Neither of us pictured ourselves as SAHMs. In fact, after having our boys, we both had a rather hard time adjusting to the being at home part. We tried the whole having the house perfect, dinner on the table, watching soap opera persona, but that just wasn’t us. We are not June Clever. Getting out and exploring was what we both loved to do! When we actually started doing that we realized that we were happy because we were being OURSELVES!!! That’s when we realized that we were actually not so stay-at-home SAHMs! It was a whole new experience to explore with young kids and sometimes it worked out better than others. Friends wanted to join us on tried and true trips, but not so much on new adventures. Then an amazing thing happened….we met each other! And life would never be the same. We started to blaze new trails (literally…try taking two toddler boys hiking and you will know what I mean) and were quickly turning new places into tried and true places. Friends began to ask and even venture out given enough information. Thus began the journey to our new adventure….Expedition Mom.
Our mission at Expedition Mom is to help families maximize their time and enjoyment together, and encourage them to explore Atlanta and adventures together. We are so blessed to live in an area so rich in opportunities and excitement! From our personal experience though, we have found that so many families are reluctant to try new things together when they don't know what to expect. They may be limited in time and/or monetary resources. We have all had those experiences where we went on a family outing only to wish we had realized certain things that would have turned our marginal family expedition into a fabulous memory we would treasure for years to come. That's where we come in. We are the "go to" friends that give you the no-nonsense low down on what to expect and how to enjoy treks the most. We give you the know before you go....so get out, explore, and enjoy!!!!
Lori Brown, Co-Founder and Publisher, Dreamer:
Initially, I would say I am a stay-at-home Mommy of an adventurous and loving preschooler, but the stay-at-home part is so misleading! I actually tried it after having our Munchkin, and I was miserable trying to be Sally Homemaker and Martha Stewart. To know me is to know that I love adventures. It is the way we roll. My son shares my adventurous spirit and relishes our time out of the house exploring. He often wakes up and ask, “Where are we going on an adventure today?”. My husband often travels with his job, and we love tagging along whenever we can. In my previous life BC, “before child”, I studied clinical neuroscience, worked in the OR and traveled extensively with my job. I still have my Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM) and can be found moonlighting in the operating room on occasion.
As you can see, co-founding this website was pretty much a no-brainer for me!! I love learning to and managing the marketing and PR side of or site - it is just another way I am able to get out and meet new fabulous people!
Lesli Peterson, Co-Founder and Editor,Pinterest Queen,and home-made cheese aficionado:
I'm a "not so stay-at-home" mom of a preschooler, with another son due Fall 2012. I'm also bonus-mom to two teenagers. Besides raising chickens, growing veggies and fruit on our 5 acres, and making cheese (and other concoctions), we are also unschoolers. This flavor of homeschooling means we are constantly making adventures in our home and taking adventures in our community. One of the best ways we have to stay in touch, with far-away friends and family (and document everything we are learning each day), is to blog about our adventures - and share them with our Expedition Mom readers.
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I am a stay-at-home mom to a 2 and 5 year old. This year begins my journey into the world of homeschooling as my oldest begins kindergarten and we are very excited. We are doing a program that allows our son to spend two days a week in a school setting with other homeschool kids and three days a week learning at home. What I'm most excited about is getting out and learning in the world and taking weekly adventures around town to help bring his learning full circle with something more than a classroom can offer him. Homeschooling will by far be my most exciting and challenging job, and I cannot wait for it to start. I come from the world of customer service management in the healthcare industry. By making the choice to stay home, my husband says I have the largest customer service job in the world that never ends...at least not until bedtime.
I am a mom, an adventurer and all round fun-loving 32 yr old kid! My two sons, 9 & 10, are home educated. Our husband & father passed away in 2011 and we've since been joined by a new partner in life, Peter. We are seasoned explorers, all about enjoying life to the fullest, learning along the way and building experience as a family. We can frequently be found, as a family or with our Scouts Den; camping in the wilderness, mastering new skills, thrill seeking, conducting experiments and tending the garden.
Hi everyone! I am a married mom of three kids, ages 11, 8, and 5. I was a stay at home mom for 11 years until this past summer when I graduated from Oglethorpe University. Now I'm working full time, which is a big change for everyone! My kids are used to having planned family activities for us all to enjoy together so we stay busy on the weekends. My husband was in the military for 8 years and during that time we lived in 5 states from Ohio to Texas and are happy to be settled here in Atlanta for good! We all got used to staying active and getting out of the house to make new friends and explore each new city in which we lived. I'm happy to be able to help other moms plan similar activities for their families.
Hey everyone! I am a part time dentist and a full time mother of four beautiful children, ages 4, 3, 2 and 8 weeks. My hubby and I believe that children learn best through hands on experience and FUN!! You can usually find us outdoors tending the garden, orchard, chickens, and goats on our ten acres. When not learning at home, we like to explore all over the state. I am certainly looking forward to sharing some of our adventures with you!
I am a stay-at-home mom to a silly, sweet and, shall we say, passionate two year old little boy! I love being a boy mom and seeing this big and exciting world through his eyes. While I love that I have the opportunity to stay home with him, I’ve found that I’m not so good at the “staying home” part. So we get out and take little adventures as much as possible. Whether it’s visiting one of the many fun attractions that our city has to offer, or simply finding a “new to us” field to run around in and explore, we like to do it together. And on the weekends we bring along daddy! I hope to be able to give other Atlanta-area moms (and dads) the information they need to find fun things to do with their families.
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