One of the things Dr. Hawley likes best about being a Greater Omaha orthodontist is getting to know patients and their families throughout their smile transformation. In doing so, we chat with a lot of moms at our practice, either when they bring their kids to see us or when they’re undergoing treatment themselves. Not only that, many of the Hawley Orthodontics team members are parents too. The point is, we know that when you’re raising little humans, it’s important to have support, guidance and, of course, a bit of fun. Thankfully, there are a number of Omaha mommy bloggers, meetups, and groups (along with one for the dads) to allow you to do just that and we’re sharing some of our favorites.
Omaha Mommy Blogs
- Makingmine – Joanna, mom of two little girls, is seriously creative and Makingmine is full of DIY projects, fun activity ideas, and recipes to help you keep the kids entertained, fed and engaged. She also mixes in fitness, book and product recommendations and stories about her life, children, and family.
- Baby on the Brehm – Ashli Brehm is behind the popular Omaha mommy blog Baby on the Brehm. She has three young, energetic boys and gives an unflinching, authentic take on motherhood, marriage, her battle with and triumph over breast cancer and life. Her posts are honest, funny and inspiring.
- Oh My Omaha! – Kim Reiner bills her blog as a “parent’s guide to Omaha” and she’s a lifesaver for anyone in need of local, kid-friendly activities. It’s not just a compilation of what’s happening either; she goes on a ton of adventures and reports back with her unbiased opinion whether it’s about a class for kids or a Midwest daytrip destination.
- Momaha – Momaha isn’t the work of one mommy blogger, it’s actually an online community for dads, moms, and families created by the Omaha World-Herald. In addition to a comprehensive calendar of events and family-related news, they feature the work of some pretty amazing mom and dad bloggers covering everything from playground reviews to funny posts about the realities of parenting.
- Home with the Boys – Erin Mohring is a stay-at-home mom with three adorable boys. In her own words, Home with the Boys is about “faith, family, food, fitness, and even a little fashion!” She shares her favorite products, for both moms and the kiddos, parenting tips, recipes and more. What makes her blog unique is her knack for storytelling and even her recommendations have a personal twist and are tied back to her family and experiences making for a helpful but really good read.
- Life on Virginia Street – Sarah of Life on Virginia Street doesn’t write about parenting but she is a talented Omaha home décor and lifestyle blogger. She gives readers tours of her gorgeous space as well as DIY projects, entertaining and decorating advice, recipes and more. If you need inspiration for your own home or next family get-together, her blog and stunning Instagram account will be right up your alley.
- Simply Stated Blog – Lia Diamantis, style and beauty blogger extraordinaire, is a mama to two Maltipoos but a mama nonetheless. Sometimes, when you’re juggling kids, activities, work and everything else it’s easy to fall into a style rut. Spend two minutes scrolling through Lia’s Instagram or posts and we guarantee you’ll be overflowing with wardrobe ideas.
Omaha Parent Meetups
- Omaha Dads – This group connects Omaha at-home dads and kids. They have weekly playgroups, a monthly Dad’s Night Out as well as the occasional Family Day. In between, dads and their children can join in activities ranging from trips to museums to meetups at local parks.
- Moms of Tots – Moms of Tots hosts Omaha mommy meetups aimed at allowing moms and their children, ages one through five, to get out and socialize. Most of the meetups are in Bellevue, La Vista and Papillion on weekday mornings and include picnics in the park and storytimes though there are some evening events too.
- Mommy Boss – This newly formed group is designed to offer support, resources, tips, and meetups for working moms in Omaha. They’ve had one event so far aimed at learning web design basics and getting insight into owning a business and building an online presence. Join the group to stay tuned for future meetups.
- Library Storytimes – Okay, so technically this isn’t an Omaha mommy meetup but storytimes at the library are free and an excellent place to meet other parents while bonding with your baby, toddler or school-aged child over stories, songs, and games. The Omaha Public Library branches and Papillion’s Sump Memorial Library have extensive storytime events all year long.
- Start Your Own! – If you can’t find an Omaha mommy meetup that suits your lifestyle or schedule, create your own on com. The site allows you to choose your location, interests and other settings so you can you link up with like-minded moms to hang out with.
Omaha Mommy Groups
- Fit4Mom Omaha South – Fit4Mom is a fitness program and club for moms with both pre-natal and post-natal classes across the country. The Omaha South franchise will be offering classes near Papillion, Bellevue, La Vista and Offutt Air Force Base as well as free weekly playgroups and a monthly Mom’s Night Out event. The branch is gearing up for its grand opening with a free Stroller Strides class on Wednesday, October 4 at the Eagle Ridge Park (2122 Cobblestone Road, Papillion) near the splash pad from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Arrive early to sign-in and be sure to bring your child, a stroller, water and a towel or mat. An indoor location and regular classes will be coming soon.
- MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – MOPS International, which stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, is an inclusive ministry for any mom with a child from birth through kindergarten. There are several local MOPS groups that cater to all mothers in Omaha, whether older, younger, stay-at-home, working or anything in between. You’ll find friendship, inspiration, encouragement and mentoring. At meetings, the grownups listen to guest speakers and engage in activities while the kids are cared for and take part in games and projects.
- MOMS Club of Omaha – NW, NE – This chapter of the international MOMS Club® (Moms Offering Moms Support) allows stay-at-home moms and their children a chance to interact, talk about things that are important to them, play, socialize and do fun service projects. Throughout the month, there are activities and meetings. Check out the club’s Facebook page for a glimpse into what the Omaha mommy group is up to.
- La Leche League of Nebraska – La Leche League of Nebraska has a bunch of meetings for moms in the Omaha area at a variety of times and locations. Expecting moms and mothers of babies and toddlers can get support and advice on nursing and motherhood in general and make friends in the process.
- Online Omaha Mommy Groups – There are numerous websites that host online groups for moms. Join one and post questions, ask for recommendations or see if anyone is interested in a playdate. Some area groups include Omaha Mommies through Babycenter and Omaha Area Moms and Stay at Home Moms in Omaha, Nebraska through Circle of Moms. Some groups are more active than others but it can’t hurt to start a thread!