Today, our Fab*Mom spotlight is on one of our absolute favorite bloggers, Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm. Eden's blog is a must-read - she posts about entertaining, shares recipes, crafts and of course, amazing photos of her family. Read on to see the many reasons why Eden is a Fab*Mom!
Experiencing the love and bond I have with my son. It’s like no other love imaginable. Knowing that I’m his mommy and I’m responsible for creating the best childhood for him that he could ever wish for is a dream come true for me!
How has motherhood changed your outlook on life and your career?
Being a mom is the best gift in life. It makes me excited that I get to spend every day with Romeo. I experience his development and his changes daily. I’m ecstatic (although not too eager ;)) to watch him grow and see what the future holds for him. When it’s all said and done, nothing really matters but the health and happiness of my child and family. Life is short, it goes by fast. I realize more now to cherish the small moments and every second I have with him (and in life) as they will soon be memories. I like these lyrics from Steven Curtis Chapman, “I'm living the next five minutes, like these are my last five minutes, cause I know the next five minutes may be all I have.” That’s pretty much my outlook on life now.Career wise, having Romeo has provided me with more opportunities and I love blogging about being a mommy.
How did you come up with the idea for your blog, Sugar and Charm?
I actually started the blog to showcase my event design work. I started blogging about crafts that I created for parties. I then posted dessert recipes that I would experiment with. From that point on, it just grew organically. It’s brought the most amazing opportunities our way and has opened many doors. It also helps keep me creative and extra busy, which I like. I honestly don’t know what I would do without it... I would blog and create things even if I only had two readers. It just helps me and right now in my life, keeps me on my toes. I’m a goal-oriented person... I always need a goal to keep myself going. Once I reach it, I make more. It’s never ending, but it’s how I work and my blog helps with that.
We love hearing about baby names – how did you choose yours?
We wanted an Italian name in honor of Zan’s father. Romeo was a name I’ve always loved for a boy. I wanted something strong and classic for my first son. A name that would stand out and that’s not very popular. Romeo just felt right. We gave him my father’s middle name of Sumner, which is a family name passed down from General Sumner. We thought it all flowed well with our last name, Passante.
How do you find balance between working, blogging and caring for your family?
I’m fortunate I get to be a work-from-home mom. I feel like I get the best of both worlds, but it’s definitely challenging to find that balance sometimes. I work for three different blogs, including my own, so it’s always a little hectic in my house. I try to get projects done during naps or while Romeo plays with his toys and then I do most of my computer work after I put him down for the night. He has an early bedtime, which helps keep balance in my life! I also always make sure Romeo and I get out of the house everyday. We meet with friends, go to the mall or head to the park. This helps my sanity big time! On weekends when we have Zan to ourselves, we spend time as a family. We go to the beach, park and out to eat. We pretty much transport Romeo wherever we want to go. This helps us stay balanced too because we’re able to do some of the normal things we did before that little monkey arrived :)
Who is your favorite celebrity mom?
I have a lot, but I’ll name just a few. I like Tori Spelling because I think she’s hilarious, creative and runs a million businesses! I also love that she has a crazy, hectic life and has given birth four times! Miranda Kerr is also a favorite celebrity mom because she’s probably the most well put together “mum” out there. I adore her fashion sense and how she dresses her little boy Flynn... and she’s gorgeous! Oh and I love reading other mommy blogs and the blog The Glow, which features working, entrepreneur moms!
Yes! Take time for yourself... this is my biggest piece of advice. It will not only benefit you, but also your entire family. Take a half day and get a massage, see a movie, grab coffee with a friend or go shopping alone. It’s amazing what just an hour away can do for you. I have a wonderful husband who supports this 100% and is always there for me when I need a little break. If you don’t have someone close to watch your little one, I think it’s worth paying a trusted babysitter to have a few hours to yourself. It’s very important to me :)
Thank you so much to Eden for chatting with us today!
Photos courtesy of Sugar and Charm