Member Since 2010
Name: Katie Kavulla
Expertise: Finding the best and most unique products that we use in our every day life.
Location: Seattle. I have a major crush on this city.
Interests: Listening to my daughter read (she just learned). Exploring the city through the eyes of my kids. Digging into a new book. Being a wannabe runner. Inappropriate humor.
Background: Creator of Being5, a lifestyle and parenting Blog. Freelance writer. Mother of three. Chemistry major in a previous life.
Why did you curate the The Laundress Cleaning Kit and what do you love about it? The products from The Laundress make cleaning less of a chore -- when I'm trying to keep up with three professional mess-makers (also known as my darling children) it's so nice to have something that I actually enjoy using. The products smell good (just the right amount of scent), are eco-conscious and gentle enough to use all over your home, but still exceptionally effective. My favorite from this collection featured on AHAlife is the All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate -- it's part of my daily morning routine to do a little splash of it in the sink with hot water for wiping down the kitchen and bathrooms once everyone is out the door to work and school.
Favorite meal: I’m a steak frites kind of girl, with mayo on the side for dipping. Yes, mayo. With no excuses. My favorite is from Café Presse on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Recent purchase: A cup of coffee the size of my arm.
Hidden talent: I always get the best parking spot.
Book/film recommendation: Norweigan Wood by Haruki Murakami, a Japanese coming-of-age story.
Restaurant recommendation: Dean-o’s Pizza on the Mesa in Santa Barbara, California. It was just up the hill from the neighborhood I grew up in and I can still taste it in my mind.
If I had $20, I’d… : Buy a delicious foamy latte and some new nail polish.
Transformative travel experience: Spending two weeks living at a little house on the beach just north of Seattle one summer. No cable, cell phone service or Internet access. We were so in love with it that we seriously were considering leaving the city and moving there. Instead, we just stayed for an extra week.
Favorite neighborhood: My own. Everything I need is right here at my fingertips, and the lights of downtown are just a five-minute ride away.
Dream holiday: We stopped at a little beach in the Western Caribbean a few years ago and I’d love to go back, via sailboat.
If I could solve one problem, it would be: It’s too hard to pick just one. There are too many diseases that have struck close to home, too many people that I love who don’t have equal rights to marry the ones that they love. It hurts to just type these things.
I wish people cared more about: Supporting public education teachers. Try spending a day in a Kindergarten class. You’ll agree with me.
Recent big aha!: Spending money on convenience is worth it.
The world would be a better place if: Everyone took a moment of their day to consider someone else, ask how they are doing, and then just listen.