Last Sunday I had the pleasure of being part of Bump Club and Beyond's monthly brunch that highlighted secrets of being a new mom in Chicago. I sat on a panel of bloggers that also featured 2 Moms Media duo Caitlin Giles from Wee Windy City and Sara Fisher from Self-Made Mom, as well as Samantha Lande from Eater. The panel was centered around sharing our favorite city secrets that moms should know. I was so thrilled to be sitting among a group of amazing (and accomplished) moms who had awesome things to share. Since I'm obsessed with building new relationships with moms in my neighborhood, I shared my favorite apps that have helped me meet new moms and find new things to do in my area. If you're looking for new ways to converse with mom friends, meet new people or are looking for new things to do, check out some of my favorite apps and sites.
Meetup: This app is great when finding people who have the same interests as you. The more groups you join - the more events you and your little one can attend such as free mommy and me yoga classes, free days at the museum, infant massage workshops, playdates and more. A few of the great groups I would suggest for moms in Chicago are:
- Chicago Moms Network
- Working Mom Chicago
- Lakeview East Moms
Every Block: This app/site is fantastic when it comes to finding out everything and anything that's going on in your neighborhood. Learn about open houses at daycares, things to do in your neighborhood (like art walks), new restaurants, properties for sale and "talk" to others in your community to find out the best secrets.
Facebook: Create a private "group" on Facebook with mom friends and use it as a forum to post questions about things going on this weekend, schedule playdates or simply ask for mom advice. A friend of mine created this group for all her mom friends and it's genius. It's the perfect way to only communicate with all those mom friends you meet!
Pinterest: There is so much to do and see in the city, but sometimes we forget what those things are when the time comes to find something to do. Use Pinterest as a way to bookmark all of the great things to do in the city so you never forget to try them all with your little ones. Check out my "Things to do" board here.
Instagram: When your calendar is filled with all these great activities for you and your kids to enjoy you definitely want to document every second. Use Instagram as a way to take fun pictures then go to Printstagram or Mixbook to create memorabilias like flip books, calendars, picture books and more by syncing your Instagram account with either of the services.
Yelp: The Yelp app is amazing when you're trying to find something to do or eat within a few miles of where you are. If you're in a neighborhood that you're not familiar with, this will share some of the best places to check out. Also use the "search" function on the Yelp site when finding specific things - there are TONS of lists that users create that highlight the best of the best in the city such as indoor playrooms, restaurants to take kids and much more!