We saw a gap in the market for a quick resource guide for families trying to get out of their house. Olivia started the MWN PDX Instagram page in the summer of 2017 with a 4 & 2 year old. She was living in the city she grew up in but was overwhelmed by the choices of where to go and also hindered by the lack of knowledge about places waiting to be explored. With a desire to be prepared & adventurous, she was having a hard time finding how these 2 could coexist. Fatigued by asking friends when they would post about somewhere or searching through blogs and google, she wanted to start her own database of these spots. We want hikes and libraries to live side by side and be accessible for a quick search before you get the door.
A few years later, Erica & Victoria, 2 moms who relocated to Bend, OR during the pandemic saw a similar need for this type of resource in their new home. Erica had moved from Portland so she was familiar with MWN PDX, so they reached out to start a page in their own city!
Once they saw the momentum and community that grew as a result, they knew there was the potential to grow this concept for all cities to benefit. In May of 2022 'Mom What's Next' was trademarked and the trio did a major re-brand and created the network to bring in more City Managers. Within the first year, they now have representation in 34 cities across 12 states and are looking to be in at least 100+ by the end of 2023. Their goal is to create a community or communities so that even traveling out of your area is less intimidating, because you can pull up the local MWN page for ideas.