High Five for Friday

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Folks. What a week.

My mom came down for a visit and became violently ill with food poisoning within a day of arriving.

We all felt terrible for her. I mean, it’s one thing to be sick. . .it’s another thing to be sick and not be in your own bed.

Justin and I were both stuck down with what we are fairly certain was the Nora-virus last year, and it was the sickest either of us has ever been.

I mean, when we said, “in sickness and in health” during our wedding vows (we actually didn’t say that, we used personalize vows, but just go with me here. . .) , we finally got to see what that meant.

Game-changing sickness. So I truly knew how poor mom felt this week.

Anyway, she suffered all Monday morning/Tuesday, but has been much much better now. She even helped me rearrange my office yesterday. In fact, I knew she was going to make it when she said she began to dream of going to Target and redecorating her home. That’s the doodle I know and love. 

Some highlights of the week are . . .

*can you feel how windy it was this day just by looking at this photo?

My friend Kacia made me this beautiful scarf. I requested a cat shape for the button, and she kindly obliged and made (made!) this cute little wooden cat. 
People keep looking at it when I’m at the store check out, or somewhere that I deal closely with strangers, and I truly want to hear their thoughts.

“Oh wow, that girl is cray cray.”
“What a beautiful scarf. Cats are the best.”
“Nothing screams cat lady like wearing a wooden cat on your scarf.”

I’m assuming most are thinking what I’m thinking, which is, “that is the cutest scarf in all the land.”

But seriously, it’s pretty perfect. It’s not huge where your hair is all messed up and you feel choked, but it’s warm and cozy.

I love these blue earrings from The Dotted Poppy. It was hard to choose between the ones I’m wearing and these. It’s fun to wear jewelry that my mom makes! She’s quite talented ( in more ways than one ) and her prices are fantastic. Check out her shop on Etsy


Made this delicious baked spaghetti last night. This was the third time I’ve made it, and it is truly scrumptuois. I did break a rule the second time and used skim milk (EVEN THOUGH I WAS TOLD SPECIFICALLLY NOT TO) and Caitlin was right, it won’t work. So, follow the rules, would ya? I also added beef because my man needs meat in his meals. 

4. Part two of the series on Blogging goes up next week! 


This, my friends, is so true. 

Linking up with this tiny cutie here.

Enjoy your weekend! 


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Trish says · 02.22.13

Haha! I love the cat etiquette. We have five of the suckers so I can definitely attest to the validity of it. I’ve basically resigned myself to a life covered with cat fur 😉

pretty little things says · 02.22.13

hope you all are feeling better! xo


Melissa Mirarchi says · 02.22.13

Hi Kate! If you haven’t done so already, you need to check out Simon’s Cat on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat/videos?view=0 I guarantee you will love it! Double Trouble is my favorite! Love the little cat.

Sarah {Limited Space Organizing} says · 02.22.13

I love the cat etiquette! My cat does all of those things! haha!


Sheena Rae says · 02.22.13

I like the scarf! I’m not a cat-person, but I’d totally rock it with a weenie dog button!

Kate says · 02.22.13

I bet she could make one for you!

Kacia Hosmer says · 02.22.13

Oh my goodness– a little dog would be SO CUTE!!!

Amy says · 02.22.13

Love your little cat cartoon! Such a bummer about your mom, sorry to hear that!
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Katy says · 02.22.13

I love your blog for many reasons. However, one of my favorite is your love of Cats! 🙂

PS: If I saw you in the checkout line, I would fall into the “What a beautiful scarf. Cats are the best.” Category!!

Melissa says · 02.22.13

I LOVE your love for cats! You are making it socially acceptable to be a cat lady! 🙂 I especially love the cat etiquette you posted. Soooooo true!

Heather Carson says · 02.22.13

best H54F yet! 🙂
– loooove the cat button
– YUM to the baked spaghetti
– hilar kitty humor.

xo – heather
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Amanda says · 02.22.13

Good grief you are pretty! If I saw you in the store, I wouldn’t be worried about your crazy cat lady scarf. I would be worried about standing too close to you in general so as not to make myself look even more like a hobo 🙂 Glad your mom is feeling better!

Amy Lambert says · 02.22.13

OMG! I LOVE the scarf with the cat button!!!!!

K Marie says · 02.22.13

Loveeee the scarf!! Way too cute!

Andrea says · 02.22.13

Totally loving the scarf with the cat button! Cat etiquette… Hilarious! I’m gonna have to see if there is none for dogs. First time linking up with Lauren, 26 so excited 🙂 TGIF, Andrea

theclassybee.com says · 02.22.13

omg that cat pictures is hilarious. Love how chubby he is lol

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Kaity Storer says · 02.22.13

My cat loves to eat and then puke on the bed right after! Such a silly cat, she eats to fast and gets a bellyache then has to vomit!

Kendra says · 02.22.13

I don’t really get this big love of cats, but hey – God made us all different. What I do get is how great that color blue is on you!

My Thrifty Chic says · 02.22.13

You look lovely! I hope health finds your home soon!!


dxeechick says · 02.22.13

get out of here with that wooden cat button!

Jill says · 02.22.13

Ummmm probably going to order some earrings from your momma! I have a pair like that from Stella and Dot, but they were much more AND I really love your blue color. So yeah 😉

Shasta says · 02.22.13

HEHE, love the cat etiquette. My cat does ALL OF THEM. Also, love your mom’s etsy shop! Beautiful jewelry!

Rebecca says · 02.22.13

Happy Friday! 🙂

Diana Horton says · 02.22.13

I would pay full price for that scarf! I’m full on crazy about my cat, Walter. Looking forward to your next blogging tips post!


