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Hi! My name is Shantall, full fledged boy mom and writer behind Urban Mom Tales. Things have changed and evolved a lot since I started this blog almost 5 years ago! I’ll share those life pivots in more detail, but probably after some more time passes. One thing that will always be true is that I have 3 amazing, thoughtful, energetic and incredibly loving boys. They are my heart. I never saw myself as a boy mom before it became my reality- let alone 3 times over! Now I can’t imagine any other existence more fitting.
I’ve worked in education and the nonprofit sector for about 15 years. My work in education started from a genuine passion for people and helping others. I love teaching, counseling and creating communities around shared interests. My other love is all things creative- including writing and random new craft projects.
Becoming a mom gave me the opportunity to reignite my passion of writing through the creation of this blog. Creating a supportive community of women and mothers illuminates my soul and is one of the best parts of owning an online business!
As you may already be aware, being a mom is one of the most fulfilling, but stressful jobs ever. It can be isolating and scary with so much to learn and know about. This blog is my small touch to make it a little bit less stressful.
About the Blog
What you will find here is tips and strategies based on my experience. I am passionate about a lot of things, but most importantly I like to focus on the fun and creative aspects of the everyday as a mom. Everything from the small and easy DIY projects to taking some time to sit and teach my boys through play.
What you won’t find is me promoting a certain way of motherhood or supporting negative talk towards others. While I share my experience making baby food, it does not mean that I think every mom should make their own. There are many things I’m not doing, because none of us can or should be doing it all. Obviously, those don’t get transformed into blog posts. Remember that with everything you see and read online! We are in an age of comparison and it can be unhealthy for your mindset. I strongly believe supporting each other and trying to find the fun in the practical- and that is how I contribute to this space. While also acknowledging, that I can learn from all of you as well and I’ll never stop evolving.
Where to Start
There are a variety of topics on the blog. Being a mom is not one dimensional! Here are some popular posts that many readers have found helpful.
Series on creating schedules from newborns to two year olds. They all come with printable schedules that can be found in the resource library. Many have found these to be helpful in planning their day and remembering the essentials.
If schedules aren’t your thing, don’t be scared. They are not rigid timelines but a general guide that you can adapt to what works best for you, your family, home and new precious baby. A related post that is one of my favorites, because it helped ME sleep better: Newborn Sleep Training
Baby food meal plan to make a month’s worth of food in one afternoon. I wanted to make my own food, but could not make it part of my daily routine. This system was super helpful for me, and many others have incorporated into theirs as well! The comment section has lots of tips from other moms.
Ideas for feeding one year olds and toddlers have also been very popular. I’m passionate about cooking and putting together varied food items that are healthy but also easy.
I LOVE my morning coffee- think really dark and strong espresso. You can blame my parents for giving me cafe con leche when I was 6. 🙂
I learned the love of reading from my mom and often talk to her and my sister Denisse about books we are reading or addictive tv shows. Growing up I wanted to be a writer and submitted ghost stories to a newspaper. Later I became fascinated with language and culture, which led me to teaching.
Miles is the sweet, loving and tenderhearted 2nd grader. He is the family moral compass, incredibly friendly, smart, adventurous, caring and an amazing big brother. I’m amazed at how much he observes and his curiosity about the world. He loves reading graphic novels, dancing, Taekwondo and a huge LEGO set to work on.
Ellis is the life of the party. Has been since he was 2 and is holding strong at 5 years old, he is a dance performing and joke telling entertainer. 🙂 When he was a toddler, I used to say that he made me a better mom, because he challenged me in ways that Miles never did. He was incredibly talkative at such a young age, loved to throw and remembers everything! His mischievous ways are genius and I am sure he’ll grow into a natural leader.
Rhys is the youngest member of the bunch. Looks a lot like Miles, but has the joking and mischievous glean in his eye as Ellis does. He has mastered being a third child, as he is almost 3 years old but still convinces me to carry him all the time. Crossing my fingers I don’t carry him into his dorm room of college. 🙂
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