Catherine Hiles

Cat is a mama to two gorgeous kiddos: Rose (April 2015) and Liam (August 2018). She has lived in the Dayton area since 2007, when she moved from her home in the UK to be with her American husband. During the day, Cat works as the creative manager at Naked Lime Marketing in Kettering. Outside of work, she enjoys winding down by reading, writing, running, lifting weights, and cooking.
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When You’re Not the Favorite {So Much for a Mama’s Boy}

Most kids go through phases where they prefer one parent over the other. Some stay in those phases for years, and might always have more affection for one parent than the other. In my...
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The 2022 [Un]Planner

Hi, my name is Cat, and I am a huge fan of planners. At least, in my mind I am. In reality, I'll buy a beautiful planner and have all these good intentions of using...

Another Holiday Season Apart Because of COVID

The holiday season is well underway, and while I very much enjoy the magic of this time of year, I'm going to have to bum y'all out a little. Because this is the second Christmas...

He Will Always be My Baby

In just a few days, my youngest child will turn 3. It's a hard birthday for me to handle. He is my second and last baby, and in my mind, he is still just that...

Normalizing Periods With My Kids

From an early age, my kids have known the basics of periods. Okay, so they don't fully understand yet why some bodies menstruate or what exactly happens during menstruation, but I have not hidden my...

Being Done With Having Babies

I'm done having kids, but at the same time, I often think about what it would be like to have a third baby. When I got pregnant the first time, it was a surprise as...

Returning to the Office Post-COVID {A Working Mom’s Anxiety}

I recently went back to the office after 15 months of working from home. I knew for a couple of months that it was coming, but the time still passed really quickly, and before...

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 6th Birthday

Dear daughter, Six years ago, you made me a mother. Before I got pregnant with you, I wasn’t even sure I could conceive, let alone actually have a child and be a parent. When we...

Good Friends Are Hard to Find

When I moved to the U.S. from my home country of England, I left behind my entire family. For the first time in my 24 years, I was living away from my parents and...

How to Strap a Toddler into a Car Seat

Toddlers are unique creatures. One moment, they can be very lovable and cuddly and make you the happiest you have ever been. But the next, they might throw a toy car at you and...
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What Will The “New Normal” Even Look Like?

It's 2021 (finally!) and we are almost at the year mark of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. That's almost an entire year of social distancing, masks, staying home, and skipping vacations. When I think...

The Questions Kids Ask

Like most 5-year-olds, my daughter Rose is full of questions. Some of them are pretty easy to answer, while some I don't have a clue how to answer. Some of them I can't answer...

Hindsight is 2020: Reflections on a Stressful Year

The year 2020 started for me like many before it - with me sound asleep in bed at the stroke of midnight. I am a creature of habit and it's hard for me to...

And Dog Makes Five [Adding a Pup to Our Crew]

A few weeks before my birthday this year, my husband Ben asked what I would like as a gift. As usual, I couldn't think of anything because I'm at the stage in my life...