{Re-Cap}: ICMB’s 2nd Annual Moms Morning Out

We had an amazing time at our 2nd Annual Moms Morning Out last weekend! It was so wonderful to spend a morning relaxing, shopping, and hearing from some of our area’s premier experts on all things parenting-related! Special thanks to South Slope Cooperative for providing their amazing Community Center for this event. It was the perfect space and their staff was wonderful to work with, as always!

Our Co-Host

Moms Morning Out Family Dental CenterSpecial thanks to our Co-Host, The Family Dental Center, for helping us put on this fun and informative event again this year! Dr. Gilbaugh was quite the hit with our attendees and we definitely recommend that you check out this family-centered practice for your entire family! Special thanks goes out to La Montessori Nurtury as well for helping to sponsor this great event!   You can read more about their Montessori-based infant and toddler center here.

The Experts

Our panel of experts did an amazing job answering YOUR questions and making us laugh! We’re so thankful to them for sharing their morning with us, and if you’d like to know more about them and their practices you can read about them here.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology:  Rachel Maassen, MD, MBA
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine: Heather Anaya, DO, FACOG
  • Pediatric Hospitalist: Kelly Wood, MD, FAAP
  • Midwifery: Rebecca Winnike, MSN, ARNP, CNM
  • Dentistry: Greg Gilbaugh, DDS
  • Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities: Royann Mraz, MD
  • Pediatric Chiropractic: Chris Grier, DC

The Vendors and Informational Booths

Moms Morning Out Young LivingThe Family Dental Center:  Again, always a popular booth at all of our events!  If you are looking for a place to take your kiddos (or the whole family) for dental care, stop by and visit their offices in Coralville.  Their staff is the sweetest, and the fact that they are all parents themselves is such a huge plus when caring for little ones!

UIeCare:  Many of you enjoyed an additional chance to speak with some of our UIHC panelists at the UIeCare booth.  And we hope you picked up some information on the amazing services available through the eCare system at UIHC; getting medical advice and help from the experts from your own home! For more information on this helpful new addition to the UI health services, click here.

UI Women’s Health Care:  Another place to find some of our expert panelists, specializing in women’s health.  We are so grateful to have such a caring, supportive network of women’s health experts in this community. If you are searching for a new provider, look no further than the UI Women’s Health Care offices. Click here to find out more information.

Moms Morning Out Bug SootherLa Montessori Nurtury:  Although the nurtury wasn’t able to attend the event in person, we do hope that you were able to pick up some information on all of the wonderful programs they have to offer for your little ones in the Corridor community.  For more information on the Montessori methods, and the programs available at the Nurtury, click here.

Enrichment Therapies: Our friends at Enrichment Therapies are always so welcoming and willing to chat about our concerns/observations of our own children.  If you are looking for a place to ask questions about your child’s behavior, both at home or in the school setting, we highly recommend Enrichment Therapies!

Bright Futures Chiropractic:  Panelist Dr. Grier graciously spent time talking with the moms on a one-to-one basis at their booth after the official panel time.  Another great, family-friendly staff to stop and talk with!  So grateful to have so many of these in our community!  For more information on Bright Futures Chiropractic, click here.

Moms Morning Out Bright FuturesPerforming Arts Preschool:  We were so excited to meet the staff of the Performing Arts Preschool, located in the new Nolte Academy building in Coralville.  If you’re looking to foster your children’s creative abilities during their preschool years, look no further!  Check out their website today!

Massage Heights:  As always, a popular booth for the tired mamas who are excited about those complimentary chair massages!  We are so grateful for our partnership with the staff at Massage Heights, and we enjoy learning more about the health benefits of massage (and the different types of massage/facial care) whenever we see them!  For more about Massage Heights at the Iowa River Landing, click here.

Motherly TLC:  ICMB contributor Kellie did such a great job informing all of our guests about her services as a doula available to moms in the corridor area.  It’s always so great to hear about additional resources available for expectant moms in our community.  For more information on Motherly TLC, check out her website here.

Moms Morning Out YouniqueBug Soother:  Another popular booth, and one of our favorite products!  Iowa-based Simply Soothing has become the ultimate go-to bug spray in nearly all of our homes, and it was so great to have a chance to chat with the ladies of Bug Soother and to learn more about their Simply Soothing line of products.  Be sure to check out all that they have to offer!

Apricot Lane:  It wasn’t hard to spot the Apricot Lane booth–you can spot their adorable fashions from a mile away!  And it was a great chance for the moms who couldn’t attend our Summer Shop Hop event, because they have heard us raving about all things Apricot Lane ever since!  Be sure to follow them on social media as well, because they literally get new items every day and they post lots of pictures of their new stuff!

