Meet Our BCB Market Leaders

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We are so excited to introduce you to our outstanding group of BCB Market Leaders!  This group of amazing mamas are an integral part of the BCB team, helping bring their local communities of moms-to-be, new moms + toddler moms together by hosting local events, providing networking opportunities for BCB members to meet up and providing ongoing guidance and support for our valuable BCB community in their area!  They are beautiful women inside and out & help us spread good vibes and positive mom energy across the country!

We are so lucky to have these amazing women as part of our BCB community.  If you are in their area, reach out to say hi and/or join them at a local event!  In addition to our big Gearapalooza events, they host ongoing local events every month!  You can find all local events here!

 

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Lorin Sanchez — Los Angeles Market Leader

Age: 40

Kids and ages: Gia (6 on April 20) and Mila (2)

Where do you live? Los Angeles, CA

Tell us about yourself…

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? I attended Gearapalooza when I was pregnant with my 2 nd child and only wish I had known about BCB during my first pregnancy! I learned so much and was so impressed by all of the information and resources that I wanted to share it with other mamas.

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? I love all of our events and getting to get out and meet other parents and let our kids play together. I have met some amazing people and love the community we are building in Los Angeles!

What does community mean to you? To me, community is the village of family, friends, and neighbors that are there for you through it all. To love, support and encourage you…and occasionally tell you what you might not want to hear. From helping to celebrate birthdays, determining what that strange rash could be and everything in between!

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I would often go on playdates and take my daughter places during the first year of her life, but it wasn’t until just after her 1 st birthday that I found my tribe in a group of moms that actually lived in our apartment building. I also joined the MOMS Club and have made some great friends through that as well.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Aside from their general presence in my life, my biggest reward as a mother so far has been to watch my older daughter be a little mommy and love on my youngest as I do. The unconditional love I have for them is so real and I can see it in the love they have for me and for each other.

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 totally think I learned my ultimate mom hack from Lindsay at Gearapalooza and it is the best advice. Always layer the mattress. Mattress protector, sheet, mattress protector sheet; it is the ultimate life-saver for those middle of the night changes!

What is the best part about where you live? I love the access we have to so much in and around Los Angeles. There is so much we can expose our children to that they would normally have to travel all over for. We can even surf and ski in the same day, not that we’ve ever done it!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown: One of our favorite things to do is to spend the day at Disneyland! Being such a short distance away really does give us the opportunity to take our time and explore all that the resort has to offer, and almost every visit is a different experience.

Favorite date night in your hometown. One of our favorite date night spots is Bottega Louie in Downtown. Wine, good food, and amazing desserts!

What are five things that you could not “mom” without? My BCB VIP membership (obvs) to save lots of money of fun things to do around town; portrait mode on my iphone to capture all of those sweet smiles; Babyganics foaming hand sanitizer and hand sanitizing wipes, I keep these everywhere and use it on everything; my crock-pot, when I meal prep and use the crock-pot the evenings seem to run much smoother in our house; and finally Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Now, getting groceries delivered saves me so much and time and I don’t have to stress about taking the girls out to the store!

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? I’ve recently completed 2 session of the Body Back Transformation with Fit4Mom and am really enjoying the workouts in my free time. I also love a good spa treatment and a giass of wine.

Who are your “mom idols?”  My mama is my ultimate “mom idol”, I go to her for advice on just about everything and often find myself apologizing for what I put her through and thanking her for being an amazing mom to my sister and I. I also have a great friend that I always look to for everything – she is such a great mother to her 3 kids and always has such amazing advice to give.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Everything is temporary and this too shall pass. Those sleepless nights, the messy house, the pile of laundry. It will all be okay, just try to enjoy where you are and soak up every moment because it does fly by!

How do you balance it all? I don’t, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I do the best I can and no matter what make sure my girls know they are the most important thing to me.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Pretty sure David Guetta’s “Play Hard” sums up my everyday, but Faith Hill’s “You Can’t Lose Me” holds a special place in my heart!

 

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Catherine Stergar – Los Angeles Market Leader

Age: 33

Kids and ages: Charlie, 5 & Stella, 2

Where do you live? Redondo Beach, CA

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? I love the flexibility that this job provides as well as the connection it allows me to have to my community. It is fun creating events for other Moms and kids in my area and trying a new business or workout. It’s awesome when I get to bring my kids along!

