Meet Our Favorite Moms: Denver Edition

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We are so excited to be heading to the Mile High City on our 5th Gearapalooza stop on Monday, May 13: Denver! This ultimate baby gear and registry event featuring TheBabyGuyNYC will have the BEST baby gear, products, services + safety information in one action packed night!   This is a DO NOT MISS event, the gift bags are incredible & there are thousands of dollars in giveaways (strollers, car seats, carriers, and so much more)! 

We can’t wait to introduce you to some of our favorite Denver moms, including our special Denver BCB Market Leader, Nicole!  These amazing women share a little bit about themselves below, including some great Mom Hacks, their favorite parts of Denver and some tips and tricks to help with the motherhood journey!  We are so lucky to have them in our BCB community & most of them will be joining us at Gearapalooza so be sure to stop by and say hi & learn more about them!

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1) Name: Christine Yeargin 

Age: 32

Kid(s) and Ages: 11, 2.5, expecting #3 May 21

Where do you live? Denver, Colorado

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: Right now I work in the mortgage industry, but plan on focusing on my  blog full time after the baby comes. I started my blog as a means to one day be able to stay home with my children, but still bring in an income/have something for myself and that day is almost here!

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Learning that I want to be more like my children. No matter what kind of day I have had, they’re always there for a hug and forgive me if I’m quick to lose my cool. How lucky am I to experience such an unconditional love!

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!)  Next to dry shampoo, grocery delivery/curbside pick up. Ordering all of our food online and doing curbside pick up saves me so much time and money! It forces me to make a list of what meals we’re going to be eating and purchase only for those meals. I am no longer tempted by the guilty pleasure snacks on the aisle ends because I don’t see them. The real win is that I don’t have to argue with my 2 year old about who gets to push the shopping cart and apologizing to everyone and their achilles tendon when she wins that argument.

What is the best part about where you live? The summers in Colorado are incredible, but if I’m being honest, I grew up on a beach and I miss it every single day. We want to eventually move back to a beach town in the future.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Camping and hiking! We don’t do it enough, but it’s something that you’re pretty much required to do if you live in Colorado. I love the way the kids light up in nature and their eagerness to explore the unknown.

Favorite date night in your hometown. What’s a date night? I kid, I kid. While we love going out to new restaurants and having someone else prepare dinner for us, we also love cuddling on the couch catching up on all of our shows. Game of Thrones isn’t exactly “child friendly.”

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Aside from the “typical” chapstick, Wash It Later Emgergency Soaking Bags, a baby wrap/sling, hand sanitizer, Tush Swiper from Eli & Ali.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? This is going to sound really boring, but when I get alone time I usually just want to lay down. As a mom you’re constantly moving and your kids always end up needing something the second you sit down and get comfortable. Laying down in peace and quiet, reading, cathing up on IG (@christineyeargin) or a NAP if I have enough time!

Who are your “mom idols”?  (Moms you look up to as women and parents.) You know I really try not to compare myself to other moms because all of our kids are different and require different things. What works for one mom may not work for another. I will say that I do love a mom who will share about the hard times as much as she brags about the great times. Everyone wants to look like they have it together, when really none of us do…being real about everything that goes on behind the scenes is a big plus in my book. It gives us something we can actually relate to.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My small circle is mostly friends that I had prior to having kiddos. However since having kids, I’ve met some really great moms via Instagram oddly enough. Shout out to @mrshazleyandababy @thismodernfarmhouse

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Everyone will give you unsolicited advice and 98% of it won’t work for you. Out daughter was/is a terrible sleeper. I have tried everything from sleep training, sleep consultants, strict bedtime routines, baby massage, even resorted to the cry-it-out-method that I avoided only to find out she’s so dramatic she would cry to the point of puking. We ended up letting her co sleep with us for 2 years for our sanity and the sake of needing to function the next day. I can’t tell you how many times someone said we were spoiling her. It got exhausting explaining to everyone that we had tried every single method possible, just short of ordering an elephant tranquilizer. She’s 2.5 now and sleeps in her bed decently now, but still crawls in our bed in the middle of the night here and there.

How do you balance it all? There really is no fool proof way to balance motherhood. I wish there was. There are some days I feel like superwoman and accomplished MORE than what was on my to-do list and there are other days that the laundry gets neglected for the 7th time, dishes are piling up, and looking in the mirror is more terrifying than I’d care to admit. Reminding yourself that it’s ok to have those days where the most you got done was holding your baby. In fact, having those days might truly be the only way to balance the rest of motherhood.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? I don’t know that I have a song so much as an artist. Anything Al Green or Bob Marley. They 100% put me in the best mood anytime I listen to them no matter the day I’m having.

