Who I Am

Welcome to my blog…

Embarrassing family and friends since 2010.

This page was dedicated to my high school English teacher, Mrs. Doris Pierce for the first seven years I blogged. But now that she’s gone, it felt strange to keep the attribution because it was a joke about her being embarrassed about my writing.

I’ve since written about her and how much she’s inspired my writing since then. You may read about it here.

If you enjoy and are influenced by any of the following…

….sarcastic humor, John Hughes, living with anxiety, living with migraines, caffeine addiction, swear words, music, the 1980s, part of the 1970s, some of the 90s, the Chicago area, did I mention swear words, nonsensical TikTok’s, carbohydrates, living subversively, menopause, winter depression, being a mom, unhealthy attachments to pets, houseplants…

… we’ll get along just fine.

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My readers are the most dedicated, kind, and encouraging human beings I’ve ever known. I adore the community I’ve created here and I would love for you to join us. As I enter my twelfth year of blogging, I love the community almost as much as I love the act of writing.

Frequently Asked Questions

My eldest daughter, looking at the Chicago River (2017)

How did you come up with the name of your blog? 

My blog is a love letter to my two daughters, and the name “Grace” is a combination of both of their middle names.

Haven’t you been blogging for, like, ever? 

Yes, I have! Since June 2010, I’ve been writing non-stop. That, in the blog world, is for, like, ever.

My youngest daughter, staring at the John Hancock Building (2015)

What is UP with those tater tot posts, Kari? 

In my first ever tater tot post, I explained the significance. 

Why are you so obsessed with John Hughes? 

Sit down and let me tell you a story.

John Hughes was a significant part of my adolescence and, as I get older, I want to cherish those memories. Writing about him, his movies, and his upcoming museum is my happy place; when I still had Sun-In highlights, blue mascara, and tight acid wash jeans.

All of my John Hughes-related posts can be found here.

Walking down State Street in Chicago with both of my daughters (2013)

How do you have 10,000 plus followers on Pinterest? 

Your guess is as good as mine. Head here to become follower #10,001.

Do you ever think of giving up writing?


Me and my husband, Mike

How do I start a blog? 

I’ve written about it before in this blog post. If you want a blog solely for the purpose of writing, I can help you. If you want a blog solely for the purpose of making money, I can’t help you. But there are plenty of tutorials on Pinterest that can.

I bet you are really creative! 

I bet you’ve never read my blog.

What in the hell is “soul homework?” 

I explain it here.

Crying while watching a video sent to me by my dear friend Ani in which Anthony Michael Hall speaks to me. You may read about it in the post, Thirty-One Universal Things, which is linked below. 

Posts you may like

Here are a few of my favorites to get you started.

Why Chicago Needs a John Hughes Museum by Moira Rose

100 Things I Love

September 23rd


Thirty-One Universal Things

California On a Kari and Anna Budget

Here is how we can stay connected:

I left Facebook and here is the reason.

But you can follow me on these other social media channels:

Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram|

And you can listen to my podcast here.

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I am almost finished working on my first book, and I am working hard to get it published. I’m looking forward to the next chapter (pun intended) and am overjoyed to be living my dream of writing my first book!

Go here to see other places where I’ve written. 

I’m so happy you’ve made your way to my blog. This space is the culmination of more than a decade of hard work. Over the last eleven years plus, this blog has saved my life and introduced me to so many wonderful people.

I hope you will take your time reading through my posts and getting to know me better. I hope my blog will feel like a book you won’t be able to put down.