MommyCon Chicago- An Attendee’s Point of View

Earlier this month, I had the privilege to attend MommyCon Chicago! I traveled 6ish hours from Columbus- and it was SO worth it! This mama needed a vacation and I figured what better place than MommyCon?! I took Jackson with me and attended with my sister-in-law and nephew. While I wasn’t totally “child-free,” it was still a little freeing to get out of the house and have two children less for a few days! 😉 MommyCon Chicago was combined with WEAR this year- so we were looking forward to three days of the event!!!

 

We left Ohio Friday morning and made it with very little bumps in the road. We only stopped twice; once for lunch and once for gas. Can you believe we only stopped twice with TWO rambunctious toddlers? Yeah- I can’t either. But it worked out!!! We made it an hour before check-in, but Hilton was amazing and let us check-in early since our room was ready. After we got into the hotel room, we got ready and headed to MommyCon! Luckily, I really only wanted to attend one of the sessions on Friday and it was the last session of the day. After the session- I stopped at the MommyCon Shoppe and grabbed a new Milk & Milk & Milk shirt for Jackson!

Friday evening was the Wear Party presented by Abby’s Lane. Christy from Smartbottoms, Ula from Tula Baby, Julie from Cloth Diaper Geek and Stephanie from Abby’s Lane were on stage and spoke to the party-goers. It was hard to hear the amazing women on the stage, which was disappointing. But we all had a drink ticket, entered to win some prizes, and had some delicious food! (They served brownies, cookies, and a veggie tray with hummus!) Jackson enjoyed dancing to Miss Jamie’s music!

 

Saturday was the main event day! The exhibitor hall was full of amazing exhibitors and I picked up some amazing goodies! 😉 As a blogger for Cotton Babies, Jen Labit invited me up on stage during the mob party! I (unexpectedly) spoke to the attendee’s about why we started cloth diapering and why I started this blog. It was super exciting. I feel like I looked silly- my last “public speaking” was 8+ years ago in high school!

Also on Saturday, I took pictures with everyone I could! I love meeting new people and seeing my internet friends! Saturday felt really hectic so it was nice to be in the hotel connected to the convention center. I could go back to the room as I pleased to just decompress, grab a snack, etc.

 

Saturday night was a night to remember! I snatched tickets for the Tula Party! They did not disappoint- when using the #freetogrow on instagram, there was a printer printing out your photos! There was also an awesome green screen for pictures and they printed out those pictures right there as a souvenir! We were the first to see the upcoming release of the new Free to Grow Tula carriers and we were able to not only see them- but we could try them on as well! And did I mention…. open bar? Yeah. It was a phenomenal party! Perfect for a mom-cation! 😉

 

Sunday was our last day. The initial plan was that we would stay until giveaways that day- but it just didn’t work out. We were tired. And we didn’t pace ourselves well on Saturday. I attended a social media session with Xza and Mat York first thing in the morning and did a little bit more shopping. By that point, the toddlers were done. And the mamas were tired! Plus, add in the fact that we had a 6+ hour drive ahead of us…. it was just time to go. 🙁

 

MommyCon Chicago did not disappoint. Per the usual, we left with amazing freebies from sponsors and bags full of items that we purchased. I got to meet some of my new friends, take pictures with people I love talking with everyday, and got a weekend away. It was perfect. <3

 

 

*Want to see more pictures? Check out my instagram! I took so many pictures and don’t want to overwhelm this post with all of them! 😉

Thinking about attending MommyCon? Check out my “MommyCon 101” Page for tons of helpful tips and information- including a coupon code for your general admission ticket! 😉

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MommyCon- Is it worth it?!

Mama- it’s worth it.

I have already gone over the MommyCon Basics & FAQS, MommyCon on a Budget, 10 Tips for MommyCon, and the latest post- MommyCon VIP. But in case you still need some convincing on just how awesome MommyCon is….

 

My goodie bag from Columbus 2015

The Goodie Bag

In case I didn’t write enough about it, did you know that every attendee will leave the MommyCon event with a super awesome goodie bag filled with stuff?! The sponsors have been pretty generous in the past. While this shouldn’t be your #1 reason to attend MommyCon- I can tell you that in my experience, the goodie bag is worth more than your general admission ticket price. It’s filled with samples, coupons, and full sized products.

