Monday, October 27, 2014

Meet Kate: Hacked by Kate (+ a 100$ giveaway!)

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your blog. How did you come up with your blog's name?

I am a wife stay at home mom. I have 3 kids ages 12, 4 and 2 and they keep my busy! I spend free time (ie. naptime) reading, working on crafts and DIY projects.

I came up with my blog name because I am constantly finding things that I want for my house, or recipes I want to try. If I can find a way to make it myself instead of buying it, I'll do it. Life hacks, DIY project hacks, recipe hacks = Hacked by Kate

2. It looks as if you've been blogging since 2010 on your current blog. Has this been your own blog?

Yes, I started blogging in 2010 under the name "And Baby makes 4". We had one child and another on the way. But not long after I started blogging I decided that name was pretty lame. On a whim I changed it to "Life as I know it". I loved that name but so does a million other people who have used that blog name! I kept it for the next couple of years and just changed to "Hacked by Kate" in August. Even though I share more than just Hacks, I still thought it was a fun name!

3. I read your about me section and really was touched by your story- do you think that blogging about certain life events helped you?

Absolutely! In my About Me I shared how I had my baby 2 months premature and lost my husband in less than a years time. Even years later, writing about something that made a huge impact on my life really helps me mentally. Being able to process such events at different points in life is just part of the grieving process for me.

4. My mouth is watering over some of the recipes you've posted- what is your FAVORITE thing to cook / bake?

That is such a hard question! I've made a lot of things that were amazing but my favorites are Chicken Tortilla Soup and a reader favorite is the Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole.  My favorite dessert is definitely the home made Cheesecake!

5. You also post some of the cutest DIYs- I'd love to see some of your favorite projects. What usually inspires your DIYs?

Well, like a lot of people, Pinterest has made a huge difference in my home décor. I've never been good at decorating and having all the ideas right in front of my face has made it easy for me! And while I'm always looking for something new on Pinterest, I'm trying to actually make some of the things on my idea boards! I have multiple DIY projects that I will be making soon and I am already excited to share them!

I have several favorites!

This lady is amazing + her story is super touching. Take some time to check out some of the links she mentioned and show her some love. Thanks for stopping by, Kate!

and now, it's giveaway time! 

Disclosure: Facebook and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

This month's advertisement


  1. If I was to win this awesome giveaway, I think I would use it for some new makeup for fall!

  2. Would probably end in the budget for Xmas presents. I'd love to gift my parents with something better than's the thought that matters of course and they are happy with whatever I can get them, but giving them something nice after all they have done lately for me would feel great :)

  3. Bridget Heiple ReichOctober 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I would save it for Christmas presents! :)

  4. id use it to buy some much needed custom made booties for winter

  5. I would buy some Christmas presents!

  6. I would put it towards our Christmas shopping!

  7. awesome idea Kate. I need to start on my shopping- it always sneaks up on me

  8. I feel you about needing custom made things- it's so hard to find shoes now that I'm paralyzed. Good luck girl!

  9. I love that feeling- Elisa. It's always nice to give back to those who mean the most to you. <3 Good luck

  10. Christmas presents, my parents deserve something back after helping me so much through uni x

  11. Jessica Elizabeth HamiltonOctober 27, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I would love to win this to use for Christmas for my daughter.

  12. solarride rivernikOctober 28, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    Christmas shopping :3

  13. I might put it toward an IPad or a laptop.

  14. Totally would put it toward more props! You can never have too many props!


Blog design by Bella Lulu Ink