WOM-MOMS says · 02.22.13

Shut the front door – that cat button is great! As a fellow cat lover, I agree on all accounts to things cat-related in your post today – but what got me chuckling was your word choice “cutest scarf in all the land.” Totally. As to the cat-butt-in-face phenomenon, my sis and I were just debating that because of this, my cat is better w/ his long hair because there is a layer of fur protection between his bung-hole and my face when he does this, whereas her cats have short hair, ergo, no layer of protection when they are “sitting” on my lap.

Mags Pomichowski says · 02.22.13

Your friend who made the scarf is extremely talented. Props to her! Glad to hear your mom is feeling better and you get to spend some quality time with her.


Unknown says · 02.22.13

You are a cat kindred spirit!

I work at an animal shelter and love the cat button!

MICHELLE CURRY says · 02.22.13

I love the scarf! It screams “I am one hot cat lady” #donthatemecuzyouaintme Have you seen the cat print top at GAP? It is really cute.


Kimberly says · 02.24.13

I was at GAP tonight and saw the cat print dress and blouse and immediately thought of Kate!

Amanda @ Eloquent English says · 02.22.13

haaaaaaaaaaaaa that poster forgot… stand on your owners laptop at anytime or a book… lol

lilredfd says · 02.22.13

Loving so many things about this post. #1 cat buttons, hello! The color of those earrings is GORGEOUS! And of course my cat does all those things

Melange Jolie says · 02.22.13

I want a scarf with a little doggie! It’s so cute 😀


Katie @ Wildwood Creek says · 02.22.13

Love the scarf, and the cat etiquette rules are so true!

Lisa Mende says · 02.22.13

Hey Katie, I am an interior designer from Charlotte, NC and I used you in a design presentation I did yesterday in the Baker Showroom in High Point. I showed the audience how you have linked your work to pinterest and how it has increased your traffic. They were amazed! I am sure you will get 61 ppl checking you out! Love your blog!

Nilda says · 02.22.13

HAHAHA. I pinned the same Cat pin the other day. It’s hilarious!

I love your scarf, but then again, cat pictures appear every other day on my Instagram!

MannaJo says · 02.23.13

I love the scarf. I am also what you could call a ‘cat lady’. The moment I saw it I was wondering where you got it from!I also love the cat etiquette- I can totally relate!

Jess @ Spool and Spoon says · 02.23.13

Glad to hear your mom is feeling better! I had food poisoning once and it was horrid. Just show her that little kitty cartoon though and it’ll make everyone’s day better!

Healthy Honey says · 02.23.13

That baked spaghetti looks AMAZING!

I have to correct you though, only because my name is Nora, the virus is the norovirus. I had it just a few weeks ago and definitely don’t want my name attached to that most HORRIBLE virus on earth!! 😉

Jenny says · 02.23.13

The cat etiquette is too cute! And definitely true! Love the scarf as well. 🙂

Melissa says · 02.23.13

Haha! You are so cute! Love your thoughts on what strangers are thinking about your scarf. 🙂 It is pretty cute!!

I have a doggie… but that comic is SO him! Except the shedding & (obviously) the litter box one! 🙂

LOVE the earrings! Will check out her shop!

Carla says · 02.23.13

I love your scarf and pin. Very cute!

Thank you for sharing the cat etiquette! LOL and yes, TRUE. 🙂

Rebecca and Lori says · 02.23.13

That scarf is adorable- I LOVE the button. I can’t believe your friend made that!
The earrings are gorgeous too.
Have a great weekend!

ElleMay says · 02.23.13

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Kristina says · 02.23.13

I love the scarf! I’m not a cat person and I still think it’s adorable.


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s jaehnig says · 02.23.13

Thank you for the link to the spaghetti dish. I will definitely be making that soon. Love your lasagna recipe so I’m sure this will be great too:) The scarf looks like it was made to go with your eyes. Beautiful! Love the cat too!

Samantha says · 02.24.13

Just a suggestion for the next time you make the spaghetti dish (or any spaghetti type meal)… Instead of beef, use Italian sausage. My fiance and I both grew up eating spaghetti with beef, but I was diagnosed with a beef allergy when I was 32. *sob* I wasn’t willing to give up my tasty spaghetti though, so I started using Italian sausage. Now my fiance won’t consider eating it any other way! SO. TASTY.

Wife says · 02.24.13

Thanks for the link, Kate! 🙂 Oh and I discovered something the other day about the recipe–if you add more pasta, you can use skim milk. I used 12 ounces and it worked out just fine (although my mom thought there wasn’t enough sauce for all the pasta, but I didn’t think that at all). Hope that helps for next time!

Angela says · 02.24.13

Cute scarf! The Cat Etiquette is so funny and true!

SH says · 02.25.13

Your poor mother! Your scarf is adorable.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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LoriU says · 02.25.13

Ooohhh I love those earrings! I hope she makes more for her shop! The scarf if very pretty and the cat button does NOT scream “Cat Lady” !

Brittany Latham says · 02.28.13

Love the scarf! I need one with a beagle button. I love my pups 🙂


McKristie says · 03.01.13

Love the scarf! Loved the earrings too and as I found the post as I was missing some girlfriends I ordered 4 pairs as gifts!

Thank you for your blog – I love the hair tutorials also – in a week I have done 2 of them!

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Shae says · 08.05.15

Kate, you are just the cutest! Love your blog! I used the above spaghetti recipe shortly after reading this post way back in 2013. Since then I lost the recipe, and the link no longer works. Do you happen to still have it????? ??