Meet Cat Davis
I’m Catherine, better known as Cat, a 32 year old blogger here at Mom by the Beach. Although I do all of the writing with the occasional piece from my husband, my inspiration comes from my family. In what feels like 14 short years, our family has grown to to a family of 11 which includes myself, my husband, our three children, my mom and our whopping 5 cats. Yes, I said 5.
My time is filled with raising my three children, shopping, cooking, taking care of our home and finances. I’m a self taught web/graphic designer who enjoys amateur photography and sharing my love of cooking and baking. While a recipe may look tasty now, there was a time that I could burn water and set off fire alarms in my kitchen. It took a lot of practice, a lot of failure and a lot of love to be able to cook amazing meals for my family.
You might notice this blog is fairly new. Well, that’s because our family just moved from our home state of Illinois to the beach living coast of South Carolina. Previously, I had a blog for 8 years but laid it to rest so I could focus on adjusting our family to this new life. But more than anything, I’m so happy to be blogging again and hope you’ll enjoy what we have to share.
Meet the Kids
Mattison – The nerd of the family (said lovingly) and quite shy 14 year old boy, has a one track mind for playing and watching football. He’s also a self-proclaimed expert in all things Green Bay Packers related. He has dreams of following in his father’s foot steps and becoming a police officer when he grows up, providing he doesn’t break his neck on that skateboard I swore I’d never buy for him.
Kaydence – Our sarcastic and sweet 8 year old with the golden curls like Orphan Annie with such a beautiful personality to match. She encompasses all things girly with her unique sense of “I can dress myself” style and daily reminders that she must have her piggies painted. This girl can light up a room with her friendly smile and if you give her two seconds of your time she’ll take a full hour and talk your ear off! She’s quickly gone from 4 to 14, at least she thinks she has with enough sass for the both of us. My husband swears she’s a little me, but I can’t possibly have as much energy as that girl.
Emmaleigh – Life smacked us with the surprise of our second daughter, now 6 years old. A personality that leaves us guessing with her mysterious, watchful ways but can light up the room with her little “broken laugh” that sounds like one of those squeaky toys the dog chews on. As she grows we see more and more of her joker style personality that leads us to believe in the years ahead we’ll have our hands full with this class clown. She’s completely obsessed with Minnie Mouse and all things Disney Princess related which still surprises me. I thought for sure she’d be the “Tomboy” like me but again, she’s full of surprises.
Meet the Pets
This sweet girl is a 2 year old shorthair exotic that was surprise birthday gift for our daughter Kaydee. She’s a snorty, sneezy, wheezy little thing but as sweet as pie and will gladly accept pets for hours on end. Just be warned, she leaves behind so much white fur you’d think you were wearing a cat coat.
This little guy is 2 years and also a shorthair exotic that came to live with us after my mom just couldn’t handle the pet fur. As a cat lover, I can’t resist having him, even if they do shed enough fur to make me vacuum 3 times a day. He’s a feisty kitty that’s definitely all boy but has his moments of pure sweetness and loves to have his nose rubbed.
This big guy stole my heart at a pet adoption event at Petsmart. It only took a few minutes to fall in love with him and I’d like to think he picked me. For a male cat, he has the most loving personality that I’ve ever met and never stops purring. Because of the unique splotch of white fur on his back, I decided to name him after one of my favorite Disney characters, Chip, from Beauty and the Beast.
Callie & O’Malley
As if three cats weren’t enough, we’ll soon be the home to sister and brother, Callie and O’Malley. If you’re a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you’ll totally get the names. Both are Hyland Lynx kittens that come with their own uniqueness. Callie has curled ears and her brother got straight ones. We’ll soon see what little personalities they have to share with us!
- Born & raised in Illinois, now living in the Charleston, SC area.
- Dad, Mom, 3 Kids, Grandma and 5 cats all living as one family.
- Family friendly – no cursing please
- Love comes in all colors, our multiracial family proves it!
Tech Geek – I currently use these products
- Apple iPad 2, iPad 3, mini
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
- Nook Color
- XBOX One with Kinect
- Nintendo Wii U
- Nikon D5200
- Kindle Fire
- Dell Desktop
- HP TouchSmart PC with Windows 8
- Epson Printer
I write where the wind takes me but the majority of topics here are family friendly discussions about our family, parenting and all of the quirky adventures we experience. When I’m not raising kids, I’m sharing homestyle recipes and food .. and plenty of baked goodies too. I also enjoy sharing my thoughts and opinions of the newest products to hit the market and good old fashioned favorites that are tried and true. I consider myself a very brand loyal shopper but am always open to new experiences and products.
I consider myself to be an honest person and never attempt to deceive readers in my writing. I do accept monetary payment for service reviews, product samples for review and monetary compensation for advertisements. Product reviews contain information supplied by the sponsoring company, my personal opinion and detailed use of the product. I strive to write balanced reviews that will provide features we enjoy and features that could use improvement. Each post will include a disclosure in the footer describing sponsor involvement in the topic, if there is any, and we’re always compliant with FTC Disclosure Rules & Regulations.
Work with Me
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Online Features & Work I’ve Done
- Travel tip included on 57 Life-Changing Travel Tips from the Best Family Travel Bloggers
- Food photography for Penelope’s Oasis blog
- Food photography for The Rebel Chick blog