Create your very own Mom Tribe at the touch of a button

Mom life is full of constant contradictions. It can feel like a blessing one minute and a curse the next. It’s full of laughs and full of tears. Being a mom can make you your happiest and your bitchiest in the span of a second (we get you, moms of teenagers). It can be insanely challenging while also coming to you more naturally than anything else. As a mom, it’s easy to feel like you have to be there for everyone, but no one is there for you. And even though you’re always surrounded and always needed, mom life can feel super lonely at times. Like, no one understands me, I want to pull my hair out, did someone say wine kind of lonely.

But it doesn’t have to be. We created Mom Tribe App so you never feel alone. A free and easy place to find fellow moms who you can lean on and learn from during your journey.  And we just added a feature that will make it even easier to support each other.

The moment you login to Mom Tribe App, you’ll be able to create your own unique Tribes. These groups make it easy to connect with moms based on a specific location, circumstance, health condition, interest, or unique characteristic.

Your Tribes can be simple and local:

  • Need to coordinate weekly snacks with moms in your kids’ local soccer league?
  • Want to have an ongoing discussion group with moms from your church?
  • Do you want a local Tribe of fellow working moms?  

Or complex, unique, and with moms around the country:

  • Do you have a child with a special need and want support from moms in a similar situation?
  • Are you a new adoptive mom needing some “veteran” advice?
  • Want tips from moms who have gone back to work after several years at home?

No matter the situation, chances are there are other moms out there who are in your shoes, who have the same questions, or who can share valuable tips, advice, and emotional support. And now you can find them at the touch of a button.

Still not sure how it works or why you should create your own Tribe?

Here’s how three of our Mom Tribe Leaders have used the feature:

Heart Moms Tribe

Imee lives in Charleston, SC and is the mom to Ylvie, an adorable 14-month-old girl. Ylvie has a unique heart condition and Imee has struggled to find other moms who truly understand her situation firsthand. She created her own Heart Moms Tribe as a place to find support, encouragement, and advice.

Says Imee, “My motherhood experience is different than others because of Ylvie’s frequent surgeries, procedures, and therapy 4 times a week: Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and early intervention. Having my own unique tribe gives me a place to share my experiences with moms who are going through the same thing. I’m also a single mom, so the app is an easy way for me connect without too much effort like running my own Facebook group.”

Connect with other moms and create your own Tribe by downloading the app here.

Autism Spectrum Tribe

Khira is a Mom Tribe Leader in Savannah, GA. She’s a mother of two kids, ages 9 and 5, and she’s creating an Autism Spectrum Tribe.

Says Khira, “My 9-year-old son has autism and sometimes navigating the waters of a special needs child can be very lonely and very difficult. When you have one special needs child and one neurotypical child, it can sometimes be difficult to find the balance so no one feels left out. We all need a tribe for those days where it's rough.”

Want to build your own Mom Tribe? You can do so for FREE by downloading the app here.

Healthy Moms Tribe

Sarah is mom to Ella, age 9 and Xan, age 6. 13 years ago, Sarah was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; her health stayed relatively stable even during a toxic marriage and separation, but she recently experienced a couple of relapses. Even through it all, she keeps a positive attitude (in her words: “Good times are always right around the bend!”) Talk about a challenge and MOM GOALS -- navigating mom life while also trying to keep herself healthy and strong! That’s why Sarah is creating a Mom Tribe to connect with and support other moms in her shoes.

Says Sarah, “By bonding through a Tribe, no one will ever not have a friend to lean on, or to ask question to, or just bitch like crazy because you want to be yourself. Through our Tribe, we can share ideas on experiences, treatment options, oils, workouts, books, helping children understand MS or other chronic illnesses, new studies, diet, medications, acupuncture, and more.”

Connect with moms like Sarah by creating your Tribe here.


Have an idea for your own Mom Tribe, or want to explore existing Tribes in your area and around the country? Download the free Mom Tribe App in the iTunes App Store today!

