Mix Like A Mother #2

Mix Like A Mother #2 has come and gone already!

Michelle Raven and I hosted our first Mix Like A Mother event back a few months ago and this time expanded it to 30 women. We gathered together at Edina Grill and had amazing sponsors for swag bags (GoGlow, Scout and Molly, Burlap and Brass, 50th and France, Beauty Counter and Trades of Hope). Just a little something to love on the mamas who decided to join us!

Two women standing outside Edina Grill
Woman standing in alley holding 50th & France tote bag
Woman holding 50th & France tote bag
Scout and Molly's Boutique bag
Woman holding Go Glow touchup bottle
Woman holding Beauty Counter box
Woman holding Pinky Up bulbs

The idea behind Mix Like A Mother is this.

Being a mom is HARD. Amazing and wonderful and beautiful and all the good things but also hard. Our goal was to provide a safe place for moms to come and talk about the joys and hardships that being a mom brings.

As all the women showed up we spent some time mingling, enjoy apps and sipping drinks. Then we broke out into smaller groups for deeper discussion.

We asked each mom to share about what is the hardest part and the best part of being a mom. Each day is different but we wanted them to be able to share openly about what they were currently struggling with and also celebrate the good of that season.

I can’t speak to all the tables but I was so appreciative at how the women in my group opened up, supported one another and offered encouragement as needed.

Women hanging out at an event
Women hanging out at an event

The longer I’m doing this mama-gig the more I realize how much I need to take time for myself and have people to talk to.

And MLAM allowed just that. All of us mamas had 2-3 hours to ourselves.

We put on cute clothes, did our hair and applied some lip stick.

We had adult conversation.

We didn’t have to cut up food for someone else, wipe up spills, clean little hands or be interrupted 500 times.

And I don’t know about anyone else but by the end of it all I felt refreshed. Exhausted, yes, but refreshed.

Women posing together at an event
Women posing together at an event
Women making a tunnel with their arms at an event
Women making a tunnel with their arms at an event

Being a mom is not meant to do alone and if you don’t have people who get it, find them.

Women drove from over an hour away to spend time with strangers because they understood the need for mom friends. KUDOS to them! That is bold and those women were so brave.

I never understood how lonely it can be being a mom until I became one. It’s hard to put yourself out there to make friends but it’s so important.

To all the women who joined us for Mix Like A Mother, thank you. Thank you for taking time for yourself to be a better mom, better partner and better you. Don’t stop doing that.

And to all you mamas out there, you’re doing a great job. Don’t forget that. And don’t forget to take a pause for yourself now and then. You deserve it.

Group photo of women at an event
Group photo of women at an event

{all photos taken by Gina Zeidler}

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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