September Mom Talk: Precious Cargo: Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Car

Our Host

We are so grateful to the staff at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Safety Store for hosting our first Mom Talk event. entitled “Precious Cargo: Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Car”.  Their wealth of knowledge on all things safety, and in this case car seat safety in particular, never cease to amaze us, and we all learned so much.  I truly believe that every single mom who attended this event went home and double checked the car seat situation in their vehicle(s).

Pamela Hoogerwerf, Lauren O’Donnell and Brenda Toribio are all child passenger safety experts, and each of them shared a different, yet equally important, topic regarding passenger safety in our vehicles.  We learned all about the right seats, the right positioning, and the safest practices for each age, and they also brought along a fun “true/false” game to keep us on our toes while they shared the information.

::IMPORTANT NOTE:: The Safety Store is offering FREE Child Safety Seat Checks TOMORROW evening (6-8PM) at the Iowa River Landing location (105 E. 9th Street in Coralville).  This is a FREE event and registration is not required; please bring your vehicle, your child(ren) and your car seat(s) for the check.

For more information on the Safety Store and the Kaleidoscope Gift Shop at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and/or to chat with one of their saftey experts, please visit their website or click on any of the following:

Save The Date!

We are excited to announce some AMAZING upcoming Mom Talk events, and we would love to see YOU there!  Just a reminder, all of these events are FREE but do require registration, as space is limited and we also need a number for refreshments.  For updates on more Mom Talks, or to submit your suggestions, click here!

October 10, 2018   7PM

The Makers Loft, Iowa City



Topic: Grieving with Courage, Grit and Grace:  How to Survive Loss and Support Your Friends Through It

Speaker: Olivia Ryan {Author, Speaker, Coach}

November 6, 2018   7PM

The Makers Loft, Iowa City



Topic: “My Child May Be Gifted – Now What?”

Organization: Belin Blank Center

Experts: Dr. Alissa Doobay & Dr. Lori Ihrig

December 2018. (date TBD)

The Makers Loft, Iowa City



Topic: Keeping Your Family Healthy in the Winter Months

Organization: Plumb Tree Family Chiropractic

Experts: Dr. Dana Hotka, DC, BA

Sara and her husband Matt (sweethearts since they were just 16) got married in 2007, and since then have welcomed four beautiful children (Sam in 2008, Cooper in 2010, Nora in 2012, and Adam James in December 2015). A born-and-raised Iowan, Sara received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (in Spanish Literature) from the University of Iowa. She's still teaching Spanish wherever and whenever she can, but her true passion is owning Iowa City Moms and building this community alongside her amazing team. Sara is also the Community Engagement Coordinator for City Mom Collective, and the owner of Cowork Collective downtown Iowa City. Common denominator in all of these jobs: community, community, community.


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