Katie L

Katie is a recent East Coast transplant from Maine, where she was born and raised. While trying to figure out how to create the life they wanted to live, Katie’s husband, David, was presented with a job opportunity in Portland. They decided to go for it and moved across the country with their two young children. Katie has previously worked as an occupational therapist in an early childhood setting, but with the move was presented with the opportunity to stay home with her kids and she took it! It has been an adventure switching to life as a full time stay-at-home mom to her five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. She spends her days exploring Portland’s playgrounds and coffee shops, looking for new vegetarian restaurants to check out, and trying to remember that slowing down is a good thing. Since arriving in Portland, she has begun making time for all of the things that have caught her interest over the years: yoga, cooking with local foods, experimenting with sustainable lifestyle choices, writing and getting outside in the always beautiful PNW.
Close up image of a small child playing in buckets of mud

A Letter to My Wildest Little One

To my wildest little one, in honor and celebration of all the magical things as you turn four. Four! It seems so small, so young, almost insignificant. But to know you, to really know...
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Gifts That Keep On Giving: 15 Gifts for Kids

I have to start by saying, I LOVE giving gifts. I am notorious for giving belated birthday gifts in my family because I am always trying to find the *just right* present and sometimes...
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20 Things They Forgot to Mention

My younger sister is having her first baby in October, and it has been so much fun preparing to welcome a new little one into our family. My kids are five and three, so...

DIY Delivered to Your Door: A Round-up of Local Kits for Kids

There is something going on in my house that I can't quite explain. The first week or two of the stay-at-home order I gave myself and my family a lot of grace and space...

Day Tripping Down I-5

I was at our local library and my daughter decided that she wanted to sign up to get her own library card. My knee-jerk reaction was to convince her that my library card was...
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What’s on the Bookshelf: Family Edition

I grew up with my nose in a book. I was never without a book and reading was a lifeline for me through some challenging times. I dreamt of becoming Belle so I could...

Where Does Your Courage Show Up?

I recently had the chance to attend a thought-provoking, community-building workshop with The Goodness Collaborative. Part of the workshop was a panel of local entrepreneurs who shared their stories of the journey they each...

Where Do I Put All of This?! A PDX Guide to Holiday Recycling

Every year after the holidays I am overcome with this intense urge to purge and donate all of our belongings. There’s nothing like reading the articles about making do with less “stuff” (while being bombarded...

Keeping in Touch Across the Miles

One of the interesting things that I have discovered since moving to Portland is that so many of the other parents I meet while we are out and about have also relocated to this...
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10 Tips to Practice Back Safety This Backpack Awareness Day

How can it already be nearly two weeks into the new school year?! Didn’t school just get out for summer? Wasn’t it just July 4th? Regardless of how the summer months seem to have...