Meet Katie

Today I'd like to officially introduce you to Katie.

Katie started working for me as a nanny back in 2009 when Anna was about three months old. I found her via care.com (a great site for finding local babysitters, nannies and caregivers). She's become one of my closest friends and essentially a part of our family.

Last October she started working for my business full-time as my Assistant. Her duties include things like media updates (Facebook, Twitter, etc), product spotlight posts, office organization, keeping me on track, digital file saving, handling emails, etc. It's been great having her here in the office with me during the day and she's definitely helping me in a million different ways.

Meet Katie in her own words:

Where are you from? I grew up in Eugene, Oregon. I really love this town.

Family? My parents are two of my best friends. They are just the best. They have been married for 33 years and have been dating since they were 12. They love Jimmy Buffett and taught me my love for concerts. I have one sister, who is 6 years older than me. She lives in Portland and is a fabulous hairstylist. Peter (my fiance) and I have been together for almost 8 years. He's my high school sweetheart and I cannot wait to marry him in September.

Favorite thing to do on the weekend? I'm definitely a homebody. I really love curling up on the couch with a good (or some may say bad) romantic comedy or a cheesy romance novel.

Music? I definitely like all different kinds of music. My top 25 most played on my iPod include John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, Glee Cast, Duffy, Van Morrison, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and the cast of Wicked. It's a tie between two songs for my favorite of all time: Tiny Dancer by Elton John and Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys.

Favorite TV Show? Homeland and Dexter are definitely favorites. Currently I am indulging in a super guilty pleasure: The Bachelor. Ali and I have been watching it together and it's been so fun to watch it with a friend.

Movies? I live, love, and breathe movies. I don't think I can pick a favorite. I would choose going to the theater or staying home to watch a movie probably over anything else. Ali shares my love for movies. Just one of the many reasons we get along so well.

Favorite Color? Yellow.

Current book you are reading? Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (super excited to see the movie when it comes out on Valentines day).

Favorite Food? Anything with chocolate.

Favorite Vacation Destination? I have been lucky enough to go to Italy twice, and nothing tops that. I have had some great vacations to Key West, FL though. It is a family favorite.

Do you have other hobbies? Thrift Shopping. I love love love it. I have an Etsy shop where I sell my vintage finds (currently working on listing more of my finds.) I also love singing show tunes while doing the dishes or taking a shower.

Do you scrapbook? I'm just starting to. I've done a few scrapbook on the road albums, and I did December Daily last month (which I have yet to finish). I'm doing Project Life this year and I am so excited about it. I'll be sharing my Project Life pages here soon.

What are some of your favorite scrapbook products? I love anything from Dear Lizzy and Amy Tan. I'm also a big fan of Studio Calico's products. I tend to gravitate towards polka dots, stripes and floral print.

A very big official warm welcome to Katie!

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  1. Kathy

    2013-01-31 01:38:55 -0500

    Welcome Katie....love the story and love the photos of you and your finance.....what a fabulous job to have working with Ali....I'd be happy to work with Ali anytime..Regards Kathy A,Brisbane, Australia

  2. Linda E

    2013-01-31 02:12:55 -0500

    So nice to finally "meet" you, Katie!

  3. Alicia

    2013-01-31 08:50:32 -0500

    Welcome! And it's nice to find out more about you. Can't wait to see what you do for Project Life and I love you vintage finds in your Etsy shop!

  4. Annette

    2013-01-31 09:01:00 -0500

    Hi Katie!! So happy to meet you!

  5. Sherry

    2013-01-31 10:43:20 -0500

    Welcome Katie. It's nice to finally meet you. I can't wait to see your PL Pages.

  6. Debora Prass

    2013-01-31 11:22:32 -0500

    Nice to meet you, Katie!

  7. Alexandra

    2013-01-31 12:11:55 -0500

    so cool to learn more about Katie... I can see why she's the perfect fit in your family and your work-world.
    xo

  8. Ilana Polakiewicz

    2013-01-31 15:10:03 -0500

    Hi, Katie and Ali!
    I think both of you are very blessed to have met each other. I am happy for you!
    Big kiss,
    Ilana.

  9. Tinka

    2013-01-31 16:15:21 -0500

    So great to meet you, Katie! It's such an awesome thing when connection you have with someone through work evolves into friendship and then that special "family" relationship. I've been fortunate to experience that myself a few times and consider it quite a blessing. Congratulations on your engagement! Looking forward to seeing your pages!

  10. Anne-Marie

    2013-01-31 17:50:51 -0500

    It is so nice to "meet" you. We have all heard so much about you and it is nice to be able to learn more about you. Congratulations on your engagement!

  11. Suz

    2013-01-31 19:29:29 -0500

    Hi Katie!! **waving here
    It was so very nice to meet and to chat with you and Ali at CHA-W in January and I am really happy that all of us will be seeing more of you here on Ali's blog! Congrats on your engagement and to embarking on Project Life with the rest of us! Can't wait to see your creations and documentation as you move forward into another exciting chapter of your life's journey.
    Take care you,
    Suz

    (BTW-love your choices in music! ;)

  12. Carolyn HP

    2013-01-31 20:39:11 -0500

    So happy to get to know you a bit more, Katie. Love how you help Ali and that she has someone as awesome as you in her life to help with her children and now her business :)

    Looking forward to seeing your take on project life too!

  13. Lisa A. A.

    2013-02-01 13:33:56 -0500

    Hello, Katie! I was a nanny for a family during college and the relationship was so special. I bonded instantly with the baby but the bonus was the friendship with the parents. We also traveled together and shared so many special things! Love seeing this same thing here!!

  14. tara pollard pakosta

    2013-02-01 21:17:56 -0500

    she's beautiful and it's obvious she LOVES your kids!
    tara

  15. Melonie

    2013-02-01 21:59:13 -0500

    Hi Katie! SO nice to "meet" you!

  16. Jaque

    2013-02-02 01:05:09 -0500

    You both are so lucky to have each other working together!
    Congrats!

  17. libbywilko

    2013-02-03 02:27:37 -0500

    Hi Katie! Nice to meet you. I still have to read that book too... It's on my list :-)

  18. Tracey

    2013-02-03 16:00:50 -0500

    Welcome Katie, adorable pictures and I bet the scrapbooking you do will be absolutely lovely just like you :-)

  19. Karen Nuce

    2013-02-03 19:51:26 -0500

    Katie...we have the same two favorite shows:) You seem like an awesome person and you have a fabulous job!

  20. Angie B

    2013-02-04 00:46:05 -0500

    Oh what a blessing for you Ali.. She seems so very nice , Katie and her beau look very happy in love. Thanks for the introduction!! Welcome Katie!!

  21. patty

    2013-02-04 09:04:01 -0500

    so nice to offically "meet" katie!
    ali has been saying wonderful things about you for years!
    welcome...

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    2013-02-05 06:00:34 -0500

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  23. Erika

    2013-02-05 21:33:43 -0500

    So jealous of your job, Katie! Enjoy every minute!

  24. Kimmy

    2013-02-09 15:54:03 -0500

    Katie... how fortunate you both are to have found such kindred spirits friends/co-worker... what a blessing you must be to Ali and those kiddos.

    Do tell your lipstick color in photo 1 and 2?... you're gorgeous!

    ~ kimmy

  25. Beatrice Farnum

    2013-02-10 15:57:23 -0500

    Happy to meet her.

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