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it. The name of my blog is Cake for Breakfast. I have toyed with the idea of changing the name, but the original idea came from the fact that I’m not a perfect mom. While I like to feed my kids organic, nutritious meals, every now and then they get something like cake for breakfast. Let’s be real…throwing a slice of leftover cake on a plate is way easier than cooking up a gourmet breakfast and that’s OK! I think aside from answering other mothers questions and giving them ideas to incorporate into motherhood, I love making people laugh. Making fun of myself and my kids (they’re easy targets haha) helps me get through the day and I think a lot of moms relate to it.

See more from Christine at www.cakeforbreakfast.life and find her on Instagram and Facebook.

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2) Name: Sara Lynn Bouzek

Age: 32

Kid(s) and Ages: 1 Son – 3 Years old, currently 20 weeks along with second

Where do you live? Roxborough (Littleton, CO)

Tell us about yourself…

Work life (please tell us where you work, what you do, title, etc. If you have your own company, tell us about it.) I am self-employed and have spent the last 12 years of my life photographing primarily weddings. With the second baby on the way and wanting to have more family time on weekends, I am “retiring” from weddings and focusing on boudoir, family and children portraiture. Motherhood has become my favorite job title and I’m passionate about capturing that beautiful story for others, particularly the beauty of other mothers.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? I have loved seeing my son grow, be compassionate towards others and create a unique personality all of his own.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) I get asked all the time how I run a full time business while also being a full time mom. Sometimes just writing sounds exhausting, but my best tip or piece of advice for new mamas just starting out on the same journey as I did three years ago, is that none of us have it figured out. We’re all just working towards perfect parent imperfections. One day I feel like I’ve got it all figured out and the next day, my son throws a big wrench in the well-oil machine I’ve created. We have to be flexible. We have to know they’ll have their good days and bad days, just like we do as adults. Patience and Organization is key. And I use a virtual planner/assistant to help me run things smoothly in my professional and personal life. I also love taking advantage of services like online grocery shopping and delivery. It’s all about saving myself time and having designated “work times aka nap/quiet times”.

What is the best part about where you live? We spend most of our time around Denver, right in the foothills. I love the food scene here but also the abundance of outdoor activities that are family friendly. Colorado is great for getting outside. My husband owns a business in our home state of South Dakota so we are also traveling back and forth a ton, and I love taking my son to all the cheesy tourist-y stops in South Dakota like the caves, exploring the Black Hills and Lewis and Clark Lake in the summer.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. We love visiting the Denver Zoo and the Chatfield Botanic Gardens, which has a little farm featuring mini-horses, chickens, pigs, a giant community garden and seasonal activities like pumpkin patches or butterfly celebrations.

Favorite date night in your hometown. My husband and I love going out to a fancy restaurant (Denver does have so many great options) with two favorites being Ocean Prime and Osteria Marco.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? My 17hats.com virtual assistant. I use the calendar for both personal and professional reasons, and if it doesn’t get put into my calendar, I most likely forget about it. I also love my BobStroller (holy moly, that thing has put my child to sleep on so many walks when he just refused and I needed that me time so badly) and my Freshly Picked diaper bag. I actually didn’t have a dedicated diaper bag for the first year of my son’s life and when FP sent me their bag, I had no idea why I never invested in one. Like I said above, organization is key for me to survive and this bag is AHMAZING for that.

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Diapers (and now that we’re potty training, a wet bag with extra clothes), a water bottle, wipes (I forgot wipes once and I’ll never make that blow-out mistake again), snacks galore and my “mommy essentials trio” (wallet, gum and Tory Burch sunglasses).

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? If I’m not working, then I’m most likely doing self care. Massage, chiro appts, hitting up the nail spa, sitting in our bed watching a show and putting on lotion or dry-brushing or I’ll do a quick work out or stretches. And let’s be honest, there are days I just need a nap, because life is exhausting at times.

Who are your “mom idols”? (Moms you look up to as women and parents.) My mom! She had four kiddos total, was a stay at home mom and farm wife. I never gave her enough credit for everything she did for us growing up. When I think back to my childhood, I really only remember good times. Farm life wasn’t always easy but her and my dad took it upon themselves to teach us honesty, hard-work, how to have fun and not complain about circumstances.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I met most of my mom friends through friends or friends or at things like the local library story time. I also heavily depend on my family (my sisters and cousins that are parents as well) as they have the same values and upbringing I did.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Take a breastfeeding class! No one told me how difficult it would be and I wish I would have had a lactation nurse to lean on as well as knowledge about what to expect before my son came.

