Hi. I'm Kate. I live in a suburb of Portland Oregon with my husband and two children. I graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. I've worked for a holistic weight loss company since early 2012, weaving through five roles before landing as a Social Media Marketer. I work from the comfort of my home, creating advertisements and posting to Facebook and Twitter along with other social media platforms all day long. It's a dream job. I aspire to be a lifestyle blogger, sharing my diy loves and tips for raising a healthy, happy family. Want to know more about me? Check out the stuff nobody really wants to know below.
Family ~ I was born, raised and migrated back after college to the outskirts of Portland. I currently live no more than two miles from my childhood home.
I grew up with an older (and in my opinion, much smarter and funnier) sister who after many trials as siblings, I consider my best friend today. She now teaches college students how to communicate effectively as adults...it's the perfect job for her.
My parents are rockstars. (Not literally. Figuratively speaking.) They've been married since 1979, so you do the math.
My dad is the hardest worker I know, building and growing a national agricultural commodity trading company over that last 30 plus years. He is known for two famous taglines in our family; my personal favorite - "Remember who you are and who you represent". If you ever thought about 'acting out' as an adolescent. . .this quote would be front and center in your mind. Even moreso as an adult, it reminds me how very grateful I am to be blessed with such amazing and unmatchable examples as parents. The other quote. . ? "Buy the best and pay cash". Now that's just fun.
My mom is a knitting mogul. She is famous in the knitting world, designing and publishing knitting patterns influenced by people and experiences in her life. Check out her Ravelry Shop! Her business has taken her on many adventures across the US, teaching others her skill and seeking out inspiration to add more patterns to her incredible collection. The creative bone in my body definitely came from my mom. Thanks mom.
I met my husband my 5th year of college. Like me, Chris lived most of his childhood and adolescence in the same city as me. We attended the same parish, played sports in the same CYO league and probably crossed paths as kids hundreds of times, but we didn't officially put two and two together until we were in our mid-20's. Sharing many mutual friends from our past is a bond that still surprised us both to this day.
Chris and I got married in the late summer of 2012. One of the best parts about our wedding was the amount of people who didn't realize the vast number of mutual friends we shared - it felt like a giant friend reunion.
My husband is the best part of my life, (other than my kids, which I'm sure he would equally admit). He is the truly the kindest person I have ever met. His tenacity and drive for providing the best life for our growing family proves that I got the better end of the deal in marrying this amazing man. How on earth did I trick him? 😉
Preston joined our family in late July of 2015, although she was really meant to arrive in September. Yes, our daughter made her appearance 6 weeks early, and at 4.2 pounds she was no bigger than a guinea pig. We call her 'sweetpea' and this nickname couldn't be more fitting. Preston is the sweetest and most kind natured kid...just like her dad.
After adapting to life with one amazing kid, Chris and I decided that we were ready to expand our family further and that two years between siblings would be the perfect plan. Plans, as most people know, don't always go accordingly. In April 2018 we welcomed Benson to our family. Much to our surprise, Ben arrived 9 weeks early. Like Preston, he spent some time in the NICU at the amazing Randalls Children's Hospital in Portland. Benson was born at 3 pounds, 12 ounces...a large hamster if you can imagine. Our little man has a oh so special place in our family as he's the first and most likely last grandson. His personality is just starting to flourish and I can't wait to experience him meshing into our already crazy family.
The birth experience of both of my children was not for the faint-hearted and deserves it's own post in due time. Being a mom has changed the way I live my life and not just in that I have to plan even more so now than I did before (and everyone knows I plan everything). Being a mom has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. It has given me a deeper purpose to live my best life, an improved life, a life that I can be proud of showcasing and mentoring my kids from. Apparently this isn't some kind of crazy phenomenon, but this happens to lots of people. I'm so thankful I'm fortunate enough to be one of those people. Don't get me wrong, I don't have the perfect life...but being a mom sure makes you want to strive for one. If you can't tell, family is everything to me.
Other kinds of love ~ Running use to be a huge passion of mine. I still consider myself a runner, but really have a love for just being physically active outdoors. Exercise, and especially outdoor exercise, is a form of therapy for me. I may not run 15 miles/week anymore, but I will always have a special love for running. Running helped me lose twice the freshman 15 in college (yes, I use to be 35 pounds overweight). Running also helped me work through some of the toughest times in my life, the death of close family members, the end of friendships and relationships, and the rebuilding of self.
Along with exercising, I love to garden. I have a 70+ square foot flower garden in my back yard that is my pride an joy from May through November every year. I also grow a plethora of vegetables. Chris and I often joke that if we had chickens and a cow in our backyard, we'd never have to leave.
One of my favorite things about living in Oregon is that we get to experience all of the seasons. As much as Oregonians complain about the rain...I really don't mind it. When the weather turns, my interests transition to the kitchen. I have always loved to bake but over the last 5 years have really developed a passion for cooking. Creating a recipe from scratch or formulating a previously created recipe into a healthier version is so much fun!
The start of homebyhuth ~ My last name is Huth, pronounced
'H-ew-th'. I am literally shocked when someone pronounces it correctly. I think that comes from the fact that I had a very common maiden name which was nearly impossible to butcher. The first time I hash-tagged 'homebyhuth' on an Instagram post, it was really meant as a fun joke after one of our good friends made a comment that Chris was the modern-day Al Borland. We decided we wanted to shiplap a wall in our home and after being pretty impressed with my husbands carpentry skills I decided to share his talent with my social media followers. This hashtag soon became standard to anything diy, family, flowers and food related in our home. Thus, homebyhuth was born.
"Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world."
- Brene Brown