Hello hello from Heber City, Utah! We’re still rockin’ and rollin’ at the Enlighten Retreat, and I look forward to sharing a bit about it sometime soon. 🙂
The first word that came to mind when I thought of how to describe this blogger is authentic. I imagine that if I had a coffee date with Kaity, she would be the exact same as she comes across on her blog and social media. She is a super hard-working mother and wife, and I have so enjoyed following along with her for over a year now. She’s a gem!
Q: Please introduce yourself in three sentences or less. ☺
A: I’m Kaity! I’m originally from Upstate New York, but I’ve put down roots in my husband’s Ohio hometown. Chuck and I met in 2010 at an Ugly Christmas Sweater party and got married in 2012. We’ve managed to fit a whole lot of life into our first five years of marriage- we’ve changed jobs, bought a house, and had two sweet, ginger boys- Charlie (2.5) and Crosby (1).
Q: When did you start your blog and what motivated you to do so?
A: Believe it or not, my blog has actually been around since 2009. I started it when I studied abroad in Uganda and wanted to keep my family and friends abreast of my African adventures. It’s evolved a whole heck of a lot since then!
Q: I know you have two precious little guys! Tell us a little bit about them! How old they are, things they enjoy, etc. ☺
A: Charlie is 2.5 and has energy for dayssss. He’s my little red-headed mini-me who loves trucks, cars…pretty much anything that GOES. Crosby just turned 1 and is our mini-Chuck. He’s the sweetest, snuggliest baby who is pretty much content to just eat and be held all day long. I grew up with a sister and never ever pictured myself as a boy mom, but I’m absolutely loving it!
Q: One topic in particular you write about that always grabs my attention is your journey with being a stay-at-home mom and then going back to work. Would you mind telling us a bit about this journey and what you’re up to now?
A: Oh, goodness. This could be a novel, so I’ll try to share the abbreviated version. When I had my oldest son, Charlie, I went back to work after 12 weeks to a full-time job an hour away. Thankfully, we had a family member watch him, but nothing could have prepared me for how emotionally difficult it would be to leave him every day when he was still so little. When I got pregnant with Crosby, I assumed I would return to work again, but as my maternity leave wound down, I just couldn’t do it. He was nursing round the clock, was waking up constantly throughout the night, and I just didn’t feel like either of us were ready to be separated for hours on end.
We determined that we’d be pinching pennies, but that we could survive on my husband’s income for a season. In that time, I’ve taken on various side hustles. Right now, I’m working part-time as a Marketing Director, I do some freelance blogging/writing, and I help manage my local Farmers’ Market on the weekends. Both boys are thriving being in part-time daycare so I feel good about returning to work, but I don’t regret my decision to stay home in the least. Babies are meant to be with their Mamas when they’re that little! (Why we need better family leave in this country, but that’s a post for another day!)
Q: You’ve also shared a bit about your current home, and how you’ve tried to fix it up a bit to turn it into a home you love. Do you enjoy DIY projects? What are some of your favorite home-related topics you’ve shared on your blog?
A: Honestly? No. Haha! My Mom and sister are two of the most creative people I’ve ever met and I’m…not. I love making my house more homey and creating beautiful spaces, but I will fully admit that I am far from being a DIY blogger. I’m a big believer that a gallon of paint can transform a room. I’m slowly working my way through our house, room-by-room, trying to bring more color and personality to each of our spaces. This past year, I updated our beige dining room into an earthy, green space that gets beautiful natural light. After a failed experiment at having our boys share a room, I turned our rarely used guest room into a navy, elephant-themed nursery for my baby boy.
Q: I found a few posts about your rainbow-themed wedding and just smiled all the way through them. It looked like you put so much of your personality into your wedding day. How did you decide on this theme, and what was your wedding day like?
A: I was not the kind of bride who knew what my wedding would look like. I just wanted it to be representative of us as a couple. We knew where we wanted to get married (on our friend’s farm) and I bought my dress off Etsy (without even trying it on) because I just knew it was the perfect dress for me. All of the other details kind of fell into place. I couldn’t find bridesmaid dresses that fit all the shapes, sizes, and styles of my bridesmaids, so my Mom and I just picked out fabric that we liked and my girls actually made their own dresses! I’m also not a big flower person, so I purchased a fair trade paper bouquet from Ten Thousand Villages and wore Toms down the aisle.
If that sounds like a total hipster wedding, it kind of was. (It was even featured on Offbeat Bride!)
Q: Where should new readers start on your site?
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And just for fun…
Pumpkin or apple pie? Apple
Pedicure or manicure? Pedicure
Horror or romance movie? Can’t do horror, give me all the rom-coms!
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Thank you so much, Kaity!
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Hi! I’m a proud Army wife and mom to two little girls (ages 1 and 4), and I love sharing our lives with you. I blog all about motherhood, our time in the military, our travels, our meals, my fitness journey, my fashion favorites, and so much more. I truly enjoy sharing it all! I can’t get enough of birthday cake ice cream, weekend sunrise runs, or making my girls belly-laugh. I write almost daily about my family’s lives, and though I like to keep things light, I also share the messy parts too. Welcome! So glad to have you around. I’m active on Facebook and Instagram and would love to communicate with you there!