Katie left her home state of Tennessee to come pursue an interior design degree in Oklahoma fourteen years ago. She met a handsome young fella from Oregon while in school, and they decided to marry and settle down in OKC. A dog and two daughters soon followed. She has been a textile designer, showroom merchandiser, custom furniture draftsman and children’s minister, but her most challenging and favorite role has definitely been that of a mother. You can read about the adventures she shares with her family at Strawberry Ruckus. Katie enjoys reading, being creative, exploring old houses, eating peanut butter, zumba and watching complete television series all at once on Netflix.

Why I Drag My Kids to Church Each Week

I've had to reflect on this thought often as a parent because let's be honest...having little ones in church can feel pointless at times, right? And I was once a children's minister! As a mom,...

It’s OK to Ignore Your Kids!

That title may have got your attention, and I'm already bracing myself for the hateful comments, but please read the full post before you think I'm telling you it's OK to neglect your kids!...

Why I’d Rather NOT Know What Time It Is

I think most people learn to tell time in early elementary school. I mean, I guess time is a useful tool in life, but as a mother I have come to see it as...

Measuring the First Year: Seasons of Love

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear. That's how long my baby has been outside of my womb. No I didn't do the math. Rent did it...

Eat Around the World in OKC {A Dining Guide}

Do you like to travel? Do you like to try new foods from various cultures? Sometimes when the kids come along it isn't always in the budget to vacation to those destinations, but with...

Reading Challenge! #16in2016

I love to read and sharing my favorite authors and books with others. I had a baby in 2015 though so my reading game has consisted more of board books than novels as of...

Lice-ology: The (not so) Dirty Little Secret

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post for Lice-ology.  However, all opinions are 100% our own and we stand by Lice-ology and all that we endorse. I was in 4th grade and I remember vividly my teacher...

12 Real-Life Bachelor Challenges We’d Like to See

A DRAMATIC new season of The Bachelor is upon us, ladies. Who will he choose? What did she say?! He gave HER a rose? I can't believe they did that?! Yep, It's time to...

When It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas {Learning to Make Your Own Traditions}

Growing up in Tennessee our family always celebrated Christmas on December 24 (Santa is magical...he can come on whatever day he needs to!) because on December 25, we were packing up for a long...

Slipcovers: A Thrifty Mom’s Best Friend

When it came to furnishing our first home, my husband and I had an assortment of furniture, but very few of those pieces were new or bought by us. Most were hand-me-downs from family...

Baby Gear: What You REALLY Need to Buy

Pregnant moms are being bombarded daily with ads in magazines, flyers in the mail, and articles on their Facebook feed about all the gear they NEED to welcome their new child into the world....

Musical Beds: The “Game” I Didn’t Sign Up For

Are you looking for a new form of free entertainment you can play with your whole family?! Well look no further! This game promises hours of fun activity for all sorts of family...