Katie Ripke

Katie Ripke
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Katie is a mama of two rambunctious, sweet, cuddly and highly energetic boys. Growing up in Mount Vernon, Iowa, she briefly left the area to attend college at the University of Northern Iowa, had a brief stint living in Chicago before settling down in Lisbon with her husband Bryan. Katie has been in the marketing field for over 10 years and is currently a marketing manager for an area health care organization. When she is not balancing life as a working mom, Katie enjoys binging on Netflix/Hulu, learning about all things boy and squeezing in a workout from time to time. Her current addictions include coffee, LaCroix, and cookies.

Working Mom Guilt: When Work Interferes with Life

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I’ve been a mom for just over 5 years and for that entire time, I’ve been a working mom. Whether you’re a working mom, SAHM, WAHM or some combination of the above, there are...
Tips for Surviving Your Child's Tonsillectomy

Tips for Surviving Your Child’s Tonsillectomy

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This summer hasn't been the most fun for our five-year-old. After five throat infections within ten months, we made the decision to take his tonsils out. We knew it was coming - not only...

What You Should Have Looked for in a Husband

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My husband and I recently emerged from a particularly rough patch. Not rough in the marital sense, but rough in the sense that it was HARD. You can read all about it here, but...
Unstuff Your Home A Mom's Guide to Selling on Facebook

Unstuff Your Home: A Mom’s Guide to Selling on Facebook

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Something happened when we started having kids: the rate at which we accumulated stuff increased exponentially. I suppose it makes sense – I mean babies grow like a foot in that first year alone,...
I Survived the Newborn Trenches

I Survived the Newborn Trenches

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As I sit down to write this post, I’ve been in the trenches for just over 11 weeks. By trenches, I mean the newborn trenches. For the third time. Let me tell you, three kids...
So I'm Having a Christmas Baby

So I’m Having a Christmas Baby…

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My favorite months of the year are as follows, in this order: July October December These have been my favorite months for as long as I can remember – well before kids. Fast forward to...
The Chaos of a Sick Child for a Working Mom

The Chaos of a Sick Child for a Working Mom

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a mom of some sort. So you all know being a mom is hard – whether you’re a stay at home mom, working mom or something in...
Setting Routine with a Spirited Child: The Checklist that Saved my Sanity

Setting Routine with a Spirited Child: The Checklist that Saved my Sanity

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My four year old is what some might call a “Spirited Child”. To start with, he’s high energy – I mean REALLY high energy. I thought this was just normal for a boy, but as...
Little Four Eyes: Finding Out Your Preschooler Needs Glasses

Little Four-Eyes: Finding out your Preschooler Needs Glasses

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Working in the health care field, I have always been fairly on top of everything healthcare related when it comes to my kids. I probably error on the side of doing too much. I...
Instant Pot

The Skinny on the Instant Pot

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A few months ago I was pursuing Pinterest and came across a post for something called an Instant Pot. (Although, at that time I read it as Insta-Pot.) Curious, I flipped over to Amazon...