About Me


Hi, I’m Kate! Welcome to Be Happy and Do Good!

Life can be crazy! This is made worse when we don’t take the time to value what’s important to us. Instead, rushing from one thing to the next, we try to find happiness and be everything to everyone. I get it! Between work, kids, and home to-do lists, finding time to just “be” is a challenge.

Be Happy and Do Good is my attempt to focus on what’s important to me: Living Outside the Box. I refuse to live a pre-made life! I want to be different: living a life growing my faith, eating real food made from real ingredients, and creating projects with my hands…no kits or boxes required. I truly believe that simple is better!

The posts on Be Happy and Do Good focus on living outside the box by using real ingredients and/or using your best tools–your hands! I hope you’ll join me on this journey as I work to show that it is possible to be happy and do good in our little corner of the world by focusing on the homemade in all aspects of life! 

About Me:

  • be happy and do goodI am passionate about the time I spend with my family. They are the most important people in my daily life!
  • Cooking good food from scratch is non-negotiable. I believe highly processed foods are not good for our bodies and can make us sick. (My husband and I used to split an entire box of Hamburger Helper when we first got married–we’ve come a long way toward eating healthier!)
  • Growing fresh food in our garden is a yearly labor of love. (Even if it is a weed patch!)
  • Spending time writing young adult novels allows me an outlet for creativity. I want to write books I’m proud to have our children read.
  • I am a full-time teacher with over 13 years of high school teaching experience, plus six years at the university level. As a Family and Consumer Science teacher (aka Home Economics), I teach the value of budgeting, cooking from scratch, and the skill of sewing every day. Be Happy and Do Good might seem like a jumble of ideas, but everything falls under the category of FCS. It is who I am.


All opinions on ingredients and brands included in this blog are completely my own. I only want to share what tastes great and is easy for most people to find. I live in a small community, so we don’t have access to fancier products found in large cities. For me, simple is better!

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  • Terms & Conditions: The information on Be Happy and Do Good is solely my work and my opinions. If you wish to use my recipes, please rewrite them in your words and use your own pictures. My posts take a lot of time and they are my copyrighted material.  Furthermore, I am not an expert or a doctor and I am not liable for any errors or omissions on my blog. I may link to other websites in my posts, but I am in no way responsible for the content on their sites. Any comments left on this site are viewable by others, so inappropriate remarks will be blocked.
  • Working with me: I’d love to work with you if your product fits into Be Happy and Do Good! Please send your contact information to kate@behappyanddogood.com. I am happy to share my opinion about companies that share my commitment to honesty, integrity, and quality, and especially those that encourage others to Live Outside the Box.”
  • Future Changes: Due to changes in laws, etc., these policies are subject to change. Should changes occur, I will notify subscribers via email.
  • Questions? If you ever have any questions regarding anything on my website, please contact me at kate@behappyanddogood.com. I am always happy to hear from readers! 🙂



“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God had done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil–this is the gift of God.”

Ecclesiastes 3: 11-13

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