Meet the MommyCon Vancouver Bloggers!
We are coming to Vancouver later this month for MommyCon Vancouver! If you are joining us, take the time to read about all of our bloggers that will be there with you! This team of people has been carefully selected to help us document and share the event with our community and we hope you get a chance to meet some of them in person!
Stacy Castro – It’s a Mom Life
Stacy lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest just south of the Canadian Border. She has 6 kids! Four boys – 14 (her bonus child), 9, 3, & 8m and two girls – 11, & 6.
What are you most looking forward to about MommyCon? I’m very excited for the add on class on Friday for back wrapping. I’m decent at it, but I’d love to improve. I love to check out all the new products, and learn new things. I’m hoping to get some ideas of new products to feature on my page.
If you could give a new parent one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Let your kid wear rubber boots all year long if he wants to. Have your car seat checked once a year with a CPST. Also, hold your baby, before you know it they are 115lbs and stealing your clothes.
Marci Cheung – Marcie in Mommyland
Marcie is a Seattle-area stay-at-home-mom to her 3.5-year-old and 9-month-old boys.
What are you most looking forward to about MommyCon? I’m really looking forward to meeting Canadian moms and learning about their parenting struggles and successes!
If you could give a new parent one piece of advice, what would it be? I advise new parents to take all the food offered to them! I found it nearly impossible to eat, let alone cook, when my oldest was born. I turned down so many offers from people to drop off food because I didn’t want to put anyone out. I was a fool! For my second, I took it all!
Jennifer Erickson – Children’s Directory
Jennifer is a single mom to one fabulous boy (11) and a little cat ( 3), both of whom rule her world. They live in the burbs about 25 minutes east of Vancouver.
What are you most looking forward to about MommyCon? This will be my first time attending MommyCon and now that all of my friends and family are starting to have families I’m interested in hearing about all of the new must have items for a new baby as well as figuring out what’s changed since my days as a new mama. I also love to stay up to date to share relevant information with our fabulous readers.
If you could give a new parent one piece of advice, what would it be? Well I’m a bit of a shopaholic so I bought EVERYTHING before baby came and found more than half of it was never used! My advice to save your sanity, protect your bank account and decrease the new baby clutter is stick to the basics. Also, ask for help, don’t try to do it all, and enjoy every moment.
Lindsay Gallimore – Maman Loup’s Den
Located in Calgary, Alberta by way of Montreal and Vancouver, Lindsay has a five-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter. She recently trained as a Child Passenger Safety Technician, and loves to help new and seasoned parents learn about car seats, babywearing, cloth diapers and more. Lindsay is also an advocate for speaking openly about mental health.
What are you most looking forward to about MommyCon? I am most looking forward to running the Cloth Diaper Resource Center, and helping cloth-curious mamas get on the fluffy train!
If you could give a new parent one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t compare yourself to other parents: we all do our best, and what’s right for one family isn’t necessarily right for yours.
Nina Gonzalez – Nina on the Moon
Nina was born and raised in East Van and has been lucky enough to live in the same neighborhood, Hastings Sunrise, her whole life. She discovered her love for all things eco-friendly during her first pregnancy three years ago. That includes cloth diapering, eco-beauty, sustainable fashion and making her home as “green” as possible. Oh, and babywearing rocks her world, although she’s still trying to figure out wrapping. She have two little stars, aged 3 years and 8 months. And they also have a feline friend, Bobi, whom she named after one of her favourite artists, Bob Marley.
Olivia – The West Coast Mommy
Born and bred in Vancouver, Oliva is a social worker and mother of two spirited little girls aged 4 and 7. They were a cloth diapering, breast feeding, babywearing, and crunchy parenting family from the very first day, so it was a natural next step to start blogging about it. Even though her kids are out of diapers and carriers now, Olivia still loves helping other parents and advocating through her blog and in her personal life.
What are you most looking forward to about MommyCon? I’m really excited that MommyCon has finally come to Canada. We have so many families here with shared values and similar parenting styles; it’s wonderful to have a place like this to meet and “find our tribe!”
Stefanie Skinner – The Monarch Mommy
Stefanie is a mom of two boys, aged four and two, and lives in Calgary, Alberta. Vancouver is her hometown, so Stefanie was beyond thrilled when MommyCon decided to make its first Canadian stop there. She started a blog to share her love of cloth diapering, babywearing, and breastfeeding, and over the years it has turned into so much more. It’s a place where Stefanie can share her favourite things and talk honestly about motherhood. Before embarking on the journey of parenthood, she was in the midst of a PhD in Greek & Roman Studies (classical history). Stefanie has always wanted to be a stay at home mom, so when her oldest was born she decided to do just that. Now she’s living that mom life and finding fun new adventures every day.
What are you most looking forward to about MommyCon? I’m really looking forward to meeting the faces behind some of my favourite brands, and being a part of the community that is MommyCon. There are so many great sessions planned for MommyCon, it’s hard to pick just one that I’m especially excited about, but I must say I can’t wait for Kim Rosas’ session on menstrual cups!
Tiffany – Short Sweet Mom
Tiffany has been married to her husband and best friend for 11.5 years. They are the proud parents of a spunky two year old named Genevieve. Tiffany and her husband are both native Oregonians and truly love living in the Pacific Northwest. Their family loves to travel and go hiking together. Tiffany’s blog focus is motherhood, travel and gluten free living.
What are you most looking forward to about MommyCon? I am really looking forward to meeting and connecting with fellow parents. I am also excited to be able to share my daughters birth story.
If you could give a new parent one piece of advice, what would it be? My best piece of advice would be to find out what works best for your family. There is so much advice and opinions out there. What works for one family may not work for yours, and that is OK! Don’t feel pressured to do something just because someone else does it that way.