Real Life SmartMom Shannon Bennett

IMG_9918At SmartMom, we are very excited to continue our blogger series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers! We go to them for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know the mommies behind these amazing blogs a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This week we hear from Shannon Bennett of popular blog, Mom Without Labels. Shannon recently decided to slowly transition out of the workforce to become a Stay At Home Mom. She’s not a full-time working mom but not a full-time stay-at-home mom, either – an interesting balance that she will share with us. Shannon says it perfectly: who needs labels, anyway? Get to know the mommy without labels below!

Here are some questions we asked –

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

I have two girls – “A” who is 4 and “E” who is 2. They’re best buds and so much fun!

What are some of your favorite things about your kids?

I love how different they are. A is sassy, sweet, and has a great imagination. E is a cuddle bug and is super goofy – she keeps us all laughing.

Who do you look up to for parenting advice?

Hmm. This is hard. I don’t know that I can pinpoint one person; I lean on different people for different things.

How would you describe what you do for your blog?

My blog is my creative outlet. I started it as a way to channel my untapped energy. I blog about motherhood, style, beauty, kids’ products, and everything in between. My goal is to connect with other like-minded moms and build community.

How do you balance work and family?

Ha! This is something I’ve always struggled with which is partly why I have decided to take a step back from my career. What little balance I do have is due to lots of prep and planning. I can’t function in chaos.

What does an ideal day look like for you?

An ideal day would include sleeping in, breakfast, a trip to the playground with my kids, a shopping trip to Target, a pedicure, and a night out with my husband. One day I will get all of it in one day! An ideal day that involves work would be that we actually get out of the house on time, I remember to bring my lunch, and I leave the office with enough time to miss traffic and make dinner.

What were some of the biggest questions you had or challenges you faced as a first time mom?

Oh man, I spent so much time on Google! I had a lot of questions about what’s “normal” – poop color and frequency, gas relief, and sleep training, mostly. Thankfully, my girls have always been champion sleepers.

How did becoming a mom change who you are?

I have become so much more laid back and “go with the flow” than ever before. I’m still a planner in a lot of ways but am definitely more casual. I also have become such a homebody. I’m so exhausted all of the time, I never want to go anywhere – I used to be so social.

What are your favorite baby products you’ve discovered since becoming a parent?

Hmm. Boppy nursing pillows, the Fisher Price swing my littlest practically lived in, her SnuggleBug sleeper that kept her on an incline to help her sleep, Velcro swaddlers, and the Nose Frieda.  Oh, and spoutless sippy cups!

What was the most surprising or unexpected thing about becoming a mom?

It’s so cliché but I was surprised so much how much I could love. It’s so different than I could have imagined. I am in awe of my children! I’m also surprised by how patient I can be.

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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!