{{RECAP}} 2019 Bloom: An Event for New and Expectant Mothers


Bloom 2019 was a great success!

For the 3rd year in a row, in partnership with City Moms Blog, we held this popular event for new and expectant moms. We worked for months planning this amazing event for our San Diego mamas.

Check each tab for a recap on each aspect of the event. 

If you missed out this year you definitely do not want to miss out next year.

About 100 guests, sponsors, and volunteers gathered at The Point, on Sunday, April 14, 2019 to celebrate local new and expectant mothers. The sea breeze cooled the warm San Diego sun, making it a perfect day for Bloom!

Here is the recap of the event schedule with photos of the event by Linette Gary Photography


 VIP Event check-in: 9:40 AM

VIP Brunch Sponsored by Freshii : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

VIP Maternity Photo shoot*:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM with Iliana Ingram Photography  

VIP Infant/ Baby Lifestyle  Photoshoot* 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM with Adalynn Gray Photography 

VIP Craft with Mother Rockin Oil  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

General Admission Event check-in: 11:00 AM

Product samples and sponsorship tables: 11:00AM

Mimosa Bar sponsored by K and K Reality: 11:00AM

Speakers: 11:15 AM

Light Lunch and Dessert Table: 11:30 AM

*All VIP Maternity shoots received a camera-ready touch up, compliments of Make up artistry by Tracie

All VIP infants received a complimentary onesie  sponsored by Haven Children

Event End: 1:00 PM


Deanne Goodman kept the day light and positive, on her second child, this mama knows how important it is to stay positive and kind.
Deanne Goodman is an award-winning journalist with a background in digital and TV news reporting. 
With so much negativity in the media, her mission is focus on the good and to create content that inspires and changes lives.
Deanne is a media spokesperson who frequently appears on NBC, CBS, ABC, CW, and FOX. Deanne is a sought-after on-camera host for numerous videos and has a show on Only Good TV with her toddler that is about teaching kindness at a young age.   
Deanne is the host of the Highlight Positive Podcast, a motivational speaker, and also the co-founder of Kombucha On Tap. A leading healthy beverage distribution company in Southern California. 

Our Panel of  experts included …..

  1. Jill Durby of Gymboree Music and Play  11:15am-11:35am

In a informative presentation on play and connection, highlighted the benefits of play and building the parent-child bond. Previous versions of Jill include: Preschool Teacher, Marketing Manager, and Psychology Professor.

2. Dr. Chawla of BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry  

      11:40am – 12pm

Dr. Chawla spoke on  preparing your baby’s oral health. He shared tips on how to start good oral hygiene habits, wean your child from a pacifier and the importance of self-care for mom! He is also a member of the medical staff at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.

3. Children’s Primary Medical Group – Dr. Jamie Friedman

12:05pm – 12:25pm

Dr. Jaime Friedman spoke about choosing the right pediatrician for your family. She is the lead physician at the 4S Ranch office for Children’s Primary Care Medical Group and is a member of their board of directors.

 You can find Dr.Friedman online at drjaimefriedman.com and on all social media platforms @DrJaimeFriedman


4. Dr.Bonnie from Align SD

12:30pm- 12:50pm

Align SD Wellness Center is focused on women’s health and spoke about self care during and post pregnancy. Dr. Bonnie is truly passionate about her local community.


VIP Ticket holders enjoyed a complimentary DIY project from Mother Rockin Oils.

The project included making  a Gentle ‘Mama & Baby’ Belly Rub and Massage Oil with beautiful dried flowers.


Photos by:

Linette Gary Photography

 Gold Sponsors Gymboree had a special infant/baby area where baby was encouraged to play and explore. Jill shared tips on how to play and bond with your baby.

Gold Sponsors San Diego Family Magazine‘s humble beginnings and original design as a black and white tabloid-style newspaper, the goal has always been to provide educational articles, resources and information with a focus on family issues. Every article and advertisement is designed to benefit parents and children in some way.


Credo has been paving the way for the clean beauty movement from our inception. They came prepared with different beauty products and information on what they call “The Credo Clean Standard.”

Yumi–  Was a baby favorite, infants sampled s organic, gluten-free and low in sugar blends.

Swag and lots or oral hygiene information from Dr. Chawla of  BRSH + FLSS Pediatric Dentistry


Haven Children came with sponsored infant onsies for our VIP infant photo shoots

Children’s Primary Medical Group  these lovely ladies helped teach our mamas how to pick a pediatrician who is right for your family.


Shared information about their awesome community.

Room 4 kids – Set up a beautiful dresser/ changing table in the nursing area.

Traveling Hands Company– Samantha educated our mamas on the benefits of CBD oil massages and even stayed after hours to make sure everyone got thier massage.

Align SD these down to earth women are passionate about self-care and our local community.

Renee Book Corner

SDMB loves Renee Book Corner, she is passionate about facilitating a love for reading in children. Its never too early to start reading a book.

Pint Size Party- So Cal Soft Play

Pint Size Party by SoCal Soft Play brought equipment  suitable for ages 6mo – 6yo. giving them a chance to enjoy the sea air in a safe play space.

Core Dynamics Physical Therapy and Wellness Inc

Core Dynamics Physical Therapy and Wellness is all about the Mama Wellness Program is a 4-part tailored program including evaluation, therapeutic massage (because we all need a little TLC Postpartum!)

Crystal loves our local community and want to make sure mamas in our local community are taken care of too.

Oloo baby understands that as a new mom we need all the sleep we can get. Check out this amazing pacifier band which attaches to baby’s hand, giving mama a good nights rest.

