An Introduction

Hey pals! I'm Melissa, the half of the mother/daughter duo that runs most of the facets of this operation. The other half, Bailey (B), takes care of almost all of our collecting (which is kind of a big deal because that's really where the magic happens) while balancing a busy schedule full of playing, wiggling, snacking and napping.

If you've been following us on Instagram, then you already know what we're up to. If not, allow me to explain. B and I are just a regular ol' mom and toddler pair who happen to take lots of walks. When we first started walking around our neighborhood without the stroller, I started to notice myself constantly correcting B, asking her to "hurry up!" and "keep up with Mama!" One day it dawned on me that my whisking her away was the exact opposite of how I wanted to raise her. I want to raise a thoughtful person, a curious person, a person who appreciates the world around her and who explores and discovers on a regular basis. If I was hurrying her, how was she supposed to become or be any of those things? I remembered that as a brand new human, she was seeing everything in the world for the first time. Absorbing all of those new and exciting sights takes time and, if she was going to get the most out of our walks, I needed to slow down. I needed to find patience and maybe a sense of curiosity that I myself had lost a long time ago.

Eventually B started collecting some of the discoveries she made. I found myself walking home with handfuls of sticks and pockets overflowing with rocks and acorns and all kinds of other random things B deemed beautiful. I started calling them her "little treasures." Eventually I got smart and started taking tote bags with us on our walks, but I quickly realized I couldn't keep everything she collects because there was just so much. That's when I started taking photos of her collections and posting them to Instagram, as a way for her to look back on all of the things she found beautiful without having to physically keep everything. Flash forward a year and here we are. We've amassed a collection of almost 200 images and B continues to want to explore and find new treasures. She has developed quite the eye and is very particular about what goes into our collecting bag. She only wants the smoothest rocks, the most colorful flowers and the most unique sticks.

As I've learned while watching my sweet girl, getting children out into nature is giving them a gift of opportunity. Nature offers children the chance to explore and play while giving them an immersive sensory experience. B has learned about textures by feeling grass on her toes and rough tree bark on her fingers. She has smelled flowers and seen rainbows form and heard birds chirp their beautiful songs. She has jumped for the moon and watched as ants carry leaves many times heavier than their tiny bodies. There are so many chances to learn, explore, play, and create when we usher our kids to natural settings.

My hope is to use this space to inspire someone, anyone, to usher their kids outside and into life of discovery and passion for the outdoors. I'll be sharing many of our adventures here, DIY nature activities we do that can be easily recreated in your own home, and reflections on our collections for the week, along with featured monthly spotlights on the organizations we will be giving to (they'll be receiving 5% of all profits from our shop) and how you can get involved and support them.

Thanks for joining us on our journey!