LulaRoe:  Another great place to find some adorable fashions, and from a local mom as well!  Nichole set up an amazing display of her LulaRoe inventory, and it was quite the popular booth for the shopping mamas.  Be sure to check out all of her goodies by clicking here!

Moms Morning Out Raffle WinnersStroller Strides:  Another ICMB contributor, Ashley is so pumped about bringing the Stroller Strides program to North Liberty starting THIS month!  To stay up-to-date on all of the details, be sure to follow her Facebook page and to attend the grand opening event as well!

Usborne Books:  As always, we can’t walk away without buying some of the awesome Usborne books for our little ones.  Seriously, Usborne has the BEST books!!  If you don’t have an Usborne rep in your circle of friends, feel free to contact Suzanne and start ordering those books today!

Rodan + Fields:  The moms always love browsing all of the amazing skin care products that Rodan + Fields has to offer. Anything to help us look (and feel) more refreshed, less tired, and healthy, is right up our alley!  For more information on their full line of products, click here.

Moms Morning Out Massage HeightsYounique:  Kelly spent the morning educating the ladies on the ah-mazing results we can all have after using Younique mascara products.  Seriously, amazing!  If you are not familiar with Younique, be sure to check out all of their awesome products and to follow Kelly’s informative videos on her page!

Mary Kay: Another mom favorite brand, for sure!  Mary Kay‘s products are a must-have in many of our bathrooms, aren’t they?  Special thanks to Heather for coming and sharing some of her favorites with the moms at our Moms Morning Out.   Very much appreciated!

Stella & Dot: Time to accessorize all of those new fashions you bought for Fall!  Joanna’s table was full of some beautiful pieces from Stella & Dot.  We absolutely love their products! If you didn’t get enough browsing time, or you’re interested in hosting a party with your friends, check out their website here.

Young Living Essential Oils:  Naomi did a great job of educating all of the moms about the benefits of essential oils.  And boy, did her booth smell good!  If you haven’t hopped on the oils bandwagon, we definitely recommend trying it out! Click here for more info on Young Living.

**Special thanks to Celebration Linens for providing the beautiful table linens for this event!!

Moms Morning Out baby and me

 

The Giveaways

We were completely blown away by this year’s raffle prizes, and judging from the crowd at the raffle table, the other moms were too!  Huge thank-yous to all of the following businesses/brands who contributed giveaway items:

The Family Dental Center

La Montessori Nurtury

Enrichment Therapies

Massage Heights

Usborne Books

Young Living Essential Oils

LulaRoe

UIeCare

Mary Kay

Freshly Picked Moccasins

Just Duckie

Vanilla Beans & Daydreams

Bity Bean baby carriers

Lily Jade

Formosa

Givanni’s

Takanami

Chalkolate Cake

Order Up Iowa City

Real Deals

Covered Goods

Moms Morning Out Giveaways

 

The Swag

As always, one of the favorite parts of our events is the SWAG that goes home with all of the mamas! This event did not disappoint, and we were so happy to see some of you posting your goodies on your social media posts after you got home!  Here’s a list of our swag sponsors, in case you are looking to get more of their products!

Young Living Essential Oils

Mary Kay

Skinny Pop

Real Deals

Boogie Wipes

La Montessori Nurtury

Motherly TLC

Keep Collective

It Works

LulaRoe

Just Duckie

Bright Futures Chiropractic

Order Up Iowa City

NYR Organic Skin Care

Bug Soother

Vanilla Beans & Daydreams

Smarty Pants Vitamins

Graze Snack Boxes

Tradeskool trading cards

Moms Morning Out Swag Bags

The Food

Special thanks to Capanna for providing fabulous coffee and delicious muffins & scones! If you haven’t been there in a while, they also have amazing Gelato! You can visit them in their North Liberty location in Penn Landing!


We owe a tremendous thanks to our Iowa City Moms Blog team for their help in making this event so successful! Special thanks goes out to Nikki with Bravely You Images for photographing the event! And last but not least, thank you to all of you who came out and enjoyed the morning with us!! We are so glad to be on this journey that is motherhood in the Iowa City area with you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!!

Moms Morning Out Check-In

**Images courtesy of Bravely You Images.

At Iowa City Moms Blog we’re a group of local moms who are passionate about connecting other moms to one another and to our community! Whether you’re an experienced mom, a newbie, expecting, or aspiring to be a mom someday, this blog is for you! Join us as we navigate this journey that is motherhood in the Iowa City area!

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