I couldn’t manage this blog entirely on my own – there’s too much going on! I’m honored to have a team behind me to keep things moving and continue to get quality content out to you, our readers. Learn a bit about them and see all the expertise they bring to the table! ~Katie
Nicole Baillis, Project Manager
Nicole recently moved to Denver, Colorado with her husband and dog to start a new chapter in life that is focused on a more balanced lifestyle and the great outdoors. A consultant by trade, she has experience in project and program management, communications, professional development, and coaching.
Nicole cares deeply about sustainable living, natural health, eating real food, and supporting local businesses. She’s been spending much of the last year learning and making significant lifestyle changes to reflect these values and KS has played a major role in expanding her knowledge.
Nicole helps handle the nitty gritty of daily details around here allowing Katie to focus on creating great content, teaching-focused eCourses, and the high-quality eBooks you’ve come to expect from KS.
Mary Voogt, Virtual Assistant & Contributing Writer
Mary is a Christian, a wife, a mother and a lover of real food. She lives in West Michigan with her husband of thirteen years and three small children. After a career as an electrical engineer Mary became a stay-at-home mom when her first daughter was born seven years ago. Since then she has been learning all she can about real food, nutrition and natural health. Mary has overcome infertility, disordered eating and OCD. She dedicates all of her time to helping her kids heal from allergies, including a whole house makeover due to palm/coconut allergies.
She blogs about her journey through infertility, her passion for homemade food, her knowledge about allergies and her life with three young children at Just Take a Bite. When she’s not in the kitchen Mary enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family. You can follow along with her daily musings on Just Take a Bite.
Find all of Mary’s posts HERE.
Bethany Wright, Contributing Writer & Kids Cook Real Food eCourse VIP Facebook Group Admin
Bethany lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, delightful 7-year-old daughter, and adorable 4-year-old son. When she’s not busy making a disaster in the kitchen, she enjoys taking all-day cycling excursions with her family and reading books. She comes from a long line of cooks, including ancestors who were chefs to German nobility.
Despite her chops in the kitchen, she is completely unskilled at vegetable gardening. (Her consolation is knowing that in a zombie apocalypse, her role would be the town baker and not farmer.) A long-time KS reader, Bethany is thankful for Kitchen Stewardship’s baby-steps and Monday Missions that have completely transformed her family’s life.
Bethany helps manage the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse VIP Facebook group.
Find all of Bethany’s posts HERE.
Lori Hernandez, Contributing Writer
Lori is a lover of Christ, her people and the earth. She is blessed to be the caretaker of 1 appreciative husband, 1 clumsy indoor cat, 2 spirited children, 2 geriatric dogs, 6 mischievous goats, 6 friendly barn cats, 17 plucky hens, 1000’s of honey bees… and on occasion, a few hogs, turkeys, ducks or whatever other creature strikes her fancy. Lori and her husband homestead on 3 acres in West Michigan.
A graduate of the Michigan State University Master Gardener Program, her spring, summer and fall are consumed with growing food, herbs and flowers in their large gardens. As a result of this gardening obsession, she spends in inordinate amount of time in the kitchen trying to figure out what to do with all the food she grows for her family and friends! During the winter, she hibernates and feeds her addiction to reading books about health and wellness, spiritual growth, biology, farming, gardening, homesteading, finances, earth stewardship, voluntary simplicity, DIY, permaculture, and much more.
She and her husband strive to live intentionally at a sustainable pace, so they can focus their time and attention on their life values of loving God, loving others and loving creation. Her family made the transition to a “real food” diet about 6 years ago after watching the documentary “Food Inc.” and the Kitchen Stewardship blog was a lifeline for them as they swam through the confusing seas of “healthy eating.”
As a former high school art teacher turned stay-at-home mom, Lori still loves to teach others, share ideas, engage in discussion and create beauty in her life through photography, gardening and cooking. She blogs occasionally about her family’s homesteading adventures at Third Day Farms.
Find all of Lori’s posts HERE.
Becca Stallings, Contributing Writer
Becca has been cooking real food and thinking about how to use resources wisely all her life, but she’s always finding room for improvement! She is the mother of an 11-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, a social science data specialist, and the coffee-hour organizer for her church.
‘Becca and her family live in a wonderfully walkable neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where they strive for minimal environmental impact and maximal enjoyment of life’s abundance. Making good use of stuff that would otherwise be thrown away (including food) is one of their favorite hobbies. They also enjoy reading, hiking, and playing games.
‘Becca is constantly adding chapters to The Earthling’s Handbook, an all-purpose guide to life on this planet for natives and visitors. Many of her articles focus on environmentally friendly habits, including a low-meat, seasonally sensitive diet.
Find all of Becca’s posts HERE.
Heidemarie Petersen, Social Media and Ad Manager
Heidemarie is a spirited Catholic, wife, new mother, and avid logic puzzler. She lives in Southeast Michigan with her incredible husband and joyful little girl. When she’s not blowing raspberries or picking up toys, she works full time at the local Catholic church, all with her daughter in tow.
She’s a novice when it comes to knowledge of the real food world, but has been enjoying every step of the journey. With a degree in Communications and certificate in Cinema and Digital Media, she’s right at home at Kitchen Stewardship, connecting Katie’s vast experience with readers who are hungry to learn.
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