Katie Wollenberg

Katie Wollenberg
Katie is originally from the South County area of St. Louis. She’s lived in Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas but has always considered the St. Louis area to be home. She now lives in a small town, Hoyleton, IL, about an hour east of St. Louis with her husband, Nate, daughter Zoe, and sons, Zach and Max! When she’s not chasing her kiddos around, she enjoys hanging out with friends, having dance parties in the kitchen, sitting on her porch and sipping on some Diet Coke. Katie records a podcast called Blessed Mess Mom and has her own blog, ablessedmess.net.
flying with kids at the airport

10 Tips for Flying with Kids

When my daughter was born, we traveled all the time because we lived far away from family, and she flew for free until she was two. By the time she was two, I was...
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You’re Going to Miss This …

  "You’re going to miss this …"   People say this to me all the time as I put my face in my hands as my children run around a public place screaming and pulling on each...
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Summer Survival

This school year, I made the move back to full-time teaching. When I taught before, it exhausted me to my core. After 7 years as a stay-at-home mom and then returning to teaching, being...
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Encanto :: A Lesson in Forgiveness

Encanto is a movie with something for everyone!   *****Spoilers Ahead*****   The movie “Encanto” was released on Christmas Eve of 2021. It was an instant hit. It has excellent music and a great message. My daughter had...
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Moms of Teens, I Got Your Back.

Moms of teens, you are not alone.   Raising kids is hard. I have three, 7 and under, and sometimes it is the hardest thing I've done just to survive the day. The thing is that...
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New Year, No Goals and Guess What? That’s Just Fine by Me.

What do you think of a new year with no goals or resolutions?   It’s January, the time for everyone to set goals, make plans, feel inspired about the next year in their lives. I am...

Walking our Kids though Death and Grieving

How do kids process death and grieving?   Certain conversations that we have with our children throughout the course of their lives will not be easy. We all know about the birds and the bees conversation...

Beginning Chores with My Kids

Do your kids do chores in your home?   I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis and Cincinnati. Growing up, I didn’t have chores to do. When my mom asked me to feed the...
a toddler boy wrapped in toilet paper as he sits on the toilet

Waiting it Out … the Potty Edition

Potty training reminds us as parents how little control we actually have.   Waiting is hard for everyone. Teaching our kids to wait is pretty much impossible as we have a hard time waiting as adults. We...

For the Love of the Cardinals

St. Louis is unlike any other city when it comes to baseball. Most major markets like Los Angeles/Anaheim, Chicago, or New York have two teams that split their towns when it comes to fans....