MommyCon swag bags!

One of the great things about attending MommyCon is the free stuff!  Well, free as in after you pay for the event or the VIP sessions.  I’ll be excited to show everything I received!

What I am also excited about for the swag bags is being set on baby shower/new baby gifts for like, the rest of my life! So I need a lot of my friends to have more kids…

MommyCon is this weekend!

Mommy-Con Minneapolis is this weekend! There are still tickets available (use discount code THENIHADU15) and I’d love to see you there!

On Friday night I will be going to the VIP events.  Although I’m not currently expecting a baby and my kids are in the toddler stage, I’m looking forward to learning more about resources and products available to parents.  I hope to someday pursue certifications or “official” training on breastfeeding and car seat safety, right now I just love to be a resource and provide guidance. Here is a little about what I will be learning:

First VIP session will be by the founder of Cottonbabies, Jennifer Labit.  I met her not too long ago when she visited Minnesota and she is truly a lovely person.  I look forward to hearing more about how she started and runs her business and more about it’s current state.  I admire the good work her company does and the Bumgenius diapers are what we mostly use for cloth diapering.

Next will be a session on Babywearing.  I have a couple of carriers that I’ve used with my littles, and I’m excited to hear more about what Beco and Ergobaby have to say!

Then I’ll get to see Jamie Grayson, BabyGuyNYC.  I started following him on social media maybe a year ago, and I think his story is just so neat! I’m hoping he shares some of his favorite things for toddlers too, but I will just enjoy meeting him and Angry Baby!

Last will be The Leaky Boob‘s founder Jessica.  Breastfeeding and women’s rights related to that are very important to me.  Beyond that is empowering mamas to make the best choices for feeding their babies.  I look forward to seeing what she and the other folks have to say in this session.

Let me know if you will be there so I can make it a point to meet up with you!

The excitement of an April

As I’ve been watching my Timehop app, and Facebook’s new “On this day” feature, I discovered having statistically boring Aprils.  Then I thought, how can I make April 2015 more exciting?

Monday-Friday I go to work at a job that I mostly enjoy.  From 5-730pm those nights, I make dinner, do laundry, do dishes, play with the kids, bathe them some nights, put them to bed.  I follow that up with more laundry, house work, or lounging in bed watching ER.  Weekends are packed with swim lessons, birthday parties, lawn work, outside time, grocery shopping, etc., etc.

All of that – I love.  I’ve been doing those things in Aprils for years.  Which means I’ve been busy, hence less exciting social media posts.  Which is a great thing!

I am on my iPhone plenty, and I rarely judge other parents on their phones when they are out with their kids.  I know that we all could put our phones down more and enjoy what is in front of us.  I cherish the time I spend behind the phone’s camera capturing memories of my rugrats and I enjoy sharing those photos with others.  I hear time and time again how much folks enjoy seeing their big eyes and goofy moments.  And watching my history of a day, I see that the more recent the year, the fewer memories listed.  I find joy in that – it means I did put my phone down to enjoy my life.

April 2015 has been full of joy.  Eloise has started talking more and acting like a little girl instead of a tiny baby.  She has decided she wants to potty train and loves playing outside.  Lincoln has stopped saying stupid and talking about poop all.the.time. and changes best friends every other day.  They had excellent reports at their conferences and enjoy being together so much.  Justin and I are in our routines and have started doing more outside projects.  April is 15 days in and we’ve done those things and so much more.

I’m not sure I’d want April to be any more exciting!