The Woodlands Mom Expo & Houston Mom Expo 2014

A TRADE SHOW FOR MOMS, KIDS AND HOUSTON FAMILY ACTIVITIES

 

by Bernadette Verzosa

Editor's Note:  ParentsPost.com is a Media Sponsor of the Houston Mom Expo 2014.

 

      It all started in Spring. Lori Carrese gave birth to her first child and sensed a need in her neighborhood. She met many new moms wanting to connect. She promptly organized a playgroup called Spring Moms and Babes.
     "I watched the message board and saw that moms really bonded with other moms like them who shared similar experiences and they also craved information," she says. 

   Observing the daily exchange of questions and answers with a professional background in advertising and marketing, Carrese sensed a larger need in the Houston area. She then swiftly coordinated The Woodlands Mom Expo.
     "I created this event purely out of passion. The Mom Expo is unique because it's a trade show for moms," she says. "I wanted to put together a showcase of businesses in those core categories that moms were wanting to be educated on such as health and wellness, education and child development. So that moms can have the opportunity to truly engage with all of our exhibitors, we feature several play zones and craft stations for the kids to keep children entertained, while moms may enjoy moments to connect."

 

 GROWTH AND NEW FEATURES

     The Mom Expo was successful from the start. About 1,800 people attended the first Mom Expo in The Woodlands in 2011. In 2012, the event drew a crowd of more than 2,500. In 2013, about 3,500 attended The Woodlands Mom Expo at the Legends Sports Complex. It became so popular, Caresse created an additional event - the Houston Mom Expo at the Berry Center in Cypress.
 
  The Woodlands Mom EXPO will be at Legend Sports Complex on January 24 and January 25.
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    The Houston Mom EXPO will be at the Berry Center on April 11 and April 12.  
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     "A new feature is our Work-At-Home Mom Forum where you can meet local mompreneurs who will share their story on starting businesses and working from home," says Carrese. "Our panel is designed to motivate moms during this process of considering becoming a mompreneur, and hopefully even find inspiration or a mentor in the process." 
   Another Mom Expo feature is the Balancing Mom Conference. A panel of experts offer advice on health, relationships and parenting.  

  

THE FUTURE FOR MOM EXPO AND ITS CREATOR 

       Expansion plans include Mom Expo trade shows in Las Vegas and Los Angeles over the next two years.

      Carrese says she is fueled by the feedback from families. "The satisfaction is intense. Knowing you're helping moms gain valuable information that fit in to their family needs is a great feeling of accomplishment," she says. "I, too, am a mom with young children, and I know how I feel in raising my daughters when I sometimes feel lost, or that I'm doing it wrong, or shouldn't this be easier?  I think moms have doubt in their abilities when they're first starting out, and what we need is to be reassured that we are not alone, and that there are solutions to our challenges, and there are growing pains in every woman's journey of motherhood."  

     Mom Expo's ambitious objectives reflect Carrese's determination. She cultivated the trade show's growth while going through a difficult divorce, often depending on the community of mom friends she had helped empower. She's now a single mom with two daughters: 4-year-old Gianna and 2-year old Amanda. "I would do anything for my kids, that pushes me the hardest. I'm working for security for my family. I'm a doer, I execute," says Carrese.

     As further evidence of her resolve, during her year of transition, Carrese also managed to publish her first book. Famous Moms Change Diapers, Too! A collection of Quotes… was released in 2012.

     
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