Wednesday, October 22, 2014

22. Biggest pet peeves.

Ok, let’s just skip right over the fact that I fell off the blogging challenge. Or that I could go on and on about my pet peeves. I guess I’m just a cranky girl! Here goes.

1. People who talk over you. You know the type. You barely even finish a sentence and they cut you off trying to talk. Or they ask you a question and and before you even finish they are talking over you either answering their own question, arguing with you about their answer, or just moved on to the next topic.

2. People. that. Can’t Drive. Ugh. I feel like no one in Austin knows how to drive. Just stay outs of my way and no one will get hurt. And drive the dang speed limit. I’m not asking for you to speed. Just don’t do 40 in a 60.

3. People who assume that because I’m a young parent I don’t know anything. Hi. I’m an educated woman. Heck, I was a researcher for crying out loud. You best believe that I went into this whole parenting thing knowing a thing or two. Yes, I know that experience counts for something. But don’t just expect that I’m dumb and clueless b/c my kids are young.

4. Friends who check/play/text on their phones when they are with you. I have friends who I will go out with to dinner and all they want to do is mess around with their phones. If I’m boring, that’s cool. I get it. But I’m out with you right now and I’m probably wearing real pants. So while I’m wearing real pants, you will pay attention to me. Otherwise I will go home and put on my pj’s.

5. Craigslist people that waste my time. I swear I get all the crazy people. In my ads, I will always put the price, approximate location of my house, and that I WILL NOT MEET. Responses I get: how much, where are you, and can you meet? Sorry, your $5 is not enough to make me get in my car, load my kids up and meet you somewhere with the possibility that you won’t show up. I hate no shows! Or I get people all the time that will call me or message me when they are on their way and ask directions. Why wouldn’t you look at a map before you leave your house? Seriously! And I’ve had at least 3 people come to my house to buy large objects (dresser, futon, desk) with a tiny vehicle. Think people. Think!

6. I get annoyed when people of an older generation say, “Back in my day we did _______ and we turned out fine.” Yeah well, a lot of people didn’t. That’s why there are rules now.

7. Related to #6 I don’t get it when the generation older than mine chastises the way my generation lives. You know. “Kids these days are going to hell.” But by that logic, didn’t you raise this generation? So you are saying that your kids are losers? Doesn’t that make you a bad parent?

8. Grocery store baggers. I take the time to set up everything for you on the belt. Cold is with cold. Boxes with the boxes. All the canned goods are together. Then I get home and all my stuff is all over. And in 100 bags.

9. Fishers on Facebook. You know the type. “Ugh, I just feel like dying” or “my heart is broken.” You can’t just put that up there. You know all you want is 100 people commenting, “You ok girl?” “Call me if you need to talk” “did you guys break up?” Stop being a baby. Only 15 year olds do that.

10. People that ask me if my baby is sleeping through the night. Then proceed to tell me that their baby STTN since birth after I tell them at 6 months M is still not. You telling me that your baby sleeps is like me telling you I can eat a whole box of donuts and not gain a pound. It doesn’t help. So just stop.

Wow. I guess I’m a little bitter tonight? Ok, I’m going to stop now before I rile myself up before bed.

What gets you going?


Monday, October 20, 2014


Isn’t it funny how when life gets crazy the first thing to slip for most bloggers is, well, blogging? I blinked and a week went by. So much for the October blogging challenge! We’ve had visitors, sickness, surgery (nothing crazy) all in the past 9 days. To say that I’m tired is putting it mildly.

M also celebrated his 6 month birthday. Talk about time slipping. My baby is 6 months! I feel like I blinked and his whole squishy, cuddly baby phase is over. He’s crawling. And pulling up. It won’t be long till he’s cruising and walking. I feel like I want to hoard all his moments and not leave the house.

