RECIPES: One pan mexican quinoa

When it comes to dinner during the week I’m all about, healthy, quick, and easy. I’m a huge fan of one pan dishes because they are simple and great for left overs. I found this recipe a while back and it has made its way into our weekly rotation.  The husband loves it and we make it a bit less healthy by dipping a few chips in the bowl. To counteract that I like to add a bag of fresh spinach to the pan, because you can always use a little spinach



RAMONA BETH: Maternity photos

When deciding if I was going to do maternity photos I kept going back and forth. I really didn’t feel amazing, I’m not one of those women who feel extra empowered or sexy while pregnant. After talking to lots of other moms they all agreed that even though I might not be into it now, I would want the photos later. I decided to have my sister snap some shots, just so I could file them for later, when Romy asks to see photos while pregnant with her. Surprisingly, I ended up really liking how they turned out.  I may even frame a few!

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My tips for mommas doing maternity shoots?

Do what feels most comfortable and authentic to you.  For me that was around my home (my happy place), in comfy clothes, with my favorite people (and animals). If you are more of a sexy momma, go for it.  A beach bum head to the sand. A fashionista, do something fun and stylized.  Just do you and have fun with it. You’ll never be able to go back to this time so you might as well embrace it!

Nesting: Family Room

If there was an award for craziest nester, I think I would get it.  We kind of got out of control the last few months before Romy was born. It was a good excuse to get everything done.  The biggest changes made to our family room was the flooring and window coverings.

As much as I loved my all white floors, they began to change colors near our windows. Our once white floors were now all shades of blue, white, and gray.  With that being said I decided to go with a tile that is made to look like wood. I went with a mid tone that had more of an ashy gray undertone than brown or tan.  I have to say I think I like this much more!

I love the open feeling I have downstairs especially with the giant bifold door, so I knew I didn’t want anything heavy on the windows. If I could I would have left them naked I would have.  These blinds from Blinds Galore ended up being the perfect solution.

RECIPES: Funfetti Pancake Tower

I’m sure you took notice of the AMAZING pancake tower in Wednesdays photos.  Let me tell you, it tasted as amazing as it looked.  Like OMG you have to try this. The host of Romy’s shower went off this recipe we found on Pinterest.

To make it even more fun we made a game out of it. We hid a tiny baby in the center and whoever got the piece with the baby is supposed to be the next one pregnant!

EVENTS: PJ Breakfast Baby Shower

I was lucky enough to have two baby showers for little Romy.  This shower was thrown for me by my next door neighbor and included all the ladies on my street. It was such a beautiful day and made me so happy to live in such an amazing community. Romy is so lucky to get to grow up in such a great neighborhood.

Since it was a morning shower breakfast food was served and a pancake tower took the place of a cake.
Such a fun game! Everyone brought a baby picture of themselves and we all had to guess who was who!
Being 9 months pregnant the ability to just throw on some PJ’s and go made life so easy- and comfy!


Ramona’s Birth Story


I once heard that some women have some sort of hormone in their body that makes them forget child birth, otherwise they would never be able to do it again.  I definitely think I am one of those women. From the days following delivery there are many parts of the process that I don’t remember. As time has gone on things have started to become even more fuzzy, which is why I think it’s about time I write this story.  It is a day I want to remember.

Ramona’s story starts on March 2, 2015. I was 37 weeks and 6 days pregnant.  As I was getting ready in the morning, I noticed some spotting.  In the past this meant bedrest but since I was nearly full term this time there was no stress or urgency associated with it. After a quick google search I learned that it was probably the start of labor, but could be another day 0r weeks before anything happened.

Almost everything was ready. The nursery was put together, her clothes were washed, the hospital bag was packed.  There was just one last thing.  My spring garden had not yet been planted. With the feeling that it could be any moment our day was spent at the nursery. I found all the plants my garden was lacking and found myself in the garage at 9:00 at night frantically potting all my flowers. Hindsight– I was crazy nesting.  Only half way done but beyond exhausted I decided to call it a night and finish in the morning.