8 life-saving ideas for your family’s stay-at-home Spring Break

It’s officially Spring, which means the days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, and temps are warming up. Who could be mad at that? But for parents, springtime also means Spring Break and a full week of keeping the kids in check entertained. Working parents, families on a budget, or moms and dads planning big summer vacations can’t always “spring” for a big Spring Break trip with the kiddos. But with everything else you have going on, how can you be expected to plan a seven day-long staycation?!

We’ve got your back. Check out these eight ideas for a fun stay-at-home Spring Break, and download the free Mom Tribe App to get even more suggestions from moms in your area!

1. Go camping

In your backyard, that is. Pitch a tent and get the kids to pack their own camping backpack with essentials like a flashlight, snacks, and a pillow. Make the “trek” outside, set up your sleeping bags, and spend some time observing the nature that exists in your own yard. Consider having your kids journal or draw the birds, bugs, leaves, and flowers they see on your “hike” to the tent. To stay in the camping spirit, grill up some dinner and make s’mores (if you don’t have a fire pit, we won’t judge you for sneaking inside to use the microwave). After the sun sets, it’s time for some good old-fashioned camping tales! Take turns telling stories of great adventures, or turn storytime into a game by going around a circle and building the tale sentence-by-sentence.

2. Attend a film festival

Can’t tote the kids to Sundance or Cannes? (Even if you could, would you? Let’s be real, here). This Spring, turn your living room into an at-home film festival. Let each family member pick out a flick and spend the morning drawing movie posters to put up around the house. If you want to narrow down the movie choices, consider adding a theme to your festival (animal movies, superhero movies, or films about sports are some good options). Get a few packs of theater candy or make your own healthy versions of movie snacks! We found some great ideas and recipes here (clean pecan caramel chews -- we’ll take five). Make your movie marathon more interactive by breaking between films and letting the kids help prepare snacks, or have them write or draw what they liked best about the movie. Older kids can even write and share their own movie reviews a la Roger Ebert.

3. Go on a scavenger hunt

Turn your everyday activities into something special and exciting. If you’re planning to spend a day at the park or go for neighborhood walks, why not make a game out of it? Create a simple scavenger hunt to keep the kids entertained and enthusiastic about their afternoon outdoors. The hunt could include finding a certain colored flower, giving a high-five to a friend, or counting the number of clouds in the sky. Get neighborhood kids or park playmates and their parents involved -- the more the merrier!

  Photo credit: The Spruce

Photo credit: The Spruce

4. Tour the art museum

Okay, okay...so a quiet art museum might be the last place you want to take the kids. (Plus, fancy museums might involve washing your hair and we’d never ask you to do that). We’re talking about creating your own at-home art museum! Let the kids pick out a couple of craft projects ahead of time and set up stations with crayons, markers, buttons, construction paper, and other artsy supplies. You can even let the kids “paint on the walls” -- tape up large sheets of banner paper or thin canvas fabric (if your kids are particularly messy, a garage wall might be your best bet), and they can create their own large-scale masterpiece. At the end of craft time, have the kids name their finished pieces and hang them around the house as a special art exhibit.

5. Spring cleaning challenge  

If you’re staying at home over Spring Break, might as well put the kids to work, right? We have absolutely no shame in sneaking chores into your staycation itinerary. Turn your spring cleaning into an Olympic-style competition complete with equipment and uniforms. Before the challenge starts, create cleaning caddies for your kids with supplies like safe cleaning products, rubber gloves, and a simple, age-appropriate chore checklist (here’s a great list of chores by age, and one with kid-friendly cleaning tasks). Let them decorate their own cleaning challenge t-shirt to wear during the competition. Set up challenges for different areas of the house and attach points to each completed task (think: tasks like “make your bed” in the bedroom, “put away books” in the living room, and “wipe baseboards” in kitchen). At the end of the day, host an awards ceremony and make sure to reward each kid for their efforts!

