E X P L O R E :: lately my kind of exploring has been ALOT of virtual searches on the web! @campclimb 2019 planning already well underway (dates: 8/16-18) and we have two confirmed keynote speakers and MORE to announce in the coming days!! First, coming from Indiana is the lovely @erinloechner 🍾🍾 Second, the amazing @jessicazweig 🍻I am thrilled that both are females with strong Midwest roots!! Will I see you next August?! You gotta read testimonials when they get posted on camp website. Everything and more that I envisioned for @campclimb has happened and surpassed my wildest expectations. The impact and connections this brand is igniting has me SO motivated and charged up for it’s future!
www.shopcampclimb.com has replaced midwestpicks.com! @campclimb has become a true passion project for me 🙌🏼 This was not a business plan I envisioned years prior. I began my entrepreneurial journey 7 years ago where I opened a storefront selling quality vintage goods. With hard work, constant cash flow (but not much excess!), and determination, fate has led me to a very special time in life for me and my family. No- I don’t have a plentiful, overflowing savings account. I do however have a heart overflowing with a richness I have never felt. There’s been M A N Y stepping stones leading up to today that all served a purpose in ways I never knew had a reason. For instance, all of the vintage markets I did while mothering two young babes and having a storefront (or two! 🙈) where I would MAYBE break even... After thought: it wasn’t about the money, even though at the time that’s what I was after. The connections and relationships I nurtured are what I am STILL holding onto today and continue benefiting from. These relationships have shaped me, humbled me, motivated me, encouraged and strengthened me. Where are you at in your climb up the mountain? Are things pretty messy yet or do you finally feel like everything is aligning? I want to hear! E V E R Y single one of our stories is different, yet equally valuable! We have S O much that we can learn from each other if we just come out of our shell and be a little more vulnerable. I am 26 years old and finally feel like things are aligning, although I am not there! I can see the light, but still feels like a really trying climb that will take great strength and support!
9/11/01: where were you? I was in the 4th grade classroom. I remember that night sitting on the couch with my mom and sister watching the headlines until our eyes drifted shut. What an eye opening experience, though I choose to not live in fear. Rather, I am devoted to being the light our nation needs by modeling respect, being aware, and building courage. I will sprinkle this goodness like confetti today, tomorrow, and every day there after able, in hopes it can touch those in need of GOODNESS the most. 🤛🏼❤️🤛🏼 Kindness ALWAYS. Let’s practice together. #practicekindness
@walnutcreekcabin is the perfect escape for a simple luxury getaway. I took the family here the week before @campclimb to enjoy a few days of QT before kids’ school began and my brain completely went into camp mode for 4 solid days straight. You have ALL the amenities in this abode and ALL the acres to roam. Come with no cares when you visit. Leave the weight of your shoulders on the doormat and enjoy your stay ;) @walnutcreekcabin - Ferryville, W I: visit their profile and click link in bio to book, friend. This is my favorite @airbnb / @vrbo we have booked to date. 🤛🏼 #coldhardtruth
We sent 7-year old Peyton off to 2nd grade this past week so it’s down to these two nuggets. I have to admit, there’s way less bickering. My cool was getting lost a time or two as Summer closed and the girls were constantly picking arguments 🙅🏻♀️ I am for sure so happy to be back in a routine! We are enjoying our time together a lot more. A little less together time = our time together more special 👌🏼 If you need us, we will be in caccoons this week recovering from @campclimb (which was amazing!) 👏🏽
A typical scene in our home any given day of the week... Hugo in a diaper, on top of a table, getting into anything he shouldn’t. You know you are a toddler mom when you think you’re the boss, but you’re not ✔️but seriously 😂 and third kid.... this dude gets the reigns preeeetttttyyy loose compared to those older girls... and I always said I wouldn’t fall into that “typical birth pattern parenting style.” 🙋🏼♀️ It’s a real thing! I am so glad I wasn’t the oldest growing up! @__lesc__ No jealousy there 🙅🏻♀️ youngest or bust... like we get to pick 🙃
K A H L E R: This bubbly face ❤️ We made an impluse buy today.... fake glasses 🤓 new is just F U N. 👓: @target // 👗: @belbambinobabyboutique ✔️
Top knot & a face mask = cliche Instagram photo ✔️ And here we go with a cliche Instagram intro! 🤣 Emma here. Wife to @hicks_spencer - this man’s support and selflessness is priceless. Mama to a 7, 4, and 2 year old. I love these children to the moon and back... a million times over. They give me so much purpose! Background: I took an online course for event planning back when I was 18 and am finally back in my sweet spot of planning after 8 years of other entrepreneurial journeys that led me here! I am host/founder of @campclimb (retreat for female creative entrepreneurs or women wanting to start a business) and @iowagathering (highly curated vintage market hosted throughout the State randomly throughout the year!). My favorite food: brats & sauerkraut (german heritage roots!). Favorite past time: Sunday roadtrips with my mom and sister (@__lesc__ ). What’s your favorite past time?! I hope I don’t ask my kids this someday and they say @apple 🤦🏼♀️ More exploring, less devices. Who’s with me?! #guineapiggeneration #balance As I sit here typing on my phone 😑 I do love technology. I really do! I just find myself in the black hole at times and don’t want life to be a mere blur! It already is flying by way too fast!
Back from sunny FL! What a trip 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 Feeling incredibly confident for @campclimb to go down now thanks to @mariahdanielsen + @michelleacalloway 💡 we did lots of storytelling, coffee shop hopping, very detailed camp planning, and enjoyed eachother’s company beachside. I will hang onto these memories and friends tight.
Campfire supper night one: @campbells tomato soup + cold cheese sandwiches (for dipping of course) 🤩 SO easy! Our dessert was “banana boats.” To make: slice with a knife down the entire banana (skin on!) and stuff with cut up marshmallows and lather some peanut butter in there. We set them in a cast iron skillet over the fire, 5-7 minutes on each side flipping like a burger. My personal favorite part was licking the pan of the melted marshmallow/pb that leaked out of the banana! ⛺️