 

The Sessions

The sessions and seminars you’ll attend at MommyCon will probably leave you with some awesome new knowledge. And in my experience as a parent- knowledge really is power. Whether you’re taking away facts from Cloth Diapering 101 or from Kim Rosas’ Reusable Menstraul Products- that’s up to you! I highly recommend attending as many sessions that you can squeeze in!

 

Jackson wearing Cotton Babies’ Exclusive MommyCon Flip Diaper for 2016

Exclusive Products

Did you know that many vendors go to MommyCon with “MommyCon Exclusives?” Cloth diaper companies like Cotton Babies and Smart Bottoms have had exclusive diapers. Pink Lemonade Shop had an exclusive pad print. Eylas had an exclusive water bottle last year. Tekhni typically has an exclusive wrap for each MommyCon event. Basically- lots of things you’ll find ONLY at MommyCon! 😉

The Giveaways

Now, I know I didn’t talk much about this. Did you know that at the end of event day- MommyCon does a HUGE giveaway?! I mean like $10,000 worth of products huge. It’s really easy to enter- go to MommyCon! When you check-in at the beginning of the day, you’ll be given a badge with a number. That number is your “ticket number” so to speak. If you hear/see your number called- YOU WON! You’ll get additional entries for any VIP tickets you purchase. My first year, a few moms couldn’t stay for the giveaway. They handed me their badges since they wouldn’t get to use them. I won a set of RePlay, even though it was with my own badge number. But I was super excited!!!! You can not win a giveaway if you are not present. So if you can stay the whole day- I suggest you hang around. (There have been car seats and strollers given away! 😉 So yeah- be there.)

The Experience

I have only given you some tools to make your MommyCon experience great. Now- it’s completely up to you to make it great. Take pictures. Meet new mom friends. Meet some of the small businesses that are exhibiting there. Buy yourself something. Buy something for your kiddos. Learn some new information. Take the day to be “free” if you go without kids. Take the day to bond with your significant other, if they go with you. The experience will vary from person to person since no two people will visit the exact same sessions, meet the same people, or buy the same things. The “ideal” MommyCon experience is unique to everyone and really- your overall experience is up to you!

 

Still need to buy your general admission ticket? Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off, combine this with the social sharing discount at checkout for a total of $7 off!

 

 


 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts in my MommyCon Series! And be on the lookout for a GIVEAWAY of MommyCon tickets! EEEEK!

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10 Tips to Make Your MommyCon Experience Amazing!

 

Another post for the MommyCon Series! Can you tell I’m a little excited? I’ve been to two MommyCon events so while I wouldn’t consider myself an expert MommyCon attendee- I’ve been around the block twice so I’ve learned a few things. Here are 10 tips to make your MommyCon experience amazing, fun and the best that it can be!

 

10 Tips as a MommyCon Attendee

Plan your day ahead of time. MommyCon is very fast paced and a lot goes on throughout the day. There are multiple rooms with different sessions going on plus the vendor area. Writing out your schedule ahead of time on paper or your phone is a great idea. You don’t want to miss the seminars you wanted to attend because of mom brain! (I highly recommend attending Cloth 101 with Jennifer Labit and Kim Rosas’ Reusable Menstrual Products seminar!)

 

Grab your tickets early. While MommyCon is a huge event, there are restrictions to how many people can attend due to the location. MommyCon  events tend to sell out, so waiting until the day before isn’t the best idea. MommyCon offers Presale tickets at a super discounted rate, some promotions throughout the year for discounted tickets, and Bloggers/Street Team/Parent Squad members have discount codes. (You can find mine here.) If plans change and you can no longer attend the event, MommyCon does not refund your ticket BUT they do allow selling of your tickets on your location’s Facebook group.

 

Join the Facebook Group. Speaking of the Facebook group- did you know that MommyCon has Facebook groups for the different locations? This is a great place to be to find out important information. This is also where they’ll share volunteer opportunities and sneak peaks to the event behind the scenes. Like I mentioned above, this is also the perfect place to find a buyer for tickets you may no longer need or where you may be able to find tickets yourself if the event has sold out! (You may even be able to grab a VIP ticket this way!)

