MommyCon Orange County 2016

MommyCon Orange County is this Saturday, August 20th and it’s not to late to purchase your tickets!  CLICK HERE and enter code doseofserendipity16 to receive $5.00 off your ticket!

Saturday, August 20, 2016 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Hilton Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA

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I have never been to MommyCon but I have been looking forward to it since around this time last year.

What is MommyCon?  According to their website

MommyCon is a nationwide convention series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be in celebration of natural parenting.

MommyCon takes a gentle and positive approach to educating parents about the emotional and physical benefits of natural birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing. We advocate values of holistic health, eco-friendly diapering, child safety standards and procedures, and female self-care and wellness. Our mission is to create a community of support, acceptance and non-judgement for parents journeying through parenthood.

Sounds pretty amazing right?  This years schedule is awesome and I am SO excited to attend the seminars.
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Even though I have never been, I think it would be wise to get a index card and take note of the seminars, times, and rooms the seminars you want to attend will be in.  I think being organized is the best way to get the most out of this event and to make are you don’t miss anything you want to see.

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Here is a more detailed list of the schedule and list of exhibitors taken from the MommyCon website:

9:30AM-10:20AM Bite Sized Snacktime with Mixed Pears
Enjoy a fresh fruit snack and use Bite Sizers from our friends at Mixed Pears.

9:30AM-10:20AM Turning Red to Green: A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusable’s presented by The DivaCup
Speaker: Kim Rosas
Check your skepticism at the door for this workshop on switching to reusable fem-care by self-proclaimed #vagangelist Kim Rosas. Whether you are cup or cloth curious you will find answers to your most TMI questions about what it’s really like to go green on your period. Kim will be giving a live demo of a menstrual cup insertion and removal using “Virginia,” a clear vagina-like tube. For cloth curious mamas she’ll go over the basics so you’ll be prepared to make the switch. There will be a Q+A at the end. Bring a good sense of humor plus an open mind and you may just become a #vagangelist too!

9:30AM-10:20AM “Get Down with Your Baby” with GroovaRoo Dance
Speaker: Amber and Meeshi Anjali
In the womb, mother and baby move to the same heartbeat. Dancing with your baby is a natural extension of this vital rhythmic synchronization. Benefits include bonding more deeply with your baby, improving baby’s sensory-motor development, getting a low-impact workout, socializing with other parents, and gaining confidence as a new parent. In our GroovaRoo Dance class, you will not only get lots of exercise, but you will also learn some easy funky dance routines that you can do with your baby at home and/or with your friends.

10:00AM-10:45AM Up Close and Personal: A Menstrual Cup Demo with Kim Rosas

10:30AM-11:15AM Cloth Diapering 101 with Jenn Labit presented by Cotton Babies
Speaker: Jenn Labit
Join CEO and Founder Jenn Labit as she shares the Cotton Babies story and an introduction to cloth diapering products, wash routines, and accessories that will make your life easier as a parent. This session is a must-see for both cloth-curious attendees and those who are Cotton Babies fans!

10:30AM-11:15AM Medications and More During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding with Robert Felix
Speaker: Robert Felix
Moms who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or even planning a pregnancy often have questions about medications and more during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Learn about MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Learn how to connect experts behind the most up-to-date information.

10:30AM-11:15AM Babywearing 101 with Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby
Speaker: Laura Brown
Taught by a certified babywearing educator, Babywearing 101 is a comprehensive overview of baby carrier safety and an assortment of carriers including the mei tai, soft structured carrier, woven wrap, stretch wrap, hybrid wrap, ring sling, wrap conversion, and custom carrier options.

11:00AM-11:45PM How to Elevate Your Sex Life After Birth with Dr. Whitney
Speaker: Whitney Sippl
Learn how to really do a kegel to enhance your sex life (and address some common symptoms postpartum). We will discuss the anatomy and role of your pelvic floor during sex, how to know if you’re doing a kegel correctly, and practice strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor with various exercises. We will also discuss some of the tools and “toys” to help your pelvic floor and sex life after birth.

