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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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 […]


Focaccia Bread Pizza

Have I REALLY not ever done a real pizza post? Rob and I like to make homemade pizza once a week, though it’s been more like once a month these days. Pizza is never boring, especially not homemade pizza. But one of the variations I really like is making focaccia bread pizza. My favorite pizza dough […]


The Best Little Blog Conference in Texas

I’m a Wildside Blogger! Read what that means and how being a Wildside Blogger STILL means all these opinions are totally mine, even if I DO get some amazing benefits like season passes to SeaWorld and Aquatica.  I have declared this my Year of Conferences. I am totally a nerd at heart when it comes to […]

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What Loss Looks Like: Seven Months Later

I have a shelf in my bedroom collecting injured stuffed animals. Robbie’s childhood Dr. Who, a pillow-pet shaped owl, leaks stuffing from a torn seam. Raggedy Ann, a childhood gift from my grandmother, has lost an arm. A month before she died, Lynn gave Raggedy Ann a full-body lift, transforming her from time-worn yellow to […]

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Super Simple Pumpkin Banana Muffins

I won’t lie and tell you that these muffins will last more than 24 hours. I also won’t lie and tell you that they are difficult to make. With 10 minutes of prep time, you will have fabulous Pumpkin Banana Muffins that your family will devour within the first 10 minutes they are out of […]

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Candied Lemon Slices with Iced Tea Granita

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipYourSummer #CollectiveBias It’s been a long time since I have graced my kitchen, folks. While I have been feeding lots of mouths all day, every day, I haven’t been INSPIRED. Our family has survived on frozen pizzas, dinners that […]

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When the Tooth Fairy Goes AWOL

As a parent, you can only juggle so many balls without dropping a few here and there. For me, one big ball I keep dropping is the Tooth Fairy. First, I told my kids there was no Tooth Fairy and that I will be putting money under their pillows. Then? When my oldest lost his first top tooth, […]