How do you balance it all? One day at a time! Lol Some days I feel like we’re just in survival mode and some days I feel I’m running the world.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Oh gosh… picking just one is so hard! Currently, I’m in summer boating mode so I’d say “Get Somewhere” by Dirty Heads would adequately describe me right now (only I don’t smoke so minus that! lol)

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it: My blog can be found at www.saralynnphoto.com/journal and my instagram account handle is @saralynnphoto. I focus mostly on personal and client experiences. I love sharing stories of my clients, but I also love sharing what we’ve been up to and how I’ve managed life aspects on my Journal. My instagram account is filled with the same content but more daily thoughts.

Find more info at www.saralynnphoto.com/journal and follow Sara Lynn on Instagram!

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3) Name: Nicole Levine Age: 39

Kids and ages: Sam (5), Max (3)

Where do you live? Denver

Tell us about yourself…

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? When I moved to Denver from Chicago, I was really sad about leaving such a great group behind and losing access to the amazing resources I had available when my oldest son was born. I discussed with Lindsay and the BCB team and we decided Denver, a super family friendly city, would be an ideal market to launch Bump Club. I’ve loved bringing BCB to this market and find parents here to be very receptive to the organization. There are also a ton of transplants in Denver (growing by the day) who are often looking for their “tribe” and BCB is a great outlet for that.

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? The sense of community it provides during a rewarding but often overwhelming and exhausting time in a new mom’s life. Getting resources all in one place is also SUPER helpful in a space that is often inundated with advice and opinions.

What does community mean to you? Finding people with whom I can relate, who I can rely on, who step in to help even when I don’t ask and who accept me for me.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I have a Chicago mom tribe and a Denver mom tribe. I met my Chicago tribe mostly through the building where we were living in the West Loop. A bunch of neighbors happen to have had kids around the same time which couldn’t have worked out better. We had daily meet ups that started at local parks and coffee shops and eventually evolved into happy hours and mom getaways. The kids adored each other which was the best part. Then, when we relocated to Denver, I met mom friends through my sons’ preschool. Other transplants to Denver, moms living in my neighborhood, etc. They are new friends who have quickly become my tribe.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Whenever my kids say “I love you, Mommy” or give me a hug/kiss unprompted, my heart just bursts. It makes all of the sleepless nights, temper tantrums and meltdowns worth it : )

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Sneaking veggies into smoothies (or anything else). Sometimes to make it easier, I buy ready made frozen smoothie kits at Whole Foods that have a mix of veggies/fruit and then mix with water and add flax seeds, extra veggies, coconut oil, etc. I shred veggies and puree to add in mac & cheese, pancakes, and more.

What is the best part about where you live? Being so close to the mountains and having access to tons of beautiful places for day trips/quick getaways. AND, the abundance of sunshine : )

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown: We love the Nature and Science museum and Zoo which are both down the street from our home. We also love open swim and lessons at VIP partner, Goldfish and getting treats at French for Sugar, also a VIP partner (my kids LOVE their cupcakes).

Favorite date night in your hometown. Sushi at Izakaya Den in Platte Park followed by drinks and/or ice cream at Glacier. Possibly a stop at Target depending on the time : )

What are five things that you could not “mom” without?  1. Netflix 2. GoGo Squeeze pouches 3. Babyganics wipes (for everything) 4. My Nespresso machine 5. Joovy Sit and Stand

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do?  I enjoy meeting up with friends for coffee/lunch, working out and getting my nails done. An occasional retail therapy session might get worked in there, too : )

Who are your “mom idols?”  My own Mom. She had my brother and I are super close together (which I’ve been told was NOT easy : ) and was a single, divorced Mom for many of the early years she was raising us. She managed to raise us, work as a special education preschool teacher AND go back to school for a masters, all while staying sane and ensuring my brother and I were thriving. There were no iPads or iPhones to distract us in the car or on planes, no Netflix to entertain us while cooking dinner – yet we both have such fond memories of our childhood which has shaped us into who we are as adults/parents today.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? To make sure you are scheduling in “me” time for self- care, friends, date nights, etc. I felt guilty doing this at first but then realized it was crucial that I take care of myself if I wanted to be the best Mom possible for my boys.

How do you balance it all? Google calendar, coffee, babysitters for date nights/me time. I also go to bed TOO late, but find that I’m most productive and get so much accomplished once everyone else goes to sleep. I put on a show or an audiobook and catch up on work, household tasks, etc.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Stronger

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4) Name: Allison Schneider Age: 39

Kid(s) and Ages: Jackson 12 and Shepard 9

Where do you live? Denver

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: I am a co-founder and the COO of the mama ‘hood in Denver. We are the premier one-stop shop for expecting and new families in Denver. We offer lactation support and education, pre and postnatal yoga, toddler programming, sleep support, new parent education, and so much more, plus we have an amazing retail component. We believe in meeting families where they are and supporting them in their parenting journey.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? When no one but mommy will do – they can only be comforted by mama sometimes, and that makes me feel complete.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Yeesh, I’m not the best at this but I guess it’s our shower timer. The boys get a reward if they can each shower, lotion, and jammie up before the timer goes off. But they have to actually completely clean themselves because otherwise ew.

