{Event Recap}: 3rd Annual Bloom Moms Night Out

We had such an amazing time at our 3rd Annual Bloom Moms Night Out with our Presenting Sponsor, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital! We loved getting to spend the night celebrating motherhood with 125 women, 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 details! 

Our Presenting Sponsor

It was a pleasure to partner with University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for this event! They provided some excellent panelists for our Expert Panel Q&A, plus hosted a fantastic table! The great news is that they offer same day, evening, and weekend appointments with their Pediatricians! And have two Cedar Rapids locations! Visit their website for more details! 

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

Our VIP Experience Sponsors

Deeply Rooted

Our VIPs loved getting a chance to work with Brenda from Deeply Rooted to create a custom potted succulent to take home! If you are looking for advice on indoor or outdoor container plantings, or if you’re looking for someone to simply do it all for you, be sure to check out her Facebook page

Massage Heights Edgewood

Aaaahhh. That’s the sound of relaxation that our VIPs were able to enjoy during their chair massage!! 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

Bloom 2019 Experts

  • Shannon Wilson, LMHC, PMH-C 
  • Sami Anderson RN, BSN
  • Hannah Anderson, DC, CACCP
  • Clint Brady
  • Meredith Brough
  • Susan Halverson, MD
  • Gina Lockwood, MD, MS
  • Julie Sterling, MD FAAFP
  • Aimee Colander, OD
  • Becky Winnike, BSN, ARNP, CNM

Check out our Meet the Experts post to find out all about our Expert Panelists!

Our Pop Up Shops and Info Tables

Scentsy – Pamela Miller-Dekeyser

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!

Northwestern Mutual – Clint Brady

It was wonderful to get to hear from Clint on our Expert Panel and to get to connect with him one-on-one at their table. If you have any questions whatsoever about finances, from how to save for retirement and college, to paying off debt and building up an emergency fund, Clint is your go-to guy! Visit his website for more info and check out Clint’s posts on CRMB

Birthfit Cedar Rapids

Dr. Hannah Anderson was definitely a hit on our Expert Panel…lots of women have questions about what is common or normal for their post-pregnancy bodies. Enter Birthfit…this program is specifically geared toward women who are looking to get their bodies in the best possible shape before, during, and after pregnancy. Find out more information on her website!

Community Crisis Services

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 Community Crisis Services 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.

Sweet Slumber

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

Little Beginnings Doula

Sami Anderson provides birth doula services in the Cedar Rapids area, as well as postpartum support and overnight doula services. We loved having her be part of our Expert Panel! If you’re expecting or plan to be in the future, check out her website to find out more about what a doula is and how she can assist in your birthing experience!

Murray, Wilson, & Rose Counseling & Behavioral Services

It was a pleasure having Shannon Wilson share her knowledge 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

Meadow & Brook Boutique

We loved getting to shop this super cute pop up shop at Bloom! And love even more that it’s owned by two local sisters!! If you’re looking for cute clothing and accessories for yourself or as a gift, be sure to check out their website!

Revive Family Chiropractic

It was terrific to get to connect with Revive Family Chiropractic and find out more about the ways they can help improve wellness at every stage of life! We enjoy having them at our events and are always impressed by the friendliness of their staff. Be sure to visit their website to find out more about their chiropractic and wellness services for the whole family! 

Prestige Dance Studio

It was fantastic to have Prestige Dance Studio be part of our event again this year! Prestige 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 also have one in Marion! Get details on their website

KidsPoint Learning Center & Preschool

We enjoyed connecting with KidsPoint Learning Center & Preschool at their table! KidsPoint provides childcare, preschool, school-age programs, and summer day camps at 2 convenient locations in 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!

Family Medicine Specialists, PC

It was a pleasure to get to hear from Dr. Julie Sterling from Family Medicine Specialists on our Expert Panel! Family Medicine Specialists is an independently owned practice that provides care for every member of the family, including obstetrics, pediatrics, and beyond. They are passionate about building long-lasting relationships with their patients and their families.  Visit their website for more information!

Little Wish Yoga

We loved having Jenna on hand with Little Wish Yoga! Little Wish Yoga offers yoga classes and camps for kids of all ages, as well as family yoga and events! She’s also available to do sessions for local schools, daycares, and organizations! Visit her Facebook page for more details! 

Beautycounter – Brenna Bass

Beautycounter is committed to making cleaner, safer beauty products. We enjoyed connecting with Brenna, learning about Beautycounter’s skin care, makeup, and body care essentials, and shopping at her pop up shop! Find out more and shop for yourself on her website!

Cedar Rapids Ob Gyn Specialists, PC

We really enjoyed having Dr. Deer represent Cedar Rapids Ob Gyn Specialists at this event! Their practice provides obstetric and gynecological services to women of all ages…from yearly exams, to pregnancy and postpartum services, to mammograms and menopause. Visit their website for more information!

Perfectly Posh – Morgan Ague

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!

Pampered Chef – Bonnie Coats

Pampered Chef is known for cookware, cooking tools, bakeware, and accessories that make feeding your family or hosting a party easier and more fun! We enjoyed having Bonnie on hand to showcase their terrific products! You can shop for yourself on her website or sign up to host a party of your own!

Essential Bodywear – Karla Anton

We loved having Karla and her pop up dressing room at Bloom this year! Karla is a professional bra fitter with Essential Bodywear. If you’ve ever wondered if you’re wearing the right bra size, she’s the girl to call! She also offers shapewear and other essentials. Shop her website or book an in-home get together to see for yourself!

Our Swag + Giveaway Sponsors

A big thanks goes out to our Expert Panel and Vendor & Information Table sponsors for providing swag for our attendees and hosting fabulous giveaways at their tables! In addition, we want to thank these fantastic businesses for providing swag and/or giveaways 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!! 

The Pencil Grip
Babo Botanicals
Covered Goods
Stuck On You
Tom & Sheri’s Iron in a Bottle
CR Breakout Escape Room
The Old Creamery Theatre
Betsy Boo’s Boutique
Style Encore
Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
Tin Roost
Damsel in Defense – Kelsey Bader
The Play Station
Bloomsbury Farm
Corridor Dental
The Iowa Children’s Museum
Scout of Marion
The Purple Wagon
Nanno: Sitters on Demand
Raining Rose
Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
Juice Plus – Shannon Goodloe
Arbonne- Katie Giorgio
Bug Soother

Special thanks to Megan Lynn Creative for photographing the event! Check out Megan’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 3rd Annual Bloom Moms Night Out!

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