Kathy Oaks

Hi! I'm Kathy! When I'm not at work, I'm chasing after my 9 year old and 7 year old. But I'm usually at work. Or chasing after kids. Strengths: cooking and/or making messes in the kitchen, running late, drinking coffee, reading books. Weaknesses: growing plants, dusting, offering unsolicited advice.

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice marks the period of the year where the days go from getting longer, with more daylight each day, to getting shorter, with longer periods of darkness each night. It’s the halfway...

You Are Not a Teacher

This is just a wild guess, but perhaps you're feeling a little overloaded with the stress of keeping everyone alive and healthy, being home together All. The. Time, overseeing school, and maybe even working...

Working from Home 101

Not my lovely home office space, but I wish it was! In my "other" gig, I've been on a virtual work team since 2016 (fun fact: my boss is 1100 miles away! I've worked...

Lunch-Packing Problems Solved!

Confession: I'm kind of a Hot Mess Mom. If you've been paying attention, maybe this isn't a surprise to you. Since I'm usually running in 3 directions, I have learned to hand off some...

Medical Mamas

So I have a medically complex child, and because of that, I happen to run around with a motley crew of mothers of other medically complex and children with special needs. (We're really fun...

Raising a Reader

One of my favorite things about watching my children grow is seeing them develop their own interests, and I am so grateful that reading has become a passion for both my daughter, age 9...

Why We Don’t Do Sleepovers

So. I’m not generally a helicopter mom about most things. My kids play outside by themselves, I let them go to the bathroom by themselves at restaurants, I’m generally pretty chill about letting them...

Real Moms

This is probably my favorite picture of my kids. It's 5 years old but I still drag it out about once a month, when a mom friend needs solidarity, or just when I feel...

Meal Planning that Works – plus a freebie!

About a year ago as my husband and I were reviewing our monthly budget, we realized that the amount of money we were spending on restaurant meals was, frankly, a little obscene. Plus -...

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

"Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings." - Disney’s Peter Pan  A few months ago, Make-A-Wish North Texas asked my son, “If you could have anything or do anything or be...