 month old.)
I got a blue piece of card stock and told him we’d use that as the sky and we can paint the clouds on!!! He loves to paint, so this was a hit…
Then I laid out the half circles and asked him to hand me the red one, orange one, etc.  We glued them on with a glue stick…He liked to help with that part.
No-brainer here, but we used cotton balls to make clouds underneath the rainbow.  Then we sang a song that we heard on Mickey Mouse about the rainbow: “Red, Orange, Yellow-Green-Blue! Don’t forget there’s Purple, too!”
So simple, but it was a different way to practice colors and to learn about rainbows.

Have you done any rainbow crafts that have been a hit with you child?
Let me know!

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

You will probably see plenty of Dr. Seuss posts today and tomorrow, but my goodness, why not celebrate the genius?!

We are having a Dr. Seuss themed weekend!

We started out our day with a yummy, yet gross looking, breakfast of green eggs and ham on toast.  Of course! Why would we not?! I know, so original over here…
yummm.... lol

Our Seuss book lineup for the day are:

The Foot Book – This was my favorite Dr. Seuss book as a kid I still remember trying to count the “twenty-four feet”.  My counting NEVER resulted with the number twenty-four and I insisted they illustrated wrong……. Anyways, this book is SO fun and full of rhymes & opposites and it is also so easy to memorize which makes for the perfect book to keep your kid occupied when they wake at the crack of dawn. You can read it with both your eyes and the blinds still shut!!! And I assure you I am speaking from experience.

The Cat in the Hat – this book is just pure awesome and is the very thing I think of when Dr. Seuss comes to mind.  It is pretty long for a toddler, so unless they are super sleepy, don’t expect them to sit through this book.  That is why it is on naptime duty.  If we try to read it any other time, Keegan goes into full fish mode “put me down, said the fish, this is no fun at all”
Despite that, I think he likes it :)

Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?
I honestly never read this until I bought it for Keegan from Santa for his first Christmas.  What a fun book of rhymes and sounds!  I have always read this book in a singsong, silly voice, and from the very beginning, Keegan could not get enough! His little legs would kick and he would just get so excited! 
Also an easy one to memorize.. cha-ching, but of course, if you are a mom you probably already have 10 billion other books memorized too, am I right?!
***Sidenote- Sometimes, Keegan likes to hand me a book to read out loud while he sits beside me and pages through his own book.  When I’m reading Mr. Brown and get to “He can sound like the hand on a door, Knock Knock!”  Keegan will reach his hand over to the book without taking his eyes off his book, knock on Mr. Brown, and return to paging through his own book like no big deal.. it is so funny and I have to hold back a giggle!

As for movie time, which is all the time here, anymore, we are watching The Lorax (Dad’s fav) and Horton Hears a Who (my fav) is it just me, or is that elephant so funny?

I had all plans of making our own family foot book but Keegan has what the doctor believes to be Roseola.  We can still do it when he feels better, though and I'm looking forward to it!  But for now, its cuddles with Mama and we all know how rare those are :)

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, tomorrow!
Make sure to have lots of good fun that is funny!!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Being Grateful

What are you grateful for?
Oh the question seems so simple and the answer seems even more simple: good health, family and friends......

But until I was asked this question quite recently, I would answer with the same answers as up above.  Yes, in the post, I will mention good health, family, and friends, but here are some of the more overlooked things I am most grateful for.

1. I am grateful for the power of forgiveness.  Boy, I do not know where my relationship would be if Mike wasn't such a forgiving person.  Use the power of forgiveness in all of your relationships!  It's never okay to be walked all over, but sometimes you'll find that a weight is lifted off your shoulders if you forgive.

2. I am grateful for opportunities that come our way when we feel we are least deserving or when we least expect it. These types of moments make you realize how great and surprising life really is. 

3.  I am grateful for food on our table and a roof over our heads - living is expensive!  Especially when you only have one paycheck to take into consideration but we are safe and sheltered and fed and there are many who can't say the same..

4. I am grateful for our good health.  We have many medical bills that have put a strain on us financially, but a few months ago, instead of getting mad over them I realized am just so grateful that we are paying for them and we are healthy- instead of having to pay for them in different circumstances.

On a lighter note, I can't leave out that I am grateful for a supportive family, Daddy coming home, Doritos and Chocolate Milk  ;) ( I am kid at heart!), and one word: Naptime.

There is so much I take for granted and I'm trying to work on that!!
What are you grateful for?

