HOW WE SERVE MOMS
We make a high-quality, gorgeous print magazine once a year that you won't be able to put down. It'll leave you feeling encouraged, affirmed, inspired, and refreshed. Our stories aim to be inclusive of mothers from around the world with various lifestyles, and we also love to include a messy home or two in every issue. That balance between messy + beautiful? Yeah, we love it.
We offer e-courses designed to give you a practical guide to motherhood that goes beyond the cliche advice of "it's different for everyone..." without becoming the judgmental "You HAVE to do it this way, or else...", which allows us to take you from feeling overwhelmed to empowered to be the mom you want to be.
We offer events in Portland, OR to help you find new mom friends. Online, we offer a curated guide to the best businesses for moms and kids that will become your go-to solutions for everything. We offer a free listing of our favorite mom-blogs that promote the same positive & stylish lifestyle you desire (and have a knack for sharing "real life"-the hard stuff and the good stuff).
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Hi! I'm Mary Boyden- wife to Marten and momma of two little girls (Whimsy- three years old, and Glory-one year old). When I was expecting my first baby, people kept telling me, "Just wait! You'll never sleep again! Kiss your career goodbye! You'll never have time for your passions!" Well- I wasn't willing to accept that my life was now over. Different? Sure! Over? Nope. Creating Momma Bear was my way of fighting back, proving to myself and others that motherhood is more than sleepless nights and sacrifice. I started reaching out to women who I felt exemplified the life I wanted and asked them how they defied the stereotypes of the "overwhelmed and overworked mom" without the chase of perfection. And something beautiful happened- these women were full of grace, so ready to teach me what they knew. So I took my high school journalism training to use (ha!) and put their stories in a magazine layout. Fast forward two years later, and we were funded by Kickstarter for Issue One. You don't have to be perfect to be a great mom, or to enjoy motherhood. But you do need to have hope. Momma Bear is here to remind you of that hope, even on the hardest of days.
ANNUAL PRINT MAGAZINE FOR MOMS
More like a coffee table book than a traditional glossy floppy magazine, our stories reflect our belief in grace over guilt and community over competition. Each Issue has one hundered and forty pages of quality content that's meant to be read slowly all year long. Paired with a glass of wine or cup of hot (okay, probably cold) coffee when you finally get a moment to yourself, this is one magazine that will have you feeling encouraged, not envious, jealous or defeated. You'll read this feeling like you're listening to a friend share her life with you. You'll be relieved to see a "Pinterest-Perfect" home that has messy floors, just like you. You'll be thinking, "Yes! Finally! I've been thinking about this stuff forever! I'm not alone!" We'll remind you that you don't have to be a perfect mom to be a happy mom, and that you are good enough just the way you are. No, scratch that, you are perfect, just the way you are.
COURSES FOR MOMS WHO ARE READY TO DESIGN THEIR OWN UNIQUE MOTHERHOOD EXPERIENCE (GUILT-FREE)
They say there's no manual to motherhood. So why not make your own?
would you be vulnerable and bold with us for a sec?
What's the biggest thing you're struggling with right now in motherhood? We totally believe that there is more to motherhood than struggle, but we love hearing what you are struggling with so we can find out how to help. Seriously- just hit submit below. We might not be able to respond to every e-mail, but we love hearing from you and your input will shape the way we make our products to better serve your life.
Thankful for you. Just wanted to remind you that you are awesome. Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, work away from home or stay at home, whether you gave birth in a tub or at a hospital, whether you adopted or have an angel baby, single or married, teen or "older momma"... I could go on and on about all the various lifestyles, beliefs and dreams you might have, but the point is that we support you and don't judge you for a thing. You know what's best for your family. You know what's best for you. You can trust yourself. You can love yourself. Never for a moment forget just how wonderful you are, and how loved you are. Motherhood is an amazing journey, what a wonderful experience! I'm sure you wouldn't trade it for the world, and that you're proud to be a mom. So yeah- we are so thankful for you. Thank you for taking the time to check us out. -Mary Boyden, Editor
As a recap, here are all the ways you can get involved with MB: