2020 Gift Guide

I love the holidays. And, good Lord do we need some joy in 2020. The past three years (2017, 2018 and 2019), I put together gift guides in hopes that it would inspire you with finding a meaningful gift for someone you love. This year's was so much fun to put together. Curating these guide reminded me of two important things: If I had a guide for everything I loved, we'd be here a while. I limit myself to 30ish ...

The Election Advice Nobody Will Give You (but they should)

It's Election Day and I'm betting you're feeling a little hopeful, a little exhausted, a little frustrated and a little anxious. It's the day after an election we all fear a bit, right? And because of that, I'd like to offer an alternate narrative. Most of us have spent 2020 just trying to survive - emotionally, physically and/or financially. We are fatigued and worn out, even if we don't want to admit it. Then, we threw in a contentious and ...

I Solemnly Swear We Were Up to No Good: A Harry Potter Shindig

We just can't quit Harry Potter. All of our children (minus the 6yo!) have read and loved the entire series. The themes of friendship, goodness and a little mischief have certainly been a joy to read. Also, this isn't our first HP party, check this one and this one. I hope you love this nod to Hagrid's first cake to Harry and that butter beer (are those labels killer or what?). When Master Luke asked for a Harry Potter party, ...

My Best Tips for Taking a Kick Tail Meal to a Friend

With six babies (including a preemie) and a whole slew of major surgeries, we’ve been the beneficiaries of many a meal, brought by friends.  So much generosity! I know how hard it is to cook dinner every night for my brood, so the fact that someone else cooks for us while whipping up something for their family, too, makes me that much more grateful!  So many nights I wanted to weep with joy that I did not have to cook ...

He’s Eleven! And Boy was that Hard Won.

Eleven. I know with each passing birthday I'm more and more in awe of just how quickly the years pass by, but especially so with Luke. For those new here, he's our preemie. The one who shouldn't have survived, but did. His story is one of grace, humility and profound surrender. But today isn't really about me, it's about how glorious it is that he gets to celebrate his eleventh birthday today (with a "the boy who lived" Harry Potter ...

Before & After (again): Laundry Room

What is this? Like, take four on this space?! Originally, we were sporting some *nice* linoleum and virtually no usable storage in our laundry room. It wasn't functional and it certainly wasn't pretty. But, it was white which means a blank slate! There's a long story of peel and stick flooring, a pipe leak, torn out walls and new flooring to this room's saga. But suffice it to say, I wanted one last refresh to really polish her off. That's ...
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... and welcome to the chaos. I know a thing or two about big families (I've got 6 kids), carpool, Catholic converts, the Texas Aggies, prematurity, date nights with Mr. Whitaker, organization and party planning, but I still don't know why it's so hard for my kids to  put up their shoes. My Texas-sized heart is honored to have you here! Contact me at kathrynwhitakertx@gmail.com

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