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#OMHG Question of the Week: What is your summer story?

What is your story of this summer? Make space for September by saying goodbye to August and gathering around the campfire to share our summer stories.

The last week of August marks the end of summer for many of us & the end of our two months of Camp OMHG! We’re getting together to tell stories of summer adventures-what we learned, did, + were challenged by to make some space for September. Spend some time wrapping up the month with us in the comments, at our chat,  in the new Community Commons for our members.

*Update: I will miss our chat next week because I’ll be picking my sweet Sela up from her first day of school but we’ll be back to our regular programming September 11th when we kick off our Compassion Games challenges for our Academy of Goodness theme!

Our weekly questions are based on our themes & kick off our #OMHG chats every Thursday from 1-2pm EST! Meet up in the comments to talk about our question of the week, connect with other creatives, learn from each other and swap knowledge. Want more? Stop by our chats to visit us in real time or click the banner below to join our members community.


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Our Montana Summer Road Trip

It has been a hot summer out West (in Calgary, Alberta) and we are thoroughly enjoying it! This year my husband, my two sons (age 9 and 12), and I headed to Montana on a road trip. It truly was an unplanned adventure with only the vague idea of heading to the Lewis and Clark Caverns near Three Forks, MT. I must say it worked out amazingly well given the fact that we had no itinerary and no reservations for accommodations.

Day 1

Packed up the SUV and our tent trailer. Headed for Big Sky Country. Crossing the border from Canada into MT driving on the I15, you see the Sweet Grass Hills looming over the flat prairies and ranch lands. After passing through Great Falls the highway runs beside the Missouri River and over a beautiful Mountain pass into Helena.

Our Montana Summer Road Trip

Day 2-3 Helena

AM Helena is the capital of MT and boasts a beautiful mansion district and a gorgeous Cathedral. In the morning we went on a boat trip up the Missouri river through the Gates of the Mountains, seeing Bald Eagles and Eaglets, and listening to tales of Meriwether Lewis and the Mann Gulch Fire.

PM Went to a Sapphire mine in search of treasures. We did find some small sapphires, and many cool rocks to add to our rock collection.

Our Montana Summer Road Trip

Day 4

Lewis and Clark Caverns! A wonderful guided tour through huge limestone caverns with amazing stalactites and stalagmites.

Day 5-6, Butte

We happened to arrive when the town was setting up for Evil Knievel Days. We got to see some bike stunts and take in the food trucks.

We also went an abandoned ghost town, Garnet which was a mining town in the hills of Montana, toured the buildings and a self guided walk to learn about mining gold.

Our Montana Summer Road Trip

Day 7, Missoula

AM Arrived in Missoula. We lucked out and there was a Celtic festival that was happening in the downtown park by the river. Fun!

We visited the Smoke Jumpers Interpretive Center and training base. These are some seriously courageous firefighters that battle remote forest fires.

PM An afternoon shopping trip to the mall, hey a girl’s gotta shop now and then.

Our Montana Summer Road Trip

Day 8

Headed back to Canada on the 93 through Whitefish and the Scenic Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park!

We had great fun, fabulous weather and learned a lot about the early explorers and miners that ventured out west. Happy Trails!

Photo-on-2014-05-04-at-4.58-PMMEET KATHY | KIWI TINI

Hi! My name is Kathy and I am the designer/owner of Kiwi Tini on Etsy. I create hand made paper items for weddings and parties. When I am not in the studio I am busy with my family.


This is the last road trip story of August, thanks Kathy for submitting your adventures!

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This August OMHG packed up and ran away from home to join in on the first ever Etsy Road Trip! From Montreal to Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto we got to travel Canada meeting lovely makers, falling in love with local neighbourhoods by staying in awesome Airbnb’s and spreading the handmade love. Check out this sweet road trip video of our adventures made by the talented crew at Brought To You By (watch closely for a guest appearance from me!), visit the Travel Log for notes from the road and read through the road trip dispatches:

This wasn’t a sponsored adventure-Etsy Canada asked if I’d like to tag along so of course I said heck yes- my beloved Canada, handmade goodness, and 9 days of road tripping with Darice, an OMHG best friend? Heaven. A big thanks to Airbnb and Etsy, let’s do it again sometime soon! I’m also excited to share that OMHG will be co-presenting and helping to organize the Halifax edition of Made in Canada. I am feeling very honoured to support local makers and thankful for these brilliant opportunities here at home!

If you could head anywhere for a 9 day road trip where would you go? What makers of awesome would you visit and support? Tell us in the comments, who knows-maybe we’ll be heading there next!