2017 Summer Playdate Series

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One of our goals for Omaha Moms Blog is to build a community online and offline. We have designed these playdates specifically to start doing just that, we want to get y’all together face to face! Please stay tuned for updates as we are finalizing everything. Spots are limited so make sure you reserve your spot asap! We can’t wait to meet you!

Well Mama

Wednesday, June 28 from 11-1

Join us for our first Summer Playdate Series at Well Mama. They are offering three different classes for us to participate in. Please choose one class for your little one! The Well Mama Studio is a short walk to the pavilion, we encourage mamas to mingle together before, during, and after class.

  1. Preschool Yoga 11:15-11:45 am: This yoga class was designed for our kids ages 3-5 who are potty trained. Kiddos will learn the basics of yoga including breath, movement and intention. (Kids only class)
  2. Music and Movement 12-12:30 pm: This class introduces the basic concepts of rhythm and movement using creative games that expand their individual creativity. Children (ages 3-5) will learn spacial awareness, listening skills, group socialization and structure. They will also work on improving balance & coordination, as well as learning introductory ballet steps.  (Kid only class) 
  3. Stroller Strength Demo 12:15-12:45 pm: is a 30-minute stroller-based fitness class that will cater to moms of all fitness levels. Whether you are pregnant, a new mama just getting back to it, or a mama with 1 or more stroller aged babe(s) this class is for YOU! You’ll get a total body workout while having fun with your babe(s) & other mamas, all while getting an energy boost from being outdoors! We will incorporate strollers, resistance bands, outdoor equipment such as benches and hills, as well as your own body weight to power through this fun-filled class. All stroller aged kids welcome!

We will have the Rockbrook Village Pavilion set up as an area to congregate between classes! Please feel free to bring your own lunch! We will have bubbles and chalk for the kids to enjoy! Space is limited and reservations are required!

The Wonder Nook

Thursday, July 6 from 10-11 am

We are excited to be partnering with The Wonder Nook for a fun playdate! Aloha! You are invited to join a luau celebration at The Wonder Nook! Storytime, island crafts, limbo, seaside snack and more! Perfect for kids up to age 10. Space is limited and reservations are required. Tickets coming soon!

Stinson Park Playdate

Wednesday, July 26th from 9:30-11:30 am

Pickleman’s is partnering with us to host this fun park date at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. Pickleman’s will be providing fresh cookies for the kids and ice tea for the moms! This event is FREE!

 

We encourage the use of social media as a fun way to spread the word, connect with new friends, and build our community! Be sure to tag @OmahaMomsBlog on Instagram and @OmahaMomsBlog on Facebook!

#ombplaydate is the hashtag!

Please Note :: Tickets are non-refundable, as there are a limited number of spots. Also, by purchasing this ticket you understand that your photo or that of your child may be taken and give permission for Omaha Moms Blog to use it on their site, in promotional materials, and/or on their social media platform. Finally, your email address will be added to our weekly newsletter so you can stay in the know of our events and happenings!

**Reservation fees go directly to OMB**

Please email [email protected] with questions.  

Omaha Moms Blog :: Introducing Karly

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Omaha

I grew up in Omaha, with a few years spent in Denver, Colorado. I left Omaha to attend college and returned 3 years ago. I love that there is always something to do whether it’s winter or summer. Omaha has so many fun activities for families and kiddos and great groups to be connected with other moms.

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I am mom to 2 adorable little boys, Elijah, 8 and Liam, 2 ½. I love the morning snuggles, watching them accomplish something new, exploring new places through their eyes, but I also have days where I am the hot mess express. It can be hard to juggle sports schedules, work, school, appointments, and there are some weeks my hair is so caked with dry shampoo that it could probably hold any style I put it in without any bobby pins or hair ties.

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I’m excited to be a part of the Omaha Moms Blog because I feel like it’s a great way for new moms and old moms to connect in this city. There are MOPS groups and Facebook groups but I believe this blog will be able to better connect moms all over the city. I hope to be there to encourage moms and show that we all have those crazy days where we feel like we are two steps away from losing our grip – but that there are also good days – the days where you cannot get enough of your kiddos, their adorable vocabulary, their witty comments and comical actions – the days where you cannot imagine them being any older than they are now, and wishing they could stay this way forever. Those days, are the ones to hold fast too, and to enjoy each and every minute.

