Mexican Domestic Goddess

CWBN Twin Cities 2017 Recap

Jacqui Skemp5 Comments

Like many things in my life this past year, planning this conference was an exercise in trust. We did not have funds to start with, we didn’t even know if the speakers we hoped to have at the conference would want to or be able to join us. We just wanted to make a space where women could gather, be refreshed, and be inspired to keep creating with their hands, their words, and their hearts.

God is faithful. We said Yes without knowing what the end result would be. But, you guys, it was beautiful. I cannot think of one thing that went wrong. Our speakers were amazingly generous when it came to sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and personal blogging journeys. Some people spent hours on the road or on planes to make sure they could get here. Connections were made, online friendships became in-real-life friendships, and reunions took place.

I’ll share more in the weeks to come about my personal experience during the conference, but I want to take some time to thank all of the people who made this possible:

First, my co-hosts Anna and Susanna. Hours and hours of love and work put into this thing. We did it, friends.

Our speakers, Nell, Laura, and especially Haley who flew in from Texas and endured our crappy weather.

Our amazing dinner from Gardens of Salonica that everyone swooned over. If you’re in the Twin Cities, please do yourself a favor and check them out. You can thank me later.

The amazing Katzie Truso came out and took headshots for many of the attendees. I really can't wait to see these. 

Our door prizes were provided by Lily Jade, Nena & Co, Kiki Koyote, Brooklyn Herborium, LulaRoe-Maegan Odicino, Pink Blush, Pink Salt Riot, Magnificat, Hallie Lord, Carrots for Michaelmas, Mothering Spirit, Do Small Things with Love, and Chewslife.

Swag bags were filled with goods from Be A Heart, Hatch Prints, Keep it Light Art, Call Her Happy, Brass & Mint Co., Other Side of the Fence, Mata Traders, Annery’s Handmade, Pink Salt Riot, Chrism Shop, Rakstar Designs, Brooklyn Herborium, and Magnificat.

(Pictured: Magnificat, Be A Heart, Mata Traders, Pink Salt Riot, and Brass & Mint Co.)

(Pictured: Magnificat, Be A Heart, Mata Traders, Pink Salt Riot, and Brass & Mint Co.)

Thanks to all of those who helped spread the word about the conference, who watched babies so moms could attend, and everyone else who made this day possible.

It was a blast. See you all in 2018 ;)

If you attended the conference and wrote about it, please link up below!

(most) photos courtesy of Anna

When Your Soft Body Softens Your Heart

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I posted this a few days ago on Instagram. It really should have been a blog post, but who has time to sit down for that right now? Not this girl. Anyway, I'm just going to copy and paste it below because #lazy. 

Several times in the last couple of weeks I've been congratulated on my new baby, and they aren't talking about the one in my arms. They think I'm pregnant. I get it. I look like I am. I know people have unrealistic expectations about women bouncing back after giving birth. And I know I started off with a few (or a lot of) extra pounds before getting pregnant. I'm not mad, or even really annoyed. I'm serious when I say that this pregnancy/birth has been my easiest in terms of recovery, both physically and mentally. I'm sure some of that has to do with a baby who nurses well, sleeps well, and can actually be put down in a bassinet for naps. But a lot of the ease of recovery has to do with my relationship with my body. A year ago I was determined to 1. Lose weight and 2. Not get pregnant for a good long time πŸ˜‘ I did manage to lose some weight before our little surprise joined us. I know my body is soft, and not where I want it to be. But I'll get there. It will take hard work and time, but it will happen. I'm much more patient and forgiving this time around. Maybe it's because I have a better understanding of what my body can do. It's grown three whole new human beings, and (much to my dismay this last time around- the epi didn't take in time!) I've had unmedicated labors and I've worked, and breathed, and moved these babies out of my body and I've loved and fed them with my body, and damnit, that's the most amazing thing I've ever done. So do I love the pregnant looking tummy? Not really. But I do love this body that lets me love these little babies

Blogs I'm Reading

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Someday I'll get the big ol' blog roll back up and running. When I switched over to Squarespace I didn't make the time to add them all back, but I will! Pinky promise. 

In the mean time, here are four new-to-me blogs that I've been reading. I also really enjoy their Instagram accounts. 

A Gentle Mother- Christina is funny, and beautiful, and she wraps her babies like an amazing mama goddess. You can follow her blog here, and her Instagram account here. Her feed is the perfect mix of babies and baking. 

Musings of a Queen B- That title cracks me up. I'm not sure if it's supposed to, but it does. Bridget is a newlywed with lots of style. Her pretty blog puts mine to shame. You can read her posts here, and follow her here

Hey Katie- I want to be real life friends with Katie. Is that too forward? But seriously, this girl is all class, and amazing hair, and vulnerability. She's blogging here, and Instagramming here. Also, her hair is amazing. Did I mention that already?

My Minnesota Garden- You betcha I was looking up gardening blogs after the warm weather we had this weekend. I know it's going to snow again, but let me have this, ok? Ok. And I've got to be realistic about what can grow this far north, and I appreciate this inspiration. Maria seems to be a pro gardener, and takes beautiful photos of her plants, so win, win, win. You can follow her blog here, and Insta account here

And speaking of blogging, I'm just gonna remind you that if you are a woman who blogs and you are in the midwest or are willing to travel here in late March, registration for our conference closes in less than a month. We set up a website with all the info! So head over there, join the group, register, and get ready for some crazy blogging fun. Okay, maybe not crazy, but it will be fun.