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Special Feature: Club MomMe Spring Family Fest

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM Comments comments (241)
Club Mom-Me Spring Family Fest: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach

Club MomMe is a social, educational and wellness community for moms and moms-to-be.  They provide a place for women to meet each other, make friends, learn about pregnancy and motherhood, and share unique experiences together.  All attendees at each event receive a gift bag and a chance to win great giveaways like strollers, car seats, gear and more!  



They have been kind enough to gift a SPB reader with a Family Ticket to the event on June 7, 2014 - wow! Details on the contest are at the end of the post.


SPB is very excited to announce that we will be at the Club MomMe OC Spring Fest event.  In case you cannot attend in person, you can follow us on Twitter for live-tweets from the event, see views from the inside the event on Instagram, and we will be sharing presenter notes in future blog posts.

Here is our virtual interview with Aubrye Foote, Vice President of Club MomMe Orange County, with your inside scoop on the event coming up this Saturday, June 7, 2014.

SPB: What's new at the Spring Family Fest?
​AF: This year we've added our Daddy Lounge with fun activities, a Style Lounge where you can see and shop for different clothing, bags, etc. and added some interactive areas for the kids.  Spring Fest truly is an event where you can learn about parenthood, explore products & gear, sample goodies during the event and in the *huge* gift bags you'll take home, and connect with not only experts but other famili​es as well.

SPB: Tell me more about the inspiration for the Daddy Lounge. It sounds amazing - are MomMe's and Babies welcome, too?
​AF: We wanted our Family Fests to be something every member of the family could enjoy and what better way for Dad to have a good time then to set him up with a fantastic microbrew (Beach City Brewery) and a taco bar! 

Of course MomMes and Babies are welcome to enjoy the Daddy Lounge. Besides, we're having Micro Kickboard races and diaper changing races that MomMes will just LOVE to watch and a craft where littles can decorate a tumbler for Daddy for Father's Day from Daddy & Company. 

SPB: What can a family expect to find, see and learn about?
​AF: At Spring Fest, families can listen to various speakers and panels such as Dr. Harvey Karp, ​Natural Parenting Panel, Entrepreneurship for Parents Panel, Healthy Child Healthy World's Understanding Labels workshop, Daddy Panel, and the Hot Baby & Toddler Products session.​ They'll be able to see and shop at exhibitors ranging from baby/toddler products & gear, clothing, skincare, ​food and more. 

We have an Activity Zone with lots of amazing activities for the little ones, a Pamper Lounge where you can enjoy a manicure, a hand massage and juice bar, a Daddy Lounge by Daddy & Company with a microbrew and races with prizes, a Style Lounge featuring gorgeous clothing & bags and last but not least the Lansinoh Lactation Lounge where MomMes can go to nurse or break away to feed & change their babies.
 
SPB: How can they get the most out of the event? Are there other breakout sessions besides the main speakers?
​AF: There's the main speakers/panels and as a part of each session parents get the opportunity to ask whatever questions they have! I encourage them to do so because these speakers are fabulous! In addition to those sessions, I would recommend that families take advantage of having the ability to see and test new products on the market, learn about what's available to them, visit with the local resources to make parenthood easier and even do some shopping to take these great products home. 

Not only that, but MomMes ... take some time in the Pamper Lounge and get a manicure or hand massage while Daddy and the little one are off kicking a soccer ball. 

SPB: Do you have any survival tips to share for families attending with toddlers and/or more mobile children?
​AF: The great part about Spring Fest is that we have 4 different craft areas, musicians that are performing for the kids, Super Soccer Stars soccer area, a face painter, balloon artist and Urban Sitters will be there to keep an eye on the little ones should MomMe and Daddy need some help. ​We wanted parents to be able to enjoy the event, but also have the kids enjoy it as well. That's why we set up so many activities in our Activity Zone to keep those "active" ones happy. They may not even want to leave!!

SPB: What are the ticketing levels?  Which do you feel is the best value?
AF: The levels that are still available are: 
  • Celeb New or Expectant MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)
  • Celeb New or Expectant Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • Celeb Toddler MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)
  • Celeb Toddler Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • VIP MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)
  • VIP Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • Family Ticket (2 adults)
  • MomMe/DadDe Ticket (1 adult)

Each ticket level receives an amazing amount of "swag" that they get to take home. The VIP level ticket has a gift bag worth over $500 and the Celeb ticket has almost $1,000 worth of items. With that, I'd have to say the Celeb ticket is the best value, but you can't go wrong with any of them!​

SPB: Long term, what is your vision for the Family Fest events?
​AF: Our biggest passion in what we do is being able to bring resources to parents that they may not have access to on their own. At Family Fest we are able to bring all of that together in one location. Currently we have our Spring Fest in Orange County and Fall Fest is Los Angeles, but our long term vision for our Family Fests is to be able to expand them into other areas in the US ​so that we can provide these fantastic speakers and brands to an even greater number of families. 

Thank you, Aubrye, for giving our readers the inside scoop on the event!  To learn more about the speakers and panels, please visit the event website HERE http://clubmommeevents.com/.

Ticket Giveaway Contest:
If you would like to win the Family Ticket which includes 2 Adults and one gift bag with a ton of product & goodies, please leave a comment below and tell me which is your *must see* session.  I will choose a winner on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at noon.  The winner will be selected by Random.org by assigning each comment a number in order of receipt and letting the Random Number Generator choose a winning number.  Please be sure to leave me your email address in the comment so that the Media MomMe can email you your Family Ticket.

Event Sessions:
Dr. Harvey Karp 
Author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block" & "The Happiest Toddler on the Block”
The technique is designed to recreate the essential elements of the experience of living in the womb. The first three months of life Karp calls the “fourth trimester”. Karp believes there is a “calming reflex” that causes babies to instantly relax when they are given clues that they are safe inside the womb. There are five parts of the technique he calls the “five S’s”. Then comes the Toddler stage. Baby calming is great, but before you know it your tot will be 8 months old! That’s the perfect time to start this clever approach to boost cooperation – build patience – and stop tantrums before they begin happening!

