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Event Recap: Bloom: An Event for New and Expectant Parents by Boston Moms Blog

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With nearly *gasp* 12 years between my kiddos, I very much felt like a new mom when my son was born this past February. I’ve been immersed in all things tween for years so I had to pivot and learn all about new products and gear for babies, and wow, much has changed in over a decade! So when I heard about Bloom: An Event for New and Expectant Parents hosted by Boston Moms Blog I immediately bought a ticket and welcomed an opportunity to meet with various local and national brands about all things baby!

Held at the International School of Boston in Cambridge, MA, Bloom was a partnership with City Moms Blog Network and promised an afternoon of pampering, yummy food, educational resources, giveaways and swag and connecting moms and families with relevant resources. Attendees were asked not to bring babies under a year in carriers only, due to space limitations. I left baby Hunter home with Dad for the event and attended Bloom solo, though wish I would have invited a friend!

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Upon arriving I received the cutest mama bag full of amazing goodies and resources including wipes, samples and coupons. My ticket also included some raffle items and the giveaway items were great. I put all my tickets in to win a year’s supply of diapers from BJs and crossed my fingers and toes that I’d win. Oh, the money I would SAVE!

Truly geared towards expectant and new moms there were around 30 vendors focused on resources for families from doulas, to meal delivery companies to kids music classes. I’ve highlighted my favorites below:

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Team Glam and Go provided *free* manicures at the event, and I jumped right in line because my nails…needed some serious TLC. Launching in August, Team Glam and Go is a mobile app aimed at providing on demand beauty services. I had a blast chatting it up with owners Annie and Kerrie and learning more about their inspiration for the company which is mission driven and supports local charities like The Greater Boston Food Bank.

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Hunter will be four months next Sunday (seriously when did that happen?!) and we are super excited about introducing some pureed foods to him! HappyFamily takes our same approach to feeding him incorporating organic fruits and vegetables, nutritious ancient grains and seeds without trans fat, high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or food coloring. They have products geared towards moms, babies, toddlers and kids that include formula, fruit and veggie pouches, veggie straws and teethers. Oh and their cookbook The Happy Family Organic Superfoods Cookbook For Baby & Toddler is already in my Amazon cart! It includes age appropriate recipes and tips and would be a great resource for anyone interested in homemade baby food.

I’m newly dairy free and was super happy that the Williams Family Baking Co. provided delicious sweets for attendees that included a dairy free option – hooray! Craig and Emily were great and offer mouthwatering delicacies on their menu and are available for catering.

We’re a musical family so it was great to meet Laura, the founder of Groovy Baby Music and learn about the importance of music for babies and kids. Laura has spent years researching the role music plays and offers tons of music classes around Greater Boston as well as in-school education programs, community events and private birthday parties. Most programming for infants starts at six months, but I was excited when Laura told me that I could enroll 15 week old Hunter in a class! Rock on!!

I loved learning about Nomsly a meal delivery service for kids! Get delicious and nutritious lunches delivered right to your doorstep. It’s Lunch, Simplified!

Before I left I met the lovely Ana of Lovely Pictures Studio based in Boston and she made my dark eyes disappear in my photo! Magical!! Even better? She offered free 30 minute mini sessions to attendees! Sign. Me. Upppp!!

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The event wasn’t very crowded so it allowed me to have lengthy conversations with vendors. Expert panels were also available, but I spent all my time chatting so I missed that portion.

All in all, a good event, the location appealed to me because of it’s proximity to my home. The ticket price was reasonable – I paid $15 for one ticket. I appreciated the range of vendors and opportunity to leave with some goodies. Good job, Boston Moms Blog!



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Give The Gift of Education To Growing Families with MEFA

I partnered with Fidelity & MEFA in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all opinions are my own #UFundDreams.

A child born in 2017 will enter college in 2035! As I anxiously await the arrival of my second child due February 6, 2017, thinking about college and the year 2035 feels like a lifetime far far away! Diapers and wipes and preparing for maternity leave seem more pressing than saving for college. Not that it’s not important to set my children up for success, but as far as priorities it’s low on the list. I’m sure I felt the same way when my daughter was born almost 12 years ago…and BAM she’s starting middle school in the fall! Seriously, when-did-that-happen?!

Pregnancy announcements can bring a rush of excitement and love to the expecting family, their extended family and friends. Gifts for new babies often include baby bottles, blankets, books, wipes and other baby essentials and fun baby gear. It’s no secret that newborns and young children go through many items like diapers and wipes. Did you know the average newborn will need ~10 diaper changes every day? As I was planning for how many diapers we’d need in the first three months, you can imagine my surprise with the number of diapers we’d need in -just- the first three months. Bring on the diapers!

While tangible baby essentials are absolutely necessary, what if the larger village surrounding expecting families thought about the long term success of babies in addition to short term needs? Instead of cards for our little one, I asked friends and families to gift us their favorite children’s book. Literacy has been a major part of my life and has unlocked many doors while providing hours of joy and content. It’s been a priority as a mom to instill a love of reading in my daughter and now in my second child as well. Will baby be able to read at birth? If only! Yet, I understand the benefit of literacy on young minds and the power it can provide in the future.

Communities surrounding growing families have many options to support parents and babies, and I encourage you to consider a gift of education to parents-to-be. It’s no secret that the cost of education continues to rise, making the reality of affording higher education seemingly out of reach for many families. I’ve been overwhelmed with the prospect of the cost of college, however it doesn’t have to be a hurdle that can’t be conquered. Think about how much savings you would have if families started saving in their child’s first year of life or even the second or third. It’s never too late to save -and- it’s never too early to start investing in the future. Small and calculated investments quickly grow over time, reducing the amount of money families have to borrow when they start college. With the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) specialists are available to support parents every step of the way, taking the guesswork out of college savings. Hear from other parents committed to setting their children up for success and join a larger community where savings is possible, with the right support. And don’t be afraid to get family and friends involved! Parenthood is one tough job and I firmly believe it takes a village!



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