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WEAR Conference 2016

I am so excited to help spread the word of this year’s first babywearing, WEAR conference held by MommyCon!


I have attended MommyCon a few times and I know the WEAR conference will NOT disappoint! This 3-day conference will be held in Chicago, over Memorial Day weekend. It will be full of speakers, seminars, over 30 exhibitors, classes, and much more! ALL related to babywearing!

Friday, May 27th – Sunday, May 29th


Some fun things you can look forward to attending are:

  • Babywearing Yoga presented by KIND
  • Babywearing Belly Dance
  • The Babywearing Lounge – where you can touch and try-on lots of carriers!
  • Using Wraps, Ring Slings, and Exploring American Babywearing Subculture from a Man’s Perspective
  • Wrapping 101
  • An introduction to the Mei Tai
  • And so much more!

Check out the entire WEAR schedule here!

Whether you are new to babywearing or a novice, there will be something for everyone!


Singe Day Pass – $40 

3-Day Pass – $100

Ultimate Educator Package – $500

There are rooms available at the Westin Michigan Avenue hotel, at a discounted rate. When booking your room, make sure to mention WEAR! Find more details here!

All children under the age of 16 years are FREE to attend with a paid adult.

If you are interested in attending make sure to use discount code: Midwest16 at checkout to receive $5 off your ticket price!


MommyCon Chicago 2015

Guess what?! I found out that my discount code Midwestmom15 is not only good for the MommyCon Minneapolis Conference, it is good for any conference, nation wide! I am so excited. That means I can offer this code to anyone, anywhere!

Did you know that there is a MommyCon Conference much sooner then April, in the midwest? Yes, there is one Saturday, February 21st in Chicago. If you are in the Des Moines area, that really isn’t too far. So, if you cannot wait until April, I highly recommend making the trip to Chicago.

I attended my first MommyCon conference last year in Chicago. My best friend and I were both pregnant and we made it a fun, long girls weekend! The hotel was great and there were lots of yummy places to eat for us pregnant girls 🙂

I just received the MommyCon Chicago schedule and it looks awesome! Some speakers, workshops to look forward to …

  • Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
  • Mom Body Fitness with Stephanie Lee
  • Babywearing 101
  • Books, Babies & Toddlers
  • Papa’s Perspective (Yes, bring your significant other!)
  • Nursing in Public presented by The Badass Breastfeeder
  • Becoming a Babywearing Educator
  • Car Seat Safety with The Baby Guy NYC (LOVE him, YOU will LOVE him)
  • And lots more!

MommyCon Chicago is being held outside of the city in Rosemont, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, February 21st!

There is a hotel block available at Hilton Rosemont for $99 a night. The cut-off to book a room for this rate is February 3rd! Rooms are almost sold out, so book quickly if you are planning to go! Use code “MCN” when you book online or if you call just let them know you are coming for MommyCon.

You can purchase tickets for MommyCon Chicago here. Make sure you use code Midwestmom15 when checking out to receive $5 off!

 Please let me know if you are going! I would love to know what you think!

Routines & Schedules

I’m a girl of routine, schedules and organization! If I do not have a routine, my life is haywire! It is good to stray away from schedules and routines from time to time. At the beginning of July, Travis, my dad and I took a much needed vacation to Chicago and Milwaukee. It was a lot of fun!

Cubs Trip 2013

When we returned, we just could not get back into the groove of things. Many things came up including work schedules, life events, etc. I am a person if I do not have a routine of eating, exercising, going to bed at a decent time and so on, I am not very pleasant to be around and feel like crap 24/7 (ask the hubby and mi padre).

BUT, it is now August 1st and I am determined to get back into a routine! Including blogging 🙂

One thing Travis and I invested in to help with our “routine” was a Keurig!

We LOVE how easy and quick it is to make coffee in the morning. For awhile, I was getting into the habit of going to Starbucks, Dunkn Donuts or Smokey Row for my coffee because it was easy and tasted better then any coffee that I could make. When I did that, I ended up buying myself a scone (what is a coffee shop coffee without a bakery item?) The calories started adding up and it was putting a dent in our budget. Now, the Keurig tastes just like any cup of coffee, I would pick up elsewhere. We also don’t HAVE to buy the k-cups (which are nice) we can use any ground coffee with the machine, because we have the my K-Cup. Overall, I give this product a BIG thumbs up!

Mr. Monte has surely felt the effects of not being on a set routine! He got used to staying up late, doing whatever, whenever and not eating the best. Now that we are trying to get back into that routine we are also dealing with more teeth popping up! My poor little guy was miserable yesterday. He barely ate anything and was fussy!

After some coaxing, I put frozen (thawed a bit) Chobani blueberry yogurt on a frozen teething ring. Not only did he realize “oh this is yummy” but he also realized that the frozen teething ring felt good on his mouth!

What are some of your tricks and tips with kiddos teething?