Katie Vondera

Katie is a St. Louis native, coffee lover, and difference maker. She has a passion for teaching at-risk high schoolers how to find joy in reading and writing. She is a divorced mother of two incredibly strong girls who can be found watching The Voice, eating ice cream, and staying up late reading. Katie and her girls love exploring St. Louis-hiking and playing at local parks, getting away to Pere Marquette, breakfasting at Strange Donuts or The Barn, and learning at all of the museums.
a silver christmas tree cookie cutter with walnuts and cinnamon sticks

The Cookie Tradition: Another Casualty of the Pandemic

I love the magic of Christmastime and the joy of all of our family traditions. From putting up our tree and talking about where and when we got each ornament, to the joy of...
a minivan parked in a driveway with the trunk open and groceries in the back

Three Stores Worth the Stops for Groceries: Take Note!

When is more time in the car worth it? When these three grocery stores are on your list!   As moms, it seems like there’s never enough time. We are spending so much time working, driving...
a daughter laying with her head in her mom's lap as the mom sits propped up in bed

The Gift I Gave My Girls: Knowing When to Ask for Help

“Mama, I want to talk to Holly,” my daughter said as I snuggled next to her while tucking her in. She’d been having trouble with our move and was still feeling uneasy at bedtime....

When Running Away Looks an Awful Lot Like Running Towards Home

Running away can often be a plea to be lured back home.     “Come get me, mama,” she dared, arms crossed across her chest, a full block away from me. “What?!” I was mad. It was 8:30...

Becoming a Mother, Moment by Moment: A Journey to Motherhood

Physically, I became a mother on my 30th birthday. I hadn’t had Braxton-Hicks contractions before that day, and so when I woke up with contractions, I was pretty sure that’s what was going on....
chocolate easter bunny with jelly beans and colored eggs in a brown easter basket in the grass

Easter Crafts: Bunnies, Chicks, and Lambs, Oh My!

Enjoy making these adorable Easter crafts with your kids, to help celebrate at home! When we were first advised to consider social distancing sometime before Spring Break, a wise friend suggested we not forget that...
Bowls of pancake batter in four colors: green, orange, blue, and pruple.

Less-Than-a-Dollar Moments: 7 Ideas for Everyday Memories

The most precious memories are often the everyday memories of simple traditions that we do with our children. It's not about the money that we spend so much as it is about the time...

To My Galentines: It’s Not a Competition, It’s a Celebration

I met a woman the other day, and she was awesome. At first, I was jealous; all I could see was how cute and strong and badass she was.  We may have the single...

My Christmas Break Resolution

Twinkling lights, peppermint candy, hot cocoa, caroling. . . does life get any better than all of that? You can feel the joy as the most wonderful time of the year is upon us,...

The Bedtime Routine: This Mama’s Free For All

When my kids were little and I read all of the books that told me Very Important Things about Getting Children to Sleep, I tried to implement the recommended “Bath-Brush Teeth-Books-Bed”  routine. After all,...