"Dream Big Little One"
I am very excited to announce something near and dear to my heart. I have always wanted to give back anytime we can. We are creating "For A Cause" line. What this means is, that on occasion we will find an organization or a person who is in need of financial help, or donations. They will design a blanket, and every time this blanket is purchased, ALL the proceeds will go to this family or charity.
Our first ever For A Cause blanket is featuring the White Family. I went to high school with Kim. I never really knew her personally but from what I did know about her, is that she was always kind, always had a smile on her face, was friends with everyone and was a kick A soccer player. I had the privilege of going down and meeting Kim in person, and if it was possible, Ieft her home loving her even more. A little more about Kim: (taken from her gofundme account page page found here)
A mother, wife and daughter was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer ACC (adrenocortical carcinoma) in March of 2014. She has been fighting (kicking ) the disease for 3+ years and is literally a walking miracle. Her desire and drive to fight to see the good is jaw dropping and inspiring, given the circumstances her life has taken her in the past 3 years.
She just underwent her 15th major surgery, which she nicknamed the "Hail Mary" surgery because of the intensity and risk involved in the 10+ hours she was in the OR. She is currently recovering and is facing a pretty brutal recovery. Once again, showing us that she is a fighter and stronger than we ever thought possible.
On top of everything she is fighting; cancer, the surgery, the hopsital stay and everything involved in this life changing event, her insurance doesnt cover any of it.
As a former Division I collegiate soccer player, Kim is used to tough challenges, the past 3 years have shown us that. Our hope is that now that she is facing this new challenge of recovery, with hopes of getting back to the healthy Kim this surgery has promised, we can lighten the financial burden and allow her to focus on the things that are most important, her health and her family.
We have teamed up with Kim to bring you our "Dream Big Little One" swaddle. All the proceeds of every purchase will go directly to Kim and her Family!I was so honored to go down and meet Kim in person, take some pictures of her and give her the very first blanket. Please, purchase our blanket, tag us and use #idoitforkim to help spread the word.Purchase our "Dream Big Little One" swaddle here.Thanks for stopping by! If you also would like to donate money to Kim and her family, click here for her go fund me account!Thanks for stopping by!XOChelsie
Ok so I realized as a Mom, that with my first child I did several things that I probably won't do with my others. The first kid is usually experimental right? ;) Just kidding. I really tried to be the perfect Mom you always imagine you are going to be with your first kid, but I didn't really know what I was doing when I had him. I was young and had to learn as I go.
I will be the first to tell you I am NOT a health fanatic. I would LOVE to be, --hence the WANNA-BE runner-- but I love food wayyyyy to much. So I try my best. But with my first kid, he ate his fruits and veggies, but over time, it was easier to give him a bag of fruit snacks or a cookie then cut up strawberries. Not always, don't get me wrong, I still gave him fruits and veggies with meals, but we are talking about snacks on the road, or in stores or at the zoo. So now that he is 3, love him dearly, he still wants all the sugary snacks. So with my second child, who is one years old (and still NO TEETH, what is up with that??) I am trying harder.
And because I have put in more effort I can already tell a difference. He eats frozen peas like no ones business. I try and get him to eat fruits and veggies as snacks instead of the other stuff. So while searching online I found several recipes to "Banana Chips" on Pinterest.
My middle son, Acen, doesn't love the texture of bananas, so he won't ever eat them. We love to have bananas at my house because my two other boys will eat them! And so does my husband, so I love to have them around. But they go bad SOOOO fast! So I was happy to come across this recipe to be able to use up the bananas that are too ripe.
So I thought I would try them out! And they were a huge success at my house. However, when reading recipes on Pinterest (on several things, more then this recipe), they don't give specific details a lot of the time. So I always wonder if I'm are doing it right along the way. So I am going to post what I did, hopefully this is helpful to those to want to make them!
I am not a food photographer, so don't judge my pictures ;-/
So the first things you need are ripe banana's. They don't HAVE to be ripe.Next, you are going to slice them very very thin! Other blogs said 1/8" I think mine were even thinner then that. Keep in mind, if they are thick they won't cook very well.
Then you put them on PARCHMENT paper, NOT wax paper or aluminum foil. It'll be very vital in the next steps it has to be that kind of paper.
Then I rubbed apple juice on them with a pastry brush, then sprinkled cinnamon/sugar and salt on them.
*Other blogs, did lemon juice, but I didn't have lemon juice, and apple juice worked just fine. Also they did only cinnamon and not cinnamon/sugar for a more healthier option*Now, you place them in the oven at 250 degrees, now the time will vary depending on how thin you sliced them, but it's roughly an hour-hour and a half.I put mine in for about 60 minutes, then you take them out and flip them over. I had to use my fingernail to peel them off the parchment paper and flip them over. It is a little time consuming but that's how I did it.Then bake them again for 40-60 minutes. Like I said you might need more time, they should start to feel hard and crunchy not soft and flimsy. So just test them and use your judgement.*Keep an eye on them and test them, don't blame me if they turn out burnt, just keep checking them :)After you flip them, cook them until they are done, they will come off the parchment paper pretty easily. I just kind of bent the paper and they just started popping off, that's how you know they are done!Then you eat and enjoy them! They were so yummy!Please keep in mind again, I am not a food photographer or a professional cook, I am a Mom testing stuff out just like you! Be Kind. :)
Here is the recipe:Good Luck!XOChelsie
Hey everyone! Look at this amazing giveaway for Mommy and baby!! We are giving away one of our milestone blankets, and choose one winner for ALL these goodies! Want to win? It's easy! All you have to do it enter here:Good luck!XOChelsie
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Hello my BATZkids family! I am so thankful for you ALL this year! What a year it has been! I couldn't have done it without all of you!
We are a family run business! I am Chelsie and my husband is Steve. He is just as much an owner of this business as I. Without him, I couldn't do it! We also have one amazing employee Amy, who is my best friend!
We have 3 crazy boys, Traxton (5) Acen (2.5) and Zeke (1). On a daily business we are juggling a home run business while running our family!
I have to express my thankfulness and gratitude to all of you! YOU are what make it possible. This next year we have a lot of plans for our business, and we are so excited to share what we have in store!
I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving, remember its a holiday to spend time with family, eat lots of food and lots of laughter.
Thank you all!
12 Days Till Chirstmas!
Wait wait wait, its not quite that time! But are you ready to start your Christmas Advent Calendar this year! We have a fun idea that was created last year by Makelle Ahlin (visit her IG here)!
She took our blanket folded and hung it on the wall to make an super cute and creative advent calendar!
You can add any picture, bag or image to your hangings, with your advent written on the back!
Order your blanket today to have it in time for your countdown!
Order it here
Can't wait to see what you come up with! Make sure to tag us in your photos and use #batzkidslove to allow us to post!
Happy (beginning) of the Holidays everyone!