Katie Brand

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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.”

PMC Book Club Review: The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line by Major General...

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On the world news the other evening, a young Ukrainian teacher was being interviewed as she was making camouflage blinds for troops. When asked about a previous comment she had made off-camera regarding her desire...

Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

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I love every holiday. I'm that person. I may not have the mantle decked out or coordinating shirts/jammies each time, but we celebrate- ALL of them- in some way. For Mardi Gras, we enjoy our share...

PMC Book Club Review: Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

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“It doesn’t matter what you look at; it’s what you see.” - Henry David THoreau This quote resounded with me throughout the thematic development of Qian Julie Wang's Beautiful County -our PMC Book Club...

PMC Holiday Gift Guide: The Experience Edition

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You have probably seen the lists or blogs floating around social media, which appear this time of year, promoting "experience" gifts over "stuff."  However, if you are wondering just where to begin for our...

Go-To Guide for Hostess (and Teacher) Gifts

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When the turkey brining and Christmas list writing begins, so do all the parties and gatherings with loved ones. With such joy and festivities, often, it is hard to think of an original and...

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

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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,...
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Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

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  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

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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

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

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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...

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