a tour

Hey readers and friends…most of you have noticed that things look all new and sparkly around here this week.  The lovely Courtney of GCS Design has worked her magic yet again and turned all of my rambly disconnected ideas into something WAY cooler and better than I could ever come up with.

She not only made me all new pretties here on the main blog, but she made all my subdomains match too.

Want to read about the books that I have read? I have a page for that. It’s got a separate feed, so if you want to get it in your inbox, feel free to head over there and subscribe.  And now that I have my page all set up, I can start posting there again!  Yay!

I also do reviews, sponsored posts, and giveaways over on this page.  Sometimes the posts are sponsored by someone else, sometimes I write up stuff that I have tried just so you know how it went.  Feel free to subscribe to that page too since it’s separate from this feed. (psst. If you would like your shop or blog button advertised there, shoot me an email and we will work something out.)

My About Page is also updated to encompass all that this blog is meant to be…a legacy for my children.

Can you believe I’ve been pounding out stories and opinions on this blog for over five and a half years?  Yeah, me either.  But I have no plans to quit.

Yes, I go through bloggy down time where I need to close into myself and not share.  The posts get sparse (this week was only 3, including this one and a sponsored one…one REAL post).  Sometimes I get busy with life.

But that is Ok.  I mean, why have a blog if I am not living my life? If I don’t DO LIFE, I will have nothing to write about, right?


I’m still writing once a week over at Borderless News & Views.  This week I had a post about homeschooling go up there.

I write monthly for US BabyHuddle.  Last month I had a post about trying to keep my kids from getting a case of the Gimmees at Christmas time.

I also have a freelance writing gig a few times a month.

It’s a lot, but I am enjoying it all very much.  I am sort of in my happy place with blogging/writing right now.  I would love to add more, but with working full time as a teacher, maybe a ton more will have to wait until summer.  Or for the right offer…?

I don’t know.  And I am enjoying not knowing.

Every day is new…filled with new stories to tell.

I hope you like the look of the new space.

And thank you for being such faithful readers.  You have no idea how much I love it.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. LOVE the new look!!! Very sparkly & pretty!

  2. So lovely, my friend! Just like you. xoxo

  3. Looks great! Very calming.

  4. It looks great! I really need to get my own blog done asap.

  5. looks fab! very warm I think…

  6. Lov

  7. The new look is great! Love the colors and the family photo.

  8. As a mom of 3 boys I totally get needing a space made for a girl.. completely. I love the new look and layout. It is beautiful.

  9. Looking fancy! No really, looks great.

    I’ve never had a “professional” design done, I’ve always squeaked by on my own pathetic skills. But I’ve been itching badly for a redesign, it’s been probably at least 3 years since I’ve changed things up. I think this spring I might actually “spring” for it!

    • I really like your blog. I’ve been struggling to find something as neat and clean. I hope this time works for me. I would like to find something that sticks around for a few years 🙂

  10. I LOVE your new look. It’s so very you. Also, absolutely brilliant with the separate pages.

  11. “If I don’t DO LIFE, I will have nothing to write about, right?” Amen to that, sista! I love the new look. It’s very sweet and homey and Michigan-ish, all of which I ADORE! I love the organization, design, photos… everything! Congrats! I might be hitting up your designer. My blog needs some serious help! Congrats to you! What a great way to kick off a new year!

    • wow! thank you SO much! I’m glad the design is something readers really enjoy. That is important to me too…that it feels inviting. And yes, it’s GREAT to get a fresh look for the new year 🙂

  12. Katie, love,love,love your new look. The header is awesome!!! I did a little house keeping on my blog too and I’m so happy with the way it came out. A new year and a fresh new look… now we can get serious, or not!!! 🙂

    • Doesn’t it feel great to be rid of some of the baggage that piles up? I did a bunch of cleaning up behind the scenes on all three and obviously had a face lift done too. Ahhh…so much better!!

  13. I SO love your new look. It’s gorgeous.