Have a great day :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Learning Colors with a Toddler

Keegan is not one for listening and learning, so I have to make learning fun for him through songs, puzzles and books, etc.  Even though that’s the case, I figured I would give this activity a try since Keegan breezes through his Melissa and Doug Fish Colors Mix ‘n Match Peg Puzzle and is obsessed with his Brown Bear Brown Bear book by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.  I can honestly say this book has done most of the learning magic here when it comes to colors.  Everything seemed to click once we read it (on repeat). ;)

As for the activity, what I decided to do was start out with four colors: red, yellow, blue and green.  Early last week, we started the activity by painting paper plates.  I let Keegan paint them (I fixed it later) and as he was painting, I would talk to him about the paint, what color it was, what other objects were those colors, too - like green grass, the yellow sun and school bus, etc.  
(Those are his “painting” clothes! LOL! Why ruin more than one pair?!)

After they dried, I cut a huge circle out of each plate and gathered a few other objects of those same colors, just things around the house like mega blocks, cups, things of that nature.  I put them all in a bucket, lined his colored chairs up (you can use bins, bags, anything you want to, really) and asked him to match the object to the correct color chair.  He did awesome with the circles that we painted; he put them all on the correct colored chair no problem!!
Then he was a little confused as to why the mega blocks and puzzle pieces weren’t where they normally belong (which is ironic, because he never wants to clean up or put things in their proper place any other time!!) and I could tell he was soon going to become frustrated, so we stopped, took a little breather, had a snack and came back.  This time worked much better, but he was still kind of confused. 
I definitely didn’t want to confuse him and I wanted this to be a fun learning time, so I quick forgot about the objects, placed the painted circles on the floor and made up a little song we could sing! You can make up whatever you want, but here’s a start:

We stood on the color green and sang “Green circle, Green circle how do you do? Watch me jump to the color blue!” and then we would find the blue circle and jump to that…  etc.  I believe he liked that way much better. 

Later on in the day, we worked with the circles and placed them on a colored squares poster board that we have been using for a few weeks and that seemed to work just fine, too. No confusion there! We also use this board to match other printed-out objects like the pictured red apple and green grass. (Nothing fancy, people, but you work with what you got!!) :)

Also, each day gets better with placing the random objects on the correct color chair; it was just something he had to get used to.  So don’t give up!

**My suggestions are to do what you think your child can handle, do what is best for them!  If they aren’t interested, take a break and try again later – it may take them awhile to adapt to or take interest in something new or unfamiliar.

Every child is different, but even when you think they aren’t listening, learning, or paying attention -  They are!!!! They are little sponges! It might take time, but that is fine. Keegan’s motto from day one was to do his own thing at his own time. 
Support that!!!!! You are their first teacher :) Make it count!

Did you have any tricks or fun activities to help your child learn colors?
I’d love to hear them!
Have an awesome day!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Easy and Delicious Coffee Crumb Cake

My parents told me last night they were attending a viewing this morning, so I offered for them to come over afterward to visit Keegan and lighten their mood.  I wanted to have a nice snack for us all to enjoy and  I remember looking at a coffee cake recipe in my Women's Day magazine the week before.  It seemed so simple, so here we are!

The magazine does an article each month where they take a recipe from a past issue and reinvent it. This coffee cake recipe was originally published in August of 1944! Wow!! I love this kind of stuff, so I was all into trying it out for myself!

Honestly, it was so easy and so good & I guarantee you already have all the ingredients.

Coffee Crumb Cake
2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1 stick cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1/2 C walnuts, chopped **I didn't use these and it was perfect**
1 large egg lightly beaten
1/2 C cold coffee
-Heat oven to 375 and grease an 8x2 inch round cake pan with cooking spray
-Combine flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder
-Add brown sugar
-Add butter and combine until it resembles coarse bread crumbs.  
-Transfer 1/2 C of the mixture to a small bowl, toss with walnuts(optional) and set aside
-Add the egg and coffee to combine
-Transfer to the pan
-Spread crumble mixture on top and bake for 35-40 mintues
 -Cool 10 minutes before serving
Easy, right?! Enjoy!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mr. Bossypants

Ummm, really weird day today so far.  Keegan decided he wanted 3 bowls of cereal -and he feeds himself, so breakfast was a good 45 minutes. When we were getting dressed, he decided he wanted to learn to put pants on – all by himself.  I could not help or there would be tears (and there were tears, I learned quickly he wanted to be Mr. Independent).  Twenty minutes and a pair of stretched-out pants later, we went downstairs to start playing.   I decided to put on some music to sing and dance and what not and let’s just say our dog Bear and I ended up being Keegan’s entertainment. 

