Let’s be real: as rewarding and fulfilling as becoming a mother is, there is little time left for any of us to let loose, relax, and recharge! Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom or working mom, it can be tough! Do you long for the days when you could pursue hobbies and interests? Or, perhaps on a smaller scale, simply drink a cocktail or eat a meal in peace with like-minded empathetic women?
AFC and your mom-hive is here for you with monthly group outings that span more than just play dates or kid friendly gatherings! As a first time mom in Alameda, I was eager to make local friends who I could meet up with outside of working hours that truly understood this new phase of my life. This desire prompted me to serve as a Moms’ Night Out (MNO) Organizer for the past year with my right-hand friend and planning extraordinaire Amber Prewitt! It was important for us to not only create fun monthly activities that appeal to a variety of our members, but also instill a warm and welcoming space where we can all take off our mom hats for a bit and focus on our identities outside of that all-consuming title.
In the past we have done bar trivia, paint night, karaoke, private salon rental for mani/pedis, bingo, AFC MNO only boot camp and dinner/drinks/movies to name a few! Going forward, we are inviting all of our lady members to take an active role in planning these monthly outings to keep the momentum, interest, and assortment of outings high! Future activities include a pajama day, escape room, comedy club, and beer/nachos sampling...all planned for 2018!
In honor of the holidays this month, we will be having our Second Annual White Elephant/Ugly Christmas Sweater event! RSVP and access details through our AFC website here. We look forward to seeing old and new faces alike, and creating more fabulous memories with you all in the new year to come!
Leah Bigonger is a working mom who, in addition to helping organize AFC Moms’ Night out events, is raising her spectacular toddler son!