About

ABOUT

I live on 5 acres near St. Louis, Missouri, and adore Missouri. No matter where I travel, Missouri is home. I have three sons, ages 20 years, 18 years, and 16 years (as of winter 2024).

I start my mornings with either black coffee or hot tea. I create — words, graphics, photos, ideas, crafts.

My husband has 3 kids, and we even have 2 granddaughters and a grandson with the fourth grandbaby arriving this summer.

BUSINESS

I am the Queen of Guest Experience for Touch Stay digital guidebooks. Originally created for vacation and short term rentals, but really, our platform can be a guide to anything – tourism guides, event guides, training manuals, wedding apps, playbooks…anything you can dream of that has content you want to beautifully and easily present to your users.

Nat and Tyann Fairy Pools Scotland

Visiting the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye

I BOUGHT A BANK

It’s part of my 2 boutique vacation rental management brands of curated properties.

The Bank Haus has 2 original vaults where you can legally launder in the Ozarks and is now a 4 bedroom vacation rental. I also purchased the little house next door, and it is a 1 bedroom vacation rental.

Located in Marthasville, Missouri, they are across the street from the Katy Trail and the edge of Missouri wine country. These are a part of our collection of vacation rentals in Missouri wine country, both ones that I own and some that I manage. You can see them at Missouri Haus.

The second brand is Branson Family Retreats. We own four vacation homes in Branson, Missouri at Table Rock Lake and manage several as well. You can stay at them with your family or friends for a few days getaway or a week vacation.

We were recently voted Best Vacation Rentals, Best Dog-friendly Lodging, and Best Family-friendly Lodging in Branson.

SPEAKING

I speak at summits and conferences, teach workshops, and write ebooks about communication and the guest experience, especially the vacation rental niche. Check my events and travels and see my press.

SIDE BUSINESSES

My photography includes vacation rental properties, commercial shoots, travel, headshots, small business, and the occasional family and high school senior. I also have a line of sports art I call For the Love of the Game.

My painting is a line of custom children’s room decor called the Little Elephant Company. It is a three-time Martha Stewart Handmade Award Nominee, and I would ship creations all over the world. I retired this company in 2021 after 16 years of business.

COMMUNITY

I served on the board of directors for our local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for foster children for the max allowable time, from 2017 to 2023. My role was to bring awareness to the program for children, encourage people to volunteer to be a CASA, and raise funds for the program to serve the children.

I still heavily support CASA without serving on the board, including committing $1 per night of every booking from Branson Family Retreats and Missouri Haus.

CASA logo

ANOTHER BRAND

I created a brand called Natty Media with my husband Nat, a smart and fashionable company that creates websites and marketing content for vacation rentals and small businesses. We take on a limited number of clients and book 2 years in advance.

Nat and Tyann in Stirling Castle

Nat and I in Stirling Castle, Scotland

NOT EVERYONE KNOWS

I love to read. By the age of 5 years, I had read the entire series of Laura Ingalls Wilder books…twice.

I started writing a series of historical romance novels based on my great-great-great grandparents when they came to Missouri from Germany in the 1860s. One day I will have them finished for you to read.

I started bicycling in 2016. I love that the wineries have paths from the Katy Trail to their tasting rooms. My goal is to one day ride all 237 miles of the Katy Trail.

Nat and I eloped on the Isle of Skye in 2019. Our story and photo was published in Condé Nast Traveler.

I always thought my heritage was mainly German, but then I found out my maternal grandmother’s line is a direct royal bloodline. Even if the royals are 29+ generations back, it’s still fun to see how many kings and queens of European countries one is related to!

P.S. Curious about my gear? Or my tech stack and resources for vacation rentals?