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Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five children, ranging in age from toddler to teenager. In addition to blogging for Babble Voices, she also publishes her own blog, Big Good Thing, and she works full time in digital media with a large cable network. When she isn't at work, blogging, or washing someone's socks, Katie enjoys working in her flower garden, riding her bike, and feeding the chickens she keeps in the backyard of her family's large and totally impractical, 113-year-old Victorian house.

Christmas Movies: The Holiday Must-Sees

Although I absolutely loooooove Christmas, sometimes it’s hard for me to get in the mood at the start of the season. Once I get my Christmas spirit on, I am so into the holidays that I think I sometimes exhaust my family with my enthusiasm (“HAVE ANOTHER SUGAR COOKIE, KIDS! THEY HAVE SANTA SPRINKLES!!!), but MORE »

Sicilian Sisters Grow Some Food

Ten Bloggers I Think You’ll Love As Much As I Do (PART I)

As a blogger myself, as well as an avid blog reader, I am always really happy to discover new (to me, anyway) bloggers who capture my attention and interest in a really compelling way. I am talking about the kind of blogs where after just a visit or two, I am hooked, and I become MORE »

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Tax Agency Comes After My 12 Year Old Nephew

I am not one of those folks who complains all the time about paying taxes, or slags the IRS on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong; I see the inefficiencies, as well as the occasional and sometimes major corruption of state and federal tax collection agencies. But I have plenty of things to complain MORE »

And them there were four...

To Tell Or Not To Tell – That Is The Question

It’s almost 9 pm on Halloween, and we’ve just returned home after a super fun round of Halloween festivities. Well, at least four of us are home now:  Jon, G, C and me. J, our college freshman, is at some big costume party on campus tonight.  She went dressed as a Martian. Here’s a blurry photo MORE »

I Want To Move To The Beach

I Want To Move To The Beach (Is That Such A Crazy Idea?)

Let’s start right out with me admitting that I have a very, very good life here in East Tennessee. I am happily married to a great fella. I have four healthy children. I have a great job with an excellent company, and I get up every morning happy to go in to my office. I MORE »

Best Hair Day Ever

My Best Hair Day Ever: This Is What It Looked Like

Let me start right out by conceding that this very well may be the most self-indulgent and downright silly thing I have ever blogged about. But I just had to share this with you all because it was so much fun. Having now gotten this admission that writing about my best hair day ever is MORE »

Vintage Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring

Our Wedding Day: Sharing My Very Favorite Photos

UPDATE: I have about 50 more photos I plan to add to this wedding anniversary slideshow over the next 24 hours as I have time, but for the moment tonight, I am exhausted and need to hit the sack for the evening. But please do check back tomorrow for a much-expanded wedding anniversary slideshow – MORE »

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My Birthday 2013: I Seem To Have Won The Gift Lottery

My birthday fell during this past week, and to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much in the way of actual gifts… or even much of any kind of celebration at all. Jon & I are on an unbelievably tight budget these days for a variety of reasons, so we’ve both been on the same MORE »

VIDEO: E Somehow Manages To Make Even Dorky Stuff Look Cool

Remember last Christmas when I gave Jon a gift that friends, family – and especially you guys (blog readers) – pretty much universally deemed to be THE WORST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER? Or maybe you aren’t familiar with the history of this much-maligned holiday gift. Here are some possible guesses for you:   Was it the MORE »

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