MOMnation…Not your Average Mommy Group

MOMnation isn’t just a Mom’s group.  It’s a community that learns from each other.  We’ve been learning a lot lately.  Here’s what we’ve been up to!

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14 Moms toured Eastmark model homes discussing the latest design trends and how to  recreate designer looks on a budget.  Our Moms had so many ideas at the end of the tour!!  One attendee had this to say “…Talked to the hubby after we left and he was on board with doing some simple DIY upgrades I saw in the beautiful homes. My favorite had to be the accented ceilings and air stone wall, so pretty. Thanks for organizing a fun day Jill, Jen & Katie.”  Organized by Jen Duncan, The “New Build” Girl, Katie Lambert and Jill Dench with Team Evolution Real Estate 🙂

Our very own Organization Guru, Katy Krupnick with The Tidy Cottage, completely reorganized an entire pantry in less than two hours while several Moms watched in awe (while sipping wine and eating delicious gluten-free brownies).  Attendees went home with many tips and tricks on organizing their own homes…and a new obsession with gluten-free brownies.  Thanks to Annette Johnson for hosting our awesome Moms!!

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In January, Movies on Main and MOMnation welcomed representatives from our charity of the month NCCC-National Cervical Cancer Coalition.   Disney’s Frozen played and Princess Elsa and Princess Anna, with AZ Enchanted Events, were there too hosting activities and taking photos with the kids and MacPea Photography.

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74 Moms met “speed date” style at Boulders on Southern last Saturday and had two minutes to connect with each other before moving on to the next.  Friendships were made and fun was had!  Thanks so much to Ted for the great experience at Boulders on Southern!

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Shondi Zwaschka was the perfect hostess for  our “GYST” class featuring: Money!  After only one hour our Moms walked away with a better understanding of basics on budgeting, saving on insurances, how much debt really costs and how to get rid of it, and how to start big E-funds for life’s curve balls.  Priceless!  (ha ha…get it?)

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MOMnation Day is every third Thursday at the Chandlers Farmers Market and Erika Lenz with Team Evolution Real Estate and #DogstoDoorknobs joined Katie Lambert (pictured) in January with some cute pups to adopt.  Special thank you to Angels for Paws Animal Rescue.  Please contact Erika if you are thinking of adopting a pup.  There are so many sweet friends that need great homes!

 

Our FAVE East Valley Neighborhoods

We’re sure there are other neighborhoods that’ll do but our Mom’s are head over heels for this line-up currently.

The top pick of the East Valley is Adora Trails.  Several of our members have shared that there are many little kids and it’s a very family friendly area.  The pool is nice with a kiddie section and beach entry.  There’s a splash pad and toddler friendly parks.  The community organizes Easter egg hunts, weekly food trucks, movie nights, play dates for the toddlers and morning stroller walks.   There is even Sunday morning football.  The fun walking paths, parks and green grassy areas are gorgeous. Most of the neighbors get in the holiday spirit and there are Halloween and Christmas decoration contests. The community has a gym as well as a beautiful club house and a lake for fishing.

Eastmark was a close second!!  Our Moms LOVE the plans for this awesome “city within a city”.  There is a school being built along with a Diner and the retail area and grocery store is right there too.  Eastmark has a great community feel with a splash pad and lots of parks.  The community building with the indoor play center, study center and work center is unbelievable.  It’s a great place to hang out with the neighbors or get a little work done while the kids play in the game room.  The homes are beautiful and there is a wide selection!

Dobson Ranch was recommended for the awesome parks, walking/bike trails and lakes. The community plans tons of very popular family friendly activities and  amenities for reasonable HOA fees.  Can’t beat the location!!  Dobson Ranch is close to Sky Harbor Airport, the zoo, art venues, restaurants, shopping, freeways, etc.

Several say that Agritopia is just beautiful!  In fact, it might even be the “dream” neighborhood of many!   Most love the look of the homes  with garages in the back, white picket fences and large front porches along with the garden, orchards and close proximity  to Joe’s Farm Grill and The Coffee Shop.  Great for bike rides!

Villages of Eastridge was mentioned a few times and noted for the HOA that puts on fall festivals and its close proximity to the 202.  There are larger homes with multiple garages and a school in this area.

We have a few Moms in Lehi Crossing.  It’s so quiet and the view is incredible.  Plus it’s just on the outskirts of everything so it doesn’t feel crowded and there is little traffic, but you’re still only 10-20 min from anywhere in the East Valley and easily accessible to Tempe, Phoenix or Scottsdale.

Power Ranch made the list for all the parks, pools and large pretty trees.  The neighborhood is HUGE with some gated areas, TONS to do and TWO clubhouses.  You can rent the clubhouse as a resident and throw the most epic birthday party right by the little lake.  There are many different floor plans and homes ranging from starter homes to zero lot line to mid-range.