 

Get your goodie bag later. The goodie bags will not run out. (Usually there’s actually some extras at the end of the day.) But they will get heavy. And bulky. And you can’t just check them in somewhere for later. If you don’t want to carry them around all day, wait a little bit to get them. Just before lunch is the perfect time because chances are- you’re going to your car or hotel room anyways. And if not- its the perfect time to dip out and head to your car or hotel room since you won’t miss any sessions.

 

Bring snacks or get lunch close. Lunch break is an hour long. This may seem like a lot of time- but once you take your goodie bag to your car and scope out the nearby places, lunch will be over in a flash. Just like planning your day ahead of time is important, figuring out your lunch plan is important too! It’s a long day so you’ll be starving. (Trust me on that.) Have a plan for lunch and a backup plan in case the first place is too busy or closed. My first year, the places we wanted to eat were closed. (Silly large cities.) And my second year, lunchtime is when I discovered I locked my keys in my car. Ended up eating lunch at the hotel’s Starbucks while waiting for AAA. You better believe I’ll know what I’m doing beforehand this year! 😉 Also scope out the nearest coffee shop. If you’re lucky enough to have a coffee shop in the connecting hotel- take advantage of that. You may be wired with caffeine, but it’ll keep ya going all day long!

 

Take pictures! Take lots of pictures! The day flies by so fast and you’ll want to remember the cool toy your kiddo loved at the event, meeting somebody you follow on social media, and just your overall experience. I highly suggest you bring your phone charger too just in case. If you have service or wifi at the event’s location, put your pictures on social media and tag MommyCon and/or use the hashtag for the event! All the mamas at home are waiting to see/hear about your day! 😉

 

Wear comfortable shoes. It really is a long day. And while you think you’ll be sitting a majority of the time while attending sessions, it’s still a lot of walking. Don’t wear heels unless you’re a pro at them. And don’t wear brand new shoes unless you want blisters. Be comfortable.

 

Pack light & babywear. Chances are, you’re going to be shopping for a few things during the event. The vendor’s hall is usually pretty packed with your favorite vendors and full of ones you’ve never heard of before (and will also love!). If you’re going by yourself, pack a small bag with just the necessities. And if you’re going with a little one, pack only the things you will need and leave the “maybe needs” in the car. Try to not bring a stroller if you’re bringing a little one too. While MommyCon doesn’t have a “no stroller” policy, they may ask for you to park it along the outskirts of the room or ask you to fold it up if it’s too crowded. There are so many little ones crawling and walking around that you really need to be careful. While going stroller-less isn’t an option for all parents, if it’s an option for you to just babywear- please do that.

 

 

Bring a friend! My sister in law and I have made it our thing. We love going to MommyCon together and making it a “Mom’s Weekend Away.” There are so many other parents to mingle with at the event sp there’s always the option of making new friends! But if you know someone expecting, trying to conceive, or another mama with little ones, why not ask them to come along??? You may be able to convert someone into cloth diapering, show them the awesomeness of babywearing, or give them a day kid-free!

 

Snatch a VIP spot! I’ve never attended a VIP session so I really can’t speak much on this topic. You can totally have an amazing time at MommyCon with a general admission ticket and no extras. But if you have the funds and the availability to attend a VIP session (or two!) then go for it! VIP sessions have extra goodie bags and they’ll also snatch you another entry into the giveaway! (Look for a “MommyCon VIP Sessions 101” post later this week!)

 

Need more MommyCon Info? Check out the other posts in my MommyCon Series! This series of posts is leading up to a MommyCon ticket giveaway!!!!! 😉

 

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Making MommyCon a Weekend Trip on a Budget


The closest MommyCon to me is 6 hours away in Chicago so I start my MommyCon budget a few months ahead of time. There was no way that I was going to miss the best natural parenting event in the country just because of a little travel. In fact, my sister-in-law and I decided to start making it our “Mom’s Weekend” away! We leave the big kids at home with their dads and just take the babies. (Well, I guess they’re toddlers now….) We did this last year when the boys were just 4 months and 6 months old. Every penny counts when you’re going to MommyCon because there are SO many amazing vendors. If you can pinch your pennies on the cost of getting there, staying, and attending- then you can spend more money while you’re there… Cloth diapers, baby carriers, toys, products for mom, products for baby… So many goodies!!!!