11:15PM-12:00PM Fall in Love With YOU with Angel Laketa Moore
Speaker: Angel Laketa Moore
This session is all about building our self-esteem as parents so we can help our children do the same. Value your unique identity, appreciate your self worth, and ultimately fall in love with you.

11:15PM-12:00PM Your Vagina is Magical
Speaker: Elizabeth Bachner
Session Description: Elizabeth wants you to know how how AMAZING the vagina and its unique neighbors are. She will impart on you all the knowledge she have learned as a midwife, will share her excitement and answer your intimate questions. When you leave, her intention is that you feel empowered about your own body, feel stronger in being able to give or deny consent and be able to communicate your excitement to other sisters who can not be present. Elizabeth’s dream is that one day women everywhere will rise up and say, “My Vagina is Magical!” Lets start that movement together now!

11:15PM-12:00PM Toddlerwearing with Angelique Geehan
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
Are you curious about toddlerwearing? Is it really time to size up your carrier? Learn all the facts about comfortable toddlerwearing in this interactive session. This will be hands-on and attendees will be able to try on various toddler carriers.

12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch Break

12:00PM-1:00PM PAXPlaydate
***Bring your own lunch

12:00PM-1:00PM Expectant Parent Session (Advanced Purchase Required)
***Bring your own lunch

1:00PM-1:45PM Scaredy Cat Potty Training presented by Super Undies
Speaker: Laura Wojciechowski
Super Undies will be presenting info on all things potty training, including why it’s so scary! Come learn what it takes to potty train, and leave empowered to get the job done.

1:00PM-1:45PM What Love Tastes Like with The Leaky Boob presented by Earth Mama Angel Baby
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber
Feeding with love and the impact of infant feeding on long term parenting and the importance of telling our stories and how we do so.

1:00PM-1:45PM Wrapping 101 with MOBY and Tekhni Wovens
Speaker: Jess Mann and TBD
Certified Babywearing Educator Alisa DeMarco shows you how to babywear using the MOBY wrap and Tekhni Woven Wraps! In this interactive session, participants are each shown how to use a wrap to front carry and back carry. Wraps and baby dolls are provided for demo purposes for use during this session.

1:30PM-2:15PM Sustaining Feminine Health with Maleña Taylor
Speaker: Maleña Taylor
How feminine health affects our entire state of being, how to sustain feminine health, what can go wrong, and how to make it better.

2:00PM-2:45PM Cloth Diapering 101 with Jenn Labit presented by Cotton Babies
Speaker: Jenn Labit
Join CEO and Founder Jenn Labit as she shares the Cotton Babies story and an introduction to cloth diapering products, wash routines, and accessories that will make your life easier as a parent. This session is a must-see for both cloth-curious attendees and those who are Cotton Babies fans!

2:00PM-2:45PM Mama Find Your Music: Connect to Yourself and Your Creativity During Pregnancy & Mamahood
Speakers: Kate Coppola Leiva and Kacey Coppola Morreale
How do you hold onto yourself while everyone else is holding onto you? Motherhood is thrilling and overwhelming, and a lot is about routine – the same thing over and over again. So, how do you stay creative? How do you stay engaged? How do you find your inspiration so you can inspire your family and others? Through music and stories, Kate and Kacey Coppola – authors of The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama – will help you find your creative spark so that everyone around you will want to know your secret! Welcome Mamas!

2:00PM-2:45PM Fall in Love with the Mei Tai presented by Babyhawk
Speaker: Jess Mann
Learn the history of the mei tai, ways to teach the mei tai and further understand knowledge surrounding this age-old carrier that is wildly popular carrier.

3:00PM-3:45PM Why Body Positive Images for Mothers is Paramount presented by The Moby Wrap
Speaker: Jade Beall
Join the creator of A Beautiful Body Project as she tells stories of body love and why images without Photoshop matter.

