Hello, hello and happy Friday! Today’s post is the beginning of a 6-week series titled Fancy Mama Fridays. Each Friday we will have a Q&A with some super fabulous moms who I respect professionally, as bloggers and as moms! I have an obsession with human interest type stories and learning what makes people tick. Is that weird? Anyway, sometimes I just crave learning more about others and so begins the series. Please welcome and give some comment love to these fabulous women who are really putting themselves out there with some of their answers.
Today, I’d love you to give a warm welcome to Sharon of Cupcakes and Cutlery. Sharon is one of the fabulous bloggers who shared a lot of knowledge with me this past year as I took the leap of faith, leaving my corporate job for blogging, freelance writing, event styling and photography. I can’t tell you how helpful she has been to me. And on this very snowy Minnesota day, it’s nice to welcome Sharon from sunny California.
Jessica: Tell us about yourself.
Sharon: Hi, I’m Sharon. I am a stay at home mom to two super fun little boys and I write the lifestyle blog, Cupcakes and Cutlery. It started out as my creative outlet when I was still working and has grown in to an amazing journey. I have gotten to experience so many fun things as a result of it and met amazing people online and off. My blog is very much a part of my life and you will see my family in it all the time. My kid’s love to try to pop up in my little styled shoots for things. Usually it is a cocktail post or something equally inappropriate.
Jessica: I know you have two adorable and super fashionable little guys. Tell us about your crew.
Sharon: I have two little boys under 7. I am married to my best friend and we’ve known each other since junior high school although we didn’t start to date until after college.
Jessica: Tell me your number one tip for keeping things fancy with your little one or littles.
Sharon: I just recently started blow drying my hair again every day. It helps me to feel more put together. I had stopped doing it out of sheer laziness and gotten out of the habit.
Jessica: Love that! It really is the simple things in life, isn’t it? What is the hardest part of being a mama for you?
Sharon: The hardest part of being a mom for me is that I often wrestle with feeling selfish. I like to have “me” time. But then I think I’m taking time away from the kids or family and that isn’t good. I get about 9 hours a week to myself with both kids in school, as long as there isn’t a holiday or one of them is home sick. That time goes by so fast! Sometimes on the weekend I just want to go to the grocery store by myself. Is that so wrong?
Jessica: Ha! I have the same struggle. I never thought I needed alone time until I had a child. It can be tough, but so rewarding. What is the best part of being a mama for you?
Sharon: Seeing my kid’s in a state of true joy. I love when you can look at their face and see in their eyes that they are truly enjoying what they are doing and who they are with. They are both super funny and have us laughing all the time. My heart is full.
Jessica: Tell me something real about you.
Sharon: I wish that I was better at playing with my son’s. I don’t enjoy playing with trains and although I am super creative online, I don’t feel like I know how to make up stories about castles and ninjas. I have a really hard time setting aside specific time for them as opposed to house work. I find that if I am sitting there playing I am thinking about all the laundry that needs to be folded or when I need to start dinner. I wish I was better at compartmentalizing all of that.
Jessica: I am SO there with the housework struggle. Tell me what you keep in your mama toolbox to make life easier?
Sharon: I am super Type A so I always feel like I need to be prepared. I always have my phone and my purse which is filled with essentials for mostly me, at this point, since my boys are older.
I have to have Tylenol (I’ve suffered from headaches all my life and need to know I have it unless I feel one coming on), tissues (I’m allergic to lots of stuff!), eye drops in case my contacts get dry, a hair band (you know in case I enter in to a severe wind or need to do a cart-wheel or something), chapstick (Burt’s Bees), bandaids (cute shoes can cause wicked blisters), eyeglass cleaners (I hate smudged sunglasses), sunglasses because the glare is really bad with my contacts, a ridiculous amount of tampons because just about every time I leave I put one in “just in case” even if it is no where close to my start date so it looks like I am a tampon hoarder (too much info?) and there is usually some sort of toy car or ninja in my purse leftover from errands.
If my older son is with me we have his epi-pen and benadryl for his food allergies. And for my younger son, there is usually a snack of some kind so I can try to persuade him to do just one more errand with me.
Jessica: What one piece of advice would you share with new moms?
Sharon: Nap time is important but if you miss it one day the baby will be fine. You can be a little flexible and not plan your entire life around nap time. You will miss out on too many experiences that way. Learned that the hard way.
Jessica: Great advice. I’m a bit of a stickler for nap time, but have been known to push it later for the sake of fun and making memories. Thank you so much for being here today, Sharon!
Friends, please stop by and visit Sharon’s blog Cupcakes and Cutlery for lots of awesomeness. This is one of my daily reads. You can also find Sharon in the following places online: