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My name is Katie and I moved to Chicago in 2010 for law school and graduated in May 2013. I’m originally from Kansas City, MO and I did my undergrad at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. I started this blog in August of 2011 because I needed a creative outlet and I wanted to write about my life in a way that other women could relate to and realize that they aren’t alone in many aspects of their lives.


I took up running and racing when I moved to Chicago and after completing several small races I finished the Chicago Marathon in 2012! I absolutely loved the experience, although I dealt with a serious IT band injury afterwards and am slowly working my way back into running, while also trying out other types of exercise like weight lifting, yoga, zumba and circuit training. 

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Along with the many fun aspects of my life, I also blog about many of my struggles, including my stomach issues as well as body image, self esteem, and struggles surrounding food that affect many women. In October of 2011, I found out that I may be intolerant to gluten, soy, white sugar and pasteurized milk. Read more about my initial diagnosis and challenges here

So what should you expect to find here on Peace Love & Oats? Some workouts, some food and recipes, a few thoughtful posts, as well as general narratives of my life, including my current job search, my friends and all the crazy things that we do (book club… WILD), and plenty of pictures of my brother’s dog, Molly!


I hope you enjoy and feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments at!

You can also follow me on twitter, facebook, instagram and pinterest!


**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, personal trainer or fitness expert. Just a regular girl sharing what I know!**


  1. I really like your blog! I don’t know, it just seems different from everyone else’s (in a good way). Happy writing!

  2. Just found your blog and wanted to say hello!

  3. Tina’s amazing. Definitely a role model for me too! I loved her book. I am enjoying your blog! Keep it up. :)

  4. Kate says:

    Hi Katie! I found your blog a few weeks ago and really enjoy it. I am just starting my own and would love to meet up in Chicago sometime if you’re up to it. It would be awesome to get some blogging tips from you and learn the tricks of navigating WordPress. Let me know :)

  5. Just found your blog, wanted to say hi!!

  6. MigraineMe says:

    I am so impressed that you are reading, prepping meals and making time for law school! The last book I read was on my post-Bar Exam trip, and now I just read magazines as a First-year Associate. But, my favorite magazine is The Week, which is a great summary of US news, world news, arts, entertainment, and more!

    • I usually don’t have time for reading but this semester my school reading is considerably lighter than normal, I have 3 classes out of 5 that have no reading at all! Congrats on finishing the Bar!!!!

  7. I just found your blog from Tina’s and I’m so glad I did because I love it! :)

  8. everydayvegangirl says:

    Hi Katie…I just found your blog and love to read about other people’s love for oatmeal! I have a similar obsession. I am new to the blogging community and have a vegan food blog. My oatmeal post was my favorite to write and photo. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  9. I just recently found your blog, and I really like it! I’ll be sure to stop by daily!

  10. Kate says:

    This is a great blog! I’m so glad I stumbled across it. I think we’re similar in some ways; at least I know the pain of being a law student in a new city! Best of luck – I look forward to following from now on.

  11. I found your blog on the Facebook page and i am so glad i stumbled upon it! Good luck with law school. I am debating on weather or not to go to law school. :)

  12. flighttorun says:

    I am originally from the Northern ‘burb of Chicago! I hope your liking it!!! :) Beautiful lake side trail runs!

  13. are u still in law school?? I am starting my last year of medical school this October!

  14. Alaine @ My GF & DF Living says:

    I just found your blog and I really love it! I too am gluten-free so your recipes are perfect.

  15. K says:

    I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. See my post :0)

  16. […] Katie (one of my favourite bloggers!) reminded me with her Pump Some Iron post today that I have to make a doctor’s appointment. I’m exhausted all the time, and I’ve been meaning to get my iron/ferritin/folate levels checked again (they’ve been critically low before, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re back down). […]

  17. Marian says:

    Just found your blog! yay! I can’t imagine having to deal with all those food allergies. I’m just allergic to gluten and that’s enough for me! Can’t wait to read more!

  18. Just stumbled across your blog and I love it! Can’t wait to read more!!

  19. I just stumbled upon your blog from Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian, so glad I did! Can’t wait to read more! :)

  20. Your story sounds so familiar to mine…Im glad I found your blog! Keep it up!

  21. Kathryn says:

    I have been reading your blog for a while and I really appreciate how honest you are about everything! It’s a hard thing to do, and I really enjoy how relatable your blog is!

  22. Hi Katie! I’m new to the blogging world, so this is the first time stumbling across your page! I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your posts. It’s so refreshing finding other women who have so much in common. :) Looking forward to more posts!

  23. Just stopped by to tell you I really like your blog! You seem so down to earth!

  24. Hello from a former-Chicagoan. Thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting – I look forward to reading more about you as well :-)

  25. I’m also a law school May 2013 grad (congrats!), and I’m currently in the midst of job-searching! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  26. lex says:

    Nice to find another Chicago gal! I’m really digging your blog and looking forward to following along : )

  27. Hanna says:

    Hi Katie! Just came across your blog via twitter and added it to my favorites list! Thought I should say hello :) Looking forward to reading more!! – Hanna

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