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January 30, 2013

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 (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!


  • 51.
    laura said…

    Hi Katie (and Ali) – we too have an awesome babysitter who has become so much more for a family. A lucky (and rare) find. Wish I could come join you guys for The Bachelor (although I already ruined it for myself by reading an online spoiler…argh!) I’m sure this will be the most dramatic season ever! xo

  • 52.
    Jennifer Kellogg said…

    How fun to work with your best friend! I work with my best friends too – it is awesome!

    I hope this is taken in the fun spirit it is given – Katie seems like a total Mini-Me of Ali. LOL!!!

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

  • 53.
    Kelli W said…

    It’s so nice to get to “meet” you, Katie!

  • 54.
    Sierra said…

    Welcome Katie! Loved getting to officially meet you since we’ve heard so much about you.

  • 55.
    mary bartolotta said…

    Welcome Katie!! nice to meet you. You have a very enviable job and you get to work for such a wonderful family!!!

  • 56.
    Carrie Rosalind said…

    Katie is the coolest! I love following her on Instagram, and I feel like we would totally get along in real life. :) Looking forward to seeing more of her on your blog!

  • 57.
    MELISSA said…

    hH Katie! I’m so glad you and Ali finally did a formal introduction… happy to have you fluttering around Ali’s world!

  • 58.
    northcarmen said…

    Wonderful to learn more about you, Katie. :) My family and I will be re-locating to South Africa next year and I will need to find regular care for my 3-year-old daughter — I can only pray that we find someone who will become as much a treasure to us as you are to Ali, Simon and Anna. :)


  • 59.
    Bee Rozatti said…

    Katie you will learn scrapbook mania from the best!!

  • 60.
    Karen Rice said…

    It’s a blessing and a rare experience to have found such a great friend through a care service–or anywhere for that matter! I’m happy for your friendship! Welcome, Katie!

  • 61.
    Melanie A. said…

    Hi Katie! Nice to “meet” you

  • 62.
    Anna said…

    You sound fun Katie. And I would LOVE your job:)

  • 63.
    Susan Sherrer said…

    So nice to meet you, Katie and congratulations to you and Peter!

  • 64.
    leanne said…

    Nice to meet you Katie. You are a truly special woman having touched the lives of Ali, Simon and Anna. I love how you have become part of their story and their family, they all seem to love you – evident in Ali’s posts and photos. P.S. you have a great smile:)

  • 65.
    Marta V. said…

    Hi Katie, I had the pleasure of meeting you at CHA. Thank you for all you help at CHA. Looking forward to seeing you Project Life pages.

  • 66.
    Judy Webb said…

    Ali is lucky to have someone like you. You contribute to her TEAM. How wonderful for Simon and Anna as well.

  • 67.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    It’s nice to meet you, Katie! Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  • 68.
    rhonda nickol said…

    Hi Katie! It’s nice getting to know you thru Ali. Welcome to the wonderful world of scrapping!

  • 69.
    Renee L said…

    Katie – How exciting for all of us. I’m sure it’s wonderful to stay with a family you love. Looking forward to seeing your PL pages. Don’t feel bad about your December Daily – mine and I’m sure many other people’s aren’t finished yet either though still on the list of things to do. LOL!

  • 70.
    Carrie Hauck said…

    Hi Katie, so great to hear more about you! I love your bright lipstick! Any tips on how to pick out a great shade?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Carrie!
      The only tip I have is just trial and error. My favorite that I always go back to is Heat Wave by NARS. I also really love lip stain (you get the color without the mess and smudges.) Cover Girl makes some awesome lip stain colors and they are super cheap too! :)


  • 71.
    Cindy said…

    Hello Katie, great to “officially meet” you and I’m looking forward to hearing more from you in the future. Love the interaction you have with Simon and Anna…… seen through the years on Ali’s blog and PL pages.

  • 72.
    Tona said…

    Hi Katie! I’m so glad that Ali found a wonderful person like you to become part of her life. Congratulations on your engagement.

  • 73.
    Melinda T said…

    Hi Katie! Nice to meet you! Ali talks about you frequently! I feel like we’re friends already! :) Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  • 74.
    janet said…

    Hi Katie: You are such a little cutie! Safe Haven was my favorite Nicholas Sparks book! I can’t wait for the movie! I already have a date lined up with my friend and her 16 year old daughter. Enjoy your job – it must be awesome!!!

  • 75.
    Stacy said…

    Welcome Katie!! I’m looking forward to seeing your PL pages!

  • 76.
    Cynthia H said…

    Welcome Katie!

  • 77.
    Ann Gault said…

    What a great post! Nice to “meet” you. I love Wicked too, my favorite musical so far. And Nicholas Sparks, so nice! I’ve met him twice at book signings and I cannot wait for Safe Haven the movie! Southport is such a great small town here in NC.

  • 78.
    Christine said…

    Welcome Katie! So glad we got introduced to you. Congrats on your upcoming wedding. I love your vintage finds.I’m beginning to have a thing for old typewriters. I now own two, both in perfect condition. They just don’t make stuff like they used to.
    You are so lucky to be working with Ali and Ali and the kids are lucky to have you. Its a win win situation :) .

  • 79.
    Brooke said…

    So very happy to meet you Katie. I was hoping we would see more of you as I think it’s the personable aspect of Ali’s blog that I find so inspiring. Maybe you could set us all a challenge to wrap up our DD by the end of Feb? My eldest is at school now and I’m going to make it happen!

  • 80.
    Brooke said…

    P.S. Love that your parents have been dating since they were 12. Awesome!

  • 81.
    Pidgen said…

    I feel like we’ve known about Katie forever … so fun to finally meet her! :)

  • 82.
    Jill Kane said…

    Katie-I have a pair of pillowcases from your etsy shop-love them! You’re great thrift curator ;) Welcome. Ali told those of us on the Italy trip in 2011 how lucky her family is to have you, especially Simon. Glad to hear you’ll be around for a while!

  • 83.
    Kathy said…

    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

  • 84.
    Linda E said…

    So nice to finally “meet” you, Katie!

  • 85.
    Alicia said…

    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!

  • 86.
    Annette said…

    Hi Katie!! So happy to meet you!

  • 87.
    Sherry said…

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

  • 88.
    Debora Prass said…

    Nice to meet you, Katie!

  • 89.
    Alexandra said…

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

  • 90.
    Ilana Polakiewicz said…

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

  • 91.
    Tinka said…

    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!

  • 92.
    Anne-Marie said…

    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!

  • 93.
    Suz said…

    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,

    (BTW-love your choices in music! ;)

  • 94.
    Carolyn HP said…

    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!

  • 95.
    Lisa A. A. said…

    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!!

  • 96.

    she’s beautiful and it’s obvious she LOVES your kids!

  • 97.
    Melonie said…

    Hi Katie! SO nice to “meet” you!

  • 98.
    Jaque said…

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

  • 99.
    libbywilko said…

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

  • 100.
    Tracey said…

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

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