Katie Addiss

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Eleven years of OC living, seven years of teaching high school English, a husband, and two babies later, Katie is now experimenting with stay-at-home mom life. She used to think staying at home was easier than teaching full time, but after having two she’s not so sure. She has found that writing allows her to ponder the joys and struggles of motherhood while using vocabulary that contains more than one syllable. Katie is always open to life’s possibilities except when those possibilities interfere with nap schedules. If there were hidden cameras in her house, they would show her eating treats far too often to call them “treats” and sipping on the same coffee throughout the day. She also does her fair share of cooking, social media stalking, pinteresting, and podcast listening. When she used to have time for hobbies, she enjoyed coffee shop hopping, Netflix binging, shopping, decorating, crafting, and DIY’ing.
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A Life-Changing Library Hack For Parents

Soft talking. Only walking. My toddler and I review our library mantra before we enter the main wing each week after library story time, which is held in a separate wing. She knows the...
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The Price of Being Present

We are often encouraged to be present – to stop whatever we are doing in favor of being in the moment. As moms of little ones, sometimes it’s hard, even downright impossible to follow this...
May She Always

May She Always

My husband and I recently took our two-year-old daughter and five-month-old son on a short family hike. Pre-kids, we had been on this trail countless times. But trekking alongside my daughter gave me a...
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Sleep Tips For Traveling With Small Children

Traveling with small children can often feel more like work than vacation. This reality discourages families from venturing out for too long. Aside from the packing and lugging things for those too helpless to...

The Contest Between Chores And Play

“Come, Mama.” Her little voice always seems to summon me for play at the most inconvenient times – amid a never-ending list of cleaning, tidying, organizing, sorting, laundering, and cooking. I’m not always good at...
My Internal Momologues

My Internal “Momologues”

Social media takes a lot of heat for making moms feel ‘lesser than.’ And I wholeheartedly agree. For a minute though, I’d like to call out parenting books and parenting experts as huge culprits...

Q&A With A Pelvic Physical Therapist

When I was a new mom, a pelvic physical therapist visited my Mommy-and-Me class one day to educate us on postpartum health and wellness. I was eager to learn more about this topic because...
Every Mom's "Extra" Child

Every Mom’s “Extra” Child

My mom had a 5th kid that everyone knew about, but no one ever talked about. This child lived shut away in the downstairs spare bedroom like some dark and dirty secret. Except it...
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Toddler Easter Basket Gift Guide

I'm in the camp of moms who enjoys the thinking, the research, the price comparisons, and the shopping involved in gift-giving. For those moms who either don't enjoy this or who don't have the...
Sleepless In Orange County

Sleepless In Orange County

Exhaustion has been taking its toll on my husband and me for a while because of our sleepless six-month-old. It wasn't until this past weekend that I realized how much of a toll. We had...
3 Simple Ways to Edit Your Fridge

3 Simple Ways to Edit Your Fridge

As a stay-at-home mom of a toddler and a baby, sometimes I find refuge in a little retail therapy. In fact,  I would consider myself a shameless consumer. I fall prey to all the...