Building Community One Year at a Time. Grand Valley Moms for Moms earns media attention at one year anniversary milestone.



Lindsay Ellis and Grand Valley Moms for Moms celebrated a wildly successful first year on Wednesday and deemed a spotlight on ABC’s KJCT Channel 8 Evening News. In the past local mother, Lindsay Ellis had tried her own hand at blogging about things to do with kids in the Grand Valley, but struggled to reach an audience. One year ago she discovered Moms for Moms Communities™ and learned of the opportunity to run her own social network for mothers. In just 365 days, 579 mothers joined the site, discussed 190 topics on the Forum, and created 34 niche interest Groups.

GrandValleyMomsforMoms.com launched on February 1, 2011 and has been called a “superhighway of local mom information” and become the “go to local community resource for mothers” in the Grand Valley.  

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Flavored Milk in Schools? Bend Moms for Moms members earn media attention for school milk discussion



A recent discussion on Bend Moms for Moms garnered the attention of the local news media and put several moms in the spotlight on an issue that is near and dear to their heart: the prevalence of flavored milk in the Bend La Pine School District. One simple post from a concerned mother encouraging others to write the school board, PTAs and nutrition services should they be interested in joining a fight to switch to all-white milk, led to the most popular discussion on the site in its one-year history. Moms on both sides of the debate joined in on the honest, and sometimes controversial discussion, and several have started a group to actively petition the school board.

“This is what it’s all about,” said Sarah Daily, Bend Moms for Moms owner. “Encouraging open and honest debate about the issues we as mothers care about and are invested in for our children.

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Rifle Moms for Moms recognized in the Citizen Telegram



Every Moms for Moms Communities site that has launched in a local community has caught the eye of the local media. This week, mom owner of Rifle Moms for Moms, Leanne Worton was featured in The Citizen Telegram. Leanne launched the Rifle site in May 2011, and just three short months later her membership has grown to over 100 local mothers! Congratulations to Leanne for all her dedication to her community, and thank you to the Citizen Telegram for recognizing this valuable community resource for mothers.

What separates this site from the other social networks, other than focusing on parenting, is that this site has a hyper local focus on the people within the respective communities. That is the whole point.

“We want to keep it really local so that it feels very safe,” Worton said.

The site: Riflemomsformoms.com, focuses on the towns of Rifle, Silt and New Castle

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Tribute to the Mothers of September 11th



While standing in the checkout line at the grocery store last week, the cover of People Magazine caught my eye. It was the 9/11 tribute to the 10 mothers who were pregnant and lost their husbands in the attacks. I curled up that night in bed, after tucking in my own girls, and read their stories. I wept for the mother who felt so lonely giving birth to her daughter without her husband’s hand to hold, and another mother who had tears streaming down her face while changing her newborn baby’s diaper mourning that her husband wasn’t there with them. I said a silent prayer for them, and felt overwhelming gratitude that my husband is alive with me to raise our family together and that our daughters have the fortune to grow up with their father.

As I watched the 9/11 10th Anniversary coverage this morning, my mind wandered. As mothers, a special silent bond of understanding connects us all.

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