Entrepreneurship for Parents 
Want a career and balance parenthood? Looking to be a “mompreneur”?
As moms we have always been savvy leaders, innovators, and jugglers who make executive management decisions on a daily, if not hourly basis. While we may have extensive professional training, the jobs available to us may not fit our needs, family demands, or fulfill our passions. The same, many times, goes for dads who are looking to have an active role in parenthood. For both, if we are going to spend time away from our families, it better be worth it!
With emerging trends in business, innovative new technology, social media, and the shifting cultural expectations about careers and work/life balance, presents the perfect opportunity for a new generation of entrepreneurs or “mompreneurs”.
There is no roadmap for establishing a business or career that you’re passionate about AND supports motherhood. You often have to create it yourself, which can be a daunting task.
Join us to be inspired, motivated and moved to become a Mompreneur yourself, and learn how our panelists started on their journey to becoming Mompreneurs!

Healthy Child Healthy World “Understanding Labels” Workshop
With Jill Ettinger & Alexandra Spunt
Healthy Child Healthy World is hosting its second annual Educational Workshop at Spring Fest, “Understanding Labels,” to help the public navigate this increasingly ambiguous landscape. The event will welcome top experts and personalities in the consumer products and environmental health space to address label confusion and coach attendees on how to effectively read labels, what “red flags” to watch for, ingredients to question, and how to be a smarter, more conscious shopper. 

Natural Parenting
Want information and tips on Natural Parenting? 
Natural parenting is based on a desire to live and parent responsively and
consciously. While families may define it differently, there are several principles that are widely agreed to be part of this lifestyle. These are ideals that natural parents tend to hold … even if we don’t always live up to all of them. Attachment/Responsive Parenting, Breastfeeding, Ecological Responsibility, Holistic Health Practices, Natural Learning, Living a Healthy Lifestyle and more are areas these amazing speakers will cover.

Daddy Panel 
Did you ever want to hear tips, information and just the Truth from other Dads?
Then you’ll love Club MomMe’s Daddy Panel!! We will discuss the changes men experience as they become dads, how to meet other dad friends so you don’t feel so lonely in your new role and have someone to vent to and get advice from. How to understand what your wife is going through during pregnancy and breastfeeding and supporting her. Learn how to change a diaper, swaddle and carry baby, without being told you are doing it wrong. And some other topics just for DadDes!
This is the Panel where Dads will become DadDes!

Hot Baby and Toddler Products  
Learn about the latest Baby & Toddler Products … and WIN them!
Club MomMe & Favored.by are bringing their ever-popular products events to Spring Fest! Join us as we share the NEWEST, COOLEST & HOTTEST Baby & Toddler Products on the market! From the latest stroller trends, toys, educational products, gear to make life easier as a parent, state-of-the-art technology, amazing innovations and more!
Check out the latest Baby & Toddler Products and Gear + WIN them! We GIVE AWAY almost all featured products at the end of the talk!!
Club MomMe gets the hottest NEW products and we are sharing them first with you! Find out what new products are worth checking out and will make your life easier

Please leave us a comment below and tell me your *must see* session for a chance to win a Family Ticket (2 adults plus gift bag) to the Club MomMe Spring Fest on Saturday, June 7, 2014.  Transportation and accommodation not included.

Disclaimer:
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

A Letter To You, The New Mother

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM Comments comments (4)
Carnival of Natural Mothering
April 2014: What You Wish You Knew

Remember when you got your first positive pregnancy test? What do you wish that woman knew? Write a letter of love and encouragement to that awesome mama just starting her journey.
 
Dear New Mama:
 
Yes, you.  I skipped over the “mother-to-be”.  You are already growing life, and you are already aware of that life and protective of that life…as I see it, there is no “to-be” in mothering.  It is a state of being since you got your BFP.  Your mother’s instinct is no joke: trust it always, even in the face of a “lack of evidence” or just “having a feeling”.  No mother has ever regretted doing the best for her child from a place of love and concern…the only regret is not listening to that voice.  Your mothering instinct will not fail you in pregnancy or parenting.
 
At times, pregnancy may feel equally miraculous and uncomfortable.  First trimester: the unquenchable excitement of being pregnant (it happened!!)…and nausea.  Second trimester: interesting sounds and smells, and maternity clothing as your waistline grows.  Third trimester: the disappearance of your feet beneath your belly, maybe nausea (again!), and the OMGosh moment: this baby has to come out of me – through *there*! 
 
Through it all, the miracle and awe of growing another human being is constant.  There are two hearts beating, two minds working, two souls living in one body.  The first time you feel your Sweet Pea stir inside of you…their hiccups, the reaction to voices and touch…and those sensations continue.  I believe they exist as a reminder that the sacred and divine is happening right now.
 
You want to do the best for your baby.  You want to have a perfect pregnancy that leads into your perfect birth story.  While those are worthy ideals, you can only control finite amounts of conception through the Birth-Day, and at some point you must surrender the rest of it to the universe.
 
I encourage you to learn as much as you can about birth, breastfeeding and parenting!  
Birth: Find a comprehensive childbirth class that prepares you and your coach for a positive birth experience.  Connect with the ICAN group in your area and learn how to avoid a primary cesarean, because an unnecessary one can be heartbreaking.  Read up on placenta encapsulation and the postpartum period.

Breastfeeding and Parenting: Find a group of women and/or families to build your village.  The best lesson I ever got was to ask questions and take advice from the parents that are already doing/have done what you want to do.  If you want to breastfeed, don’t get advice from someone who made a different choice.  Connect with breastfeeding mothers at La Leche League or a breastfeeding support group.  If you want to babywear, don’t seek out a person who is always pushing a stroller.  Connect with a babywearing group in your area, or find a group online.  If you want to practice gentle parenting, read up on attachment parenting, and in this day and age, you can connect with the experts online.  Two of my favorites are Dr. Laura Markham and L.R. Knost
 
Maternity Leave: Are you going to work outside the home after a maternity leave?  Connect with the women who have made that choice and have the breastfeeding/parenting relationship you want with your child.  As far as I know, there are no support groups for that.  I have a cadre of students who have breastfed/are breastfeeding and practice attachment parenting while working out of the home full-time.  Please feel free to contact me to connect with them – several are willing to share their stories and mentor new mothers.
 
You are never alone on this journey.  Birth and parenting have happened for eons.  There is so much wisdom available to you, and so many people to walk and learn with as a new parent.  Read, connect, be willing to say hello to the person sitting next to you in your childbirth or breastfeeding group.  Once your Sweet Pea is earthside, get out and about.  Say hello at the breastfeeding or postpartum support group, story time or playgroup.  A simple hello can lead to a beautiful friendship for you and your Sweet Pea.
 
Since this is a birth blog, here are some more details about preparing for the Birth-Day…
The decisions you can make and be in control of:
Eating a whole food, balanced diet: as much as possible, skip the processed foods.  Here’s an illustration: if your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, do not eat it. Or, try this one: if it has more than ten ingredients, or more than one you cannot pronounce without concentrated effort, then put it back on the shelf. Check out our posts on nutrition HERE.

Exercise every day: even 10-20 minutes of cardio is better than none.  You are going to be part of an athletic event...train for it intentionally. Engage in both stamina-building and pregnancy-specific exercises to equip you for a stronger pregnancy and birth.

Avoid harmful substances: back to all those things you cannot pronounce.  Pregnancy is a great time to go green…one change at a time.  Start by looking at your personal care products…then your kitchen…then your cleaners (both at home and in your school and/or workplace).  Commit to yourself and to your baby that once a month, you will make a change that will make just one more thing in your life non-toxic.  By the time you are holding your Sweet Pea, there are at least 7-8 changes that are now healthy habits.

Choose the right care provider and birth space: if you know you want a natural birth, do your homework now. Find a care provider that supports your choice. The other thing to evaluate is whether your birth space and your birth vision are aligned.  If either of these is a NO, you can change providers and/or birth spaces – no permission slip necessary.

Pain is not normal: your body can do pregnancy pain-free. Are you uncomfortable? Look into chiropractic care, acupuncture, pregnancy massage, aromatherapy...decide what you will do to eliminate any physical pain or anxiety so you can prepare for a positive birth experience.

Pamper yourself: Say YES when it comes to being kind to yourself.  Get the pedicure, go out to dinner, eat your favorite foods that are safe in pregnancy.  You won't know when you are ready, willing or able to afford those things after your Sweet Pea arrives.  Do it now while you still only have your schedule to manage.
 
About the things you cannot possibly know or control...
How long you will be pregnant: you were given an estimated due date…it’s a guess at best.  It is definitely NOT an expiration date.  Each day inside you is a day your Sweet Pea is growing and preparing to live earthside.  As long as you are okay, and they are okay, inside is a great place to be.  Find ways to enjoy being pregnant, even if your due date comes and goes.

How long your labor will be: if only there was a magic wand for this!  I love Dr. Bradley’s “formula” for labor…whether you have a “sprint”, a “marathon” or something in between, your energy and your rest determine how you manage the duration of your labor.  It is intense work, it is athletic work…so eat if you are hungry and definitely sleep, even in the excitement of “I think I’m in labor!” Eat something, drink something, go for a walk, take a bath or shower to relax you…and then go to bed!  I promise you that you cannot sleep through an unmedicated labor.  Your body will wake you up when it’s time to start that cycle again…until you can’t sleep anymore because you are working.  If you slept as suggested, you will have all the energy you need to have the birth you prepared for.  If you do not sleep, then you will have to dig down even deeper to see your birth through the way you want to – totally possible as well.  If you can, just trust me and sleep – it makes for a better birth!

When you surrender control: let go, give in, and let your baby come out.  At some point, we must let go of the present and give into the primal timelessness of birth.  I know! It sounds completely hippie-hoodoo right now.  Take it from me – I am Miss Priss and Miss Always-in-control…it makes for a LONG birth.  Your body can only get down to the real work of birth when we are willing to be vulnerable, to feel, to surrender all of the control to the bigness that is birth.  Let go – even though you are not in the driver’s seat, it does happen…without you.  It is the one time in your life when you can connect to all the birthers that have gone before you.  When I would finally surrender, I would feel all the energy in the Universe around me.  That energy sustained me, it pushed through the fear of no control, to the absolute bliss of working with our baby and my body to just Be.  A little secret: you can control your breath.  Focus on making it as deep as possible…then just feel.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  You are already an amazing parent – you have chosen to carry this life, and by doing that, you have undertaken the essence of mothering: living outside of yourself and considering the needs of another.  Best wishes to you as you continue to grow in love.
 
Blessings,
Krystyna
 

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Wishing you a wonderful day with your Sweet Peas and anyone else you celebrate with!  We enjoyed a morning of baking today.  What are some of your holiday traditions?

UPCOMING EVENTS Nov 11-15, 2013

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM Comments comments (155)
Upcoming Events Nov 11-15, 2013

Planning Ahead:
Doll Tea Party @ 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Join the crew at Pottery Barn Kids for a special teatime benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  For a $10 donation to St. Jude, kids will enjoy refreshments, stories and crafting with their favorite doll or teddy bear.  Call a store near you to reserve your spot today.  Cost: $10.  For children ages 4+.
To locate a store near you, click HERE



MONDAY
Prenatal Yoga 
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

TUESDAY
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

La Leche League – Tempe
LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend our meetings. http://www.lllofaz.org/
Desert Cross Lutheran Church @ 9:30 am
8600 S McClintock Dr. (Just north of Warner Rd)
Tempe, AZ

Smart Play: Toddlers I (1 yr olds)
Who knew there was actually a science to the most beneficial techniques to use when interacting with your toddler to help their brain develop? In this class, participants will learn in a playgroup setting,  how play affects their child’s lifelong brain development, what toys/activities are best for their child at this age, and how to look at a toy and instantly see it’s developmental benefits. Toddlers welcome and encouraged! $11 per person or $13 per couple 
Baby Town @10:15am-11:15am
3787 S. Gilbert Rd
Gilbert AZ 85297

Crunchy Mama Playdate
Hey West-Side East Valley Mamas (and really everyone!), let's get together at the Dobson Ranch Library Branch playground to play with our babies and each other, and discuss our granola crunchy ways!!  The park is located just behind the library! Text Lindsey Burns if you get lost - 480.255.9272.
Dobson Ranch Library @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2425 S. Dobson Rd.
Mesa, Arizona 85202

Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids
Kids of all ages are invited to come to the store for story time every Tuesday.  Members receive an official book club passport at their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five story times.  To locate a store near you, click HERE
Chandler Fashion Center @ 11:00 – 11:30 am
Nordstrom’s Wing
3111 West Chandler Blvd.
Chandler 85226
(480) 899-7155