Make Up By Tracie – provided camera ready touch ups for all our VIP mamas.

photos of the event by Linette Gary Photography

VIP Maternity Shoot with Iliana Ingram Photography (On site)

 Iliana provided a few gowns for the mamas to wear for the shoot.

Check out a few pictures from the Maternity shoot compliments of Iliana Ingram Photography.

VIP Infant Lifestyle Shoot was taken by Adalynn Gray Photography  

Check out a few of the infant shoots below.


About Bri Roberts 

Natural Light Photographer based out of San Diego, California. A mom of two beautiful children. She specializes in Portrait, Family, Couple, Maternity, and Children Photography. Bri loves to capture authentic moments of love, and connections between families. 

Floating around the event capturing the memories will be  Linette Gary.
Hi there! I’m Linette, a lifestyle + portrait photographer, specializing in just about any milestone you can think of. I recently moved to San Diego, after living in Chicago my entire life- and adjusting very nicely :). I am married to my college sweetheart and together we have a 2.5-year-old son and 8-month-old daughter. I began pursuing my dreams as a photographer five years ago but fell in love with it at a very young age. I am not here to just take your pictures, I’m here to create a one of a kind experience while building long-lasting relationships with my clients. I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing community and can’t wait to document your story!

VIP Brunch was sponsored by Freshii San Diego. Their mission is to help citizens of the world live better by making healthy food convenient & affordable.


VIP Menu included:

Yogurt parfait bar
– Fresh fruit tray 
– Smoothie samples
– Assortment of breakfast pockets with eggs


Mimosa and Mock-tails sponsored by K and K Reality 

 The beautiful garden was open for seating and relaxing.

All ticket holders had access to the complimentary dessert table.

The cream puffs made from scratch sponsored by Bite Sized Bakery and Cafe. 


The wonderful flavors of Lalaland Cakes were in mini cupcake form at Bloom.

Born from a love of sweet, beautiful things, Lalaland Cakes located in San Diego is the brainchild of software-engineer-by-day Zhi-Ning who became infatuated with cake art since making her first 4-tier wedding cake in 2014. 

Kaye Simply Bakes is provided beautiful cake pops for the dessert table. Karen not only custom makes deserts for every occasion, but can also help knock out some of your party decor.

Sweet Work of Art sponsored the very popular cheesecake shooters in three different flavors, original, lemon and strawberry! 

Every ticket holder in attendance got 3 raffle tickets to win any of these amazing giveaway items from our giveaway sponsors! VIP ticket holders got a total of 6 raffle tickets.

Little Balance Box (InspiraSpark $70 value )- InspiraSpark believes in designing problem-solving products in a multi-functional way by looking at what a child needs, compared to what industries indicate a child should have! The brains behind this brand is a mom and physical therapist who brings with her a wealth of information to ensure their products are well designed, high quality, and tested above and beyond industry standards.

Hativity (InsiraSpark $30 Value)

MAM gift basket- ($25 value)


Pediped Shoes– $50 Voucher

ErgoPouch– Swaddle sleeper ( $35 each)

Covered Goods – 4-in-one nursing cover ($35 value)

 Stuck on You $40 gift voucher 

b.box– gift basket ($80 value)

Paper and Paste Co– $25 shop gift card

Hair By Toni Kathrynn “mom on the go”  Gift basket ($90 value) – volumnizing shampoo and conditioner (1 liter each), dry shampoo, detangler, wet brush and scrunchies!

Babo Botanicals– Lipgloss and Shampoo/Wash Set ($50 value)

GoSili silicon placemat, bib and coffee tumbler

Gymboree Music and Play  – Gift Basket

Sleep. Play. Love by Sophie Acott – $350 phone consultation and hard copy of Sleep. Play. Love. 

12 pc Kwix Stiks from the Pencil Grip Inc.

Travel Tray USA – 2 ($15 Giveaways)


Song Birds Music is contributing a $125 gift card for classes

Crane USA – ($49.99  value)

Crane’s humidifiers are perfect for newborns since babies are obligate nasal breathers, meaning they breathe solely through their nose for the first 4-6 months. The extra humidity helps them breathe easier so they sleep better- meaning you’ll sleep better too. 

Every ticket holder for this event got a swag bag, there was also various sponsorship tables giving away more swag.

All VIP swag bags will contain a heart charm necklace in Rose Gold ($65 value) from Gorjana, currently located in beautiful  UTC Westfield Mall. 

 My Travel Tray  ($15 value)

Hair by Toni Kathrynn – Samples of  Redken’s’ new frizz dismiss shampoo and conditioner and  styling cream from ‘it’s a 10’

MAM USA 4 oz. anti-colic bottle! ($8 value)

Gymboree Music and Play  – Complimentary One Month Membership ($89 value)


Stuck on You birth announcement pack

Lolleez Organic Throat Soothing Pops for Kids with Organic Honey. Made with natural fruit pectin known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. ($7 Value)

Rituals USA – Ritual of the Dao shower gel

Coast Pediatrics – Branded Lip balm

Mother Rockin Oils – Essential oil sample and Diffuser Sticker 

Best Start Birth Center – pick up a stick of Branded Chapstick in the nursing area!

Triple Paste – Diaper cream samples

Nanobebe– Breast milk storage bag sample

Fit4 Mom


San Diego Moms Blog is excited to partner with Patty’s Linen Rental. They provided the table chargers, wooden chairs, outdoor tables and linens.

Patty’s Linen Rentals is a woman owned and operated small business in National City, helping you celebrate every occasion! They help bring your event to life whether it’s a Baby Shower, Birthday, Sweet 16, Vow Renewal, Wedding, Family Reunion, or any celebration they are here to help with all your party rental needs. 



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here