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? I love the community it brings to Moms. With my first child, I was one of the first of my friends to have a baby. It was lonely and difficult at times navigating Motherhood – I’m so grateful that BCB is available for Moms where I live and across the country. I’ve learned so much from the other Moms in my life and love that BCB facilitates events where other Moms have this opportunity.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them?My strongest network of Moms are the ones in my neighborhood. Without a doubt, I can take my kids on a walk around the block and I can find a Mom to chat with and my kids have friends to play with. I love being surrounded by Moms that have become friends where I live – from driveway happy hours, play dates and Moms Night Out, we have a really special bond and I know I can count on them for spaghetti sauce when I’ve run out or a listening ear. I also feel so grateful to have made friends through Mommy & Me classes, Moms I work out with at the gym and the Moms at my son’s preschool.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? I find the biggest reward of motherhood to really be the small everyday moments – overhearing Charlie help Stella with a toy and telling her, “you’re my cutie” or the daily hugs at preschool pickup. When I step back and see my kids handling a situation with a friend well or successfully navigating their school day, it makes me feel really good that I am preparing them to be independent and rely on themselves. I am so proud of the family that my husband and I have created and watching my kids grow into little humans who are friendly, sweet and care about others makes me so happy and is one my greatest missions in life.

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 use my pizza cutter all the time – so easy to make little bites!

What is the best part about where you live? I can walk to the beach in 20 minutes!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown: I love to load up my kids in the double Bob and head out for a few hours to grab coffee, play at the park with friends and have them help me shop in Trader Joe’s on the way home.

Favorite date night in your hometown. We love to go to happy hour on the Pier and eat at our favorite restaurant, Palmilla, for awesome Mexican food!

What are five things that you could not “mom” without?  (Products, apps, anything that helps you to be a better mom.) I LOVE my iPhone – from taking photos, keeping lists and Facetiming my family – I really don’t know where I’d be without it! I also couldn’t live without the kids club at my gym, my Double Bob, Trader Joe’s & Target!

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do. I love to watch Ellen and have dessert!

Who are your “mom idols”?  (Moms you look up to as women and parents.) Of course, I look up to my own Mom so much. Watching her embrace her role of Grandma has been one of the most beautiful things to watch. My kids absolutely adore her! I have also really looked up to the women I previously babysat for. Both before I was married in my early twenties to my newlywed years – I had a front stage pass to watch amazingly strong moms balance their work and home life. They were powerhouses in their careers and shining examples to me of what dedicated and loving Moms looked like. They helped set the bar for me on the type of Mom I dreamt and hope I have become. I still think about them all of the time and all the lessons and practices I learned from them.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood. It’s important to be familiar with how to use a breast pump even if your plan is to exclusively breastfeed. I will never forget my husband and I youtubing how to use my Medela pump and all the tears and sore boobs that came along with it. My little guy was only a few days old and it would have been helpful if I had taken the time before I was stressed and sleep deprived to educate myself on the process.

How do you balance it all? Organization is key to everything I do in my life – I’m always trying to be a few steps ahead so that if I need more time to do something I have it – from packing lunches to helping with the preschool silent auction – the more ahead of the ‘deadline’ the better for me!

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Robin Smith – Austin Market Leader

Age: 41

Kids and ages: Nova age 4, Halle age 2, Pregnant with Baby Girl #3

Where do you live? Austin, TX

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? I was already a Bump Club & Beyond VIP member and had participated in webinars and used VIP discounts for some awesome baby items. When I saw that Austin had the opportunity to have events here again; I jumped at the chance to become more involved in BCB.

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? The resources for parents! Whether I have a question about the best product, how to potty train my toddler, or want to hang out with other moms, I can do all of those things with Bump Club.

What does community mean to you? People living life together. Community is a sense of support around you. Valuing others for what they can offer even if it’s different from yourself.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My mom tribe has sort of evolved – friends have moved, kids have started school, etc. but I met almost all of my friends from a moms group on Facebook. One of my best friends now I met because she moved in directly behind me and we share a fence. Our kids are close friends too!

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Just seeing my kids become little people. Almost every day I see or hear something from them and it either surprises me, makes me proud, or cracks me up. It’s amazing to know and love someone from the very beginning of their life.