 

Omaha Moms Blog :: Introducing Cindi

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Omaha

As an Iowa native, I always knew I would leave my roots…after all, isn’t that what most young people say? What I didn’t realize is that I would move across the river! While circumstances brought me to Huskerville, the community kept me here. Omaha provides everything from entertainment to education for all ages. Within a twenty minute drive, you can find both urban and rural areas, combining the best of both worlds.

We have such a spectacular array of people who truly care for one another. There are always activities to participate in, regardless of where you reside. From Parks and Recreation to Farmers Markets, to a variety of musicians, the ability to seek activities is endless.

 

 

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For a woman who had never technically planned on being a mom, God blessed me with two of the most amazing boys at the young ages of 39 and 40. Today, while many of my friends are becoming grandparents, I am spending time with moms who could be my own children!

I often joke that having my children at a younger age would have provided me with more energy to parent them; however, I am not sure I would have the same patience as I do now. For me, having my children at the bookmarked “advanced maternal age” created difficult pregnancies and a very close relationship with my practitioners.

Having small children in my 40’s also allowed me to have nearly two decades of a fulfilling career prior to staying at home with my boys. Admittedly, I tried working outside the home when my oldest was a baby, which didn’t last very long. While it may have been difficult to leave my job, I was now going to have the most important job of my life…raising my boys. I won’t lie, it was a very difficult adjustment for me, however, we will touch more on that topic at a later date.

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Why write for OMB? I am a firm believer in the power of many. I believe we are stronger together. When women support one another, amazing things begin to happen around us. In regard to parenting, while we all view things differently, I believe we all want the same things: happy and healthy children. 

We can learn from another and find solace in the understanding that we are not alone on this journey. Let’s be honest, sometimes being a mother is a lonely job. There are times when there is little recognition or feedback. Some days you feel as though you are at the end of your rope and then your little puts their arms around your neck and plants a sloppy kiss on you. 

We need a safe place to share, to vent ,to teach ,and to learn.  That is what drew me to be an OMB contributor.  After all, who understands a mom better than another mom? 

Omaha Moms Blog :: Introducing Amanda

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Hello! My name is, Amanda, and I get the privilege to write for Omaha Mom Blog (OMB). I hope my experiences of my life and the great city of Omaha enlighten you or at least make you chuckle.

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I am a born and raised Omahan (I think I just made up a word). My entire immediate family lives around the Omaha area. We get together on a weekly basis to share a meal and catch up. Nebraska, Omaha specifically, is a great place to raise kids. The Midwestern values we are instilling in our kids is something most of us don’t even know we are doing. I love the diversity of activities to do on any given day in the Omaha area. When I tell people I live in Nebraska and they instantly think we live on a farm and then I get to tell them of all the great activities 20 minutes from my door! 

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I have four children, ages 14, 10, 6, and 1 year. To answer a few questions-yes, they were all by choice and yes, we are busy. I am also a school Speech-Language Pathologist by trade and I love all things education related. Since my kids are all at various ages we are involved in wide variety of activities. What I love most about my crazy crew is watching them thrive and experiencing life.

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Writing for the OMB, what the what?!? How did I get here? The majority of my adult/mom life, I have gotten myself involved in lots of things because I have a hard time saying no. So when push comes to shove, I really don’t want to do most of these things. But this, the OMB, is exactly what my heart and mind needed, a place where I can share and interact with other moms who live in my city. I am so excited to be part of the OMB and cannot wait to tell my crazy story! Stick around for the ride, I know it will be great.  

 

 

Omaha Moms Blog :: Introducing Angie

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Hello there! My name is Angie, and I am looking forward to serving on the first Omaha Moms Blog Team! I have lived in Omaha for the past 13 years. I am originally from South Sioux City, Nebraska, but moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University for my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. After graduation, I chose to pursue my nursing career in Omaha, and have since married the love of my life, purchased our first home, and began establishing our family! Omaha, Nebraska has always been the prospect city for me growing up in a small town. I love Omaha for the endless opportunities it provides for places to visit, things to do, and to build our family’s forever home. In addition to living in Omaha, I have also been granted the privilege to be a mother to a beautiful 3.5-year-old little girl!  Living in Omaha allows us the opportunity to continue to provide many new and different experiences for my daughter to learn and grow.  Omaha’s simultaneous ability to be a large metropolitan city as well as a home away from home has always given me the comfort and security to continue to pursue this place I can now call home.  Besides not everyone can say they live in the same city as the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Lauritzen Gardens, and the home of the College World Series to name a few great attractions in Omaha, Nebraska.  These are a few reasons why I love living in Omaha, Nebraska! 

