Archive for September, 2015

  • Chapter 124- Elm Grove Art


    My friend Keila (of Mommy In Milwaukee) and I attended a Momma’s Night Out at Elm Grove Art last weekend, and I have to tell you that it was so fun!  I was a little nervous about leading the discussion about motherhood (Keila and I were hosting the night, as Mom Bloggers).  I don’t actually feel like a “Mom Blogger” because this is such a hobby for me, and also because in no way am I qualified to give anyone advice.


    BUT…when we arrived, we were welcomed by two of the most genuine, funny, and kind ladies I’ve met.  Katy Oberst and Danielle Heckenkamp are co-owners, who have created a super fun and casual space for people to socialize and make some art.  We were greeted with beautiful flowers that Danielle arranged, as well as some delicious chocolate.  Oh, and they serve wine and beer.  So um, yeah.  Can’t really go wrong.


    We sat down with nine other moms in the party room, gathered around a table, and shared stories about motherhood and what we’ve learned.  It was such a nice opportunity to hear from some other women who are interested in helping create a community of support, who give themselves a break, and who try and move through this role in life with grace.

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    Then, we grabbed some complimentary candy and headed to the easels.  Miss Katy led us through making a painting of a cherry blossom tree, which included some jokes, some instructions, some questions, and lots of laughs.  It was perfect for people with lots of experience in art, as well as folks who’d never painted before.


    Katy and Danielle have only been open for about four months, and already have so many different ways to make art.  They host birthday parties, rent out the space, have holiday celebrations and more.  They are going to add in a “craft” night as an option.  Have you ever seen a DIY project on Pinterest, but not wanted to gather all the materials and clean up the mess?  Well, keep an eye out for those!  Also, join in at the next Momma’s Night Out!  You can come and hang out, socialize, and make something amazing to bring home.


    And here’s the pretty kick ass bunch of ladies (minus Danielle and Katy) that I got to hang out with.  It was so great to meet everyone, and I hope we can meet up again!


    When my kids saw the painting I made, they were ASTOUNDED that I could do such a thing and asked to have it up in their room.  Win!


    And as an additional bonus, we are still enjoying the beautiful flowers from Danielle!

    For the record, this is NOT what my dining room table looks like normally.  Currently there are about 50 pieces of paper, 100 colored pencils, some books and pieces of broken toys taking up most of the tabletop.

    Check out Elm Grove Art’s website for a calendar of events, and I’ll hopefully see you November 21st at the next Momma’s Night Out!

    A. Storm



  • Chapter 123- Green Meadows Petting Farm


    Greetings!  Back to school season…I’m learning that it’s not hard just for kids to get on a new schedule, it’s hard for me too!  I’m trying to catch up on the end of summer here, and realized I haven’t yet posted about the amazing Green Meadows Petting Farm.

    I had a Living Social coupon to use (and it was such a $$ saver!) and went to the farm a few weeks ago with my sister in law and her son.  It was such an epic day, because the farm is HUGE and there’s a ton to explore!


    We first rode the horses, and my youngest was not quite sure about.


    We cruised around the lawn on trikes and bounced on horses and slid down slides.

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    And then we made it to the chicken coop!  Everyone loved holding the chickens and being brave.  Those things occur simultaneously for my kids.

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    And we pet baby ducks!


    And baby cows!


    And baby cats!

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    And we ended our day with a hayride.  It was glorious.  We’ll be back next year for sure!

    Hope everyone’s start to school is going well!

    A. Storm