What is the best part about where you live? When we moved to Austin 3.5 years ago from Denver, one of our reasons was the city’s reputation for being a great place for families. That has definitely held true for us. Besides all of the kid friendly businesses, there is a festival almost every weekend, our favorite huge neighborhood farmer’s market, amazing hiking trails and parks, and awesome local restaurants that welcome children. We live 2 miles from a winery and when we wanted to join their wine club, we asked if we could bring our children with us. Not only are they welcome there, but the staff all know our kids names and have toys and special craft kits for them.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown:  So many things – I’m the opposite of a homebody so we are out of the house every day exploring our city. But I’m a sucker for holidays, so my favorite time of year is December when we can walk to Chinati Court every night, warm up at their bonfire with some hot chocolate and see one of the city’s most famous neighborhood holiday light displays.

Favorite date night in your hometown. My husband is allergic to gluten so we love finding new local restaurants that offer gluten free menus. When we lived in downtown Denver, we were two blocks from a ping pong bar and would often stop there after dinner or a concert (we kept going even after our daughter was born; I just wore her in a baby sling and played!). We’re not as close now, but Austin has SPIN which is a fun and entertaining date night spot. Last time we went, my husband got to “challenge” one of their professional players which was hilarious to watch.

What are five things that you could not “mom” without? 1. Bump Club & Beyond, of course! 2. The NoseFrida 3. Vienna Springs ring sling (when my babies were under 2) 4. Barre (can’t be a good mom if you don’t take care of yourself) 5. My phone calendar to organize our crazy schedules

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Lay outside in the sun with a good book. Take a Pure Barre class. Even do errands – it’s 10 times faster without kids!

Who are your “mom idols”?  Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better; Martha Sears, and my mom for always being there and supporting me while letting me make my own decisions and mistakes.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? You don’t need all the advice! I felt so clueless before having kids that I thought I needed to thoroughly research every little thing. Turns out, you will find a million different answers to the same question if you look long enough. Obviously everyone needs a good support system and I still turn to online resources frequently to help with questions, but I’ve also learned to trust my gut and be confident that my decisions are best for my family.

How do you balance it all? Is that a trick question? If anyone has the answer to this, please let me know. 🙂

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Good Life by OneRepublic. Love the song, the meaning behind it, and OneRepublic is one of my favorite bands to see live.

We want you to meet…

3) Name: Nicole Levine – Denver Market Leader 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

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Jesse Brine – Minneapolis Market Leader

Name: Jesse Brine

Age: 34

Kids and ages: LJ (6) and Charlie (2.5)

Where do you live? Maple Grove, MN

 

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? I have been a member of BCB since I was pregnant with my oldest son and I absolutely LOVE the community. After working full-time in the medical technology field for 10 years and then deciding to stay-at-home with my boys I was thrilled to take on the role of BCB Market Leader for the Twin Cities and continue providing great events and resources for local parents all while still being able to have the perks of being at home with my boys.

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? The community! I love chatting with parents at playdates and getting to know moms better by sharing ‘war stories’ after our workouts.

What does community mean to you? Community means having people who are in the same, or similar, situation as you and coming together to support one another.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My mom-tribe is made up of my neighbors (yay Balsam Lane crew!), college friends (Go Bennies and Johnnies!), ECFE moms, and of course wonderful women I’ve met through BCB!

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Watching my boys learn and grow into independent little men.

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!) Always keep extra snacks in the glove compartment of your car so you can appease a fussy kiddo.

What is the best part about where you live? The lakes and parks! There are so many great activities to do on the water in both the summer and winter and our parks system is incredible too.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown (this is a great place to share info about BCB VIP partners if they really are places you love!). I love bringing my boys to Eastman Nature Center to go on hikes and heading to Central Park in Maple Grove to play on the splash pad and playground during the Summer.

Favorite date night in your hometown. My husband and I LOVE going to Travail. We always know we’re going to have a unique experience tasting all of the different creations their chefs come up with.

What are five things that you could not “mom” without?  (Products, apps, anything that helps you to be a better mom.)

  1. My mom community
  2. PBS Kids
  3. Snacks
  4. Alexa being able to play dance music at anytime
  5. My membership to Lifetime Fitness so I can get 2.5 hours of kid-free time and the kiddos get fun time with their friends

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do. Take a long bath and read a good book.

