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{Event Recap}: Bloom Mom’s Night Out

We had so much fun at our SOLD OUT Bloom Mom’s Night Out on May 18th!! It was such a joy to spend the night chatting with other mamas, visiting the vendor and informational tables, enjoying the food, and hearing from terrific local health, wellness, and financial experts!! Read on to get the scoop!!

Our Event Host

A big thanks goes out to our event host, Shores Event Center!! Their space is absolutely beautiful and their staff is a pleasure to work with!! If you’re looking for a place to host a baby shower, graduation party, birthday or anniversary party, or any type of reception, be sure to contact them!! 

Our Vendor and Information Table Sponsors


One local Cedar Rapids couple is reinventing the way we change diapers on the go with their awesome RigiPad portable diaper changer! We were so excited to get to see the product before its launch and we hope you enjoyed getting to vote on your favorite fabric choices!! To get more information on the RigiPad and how you can get one for yourself, visit their website!

Young Living Essential Oils

It was fantastic to get a chance to learn about the benefits of Young Living Essential Oils from Marcie!! If you’re interested in finding out more about how essential oils can work for you, how Young Living is different from other companies, or how you can join the company yourself, visit her website.

Awaken Family Chiropractic

We loved getting a chance to hear from Dr. Erica Smothers on our expert panel, and we hope you had a chance to visit her and ask her your questions at her table as well! If you are looking for a pediatric, prenatal, or family chiropractor, be sure to visit her website!

Toula Yoga

We saw lots of moms getting more information about how yoga can positively impact their minds and bodies! Toula Yoga offers classes for all ages and abilities, including a Baby and Me class! Get more information about their class schedule and offerings on their website.

Baby Time

It was such a pleasure to hear from Kristen Mead about her doula services on our expert panel, and to get a chance to shop all the adorable products at her Baby Time vendor table!! If you haven’t had a chance to visit her new location in the NewBo district yet, you definitely need to check it out! It’s the perfect place to shop for a gift for mom or baby, to sign up for a class, or get more info about Kristen’s doula services!! For details, visit the Baby Time website!

Nurtured Journey

If you’re expecting or hope to be expecting soon, we are sure you enjoyed the Nurtured Journey table!! Nurtured Journey offers childbirth education classes, doula services, placenta encapsulation, and postpartum services. And we hear their lactation cookies are amazing!! Get more information on their website!

Pure Air Systems

The air purifiers from Pure Air Systems were definitely a hit at this event and we were amazed to see how they work! If you are interested in getting more information for yourself, you can call their office at 319-364-3069.

Iowa Elite Nannies

The ladies from Iowa Elite Nannies were such a joy to talk with and they provide such an amazing service for Corridor moms!! If you are considering hiring a nanny for the summer or full-time, but don’t know where to start, they can give you all the info you need to know! They also provide a terrific sitter service and occasional Parents’ Night Outs. Get more details on their website!


We saw lots of mamas getting more information about The MAC’s Kids Club! They offer a terrific opportunity for your kiddos to have fun while you get a great workout in! Plus several locations so you can find the gym that’s most convenient for you!! Get more details on their website!

Primerica Financial Services

We really enjoyed hearing some strategies for successful financial planning from Diane Martinsen on our expert panel, as well as at her table!! If you have questions about how to plan for retirement, college, or even just how to cut back on your spending and increase your savings, be sure to visit her website!

Cedar Rapids Pediatric Dentistry

It can be a challenge to get your kiddos to go to the dentist. Or even brush their teeth, for that matter!! We loved hearing Dr. Teresa Geneser’s advice on our expert panel and we hope you got all of your questions answered at the Cedar Rapids Pediatric Dentistry table!! If you are looking for a dentist for your child, both Dr. Geneser and Dr. Swenson offer terrific care in two convenient locations!! Get more details on their website!

Lehia Erger Photography + Design

We loved Lehia Erger Photography’s adorable table!! Lehia offers a full-service photography experience, whether you are looking for maternity or newborn photos, a family photo session, or a wedding photographer. Get more information on her website.

Our Expert Panel

One of the highlights of the event was definitely hearing from our panel of experts, not only about their area of expertise, but also about their own personal parenting experiences.  To get more information about each expert, be sure to check out our Meet the Experts post

The Food

A huge thanks to Chick-fil-A Westdale for providing their amazing chicken sandwiches for every attendee! They were so delicious and definitely a highlight of the event! We also loved the yummy assortment of cookies from the Pink Umbrella Bakery…it was hard to choose a favorite! 

The Flowers

Ali’s Weeds did an amazing job on the floral arrangements for Bloom! They were so gorgeous and smelled amazing!! If you are looking for floral arrangements for an upcoming event, birthday, anniversary, or just because…be sure to visit their website

The Swag

Raise your hand if you LOVE the adorable Mama swag bags that City Moms Blog Network provided for this event!! We can’t wait to see you sporting them around town!! A big thanks to all of our national and local swag sponsors who filled them with fantastic goodies and coupons!! 

Massage Heights Edgewood
WineStyles Edgewood
Becky Sue’s Creations
Milkies storage bags
Chick-fil-A Westdale
KidsPoint Child Care
Bug Soother
Go Go Squeeze
Wild Magnolia Design
Sleep Well Baby
Style Encore – Cedar Rapids, IA
Mercy Cedar Rapids
Total Rejuvenation
Iowa Elite Nannies
Midwest Athletic Club – The MAC
Lehia Erger Photography + Design
Toula Yoga
Baby Time
Nurtured Journey
Young Living Essential Oils – Marcie Ward
Baby Time
Baby K’tan
Awaken Family Chiropractic
Primerica Financial Services- Diane Martinsen
Murray, Wilson & Rose Counseling and Behavioral Services, LLC

The Prizes

Who can forget the amazing prizes? One of our favorite parts of the event was seeing all the winners’ faces as they claimed their prizes!! Special thanks to all of our national and local giveaway sponsors!!

Massage Heights Edgewood
WineStyles Edgewood
Usborne Books & More – Ruth Schroeder
Binxy Baby
Becky Sue’s Creations
Snuggle Me Organic
Mila Christina, Cashmere for Babies baby essentials
Style Encore – Cedar Rapids, IA
Bug Soother
LipSense – Elizabeth Lucas
Wild Magnolia Design
MODE Cedar Rapids
Frontier Co-op
Lillians of Marion

The Photographer

Special thanks to Lehia Erger Photography + Design for beautifully photographing this event!! Be sure to connect with her via her website and Facebook page!! 

To see more photos from this event, be sure to visit the Cedar Rapids Moms Blog Facebook page!

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