Thursday, October 30, 2014


It's time for Boxycharm- this is my favorite subscription box I get. This is only my second month but it's been amazing so far- everything has been full size. This months box valued at over 100$! Check out what I got below
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

That one time I met Nev from MTV

HOLY SMOKES YOU GUYS- I met Nev last night. THE NEV- the one from MTV..

He came to a college near me to speak and my friend asked if I wanted to go with her. Of course I said yes. They had to reschedule it but we ended up being able to see him speak and it was super awesome. He talked a lot about self respect and said a lot of things I needed to hear. One thing that stuck out to me was he said if you have a dream- chase it. Think outside the box + go after what you want. I really appreciated his speech and of course HAD to get a selfie with him. He was super sweet and asked if it was okay that he bent down to take a photo with me- which I think is great. Most people just bend down automatically and some people in chairs get offended by it (I don't usually care haha)

What else has been going on in my life, you ask? Well, I've been booking photo shoots again and I am loving it. I've had a lot of people book sessions with me for practice and I am so thankful for the support. 

I'm also still out of my apartment and going insane. It's been 5 weeks now + they told me another two weeks. I am super excited about how nice my apartment looks but I'm ready to be back into my own little place.

also- My Benefit Cosmetics package came! I wasn't expected it so soon but Dustin saw the box outside my apartment and grabbed it. He said it had been sitting there for over a week he thinks and I'm really surprised nobody took it. They sent SO much good things and I couldn't believe it. I am having some giveaways on my INSTA- so make sure you're following so you can win some Benefit goodies!

I also met with a lady last week about driving again. I finally feel I'm ready for that next step and I should be able to get behind the wheel within two weeks. I'm shocked it's happening so fast but also thankful. I'm ready to get a job and start being more independent.

I think that's a general update- I have posted a life update in a while and I thought it would be nice to know what's going on in my neck of the woods. What have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Meet Kate: Hacked by Kate (+ a 100$ giveaway!)

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your blog. How did you come up with your blog's name?

I am a wife stay at home mom. I have 3 kids ages 12, 4 and 2 and they keep my busy! I spend free time (ie. naptime) reading, working on crafts and DIY projects.

I came up with my blog name because I am constantly finding things that I want for my house, or recipes I want to try. If I can find a way to make it myself instead of buying it, I'll do it. Life hacks, DIY project hacks, recipe hacks = Hacked by Kate

2. It looks as if you've been blogging since 2010 on your current blog. Has this been your own blog?

Yes, I started blogging in 2010 under the name "And Baby makes 4". We had one child and another on the way. But not long after I started blogging I decided that name was pretty lame. On a whim I changed it to "Life as I know it". I loved that name but so does a million other people who have used that blog name! I kept it for the next couple of years and just changed to "Hacked by Kate" in August. Even though I share more than just Hacks, I still thought it was a fun name!

3. I read your about me section and really was touched by your story- do you think that blogging about certain life events helped you?

Absolutely! In my About Me I shared how I had my baby 2 months premature and lost my husband in less than a years time. Even years later, writing about something that made a huge impact on my life really helps me mentally. Being able to process such events at different points in life is just part of the grieving process for me.

4. My mouth is watering over some of the recipes you've posted- what is your FAVORITE thing to cook / bake?

That is such a hard question! I've made a lot of things that were amazing but my favorites are Chicken Tortilla Soup and a reader favorite is the Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole.  My favorite dessert is definitely the home made Cheesecake!

5. You also post some of the cutest DIYs- I'd love to see some of your favorite projects. What usually inspires your DIYs?

Well, like a lot of people, Pinterest has made a huge difference in my home d├ęcor. I've never been good at decorating and having all the ideas right in front of my face has made it easy for me! And while I'm always looking for something new on Pinterest, I'm trying to actually make some of the things on my idea boards! I have multiple DIY projects that I will be making soon and I am already excited to share them!

I have several favorites!

This lady is amazing + her story is super touching. Take some time to check out some of the links she mentioned and show her some love. Thanks for stopping by, Kate!

and now, it's giveaway time! 

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