Who are your “mom idols”?  (Moms you look up to as women and parents.) I aspire to be as organized and fun as @TheBusyToddler and @DaysWithGrey

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood. It’s not as bad as it seems and you’re not alone. I remember thinking that I was the worst mom ever when I dropped my deodorant square on my child’s head from 3 feet up and he started crying. I started bawling when I told daycare about it because I didn’t want them worrying about where a bruised forehead came from. The daycare provider started laughing at me and let me know it wasn’t that bad and we’ve all done something unintentional and our kiddos will be fine. I have learned that it’s best to share my mom-stories with others as it makes us all feel a little better about our mishaps.

How do you balance it all? Saying ‘no’ and having a great partner! I try not to overcommit to too many things as I know I’ll just drive myself crazy. Also, I’m lucky to have an awesome husband who helps balance out all of my craziness.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? “Try Everything” by Shakira, AKA the theme song to Zootopia. I love this song and I sing it to myself all the time when I’m having a rough time or I feel like I’m failing. I just get back up and try again.

 

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Brittany Millsaps – Nashville Market Leader

Age: 32

Kids and ages: Braden (age 5), Preston (age 3), and Hudson (due June 28th)

Where do you live? Mt Juliet, TN (just outside of Nashville)

 

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? So that I can help connect local moms and moms to be with each other and local businesses. Everyone needs a community that the can turn to.

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? That we are able to form a moms community inside our local cities to help moms and moms to be when they need somewhere to turn.

What does community mean to you? Everything! It is always great to have a group to turn to to ask questions and get information from.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Watching my little guys grow and learn.

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 a section of healthy snacks for them in the pantry where they can reach so they know where to go when they need a snack instead of coming to you every 15 minutes looking for one.

What is the best part about where you live? I love that the greater Nashville area is so interconnected, plus there is no shortage in events and entertainment options for the whole family.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown: We love anything outdoors, like going to the zoo or one of the many local parks.

Favorite date night in your hometown. a nice quiet dinner

What are five things that you could not “mom” without? Baby wipes, snacks, paper towels, extra set of kid clothes, and some type of activity in my purse

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do. Relax and watch a movie or show.

Who are your “mom idols”?  Reese Witherspoon

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood. It is okay to take the extra help when someone offers. You are going to need it for the first little bit.

How do you balance it all? It is definitely a balancing act but you learn to make adjustments and keep moving forward. I tend to get most of my work done during naptime and once they go to bed each night.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

 

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Bree Music – Tampa Market Leader

Age: 34

Kids and ages: Kaia and Gavin, two year old twins

Where do you live? Riverview, Florida

 

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? Tampa Bay has so many resources for moms and moms to be. When I first became a mother, every time I needed a good resource I had to search and search on google. When I found out what amazing resource Bump Club and Beyond was, I knew I had to bring it to Tampa. I was so excited when I got the approval. As Market Leader I can bring the best businesses and resources to other moms here in Tampa, connect us all and open doors for new friendships to be built.

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? The community and that it is a national company. I can travel to other states and feel connected and use my discounts everywhere.

What does community mean to you? A community is a group of like-minded individuals that share similar values and goals. Everyone has the best interest of others in the community. It’s a place of comfortability, empathy, common goals and trust.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I have two sets of mom tribes. My first tribe is those mommy’s that I have been friends with for over 15 years. These are my childhood friends. We’ve seen one another in all stages of life. Although we don’t see one another as much as we like, we talk more than enough and know that we are there for one another. My favorites are he Facetime calls with the chaos of our real life in the back. My second tribe is here in Tampa. These are some of the friends that I reconnected with after having children. Through them and going to more activities at some of the BCB partners, I was able to meet more.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? When you know you give it your all and it shows in your children. The true joy that they give you. I just look up in awe to God that he gave me twin blessings.  The cuteness, the hugs, the kisses, the giggles, THE LOVE. The whole experience from the first day I knew they were in my stomach to now. When I look at their beautiful faces and know they are an actual piece of me.

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!) My toddlers are in the stage of exploration. So instead of constantly saying no to everything they want to get into, I have learned what their interests are. Such as-the bathroom closet. I place different toys in these areas that distract them from taking other things out, like all of the rolls of toilet paper.

What is the best part about where you live? Tampa is beautiful. There is always something happening or something to do. We have the prettiest beaches -Clearwater, Siesta Key and St. Pete. With the size of Tampa there are a lot of moms, everyone is friendly and the sun is almost always shining.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown- We love to visit Lowry Park Zoo!

