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. I don’t just want to be your new best friend (though that would be just lovely), but I hope you can find a new friend while you’re here.
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 toddlers, 1 and 4, 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.
My mom says I’ve loved books since before I could read. Once I discovered how to read, I took off. At 10, I gave up toys and saved up for books. At 12, I was wandering into the world of adult fantasy. At 13, my mom was handing me her books (an eclectic mix of mystery, fantasy, fiction, and romance) out of desperation because I read so quickly and she didn’t have the time to constantly take me to the bookstore or library. Unfortunately, as a mom, reading time is rare, but I try.
For more information, head over to Guidelines and Rating System 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. I love baking, especially cookies and cake. I grew up with a mom who loves to bake and she taught me as soon as I was tall enough to see over the counter while standing on a chair. I’m so happy to be able to do the same with my babies. Though only the oldest can see over the counter while standing on a chair. The younger one insists on being carried. I think my arms are in terrific shape.
I blog to share what I know and discover. I hope to keep things fun, informative, and casual. Imagine a seaside cafe full of natural light and beautiful calla lilies, where you can enjoy understanding companionship alongside your beverage and dessert of choice. This is a place of friends, old and undiscovered, where you can easily pass on through or stay for awhile.
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!