For more than 7 years The Mom’s Guide to San Diego has connected local families with the businesses that serve their needs and the events that make their days even more fun. Jennifer Humora & Chelsea Maxson are the moms behind the guide who love sharing what they know with thousands of families each month.
We are part yellow pages with our huge directory of family-focused businesses, part planning resource with our monthly calendar of events and kids eat free restaurant directory. And, perhaps most importantly, we are part support group with an active group of moms who love to visit local businesses, check out helpful products and attend San Diego’s awesome events.
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The Word of Moms
Who knows what to do with kids in San Diego better than San Diego moms? On this site, partners Jennifer Humora and Chelsea Maxson share their favorite family-friendly restaurants, birthday party spots, annual events and more.
Together with our contributors, we use A LOT of the family-friendly businesses in town. So many of the classes we’ve taken, the businesses we love, the places we go, the kid parties we’ve thrown and attended have been wonderful and worthy of sharing. There’s probably no greater influence than the “word of mom,” right?
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Since she was old enough to carry around a plastic doll, Chelsea’s ultimate life plan and dream was to be a mom. She’s been babysitting since the ripe age of 8, and jumped at any opportunity there ever was to hold a baby. She grew up in Hawaii, and in high school, volunteered at a children’s rehab center and worked at a daycare. While getting her Business degree in Marketing, she offered her time at a local crisis nursery for infants and toddlers. It was also during her college years that she met her now-husband, Andrew, and they’ve been happily in love for over 10 years. After climbing the corporate ladder in the hotel industry for a few years working events, Chelsea & Andrew decided to try for their first baby. Oh how their smiles grew as those two little pink lines slowly appeared on that stick!
At just 12 weeks into her pregnancy, Chelsea couldn’t get her hands on enough information about the fetus growing inside of her, and the upcoming adventure into parenthood. She found herself wishing she had friends to share in this journey and excitement, which is when she started Moms of 2014 San Diego Babies on Meetup.com. She thought “even if I can get 10 people to sign up, I’m bound to like one or two of them and will maybe make some new friends!” To date, Chelsea has one happy, healthy baby boy, and 1,244 members in her meetup group (and growing daily!). It turns out there were others in the same boat looking for similar relationships! Moms of 2014 San Diego Babies has hosted almost 1,000 get-togethers in the past year and a half. They do everything from park play dates, to baby food making classes, to library storytimes, happy hours, picnics, swim lessons, hikes, and pretty much anything else you can think of!
When Chelsea and Jennifer crossed paths at a play date, they immediately recognized the need for a partnership. Together, they will use their connections, marketing and event backgrounds and resources to bring the moms of San Diego the support they are looking for. With the collaboration of The Moms Guide to San Diego, Chelsea is presented with the opportunity to fulfill her desire in sharing the joys of motherhood at a level she has only ever dreamed of.
I’m a wife and work-from-home mom of two elementary kids. I love running the school sock hop each year, sitting on the board of the Scripps Parent Connection and managing the day-to-day operations of momsguidetosandiego.com. Most recently I have taken on the role of Community Manger for Close5, a division of eBay.
One thing that I’ve learned through these years as a mom with career ambition is that it is OK to take things slowly. For me it made sense to turn down work in order to keep the pace of my home peaceful and as stress free as possible. I filled my free time by volunteering and blogging, and it all worked out just fine. I say this for sake of the moms I know who wonder if staying at home is the right decision for their family.
Those years with little ones always under foot truly did fly by (as they said it would!).
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Hi. My name is Sarah Nguyen. I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and moved to San Diego in 2003. There were many cities and towns in between, but Carlsbad, California, is where I now call home. And I absolutely love it here.
I met my husband, Dangkhoa, in 2004 and we married in 2010. We brought home the greatest honeymoon souvenir of all time, our daughter Emma, who arrived in 2011. September of 2012, baby Noah joined us to create what we lovingly refer to as our Nguyen family four-pack. My husband and babies are the most amazing gifts of my life.
I like to write, take pictures, make people laugh, explore our city and try to soak in each day I am able to spend with my family. My husband is a fireman, which brings its own perks and challenges, but one of the greatest joys is having a non-traditional schedule that allows us a lot of time together.
I hope that what I share here will be helpful, fun, creative, inspiring, realistic and bring a smile to your face. You can also find me at www.lifeloveandlemons.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/LifeLoveandLemons.
Thanks for being here. — Sarah
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