Favorite date night in your hometown. A Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game or a good concert.

What are five things that you could not “mom” without?  My Bible, KidFresh food found at Target, Pandora’s Baby Einstein Station, Disney Movies, and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? I love studying and reading the Bible and running.

Who are your “mom idols”?  I look up to my own mother. She raised three of us with such patience and grace and made it look easy. I can’t ever remember her actually taking time for herself. Today she is still a woman of God, runs marathons and is the strongest woman I know. It is a joy seeing my kids getting to experience her endless love.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Your hormones are going to be all over the place. Especially when you stop nursing. You will have thoughts and feelings that you may have never had before that are out of character. Sadness, insecurities, weight fluctuation, bursts of energy, extreme fatigue- it’s your hormones. Track them and recognize them! Remember feelings are temporary, tomorrow is a new day. You are beautiful and you are a great mother! I use an app call P Tracker. If you know when these moods are going to strike, you can better combat them. I make sure to get lots of exercise that week, outside time and me time.

How do you balance it all? I remember that God and my family come first. Sometimes I don’t balance it all. Some days I feel like I can’t get ahead of the dishes or my home, no matter how many times I have picked up. There are other days I don’t shower until bedtime, I always have at least three or more loads of laundry to do (even if I did five that day), and sometimes dinner is the drive thru at Chic-fil-a. Other days I am on it- I ran with my double stroller, showered, have a roast chicken in the oven, managed to get the kids down for a good long nap and have a clean house! But I have come to realize, it isn’t about balancing it all. It is about prioritizing what is important. When my husband and children are happy, I am happy. The same works the other way, when I am happy my joy spreads to my family and they are happy. That is true balance. So my priorities are to make sure I am giving my husband and my children my very best. Sometimes this means leaving my cell phone on the charger. This way I can really take the time to play with my children, read with them, have random dance parties, take them outside, teach them, and truly enjoying God’s blessings. The days have never gone by so quickly until I became a mom. One day they are going to be grown up and I know I cannot ever get these moments back. The same goes with my husband. We are a team and our time together is just as important as time spent with the children.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Lauren Daigle- My Revival

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Lindsay Jill Kaplan — Chicago Northshore Market Leader!

Age: 36

Kids and ages: Eva 5, Ruby 4

Where do you live? Highland Park, IL

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? I love helping the mom community and connecting moms with local partners. Win win for everyone!

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? Workouts! Now that my kids have kind of aged out of the younger “playdate” phase, working out with and exploring new things with my mom friends is something I look forward to! And Discounts (Duh!)!!!!

What does community mean to you? A safe place to share information, ask questions, have fun and live life judgement free.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I have made such wonderful friends from my girls’ preschool. I’m also “moming” with my two sisters who also live in Highland Park, which has been amazing.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Laughing with my girls and watching their personalities emerge!

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!) ..yep, I said it! NO SHAME! “Welcome to Ryan’s Toy Review!”

What is the best part about where you live? Day to day life is just easy, taking the kids to school, grabbing coffee, activities, parks, restaurants, shops…there is so much to do and nothing is too far.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown: All things dance related, my girls (and me!) take dance at Soul2sole. Whether it be classes, specific events or recitals. We love it! Also, love walking around downtown Highland Park. We can go out to eat, get ice cream and shop around while running into friends!

Favorite date night in your hometown. Abigails is always a wonderful meal and great drinks. My husband and I also love going to Rivers Casino in Rosemont, we will go to Hugos for dinner then spend about an hour playing Roulette (0/00 is a “trick” my grandparents taught me) and 3 card poker (sounds fancier than it actually is, and you don’t really have to know how to play poker to play this).

What are five things that you could not “mom” without? hand sanitizer, kids youtube, starbucks app, goldfish crackers, Target/Amazon Prime

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do. Listen to true crime podcasts and watch everything on Bravo.

Who are your “mom idols”?  My own Mother and Grandmother for sure, they are my two best friends!

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood. It’s HARD! But also fun! Don’t be scared to ask other moms questions or for advice, we are all in this crazy journey together!

How do you balance it all? I put everything in my google calendar on my phone and before I go to bed I look at the next day, I plan my schedule. My brain is constantly all over the place, not sure I would consider my life balanced, I’m just making it work.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? I wanna dance with somebody, by Whitney Houston.

