Bloom 2019 :: A Celebration of Moms

Presented by Houston Moms Blog, Next Level Urgent Care, and City Moms Blog Network.

Houston Moms Blog, in partnership with our parent site City Moms Blog Network, is thrilled to announce that we will once again be hosting Bloom :: An Event to Celebrate Motherhood for the FIFTH year in a row!  Title sponsored by Next Level Urgent Care, this special event is being held on Sunday, May 5th from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Dukessa.  This exclusive event is geared toward ALL moms who are looking to have a fabulous afternoon out, hear from some amazing speakers, sip on some mock and cocktails and enjoy some tasty bites.  We would love for you to join us for an amazing afternoon in celebration of all things motherhood, so please be sure to read through the entire announcement for full event details … and then purchase your tickets soon, as this event historically sells out very quick!

Are you a business that is interested in being involved in this event? Please contact Meagan Clanahan {co-owner} at [email protected] or Ann Herlocher {events coordinator} at [email protected] to learn more about our opportunities for involvement.

Please note: this page will be continuously updated as more sponsors or information is added so be sure to check back often!

Who: All Houston moms (you do not have to be expecting to attend!). This event is geared towards ALL moms, whether you are currently expecting, have one little one, or four big ones!

What: Bloom is a national event for new and expecting moms hosted by City Moms Blog Network and our sister sites, which will be taking place in more than 50 cities across the country during the months of April and May.

Why: Whether you’re expecting for the first or third time, have a newborn at home or are working your way through the toddler, adolescent or teen years, this event is for you. Come enjoy an afternoon of delicious food, educational resources, giveaways and swag, and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources!

When: Sunday, May 5th from 2-4 pm

Where: Dukessa Event Venue {2840 Chimney Rock Rd, Houston, TX 77056}

Ticket Prices: 

  • General Admission Swag Bag ticket: $30
  • VIP Swag Bag Ticket: $50

Our General Admission Swag Bag tickets include the following:

  • event admission
  • snacks & desserts
  • mock and cocktails
  • Q&A session with industry experts
  • 5 giveaway tickets
  • A swag bag packed with over $200 worth of top products

Our VIP Swag Bag Ticket includes the following:

  • event admission
  • snacks & desserts
  • mock and cocktails
  • Q&A session with industry experts
  • A VIP swag bag, which includes all general admission swag plus a few extra, amazing goodies 
  • 10 EXTRA raffle tickets to use on giveaways of your choice

*Please Note: This event is geared towards all moms. Children OVER 12 months old will not be permitted and due to space constraints, children UNDER 12 months old must be worn in a carrier or held, as there is no room for strollers at this event.

Our Title Sponsors

We are so very honored to be partnering with Next Level Urgent Care for another year as our title sponsor for this event.  With 14 Houston area locations, our team cannot sing their praises enough about the comfort and convenience that comes with always having them close by!  And on the night of Bloom, we are over the moon to be able to have one of their Medical Directors in attendance to provide attendees with support and resources for all things health and wellness for both us … and our little ones.

Our event venue is located in the heart of the Galleria and such a gorgeous backdrop to welcome our moms in attendance! They have an amazing restaurant in addition to their event space, 2840 at Dukessa and are open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm. The beautiful decor is only matched by the yummy food. 

Our Speakers

We are delighted to welcome professionals and experts to lead two panels of discussions and questions from you! Regardless of what stage of motherhood you’re in, there’s always something to ask or something new to learn. We encourage and welcome all questions during these sessions. Thank you to our presenters!

Mary Ellen Phipps is the founder of She is a wife, mom, registered dietitian, and type 1 diabetic. She uses her real life experiences, along with professional expertise to help you find JOY in food again. Whether you’re living with a chronic illness, or raising tiny humans, food should be a joy-filled, happy experience. She’ll help you thrive in the kitchen with less stress, and more joy. In addition to visiting her website, or chatting on Instagram (@milknhoneynutrition), you can catch Mary Ellen regularly on Channel 2, on Houston Life TV.

Crystal Duffy is an author, teacher, speaker, NICU parent advisor, and Mother to three little girls including a set of twins. Her memoir, Twin to Twin, details her high-risk twin pregnancy and NICU journey. She runs a support group called Life After the NICU at the Houston Motherhood Center and teaches an expectant twins parents class through Twiniversity. She is currently working on her second book about the importance of peer support for NICU families. 

Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She has a growing private therapy practice in the Montrose area with several licensed professionals completing their post graduate clinical hours and counseling students which allow us to offer sliding scale and reduced fee rates. She has a special clinical interest in depression, anxiety, trauma, and maternal mental health and is currently working on receiving intensive training on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as Perinatal Grief and Loss from the Seleni Institute.

Gabriela Gerhart is the founder of The Motherhood Center. She established this haven for mothers in 2003, turning a lifelong dream into reality. She discovered her passion for babies and child care early. Gabriela was born and raised in the small mountain village of Jablunkov, Czechoslovakia. She values her hometown’s warm and nurturing environment-an environment she ensures at The Motherhood Center. She attended The Secondary Medical School of Ostrava, receiving degrees in Pediatric Nursing and Physical Therapy. She worked in the Pediatric Emergency Room in Ostrava, before accepting a position in the United States that became a major turning point in her life.

Our Premium Table Sponsors

At our Bloom event, you will also be able to mix and mingle with all of the amazing partners listed below. From nutrition to fitness, and from must have baby products to pure pampering, we are so excited to introduce you to each of these brands and provide you the opportunity to find out why they are some of our favorite resources for new and expecting moms!

Our Small Table Sponsors

At our Bloom event, you will also be able to mix and mingle with all of the amazing partners listed below. From nutrition to fitness, and from must have baby products to pure pampering, we are so excited to introduce you to each of these brands and provide you the opportunity to find out why they are some of our favorite resources for new and expecting moms!

Our Food Sponsors

It’s no secret that chasing after those kiddos sure can work up an appetite!  This year, we will be providing all attendees with various snacks, desserts, from a few other very gracious brands, as well as mocktails and cocktails! 

Giveaway Sponsors

Who doesn’t love to win amazing prizes? We have a fabulous lineup of giveaways thanks to our amazing giveaway sponsors whose logos are below. Each General Admission Bloom ticket comes with 5 raffle tickets for you to use on giveaways of your choice, while our VIP Swag Bag tickets come with 10 raffle tickets.

And if you want to increase your chances to win prizes from some of the amazing companies below, we are collecting “Basic Needs” donations for Casa de Esperanza! Click here to see a full list of items needed by this organization. And, if you weren’t familiar, Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos strives to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect for at-risk infants, children and their families by providing comprehensive residential and family support programs that transform people and communities.


Swag Sponsors


Every guest at our Bloom event will walk away with an adorable reuseable swag bag STUFFED to the brim thanks to these amazing sponsors.

VIP Swag Sponsors


Guests will have the opportunity to choose a VIP Swag Bag ticket option to this event. This ticket option includes some extra special swag items that are pretty fabulous from the sponsors below as well as TEN raffle tickets (compared to the three that come with our general admission tickets) to use on the giveaways of your choice!

*Disclaimers: No tickets will be sold at the door, and you must be registered to attend so that we can plan accordingly. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO RAIN CHECKS. THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE. Tickets are transferable but not refundable. In the event that you cannot attend the event and we have a wait list, we will do our best to assist you in finding another mom to exchange/give/or sell your ticket if the need arises and/or if time allows. We are not able to assist you in helping transfer your ticket within 24 hours of the event. Additionally, everyone that purchases a ticket will be subscribed to our email list (if they have not been already) in order to provide the most timely and up to date event info. Photos will be taken at the event and of attendees for use on the blog and on social media by Twin Cities Moms Blog and sponsors. If you would not like your photos to be used, please notify us at check-in at the event.

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Ann Herlocher
Ann grew up in central Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State, where she met and later married her husband, Cory. They moved to Houston in 2007 and she started working in the nonprofit sector handling communications and marketing. She’s mom to three kids, Jack {June 2104}, Colin {September 2016}, and Abby {April 2019} and had every intention of being a working mom, but several months after their first was born her husband’s job led them to Calgary, Alberta Canada. After moving back to the area in September 2017, they gave up their previous inner loop status for suburban roots and are living in Spring. In her free time, Ann loves starting projects she never seems to finish, reading a good book and binge watching something other than Frozen or Dino Dan. Connect with her via Instagram {@annherlocher}.


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