WTH is Mom Camp?!

What's Mom Camp, you ask? Well, it all started last year when I decided I was getting these friends of mine together for a girls' trip if it was the last thing I did. I had been begging them for what seems like decades to come visit me (I'm the one who moved so gosh darn far away from them all).

Over the last few years, we had toyed with the idea of getting together and going somewhere fun, but our schedules just never seemed to work out. We had little kids, we are teachers, we are wives, we had busy schedules. During Covid, I think we all kind of came to the realization that we aren't on this earth forever and we need to make time for ourselves and our loved ones.

I finally convinced 6 of them to just throw caution to the wind and meet me in Asheville, NC for a few days. When I had booked the Airbnb and my flight, I told me daughter the plan. She was like, "A  trip with your friends?" And I just said, "It's like how I send you off to summer camp, except it's me who's going this time." And we laughed at the thought of moms going to summer camp.

Thus, Mom Camp was born. Now, don't get me wrong. We have a couple of us who aren't moms in the traditional sense of the word, but they 'mother' nonetheless. One of them is an elementary school teacher and the other is one of the most caring people I know - they both definitely fit the role of mother, whether they have children of their own or not.

8 of the 10 of us are school friends, some of us knowing each other since we were babies. The other two are friends we picked up over the years and have come to be part of our badass girl gang.

We had such a great time in Asheville last year that we decided to go every year! We have a Facebook group where we put out a vote and everyone picked Seattle as the majority of us had never been. We added 4 to this year's trip and we think that 10 is just the right number. Any more than that and it's hard to get everyone to agree on where to go, what activities we want to do, and find a house big enough to hold us all.

We typically like staying in a house so we can all come together and have dinner at night under one roof. We know that not all of us want to do the same things during the day and so we split off into usually two or three smaller groups to go have fun and then meet up at the house for dinner and what we call "hot tub confessions" where we spill our guts.

We talk like women do when we get together. We share our deepest secrets and great recipes, and parenting wins and fails, and marriage highs and lows. It's a lot and there is never anything off the table. We've shared parent, child, and grandchild losses; medical diagnoses, and so much more.

These women know me in a way no one else on this earth knows me. They knew me as a kid, a teen, a young woman, a young mother, and now as the mom to a couple of young adults. Some of them are grandmothers, some are divorcees, some have been married for years.

The things that we all are? Supportive, empathetic, and open-minded. You can't have that many friends for this many years without having those three things in common.

I absolutely recommend going on a Mom Camp trip with your besties. It's the absolute greatest thing in the world for reminding you of what an adorable badass you are. They raise you up, for sure.


Women Against Bullshit

Mom Camp in Seattle at Pike Place Market
Mom Camp in Seattle at Pike Place Market

Things I Wore in Seattle

The Women Against Bullshit shirts (seen above) were an absolute hit at the Market. We were celebrities by the end of the day. Women wanted to pose for photos with us, and men had so many questions about what kind of bullshit we were against. Most were all, "Yeah, down with the bullshit!" Especially the older generations, which we absolutely loved!

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I purchased these sandals for the summer but they were so comfortable to walk in that I took them on my Seattle trip and wore them most days walking around. They did not rub or slide at the Market and I loved that they looked so cute with jeans.

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I wore them with these Good American jeans in a size 6.  Paired with the "Bullshit" shirt above.

Pike Place Market Pig and me, showing off our super cool 'fits.
Pike Place Market Pig and me, showing off our super cool 'fits.

I was so comfortable in this outfit the entire day we went chasing waterfalls, against TLC's advice.

Seriously, though, the Teva sandals were made for hiking and getting a little wet.

The leggings were the most comfortable and an almost exact replica of Vuori but with pockets!

And the thin sweatshirt was so soft and just the right thing for a slight breeze and high of 68*. That raspberry color looks good on just about everyone, too.

That cross-body purse? Lululemon dupe, and gets TONS of compliments. I like it so much I have three colors. So much room for all the things I need to put in there. Chapstick, lipstick, tampons, money, cards, and my phone (although I had it out the entire trek because the area was slap gorgeous!).

Me and friends at Snoqualmie Falls.
Me and friends at Snoqualmie Falls.

When it got a little chilly at the waterfall, I paired the entire outfit with this super cute Kut From the Kloth Denim jacket. 

Check out the beautiful Snoqualmie Falls in the background! Such a gorgeous landscape and I'm so lucky to have shared that experience with my besties!

Here's a little history of the falls, and how the Snoqualmie Tribe has purchased back their land.

Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge in the background.
Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge in the background.
Some of the best friends a girl could ever wish for!
Some of the best friends a girl could ever wish for!

And, last but not least, we went to the Le Faux Throwback Brunch at Julia's on Broadway in Seattle. One of the best drag shows I've ever been to! The performers were amazing, the costumes were so so good, and the vibe was awesome.

Love was in that room - so much love it was overflowing into the hearts of everyone there! The people who perform drag are some of the nicest, and most giving, people. It's a shame what's happening to this art form. And it truly is an art form! There was nothing sexual and nothing I wouldn't want my children to see. Dressing in drag has been part of our history for centuries and it's only being used as a dog whistle to get some of us to look the other way while some of the worst atrocities are happening in schools and places of worship, where kids are supposed to be safe.

I will forever and always support Drag and call out the bullshit I see happening elsewhere.

If you're in the Seattle area, I highly suggest supporting any of these shows. And if you're elsewhere in the country, support your local Drag shows.

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