Welcome to The Lily Cafe!
My name is Kat, and I invite you to a place full of life, laughter, happiness, and understanding. This is a place where you can sit, enjoy something delicious, and savor a story and some quirks of life.
The Lily Cafe is where I share knowledge and stories of motherhood, set fire to my imagination with fantastical and not so fantastical stories, escape into thrilling and adventurous stories, and return to whip up a batch of cookies or, you know, dinner.
I am the mom of two, 2 and 5, and a furry kitty who doesn’t know what to do with her siblings. While I’m just as flummoxed by my kids as any other parent, I am lucky that my life choices have given me invaluable parenting tools.
As a child and teenager, I loved kids with their wild imaginations and boundless energy. I started working directly with children when I was 17 and never looked back. In college, I created my own major, focusing on child development and psychology to eventually become a Clinical Child Neuropsychologist. Unfortunately, life happened and I left graduate school with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology rather than a doctorate. But the education and training have been invaluable as I raise my kids. Over the years, I have also worked periodically as a behavior interventionist for children with autism, picking up teaching and behavior modification strategies that actually work well with my kids, too. Motherhood is tough, but my education and training uniquely prepared me and makes most days rather easy.
When I was 8, I discovered writing and never stopped. I have more worlds floating around in my head than I care to count. While I mostly enjoy creating fantasy worlds and stories to go along with them, I also dabble in fiction and occasionally dip a toe in sci-fi. Not being a science person, though, it’s definitely not my forte or something I write often. I’ll take my worlds full of dragons and magic, thank you very much.
I’ve been an avid reader since before I could read. Even as a mom of two I still find time to read. I read to my kids at naptime and bedtime, so I prefer books that keep graphic scenes and cursing to a bare minimum, if they need to be included. I’m a huge fan of self-published books and their authors and love doing what I can to promote them. I also receive advance reader copies through NetGalley. On average, I read 4-5 books a month, but don’t always write a review. As a mom of two, I often find myself short on writing time.
For more information, head over to my Review Policy if you’d like me to read your book or are just interested in seeing how I rate books or the type of books I review.
Not entirely accurate as I also enjoy cooking. But I find myself baking about once a week, so it seems more fitting. Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve been on a ratio baking journey. This involves weighing ingredients to create baked goods rather than following a recipe. As I become a more proficient ratio baker, I’ll start sharing my successful ratio recipes (something between listing ratios and ingredient measurements).
Meet the Weekend Manager
Also known as The Husband. He’s the Cafe’s weekend manager, so, chances are, if there’s a post, it’s from him.
A few words from him:
I am “The Husband.” I am a Dad, Husband, Lover, Cancer Researcher, Man-Child and a “little off-kilter.” I’ll be talking about current events, science, sci/fi, sports, anime, comics, movies, books and being a dad. I’m a general scatter brain which will be reflected in the diversity of my posts.
Welcome to the Cafe! Pull up a chair and enjoy some tea, cookies, and a story or two!