Katie McKenzie

Katie has lived in the Columbia area for most of her life and loves calling the Midlands home! After graduating from USC (Go Cocks!) with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Katie taught at a Christian school in Lexington, where she met her husband, Chris. After having her first child, Katie traded the classroom for staying at home, where she still gets to practice her passion: teaching young children, this time her own. Katie recently had her second child, only months after returning to work as an early interventionist in the Columbia area. Katie is blessed to be able to stay at home with both of her littles, Caroline (2) and Micah (4 months). If she’s not chasing her babies, you can find her serving her church family, baking a yummy dessert, pretending to enjoy exercise, doing some sort of craft or reading a good book.

5 Toddler-Approved Fall Crafts and Activities

Ah, October. Finally, the temperatures have dipped to make outdoor activities slightly more bearable than they were a month ago. In addition to milder days spent at the zoo, the park, and the Riverwalk,...

The FOMO is Real

Hey there new mama! Congratulations on your newest bundle of joy. Having a new baby is a wild ride. You made it through labor, and your new little one is here! You’re swarmed with...

What an Anxious Mom Wants You to Know

I’ve been a worrywart for as long as I can remember. All throughout my school years, even as a young child, I remember worrying about things like tests, grades, and what others thought of...
5 Easy to Make, Healthy Desserts for the Whole Family | Columbia SC Moms Blog

5 Easy to Make, Healthy Desserts for the Whole Family

My name is Katie and I love dessert. There, I can admit it. There is not a brownie I don’t love nor a chocolate chip cookie I won’t sample. Do I want a donut? You...

The Art of the Monthly Meal Plan

The dreaded question: What do we want to eat this week? Almost as soon as the question leaves my lips, I can hear my husband groan. As much as we both love eating, meal...

A Lesson in Humility :: Saying “I’m Sorry” to My Kids

I'm sure it's cliche at this point but it's true: being a mom, we wear many hats. Not only are we moms, but we are referees, chefs, chauffeurs, motivational speakers, nurses, and teachers. No matter...
What My Bullet Journal Taught Me (and it’s not what you think) | Columbia SC Moms Blog

What My Bullet Journal Taught Me (and it’s not what you think)

Have you drank the bullet journaling Kool-Aid yet? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll give a brief overview: Bullet journaling is a fairly new organizational tool that many people use. It’s a...

Life Hacks for Busy Moms

Confession time: I’m not actually as creative as I seem. I love to bake, draw and make jewelry but most of the time I get my inspiration from social media. (Pinterest is life). If you’re...
Holiday Season Hospitality :: Ways to Connect, Serve, & Volunteer | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Holiday Season Hospitality :: Ways to Connect, Serve, & Volunteer

What says “Holiday Season” to you? Is it when the calendar hits November 1? Is it putting up your decorations? Is it your favorite coffee shop’s new festive cups? Whatever speaks to you, you can’t...

The Busy Mom’s Guide to the Whole30

Have you drank the Whole30 Kool-Aid yet (with no added sugar, of course)? If you have no clue what I’m talking about, let me introduce you. Meet the Whole30. A 30 day eating challenge...
Shake it Up Locally - Best Places to Celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Shake it Up Locally :: Best Places to Celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day

National Donut Day, National Peanut Butter Day, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? I’ll admit, it’s only until recently that I realized there was a day to celebrate nearly everything, including your favorite junk food...
Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Your Sanity - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Your Sanity

One thing I’ve learned in recent years is that grocery shopping can be a very polarizing subject. I find that most either love it or hate; there is no in between. When I asked...
A Love Letter to Our First Born | Columbia SC Moms Blog

A Love Letter to My First Born

Dear Caroline, I write this letter to future you. By the time you’re old enough to understand, you probably won’t even remember much of what life is like right this moment. You probably won’t remember...
Embracing the Mom Bod | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Embracing the “Mom Bod”

Ah, summer. You either love it or you hate it. Here in “famously hot” Columbia, it’s easy for me to fall into the latter group of people. Now that I’m not a student or...