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We are so excited to be heading home to Chicago for our HUGE, all day annual event – our 9th annual Best of Bump Club & Beyond on Saturday May 4! One of the highlights of this event is sure to be our exclusive BCB Panel presented by the Chaotic Commute: Real Chicago Moms Spill It All! We are so lucky to have this amazing group sponsoring this informative panel! Attendees will learn real life mom advice, hear tips and tricks to the parenthood journey and have the chance to ask any questions! Meet and talk with the panel of Chicago real moms who share their stories!
Spend the rest of the day with us for the BEST education and information for parents-to-be, new parents and parents of toddlers. Even more expert seminars, including Gearapalooza with @thebabyguyNYC, Infant CPR, Potty Training, Sibling Preparation, Newborn Sleep Strategies, Toddler Sleep Strategies + SO MUCH MORE. The BEST experts, the BEST resources, the BEST services, and the BEST brands for your family will join us with their products and expertise to talk one-on-one with YOU! And don’t forget, lunch IS included in your ticket!
We can’t wait to introduce you to Melissa and Brittany of Chaotic Commute! Read below to learn more about them & be sure to stop by the Real Moms panel and say hi!
Name: Melissa Ackerman & Brittany Dobslaf
Age: Both 35
Kid(s) and Ages:
Melissa is mom to 3 amazing boys, 7, 4, and almost 1! Brittany is mom to two kiddos; a 4 year old little boy and a 1 year old girl.
Where do you live?
Both live in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago
Melissa Ackerman, is the President of Produce Alliance and Brittany Dobslaf, is the Director of Client Services of Produce Alliance. Produce Alliance specializes in providing fresh produce category management services including procurement, national distribution, information services, and food safety assurance to food service clients across North America, Canada, the Caribbean and beyond.
What has been the biggest reward of motherhood?
“When my kids, un-provoked tell me they love me” -Melissa
“Being a mom is unlike any other job. It is the most exhausting, and most difficult, but when you walk
into their rooms in the morning and they smile and reach up to you, there is nothing better. Watching
them grow and use manners and exude love is extremely rewarding.” -Brittany
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!)
Make peanut(nut-free) butter & jelly sandwiches and freezing them and then taking them out in the
morning to add to the lunch box. They un-freeze and are delicious by lunch time!- Melissa
“The crock pot! Being in Chicago, the winters are long and there are so many amazing, easy, healthy,
warm crock pot meals that are dummy proof. Turkey chili is one of our go-tos.” -Brittany
What is the best part about where you live?
Living so close to a big city, we can take advantage of what both the suburbs and the city has to offer!
Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown.
Chicago is home to so many amazing sports teams with die-hard fans. It is fun to take your kids to sporting events and make them fans at a young age!
Favorite date night in your hometown.
“We love to try one of the hot new restaurants in the city with an early reservation and then be back in
bed at a reasonable hour to watch a show together.” -Melissa
“We love to go for Mexican! Mexican food and Margaritas! Perfect night!.” -Brittany
What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without?
1. Google Keep to organize to-do’s
2. Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother
3. A good mom tribe
4. Step 2 Push Around Buggy Ride
5. Little Giraffe Blanket
What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag?
1. Finger Puppets
2. Snacks; puffs, yogurt melts, goldfish, veggie sticks
4. Costco Wipes/Water Wipes
5. Throw away place mats
When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do?
Yoga, mani/pedi, spend time with friends. -Melissa
I love so many tv shows, “A Million Little Things”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and “Real Housewives of Beverly
Hills” to name a few! I also love taking a bath! – Brittany
Who are your “mom idols?”
Our own moms are great idols! Both of our moms were women who were extremely involved in our day to day, showed un-conditional love always, and are now exuding that same sentiment to our children as Gigi and Nana!
Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them?
The Chaotic Commute has helped to build a new mom tribe for us. Finding other like-minded women going through similar things day to day is so helpful!
What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood?
“Most of what you need to know is already inside you.” -Melissa
“It is ok and completely normal to cry!”- Brittany
How do you balance it all?
We don’t have it all figured out yet, but we take it one day at a time, and we look to each other to lean on.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it:
The Chaotic Commute is a working mom’s guide to careers, kids, & everyday life in between. Our
mission is simple: Connect one working mom to another. We created The Chaotic Commute to help all working moms to feel a sense of community, provide them a voice to share their struggles and wins, and to help them find a relatable network of other amazing women trying to make it work.
Learn more about Melissa and Brittany:
If you’re an expectant or new parent in the Chicago area, Best of Bump Club & Beyond is an event you do NOT want to miss! Join these fantastic Chicago moms + us on Saturday, May 4 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Swissotel! We’re bringing you the BEST baby gear, products, services + safety information in one action packed event! For more information and registration, CLICK HERE.