Katie Brand

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.”
The cover of the book Atomic Habits with text that says "PMC Book Clb Review"

PMC Book Review: Atomic Habits

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I turned 40 this year, and there has been something very beautiful and liberating about the age, but also very reflective.  I have spent these past ten months reflecting on my life as well...

Oh, Baby! PMC’s Local King Cake Guide

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My four-year-old woke up on Three Kings Day (Jan 6) with two words- "King Cake". He knew. It. Was. Time. Now for those of you outside the Pensacola area and especially those who derive from the...

Pensacola Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Guide

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Laissez les bon temps rouler! I am always a little sad when Christmas ends.  We have all this build up and an advent calendar full of activities and then BAM! after a beautiful two...

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 the "experience" gifts over "stuff."  We have seen them too and it got us thinking... If...

Guide to Thanksgiving Made Easier

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FINALLY! The holiday season has arrived, and the festivities can begin. This is what I live for. I have been so excited to host the holidays this year; we were still in Halloween costumes...

Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in Pensacola

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If you are anything like me and my family, we are D-O-N-E with the hyperheat and counting down until we are in the BIG "R" months. We may even have Halloween decorations spooking the...
The cover of the book Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult with the words Book Club Pick and the Pensacola Mom Collective Book Club logo

PMC Book Club Review: Mad Honey

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Is unconditional love a reality- whether it be with your spouse, parent, or even your child?  This underlying question kept recurring throughout each individual storyline that ultimately intersects in Jodi Picoult and Finney Boylan’s co-authored...
The cover of the book "Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo along with the words "Book Club Pick" and the PMC Book Club logo

PMC Book Club Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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On the way to daycare the other day, my four-year-old son and I were discussing the summer break and the excitement of starting preschool in the fall.   Amidst the fun plans of vacations, new backpacks,...

PMC Book Club Review: The Light We Carry

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What is resilience?  This question, sometimes rhetorical, sometimes not, has stayed with me a lot  lately. Is resilience simply to overcome, or is it truly something bigger, something we sometimes do not even realize we...

PMC Book Club Review: Olga Dies Dreaming

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  “I am myself, plus my surroundings, and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.” When Olga Dies Dreaming was published this past year, a book review summarized it as a...