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Welcome to When Is Dinner!

Karen is the creative force behind, a popular blog dedicated to helping busy families save time and money in the kitchen. With over a decade of experience in meal planning, couponing, and frugal living, Karen has become a trusted authority in the world of family-friendly recipes and meal prep.

Growing up in the southern United States, Karen developed a love for cooking and baking at a young age. After becoming a mother and homemaker, she quickly learned the challenges of feeding a growing family on a tight budget. Determined to find a solution, Karen began experimenting with meal planning and couponing strategies, eventually developing her own system for saving time and money in the kitchen.

In 2009, Karen launched as a way to share her knowledge and expertise with others. The blog quickly gained a following and has since become a go-to resource for busy families looking for quick, easy, and affordable meal ideas.

Karen’s recipes and meal planning tips have been featured in various publications and media outlets, including Parade Magazine and Good Housekeeping. She is also a sought-after speaker and consultant, offering workshops and coaching services to help others master the art of meal planning and frugal living.

In addition to her work with, Karen is a dedicated wife and mother of three. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Through her blog and her personal example, Karen is committed to helping others save time and money while enjoying delicious and nutritious meals.

In our home, we eat home cooked meals three times a day, six days a week. I do try to plan one day of rest for me, where we eat leftovers or eat out. I’ve found it very helpful to meal plan so I’m only shopping once per week, which helps me save money on groceries. My slogan is “Because my kids are always asking me, “Mom, When Is Dinner”?! For those who know me in “real life”, you’ve likely heard them ask this multiple times 🙂


I had no idea when I first started this blog how much it would change my life! Most of my recipes are NOT sponsored, and the brands I used are mentioned, since I’m often asked for this information by my readers. They want to know the brand, to make sure their recreation turns out just like mine. Since 2011, I have been fortunate to have opportunities open up for me like becoming a brand ambassador, and working with national brands like Barilla Pasta, General Mills, Pillsbury, Gorton’s, and many more. I love partnering with agencies on sponsored posts, reviews, press trips and experiences for brands and companies that my family and I authentically use in our lives. I am open to being introduced to new brands, and incorporation their products into my recipes, to see how well they work for me. For more information & to see my MEDIA KIT, just visit my PR FRIENDLY page.


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