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Getting the Most Out of Your Trip to MommyCon Chicago

With MommyCon Chicago just three days away, I wanted to share some tips to help you get the most out of your time at the convention.

1. If you’re a local and/or are not staying in one of the hotels connected to the convention center, bring a stroller or extra hands (husband, best friend, mother, etc.) to help carry all your goodies around. If you purchased a Premium or VIP ticket, you will receive a gift bag upon check-in, and if you’re like most attendees you will make a couple (or several) purchases in the exhibitor hall. I attended MommyCon in 2017 without a stroller because I wore my little one, but thankfully my friend brought her stroller to carry our bags!

2. Look inside your gift bag (if you bought a ticket that includes one) when you receive it. Some vendors include coupons in the bag that are only good for a limited time. You don’t want to miss out on a discount you could have used!

3. Look at the back of your name badge! MommyCon is sponsored by many great companies, and thus is able to give away some pretty amazing prizes. All you need to do to know if you won a prize is check the back of your badge!

4. Bring a refillable water bottle and snacks for the little ones. There are water stations in the convention center, so it’s a good idea to bring a water bottle from home to save stay hydrated and save some money.

5. Check out the Babywearing Lounge. Whether you are expecting your first child or are slinging your fourth, the Babywearing Lounge is the perfect place for fit checks and to try on different types of baby carriers. The lounge will be staffed by a babywearing educator who will be able to address your needs!

6. Ask questions while shopping the exhibitor hall. The vendors are there to sell their products, and the best way to do that is to help the consumer see and understand them. If there is a company or product you’re curious about, don’t be afraid to speak to the vendor! They love answering questions and helping attendees with their products.

7. Don’t eat at the convention center. The food is fine, but the options are limited. One of my favorite area eateries is Naf Naf Grill in Rosemont. Naf Naf serves Middle Eastern specialties such as chicken shawarma, falafel, and pita, and is set up like a Chipotle. It’s cheaper and less formal than a sit down restaurant, and the food is delicious!

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Today is the 80 year anniversary of Kristallnacht, so I want to talk about something heavy.

This high school is down the street from my sister’s apartment. This is the third racist or anti Semitic incident in two weeks there.

We act like racism doesn’t exist anymore. We pretend a Holocaust couldn’t happen in America today. We say “we’re praying” (as we should,) but when God provides us with a platform to speak out or to help others we ignore it. Why do we do that?

I guess it’s easy to turn a blind eye when it isn’t our family members being targeted.

I don’t have all the answers. In fact I have more questions than I have solutions. I do know, however, that ignoring the problem does nothing to fix the problem.

I don’t want to have to talk to my children about racism, but I know I’m going to have to start soon.

I pray. I teach my toddler’s Sunday School class. We are faithful church members. I believe that is only the foundation though. I feel God pulling on my heart, telling me to DO something. I’m just not yet sure exactly what that “something” is.

So, let’s chat. What are some ways you talk to your children, grandchildren, or students about uncomfortable topics, like racism and anti-semitism?

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Product Spotlight: Smart Bottoms Small Wet Bags

This is an unsponsored post- Items were purchased by me.

Everyone in the cloth diaper world knows how handy and useful wet bags are. Did you know that wet bags have more uses than just carrying dirty diapers while on the go?

I like to use the small wet bags to carry a change of clothing for each of my children. It keeps each outfit together in the diaper bag so I don’t need to take everything out to find it in an emergency.

On the left is a Small Smart Bottoms wet bag in the Campfire Tails print. I love the thickness and the quality of its construction. I’m not worried about it falling apart. Inside this wet bag I can fit a 3T shirt, 2T shorts or pants, a pull-up, and a pair of socks (not shown).

On the right is a Small MESH Smart Bottoms wet bag in the Walk Tall print, exclusive to Abby’s Lane. This one is much thinner and is breathable due to the mesh. In this one I can currently fit a 3m shirt, shorts, and zip up hoodie.

Both of these wet bags have room to spare, so I can add other items as needed.

Even if you don’t cloth diaper I recommend keeping a couple wet bags on hand in your home and diaper bag. They’re great for organization and emergencies!