We had so much fun spending time with over 100 ladies at our Bloom Moms Night out on May 3rd at the GORGEOUS National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library! It was such a treat to enjoy a night out visiting with local vendor and information tables, drinking wine and mocktails, eating delicious food, and learning from our terrific panel of experts! Read on for the scoop!
Our VIP Experience Sponsors
The ladies from Moods Salon + Spa were so amazing and all of our VIPs LOVED getting gorgeous at the event and receiving tips on how to recreate their fantastic hair and makeup at home! If you’re looking for a full-service salon and spa with terrific customer service, we definitely encourage you to visit their website!
Aaaahhh. That’s the sound of relaxation that our VIPs were able to enjoy during their chair massage!! Many of our VIPs said this was the highlight of their day! 🙂 If you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one to the benefits of massage and skin therapy, be sure to visit their website!
Our Expert Panel
- Dr. Aimee Colander, Optometrist | Iowa EyeCare Cedar Rapids
- Lastacia Coleman, Nurse Midwife | University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Midwifery Clinic
- Dr. Mark Zittergruen, Pediatric Cardiologist | Mercy Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
- Dr. Jorie Shire, Pediatrician | University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
- Meredith Brough, Sleep Consultant | Sweet Slumber
- Dr. Erica Smothers, Chiropractor | Awaken Family Chiropractic
- Heather Connolly, Doula | Bliss HypnoBirthing and Doula Services
- Shannon Wilson, Mental Health Counselor | Murray, Wilson, & Rose Counseling & Behavioral Services.
- Dr. Hannah Anderson, Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness | Birthfit Cedar Rapids
To read more about our expert panelists, visit our Meet the Experts post!
Our Vendor and Information Tables
It can be a challenge to get your kiddos to go to the dentist. Or even brush their teeth, for that matter!! If you are looking for a dentist for your child, both Dr. Geneser and Dr. Swenson offer terrific care in two convenient locations!! Get more details on their website!
It was a pleasure having Shannon Wilson share her thoughts with us on our Expert Panel! The counselors at Murray, Wilson, & Rose offer counseling services for individuals and families, including support during pregnancy and postpartum, group sessions, individual sessions, and support for infant and pregnancy loss. Find out more on their website.
Dr. Erica Smothers provides chiropractic care for all ages. It was wonderful to hear her expertise on our Expert Panel and we hope you had a chance to get your questions answered at her table! If you are looking for chiropractic care for you or your family, check out her website.
We loved hearing from Heather about the benefits of hypnobirthing education and doula services during labor and delivery! And she brought the cutest cookies! 🙂 If you are interested in finding out more about what hypnobirthing is and how it can improve your labor and delivery experience, be sure to visit her website!
Meredith is a sleep consultant who specializes in helping parents help their infants and toddlers sleep better! We enjoyed hearing her perspective on our Expert Panel and saw lots of mamas interested in her help! Find out more about her services on her website.
Dr. Hannah Anderson recently brought Birthfit, a prenatal and postpartum fitness and wellness program, to Cedar Rapids! This program is specifically geared toward women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or who recently had a baby and are looking to help their bodies be the best they can be! Find out more information on her website!
We were amazed at all the gorgeous clothing that Megan brought from her Lularoe collection!! You may know Lularoe for their super comfy leggings, but they offer so much more for women of all sizes, including tops, dresses and skirts! Shop her Facebook group here!!
The Protector Brands table was definitely a hit! Mamas loved picking up samples of their deet-free Bug Protector mosquito and tick repellants and finding out about their new products!! To find out more and purchase for yourself, check out their website!
We’re fans of Baby Time’s mix of great natural and local products for babies and moms, super fun classes and crafts, and terrific gift ideas! And Kristen’s shop in Newbo is so cute! Check out their website for more details on the shop’s hours and offerings!!
It was terrific to have McGrath Amphitheatre on hand sharing details about their upcoming #IMomSoHard show!! If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your tickets…this is sure to be the funniest Moms Night Out of the year!! Get your tickets here!!
We loved getting to check out all of the delicious scents and super cute warmers from Scentsy! They make great gifts and freshen up your home! To shop the latest Scentsy products, check out Pamela’s Scentsy website!
It is so important to know that there is a place where you can turn if you or a loved one is struggling. That’s why we were glad to have the Johnson County Crisis Center on hand to share information about their Crisis Chat. On IowaCrisisChat.org you can chat online with a trained volunteer about anything that’s upsetting you or causing you stress. You don’t have to talk out loud and you can be completely anonymous. Everything you say is held strictly confidential so you can feel safe talking about whatever is on your mind. Visit their website for more information.
The Dental Center provides dental services for your whole family and specializes in anxiety relieving care. They offer general dentistry and orthodontics, and are also the only Cedar Rapids dental practice offering prosthodontics. To find out more and schedule your appointment, visit their website!
Finding childcare for your little one can be such a daunting task. We were glad to have KinderCare available to chat one-one-one with attendees! If you’re looking for daycare, preschool, or before and after school care for your child, visit their website for more information.
Prestige Dance Studio offers several class options, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, leaps & turns technique, pointe, hip hop, cheer, pom and tumbling beginning at 2 years of age and Baby & Me classes at 12 months. In addition to their Cedar Rapids location, they are also opening one in Marion! Get details on their website!
Cedar Valley Montessori School provides Montessori style early childhood education for children ages 2-6. As Cedar Rapids’ only 5 day-a-week Montessori preschool/kindergarten, CVMS offers Morning-Only, Extended-Day, and Full-Day options. Visit their website for more information and to schedule your tour!
It was so neat to get to see a local Vino Van Gogh artist create a masterpiece during our event!! Vino Van Gogh offers the opportunity to paint your own work of art at local businesses and eateries across the Corridor. Even cooler, now Vino Van Gogh offers the opportunity to book your own private party of 6 or more! You provide the location, Vino Van Gogh provides all the art set-up, supplies, and art clean-up! Get details on their website!
KidsPoint Learning Center & Preschool provides childcare, preschool, school-age programs, and summer day camps at 3 convenient locations across Cedar Rapids! Their learning centers and preschools are designed to help children develop their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and creative abilities through structured activities involving science, math, literacy, the arts, and technology. Find out more on their website!
Every mama deserves to be pampered, and Perfectly Posh has the products to do it! From bath, body, and hair products to serious skin care, Perfectly Posh provides it all! Check out Morgan’s website to shop for yourself or pick up a gift for a friend or family member!
Our Food Sponsors
Omigosh, the donuts from The Donut Experiment were SO delicious and disappeared so quickly! If you haven’t been there yet, you have to go! It’s the only donut shop where you can create your own donut…start with a cake donut and then customize your toppings! Yum!! Special thanks to Hy-Vee as well for helping to sponsor our food for the event!
Our Swag Sponsors
A big thanks goes out to our Expert Panel and Vendor & Information Table sponsors for providing swag for our attendees! In addition, we want to thank these fantastic businesses for providing swag as well! Be sure to visit their websites to check out their goodies for yourself! And don’t forget to tag us in a photo with your super cute swag bag from City Moms Blog Network!!
Our Giveaway Sponsors
Nothing’s more fun than walking away from an amazing Moms Night Out with a giveaway in hand! Special thanks to our Vendor & Information Tables who hosted special giveaways at the event, and to these fantastic businesses for providing awesome prizes for our Giveaway Table!
Special thanks to Sarah Fridono Photography for photographing the event! Check out Sarah’s website and Facebook page for more examples of her work and to book a session of your own!! And be sure to visit the Cedar Rapids Moms Blog Facebook Page to see more photos from our 2nd Annual Bloom Moms Night Out!
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