Here are my 6 tips to making your MommyCon “Mom’s Weekend” away successful on a budget!

 

Start by using the code FLUFFBUM17. When you purchase your general admission ticket, use my discount code! When you go to checkout, there’s also a “social sharing” option. Use that option to your advantage by posting it on your Facebook or Twitter. My discount code CAN be combined with this option to save you a total of $7. Want to attend a VIP session? Be sure to join the Facebook group that MommyCon has set up for your city. There- people will sell their tickets if something comes up and they can no longer attend. You may be able to score some VIP tickets a tad bit cheaper!

 

Carpool. If you’re traveling and can bring a friend- drive together! You’ll have company to keep you from getting bored, and maybe you’ll make up for the lack of adult interaction you get during the week! 😉 Carpooling is also a great idea if you’re going into a big city, like Chicago. Parking is expensive! So not only will you be splitting the cost for gas- but parking too!

 

Split the hotel room. Again, if you can travel with a friend- split the hotel room! We get one room with two beds and it’s perfect for us! This helps cut our travel expenses down big time! MommyCon will have a block of rooms at a hotel with a discount. If you can swing the cost, great. If not, you can always find a cheaper hotel within a mile or so and stay there. Check out some of the travel websites that give hotel room discounts. Also- it’s never a bad idea to get AAA before a trip and most hotels have discounts for AAA members!

 

Bring Wine. And don’t forget the corkscrew and cups! Last year, after such a long day full of driving and sitting in the car- wine was a necessity once the babies were asleep. I remembered to bring some disposable cups- but totally forgot the corkscrew! And just FYI- don’t listen to those “how to open wine without a corkscrew” posts on Google. We tried those…. didn’t work. Luckily, there was a bar in our hotel so I just ran down and asked the bartender to open it for me! Obviously this isn’t a “money saving” option. But it’ll help with your sanity from a day in the car! 😉

 

Plan out your MommyCon day ahead of time. Trust me on this one. This will be my third MommyCon so I’m no pro but I’ve been around the block. 😉 The day of MommyCon can be so hectic. There’s so many people, so many vendors, and just so much going on. You need to have a game plan. Figure out the sessions you want to attend beforehand, visit vendors in-between sessions, and just have a general idea before you go. If not, you may lose track of time and miss a session you REALLY wanted to see or you could scramble and miss out time shopping; and for some, that could make or break your MommyCon experience.

 

Take pictures!!! Even if you don’t like getting in front of the camera, looking back on MommyCon weekend is just so much fun. Take some selfies, ask a friend to take a picture with you and a speaker, just take some pictures! If you’re taking a kiddo, take some pics of them playing with the super fun toys! (You may just need to buy one later so grabbing a picture of it isn’t a bad idea!) Take pictures of the awesoe stuff you purchased from the vendors, of your awesome goodie bag, of that glass of wine after the event. Seriously- just snap some pics. And don’t forget to post them on social media with the hashtags: #MommyCon, #MommyCon17, and the hashtag of your city: #MommyConCHI, #WEARConference, #MommyConNYC, #MommyCon Memphis, #MommyConATX, #MommyConVanCity, #MommyConOC, #MommyConORL, or #MommyConATL. Again, not a money saving tip- but you’ll thank me later. 😉

 

Have fun at MommyCon!!!!! Just a reminder, here’s where MommyCon is traveling in 2017!

Chicago, IL – March 3-5

New York City, NY – March 25

Memphis, TN – April 29

Austin, TX – June 3

Vancouver, Canada – July 22

Orange County, CA – August 12

Orlando, FL – September 2

Atlanta, GA – October 28

Don’t know what MommyCon is or if it’s right for you? Visit the blog post below!

 

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MommyCon Basics & FAQs

Are you asking yourself, “What’s MommyCon?” Are you wondering what comes with a general admission ticket? Questions about VIP, Military tickets, or Scholarship tickets? Need a discount to purchase your ticket? Well- you’re in a REALLY good place! I’m a 2017 Parent Squad member for MommyCon and on their Blogger Collective for my 4th year! 🙂 So you could say…. I love MommyCon and I’ve got some good advice!

 

What’s MommyCon?

MommyCon is the largest and best natural parenting event in the country! At MommyCon, you’ll find seminar  sessions with amazing speakers, workshops, and tons of shopping! If you’re starting the adventure of parenthood, have a little one at home already, or you’re in the baby industry- MommyCon is the place for you!

