MommyCon Austin 2017 Schedule and Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again, mamas! MommyCon Austin is a little less than two weeks away, and I am so excited! I am so lucky to have been invited to be a part of the blogger collective again, and I get to be a part of the media team for the VIP session that Friday as well (more on that later!). AND I have a pair of tickets to giveaway too! Check out my Instagram @sharonisamom for the ticket giveaway (good luck!). The giveaway closes on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and a random winner will be drawn to win a free pair of tickets for MommyCon, so bring a friend to share in the fun!

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The general admission day is on Saturday, June 3 at the Austin Convention Center. There will also be VIP sessions available the day before on June 2 as well. If you don’t have a ticket yet, you can use my code SHARONISAMOM17 to get $5 off your general admission ticket (you can use the code for any of the MommyCon locations, not just Austin!).

I always seem to luck out on the timing for MommyCon. Last year, my husband had a trail race in the area that he wanted to do that evening, so our trip worked out perfectly then. And this year my husband and son will be going to San Antonio (not far from Austin) for my nephew’s graduation that weekend, so we just have an extra excuse to be staying in Austin for the weekend. Plus it’s our anniversary weekend, so we’ll get to spend an extra day in Austin having fun and eating lots of delicious food. So looking forward to it!

If you’ve never heard of MommyCon before, I’ll let you in on the details! Last year was my first time at MommyCon, and I loved it! It’s all about breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapers and more! It’s a great place to find your new Mom BFF and be surrounded by a group of like-minded mamas. There are a wide variety of sessions to check out, a ton of awesome vendors, and at the end, they giveaway thousands of dollar worth of awesome baby gear! Plus the swag your get in your general admission bag is fantastic too. You get so much for the price of your ticket!

They just released their finalized schedule for MommyCon too, and I’m going to go over a few highlights of the sessions I’m most looking forward to below.

Let’s start with Friday’s VIP session: Not Your Momma’s Baby Shower! This VIP session will be so much fun, with a 1950s ice cream parlor theme, complete with food, games, prizes and more! Plus Jessica Martin-Weber (AKA the Leaky Boob) will be hosting with Ameda. I am already Pinteresting 50s hairstyles and hoping I have a dress that will work. I Thought this VIP session is too perfect for me to pass up, since I’ll be 4-5 months pregnant come MommyCon! It’ll be a co-ed baby shower too, so both moms and dads are welcome. They’ll even have Ameda Aunties there to help if you are bringing your little ones too!

For Saturday, I think I’m most looking forward to the birth story circle. Pregnant or not, I have found that I love hearing other people’s birth stories and sharing mine as well. But since I will be pregnant at this year’s MommyCon, I am especially looking forward to this session!

Another one of my favorites on the schedule for Saturday is the session on Natural Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments. I love having natural options to try and help my little one feel better instead of going straight to medicine. Heck, even if I wanted to do the medicine, it always tastes so gross, my child spits it right out anyway. So I am looking forward to hearing more natural ways to prevent and treat things like ear infections, sleep problems, reflux, colic and more!

And that’s just a taste of what’s on the schedule! All sort of topics will be covered, like Breastfeeding and Pumping Q&A, potty training, cloth diapering 101 and much more! Check out the full schedule below!

MommyCon Austin 2017 Schedule | sharonisamom.wordpress.com

Don’t forget to use my code SHARONISAMOM17 for $5 off your ticket and check out my giveaway to win a free pair of tickets to MommyCon over on my Instagram @sharonisamom! Hope to see you guys there!

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MommyCon Austin Lineup: Get Excited!

MommyCon is only a few weeks away! Haven’t heard of MommyCon before? Check out my previous post all about this awesome, natural-parenting convention here. MommyCon Austin will be on June 25th (VIP sessions on the 24th), but make sure to check out the other cities MommyCon is coming to in 2016 to find one that’s closest to you. Breastfeeding, babywearing, birth, cloth diapering and more: if any of those make you do a little happy dance on the inside when you read them, you’d love MommyCon! Find out more on their website at mommy-con.com, and use code SHARONISAMOM16 to save $5 on your general admission ticket.