Homebirth Circle
Come join the beautiful space and share thoughts about life, babies and love.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  Feel free to bring a healthy snack to share. 
Freedom and The Seed Office @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
123 Baseline Rd, Suite 205
Tempe, AZ  
480-528-1689

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm
1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

Prenatal Yoga + Fitness
This prenatal yoga + fitness class will have all the elements of a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga, designed for your prenatal needs, with added options for any mommas seeking a little extra fitness to compliment and enhance pregnancy, as well as help you to prepare for you upcoming birth journey.  Any stage of pregnancy is welcome (including postpartum), as is any fitness level.  Classes are $10 drop in or $30 for 4 classes. 
Emerge Acupuncture & Community Center @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm
123 E. Baseline Road, Suite D102
Tempe, Arizona 85283
480-466-2004

WEDNESDAY
Parent’s Day
Come join child development specialist Brie Hall, as she offers parents of children birth – five years old some of her parenting support workshops.  She has been a child development specialist for 11+ years, and holds several certifications including Infant Massage, and Happiest Baby on the Block.  All classes are just $10! Register now to reserve your seat!
Register by phone at: 480-299-1154
Email: [email protected]
Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/org/4112204333?s=19124253
Potty Training 101 @ 9:15 am
Toddler Discipline Solutions @ 10:30 am
Smart Play: Newborns to Babies (birth to 6 months old) playgroup @ 12:00 pm
Aviano at Desert Ridge @ 9:15 am to 1:00 pm
22500 N. Aviano Way
Phoenix, Arizona 85050

National Geographic Kids Club 

The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: Meet Persephone's special friend Jungle Jill and her unique animal friends.  Today we are going to remember what we are thankful for with singing and dancing. 
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movements with your child.  For children ages 5 and under and their caregiver.
Bookmans Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

East Valley Babywearing Meeting
Come out and play, try on new carriers, or get help with ones you have. Bring your kiddos, bring your significant other, bring a friend. All are welcome to attend. Share with anyone who may want to learn more about carriers.  Attendance is free and we will have our carrier library available for you to try new carriers and get help. You can join BWIP at any meeting for just $30 a year, tax-deductible, and enjoy the benefits of membership - such as being able to borrow a carrier from our library for a month!
Skyline Park @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
655 South Crismon Road
Mesa, Arizona 85208

Inn Mommies: Explorers Playgroup 
Rhyme Time with the Explorers: This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open! 
Join us as we sing a few songs and rhymes before we get out a variety of toys to play. Get ready to Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 
This playgroup is for moms and babies of all ages that are exploring their world. Pregnant moms are also welcome. It is open to women that have given birth in all settings: home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. Siblings are welcome in the Explorers group.
We meet at The Nest at Babymoon Inn which is across the street from the birth center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!  Facilitator: Michelle Hottya, IBCLC  Call 818-606-5687 with questions or for more information.
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Cuddlers Group 
Please join us Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other.
Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there!
Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group. Inn Mommies is facilitated by Michelle Clark. Amey Clark, RN, IBCLC is on hand for breastfeeding support and weight checks. 
We are now meeting at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Located across the street from the Birth Center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

Phoenix Art Museum
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Wildflower Kids
Every Wednesday, Wildflower kids enjoy a complimentary cookie, milk & activity.  Program offered at all locations.  Find your nearest store HERE http://www.wildflowerbread.com/locations/
Wildflower Bread Company @ 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1100
Chandler, AZ, 85226
480-821-8200

Prenatal Yoga  
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

THURSDAY
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

TODDLER DAY Thursday, November 14th!
Sign up for these great classes being offered for parents of toddlers! Take the classes individually or sign up for all 3 classes and get a discount! All classes offered at Baby Town!  All 3 classes for $25 or each class individually for $11 each!
Potty Training 101 @ 9am-10am         
Toddler Discipline Solutions @ 10:15am-11:15am              
Sleep Solutions: Moving out of the crib @ 11:30am-12:30pm
Baby Town 
3787 S. Gilbert Rd
Gilbert AZ 85297


Sleep Tips for Newborns
Need Sleep? Learn the 5 Things That Keep Babies From Sleeping.
Knowing what causes babies to have trouble falling asleep and have frequent wake ups is the first step to fixing it. Find out if you need a few tweaks or a sleep overhaul. Come with your sleep questions.  Cost for class is $5.00.  Please register for classes, just because space is limited.  Families can call 480-299-1154.  Register online https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9079502035
Advance Care Pediatrics @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
604 W. Warner Rd, Suite C-1
Chandler, AZ 85225

Chandler Farmer’s Market
This Farmers Market hosts a variety of vendors including produce, baked goods, salsa, jams and honey, olive oil, seafood, granola, beauty products, and much more!  The Craft Market will be held once a month on the first Thursday of each month.  Come find hand made and hand crafted items from local artisans.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

Birth Circle - Central Phoenix
A birth circle is a gathering of pregnant women, new moms and mamas a few miles into the journey. It's a chance to meet people, to share experiences and to ask questions about the journey to motherhood in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. It’s an opportunity to tell your birth story and be heard, to process you birth story in new ways, to listen to a range of experiences as you prepare to birth your baby, to ask questions about birth, babies and parenting, to connect with other pregnant and new moms in the community, and maybe meet some birth professionals as well. 
Topic: Epidurals: What's the Big Deal?
Midwives Rising! @ 7:15 pm
531 E Lynwood Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004 
602-242-4446

FRIDAY
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Groovy Kids Music
Groovy Kids Music is for babies and kids of all ages. Class participants can expect music and movement, singing, rhythm, instruments, and fun!! This class is for children of all ages. The cost is $10 for one child, and $5 for each sibling. RSVP if possible, but drop-ins are welcome! As always, the Babymoon Inn snack and drink bar will be open. We hope to see you there!
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am & 11:00 am – two sessions!
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Susan Jeffers
Oh no! Emma is in trouble! In this new version of the classic song, Santa comes to the rescue.  Come join us for the excitement of a magical journey and the fun of twelve preposterous gifts!
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Fun Fridays
Children 1 to 4 and their caregivers can enjoy themed events, including hand motion songs, sing-alongs, dancing, stories and games. Activities are designed to enhance musical, social, physical and memory skills. Caregivers must remain in the store.
Microsoft Store @ 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1288
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-308-0800 

