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Katie Moreno

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Katie, aka. "Felix and Gabe's Mom," was born and raised in the small town of Milton, Wis. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee, although spent most of her semesters studying and working abroad. Katie is a sucker for a good novel, freshly squeezed orange juice, and any chance she gets to have an uninterrupted, adult conversation.

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having My First Baby

For the sake of all the new moms-to-be, can we please normalize how freaking difficult life with a new baby can be? We were in the clinic at our follow-up appointment after being sent home...

3 Reasons Why My Kids Ride the Bus

Why putting my kids on the bus every morning is a choice I make, not just because it's practical. Yes, pickup times can be early. And yes, sometimes the bus is late. And of course, I...

What Exclusion Looks Like— Modern Day Struggles Of a Food Allergy Parent

I wanted to publish a "Guide to Madison-Area Kid AND Allergy-Friendly Restaurants." Here's what I wrote instead. The image above is just one example of how individuals impacted by food allergies find themselves sans compass....

Casting a Line — 2 Lessons To Teach Your Child from Fishing

If you teach a kid to fish…  My boys became quite the fishermen last summer thanks to a rainy weekend, and a well-sheltered boathouse spent on Stout Island in Northern Wisconsin. In a span of...
Handmade trap with gold to attract a Leprechaun

Leprechaun’s Day, A Mother’s Redemption

Making the most of magical days like St. Patrick’s Day.  I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that being Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy takes planning, precision, and a...

The Early Warning Signs We All Missed

What food allergies can look like, when you don't know it's food allergies. My son had his first allergic reaction to eggs one month before he turned 1-year-old. A blood antibody test later showed that...

Understanding Ambiguous Loss

The unresolved grief that permeates our lives, and how to talk about it.  Since the COVID pandemic began in March of 2020, we’ve all likely lost something —  some things little, some big. Some losses...

6 Steps to Declutter Anything

Staying on top of the clutter, not the other way around.  As moms we have become pretty good at the discard game. We're finding a new home for the toys our kiddos no longer play...

Sub Sandwich for Power Ball, Mom Hack #113

Running out of ideas for cold lunch days? Here's one easy way to jazz up cold lunches, without sacrificing on protein. My boys have always shared how their friends question exactly what it is they’re...

5 Life Skills I Gained as A Food Allergy Mom

From first reaction, to diagnosis, to hitting my stride — What raising a child with food allergies has helped me learn. Imagine the excitement of going to birthday parties when you’re three, where one of the...

How To Make a Kid-Friendly Altar for Día de los Muertos

When it comes to learning, there’s no better way than by doing. Teach children the meaning and significance behind Día de los Muertos by creating your own altar. One thing I love about living in...

3 Outdoor Activity Ideas For Fall Birthday Parties 

Birthday parties are just another thing that the pandemic has forced us to reinvent.  In a lot of ways the pandemic has enabled me to revisit some of the things I enjoyed most from my...