I'm a wife, mother and higher education communications professional with a passion for good design, good food and good fun. And, good wine. I love wine.

A version of this blog has existed since 2010. Since then, I've lived in three cities and two countries. One thing hasn't changed -- I come to this online home to share my musings on everything under the sun.

Before you ask...yes, it was like a dream.

 

From January 2011 - March 2014, I lived in Florence, Italy. I've written lots of posts on things like Italian dual citizenship, how to move to Italy, expat life in Italy and much, much more. Because of the volume of email that I receive, I no longer answer emails requesting information about Italy. Most of the knowledge and personal experience I have to share you can find by digging through the archives.

A few of my favorites are highlighted below.

 

 
My Italian Dual Citizenship Experience

My Italian Dual Citizenship Experience

Visiting Florence, Italy with a Baby

Visiting Florence, Italy with a Baby

Thinking of Chianti

Thinking of Chianti

You can dig deep into the archives by using this search box:

 
 

Living in Europe certainly had perks.

 

It's wonderfully affordable to travel and explore Europe when you're based in a popular tourist destination like Florence. It was easy for us to hop on a plane in the city or in Pisa, or even to rent a car and go on an epic road trip. It may seem crazy to drive from Florence to Amsterdam (which we did), but the drive is only 12 hours. While the cultures might be worlds away, the trip wasn't too shabby.

Some of our explorations include:

 

 
Visiting the Palace of Versailles

Visiting the Palace of Versailles

Paris, Part One (2012)

Paris, Part One (2012)

Paris, Part Two (2014)

Paris, Part Two (2014)

Amsterdam (2013)

Amsterdam (2013)

Italy to Fussen, Germany (2013)

Italy to Fussen, Germany (2013)

Bavaria to the Rhineland (2013)

Bavaria to the Rhineland (2013)

Christmas in Southern France (2011)

Christmas in Southern France (2011)

I'm fascinated by the creative process.

 

For 4.5 years I worked as a self-employed marketing + communications consultant, with a focus on web design and strategic planning. It was an awesome job (as is my current one) and I got to spend a lot of time designing websites and coding them. There is just as much beauty in the code process as there is in the design one.

I no longer accept freelance projects -- although I'm flattered by those that still tumble in. However, for posterity, here are some of my favorite client projects.

 

 
Bella Vita Italia (2012)

Bella Vita Italia (2012)

Bittersweet Gourmet (2013)

Bittersweet Gourmet (2013)

Nicolas Inn (2013)

Nicolas Inn (2013)

LG Garden Design (2012)

LG Garden Design (2012)

 

All photos on kate-hash.com were either taken by me or paid for by me. Please don't use them without explicit permission.

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