Let’s Navigate This Chaos Together!

round kiki 150Hey, there! I'm Kirsten, but most people call me Kiki. I'm a mom to four kids, ages 1 to 7. It's a little loud up in here. I'm writing this blog for YOU. That's right-- you. If you're like me, you might be surrounded by a loud, wild life. It's hard sometimes, finding the joy in the midst of the crazy. I'm a writer with an MFA in Fiction, but these days I run on blogs and coffee. In this space I keep it real about family and make delicious recipes in my messy kitchen. You can also find me at Create If Writing writing about creativity or interviewing writers and creatives. Want blogging tips? I also host the podcast at Blogger2Business. I'm so glad you're here!

Grab a Cup of Coffee. Time to Read!

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The Kiki Show Episode 001

Because two podcasts and two blogs are not enough, I give you The KIKI SHOW. This is going to be a (hopefully) 5-day a week 10-15 minute podcast where I chat about…WHATEVER. Consider this your new morning radio show—with fewer commercials. I feel like my blog has grown a little cool and distant from my […]


Easy Ice Cream Cake

To celebrate the end of summer with a big, cold, amazing hurrah AND to celebrate the return of Blue Bell, I’ve got a recipe so easy for you that you don’t even need a recipe. It’s like Doc said in Back to the Future: “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads recipes.” We’ll start with […]

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Speaking Life to Your Kids

I remember making this mental note before I got married: I want to speak more kindly to my husband than I do my dog.  Seems like a small thing, right? Except that it isn’t. Because if you’re like me, you may know several couples who speak much more kindly to their dog. Or cat. Or […]

A letter to my son on the eve of him starting Kindergarten.

A Letter to My Son on the Eve of Kindergarten

This face is how I see you. The huge eyes, full of wonder and a whole lot of mischief. There is a freshness to you, an innocence. Your life has been full of long, free days and your imagination has grown like a wild vine. I love watching you become.  But on the eve of your first […]

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When Comparison Fails & When It Works

This week at our MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, I got teary sharing that I am having a really hard time. Rob is gone on his last of four trips for the summer. Four kids at home all summer + four trips = a weary and exhausted and DONE mama. “I’m ready to quit my day […]

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The ONE Thing You Don’t Say to the Mom Struggling with Her Kids

When you see a mom struggling with her kids in public, it is so hard to know what to do. After all, we aren’t all the same. Some people would rather have everyone ignore them, while some would really love a hand. No mom likes the side-eye and the clucking tongue of a stranger being […]

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Kids in Restaurants: a Common Sense Guide

No matter when you are reading this post, chances are the internet has had something to say this week about children in restaurants. Whether that is a restaurant owner yelling in a child’s face or a different story—as long as there are parents, children, and restaurants, this will be a Thing. (It will also be […]

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Cool Chicken Lettuce Wraps

My mom and I were talking about lettuce wraps the other day (because what do YOU talk about with YOUR mom??) and I said, “I’ve never met a lettuce wrap I didn’t like.” Truer words have never been spoken. I feel like this is the thing that should go on a sign hanging on the […]

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Dear Mama, You Are NOT Alone

Am I the only one?  This is the question we have in the late hours and the lonely hours and the witching hours before dinner. We question ourselves, our worth, our sanity, and how all those moms on Instagram and Pinterest make it look so easy. (Reality? Those moms have these moments too. They do.) They […]