Hi! I’m Katie, boy mama to 3, wife of a picky eater, photographer, business owner, and food lover. My husband and I both grew up in the Dayton area but moved away for college. We quickly found ourselves back in Dayton after having our first baby. I never really thought I’d end up back in Dayton but we soon realized how much we wanted to be close to our families after starting our own! I love exploring local restaurants and shops all around Dayton and you’ll probably see me snapping photos to share on Instagram @eatprettydarling!

Meals in Minutes with Dorothy Lane Market

School is back in session, and life is busier than ever! I'm always looking for ways to get dinner on the table easier and faster, and Dorothy Lane Market always does just that. With...

Laid-Back Lunches with DLM

Cooking is the last thing I want to do right now! Lunch time can be chaos in our house so I'm always trying new ways to make it a little less stressful. These laid-back...

I Love You Just The Way You Are

Every day I learn something new about my kids and I never want to forget how special they each are in their own ways. It's truly amazing how they can all grow under the...

Find Your Cheerleader

Throughout my life, I've had friends come and go. Some moved away and some moved on. I've had best friends and I've had really crappy friends. I joined volunteer groups and went to storytimes...

Making The Most Of Family Movie Night

Family movie night has been a tradition in our house since before our kids were born. One night a week, we have pizza for dinner and pile on the couch to watch a movie...

Farmers Markets

Spring has sprung in Dayton and it's the nearly the season for leisurely mornings spent perusing our local farmers markets. The Ohio growing season runs roughly April-November and the Miami Valley is one of...

3 Tips for Keeping Kids With Eczema Comfortable

Truth be told, I didn’t really understand what eczema was until my middle son developed a rash all over his belly at three months old. It causes excessive skin dryness which leads to itchy...

Darling, What Will You Do?

I love to watch your face light up at the things that bring you joy. The world is your playground, my sweet boy. Your lips begin to purse as your concentration grows. You can...

Battling the After-School Breakdown

My oldest started preschool this past Fall and I was so frustrated when every day, I would pick him up and he would have an absolute after-school breakdown. Sometimes it would begin moments after...

How to Grocery Shop Like a #MomBoss

It's a brand new year full of great opportunities, but sometimes life seems to be busier than ever! The schedules are packed and the last thing you want to worry about is grocery shopping....

In the Thick of It

I am a mom of three - an independent 4-and-a-half-year-old preschooler, a very spunky non-verbal 2-year-old, and a sleepless 6-month-old. I run my own business and work two additional side gigs while my husband...

Tips for Shopping Small This Holiday Season

Mark your calendars, mamas! Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday this year, and I'm here to give you all the tips for shopping small. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 by American Express with...

5 Things Your Family Photographer Wants You to Know

I have been a professional wedding and family photographer for over 10 years. Needless to say, I've seen it all when it comes to photo sessions. From kids who just look me straight in...

I’m Mentally Exhausted

I am exhausted. I always knew motherhood would make me tired. Plenty of people warned me about that. “You’ll never sleep again!” and “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” Sure. Right. Whatever. I can handle...