Published in the November 2016 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.
Amy Lundy is a Tampa mom of 2 who launched The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) 5 years ago in 2012. It is now held in 5 cities throughout the country (with plans to grow even more next year!) and gathers top-notch pregnancy, baby and toddler brands, and experts all in one place. Why? To give you the opportunity to learn about the latest products, services and trends for your growing family, whether you are planning to become pregnant, pregnant or have a newborn through preschooler.
This year’s event is being held at Glazer Children’s Museum on Thursday, November 10 from 5:30pm-9:00pm and is being presented by Florida Hospital and features Parent Hacks’ author Asha Dornfest who also happens to run the fabulous blog, parenthacks.com! We recently spoke with Lundy to get the details on this year’s event so you know exactly what to expect.
Can I bring my husband?
Amy: Absolutely! MOABS is the perfect opportunity to have a date night. We have lots of useful info for dads too. It’s also a really fun girls’ night out. Moms and moms-to-be bring friends, significant others, grandparents, or come on their own to take it all on! We invite everyone to be educated and celebrated!!!
How much will it cost for me to attend?
Amy: MOABS only costs $15 for general admission ($25 for couples) or $60 for VIP admission ($70 for couples). VIPs enter early at 5:30pm, get a Baby K’tan diaper bag, a 3-month membership to Glazer Children’s Museum and an amazing swag bag (valued at over $300). You can’t go wrong with either ticket as they all include access to the Try It Before You Buy It Area, educational sessions, tasty treats from amazing local eateries and national brands like PDQ, Bonefish Grill and La Croix, mini spa treatments and of course he giveaways! A portion of ticket sales will benefit Glazer Children’s Museum. For ticket information, visit http://themotherofallbabyshowers.com/Tampa/details/ We’re giving TBPM readers 20% off with code TBPM.
Tell me about the giveaways!
Amy: Oh yes, that’s one of the best parts! Everyone who attends at least one educational session is entered to win. Examples include Britax strollers, Diono and Chicco car seats, Dutailier gliders for your nursery, Ubbi diaper pails, retailer gift cards, spa and restaurant gift certificates, and so much more. With over $20,000 in giveaways, there is something for everyone, whether you’re planning to get pregnant, are currently pregnant, or have a newborn through preschooler.
Which products are you most excited to try out this year?
AMY: Dutailier has amazing gliders that are comfortable and functional; Diono, Chicco and Britax are my go-to safest options for car seats and strollers and accessories for parents on-the-go; Mother Nurture is a new brand featuring enhanced waters and chocolate truffles for breastfeeding moms and pregnant women; Born Foody is going to really stand out because the food is both healthy and delicious and kids and adults really love it; and Re-Play’s adorable plates, bowls, utensils, and cups are made out of recycled HDPE plastic – basically that means milk jugs! We have so many awesome products this year, plus very valuable service providers for everything from healthcare to childcare to financial services and more. Staples like Florida Hospital and Pediatric Health Care Alliance are so important to our event because they can answer the difficult questions for attendees about such current topics as vaccinations, Zika virus, and food allergies, for instance.
I see that Asha Dornfest of parenthacks.com is your featured speaker. Which of her hacks do you love most?
AMY: Asha is a lovely person and mom of two. She was literally one of the first ever mom bloggers! Her hacks are practical and all about making parenting easier. Asha will be demoing many fantastic hacks at our event. I especially like these hacks:
- Expand the waistband of your pre-pregnancy jeans with a ponytail holder.
- Make baby leg warmers out of the arms of outgrown sweaters or socks.
- Replace shoelaces with elastic to turn lace-up shoes into slip-ons.
- Clean up glitter with play dough.
- Use glow sticks as travel night lights.
- Use nail clippers to open toy packaging.
- Use sticky notes to cover toilet autoflush sensors
These hacks really work!