What is the best part about where you live? The weather – Denver is a hilarious and interesting place – 80 one day and snowing the next, but generally sunny 300 days/year.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. We LOVE baseball – my family and I love to head downtown to Coors Field any time we’re able to catch a ballgame and get a hotdog. There’s nothing like it.

Favorite date night in your hometown. My husband and I are big on tapas and riding bikes so we love to go on a bike date to our favorite little tapas bar and have a couple of drinks and delicious food.

What are 5 things that you could not”mom” without? 1. The Remind App – helps with all school assignments 2. Pre-packaged snacks (I swore I’d never use them, but here we are.) 3. Lavender essential oil – we use it for so much, but especially to calm down. 4. My Giant purse – carries literally everything. 5. Wine.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? I love to take our dogs on walks by myself or with my best friend – she and I also like to hit our favorite wine bar for some time to catch up.

Who are your “mom idols?” Michelle Obama without a doubt. Also my own mom – I don’t know how she always stayed so cool and calm as well as stylish and classy.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I’m lucky enough to work with most of my mom tribe. At the ‘hood we hire great moms and have all become one another’s support system. Also, my best friend who I met through my oldest son – he and her youngest were in pre-school together and a beautiful friendship blossomed out of that. She makes me laugh and keeps up morale when it’s slipping.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? This sh*t is hard – and it’s hard for everyone. There’s no perfect mom and your kids love you just how you are, so don’t aim for perfection because all your kid wants is to spend time with you. Also, clean houses are overrated, just let that go.

How do you balance it all? I wish I could say gracefully, but that would be a lie. I’m basically a circus act most of the time – but I wear sequins so it looks a whole lot shinier than it is. Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle is my parenting motto.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? “You & Me” Dave Matthews Band

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it: My blog focuses on lightening up parenthood – we take this waaaay too seriously and mamas need to laugh at themselves a little bit, because they’re going to be in therapy for something – miright? http://allisonschneider.com/ https://www.instagram.com/allieroseschneider/ https://www.facebook.com/allison.schneider.96

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5) Name: Rhema Peterson

Age: 31

Kid(s) and Ages: Scarlett 3 and Sterling 4 months

Where do you live? Northern Colorado

Tell us about yourself…

Work life I am a wedding and portrait photographer over at www.rhemafaithphotography.com I adore weddings and love my dream job!

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood?  Seeing my daughter make choices to be kind to others.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? Bribing with all the snacks… just kidding. But I think try to give my daughter my complete attention for at least 15 mins before moving on to work or tasks at home, I see a difference in her ability to be “ok” with mom being busy if she knows she is a priority too.

What is the best part about where you live? I love the view of the mountains and our community here. Also Target is 5 mins away! HA!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Walk around oldtown or go to splash pads

Favorite date night in your hometown. I like breakfast dates 😉 So Snooze for breakfast

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? 

  1. My husband
  2. Solly baby wrap with younger baby’s.
  3. a good stroller
  4. Coffee 🙂
  5. Podcasts

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag?

1.wipes for everything! ha

  1. chapstick
  2. snacks for me and the kids
  3. toys, my kids love toys!
  4. baby carrier

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? I am an Enneagram type 7, So all the things 🙂 But I like to spend time reading my bible and with God and also out having intentional time with my friends.

Who are your “mom idols”?  My sister and my friends are good mamas and help encourage me to be a good mama too!

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? A community called Create.Cultivate.Connect. I met most of them through my church but its a group of women who empower and encourage each other.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Find community, you never know how much you need it until you become a mama.

How do you balance it all? Lists! HA! Finding a rhythm that works for your family and then protecting the time with your family and husband

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Everything is awesome from the lego movie

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it. You can find me over at @weare_thepetersons or my photographer business at @rhemafaithphoto. I am a photographer and an influencer and I love doing both! Influencing just came naturally to me after having babies and sharing products I love and photos of my kids! Instagram is such an amazing community and its been so fun to connect to other mamas.

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6) Name: Amanda Ogden

Kid(s) and Ages: Zoe 19 years old and Max 18 years old

Where do you live? Denver in the Sunnyside neighborhood

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: I am one of the Co-Founders of the mama ‘hood which is a resource for new parents. My title is Director of Education and Breastfeeding. I am a Nurse and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). We have yoga can classes for parents when they are pregnant and everything a new family needs after their babe is born till age 3. One of my favorite new classes is a Toddler Class I teach that demonstrates in real-time how to parent from a primate perspective. I affectionately refer to it as Toddler Cage Match.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? The biggest reward is seeing the lovely adults my children have become. Now that I am an “empty-nester” the saying by Kitty Franz “Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience, you are raising a human being” feels especially true. My kids are people I am privileged to know and fun to hang out with. They are kind, smart and resilient and I couldn’t wish for more.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? The resource I wish I had when my kids were little is the podcast by Janet Landsbury called Unruffled. It is a library of tricks for parenting toddlers and the podcasts are usually 9 minutes long. One of her pearls is that we need to welcome the tantrums as a way these little people process their big feelings. Like all of us, we tend to show our best selves to the outside world and melt down when we are at home in private. Kids will rage at the person they feel safest in showing those big emotions. This is why toddlers will behave for others but lose their little minds at home.

