I recently attended the third annual Mother of All Baby Showers, in Tampa, featuring Jenn Brown (two time Emmy award winning sports broadcaster and host of American Ninja Warrior) and New York Times bestselling authors of Sh*tty Mom, The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us, Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo, also producers of The Today Show. This is the second time I have attended and once again, it did not disappoint.
My day started with a wonderful meet and greet lunch with Jenn, Mary Ann and Alicia. It was a casual setting where the ladies introduced themselves, shared their views on parenthood and even read an excerpt of Sh*tty Mom, which is hilarious. Jenn Brown is expecting in a month and had that first mommy glow. Mary Ann and Alicia had this amazing ping pong energy they passed back and forth and had us all laughing. It was quite obvious why these ladies were chosen to partner up for this event. I knew the guests were in for a treat!
Upon arriving at the Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa, I could see a line of excited women (and men) wrapped around the block, waiting for the doors to open. As I entered, I saw my three new friends, ready to sign books and take pictures with the guests. We took some pictures and off I went to explore, take more pictures, chat with guests and enjoy myself.
Within minutes of opening the doors, the place was flooded with pregnant women, soon to be dads and friends celebrating girl’s night out.
The Glazer Children’s Museum was filled with amazing vendors, whom I had the pleasure of talking to and learning about their products. It was extremely inspiring to meet so many women (and men) who had created their own businesses and found a need for a product they created. I hope to see these mompreneurs signing up for The Mommy Master of the Month award and get recognized for all their hard work and dedication.
One such mom was Ashley Denk of Flutter Bunny Boutique. I immediately noticed the beautiful and unique baby mobiles she had displayed. I never saw any other mobile that was so creative, detailed and distinctive. The picture doesn’t do her products justice but you can get an idea of what she makes. She also offers age blocks, growth charts and more.
Another mompreneur I met was the owner of Happy Crawlers, comfortable and stylish leg and arm warmers for little ones. I received a pair in my swag bag (woo hoo!). These are awesome for both girls and boys of all ages.
Next I saw an old friend and had to say hello of course. Allison Wilkins of Allisongs for Tots, runs Music Together classes in Hyde Park and other locations, and after attending with my kids for years, it is the best music class around! I love how the parents participate and the kids are so attentive!
It was time to take a break, check out the pampering station and treat myself to a quick massage, courtesy of Islander Massage and Skincare. It was awesome. I only wish it was longer!
This year at the event, I loved the photo booth from PrintsCharmingBooth.com. (such a cute name). My mommy blogging friends and I grabbed some of their funny accessories and stepped in the booth for our pics. The booth was not only a way for the company to promote their business of course but a great way for attendees to capture their night.
At this point, I worked up an appetite, so headed back downstairs to check out the goodies.
Speaking of tasty treats, I had to check out The Cupcake Spot table filled with pretty looking mini cupcakes.
There were so many amazing vendors, I wanted to stop over and talk to everyone. On the third floor, I ran into my neighbor and founder of Hush Hush Little Baby, which offers newborn care services.
What I love about The Mother of All Baby Showers is that each vendor who participates is so different from the next. I stumbled upon the wine table which as a mom, is sometimes a necessity after a long day. (I am in no way promoting that moms should drink while caring for a child). Wine consultant, Patrick Garland from PRP Wine International, greeted me with a lovely chardonnay/pinot grigio mix. I love that his company offers in-house wine tastings for only $49, which is the perfect excuse (and escape) to get the girls together for a fun night away from motherhood.
What attracts many of the attendees, aside from the great products, is definitely the giveaways. This year, there were $20,000 in prizes handed out. I ran into one excited mom, who won an Honest Company gift set from the Bye Bye Baby Booth. What a score!
I love talking to folks who attend The Mother of All Baby Showers to discover how they learned about the event, why they came and what they expected to get out of it. Amanda and Kirk Bristol, parents to a 2 1/2 year old and expecting another on the way, saw the event at a 5k run she recently attended. This is the first year she has been to the event and wanted to check out all the new baby stuff available. They were an adorable couple and were no doubt excited to be there.
Next on my Mother of All Baby Showers tour, I went over to FIT4MOM (formerly Stroller Strides) to say hello to local owner and instructor, Regina Hord. FIT4MOM is the largest fitness program for every stage of motherhood.
The Mother of All Baby Showers is definitely a one stop informational shop for parents and parents to be. Not only did attendees get to learn about new and cool products for their babies, get pampered, drink wine and get information on how to get their body back in shape, but were also able to receive important and relevent financial service information, such as life insurance.
From across the room, I eyed an adorable product I just had to go see. Meet the Lil Marc, training urinal for boys. Potty training is no easy task and this tool makes it easy for everyone. My 2 1/2 year old is currently potty training so I knew he had to try this out. It even comes with a chart and stickers. My son was so excited when I came home with the Lil Marc and we are currently using it now. Stay tuned for my review.
Before I headed home, I wanted to check out the question and answer session with The Sh*tty Moms and Jenn Brown. The audience was asking such great questions and sharing funny stories with everyone. One mom mentioned that she was rushing out of the house one day, only to forget her son’s shoes. Been there, done that!
I would love to share my experience I had with every vendor at The Mother of All Baby Showers, but then you would be reading this article for quite some time. Below are pictures of additional people I met, products I learned about and of course one silly one of my talented mompreneur friends, Steffany Neely and Katherine Barrett.
The night was coming to an end and it was time for this blogger to head home. The Mother of All Baby Showers definitely deserves its’ name. Congratulations to the ultimate Mompreneur, Amy Lundy, creator of the event. She worked her butt off to bring moms and dads from all over the area together and provide them with top notch products and services. I can’t wait to see what next year’s event brings!
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