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I am a mom to a sassy little lady named Reagan! She granted me the title mommy when she arrived into this world in 2013! I should also thank my husband, Adam, who I have been married to for the past seven years and counting who also contributes to my ability to pursue motherhood! Motherhood is truly the most rewarding and challenging role I have ever taken on in my life. I have never realized how proud and terrified I can be all at the same time for one little human being. One thing that stands out the most is finally understanding the true meaning of unconditional love when I met this sweet little girl for the very first time! I find my true happiness in motherhood, watching her learn, grow, and enjoy all the amazing things life has to offer! The challenges of motherhood include the never-ending fear and anxiety of “Am I doing enough for my child?” Enough is such a challenging word to me as it may mean so many different things.  Simultaneously, am I providing adequately for her, while also taking care of my husband’s needs and saving time for me? My joys and challenges of motherhood continue to grow, and I hope you continue to allow me the opportunity to share these perspectives with you. 

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I am most excited about joining the Omaha Moms Blog to meet other moms who can empathize in the journey of motherhood! It truly does take a village to raise children, and I look forward to hearing the perspectives of our fellow contributors as well as readers on their personal experiences! I also enjoy reading other Mom blogs in other cities, and am looking forward to the opportunities this Mom Blog will bring to Omaha’s contributors and readers!  I know as moms, we all share a commonality, and that is in which we make multi-tasking look flawless! In addition to the numerous things you do, I hope you enjoy being a part of this growing and dynamic Omaha Moms’ team! I anticipate to bring to the table a unique perspective as a new mom who has continued to refine the balance of working mom, student, and wife.  I also intend to share my experience as a healthcare professional and how it has helped to continue to shape my understanding and perspective on motherhood.  Last but not least, I hope to share my thoughts on how I am continuing to grow and define my role as a mother and woman to inspire others to continue to overcome obstacles in life and pursue your ultimate goals and dreams! Thank you again for your time and opportunity to allow me to be part of your day, and I hope you continue to be a part of our Omaha Mom Team!

 

Omaha Moms Blog Introducing :: Jacqueline

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Omaha

After growing up in Southern California, I moved to Omaha in August 2005 for pharmacy school at Creighton University. My love for this city has grown so much over the last 12 years because of all the great events that have happened while living here. I met and fell in love with my husband here, this is where we bought our first house together, and this is the place we are raising our two children. I have heard Omaha described as a “20-minute” city, meaning you can get anywhere in Omaha in just about 20 minutes. Coming from the Los Angeles area, that is just music to my ears! I can get so much done in less time and spend more time with my family. Another term used to describe Omaha that I would agree with is “family friendly”. I love that there are various activities around town to take my children. It’s the perfect size city for me: not too big, but big enough for my kids to have great experiences.

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My first kiddo is three years old (almost four) and his name is Theo.  Alexis is his baby sister who just turned one in April. Watching my kids grow every day is the most amazing part about being their mommy. One minute they are this tiny and vulnerable human being and the next they steal your heart with a simple hug or amaze you with their creativity. My hope is that my children will always know how much I love them and that I will always be there for them. Even though I work full time, I never stop being their mom.  

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Being a contributor for Omaha Moms Blog is unbelievably exciting for me! I attribute any success in my life to learning from others and seeking out wisdom much greater than mine. In turn, I also love to help those that I can with what I have learned through life experiences.  What a better way to do both than to be a part of this community! 

Omaha Moms Blog :: Introducing Jenny

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Hello!

photo credit: j.selander photography

I’m Jenny and glad to be aboard the OMB! I have been living in Council Bluffs for nearly five years. I relocated from Northeast Ohio (Go Buckeyes!) when circumstances allowed me to be closer to extended family.  This move afforded many opportunities for growth and deepened my faith in unexpected ways.

Omaha

I am happy to be just over the river from a great city that offers so much in the way of cultural and educational activities, fun places to shop, and wonderful restaurants. My favorite place to visit is Old Market, especially at night, when the lights and carriage rides add a romantic atmosphere to a pleasant walk through the cobbled streets. Whatever your budget and interests may be, you can find places to eat and shop any night of the week.

