Welcome to Saturday Means Pancakes!

Hi there! I’m Katie, and I’m glad you’re here.

About the Blog

This blog is dedicated to the power of everyday celebration.

To making the most of the precious years we have with our kids.

To intentionally slowing down, paying attention, and crafting rituals to make the most of every season.

If you’re looking for simple, fun, and meaningful ways to create a close-knit family and make home your favorite place to be, you’ve come to the right place!

“Celebrate wherever you are right now, with whatever gifts you possess, as creatively as you possibly can. There is much talk about teaching children ‘life skills.’ In my view, you shouldn’t just teach them manners, how to drive, how to cook, and all of that. You should also teach them how to celebrate. Food feeds the body, but ritual feeds the soul.

Meg Cox, The Book of New Family Traditions

Keeping environmental impact and the busyness of life in mind, the ideas you’ll find here are inexpensive and practical.

This blog is also dedicated to the power of you. YOU! Yes, you love your child(ren) more than anything else in the world. Me, too. But embracing motherhood doesn’t mean you have to ditch your own well-being or sense of self. You have unique contributions to make to the world, and the world needs those contributions. The quality of your mothering does not rise in proportion to the suppression of your own identity. Together, let’s abandon those norms and reimagine motherhood.

Well, hello! Hope you can “hang out” awhile. (See note below on puns.) Sneaky Skel is a light-hearted Halloween tradition that provides fun all October-long. Read more here.

About Me

I’m a mom of three boys: Evan, 9; Nate, 7; and Bennett, 2. My husband and I live in Minnesota, though I’m Minnesota-born-and-raised and Mike grew up in Brooklyn. Translation: I’ve shown him how to make saying good-bye at least a 30-minute process and he’s taught me about communicating with a bluntness I never dreamed possible. 😊

In a previous chapter of my life, I was all about international travel. I spent my junior year of college in Senegal, worked on my Spanish in Ecuador, got my master’s degree in international affairs in Geneva, and traveled to a number of different countries while working for a Minnesota-based humanitarian organization. I seized every opportunity I could to venture to a new place.

In 2010, Mike and I met and fell in love. We got married in 2012 and our first son came along in 2014. That’s when everything changed. For a couple years, I tried to find the elusive balance between international travel and child-rearing.

What I learned was that it wasn’t just making sure my trips didn’t coincide with birthdays or the first day of school. I also hated being gone for the mundane but wonderful everyday stuff.

Like our Saturday morning routine. Because in our house, even if someone is sick, even if we need to be somewhere early, even if someone didn’t sleep well and we’re cranky and tired, Saturday Means Pancakes.*

I quit my job at the end of 2017 with the intention of spending 6-12 months figuring out my next career steps. Instead, I became a long-term stay-at-home mom.

A lifelong feminist with big ambitions, I never thought I’d occupy such a traditional role, but it’s been the right fit for our family.

Sometimes I’m exhausted and overwhelmed, which comes with the territory, but I also treasure how much time I get to spend with my children.

Overall, I have high job satisfaction…though it’s definitely higher when I have adequate time to myself to recharge and write.

Some other random facts about me:

  • Books are one of my greatest loves, and the library is one of my favorite places on Earth.
  • I value authenticity, kindness, and humor. Life is way more fun when you don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Though I tip toward the extrovert side of the scale, I need tons of alone time to feel my best.
  • I’m easily moved to tears by stories, music, children, and beauty.
  • I adore writing rhyming picture books–no publications yet but I’m working on it!–and can never resist a pun.
  • I wish I had time to pursue about seventeen different hobbies. I will not be bored as a retiree/empty nester.

Thanks for stopping by!

*Sometimes we have waffles. I used creative discretion in choosing not to name this blog “Saturday Means Pancakes but Can Mean Waffles Depending on the Week.” 🙂