Tuesday, May 28, 2013



you read that correctly!

This is the LAST chance to order through our Pampered Chef fundraiser with
20% going towards our March for Babies team!!

Need some ideas??

The medium scoop #2540

This scoop has changed my life! I use it for EVERYTHING! Esp cookie dough! LOVE IT!

The Brownie Pan #1544

oreo yumminess

individual omelets! (I've also made mini meat loafs!)

The Classic Batter Bowl #2230

So many uses!! Barbie cakes... cheese spreads!
I used it this weekend to make chunky monkey pancakes!

Father's day is coming up!!! are YOU ready??? GREAT deals on grilling items!!!

Ordering is SO easy!

1) Go to www.pamperedchef.biz/radcooks
2) Click "Shop Online"
3) Enter "Jen McGraw" as the host (20% of all sales goes to MOD!!)
4) Shop shop shop!
5) Please make sure you opt to ship directly to you
6) You may pay with a credit card online; if you would like to make other arrangements, please contact Sara Radginski (radcooks@gmail.com)

This is the FINAL Pampered Chef fundraiser for our March of Dimes team of the year!!! So if you are thinking about ordering please do it soon!!! It ends June 1st!!!

Thank you!!! :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'm behind!!!

I promise that I will get better next week!! I've got plenty more to say, trust me! ;)

For those that are not from Wisconsin, here are the links from our interview:

here's the promo link:http://www.wisn.com/tv/about/monday-at-500-making-babies-healthier/-/9374918/20199096/-/i4i1dz/-/index.html

The promo made it look crazy exciting and then they didnt really talk about any of that...

and here's the video of the interview

Have a great holiday weekend!! Enjoy yourselves!! See you soon!

Monday, May 20, 2013

BIG day today!!

Patrick and I were interviewed by lovely Portia Young and it is airing tonight!!!!

WISN ABC (Channel 12) at 5pm !!!

The promo they have been running is here

and you *MIGHT* be able to stream the interview live here
I Hope you can because we have many family members that are no longer in Wisconsin!!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mother's Day

 If you have had a loss of someone close to you, you understand to a point.

Holidays now are excruciating.

There's a piece, or pieces of you that are missing.

Mother's and Father's Day, are just awful.  But so is Christmas, and Thanksgiving...  Not being able to buy Christmas pajamas and tell stories about Santa, or watching them taste mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie for the first time...

But Mother's Day?  I won't get the crayon cards and the extra hugs and kisses.

We woke up Sunday, and I didn't really want to get out of bed.  Patrick understood and snuggled longer.  Eventually he won and got me up with promises of breakfast :) He makes the BEST over easy eggs! (Dad you are still the BEST at scrambled ;) )

I went to the front door to get the sunday paper, and saw a few surprised left on the step for me.  My father-in-law left me vases full of fresh cut daffodils, and a couple of my neighbor friends left me flowers and cards.  Throughout the week, I had also received several cards from my bumpie girlfriends, I told you how amazing they are!

We ate breakfast and decided to go for a walk.

During our walk, we heard a familiar bird call.  We looked up and saw this guy:

 The McGraws all know who we all immediately think of when we see the male cardinal.

But most of you probably don't.   We all think of Grandpa McGraw, Leonard.  (You may remember that Dylan's middle name is Leonard and it is after this wonderful man)  Grandpa was a big bird lover and had a particular love for the cardinal pairs.  You can't be in this family without thinking of Grandpa and Grandma every time you see cardinals.

The day never really got easier, as I'm sure you can imagine.  So I went to one of my goto's on a hard day.

My mother-in-law had a great idea when we were arranging Dylan's funeral services.  She had suggested making little cards for people to write memories, thoughts, or prayers for us.

So people filled them out and then put them in Dylan's blue piggy bank.  At first, we were taking a couple out each day to help us get through.  And now we save them for tough days.

I reached into the piggy bank and grabbed ahold of one card. I pulled out the card and read:

                                                                           and I felt my heart fill up with so much love.

I hope that you all had a blessed Mother's day and that you all remembered what the most important thing is... that your children are here with you, you don't need the roses and the jewelry to feel loved.

(I actually had a female co-worker bitch and moan about her husband and kids not doing anything for her and it took EVERY ounce of my being NOT to Slap her across the face and tell her that her Mother's day is was having her perfectly healthy children alive with her)

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Mother's Day Plea

With all this hate in the world, between the bombings and shootings, rape and murder cases, you can see there are many who do not value human life.

Patrick has asked me not to look into the details of the case of Ariel Castro, the man that held the 3 Cleveland women captive and what he did to them and those babies and that man who called himself a doctor in Philadelphia, Kermit Gosnell who did the unthinkable to innocent newborn babies.  I know enough that still bring tears to my eyes, without reading the gory details.  And this so-called dr and my children are the reasons why I went from pro-choice to Pro-Life.  I won't get into a debate here, that's not what this post is about.  All I can say is, I choose to value human life.

Anyone that could do these things to these infant babies, deserves whatever God sees fit for them.

My Mother's Day plea is simple.

If you have children, or are expecting a child, have children in your life at all, I'm talking to you.

Help remind people: family, friends, neighbors, of the good in the world.
Show them that there are more good people than bad in this world.

When your baby screams all night the night before, and keeps you awake all night...
        Don't complain.

       Smile knowing that baby needs and loves you unconditionally.

       Remember there are many who ache to have sleepless nights.

When your kids have a fight or throw a tantrum in Target...
     Don't ignore them.

     Do something about it-Teach them to communicate what their needs or desires are
     (and yes I know this IS possible, I have witnessed EXCELLENT parenting within our
     extended families)

    Remember that there are many who give give anything to break up a sibling fight or handle a tantrum
    throwing toddler.

When your toddler or preschooler decides to redecorate the living room with splashes of crayon on the wall...

     Don't yell and scream.

     Teach them why what they did is wrong, help them grow.

Be thankful that you are a mom.

All week I've seen posts about funny mother's day wishes or top 10 things mom wants:
"I'm sick of wiping butts, I'm sick of screaming children" yada yada

I want to yell, "SHUT UP!"  I would give ANYTHING to wipe my baby's dirty butt, or to have HUGE ugly bags under my eyes because I was up all night snuggling my baby.

Be thankful you have your children with you.

Love the crayon cards and plastic bead necklaces, and let your children see that you love them.

Do it for those of us that can't.

  Those of us who don't have sleepless nights,

                                                 or countless dirty diapers to change

                                     Those that don't have to figure out carpool or which babysitter to call

Because we would change places with you,  in a heartbeat.

Please don't take those things for granted.

Be thankful you have your children with you, even if they drive you crazy sometimes. And please stop taking that for granted.