Katie Bingham-Smith

Katie Bingham-Smith is a freelance writer living in Maine with her three kids and two dogs. She loves chocolate and peanut butter, Coca Cola, and burger joints. You can see more of her work on Scary Mommy, Babble, She Knows, and Mom.me.
The 5 Best Food Instagram Accounts for Busy Parents
As a parent to three busy kids, I refuse to give up my urge to bake and cook. Time can be tight, but I make it a point to get in the kitchen despite our chaotic schedules. Cooking, baking, and eating together remains a constant in so many families because it brings us together. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing how proud your children are when they partake in meal-prep time. Looking for cooking inspiration for your family?
Sep 30, 2020
5 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Easy Kid Lunches
Let’s be honest here — packing lunches for your kids can feel like a chore. It’s definitely easier to hand your child a few bucks for the day, let them buy lunch, and be done with it. But at the same time, I like knowing what my kids are eating; when they bring lunch from home, I feel like they are getting something healthier and are more likely to eat it.
Sep 30, 2020
The Best Way to Get Rid of Lice Is Already in Your Pantry
We’ve received plenty of lice notices from my kids’ schools. Each time I’ve checked their heads diligently, trying very hard not to go to the bad place as I scratch myself into next Tuesday. I’ve never found a thing. Until, one time, I did. A few years ago, my daughter woke up in the middle of the night, complaining her head was itchy. I checked her little noggin and found nothing except for a few bites on her neck.
Sep 30, 2020
The Importance of Getting Your Kids to Eat Regularly
My youngest child would often fall to the ground and have epic tantrums before he could talk. It took me a while to catch on, but then I had a talk with his pediatrician, who suggested I try feeding him when I started to see him become agitated, even if he’d eaten within the hour or two. Guess what? It worked. The pediatrician explained that kids can not feel hungry, but still need nourishment. They often get so caught up in playing that they don’t want to take the time to eat.
Sep 30, 2020
10 Easy Holiday Treats I Always Make with My Kids
These recipes are basically error-proof.
May 30, 2019
After My Divorce, Dinnertime Became Less About Food
The summer of 2003 was one filled with much anticipation for me. My then husband and I were building a house in the country, something we had talked about doing since we started dating, and I was in a constant stupor dreaming up all the recipes I would make in our new kitchen. Walking through our shell of a house on the night it was framed was thrilling. I could imagine myself on warm summer evenings looking out the little window above the sink as I washed berries for a pie.
May 24, 2019
Twix Spread Finally in United States, Nutella Should Be Concerned
Those of you who love sweet spreads, hold onto your hats: You can now find Twix in spreadable form. It may just make you want to cheat on your Nutella and cookie butters. I can’t stop fantasizing about this gooey chocolate goodness. Just think about having seven ounces of melted Twix in jar. What a time to be alive, right?
May 1, 2019
10 Easy Meals to Take on Long Car Rides
It’s the time of year when travel is inevitable. Many of us are going over the river and through the woods to see loved ones for the holidays. And while it’s tempting to stop at every gas station or greasy spoon you see when you are on the road — it’s part of the fun, after all — long road trips usually call for more than one meal and several snacks. For families, that can be costly and unhealthy, not to mention cut into your travel time. (Are we there yet?
May 1, 2019
Why I’m Spending Thanksgiving with My Ex-Husband
Just over a year ago, my husband and I decided to separate, but since it was the holidays, we agreed we would wait to tell our kids about this life change. We both felt like we were wearing a mask to get through it all; I felt comfort and despair in continuing with some of our beloved family traditions. I knew it was going to be the last year we shared the same roof and did certain things together. I became very good at taking the days minute by minute and not looking too far ahead.
May 1, 2019
The Most Popular Cheesecake on Pinterest Is for Single Parents
As a single parent, there are very few foods that I make just for myself. Cooking is, more often than not, about making sure my three kiddos have something homemade in their bellies. If they don’t like it, they probably won’t eat it (or they’ll eat it, but grumble about it). This is why I almost never make cheesecake. I love it, but my kids do not. I know that if I made one, I’d be responsible for eating the whole thing and that’s a lot of pressure!
Oct 26, 2017
Chocolate Wine Is Here Because Dreams Really Do Come True
I love spreading good news and cheer, especially to all you busy moms out there who make everything magical for everyone else during this frantic time of year. Today is the perfect day to do some table dancing because you can now get your hands on chocolate wine. Aldi added Rubis Chocolate Wine to their yearly wine advent calendar. This luscious wine is described as being, “velvety, smooth dark chocolate complemented by rich, puckering fruit and hints of dried fig.” Yes please.
Oct 24, 2017
The 10 Crock-Pot Recipes I Rely on as a Busy Mom
As a busy single mother to three active kids, it can be a struggle to get healthy, home-cooked food on the table. But it can be done — especially when my slow cooker is involved. I love throwing some ingredients in my slow cooker in the morning (especially when my kids help), and going about my day knowing dinner will be done when I get home. Even better is making a large-enough batch that I have a few meals taken care of.
Oct 19, 2017
This Smart Hack Will Change Your Mind About Frozen Pizza
That woman sprinting in heels to the frozen food section at 5 p.m.? That’s me when I forget to plan something for dinner. I’m a working single mom with three kids, and I’ve definitely been known to heat up a couple of frozen pizzas, bust out the paper plates, and eat in front of the television with my kiddos. But honestly, my brood has never actually loved frozen pizza night. They complain the crust is too soggy and tell me my homemade pizza is way better.
Oct 18, 2017