What is the best part about where you live? I love all the places to walk to in my neighborhood. Denver has become quite hip!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. I love to take my kids out individually to have a dinner date and catch up with what is happening in their world.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without?  I could not “mom” without other mom friends and each of their unique sense of humor. I need people I can tell the complicated truth to and not be judged. They have enriched my parenting and help me to have perspective.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? I am currently obsessed with a craft called Paint Pouring. Anyone can create a masterpiece with very little skill needed!

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I kept a friend from high school, one from my early career as an L&D nurse, met some at mommy groups, and some from when my kids were in grade school. They keep me grounded and sane and always have my back.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Be cautious to when judging parents with kids who are older than your kids. Just when you say to yourself, “I would never do that”, the gods hear you and laugh and plan your comeuppance.

How do you balance it all? You can’t balance it all, you just have to keep juggling and remember that there will be seasons where you on top of things and seasons when everything falls down.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? I can’t think of a theme song but my mantra is “It will all work out, it will all work out, it will all work out.”

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it.  The mama ‘hood mission is to be a judgement free resource. We approach feeding, sleep, and parenting from an anthropological perspective.

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7) Name: Lindsey Linden + McKinsie Ortegon

Age: We’re always young at heart!

Kid(s) and Ages: Lindsey’s girls are 1.5 and 2.5, McKinsie’s daughter is 2

Where do you live? Denver and Greenwood Village

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: We founded sprinkle + dot. Curating themed tent parties for kids and teens, sprinkle + dot is a re-imagined party service providing the ultimate sleepover. Our tent parties are a ‘party-in-the- box’ perfect for birthday parties, sleepovers and celebrations. We’re two moms who love to create + curate + style. We think childhood should be full of whimsy + wonder (and eating vegetables and learning too, of course)! And, we KNOW us parents need EASY…we’ve all got busy schedules, loads of activities, and never enough time.

SO, we made party planning and sleepover hosting EASY!….and full of whimsy + wonder. We crafted Denver based sprinkle + dot to be your ‘party-in-the-box’ solution for birthdays, sleepovers, and celebrations. When you book your party, we do all the work — you simply open your door and provide the space. Colorado bred. Style makers + design devotees. Dog mommas. Avid party planners (AND, party goers!) Enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Wonder makers. Hoping to bring a little whimsy + wonder to your doorstep soon!

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? All those smooshy toddler kisses…we get ‘em all day long!

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Do this ‘mom’ thing with friends. Our girls are so close in age — we were pregnant together and are experiencing motherhood (with all its joys AND challenges!) together. We dish out support for each other daily and we hope every mom has a ‘no judgement’ mom friend.

What is the best part about where you live? We are Colorado natives….so, naturally, we love everything about this beautiful state! Our top favs…those famous blue skies and sunshine, the city’s unique neighborhood shops and restaurants, and our nail salon!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Visit parks — there are so many and it’s a good reason to sneak in some girl time with our kids!

Favorite date night in your hometown. We are both fans of trying new restaurants so when it’s a night out with the hubby, we’re searching for the newest hot spot in town!

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without?   1. Amazon, duh 2. Dry shampoo spray – Dry Bar is our favorite! 3. Comfy + stylish tennis shoes 4. Coffee 5. Slow cooker

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? 1. Diapers (and, now an extra pair of Peppa the Pig 2T underwear) 2. Healthy snacks — we like dried fruit (check Trader Joes for a large selection!) 3. Water bottles — for the kids + US 4. Hand sanitizer 5. Sunscreen — for all those sunny CO days!

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? 1. Binge a show — we’re partial to Outlander or Lady Gang 2. Workout 3. Meet for a mani!

Who are your “mom idols?” Each other!!

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? Our closest mom friends are our sorority sisters and college friends! Our mom tribe members are also our neighbors and even a few of our awesome clients!

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Everything is a phase. Whatever happens today will be different tomorrow. And, give yourself a whole heap of grace. Every day.

How do you balance it all? Contrary to our personalities, we really try to aim for present over perfect. And, we have amazing support from our husbands!