Keegan made me do Ring Around the Rosie with our 50lb dog like 8294 times.  Just me and the dog.  Not me and Keegan.  Not me, Keegan, and the dog.   Just me and the dog.  Funny thing is, I think Bear is kind of getting the hang of it...
Now he's tired
Keegan's becoming quite the demanding bossypants....
This was all before 9am, folks!!!! Have you had any odd days lately, like we did this morning?

Can’t wait to see what the rest of the day has in store for us!!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"You Are the One and Only Ever You"

If you are already a mother or are a mother-to-be, these books I’m about to talk about are the two most beautiful books in the world! They are both by Nancy Tillman and I kid you not, tears still flow from time to time when I read them to Keegan.  If you are having a rough day with your kids or you just can’t seem to catch a break, read these books to your children and take in all the warmth and love they have to show.   (All opinions are my own).

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

We bought this book when Keegan was around four months old to use with his (then) bedtime routine: The Four B’s bath, book, boob, bed.  From the moment I picked this book up in the store, I knew it was special! It tells your child, in such a beautiful way, how they are “the one and only ever you”.  It explains how extraordinary and special they are from the moment they were born, to this very moment in time, and to all the other moments moving forward.  It explains how happy we were on the night they were born and how happy we are that they are with us.  On the Night You Were Born captures the thoughts and feelings right out of all the Mama and Daddy’s souls and puts it into words in ways that we might not have been able to express. 

Excellent book!  Keegan also learned where his eyes nose and toes were very early on since we read this book to him everyday and every night before bed. We have been reading ours for the past 18 months, multiple times a day.  Can’t you tell?!  (picture below) We have another copy on back-up duty once this one bites the dust.

Where Ever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

I don’t know why it took me so long to purchase another one of her books, but Keegan received Where Ever You Are My Love Will Find You this past Christmas. 

This book tells of a parent’s love for a child, how big that love is, and how it will never ever go away no matter what!  A parent’s love can travel great distances and it will never fade - this book exemplifies that in such a beautiful way.  Sometimes children get in trouble, they may feel lost or unsure, but this book tells them how their parent(s) will love them unconditionally.   

These are the books I want Keegan to grow up using to his advantage.  I want him to feel more than anything in the world that he is loved, that he is important, and that he is his own person and to not let anything get in the way of that. I will continue to read these books to him everyday until he no longer lets me! I love them and I love him!!!!!

My love will follow him where ever he goes.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tips for Making Your Own Chalkboard

I know what you're thinking: "Been there, seen that"  And I'll admit, it's so over-done, but making my own, huge chalkboard is something that I've wanted to do for awhile.  There are many tutorials you can find on Pinterest (a gal's best friend, am I right?!) on how to make a chalkboard, but I found Mike and I running into a few obstacles along the way, so that's why I'm posting :)

We took a trip to a local thrift shop in our area called Jubilee.  They have EVERYTHING you could think of, including 60% of hanging wall paintings at the time, which is a total steal!  What I was searching for was a painting with a removable, solid wood backing, large enough for my kitchen wall.  They didn't have one in the size I was looking for, so I settled for the perfect sized painting regardless of it's backing and decided we could paint over the glass frame itself. 
**If you decide to make a chalkboard this way (with the glass) the chalkboard is probably going to be pretty heavy, so I would make sure to have it mounted on a wall where it's safe instead of on a door or in a child's room.  

I received a can of Black Valspar Chalkboard paint (it looks blue, do not let that alarm you!) from my sister for Christmas, so that's what we started with.  We used a paintbrush to put the first two layers on.  Mistake number one!  If we would have been using a wood backing I don't think it would have been disastrous, but using a paintbrush on the glass just make the board look very streaky and that would not make for a nice drawing.  Once that was all dry, Mike took a razor blade and shaved off all the paint .... so far, we were doing way more work than necessary.  
Once all of the dry paint was off, we decided to spray two coats of Krylon Chalkboard Spraypaint that we found at Michaels craft store a few years ago.  Once those two dried, we used a mini paint roller to paint the Valspar layer on.  Let that dry for 24 hours and 20 minutes of drawing later, voila, we got this:

Just to be clear, the burlap bow, is in no way holding up the chalkboard because that thing is heavy!! In order to make it look like it is actually hanging from the burlap, I hot glued the burlap to the back of the board and made a bow, which is resting on top of a screw.  This adds a little twist to my board and goes along with my primitive decor! We also painted the trim of the chalkboard to match the color of our kitchen walls.  

