Hi! I'm Kate...

Mom of four most often found in the kitchen

In January of 2016, I found myself inside our tiny rental with a six-month-old who napped twice a day. Quite frankly, I was bored. In an effort to channel the boredom, I started experimenting in the kitchen, making meals while the baby slept. And in this monotonous “napped trapped” season, Naptime Kitchen was born. While the baby slept, I cooked.

When I began sharing small cooking tips, time-saving ideas, and home hacks online—most of which my own mom taught me—I quickly realized that although these things were second nature to me, many people had never heard of them. Whether I was offering ideas for quick and easy weekly meal plans, strategies for organizing the playroom, or a simple encouragement for struggling new moms, I quickly grew a passion for sharing what I was personally learning.

As my own family continued to grow, I cooked a bit less and started to write more. From the mundane moments to deeper reflections on my own upbringing, I found that writing not only helped to ground me, it also allowed me to process the day-to-day challenges of being a mom. What shocked me the most was how much other people resonated with my words.

Fast forward eight years, and Naptime Kitchen is still going strong. With loads of dry shampoo, four kids, and a rambunctious household, I hope to show a side of social media we all desperately want: the normal side.

Whether it's a recipe, kitchen tip, home hack, or bit of perspective, I am so glad you're here and hope you stay a while! I hope to bring some laughter and joy into what can often be the mundane, overwhelming task of feeding your family and keeping a home. I seek to make meals that are budget friendly and relatively easy, and inspire you to create a home that serves you. A home you and your family can rest in and call your own.

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