Many like The Gardens because of the tree-lined streets and style of homes.  It doesn’t feel like Arizona at all.   The location is great and it’s in Gilbert off the 202 and Recker.  There are many young families with a few parks and a pool in the community.

Layton Lakes made the list!!  It is full of young families that can’t say enough how great the neighborhood is.  There are so many beautiful homes in this area that are new and full of style…the grey’s we are gaga for!

Historic Downtown Mesa is Mesa’s best kept secret and we love the artistic feel!  Evergreen Historic District and West 2nd Street Historic District are not only FULL of history and cute and eclectic homes, they are also walking distance to 3 museum’s, a world–renowned Art Center (Mesa Arts Center), award-winning restaurants and the light rail.  Americans are starting to make the move to smaller homes and walkable communities…our Moms included!  Visit the Official Mesa Historic District Homes FB page for area info and tons of historic photos!  This is where the famous and ever popular Movies on Main takes place each month.  Our historic Moms always walk to the show!

Ironwood Crossing made the cut because our Moms love the amenities!!!  The pool and splash pad are incredible and there’s nothing like it in the STV/QC area. Our Moms feel that Ironwood Crossing is by far the cleanest and nicest neighborhood around and its location is super convenient!

Indigo Trails was also mentioned.  There are tons of kids and friendly neighbors.  The pool, two parks and splash pad are super close and we love the tree lined streets.  Also very close to shopping and restaurants.

Val Vista Lakes is a fave because of the amazing location and beauty of the lakes.  There are all ranges of homes found in this community from starter homes to move up to gated, luxury lake front.  It’s picture perfect and very established.

Morrison Ranch is SO worth mentioning per our Moms!  It’s HUGE!  There are many phases.  Our Moms love the styles of the houses (there are so many to choose from), all the greenery and the amenities.  The location is perfect as it’s close to the freeway and our local hangout, Downtown Gilbert.

The Bridges in Gilbert is popular community too with fresh new homes and lots of pretty common areas.  It’s such a treat to drive through!  Plus, it’s super close to everything that Power Ranch is close to which is excellent.

There are other neighborhoods besides these in the East Valley area of Phoenix that are beautiful and family friendly.  Need info on them all including all the new build communities?  Team Evolution Real Estate has it.  Call/text 480.250.0023 or visit EvoAZ.com.

Photo Credit to Photos by Jessica Nelson and Nicci Lovell!

MOM nation Serves the Community this Holiday Season 🎄

“I never imagined we’d impact this many.  My heart swells with excitement and gratitude each and every time we come together and even more so when it’s to serve the needs of others in the communities that we raise our children in.” says Katie Lambert, Founder of MOM nation.

Throughout the Thanksgiving holiday the group participated in the 5k Turkey Trot in Gilbert, AZ.  The proceeds from the event were to benefit various children’s charities.

The group coordinates a monthly outdoor movie in downtown Mesa AZ that they call Movies on Main.  In November the donation drive was for dog food donated to local shelters.  In December the donation drive was for baked goods for Veterans in need.  The event is free to get in, open to the public, and provides safe, kid friendly entertainment to the community while benefitting many local small business owners and various local charities with donation drives.

To kick off the spirit of giving, the group participated in Operation Christmas Child 2017.   “20 of our beautiful Mama’s came together with their families to fill 100 shoe boxes with donated Christmas gifts for children to be delivered throughout the holiday season.” says Lambert. 

This past week MOM nation partnered with sponsors (Banks Craft Company and Team Evolution Real Estate) to provide a free and very festive holiday craft table for kids at the weekly Farmers Market in Downtown Chandler.  Next month at the market in Chandler, the group will be collecting donated items for local pet shelters and will be providing information on pet adoptions.  Roxy and the Loan Dog might even make an appearance!

On December 18th, Santa, Shondi Zwaschka,  Krista Puruhito and Katie Lambert will be delivering the gifts from the Adopt a Family drive.  The group donated gifts and will be providing a Christmas for 5 families.

In February of 2017 the group plans to participate in the Team Bradley Bear 5k.  This charity event is near and dear to one of the groups beloved members.

The Moms of MOM nation are incredibly passionate about uplifting and supporting each other and creating a positive impact to the members of the community.  For more details on our community efforts, click HERE to contact us.

Movies on Main – December Showing

Bring a baked good for a vet!

Mom Nation Members please arrive at 6pm for choice seating!!  Being in Mom Nation pays off!  😉

Doors open to the public at 6:15pm and they close when we are at capacity.

This month we will be showing The Grinch! We will have a Whooville dance party! In the spirit of giving we would like to gather as many baked goods as we can. Please bring them with you to the movie so our very own MOM nation member, Jillian, can bring them to homeless vets as a holiday care package.

Anyone who brings a vet with them to the Movie will be eligible to receive a free professional photo of them and their vet together!

Please arrive early to grab a seat, a hot dog, shop for your holiday needs, and partake in some awesome raffles!