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Enchanted Island Family Night
There’s never a charge to enter Enchanted Island. You simply pay for the rides you want to ride on, the games you want to play, and the food you want to eat.  Friday nights, enjoy special pricing for unlimited rides: $6.50 for Children or Adults Wristbands 
Enchanted Island Amusement Park @ 5:00 – 9:30 pm
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
http://tempemarketplace.com/events/live-music/
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE (http://www.shopdesertridge.com/events/full-calendar/)

Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586

LIBRARIES:
Chandler, AZ http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/
Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
Mesa, AZ http://www.mesalibrary.org/
Payson, AZ http://www.paysonlibrary.com/
Phoenix, AZ http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/default.jsp
Peoria, AZ http://library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris/default.aspx
Scottsdale, AZ  http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/
Tempe, AZ  http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=1588

Monterey, CA http://www.monterey.org/library/Home.aspx

To submit your event:
Please follow this format (same as above).  Anything that is not "copy-paste" ready may not be posted - it will depend on how much time I have between homeschooling and loving on four littles.
Event Name
Description & Cost
Location Name & Time
Address
Contact Phone Number
Send your event information to [email protected]

Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Club MomMe Family Fall Fest

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM Comments comments (0)

We had the pleasure of meeting the Club MomMe mamas at MommyCon LA.  We are so sad to miss their amazing event coming up this Sunday - it's definitely on the books for next year!!

The Founding MomMe, Rachel Pitzel, was kind enough to share more info about the Club MomMe Family Fall Fest with us.  Be sure to visit their event website HERE (http://clubmommefamilyfest.com/) for ticketing information - it's a be-there event if you are in the Los Angeles area, or if you can get there on November 3, 2013.  

Below is our "virtual" interview with Rachel.  You can also scroll down to see the amazing swag in the VIP gift bags.  Lastly, we have also included links to the different panels you can attend - click on those links to see the amazing line-up of speakers the MomMe Team has invited to spend the afternoon with you.

What is the Family Fall Fest?
Fall Fest is Sunday, November 3rd in Los Angeles, located in the beautiful scenic area by the beach known as Pacific Palisades.  Growing up as a little girl in LA, this is always where I aspired to live.  And now I am hosting an event here!

What can a family expect to find, see and learn about? 
The experiences will be different depending on whether the family is expecting or already parents.  Expectant parents can expect to enter a new parent haven, where all of their product and gear questions will be answered, their anxieties and fears assuaged, and best yet, they will have fun during the process.  They will make other expectant parent friends and learn from the parents they meet who have gone through the same thing they once did.  They will learn all about pregnancy, delivery, and most importantly, how to take care of a newborn baby.  

Daddies, the often ignored new parent, have a whole panel dedicated just to them.  They will receive unguarded advice from a dad of seven, a hilarious dad blogger, the mom of four who is Club MomMe's official daddy boot camp and baby care basics expert and more.  

Parents can also learn about sleep habits for new babies (and parents) and the latest in car innovation to protect their unborn child from Honda, the latest car seat safety guidelines, ways to easily store and save children's art and book treatments for a busy expectant parent.  They can also learn how to shed the dreaded baby weight healthfully by Paleta Pregnancy. 
 
Between sessions, parents will be pampered in the pamper lounge, with massages by Berlin Wellness and Tikkun Spa, facials and treatments by Berlin Wellness, hair curling and braiding by Brambila Salon,  juice cleanses and mini-photo shoots.

And of course, they’ll see the latest, coolest, most innovative and must-have products for their baby now, and into 2014!

How can they get the most out of the event? 
We will provide each attendee an event overview and map when they check in. This way they can plan the panels they want to attend, set aside time for the Lansinoh lactation lounge if they are nursing, visit the vendors on the lawn, enjoy the activities on the lawn if they have toddlers or older kids and more!

Do they need to sign up for classes? How do they do that? 
Attendees just purchase one ticket which gives them access to all event panels, the pamper lounge, the passed food and hors d’oeuvres, cappuccino bar, and best of baby and best of toddler panels where all products featured are given away, giveaways galore, incredible gift bags, and of course, social time to make new mom and dad friends.

What are the ticketing levels?  Which do you feel is the best value? 
We have three ticket levels.  Originally they included different panels, but at Club MomMe, our big emphasis is on parent education.  So we want all attendees to be able to attend all panels that they are interested in.  

The major differences are gift bags and benefits.  Regular gift bags are really loaded.  But VIP gift bags come with a free stroller or car seat cleaning (and what parent could not use that?), a complimentary photo session valued at $250, and a choice between a Joovy Toy Room ($40 value) or a Joovy Footcot ($60 value) plus many other full size items like a comotomo bottle.
 
Celeb tickets come packed with full sized products.  The toddler celeb tickets get a Joovy Bicycoo or Tricycoo.  Our waiting list is longer than the amount of tickets we had for sale!  The expectant parent tickets come with a lillebaby carrier ($125 value), a bumble collection diaper bag ($90 value) and a Munchkin swaddle set ($40 value).  PLUS, all celeb tickets get to attend the media morning, walk the red carpet, and relax at an exclusive blogger and media breakfast in an intimate setting on the patio.

VIP SWAG BAGS INCLUDE:

We wish Rachel and her team (big shout out to Jenny!) a great event.  It is sure to be a day to meet, greet, and learn a whole lot about taking care of your growing family!

Here are the "Panel" links from the event website (http://clubmommefamilyfest.com/).  Click on them to see the "Who's Who" of expert and celebrity speakers that Rachel and her team have lined up to teach and inspire you on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Panels:
Best of Baby Products: "Club MomMe and Baby Gizmo are bringing their ever-popular products events to Family Fall Fest! Join us as we share the NEWEST, COOLEST & HOTTEST baby products on the market!  From the latest stroller trends, gear to make life as a new parent easier, state-of-the-art technology, amazing innovations and more!"

Best of Toddler Products: "Club MomMe, Baby Gizmo and Ali Landry are bringing their ever-popular products events to Family Fall Fest! Join us as we share the NEWEST, COOLEST & HOTTEST Toddler Products on the market!  From the latest lightweight stroller trends for toddlers, toys, educational products, gear to make life easier as a toddler parent, state-of-the-art technology, amazing innovations and more!"