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Jacqueline Baird — Chicago Western Suburbs Market Leader

Age: 31

Kids and ages: Hunter – 17 months, Baby boy #2 – due November 2019

Where do you live? Aurora, IL

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? I love exploring everything the Chicago Suburbs has to offer and as a new(ish) mom myself, I am eager to help connect other moms in the community with each other and the best local resources. My previous work experience involved managing a community both online and off while connecting people to great local businesses, so being a BCB Market Leader allows me to take that expertise and apply it to all things motherhood which is my number one passion!

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? The opportunity to connect with other local moms at fun events and be in the know about the best products and resources!

What does community mean to you? Community to me is having a group of people you can relate to. It’s a safe space to connect with others who have similar interests or are in the same season of life as you!

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My mom tribe is made up of both online communities and in person friends! These are women I met in high school and reconnected with, college friends, and the most relatable moms in my tribe are the ladies I met while my son was in the NICU for 4 months.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Watching my son grow and learn! As a mama to a micro preemie (born at 24 weeks), you never take a milestone for granted. Someone once told me the days are long, but the years are short and I understand that now! It’s been extremely rewarding to watch my son go from a 2 lb preemie to a thriving and happy toddler. He’s my miracle rainbow baby after a hard journey of infertility and we’re very excited to welcome his brother to the family as well.

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!) My trick to taking a shower in peace when you have a young toddler: Set them up in their bouncer/activity center in your bathroom with a bowl of Cheerios or a teething toy, and prop up the iPad to play Pink Fong animal song videos (that they can only watch during your shower time so it’s special). This consistently gives me a half hour of uninterrupted time to shower and (finally) wash my hair, and my son is occupied and under my watchful eye!

What is the best part about where you live? There are so many parks and family friendly activities available! We have a playground and walking path right across the street from our house that we always take advantage of.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown: We love going downtown Naperville to walk the Riverwalk, picnic, and play at the playground. The Dupage Children’s Museum is another favorite!

Favorite date night in your hometown. Dinner and drinks downtown Naperville then a standup show at The Comedy Shrine!

What are five things that you could not “mom” without?  (Products, apps, anything that helps you to be a better mom.) 1) Nanit baby monitor. 2) City Select Baby Jogger strollers (double & travel!) 3) Pearhead Baby’s Daily Log Book for the newborn stage 4) Starbucks iced coffee stocked in my fridge! 5) BCB! The online community and offline events are a saving grace to momming.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do. Cook, read blogs, listen to podcasts, drink coffee (or wine when I can!), get a blowout or mani/pedi, or catch up on Netflix!

Who are your “mom idols”?  My own mom – she’s a saint! She is the woman and mom I constantly strive to be. I also look up to all of the different NICU moms I’ve met in the last couple years. Not only did so many of these moms have to be so super strong during their crazy pregnancy journeys, but then they’ve tackled the journey of a preemie baby which ends long after the NICU stay. I’ve looked up to so many amazing women who I’ve watched thrive and conquer different challenges to give their NICU grads the best therapies and resources they need to thrive.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood.  Motherhood is not a one size fits all. Everyone has a different journey to becoming a mom, different experiences, different children with different needs, and different ways of navigating the emotions of it all. As a mom your feelings are valid and there’s no need to compare yourself to others. If you love your children and do the best you can, then you’re a GREAT mom!

How do you balance it all? I heavily rely on my calendar and having a routine! I make lists, time block tasks, prioritize, and constantly re-prioritize. As a mom I’ve learned to have realistic expectations for my days and always be ready to switch up the plan. I’ve also learned the importance of taking care of myself and making time for the people and things that matter to me most. If mama is happy, everyone else will be too 🙂

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Jill Badlotto – Chicago Market Leader

Age: 31

Kids and ages: 6-month-old son named Jude

Where do you live? Avondale, a neighborhood in Chicago

Tell us why you have chosen to be a BCB Market Leader? I absolutely LOVE the mission behind Bump Club and have admired what the company does for years now (before I was a mom myself!) I’m also a total girl’s girl and love connecting with other moms, so when the opportunity came up I was ecstatic.

What is your favorite part about Bump Club and Beyond? The wealth of knowledge that is shared at each event. Knowledge is truly power when it comes to parenting, and I love that everyone who works at BCB and the partners involved are eager to share what they know.

