Real Life SmartMom Erica Eckman

In 2017, SmartMom launched the Real Life SmartMom series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers, experts and influencers. We go to these women for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know these amazing mommas a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This is a particularly special interview for the SmartMom community because Erica Eckman is joining us on our SmartMom Tour of Tuscany next September! As one of our favorite food bloggers and Real Life SmartMoms,  Erica will be our personal tour guide in Italy. Before then, she’ll also be sharing her most memorable Italian recipes and serve as a judge for the SmartMom Italian Recipe Contest in January 2018. You can access Erica’s recipes on her blog Everything Erica and follow her on Instagram @everythingerica.

We are so excited for you to get to know Erica Eckman of Everything Erica – read about her daughter, learn how she balances her successful blog and motherhood, and find out her favorite gelato recipe before we go to Italy!

Tell us about your kids: names, ages, and fun facts.

My daughter Elia is 16 months. She loves cheese more than anyone you’ll ever meet. It was actually her first word.

How would you describe what you do for your blog?

My blog was created as a way to share my passion for food and life with the world. I created it with the intention of showing people that if I can do it, wear it, eat it or cook it, you can too. I’m not special. I was always picked last in dodgeball and have two left feet. My goal is to show you that the things you see in life aren’t always so far out of our reach. You just have to know the hacks to get you there!

How did becoming a mom change who you are?

Becoming a Mom has made me much less selfish. Before Elia, I never even had a pet to take care of. All I ever thought of was myself. Having her has really opened my eyes to how much love your heart can hold and how doing for others is the greatest gift of life. It also taught me true and deep empathy. The kind where you actually hurt when you see someone hurt or cry when they cry. I’ve never really been an emotional person until her.

What’s your best piece of advice for a first time mom?

My best advice for a first time Mom is to cut yourself a lot of slack. This is the most amazing time, but also the most difficult time of your entire life and you need to be kind to yourself. Don’t compare yourself or your child to anyone else. Every situation is unique and you can only do what you feel is the right thing to do. Also remember that life is messy and things aren’t going to look how they do on Instagram and Pinterest. Know that’s all a facade (I promise, because I know from the inside how to create that mirage) and that we are ALL dealing with the same things. You are not alone.

Lightning Round Questions: Italian Style!

Favorite Italian Recipe to Cook: Chicken Parm!

Favorite Italian Dish to Eat: Linguine con vongole

Favorite Gelato Flavor: Coconut

Cup or Cone? Cup with a cone on top! Less messy but you still get the crunchy cone.

Pick a phrase you’d like to learn in Italian. Where can I find the best cannoli in town?

Pick three women (literally any female in the world – family member, friend, celebrity, dead or alive, etc.) to go on a 9-day trip to Italy with you!

  1. Bethenny Frankel (she is so funny and I feel like would make me laugh the entire trip).
  2. My sister Melissa (she’s full of adventure like me and will roam the streets till the wee hours of the morning with me)
  3. My best friend, Brett who lives to eat her way through the a vacation just like me!

Cappuccino or Affogato? Will I be exiled from Italy if I say tea? 🙂 If so, than cappuccino, but it has to be decaf (I have too much energy as it is) and I want one of those pretty designs on top!

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About Mary @ SmartMom

Mary is the Community Manager of SmartMom. She is a new mom to a bubbly little boy who has fire red hair and loves to smile. She loves to walk her dog, Bob, and watch Chicago sports with her husband. Go Cubs Go!