katietesta

I am a mom, a wife, and a freelance writer. I love to research and have a passion for social justice and nonprofit work.
katietesta has written 38 posts for A Common Sea

Five on Friday: Let’s Get Cooking!

    It’s only a few more days until the official start of fall, my favorite season, hands down. Growing up in New England, most of my favorite memories involved colorful leaves or Halloween or apple orchards, and I actually looked forward to going back to school! The air was crisp and notebooks were brand … Continue reading

Hands Off My Chobani: The New Breakfast of Champions

Welcome to Friday Fun, a bit of nonsense or lighthearted discussion in anticipation of the weekend. This week: more than you ever wanted to know about what I eat for breakfast. True story: About two years ago, I was shopping at a local grocery store, not having a great time because I had gone there … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Lessons Learned from Girls’ Weekend

We are back and refreshed after a long weekend with old friends! It wasn’t all fun and games–wait, YES IT WAS! Still, we did manage to learn a few things while we were having fun. Here are the five lessons we took away from our time away: Stepping away from your daily routine gives you … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Girls’ Weekend is Here!

Do you love our blog? We do! Well, I can only speak for myself, but so far, it has provided Lynn and me with a great opportunity to collaborate, to brainstorm ideas, and to express our creative selves. In fact, I think it keeps us feeling close despite living several hundred miles apart. The physical … Continue reading

Five on Friday: On Parents, Phones and Being Preoccupied

For the last few days, I was tossing around different ideas for the Friday Five and I kept coming back to smart phones, and how I use mine for practically everything except actually talking on the phone. Bingo! I could easily list five ways that I use my smart phone. It was kind of a … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Summer Indulgences

It’s a late post, but it’s still Friday in some locations, so here comes the Five on Friday for this week: “Summer Indulgences” (or “Five Things That I’m Obsessed With at the Moment”)   Drinking iced coffee. Hazelnut-flavored “brew over ice” K-Cups, to be specific. I’ve got the technique down: Brew it hot on the 8-oz. setting … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Keeping the Kids Busy This Summer

Apologies for the…um, hiatus that we (by we, I mean I) took from the Friday Five. But it’s back! This week’s post was partially inspired by Lynn’s manifesto, as well as by some articles that I’ve written about entertaining kids during the summer. Sure, it’s easy for me to just throw a list of tips out there. However, I’m actually experiencing a … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Memorial Day Facts

This is a cross post from my other blog here. Come visit! Just for fun, here are five things you might not have known about Memorial Day, to be celebrated this year on Monday, May 28th. 1.) The first Memorial Day was in 1865 and honored those who died in the Civil War. It was originally called Decoration Day, because people decorated soldiers’ grave … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Organic Coupons

I buy organic and natural products when I can, because over the years I have learned a lot about  their benefits, and I’ve read some horror stories about conventional products. I’m pretty certain that some serious health problems I’ve experienced were brought on at least in part by things like chemicals and hormones in our food. As a mom, I … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Protect Those Bones

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. I don’t know about you, but I always associated osteoporosis with frail old ladies who didn’t get enough calcium when they were younger. The fact is everyone is at risk for developing osteoporosis–young or old, male or female. And some people are more prone to osteoporosis than … Continue reading

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