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 week we talk to Sheron Stewart, Momprenuer and lifestyle blogger of Mamas Making Moves! As a mother of two, business owner, and co-founder, Sheron inspires moms to realize and accomplish their goals while offering a guiding voice to the journey. We are honored to welcome a mother who is willing to share her knowledge of the Momprenuer’s world – we’re all about women supporting women, mothers supporting mothers – as well as super cute pictures of her little ones!
Here are some questions we asked:
Tell us about your kids: names, ages, and fun facts.
My kids names are Semaj, he’ll be 10 this month (2/25) and Symphony she’s 2, she’ll be 3 April 9th. Semaj is the innovator future influencer, the kid who likes to travel, experience different cultures and food. He’s so mature but he’s also a mamas boy. When I decided to go vegan he jumped right in with me. Symphony on the other hand, she’s my firecracker and as much as it may drive me crazy at times that’s what I love about her. I always say I hope she keeps that fire and I can mold it into assertiveness and passion. Symphony shakes the whole house, when she’s up everyone has to be on their toes. She also has a nurturing side, she often times mimics how I care for her on me, it’s the cutest thing.
What are some of your favorite things about your kids?
My favorite things about Semaj: He’s always thinking and coming up with cool ideas, he’s caring and compassionate, he’s athletic, and he’s a protector. My favorite things about Symphony, she’s a leader, she’s decisive, she’s nurturing, she’s silly and she loves to laugh.
Who do you look up to for parenting advice?
I looked up to my grandmother who passed away a year ago for parenting advice. She was sensible and never got too flustered. If she didn’t have control over it she didn’t let it bother her. That’s how I believe you have to be with parenting. Don’t sweat the things you can’t control which is almost everything when you have a 2 year old.
How would you describe what you do for your blog?
My intention for my blog is to create a community for mamas who may need that inspiration to go out there and makes some moves, make it happen whatever “it” is! Whether it’s in business, travel, fashion, health & fitness. Having children is the most amazing part of being a woman to me. However being a mom can put you in a space where time passes you by and everything you do is in kid mode. And often times we forget how business saavy we are or how we traveled the world or aspired to or how sexy and fashionable we use to be. I want Mamas Making Moves to inform, inspire and encourage mamas to still be fly and sexy, to be Mompreneurs and CEO’s, to travel the world with the kids if that’s what they desire. And more importantly I want to encourage moms to put their health first. Our physical, mental and emotional health should be top priority. Without our health we’re no good to anyone, especially our children.
How do you balance work and family?
Being in business for myself is extremely hard work. I came from being a stay at home mom to running my own business and then adding to that I started a blog. I’m constantly purging and looking for new ways to make life simpler. Planning out my week helps out a lot. If clothes are ironed on Sunday and meals are planned out for the week all is right with the world. I also try to come up with systems to get me through the week for example if I’m not with a client or researching and gathering content for my blog a have a rule, I choose 3 major things a day from my (very long) to do list. Those 3 things have to be the most progressive and have the biggest impact on my life and business. Once those 3 things are done everything is else is a breeze.
What does an ideal day look like for you?
An ideal day for me would be going to yoga 5:30 in the morning but that never happens. Normally I get the kids up and out the door for school. Symphony is in daycare part time so when I’m not working, she and I are getting ready for the next day, running errands and spending girl time together. Which means I get bossed around for most of the day when she’s home. My son gets home an hour and a half before Symphony gets out of daycare so that’s our quiet time together, he gets to tell me about his day, do his homework and chill out before it’s time to pick his sister up. If the kids don’t have any activities that evening we’re home. The kids are either playing or fighting and I’m either cooking or refereeing or both. Bedtime ideally starts at 7pm with a 2 year old it often times doesn’t end til 9pm.
What were some of the biggest questions you had or challenges you faced as a first time mom?
Being a first time was a breeze for me. I just got married, I was in my late 20’s, I was ready to breastfeed go to mommy and me classes, I was just pumped and ready to take on the role of being a mom. It was baby number 2 that scared me. I was thinking to myself oh my god I have to raise two kids now. I felt like waited too long to have another baby, they’re 7 years apart. So technically I was starting over. I so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to share myself and my love equally. I was also afraid that Semaj would feel slighted because newborns babies and toddlers require so much attention. I worried about what kind of mother I would be with my daughter. I put so much energy into Semaj and I wanted to be able to do the same for Symphony.
How did becoming a mom change who you are?
Becoming a mom showed me how sweet life is. It also helped realize that it’s the little things that matter. Sitting back watching them play or listening to them tell me a story or about there day is more fulfilling then all the superficial things this world has to offer.
What are you favorite baby products you’ve discovered since becoming a parent?
My favorite baby items are definitely the Tula Carrier, NoseFrida Snot Sucker Kit and the Potette Plus 2-in-1 travel potty and trainer seat. All three of those items are life savers!
What was the most surprising or unexpected thing about becoming a mom?
I’m surprised that I love being a mom as much as I do. I’m kind of obsessed with my kids. And I was never the one who wanted or even thought about having children.