MommyCon Austin 2016 schedule | sharonisamom.com

On to the juicy details! The official schedule for MommyCon Austin is out, and I’ve been debating which sessions I want to go to. This was a tough one! There were so many great options, and I love the variety in topics being covered at this year’s conference. You can check out the full schedule above to plan out your day, but I wanted to go ahead and share with you a few that I’m really excited about! Without further ado…

MommyCon Austin 2016 schedule | sharonisamom.comWrapping 101 with MOBY and Tekhni Wovens: OK, I’ll admit. I am not a babywearing expert. In fact, it takes me approximately eight minutes to spell Tekhni and double-check three times that I spelled it right. I’m alright at babywearing, but I’m not one of those super-talented babywearing gurus who innately know how to wrap and tie all the carriers a million different ways. That being said, that’s one reason I want to go to this session! I feel like it’s an area I could use a little help in to gain some babywearing skills and confidence. I use my Sakura Bloom ring sling and the Ergo Performance buckle carrier on a regular basis. But I’ve never tried a woven wrap. I figured I needed to add that to my repertoire to level up to a babywearing ninja (because why not?). I heard a lot of moms on the Facebook discussion page were excited about the Tekhni VIP session, so I hopped on the bandwagon and signed up for that one too. Plus you get to take home your very own Tekhni woven wrap at the VIP session, so that makes it worth the price, easy!

What Love Tastes Like with The Leaky Boob: this lady is my hero. I didn’t even have to read the description. Saw “The Leaky Boob” and knew immediately that I wanted to add this one to my list! She is like the rainbow unicorn of the breastfeeding world. Check her out on Instagram, Facebook and all that jazz. You won’t regret it! Also check out her Feed the Baby VIP session on Friday the 24th.

Cloth Diapering 101 with Jenn Labit presented by Cotton Babies: We use cloth diapers and love it! When I was pregnant I had read about the many benefits of using cloth (saving money, good for the environment, less problems with diaper rash, an average earlier potty training age, etc). Anyway, despite the fact that we’ve been using cloth diapers for about a year, I still feel there’s some good info I could take home from this session. Looking forward to learning more about cloth diapers!

Why Body Positive Images for Mothers is Paramount by Moby Wrap: I could go on and on about this one. Coming to terms with and loving your new post-baby body can be hard. As vain as it sounds, that was one of my main concerns before we started this journey. I worked hard to get my body to where it was pre-pregnancy, and I was sad to think that it would never be the same. I’m sure many moms can relate to the sense of your body not feeling like your own body anymore. It’s different. But different doesn’t have to mean bad. I think we could all benefit from giving ourselves a little forgiveness when it comes to our bodies after baby. The female body is an incredible thing. Growing and giving birth to a baby is nothing short of amazing. Let’s focus more on that feat and celebrating each and stop looking at ourselves under a harsh microscope and worrying how we measure up to our former selves or to others.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, friends! There are so many great sessions to choose from, mamas! Next on the blog I’ll share some of my top picks for places to eat and family-friendly fun to check out while you’re in Austin for MommyCon!

MommyCon Giveaway

MommyCon Austin is only one month away! It is going to be my first MommyCon, and I could not be more excited! The general sessions are on Saturday June 25, and VIP sessions are on Friday June 24th. I am practically chasing my tail with all the excitement, and I am so happy that I get to be a part of the MommyCon blogging team as well!

MommyCon Growing together
Is this not the coolest graphic ever?? I am obsessed!

First off, what is MommyCon? It’s a convention series all about natural, gentle parenting. I’ll be going to the one in Austin, but MommyCon will also be in many other cities across the nation. With many awesome speakers on the lineup, the biggest focus will be on birth, breastfeeding, babywearing and cloth diapering. In other words: all the crunchy-mama things I love! So of course I am going!

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Tickets are only $45, but you can use code SHARONISAMOM16 to get $5 off your ticket.

MommyCon will be a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded mamas, moms-to-be (and dads too!), discuss, learn, and grow together. AKA build your tribe! This will be a great opportunity to make some new friends. One thing I love most about motherhood is the friendships I’ve made. Parenting can be tough at times, but it’s great having friends to talk to and laugh with who are going through the same things as you and understand where you’re coming from.

MommyCon swag | sharonisamom.com
Here’s an example @itstheaveragejo shared on Instagram of the general admission swag bag she got at MommyCon Chicago. Swag will be different city-to-city, but I love seeing examples!

Oh, and the swag. How have I not mentioned all the glorious swag you’ll get to take home?? You get a bag full of cool baby gear with your general admission ticket. If you sign up for additional VIP sessions too, you’ll get even more swag to take home from each VIP session you attend as well. I won’t lie. I was up until 3:15 a.m. one night pouring over MommyCon hashtags on Instagram and drooling over the loot ladies went home with. PLUS each event ends with $10,000 worth of giveaways! Yes, I too am gawking at that number on my computer screen. You may want to pick your jaw back up off the floor at some point though!

MommyCon giveaway | sharonisamom.comNow for what you’ve all been waiting for… I’m giving away TWO tickets to MommyCon Austin! Head over to my Instagram (@sharonisamom) for your chance to win. The giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 3, so make sure to get your name in the drawing! Good luck, mamas!

For more info on MommyCon, check out their website at mommy-con.com.

