MommyCon Memphis Recap
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MommyCon Memphis, familiar but what a difference in energy! The layout of this event worked perfectly to keep the momentum going throughout the day. The Sweetness and I decided to make it a quick trip by flying into Memphis Saturday morning and flying out Sunday morning. (on standby) Basically, we cut it close this time but it was an amazing event! I just love how welcoming the city of Memphis was. From our hotel staff to the attendees at MommyCon, we felt completely at ease.
So, for this MommyCon event my seminar was titled “So, You are a Stay at Home Parent. Now What?” Let me tell you, it was amazing to be among other parents like myself. Parents who feel like they are trying to get it together every day. We talked the real deal with motherhood and how we put way too much pressure on ourselves to take care of everything.
Seriously, think about it. When was the last time you focused on just your kids? I mean really focused on them, without constantly thinking about all the other responsibilities you have at home. What happens if you all let it fall apart?
Nothing happens if you take a break, did you know that was an option? You just keep going through life with a lot less stress. Now, that doesn’t mean to stop trying. But you deserve a break every now and then. MommyCon is a great place for a break! I actually had time to attend a session from the fabulous Angel Laketa Moore. Her session “Falling in Love with YOU!” changed me. I loved how she talked about representing yourself fully and living in the truth that you are amazing. (I could go on and on but you should just come to her session. She will be at MommyCon Costa Mesa and Atlanta.)
At MommyCon Memphis, I saw moms laughing and making new friends. I saw exhausted moms with huge smiles on their faces, feeling renewed. It was amazing to see them let go a little and enjoy themselves. There were dads and caregivers there also soaking up all those good vibes! MommyCon isn’t just for moms, it is a place where parenthood in all forms is a celebrated lifestyle. That’s what I want, every day to be just like MommyCon.
Wouldn’t that be nice? Parents just living life, smiling, and no longer judging each other. Stay at home parents who are seeing the sunlight for what seems like years. Caregivers of all types not worried about boring their new friends with tales of their children.
In all seriousness though, being a parent is really tough. I know that I feel so guilty when I do enjoy life. I think about all of the things that I should be doing versus taking care of myself. Then when my husband gets home I feel even worse because I feel like I’ve done nothing all day.
Why is that? Why do we feel guilty for just being human?
Raising kids is so hard, giving yourself to other people and caring about their well being over your own. It is a big job, it can get overwhelming and feel out of control. It’s ok to not do EVERYTHING. Give yourself a little bit of time to breathe.
So what do you do about it?
What happens when #momlife is literally all you do?
How do you battle staying sane in the middle of parental chaos?
Let’s talk about it! Leave a comment on this blog post with what the “SAHM job” means to you. Tell me how you are keeping your cool in the midst of parental chaos. Take a photo on Instagram and #showmeyourreal with what your real life looks like. We are all just trying to make it through, it is a little easier when you know you aren’t alone.
Now The Good Stuff:
I love meeting with brands at MommyCon and seeing how people are living their dreams every day. Memphis did not disappoint! So many wonderful people putting themselves and their dreams on display. One of my favorite parts of MommyCon is watching someone’s face light up when they make a sale. I remember those feelings from LaVie Bebe. You don’t know how much it really means to a family when you shop small. That is their livelihood but more importantly, they are putting their heart out on display. So, shop small ya’ll!
MommyCon Memphis Recap Giveaway
One winner will receive an awesome prize pack from 5 major players in the industry! (Prize pack valued at over $256!)
Sincere Elephant – One Set of Bibs and a Cover
I actually met the brand Sincere Elephant on Instagram and thought their bibs were the cutest. To my surprise, I walked around a corner and saw them at MommyCon Memphis! The owner looked at me and recognized me since we had just followed each other on Instagram. It was great to see a small business I follow in real life and their beautiful products too. This prize pack includes a set of bibs and a carseat cover!
Also snag 15% off on their website using “HYDE”
XOXO – One “Parent Fog” Buckle Wrap
If you haven’t seen the XOXO Baby Carrier you are missing out! This carrier makes balancing parental chaos a breeze. I have one that I keep in the diaper bag for quick wrap naps on the go. You can grab one online for $120 retail and be sure to follow them on Instagram @xoxobabyco. Included in this awesome prize pack will be one “Parent Fog” Buckle Wrap.
Applecheeks – One Swim Diaper
Applecheeks makes one of the best cloth diapers around! I used them with my son and am scoping out a cute swim diaper for The Sweetness. Using a reusable swim diaper for your baby’s water adventures is not only better for the environment it is better for their bums too! One swim diaper comes in this prize pack!
ExBreast Yourself– One Shirt size M-XL
The creator of #exBreastyourself Special Event Breastfeeding Suites™ is as beautiful in real life as she is on Instagram! Hearing her story and how she plans on supporting breastfeeding mothers had me sign up immediately for her next event in Atlanta. Her passion is contagious and her mission of encouragement truly shines through her whole being. Right now she has a few shirts left for purchase to spread the passion, or you can donate directly to her mission at paypal.me/exbreastyourself/18. She aims to provide breastfeeding/pumping areas at festivals all over the country this year!
MommyCon -1 General Admission Ticket To Any Remaining MommyCon City in 2017
As you now know I will be speaking at two more events this year, Orlando and Atlanta. I will continue spreading the word about stay at home parenting, community, and balancing parental chaos. Trust me, these events are not to be missed! Even if you just come to support your favorite seminar speaker or to grab the latest diaper print, you will leave renewed in parenthood.
If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, be sure to grab one for one of the remaining 2017 events. Use code STBH17 to save $5!