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COVER STORY | Family Traditions: The Horan Family of Glen Ellyn and their Love for New Traditions


GLEN ELLYN–Traditions are very important to Collin and Amanda Horan, and they look forward to keeping old summer traditions alive with their 15-month-old daughter Bennett. Collin recalls fond memories of family boat trips along the Mississippi River while growing up in Iowa and this is something they plan to continue for their family as well. Amanda has great summer memories of the neighborhood kids getting together and playing outside until dinner time and feels fortunate to live in a strong community like Glen Ellyn to recreate the same for Bennett.

“We also look forward to building new traditions for our family like our annual block party, fireworks at Lake Ellyn for the 4th, and traveling to visit Lake Michigan,” Amanda shares. “We love attending all of the awesome festivals that happen around the Western Suburbs each summer, such as the Geneva Car Show and Country Road music festival in Glen Ellyn. Another favorite is to have “farmer’s market dinners” where we go to a local farmer’s market and create a whole menu from what is available there. It has allowed us to meet some great local vendors and try new foods and flavors.”

With a family motto of “Keep Having Fun” – making everything they do an adventure while celebrating every milestone and event, has allowed them to incorporate their business as well, and achieve the perfect work/life blend.

“Our social accessory company, Line + Cleat is focused around our love for life on the water so we usually are planning our family vacations and day trips around areas that lead us to a shoreline,” Amanda says. “We love that we can accomplish great things for the business while also giving our daughter some wonderful memories exploring lake towns, boat rides, and days at the beach!”

At home, the work/life blend also involves membership with St. Petronille Catholic Church, participation in the Glen Ellyn Park District Music Classes, serving as a board member of the Glen Ellyn Newcomers & Neighbors, as well as volunteering with Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare. Amanda also feels blessed to be a part of the Glen Ellyn Mom’s Village which has been a wonderful resource for her to connect with new friends, introduce local events, and network with other moms of her community.

Life may take the Horan family down many paths, but their favorite journey always leads back to the beach. “Find Your Shoreline” is not only the motto for their business, but the motto for their life.


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