MommyCon was more exciting for me this time. Probably because I'm expecting again, and I was looking forward to seeing all the things I would want for baby girl.
It was my second MommyCon event, but my first time being on the media team. And that was cool!
After registering, just ahead were a few large cardboard posters with a list of sponsors, the schedule for the day and a map of where everything was.
I went to the area where they had the gift bags, and I picked up my media bag and my general admission bag. I took a seat so I could take a quick peek inside each bag. I couldn't wait to see all the goodies.
The first session I planned on attending was called Stay at Home Parent, Now What? hosted by Bryttany Hyde.
Bryttany is the creator of Hustle or Hyde blog. She discussed her experience as a stay at home mom, and gave a few tips on how to handle being a stay at home mom. It's a lot of work can be overwhelming. You are responsible for keeping your kids alive, keeping up the house and trying to stay sane; all in one day. I myself am a working stay at home mom, running five businesses, my blog, being pregnant with a toddler, twelve year old and grown child (my significant other lol).
The next session I attended was Kid Friendly Herbs with Mary Bove.
Mary is associated with Gaia Herbs, a company that has a 350 acre farm for gorwing herbs. How cool is that? Not only am I all for natural remedies, I love to garden. Mary mentioned a few herbs that I am currently or plan on growing soon.
The Snack Station was filled with goodies for babies and adults. My son's favorite are the Peeled Snacks "Peas Please" I enjoy them as well.
I loved the Feeding Lounge.
As a lactation consultant, I am all for breastfeeding. I get all warm and fuzzy inside when I see other moms nursing their little ones. It's such an awesome bonding experience.
I visited the Evenflo Lounge twice to nurse Jai. The table contained nursing essentials like milk storage bags, nursing pads, snacks and more. There was also a privacy tent, provided by Oasis Lactation Services. I didn;t get a photo of that because there were moms nursing near it, and I did't want to make anyone uncomfortable with me taking photos. I also didn't want to look like a creep lol.
I grabbed a few products to take home.
Including some cool buttons with breastfeeding quotes on them.
The Selfie Spot is always fun! You can't pass the Selfie Spot and NOT take take a selfie.
Toys, t-shirts, washable sanitary napkins, jewelry...you name it, the MommyCon Shoppe had it.
I spotted a few toys to get Jai for Christmas. And I got myself a cup.
I was admiring Keekaroo's cool looking chair. I grows with your baby which is cool. And it's comfortable. It's definitely a must have product.
The air in our house is really dry. So when Jai was just a few months old, Dwight went to Babies R Us and found A Crane humidifier. Since Jai's nursery is elephant themed, he purchased the elephant humidifier. It's quiet, which is important and cute! They had a variety of humidifiers, including other animals. The frog and sheep are so cute.
*I didn't realize I caught her in the middle of chowing down lol*
I collect mugs, and the first thing I saw was this teeny tiny mug and I just HAD to snap a photo of it. Bijou Wear sells baby carriers, blankets and more!
I like exploring teething options.
After checking out some of the vendors, I headed over to Vagina Village. By the way, thank you to everyone who complimented my outfit. I bought it specifically for MommyCon. It wasn't a maternity outfit (I've never purchased maternity clothes), but I made it work.
Betsy is the creator of the board game Down The Canal. Who knew a game about birthing could be so fun and educational? The ladies had a great time playing. Betsy, thank you for creating Down The Canal. I definitely need to host a parenting party featuring Down The Canal.
Loss Mama Sanctuary with Ambyr Amen Ra
I'm always open to talk about my pregnancy losses. This was a great therapeutic session, that gave moms a chance to finally open up about their experiences as moms of angel babies. If you are someone who experienced a loss, join Ambyr's Facebook group The Loss Mama Sanctuary .
After that session, I hurried back towards the vendor exhibit to check out some more vendors before they packed up. Many were already gone, a few were packing or just about to start packing. I rushed to Betsy's table to make sure I had her information.
I stopped by Renzo's. My daughter sampled some of the vitamins, I grabbed a card and quickly took a photo so I didn't hold them up.
Lastly, I checked out Kinzingo Kids. I remember briefly visiting their website the day before. And I was interested in trying their product.
I purchase two spoons, one for Jai and one to send to my sister for my nephew who is about 2 months younger than Jai.
Just like my first experience, MommyCon was great! Atlanta was the last event of the year, and I am so looking forward to 2018.
Here's what I got in my media gift bag and my general admission gift bag.
And these are all the other items I collected. If you attend MommyCon, make sure you're prepared to have free items handed to you as you're walking lol. And things that the vendors will give to you.
Click here for the list of all vendors.