#MomsWhoShine is a series about moms who have some kind of talent. The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.
Lisa Rutter is the gal behind the No Nuts Moms Group, which provides advice, support and fun activities/get-togethers for families dealing with food allergies.
Tell me about yourself. (For our fans, please share what makes you shine)
I am a stay at home mom of two boys. I am the Founder of a Support Group called No Nuts Moms Group. (http://nonutsmomsgroup.weebly.com/) and Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Connection Team. http://www.foodallergyawareness.org/
Tell me about your family.
Both my husband and I were born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. My husband works in the car industry and this is what brought us to MI. We have lived in MI for 10 years and we have two boys ages 5 and 6 years old and a dog named Charlie Brown.
What is a normal day in your home like?
We wake up before 7 am and we are off to school at 830 am. I drive and pick up my kids from school every day and I try to volunteer at school as much as possible. While my kids are at school, I babysit part time and during my downtime hours I work on things for No Nuts Moms Group and FAACT.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
This is a hard question for me because there are so many things. Seeing them smile, laugh and grow and knowing I have creating such precious beings is truly rewarding.
What is your biggest challenge of being a parent?
Food Allergies have been one of the biggest challenges for us, but we have embraced it and so much good has come from it.
How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself?
You definitely have to find the right balance for you and your family. My family will always be first and then the other things I am passionate about follow. If I wasn't passionate about my kids and food allergies then I think it would be more difficult to find the balance, but I enjoy both and I find ways to fit it all in.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned since becoming a Mom?
Things do not always go the way you had planned. Take things as they come and enjoy every minute.
What is the best advice about being a parent you have received and who gave it to you?
Tell them you love them each and every day.
What advice would you give to other moms?
We all do so much as moms and some times we forget to take care of ourselves. Pick a day once a week to go refresh and relax and do something just for you. I have found Yoga to be wonderful and I always feel recharged once I leave. If we don't take care of ourselves then how can we take care of our family?
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