But leave the house we must. Or else we would go crazy! Time doesn’t stop just bc I want to keep my little baby a baby. And that brings me around the topic of this post: time doesn’t stop for me either. I looked in the mirror the other day folks and it wasn’t pretty. Rough is the word I would use. I have to remember to eat breakfast in the morning. I have to write myself a note to drink enough water. Basically, Steph self care has taken an enormous nose dive. And its not just the beauty department. Vitamins, exercise, eating healthy have all taken a backseat to my two tiny terrorists. I buy all this yummy delcious food every week with the intention of making myself healthy meals only to hit up the drive thru. And I hate the drive thru. But I’m too tired to prep at night and it’s hit or miss if I have time to make it on the go during the day.

We’ve started sleep training M hardcore this past weekend. And in the wee hours of the morning I had an epiphany: if I expect M to change his behaviors for the better and hold him to certain hours of sleep (we aim to go from 5+ wakeups a night to 1-2) then shouldn’t I be held accountable in my own life? I have to start making my own well-being a priority in my life, not just my family. Since Healthy eating, exercise, green living. These are all things I was passionate about in my previous life, but don’t seem to have time for anymore. Blogging has been something that I’ve enjoyed since staying home. I hope to use the blog as a platform to hold myself more accountable. I hope you all don’t mind!

Ok, enough heavy stuff for a Monday morning. Here’s a little peak at what we’ve been up to this week (spoiler alert… pretty lame!)

I sit up now. NBD.


We went to Good Luck Grill in Manor on Friday night. Such a fun place. Great for kids getting to run around and parents getting to sit back and watch!


I posted this on IG (let’s be friends! I’m StephKat4). On the left, Old Navy at $20. The right? J. Crew at $120!!! Um, yeah….


Cranky baby. Meet ring sling.


Kitchen sink chicken soup.


So you know how avocado go brown if left too long? Well, they also turn your wall brown even after you scrub and scrub it off.


There was just enough of the aoli left to top these fab shrimp tacos!


Happy week friends!


Friday, October 10, 2014

10. I never thought blogging would…

10. I never thought blogging would lead me to invite someone I met on the internet to stay at my house.


So remember that one time I invited a blogging friend (ie someone I met on the internet and never in person) to stay at my house during the course of a blogging conference (read about the conference here)?

Yeah, that happened. And I would have never done that if I hadn’t been a blogger! Some funny things happens when you blog. Among many, you start to take way more pictures, you have a running tab of post ideas in your head, and you develop friendships with people you have never met. Between blogging and Instagram, I have some great friends that I have never met in real life.

I invited Amanda from Keeping up with the Haneys to stay with me last year during Texas Style Council. It was our first time to meet IRL and we had a great time! In addition to the conference I tourguided her around Austin.









Before my blog I don’t think I would have been friends with someone I met on the internet let alone invited them to stay at my house!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a blogger?



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

8. In ten years.

8. A letter to yourself in 10 years.


Dear 2024 Steph:

Gosh. 2024. Is it weird to write years in the twenties? Do we even write anymore? Or have robots taken over the world? AH! So many questions I want to ask you:

* When will M finally STTN?

* Is A still crazy?

* Are we still in the same house?

* Are you working yet?

* Is B still working at his same job? Is he running the place yet?

Ok. I guess that’s enough questions. I’ll get to the part you are waiting for.

You are ten years in the future. You have two boys (and only two boys…) in the double digits. Since I’m so close to toddler and baby time right now, I want you to tell you all the good things that are happening right now. I hope you can read this in ten years and these details be fresh in your mind, but if not, here are some reminders.


* A has the best laugh and smile. And he never shuts up. His energy is infectious to everyone around him. He is a crazy ball of energy but he will still stop in the middle of what he is doing to hug you (a big hug with both arms) and say “I love you.” He still wants to hug and kiss you before bed. And he will still sit and cuddle with you. And most importantly, he will let you munch his ears. A loves his brother so much. Even to the point where he will get very upset if M is upset and not tended to right away. Full of compassion, A always asks what you are doing or if you are sad. The wonder in his eyes is a sight to behold. He marvels at things. And his memory? You can’t get anything past him. His hair is bright blonde and his eyes are a dark greenish hazel. We can’t ever decide on a color. Everything about him feels big lately: his height, his feet. But when he sits and cuddles with you he is still your little baby.


