Seven Things We Enjoyed at Club MomMe’s Fall Family Fest 2015
I always have fun at Club MomMe’s Family Fest, and this year was no exception. I love learning about new products, services, and activities. Club MomMe brings it all together in one place, for one fun-filled day. Because moms are so busy, attending Family Fest is a great way to get all your questions answered about a product or service, to test-drive and sample everything, and to learn from and meet other people in the parenting community.
Seeing friends and meeting new people
At the influencer breakfast, I saw some friends and met some new ones. We played a fun icebreaker using string to answer questions and to see how we are connected by what we have in common. We weaved a beautiful web!
Shout outs to the following:
Dana of The Broke Ass Bride (thebrokeassbride.com)
Krystyna of Sweet Pea Births (sweetpeabirths.com)
Jillian of MomCo (momcoapp.com)
Heather of oopsibaby (oopsibaby.net)
Modern Martha Stewart of Stilettos and Sippy Cups (stilettosandsippycups.com)
It was also nice to see my friends, Melinda and Elizabeth of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey), who first introduced me to Rachel, co-founder of Club MomMe
Learning about Fun, New Products
Funniest and most comfortable product tested: Baby Bjorn Adult-sized Bouncer
Modeled after their popular Soft Bouncer Balance, this adult-sized bouncer gives adults a taste of the joy it brings to babies. When I sat in this, I realized two things: 1) I need this in my life, and 2) Babies have it made
This Didn’t exist when I was nursing 2.5 years ago, but I wish it did: Lansinoh Latch Assist Nipple Everter
It’s a simple but effective product that is a little handheld suction that helps moms expel breast milk. You manually squeeze the rubber part after placing the plastic part on your nipple to help jump-start milk flow. It’s small enough to carry in a diaper bag and discreet enough to use anywhere. The Lansinoh rep said this product isn’t available in all stores, so you should check the website to see which retail location in your area has it before you look for it. Or you can also buy it online.
Best Gift for Moms-To-Be: Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Kit
This starter kit has the essentials such as the Lanolin and Nursing Pads, but the additional items I think are really cool are the Latch Assist (described above), and TheraPearl 3-in1 Breast therapy. It can be heated up or frozen to help with milk viscosity and breast swelling and can be worn inside the bra to keep your hands free.
Coffee is what fuels parents
High Brew Coffee
I learned about High Brew Coffee from previous Club MomMe events and was happy to see them at this event. This canned coffee isn’t overly sweet, but is the right balance of flavors. I tried the Double Espresso today, because it was that kind of morning, but I have to say my favorite flavor is still Mexican Vanilla, with Salted Caramel a close second.
I heard about Bulletproof coffee over a year ago from a friend during a Baby Boot Camp class, I but never ended up tring to do it myself. Today, the vendor was there and did a demonstration. Using Kerrygold Butter, Bulletproof Coffee, and some vanilla, he frothed up some delicious liquid caffeine for us to try. The idea behind Bulletproof is to energize the mind and body. For more info, go to bulletproof.com
The Fun Bus that helps others: Yoobi
Yoobi is a school supply company that donates one item for every item purchased to a classroom in the U.S. in need. Similar to the donation model we are familiar with through TOMS, Yoobi is a company with a mission for good. They are partnered through nonprofits such as the Kids in Need Foundation and Starlight Children’s Foundation. All the items are bright and creatively designed. The Yoobi Bus, which is decked out in their signature bright colors and fun materials, was onsite at Family Fest. There were fun activities for kids using the Yoobi products. My favorite items are the pencil cases. I the backpack pencil case is adorable and so is their signature fuzzy pencil case.
Gluten-free goodness: Bakery on Main
I’m not against gluten, so when I try something that advertises it’s free of something that is usually delicious, I am skeptical. I didn’t realize until after I ate almost the whole sample package of granola from Bakery on Main that it was gluten-free. I enjoyed this with some yogurt by Tarte Asian Yogurt.
My daughter’s favorite things to do at Family Fest
Baby Play Lounge by Bambo Nature
This was a fun, soft area with a ball pit and foam objects. Geared to babies through 5 years of age, this area provided plenty of physical entertainment for my toddler. Bambo Nature makes an awesome diaper which is disposable and eco-friendly!
Books and Cookies Booth
My husband took my daughter around to most of the activities while I checked out the vendors. My daughter loves books, so I wasn’t surprised she stayed for awhile at the Books and Cookies booth. Books and Cookies was the first indoor activity place I took my daughter to when she was young. They stayed for story time at the booth, and she didn’t want to leave when it was over! It’s not necessarily a bad thing when your kid complains about wanting more book time! I think I’m going to have to buy one of the books they read, which was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Swag Bag
I received an amazing swag bag! Similar to previous years, I will be giving away some of the contents of my swag bag. Stay tuned!
Disclaimer: I attended this event as a blogger and received complimentary tickets. All points of view are my own. This blog post contains affiliate links.