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Meant To Be by Florida Georgia Line

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it: Be genuine. Tell our story. Have fun! — we are a PARTY service afterall! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sprinkleanddot/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sprinkleanddot/ Website: https://sprinkledot.com/

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8) Name: Lindsey Lee Willson

Age: 36

Kid(s) and Ages: Breck: 7, Bowan: 5, Bridger: 2

Where do you live? Denver, Colorado

Tell us about yourself…

Work life:  I’m a food photographer + recipe developer. My recipes are plant based + free from most allergens. I also own American Gluten Free, a gluten-free box that ships you the best gluten free + dairy free products you might not discover otherwise. I also share honest motherhood stories on Instagram + my blog.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? I love having 3 little children I get to love unconditionally every single day. I also love playing creative activities with my kids, it is so freeing.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) I like to make meals fun. It’s a lot of work to feed our kids + ourselves every single day, so adding some fun twists to the lunches + snacks can bring instant joy to a relatively thankless job of meal planning + cooking. 

What is the best part about where you live? I love the sunny days in Colorado!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. We love to run around the open spaces, play in Nana’s large sandbox + spend time with our cousins.

Favorite date night in your hometown. Walking the streets of the quaint downtown or walking through Wilson Park.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without?

  1. Podcasts
  2. A small bag full of trucks for doctor appointments, etc
  3. Plum and Sparrow market basket for snacks when we are out and about
  4. Solly Baby wrap
  5. A creative outlet like watercolor or photography

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag?

  1. California Baby lotion and Boo Boo Stick
  2. Epi Pens in an Oh Joy! case
  3. Snacks like: Enjoy Life, Partake Foods + Cal Organic multi-colored carrots
  4. A journal
  5. Hello Cheeky Kids water bottles

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Paint, run, practice yoga, food styling, organizing my house + journaling

Who are your “mom idols”?  Elle Rowley, Joanna Gaines, Jenny Sprague, Terra of Love and Larock

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I have a special mom tribe from Alt Summit. I had a special Cross Country team when I was in High School they are all still very dear to me. I also have a very special “midnight friend” I met through MOPS.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Don’t listen to other people’s criticisms. Create your own motherhood experience. You may to things different than other people + that is ok. Hold onto peace through motherhood. You can lose yourself through motherhood, but ultimately motherhood is the time to find yourself.

How do you balance it all? Balance may not be the right word. But, I try to meet my kids needs first throughout the day and then fill in the gaps with work, chores, etc. I’m constantly brainstorming ways I can better find balance or simplicity.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? I’m a survivor

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it. You can follow Lindsey at http://www.lindseyleeandco.com/ https://www.americanglutenfree.com/

Or on Instagram: @LindseyLeeandtheboys and @AmericanGlutenFree.

I love to share how you can make plant-based happiness a part of your life. No strict diets, just focusing on creative ways to eat more plants. I also share honest motherhood stories, as I have a lot of them from raising 3 boys. I am also the CEO of American Gluten Free, where we ship boxes of the best gluten free + dairy free products to help you find something new you will absolutely love.

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9) Name: Alethea Chorey

Age: 31

Kid(s) and Ages: Rudy- 4 years young

Where do you live? Denver

Tell us about yourself…

Work life:  I am a Special Education teacher in an elementary school, and I sell children’s books for the nicest people in Denver! Go Second Star!

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Taking care of someone other than myself. I get the deepest reward for taking care of my daughter. Every little thing from putting all her favorite healthy foods into little bowls and letting her eat them with a little spoon, to making enemies because I am so dedicated to her naps. No one likes a crabby child! It gives me a purpose in this life to be humbled by doing whatever I can to make her the best her.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Eh, my mom hacks are pretty basic. Don’t go anywhere without water. Always bring a pen (ya know, for in the moment writing and drawings by a 4 year old).

What is the best part about where you live? Besides the fact that it’s heaven, pretty much everything. There is no better combination that city life with some mountain life!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown.  My home town is Lyons, and I love taking her to the Folks Festival there in August and getting our dirty hippie on by the river!

Favorite date night in your hometown. In Denver I love eating at Domo or Safta, and catching a game. (Rockies or Avs)

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? 1. Anything that comforts my daughter. She gets whatever (healthy) thing she needs to be calm. (blanket, pacifier, milk, her little toys) A calm baby is a happy baby. 2. Children’s books! I get so many creative ideas and great conversation starters from children’s books. I KNOW that the more I read to her the more her mind develops and watching her mind grow and question the world is one of my greatest joys. 3. A garden. This is one of our favorite things to do together. Watch things grow, take care of plants, and eat the food they grow for us. 4. One app saves me. Sonicarekids. A tooth brushing life saver. My daughter wins prizes for her little furry friend every time she brushes her teeth for 2 minutes. It saves me from having to be the “bad guy” at the most troublesome part of our day. 5. SALES. Every season I order my daughter the next size up in the essentials like winter boots, swim suits, jackets. So, when the next season rolls around, I am all set and not scrambling to get prepared.

