{EVENT RECAP}: 5th Annual Bloom Moms Night Out

We had such an amazing night at our 5th Annual Bloom Moms Night Out event with our presenting sponsor, University of Iowa Healthcare and Clinics! It was our first back-in-person event since pre-pandemic and it was so great to all be together once again! We loved getting to spend time with 120 women, visiting local vendor and information tables, drinking cocktails and mocktails, and learning from our outstanding panel of experts! 

Our Presenting Sponsor

Partnering with University of Iowa Healthcare and Clinics was such a pleasure and a perfect fit for this mom and new mom focused event. They provided us with three panelists, two of who were able to be there, for our Expert Panel Q&A, plus hosted a fantastic table and added to our swag bags! Visit their website for more details on how you can get superb care as a mom or soon-to-be mom! 

Our Catering Sponsor

We had the pleasure of partnering with Hy-Vee to make sure all of our attendees were fed and happy, and the food did not disappoint! With heavy appetizers and an array of desserts, we are still thinking about this meal. They also brought their new Bambinos cookies that they will be offering in their stores and gave away a Hy-Vee PLUS membership to one lucky attendee! To learn more about the Hy-Vee PLUS program (and to get a discount on your membership), visit their website and use code CRMOMS49 at checkout for half off your membership! 

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Our Expert Panel

Five of our seven panelists were able to attend this event in person and they lead an engaging and informative discussion on topics ranging from how to feed picky little eaters to how to deal with mom guilt. 

In person, we had:

  • Dr. Kimberly Kenne: Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at U of I Hospitals and Clinics
  • Meagan Thompson: Clinical Assistant Professor and Certified Nurse-Midwife at U of I Hospitals and Clinics
  • Renee Bullis: PT, DPT at Kepros Physical Therapy
  • Lisa Dolphin: Pediatric Occupational Therapist at ProActive Pediatric Therapy
  • Nicole Johnson: RD, LD at Hy-Vee

Shannon Wilson of Murray, Wilson & Rose Counseling and Behavioral Services was not able to be in person at the event, but we did want to ask her some FAQ’s about mental health, particularly in the postpartum timeframe. Watch her video over on our YouTube channel.

Dr. From University of Iowa Healthcare and Clinics was also not able to be in person, but has created a video of her speaking on the importance of healthcare:

You can check out our Meet The Experts post to find out more about all of our panelists and to get in touch with them.

Our Pop Up Shops and Info Tables

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Kepros Physical Therapy: People of all ages and varying goals can expect to feel comfortable and inspired when they walk through our doors. Our mission is simple: we strive to create better versions of ourselves and the people we serve each and every day.

Proactive Pediatric Therapy: We know how overwhelming it can be when your child is experiencing developmental challenges or an injury — or when you simply feel that something isn’t right. That’s why ProActive Pediatric Therapy provides compassionate, family-centered therapy, based in neuroscience and rooted in our values. We listen with empathy and collaborate with you to create the best possible outcome for your child. Our intention is to always cultivate your child’s (and your!) sense of self-worth, competence, and above all, joy.

Murray, Wilson, & Rose Counseling and Behavioral Services: It is our goal to provide holistic counseling services to anyone desiring help with reaching their highest potential and personal goals. Our main focus is providing quality care and assistance to individuals who experience economic, social, emotional and psychological problems to achieve their highest level of functioning and quality of life.

Revive Family Chiropractic: We are located in Marion, Iowa, and are one of the most innovative, specific, scientific chiropractic practices in the Northeast Iowa. Revive Family Chiropractic consistently provides patients with genuine care and concern with the most state-of-the-art technology and result driven Chiropractic techniques available. Our goal is to help people heal naturally from a variety of health issues.

B Well Massage: My name is Betsy Tibodeau and I have been a licensed massage therapist (LMT) since 2008. I specialize in therapeutic/relaxation massage, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, cupping and hot stones. I will often use a mix of these therapies, depending on what the client’s needs are for that session. I have worked in salons, day spas, and a fitness center, which has given me opportunities to help a wide range of people and the challenges they face in their day to day lives. Clients will receive 10% off their first session. I look forward to meeting you!

KidsPoint: Our 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. KidsPoint believes that no financial barriers should keep children from learning, growing, and thriving!

