A catering to mothers that has a big following in Gilbert and surrounding communities has scheduled half-day “Parent Palooza” in downtown Mesa for moms and moms-to-be.

MOMnationAZ is holding the event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at W. Main Street and S. MacDonald in downtown Mesa, calling it “a one-stop shop for all things kids and moms from pre-natal to school years.”

Founded by mom and Realtor Katie Halle Lambert four years ago, the group has grown exponentially over the last four years as she developed a following on her website,, which is loaded with blogs, podcasts, events and other helpful information for new and experienced moms alike.

“This group is for play dates, get-togethers, personal growth, business growth, wants and needs, questions, and a forum for moms to share information,” the website explains.

A reality show called – what else? – “Inside Mom Nation.”

The site also is devoted to helping “momtrepeneurs,” women raising kids and running a business at the same time.

The Mesa event will offer resources for moms and workshops by Cheryl Doebler, a child passenger safety technician at Safe Kids Worldwide; Kami Kerby of Kerby Seminar Group; Katey McPherson, a local internet safety expert; Rea Mayer, a financial expert; Hannah Peterson, a sleep expert at A to Z Sleep Solutions; Sherry Gratz, a Mimi’s Corner AZ early childhood education expert; Liz Drekman of Choose A School AZ; and cooking expert Beth Eastin.

Vendors will have furniture, clothing, toys and educational experiences for babies; birthday parties and other entertainment sources for older kids; and for moms, physicians, spas, physical fitness, hip maternity clothing, financial services, insurance, dentists, nutrition and photographers.


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