We introduced you to a few of our favorite Austin moms earlier this week…and now here is part two! As an ode to one of our favorite cities in the US, we want to take some time today and tomorrow to introduce you to some of our favorite ATX moms. All of these amazing women will be joining us at Gearapalooza this weekend!
We want you to meet…
Name: Robin Smith:
- Bump Club & Beyond, of course!
- The NoseFrida
- Vienna Springs ring sling (when my babies were under 2)
- Barre (can’t be a good mom if you don’t take care of yourself)
- My phone calendar to organize our crazy schedules
We want you to meet…
Name: Jessica Rockowitz
Kids and ages: Hayley (14), Colin (5), and Graham (3)
Where do you live? Austin, TX
What is the best part about where you live? How kid friendly it is, and the year-round sun! After growing up in Boston, I do not take one day of warmth and sunshine for granted.
Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Swimming! There are so many great neighborhood and public pools here in West Austin. My kids love to swim, and we go way too often in the spring and summer.
Favorite date night in your hometown. Oh gosh, as are boring. I wish I could give you the name of some fancy establishment, but my husband and I are craft beer and taco kind of people. We love heading to South Congress or downtown on Rainey Street and grabbing some bar food.
What are five things that you could not “mom” without? (Products, apps, anything that helps you to be a better mom.
- My mom friends — it takes a village, y’all
- Honest diapers and wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- PBS Kids
- Pouches – yogurt, applesauce, whatever. My kids run on pouches.
When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do.
Read, watch Netflix, and edit photos. I’m a total photography nerd and love my job too much.
Who are your “mom idols”? (Moms you look up to as women and parents.) You know, I don’t know if I have any. I think we are all just winging it, and i think we each have our strengths. But one person that comes to mind is my college roommate, Ashley. She was — and still is — a fantastic mom. All single moms and moms of special needs children are also women I look up to for their strength. Mom’ing is hard, but mom’ing solo and/or with a special needs child is harder.
What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood. Let go of the guilt. You will feel it no matter what decisions you make for your kids. As long as your kids are happy, healthy, and safe, there is no wrong way to parent.
Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it (we want to urge our readers to follow you!) I started off as an Austin mommy blogger sharing all about life in Austin with our slightly non traditional family. I’m a former teen parent (had my oldest at 17) and put myself through college and grad school. We now have three kids, and I have since become a professional photographer! My passion is to support young moms and women led businesses. Shopping small is close to my heart! My middle child also has ADHD, and i am very transparent about the struggles we have faced with him as we’ve navigated various therapies and supplements. You can find Jessica on Instagram @jessicarockawitz.
If you’re in Austin and your an expectant or new parent, don’t miss Gearapalooza on Sunday afternoon! Join us and all of these amazing moms featured here for an amazing day just for you! We’re bringing you the BEST baby gear, products, services + safety information in one action packed event! For more information and registration CLICK HERE.