What’s your mom super power?
I guess I would have to thank my OCD, for my Mom Super Power. I am great at details and juggling. This is an important super power to have when you have 5 kids, own your own business and run a non-profit. In fall (soccer season), I have 2 boys playing soccer, 2 who think they will play football, and a daughter in cheer. I have to remember who has to be where and when. It gets a little (ok a lot) crazy sometimes but I love it.
What has been your greatest challenge as a mom? How do you work through this?
I think the hardest part of being a Mom is on those days… You know when you are ready for bed by 6:30pm? Unlike when they were little, I can’t just say “ok, bedtime.” They can all tell time now. So (for example) last night we ate dinner super early and I was ready to hit my bed and watch Dallas Buyers Club before 7pm. So I told the kids to go to bed and they were like (in your best Minion voice) WWHHHAATTT?? It’s only 6:37, we don’t go to bed til 8 pm. Luckily, my husband is amazing and when I’m down for the count he is ready to climb in the ring as my tag team partner!
What do you love most about being a mom?
I would have to say, my husband is my favorite part of being a Mom. I can’t imagine doing what we do, by myself. We complement each other really well. We have been married for almost 14 years and were high school sweethearts!
How do you make time for yourself?
It is hard for my husband and I to have date nights but I think we manage pretty well. We live 2600 miles from our extended family so we don’t usually have baby-sitters available; although, we do always go out for our anniversary, and both of our birthdays.
We usually do date nights at home. We’ll rent a movie or two from Redbox and maybe split a bottle of wine. I guess it doesn’t matter what we do because we both know that we are loved and appreciated. And that is the secret to a happy marriage. Or at least ours, anyway.
What dream are you currently bringing to life?
In addition to all the other stuff I do, I have had a blog for almost 5 years. I had an idea a few weeks ago about a blog project. I call it the Create Beauty project. Each Monday, I have one woman guest post. She can talk about her body image, her self esteem, and how she thinks the media has warped her self image. The women also take a photo without make-up or their hair done. But the most important part is they write a new definition of beauty. I hope that by getting women to see themselves as beautiful, we can empower our daughters and create a generation of women who fearless and brave; not letting the media or anyone else dictate their roles in society.
Allison is a writing, cupcake baking, photography loving, Mama to 5 kids. She owns a cupcake bakery and has published a cupcake cookbook and is working on her second one. She is also working on her first fiction novel, and is currently planning two different e-courses to assist women in becoming entrepreneurs.
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