Oct 13, 2014

Ongoing Series: #MomsWhoShine Hope Comerford @BusyCrockPotMom

#MomsWhoShine is a series about moms who have some kind of talent.  The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.  

Photo Credit: judiannphotography.com
I am so blessed to have many fantastic people in my life. Hope and I have known each other since before blogging was even a thing. So, I know her as a Karaoke rock star from the good ole days at Aspen Lounge (great place to eat BTW) before our hubbies and kids.   She has so much positive energy and a great "go get em" spirit as has been an inspiration for me in so many ways in not only my blogging, but in my personal and family relationships.   

Tell me about yourself. (For our fans, please share what makes you shine)
I'm a mom, wife, full-time elementary music teacher, blogger (A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker Adventures), FitAddict Training Fit Leader, Young Living Essential Oils Distributor and an author! Yes, I'm busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way! I began blogging 4 years ago, just to share my recipes with my family and friends. It turned into SO much more! I published my first cookbook 1 year ago and am working on a second cookbook, which will hopefully be released in the Fall of 2015!

Photo Credit: judiannphotography.com

Tell me about your family.
I'm a mom to a 6 year old girl and 3 year old boy and a wife of 8 years to an incredible man. My husband is a middle school music teacher in the same district I teach in. It's fun to be in the same profession as one another. We enjoy our summers together tremendously!

What is a normal day in your home like? 
During the school year, our daily schedule is pretty tight. I wake up 2 hours before we have to be out the door every day. I drop Gavin off at daycare, take Ella to school (where I teach, but some days I drop her off and travel to other schools), teach until 4, pick up Ella, pick up Gavin, drive home for a quick dinner, then take the kids to faith formation or gymnastics. It's busy during the week!

What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
When my kids tell me how much they love me, unprompted. This means I'm doing my job as a mom. They still love me....even after I've punished them, corrected them, had an argument with them, etc. They know I love them and want the best for them, so they continue to love me in return. Always. That, is the most rewarding thing I can imagine!

Photo Credit: judiannphotography.com
What is your biggest challenge of being a parent?
My biggest challenge is learning to balance it all. I have my hand in so many things. All things that make me happy and help our family, but balancing things and making sure I'm giving everyone my attention can prove to be difficult at times. Every day is a new day. Every day is a learning experience. I try to take things one day at a time and make corrections as I go.

How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself?
I make alone time a priority. I'm no good to anyone if I'm not 100%. I schedule outings with my friends and time with my husband. I'm with my kids 90% of the time, so making time for them is never a problem. I have learned to make mommy time a priority too.

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned since becoming a Mom?
That you really CAN'T do it all by yourself. You have to ask for help sometimes, even when you don't want to or think you can do it better yourself. As much as I wish I was superwoman, I'm just not. I'll save my cape for Halloween and live in reality and let others help me. ;)

Photo Credit: judiannphotography.com

What is the best advice about being a parent you have received and who gave it to you?
The best advice I was given is to ALWAYS follow through with threats and punishments. If I tell my child, "if you do that again, I'm going to put you in time out," then I better well put them in time out if they do it again. Children thrive on empty threats. Following through is a HUGE part of my husband and I being successful parenting partners.

What advice would you give to other moms?
It's ok to make mistakes as a mom. Forgive yourself and move on. Never stop telling your kids how much you love them, no matter how mad they make you at the moment. Show your children love and affection and let them see the love and affection between you and your spouse. Be honest with your children. Don't put them in a bubble and protect from everything in life. One day, mommy and daddy won't be there to protect their every move and they need to learn to accept challenges as they come. Be there for your children when they need you. Let them know they can always come to you with their problems, concerns, fears or mistakes and that you will still love them, no matter what.

Want to connect with Hope?  You can find her online:
A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker Adventures
Twitter handle @BusyCrockPotMom
Instagram: SlowCookerAdventures

Have a question for Hope?  Please leave a comment below and I will make sure I forward it to her!
Thank you Hope for taking the time to answer our questions:)  Are you a Mom Who Shines or know a mom who would be great for this series?  Email me their contact info at owner@123child.com

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  1. Great interview! Hope is a rock star, that's for sure! Beautiful family too.

  2. Hi Hope :) I met her at the Blaze Pizza dinner.

    Sounds like she is quite busy! That's awesome that she has the cookbooks, too.

  3. How awesome for her that her husband teaches in the same district as her. She sounds like a fabulous women and mom!

  4. I've met Hope before (she rocks), but I love learning more about rockin' women in this series! And I think I need to grab a copy of her cookbook!

    1. You are pretty fabulous, yourself! I'm working kn a second cookbook which will be published next fall!

  5. Love the advice that she would give to other Moms! All so true!

    1. Thank you, Betsy. It's the teacher in me ;)

  6. Great pictures. It seems like being a Mom is always nonstop!

    1. Thanks, Crystal. My aunt is an amazing photographer ;) and yes, we are always non-stop!