He had accepted to come with me to the event but I think that it was only at our arrival when he realized that its name indeed meant the gathering of a specific group of people: moms. Lots of moms. Yes, we were at the 100% MamaEvent in Rotterdam. As we entered the hall, he could see them. Pushing strollers and wandering with their kids from one stand to another. Stands that were held by small labels for kids clothing, accessories, toys, babysitting service…anything that would make a mom’s heart beat faster.
With this first impression, he had to go to a place to pause and digest his decision: the bar. A bearded man wearing a denim vest, glasses and a hat presented his brand, Pinky Rose, and served delicious lemonades made with his handmade organic syrups. I chose the spiced lemon & rose flavour whereas my man went for a more staple option: alcohol. White wine, to be more specific. He then stayed with our baby in the lounge area, while I had a quick look at the Dutch Mom Blog Awards ceremony as well as some of the stands.
The first stand that caught my eye was La Nou Nou, a wedding and event nanny service. I had a nice chat with Eva, founder of La Nou Nou, and thought how great this service is for those who organize a wedding and know that a bunch of children will attend. At the next stand, I had the chance to hear a bit more on the Naif Baby Care products which I had already seen in some kids shops in Amsterdam. I also discovered the new clothing label Lucky No.7 offering kids clothing that is designed for boys only. I also got to see the brand Sproet &Sprout, making cute baby clothes with kick-ass slogans and original packaging (everything comes in a jar!). What these two have in common? A weakness for the colors black and white (you have to admit that you too are sometimes fed up by the colors blue and pink) !
Suddenly, I saw two very familiar people. Having left the lounge area, my man and my baby were posing for a photographer and I understood that someone felt much more comfortable here. However, this did not last long as my man suggested to go for a walk with our baby outside the event, leaving me time to go for another round. I then bumped into the lovely Esther from urbanmoms.nl (who had organized the Dutch Mom Blog Awards and who held a stand with a selection of her favorite products from Rotterdam based store Pomme de jus) and Annika, a real power mom and the owner of my favorite design and urban kids wear online shop Orange Mayonnaise (it’s always great spot for inspiration and to discover new labels).
With all this input and a couple of souvenirs in our bags (some Pinky Rose syrup and a Susan Bijl shopping bag that I had purchased at the Orange Mayonnaise stand), we left Rotterdam and made our way to a Belgian beer bar in Amsterdam. After an afternoon that was 100% mama, it was now time to leave this behind and focus a bit on the papa.