Diaper Bag Must-Haves

When I was pregnant, I was obsessed with lists. I wanted to know what exactly I needed and did NOT need in my diaper bag, hospital bag, and on my baby registry. Today I will tackle the diaper bag.

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AKA what’s in my diaper bag

 

What you keep in your diaper bag will, of course, vary depending on each person (bottle feeding, formula, cloth v. disposable diapers, etc). As your LO gets older (ours is 6 months), what you carry in your diaper bag will change too. For example, if baby’s started solids, you might carry around snacks, baby food jars, spoons, bibs, etc. This list here is what we use, but do whatever works best for you and make adjustments to the list to fit your needs. You might also want to print a check list to make sure you don’t forget anything before running out the door.

Without further ado, here’s what a list of what we keep in our diaper bag!

The bag: I use a Thirty-One backpack. I thought the backpack and neutral color would be good for when my husband’s carrying it. He even got complimented on it by another dad when he made a trip to Home Depot! I was going to embroider with our little guy’s first name on it, but took my friend’s recommendation and opted for last name instead to transition better for the next baby.

Diapers: duh. Kind of no opting out of this in your bag. Pack whatever works for you. In the early days, we used gDiapers, so we packed inserts and disposables “just in case.” Before the little man came along, I know I wanted to give cloth diapering the good ol’ college try, but kind of thought deep down that it might not work out, and that we’d end up using disposables. Anyhow, we’re using pocket diapers nowadays (LO’s 6 months old), and no plans on going to disposables. Loving the cloth! But you do what works best for you.

Wipes: I normally do cloth wipes at home, but we keep disposables in the diaper bag. Using the ones from our Honest Co trial right now and like them.

Hand sanitizer: I always have this is in my mini zipper pouch in my purse anyway. But it’s especially handy now after diaper changes!

Wet Bag: We use this for diaper changes, since we cloth diaper. However, a wet bag is also good for diaper blowouts and potty training accidents.

Changing Pad/blanket: I think everyone should use these and have them in their diaper bag. I know before we had kids, our nephews would be changed, bare butt on our nice expensive couches. My husband was shocked and horrified, and we were none too pleased. Even if you’re OK with it, just keep in mind using one of these will put others’ minds at ease. Heck, I still don’t want anyone changed bare-butt on our couch.

Outfit: in case he has a diaper leak, spit up, or I’m a bad mom and get salsa or ice cream on the occasion I was babywearing and eating at the same time. Sorry, Ellis.

Burp cloths: For cleaning up baby messes. I actually realized last weekend that I need to re-stock this in my bag when we went to do family pictures, and my nephew projectile vomited across JC Penny’s. My mom thought I would be prepared with my bag o’ tricks, but I realized I was actually without a burp cloth at that time! Whomp whomp.

Toy: “Keys” and a Sophie the Giraffe I bought on Zulily seem perfect for us. He’s teething, so everything goes in his mouth right now. Plus handing him a toy during diaper changes helps. He focuses more on the toy instead of grabbing other things or rolling over constantly lol.

Blanket: Especially with the cold months coming up, this is great to throw in with him in the car seat. Someone gave us an adorable embroidered minky taggy blanket, and he loves it!

Dreft stain removal pen: Got this at the baby shower. Used it some, but now that our little guy’s starting solids, I think he’ll be more messy, and this will get more action lol.

Coconut oil: Good for diaper changes in the early days, making for easy cleanup of meconium. Also good to use instead of lanolin for those first couple weeks when breastfeeding is rough on your nipples. Also makes a great pumping lubricant, helping maximize your output. Basically this stuff is good for everything. I keep mine in a tiny old glass jelly jar.

Snacks for mama: I tore through these like crazy in the first few weeks. It seemed like I was always ravenous. Plus it was so hard to find time to sit down and eat a meal all in one sitting. It felt like every time I was hungry and getting something ready to eat, the little guy decided it was time for him to eat too. So packing some snacks that I could eat on the run definitely came in handy! I’d keep things like granola bars and mash ups in the diaper bag on a regular basis, and I’d grab some fresh fruit on my way out the door too.

Pacifier: I’m sure most people will want one in their diaper bag. To be honest though, Ellis hardly ever used his. Mostly he preferred his thumb, and he’s already grown out of that too. Although so many people warned us that if we didn’t pacifier the crap outta him, he’d love his thumb too much. You can take a pacifier away, but you can’t take the thumb away, blah blah blah. Might be true for some, but turned out to not be a problem with our baby. Anyhow, the pacifier stays in the diaper bag, because the grandparents seem comforted to know it’s there and try and make him take it when they watch him lol.

What do you guys think? Anything I don’t have on here that you think is a diaper bag must-have?