I’m a woman with a challenge: get out once a week and document it.

This blog started out because I couldn’t contribute my time to volunteering or working in this fine city (cause you know, I had 4 kids in 4 years), but I could participate by going places.  And taking pictures.  And talking to people.  And writing about it here.  So this is my opportunity to go to  the parks, festivals, events, restaurants, museums, trails, gardens, and buildings that call Milwaukee (and surrounding area) home.

I’m interested in experiencing Milwaukee as an individual, a family, a spectator, a lover of the outdoors, a mom, an artist, and a student.   I also have dreams of traveling and getting to know other cities.  While this blog is about the city in which I reside, I have a strong urge for wanderlust and getting outdoors.

I grew up in Wisconsin, lived in Seattle after I finished college, and eventually found my way to the Milwaukee area. Before my family grew, I worked in non-profits and then outdoor retail by connecting amazing non-profits in Milwaukee to funds that support their efforts.  I have four small kids, so prepare for a million photos of them (Big T, Little A, J & S) but none of my Pinterest-inspired and organized home.  Most of my time is currently spent hiking, freelance writing, driving kids to school, and avoiding making dinner.  Some of my adventures will be with a circus of children.  Some with my main squeeze, Theo, and some alone.

I post about once a week, but the best way to stay updated is to enter your email address in the “subscribe” box on the main page.  That way you’ll get a message every time I post.  I’ll probably repeat adventures because who can have the same exact experience twice?

Have suggestions for adventures?  I’d love to hear.

Peace,

Amber Storm

You can also find me on Instagram (where I do most of my time-wasting) and Facebook.

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  1. Amy Nickel says:

    There is a website for the Lake Country Area called The Lake Country Mom. She posts all info going on in the Hartland, Delafield, Pewaukee area. She also charges for ads. You could be the Milwaukee Mom and do the same. Just thought you might be interested in this. Saw you on tv this morning.

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    • amber says:

      Thanks for the tip, Amy! Great to hear about like-minded folks trying to explore. I’ll check her out!

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  2. Sarah says:

    Love your blog, just subscribed. Saw you on the Blend last week (?) and loved what you said about just giving yourself a break. I have 20 month old boy-girl twins and a 4 year old. I get intimidated by exploring with all 3, so I usually bring a family member or nanny. But, I want to do it by myself, so you inspire me! Thanks!

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    • amber says:

      Thanks Sarah! I think exploring with any number of kids can be intimidating…but the more you do it the better you get, I guess. Glad to have you here, and let me know if you ever have suggestions for places to explore! -Amber

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  3. Stacey says:

    It was nice meeting you and your lovely children yesterday! I love your blog. Your family looks they are really enjoying their summer. What more can a person ask for? 🙂 Thank you for letting me know about your blog and I look forward to future posts.
    -Stacey J.

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    • amber says:

      Hi Stacey! I was really hoping you’d get in touch…was great to meet you AND my kids had a blast with yours! I’ll have a post about the concert up soon, stay tuned. Hope all is well! -Amber

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  4. Hi Amber,

    I’m a reporter for the New York Times and am writing a story about family friendly beer gardens. Any chance you’d be up for chatting?

    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Jen Miller

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  5. Hi Amber.

    I was in Milwaukee recently and while doing some research for my blog post on the Eschweiler buildings I ran across your blog.

    Enjoyed reading several of your posts and look forward to reading more.

    Heidi

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    • amber says:

      Hi Heidi! Thanks for stopping by, and your blog looks great. I look forward to hearing about more of your adventures! -Amber

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  6. Heidi says:

    I’m a SAHM, too, for the last 10 years and am hoping to get back into the outside work world next fall when my youngest is in school full-time. I saw you on The Morning Blend this morning and I found your words inspiring and relatable to me. Thank you! Also, I absolutely love your yellow specs! Did you get them in Milwaukee? I need some cool looking peepers!

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    • amber says:

      Hi Heidi! Thanks so such kind words! It sure is a tricky thing, isn’t it? Managing the job of staying at home to manage your home and raise kids while also maintaining a sense of individually. Hopefully we can all be kind enough to ourselves to integrate it all together. Oh, and the glasses? Zenni Optical. Super cheap online glasses. You just upload your Rx and go from there. You’re sort of taking a gamble cause you can’t try them on before you buy, and the quality is so-so, but for like $20 it’s worth it!

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