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photo by j.selander photography

I am a single mother of three. The Cruise Director is 16 and learning to drive this summer (Eeks!). The Affectionate One is 14 and cannot wait to follow in her brother’s footsteps and begin driving (Again, eeks!). Whirling Dervish is 12 and earned his nickname when he was quite young and rambunctious. Oh, yes, there are stories to tell, dear reader! He’s content to drive the mower (Thank Goodness!). I homeschool them which is incredibly challenging and rewarding, as you might guess. I love to read, write, crochet, bike, play tennis and board games, and sit in the sun with a big floppy hat (The curse of the fair complexioned female — ugh). Accompanying my unflattering, albeit useful, hat, you will find a book (usually Historical fiction or Chick Lit) and iced caramel coffee.

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I look forward to sharing my thoughts, discoveries, and the fun upcoming events in the greater Omaha area. I hope to share my experiences with other moms who are making it all happen for their families. While parenting has its ups and downs, being a single mom bookends motherhood with a unique set of challenges, struggles, but more importantly joy. I endeavor to find the joy in the everyday things. It’s the little things that add up to a big ol’ messy pile of joy at the end of the day, if only we take the time to look for it. You can read more specifics about who I am, along with book and product reviews on my blog: www.notesofjubilee.com.

With great joy,

Jenny

Omaha Moms Blog: Introducing Kassandra

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Omaha

You know how they say that there are 6 degrees of separation? Well, if you’ve lived in Omaha your whole life like I have, it feels more like 3! So, while I may or may not have met you yet, I’m excited to get to know you better through the Omaha Moms Blog!  Just like this blog, Omaha is an eclectic mix of men, women, and families who are drawn to it’s small town feel with BIG opportunities to grow. This is why my husband (an Omaha Native himself) and I have chosen to stay and raise our family, to work within the community through our small businesses, and engage in it’s deep history and culture. While I spent most of my teenage years pinning to get out, once I had a taste of the coasts and visited three countries, I knew I would never call another place home.  In fact, my little family of three, is the fourth generation to live in our house! No matter where I go in life, Omaha will always be my center, my place, my people, my taste of “the good life.”

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It was a long and hard road to motherhood for me. I endured ten years of infertility, more pokes and prods than I ever knew was humanly possible and shed more tears than one person ever should have too. But now that I’m here? I’m happily exhausted! This June, I will be celebrating my second year as a mother to one of the most fiercest, sassiest, adorable, little humans to ever grace this earth. My Eloise came into this world how she wanted and has kept me on my toes ever since. Not gonna lie, there are days when I’m scared of her knowing full well that she can outwit me at any moment. I have found motherhood to be like nothing I ever imagined. I never knew you could love someone like I love her. My hubby and I are completely in awe of how she see’s the world and it has encouraged us to slow down and open our eyes a little wider. Our biggest challenge is just balancing all that this life throws at us.  We recently miscarried in October and now feel the pangs of wanting to grow our family again. This will be our last chance with IVF and have already begun researching adoption agencies. I’m thankful to have my little girl and look forward to what the future holds for us.

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As a contributor for the Omaha Moms Blog, I’m excited to get to show my perspective of this crazy-beautiful city we all call home. I look forward to sharing my families adventures with you as well as writing about the mishaps in our life. We all need community and as a mother, it’s even more necessary. I can’t wait to share my story with you as well as learn from a couple chapters in your life! This blog is a great way to connect with other moms in the city as well as find a few hidden gems that can help us be the best versions of ourselves. See you soon lovelies!!

Omaha Moms Blog :: Introducing Catherine

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Hi, I’m Catherine, mom to Choo-Choo-obsessed Henry (who just turned two!) and wife to Alex! I’m a nearly 30 (but not quite!) stay-at-home mom who loves going on adventures all over town with my favorite sidekick. I’ve lived in Omaha for about 4 years with my husband of nearly 5 years.

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One of my favorite things about Omaha is how easy it is to get around to all the amazing places our city has to offer! We live in West O but we’re just a short car ride away from Fontenelle Forest, the Zoo or the Joslyn. I’m originally from Chicago so I love the Omaha “traffic”. Being able to get anywhere in town in about 25 minutes is amazing!

Of course I’m often homesick for Sweet Home Chicago, but I’m always reminded of the hassle of raising kids in a big city. If we lived in downtown Chicago we wouldn’t have a yard and a 3-car garage (who am I kidding, you know I love parking my SUV in the middle of two parking stalls!). Sure life would be fun but I imagine the day to day grind would be so much more difficult (especially without my little tribe of moms who make life so much more fun!).

I also love Omaha because lately when I’m out I almost ALWAYS run into someone I know or find I have a mutual friend. Omaha has the familiarity of a small town, but with big city amenities.

