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Swell Mamas

Find your village. Encourage each other and always leave your village open to another.

"One of my best friends sent an email to a group of women in their late 20s asking if anyone wanted to start a cooking club. I said yes and so did four other women who I count as part of my motherhood village.

Coincidentally, I founded Swell Forever the same year. Enjoy our stories, unique perspectives on just about everything from food, traditions, faith, family and of course, motherhood. These women have seen me grow as a mother and a business owner and I am thrilled to share part of my "village" with you."

Brooke Henze, Founder
Swell Smoothies: Pre-Made for Toddlers

Swell Smoothies: Pre-Made for Toddlers

You're a busy mom, so we will keep this simple. Got a picky baby or toddler that doesn't eat? Sensory issues can also lend themselves to food and texture avoidance. Making a large batch of smoothies in advance and freezing them...

Crock Pot Favorites from the Swell Mamas

Crock Pot Favorites from the Swell Mamas

  If there is one Swell Mama that has dinner ready at night, Holly is definitely at the top of the list. No real introduction needed for this post! Enjoy her favorite crock pot recipe and a few others from the Swell Mamas!   ...

Starting a Cooking Club: The Planner's Story

Starting a Cooking Club: The Planner's Story

The summer of 2013 I read Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. The book was recommended by my church as part of their summer book club series and piqued my interest as it was a “collection of essays about family, friendships and ...

Tea Party for Three: Tulle + Toddlers

Tea Party for Three: Tulle + Toddlers

  The older I get, the more I like to create. However, the older I get, the more responsibilities I have. Fabulous, beautiful, rewarding responsibilities, but alas, responsibilities. I have found that hosting a party is my out...

Swell Mamas: Hello There!

Swell Mamas: Hello There!

This was an accident. Truly. The path to this little space for other mamas started when I was pregnant with Isla in October 2013. My best friend from college, Michelle, asked me what I thought about starting a cooking club. I...

A Puppy Pawty

A Puppy Pawty

Swell Parties: It was a PAWTY: Turning Two! We don't own a puppy or a dog or any living pet for that matter, but it became very obvious that my little girl LOVED her some doggies as it was one of her first five words and still ...

A Little Valentine Play Date

A Little Valentine Play Date

Swell Parties: Toddler Girl Valentine Fun It is so easy to get caught up in the busy pace of life, especially when you run a business from home and have a toddler running around taking apart everything you try to put back in p...

Make Cloth Mainstream Challenge

Make Cloth Mainstream Challenge

Isla with her new easy to install and mobile, QD Spray Diaper Sprayer! We're In! Come Join Us! Before you jump on the "Are you serious? That is a lot of work band wagon," I invite you to check out the Make Cloth Mainstream Chal...

For Isla: A Letter

For Isla: A Letter

Life Musings A Swell Mama's Birthday Wish For my daughter's first birthday I wanted to write a little sweet something for her. First birthdays are a truly unique milestone, but alas a milestone in which they have no real clue...

Swell Parties: Simple First Birthday

Swell Parties: Simple First Birthday

Swell Parties A Simple Playgroup First Birthday Time seems to escape me these days but I love a good gathering. I am not overly into the details. I am not into impractical parties and stressing over the little stuff. I will l...

Motherhood is Complex

Motherhood is Complex

"Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind." This Mother's Day will be my first with a baby in my arms. May 2010 could have been my first, but it did not turn out that way. M...

Introducing Swell Forever

Introducing Swell Forever

Swell Forever is a happy ever after. It is something extraordinary one desires for another human being.  The wish of a Swell Forever™ comes from deep within and expresses what is not always easy to say in person, in audible wor...