Ever wonder where the magic comes from here at Motherly? ✨

Our remote team of 15 (and growing!) hails from all over the country—with #TeamMotherly members from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between. Motherly has editorial + tech hubs in San Francisco and New York, but most on our team actually work from home! We are all working parents—many of us rocking flex schedules—all working to inspire our audience of Millennial moms.

So we don’t just write stories, create graphics and edit videos about the beauty and challenge of motherhood—we live it.

But after more than a year of working together, most of us had never actually met in person! So this past weekend, we all drove, trained or flew to the NYC-suburbs to gather at a beautiful rental home, hang out together and celebrate our incredibly hard-working team. ?

We had a fabulous time: making plans for the future of Motherly, squeezing each other’s cute babies, and enjoying delicious meals together.

We toasted our team (thanks, Bright Cellars!), got our blowout on (thanks DryBar!) and enjoyed clothing + beauty products from some of our favorite brands (here’s looking at you treStiQue, Rosie Pope, Boob Design + Ingrid & Isabel.) Our little ones even got in on the action, with our playroom sponsored by Bright Starts.

It was an amazing weekend, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Here’s how it all went down, with a huge thanks to our sponsors! ?

The hair + makeup

Not only did we get to shower in peace this weekend, (thanks husbands + babysitters!), but after Saturday morning meetings, our team was treated to blowouts at DryBar. Look at those waves! ?

Motherly Stories editor Colleen Temple

Motherly’s brand editor Justine LoMonaco

Touch ups

The only thing that works as hard as our mamas is this AWESOME makeup line from Trestique, which boasts of 2-in-1 beauty products with built-in tools and magnetic sealing caps—meaning that the brushes + blenders are actually built into their products. The highlighters and concealers (not to mention the elegance + weight of the products) helped us feel so glam. Get your own set here.

Once we had our hair + makeup all in place, we popped open a few tasty bottles of wine from Bright Cellars.

The toasts?

Do you know Bright Cellars? They are a wine club that matches you with great wine based on your personalized taste profile—and delivers delicious bottles straight to your door. Plus, Bright Cellars is extending the offer to Motherly readers with 50% off your order with coupon code M50. ? Like they say in Moana (sorry, we can’t get it out of our heads), You’re Welcome.

The styles

All the pregnant mamas (and we have quite a few!) got to pick our their favorite styles from our fashion sponsors. They had some stunning styles to chose from!

Motherly’s photography editor Juli Williams modeling Ingrid & Isabel’s midi off-the-shoulder dress ? and hard at work taking team headshots. ?

Motherly Stories editor Colleen Temple rocking Boob Design’s dress.

Motherly’s News Editor Emily Glover looking like a pregnant goddess in Rosie Pope Maternity’s Hampton Tunic in Sweet Mint.

Everyone wanted to take home this popover dress from Rosie Pope Maternity—shown by Distribution Partnerships Manager Ashley Wasilenko—which can be worn during pregnancy and postpartum with an adjustable top for nursing access.

The playroom

Our kids adored the Bright Starts-sponsored playroom, especially the magical glowing unicorn toy (super popular) and Enchanted Elephant play mat. Bonus points for a quiet place for the sitter to watch kids while the mamas worked! ?

The swag

We took home team mugs, notebooks, lots of goodies and a renewed commitment to grow Motherly to be the most inspiring digital community for our generation of moms. We’ve got this! ?