• Some of my favorite moments as a mom

    Some of My Favorite Moments as a Mom

    I’ve now been blogging consistently for 2 years. Two years ago I decided one of the things I would be writing about was motherhood. I never intended on actually sharing too much about my kids as I’m really serious about protecting their privacy, but, once in a while, I can’t help but document a small slice of their childhoods. Two years ago, my son was 3 and my daughter was about 8 months old. That means there’s actually quite a bit of their young childhoods that have been documented in some way. here While I don’t really talk about them much, I do talk a lot about how I’m raising…

  • Stories and Writing Related Posts #6

    Stories and Writing Related Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #6

    Stories I’ve Enjoyed An ode to student loan debt by Tiny Woman Tall World – not a story, but poem, and I can’t figure out whether I should laugh or cry As Long as I’m Human – Short Story by Nopoodles Writing Challenge by Author Chris Brown Downsized – A Short Story on Write Side of the Road – a beautiful story that really speaks to my soul My Place: Chapter 1 Of My First Novel on Mum Life Stories – stop by and give her your thoughts, especially if you’re a stay at home mom. It really hits close to home! Writing Related Posts How I Outlined My NaNo…

  • Stories and Writing Related Posts I've Enjoyed from the Blogging Community

    Stories and Writing Related Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #5

    Happy Publication Day to (deep breath) Beside Herself by Elizabeth LaBan, The Poison Garden by A. J. Banner, and The God Queen by M. L. Tishner! Wow, today is popular. The first two feel like different approaches to dealing with a cheating husband while the third has reincarnated gods, magic, space travel between worlds, and a much lovelier romance than the first two books. Stories I’ve Enjoyed When do you pray? from Where’s Lincoln? Magpie from Sophie’s world Post-Partum Depression from Thoughts with N Shame by Brooke Cutler – this is poetry and not a story, but it’s so powerful I couldn’t not share it Damned on Cafe Reading Fiction…

  • Stories and Writing Related Posts I've Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #4

    Stories and Writing Related Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #4

    Happy Publication Day to The Throne of the Five Winds by S. C. Emmett! Check out my review here, and another great review over at the Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub. Stories I’ve Enjoyed Would I Recommend Being a Stay-at-Home-Mom? No. Maybe. Sort of… from Geek Mamas Mom Life by Autumn Rain Inktober Calendar by Author A. R. Curry – well, not a story, but this is some incredible artwork from an author Something a Little Different on Sophie’s World Dreams & Wishes: A Short Story from Mum Life Stories Lessons from My Toddler: Moving On from Dirty Toes and Mommy Prose Fiction Friday: He Leadeth Me on Boondock Ramblings Boys…

  • Stories and Writing Related Posts I've Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #3

    Stories and Writing Related Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #3

    Hmm… Either I haven’t read as many posts as I felt like I did or the writers I follow were too busy to post a lot last week. Or maybe I just need to find new writers. I also try to find people who have any kind of story to tell, but last week was kind of light on those as well. Oh, well. Hoping for the best for this coming week. I’ve you’ve come across any interesting fiction or non-fiction stories or great writing-related posts, would you mind sending them my way? Stories I’ve Enjoyed Fiction Friday: The Librarian by Lisa R. Howeler Writetober Day 1 (Ring) from Kris…

  • Stories and Writing Related Posts I've Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #2

    Stories and Writing Related Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community #2

    First of all, happy publication day to The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith! Here’s the link to my review, and check out this review over on readingtonic. Stories I’ve Enjoyed Writing Wednesday|Mamoru Chiba at The Loyal Book – this one really made me nostalgic for my Sailor Moon watching days My Mum Life Story: Part 3 – Depression and Divorce from Mum Life Stories – though the topics this mom wrote about are heavy, this was beautifully written Water by Bits and Dragons – this is part of an ongoing hilarious story. I have little faith the characters will ever see light of day again. Childhood Ocean City Trip: Finding…

  • Stories and Writing Posts I've Enjoyed from the Blogging Community

    Stories and Writing Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community

    The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker comes out today! It seems somehow fitting that these sea-related stories have also been posted recently, and check out three other great reviews of the book: A Pitch Black Ship by Nopoodles Fort and Light by Jennifer M. Zeiger The Bone Ships review from Devouring Books The Bone Ships review from Paul’s Picks The Bone Ships review from Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub Stories I’ve Enjoyed The Raid from A Stroke of Originality – a short story inspired by the planned raids of Area 51 The Idiom Wizard: Chapter 15 by Author A. R. Curry – a fun middle grade story. This is chapter…

  • Everyone Has a Story

    Everyone Has a Story

    Whether a bit of non-fiction or a piece of fiction, everyone has a story to tell. Whether writer, author, or neither, everyone has words to share. The Lily Cafe is a small blog, but I’d like it to be a place for anyone with a story. I can’t guarantee thousands of people will see it, but I can guarantee an audience. If you have a story you’d like to share or a guest post you’d like to write, I’d like to invite you to visit the Submit page. Sincerely, Kat

  • Just a Master of Blog Changes Doing What She Does Best

    As my long-time followers may know, I’m really good about making changes to The Lily Cafe. I suppose you could say it’s kind of my thing. I was hoping my more recent changes would stick. The focus on reading, writing, baking, and motherhood as well as the shift to focusing on the magical parts of life. But this blog changes as I change. It’s a true reflection of me. Now, this new change isn’t going to mean I’m adding new interests. Neither am I taking anything away. Instead, my whole approach to my blog is changing, born of frustration and passion. I’ve been considering doing freelance editing for the last…

  • Finding Magic in Motherhood, part 1: The Mother was a Kid, too

    Finding Magic in Motherhood, Part 1: The Mother was a Kid, too

    Every parent was once a child. Sometimes it feels so long ago, as though it couldn’t have happened. Other times, it’s like it was just yesterday. Today, I am a mother. But, once, I was a child, a child with a mother. Not every child has a mother, and not every child has a mother they love and adore. I was lucky. I am lucky. I still have the mother I absolutely adore. The mother who raised me to be the mother I am today. All because she let me be a child. She let me live my childhood to its fullest. She encouraged me to explore what childhood is so I…