All moms should be recognized, preferably with extravagant gifts and cabana boys with palm leaves fanning us on a warm summer day, right ladies?
I was excited to hear Bump Club and Beyond announce the launch of their BCBesties Awards honoring everyday Chicago moms who have gone above and beyond to be a friend, resource and inspiration to their community.
Bump Club and Beyond is all about connecting expectant and new moms and creating genuine friendships in this powerful mothering community we call home. I have been blessed with our community of mothers here at Parenting Without A Parachute and most recently, the Listen To Your Mother - Chicago cast and the Illinois Farm Family Field Moms program. We all need a supportive mothering community and a boost of recognition now and then, and Chicago is jam packed with maternal support.
If there was a category representing the "disheveled mother", I would win that one, hands down. But alas, there is not.
Do you know of a local mom that deserves some recognition for being amazing in one of the following categories?
Mom in the Know: This gal knows her stuff, and she isn’t afraid to let you in on the secret.
Techie Mom: She is a great friend IRL, but she’s also put her tech savvy skills to work and came up with an online resource that helps moms connect or get helpful info about navigating parenthood in Chicago.
Mom on the Move: This mom is the kind of girl who inspires you to drag yourself out of bed and hit that yoga class on a Sunday morning.
Mom Making a Difference: This mom is working to make our community a better place.
Multitasking Mom: She is a jack-of-all-trades -- and she makes it look easy.
Nominations will be accepted until April 29, with three finalists chosen for each category by the Bump Club and Beyond Super Moms. Finalists will be announced on May 6, and the public will have the opportunity to vote for one finalist in each category via Facebook.
Winners will be announced at the “Best of Bump Club and Beyond,” May 19 at the Marriott on Michigan Avenue. All winners and finalists will receive:
- A themed prize valued at more than $1,100 from partners including The Red Door Spa, Benefit on Damen, Helen Ficalora, The Dailey Method, TK Photography, Simply by Suzy Photography and Classic Kids Photography
- The finalist with the most votes across all categories will also win a girls’ weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago!
About the “Best of Bump Club and Beyond”
The third annual extravaganza for moms and moms-to-be will take place at the Marriott Michigan Avenue (540 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago) on Sunday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. (10 a.m. for platinum ticket holders) until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
An entire day filled with education and information for moms, moms-to-be, and their significant others, the event features top industry experts, resources, and baby brands. Attendees will have access to various breakout sessions led by experts including:
Jamie Grayson, The BabyGuyNYC
Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio, founders of ProjectNursery.com
Dr. Deborah Gilboa from Askdoctorg.com
Janeen Hayward, principal of Swellbeing
The Lactation Partners
Lara Field, owner of FEED (Forming Early Eating Decisions)
Visit the Bump Club and Beyond website for more details and to purchase tickets.
Image Credit, Bump Club and Beyond