Perfectly POSH: You’re constantly giving, giving, giving. You give time to your family, your friends, your job, and if there’s any time left, you donate it other places, as well. But where is the time for you? You deserve to take some time for yourself, too! You deserve to be pampered and taken care of the same way you pamper all of those around you. Perfectly Posh isn’t just about really great, naturally based products. Sure, we love those things, but what this big fun, crazy company is really all about is YOU!

SweetCakes by Paige: SweetCakes by Paige is a custom cake, cookie, and cupcakery where I make your ideas come to life for your next event or celebration!

Pampered Chef: We celebrate the power that mealtimes have to become something more: a way to transform relationships, share stories, create traditions, and build happier and richer lives. But, with today’s expectations, we know finding the mealtime win can be difficult. We’re here to help bridge that gap between the ideal mealtime and the realities of today.

Bass Farms: There’s a lot more to Bass Family Farms than just shopping. Escape the city and explore the countryside, enjoy the picturesque view and breathe in the fresh country air. Get your local farm experience  – from hayrack rides, pumpkin patch excursions, agri-tours, to our special events – at Bass Family Farms.

Usborne: Usborne Books & More is a division of Educational Development Corporation (EDC), a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 30 years.

OBGYN Specialists: At Cedar Rapids Ob Gyn Specialists, we understand that making the right women’s health care decisions can be daunting. When selecting your obstetrician gynecologist, you want the right mix of experience, training, patience, kindness, and compassion. You want to feel a sense of trust, and the confidence you are receiving the best care available. You want to be treated like more than just another patient, but with respect as a person.

Sweet Slumber: Meredith is a mother of five, a childcare expert with 30 years of experience, and 19 years of experience helping families as a sleep coach. She created the Successful Sleep system/programs, 6 non-crying methods, and a gradual, stress-free approach. You’ll feel like Meredith is guiding you through the WHOLE PROCESS and HOLDING YOUR HAND, because of the authentic and encouraging videos in her programs! It will be a personal experience for you with or without coaching.

Meadow + Brook: You don’t need a flashy outfit to communicate confidence, but your love for fashion gives that extra armor to tackle whatever comes your way each day. At Meadow and Brook boutique we want you to feel beautiful and empowered every day and we feel that fashion is a powerful tool to reflect this confidence. Our inspiration comes from the many strong women that have impacted our lives – mom, aunt, friends and of course sisters!

Rebekah Stewart Photography: My photography is centered around my love for newborns and children.  After attending the University of Iowa and receiving my degree in elementary education, I spent most of my teaching career working with infants.  I also worked with young children with special needs, so I feel comfortable and confident working with children of all ages and abilities.  Currently, I live in Cedar Rapids with my husband of thirteen years and our three kids.

MANI Looks With Kristi: Color Street is a creative beauty brand with limitless possibilities. We believe in supporting and empowering a person’s spirit & individuality. We celebrate entrepreneurs and inspire them to pave the road to personal success. No matter how BIG the dream, how BRILLIANT the sparkle, or how INTENSE the shine, it’s our goal to encourage every individual to ACHIEVE big dreams. Create your own path, grab the wheel, and let Color Street take you there.

LuLaRoe: We believe every individual is beautiful, unique, and most of all-powerful. And through these attributes, we believe anyone can create and live a life of purpose and gratitude. These beliefs are why LuLaRoe was created; they bind us together like threads, sewing us into a community of lasting love and fellowship.

Protector Brands: We create products that allow you to make the most of your time outside with the people you love. You shouldn’t have to choose between effective products, safe ingredients and affordability.

Curly Sue Art Works: Stay-at-home momma that enjoys crafting and painting, so why not share that with others!

Our Swag and Giveaway Sponsors

  • D&F Designs
  • GoSili
  • PediPed
  • Munchkin
  • Raining Rose
  • Loloma
  • Lulladoll
  • Vlasy
  • Sisters Marketing + Co

A special thanks to Sarah Fridono Photography for photographing the event! Check out Sarah’s website for more examples of her work and to book a session of your own!!

Katie is a Cedar Rapids area native who has a strong passion and desire for connection in her community. Mom to Hayden (5) and Hudson (1), wife to Curran, social media marketing business owner (Hello Digital LLC), volunteer, and cycling instructor, Katie is a busy mom who wouldn't have it any other way. Taking on the ownership of Cedar Rapids Moms in 2021 fuels Katie's desire to create a strong community and network between small businesses and local moms. Her mission for Cedar Rapids Moms is to give all mom-focused local businesses a strong voice and connect moms with the local community.

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