Hi! I’m Kelly.

I am a former high school art teacher turned small business owner. I’ve been working as a designer and event producer for a few decades now. I live in the Chicago area with my husband and two kids. We have two Boston terriers and this spring we are getting chickens! I’m also a Disney Cruise Line addict. So much so, that I recently became a licensed Disney authorized travel agent.

What Is Indie Kin?

Indie Kin is a new resource for families, sharing my love of the following:

  • the very best of kid-centric independent makers and services
  • travel tips and advice for families
  • parenting tips
  • decor ideas and inspiration for families

In the future I will be adding in-person events as well for local families to meet family-friendly makers.

How It All Started.

In 2009, I began working on an idea to create a new kind of wedding expo, one that was filled with small business artisans and wedding professionals. This event called Indie Wed was one of the first of its kind in the country and ten years later, has sustained as the longest-running, independent wedding show in the country.

Fast forward 10 years later and I am expanding that concept with Indie Kin. As a mom of two precocious kids, I want to have a place that celebrated families and introduces them to some of the same creative folks I’ve met through Indie Wed. Whether it was a family photographer, a party planner, or someone with a cool product, you’re covered. Good stuff for great families.