3:00PM-3:45PM Postpartum Rehabilitation: It’s About Function and Safety with Dr. Dara presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: Dr. Dara DaCunha
What happens to our bodies during pregnancy and how we can regain physical strength postpartum. This is NOT about weight, but about increasing function, decreasing pain, and protecting ourselves from injuries while we love, guide, and grow with our children.

3:00PM-3:45PM Ring Slings 101
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
Ring slings might look complicated, but Angelique will show you just how easy they are. This versatile carrier can be used from birth well into toddlerhood. Angelique will share techniques for making this your go-to, on-the-go carrier.

3:45PM-4:15PM Building Babywearing Bridges
Speaker: Laura Brown
Join Laura Brown to discuss ways to reach out to other communities, including using available resources and networks as a means of collaborating and building bridges.

3:45PM-4:15PM How Babywearing Dance & Sensory Motor Activity Affects Neurological & Physical Development with Mariesha Garner
Speaker: Mariesha Garner
Mariesha is the creator of Babywearing Hip-Hop Dance ™ and owner of Rock With Me and Dance LLC. a developmental dance program offering a fun mix of Babywearing Dance, infant, toddler, kinder &Motor Sensory Integration Movement classes. “From birth until age 7, children are growing through important developmental stages that require sensory stimulation &physical activity”. It is vital to allow them to learn through movement as it helps the brain grow. In this workshop you learn fun motor movements, self-directed activities& dance steps to help stimulate your child’s neurological and physical development. These Integrated activities and exercises increases blood flow to brain, supports cognitive and emotional connections, helps children gain greater stability, core strength and balance/proprioception, stimulate the vestibular, cerebellum& help with the emotional brain while developing the nervous system& perceptual response all while the you and your family have FUN! Older tots are encouraged to join class, there will be some props and instruments.

4:15PM-4:45PM Car Seat Safety with Mat York

Speaker: Mat York

Sleep Consultations with Rebecca Michi presented by Naturpedic
Sign-up form will be posted two weeks prior to the event.

Exhibitor List as of 8/10/16:
2Lambie Creations
Applecheeks
Ardo
Babies R Us
Baby Care Area with BabyComfyCare
Baby Food Court presented by Stonyfield YoBaby
Babyganics
Babywearing Lounge presented by Ergobaby and Beco Baby Carrier
Bala Birth
Beachfront Baby
BIRTHFIT
Black Women Do Cloth Diaper
Brinware
Britax
Chicco
Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry
Crane
Daiya Foods
Debut Photography
Earth Baby Boutique
Earth Mama Angel Baby
Enchanted Slumber
Ergobaby Booth
Evenflo Feeding
Evenflo Feeding Lounge
Gear Area
Groovaroo
Happy Family
Innobaby
Integrated Birth
Ju-Ju-Be
Kiinde
Kind Snacks
Labor of Love Birth Services
Lansinoh
Lassig
Lifeway Foods
Little Balance Box
Milky Mama
Moby
MommyCon Shoppe
MommyNearest
Motherlove
MRM Nutrition
Natural Birth Center
Naturpedic
Nestled with Love
OC Doula Collective
Organic Pastures
Pacificord
Priestly Chiropractic
Replay
Sage Spoonfuls in the Baby Food Court
Sarah Grace Photography
Signing Times
Sloomb
Smart Bottoms
Snack Station
Stokke
Stonyfield
Super Undies
Tallulah Baby Designs
Tekhni Wovens at the MommyCon Shoppe
The Breastfeeding Shop
The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama
Trendy Mommy Designs
UCSD
Vagina Village
Z Creationz

I’m super excited for this years event and I look forward to seeing you there!  Don’t forget to enter code “doseofserndipity16” at checkout to receive $5.00 off your ticket price!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO
Love Always,
Miyuki Angel

 

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