Our Mommy-to-Be Garden Tea Party!

We recently hosted our Mommy-to-be Garden Tea Party event it was an amazing day! I feel so incredibly blessed to have met so many amazing women who provide support and resources to new moms here in the South Bay area! I was so grateful that so many of them took part in our recent Mommy-to-be Garden Tea Party event. I provided complimentary photos for the expecting mamas who attended and we had a variety of local resources here to provide information and support for new moms! Here are a few favorites from the photos provided for the beautiful pregnant mamas who attended.

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One of my favorite hobbies is cooking, especially hors d’oeuvres and party foods! Back when I was in college and I was studying Fashion Merchandising, there was a culinary program on the other side of the campus. I used to wish that I could enroll in at least a few classes, but my severe egg allergy was too much of an issue to enroll unfortunately. So I watched through the windows during my breaks between classes. :)

I love to provide fresh cooked snacks for my clients (one of the benefits of coming to our studio which is right next to our house…you get to enjoy the benefits of being accessible to my little kitchen!). I spent an inordinate amount of time being pregnant over the 5 years that we were trying to have our own babies, so I know how miserable all of the pregnancy dietary restrictions can be! I tried to get creative and come up with some delicious snacks that would be healthy and suitable for pregnant mamas. For example, when I was pregnant, I was always craving goat cheese, which is not on the list of recommended foods for pregnant women. Instead of goat cheese on some of the crostinis shown below, I made homemade macadamia nut cheese! alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0903-1 alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0905-1 alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0906-1 alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0907-1 alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0908-1 alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0909-1 alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0910-1
Everything I made for the event was vegan (I was a vegetarian until I met my Texan husband lol), with the exception of the one tray of pumpkin molasses marinated steak and butternut squash cubes. :) I’m pretty sure my husband ate almost the entire tray of these lol.alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0911-1
Homemade pita chips are so delicious when they are fresh out of the oven!alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0912-1
My little potting table that we made makes a perfect beverage station when we host events here! I love making a variety of herbal teas and made some naturally sweetened lemon verbena iced tea for the party. Did you know that many herbal teas you find available for purchase contain hibiscus, which is not recommended for pregnant women to consume? I didn’t realize that for a few years and was shocked once I read that! For some reason, most caffeine-free teas that I have found all seem to contain hibiscus, so now I always make herbal tea from scratch for my pregnant guests. Anything fresh from the garden always tastes better anyway, and I only use organic gardening methods! :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0913-1
We were happy to include some amazing women with our event, all local South Bay area resources for new moms! I am so grateful for all of these women for coming to our event and helping make it a wonderful day.

The first vendor featured below is Colleen Berg, who makes amazing personalized keepsake jewelry! From Colleen:

We specialize in celebrating those you love. We capture baby toes and toddler thumbprints. Kindergarten signatures and 1st grade artwork. This is heirloom jewelry immortalizing your loved ones… from babies to parents and grandparents. Www.colleenberg.com
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Next we have Linda Okwor, who is the amazing South Bay leader of Baby Boot Camp!

Baby Boot Camp is a Fitness and nutrition program for moms and future moms (prenatal and postnatal) where moms can bring their little one(s)! Moms get fit and kids have fun. We now offer birth recovery, Diastasis Recti repair workshop and more. 3 South Bay locations. Mon – Sat. 9, 9:30am and evenings. Serving: Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, El Segundo, Playa Del Rey and surrounding areas. Get First Class Free athttp://babybootcamp.com/
Please contact us at 877.319.1133/Linda.Okwor@Babybootcamp.com

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We also had Karen Cuni, from the Torrance division of BreastfeedingUSA!
The mission of Breastfeeding USA is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm.
https://breastfeedingusa.org/

You can find the Torrance group on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/192122121148653/

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The Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force wasn’t able to send a representative for our event, but they were kind enough to send these wonderful brochures for our guests! Their organization provides essential support and resources for new moms. You can find more information on their website at: http://www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org/
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We also had Erin Fisher Pizzorno, representing Doulas of the South Bay! Erin is such a sweet woman and I was so glad she was able to attend and represent her group! Doulas of the South Bay provide prenatal and postpartum support and also have a referral hotline. You can find more information on their website here: http://doulasofthesouthbay.com/alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0918-1
Next we had Julie Young, who is from BabywearingLA – South Bay! Julie is just so amazingly knowledgeable about babywearing (among other things!), and helps organize monthly babywearing meetups where moms can come try out different carriers, get advice on techniques, and more! She even helped me get both of my boys in a double carry after the party was over! I am going to have to post a pic soon on Instagram because I wasn’t even sure I would be able to do it! :) Babywearing has been indespensible for me as a new mom…I highly recommend any new moms check out a babywearing event in your area! BabywearingLA has divisions all over Los Angeles County.

http://www.babywearing.la/
https://www.facebook.com/BabywearingLA
https://www.facebook.com/groups/babywearinglasouthbay/

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Next we had representatives from Happy Baby in El Segundo! Happy Baby is a family welness center and provides lots of classes for new parents. You can find more info on their website here: http://www.happybabyla.com/alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0920-1
Nicole La Cour-Wordlaw (pictured above on the left) works with Happy Baby and is a Postnatal Life Coach, Birth Doula and Sexual Welness Coach! Her business is called Mrs. Dancing Moon:
Being of service to others, I emphasize empowerment and education on women’s rights and voices through dance, birth doula work, womb healing, holistic life and sexual wellness coaching, essential oil support, and spirituality.  I am committed to helping women transform into their fullest and best expression!

www.mrsdancingmoon.com
323-538-3393
info@mrsdancingmoon.com

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Last but certainly not least we also had Yoga with Ana H.! Ana is an amazingly sweet yoga instructor who specializes in prenatal and postpartum yoga here in the South Bay (also working with Happy Baby in El Segundo! She is on the far right in the group photo above). Ana is also currently working on a motherhood magazine and I cannot wait to see it once she has it started! You can find more information on her yoga classes on her website here: http://yogawithanah.com/alicia_in_wonderland_photography__0922-1

Thank you again to everyone who attended our very special event! :)

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