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? A good non-plastic water bottle, her blanket, her little animal toys, an emergency snack and some lavender oil.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Yoga, hang with my mom, hike with my dog, clean and organize my house!

Who are your “mom” idols? My mom. She’s calm, intentional, and is amazing at interacting with kids. She is from a time where she wasn’t distracted by technology and so she is always present with my daughter while handling everything like a bad ass.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? Gina- mom of two boys. We met 10ish years ago before kids when we worked at a spa in Boulder. Lindsay- mom of one boy. We met 3 years ago teaching special ed together. Natasha- mom of 2 girls. We were neighbors and pregnant at the same time, my daughter is Rudy, hers is Rumi and they are two months apart. My tribe is small and that’s how I like it. Good people that support me, without any judgment.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? RELAX. RELAX. RELAX. SERIOUSLY. If you are forcing yourself to do anything, it probably isn’t the right time. Whether you are trying to get the kitchen cleaned or work out, do it when you feel like it, not when you think you should. Lead with your heart more than your head and the place you end up will be a happier one.

How do you balance it all? By trying to do everything with love and grace. Treat myself with love and grace and my daughter will follow.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? One love- Bob Marley. This should be everyone’s theme song.

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it:  Instagram is @alethea_kathleen. My IG account is the only online app I use. My only mission is to post photos that make me smile. So they are mostly of my daughter and our travels, and our giant dog that we love.

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10) Name: Romelia Ramos

Age: 25

Kid(s) and Ages: Amayrani 7, Ayan Rey 4, Avie Lou 2, Aréi Lian 4 months.

Where do you live? Denver, Colorado

Work life: I am a WAHM as creator of Life Through Mama Eyes Blog. I began sharing my life on social media and soon my brand began to grow. I love sharing my favorite products, services & real life experiences with my audience. I also create content for brands & share promotions & sales.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Watching my children grow & mold themselves into kind little humans and knowing that my heart will always be full of love.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Ok I swear by this one! When my first born was a toddler I noticed that she wasn’t into veggies at all. I developed a system with her that I now consider a parent hack and has continued throughout the years with the rest of our kids. I simply tell them that each veggie & fruit is grown in a princess or superhero garden. For example, spinach is grown in Cinderella’s garden, broccoli grow in hulks garden & makes you strong like him. Tomatoes grow in spider man’s garden etc. This little hack has been a life saver in our home and I hope it will work in yours. Tweaking a few things you know your kids love might help too!

What is the best part about where you live? The best part of Denver is definitely the weather! We get the best of everything, nice rainy springs, hot summer nights & beautifully white winters.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. We have so many favorite things to do were we live and I am so thankful that there are lots of family friendly places to explore. The Denver Zoo is by far one of out hang out spots year round. They always have super fun events and activities going on.

Favorite date night in your hometown. Probably street tacos or fresh seafood and some light drinks.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? 1. Baby carrier/Wrap 2. Nursing cover 3. Functional diaper bag 4. Snacks 5. Coffee

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Other then the necessities like diapers, wipes & extra clothes. 1. Hand sanitizer 2. Baby bum spachula 3. Gum 4. Dry snacks 5. Baby bags for messes

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? I love pampering myself with face masks & wine. I also like to just watch my favorite shows with some peace and quite.

Who are your “mom” idols? I look up to so many women, I honestly couldn’t name them all. Everyone does things differently and that makes you appreciate and admire each person individually.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My mom tribe is small, I have 3 friends that I went to school with in elementary and we occasionally meet up for some coffee with the kiddos. I also have my IG mom tribe which consists of a few moms that meat through IG and I now consider my friends. Hopefully one day we call all meet in person.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? I have been asked this question so many times and I think to me the most important advice I will someone gave me was to always believe in my mom instinct and not to mind those who always seem to have things to say about the way you parent or do certain things with your family.

How do you balance it all? Oh believe me, I don’t! This is still my number one thing that I constantly try to work on as a person. Balancing everything is so tough and sometimes I get stuck and don’t know what to do. I have found that going myself breaks between things is so helpful. It gives me a few moments to catch up with myself, my thoughts and make a plan of my priorities for my next to do.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Gosh this is a hard one… Ok I blame my daughter for this one because she had this song stuck in my head. You guessed it Baby Shark. I don’t know. I’m just a mom. LOL

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it. I began sharing my life on social media and noticed that there were so many moms out there that were going through the same things as I was and I loved connecting with them. Things slowly began to kick off as a blogger & influencer. I absolutely love sharing my favorite products, services and anything that I have found super helpful with my family or myself. I hope to be able to connect, inspire and uplift others in similar positions as myself. Taking pictures of my children has become so fun and love looking back at all of our fun moments together. My feed represents a light coordinated asthetic because it makes me happy! When you tune into my stories, you get to see the real, the raw and the bts of my everyday life. Stay up to date on all things motherhood, baby gear and bilingual parenting & follow Romelia on Instagram, Facebook and on her blog.