6. Document your day

Are your kids giving you hell because “they’ve already been to the zoo/park/museum/beach,” and you’re worried your day trip plans might get squashed? Put a unique spin on the day by letting your kids become photojournalists. Purchase a couple of disposable cameras (yes, they still make those) and let the kids know you’ll turn their photos into a book documenting the day’s adventure. Make sure to give them a few pointers on how to use the camera and consider giving a bit of guidance by making a list of suggested shots they should try to get throughout the day. Drop off the cameras at your local drugstore or send it through one of the many online photo book sites.

7. Open a restaurant

Going out to eat during your staycation can get expensive....plus, it involves wearing “real” clothes and only keeps the kids mildly entertained for a couple of hours. Turn your dinner plans into a day’s worth of activity by letting the kids “open” a restaurant at home. A few days in advance, help them pick a theme and decide on a menu, and perhaps even let them design their own aprons or chef hats (fabric paint and canvas aprons are inexpensive buys at a craft store). The day-of, take an outing to the local farmer’s market and let them assist with choosing produce or bagging groceries. The actual cooking process will likely be a family affair, although there are lots of options for kid-safe cooking utensils so they can help chop veggies or stir ingredients! While the parents prep the meal, have the kids set the table with homemade menus and decorations. Teach them phrases like “bon appetit” and then dig into your family-friendly meal!

  Photo credit: Parents.com

Photo credit: Parents.com

8. Take a tropical vacation

Gotcha! If a Hawaiian vacay isn’t in the cards, bring the tropics to your own home. Set up a family luau complete with leis, grass skirts, and hula dancing. You can even have the kids make DIY leis and skirts with tissue paper, rolls of crepe paper, or fake flowers and string. If the weather is warm enough, set up a “beach” in your backyard with a kiddie pool, beach towels and umbrellas, or a game of beach volleyball. Get the kids involved in preparing tropical snacks like pineapple and ham kebabs. Finish the day by watching a Hawaiian-inspired movie or by drawing pictures of your favorite beach scenes (or both)!

Has your family embarked on a staycation? We’d love to hear your ideas -- what’s kept your kids entertained (and helped you stay sane) during a stay-at-home Spring Break? Do you have suggestions for great local attractions?


Download the Mom Tribe App today and share your thoughts with other moms in your area!

Surviving Mommy Madness: The self-care rituals and routines that help this stay-at-home mom of 3 stay sane

Being a mom can be one of the biggest blessings in our lives. It can also be the biggest test of patience, grace, and overall sanity. We get that. Your house isn’t always clean (far from it), your clothes aren’t wrinkle-free (what is “wrinkle-free” again?), your no-makeup look isn’t done to make a statement, and it’s a miracle if everyone in your household (especially you) manages to eat meals at a reasonable time.

At Mom Tribe, we’re building a free, supportive community where moms can share advice and help each other navigate the ups-and-downs of mom life. This month, we’re talking all things #MarchMommyMadness. Just like basketball March Madness, only we’re the cheerleaders and there are no referees. And while we all love our kids, we want to go a step further than the madness itself. We want to know about the self-care rituals, daily routines, and…let’s be honest…cocktail recipes that help you survive — and maybe even thrive! — amidst the madness of motherhood.

To kick things off, we chatted with Liz Clark, a member of our Mom Tribe in Charlotte, NC. She’s a self-described “stay-at-home-oil-selling-window-painting-artist-hippy mom” with three kids; two boys and a girl, ages 9, 7, and 3.5. As you can imagine, her life is full of Mommy Madness.

Many of you can probably relate to Liz’s take on life as a mom.

“Being a mom can be isolating, maddening and amazing, literally all in 10 seconds. I read an article once-upon-a-time by CK Louis that explained it better than I could, ‘having children simultaneously destroyed and saved my life.’ My children are stubborn, argumentative and shockingly intelligent and they push and pull me almost constantly, to the edge of madness and to help me become a better person.”

