Hey! I’m Kate, welcome to this place I call home on the internet. I love to bake really fun cakes that are super tall & covered in rich, buttercream. But, I also eat clean the majority of the time. I know, I’m a walking dichotomy. I truly believe we live in this very all or nothing, very black & white world & need more women who are willing to shout from the mountain tops that they LOVE to eat dessert with no shame or guilt! That they love to exercise but they’ll also skip the workout to binge a Netflix show for an entire weekend. That they go to church but that make mistakes on the daily & have to seek out forgiveness. That you can feed your kids quinoa & hummus but also frozen chicken nuggets & Oreos cause oh.my.gosh this parenting gig is really hard & sometimes Mama just needs a break.
You won’t find that I’m 100% anything except hopefully 100% honest on portraying a real world of living a life as a wife, mom & as ME with balance, not perfection. Some days, that balance may be hitting all my macros & some days that balance is eating cake with every meal for the day.
I also hike, like a lot. I’m new to the hiking community in that I have only been chasing this lifestyle for the last year. I grew up hiking, canoeing, camping & running around the family farm but actively seeking out the outdoors wasn’t ever a passion I had as an adult. That is, until I read a few books on why my kids need to be outside. Then I discovered that **I** need to be outside just as much as they do. It has changed my entire life & I am passionately chasing this lifestyle until I can’t go for it anymore. My favorite hikes in 2019 have been the ones I did in Colorado with my husband this summer (yay for grown up trips!) & the hikes we did at the Buffalo National River with my kids.
I can’t decorate my house to save my life, my garage is a nightmare, I’m lucky if my kids have lunches packed for school every morning & I constantly feel like I’m trying to maintain the right ratio of making time for “me” things but also keeping my family taken care of on a daily basis. This is definitely not one of those websites that will be making my life look like I’ve figured out the “perfect” way to live. Cause let’s be real, none of us has right???
So welcome to my small corner of the web. You will find a lot of cake-ing, hiking, healthy eating tips, nerdy history trivia you never thought you needed to know & a lot of me trying to figure out who I am in this life with 3 little kids. I’m ecstatic you found me here & I hope you’ll stick around to read some trail reviews, subscribe or find me on Instagram. But mostly, I hope you “walk away” from anything you’ve read on here inspired to hike with your kids, chase down a new passion, learn a new skill, or just feel like you’ve got a mom friend in the trenches with you.
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