I'm sure in a few years, this chalkboard will be full of messages and chores for Keegan to complete ;) but for right now, "The Kreiser Household" seems perfect! (Along with a few other scribbles!)

Happy Painting!!! :)

Friday, February 14, 2014


Happy Valentines Day, everyone!

We have actually been celebrating here all week!  We handed out most of our Valentines on Wednesday since they were calling for a huge snowstorm on Thursday (They were right! So much snow!)  Daddy was home from work yesterday (and today) bye-bye paycheck ;) so we decided to have our Red Velvet Pancakes for breakfast on Thursday.  Warning: I am not a food artist :) I got my recipe from Little Baby Garvin's blog.

So good.. Daddy and kid approved! Instead of using cream cheese or syrup, I just made two mixtures of powdered sugar and milk and added a drop of red food coloring to one. 

I'm not exaggerating when I say we spent the day playing with balloons and eating treats - lots and lots of sugar - M&M's, Whoopie Pies and Cupcakes.  I'll thank myself later when Keegan doesn't go to bed. 

Hope you have a great day filled with so much LOVE!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentines and a Toddler Who Could Care Less

Daddy's home sick from work so today has been a lounge day... well, sorta.  Keegan is on a kick where he begs to have a movie put in but won't even sit down to watch it.  I'm lucky enough to have a child who could care less about TV so we could focus more on development through puzzles, books and toys, but there are just some days when I wish we could relax on the couch for a couple minutes and watch TV [The Chew, preferably, but I can settle for Mickey Mouse ;)]

Anyway, I had Keegan begin to make his Valentines a few days ago.  I decided to fold up little cards and have him "draw" on it, and have myself write "Happy Valentines Day" yada yada yada.  Long story short, this kid doesn't like to color anymore.  I have the crayons stored in an old baby wipes container, so now the heck with coloring.  He's just worried about dumping them out and putting them back in through the pop-up top.  

That being said, he gave me very little to work with! The creative gears were running and I realized I could cut little hearts out of the scribbles he gave me and go from there.  Here's one of the finished products!
 Cute, but nothing fancy!  (To be honest, that's a lot more fancy then my original plan). I just took some craft scissors to red construction paper, glued the scribbled heart and painted on conversation heart sayings.  I also added a bow to some, just use some hot glue.
Who wouldn't appreciate a good ol' homemade valentine with a toddler touch to it?!
 We will be delivering these by hand on Valentines Day along with his Heartbreaker pictures and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.  Keegan is so loved, so it's going to be awesome to show some of our love back to his favorite gals (and guys, too) who mean the most <3 

Have the BEST day!

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Ramblings of a Stay-at-Home Mom

Sometimes, being a stay-at-home mom can put a huge financial strain on a family’s lifestyle.  Grocery trips get shorter, little things like haircuts and sports games are out of the question, PB&J’s become a usual lunch and ‘new’ clothes are from consignment stores.  Only the necessities are thought of and that’s okay with me.  That’s what’s okay with my family at this time. 

Lately I feel as if I’ve needed to explain myself to people for my reasons of being a SAHM.  Sometimes when the checkbook gets low and we can’t go out to eat with friends or take a day trip with people to the mall, I find myself having to answer people's question of “Well, why don’t you get a job?”  Believe me, I’ve wrestled with the question many times, myself.  But for right now, being a SAHM is my job and you’ve heard it before: it’s the hardest, yet most rewarding job in the world.  I do this because I can.  I do this because I love too.  To have someone question myself, my family, and our choices can be a slap in the face. We all have our own beliefs, and we all have our own lifestyles.  I would never think to ask a mother why she chooses to work instead of staying at home.  I believe most parents who work wish they could be with their children. If you can work and find the perfect balance for your family, I applaud you.  Respect each-other and respect each-other's choices. 

Easier said than done, I guess.

But here’s a question for all of us: What’s the point of living if you only focus on the negatives? I know all too well, it’s so easy to do.  I'm choosing not to focus on the "things" we could "enjoy" if I were to provide an income.  I realize life is not all about the "things" we have.  There are many, many families who would love to have what I do - the kind of things we sometimes take for granted: A life full of happiness, good health, and encouraging friends and family.

I remind myself daily that it’s important to embrace life, keep your faith, and make the most of what you have whether that is a little or a lot! I get to stay at home with my son, which to me, is a lot.  I wouldn’t want to trade that for the nicest hairstyle or most extravagant lunch in the world.

Love life!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

The snow days are making us stir crazy and I thought I would mix something up to help pass the time.  It's Valentine's Day- themed and super delicious!  
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. 
Need I say more?! I found the recipe in an All You magazine and decided to do a trial run before we hand them out with Keegan's Valentines.  They were exactly what you would expect - so festive and delicious! Recipe below. (I know it seems lengthy, but trust me, it's worth it!)

