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Katie Wollenberg

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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.
a close up of a brother and a sister, forehead to forehead, as they grimace at each other, not learning to get along

Raising My Kids to Get Along – Even When They Disagree

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One of the things I say ALL THE TIME to my kids is "get along." A great example of getting along was the late Justice Antonin Scalia and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....
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Finding the Good in 2020: Refocusing Your Perspective

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This year has carried so much hardship. Finding the good in 2020 helps refocus your mindset toward the beauty in the world.   The year 2020 has been something. There have been a lot of challenges....
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Bedtime is Exhausting

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Bedtime is a time of the day that I look forward to and don’t care for at the same time. Bedtime is exhausting. None of my three children hear the word “bedtime” and say,...

Please, Whatever You Do… Don’t Give Up the Nap!

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Is your child refusing to nap? Here are some tips to save nap time and your sanity! We’ve all experienced it. Our sweet 2-year-old will stop napping for one day, and then two, and then...

5 Mom Lessons Learned from the Global Pandemic

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COVID-19 has thrown a curveball at moms and changed how we parent. What pandemic lessons have you picked up along the way?   The pandemic has taught us all many things about ourselves and life in...
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Dear Quarantined Mom: I See You, and We are In This Together

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    Dear Quarantined Mom, I see you. I see you home all day while your spouse works long hours, and you HAVE to stay home. I see you try to explain to your kids over and...
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Quarantine Teacher-Mom: Surviving Your New Job

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As parents assume the role of quarantine teacher to their children, it's a struggle to facilitate learning. Here is some sage advice from a former middle school teacher who is returning to the classroom,...
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Car Seats Should Never Be About the Bare Minimum

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How often do people say that they are really excited when they barely met the minimum requirements for something? Safety is definitely not a place where we should just be meeting the minimum requirements....
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My Air Fryer is the Best! Here are 5 Ways to Use It!

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A couple of birthdays ago, I was making a list of gift ideas for my dad. I had been eyeing up Air Fryers but didn't want to take the plunge. We've all been there....

Despite Who You See in the Mirror, They See Mama

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I recently had a new baby boy. His name is Max, and if I do say so myself, he is quite the handsome little man. Now, this sweet 9lb 9oz baby, his 2-year-old brother,...