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My name is Kelley and I am a stay at home mom to two kids - my amazing son Jackson Wayne and cutie pie little girl Bailey Louise. I am a working at home mom with a business called baby Jack blankets. I handmake ribbon tab baby blankets and sell them online. I am married to the love of my life Brian and every day looking forward to the ever so rewarding and challenging experiences that my life brings me.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Years Just Keeping Getting Better...


Happy 31st Birthday to my AMAZING husband Brian. This December marks our EIGHT years together and since our first date at the China Buffet and to see Oceans 12 you have made been the one constant in my life. God Bless Nancy and Randy Legler for having my soul mate on November 19, 1981. Without your love for one another, I would have never have found the love of my life. Brian, you are my best friend, my confidant and my funny bone. You are everything a man should be and exactly how he should treat his wife. You make me smile, feel beautiful, sexy, admired, smart and most of all you encourage me to learn, right along with you about this interesting chapter of parenthood. You have this light about you as a father. You are so patient and playful with our kids and seeing you with them is my one of my favorite things in life.  You take such good care of me and are so supportive of every aspect in our lives. You are my other shoe and without you I would feel bare and offbalance. Happy Birthday my love. Cheers to many more years together. Forever Endeavors.

Lets take a look at our life in pictures...


 We LOVE you so much!!! Enjoy your day and we look forward to many more birthdays with you!

Kelley, Jackson, Bailey and Abbie


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bring it on THIRTY

I turned thirty years old this week. In a different world, that would terrify me but given all that I am grateful for I say Bring It On. My twenties were about figuring out what I wanted out of life and I embrace the upcoming years of thirties. It will consist of growing up a lot more, watching the kids grow and expanding my little business.

This week has been an up and down week. I have been crazy busy with baby Jack blanket sales and freelance design work on top of celebrating with family and friends AND planning a party. Today we are having over fifty people at our home in this 90 degree Wisconsin weather for a backyard BBQ - theme Burgers, Beers and Bounce House.

I have red solo cups, even for the kiddos. I have a quarter barrel and a secret stash of Shandy for the Mrs. I have a bounce house and sprinkler for the tots and I HAVE MADE BURGERS. Hamburgers on the grill and Cupcake Burgers for dessert. I envision getting pictures of people biting into them like sliders!! It was a simple Pinterest recipe that I am happy to share with you today. Enjoy these pictures, they taste like Twinkies!

Bake Yellow Cake Mix without liners and add sesame seeds on top. Cut in half for bun.
Bake Chocolate Cake Mix with liners - Cut into Thirds for Cupcakes for meat.
Take White Frosting and add Yellow food dye for mustard on bottom bun. Add patty.

I bought a can of green spray cupcake frosting with nozzel to look more like lettuce
Add some RED cookie icing as it looks just like Ketchup

Sliders for the guests

Big Burger for the Birthday Girl!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

If you're happy and you know it...

I have been clapping my hands a lot lately. I am happy. I have found a balance in my life between two kids, work and play and it is leaving me with this feeling of contentment. It has a lot to do with the fact that I reprioritized my day and not put so much pressure on myself to accomplish it all. I feel accomplished when I make the bed and shower now...it's the little things.

When I first became a stay at home mom, I told Brian that I would get all these things done at home and have dinner on the table and so on and so forth. Three years being at home and we still joke about the fact that we are rushing to throw something on our table for our family to eat. Where does the time go throughout the day? Well, time flies when you are having fun.

The kids keep me insanely busy. At first it was chaotic adding another little human into the mix but now that Bailey is her own little person (and a great one who adjusted instantly) things are starting to flow. She is finally sleeping through the night and napping in her crib. She is cruising along the furniture, saying so many words (Mama, Dada, Jack, Cracker, Abbie, Dog, Doll, Book, Baba) and will be walking within weeks because she is a determined little girl. We are excited to be planning her first birthday party in May already. Crazy!

Jack has grown up since turning three and is a great big brother and the attitude has simmered a bit - or at least I changed my reaction towards it and now embrace that he. is. just. like. me. I call him my butthead when he acts up...because we butt heads being similar. Together we are loving this weather. If he could, he would be outside all day but he doesnt know his limits or how much fresh air he can handle and needs a nice big nap to re-energize!! He rides his electric tractor around the house for about thirty minutes, plays in the dirt, stomps in puddles, rolls down the hill and collects rocks - such a boy! We are currently trying to teach him how to ride a bike since it is so nice out. I try to keep all the outdoor fun in the AM before lunch to tire him out and then take a nap...so far so good :)

Brian and I are at our best. Approaching five years of marriage next month, we have a big fun-filled day planned the weekend before.  We have hired a professional photographer to photograph Brian and I - and the kids - for an Anniversary/Family/First Birthday photoshoot.  It is something I have been looking forward to for a long time; let's hope the weather pans out.

Work is consistent and calm right now. I have a lot of orders still coming in and I have managed to get them out in a timely manner along with preparing myself for Spring craft season. I usually get all my sewing done during Bailey's afternoon nap while Jack plays and it rolls right into Brian getting home from work. I get my time to myself while he plays with the kids and gets dinner together while I create. It doesnt feel like work to me, it's a hobby turned therapy. It centers me and I dont know what I would do if I couldnt sew.

Last but not least, it's the company that I keep. The people I surround myself with are great people. My family. My friendships of those near and far. My mommy friends. Each person holds different value to me in many ways and I feel truly blessed that they are in my life.

What is truly amazing to me is that two years ago I sat down with a dear friend who helped discuss my life's passions. She is a life coach and helped me recenter myself prioritizing of what was most important. All the items listed above were my passions: Creating Love out of Love, Being Present, Finding Balance, Enjoying Work, Surrounding myself with Positive People.  My heart is happy and full. Hooray!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A BIG Birthday Week for Jack

Jack turned three. Three years ago our lives changed and now our little boy is growing oh so big. I felt the same way when he turned two, something appeared different about him. He acted older knowing he is a year older.

We had a very busy week filled with treats for classmates at his school on Thursday, a birthday party at McDonalds with his little friends and a family party at home on Saturday only to head up north for the week on Sunday. Since Jack turned 3, we told him he would get to snowmobile and learn to ice fish, which he LOVED. He enjoyed every minute up north and needless to say we celebrated Jack's birthday for an entire week, literally - we had cupcakes to eat everynight up north so we sang to him. LOL  Here's some pictures of our days celebrating THREE.