Sound familiar? So how does Liz get through the daily rollercoaster ride of mommyhood?

Routines and self-care play a huge role in keeping her family on track and her sanity in check.

“I like a good routine and I think it’s good for kids too. Everyone likes structure, even if it’s subconsciously. I bring my kids to school around 8:00am and by 8:45 I’d like to be having coffee on the couch with a daily reading or mediation.”

In addition to a morning meditation, Liz tries to regularly carve out time for at-home yoga videos she finds on YouTube. It keeps her fit, brings her some zen, and is often turned into a fun Mommy and Me activity with her daughter.

“My youngest and I try not to look like fools or hurt ourselves while we bend and lay down and pretend we are doing yoga.”

She’s diligent about integrating elements of routine and self-care through the end of the day, too.

“I’m crazy strict on bedtime because my mom-grace runs out at 8:00pm sharp, so usually at 8:01pm everyone in the house, including me, is crying.” (Who feels her on this one?!)

That strict bedtime isn’t just for Liz’s kids, though. It’s a way to ensure she has some personal time at the end of each day. As she shared with us, “I need to have at least two hours of non-kid time at night to make me feel like a person other than a mom. I also need at least eight hours of sleep or I am a monster, so I try to be in bed before 11:00 and I usually read myself to sleep.”

Liz also swears by natural and essential oils (note the “stay-at-home-oil-selling-window-painting-artist-hippy mom” bio she shared with us) to maintain her physical and mental health as a mom. In her words, “I’m an oil pusher, which I cannot praise enough for keeping my anger, hormones, digestion, diet, and general attitude in check for the last three years. I’m honestly a better person through and through because of them.”

Um, we’ll take three of whatever you’ll give us, Liz.

So if you’re reading this wondering…well, how does Liz even have time to meditate, do yoga, and read actual books at night? What kind of magical world does she live in?! Don’t worry. She’s full of…let’s call them…“time-saving hacks” that also help her survive the Mommy Madness. Some #MomLife #RealTalk from Liz:

“I don’t shower regularly and rarely wash my hair. I like to say it’s for the benefit of my scalp but it’s rooted in laziness and just not having the time for that. I don’t usually eat until around 1 or 2pm and I cannot do life without coffee.”

Preach.

When it’s all said and done, though, Liz shared the one thing she absolutely can’t live without as a mom: raising kids in a village.

“Nothing beats meeting with friends on a bad day, shoo’ing your kids away, and not feeling judged while you open a bottle of wine even though it’s 3:00 pm. The isolation of being a woman in today’s world can be bad enough and adding kids to the mix (let’s be honest) makes things a lot more lonely. Moms understand the struggle of wanting to put the kids to bed at 5:00pm, the need to just go to Target by yourself, or how your husband refuses to use the laundry basket and puts his clothes on the floor right next to it. Women need each other…and even more so when we are raising kids!”

We couldn’t agree more, and that’s exactly why we’re building Mom Tribe App. Want to be a part of our community of amazing moms? Download the free app today.

You can also join us on Facebook and Instagram as we keep the #MarchMommyMadness conversation going. We’re running a super fun (and hilarious) contest with prizes including Sephora and Chatbooks gift cards. Click here to find out how you can win, and make sure to invite your fellow moms to the Mom Tribe! Here’s a sneak peek of what you’re in for:

Feeling overwhelmed by #MomLife? Finding your Mom Tribe just got easier.

Feeling overwhelmed by #MomLife? Finding your Mom Tribe just got easier.

Has your kid ever wanted to plan a sleepover with friends from school, but then you realize you don’t have any of their parents’ contact info? What are you supposed to do…attend every single PTA meeting in the hopes of collecting all the other moms’ phone numbers? Ain’t nobody got time for that.