It’s nice to meet you!  My name is Kate (Pietrak) Diec and I am an entrepreneur and owner of Vintage Vinyl Journals which I started in 2011 and launching Kate’s Safe and Sweet Baking Box in 2019!!  

I have a Bachelor’s of Science from LaSalle University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and spent the majority of my working life in the corporate world.   After organizing my vinyl collection one day, I realized the black vinyl, colorful labels, and great artwork on the sleeves would make fantastic book covers and came upon the idea to make notebooks out of them.

The unique journals gained interest among friends and family who encouraged me to fully devote my time to making journals and creating a business – leading me to live a more basic (and much more happier) life.   As owner of Vintage Vinyl Journals it has allowed me to merge my creative, organizational, and business skills into a unique and eco-friendly project as well as showcase my passion for music.

After 5 years of managing food allergies in our family I have decided to launch a new business this year, Kate’s Safe and Sweet Baking Box, the first baking box for families and children with food allergies, celiac disease, plant-based diets and more.  Coming soon!  

As a small business owner I have met so many wonderful and supportive people along the way, including fantastic women who have been so supportive and shown me that on your journey in life it is most important to be happy with yourself and find the things that make you “you.”  For me that means juggling many things and leading a busy lifestyle.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Throughout my life I have always been a very crafty person, taking after my Mom.  She’s taught me to take both career and creative risks.  My hobbies include beekeeping, photography, running, sewing, and being involved in my local community and (until I moved recently) the Souderton-Telford Business and Professional Women’s Group where I helped to co-chair an annual Green Fair and (used to) manage their website.  I’ve always been involved in a lot of different things and have been called a Busy Bee more times than I can remember (hence the blog name.)

I have been thrifting with my Mom since I was a teenager and we have enjoyed many fun times together finding vintage treasures and creating memories along the way.  In 2014 we participated in the Habitat for Humanity Montco Restore upcycle challenge where we furnished a bedroom with all thrifted pieces and took first place.  It was a great experience giving back and working alongside my Mom to complete.

I am also a Mom to a spunky 5 year old daughter and 1 year old son, who both suffer from life-threatening food allergies and whom I’m sure you’ll get to know a little more of along the way.  My daughter inspired me to co-found a local food allergy support group and I had spent many late nights getting it off the ground.  The group is still going strong and I help to manage it from afar.  I am also working on some other projects and hope to share them soon with you!

I am learning so much about food allergies and trying to make my children’s lives as normal as possible.   I never thought my family would be affected by food allergies and after a few “pity party” months my husband and I are battling this head-on and doing our best to research, learn, and make changes in our daily lives.  We are currently a peanut, egg, kiwi and pineapple free household and so lucky that my daughter has outgrown half of her allergies so far (dairy, soy, squash, and lamb.)  My son is allergic to eggs (and as far as we know that’s all.)  We hope that one day they both outgrow their allergies!


Katie-Bee-HiveWe are supported by my wonderful and hard-working husband who never hesitates to roll-up his sleeves, do the dishes, make dinner, run errands, or take out the trash.  He continues to challenge me to become a better person everyday and without him I wouldn’t take a moment to breathe.  He reminds me to just slow down and “be still.”

Oh, and I’m also a beekeeper, and passionate about saving our bees!  They are vital to our food supply!

Thank you for stopping by as I share my personal journey as an active and busy small business owner, community advocate, wife, (food allergy) Mom, and Woman.  I hope I provide inspiration and support along the way!

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Posts on this site are based on my personal journey of  food allergies, and are not intended to influence your food choices. This site is not intended to provide medical adviceThe suggestions here are not intended as dietary advice or as a substitute for consulting a dietician, physician, or other medical professional. It is the reader’s sole responsibility to determine which foods are appropriate and safe for his or her family to consume. Always consult your doctor. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this site.

Love, Kate

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