What’s more fun than hanging with a group of awesome moms (and dads!), getting tons of free stuff, and hearing from experts on easy ways to keep your family healthy and happy? Nothing! At least, that’s what we learned after our first-ever Moms Meet WOW Summit earlier this month. If you weren’t able to make it—and we do hope you’ll join us next year!—here’s a look back on how it went.
The festivities kicked off on Sunday night at the beautiful Sheraton Society Hotel in Philadelphia with a cocktail party hosted by Zevia, where attendees sipped special Zevia-infused cocktails, like Bubbly Citrus Bliss and Pineapple Upside Down Cake—yum! Moms and a few brave dads mixed and mingled with each other, staff, and our sponsors while tasting delicious hor d’oeuvres, including an antipasto platter from Applegate and a super-fun mashed potato bar. (Scallion-topped garlic mashed potatoes served in a martini glass? Yes, please!)
Relaxed and refreshed, enthusiastic guests geared up for a Monday morning of expert-led talks. We were so honored to have such amazing speakers at our event, who touched on many aspects of parenting the natural, organic and eco way.
The Summit’s keynote speaker, integrative pediatrician Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D., addressed parents on how to keep kids’ healthy and happy by going back to the basics, like eating the right foods, sleeping well, and staying active—and not over-relying on prescription meds. Up next was psychologist Susan Bartell, who shared valuable insight and tips on the importance of saying no to your kids. Paige Wolf, author of Spit That Out!, rounded-out the morning by educating everyone on how to handle green guilt, something many eco-conscious moms deal with at some point.
That afternoon, attendees got a chance to delve a little deeper into specific subjects through small-group workshops. They chose from 6 different topics, and gathered to learn and discuss in an intimate environment. Zevia gave moms and bloggers tips on how to blog with brands, while Boiron trained parents on the basics of homeopathy. National Geographic focused on how to foster curious kids and blogger Amanda Boyarshinov led a group discussion on enriching a home learning environment—complete with worksheets to fill out and implement once moms got home. Chef Amie Valpone talked about allergy-friendly recipes and whipped up some must-try guacamole, while EvoFem, which makes SoftCup and TriCalm, helped put moms interested in trying SoftCup at ease—and took lots of questions, too!
Throughout the entire event, attendees had the chance to visit our Exhibitor Room and try products from some of our favorite brands. Zevia passed out zero calorie soda and EvoFem handed out samples of SoftCup and TriCalm, while Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery served up delicious quesadillas and grilled cheese, Applegate satisfied everyone with sandwiches, and Nuk made yummy smoothies to try. Plus, guests walked away with samples of Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats, Sweet Leaf stevia, Mighty Leaf Tea, Musco Family Olives—and lots more!
After some down time, everyone met back up
for a wonderful banquet dinner. A tasty salad, choice of entrée (the veggie lasagna was fab, if we do say so ourselves) and chocolate dessert were served. And then the band started up—and everyone headed straight for the dance floor to dance the evening away. It was great to see so many moms letting loose and having a blast—we all love being with our kids, but sometimes, a girl’s just gotta dance!
Tuesday morning started bright and early with a brand-new round of awesome presenters. Drew Ramsey, M.D., author of 50 Shades of Kale, explained the connection between diet and mental health—and why eating good-for-you foods like kale is important. Then he served up some quick, nutritious, and delicious kale recipes. (We went home that very night and made the kale pesto!)
Quick quiz: Did you know a cheeseburger from a fast food restaurant could contain 78 ingredients? That’s what Jess Kolko, Healthy Eating Registered Dietitian & Culinary Educator at Whole Foods Market, taught parents as she wrapped-up our speaker sessions with a presentation on processed foods, and why it’s smarter to stick to healthy, whole choices instead.
Throughout the conference, attendees got the chance to win some amazing prize packs courtesy of our sponsors—including a backpack full of Finn Crisp products, baby food makers from Nuk, an iPad mini from Evofem and a vacation to Mexico! (Congrats to all the parents who won.) Then, as attendees checked out on Tuesday afternoon, they walked away with a goody bag filled with great products from our sponsors and more!