 

Where is MommyCon traveling in 2017?

Chicago, IL – March 3-5

New York City, NY – March 25

Memphis, TN – April 29

Austin, TX – June 3

Vancouver, Canada – July 22

Orange County, CA – August 12

Orlando, FL – September 2

Atlanta, GA – October 28

 

What comes with a general admission ticket?

A general admission ticket is $45.00. With this ticket, you’ll get into all the seminars, workshops (some require registration before the event), and the vendor area. Your general admission ticket also gets you automatically entered into the giveaway at the end of event day. Tickets are nonrefundable, but you can transfer the ticket into someone else’s name if you’re unable to attend. Ano

*Want a discount code for your general admission ticket? Keep reading!*

 

What’s the VIP upgrade? How do I get one?

VIP upgrades are additional tickets that can be purchased. VIP sessions are held the Friday before the event and are very limited. These options vary from event to event, so they also aren’t revealed or up for sale until about 30 days before the event. You MUST have a general admission ticket before being able to purchase a VIP upgrade. These also vary in price. VIP tickets are a “fast fingers” type stocking. So you should probably set an alarm on your phone once you get the email with the stocking information. 😉

 

What about Military tickets or scholarship tickets?

Scholarship Program: MommyCon wants everyone to be able to attend! If you’re unable to attend due to the cost of general admission, there are several giveaways to enter plus they have a scholarship program. Applications are selected randomly to receive the tickets. These tickets are non-transferable.

Military Tickets: Complimentary Military Tickets are for Active Duty Military members, Active Duty Military dependents, and Veterans (Rank E5 and below) who would like to attend MommyCon but can not financially afford a ticket. Military Discount Tickets are for Active Duty Military members, Active Duty Military dependents, and Veterans who have the financial means to attend an event, but would like to use the military discount program. For more information on how to obtain half price tickets utilizing the Military Discount, email tickets@mommycon.com.

 

Do kids need a ticket? Is the event stroller friendly?

Children 16 years and under are free with their parents. All adults must have a paid admission. Strollers are allowed, however there are many people and lots of toddlers/babies on the floor. If you must bring a stroller, be sure to really watch in front of you so no babies are run over! If it gets too crowded, you may be asked to fold the stroller up or park it on the outskirts of the room.

 

I’m on a budget- are there coupons/discounts/promo codes for tickets?

YES! Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general admission tickets! This code is not valid on presale or VIP upgrades. Need a little more of a discount? You can combine this with the social sharing discount at checkout! With these two discounts together- you’ll save $7 on your MommyCon General Admission ticket!!!

*Need more “MommyCon on a budget” ideas? Stay tuned for a new post this week in my new MommyCon Series!

 

If you didn’t find the answer you’re looking for- check out MommyCon’s website for more information and/or ask me in the comments below!

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MommyCon 2017 

It’s crazy to think that there’s only a few months left in 2016 and that we’re already looking forward to events in 2017!! MommyCon has announced their 2017 cities and I’m so excited! (You’ll be seeing me in Chicago.) MommyCon 2017 is gearing up to be pretty amazing!

Don’t know what MommyCon is? MommyCon is a parenting event that brings together the community of parents that believe in parenting their children more naturally. This means breastfeeding, babywearing, maybe cloth diapering, etc. Of course you don’t need to do all of those things to be welcomed- MommyCon welcomes all parents and caregivers with open arms! At MommyCon, you’ll get to shop with some amazing vendors, listen to inspirational speakers, and maybe meet a new MomFriend! 🙂 You can read some other posts I have written about MommyCon here!

If you’re ready to buy your tickets, use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general ticket admission


Here is the CONFIRMED schedule for 2017 events!

  • Chicago: March 3-5
  • NYC: March 25
  • Memphis: April 29
  • Austin: June 3
  • Vancouver, CA: July 22
  • OC: August 12
  • Orlando: September 2
  • Atlanta: October 28

My favorite MommyCon areas? The Babywearing Lounge. The Cloth Diaper Resource Center. Vagina Village. Of course, the vendors with all the awesome stuff to buy! And there are so many inspirational speakers loaded with so much knowledge (and laughs!) to share.

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