Well hello, hello! You found our little corner of the web here at Exploration Motherhood! If you’re new here and just starting to explore with us, you may be wondering WHAT exactly is Exploration Motherhood?! Who are we? (Read more ABOUT OUR FAMILY here.) What do we stand for? Why are we here? Let me share…
Long gone are the days of women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, wrapped in an apron and pearls with a toddler clinging to her hip. As mothers and wives, our lives have expanded and traditional isn’t so traditional anymore. We are no longer bound to the home and our options are nearly limitless!
The reality of modern motherhood? We pretty much get to do whatever we want, whenever we want. (Okay, within reasonable limits… Let’s not get crazy.) For me, this means I don’t have to give up my go, go, go lifestyle just because I gave birth. I do my research and prepare, I pack up, and I roll!
I’m lucky to be able to spend time with my family while also providing financially. I can be present and provide hands-on experiences like never before. I can teach my children to value making memories over buying things. I can find something exciting in my own backyard OR halfway across the world. My sons will learn independence by stepping outside their comfort zones and looking more deeply at their world, without having to leave the safety of my side. Most importantly, I’m lucky to be able to do this whole motherhood thing MY WAY on MY TERMS.
That’s why I’m here. Chasing a dream, sharing our adventures, and connecting with other mamas who value the same things in life. We are here to turn the everyday into an adventure and empower and encourage other mamas to do the same.
Snack. Nap. Explore.
You may have noticed our tagline: Snack. Nap. Explore. Not to be taken too literally, this is my philosophy to exploring with children and living a good life!
Snacks are a life necessity. You will not convince me otherwise. Being prepared for travel with a child is also a necessity. You won’t convince me otherwise on that, either.
I’ll forever remember the fun of stocking up on goodies for a road trip while growing up and I’ll never regret having some goldfish in my bag when my toddler decides he’s starving at 3:00 pm now. Being prepared is important for my survival so you’ll always find a snack and drink in our bag. A hangry person (especially a tiny hangry person) is someone I don’t want to deal with. If I’m ready before I leave the house, I know our trip is more likely to be smooth sailing and I can relax and enjoy. Be prepared.
The other part of snacking is trying new things in new places! Whether it’s a new twist on an old classic, a cultural specialty, or something entirely new, I want to try it and I want to share it with my family! And you know what? This isn’t just about food. It’s a pretty good philosophy overall, if you ask me. How will you know what you like if you never try it? I want my children not to be afraid of the unknown and to embrace always learning more about themselves. Try new things!
I mean, I DO love a good nap (always have, always will)… and every mom knows naps are a must to keep little ones moving… but this is about even more!
Our nap tenet is about slowing down to savor every moment of every adventure with your children and family. When you’re a mama on the move, you can get caught up in the to do lists and running from one thing to the next so much that you forget to stop and BREATHE. Stop and WATCH. Stop and ENJOY. It’s okay to miss things on your list as long as you take the time to thoroughly enjoy the experiences you did have. Will you remember the smell of the local bakery in a new location? Did you notice the bright colors of the leaves or the feel of the breeze in the mountains in the fall? Have you ever stopped to really listen to the sounds around you? Are you teaching your children to do the same? Take a seat. Soak it all in and experience life to the fullest.
Hello. This is kiiind of what we’re all about here. Explore your world!
You might notice I didn’t say the THE world. Want to know why? At Exploration Motherhood, we’re all about attainable travel for families with little ones. While that might mean trips around the world for some families, it may also mean trips to the backyard for others- and that’s great! Exploring is about taking where you are and using your time to really check it out and experience every piece of it possible.
Explore inside and outside. Explore brand new places and see new things. Explore the familiar and see it in a new way, at a new time, in a new season, at a new age. Explore new cultures and go on exciting adventures. Explore your grocery store, backyard, or closet. Explore the unexpected. Explore with new people. Explore with family. Never stop exploring.
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