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Club MomMe’s Birth Story

Club MomMe was born in early 2012.  Founded by Rachel Pitzel and Lane Gulotta, Club MomMe was carefully designed to be the place where expectant moms can do to turn “me” into MomMe, while still of course retaining some of that “me.”

Rachel and Lane met while volunteering in the Junior League of Chicago.  One evening, they were at a committee meeting, and it turned out that half of the members were pregnant and due around the same time. 

Throughout their pregnancies, they became close while doing prenatal yoga, shopping for baby gear, planning their nurseries,, and sending long emails comparing pampers versus huggies and other pertinent mommy-to-be debates.

After having their little ones within four days of each other, they wanted to share the incredible experience they had with their other new mom friends, and the idea for Club MomMe was born…a supportive, FUN, educational community with events, lots of our favorite products, healthy food and more. 

 

Welcome to the Club!

Rachel Pitzel - Los Angeles Founding MomMe

Rachel moved back to her native Los Angeles shortly after her son was born to be closer to her family, and this served as the impetus for her to start building Club MomMe in Los Angeles.  While she loves LA, she knows it can be a hard place to meet people and make friends.

Club MomMe LA hosted it’s first event in February 2012, and it has been growing ever since.

Rachel is the mom of almost three-year old Grayson and baby Harper. She is slowly transitioning to life with two kids, though really, Club MomMe is her third baby!

 A “reformed attorney,” Rachel fulfills her love of researching by spending hours online learning about the latest gear, and of course playing with lots of products in person.  In her spare time (which no longer exists, but theoretically) she loves to cook healthy meals, do pilates, drink cold-pressed juices (she always finds time for that) and grab lattes at Peet’s Coffee.  She also loves to read her weekly gossip magazines, watch reality (if it is on Bravo, it is on her DVR) and volunteer with Baby Buggy.

Lane Gulotta - Retired Founding MomMe

Lane Gulotta has retired from Club MomMe.  She will join us for some occasional posts about recipes or crafts, but for now, she is busy in the Lone-star state with her expanding family!

Aubrye Foote - Orange County Founding MomMe

A definite Southern CA girl, Aubrye grew up in Upland and moved to Newport Beach 13 years ago. She and her husband Bill lived in Las Vegas for a few years before settling back into Newport. They have a beautiful little girl who is definitely the light of their life … along with their two french bulldogs.

Aubrye spent 15 years in the financial world of investor relations and after having her daughter decided that a close community with other moms, not to mention checking out all the hot products, was so much more fun! So she’s “transitioning” out of her previous world and diving head first into Club MomMe.  She is also the owner of Baby Boot Camp Huntington Beach & Newport Beach. When she has spare time, she loves cooking, traveling with her family, enjoying a glass of wine and of course Disneyland! She’s excited to build a close community with moms and moms-to-be in Orange County.

Allya Orlov - LA Valley Founding MomMe 

Originally born in Russia, Allya moved to Los Angeles when she was just 5 years old. Seeing as she was so young, she considers herself a true Valley girl! She met her main squeeze 9 years ago and had a scrumptious little girl, Victoria, a year ago. She is also the owner of Organic Life Wellness, a Health Coaching practice in Studio City. She loves cooking, yoga, and hiking. After the baby is asleep and all work is done, she enjoys the occasional glass of wine and indulges in her pinterest addiction.