What does community mean to you? It truly does take a village to raise children, so community means everything to me. Whether that’s in the form of a group of close family and friends, or in the form of an organization like BCB, community is all about supporting and learning from each other without judging.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My mom tribe consists of some amazing women! I’m lucky to have an amazing mom of my own that I’ve learned so much from. One of my best friend’s Heidy and I met at a blogging event a couple of years ago and we have gone through motherhood together – we were present at each other’s deliveries, I’m the Godmother to her son, and she lives two blocks away from me, so we’re constantly helping each other out by swapping babysitting duties. My best friend Christina, who I met in high school, lives about six hours way, but I’m constantly texting her questions and asking for suggestions. And I have an amazing group of close girlfriends that I’ve known since I was a child that have always been an amazing support system. It’s been such a treat to go through motherhood with all of them!

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? All of it! Life is so much sweeter with Jude. Motherhood is tough and the newborn days were extra rough on me, but watching his personality develop and seeing his smile is so rewarding.

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!) When I became a new mom I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I also wanted to pump so my husband could be a part of the feeding process and the responsibility wouldn’t fall solely on me. I was quickly overwhelmed in the beginning by how time-consuming I found the process to be. Liz from Lactation Partners taught me that you could keep your pump parts in the refrigerator and wash them at the end of the day, rather than washing them after every pumping session. It was such a game changer for me and saved me SO much time!

What is the best part about where you live? I love, love, love this city. Chicago gives the best of both worlds – it’s lively and exciting but also very livable. And I love that Chicagoans are so proud of where they live. If the winters weren’t so cold, I think everyone would live here!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. My son was born during the coldest week in January, so we’ve really been enjoying taking him outdoors now that it’s summer. Walks along Lake Michigan and on the 606 Trail with our dogs have been some of our favorite times together as a family. But now that he’s a little older and more interactive, I am so excited to take him to his first class at Bubbles Academy!

Favorite date night in your hometown. My husband and I love to sit on the patio at Big Star and indulge in tacos and margaritas. It’s one date night restaurant that we can ALWAYS agree on.

What are five things that you could not “mom” without? 1) Taking Cara Babies sleep courses: Sleep is SO important for a mom’s mental health, and her tips and tricks have helped Jude become a rockstar sleeper. 2) The Wonder Weeks App: It lets you know when your baby is going through a developmental leap and how you can help them master the new skills they’re learning. It makes me feel so much more in tune with my son. 3) Baby K’tan Carrier: I’m all for baby-wearing in order to get stuff done. I’ve worn Jude literally everywhere – shopping stores, museums, restaurants, and even while doing laundry. 4) Haakaa: A silicone pump that suctions to the opposite side while you’re breastfeeding. It costs under $20 and has helped me build a stash of breast milk quickly and easily. 5) Instacart: Putting grocery delivery on this list may seem funny, but I despise grocery shopping and find it extra challenging with a baby (my husband jokes that he can’t leave me alone very long in a grocery store because I get lost!) I’m all for doing things that are convenient and help give you back time.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do. Writing has been a hobby of mine since I was a child, and I’ve also been a blogger for a couple of years now. I also believe there isn’t a better way to wind down from a crazy day than with a glass of wine and the newest Real Housewives episode on DVR!

Who are your “mom idols”?  (Moms you look up to as women and parents.) Outside of my own mother and girlfriends, I look up to women who prove that you can be an amazing mom without losing yourself. When you look at aspirational women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg who are changing the world while also balancing being a mom, it’s truly inspiring. I also love moms like Amy Schumer and Jenna Kutcher who keep it real and don’t sugarcoat how tough being a mom can be.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood. SAY YES TO HELP. You do not have to “do it all” and taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your newborn. Those in your life who are offering help are offering it because they want to. Do not feel bad accepting it!

How do you balance it all? Lindsay Pinchuk once said at a BCB event that she doesn’t allow herself to feel mom guilt, and I believe that is so helpful in balancing it all. I quickly learned that feeling bad for missing bedtime routine two nights in a row because of prior commitments, or feeling guilty because I hired a babysitter so I could run an errand alone is a waste of time. I’m all about finding what’s most convenient and making sure that you continue to do what makes you personally happy! I’m also constantly setting myself reminders on my Amazon Echo (I consider Alexa to be a part of my mom tribe!)

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now. It also makes for a great karaoke song!

 

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