Entrepreneurship for Moms: "Just who is the “mompreneur”?  Though the term was coined in more recent times, moms have always been savvy leaders, innovators, and jugglers who make executive management decisions on a daily, if not hourly basis. While we may have extensive professional training, the jobs available to us may not fit our needs, family demands, or fulfill our passions.  If we are going to spend time away from our families, it better be worth it!

Luckily emerging trends in business, innovative new technology, social media, and the shifting cultural expectations about careers and work/life balance, presents the perfect opportunity for a new generation of mompreneurs. Exciting, for sure!
There is no roadmap for establishing a business or career that you’re passionate about AND supports motherhood. You often have to create it yourself, which can be a daunting task.

Join us to be inspired, motivated and moved to become a Mompreneur yourself, and learn how our panelists started on their journey to becoming Mompreneurs!"

Sleepy Planet: "Come learn how to make bedtime a snap by avoiding the Top 10 Sleep Stealers! 
Sleep deprived moms and dads of sleep-deprived babies, toddlers, and young kids are invited to hear from Jill Spivack and Jennifer Waldburger of Sleepy Planet for their panel on what we all need more of – sleep! Learn what exactly is keeping your family from getting enough, what you can do to reverse the situation, and how to handle "falling back" with Daylight Savings.
Fall Fest falls right on the day where the clock is set back by one hour, which means your child's clock could be off by a lot more.  Learn the best way to ease your child into this transition without causing major sleep disturbances or a baby who is awake at 3 am....NO! "

Expectant Parent Panel: "Expecting a baby?  Whether it is your first, second or tenth, this is the panel for you!

We will discuss the topics that no one else but your friends at Club MomMe will share with you, from the real deal on Labor, Delivery and Beyond, what to expect the first three months, common concerns of new parents and tips for those first few weeks at home.  From Sleep, to top Medical Questions from new parents (just what is baby acne and cradle cap, really?), how to Best Support your Partner and More!"

Lactation Support: "The Lansinoh Lactation Lounge is the perfect place for nursing and pumping MomMes to relax while feeding their baby or expressing milk.  The lounge will be stocked with goodies from Lansinoh, Milky from Need Brands, diaper changing stations and refreshments. 

Just outside the Lactation Lounge at 1 pm, join us for a conversation with Gina Ciagne, Lansinoh's Lactation Consultant to answer any of your nursing, weaning and pumping questions!" 

Daddy Panel: "At Club MomMe, we love and appreciate our Daddy's, and this panel is just for YOU!  We will discuss the changes men experience as they become dads, how to meet other dad friends so you don't feel so lonely in your new role and have someone to vent to and get advice from.  How to understand what your wife is going through during pregnancy and breastfeeding and support her.  Learn how to change a diaper, swaddle and carry baby, without being told you are doing it wrong.  And some other topics just for DadDes!

This is the Panel where Dads will become DadDes!  The first 25 dads to arrive get an "I'm the Daddy t-shirt" from DaddyScrubs!"

Technology & Safety For Parents: "Technology is everywhere these days.  From smartphones, tablets, websites making life easier, apps, electronic toys, video games, high tech cameras, streaming monitors, and advanced safety technology in cars, we are literally surrounded by technology.
  
What technology, apps and websites are essential for parents today?  How is technology making life easier and safer for parents today?  What is the future of technology?  And what technology should we be exposing our kids to and when?"


Which panel would you like to go see??
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted.


Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


Mommy Con: Jessica from The Leaky [email protected]@b

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (2)
Have I told you how amazing MommyConLA was?  I know I did:)

Second on the stage on Sunday, October 6 for MommyCon and Babywearing World Record was Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky [email protected]@b.  Her 1:00 pm appearance was sponsored by Moby®.  Since she saw so many mamas breastfeeding, and doing so confidently in public, she decided to give us a speech about parenting.  

Here are my notes from her talk:

She is the proud mama of six daughters.  While she is their mother, they do not define her.  She is inspired by them, however, however her motivation is to be herself and make the world a better place for her daughters as they grow.  

Re: Parenting 

Fake it until you make it
Your baby is your best teacher
I believe in you
You are the right mom for this baby 

She talks about babies, boobs, bellies and bottles on her blog because they are important for the relationship a mama has with herself and with the lessons children are going to learn about those things.

You don’t have to be perfect 
Be you 
You are the right parent for your child 

Example: first time wearing the Moby® wrap – first time it was too tight, then it was too loose.  She had to learn the right fit and she didn’t give up. 

The first time she decided to breastfeed for longer than 18 months – she freaked out a little.  It caused her to question herself – her child – society. 

When she decided to babywear “halfway into this” (talking about the parenting journey - I think she was talking about changes she wanted to make between baby3 and baby4) – she was afraid to drop the baby – afraid to screw up – what if she made the wrong choice in this “new” style of parenting? 

She had a Skype session with a friend/coach/mentor and as they talked, it surfaced that ultimately, she was afraid to screw up.  Her friend said (loose paraphrasing here because I am going off shorthand notes), “You are!”  Not at all what she anticipated when she was expecting him to reassure her that she was doing fine.  He continued with,  “That’s okay – we all screw up.  What is important is that you are giving yourself and giving them enough space.  You are creating enough space and love to work through it and be okay.” 

She felt like all 6 daughters and their hopes – future – possibility rested on her. In the Leaky [email protected]@b community, she knows she is not alone.  She realized that we are all in a state of imperfection, still learning, changing, growing, and the best thing about the community is the opportunity to learn, adjust, reconsider and reevaluate our choices. 

Jessica shared an anecdote about raising strong and confident children: She was having a disagreement with Daughter2 and they were working it out using respectful language.  In the background, she can see/hear/feel Daughter1 sighing.  

After she and Daughter2 come to a resolution and move on, Daughter1 is still “in” the space.  She asks her what is going on and gets, “Nothing”.  A few more interchanges and Daughter1 says, “You really want to know?!”.  Mom says, “Yes!”  Daughter1 answers, “I would be a better mother than you!”

This took her by surprise and sent her mentally in many different directions.  As she processed and found an answer, she simply said, “I bet you will.”

So while her first reaction was to be hurt, it was also a sign that she had made the right choices as a parent – here she had an empowered, strong, confident daughter, who is very likely going to be a better mother than the one who raised her.