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies:
 2/3 C sour cream
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp white vinegar
2 C flour
1 C packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa 
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter - room temperature
1 1-oz bottle red food coloring (reserve few drops for filling)

5 Tbsp unsalted butter - room temperature
1/2 C confectioners sugar
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 C marshmallow fluff
2-3 drops red food coloring
Valentine's Day themed sprinkles

-Preheat to 375.  Line baking sheets w/ parchment (I just lightly greased).  In a separate bowl, whisk sour cream, egg, vanilla and vinegar.  Lightly mix together flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Add butter and beat on low until butter pieces are very small.  Stir in sour cream mixture and mix on low until moistened.  Add food coloring and beat on medium until well combined. 
-Drop batter onto baking sheets, 2 1/2 inches apart & bake 1 sheet at a time until tops are cracked 8-9 minutes.  Remove and let stand for a few minutes.  
-For the filling: Beat butter and sugar on low until combinded.  Add corn syrup vanilla and salt.  Stir in fluff and food coloring.  Beat on high until light, about 2 minutes.  Refrigerate for 20 mins (I just let it sit for a little)
-Spread on cookies once they're cool, sprinkle some sparkles ;) and make a "pie"!

Mmmmm! Enjoy!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Snow Day

Our first experience with taking K out in the snow to sleigh ride was anything but fun for him.  It was 7:00 at night, dark and windy so obviously he wasn’t going to enjoy, right?! But I couldn’t wait to see for myself.  Fail, fail, fail.  Fail before we even got outside!! 
We tried again the next day and there were a little less tears, but someone still wasn’t feeling it. At least we got to make this corny snowman family of the Kreiser’s.

Today, I feel, will be different!  Hopefully! It's probably snowed about 6+ inches so far and I'm ready to get out and play!
If anything, the dog will have fun ;) Wish us luck!

Thursday, January 30, 2014


I never claim to be a photographer and I’ll be the first to admit I could learn so much about photography and editing, but I’m satisfied with the pictures I take of my child and why not enjoy the snapshots that I can create for free?

Here are some cute Valentine’s pictures of Keegan that he will be delivering to his favorite gals on February 14th - along with a card and a sweet treat (more on that, another day).

I was able to make all of the decorations for the pictures using card-stock, acrylic paint and ribbon that I had laying around the house. 

Thankfully, Mike is such a trooper and goes along with all of my picture ideas.  It's hard to snap any without his help!

Now I'm going to go steal a kiss from K while he's sleeping! I'm running out of quarters ;)
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Doggy Party

Last weekend our dog, Bear, turned 4 years old!  We had never made a huge deal about his birthday before, just some extra love, extra treats and a new toy - nothing too special.  Since Keegan is at such a fun age I figured he would find the whole “dog having a birthday party” hilarious.  I must have over-thought the whole event because neither Keegan or Bear were as excited as I anticipated.  I did get a huge giggle out of K, though, when Bear swallowed his whole cupcake! 

The cupcakes were so easy to make and better yet, the birthday boy loved them! Recipe below
 Doggie Cupcakes: (makes about 5-6 cupcakes)

1/2 C rice flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/3 C water
1/4 C vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp peanut butter
1/4 C finely chopped carrots

Bake at 350 degrees about 20 mins & cool

Frosting: low-fat cream cheese
top with doggie's favorite treats

You can also check out Puppy Cake's website for special treats and cake mixes for your dog, shipped right to your door!

Monday, January 27, 2014

About Us - The Kreiser's

To start off at the beginning of it all, Mike and I "met" on a beach trip with mutual friends the summer of 2010.  We had known OF each-other but honestly, neither of us really knew anything about the other.  Let's just say during (and after) the beach trip, we were inseparable! 

(Summer 2010)

I was still a student at a nearby university, so we lived for our weekends together.  The next summer, after months of bliss, we received some news that would rock our world.. we were expecting!  Keegan was born April of 2012 and what an adventure we have been on since then.   

 (Fall 2013)

Mike is wonderful and although we struggle, he supports my decision to stay at home with our son.  I started this blog to show what's it's like to live a life at home: to teach, to play, to create and have fun with the little that we have!

Any parent knows what I mean when I say how much a child changes you for the better. We have had some roller coaster moments, but at the end of the day we love each other, we encourage each other, and we are so blessed.  Hope you enjoy The Kreiser Chronicles!