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Name:  Elizabeth Mayberry

Age: 30

Kid(s) and Ages: Hilde 8 months

Where do you live? Colorado Springs

Work life: I am a Colorado Lifestyle Blogger & Photographer at Oak + Oats (www.oakandoats.com)

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? I don’t know how to put this in words! I feel like I have known and loved my daughter forever even though I only met her 8 months ago. I love how motherhood has slowed me down, changed my perspective on what is important, and shown me how much I could actually love someone else.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) I am a HUGE fan of all the gathre products! We have a highchair mat, a changing pad, a picnic mat, and multiple bibs! They wipe down SO easily and travel so well. They are worth every penny because I never have to worry about throwing things in the wash or liquids/foods making a mess!

What is the best part about where you live?  It is BEAUTIFUL! The views, the nature, the people! I love all the hiking that is right outside of our door! We can walk from our house to trails and it is magical! I am also a huge fan of all the fun coffee shops, breweries, and eateries nearby!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. We have a membership to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and we love to go there to walk around! Not only do we love all the animals and exhibits, but it is also a beautiful zoo with views and landscaping that make it a fun walk!

Favorite date night in your hometown. Pick a brewery! We love trying out new breweries and going to our favorites – Iron Bird, Bristol, Cerberus, Colorado Mountain, etc!

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without?  

  1. My husband! He is such a help and I love that we can parent together!
  2. My Community. They say it takes a village and we love our weekly mom outings with our friends!
  3. UppaBaby Vista! I am so obsessed with our stroller! It travels well and goes on all our trips with us! It has great storage, drives amazingly, looks pretty, and is comfortable for our little girl!
  4. My Nikon z6: I just got a new DSLR and it is wonderful! Since it is mirrorless, it is lighter but doesn’t skimp on quality! It also is so easy to record video so I have countless photos and videos of my Hilde girl that I will always cherish!
  5. Bibs Pacifiers: We have a pacifier fan over here and Bibs are the best! Not only are they attractive, they also work so well and they are the only ones our little girl likes!

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag?

  1. Hello Bello Diapers
  2. Pampers Pure Wipes
  3. Gathre Changing Mat
  4. Extra Outfit
  5. Teethers

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do?  I like to work! haha! Blogging is not only my job but my hobby so I always love some free time to work on things! I am also a leader for Tuesdays Together Colorado Springs so I spend some time doing that – connecting with other entrepreneurs and working together.  Also girls nights, movie nights, game nights are all some of our favorite things! 

Who are your “mom idols”? My mom! My mother-in-law and my sister-in laws too! And my community of moms friends! They all encourage and inspire me. On Instagram I love @step.pollock & @chrissyjpowers

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them?  I’ve got my creative mom tribe that I met through Tuesdays Together & instagram! And  also have a mom tribe from a Bible Study we started after college! We all have gone through different seasons together of engagement, marriage, and now motherhood!

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? I heard a lot of negative and a lot of “warnings” so honestly I thought motherhood was going to just be mostly hard and terrible all the time. So my advice is that it is much more fun than you could ever imagine! Sure it changing everything, but it isn’t a bad thing. Holidays become more magical, adventures & traveling comes with new family memories, you get to look at life through your child’s eyes, and you get to be a part of encouraging and shaping the next generation. Just like every season there is good and bad, but when you are on the lookout for positives, you will see so many!

How do you balance it all?  I don’t do it all. I cannot do the same things I did before, so I have just shifted my priorities! My mom comes over once a week so that I have designated work time and I can attend meetings and events in the evenings when my husband is off work. We also just bring her along with us on all our adventures and travels. I also try to stay on top of my schedule and collaborations so that when I have free time, I know what I can be working on! Google calendar helps us so much!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?  How Far I’ll go from Moana, Belle Reprise (I want adventure is the great wide somewhere) from Beauty and the Beast, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, and I also have a soft spot for All Star by Smashmouth! Can you tell I am an Enneagram 7??!! haha!

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it:  I’m Elizabeth – an Enneagram 7, ENFJ, wife, mama, friend, and local beer connoisseur 😉 Oak + Oats is a Colorado Lifestyle blog where I share all the things! It is a place to be encouraged and inspired to find the good and the beauty in the everyday and the mundane! We share our daily life at home,our favorite things to do in Colorado Springs, and we take you along on all our travels and adventures! We would love to have you as part of this community!

Blog: https://oakandoats.com/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oakandoats/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/oakandoats

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