Back to boobs – bellies – babies – bottles

We wrestle with body image – we can’t tell our children how to draw conclusions about their body image.  You have to have the confidence that you are doing the right thing for them and they will draw healthy conclusions.

My body
Designed to feed a baby
That’s what mammals do

You are right
You deserve to have confidence in your style of parenting, even if you decide to change styles half-way through like she did.  You can be sure that you are changing together with your child – one big cycle of changing – learning – growing together.

Jessica Martin-Weber was as amazing in person as she is on her blog.  Puma asked me, "Did you get to meet her?", to which I happily said , "Yes!" And then she says, "Did you freak out and ask her for her autograph?!" and I was glad to be able to tell her, "No, I just said hi and we talked a little bit about dance."  

We are definitely going to keep being "Leaky" fans around here - can't wait for an opportunity to see her here with some of you in Phoenix if Mommy Con comes back next year!!

Want to read my notes from the other speakers??
HERE are my notes from Dr. Robert Sears - He talked about vaccinations during pregnancy, postpartum, and for infants.

HERE are the notes from January Harshe of Birth Without Fear - Her talk was about the choices we make around birth.
 
HERE are the notes from Abby Theuring of The Badass Breastfeeder - Her talk was about empowering breastfeeding as a society.

Can't get enough Mommy Con LA?
HERE is a link to our tour of the convention floor.

HERE is a link to the Babywearing Fashion Show.

HERE is a link to pictures from the Babywearing World Record.

Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


Healthy Happy Expo

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM Comments comments (0)
Sweet Pea Births is so excited to announce that we are sponsoring The Nursing Lounge at the upcoming Healthy Happy Baby Expo!  Organizer Kim Swayman, owner of Healthy Baby, Happy Earth in Glendale, sat down with us for a minute. She tells us more about this exciting, one-day event coming up on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Westgate Renaissance Hotel.


What is the Healthy Happy Baby Expo? 
It is a one-day event that brings together area professionals to assist soon-to-be or new parents in discovering resources and information on a variety of topics in caring for their families.

What can a family expect to find? 
More than 20 educational sessions, a ton of exhibitors, and a variety of interactive experiences ranging from babywearing, a musical experience, a family photo booth and much more!

How can they get the most out of the event?  
Plan to spend the day - take a break for lunch, and come back with all of your questions that you thought of while you were dining.  Be sure to bring a notepad to jot down notes from the classes.   Most importantly enjoy the beauty of building a strong foundation for your family. 

Do attendees need to sign up for classes? How do they do that?  
Pre-registration for classes is suggested, as seating is limited. Pre-registration is available on the Expo website at:

There seem to be expos everywhere now - how can you make yours available for free?   
One of the things we are proudest of - is offering great information and resources to EVERYONE. This is only possible due to the unbelievable support of our sponsors who generously contribute not only the funds needed to hold this event at such a quality location, but also give of their time to teach classes and have an exhibit as well. Many of the speakers are internationally recognized in their fields and all are credentialed in their areas of expertise to be certain that the information families receive is the most accurate that we can find. All of them have waived their normal class fees for this special event. 

Is there anything else our readers need to know?
Attendees can register for $1000's of free prizes throughout the day donated from event sponsors.

Thank you, Kim, for giving is the 411 on your event coming up next weekend.  Sweet Pea Births is so excited to be one of the event sponsors and presenters.  Best wishes for on outstanding Healthy Happy Baby Expo!  

Where you can find us at the event:
  • The Arizona Bradley Method® Teachers Information Table
  • Comfort Measures Class from 10:30 – 10:50 AM – Taught by my colleague Victoria Calleja, AAHCC, DONA
  • Comfort Measures Class from 2:30 – 2:50 PM
  • Birth Methods Panel Discussion from 4:00 – 4:45 PM
  • The Nursing Lounge

We look forward to seeing you there – can’t wait to share the day with you! 

Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Disclaimer:  
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Mothers and Children

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (131)
This is one of the images from our breastfeeding photo shoot that didn't make it into our highlights for Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  I couldn't bear not to share it since it so beautifully captures the look of pure joy, the infinite love, the connection that flows from a mother to her child.


The quote is from a poem I wrote to our daughters, in celebration of the birth of a daughter to a friend of mine...it's so hard to believe that our homebirth baby is going to be 2 years old in less than a month!!

What word comes to mind when you think of the connection you have with your children?

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Upcoming Events: August 12 to 16, 2013

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM Comments comments (64)
Looking for something to do with your family this week?  Cassandra and I are posting events and classes in our respective geographic areas…look for us…maybe we will see you there!!

Do you have an event that you would like to add to our upcoming events calendar?  Scroll down to the end of this post for more information.

Disclaimer:  A listing here does not imply nor signify endorsement by Sweet Pea Births, or our families.

These are events for expecting families, and families with newborns to 6 months old.  There are some great get-out-of-the-house opportunities for work-at-home mamas.  For more family - toddler fun, visit our listing at Sweet Pea Families.

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013
Where are you going to be today?  Let us know and offer us some ideas for next week :)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013
La Leche League – Tempe  
LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend our meetings. For more info and the full meeting notice please visit: http://www.lllofaz.org/
Desert Cross Lutheran Church @ 9:30 am
8600 S McClintock Dr. (Just north of Warner Rd)
Tempe, AZ

Smart Play: Newborns (birth to 4 months old)
Who knew there was actually a science to the most beneficial techniques to use when interacting with your baby to help their brain develop? In this class, participants will learn how play affects their child’s lifelong brain development, what toys/activities are best for their child at this age, and how to look at a toy and instantly see its developmental benefits. Babies welcome and encouraged!  These are some of the techniques Brie shared on Channel 3’s “Your Life A to Z” on her June 27th appearance!  Class costs $10 per person or $12 per couple.  To register for this class, call 480-299-1154 or visit www.babybasics4u.com
Baby Town  @ 9:30am-10:30am
3787 S. Gilbert Rd.  
Gilbert, AZ
480-299-1154

Smart Play: Babies (4-6 months old)  
Who knew there was actually a science to the most beneficial techniques to use when interacting with your baby to help their brain develop? In this class, participants will learn how play affects their child’s lifelong brain development, what toys/activities are best for their child at this age, and how to look at a toy and instantly see its developmental benefits. Babies welcome and encouraged!  These are some of the techniques Brie shared on Channel 3’s “Your Life A to Z” on her June 27 appearance!  Class costs $10 per person or $12 per couple.  To register for this class, call 480-299-1154 or visit www.babybasics4u.com
Baby Town  @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
3787 S. Gilbert Rd.  
Gilbert, AZ
480-299-1154 