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My absolute favorite quote that I believe sums up motherhood is, “the moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

As I watch my son change (and wow has he grown!) I look back and see how much I’ve also changed (hopefully for the better). As a stay at home mom my daily routine has changed, but more than that my goals and purpose in life are completely different, and I love that.

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I’m a preparer, some (most) would call me a perfectionist. While I was pregnant I did a LOT of research: the best car seats, high chairs, baby led weaning. I “know” about “it” all. The common theme linking “it” all together is that I couldn’t prepare for it. I DON’T have it all figured out. I have been wrong about so many things (more than I’d probably like to admit) and I’m sure that trend will continue.

But on April 28, 2015 they put that baby in my arms and he was mine and I’m his. A mother was born. I have a happy, smart and kind son who loves with his whole heart. I can’t ask for much more than that. So maybe I’ve figured it out. At least a little.

In my LBC (life before child) I was a TV reporter. I met my husband while I was working at the CBS affiliate in Lincoln. Alex had just moved to town because he bought a quick service restaurant (Pickleman’s) that I already happened to love. We met on his very first day as owner and since I was already eating there at least once a day I figured it would be a good decision to marry into the sandwich family. Now I get my buffalo chicken sandwiches for free, and I’m sure Alex noticed a dip in sales after we started dating.

Omaha Moms Blog :: Introducing Becka

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Hello! I’m Becka, born and raised in northwest Iowa but have since lived a little bit of everywhere including Illinois, South Carolina, South Dakota, and now Nebraska! In June of 2015 we packed up the car (imagine two wiener dogs, two infants, and a hatchback full of boxes cruising down I-29) and we moved to Omaha for two new career opportunities. My husband, Dijon, accepted a position at Creighton University and I at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With a new city brings new places to eat, sites to see, and things to do. Add children to the mix and suddenly the list of things to explore in a new city doubles. Speaking of doubling, did I mention I am the mom of handsome two year old twin boys, Avery and Elliot? The city of Omaha is awesome for families. From a world renowned zoo, kid’s gyms, children’s museums, and excellent public parks and libraries it is easy to fill our weekends with family friendly activities. We are always on the lookout for affordable family fun.

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I assume the role of mom to around 150 Nebraska College of Business honors students but after 5 p.m. two very sweet boys call me mommy. Avery (2014) and Elliot (2014) are identical twin boys with opposite personalities. Avery is introspective, stubborn, and strategic while Elliot is creative, people pleasing, and an instigator. I love that two little boys who share the same physical likeness have such differing dispositions, yet can be the best of friends.

As a working and commuting mom of young children I run through life full speed-figuratively-not literally (I leave the real running to my husband Dijon who is a seven-time marathon runner). With the demands of motherhood, combined with a 45 minute commute, and stressful work days I struggle to find time for myself and time with my husband. Being a mom is hard and being a mom of young kids the last thing that is on my mind is finding time for myself or collecting up the energy to leave the house on a date with my husband. I miss the days of sleeping in, binge watching Netflix, brunching with friends, and mostly just getting through my to-do list in a weekend rather than two weeks.

 

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Moms of multiples (let’s not forget dads of multiples too) have such a unique perspective that is unlike any other. Yes, we are busy, yes we are tired, but as a mom of twins I have learned to be adaptable when I wish nothing more than predictability and a schedule. I have embraced adversity when all I want to do is close the door and start over. Most importantly, I have learned to ask for help. I am fortunate to have an awesome partner and wingman in the hustle and bustle of life. Dijon and I are truly a team, we have a subconscious ability to predict each other’s next actions or words, and we complement one another’s strengths and short falls without missing a beat. We are a well-oiled parenting machine, but it wasn’t always like that. When we first became parents we were a hot mess of emotions, frustrations, and confusion. It took us about 6 months and then our little family of four found our groove.

I am a very honest and transparent person and hope to show the real and raw side of motherhood. My toddlers are unpredictable which makes life very interesting. In their short lives they’ve pulled a fire alarm at Hy-Vee, got kicked out of a bounce house for wrestling, and have eaten enough boogers to upset even an iron stomach . In those circumstances, I ditch my pride, smile to myself, and think; it could be worse-right? My kids are not perfect and my parenting is seriously far from perfect. I hope to provide support and guidance to Omaha area mothers. Mostly, I want to reassure you that we all have rotten parenting days even when our intentions are authentic and our heart is in the right place. What you see is what you get from me, don’t believe me? Check out my family’s perfectly imperfect life on my Instagram.

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