It was now 10:00 PM and I am laying beside Bobby in bed.  He is sleeping and I start to feel light cramps.  Are these contractions? Is this what I’m supposed to be feeling for? I honestly have no idea.  I then start to feel Romy hiccuping, which she did often but this time they are more intense than ever.  I wake Bobby so he can feel them as well.  As his hand is on my belly I hear a strange pop and suddenly become warm. I instantly knew what had just happened. “My water just broke!” I yelled as I ran to the bathroom.  I was suddenly frozen by fear and didn’t know what to do. I literally started to cry “I don’t want to do this!” I told bobby.

We arrived at the hospital at about 10:30 PM.  By the time I had arrived I went from light cramping to OUCH-OK this is definitely labor! I was 3 CM dilated and the pain was really starting to set in. This is the point where things start to become a bit hazy. I almost feel as though it were an out of body experience, like I could look down and see myself clinging to the side of the bed in pain. When I should have gotten my epidural the anesthesiologist was in an emergency surgery and  I had to wait.  The wait was painful, my husband says he had never seen me in that kind of pain before.  I know it was bad in the moment, but looking back it doesn’t really seem that terrible. Bobby looks at me like I’m crazy every time I tell him that.

I am terrified of needles.  My biggest fear about childbirth was getting the epidural.  By the time I was finally able to get it, (1:30 AM and 4 CM dilated) I was so excited for some relief I didn’t think twice. Here’s the kicker- I was still in pain. 15 minutes later, 30 minutes later, 45 minutes later.  I felt as if my nurse wasn’t taking me seriously- I have an epidural and my contractions were getting worse! Finally an hour later I asked her to please check me because the pain is sooooo bad. In the hour since getting my epidural I went from 4 CM to 10.  She was in shock.  “Oh my god, no wonder you are in so much pain!  You are complete!” With that she called the anesthesiologist back to up my dosage.

By  now it is 3:00 AM and I am FINALLY free of pain.  The epidural has begun to work and my Dr. arrives to check up on me.  I can’t tell you how relieved I was to see her familiar face walk through the door.  At this point I assume it’s time to push. She informs me that while I am 10 CM dilated the baby is still sitting high, so I would be given Oxytocin and would rest until the baby moved down.  This would prevent hours of pushing for me. She told me to try and get some rest and I when I started to feel constant pressure down low, to call my nurse.

Over the next few hours Bobby and my mom slept, I of course was not able to.  The crazy thing though is I felt like every time I looked at the clock an hour had passed. Time was flying by. About an hour in I start to feel my contractions again.  They aren’t super painful, but I feel them.  I tell my nurse. “But do you feel constant pressure?” she asks. I didn’t feel pressure per say so off she went.  Another hour passes and the contractions have become super painful again. I call my nurse.  She asks the same question.  Still no pressure, just pain. I ask her to check me, because the pain is so bad. She looks, and what do you know, I’m ready to go.

It is nearly 6:00 AM and in walks my doctor. I tell her that the pain is really bad, assuming they would up my epidural again. Nope- it’s time to push! My first thought was that if my contractions are painful now, pushing is going to kill.  My second thought is- I have to do this quick then.  Before we start she has bobby take a look- Romy’s head is already there and we can see her little head of dark hair. Bobby looks, then looks at me “There is so much blood.” Thanks Bobby! We push through two contractions and she is out!  It was so quick, and surprisingly once we began to push the pain disappeared.


The  moment she was born I nervously awaited her first cry.  It took a while and the way the doctor was holding her below me I could not see her. It felt like a very long time- she was finally here and I just wanted to see her. A moment later she is placed on my chest where she laid skin to skin.  She let out a little wimper that was such a soft little cry.  I hold her, telling her it was okay and I stared at her little face for the first time.  She looked like my sister to me.

The whole thing was so surreal, I felt as if it was a dream.  This tiny baby was inside of my belly literally 5 minutes ago. I survived. I faced my biggest fear in life. I am a mom. Life is pretty crazy.

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Hello, and welcome to my new blog!  If you are here from Just a Girl, then it’s so nice to see you again.  Long time no see 🙂 If you are a new reader than welcome and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride.

With the arrival of our baby girl Ramona Beth came a new chapter in my life.  It felt like the perfect time to start fresh online as well. Here is a little glimpse at what to expect from K.R.T. Home Blog.









and obviously lots of CUTENESS

What do you want to see from my new blog?  What are your favorite subjects?