If My Gnome on the Roam ® were an ordinary children’s book, the story would end there.
But the adventure is only beginning...
Your very own customizable DIY gnome arrives in his suitcase along with his favorite things: a copy of My Gnome on the Roam ®, and a custom made journal full of blank pages to be filled. Its an invitation for a family experience designed to help you and your kids explore and create, offering countless hours of fun and connection. Because life is about more than just reading stories—it’s about living them!
Our GoalOur goal is to help you build creative family adventures, even in the middle of the week. With My Gnome on the Roam ® and a little imagination, you can build a lifetime of memories in as little as 30 minutes a week.
Our MissionOur mission is to encourage and inspire genuine moments of family engagement and to change the world, one happy memory at a time.
The Mommys and the Muses
Anne Armstrong, Founder and Chief Creative Officerhippie, bliss junkie, spiritual gangster, and perpetual student Anne is a mother, middle school teacher and out-of-the-box thinker from Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Master's and Ed. Specialist degree in gifted education. Anne takes an energetic, innovative approach to teaching, and has an insatiable curiosity about other people and places. That’s why her middle school students call her the Field Trip Queen. Now a published children’s author, Anne tries to live by a phrase coined by some of her brilliant students, and borrowed with their permission :: "Make your life a book worth reading."
Make your life a book worth reading.
Lisa Hurt Kozarovich, Wordsmith
Spitfire. Explorer. Curiouser & Curiouser
A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Lisa worked as a reporter and managing editor at newspapers around the country before becoming a freelance writer published in national newspapers, magazines and books, including the New York Times, Family Circle, Baby Years, Pregnancy, Woman’s World and the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, among others. She’s also appeared on national TV programs including Nancy Grace and Dr. Oz.
She lives in Louisville, Ky., with her 8-year-old daughter Ava, husband Steve, and house full of rescue pets. She works as an elementary school teacher and is currently writing the second book in the “My Gnome on the Roam” series.
Emily Sue Laird, Art Director Extraordinaire
super-creative, crafts wizard and DIY Mastermind, Emily’s motto is “DIY-not?” She is masterful at figuring out how to make things through the process of reverse engineering…be it a craft, a language or a new form of technology.
Emily Sue Laird is a visual artist, production designer, and installation artist in Nashville, Tennessee. In the past few years, she has designed custom work for several brands like The Bang Candy Company, West Elm, and Imogene & Willie. Since her move to Music City, Emily has designed custom art for multiple music festivals including Marathon Music Works’ Block Party and Nashville Scene’s 25th Birthday Bash. Her work has been featured by Nashville Scene, Native Magazine, and Lightning 100. Emily’s work can be seen here.
Brenda Marshmallow (her pom puppy), and Lolita (munchkin) Cat are the very adorable and very miniature muses in Emily’s life…satisfying her obsession with all things tiny and precious.
Atticus is a tiny buddah, rock climber, and dance party aficionado. He shares both a birthday and a mean blue guitar fetish with Elvis Presley.
Ava is a 7-year-old who finds adventure wherever she goes, taking pictures & writing stories all along the way.
We are busy moms....we get it. On a good day, we barely have time to cross off all the items on our "to do" list, let alone build in quality family time. But research shows that even a small amount of time (10-15 engaged minutes) can do wonders for a child's self-esteem, can make them bully-proof, even prevent disease. We provide all the tools and inspiration needed to transform these mighty minutes into fun, creative adventures.
After reading My Gnome on the Roam ®, you’re encouraged to take your gnome out to explore the world beyond your own picket fence. No adventure is too big or too small. You might travel halfway across the world or stroll to the duck pond in the park across the street. Don’t forget to take a picture! You can even follow the adventures of other children and their gnomes through our downloadable app. This allows you to explore and learn about parts of the world you may not yet have had the opportunity to visit.
After your adventure, it’s time to create. Record your story in your family adventure journal and register your gnome on our app to share it with the broader community. Share a picture of you and your gnome in action on our Instagram page, or tell us something wonderful you learned about the place you visited together. The entire My Gnome on the Roam ® experience is intended to inspire art and creation. Families are encouraged to create music, food, visual art, blanket forts, science experiments and anything else they can dream up in response to the stories of Gustav (the original gnome!) and his many new friends.
My Gnome on the Roam ® is designed to help your family connect with each other and other families across the street and across the globe in a consistent and meaningful way. By providing all of the tools and inspiration you could possibly need, we make it easier to find the time to connect with your child and to add creativity and adventure to your everyday lives. Your contribution is more than an investment in our project, its an investment in your family!