Originally from Kansas City, Kristin met her husband, a Seattle native, in Germany. The military brought them to Memphis, and they chose to stay after transitioning to Reserve duty. While it is hard to be away from family, they love this city so much that they bought a house in Midtown where they are raising two spunky daughters, E (May 2013) and L (January 2016), and a curious son E (November 2019). Kristin considers herself to be primarily a stay-at-home mom, but she occasionally escapes the shenanigans to teach college-level writing classes. If she had any spare time, she’d spend it curled up with a good book in a blissful state of hygge. Her family is happiest when on an adventure, especially camping, riding bikes, or enjoying all Memphis has to offer.
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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I live in the best neighborhood with the best neighbors. I hope your first reaction after reading that statement was "No, you're wrong. I live in the best neighborhood with the best neighbors." The warm fuzziness...

I Really Am Going to Miss This

A strange realization hit me the other day: I'm going to miss this. As tired and frustrated as I am with all the little unexpected things parenting entails, I finally understand why those kind people...

Take Time to Watch the Videos

It had been a long day. Not necessarily a bad day, just a long one, particularly that period between nap and dinner when time stands still. In the "Before Times," we could have filled...
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Friday Favorites by Kristin

Raindrops on roses. Whiskers on kittens. Julie Andrews was on to something in The Sound of Music when she urged us to think of our favorites when feeling sad. 2021 has certainly given us plenty to...
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Friluftsliv :: The Unpronounceable Scandinavian Word that Could Save Your Winter

Congratulations, Memphis! We made it through winter! That was one looong week. I tease because, as a Midwesterner, I have lived in places so cold the hairs on inside of my nose have frozen, so...

Top Timesaving Tips

One silver lining of the pandemic lifestyle is the gift of time. However, no one wants to spend that gift doing routine chores when instead you could be enjoying quality time with your family....

Our 2020 One-Room Schoolhouse

Little did I know back in college when I embarked on a massive research project on one-room schoolhouses (thanks, liberal arts education) that my own child would attend one in the year 2020. Kind of. There...

Kids and Chores :: It’s All About How You Sell It

My cynical pragmatic husband often says that much of American culture is just clever marketing. As much as I hate to admit it, he's often right. Just think about all those things you had to...

Spending My “Baby Year” in Quarantine

Shortly after my third child was born, a neighbor very kindly picked up my eldest from school to help me out. As I thanked her at the doorway, she encouraged me to be sure...

Sharing Life Skills :: Sewing is Harder Than It Seams

Last weekend I learned how to sew on a button. All it took was being quarantined for over a month to learn this essential skill. My husband has been teaching weekly sewing classes to our almost seven-year-old,...