Katie Brand

Katie was born in Pensacola and lived there for 36 years with a brief pause in England for two. She now calls Milton home. After earning her degree in English at the University of West Florida, she spent countless sleepless nights deciding between law school or education, but followed her heart and pursued a career teaching high school English and has not looked back since. She and Dan married in 2014, where she was fortunate also to gain a son through marriage. She is now a mom to two big-hearted boys. They spend their free-time enjoying life on the water. Additionally, Katie enjoys trying new recipes and reading all genres-especially cheesy thrillers. She is a wannabe DIYer, who much to her husband’s chagrin houses a sewing machine and Cricut that collect dust while her Pinterest inspiration boards collect numerous amounts of pins for “one day.”

The Importance of Preventative Care (Even for the Busy Mama)

On the last day of summer vacation, I had a plan. We were going to have a mommy-son day. After Wyatt's nap and my workout, we would make homemade ice cream, visit the park,...

Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

  Summers on the Gulf Coast are beautiful and filled with lots of fun, but with the crisp, cooler weather comes a new type of fun- the fall festivals! And boy are they back! Beginning in...

Three Fun (and Sneaky) Steps for Surviving the Summer Slump

As an educator for the past 15 years, the “summer slump” is a common phrase many in the field use when referencing the need to “reteach” or “reinforce” previously learned material. According to an article...

Friday Favorites: Pensacola Favorite Foods

What are my favorite things? As I asked myself this, my first thought went to a dominating topic: a good meal. Then as I narrowed my favorite meals down, I found a very specific...
infertility letter

Surviving the Wait of Infertility: A Letter to My Former Self

Dear Self, You are heartbroken right now. There was yet another negative pregnancy test result. You just received the news from your kind, almost apologetic doctor. You are at a loss. So much loss. Right now, you...
Four Winds

PMC Book Club Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

With most books I read, I try to ask myself who I would be in the story or even who I would want to be. Would I have Atticus Finch’s moral compass?  Would I...

Lessons Learned From a Life with Endometriosis

I remember being 13 years old and reading an article in Seventeen Magazine (yep, we all had them...) about endometriosis. It was a short blurb with infographics outlying the common symptoms: painful and heavy...
day of service

Family Friendly Ways to Volunteer on MLK’s National Day of Service

Many leaders have influenced the history of our great nation. Perhaps, one of the most significant in modern times has been the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recent years,...
Thanksgiving Dinner

Thank You, 2020….No, For Real!

It is that time of year again….FINALLY!   The final months of the year are always filled with festivities. I am a newfound member of Halloween now that my son, Wyatt, is so young. I love Christmas time....

PMC Go-To Guide for Thanksgiving To-Go

FINALLY!  The holiday season has arrived and the festivities can begin. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I think we are all ready!  Can I get an AMEN?! And although it may look a...