Pottery Barn Kids Story Time
Kids of all ages are invited to story time every Tuesday at 11:00 am.  Members receive an official book club passport at their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five story times.  To locate a store near you, click HERE http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-locator.html
Store Near You @ 11:00 – 11:30 am
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 West Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 899-7155
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 e. Camelback Road
Scottsdale , AZ 85251
(480) 423-3813

Homebirth Circle 
Come join the beautiful space and share thoughts about life, babies and love.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  Feel free to bring a healthy snack to share.
Freedom and The Seed Office @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
123 Baseline Rd, Suite 205
Tempe, AZ  
480-528-1689

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm and Tuesdays at 6:00pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm
1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013
Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too! 
Facilitator: Michelle Hottya 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016     

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
Group meets every Wednesday with the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center's @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Snugglers Group 
Birth to six months: This group for expecting and new mommies and open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn or in a hospital and is facilitated by Amey Clark, RN. For more info visit http://babymooninn.com/community/
Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm
202 East Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ  
(602) 314-7755  

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ    

CALIFORNIA
The Little Car Show 
A display of little cars benefiting the Veterans Transition Center. Downtown Pacific Grove.  For more information visit www.marinamotorsports.org or the Chamber of Commerce HERE
Downtown PG @ 12:00 am to 5:00 pm
584 Central Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950 
Contact: John Moulton 484-1966

La Leche League Meeting – Pacific Grove
LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend our meetings. For more info and the full meeting notice please visit http://lllnorcal.org/groups/MontereyPeninsulaCA.html
Parent's Place @ 5:00pm
1025 Lighthouse Ave
Pacific Grove, CA

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013
Where are you going to be today?  Let us know and clue us in for next week :)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013
Barnes & Noble Storytime
If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell and Florence Minor:  If you were a Panda bear, guess what you would wear? A black-and-white suit and eye patches-how cute! You'd be very shy; you'd eat lots of bamboo. Then you'd take a long nap. What a good thing to do! Join us to learn about bears of all types!
Store Near You @ 10:30 AM
Chandler Fashion Mall
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
Every Friday with the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale

Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586

Free Concert - Chandler
Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Clairdee! 
First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” [San Francisco Chronicle], a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most prolific musicians of his generation.  Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician DMITRI MATHENY has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” [San Jose Mercury News].
**No tickets required; all shows are FREE.  All seating is first come, first served.  Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm.  Suggested donations: $5/person, $10/family.**
Chandler Center for the Arts @ 7:30 P.M. 
250 N. Arizona Ave. 
Chandler, AZ

CALIFORNIA
Celebrate the Outdoors: Making Tracks
Throughout the month of August, MY Museum celebrates the outdoors with a special activity every Friday! Join us August 16th and make tracks! Learn how to distinguish the footprints of our furry and feathered friends in the Peninsula. Fun for all and free with admission.  For more information and admission prices, visit http://www.mymuseum.org/plan/calendar/
Monterey County Youth Museum @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
425 Washington Street
Monterey, CA 93940


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Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



Prep for Parenting

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM Comments comments (0)
I know that most of our readers here are looking for information about childbirth and breastfeeding, which are two topics we absolutely love and want to explore here.  That is why we have started another blog at Sweet Pea Families to explore topics that are pertinent to Life Beyond the Birth-Day.

Today’s SPF post talks more about the Attachment Parenting Support Group Meeting that I attended yesterday.  However, I was reminded of something yesterday, and I thought it was worth mentioning some thoughts over here for our Birth-Day focused readers.

The first tenet of the Attachment Parenting lifestyle is “Prepare for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting”.  If you are here, you are already researching your options and learning about pregnancy and childbirth.  However, as we state in our About Us page, all these classes center on the Birth-Day experience.  In the grand scheme of things, childbirth classes offer a lot of information about the First Day of the rest of your lives together as a family.  That we know of, there is no class, manual or book that can possibly cover all the other things you need to know for the rest of the journey as parents and as a family.

While you may not want to think too much about life beyond that day right now, I want to offer a few questions that might be starting point for discussion while you are pregnant.  It may be helpful to know the areas that you and your partner agree on, and which topics you will want to explore further so you can come to a consensus.  Tears and regret about the way a parenting moment happened can be minimized if you can have a non-emotional conversation and clarify both of your beliefs before you start down the path of your parenting journey.

What are some pregnancy/birth/parenting decisions that you want to make that you suspect your family/friends will disagree?  How will you be a united front?

How is your relationship with your parents?  How do you want to incorporate your child into your family and your partner’s family?

How did your parents handle conflict between them?  How do you think you want to handle it when it happens in front of your child(ren)?

Were you spanked as a child?  How do you feel about it?  What do you think you want to do with your children?

Were you tickled as a child?  How do you feel about it?  What do you think you want to do with your children?

Were you abused as a child?  Have you dealt with it?  Do you have a sequence in place to help you if you or your partner sees your “triggers” being set off?

How do you feel about yelling?  If it is not okay, how would you want to handle it if you do yell?

How do you want to set boundaries for your child(ren)?  What have you seen family/friends do to discipline their children?  Did it work?  What do you want to try for your family?

How do you feel about the value of your word?  If you say you will do something with your child, life happens, and you can’t follow through – how do you think you will handle it?

What is your favorite family tradition from your childhood?  Do you want to incorporate it into your new family?  If so, how?

What is your vision for your family?  When you put on your magic glasses and envision your child on the day (s)he leaves to live on their own, how will they be equipped?

What does your “perfect” day look like?  Can you try to work at least one of those days into every month?

These are a lot of questions…and I am guessing that you will not get through all of these in one session with your partner.  Maybe you can print out this list and take turns picking a topic to discuss after dinner.  I would love to hear how it goes: which questions were the most helpful to your discussion, and which questions you added to your list.  Bruss and I can always use a good talk as we continue to grow as parents!

When you are ready to do more reading about parenting, two books that I found very helpful were the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, and Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay.

What are your concerns as you think about life beyond the Birth-Day?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
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Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.