* M is trouble. He is already crawling. Tanking over things. And all he ever wants is his mama. Remember this the first time he doesn’t want to hold your hand or doesn’t want to be seen with you. From birth to now, all M ever wants is you. He doesn’t cuddle much. So he wakes up during the night lots of times so that you can have lots of snuggle time then. Even though you would rather be sleeping, you still snuggle him a little longer after he’s fallen asleep and just breathe in that baby smell. There is a tint of red in his hair and we think he eyes are going to be brown like yours. His little smile in infectious. And he loves his brother so much. A can get M to laugh and smile like no one else. And they love to play together. I hope they are doing so 10 years from now. I hope you never forget the way he looks for you when he realizes you aren’t nearby anymore. Or how he army crawls so slowly to get where you are. That just being in his mamas arms makes everything better.

Katauskas Fam-0981

* And I can’t forget B. Your husband is your rock. Partner. Fellow solider. I really hope you two are sleeping more. And took that 10 year wedding anniversary trip. I hope you never forget how he took care of you after the miscarriages. And the look on his face when A was born. After 20 years together, just remember that he is the only one who can make you laugh so hard you can’t stop.

10 years from now Steph: I wish you life, love, and happiness. Ps. we are spending a lot of $$ right now on eye cream. I REALLY hope that investment is paying off. You better look 35.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

7. I’ll see you in the Bahamas.

7. Your best/worst vacation.


I don’t believe in bad vacations. I really don’t think I’ve taken a bad one. So we are just going to go with the best. Which is the Bahamas, aka our honeymoon. Can you believe these are some of the only pictures I have of the whole trip? I think it’s because (1) we were so over having our picture taken with all the wedding festivities (2) it was before camera phones, selfies, and all that nonsense (3) we were just truly relaxed enough that we didn’t care.

We honeymooned at the Sandals Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. It was magical. We lounged, we ate, we relaxed, we ate, we swam. DID I MENTION WE ATE? Yeah, it was a great time. We definitely splurged. But my motto was: “splurge on the honeymoon. If you do it right, you only get one.” So indulge we did!



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Where is the best place you have ever been?



Monday, October 6, 2014

6. The beginning.

When I first started reading blogs the ones that I was super into I would try to read all the way to the beginning. I had a lot more free time back then. This is my first post and my second. Pretty basic right? I’ve been doing this for 2+ years now and I think I would tell myself the same thing: write to have fun. Once it’s not fun anymore, don’t do it.

I write for fun. Sure I love having readers and followers. I’ve “met” some awesome ladies on the internet (that’s doesn’t sound creepy right??). But when it comes down to it all, I’ve got a lot of stuff going on. I’m raising two little ones. There’s managing the house and basically everyone’s schedules. I do all the social media at my church. I’m involved in my neighborhood. Bible study, etc. So if I had to let one thing go it may be blogging someday. I think the minute it starts to feel like a job (that I’m not getting paid for) I may step back.

I’ve taken breaks before. Breaks are good I think. You step away b/c you are overwhelmed and might not have anything to say but come back swinging and better than ever!

So if I had to sent a message to my blogging self: just keep trucking and doing your thing. Oh, and write more diaper bag posts (one of my best viewed links). AND START UP WHAT’s COOKING WEDNESDAY AGAIN! People liked it. Your Lazy Swedish Meatballs is your #1 viewed post and gets pinned on Pinterest. A lot. So get out that camera when you are cooking!

What would you telling your fresh faced blogging self?



Sunday, October 5, 2014

5. Fall Bucket List.

5. Fall Bucket List


(some pictures from last fall)

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2014 Fall Bucket list

* Pumpkin Patch

* Visit Barton Farms

* Truck or Treat

* Crows Nest Farm Halloween Fest

* Round Rock Fall Fest

* Carve pumpkin

* Spooky decorations

* Trick o Treating

* Make apple butter

* Dallas trip to visit the Zoo and Arboretum and Grapevine

What’s on your list this fall?